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Experience More Magic In Your Life!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

  “I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.” – Charles de Lint I believe in Magic.  I mean, real living breathing Magic.  While it may be true that I can perform a show full of magical illusions this isn’t the kind of Magic I am talking about.  I am referring to those feelings and magical experiences that take us out of the mundane and give us a belief in something greater, an experience that provokes a feeling of enchantment.  Magic lives both inside us and around us, in each and every moment. There is infinite Magic in trees, in the way they smell and the sound of wind in their leaves.  There is magic in an embrace with a stranger or loved one and magic lives in poems and sonnets and Magic even resides in your toothbrush.     Webster’s Definition of Magic: Special power, influence, or skill.  Tricks that are done by a performer to entertain. My Definition of Magic: Feeling alive and inspired. The ability to turn Impossible into I’m Possible. It is ironic that when we feel in a state of limitless possibilities we say we are in an altered reality.  Perhaps it is the boring and stuck reality that is false and not the state of enchantment!  When we zone out and tune into the rhythm and sound of waves in the ocean or when we are 100 engrossed in a project that we lose time, perhaps these states are really what reality is! The true and pure Magical space. When we are in these places we feel good, we open and it’s in these moments when someone can tell us that a unicorn is coming for us and we might actually believe and see her! How can we experience more Magic while simultaneously living in a world that honors doing and accomplishing more than anything else?  While it can take a bit of focus to create a more Magical life, the results are worth their weight in gold.  While I probably would accomplish a lot more if I wasn’t the ultimate stop and smell the flowers type of person, I don’t think I could survive in this world if I wasn’t. When we allow ourselves to experience Magic we become more alive, life goes from black and white to Technicolor!  Experiencing Magic strengthens our creativity, our intuition and our wisdom.  We become aware of what is lurking below the everyday and can see and feel things that other people miss. There can be as many ways to experience Magic and wonder as there are people. The key is finding what awakens wonder in you and feed this part of yourself daily.  Some people enter a state of enchantment when they listen to music or gaze at a painting.  For me experiencing the natural world is the number one way I open to magic and possibilities.   Some Simple Ways to Tap into Magic Be present. Take time to smell the rose, the...

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Flower Walk to Enliven Your Magic

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

One of the ways we can access our Power and Magic is by spending time in nature. When we appreciate the beauty of nature, we awaken to something larger and develop a greater belief in what is possible. Communing with trees, rivers, and flowers takes us into an altered reality where anything becomes possible. The reality police don’t exist while watching a sunset. When I am out in nature, the different winds singing through the tall grasses each have a unique message they reveal to me; the smell of the trees awakens worlds around and through me; and, while connecting to the roots of a plant, I feel grounded to the Earth. My all-time favorite bumper proudly states, “Nature is My Church.” I couldn’t agree more.   Find a time to walk in nature. Bring a notebook with you. Many of the geniuses of our time carry a notebook with them so that, whenever they receive an insight or piece of wisdom, instead of risking the chance of forgetting it they record it in their notebook. Find a flower that really captures your interest.  Stare at it; see shapes and sizes and textures that you have never seen in it before. Lose yourself in your spring flower.  Enjoy the strong fragrance that your flower may give off.  Merge with the growing alive being in front of you. It can sometimes help to relax your eyes and let your focus soften.  Remain open and aware and record any Magic and epiphanies that your flower may reveal to you. Happy Flower...

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Spring Flower Divination

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

As I have been admiring (and of course smelling as much as I can) the spring flowers that are popping up everywhere and watching the buds form and open, I can’t help but think about how much magic every single one of these flowers contains. So delving into the etymology of each of these flowers and their medicinal and mythic properties, I created a bit of Spring Flower Divination and a reading for each of you. Close your eyes and take a deep breathe. Calm yourself and tap you’re your internal wisdom. Now staying connected to your intuition which of these four flowers do you feel more drawn too:   Crocus   Iris       Hyacinth     Daffodil     Once you have chosen your flower read below to find out the magical message that your flower is revealing to you: Crocos: A great healing and powerful awakening is coming to you at this time. Pretty soon you will regain what you thought was lost forever. Savor and be completely open to love, to spring and to the sweetness of newness. Spend time with children or access your own inner child. Play! Iris: In ancient Greece Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow, who acted as a link between heaven and earth. This is a good time for you to draw on the magic and power of your ancestors and helper guides. Someone with a lot of influence is coming into your life within the next two weeks. Continue to have hope in your dreams and access your courage. Daffodils: It is now time to truly forgive the past and move on. Do things that inspire you and be aware of what is going on inside of you and around you. The more present you are, the more vitality you will feel and the more you will be ready to handle all the new opportunities and situations that are coming to you at this time. Hyacinth: Lately you have been feeling a variety of intense and complicated feelings. While your passion is a gorgeous thing, it is best if you can curb your rashness and jealousy right now. A potential dramatic situation is arising, the more calm and sincere you are the better the outcome will be. The hyacinth originated from a Greek legend involving two powerful Gods. Flower blessings to you and may your spring flower help you open to your incredible and powerful...

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Fun Tools To Help Improve Your Memory

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

  Lately I have been presenting my magical talk about how to improve your memory.  Here are a few secrets that we cover in my talks and workshops.  I hope you enjoy and that you find a seed to help you access a bit more of your practical magic in the form of memory! 1.Better Listening —-don’t interrupt! —-Count to 3 after the person is done talking — Take out your opinion and judgements 2. Stay on Track Before you even walk into a room visualize why you are going there and what you want, this will keep you on track so you don’t walk into a room and forget why you were even there! 3. Put things in regular fixed places! 4.Create a Picture in your mind of what you are wanting to remember.  The key is to use your vivid imagination, humor and exaggeration. 5.Use your Senses The more you can smell, taste, touch, hear, see that which you are wanting to remember the better chance there will be that you will remember it! 6. Make Associations We need to put information in our head in a way that makes sense, association helps! 7.Talk to Yourself If we verbalize out loud what we are wanting to remember this solidifies and deepens our capacity to remember! 8. Repetition The more you do something the more you will remember it. 9.Do it Now Work to avoid distractions. 10. Change a Pattern This is similar to tying a ribbon around your finger.  Give yourself trigger images that remind you of something so you don’t forget. 11. Be Engaged and Focused -turn off TV, music etc….. -Pause and review- When leaving a room look around and ask yourself if you have everything you need. – The more involved you are in something the more ability you have to remember it. 12. Review Before Sleep It has been scientifically proven that information reviewed before sleep penetrates our subconscious and aids in memory. Secrets to Remember Names: 1. When you meet someone say their name right after they say it.  Use it once during the conversation and when you say good bye use their name again.  (Don’t worry about looking creepy, people love to hear their name!) 2. Associate.  Create an interesting image/association with their name.  Associate it with a famous person or someone already in your life. 3. See their name spelled out on their forehead.  As you are talking to them make the letters as real as you can and when you see them again you will envision the name on their forehead. 4. If you can right after you meet a person (or lots of people) take notes about them… ie. Red hair, interesting nose etc.  Review this list as soon as you have space to do so and again before you go to bed.  Really work to remember each person and their name and when you see them you will...

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Winter Wonderment and Solstice Secrets

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and will occur this Tuesday December 22nd 2015.  All the Winter Holydays one celebrates at this time of the year originate from the Winter Solstice also known as Yule. By honoring Winter Solstice we remember the magic of being part of something larger that is always changing and renewing, like us!  Ritual acts will naturally give our lives more meaning. The word Solstice comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “Sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still“.   Bring more Magic into your life this Winter Solstice Honoring the Darkness  Spend time in silence or/and in nature.  Allow the Magic of darkness to reveal itself to you.  We do not need to fear the darkness as there is much nourishment there. Put to Sleep What no longer Serves  Meditate and pray about what you no longer need.  Close your eyes and imagine this part of you going to sleep, allow this sleep to turn to a quiet easy death.  Know that part of you has melted away like snow in the Sun Honor the Upcoming Light With Fire  Oh there are so many ways to do this!  Light a Yule Log, which goes back ions.  Fill a log with magical intention and watch it burn, then scatter the ashes if you are so inspired.  Fill your home on Solstice night with only candles instead of electric lights.  Light a big candle and then have everyone in your home light their own personal candle from it as they bless each other.  Make a bonfire and as you make wished jump the bonfire. Mistletoe Magic  Did you know that the mistletoe you hang over your door to inspire kisses is taken from an old Druid tradition?  The Druids regarded mistletoe as sacred and it was believed to have much healing power. Kissing under the mistletoe was a pledge of friendship. Create Your Own Magical Solstice Rituals! Wishing you a delightful and Magical Holyday...

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Magic in the Bud, the Bloom and the Beauty

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Nothing fills me with more Magic and Wonder then spending time in Nature.  The beauty and energy of trees, clouds, wind, stars and everything else in the natural world takes me into an enchanted and altered space.  I also see metaphor in everything.  Nature not only can bring us unlimited amounts of joy and peace, it can also teach us many things. Every morning my four legged and I walk the same trail near my house.  In the Summer I watched as a huge Sunflower bush went through its constant changes. Everyday was a new adventure regarding which flower would bloom, change or die. Here is a brief learning story I put together with pictures from this oh so lovely Sunflower plant:                                 SPARK Nothing but pure being Only presence and possibility. BEGINNING Noticing. Starting to feel one’s Magic. With courage, a step. OPENING Feeling connected to one’s magic. Starting to trust oneself. IN IT Standing strong in one’s power. Flourishing and creating. DOUBTING Wondering. Where is the strength and wisdom?   RELEASE Change and destroy.  Here again.   All there is to do is accept this death and silence     And so we are back to the spark, to the bud. And so it begins again and again….. Like the Sunflower we too go through our cycles.  In this world of productivity and speed we can often feel something is wrong when we are not making things happen fast enough.  We too, have our seasons and our phases.  Can we learn about being and presence from the Sunflower?  I hope so! Wishing you all much Magic and Peace this holyday season as you journey though all your ups and downs, ease and struggle and live your one precious life.    ...

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Act Your Way Into Magic This Halloween

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Mysterious and enchanting Halloween is here!  Also known as Samhain or the witches new year, this holiday marks the beginning of a new cycle.  It is at this time of year that we get deeper glimpses into the unknown both inside and outside of us.  Now is the time where the veil between magical dimensions is the thinnest.  This means anything is possible…. Why not use this time to deepen the magic in your own life? Yes, dressing up and eating candy are all part of the Halloween celebration, but why not also explore the mystery and magic which is begging to be uncovered.  Since dressing up has an element of pretend it seems to me that we can go deeper into this world of pretend and harness its power! If you could have the attributes of anybody in the world who would you be like and why?  What kind of change are you striving for in your life?  What do you most wish for?  Now just like you put on your Halloween costume, put on your answers to the above questions as if they are real.  Act your way into reality  by pretending that what you wish for and who you want to be is actually real.   Here Are a Few of My Magical Secrets to Help You In this Process: *Accept as true. I really love the expression from Star Wars, May the Force Be With You.  Utilizing even just a tiny bit of force…  FORCE yourself to believe in the reality that you are working to cultivate. *Embrace Zen mind beginners mind.  I have a friend Rosy who is a faerie and she is always telling me that the imagination is more real than reality.  I realize it is asking a lot to say that the imagination is more ‘real’ than the concrete world we have convinced ourselves we are living in.  Yet even Albert Einstein said, “The imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”  So if a brilliant scientist who created massive change in our world is convinced of the power of the imagination then surely we can believe. *Take risks.  Act as if you are this new person.  Believe.  Let go. *Don’t be too smart.  Your rational brain will most likely get the best of you if you do not control it.  Of course your brain will act like the ‘reality police’.  Your brain and your eyes may see something different but you have to ground yourself in your imagination.  As if there really is no other way. *When the “This isn’t real” voice comes in.  Silence it and send it to its room. May your Halloween costume embody your most magical and marvelous self!...

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Cicada Magic

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

  I found this skin clinging to a curtain in my backyard. I find it comical many humans feel superior to the nature kingdom…. Ha! There is infinite MAGIC and learning to be had in nature! This brilliant little critter molted right out of their skin and literally physically emerged a new and adult Cicada. I often wish I could wave my magical wand, step right out of my skin and be born anew, better and different…. Cicada medicine is rich… teaching us about rebirth, shedding and growing into ourselves…. My wish is that like this little creature we are all able to shed the old and become the magic, the new and our full...

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Erica’s Five Secrets to Access the Magic of Play

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

I still sleep with the same stuffed Elf that I have had since I was seven years old.  His name is Tweedles the Elf.  He is fabulously worn, re-sewn, re-stuffed, falling apart and completely loved. Yes it’s true that I even took him to Greece with me when I was in my 30s. While people often look at me strange and think it odd that I hold onto something from my past that is dilapidated beyond belief…. He reminds me of something. He reminds me that we are still youthful, playful and childlike until we decide otherwise. When I see a child expressing their emotions freely in public I look around me at all the quiet and well behaved adults and I can see that they too long to be freely and playfully expressed. Yet society likes to train the magic of play out of adults. I believe it is greatly due to my intense sense of play that I am able to wake up each morning despite my struggles and my pain. The magic of play helps me survive no matter what life hands me. When I speak of play I am talking about possessing and experiencing a sense of wonder, mystery and joy. Being playful has a gazillion positive effects! Play is not only fun, which helps us feels good, it is healthy for us and can provoke quite a bit of productivity. When we allow ourselves to get out of our linear, problem-solution, adult mindset we activate different parts of our brain. Play has the ability to improve our mood and boosts our creativity. Play aids in problem solving. Play helps us see things in new ways and make connections we don’t normally make. Erica’s Five Secrets to Access the Magic of Play: IN NATURE Nothing inspires my playful joy like a jaunt in nature! Spend time outside and bond with the trees, flowers, clouds, wildlife…… Remember how much time you spent outside as a child?  Search for imaginary creatures, such as faeries and elves… look under mushrooms….. Hug the trees, yes and talk to them too (and of course listen, as they may reveal some much needed secrets to you).  Have fun and play in nature however you are so inspired! DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY When approaching a familiar situation think and act differently!  You don’t need a reason to hold your dog’s leash with a different hand or permission to talk gibberish for a day or to take a completely different route to work, you can do it just because you can. Who says you can’t howl at the full Moon or act like you don’t speak English at a restaurant? Think outside of your box….. PET MAGIC Play with dogs! The silliness that the canine world possesses is a jewel to be treasured.  Roll around and play jaw/jaw with your pet. In addition to cuddling and throwing the ball, get down and dirty with woman’s best friend!  Walk on all fours and go belly up, pretend to be a doggie for a day! If it’s even possible, your dog will love you even more. PHYSICAL EXERCISE In addition to your normal routine of walking, hiking or running, try a different kind of exercise… Why not skip instead on your usual morning walk? I find it is not...

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Meeting a Magical and Helpful Friend: Your Entelechy

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

The word Entelechy is an ancient Greek word which means “fully realized essence of a thing”.  Entelechy is way bigger and beyond our potential, our entelechy is us in the future, fully accessing our magic and completely actualized. Our entelechy is us as if we had 50,000 years to work on ourselves. We all come into the world with an entelechy of greatness. The entelechy of a caterpillar is to be a butterfly. The entelechy of an acorn is to be an oak tree. Our entelechy can and wants to help us! Meeting and befriending our entelechy can be profoundly helpful as we journey forward to find and live from our magic. Here is a practice to help you connect, learn and grow from your entelechy. Find a quiet comfortable place to be alone. Close your eyes and imagine that standing in front of you is your future self, you as if you have had a million years to work on yourself. Give yourself time to see your entelechy in your mind’s eye as clearly as you can. Imagine all the details of what you look at including what you are wearing. You notice that your entelechy is looking at you with so much love and compassion for she or he knows the secrets of your soul and the map to your destiny. Allow your entelechy to touch you in some way, perhaps you hold hands with your future self or they embrace you. With this touch your entelechy is filling you now with energy and magic to be bold and courageous in going after your dreams. Feel the magic, clarity and power that your entelechy is filling you with. When you feel complete thank your entelechy and know that they are opening doors for you to connect to the right people to manifest your greatest good.  Listen for a secret or a message they want to share with you. This message is giving you a secret to accessing all the magic that lives inside of you. What secret did you receive from your future self? What wisdom can you take from the meeting of yourself in the future? Write about your insights and know you can access this magical friend whenever you need and want an extra powerful spark of...

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