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Five Magic Tips For Welcoming 2017

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

  There is a collective Magic that occurs at this time of the year. Whatever Winter holidays a person celebrates and however they honor the new year, there is definitely a power occurring that is shared all over the world and for millions of people. When we honor the changes that occur regarding weather and seasons, as well as the changes that happen in our personal lives, we allow more Magic into our lives. Oh what power occurs in paying attention!       Here are five Magic tips to ushering in 2017 -Take time to honor all that you have accomplished in 2016! Even if the achievements seems insignificant, it is still valuable to take time to acknowledge all of our successes and accomplishments. What we pay attention to grows so this will allow our successes to grow even more in 2017. -What were your challenges in 2016? Honor them too! Take note of all your struggles so that you can deepen your awareness and learn from your experiences. We need to rename and redefine the word mistake to mean awesome powerful learning lesson. -Write a letter to yourself from the future describing where you are at this time in exactly one year. What would you say to yourself and what guidance would you give to yourself now from your future self?  Open this letter in a year. -Choose a word for 2017. Feel into your word and embody it. Energize this word throughout the year by posting it all over your house, creating a storyboard and infuse your life with your word in a variety of creative and fun ways. -What would each day be like if you woke up everyday as if it was the first day and the last day of your life? As you think about and make plans regarding your intentions, goals and resolutions for 2017, remember to imbue the Magic of this type of presence each day. Live each day like it was your first day on this planet. Live each day like it will be your last. See what Magic happens! Happy and Magical New Year! May it be Your Best Year...

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Harness the Magic of Gratitude: 4 Terrific Tips

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

It is true for all of us that life is a journey full of ups and downs. Whether it is an internal feeling about one’s life or the state of the world, sometimes it can feel hard to keep your chin up. I get this. Welcome to being human. You might say, “When things are going great then I am grateful but when things are falling apart that’s a different story.” Staying open to gratitude in each moment allows more Magic to happen. When we are exceptionally grateful while things are going awesome the awesome only blooms more. When we are thankful in the midst of trouble and problems we allow ourselves to feel the fullness of life, we can find joy even in the darkness and our life then becomes more manageable. Sometimes we become so focused on what we want and how we need to change that we neglect to remember all the blessings and Magic we already have in our lives. One of the most powerful things we can do is to remember, pay great attention to, and focus on that for which we are most grateful. Every day and in each moment. Feeling grateful creates new relationships and improves our current relationships. When we feel thankful for our lives, we are clearer and more mentally alert, we have more empathy and understanding and we sleep better. All of these benefits are superb, but in basic terms when we can cultivate an attitude of gratitude we are happier and healthier. Gratitude doesn’t take practice or cost any money and the benefits are enormous.   Four Terrific Tips to Cultivate More Gratitude   Gratitude Walk This is one of my favorite ways. One of the many things I am overwhelmingly grateful for is my wonderful four legged friend, Alchemy the Mystic Marshmellow. Every morning we walk. Often while walking I think about all the different things in my life I am grateful for and I get specific. When thinking of my dog I think of all the different ways that I am grateful, whether it is the love he brings into my life or his silly smile or how he inspires me to spend large amounts of time outside. I also appreciate everything I see such as clouds, trees and birds. I allow everything to move me into gratitude. I think of my life and all the blessings in it. I breathe into this gratitude. Gratitude isn’t just a thought, it is a feeling. The more you know what gratitude feels like in your body, the more you are able to call on gratitude,  and you can ultimately learn to access gratitude even in challenging moments. I encourage you to take a gratitude walk today!   Thank You Letters This is one I have known about for a long time and that I plan to incorporate more into my life. Writing letters of gratitude to those who have helped, supported or inspired you is wonderful. Not only is expressing your gratitude to others in writing good for you but you make the recipient of your letter feel fabulous. We need to give thanks more often  and compliment others frequently.   Gratitude Journal In the morning, before you go to bed or any time that seems appropriate write...

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10 Tips to Developing Your Intuition

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

People always ask if I was born with special ‘powers’. They ask if I always knew I could read minds or if I have a photographic memory. While I incorporate a lot of different skills in my performances and presentations, every single person is capable of doing exactly what I do. And since we are currently immersed in the Halloween season, a time when real Magic oozes out of everywhere, it seems a perfect moment to develop our intuitive powers or strengthen the ones we already have. At Halloween the veil between worlds and dimensions is at its thinnest. Because of the ease of flowing into different realms, we have a stronger ability to access our well of wisdom within. Now is a wonderful time to ask questions and divine the answers, to deepen our connection with our intuition and to strengthen our relationship with ourselves. Why not reclaim the ancient wise woman or man within? When we are connected with our intuition we make better choices, we attract positive situations and create desired opportunities, our relationships improve, we thrive in our jobs and careers and most powerfully we enjoy our lives more fully. All of these things happen when we can hear our guidance and have the trust to listen and act. I invite you this Halloween to dive in. Light the cauldron inside.  Wear the costume of a powerful and intuitive person who can see situations clearly and who makes the most empowered choices in each moment. Allow this costume to become the reality that is you.    10 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition Nature Spending time in the outdoors is the number one way that I tap into my intuition (for you it might be in the shower).  When we are outside our cognitive thinking mind relaxes. Being away from the world of sound and technology, we allow our intuition to speak to us. Often the trees, clouds and wind will whisper revealing messages to us.   Create! When we are involved in a creative activity like drawing, painting or playing an instrument, we become lost in creating. Our usual linear brain gets out of the way and a type of flow can develop allowing new ideas and insights to arise. Lose yourself in your art.   Pay Attention to Your Five Major Senses We are so busy going through our day that we don’t even stop to pay attention to the sounds, smells and sights around us. Develop a ‘stop and smell the flowers’ attitude. The more you can slow down and notice, the more information you will become aware of… Information that has many secrets and answers for you.   Awaken and Pay Attention to your Psychic Senses There is a plethora of ways to pick up on information. While often one will have a strong leaning and natural talent for one or two psychic senses, we can strengthen and learn to use all of our psychic senses to access our intuition and psychic powers. Here are five distinct different ways that we can pick up on information: Clairvoyant- The psychic ability of seeing. Clairsentient The psychic talent of feeling. Clairaudience The psychic skill of hearing. Clairgustance the psychic power of tasting. Clairessence: The psychic ability of smelling. Claircognisence The psychic ability of knowing. Personally I use...

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The Magic of Association in Memory

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

In addition to the plethora of our more ordinary powers, I believe we have extra-ordinary powers that can help us tremendously in our lives. One of our superpowers is developing a strong memory. When we can remember our past mistakes we are less likely to repeat them. When we are capable of holding on to valuable information, anecdotes and ideas, we have much more wisdom to draw on in living our lives. Our creativity deepens. A good memory eases stress and promotes confidence and clarity. When we are confident and clear our relationships, sales and happiness increase. Mnemonsyne is the Goddess of Memory and is considered one of the most powerful of Goddesses. In Greek mythology Mnemonsyne is the mother of the nine muses of creativity, in other words, according to the ancient Greeks, memory is the foundation of all creativity.  Not just creativity in creating art but creativity in living our lives. Everyone can develop a super memory! Basic health habits help memory; eating well, getting great nourishing sleep, exercising long and often and reducing stress. In addition to health habits; in this article we will focus on the tool of association in helping improve our memories. If you have trouble remembering facts related to your job or school work, or current events, or people’s names, or any other type of information, the solution is to learn memory techniques. We need to put information in our head in a way that makes sense, association helps! To “associate” means to create a mental connection, and for most people the best way to create this connection is through visualization.  Association takes into consideration the amazing fact about human memory: most people remember images better than verbal or written information. Associating new information with information you already know is the key to memorizing something. Create a Picture in your mind of what you want to remember. The key is to make the visualization as exaggerated as possible. Use your vivid imagination, a strong sense of humor and exaggeration as much as you can when creating the image. Use all your Senses in the visualization… taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight. The more you can smell, taste, touch, hear and see that which you want to remember, the better chance there will be that you actually will remember it! The visualization creates a cue for remembering the information. It acts as a mental hook you can grab onto to pull the information out of your memory and into your conscious when you need it. In addition, the very act of creating the image forces you to concentrate on the material like never before as you break down the information phonetically and visually. This also contributes to remembering the material. And having information stored in your visual memory in addition to your verbal memory (that is, in two different parts of your brain) creates two ways for you to remember it instead of just one. Additional Helpful Tools to Develop a Strong Memory *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 went in there in the first place. *Talk to Yourself–If we verbalize out loud what we want...

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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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