I couldn’t NOT post this beautiful image that a friend sent me saying she thought of me right away when she saw it. I’d say she knows me quite well, as if this image isn’t me, I don’t know what is.
I get lost, or rather, I find myself in the magick, innocence, inspiration, enchantment, ethereal mystery, and love it conveys. It reminds me of my time in Iceland and of so many elements of life and creation I hold dear.
I could write a story about all the things this image brings up and ignites within me.
But instead, I thought I would share it, as it just twinkles with magick and invokes a sense of wonder and imagination. Powerful things for us to cultivate in our lives in order to harness our creative alchemy into manifestation of being.
Don’t stop believing. And DO start living as if everything is a miracle, because it IS and so are YOU.
“Being born on the earth is the highest honor and greatest privilege. To be alive as human beings gives us the chance to pull off exquisite and Herculean feats of magic that are not possible in nirvana or heaven or any other so-called paradise, higher dimension, or better place.” ~Rob Brezsny
“The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” ~Kahlil Gibran
“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This post from my dear friend Laura Bruno shares some interesting and insightful comments on how you can choose to maneuver through chaotic and challenging times, as well as “potential” dangers. I happen to agree with all of Laura’s comments, and have experienced exactly the same, so for me, they hold true and is how I can confidently say that it IS possible to be invisible and thrive amidst anything. I also happen to have absolutely no fear of death, given my own experiences, so this lends to a feeling of constant peace and harmony within, which I do feel also supports courage and trust in divine unfolding. I hope you enjoy reading the commentary exchange and I’ll be back at blogging tomorrow after I get back to things here upon arriving home. Shine on!!
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Zen Gardner posted an article called, “When Chaos Hits: Blending In With Your Surroundings is a Must.” That post has generated some interesting discussion ranging from “just lie low and blend in” to “you can’t hide” to “Better to burn out brightly, sharing one’s light with all one might reach. than fade away deservedly.” I thought I’d share the portion of the conversation that I participated in, and you can read the rest of the comments by clicking here.
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Blend in? Isn’t that what 90% of the world has already been doing their whole lives? Modern Orwellian society IS a blender. It blends. And that’s what most of the herd has been raised to do. Blend.
Now is the time to Stand. Stand Up. Stand out. Stand in…..but NOT stand down. The coward “survives”. Those living with actual purpose THRIVE and inspire…
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As an artist and artist of life, I always find these posts by Jon Rappoport on creativity, art, magic, and the alchemy of living from the imagination to speak a language I understand and experience. I saw this post earlier today as I was about to take off to San Francisco, so hadn’t the time to post it. Always grateful my faery sis knows what would resonate so I can reblog from her reminders. Some thoughts to explore from Jon – enjoy the journey they take you on.
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Another timely, insightful and creative post by Jon:
Logic, Imagination and Magic
By Jon Rappoport
Logic applies to the physical universe.
It applies to statements made about that universe. It applies to factual language.
Many wonderful things can be done with logic. Don’t leave home without it. Don’t analyze information without it.
But art and imagination are of another universe(s). They can deploy logic, but they can also invent in any direction without limit, and they can embrace contradiction. They can build worlds in which space and time and energy are quite different.
Magic is nothing more and nothing less than imagination superseding this universe. Magic occurs when imagination takes this reality for a ride.
Which brings us to what I call the Is People. The Is People are dedicated with a fervor to insisting that this Continuum and this consensus reality are inviolable, are the end-all and be-all.
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This is an insightful post by my dear faery friend Laura Bruno. It reiterates my feelings that to truly understand wholeness, you must understand this is both the dark and the light and all of the in between. It’s not about ridding ourselves of things and turning a cheek, but knowing how to navigate through it all with that wisdom, grace, respect, and awe so that we become empowered, integrated, and in harmonic balance. This is touchingly expressed in the excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit at the end of this post – one of my favorites I’ve quoted before too. <3
Originally posted on Laura Bruno's Blog:
In Starhawk’s novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, two vastly different worlds vie for control. In mundane terms: a utopian, earth-loving, community-oriented, individual honoring society that values freedom and the sacred fights for survival against corporate fascism, religious, financial, and soul oppression, hypocrisy, and the Police State — a culture’s unprocessed Shadow Side made manifest.
In magical realist terms:
“Doña Elena used to say that there was the Good Reality, El Mundo Bueno, literally the Good World, and the Bad Reality, El Mundo Malo, and they were always vying with each other. In the Good Reality you have a mild headache; in the Bad Reality you have a fatal brain disease. In the Good Reality, you catch hold of the rail as your foot slips; in the Bad Reality, you miss, slide down the stairs, and break your neck.
“We walk in the Good Reality as if we…
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Being an artist who believes in “creating my life as a work of art” and in the power of creative energy to create magick, I love the message in this post by Jon Rappoport shared via Laura Bruno. I experience the freedom and flow he speaks of because I am creating my own reality by harnessing my creative energy. I believe we can all do this and create a parallel realm of constant magick beside the old one that no longer fits our expanded passion. My favorite excerpts are:
“Creation of deep desire with great fire, as fact in the world, IS the definition of magic. That’s what magic is. It isn’t anything else.” And: “Our world, contrary to all consensus, is meant to be revolutionized by art, by imagination, right down to its core.” And lastly: “Were you to embark on a uniquely passionate course of creation, enlarging the scope at every turn, you would launch out of the realm of the push-pull humdrum Earthside disintegrating disaster…..and into the realm of what you INVENT….and as you inhabited this latter realm more fully, the SO-CALLED NATURAL LAWS OF THE FORMER REALM WOULD APPLY TO YOU LESS AND LESS, AND THE MORE FREE YOU WOULD BECOME. Magic. As more and more of us moved forward in this way, THAT would become the transformation we have been unconsciously hoping for.”
Originally posted on Laura Bruno's Blog:
This is possibly my all time favorite piece by Jon Rappoport. Please read, and then go:
by Jon Rappoport
January 12, 2014
“After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.” –Wallace Stevens
What would happen if the world were enveloped by art? And if we were the artists? And if we owed nothing to any hierarchy or external authority?
Is it possible that an outpouring of art, creation, invention, coming from millions and millions of people, would bring about a sea change in the conducting of human affairs? Would such a tide affect the obsession to wage war?
Magic is not about arcane crests and codes and symbols. All those symbols and seals are just a way of invoking mystery and a front of supposed privilege.
People still accept landscapes…
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Magick is not an idea or ideal to me. Magick is a given, natural part of life available to us each to tap into. It tends to be overlooked, other words may be used to replace it, it hardly gets intentfully tapped into, many turn the other way when it happens, explain it away, or deny it altogether if it can’t be proven scientifically or otherwise by some other authority beyond your own heart authorization.
Magick is simply the miracle of life that is embodied in Nature (from which all things come and will return) and is this experiential experience of experience itself that YOU are creating to what ever degree you choose to consciously engage your innate powers to manifest.
People who live by “magick” know this to be the art of changing consciousness in alignment with true will by using natural energies available to us all. It is self-enhancement at its best, with the highest good of all built-in.
Some ask why magick vs. magic? There may be different schools of thought on this, and its history goes back farther than will be found documented, but for practical purposes the basis is a differentiation between performed techniques and parlor tricks (done by masters of illusion) for entertainment (magic) and natural techniques for harnessing energies, both internal and external, to create change within and without (magick).
By definition, magic tries to imitate magick, which is something that utilizes the subconscious to manifest changes within your consciousness.
That being said, words are words and their meanings are only such that we attach to them. So, whether you use “magic” or “magick” isn’t going to make a difference if you hold the meaning in your own heart, but some prefer it one way over the other, feeling strongly in the differences of definition above.
It’s said that Aleister Crowley (known for The Thoth Tarot) is credited with using the “k” spelling to create the difference between the two, however the word “magick” long precedes Crowley – there are older texts, before spelling was standardized, which reference “magick” in place of “magic.” And of course Ancient Shamans, Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, Wizards, Priests and Priestesses….all tapped into “magick” – the Elemental Energies that can be harnessed as part of a creative process to manifest.
It is also known by many different names including magick, prayers, miracles, life force, juju, karma, or simply energy.
For interest sake, Catherine Beyer shares:
“Aleister Crowley started using the work “magick” and gave several reasons why. The most often mentioned reason is to differentiate what he was doing with stage magic. However, such a usage is really unnecessary. Academics discuss magic in ancient cultures all the time and no one thinks they are talking about the Celts pulling rabbits out of hats.
But Crowley gave several other reasons why he used the term “magick,” and these reasons are often ignored. The central reason was that he considered magick to be anything that moves a person closer to fulfilling their ultimate destiny, which he called one’s True Will. By this definition, magick doesn’t have to be metaphysical. Any action, mundane or magical, that helps fulfill one’s True Will is magick. Casting a spell to get a boy’s attention is most certainly not magick.
Crowley didn’t choose this spelling randomly. He expanded a five letter word to a six letter word, which has numerical significance. (Hexagrams, which are six-sided shapes, are prominent in his writings as well.) “K” is the eleventh letter in the alphabet, which also had significance to Crowley.”
Needless to say, I prefer to use the word “magick” myself, but regardless of which you use, again, it is the meaning you hold about any word (or anything for that matter) that makes the difference. And for anyone who had questions about this, as I know many of you do – some of which have already inquired – then you can understand why you see different forms of this word and how people may have particular preferences in terms of which they use.
That all being said, magick is something I believe is in our capability to create in our lives and naturally is being created because it is the basis of existence.
Each of us have experienced “magick” in one form or another…you know those times when things all just align and are effortless synchronicities that mirror your heart’s truest desires and are collective blessings simultaneously – times when you get those chills, can’t explain what just happened (nor do you feel the need to), and the experience simply feels enchanted and almost unbelievably out-of-this-world miraculous, yet so down-to-earth natural and as you always felt it “should” be.
There are way more experiences than I can begin to share in my own life since the time I set foot in this life experience, until now, that would fall into the “magick” category. And I hear countless stories from people about their “magickal” experiences. They all fuel the inspiration and belief for the rest of us to never give up hope and to consciously choose to live with more presence and empowered command of all of our senses in tune with the elements of Nature and consciousness itself.
But, for me, one “magickal” experience in particular came to mind to share that helps to truly defy all “ideas” of what IS and ISN’T possible.
It is not something I dreamed, nor imagined. And I was old enough to have discerning capabilities. Interestingly, a dear friend of mine recently had shared a dream in which she was given all of the “how’s” to explain how what I’m going to share is possible. And I remember her posting about it, saying she woke up feeling frustrated not able to actually make what was told to her IS possible, happen. I then told her, in hopes it would support her feelings and fuel the belief, “It IS possible and in fact, HAS happened to me.”
The experience took place when I was about 10 years old.
The experience was “breathing under water”.
I remember it as clearly as the day it happened. My brother and I were swimming over at our neighbor’s house where our two best girlfriends lived. We would spend hours in the pool and this one particular day was like all others, where we played many games. This game was “who could hold their breath longest” while we all were sitting in the jacuzzi. One person would stay up on the surface and watch for the winner. The other three would hold our breaths and go down under until we could hold it no longer. Pretty normal game, but this day was not “normal” – or was it?
I was down holding my breath and while I was, I remember the experience being almost like one I was observing and as if it was in a movie. I felt very relaxed and had a full breath, but was the youngest of everyone and tended to have weaker lungs when I was young, so chances were that I wouldn’t win. I don’t know what happened to make me do it, but something in me told me to start trying to breathe. It would seem like an odd thought, and yet I felt so naturally inclined to try it. Why not? I didn’t plan on doing it, nor thought it out, or was put up to it. It was just a natural inspiration that came through as an inner voice that I was inclined to curiously follow.
Seemed pretty impossible, right? But I went ahead. For some reason I knew that the way to go about it was to take very small, shallow breaths through my nose and so I did. And nothing happened. At least nothing you thought would have, like coming up to the surface choking on inhaled water. Instead, I found that nothing was coming into my nose at all, except oxygen. And my lungs kept supplied with air and I was relaxed and felt I could stay down there forever and would most definitely win.
It felt “normal” and I just remember feeling so free and expansive, while I was enjoying watching the others under the water struggle to hold on to their breath, while I was floating like a little fish.
And of course, win I did. As the others came up while I remained below. But it wasn’t long after they did, that a hand reached down and pulled me by the shoulder to yank me up. I remember being so mad that they’d interrupted this “magickal” moment that I didn’t know if I’d be able to do again, as I wasn’t sure how I did it in the first place.
I never told any of them at the time. I think I liked having my own magickal little experience to myself, with no need to try to convince anyone that it had actually happened, knowing nobody would believe me.
This became a constant in my life…defying definitions and ideas I’d been told or taught, and having unexplainable “miracles” take place – all of which continued to fuel the constant belief I would maintain throughout life – that ANYTHING is possible.
Being very empathic and impressionable, it would be a challenged journey to stand firm in that belief while processing and experiencing the things I was taught or conditioned with, but there was always an innate hope in me that was never killed and I believe is part of what got me to where I am now. Regardless of how bad anything got, or even if I got off track and doubted, I would return again, renewed with continued and stronger belief, knowing there simply was more than the limitation of that moment. And I could change that.
Life constantly was filled with “magick” because the core part of who I was, believed, despite being thrown off course. It wasn’t consistent, because of needing to relearn what was natural, but was there enough to keep reiterating to me, like my soul’s alarm clock that had been pre-set upon coming into this life, knowing just when and how I would need to receive its ring.
And over time, more and more, I learned how it was that I could consciously create that “magick” in a way where I could synergize my conscious self with the innate parts of me that were always operating, in order to harness that creative power in bigger and bigger ways.
Just like we all have the ability to do. And I do feel it starts with belief.
How do the magickal things happen? They happen because of those moments when you are fully “tapped in” and are riding a wave unbounded by any limiting thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and you merge fully with the Oneness of your Divinity in wholeness. Some people do this by conscious will, but most of the time we do it unconsciously – usually in the moments when you forget “trying” and “thinking” and start “naturally” being – just as I did down under that jacuzzi water. I was connected to that inner magickal child without boundaries, who wasn’t yet fully reshaped into something different.
The key is to learn to access this “magick” always and to tap back into that child within that is pure of heart and Source-innocent. And then, to become conscious of the processes of mastering elements and yourself, in ways that can produce consistent experiences by will.
Magick begins with believing in yourself and the possibilities of anything. It pushes you to go out of your conditioned comfort zones and to tap into the innate Universal gifts that are available by sharpening and purifying all of your senses. You are capable of creating anything and to do so intentfully.
You must be willing to step out of who you “think” you are and into who you “really” are.
With this kind of power, comes responsibility. So, if you aren’t willing to commit to responsible living, then you may not be ready to fully access these powers. Everything happens in synchronous timing, but the more you embrace your connectedness to all things, the more the hidden presence of magick will make itself clearly known in your life.
Magick can be the “norm” (and in reality IS and always WAS) but we are so used to operating outside of this innate way that the Universe/We is/are by default, that we think the less than “magickal” ways of life are what is considered natural and whatever “normal” means, while the “magick” is something supernatural and happens by chance, but hopefully with an explanation to “humanize” it. ;)
I believe in magick and I believe that anything we can imagine is possible. I choose to live as though magick is my experience of being human.
How about you?
Magick or magic, you can make it the experience of your life if you truly are ready for all that comes along with it and all you must leave behind in order to create it.
November Pre-Holiday Magic!
Embracing the Dragon ~ The Magician’s Way
Happy Taurus Full Moon and Pre-11-11-11 Celebrations!
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Happy Chinese New Year of the Magical Rabbit! As I sit here reflecting on the many things going on for me presently that tie into what rabbit years are about, I’m reminded of the synchronous and timely unfoldings taking place. The Year of the Rabbit holds many positive and supportive energies to be excited about. Look forward to more calm, peace, diplomacy, creativity, artistic expression, developing & birthing new projects, consistent ambition, good communication, solid, steady growth and endurance and luck and ease of financial flow. In honor of the Rabbit and my dear little ones, Nestor (my magical soul mate whom passed 3 years ago and whose birthday was just 2 days ago synchronously) and Joy (my new little lop earred friend and healing companion whom Nestor brought into my life), I’d like to share this article I wrote about how we too can embrace the “magician within”:
Our fascination with “magic” conjures up visions of mystique and intrigue that we seem to long for in our lives. History and stories of lore have mystified and enchanted us, continually tantalizing our desires to quench that unnerving thirst for a bit of the miraculous. Modern day magicians continue their predecessors’ practice of illusionary entertaining, satisfying our need to believe in something more; our need for a bit of mystery and a taste of the exotic. This desire and quest for the power of magic has spanned the ages, leaving us now with aspirations to capture some of that sparkle in the here and now. From the hierophants of ancient Egypt to the alchemists of the Middle Ages, from the Mayan high priests, to the Celtic druids, whether medicine men, sorcerers, or wizards of legend and fairy tale, these workers of wonders and miracles have left their mark beyond the world of their day. And let us not forget the high priestesses and druidesses, prophetesses and witches, medicine women and shamans, and our beautiful fairy queens. Magic has no gender. It also has no boundaries. And yet, who are these magicians, these conjurers of enchantment? Are they truly something for us to dream about and place in awe, as we project an omniscient quality onto that which seemingly is outside of ourselves? Or is there more to this “magician thing” than meets the eye? And what about that rabbit?
Actually, aren’t we all wanting simply to lead more of a so-called “charmed life?” It seems the desire to be magicians of our experiences and masters of our destinies is one we all share. Some people seem to naturally emanate a magical quality and we can see it in that sparkle from their eyes, that glow of an aura they exude, the way whatever they touch in their path seems to light up, almost like pixie dust that traverses any room they enter. And then some of us simply need to realize that if we can see in others such miracles of wonder, then we are closer to it than we think. Those of this nature merely mirror our own inner magician–the one whom we can call upon to cast our own magical spells of enchantment whenever we so choose. We just have yet to realize that magic is simply our innate art of creative power. Recognize it, exercise it, utilize it, and what do you know, “abracadabra,” you have yourself the ingredients for some home-made magic stew!
Speaking of “abracadabra,” let’s turn back the page to our friend the rabbit and the meaning of this most inane word. I think we’ve been missing something. Here is what Magic Words: A Dictionary, by Craig Conley has to say:
“There is profound meaning in the clichéd image of a magician pulling a rabbit out of an empty hat with the magic word abracadabra. The magician is speaking an ancient Hebrew phrase that means ‘I will create with words.’ He is making something out of nothing, echoing that famous line from Genesis: ‘Let there be light, and there was light,’ only in this case the light is a white rabbit and perhaps a flash of fire. The magic word, whether it be abracadabra or another of the magician’s choosing, resonates with the audience because there is an instinctive understanding that words are powerful, creative forces. ‘The word has always held an ancient enchantment for humans,’ says scholar Ted Andrews. ‘It hints of journeys into unseen and unmapped domains.'”
Enough said I think. Magic is a primitive power of creation through whatever means we use. Things take on magical qualities because of the energy we give it and the belief we put behind it. The power of language, personal meanings, and symbols enlighten and inspire us to create pure wonder and awe whenever they are spoken, connected with, or simply seen, worn, or held in our experience. We are the masters of projecting ourselves and our power onto everything around us, not realizing the magic skeleton key to everything we desire was always there within us. That’s not to say we shouldn’t have personal talismans and symbols or enchanting words in our lives. Sometimes the simple joy of that projection can help us to connect more deeply with ourselves and the collective around us, seeing and understanding how we are all so similar, all sharing the experience of the wonder of the world and all the beauty it holds for us each to see in it, the mirror of our own magical essence.
Symbols are beautiful and powerful things. The Egyptians carried amulets and magic figurines and Greeks sought out priests called Oracles. Alchemists searched to discover magical substances to turn lead into gold, cure disease, and extend life. We all need to believe in a bit of magic, yet the elixir of life is simply believing in you.
It is our friend the rabbit who holds all the magician’s answers to his, her, OUR projected magic. And we come to see how the rabbit is the true key to the magician’s power. Embrace and become your own inner rabbit and you too will discover an enchanted world of your own creation.
*Dedicated to, and inspired by, Nestie aka Nestor. Love is magic and I know no greater magic than the love between myself and my very own rabbit, Nestor, who has shown me the meaning of the Rabbit’s Magician and beyond.