Practical Magic for Soul Liberation

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Sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's silly, but it's always the truth.

Mostly, I share my stories and the wisdom gained from my own journey, in hopes that it helps you on yours.

Something About Truth

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I want to tell you something about Truth.

Truth is a powerful force, and a magical healing balm. 

Elusive, slippery, ethereal. Palpable, solid, unwavering. 

Sometimes, heart stopping, life shattering, grotesque. 

Sometimes, heart opening, life affirming, radiant.

Often, all of this at once.

A bubbling cauldron of paradox.

Sorry Seekers, There’s No Magic Bullet
(Practicing What I Preach)

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When I first started down this road of self awareness, spiritual awakening, personal growth, healing, living more authentically, seeking truth and meaning… whatever you choose to call it (I mostly call it soul liberation), I thought that all the people who I was learning from, all the so-called gurus, totally had their shit together. 

I thought they had it all figured out.  I thought that they’d discovered a magic bullet, hidden secret, or attained some exclusive knowledge about the mystery of life.  I thought that’s how they had acquired the right and expertise to counsel others, write books, give advice, teach classes, run retreats, do speaking engagements, etc. 

I thought these folks were authorities because they had discovered the answers and were now living totally blissful, spiritually enlightened lives filled with continuous inner peace, rainbows and unicorns.

On Chaos, Crisis, & Gratitude


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So, it’s been awhile since I blogged, because seriously, summer was kind of a three-ring circus, and fall is proving no less crazy.  In fact, if we’re being honest, pretty much the whole of 2017 has been NUTS!  There’s some Astrology/Energy stuff that puts this in context, and although having that awareness makes me feel slightly less crazy, it’s still freaking hard to be a human these days!  Am I right?

The last couple of months have seen unprecedented weather events around the globe, there is a political/social shit-storm raging in the U.S., and major injustices are taking place all over the world.  As if that weren’t enough, we all have our daily lives to contend with.  We still have jobs, and families, and personal crises to deal with.  It seems as if time is on hyper speed.  One day runs into the next and you’re like, “Wait?  What?  Where did this day/week/month go?” 

The last few days have been an excellent example of this in my own life.

What I (Mostly) Love About Aging

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Today, I turn 48.

I know!!  Don’t ask me how the hell that happened, but it did.  I’ve officially reached my late 40s.  The big 5-0 is on the horizon.  And you know what?  Mostly, I freaking love this whole ‘maturing’ thing! No, that is not sarcasm.  I’m being totally honest.  Because at 48, I don’t have time or patience for anything but the truth.

Aging, to a lot of people, is viewed as negative.  Something to be regarded with dread, fear, contempt, pity, even defeat.

Just so we’re clear, I am NOT one of those people.  In fact, those people kinda make me twitch.  If you happen to be one of them… The ones who turn 35 and think that they’ve reached their peak.  The ones who on their 40th birthday, start talking about being over the hill and doomed to deteriorate.  The ones who go around referring to themselves as old-timers, geezers, grannies, past their prime. The ones who start every second sentence with, "At my" or worse, "At our age" (to which my response is always, "Speak for yourself.")  If you’re one of those folks, then not only does your attitude towards aging make me slightly twitchy, I also feel sad that you see it that way. 

If you ARE one of those people, maybe keep reading, o.k.?  I won’t promise, because it kind of depends on your willingness to shift your perspective, but maybe I can give you even one small reason to embrace getting older.

More People I Want to Smack In The Head

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Last year I wrote this post that was inspired by a book I read.  I was clearly feeling pretty frustrated, and because writing is super cheap therapy, I wrote all about the folks who, if I had slightly less self-control, I’d seriously walk up to and backhand, in hopes of waking them the fuck up. 

Lately, I’ve been feeling this way again.  Lots of stuff is pissing me off these days.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  I bet the Dalai Lama even wants to smack a few people in the head on occasion, only he's not allowed to say it out loud.  But I'm not him, and sometimes you just have to get it out!  So, here it is, the sequel to my original post.

Editor’s note: To repeat what my husband said when I wrote the initial post, “Wanting to smack people in the head is part of life.  NOT actually doing so, is important.” (I bet the Dalai Lama would approve).

Holy Eclipse Batman!

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Holy freaking moly!!  Can you feel it?  Do you sense the energy shifting?  Can you feel change coming on? The intensity of the upcoming eclipse is mounting.  I literally feel like I'm vibrating over here folks!  No guff! 

I’ve had many conversations and interactions with clients and friends who are feeling this intensity too.  Even if they don't equate it with the eclipse, they know something's up.  The tides are changing, shit's going down, and the collective energy is experiencing a major reboot. 

I tried to make a video for you about this today, but things like; a thunder storm in February, a sick kid needing to be picked up from school, dogs howling down the street, and my phone battery dying, eventually made me come to terms with the fact that the whole video thing wasn’t meant to be today.  But, I still wanted to talk to you about this, so I switched gears and here I am.  Ironically, that's part of what this eclipse is about - if it's not working, quit trying to force it, stop clinging to it and move on!

What's The Deal With Witchy Wednesday?

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Awhile back, I started a weekly feature on Facebook and Instagram called, Witchy Wednesday, where I pull an oracle/tarot card and share the message for the week.  I started this feature to practice honing my witchy woo skills publicly (me being brave and afraid over here), to gauge how receptive folks would be to that kind of thing, and for the sheer fun of it.  It’s something that brings me joy, and we could all use more of that!

A few months in and I’m loving it!  Truthfully, I’d keep doing it even if nobody ever read.  A lot of folks seem to like to message me or chat with me privately about the ‘mystical’ stuff, more than they prefer to ‘like, share or comment’ about it publicly.  Hey!  It’s o.k.  I get it.  Although a little more of that would help spread the word, I understand the reluctance.  I’ve believed in this stuff forever (with discernment) and have been well aware of my connection to the unseen since childhood, but am only now feeling brave enough to really shine that light.  Frankly, I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

How To Not Lose Your Sanity AND Still Give A Crap About What's Happening In The World

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Let me cut right to the chase.  Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave somewhere, you KNOW what’s going on out there.  You don’t need me to tell you that it’s INTENSE. 

If you’re someone who feels all the feels, or even some of the feels, there have undoubtedly been moments or maybe days, when you just wanted to hide in bed with the covers over your head and forget about all the turmoil that is currently unfolding.  You think, “Maybe I’ll just stay here for awhile and when I emerge, the nightmare will be over.” It’s just too painful, too confusing, too overwhelming, too scary to deal with.

I don’t blame you.  I’ve had several of those moments too.  Giving a crap is downright exhausting, soul bruising, spirit wrenching, body aching, mind racing, emotion writhing work.  But for me, and maybe for you too, NOT giving a crap is just not an option.  This is for so many reasons but mostly, it’s because I’m just not built that way.

Stop Caring What They Think!

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You can’t do THAT!  What would they think?  How would that look?  What would people say?

If you’re human, you’ve undoubtedly been faced with these words at some point.

They may be phrases spoken silently by your inner Gollum (the name I give the critical voice in our heads), or they may be spoken out loud by family, friends, colleagues, even people who hardly know us but think they have a right to chime in and offer up their opinion.

We may take these words so seriously that they stop us from doing the things we really want to do, the things that feel true for us. In fact, we may be so impacted by the idea of what other people think of us, that we become paralyzed into non-action.  We may live our whole lives in servitude to making the ‘right’ impression on our family, friends, and society, to the detriment of our own soul's calling.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Sometimes I’m Tired of Butterfly Soup

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You know how when caterpillars turn into butterflies they go through a kind of mind blowing, perplexing process of transformation called metamorphosis?  Yeah.

And you know how somewhere in the middle of that process, the caterpillar is no longer a caterpillar, nor is she yet an actual butterfly?  Yeah. 

And you know how when the neither-caterpillar-nor-butterfly is inside her cocoon she is just a big goopy, jumbled mess of Butterfly Soup that’s waiting to become a fully formed butterfly?  Yeah. 

Well, sometimes I get tired of Butterfly Soup. 

Lately, I’ve been feeling like if I have to choke back one more morsel of it, I’m gonna hurl. But despite the nausea, I keep going back for more.

I know! It’s messed up.