Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don't Know How to Get What You Want? Just Engage!

One of our favorite lines from the sci-fi show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is Captain Jean-Luc Picard saying,

"Engage!"

While Captain Picard uses the term to send his ship into to explore new dimensions, we spiritual travelers can use the term to explore new dimensions of consciousness and life.

Here's a simple way you can borrow Captain Picard's command to make your own life easier: the next time you don't know how to do something, just tell yourself, "Engage!" In other words, just start engaging with the process in any way you can. Don't worry about whether you know what you're doing. Just do something!

Most of have been taught by society to decide what we want, figure out to achieve it, and then start the process. But according to most ancient creation sequences this three step process is somewhat backward. To create anything, from a cake to a business, the process really looks like this:

1. We want something.
2. We engage with the process and find out more about it.

3. We decide whether we really want it.

4. We figure out how to create it.


In other words, figuring out how to "make it happen" comes after we decide that we really want it. The key to creation sequence is to do just enough poking around (or engaging) to decide whether you really want it, then making a conscious decision that you want it. The "how" never enters the picture until you have made the conscious decision to pursue it.

So the next time you want to achieve or create something, don't worry about how you will do it. First engage with the process and do some research. Figure out if you really want to pursue the project. If so, the answers will come to you. Your desire must and always will bring you exactly what you need to achieve what you desire.

Your job in the creation sequence is to engage with the process, stay open to what comes to you, and most of all to enjoy the engagement with the Universe. We're all on this planet for a certain period of time-it's more fun if we enjoy it!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Curiosity is the Key to Finding What You Seek

We've all heard the biblical phrase, "Seek and ye shall find." It always sounds very positive and rewarding. But how many of us are so frustrated with seeking and not finding that we'd like to have a serious chat with the author of that phrase (St. Matthew)?

If you've been seeking for a long time but haven't found what you're looking for, don't fret!

If you haven't found what you're looking for, it may not be because you're not looking long or hard enough. It may because the quality or tone of the attention you give to the seeking process isn't quite right for finding what you want.

The tone or quality of your attention can actually be the difference between finding what you want and being in total frustration. It turns out that the best tone for finding what you want is curiosity. If you can maintain the innocent curiosity of a child when seeking anything in life, you will find and get everything you want.

Why is this? Because there is an inverse relationship between attachment to what we want and getting what we want. The more we are desperately attached to what we want (i.e., "I just gotta have it!"), the less we are likely to get it. But, if we can become very curious about what we want without attachment, then we will attract it into our lives.

For instance, let's say you want to bring a certain amount of income into your business. The first thing to do is to tell the Universe in a very clear and precise way. Write down exactly what you want and what you don't want (and by when). Then, adopt a posture of curiosity. It might sound something like, "Hmmm, I wonder how the Universe will bring this about..." As you encounter different people or events in your life, you might ask yourself, "I wonder if this is going to an avenue for what I want?" or "Isn't this interesting?"

The channeled teacher Abraham tells us that "genius is nothing more than continued attention on the same thing." In other words, the longer you direct your attention positively toward something, the more you're a genius in that area. The same thing is true about curiosity. The longer you can maintain a child like curiosity about what you want, the faster that which you want will come into your life.

So the phrase "Seek and ye shall find" is most definitely true, but only if you learn to seek as a child would seek-with wonder, delight, and joy in the process. Anytime you find yourself getting obsessed or frustrated with the process, just go back to that light hearted curiosity. The Universe will always bring you what you want, and that child like curiosity will keep the doors of your life open to receive it.

Enjoy the journey!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Do You Have an Unwanted Spirit in Your House? What to Do

Do you keep losing your keys and other small objects? Hear cabinet doors slamming in the middle of the night? Is something causing your dogs to bark at nothing at all?

If so, then you may have one or more unwanted spirits in your home. This is not unusual, nor anything that you need to particularly fear. Many times spirits who have not "moved on" hang around a house, either because they are familiar with the house or simply because they like something about the house.

For instance, when we moved into our current house, we would often see a spirit sitting in an old barrel chair in our living room, particularly during our morning meditations. When we described this spirit, a very thin old man wearing jeans and a red checkered shirt, to one of our neighbors, we discovered that he used to live in our house. He simply "hung around" during meditations, liking the feel of the barrel chair. Eventually, though, he made my wife uncomfortable so we gave the very old chair to the pastor of a church. The spirit of the old man never returned.

What to Do if You Have a Spirit in Your Home
So what should you do if you have an unwanted spirit in your home? There are multiple options, none of which are difficult or scary. You might try one of the below options.

1. Learn to Live with the Spirit
Our neighbors live in a very old farmhouse, which is inhabited by a spirit who is mischievous rather than dangerous or harmful. He likes to slam kitchen cabinet doors at night, when the house is dark and quiet. What do our neighbors do? Nothing too drastic. When they hear him banging the doors, they just yell "Stop that!" or "Cut it out!" Oddly enough, that's all it takes to keep him quiet. Since he doesn't get up to any other kind of trouble, they leave him be the rest of the time. Most spirits don't like yelling or loud noises, so this often works when a spirit is up to naughty tricks.

2. Talk to the Spirit
Many spirits have no idea that they no longer have bodies and are "hanging around" where they are unwanted. If you can see, sense, or feel the spirit, then you can talk to him or her. You hold a conversation with a spirit just as you would with another person. There are two main differences. First, some spirits are quite "down tone" and may not respond to you right away. Don't worry. Just keep asking questions and talking to the spirit until you get a response. Second, the spirit's "answers" may sound like a voice in your head rather than an actual voice. This is perfectly normal since the spirit doesn't have a body, so can't speak out loud.

Once you engage the spirit in conversation, start asking questions about the last lifetime in which the spirit had a body. Ask for a name, the time period in which he or she lived, and other relevant details. Finally, bring the conversation around to the happiest time the spirit can remember in that lifetime. This memory of a happy time should bring the spirit up the tone scale, and allow him or her to move on. You may want to help the spirit by asking him or her to move on, or offer to help him or her find a new body (in a tree, cloud, or rock, for instance).

3. Banish the Spirit
This option is a last resort, and should only be used if the spirit in your home is really bothersome or harmful. While these kinds of spirits do exist, most spirits are relatively harmless. One way to discover whether a harmful spirit is inhabiting your space is to cut a clove of garlic in four equal sections, and place one section in each cardinal direction in your home. If the hearts of the garlic cloves turn dark within 24 hours, then you do indeed have a darker spirit cohabitating with you. At this point, you will need to either do a banishment or have someone do a banishment for you. Shamans, magicians, and other spiritual practitioners can do this using a keyed athame and electric blue energy.

Explore these three options if you have an unwanted spirit living with you. As discussed earlier, most of these spirits are fairly harmless, and will move on if you simply ask them to leave. Good luck!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Life Boot Camp ... from a Magical Point of View

What kind of attitude did you wake up with this morning?

Did you have the Monday morning blues or did you charge out of bed anticipating everything that life has to offer you today?

In the usual course of life many of us feel as if we are fighting a defensive battle, constantly defending our sanity, peace and freedom from life interruptions. We are constantly retreating and hunkering down until the storm has passed. The problem is that retreat and backward progress aren't exactly great measures of life growth and joy.

So how can you reverse your retreat from life? What if you were to enroll in the equivalent of boot camp? Not Army boot camp but life boot camp. At this boot camp they don't teach you to handle weapons or neutralize incoming physical attacks. Instead they teach you to neutralize and transform life events.

What if you woke up at boot camp this morning instead of in your own bed? Suppose your drill sergeant told you that you would be practicing life drills today, and that he would be throwing all kinds of challenges and distractions at you. Suppose he also told you that your mission was to stick to your goals today regardless of what appeared in your life. Would that change the way you handle the situations that crop up in your life?

Does knowing that the distractions and challenges are just practice drills lessen their impact on your life? Try living just one day in life boot camp and see if it changes your attitude about life events.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why Does My Life Suck So Bad?

This is a question that is on the minds of many people, and while I could give you a lot of different magical or shamanic answers, the truth of the matter is that life has always sucked. Most of us just never noticed it.

Most of us have, in the past, been able to repress or ignore our frustrations about life with all kinds of other "stuff." We poured our energies into extreme sports, frantic activities, or obsessions about things that shouldn't matter on a life or death level (Little League parents going nuts comes to mind), so we have always been able to avoid the "suckiness" of our lives.

No more. Welcome to the preamble of 2012, the Dawn of the Age of Aquarius or whatever you want to call it.

2012 is Happening in Us, Really
As we head toward 2012, we've seen some major weather shifts, some man-made catastrophes, and a lot of assorted mumbo-jumbo about what might or might not happen worldwide. But in our conversations with Grandmother (also known as Mother Earth), we've come to realize that 2012 isn't going to be creating as much havoc "out there" as it is "in here," within us.

No actual pole shifts are going to happen on the planet, but a bunch of tiny pole shifts will happen in us as individuals. So what does a pole shift mean to the average human being? It means that we will no longer be able to distract ourselves from the general "suckiness" of life with extreme sports, self-medication, or other worldly goodies.

Instead, we're going to have to face the "stuff" in our lives that really bother us, and resolve those issues. There are lots of ways to do that, magically and shamanically, but at the core of the issue is a simple question:

"What the heck is bugging you?"

If you can't answer this question then 2012 is going to hit you like a ton of bricks. If you can answer this question, then 2012 is going to be a breeze.

What is Heck is Bothering You?
The answer to this question isn't about making a list of all the complaints in your life. It's about drilling down to the fundamental core, the fundamental issue, around which your life has constantly revolved, whether you know it or not.

Can you answer that question? Do you even have a clue?

If not you might try a question circle, a simple magic ritual in which you ask the Winds of the Four Directions for guidance and inspiration.

Get the directions for a question circle here.
Learn more about Daily Magic Rituals here.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ten Magical Ways to Get a Grip!

We've been flooded with requests for help – specifically, for magical ways to "get a grip" in life. Whether it's Hurricane Katrina wreaking havoc, unexpected deaths in the family, or just general chaos, we thought this would be a good time to put out some quickie magical "fixes" that you can use any time you need to bail yourself out of a tricky situation.

Here's our Top 10 List:

#1: Stay in Present Time
There's no time like the present. To drag yourself out of either the past or the future, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself this command in a powerful voice: "Come to present time!" This snaps you back into the present moment, where you can exercise the most power.

#2: Stop Obsessing
If your mind has jumped on the hamster wheel and is going around in circles, a few drops of White Chestnut flower essence will work wonders. White Chestnuts calms the mind and quiets repetitive thoughts. Add 4 drops to spring water and sip continuously for an all-day effect.

#3: Bring in Sun Energy

The light of the sun nourishes your Spirit. To bring the sunlight into a focused presence indoors, burn a sun candle (either a bright yellow candle or a candle with a sun image on it). For a more detailed ritual, send a blank email to mailto:suncandle@shamanschool.com.

#4: Switch Hands
Sometimes you need to switch hands to switch your focus. Choose something you normally do with your dominant hand and do it with your other hand for the day. For instance, if you normally open doors with your right hand, start using your left hand. This forces you to be present to yourself and causes you to have an interval of consciousness in an otherwise mechanical day.

#5: Swing Your Worries Away
Sometimes a little action is called for. If you're in a sticky situation and you can't find an exit, use your pendulum to clear the air. Find a quiet place and sit in the south facing north. Begin swinging your pendulum in a clockwise direction. Allow the pendulum to continue swinging until it stops naturally – it will stop swinging your situation has cleared. Then wait patiently for a door to open.

#6: Ask and Ye Shall Receive
If you're not sure what forces are behind your sticky situation, do a question circle to find out. A question circle gives you answers from four different perspectives – thought, action, feeling, and manifestation. For details on how to do a question circle, send a blank email to mailto:fourdirections@shamanschool.com.

#7: Don't Forget to Breathe
Your body will keep breathing regardless of whether you are paying attention or not, but taking the time to do some conscious breathing will open up a space in your life where the Universe can assist you. It's impossible for you to get "caught up" in a situation when you breathe consciously. Take a few minutes to find a quiet place and do some deep breathing. It will oxygenate your body, occupy your mind, and free your Spirit to clearly communicate with the Universe.

#8: Rescue Yourself
One of our all-time favorites is the Bach Flower Remedy called Rescue Remedy. It's a unique combination of five flower essences that will restore a sense of peace and stability in any situation. It works for mental, spiritual, and physical trauma. Rescue Remedy is also called Five Flower Essence and is available in most health food stores.

#9: Feel Your Body
No matter where your mind travels, your body stays in present time. If you're having trouble staying in the now, anchor yourself by becoming aware of a specific part of your body. For instance, notice the back of your left hand – feel a slight warmth or tingling or weight there. Now stay in touch with that sensation as you do other activities. You'll stay in your body and in the now, which will go a long way toward clearing up any messy life situation.

#10: Be Powerful
There's nothing like an act of power to get you back on track. How do you do an act of power? Simple. Decide what you're going to do and when. When the time arrives, do it! For instance, you might decide to get up out of your chair in 2 minutes and do a yoga stretch. When the time arrives, get up and just do it. It's the quickest way we know to restore personal power.

#11: Bonus Tip – Hire an Angel

There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed angels just waiting to help you – just ask. Request an angel that specializes in what you need (like a parking angel), ask for what you want (be specific about time, place, amount, etc.) and thank your angel in advance. Then, when you get what you want, thank them again. It's as simple as that!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Increasing Your Psychic Abilities

We are all psychic. It's a fact.

Psychic abilities are the birthright of every citizen on this planet--we just forget to use those abilities on a regular basis so they grow weak. If you want to increase your psychic abilities, all you have to do is practice (and it's simpler than you think).

If you've tried various methods to increase your psychic abilities but they haven't worked, don't despair. One of the keys to success in developing these abilities is learning to ignore the outcome. Just practice your abilities and don't worry about whether you're "right" or not.

A simple way to get started with your practice is to begin accessing information that you can't possibly know through your five senses. Begin asking yourself these kinds of questions everyday, and listen for the answer. For instance, before you walk into a movie theater, ask yourself, "How many people will already be in the theater when I walk in?" Go with the first answer you get and don't question it. Thank yourself for the answer. Now here's the key: when you walk into the theater, don't bother counting the number of people. Act as if you never asked yourself that question.

If you walk into a mall, you might mentally pick out a store and ask yourself, "What's the highest discount they are offering today?" You can also ask questions like, "What's the most interesting thing I will see today in the mall?" or "Will I meet anyone I know today in the mall?" Again, the key is not to put your attention on verifying your answer. Just keep asking the question, receiving the first answer you get, thanking yourself for the answer, and ignoring the rest.

Over time, you will unavoidably begin noticing the "correctness" of your answers. You can't help but notice that you've picked out the highest discount a store is offering or that you actually did meet someone you know in the mall. If you really avoid verifying your answers, you'll be more open to what your psychic abilities tell you (rather than hearing all your own doubtful mind chatter). You will begin to notice how "right on" your abilities are--if you can actually avoid verification of your answers early on in the process.

The "art of ignoring" or selective perception is one of the key principles in magic and in developing your psychic abilities. Remember, you're accessing information in another realm, so you have to learn to focus your attention in that realm. Putting your attention solely on asking and receiving is the key. Good luck and, most of all, have fun with this!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How To Choose Even When You Have No Choice

When we look at our lives many of us often feel like we have very little choice. We have to work, meet family obligations, and attend to the daily chores of "making a living." This lack of choice often makes us feel helpless and disempowered. We feel that we are not in control of our own lives.

The good news is that there's a simple way to regain our personal power. It's called "choosing even when you have no choice." Consider going to work, for instance. Most of us have to work to earn an income for basic needs, and while we might have the freedom to change jobs, we don't really have the choice to not work. So how can we choose in this situation where we have no choice?

Pick a segment of your day at work (could be as little as 15 minutes and no more than one hour) during which you will experiment with choices and personal power. Now make a choice about something for that segment. If you have some freedom in your work, choose what you will do during that segment. Decide precisely when you will start, exactly what you will achieve, and when you will stop. When the time comes, start your chosen work and end whenever you've chosen. It's important to end at the chosen time--the ending is just as important as the starting point.

If you don't have the freedom to choose what you'll do, then choose something internal to focus on. For instance, you might choose to focus only on thoughts that put a smile on your face or work with a smile on your face. You might choose to be aware of the sensations in your right hand while you work. You might choose to see how much work you can complete in 15 minutes. You might choose to take off one earring or one sock during that segment. It doesn't matter what you choose or how trivial it might seem. The key is that YOU'VE chosen it.

Why does choosing in a situation where you have no choice make a difference? Because any intentional choice is an act of personal power, and will increase your personal power. The more acts of power you do, the more personal power you will gain. The more personal power you have, the less you'll feel trapped by daily life. Just remember that you can do acts of power in any situation, no matter how little freedom you appear to have.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ten Magical Problems You Fix Fast with Basic Magic Rituals

I wish our magic school had a staff of thousands of magicians on board to help people with their magical problems. Whether it be self-defense, removing hexes, reconnecting with lost ones, changing job prospects, or something else.

Most of these magical problems are not difficult to fix. You just have to have a certain level of magical knowledge, the basics, to be able to select and use the right magical tools and approaches to get the job done. Anyone on the planet can do magic.

There are no muggles.

The reason we don't have a huge staff available to do magic for people is that most of us are engaged in teaching, creating new materials, training other teachers, or tending to issues at different levels, ranging from community to galactic.

But that's as it should be. Why? Because at this school we adhere to the principle of:

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

We certainly could use magic to "fix it" for a lot of people right now (and the good news is that we now have an on-staff practitioner who does help people directly--learn more here). But as a group, we teach people like you to be your own magical "fix it" guy.

Ten Problems You Could Solve with Basic Magic
OK, so now I'm going to climb down off my soapbox and talk to you about Basic Magic. Basic Magic is a 32-week teleconference course that gives you all the basic magical tools you'll need to solve most of life's problems ... be they major or minor.

That's why we are starting yet another Basic Magic class in June (even though we have 2 already in progress). People need to know this magic ... now, more than ever!

Want to know what kinds of problems you can solve? Here are 10 problems that current or past students have recently solved using the magical tools and rituals they learned in Basic Magic. Some are touching, some are deep, and some are just downright funny!

Ready? Here goes:
  1. Hubby got wife to stop throwing temper tantrums and slamming doors by pulling "anger energy" (which is the color red-orange) out of her every time she started to get angry.

  2. Unsuspecting woman won a random drawing for a trip to Belize. She had never won any contest or drawing in her life. She put a postcard of Belize on a keyed magical plate and drew the trip to her by putting a giant chunky magnet on top! It's called a "come along."

  3. Son used dowsing methods to discover the right combination of supplements, medications, and therapies to help his mother recover after a series of strokes. She was completely recovered in 6 months.

  4. Sugar-a-holic who had always been borderline diabetic lowered his fasting blood sugar to normal ranges and eats much less sugar. He wore fire colors to increase his metabolism, as well as used simulacra magic (voodoo magic) to separate him from his sugar cravings.

  5. Mother helped her young son find their lost dog using map divination.

  6. Avid horse woman used weather working skills to move an incoming storm further to south, keeping the day warm and clear for the horse show she wanted to attend.

  7. Nephew helped his uncle pull through a dangerous surgery by creating a sun-crystal, which is a source of Spirit force that can be drawn upon when one's life is in danger. It works even if the person is unconscious, under anesthesia.

  8. Woman got a different, better-paying job closer to home within 4 weeks of asking for help from angels, guides, and the Winds.

  9. 9. Real estate agent helped a friend desperate to get out of town to be with her parents, who were in failing health. The house sold for asking price, even in a depressed market.

  10. Last but not least, one wife got her husband to consistently put the toilet seat down after using the toilet. How? Not by asking him directly! She used the water bowl technique, which can be used for Spirit-to-Spirit communication, scrying, and much more!
I don't know about you, but I particularly enjoyed that last one. It's magic with a sense of humor, and heavens knows we should always enjoy using our magic!

So if any of the above situations amused, enchanted, or otherwise interested you, check out our new Basic Magic Course or drop us a line and ask some questions:

Basic Magic Course

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Learn to do Shamanic Clearings (also called Bank Clearings)

Learn to Do Bank Clearings
Open to All Current and Past Students of the Esoteric School

This is an open invitation of all past and current students of the Esoteric School, and anyone who has finished the Four-Element section of Basic Magic (the first 10 classes).

For the last 25 years I have been doing the "ground out" ritual to clear the Buried Unconscious, what we refer to as "the Bank" on many people with outstanding success. You can read more about Bank clearings at the end of this document.

I have decided to offer this technique in a series of classes, coming up soon, in conjunction with our ongoing course of Advanced Magick (also called Fantastic Creative Endeavors). The class is held weekly on Sunday evening, at 6 PM MST.

Course Content
This course will consist of the following parts:
  1. How to recognize which aspect of the Bank needs to be cleared in your client: buried, forgotten, and suppressed anger, fear, grief, shame, or guilt.
  2. How to help your clients make an effective list of events involving that aspect through this lifetime.
  3. How to explain the nature of the buried unconscious-how it differs from conscious and subliminal mind-and the effects of non-survival attitudes in all parts of their lives, including addictive behaviors and out-of-control aspects of their lives.
  4. How to clear Bank in one session using the ground-out ritual.
  5. How to prepare your client for the second session.
  6. How to run the second session until your client is convinced of:
    a. Whereas before they had no choice of their behaviors once bank was "keyed in"-but not any longer.
    b. How many aspects of their lives were controlled by these conditions about which they had no control.
We will first work on one another to build our confidence and our skills. On all these sessions when a clearing is done, I will sit in as a silent observer to later give the processor useful feedback. Depending on the size of the class will influence the duration of the class, but we won't finish until everyone is confident of their capability to run a session.

This method truly works and is far and wide the most effective and fastest way to clear Bank, unlike Dianetics auditing, which takes many sessions and is very expensive.

Benefits of a Bank Clearing
  • Clearing addictive habits and behaviors
  • Clearing body issues: various effects on the physical body built up over a lifetime, and in many cases in other lifetimes
  • The ability to be in present time when one chooses-and to "act" in accordance with present-time events
  • The ability to understand the true causes of many behaviors that heretofore have been misidentified
  • To come out of a "victim" orientation towards one's life
  • To be able to be self-determined rather than "other-determined"
  • To have choice where before no choice was possible.
Cost and Joining
The cost of the class will be $35 per session, no exceptions. If you are interested in joining this course or have questions, please contact us at alan@shamanschool.com or 888-446-2442.

More About Bank Clearings

In today's fascinating world of contradictions, our society is more technology-focused than it has ever been and, at the same time, society is more accepting of new age and spiritual explorations than ever. As a result, most of us are familiar with or involved in some sort of spiritual exploration or journey to improve the quality of our lives. Many of us have worked on our issues relating to money, health, success, career, family or relationships with greater or lesser success. In the course of your spiritual journey, have you noticed that while some issues can be resolved with a little dedicated effort and perhaps some professional assistance, other issues seem more difficult to handle and resolve? It seems that no matter how many different ways we approach some of these more intractable issues they move or change very little.

Why is this the case? According to much original shamanic research and esoteric knowledge, the root of most of these difficult issues lies in inaccessible parts of our Minds that no amount of regular therapy, counseling, or healing work can reach. There are actually three different parts or layers of Mind: conscious, subliminal, and buried unconscious. Here are the functions they serve and the ways they operate:

CONSCIOUS MIND
Conscious Mind stores the thinking part and memories that are readily available and easily accessed. It is useful to note that Mind has, in itself, no contact with the outside world except through Spirit or Body, and thus cannot interact with the environment. Most everything that we have learned or experienced with any awareness at all in this lifetime is stored in conscious Mind.

SUBLIMINAL MIND

All other data from past lifetimes, between lives, and long past times when we didn't yet have bodies is stored in subliminal Mind. All impressions that we did not consciously focus on, plus all sorts of body and cellular memories are also kept here. This is the part of Mind that hypnosis can affect in positive ways.

BURIED UNCONSCIOUS
Also known as "the Bank," the home of all incoming perceptions and experiences when Spirit was not present to Mind. Bank is a holding place for information that must be reviewed by Spirit. Spirit must decide on the significance of the information stored here, and what, if any, actions need to be taken. Because Spirit could not be aware of this data and was not conscious at the time the data was received, this information is all about issues of Non-Survival.

BANK: The Home of Compulsivity

Many of the core issues that we have the most difficulty in dealing with are Bank issues. Because no amount of traditional therapy and healing techniques can reach Bank, these issues remain unresolved in our lives. They seem to come back over and over, no matter how much will power we apply to the issue. Until these issues are cleared from Bank, we remain helpless against Bank "key-ins," or triggers that affect these issues.

How does the Bank key in and what kinds of things happen as the result? We can have minor Bank events on a daily basis, triggered by any incoming perception: words, sounds, images, events, or smells that are similar to the perceptions held in Bank. Bank has a monitoring circuit that vigilantly watches all stimuli incoming from our environment, and all data housed in subliminal Mind - it misses nothing. As Bank comes online, it begins to pull more and more present-time perceptions down into Bank, adding to the storehouse of data already stored there. In other words, until the data stored in Bank is cleared, we simply collect more and more Bank data as we move through life.

With a mild key-in, we may feel disoriented and have vague feelings of discomfort, the source of which we can't locate since we can't obtain any data from Bank. We may notice that our decisions and behaviors are suddenly out of sync with present-time circumstances - we react way out of proportion to the situation. When we have the misfortune of being in the middle of a full Bank key-in, all incoming perceptions, whether from the outside world or from any other part of my Mind, are pulled down into Bank. There is then a tidal wave of energy that flows up into subliminal and conscious Mind, and we are in the middle of a highly destructive scene. What we experience when Bank comes "On Line" is the charge held on this data, in the form of large amounts of grief, fear, or anger, with no apparent cause or reason for these in terms of present-time data!! This is where compulsivity and extreme irrational behavior originate, and these behaviors become the cause of acts that we call criminal or violently insane. In any case, eventually Bank will key out again, and we are left to deal with the results of our Bank-stimulated actions, having no idea what has taken place. Looking back on past Bank experiences, we often find them to be highly inexplicable or irrational.

Bank has two functions that are very different from the functions of conscious and subliminal Mind. Knowledge of these functions is critical to our understanding of how Bank has such an overpowering affect on us when it is activated or triggered. Bank has no sense of time, so from Bank's point of view, anything that has ever happened is still happening. It is also verbally literal and can't make comparisons, so when something is similar to a datum held in Bank, Bank considers the two similar items to be the same. More importantly, there can be only one meaning or significance attached to each piece of datum in Bank, and thus words can have only one meaning - the first meaning that Bank encountered. For example, the words "weight" and "wait," despite being different words, can only have one meaning in Bank. The data that is contained in Bank is not available to us, and is locked in by past issues of negated, suppressed, and forgotten grief, fear, or anger.

As you can imagine, resolving Bank issues is no easy task. Traditional medical and psychological approaches have no solution for clearing Bank issues. At best, they offer diagnoses such as paranoia or schizophrenia, and offer potent Mind-altering drugs as the only solution. Unfortunately, ever since the Shaman was cast out of our cultural system several thousand years ago, no one has been trained to either recognize nor deal with Bank states, and just about everyone in the society has Bank issues, including the trained medical practitioners from whom we seek help.

How Can We Clear Bank?
What choices do we have in dealing with Bank issues? We know of three mystery schools that are capable of resolving Bank issues, and can clear entire Bank chains from Mind, leaving us free to live our lives and make choices from Spirit rather than from reactions of Mind.

DIANETICS
Dianetics is a part of Scientology that was originated by L. Ron Hubbard, and deals with Bank through auditing. This approach, although effective, is very time consuming, lengthy, and expensive. However, Dianetics processor are not difficult to find.

CHURCH OF SEVEN ARROWS

This church has, over the years, trained a small number of practitioners in Flow-Processing, which is fast, inexpensive and highly effective. However it is difficult to locate these people and one must be physically present to run a session, just as with Dianetics.

THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL

Our school offers perhaps the easiest solution in the form of shamanic clearings, which can clear Bank issues in 2 sessions. More important, clearing can be done remotely on the telephone if necessary, and the clearings are reasonable in cost.

Cost and Joining
The cost of the class will be $35 per session, no exceptions. If you are interested in joining this course or have questions, please contact us at alan@shamanschool.com or 888-446-2442.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Your Slice of Magic is Up for Grabs When the World is in Chaos

I've written about this topic before, but now seems as good a time as any to write about it again. And you may ask, what is "it"?

"It" is the fact that magic is material thing. It has material properties. There is a certain amount of magic in the world, and right now people are giving up their inherent right to use that magic ... which means there is more of "it" up for grabs to those who want it.

Why No One Wants Magic When They Most Need It
Right now, as we are speeding into the Aquarian Age, people are experiencing chaos as never before, which means they need magic more than ever. There are more car wrecks, medical emergencies, lost jobs, and other personal tragedies than there has been in a long time.

Magic would really help the people who are experiencing these chaotic events, which includes almost everyone, and yet people are turning away from magic more than ever.

Why is that? Because people are not thinking clearly. Because people have lost faith. Because people are so focused on their problems that they can't think about solutions. Because people are too busy throwing pity parties for themselves and each other to even consider magic.

That's bad news for those people who are subject to all of the factors above.

That's also good news for those of us who understand the fact that when people give up their right to their share of magic in the world, there is more magic available to the rest of us.

Magic is Material So Grab Your Piece of the Pie
While it's natural to think about magic as ethereal, mystical, and somehow airy-fairy "less than real," if you want to bring more magic into your life you have to start thinking about magic as something material.

Think about magic as a pie ... a very large pie that is normally divided among all the people in the world. If everyone in the world were to claim their slice of the pie, each person would end up with a pretty small slice of magic because there are a lot of people in the world.

Now consider the fact that the majority of the people in the world are not claiming their slice of the pie. That means that the people who are claiming their share of magic get a much larger slice of pie, or magic.

So, grab your slice of magical pie because it is out there, free, up for grabs, and easier to access right now than ever.

How Do You Bring More Magic Into Your Life?
The ways you can use to bring more magic into your life are way too numerous to count in a single article or blog post, but suffice to say that pretty much any way you ask for magic to show up in your life, it will.

There is that much magic up for grabs right now, really.

Here are 3 ways that might appeal to you:

1. Use Magical Books

Whether you use a daily planetary guide or the Medicine Cards or a book of angels, using a book that references the higher allows you to stay in touch with the higher ... and claim the magic that is yours.

Many practitioners start their day by opening a book of angels to a random page, reading an excerpt, and doing a short 10 minute meditation on the reading. You can do the same with a book of dreams, a book of magic rituals ... basically any book related to the higher.

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2. Look for Synchronicity
Any form of synchronicity is a "thumbs up" sign from the Universe, at least in my world. For instance, Dick Francis is one of my favorite authors and I have every book he wrote. The other day, I was reading a different book and the main character proclaimed that her favorite author was Dick Francis.

That's synchronicity. True, the event was small, but I took it as a positive sign from the Universe that said, "Everything is fine. Everything always works out for the best. Be at ease."

At a time when chaos is occurring left, right, and center, I accept these kinds of magical messages from any direction ... regardless of size.

3. Start and End Your Day Magically
If you want to attract magic into your life, start and end your day by calling in the magic. Whether you practice the Navajo Beauty Way, meditate at the beginning and ending of each day, journal, or do yoga, connecting with magic at both ends of your day is a powerful way to ensure that magic shows up somewhere in the middle.

One way that I love to call forth the magic is to do meditations:
1. In the morning, I meditate and call in the kinds of magic I want and need during the coming day. I call on my angels, spirit guides, and totems. I use several types of daily rituals during my meditations as well.

2. In the evening, before bed, I call back to me all the energies I have released during the day that I want back. I also release any energies that I have accumulated that I no longer wish to hold.

I find that this two-part meditation keeps me grounded and doesn't allow any chaotic energy to accumulate in my life. Plus, it's short, simple, and fun. You might give it a try!

Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Need Just a Wee Bit 'o Magic in Your Life?

Every now and then even the most accomplished magician likes to take a break and have some fun.

I love the magic vials created by CraftyChick101 on Etsy.

Her "Little Bit of Magic" Vial Pendant Necklace is just that: it is filled with little bits of sparkling magic.

Wear this pendant necklace as a talisman or use it as part of a small daily ritual. What you do with it is up to you. It's fun, pretty, and magical. What else could you ask for?

The pendant comes on a thick 17" silver chain, which is perfect since silver is very stable for use in magical rituals.

Visit Etsy to get a good look at this fun wee bit 'o magic ...

Vial Pendant Necklace

Most of all, enjoy your magic ... whether you're dowsing with pendants or doing daily rituals or just plain having fun spreading the magic around!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

One Step Over the Line Sweet Jesus or Universe or ...

"One step over the line sweet Jesus."

This line from the song has always fascinated me because it speaks so eloquently of how little it takes to go from living a crappy mundane life to a magical miraculous life.

The difference is just one step. One itty-bitty step.

It doesn't matter whether you say Jesus or Universe or Great Spirit ... you fill in the blank. The key is that the line between the mundane and the magical is a fine one. It takes just one step to cross that line.

Crossing the Line from the Mundane to the Magical
So how do you step over the line from the everyday ordinary world into the magical world? How do you cross that line? How do you take a magical step?

There are so many possible magical solutions that there is no way to cover them all in one article. The point is this: do magic.

Any sort of magic will help you step over into the magical world. Now here's the really good part:

Any intentional act is a magical act.

Stop and savor the power of that for a moment. ANY intentional act is a magical act. That means that anything you do with intention (or attention) is a magical act. That means that anyone can do magic. There are no muggles. Everyone can do magic.

A magic ritual done with intention is a magical act. A power walk around the neighborhood driven by intention is a magical act. Taking a deep breath on purpose is a magical act. Are you starting to see how easy this can be?

What is an Intentional Act and How is that Magical?
So let's clarify. An intentional act is any act you do on purpose. A very simple act can be an intentional, and hence magical, act. Here's an example of an intentional act.
  1. You look at a pen on your desk.
  2. You decide to pick up the pen right now.
  3. You pick up the pen immediately after you make the decision.
There, you have just done a magical act ... and crossed the line from the ordinary world to the magical world. It's simple.

Of course, the scale of the intentional act dictates the level of its effect. A small intentional act will give you a little magical power boost ... help you step over the line, so to speak. A stronger magical ritual will help you stay over the line. Even more powerful, magic rituals done on a daily basis as part of magical practice will help you live a magical life, even as you move through your ordinary daily activities.

For instance, if you call upon the Spirit of Owl each morning to help you plan your day, you start your day by stepping over the line. Intentionally following the guidance from Owl will help you stay on your magical path all day.

Get directions for communicating with Owl here.

Or if you are feeling blue, doing the Sun Candle ritual for even 5 minutes will shift you from mundane to magical.

Get directions for doing the Sun Candle magic ritual here.

Or, if you choose appropriate daily rituals to match life situations that crop up every day, you will literally be steeped in magic. It just takes one step, sweet Jesus, or Universe, or ...

For more ideas on simple daily magical rituals, check out our ebooks that offer rituals you can do immediately and also teach you how to create your own (at least, the Daily Rituals ebook does):

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Magic Rituals: Easy Freebies to Help You Get Your Feet Wet

One of the most common questions we get about magic rituals is, "Where do I start?"

A lot of people go into information overload when they start delving into a magical practice, and have no idea where to start. They wonder which magic ritual they should they first? And should they read and study first, then do the ritual? It's enough to make anyone's head spin.

Well, if your head is spinning, here's how to make it stop.

Magic Rituals in Three Easy (Freebie) Steps
Magic rituals don't have to be overly complicated or filled with smoke and mirrors. In fact, a lot of truly effective and fun rituals are very simple. So here's how you get your feet wet with a magical practice in three easy steps.

1. Pick a Ritual
First, you have to find a magic ritual that really calls to you. You also need to find one that is safe and not going to wreak havoc with your karma or cause you any spiritual backlash. We've got a bunch of them in our online library of articles. Feel free to check 'em out.

2. Do the Magic Ritual, Right Now
You'd be amazed at how many people get hung up on this step. They read about a ritual and think to themselves, "Wow, this one looks great. I'll do that as soon as I have some time." Yeah, right. When do you think that's going to happen? Never. So when you find a ritual that really calls you to you, drop everything you are doing and do the ritual. If the ritual calls for some special tools or ingredients, go get them, right away. Then come right back and do the ritual. It's the only way to dive into your magical practice without letting doubt, schedules, or anything else interfere.

3. Reflect on the Effect
Once you have done the ritual, take a moment to reflect on what happened. You may want to jot down any immediately noticeable effects in a journal. Do the same reflection 12, 24, and 48 hours after you have done the ritual. Maybe check back in a week later as well. Be sure to look for good things that might have entered your life.

You may also want to check for negative things that have left your life. This is very important. Most of the time, when something negative leaves our lives, we don't notice it. We just move on with our lives.

For instance, when I counsel people about health care, I often ask them to tell me if anything has changed or improved with their health after we have completed a treatment regimen. Many times the person says, "No, nothing has changed." But when I ask them whether they still have headaches or back pain, they suddenly wake up to the fact that the pain is gone. We often fail to notice when pain leaves our lives. Pain, or negative events, are usually noticeable only when they are present. So be sure to check for anything negative that might have left your life.

See, that's pretty easy, right? Pick a ritual, do it, and reflect on it. How much simpler can it get? Don't over-think this. Do as Nike suggests:

Just do it!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Magic Rituals: The Art of Calling in the Muses

Uninspired action really sucks, and I mean really, really sucks.

Not just because doing something you're not thrilled about is a total bore, but also because it's a useless waste of effort. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about ... that useless head-banging that doesn't net you anything but a headache?

Yeah, that would be because you are working without the magical benefit of muses, our sources of inspiration. Without that kind of inspiration, action is fairly useless. I believe that the metaphysical teaches Abraham said it best:

"Take time to line up the Energy first, and action becomes inconsequential ...if you don't find the feeling place of what you're looking for, not enough action in the world will make any difference."

That's pretty clear, huh? So if you are feeling dull, lackluster, and totally not into what you're doing, just stop. Do a magic ritual to call in the Muses. When they appear, then it's time to spring into action.

A Magic Ritual to Call in the Muses
Muses do exist in the world, and as magical creatures they bring us inspiration. People call them by all kinds of other names--angels, spirit guides, helpers, totems--you name it. But it's not all that important what you call them, just that you allow them into your life to amplify your heart's desire and call your forth in happy and inspired action.

So how do you call forth a muse? There are several magic rituals that you could use to do this, and my favorite is the simplest one of all:

Just sit there and call for a Muse.

Yup, just sit on your fanny and call for a Muse. You can do it out loud or just ask silently. Use whatever words come naturally to you. Your own Muse is always hovering nearby, just waiting to hear your call, so the words really don't matter. I often just think the word, "Muse."

Then I wait. This is the part of the magic ritual that is the most difficult for most people. If you can master the art of sitting and waiting, then you have mastered the art of control, at least in one area of your life ... and control of your attention and intention is crucial to a successful magical practice.

Why Sitting and Waiting is So Difficult

Did you know that you expend more energy just sitting in a chair doing nothing than you do digging a ditch for a couple of hours? You do. Why is this? Because movement is life, a natural part of life, so it's much easier for our bodies (not to mention our minds) to be in movement than to be still.

When we hold ourselves still, we actually have to exert tension over our bodies to do so. This tension expends a lot of energy, far more than movement, which is why we have such a hard time sitting still. It takes a lot of work to sit still.

But if you can manage to hold yourself still, both in body and mind, while you wait for your Muse, you'll find that you don't have to stay still for long. Muses can only speak to us when we are quiet, both inside and out, so the sooner you can be still the sooner your Muse will deliver the inspiration you have asked for.

Sometimes it helps to stare at a candle flame or listen to the gurgling sound of a fountain as you do the magic ritual. This keeps your mind occupied, which means your body will naturally be still.

For instance, the other day I was having difficult with this ritual. I needed to write the notes for a magic class I was teaching, but could not concentrate. I had asked for a Muse but felt so jumpy that I couldn't hear anything from my Muse. So I plunked myself down in front of the woodstove and simply watched the flames as I waited for my Muse. My mind and body calmed immediately, since flames are notoriously hypnotic. About 15 minutes later, I sprang into inspired action (after, of course, thanking my Muse).

Doing the magic ritual this way works particularly well, especially if you are feeling the pressure of a tight deadline, are experiencing an adrenaline rush, or are downright frustrated with your lack of progress. Just watch of listen to something distracting, call your Muse, and practice the art of waiting.

Patience, my friend, is a virtue ... and luckily one that yields many magical rewards

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Free Magick: Why it is Never Free No Matter Which Way You Slice It

Throughout the fifteen years we have had our magick school, we have tried various ways of offering free magick ... and time and again we have reached the conclusion that there really is no such thing as free magick.

Free Magick: Let Us Count the Ways
Over the years, we've tried various ways of offering free magick.

For instance, we currently offer:
These seem to work fairly well in that people can access magical knowledge for free, and there's no trouble. But then we tried to take the whole concept of "free magick" to the next level and offer it more deeply, and it has always backfired on us. For instance, we have offered:
  • full scholarships for our live weekly teleconference magick courses
  • free live one-time magick tutorials
  • scholarships on our home study courses
Most of these have not produced the intended result, which is to expand magical knowledge and the use of daily magical rituals in the world. Now why is this?

Why Free Magick is Never Truly Free
The reason that free magick is never truly free is because there is always a price to be paid by both parties involved: the people teaching the material and the people learning the material.

Anyone teaching magical material has already paid the price, and continues to pay it. For instance, all of us who teach have already put in the time and effort to learn what we teach. We also continue to deepen our knowledge by taking advanced courses in magick and practicing daily magic rituals.

Anyone who wishes to learn magick must also pay the price, and therein lies the rub. Most who believe they want to learn this material can only see the physical "price tag" attached to the material, whether it be a daily magic rituals ebook or an in-depth teleconference course.

But there is a second price to be paid: the effort that a person pays into his or her own magical practice. While some people can afford the first price, the dollars, they can't or won't pay the second price-the effort.

And that explains why our scholarship recipients have never really done well in our courses. In our experience, a student who cannot pay the physical price of class usually does not have enough "will" or "force" to pay the price of effort required to learn this material. As odd though it may seem, there is a correlation between a person's "will" and his ability to manifest dollars in his life.

Even recently we offered several scholarships to students for our teleconference class, and the results were no different. In fact, they were much worse than ever. One scholarship student never showed up while another one dropped out quickly. This tells me that in this particular period of time, when karmic effects are speeding up, the correlation between a person's willingness to pay into his magical practice with effort and the number of dollars in his bank account is stronger than ever.

That's Why We Don't Teach Free Magick
We get loads of emails all the time asking us why we don't offer free magick. The fact of the matter is two-fold:
  1. We offer tons of free magical resources on our website (see the list above)
  2. No matter how many scholarships we offer, no student who gets a free ride every has the force or will to stay the course
The price for magick must always be paid, in one form or another. Thus, there is no free lunch, free ride, or free magick. For those who want to learn for free, there are few who are willing to spend the effort to browse all the no-cost resources on our website. They want the knowledge handed to them on a silver platter, at no monetary cost and with no effort.

Not gonna happen. It's not in accordance with the tribal magical and shamanic laws and traditions that have been passed on through the eons. So if you want free magick, we wish you the best of luck and we point you to free our online resources.

Dig in, dive in, delve in. Get your magick there at no monetary cost ... all it costs you is your effort, and you may find that the effort is a higher price than any of our classes or home study materials!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How Magic is Like a Candy Bar ... and Why the Candy Bar Approach Won't Bring You What You Want

For a lot of people magic is kind of like a candy bar. It is an "impulse" kind of thing. As you stand in line at the check stand, you see rows of candy bars and, on impulse, buy one and eat it. If you hadn't been staring at all the candy bars, you probably wouldn't have bought or eaten one.

Magic is kind of the same way for many people. Something goes wonky in their lives and no immediate solution is apparent. All of sudden they think,

"Maybe magic will fix this."

So they fire off a question to us, a group of magical practitioners, and then forget all about it. When an email response arrives back in their inbox, 90% of the people ignore it, even though it contains valid magical information.

Why?

Because the impulse to "do magic" has been satisfied by sending off the email, just as the impulse to "eat something tasty" is satisfied by downing a candy bar. That's all, it's done. As a result, a lot of people either think that magic doesn't work or that magic isn't real. They think, "Oh, I checked it out but nothing much happened."

Hmmm...

The Problem of Mixing Impulse and Magic
Impulse and magic go together about as well as oil and vinegar ... they don't. Impulse is by definition a short-lived spurt of action that comes and goes in a blink of the eye.

Magic, on the other hand, is the art and science of intention and attention. To do magic successfully, you have to develop the ability to focus your intention and attention on what you want for rather long periods of time. That doesn't sound much like impulse, does it? And yet, impulse is the doorway through which many people approach magic. No wonder people think that magic isn't real or doesn't work.

What Makes Magic Work?
So if impulse is not the best way to approach magic, how should one approach magic so that it actually works? It's simple. Like everything else, magic takes practice. That's why most people who are involved with magic say they have a "magical practice." To be successful, magic has to be practiced the way you would practice the piano or yoga.

Magic takes practice because while every single person on the planet is born with magical abilities, we don't tend to use those abilities (called Spirit perceptics) in everyday like except at a very subliminal level. Occasionally, we may receive "premonitions" about something or experience "deja vu," but for the most part we don't exercise our magical skills much. Hence, when we go to use them by the sheer force of impulse, nothing much happens.

To "practice" magic the way you would a piano, you use daily magic rituals to help you exercise your magical skills and keep you in contact with magical beings. The magic rituals don't have to be complicated, and in fact it's better if they are simple.

A Simple Magic Ritual for a Magical Practice
There are thousands of magic rituals you could use as part of your magical practice, and here is a very simple one to get you started. This ritual will help you exercise your Spirit perceptics, but won't be so difficult that you will avoid doing them.

This ritual exercises both your ability to attract your desire into your life as well as your ability to "see" when something has manifested. To do this ritual, spend 5 minutes each morning sitting quietly. Envision a single thing that you want to appear in your day. Whether you choose a green marble, a handsome man, or a rainstorm, choose something concrete. Spend the 5 minutes of your sitting asking the Universe to bring that thing into your life today.

Oh, and pick something small and insignificant so that you don't overburden yourself with expectation. Don't pick "the love of my life" because that has too much expectation on it. Stick with little things, like a blue bird or the hiccups ... things you don't care much about one way or another.

During your day, keep your eyes, ears, and Spirit sense open for that thing. Many times, it will appear in a form that you least expect. For instance, suppose you chose to call a green marble into your experience. Depending on how specific you were, you may end up standing on green marble tile, or you may hear someone say the word "green" and read the word "marble" in a magazine. At first, your attempts to use this ritual may bring you somewhat "splintered" results, but be sure to acknowledge all of these results and thank the Universe. Your results will get more specific over time.

If at the end of the day you feel you still have not "received" that which you asked for, do another short meditation. Review your day and ask your mind for a "print out" of all possible events that might match your desired "thing." You'll be surprised at how much this "print out" will reveal to you about what you missed during the course of your day. Your mind records everything, and if you review its data carefully you will most likely find what you are looking for.

Do this magic ritual for 40-days in a row and jot down your results daily. Even if you get no results on a particular day, just keep doing the exercise. This magic ritual becomes an anchor-point of intention that will transform you into a powerful manifester. The whole goal of this ritual is to help you hone your intention and attention by starting with small objects. It's simple but ingenious.

Got it? Good ... now go try it!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Live a Magical Life: Stop Being a Control Freak

I bet you are a control freak, at least in some areas of your life, even if you don't admit it to yourself. That's all right. I think we're all control freaks.

My wife calls me a "just so guy," because there are certain areas of my life (like my cigars) where things have to be "just so" or I pout.

So we are all control freaks in some way or other, and that's fine because it helps us feel in control of something, especially when other factors in our lives (like the economy) seem to be spinning out of control.

Too Much Control Leads to Too Little Magic
But, being too much of a control freak can really get in the way of living a magical life. Trying to control events all the time keeps the magic from happening because magic mostly happens when you're not looking.

Personally, I feel that phrases like "a watched pot never boils" were created to help us control freaks who so badly want to live magical lives, but just can't seem to get there. That's 'cause we are trying to control the process.

So how do you live a magical life if you are a control freak? Give it up already!

Three Magical Rituals to Help Control Freaks Let Go
Control freaks have such a hard time letting go of stuff that they literally leave claw marks all over their lives. I ask you, how can magic operate in a space filled with claw marks? It can't. So ... to help control freaks unclench a bit, here are some great magic rituals that will help anyone let go so the magic can happen.

Magic Ritual #1: The Coin Toss
People have been flipping coins since the dawn of, well, coins to determine the outcome of certain events. For control freaks, using a coin toss to make a decision is like walking out in front of a beer truck--a guaranteed disaster. Only the coin toss isn't a disaster, it's a great way to let go of control and let magic take you for a little ride.

The next time you have a big decision come up, instead of weighing all the pros and cons and trying to make the decision based on logic or control or whatever other mental stuff is running around your brain, whip out a coin and make the decision based on the coin toss. Decide ahead of time the meaning of both "heads" and "tails." Then flip it!

Whatever the coin tells you, follow that decision ... immediately. Do not pause for consideration, do not pass "Go," and do not collect $200. Just do it.

It may sound crazy, but the universe will reward you with some pretty big magic if you can manage to follow through on this. Why? Because by letting go you allow the Universe to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. You open up space for the magic to appear. You are allowing the magic to lead you where you have always wanted to go ... only you couldn't figure out how to get there. It's one darn simple magical ritual that will help you lead a magical life and teach you to let go.

Magic Ritual #2: The Three Day Test
This ritual is another oldie-but-goodie. Actually, most of these rituals are quite old and date back to tribal times. In any case, this one's simple, too. When faced with a decision that you can't make, use the three day test.

To start the ritual, ask the question aloud to the Universe. Then, for the next three days, don't even think about the question. Don't let your mind touch the topic. Don't talk about the question to a single person. Leave it alone. This is the hardest part of the ritual.

At the end of the third day, ask your question aloud to the Universe again. Then, wait for the answer. Go with the first answer that comes to you. As with the coin toss, do not stop to think it over, ponder it, or otherwise mess with the process. Follow the guidance from the Universe and see what magic unfolds for you. Beyond that, actively look for signs of magic. They will be there ... you just have to be on the lookout for them. They will amaze you.

Magic Ritual #3: Decide That All Decisions are Right
This magic ritual is more of a meditation. It can be done as a silent sitting meditation, or as a more active writing meditation. It is very simple. Before you make a final decision about something, stop and do this meditation. Use this mantra:

"All decisions are right. All decisions will lead me to where I want to be. There are no wrong decisions."

You can either repeat this manta silently during a quiet sitting meditation, or write it forty times in a row during a more active meditation. I personally find that the act of writing does something magic to me. It shifts my place of being from mundane to magical, so I often tend to write mantras rather than repeating them silently to myself.

Once you have completed the meditation, go ahead and make your decision ... and then run with it. You can use either of the two magic rituals above if you have difficulty making your decision. If you encounter doubt after you have made your decision, or at any point along the journey, then repeat the meditation.

Magic Rituals Are Simple
See how simple all of these rituals are? I like simple magic because it's fast, immediate, and is an act of power. Any act of power restores personal power. When you are operating from a space of personal power, you can't make a wrong decision. You really can't. Plus, you will feel so positive that any decision is bound to be successful.

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Now it's up to you. Try these magic rituals and let the magic guide you. Trust the process. Trust the magic.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Quickie Magic Ritual for When You Feel Like a Nut

If you are person who does not like to be told what to do by other people, then this magic ritual is custom-made for you.

With this ritual, you tell yourself what to do ...

It's pretty hard to ignore advice from yourself, right?


Feeling Nuts? One Magic Principle You Must Know
When you feel like you are going crazy, and a lot of people feel crazy these days, here's a magical principle that you have to understand:

Any form of craziness exists in the past or the future.

Think about it. When you feel nuts, what is really happening? You are doing one of two things. You are:

1. Reliving past negative events that have already happened
2. Projecting about future negative events you fear may occur

If you don't believe me, just think back to the last argument you had with someone. What was the REAL content of the argument about? While there may have been a present-time event that triggered the argument, the stuff that gets brought up is usually a rehash of old history, right?

Do lines like, "You always do that!" or "Oh, I can see this is going to turn out just like xxx did back in 1999!" sound familiar? Present time events pull in memories of past events, and that is what the argument is really about.

Conversely, the argument can be about future events. For instance, let's say you get an unexpected bill in the mail. All of sudden you start projecting out into the future about fearful events, like not being able to pay the bill. An argument begins. While the bill exists in present time, the argument is about a projected future.

Thus, it's common sense, not to mention a magical principle that all negativity exists in the past or future, not in the present.

A Magic Ritual to Bring You Back to Present Time
Once you have this knowledge under your belt, you can use a simple magic ritual every time you start feeling a little nuts. It is really easy:

Just look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself in a voice of command, "Come to present time!"

You may have to say it to yourself several times, but this command actually speaks to your Spirit and your mind. Your body always exists in present time, but the command in this magic ritual tells your Spirit and mind to come back to present time as well. Once you are in present time, you can't be nuts. It's a magical principle. It's a fact.

Try it. How does it work for you?

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