The Human Experience

We are so much more than our bodies. Yes, I said it. I know that it is difficult to believe, and hard to remember, but it is true. Our bodies carry our spirits and our spirits are here to learn. We are having a human experience, to grow within. These emotions, these experiences help us to become the people we want to be, will help to create the peace within that we are searching for.

Sometimes, it is difficult. When your body hurts, when you have a headache, or something isn’t functioning right it is difficult to remember that we are more than just the body, that we are energy and spirit, and that the body is a temporary thing for us to learn in, and from. Instead of focusing on the pain itself, or our inability to do something we want to do, we need to be working on what we can learn from it, what it is meant to show us about our inner strength and those around us.

We are here to get closer to love, our spirits are growing and wanting to be part of something larger. When the body is damaged is can be overwhelming, making us forget that this is all temporary, that our spirit is what we need to be focused on. We are creating a better place, by being better people.

That is not to say that we should be ignoring pain in the physical body, or not nurturing it, for it holds the spirit and we want it to be around for as long as possible to learn as much as possible. It simply means we want to remember that we are so munch more than just the physicality of the body itself. Yes, we want to nurture and nourish it, but we don’t want to become so focused on it that we forget what we are all about.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back card: I am a spirit having a human experience and I’m here to get closer to love.

Intention: I will allow the love surrounding me to enhance my experiences.

Personal Reflection: Understanding that I am more Ethan just the physical body I have travel in is always difficult, especially on days when I hurt or ache (like today with a migraine). Keeping in mind that love is the reason I am here will help keep my days on track. As I’ve talked about before love is more than romance, it is all things. Also, showing caring, empathy, and compassion bring you closer to love, letting others know someone cares is important and helps create a surrounding sense of love, allowing our spirit to continue its growth and understanding of the world.

Reminders…already

Today was the first day back to the real job, no students yet, but here I am, fixing up the classroom and getting ready. I teach at a school that is on a 4×4 block, meaning I have all new kids tomorrow, and new classes. So daunting to have two first days in a school year, but I’ve doing this for 7 years now, and getting used to the daunting is old hat.

What I am also used to is the apathy and blah I feel when it is time, after the break, to come back. This has, unfortunately led me to already not follow the routine I am setting for myself. Yep, I had a whole plan for 15 minutes of meditation this morning, and I hit snooze instead. Day 1 is a fail…good things tomorrow can be a Day 1 again. Cause wow! Anyone else ever have this issue? The desire, the want is there, and then you follow through with nothing.

I am the person in control. Brendon Burchard calls it command, my cards tell me I am the Dreamer of my Dream. Whatever you want to call it, it simply means that the choices we make in our lives we need to own. THIS choice, right now, is mine to make, and how I make it will effect the rest of my day, my energy, my week maybe. So make sure you are making the right choice when you are presented with them. I am going to…or at least try, from now on.

My reading today was a reminder that I need to be taking control and wrangling the feelings, the blah, the maybe tomorrows out of the way, and to command that which is mine to command, the Dream.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back card: I am the Dreamer of my Dream

Intention: I am in control of what I do, and the choice I make

Personal Reflection: “So here it is again. I know why. I didn’t do any of what I promised myself or the Universe I would do this morning. I was lazy yesterday and didn’t follow through on things I needed done for today. That led to me not being able to do some of the things I needed this morning. While everyday is a new one, clearly my energy responded with the cards that I needed. I am the only one in control and I need to get through my head. If I’m serious about change, I need to take control and mean what I say. Set the routine and follow through, do not get derailed, do not get lazy. I have control of the dream, and I need to make it happen, not let it die.”

Karma – All Around

I am doing a 7 day Transformation Week “workshop” with Brendon Burchard. As usual I was slightly behind, so I did Days 1 & 2 today. While I haven’t gotten to the intense worksheets yet, I watched the videos and I took lots of notes. It of course had almost some exact words from my own thoughts yesterday. His word is “command”, taking charge of all the things and encouraging them to happen, not to just let them come to you. Yesterday’s card was “I am the dreamer in control of my dream”, the exact same concept… I felt smacked by Karma…no doubt.

Then, before working on the worksheets, I wanted to get today’s blog and Universe card out. So I am reflecting on all the things I was just hearing and watching, and my energy is focused on that and on getting the right message for today. Karma…today’s message is about having faith in the things around you. Seriously, Universe? After listening about surrounding yourself with the things and people who make you feel alive, and give you energy, not I’m supposed to learn that my own happiness is a direct reflection of my trust and faith in the Universe itself…okay. I hear you Karma…

Now if that isn’t enough, as you’ll see in today’s picture, the journal page has the same quote on it. Yep…Karma again. Clearly, I am supposed to be talking today about how we need to trust in the Universe. How, although sometimes we learn hard lessons when we do that, it is the best way for us to get to our own energy and level of happiness.

Between the #transformationweek learnings from #hpxlife and #theuniversehasyourback cards, Karma wants me to remember, and to remind you, that we have the ability to be where we want to be, we just have to create the space, go at it with positive intention, be mindful and ritualistic in getting ourselves the energy and letting ourselves be open to what we need, to get to the level of happiness we are looking for in life.

Creating a morning ritual that revitalizes you, every morning, and opening yourself up to what the Universe has to offer for that day, and what you have to offer the Universe, will show Karma, that we are ready to be the best we can be, and to help others. Remember, what we put out is what comes back. Don’t put the negative out there, release it, ground it, and then put out the positive that you are looking for.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back Card: My Happiness is a direct reflection of my level of faith in the Universe

Intention: I will trust what is around me and not doubt the direction it leads me.

Personal Reflection: “Well when it pops up both as a random draw and on the page you’re journaling it is clear you need to be paying attention to what is being said. Often I try to control all factors, leaving little to faith. I clearly have both control and trust issues where my Universal faith is concerned. We all know Karma – she is never as far away as she appears. When I am trying to control too much it is because when I let go I feel like Karma always s makes me, yet clearly, these are the lessons I am to be learning, so I need to let go more often and learn them so I can move forward.”

Personal Reflection

Karma – All Around

I am doing a 7 day Transformation Week “workshop” with Brendon Burchard. As usual I was slightly behind, so I did Days 1 & 2 today. While I haven’t gotten to the intense worksheets yet, I watched the videos and I took lots of notes. It of course had almost some exact words from my own thoughts yesterday. His word is “command”, taking charge of all the things and encouraging them to happen, not to just let them come to you. Yesterday’s card was “I am the dreamer in control of my dream”, the exact same concept… I felt smacked by Karma…no doubt.

Then, before working on the worksheets, I wanted to get today’s blog and Universe card out. So I am reflecting on all the things I was just hearing and watching, and my energy is focused on that and on getting the right message for today. Karma…today’s message is about having faith in the things around you. Seriously, Universe? After listening about surrounding yourself with the things and people who make you feel alive, and give you energy, not I’m supposed to learn that my own happiness is a direct reflection of my trust and faith in the Universe itself…okay. I hear you Karma…

Now if that isn’t enough, as you’ll see in today’s picture, the journal page has the same quote on it. Yep…Karma again. Clearly, I am supposed to be talking today about how we need to trust in the Universe. How, although sometimes we learn hard lessons when we do that, it is the best way for us to get to our own energy and level of happiness.

Between the #transformationweek learnings from #hpxlife and #theuniversehasyourback cards, Karma wants me to remember, and to remind you, that we have the ability to be where we want to be, we just have to create the space, go at it with positive intention, be mindful and ritualistic in getting ourselves the energy and letting ourselves be open to what we need, to get to the level of happiness we are looking for in life.

Creating a morning ritual that revitalizes you, every morning, and opening yourself up to what the Universe has to offer for that day, and what you have to offer the Universe, will show Karma, that we are ready to be the best we can be, and to help others. Remember, what we put out is what comes back. Don’t put the negative out there, release it, ground it, and then put out the positive that you are looking for.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back Card: My Happiness is a direct reflection of my level of faith in the Universe

Intention: I will trust what is around me and not doubt the direction it leads me.

Personal Reflection: “Well when it pops up both as a random draw and on the page you’re journaling it is clear you need to be paying attention to what is being said. Often I try to control all factors, leaving little to faith. I clearly have both control and trust issues where my Universal faith is concerned. We all know Karma – she is never as far away as she appears. When I am trying to control too much it is because when I let go I feel like Karma always s makes me, yet clearly, these are the lessons I am to be learning, so I need to let go more often and learn them so I can move forward.”

Personal Reflection

New Year, New Guidance

Happy New Year! 2019 is here. I am doing a number of things to keep myself on track already, besides the planner and the exercise, I am doing @MikeDooley ‘s 30 Days to Loving Your Life, which he opens up in December of every year and starts on the first day of the new year. This is my 2nd time doing this. It is a great program, that really makes you think about the bigger picture and your place in it. I am very excited to be doing this. Also if you don’t already get @notesfromtheuniverse you should! They are daily emails that simply remind you that you are already enough…in a thought provoking way.

Interestingly enough, as I sat down to do all this work this morning, Day 1 of the program is about your bigger general concept areas of improvement. Always a tough one, but then I drew my The Universe Has Your Back card for today’s intention and got “The moment I realign with love, clear direction is presented to me”. Of course, big idea for a big year. I always love synchronicity. And of course energy feeds off of itself, and what you put out there. So it only makes sense in my world that this would be the card.

I have changed it into my daily intention:

I will realign with love so clear direction is presented to me.

I also took the time to reflect of course. Remember that this is a bigger love than what you first think of when you hear the word. This is about realignment, not the love part. This is about recognition within yourself of what love is, how to love not just everyone else, but yourself, nature, the world around you. It is about appreciating and recognizing that love has been given to you, and that you are deserving of it and that you do know how to return it, not just in the form of physical things, but in the support you give.

This is a great time to remember this. To practice the intention of deliberately realigning with love, and to work on seeing that very clear path in front of you.

My personal reflection:

“Love is such a big word. it means so much more than what we, as mortals, ascribe to it. Realigning with love in that larger sense makes sense for this first day of a new year. Realigning with the emotion that brings so much with it. A better appreciation of everything, even those things that have seemed out of touch, or that we have approached with apprehension. If we, as individuals, realign with love, within ourselves, our outlook on everything changes, because our perspective changes, and new “eyes” bring new direction.”

End of the Year Reflections…

I have this amazing friend, her name is Lady Lilyth. She is always introducing me to new ideas, deities, and things. She recently introduced me to The Universe Has Your Back, a deck of intention cards from Hay House (Find Gabrielle Bernstein’s stuff here). Well…they are more like reminder cards, but she had this great idea of turning each card that she drew into an intention. I loved it so much, that as I start this deck, I am going to borrow her idea.

As I go through the last weekend in 2018 I am realizing that I didn’t follow through on much of anything. I got a good start on a lot of things, but then I let them go. As I was thinking this and reflecting on the things that were great, but also on the things that really could have been better, I pulled the card “I do whatever it take to get closer to consciousness.” I laughed. I had a lot of good starts at this for the 2018 year, but I never let myself quite get there. For a reflection card it was amazing.

As I tried to turn it into an intention I wondered what for. I mean this was my reflection pull and so why did I need an intention? This caught me for a second, and catches me again as I type. Isn’t this the whole problem I faced for 2018? Why bother? Is it worth it? What is the gain from it? I realized as I was reflecting, I was following the same pattern I had been for the whole year. I do not intend for that to happen again this year. I am going to be better…even if I have to kick my own ass to do it.

So the Reflection Intention I came up with is “Whatever it takes, I will move closer to consciousness”. I am not going to allow myself to fail. That is what has happened in the past. Perhaps I have blamed others, or never even analyzed why something didn’t happen or work the way I anticipated. Not this time. This time I am moving myself forward, one small step at a time.

Here were my rambling thoughts on what I had pulled:

This is something I though of doing often, but did not make big enough steps towards. Most times giving up on myself,or not believing I could before anything could even manifest. I am good at beginning, bad at following through. There were some amazing moments in 2018 that got lost or lost momentum simply because I let them. This is my reminder that I can, will, and shall achieve what I want in 2019.

I have the Dragontree DreamBook and Planner for this year, I am working on my body through Pilates with Robin at the Balanced Life and with OmDaily and their 21 Day Goddess Workout and I am cleaning not just my room but sorting clothes, things, shoes and getting sacred space back into my life, something that has been missing as I have given up on accomplishing anything. This time next year, my biggest goal, is to be saying I accomplished all of this, plus whatever come after. I do not, and will not, be typing that I am doing all of these same things over again because I quit, but rather that I have reordered, or am doing something again because it worked!

I’m Better!

Yes, that’s right, I have finally kicked the nasty creep and crud. That means we should be getting back to regularly scheduled blog posts and some interesting information.

Today I wanted to discuss altars. What an altar is, what is can be used for and why you might have one, no matter your beliefs. Merriam-Webster.com defines an altar as:

1: a usually raised structure or place on which sacrifices are offered or incense is burned in worship —often used figuratively to describe a thing given great or undue precedence or value especially at the cost of something else sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement

2: a table on which the eucharistic elements are consecrated or which serves as a center of worship or ritual

So…with that as a working definition, do you have an altar without realizing it? Is there a table or countertop in your house where you have things you value or that represent your faith? If you answered yes, you have an altar, whether you realized it or not. Often times we have more than one without even realizing that is what we are creating.

I burn incense on the table next to my altar. The only thing I burn on my altar are the candles associated with the magick I am working or the meditation I am focusing on. I am also, not a big incense person. I have more of a tendency to burn a candle (which I make), with a scent that works for me. So, I do differ from the working definition in that way. Candles just make me happier, so that is what I use.

My main altar is in my bedroom. It is the one that I change with the Sabbats or the celebrations in my life. The one the crystals, and the table cloth change regularly, that I do my magickal workings at and that I do my meditations close to. However, I have several scattered throughout the house. The top of the china cabinet in the dining room is full of crystals that have been placed as I felt they were needed, along with totems to my spirit animals. The bookshelf in the family room has a shelf that is slowly getting taken over with the things I feel need to be in there for us to be more centered and family oriented. My husband started one without realizing it on his dresser, as we collected things he wanted and felt drawn to.

Altars are simply places we put those things we value, that show what it is we hold as a belief and a trust within ourselves and our faith. So, do you have one or two?

Today’s tarot:

Three of Pentacles: You’ve mastered one phase of your chosen career and you’re looking forward to the challenges of the next. The praise you receive makes you work harder than before – use it as inspiration Oaks you work your way toward your goal. Expect a nod from this higher up the food chain but not much more than a grunt from those below; you can’t impress everyone.

Key Words: Recognition, Hard Work, Skill