Who Knew Summer Vacation Would Be So Busy?

Just a quick update for today. My parents are visiting, so I have been enjoying spending time with them. I’ve also been creating again – I made a sandwich board for tarot readings, and I’m working on a sweater coat for my mom. They aren’t here much longer, so I’m focusing my energy on that instead of blogging!

First look at the Ace of cups from the Walks Within and ArtLoveLight Tarot Deck - and yes, we haven't picked a name yet!

First look at the Ace of cups from the Walks Within and ArtLoveLight Tarot Deck – and yes, we haven’t picked a name yet!

I’ve got a pretty busy tarot schedule this week. There are still appointments and drop-in spots available, though! Here’s the lowdown:

Today at 1:00 pm – Tarot Readings at Twotonium Ink in Campbell River

Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm – Tarot Readings at Mystic Earth Creations in Campbell River. It is also the River City Arts Fest downtown that day, so lots to see and do!

Saturday from 5 pm – 9 pm – Tarot Readings at Chances Casino. I’ll be giving readings and taking bookings for Tarot Parties! There are quite a few other amazing women with home businesses that will be there. Again, lots to see and do!

Monday at 1:00 pm – Tarot Readings at Twotonium Ink in Campbell River

I can also give readings by phone or Skype. Let me know what you would like!

Oh, and the image there is a first proof of the Ace of Cups from a tarot deck that Katana Dufour from artlovelight.com (she’s got some amazing art – go check out her website and buy some!) and I are collaborating on. What do you think?

Blessings,

Mary

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I’ve been getting up extra early, nurturing my new baby habit of doing yoga AND meditation when I first wake up. I did both three days last week, and four days so far this week (I’m giving myself a break on my weekends, partly because my muscles need a rest).

I haven’t been going to sleep quite as early as I would like, and this video that I recorded this summer is a good reminder for me to make sure I get to bed early!

Are you getting enough sleep?

Blessings,
Mary

I’m Teaching a Class – Have You Signed Up Yet?

Hey! Have you heard the news? I’m teaching a class!

Live the life you love 2013Yes, I’m jumping in with both feet, and I’ve scheduled the first (of many, I hope) Elements of Abundance classes. It starts next Thursday, January 10th. That’s less than a week away!

I’m not usually one to toot my own horn like this, or write lengthy sales pages (because I hate reading them). I’m not going to try to scare you into buying my product, out of some sort of scarcity thinking – heck, that’s what we’re wanting to get out of and into abundance! I’d prefer you sign up because you’ve found value from my blog and videos, and you’d like to receive even more.

I also know that if i chicken out and don’t tell anyone what I’m doing then it’s not going to be very successful. So, I’m making sure you know about what’s coming up.

Next Thursday, starting at 6:00 pm Pacific time, it begins. We’re going to start with getting clear on what it is you want, and then going through the steps, as reflected by the natural world around us and the four elements, to getting (or creating, really) the life you desire. The process is simple, though not always easy! We’re going to have a pretty small group because I want to make sure I can give each of you the individualized attention you deserve.

If you’re ready to make 2013 a fantastic year, full of abundance and the life you long to live, head on over to the Elements of Abundance and sign up today! I look forward to seeing you on the calls!

Blessings,

Mary

 

Top Ten Posts of 2012

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Today is the last day of 2012. So I’m looking back and seeing what was popular and what grabbed your attention this year before looking forward and planning next year.

What’s the Meaning of This?

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I injured myself within a short time of arriving at Vancouver Pagan Pride last Saturday. Shortly after arriving at the park where the event was being held, I went to use the bathroom. It was one of those “vandalism-proof” bathrooms that looks more like a prison than a bathroom. After washing my hands, I stepped out of the bathroom, and my left foot caught the edge of the ramp, turned, and I landed on the ground. My shoe landed in the bathroom behind me and my sunglasses went flying. The first injuries I noticed were my left ankle, which had turned, and my right knee was scraped and bleeding. My palms were a little scraped, as was my right elbow, though not bleeding.

As the day wore on, my left ankle didn’t hurt anymore, but my right wrist, shoulder and hip were all quite achy. It wasn’t until the next day that the bruises showed up.

I’ve been thinking about what the message for me could be from this injury. Two statements have been running through my mind:

  • Everything happens for a purpose.
  • Nothing has meaning except the meaning that you give it.

One possibility is that I wasn’t grounded. We spent the night before on a friend’s sofa bed, and got up very early to make the ferry, and I skipped my morning meditation.

With the help of a friend, Sandy March, who also does amazing Akashic Record Clearing, I explored other possible meanings a few days later. The first thing she pointed out was that all of the lasting injuries happened on my right side, and the right side of the body has to do with the future. I mentioned that all of the major joints on my right side except my ankle were hurt when I fell. Using Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life and Karol Truman’s Feelings Buried Alive Never Die we determined that joints have to do with changing direction and moving forward.

Another synchronicity that came up for me while we were talking is that the goddess Hecate has been present for me ever since I went to the Mother Church in Index at the end of June. Yesterday I read this article about Hecate. It says She is primarily a goddess of change.

Looking for MeaningWe looked at what was going on just before I fell. I was getting out of “prison” (the bathroom), and tripped on the first step. It wasn’t even a particularly difficult step. I just wasn’t giving it the attention that it needed.

The conclusion we came to is that change is coming in my life. (Duh, change is constant!) And I need to give my full attention to the first step, or it is going to trip me up. Now I am more aware, and I can make sure I am giving my full attention to the actions I take, and not stepping without looking.

Of course, it could still mean nothing more than that I fell.

Blessings,

Mary

 

You Want Me to Do What?

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page the other day, and it really struck me:

Patricia Snyder wrote:

Please, choose your leaders carefully. Do not follow them blindly for you may not know what drives them. Learn to question their motives; don’t assume they have your best interests at heart. Look for maturity and wisdom over flash. Remember, a true leader will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Leadership is not a popularity contest. Leaders choose their words carefully because they know that their words hold weight. Leadership is a calling, not a prize.

Let me repeat that last line: Leadership is a calling, not a prize. I’ve known a few people that seemed to think leadership is a prize to be won because he/she was the fastest/loudest/strongest/whatever-est. And they are definitely not inspiring. In fact, often I want to run in the other direction when I encounter those kind of “leaders”.

Lead by exampleIt also makes me think of my experience at Enlightened Warrior Training Camp a few years ago. At the beginning of the week, the gigantic group of over 400 of us was divided into smaller “tribes” of about 20 or so people. Once we were in in our tribes, we introduced ourselves, and shared what we brought to the group. Almost everyone said they brought leadership. So I didn’t. I remember thinking, “With all of these leaders, I will be able to be a follower! I don’t have to be the one in charge.” The qualities I decided to bring to the group were love and non-judgment.

Fast forward a couple of days. There was a lot that happened there that I cannot share with you – like the Mysteries, is is something that must be experienced to be understood. One of the group tasks for each tribe was to come up with some kind of chant to describe and unite our group. Ideally there should be a physical component to it. We weren’t given a lot of time to come up with it, in between all the other tasks we were given. Our group discussed it on the way to dinner one day, and could not come to any conclusion. I said I would come up with something.

I used the same process I use for writing meditations. I had an idea of what I wanted to say. I thought about it while I did other things, putting a few words together here and there in my head. After a few hours, I wrote it out, and shared it with the group the following day.

They loved it, and they were worried about remembering it all. I said I could do most of it on my own, and the rest of the group could join in at the end and do the actions. There was some concern over whether I would be able to be loud enough, and I told them not to worry. I would be plenty loud when the time came. And I let the others, the ones who said they brought leadership to our group, sort out the rest of the details.

The time came to present our chant to the rest of the group. Again, some of the leaders were concerned about volume. I asked for their trust once again.

Other tribes did theirs, and everyone cheered for everyone else. Finally it was our turn. I took a deep breath and began. The whole tent, 400+ people, became quiet, and erupted into applause when we were done. Even my own tribe was stunned, and pleased.

I didn’t ask to be the leader of our tribe. I didn’t even set that intention. Yet there I was, leading a group of leaders, not because I felt I was better than them, but because inspiration had chosen me to speak up. And, to be perfectly honest, there is a part of me that enjoys being in the spotlight. I earned the respect of my tribe by speaking quietly to begin with, and only shouting when it was our turn to be heard above the crowd.

In my priestess work, it’s been a similar story. I started out looking for a group to join, and was told repeatedly, “If you start one, I’ll come.” The Universe was sending me a message in no uncertain terms to lead.

I don’t always feel ready or prepared to lead. I hope I can live up to the standards of the quote above. I strive for maturity and wisdom. I do my best not to tell people only what they want to hear, even if sometimes it is really difficult to say what they need to hear. I do choose my words carefully.

If you have any feedback for me on how I am showing up as a leader, I’d love to hear it. Even if it may not be what I want to hear.

Blessings,

Mary

Are You Putting Off Your Passion?

This weekend I attended Vancouver Pagan Pride Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to see how different traditions celebrate and connect to the Divine, and I am grateful that I was able to go, in spite of injuring myself within 10 minutes of arriving on the site, but that’s a different post.

I led a workshop while I was there called “Energy Basics: Grounding and Shielding”, which went very well, even if it was a bit rushed. At the end of the workshop I passed out some business cards for Walks Within so that the people who attended could download the meditations I shared in the workshop (the grounding one is coming soon, I promise!).

Love for moneyOne woman asked me what was involved in the life coaching. I told her that I help her connect to her values and life purpose, raise her awareness, and keep her accountable to what she says she wants to do. I also shared a little bit about the Elements of Abundance program I am working on to help people earn their living from their passion.

The discussion turned to that old lie I keep bumping into: Money is evil.

Once upon a time, somewhere back in my churchgoing days, I was told that money is the root of all evil. And since I was told that when I was an impressionable child, it has stuck with me. Money, or as my husband would correct me, currency, is not evil. It is an inanimate object. It is not inherently good or evil just as a stone is not good or evil.

For the record, the actual quote from the bible is:

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

~1 Timothy 6:10, New Living Translation

Money is a form of energy. You can use it for good or for evil, although that implies that there is a way that is right and one that is wrong, and I don’t totally buy into that anyway. How you direct that energy, how you earn and spend your money, is what is important.

Somewhere along the line, many of us got off track with how we earn our money. I know I certainly have. I hold a job that I am not passionate about because I need to cover the basic needs for myself and, more importantly, for my family.

Don’t get me wrong, there are parts of my job that I enjoy. I do my best there, because I believe in making my piece of the world as beautiful and positive as I can. It is still not my passion. My passion is seeing other people grow personally and spiritually. That’s why I am a life coach and a priestess outside my 9 to 5 job.

So many people I know have a job that is outside of their passion, including the young woman I was talking to at Pagan Pride. I totally understand the motivation to earn money to cover your needs from whatever source is available. My question is, what are you doing to fulfill your passion? If you’re not doing anything, what is one small thing you could change to bring you a little closer to your dream life? You’ll be amazed at how much richer your life will be when you engage your passion and purpose.

Blessings,

Mary

Did You Ever Have That Nightmare…

I don't know what to say…where you’re standing in front of a group of people, and you can’t remember what you’re supposed to say? And you can’t think of anything to say beyond, “Umm, hi.”

I know the blog posts have been coming out faithfully every other day for the past two weeks, but I haven’t actually written one for almost a week. I’ve been sitting here staring at my computer for at least 15 minutes.

I’m terrified that I have run out of things to say. I was on a streak for a while, and then, nothing. Well, not nothing, exactly. I wrote an Introduction to Meditation course for Wiccan Seminary. I’ve recorded some more videos and gotten them ready to publish online. And now the inspiration seems to have dried up.

I want to slack off. I want to watch movies, and read books, and sleep in. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know the things I know. Sometimes I’d like to be like the “average” North American – go to work, come home, watch tv, go to sleep, lather, rinse, repeat. But a mind once expanded can never go back to its previous shape. I can never un-know the things that I know.

Part of this blog challenge is about finding my voice, and uncovering my message. I thought I knew what my voice sounded like, though I haven’t been quite as clear what my message is. It’s pretty hard to share my message with you if I’m not clear what it is.

If I’m going to claim the title, The Prosperity Priestess, my message is about abundance and spirituality. This feels in alignment for me.

I love seeing people find their connection to Source – in whatever form they connect, whether it is through Paganism, Christianity, Hinduism, or any other faith. I think we all have a right to be happy. We all deserve to live lives of abundance and joy and love. I’ve been working to increase the joy, love and abundance in my life, and I want that for others as well.

I won’t lie to you and say its easy. I’ve spent a lot of time, and to be honest, a lot of money, to learn and grow. And I would like to save others some of the time and money I’ve spent to see the abundance that I am enjoying. I may not be the richest person in the world, but I enjoy a lot of abundance in my life.

Huh, I guess I had something to say after all.

Blessings,

Mary

How are Huckleberries Like Business Opportunities?

This was originally posted directly to Facebook as part of my 30/60 Challenge on Tuesday, August 1st. I’m posting it here now so that I can have everything all in one place.

Today is the Celtic/Pagan festival known as Lammas or Lughnasadh. It is the first harvest of the season, and a time to celebrate the abundance we’ve been given. So it was the perfect day to go pick huckleberries with my son.

Huckleberry BushA few weeks ago, my son had wanted to harvest some huckleberries, and he went about it by cutting a large branch off the bush. I wasn’t too impressed by this, but the huckleberry tarts we had were absolutely delicious! So we spent probably two hours in the woods, harvesting huckleberries. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend one on one with him, and share a more environmentally friendly way of collecting the fruits.

I was able to share with him my respect for the bushes, and my gratitude for the berries they shared with us. I made sure we left berries on each bush, so the birds and insects would still have some food. I even modeled respect for the spiders who were using the bushes as snares for their meals by speaking to them and avoiding their webs while I was picking. He started the journey quite nervous about the spiders, and was calm about them by the end of the trail.

As my bucket slowly filled, I started looking at the huckleberry bushes like the business world. There are tons of opportunities out there. There are more opportunities than any one person could ever take advantage of. Some are very sweet, and some are sour, and some are just plain rotten. And many are prime for the plucking. And no matter how many people have walked the same path, picking the juiciest opportunities from the bushes as they pass, there will still be some left for the next person. And no two people who walk that way will choose the same berry from the same bush, or even choose them in the same way.

Today I was on a mission to collect the berries for future use. Most of the berries I picked ended up in the bucket. My son, however, ate more berries than he put in the bucket. And while we each started out with the same purpose, we went about it in a different way, each getting different results. Was one of us more successful than the other? I have my own theory on that. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

Blessings,

Mary