Living Intentionally vs. Floating Aimlessly

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This concept was pretty revolutionary to me, because after digging around I found that floating aimlessly was triggering my anxiety and depression. I was trying to control while spiraling out of it, and it wasn’t until I started to live intentionally that I found direction. When I started to put an intention towards my actions, first small, then big, I started to feel a major shift in my energy and people’s reactions to it.

So what do I mean by this? Well, first, it’s important to find out what your core values are. Once you have uncovered what it is that you truly believe in, you can live your life in alignment with your values.

Is one of your values loyalty but you have a cheating boyfriend? Get rid of him. He doesn’t suit you and will only veer you off course. Do you believe highly in creativity, but are stuck in a cubicle answering phones? Get out there and find a job that challenges you. Live with INTENTION.

Now, living intentionally is not a means of control, but rather, pouring meaning into your actions. It’s living WITH purpose, instead of for it. It’s molding a life around your highest beliefs, and honoring them with follow through.

This can be done on a really small scale day to day as well. Is one of your values respect? Give your seat to an elderly man or woman on the train next time it’s packed. Do you have money anxiety but value abundance? Clean out your wallet and make it a sad haven for cash. The possibilities are endless, and the reason why most things tend to spiral out of control is because we simply aren’t paying true attention to them.

This new journey will make you feel like the Fool, just starting out on a whole new view of your world. But I promise, that once you exercise this daily and get it down pat, you’ll feel the victory and control of the Chariot. The world is an abundant and beautiful place, and it is time to reap the benefits. And it starts by living life with intention. Stay witchy, friends ( *)

ThursdayThinks: Practicing Surrender to Get What You Want

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(FYI, exercises are coming on Thursdays now ( *))

On Monday we talked a bit about how the need for control can actually be getting in your own way in terms of manifestation. So, how do we step out of the way? How do we surrender?

Well, it’s definitely a work in progress, but the very first thing you can do is try to find out where your control stems from. Make a list of all of your beliefs surrounding money and do some digging around them.

For example, your list could look like this:

  • I never have enough money
  • Money is the root of all evil
  • I have to fight everyday so I am not poor

These beliefs could breed some powerful actions that will tell the Universe to go “Fuck off,” and the Universe doesn’t really like that. So, you perpetuate a sense of poverty.

If you believe you never have enough money, there is a lack of gratitude. That is a huge block. So, the solution? Thank the universe for what you DO have everyday. Write a gratitude list. Make it a part of your routine.

If you believe money is inherently “bad,” you’re creating a block around it to protect yourself. Instead of becoming “evil,” you’ve placed a limit around yourself for the amount of money you’ll ever make. To combat this, you’ll need to start searching for the good in money. It is just a tool after all. It doesn’t make people evil; it’s just a resource. Try to research some top philanthropists to prove it to yourself 🙂 Just look at what Bill Gates is doing!

And finally, if you feel that you have to fight for survival, then you WILL fight for survival. Making the act of earning money into a battle isn’t serving you. The best way to start breaking down this belief is to create a budget. Now you’ll know exactly what you need to make for any given day, month, week, etc. And when you work to earn this amount, make it FUN and be grateful you even have the opportunity to hustle! Once you reframe your ideas around money from battle to banquet, the Universe will answer.

These are just a few ways you can start to break down your money blocks. Pay attention to every thought and every action. It is important to be conscious when trying to manifest. Get wealthy and stay witchy ( *)

A Simple Alignment Meditation

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Alright, so you’ve been feeling out of whack. You blame it on alignment. So now what?

A really simple way to wake up your chakras is by meditation and focusing on each center of energy. Remember, energy healing is a very careful practice, so if your misalignment comes from a trauma that has affected your feeling of safety, this meditation may not entirely work for you. It can’t hurt though, so feel free to give it a whirl!

Starting by completely lying down, hands by your side, in what Yogis call “corpse pose.” Center yourself and get to a place of relaxation and peace. Clear your mind and try to let your thoughts drift away.

Then, once you feel centered, bring your attention to each chakra, starting from your crown moving all the way down to your root. There are seven (crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and root.) Be sure to be patient with each, and envision the energy as a ball of light in their specified color.

Take your time to notice what the ball of energy looks like. Are there some that are brighter than others? If so, focus your attention on those that are more dim, and try to work with them until their light becomes vibrant. Focus on them and breathe energy deeply into the power center.

Once you have all of your chakras emitting about the same amount of energy, picture all seven lighting up on your body at once. Feel exactly what it is like to be in alignment, and  breathe steadily, but powerfully, in and out.

When you are ready, flutter open your eyes. You should feel more energized after this meditation to go about your day.

After your meditation, take note of which chakras seemed to be more difficult to work with. Is your heart not cooperating? Is your sacral sleeping? Take note of what needs work and do specific meditations and crystal work to help bring these chakras out of a dormant state. Get meditating and stay witchy ( *)

Abundance, Alignment, and Other Jargon You Don’t Understand

In a day and age where magic and witchery has become culturally accepted, and even glorified, I’ve been noticing a surge of manifestation jargon that has people putting a bunch of unnecessary pressure on themselves.  I get people asking “Why isn’t my life perfect? I thought I was aligned??” or “Bad shit keeps happening to me, I must have an energy block!”

But here’s the deal with that: all of this talk is basically self shame with a glittery filter and the universe as a scape goat. And I know that isn’t fun to hear from me, because we like to talk about magic over here, but the core of what I try to instill in women is that life is shitty sometimes, and it will throw you curve balls. What I coach women to achieve is the ability to handle it all in stride.

Yes, it is true that the universe gives out the energy it receives, so when you are in a positive alignment your life will become more abundant. But let me break that down for those of you who don’t understand those terms. Alignment refers to your chakras, or energy centers, and describes free flowing positive energy among the seven points along your body. However, it is a term thats thrown around and misused because it is kind of shaming. It doesn’t really allow for the human emotions that we feel throughout our lives. No, not everyday is going to be a spiritual day. No, not every day we are going to be happy and whistling down the street. And that is OK. That is just part of the human experience.

And abundance will come to you when you have your shit together. It definitely does. But this is also a chicken before the egg situation. When things are going good, you feel good, and the cycle continues.

So, the point I’m trying to make here is, when things aren’t going your way, or even when we experience something life altering like the Tower, we need not BLAME our alignment or the universe. We need to ask ourselves what lesson is needing to be learned. Focusing on “alignment” is such a nuanced and misdirected use of our energy. If we focus on the lesson, we become aligned.

What we’re trying to achieve here is the wholeness of the World. But, much like the Major Arcana, we must travel through the journey to get there. We must live as the Fool, go forward, die, be reborn, and seek out our mysteries and lessons. And then, my friends, we do it all over again, and again, and again.

So, the moral of the story is, don’t get down on yourself or obsess over alignment. Noticing patterns will ultimately help you get to that aligned state. Look at the details and the lesson, and the universe will reward you greatly. Take off the pressure, and stay witchy ( *)

Abundant Universe Experiment

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This is a super fun, super wild exercise brought to you from the New York Times bestseller, E squared. It is FUCKING AMAZING what your mind can accomplish when you  simply just pay attention,

Alright, so all this experiment takes is 48 hours and an open mind. That’s it.

Now what I want you to do, is to pick an arbitrary object. Like butterflies or yellow flowers or white feathers. Anything that your little heart desires. It can even mean something to you, or be an idea like “love.”

Now, for the next 48 hours I want you to KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN and look for this object or evidence to support this idea. Here’s an example:

If you chose to look for Love, keep a record of everything that you see in 48 hours that supports Love. Hearts on a little girls sweater. An old couple holding hands. A young couple cuddling on the subway. Red roses. Anything that supports the idea of love gets written down.

Wanted to stick with something more simple? Let’s say you chose yellow flowers. Those could be found growing as weeds out of cracked cement, on a floor length skirt, on a plastic umbrella, or in a commercial.

The point is, pick something, anything, and just keep your eyes peeled for it over the next 48 hours. Let the universe prove to you that it will show you what you are looking for. When the 48 hours are up, look at your tally and be prepared to be amazed.

Get on it and stay witchy ( *)

 

Synchronicity and Our Role in Our Universe

With this highly intuitive and mystical full moon coming up in Pisces, I thought it only appropriate to talk about paying attention to our surroundings and listening to the direction of the universe.

What is synchronicity, you ask? In it’s most simplistic form, it was Carl Jung’s effort to explain the unexplainable. Described as “meaningful coincidences,” it catalogues the relationships between seemingly unrelated things with a similar message. So let’s say that I decided to swear off wearing heels because I fell and scraped my knee after getting a stiletto caught in a subway grate. Then, upon walking past the local Payless, I see a sale on orthopedic flats. Coincidence? Maybe. Synchronicity? Yes.

The best way that I can explain this phenomenon is by harnessing a willingness to receive messages from the universe with open eyes. This takes a kind of un-conditioning, however:

As humans, visual beings, we receive millions of units of stimuli through our eyes and to our brain at any given moment. Because that is a hell of a lot to process at once, we’ve narrowed down what we, throughout our lives, have deemed “important.” This is a pretty keen survival mechanism. Certain things stand out to us for survival reasons. And that is what we’ve chosen to observe over ALL of the other things zooming past us at any given moment.

But, what if you channeled the High Priestess and looked through your third eye? What if you looked for what you needed, rather than what you expected? What if your perception aligned with your beliefs, rather than self-limiting stories?

I could make a case for any side of any story with the gathering of evidence. And that is what we do in our day to day. Most of us use the Moon to gather evidence to support our anxieties. We’d like to live in a world where our deep set fears are consistently proven, because to know otherwise would flip us upside-down and empty our proverbial pockets. But if we, just one tiny slice of evidence at a time, tried to convince ourselves of the gorgeous fact that we live in a perfectly abundant world, we could, one tiny slice of evidence at a time, make the world a better place.

It’s a lot to consume, I know, but stay tuned for Wednesdays exercise. I want everyone to try it and comment their findings. Stay tuned in, and stay witchy ( *)

WednesdayWisdoms: What Are You Grateful For?

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It is easy for us to say that we are grateful for everything we have, but what does that mean? What is everything?

If we wrap up all of the intricacies into one term labeled “everything,” we minimize some of the most important aspects in our lives. So for this weeks practice, we’re going to make a list.

I want you to start out with a list of twenty things that you are grateful for. I know that sounds like a daunting number, but once you get flowing you’ll realize you have so much you never accounted for! You can start with some big ones: the fact that you’re alive, your family, that you have two legs (if you do) just to get the ball rolling. Then, slowly, get more and more personal. Is there someone in your life that makes it better? Is there a particular family heirloom that makes you smile every morning? Do you possess a skill or trait that makes your world a better place?

I wrote my list above. Look it over and see if it brings you inspiration. Then write yours out. REALLY set time aside for it. And when you’re done, post it somewhere you will see everyday. Above the kitchen sink or bathroom mirror. Somewhere super visible. Post it with a mala or your favorite crystal. Bring some light and energy into it. The more emphasis you place on this list, and the more reminders that you have to be grateful, the less space you will have in your heart for the negative.

And you are highly encouraged to KEEP ADDING! If you think of something new to be grateful for, pop that bad boy of the list and watch it add some more shine. Sprinkle it with glitter. Kiss it with lipstick. Love that list because it makes your world great.

Stay grateful, and stay witchy ( *)