Thursday, April 18, 2019

May the Force Be With You ... No Really!

In certain esoteric circles, a lot of attention is given to the accumulation of "force." The more force a magical practitioner has, the more effective her magical rituals and intentions will be. No wonder Luke was always concerned about "the force"!

The neat thing about force is that it helps you be more effective in daily life as well. So force is a good thing all around.

Many of the daily magical rituals that we describe on our website and this blog help you accumulate force in your magical practice. One area that we have not touched upon much is that of timing. It is one thing to gather and accumulate force. The use of force – or more specifically, having access to magical force when you need it – is another matter.

This is where timing becomes important. When you feel tired, depressed, hopeless, or otherwise "down" you will not be able to access your force without taking certain steps. For instance, moving your emotional tone up from depression to anger will give you more access to your force because anger is a more "forceful" emotion than depression. Of course, anger also wastes quite a bit of force, so sometimes the use of anger negates its own energy.

One method for accessing force when you need it is to practice the art of timing. When you feel down, you won't be able to access your force. You probably know yourself well enough to know what triggers cause you to feel negative, as well as what actions or events uplift your spirits.

If you need to perform a magical ritual but have no force, don't perform the ritual now. Wait. Eventually the timing is right for everything, including your magical ritual. You may want to have everything for your ritual prepared so you can launch into action the moment you feel your force returning.

Even if you need some force at your job--in which case force could translate into inspiration, ideas, or will--the art of timing will help. If you feel dead inside, a total lack of force, then don't try to work on a project that calls for inspiration. Instead, turn your attention to something else. Go take a brisk walk to get your physical energy moving. Often the energy of physical movement transfers to your intellectual and emotional centers. If this happens, then you will feel your force returning. You will feel moved by your muses and excited by the possibilities.

The moral of this tale? When in the doldrums, just wait. Your force will return. It always does. May the force be with you!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Magic of Dreams and Moods

The magic of dreams is an art that has been studied by magical practitioners for a very long time. In fact, in many aboriginal cultures, dreams are reality and reality is but a dream. These cultures believe in the magic of dreams and dreamtime.

Dreams are certainly one of the most commonly used channels by angels, guides, higher selves, and totems. This is especially true if we tend to be fairly deaf to messages from these beings in our every day lives. So it's important to make use of the magic of dreams, since for some people this is the only way that our higher guides can communicate with us.

Remembering Our Dreams
One of the biggest obstacles people face when they first try to access the magic of dreams is that they can't remember a single dream. In fact, some people even doubt whether they dream. But according to Edgar Cayce, everyone dreams. Some people are simply better at recalling their dreams than others.

Aside from the usual techniques to help us remember dreams (such as keeping pen and paper by your bed and jotting down dream fragments if you awaken during the night), Cayce stated the moods could help us remember our dreams more clearly.

If you "wake up on the wrong side of the bed" and feel grumpy upon opening your eyes, the chances are that your dreams are about some conflict in your life. Cayce counseled people who awoke grumpy and unrested to study their waking lives as well as their dream lives to find this conflict.

On the other hand, if you awaken feeling peaceful and refreshed, you know that your dreams are not dealing with some serious conflict. This does not mean you should not access the magic of dreams by trying to remember your dreams, only that the need to solve a conflict is not present.

So moods can definitely tell us when we need to be "alert" to our dreams, and when we can rest easy, so to speak. If you watch your moods upon awakening over a long period of time, you may also begin to remember your dreams more easily and clearly.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

When the Magic Is Not Working: Go Fly a Kite

You've hired some angels. You've launched a spell. You've made some sacred space. You've talked to the powers that be. In short, you've done everything in your power to bring magic to bear on something specific in your life ... and nothing is happening. What now?

Go fly a kite.

Or, if you don't like kites, take a hike. Ride a bike. Fish for pike. Sing into a mike. Stick your finger into a dike. Take a drive on the turnpike. OK, so maybe I'm getting carried away here (I'm often heavily influenced by the rhyming of spell chants), but you get the point.

Magical Delays
If the magic doesn't seem to be working for you, go do something else for a while. This might be counter-intuitive, but it really works. We get emails from students and strangers all the time, asking us what to do when the magic isn't working (or isn't working fast enough) and we often tell them to fly a kite.

Here's the thing. Magic always works. What delays the magic? Us. When we get worried, angry, depressed, and negative, the magic slows way down. As the teacher Abraham-Hicks is fond of saying, "You cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy journey." If you feel negative, then you're on an unhappy journey, and you can't have a happy magical ending.

The Prime Directive: A Giant Stop Sign
The reason magical beings can't deliver the result you want when you feel negative is because of the Prime Directive. Just like on Star Trek, the Prime Directive says that other beings can't interfere in your life. If you have asked for something magical to happen in your life, but then you doubt that it will happen, your intention rules supreme. Your doubt serves as a giant stop sign to angels and other helpers. They can't override your dominant intention of doubt.

But once your attention shifts into neutral, magical beings can once again deliver the magic into your life. You don't even have to be positive. You just have to not be negative. That's why flying a kite helps. It takes your mind off the "problem," which switches your attention to neutral. When you return from flying a kite, voila! Some magic will probably have taken place.

So do something, anything, to keep yourself busy while the magic happens. Stop getting in the way and the magic will appear. Do something "in the meantime." Your angels will thank you!

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Levels of Magical Knowledge

Most esoteric teachings divide knowledge into several different levels. It’s important to differentiate between these levels of knowledge since a magician or shaman must know what kind of knowledge is trustworthy and what is not.

In the ordinary world, almost anything can be categorized as knowledge, including what you read, what you hear from other people and what the experts tell you. Magically, true knowledge is quite different. Here are different levels:

You do not know about the existence of something.

KNOWLEDGE OF: You have heard of the existence of something but don’t know anything about it.

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT: You have heard other people or sources talk about something. This is also commonly called hearsay.

KNOWLEDGE: You have directly observed or experienced something. Magicians and shamans consider this true knowledge.

KNOWING: Information you receive through your spirit senses which you may or may not be able to validate through your physical senses.

Most esoteric practitioners consider only knowledge and knowing to be trustworthy sources of information – everything else is open to question. Because magicians and shamans are the researchers of the metaphysical world, their job is to verify everything they read or hear about through actual observation and experience.

Why are these levels of knowledge important? Because when you’re traveling out of body or working with high level magical techniques that could have serious consequences you’d better be sure of your knowledge. The Universe judges you on what you do, not what you meant to do (based on faulty information).

In daily life if you choose to only put your faith in knowledge and knowing you will find that your life becomes much more harmonious. Why? Because most of our daily problems arise from trusting information that we only know of or know about. If you validate what you believe through actual experience and observation you won’t fall into the usual societal traps. Good luck!

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

How to Make Your Own Divination Rods

Divination rods are a great magical tool to add to your magical toolkit. Divination rods, also known as dowsing rods, can be used for divinations such as for finding lost objects, healing or to change the energy around circumstances and events. As a divination tool, these rods can help obtain information by psychic or magical means that is not readily available to the five senses of the body.

One type of divination rod is simple to make from household materials. This type is called an L-rod. The other popular type of dowsing or divination rods are a Y shaped wooden rod. You may be most familiar with these as being used to find water by people called water witches or dowsers. Below are the instructions on how to construct your own L-rods to use as divination rods.

Divination Rod Construction
To make your own L-rods, follow these simple steps:

1. Gather your materials: a coat hanger made completely of metal (no cardboard pieces), a drinking straw, a measuring tape, scissors and wire-cutting pliers.

2. Use the pliers to cut the curved top part of the hanger just below the twisted section of wire (this will require two bends).

3. Now measure the longest section of the metal piece and mark the halfway point.

4. Use your pliers to snip the hanger where you made your mark. Now you have two pieces of wire, each with a bend.

5. Reshape each piece of wire so that each wire has a 90 degree bend.

6. Take one of the metal pieces and measure both lengths of metal on either side of the curve. Snip both the short and long lengths so that the long length is three times as long as the short length. For instance, if the short length is 3" then the long length should be 9".

7. Do the same for the other rod.

8. Using the scissors, snip a piece from the drinking straw so that the straw is slightly shorter than the short side of the rod.

9. Slide the drinking straw over the short side of the rod, then use the pliers to bend the end of the rod so that the straw can't slide off. The straw allows you to hold the rod while allowing it to swing freely.

10. Repeat the process with the other rod.

Congratulations. You now have your own pair of homemade divination rods! The next step is to train your divination rods.

Training Your Dowsing Rods
Like all magical tools, for your divination rods to be most effective, you need to personalize and "train" them to work for you. The process is simple - much simpler than keying other magical tools like the Wand or the Athame.

To train your divination rods, take a regular sheet of white paper and draw a large X that takes up the entire page. Place the page in the center of an open area of you house.

Now step away from the paper and stand at least five feet away, facing the X. Hold one divination rod in each hand, angling your hands so that the rods point straight ahead of you.

While remaining standing still, command your divination rods: "Find the X!" Keep your mind focused on finding the X as you walk toward the X on the ground. Carefully keep your hands neutral and don't try to control the process. As you walk closer to the X, the ends of your rods should begin to move towards each other. They should cross each other as you walk over the X. As you walk away from the X, the rods should move away from each other again.

Don't worry if your rods don't "find" the X at first. Remember, this exercise is meant to help you train your divination rods. Just keep practicing this exercise, approaching the X from different angles until you see results.

To learn about other exercises and uses for your divination rods as well as other divination methods, get our Psychic Development Ebook.  And above all, enjoy the magic!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Magic and Spells: How to Cast Spells for Bad Hair Days

Having a bad hair day? You know one of those days where it seems like nothing is going right, you don't feel in control of your life or your energy just feels "off". Magic and spells can help. Here are 5 simple spells and magical techniques for beginners that can help you get your day back on track.

#1 -  Magic and Spells: Disconnect Litany
This is a way to regain personal power and not bind yourself to any outside power that can affect how you feel. It allows you to disconnect from the stream of consciousness you have been in and step into another.
  • Pause to reflect on your situation, see a picture of what your day is like.
  • Keeping this picture in your mind say this litany aloud:
"I am neither your creature nor your get
to be ruled by your whim nor your let
I will go my own way
by night or by day
to serve my own purposes yet!"
#2 - Magic and Spells: Day Greeting
Starting off the day with a Day Greeting puts you in contact with Sky Father and Earth Mother (and winds of the 4 directions if you include them). It gives you access to the guidance of higher powers and beings. You can include asking these higher powers to be with you through out the day for help on a specific situation you know you will be facing or just to be with you in general for guidance and to share their wisdom. Whether or not you do Day Greetings as a daily ritual, you can always use day greetings to restart your day when it has gotten off to a bad start. Anytime you want to start your day or start it over, just go outside and do one of the following versions.
Simple Version -
  • Stand outside facing to the east, 
  • Raise your arms and hands to towards the sky (making a V shape) and say "Sky Father, I bid you good morning" 
  • Lower your arms and hands, maintaining the V shape, towards the ground and say "And Earth Mother, I bid you good morning".
Long Version –
  • Address all four of the directions by holding your arms out towards the direction you are facing
  • Start with facing East and say, "Winds of Knowledge (or Winds of the East), I bid you good morning"
  • Lower arms and turn to the South, raise arms and say, "Winds of Power (or Winds of the South), I bid you good morning"
  • Lower arms and turn to the West, raise arms and say "Winds of Feeling" (or Winds of the West), I bid you good morning"
  • Lower arms and turn to the North, raise arms and say "Winds of Strength" (or Winds of the North), I bid you good morning"
  • Lower arms and turn to the East again and do as above in simple version with Sky Father and Earth Mother
#3 -  Magic and Spells: Pendulum Spin
Literally spin your problems away with this simple pendulum technique. This is good for
clearing problems or snags in your day.
  • Hold your pendulum in your dominant hand, letting it dangle while you visualize the problem you want to clear.
  • Ask your pendulum, "Can I, May I, Should I, clear this situation?" If you get a yes answer from your pendulum, then move forward. You can use an indicator plate with a circle that has yes on one side and no on the other to get this answer.
  • Begin swinging your pendulum in a counter clockwise direction, asking it to clear the situation. As you do this, "see" the situation resolving in your mind. Be very specific with your request and what you envision as to the situation being resolved. 
  • Continue to focus on clearing the situation until your pendulum stops spinning in the counter clockwise direction. It will then either start moving along a vertical or horizontal axis, stop or start spinning clockwise. When it stops swinging on its own then the problem has been cleared.
  • Once a problem has been cleared you can of course always choose to bring it back. Trust the power of your pendulum and your intent and release the problem from your consciousness. If you find it seeping back into your consciousness throughout the day, change your focus to something else.

#4 - Magic and Spells: Come Back to Present
We often spend time in either the past wondering how we could have done things differently or in the future worrying about things that haven't happened yet. The only time period that has any real power however is the present. Magic exists most strongly in the present and it is indeed the only period in which we have the personal power to make changes. (Remember the magical principle – a small change in the present can make a large change in the future). To get your day back on track, bring yourself back into being fully present in the present. Here's how.
  • Look at yourself in a mirror. Really stare into your eyes and connect with yourself.
  • In a strong voice of command, say to yourself: "Come to present time!" 
  • You may have to repeat this command up to three times, and then you will feel yourself coming back into the "now." In the present, all things are possible.
#5 - Magic and Spells: Getting Higher Guidance
If you are really off track and your day seems chaotic or you feel chaotic inside, you can ask for help from higher powers to help you find inner and outer peace and serenity. Using similar actions to doing the Day Greetings above, turn to each of the four directions and/or Sky Father, Earth Mother and declare your wish for inner and outer peace and serenity today. Start in the east and address each direction by some characteristic it possesses, ie.- East: Winds of Knowledge. Take your time when doing this and extend your perceptions out as far as you can to each direction. Breathe deeply and feel the presence of these higher powers.

Bad days can always be made right through inviting magic into your life. Next time you find yourself having a "bad hair day" just pick one or more of these magical remedies to get yourself headed back to your joy.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

What Winston Churchill Would Say About Magic - Never Give Up!

Never Give Up!
Winston Churchill was once asked to give a speech at a commencement ceremony at Eton. Many important people gave long speeches that day, and one person gave a 20 minute introduction for Churchill. All were hushed in anticipation of what Churchill might say.

Churchill stood up and gave a 9 word commencement speech: "Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never." Then he sat down. Wow!

Winston Churchill's Words as Applied to Magic
Those 9 words epitomize the true spirit of the esoteric researcher. No one could have said it better. If Winston Churchill were to talk about magic, I bet that's what he would say.

The people who are able to really create magic in their lives and who are true explorers of the art and science of magic never give up. They are bold, persistent and completely dedicated to understanding the universal principles that make this Earth school tick.

Are You Just Trying to Solve a Problem?
You see, most people come into the study of magic or shamanism as a way to solve some immediate problem, whether it is prosperity, relationships, health, career, or success. Once they find some sort of solution to their immediate problem, they stop learning and growing in life - that is, until the next problem crops up. And, the next problem always will crop up. Why? Because they have not truly changed their understanding or consciousness about life or their birth vision.

That's what magical researchers do - they really try to understand, through their own observation and experience, how it all works. This study begins to fascinate them far more than whatever immediate problem drew them into magic in the first place. And that's when the magic really begins to happen.

When you get far more interested in the way this Universe works than in the particular problem at hand, you'll find that the problems in your life begin to shrink and disappear. That's the real magic of it.

Magical Research as the Real Cure for Life Problems
If you really want to "cure" or "fix" your life problems, pursue the study of magic to depths beyond anything you could imagine. If you never give up on magic, it will never give up on you. Learning and practicing this art as a way of life brings you closer to powerful, positive Universal forces. Really.

Ready to dig deep? Journey far? Plumb your magical depths? I have two words for you:

Basic Magic

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

What Do You Want?

"What do you want?"

This is such a simple question and yet you might be surprised at how difficult it is to answer. You can answer the question at this very moment, of course. If you're walking around outside and the weather is cold, you could say, "I want a warm winter coat." You can also answer the question from a longer-term view. You could say, "I want to be in a happy relationship with my soul mate." At the same time, you might say, "I want to advance in my career."

Do you see how all three of these answers come from three different parts of yourself? The part that wants a warm coat is the physical side of you. The part that wants a happy relationship with a soul mate is the emotional side of you. The part that wants to advance in career position is the intellectual side of you.

If you take all three sides of you, you get three answers to a single question. Sometimes that's just fine. But at other times, the three goals contradict each other. For instance, career ambitions and ecstatic relationships often conflict with each other in terms of time and attention. You might be able to manifest a rapidly advancing career, but your soul mate might depart for greener pastures in the meantime.

But isn't this all so silly when we're talking about magic. Magic is, after all, magical, right? Magic is supposed to be able to accomplish more than what we can ourselves achieve. So by rights, magically we should be able to wear warm clothing, have a great career, and go home at night to a cuddly soul mate. Right?

Right, but (there's always a but, isn't there?) in most spiritual practices it is said that all goals must ultimately be sublimated to a single goal, else nothing will be achieved. Even in magic attention and intention must be focused in a laser-like fashion to create miraculous effects.

So how could you specify one goal that would help you achieve all the other goals? Well, there are lots of ways to go about it, magically and shamanically, but if you want a laughably simple method try this:

Stop your dislike.
Whatever it is in your life that you dislike, stop disliking it. You don't have to love it, you don't even have to like it. You just have to stop disliking it. Dislike has a way to stopping magic in your tracks because it drags your level of being down to such a low level that you can't see the miracles even as they occur.

There's really no substitute for experience and observation (the definition, by the way, of knowing in magic). So if you're game and you really want your life to change, do this for 40 days:

Stop disliking things.

Every time you find yourself disliking something, stop it. Put your attention on something else. Stop thinking about it. Don't touch that topic with your mind. Jog around the block. Do whatever you have to do to stop the dislike. You will amaze yourself and you will see the magic happen. But it's a 40 day commitment and that's a biggie because we soooooo enjoy our dislikes.

Are you up for it?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Is Magic Real?

We get so many questions and emails about this that we thought it was time to post a reply!
In the Harry Potter movies we watch children play Quidditch on a broomstick and little wizards and witches casting quick spells here and there with their magic wands. In the movie, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” we watch martial arts heroes literally flying among the trees to fight. These days we’re flooded with all kinds of movies that bring magic into our lives. With all this new found interest in magic, most people are asking, “Is magic real?” What do you think? Is magic real and can you really have magic in your life?
Yes. Magic is very real and has existed as a precise science for thousands of years. Whether you call it magic, magick or majick, it is real. Every single person can learn to do magic. We were ALL born with the talents and abilities that empower us to do magic. The only reason that magic seems so, well, magical is that this society no longer teaches the art and science of magic. In the distant past, magical study was just as important as math, science or the arts. Even the miracles that Jesus performed were based on the use of magic. In fact, magic was and still is the birthright of EVERY planetary citizen.
Can you learn to do the kind of magic portrayed in the movies? Yes – and no. The movies are great at giving you a taste of what you can do with magic, but they aren’t very accurate. In the Harry Potter movies, for instance, the characters use their wands for every magical operation. In reality, you can only use the wand to handle air energies. Your wand would actually explode or catch fire if you tried to use it to throw firebolts and fireballs like the characters do in the movie.
So what can you actually do with magic? Quite a lot. Here’s a short list to get you started:
  • Balance your energies for healing and manifestation
  • Change old beliefs
  • Defend yourself against physical and psychic attack
  • Heal yourself and others
  • Find hidden information and see possible futures
  • Psychically communicate with other beings
  • Create sacred space
  • Find lost people and objects
  • Manifest what you want and need in life
At the very basis of magic is the understanding of the four elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Called elemental magic, these foundational elements are real. Air, Fire, Water and Earth are part of our natural everyday environment. What makes them magical is the understanding of how they operate not just on the physical level, but also at the levels of mind and Spirit.
For instance, while on the physical level Air is just the stuff we breathe, on the magical levels Air is the conduit of psychic communication, enlightenment, understanding, dreaming and more. If you want more of any of these things in your life, then you need more magical Air. How do you get more magical Air? Wear more Air colors, including white for communication and sky blue for enlightenment and understanding. To take this one step further, you could also take on more Air to make your body lighter. Take on enough Air and you’ll be able to levitate.
By just extending your understanding and use of the basic ingredients of nature, you are doing magic! Seen in this light, magic isn’t all smoke and mirrors, nor is it the result of Hollywood special effects. Magic is the result of truly understanding and working with the very elements that are all around you.
One final note: Many masters, including Wayne Dyer, have said, "You'll see it when you believe it." The same is true for magic. In other words, the suspension of disbelief and the willingness not to exercise contempt prior to investigation are requirements for magic to be “real.” Magic is all around us, and always is, but our ability to perceive and use the forces of magic depends on our willingness to be open. No one else can show it to you, only your direct experience and observation can “prove” or demonstrate to you that magic is real.
We’ve found that one of the simplest ways to experience magic (and your own magical abilities) is to work with clouds. Clouds respond to your intention, and you can easily move, shape and manipulate clouds from a great distance. And moving clouds that are suspended hundreds of feet above you is quite magical, isn’t it?
To start playing with clouds, send a blank email to with CLOUDS in the subject line. We’ll email the instructions to you ASAP. Have fun!

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Getting from "No" to "Know" Magically

Are things not going your way? Are there too many doors slamming shut and too many people telling you "No"? Then you need a little magic to help you get from "No" to "Know."

See if this helps. Whatever is happening right now is just the manifestation of your thoughts and feelings from the past. In other words, your current reality isn't the result of anything you are thinking and feeling now.

So if things are going all wrong right now, just chalk it up to negative thoughts and feelings you experienced in the past. It has nothing to do with now.

So what do you do? Well, here's some great advice from Abraham-Hicks:
"Never face reality unless your reality is just the way you want it to be."

In other words, if your current reality isn't all that you want it to be, then just ignore it. Blow it off. Magically, it's called the "art of selective attention." Don't bother doing the mature thing and facing your reality.

Instead, put your energies toward this little mantra, also from Abraham-Hicks:

"Today, no matter where I'm going, no matter what I am doing, and no matter who I'm doing it with -- it is my dominant intent to look for that which I'm wanting to see. I'm wanting to find thoughts and words and actions that feel good while I'm finding them. For in doing so, I am, in the moment, practicing the art of allowing all that I've been telling the Universe I'm wanting, for all of the days of my existence."

In short, when you see something you don't like, do the ostrich thing and ignore it. When you see something that lines up with what you want, give it your full attention. Love it, enjoy it, ham it up. You get the picture, right?

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Can I Buy Your Magic Bus?

"I don't want to cause no fuss (Whoa, the Magic Bus)
But can I buy your Magic Bus? (Whoa, the Magic Bus)
Nooooooooo!" --The Who

Members of the rock band The Who apparently couldn't buy the magic bus "that takes me to you," even though they dedicated a whole song to it.

I've never bought a magic bus, either, but the last two decades of teaching magic and shamanism have been a heck of a magical ride. These days, a lot of people are looking for that ticket to ride the magic bus.

Well guess what? Here's your ticket to ride. Yup, the top 10 things you can do today to catch a ride on the magic bus. Click on each link to get the directions you need to work some magical mojo!

10. Hire an angel

9. Light and bless a sun candle

8. Meditate with your cat, dog, fish, lizard …

7. Throw your troubles away

6. Make space for sacred space

5. Get psychic with water

4. Know thyself with some self-tests

3. Trade in your negative vibes and get happy

2. Find your Spirit guide

1. Not For Muggles or Wimps: Hop a ride on the ultimate Magic Bus with Basic Magic


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How To Control People Without Controlling People

If you've bumped up against the facts of life a few times, you've probably discovered that you can't really control people, places, or things. You may have even discovered that there is a spiritual principle that says you can't control other people. This can be irritating since other people are unpredictable, messy, and certainly don't act the way you want them to, right?

If you're frustrated by the fact that you can't control other people, you'll be pleased to discover that there is a spiritual loophole to that principle. The loophole is that while we can't necessarily control other people, we can control how they show up in our lives.

We can't reach out and create in anyone's life, but we can control many aspects of what appears in our lives. Consider this: everything that comes in contact with you (including other people) is part of your sacred space, and as a Spirit you have the right to control what happens in your sacred space.

The key, then, is to intentionally direct what appears in your sacred space. One of the easiest ways to use your intention is create "future memories." To create future memories, imagine yourself in the future encountering a particular person, especially a person you dread seeing. Now imagine the encounter exactly as you want it to happen.

The more detailed your imagining, the more effect it will have on the actual encounter. How will the person react? What will she say? What will you do? How will you feel? Color your future memory with as much feeling and specific details as possible. If at first your mind wants to imagine the encounter negatively, keep replaying the encounter over and over until you can create the scenario you want.

Then, wait to be surprised at what happens in your next encounter with this person. It might not be exactly as you imagined, but the tone and outcome are likely to match very closely. It's amazingly pleasing when that happens!

So control freaks, start your engines. This is one place you can control people without breaking any universal laws!

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

How to Train Your Body to Behave

Did you know that you are not your body? You are a Spirit and you "have" or "own" your body. It's yours. It's one of your tools. It is not you.

Have you ever noticed how your body doesn't always seem to obey your wishes? It's often tired or hungry or in pain just when you want to do something really exciting. It sometimes falls asleep during business meetings or after lunch. It often has a hard time waking up. It likes to eat more than is good for your waistline.

Talk to Your Body
But once you realize that you are not your body, you can start to train your body to behave in a way that works for you. All you have to do is talk to your body as if you were talking to another person.

For instance, suppose you're on a long distance driving trip and you notice that your body is starting to fall asleep. No problem. Just say, either out loud or in your mind, "Body wake up!" Say it forcefully. You're telling your body to stay alert, not asking it. You'll notice that you're body will immediately come to attention. You may have to repeat your command a few times to remind body to stay awake.

You can also teach body to develop stamina. Let's say you exercise on a treadmill. To train your body to develop stamina, just tell it what you want at the beginning of the workout. You might tell your body, "Run in a relaxed manner at the pace of the treadmill until I tell you to stop. Breathe easily." Your body will then run easily until you tell it to stop. If, however, you start thinking with your mind about how tired you feel or how much you hate the treadmill, your body will get tired. As long as you keep your mind neutral, your body will easily run for as long as you want.

Program Your Body
If you're interested in losing or gaining weight you can program your body to use food in a specific way. To lose weight, tell body when you want it to get hungry and how much you want it to eat. You can tell your body, "You will not be hungry until noon today." Before you start your meal, you can also tell your body, "Use this food for energy and stamina only. Release all excess calories after this meal and do not store them," or some similar statement.

The point is that your body can be programmed any number of ways to suit your desires and lifestyle. Don't get wrapped up in what your body does or doesn't do now. Focus your attention on training your body to do what you want it to do. As a Spirit with a mind and a body, you are in charge. So take charge and start giving orders!

More Great Tips
Want more help working with the Spirit-Mind-Body connection? Check out the Daily Rituals Ebook, which is filled with wonderful tips and rituals for developing the proper relationship between your Spirit, Mind, and Body plus great hints on how to create what you want in life.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Get Magical Answers with a Question Circle

In these uncertain times people are actively seeking answers to problems ranging from job loss to foreclosure. If you need some magical guidance from powers and beings, a question circle may be just the ticket for you.

A question circle is a magical ritual where you ask for help and guidance from the winds of the four directions. It's a simple ritual and you only need a few tools which you can pick up at your local supermarket.

Here's what you'll need: a sun yellow candle on a plate or in glass, paper or wooden matches, pen, and paper. You may also need a compass to help you figure out the cardinal directions of east, south, west, and north.

How to Do a Magical Question Circle
Once you've gathered your materials and have located the cardinal directions, light your yellow candle with your matches. Then, follow the steps below.

1) Bring your candle, pen, and paper to the east quarter of your circle. Sit facing the outside of the circle (facing east). Ask the Winds of Knowledge what you need to know about your situation, and get quite inside as you wait for the answer. Be prepared to write down everything that comes to you. Don't think about it, just write. Keep writing until you no longer receive information. Thank the Winds of Knowledge and move to the next step.

2) Move to the south, and sit facing south. Ask the Winds of Power to show you what actions you need to take for your situation. Again, write any answers that come to you. Thank the Winds of Power.

3) Move to the next quarter, in the west, and sit facing west. Ask the Winds of Feeling what emotional shifts you need to make regarding your situation. In addition, you may want to ask for spiritual enlightenment. Thank the Winds of Feeling, and then move to the next quarter.

4) Move to the north, and sit facing north. Ask the Winds of Strength how you can build a foundation for the future you want. Ask for practical guidance about your situation. Thank the Winds of Strength.

5) Finally, move back to the center of your circle and sit facing east. Read through the answers that have come to you from each direction. Slowly digest the information. You may want to repeat the question circle several times, at different times, until you get clarity on your situation.


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Does Law of Attraction Really Work? An Experiment for You

They say the Universe is infinitely fair and always delivers, and that we are the ones who get in the way of manifesting everything we want.

Here's a question for you:

How's that working out for you?

Some people will say, "Great!" These people are born manifesters and seem to be able to conjure up manifestations on command. They've got the Midas touch, so to speak. Then there are others who struggle with the Law of Attraction but never seem to manifest quite what they want.

These are the people who write with questions like this: "I know I'm getting in my own way when it comes to manifesting what I want, but I don't know how to get out of my own way. Help!"

So what can you do if you keep getting in your own way when it comes to manifesting what you want in your life? You can try this magical experiment.

A Magical Way to Get Out of Your Own Way
So how do we get in our own way when it comes to creating what we want with Law of Attraction? Usually by being too active and "busy." Law of Attraction says that to manifest, we simply put our attention on what we want and feel good about it. As long as we keep feeling good about what we want, the Universe inevitably delivers.

That's all good and well, but most of us get pretty impatient when it comes to what we want. So instead of waiting for the Universe to deliver the manifestation, we start taking action on our own, hoping to "make it happen." That's when we get in our own way and prevent Law of Attraction from really working.

So here's a magical experiment for you to try if you are one of these people who gets in their own way:

Choose a single area of your life where you want to manifest something and commit to physically changing nothing for six months to a year.

The goal of this experiment is to take no action steps with regard to what you want to manifest. Literally sit on your hands if you have to. Magically, this gives the Universe some room to work, so that it can deliver that which you want. It's the magical equivalent of "hands off!"

A Magical Example
One woman, Anne, wanted to attract her soul mate. She had tried online dating sites, speed dating, blind dates, and even singles events. Nada. She had made a list of qualities that her perfect mate would have, and she had tried every action step imaginable to bring him into her life. No results.

Finally, tired of struggling, she agreed to try this experiment. She committed to taking no physical action steps to bring her dream partner into her life. Instead, she decided she would focus her attention elsewhere in her life. She signed up for a membership at her local recreation center and started taking a Tae Kwan Do class. She also put more of her focus on her career and her art work, which she had abandoned a while ago.

Not three months later, Anne crunched her bumper in a mild fender-bender. Did she crunch bumpers with her dream mate? Nope. But she did meet her soul mate because of the car accident. He turned out to be the insurance adjuster who came out to inspect her car for damage. She never expected him to show up as an insurance adjuster, but then again she had stopped expecting anything.

By putting her attention elsewhere and not "pushing the issue" Anne literally bumped into her soul mate. She gave the Universe room to work the Law of Attraction, and was pleasantly surprised when it happened halfway through her period of committed inaction.

So, what do you think? If you are feeling frustrated that something isn't manifesting in your life would you be willing to try this exercise for three, six, or even nine months? Think it might save some wear and tear on your soul?

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

How-To Psychic Exercises

Every single person on this planet has psychic abilities. There is not a single person who doesn't. The difference between people who are "psychic" and people who are not is often just a matter of practice. Obviously there are people who are naturally more tuned-in to psychic wavelengths than others, but there are also many other psychics who simply practice their abilities with regular "how-to psychic exercises." In other words, you can develop your own psychic abilities with do-it-yourself psychic exercises.

While the idea of do-it-yourself home repair may sound perfectly normal, the idea of how-to psychic exercises may seem strange. But in reality, these psychic exercises are very simple and can be done very easily in public without anyone noticing what you are doing. Here are two how-to psychic exercises to get you started: the perimeter game and the come-along game.

** 1. The Perimeter Game **

As a how-to psychic exercise, this game is a cinch. In this game you basically set up an energetic or psychic perimeter around yourself in a public place. Just close your eyes and imagine an energy circle surrounding you. You then notice, without using your eyes, whenever someone steps inside that perimeter.

To play this game, at least once a day (not while driving) establish a 10' to 20' energetic perimeter around you. Do this in a public place such as a park, restaurant, outdoor café, or bus stop. Closing your eyes, tell yourself to notice when anyone enters your perimeter. When you sense that someone has entered your energetic circle, open your eyes to confirm it. Gradually you may increase the size of your circle. You'll notice that the more you practice this psychic exercise the more sensitive your psychic abilities will be.

** 2. The Come-Along Game **

This how-to psychic exercise is also simple and you just need to take a few minutes at the start of your day to set it up. Once each day make a plan attract an event into your life today. In other words, focus on something and make it "come along" into your life. Choose a word, event, or topic, perhaps a even specific person-either a simple one, such as "cherries," or more complex one like the Berlin Wall or the Beatles. You could also choose a specific song that is rarely heard, such as "Wildwood Flowers" or "On Top of Old Smokey." You can even give the Universe a command such as, "Bring me cherries today." Then see if that topic shows up in your life today. You may come across it in a newspaper or magazine, in overhearing someone else's conversation, or in a movie. Stay open to the possibilities and, as always, thank the Universe when your chosen topic shows up!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Learning Without Struggle

Schools, churches, authority figures, parents and friends influence us in ways we aren't even aware of! One of the main ways that they influence us is by teaching us the old adage, "no pain, no gain." With their help, we have all become quite accustomed to believing that we must experience struggle and pain to succeed or create in this world. This belief is so common that, for most of us, it is the lens through which we view our world – a lens of which we are hardly aware.

Luckily for those of us who are tired of struggling, this Earth School has very flexible rules. In fact, we make our own rules. What does that mean? It means that if you want to learn and create without struggle, you only have to inform the Universe of your decision. If you never want to learn another lesson through pain and struggle, just tell the Universe that you'd like to learn exclusively through pleasing experiences.

We have a friend who, whenever he asks the Universe for help or assistance, tells the Universe to bring him the results in pleasing ways that he can easily understand. And does he struggle? Not much! He lives the most peaceful life we have ever witnessed, and he does it all by choice.

So the next time you ask the Universe for some result or some lesson, add the caveat that you do not wish to struggle or experience pain. Then, get ready to have fun and experience some really wonderful times. Good luck!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Beauty of the Navajo Beauty Way

For almost three decades I have been practicing and using the Navajo Beauty Way as a form of magical practice. Used by the Navajo tribe when they were being moved from their native lands onto reservations, the Beauty Way (in various forms) has actually been used in tribal traditions from very ancient times. It is an incredible magical ritual that helps you connect with higher powers and beings and restore a state of inner peace and harmony. It is also a form of "magic spell work in action" that can be done without great effort but to great effect.

We have introduced the Navajo Beauty Way to many of you in articles covering Day Greetings and Day Endings, and the Walking Litany. We hear from people all the time how the effect of this 3 part ritual is truly magical. Participants have all kinds of magical interactions, and learn to see magic in many new ways. The effect has been so strong from those we've heard from, that I definitely want to introduce it to more people. Hence, this blog post!

The Beauty and Magic of This Ritual
Before I dive into the "how," I want to give you the "why" for the Beauty Way. In other words, what does the Beauty Way do for you? Here's a list to get you started.

The Navajo Beauty way is a non-denominational set of exercises from very ancient times, designed to:
  • Restore personal power through developing trust in one's wisdom gained through personal experience
  • Enhance creative flow and one's connection to the environment and nature's laws and forces
  • Help us learn new skills and use new tools for observing and maintaining harmonious and pro-active inner states
  • Develop a practical working relationship with higher powers and beings or natural forces and laws
  • Create stability and choice in walking in different realities and worlds.
  • Being safe and protected without the need to build walls or hide behind masks.
  • Establish and maintain contact with higher powers and beings or natural forces and laws so as to live in compliance with and gain support in our creative endeavors.
  • Maintain spiritual integrity for individuals or groups during times of high external change and stress.
  • Preserve cultural and spiritual identity beyond the efficacy of sociological myths in times of breakdown, and restructuring of communities, tribes or nations.
  • Restore the balance both internally and externally between the feminine aspect of integration and oneness, and the masculine aspect of separation and duality.
Powerful magic, isn't it?

Dive Into the Beauty Way
So history lesson aside, let's dive right into the Beauty Way. There's no sense in knowing about a magical ritual if you can't use it, right? The Beauty Way has three different forms:

1. Exit Ritual
2. Day Greetings and Endings
3. Walking Litany

We'll start with the simplest form, the Exit Ritual. The Exit Ritual helps us connect with higher powers and beings multiple times during the day. Connecting us with powers and beings is useful because they can help us get back into that feeling of peace and serenity. They exist at a higher level than we do, so it's often easier for us to ask them for help rather than trying to do it all ourselves. The Exit Ritual also realigns our chi or life force, which can become distorted from working and living in buildings with strong electromagnetic fields.

How to Do the Exit Ritual

To do the Exit Ritual, follow this procedure every time you leave an enclosed space such as a car, building or house:

1. Extend your focus up into the sky and say aloud, "Sky Above." The reason we extend our focus first is that the Exit Ritual is a form of asking favor from powers and beings so it is appropriate that we go to them rather than asking them to come to us. In ritual, when we have carefully prepared sacred space, we can invite them in and then bid them farewell.

2. While keeping your awareness above, extend your focus into the earth and say aloud, "And Earth Below."

3. Then, keeping awareness of both above and below, say aloud, "I Greet You."

4. Wait a moment and see what happens. Be alert for acknowledgement or response in one of these three ways:

- From within you, such as a realization, a change of attitude or belief, a new awareness.

- Changes in your environment, such as a sudden breeze, a change in the color of the sky, a bird or animal suddenly appearing visually or vocally, or a tree or shrub suddenly becoming vividly visible.

- A response from Sky and/or Earth: a special message for you, an answer to a question, or guidance and new directions.

5. What happens may happen in just that moment, or it may happen throughout the day. It may change the quality of your day, your awareness...whatever you notice. You may also want to use hand gestures: Arms raised in a upward facing V for "Sky Father" and arms down in a downward facing V for "Earth Mother."

Sound good? Dive right in. Have issues, questions, or comments? Post a comment to the blog. We love hearing about magic!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Why Free Magic Spells, Rituals, and Tools Often Backfire

Need a little magic in your life? Who doesn't?

Look no further than the internet and Google for an unending source of free magical spells, rituals, and tools. The internet has been a real boon for connecting magical practitioners from all over the world, which is absolutely great. There are plenty of free spells, rituals and other magical how-to guides out there. The fact that they are free is a plus because not everyone is looking for an intense apprenticeship in magic. The only problem is that a lot of these free spells and rituals either backfire or don't work.

Hundreds of people who have tried these free online magic spells, rituals, and tools email us every week. Why? Because the spells and rituals they used have either made their lives worse or the spells flat don't work. The fact is that while magic is real and spells often do work, most of the spells and rituals found online are too generic to work well in certain situations.

There are three things you should know about the magic spells, rituals, and tools you find online:

1. Safe Spells
Responsible practitioners will often publish only the safest and most generic magic spells and rituals online. These spells are safe for almost everyone to use and tend to "fix" small life problems but are fairly powerless against big or complex problems. You can cast these spells as often as you want, but the results usually won't have "big bang" effects.

2. Unintended Consequences of Spells
Some less-responsible practitioners freely offer more potent spells, rituals, and tools to the general public. These spells and rituals are often far more powerful but, if used incorrectly, can have devastating effects. One of our students used a free online money spell and the results were both great and tragic. She got the money she wanted. The only problem was that the money came from her husband's life insurance policy, and he died three weeks after she cast the spell. Powerful spells without limitations (specifying, for instance, that no one die as a result of this spell) can often lead to disaster.

3. Spell Interference
It's not unusual for magic spells and rituals to encounter interference, either from other people or from your own belief systems. To "make room" in your life for spells and rituals to work, you often have to engage in other practices such as meditation or yoga to quiet your inner landscape. If you don't, the spell or ritual will often become stronger and stronger, which can cause it to backfire. We've had to help some people take down backfiring spells for this reason. Until they were taken down, the spells were affecting the health, bank account, or relationships of the spell casters.

Many of the magic spells, rituals, and tools you find online can really enhance your life, but if you find yourself in a bind because either the spells and rituals are not working or they are wrecking your life, stop everything. Find a practitioner to help you sort out what is going on and decide whether you need to take down the spell or use a different set of magical tools.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

One Simple Way to Improve Your Psychic Development

Everyone has the ability to be psychic, but some people just naturally are in tune with their psychic abilities and some have to "learn how to be psychic". That is they need to practice skills that will put them in touch with their psychic abilities and develop them. The "As above, so below" principle of magic is useful when one needs to learn how to be psychic. This principle basically says that when we change one part of our being, every part has to change to match it. With this in mind, using some form of moving practice can be helpful. If you move your body, you also move your mind and spirit. When learning how to be psychic you have to be able to change the way you think and how your spirit perceives the world. Doing a moving practice also engages your moving center which is an important part of the direct body-to-spirit connection and helps to short circuit the negative emotions and doubts that may intrude on you receiving psychic information

Types of Moving Practice
There are many types of moving practice that can be used to successfully change the way your body and thus your mind and spirit work. Examples are:
  • yoga
  • tai chi
  • stretching exercises
  • running
  • walking
The more a practice increases the body's flexibility, the more flexible the mind and spirit become. For this reason, choosing a practice that involves increasing flexibility in the body will allow your mind and spirit to adapt more readily to receiving psychic information and create less resistance. When the body moves, so does the mind and spirit and the body registers all that happens in the mind and spirit. Physical stretching such as done in yoga is beneficial.

Self Observe
As you begin doing your moving practice, start noticing areas of resistance in your life created by conflicts between mind and spirit or what you think and what you actually know. Look for conflicting beliefs or any situation where you feel irritation, anger, nervousness, anxiety, depression or just moody. Once you identify these situations, ask your spirit guides to help you through acceptance. Notice when you have a negative emotion what your body is doing. Are you pacing, making a face, tensing up somewhere in your body, twitching? Take a few moments to passively self observe and then work on stilling your physical response by making your internal reaction passive. This will help with making your body more flexible.

Cross Crawling
Cross Crawling is a type of moving practice that most people can easily do without learning a lot of different poses and steps. Here's how it's done:
  • get down on the floor on your hands and knees
  • begin to crawl across the floor with your opposite hand and knee striking the ground at the same time (ie- right hand, left knee; then left hand, right knee)
  • keep crawling moving very deliberately for up to 10 minutes
That's it, simple right? This technique creates a dual sensation that rebalances the two sides of your brain. Since your brain is the physical analog for your mind, rebalancing it leads to a rebalanced mind. Be sure that if you crawl in a circle, you go in both directions. Cross crawling can actually change the chemical balance in your body and realign your energy flow.

To learn more about developing and using your psychic abilities see our Psychic Development Ebook in the school store. You can learn how to be psychic by developing your spirit abilities, living in personal power and beginning to access information that you can't possibly know through your five senses.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Getting Magically Active

We all know the self-help slogans that sometimes help us manifest what we want, such as:

"Fake it till you make it!"
"Act as if ..."
"Don't quit five minutes before the miracle!"

Sometimes these slogans work, and sometimes they don't. They don't work when we get impatient waiting for "something magical" to happen. That impatience tends to get in the way of the Universe to bring us what we want. So what's the magical solution for curing impatience? Simple:

Get active and get specific.

Magic is a precision science so getting specific in what we "do" can move us closer to manifesting what we want. And being active (translation: staying busy until the Universe manifests what we want) makes us feel better ... we like feeling like we are useful, productive, and essential in our manifestation. Trusting the Universe is just way too simple, sometimes!

Getting More Magically Active and Specific
So how do we get more active and specific in a way that doesn't interfere with the workings of the Universe? We have to translate those generalized slogans into specific actions that we can perform. For instance, consider the slogan "Act as if you already have what you want." Suppose you really want to take a trip to a sunny beach on another continent, but your bank account isn't even covering your bills. So you tell the Universe that you want to take this great beach vacation, the dates you want to go on this vacation, and the details of the vacation (like length of trip, how much spendable money, first class airfare, and so on).

Now the Universe knows what you want, and the wheels are already spinning to manifest what you want. Whew! That part is done. Now what do you do with yourself in the meantime? You get busy with actions that don't negatively affect your bank account and help you act "as if."

One woman helped herself co-create just this kind of vacation by keeping herself busy. She took lots of actions, but the one that started the whole process was this act: she packed her bags for her trip! Did she have her airline ticket yet? No. Did she have any money for any part of the trip yet? Nope. She had absolutely no physical evidence that her great vacation was going to happen.

What she did have was a suitcase and plenty of beachy clothes. So she packed her bags. She found out the luggage requirements for her trip, then filled her suitcase. Clothes, sunscreen, toothpaste, a couple of novels, sandals, and even a waterproof money-holder went into the suitcase. When she had finished packing her suitcase, she felt a deep sense of satisfaction -- which helped the Universe manifest her dream vacation even faster.

After she packed her bags, she continued her specific actions of "acting as if" she already had her vacation paid for. She lost weight and improved her body in preparation for showing off in a bikini. She got postal forms to stop her mail during her vacation. She gathered all relevant paperwork and potential travel documents into a folder.

What Not to Do
This woman had a great time acting as if she already had her vacation paid for, and the Universe complied with an unexpected windfall that allowed this woman to pay for every aspect of her dream trip.

What this woman did NOT do was to take any actions that could be interpreted as "working toward" her dream vacation. She didn't take a second job to earn money for her trip. She didn't sell a bunch of her stuff to get money for her trip. She didn't marry a rich man so she could take a trip. These are all viable ways to get your dream vacation. It's just that these actions mean that YOU are working on your vacation instead of allowing the Universe to bring it to you magically.

So ... when you find yourself frustrated with not having the stuff of your dreams, and you feel tempted to take a bunch of actions to "make it happen," stop and ask yourself this question:

"Do I want this to happen by magic or by blood, sweat, and tears?"

If you want the magic in your life, then take specific actions that you will have to take anyway when your dream manifests. Do NOT take actions that you would normally take if magic didn't exist.

In other words, "pack your bags!"

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Making Space for Sacred Space

Happy New Year!
Do you feel the need to rejuvenate and refresh yourself for the New Year? Then create some sacred space in your life. When you read a great inspirational book, prayer, or article, don’t you think to yourself, “What a great idea! I should do more daily rituals, prayer, meditation…”? It always seems like a great idea, and what better time to start than in the New Year? We know that sacred practices and sacred space bring peace, harmony, joy, and ease into our lives. Sounds like a great idea!
The problem is that the impulse to add more sacred activity into our lives only lasts for a few moments—then life intrudes and we forget all about it until the next time we read something inspiring. So how can we really make space for sacred space in our lives? Luckily it’s not as hard as you think. Check out these simple ways you can expand the sacred in your life:

1) Be Simple and Consistent: Consistency in creating sacred space is much more important than quantity. Choose one sacred practice you will do every day, and do it every day. Even if you just sit and breathe for 3 minutes in silence, you’ll feel the benefit of those 3 minutes throughout your day.

2) Clear Out the Clutter: Sacred space means actually having a space where you can be in the sacred. Dedicate one area of your house to the sacred by clearing out all the excess junk, creating an altar or space for sacred objects there, and keeping it fresh with incense, candles, or plants. Keep the area energetically clean with by smudging with sage or cedar.

3) Have Great Beginnings or Endings: Putting sacred practice at the beginning or end of your day will make it easier to remember and do. Starting your day with sacred practice will bring you peace and awareness throughout the day. Ending your day with sacred practice will help you rest deeply and beneficially.

4) Take Your Sacred Space Outdoors: There’s nothing like nature to bring the sacred into our awareness. If you find it difficult to get out of your daily routine indoors, spend a few moments outdoors each day, greeting the sky and earth. You’ll be amazed at how fast you connect to the sacred.

5) Move in Sacredness: For those of us who can’t sit still long enough to meditate, walking can also be a way to create the sacred. Walking and praying, or walking and talking with our higher powers can create sacred space around you, plus you can take it with you everywhere you go!
Happy New Year!

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Pendulum Divination: Simple Pendulum Exercise to Train Your Pendulum

Pendulum divination is an easy way to get information from the Universe or your body's own native wisdom. Like any other magical technique, pendulum divination needs to be practiced to get reliable results and your pendulum needs to be keyed and trained before using it. Here is a simple pendulum training exercise that you'll find in our third Kindle book, Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Magical Tools.

Cleanse Your Pendulum
Before training your pendulum, it needs to be cleansed. For this step you will need a cedar/sage smudge stick. While sitting in the South facing North, light the smudge stick with a paper or wooden match, and wait for it to produce a thick, dense column of smoke. Then out loud in a voice of command say this charge verse:
"Fire and Air where you are cast,
Let no spell nor adverse purpose last,
Not in accord with me!
Cleanse this tool and cleanse its space,
Far from here send baneful trace!"

Hold the pendulum in the smoke and keep it there until the smoke sticks to it. According to how much junky energy is attached to it, this could take up to 5 minutes. When this happens, the pendulum has been magically cleansed.

Key the Pendulum
One more thing to do before getting to training your pendulum for pendulum divination. It needs to be keyed. This will make it respond to your individual energies. Keying is a simple pendulum task. All you need to do is hold the pendulum in your dominant hand, the hand you point with, and flow energy into it for a minute or two. When the pendulum feels warm and/or tingly it is magically keyed.

Training Your Pendulum
The first step in training your pendulum for pendulum divination is to establish the "yes" and the "no" directions for it. Here's how to do the training.

1. Decide which direction will be the response for "yes", a vertical or horizontal swing. Whichever you pick, the opposite direction will be the response for "no".

2. Sit in a comfortable position and hold the pendulum so that it hangs suspended from your dominant hand and will swing freely. Rest your elbow on a table or your knee in order to stabilize your hand.

3. Swing your pendulum in a gentle clockwise circle and tell it, "Show me yes." Wait for the pendulum to settle into the proper swing (whatever direction your chose). If it doesn't, ask again.

4. After you get consistent results with the pendulum swinging in the direction you chose for "yes", repeat the process asking it to show you the swing for "no".

Now that you have established "yes" and "no" with the directions the pendulum will swing, start asking questions that your pendulum can answer for you. Start with questions in which the answer can be verified within a short 15-30 minute period. Word the question so that the answer will be either yes or no. For example, you might ask, "Will my spouse be home in the next 15 minutes?" Ask the question, get the answer by swinging the pendulum in a clockwise circle, then waiting for it to start swinging in either a vertical or horizontal direction. Note the answer by the direction of the swing according to which direction you trained it to represent yes and no. Then wait to verify the answer and see if your spouse does or does not come home in the next 15 minutes. Keep asking short questions and verifying them until you are able to get reliable and accurate answers. When you first start, it is not abnormal to get unreliable information. Don't sweat it, just keep practicing. Sometimes the pendulum needs to get connected solidly with your energy, you need practice forming questions in a clear and concise manner and you just need practice with this new magical tool. The more you work with your pendulum, the more accurate it will become. So relax and have fun with pendulum divination!

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