Tag: spirituality

Prosperity Meditations – A Helpful Exercise

Here’s the thing about prosperity – if you don’t think you should have it, you’re not gonna get it. Every time you say, “it wasn’t meant to be!” or “I knew that wouldn’t happen!” you absolutely sink yourself.  But if you truly believe, it will come to you. And it will come to you in many forms.

The other thing that’s equally important to absorb is looking for the answers within and not from the outside world.  That may sound pat or maybe even trite, but it’s the truth.  In Prosperity Meditations, Susan Shumsky shows how to attain this through field-tested methods that are easy to apply and provide dividends in spades!  These are meditation, intention, visualization, affirmation, mantra, and goal-setting.

Collectively, these methods shape you by giving you more self-confidence, energy, strength, love, and happiness. Meditation soothes and relaxes you, and brings contentment. Visualizations help you to naturally picture all that you can attain in your mind’s eye while affirmations can remove blockages, clear your pathways, and effect positive results for yourself, your surroundings, and the world. Speaking affirmations or mantras aloud in a strong confident voice can enhance the potency to materialize your goals.

Here’s a poignant excerpt and exercise from Prosperity Meditations on how to ask for what you desire then getting yourself out of the way to allow miracles to happen.

“What is the secret of prosperity? Ask, and it shall be given to you. Ask, that you may receive. Abundance is ever present. Simply ask, unapologetically, for all the good you desire and deserve. Ask with sincerity, love, joy, and relentless determination, persistence, faith, and optimism. Ask and be open to receive divine direction, divine order, divine timing, divine will, blessings, and grace. Ask that God’s gold dust shower upon you now, in the form of outrageous, spectacular, magnificent, bountiful prosperity and opulence.
Then get yourself out of the way and allow miracles to happen. Watch the avalanche of prosperity cascade into your life. God within you is the source of your good. Receive it
with gratitude and grace. You are the source and the answer. You are the creator of your destiny. With God as your ally, you can manifest anything. Nothing is impossible with God.
Let go and let God. Trust in God to be your guide. Live your best life, a life worth living. And be at peace.
Now, with great gratitude in your heart, it is time to come forth from this meditation … Keeping your eyes closed, now vigorously blow out air at least four times as if you are blowing out candles … [Record 15 seconds of silence here.] Now blow out four more candles as you return to inward and outward balance… [Record 10 seconds of silence here.] Then open your eyes and repeat audibly the following affirmation after me.”

Hoodoo Justice Magic – Miss Aida’s Banishing Recipes

For those unfamiliar with hoodoo—also known as Conjure, tricking, or rootwork— it is a form of folk magic practiced in North America by a diverse community of practitioners. It incorporates Central and West African magic along with integrated fragments of Jewish, Christian, Irish, German, Spanish, Asian, and Native American beliefs and practices. Hoodoo is traditionally the magic of the disenfranchised, marginalized and vulnerable because it empowers people to rise above their stations and situations, restore self-esteem and create happier lives for themselves and their families. Over the years, a vast arsenal of justice and pay-back spells has been created to help restore balance.

In Hoodoo Justice Magic, Miss Aida offers the essential handbook for protection, and revenge spells, featuring 129 spells, 32 recipes, and numerous rituals.  Here are three of Miss Aida’s banishing recipes you can use to gently send a person or bad situation away.  The manifestations from using these formulas are effective but subtle. Also included is her guidance on modifying your behavior so you no longer attract predators who take advantage of your openness and kindness.


Banishing Powder

  • 4 teaspoons ground asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground salt

Mix well. Then recite a blessing prayer over them, such as Psalm 23. Don’t forget to state the intention of the powder.

Banishing Oil

Place one-quarter teaspoon of Banishing Powder into a glass bottle containing two ounces of almond oil. Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative, so also add two drops of this to the almond oil. Then recite a blessing prayer. Add one drop of candle wax dye, if desired, as using colors coordinated to a condition will enhance the power of your mix. Place a cap on the bottle, shake it vigorously, and put in a dark cool area. Shake once a day for two weeks. Your oil is now ready for use.


Emergency Banishing Oil

Although not as fervent as the full formula, this recipe can be a substitute for the full formula listed above for anointing petition papers or candles when time and/or supplies are short. Simply mix virgin olive oil with ground asafoetida and stir until there’s a smooth and even consistency.


Modifying Your Behaviors

Why do some people fall victim to these types of predators more so than others? It’s a three-word answer: trust and kindness. We want to see the good in others, but the “bad guys” view these behaviors as weaknesses. Thus, anyone with a pure soul can fall prey to their antics.

As stated earlier when we looked at sociopathic behaviors, some scientists believe that one out of every twenty-four people land in that category. Can you imagine being in a room with one hundred people and knowing that four to five of them are predators? Sadly, that’s the ultimate reality of this generation.

Next, break those numbers down. There may be at least two to three predators in a room of fifty and at least one in a room of twenty-five. Therefore, you must always be aware that plenty of people have ulterior motives.

Predators can identify a vulnerable person within a few minutes. They look for body language signaling low self-esteem, such as slouching or hunching that makes the person look smaller and less assuming; fidgeting during conversations; or even nail biting. A predator will befriend these types of people, overly compliment them, and take steps to gain their trust.

They also look for people who smile a lot and display openness and kindness. Predators will present themselves to these types of people as victims in order to gain not only the target’s sympathy but assistance as well. Thereafter, they continue to seek assistance and information for their own purposes. So be careful with your body language, and although it is honorable to be kind to others, trust others with caution.

Ancestor Work and Tarot – An Interview with Nancy Hendrickson and Carrie Paris

  • Why do you feel people are so inextricably drawn to ancestor work?

I think that many people – if not the majority – are unrooted when it comes to their own family history.  Without those roots, there’s almost a restless energy that knows its lacking *something*, but doesn’t know what that is. Ancestral work has the ability to return the gift of deep roots to people. Once rooted, I believe we begin to step into our own power – and in fact, the power of generations standing behind us.
I can best answer this from diviner’s perspective because this is where I’ve been witnessing a growing interest in ancestral work. And while ancestral work has been around for ages, it’s also becoming a big part of the current divining community. What comes to my table more times than not are people drawn to understanding how healing ancestral and cultural wounds equals lifting and evolving their ancestral line.
  • How does Nancy’s book “Ancestral Tarot” compliment Carrie’s deck “The Relative Tarot” and vice versa? How should readers approach the two collectively?  I’d imagine armed with both, a reader could really go far!

This is just a great question as Carrie and I both talk about the book and cards as cousins. When I do ancestral tarot readings, I always use The Relative Tarot because its energy blends so well with my ancestral spreads. Hand-in-hand, the book and the cards give users a strong foundation from which to begin or continue their ancestral work.
The moment I opened Nancy’s book I knew I found “The Relative Tarot’s” cosmic cousin. Exploring ancestral patterns can be a painful journey, especially when the road is paved with skeletons that haunt us along the way. Thankfully, Nancy has written a valuable book brimming with useful techniques for uncovering where our ancestral inheritances may have originated and why we sometimes feel the impulse to act them out. Each exercise magically transforms the ancestral agenda and becomes a curative lesson in freeing ourselves from repeating outdated stories. In the end, “Ancestral Tarot” becomes a sound ally and advocate for healing the generational wound. I feel “The Relative Tarot” can bring a visual element to Nancy’s techniques because the intention behind the imagery is rooted in pictures from the past.
  • If you don’t really feel a connection to your deceased relatives or weren’t crazy about them while they were alive, how does that square with this sort of work?  Can you still benefit from it?

Absolutely. Ancestral work can be done by anyone, regardless of their connection to family. In fact, I’ve worked with many people who have had negative experiences with their family-of-origin. But working with generations further back in time a powerful and healing connection can be made – and often is.
This is a big question and one that includes establishing boundaries and taking a few steps before even entering dialogue with a challenging ancestor (if at all). I don’t encourage people to immediately connect with an ill-meaning ancestor. It rarely works and creates set-backs. Instead, my priority is to help a sitter solidify boundaries their ancestor may have broken. Once a strong boundary is in place, we look at locating the sitter’s well-meaning ancestors which tend to act as gatekeepers as well as advisors. If the sitter feels fortified by their established boundaries and still wishes to connect with their challenging ancestor, we are then prepared. In addition, I invite sitters to go into the conversation with what I refer to as their outcome goal. This is when a sitter enters a session not only with their boundaries and gatekeepers in place, but also with an outcome goal in mind— “I plan to leave this session with this outcome and this is what I am bringing to the table to achieve my goal.” Facing an adversary requires being tooled up and when we go in prepared, we are already in a position of self-care and healing.
  • Can you give one or two examples of ways you have seen ancestor work help people?

I have seen incredible healing for people who begin ancestral work. This is especially true for those who grew up in an abusive environment. Just knowing that they have ancestors who love and support them can begin the healing process.
So many are being called to this work that I can’t help but wonder what the driving force behind it might be. And each time I think about it, I always circle back to ancestral healing. As I mentioned in your first question, I feel ancestral work ripples out beyond immediate family issues, though this is where it usually starts. And from there it grows in people the capacity to feel connected and united instead of divided from their roots.
  • If you have one piece of advice for someone just starting out to explore this path, what would it be?

Be willing to trust yourself. Ancestral messages can arrive via tarot, feathers, a neighborhood cat, or a cloud formation. If you understand that you have ancestors who are always near, you’ll find it much easier to begin receiving messages as they’re coming in almost constantly.
Give yourself permission to rejoice in and be surprised by all the support you actually have coming from your ancestral line. Once you establish this connection, make a goal to celebrate and communicate with your well-meaning ancestors. And there are many ways you can do this: altars, offerings, prayer, simple conversations and my favorite, divination. Keep it simple and don’t buy into the stereotype of what ancestral communication is, because it usually isn’t what you think. Instead, it is as natural as having tea with your favorite aunt, who just happens to be deceased.
  • Are there any spreads you recommend that are particularly helpful for ancestor work?  

I do a three-card spread each morning that gives me an ancestral message for the day. The message answers my question of: How can I live this day to my highest abilities?
To begin, choose a card that represents the Ancestors to you. For me, it’s the 6 of Cups. After shuffling, I begin to draw down in the deck until I reach the 6 of Cups. The card just before the Ancestor card is advice on how best to live my day. The card immediately following the Ancestor card is a kind warning of what to avoid. This simple three-card spread is amazingly accurate.
I just posted a simple spread (below) that I feel all levels can do. It features the Chariot as an ancestral guide who leads the diviner to receiving a message.

The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up – What Type are You?

It used to be “hey, what’s your sign?”  Now, more and more, we’re hearing “hey, what’s your type?” – especially among millennials. Enter, the Enneagram.  The personality test that typecasts everyone! It unveils the good and the bad about your character and helps you better understand why you do what you do. There’s no running from the bad.  In fact, the bad is good! It sheds light into your shadows and helps you understand how to better accommodate those traits.

The Enneagram can free you from defensive self-limiting patterns and help you grow into an expanded version of yourself.  It can show you who you really are by showing you who you think you are.  Only then can you know who you actually are – and who you are not.

So, what exactly is the Enneagram and why should you care? Here’s some compelling information from the Introduction to “The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up” that shows why.

The Enneagram is a complex and meaningful symbol that relates to many different systems of knowledge, including psychology, cosmology, and mathematics.  It forms the basis of a highly accurate typology that describes nine distinct personality types and serves as a sense-making framework for understanding the human ego and mapping out a process of growth.  As a psychological and spiritual model that lays out specific paths of self-development, it helps us “wake up” to ourselves by revealing the habitual patterns and blind spots that limit our growth and transformation.

The Enneagram is based on nine personality types grounded in three “centers of intelligence” that determine how we take in and process information from the outside world.

  • We think and analyze using our head center. Types 5, 6, and 7 are dominated by this center and their experience is shaped by thoughts. They are analytical and imaginative, and know how to plan and make sense of things, but they can be overly logical and detached from feelings and emotions.
  • We feel emotions and connect with others using our heart center. Types 2, 3, and 4 are dominated by this center and their experience is shaped by feelings. They are usually emotionally intelligent and empathetic, and value connection and relationships, but they can be overly focused on image and fear rejection.
  • We experience life through our senses using our body center. Types 1, 8, and 9 are dominated by this center and their experience is shaped by sensations. They are usually committed and responsible, and value truth and honor, but they can be judgmental and inflexible

We get “out of balance” when we use one of these centers more than the other two. The Enneagram helps us become aware of and redress this imbalance.

Each of the nine types on the Enneagram circle can be defined in terms of a central survival strategy comprised of habitual patterns and motivations. We all develop unconscious strategies to avoid pain and discomfort as we move through the world. When we see ourselves as the sum total of these unconscious patterns, we lose sight of who we really are and what’s possible for us. The fact that these strategies are unconscious makes it hard (or impossible) to acknowledge and move beyond them. But we are actually much more than we think we are, and the Enneagram helps us to realize this.

Take a look at “The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up.”  You and your type will be glad you did!

“The only person you are destined to become is the one you decide to be.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson