Why I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in spirit

I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in everything they are trying to achieve right now as they protect clean water against the disgusting ravages of the fracking oil industry.

I send my energies of light and life to the camp in North Dakota. To add my belief, my trust in the earth and the spirits that are in everything, to the power of the water protectors.

If every person in the world sent good energies to the fight of clean water against oil, they would win in no time. The government, the state police, the workers and companies, would find themselves pulling out, giving up and changing what they want. Eventually. Magical energy mostly takes the most obvious, easiest way.

Magic in the world

There have been a few descriptions of Native American elders performing rituals at the front of the crowd. One man was arrested while he was leading a ritual. This isn’t the made-up stuff of the movies, it’s real, tangible, magic being cast. A very earthy tradition, millennia-old, and it works. My feeling is a huge amount of magic is being wrought in North Dakota for the good of the land, and to me, that was confirmed when a massive herd of bison showed up at the camp this week. I imagine the fervent energies of the crowd and their prayers are melding a potent gathering of resistance. The herd may well belong to the people who live on the reservation, but it was strangely good timing for the herd to gallop past as the protectors were being faced down by a small army.

The water protectors could probably use as much helpful, positive energy as you can spare. Let good win out for once and help prevent the literal erosion of the land we live upon. We’ve already wrecked the seas.

Why is North Dakota important right now (and for the future)

Fracking is bad. It involves forcing water deep into rock, fracturing it. Repeatedly, until it runs out of oil. Literally raping the earth of the very last of her resources. It has a highly dubious safety record, and but nonethelesss that safety record is cited as if acceptable throughout the planning applications that abound in the UK now.

The risk management system is inherently fragile, needing only a few factors to cause it to collapse. Safety record or not, it could f*** up at any time. There have already been oil spills across America and South America, poisoning water sources and damaging the environment and wildlife for decades to come. Fracking is not, in any way, safe.

The 1,172-mile North Dakota Pipeline is planned to run under the Missouri River, though I did read they hadn’t yet acquired the permits for that. That’s a very big clean water source for humans, just waiting to be written off as an ‘accident’ in the event of an oil spill.

What could come of the North Dakota Access Pipeline protest?

The outcome of the protest isn’t the only thing that will be important. The behaviour of public bodies of all descriptions during the protest will also influence how future protests will run. Not just in the US.

  • Take the random acts of violence during stand-offs between protectors and militarized police. How much further do those violent acts have to go before the situation becomes defined as a massacre?
  • Now look at Hillary Clinton’s response to a letter delivered by an impassioned teenager as young people protested outside Clinton’s HQ in Brooklyn, New York. Make of that useless response what you will. Maybe she thinks some of those ‘oiligarchs’ might be more influential on her political career than a bunch of has-been indigeneous people.
  • But then think of Bernie Sanders, doing his best to be the voice of firm and reasonable resistance in the face of corporate favouritism. Who can predict how useful that letter will be? Could go either way.
  • Take the US Government, condoning the use of police and state police against protesting people in order to protect private interests.
  • But consider the United Nations response as they appear to be mobilising to observe the situation first hand.
  • And what about attempts to silence the Press? Amy Goodman from DemocracyNow! arrested and threatened with decades in jail, just for being present at a protest. There were others. Open suppression of the Press is a huge worry. It suggests the oppressors believe no-one can stop them.

From the bottom of my heart, I send love and hope and strength to the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota. I hope you will do the same.

MMX

Maggie Moon

The dandelion dilemma

My back garden this morning.

Photo: My back garden this morning.

I hate killing dandelions.

I hate it.

I love their yellow bobbing heads, dandelions are so cheerful and smiley.

But my lawn was carpeted with them. And I want grass.

Also I need a lawn with grass to fulfil my tenancy agreement. When it was carpeted with hawkweed and dandelions last time around, I returfed it. A lot of hard work for a not-great result.

So this time I vowed to remove every dandelion (and all the not-yet flowering buttercup) and reseed the patches.

I talk to my houseplants. Always have. I can feel their attention on me when I do. They like it.

So if I talk to houseplants, accepting that they may be improperly categorised sentient beings, I’ve already gone a step too far for gardening. This was the same nightmare I had when I reared goslings, but in a milder way, being that I’m not on pecking terms with the dandelions.

But still it pains me.

They’re bright and cheerful and totally resilient … antifragile, even. They don’t need my pity. Dandelions have been around since the dawn of time, and they’ll be filling up lawns long after I start pushing up daisies.

But it isn’t just that I kill them.

It’s a long, slow death. Over a couple of days, the pulled-up plant weakens and becomes floppy. The mud around the root is caked and dry. Streaks of white juice are still visible. The head never opens again, and the underside of the petals are pale. The root is bendy where once it had stabbed the ground with a proud stiffness.

Some dandelions are many-headed Hydra – and even won the fight with me when the tip of their root broke off in the ground – and some are just little, starting out. I found some completely white ones under the wheelie bin, which the December storms had laid flat. Still growing despite being in the dark. Still with flower heads formed.

Dandelions are a hugely successful plant. The bees love them, and they attract hoverflies and suchlike that do wonders in your garden. They’re a worthy adversary for the gardener. Sometimes they hold on and you lose the tip of the root in the ground. Maybe you dig the lost part out, or maybe you leave it in “Dandelion 1, Maggie 0”.

And dandelions aren’t a bad thing at all. You can use every part of the plant, though I only know about dandelion coffee, where the root is roasted and ground, and dandelion leaf tea.

The medicinal effects of dandelion leaf are supposed to be centred around supporting the body’s digestive system, the liver, and even the blood. Dandelion root also acts as a diuretic, so it affects your waterworks too.

I wish I’d been able to use the 150 dandelions that filled up two feed sacks, but alas where the dog pees (and worse) I don’t eat.

I think I’ll pay some penance by buying some dandelion products, since everything these cheery little plants offer is something I could do with right now.

back yard sans dandelions

My back garden this evening.

And don’t be fooled. I’m not a bleeding heart. I sold my geese and crossed my fingers, knowing that some would be doomed. I’m not a vegetarian, but food provenance is really important to me and most of my diet is veggie. Farming is near my heart, but I’ve always been stubbornly soft.

The dandelion guilt is a milder version of the daily meat dilemma.

Images c/o: ruthkassinger.com and unsplash.com

 

 

How the power of being present can be yours

Hey there. Maggie here. It’s been a little while, because I’ve been taking stock of where I am and where I think I’m going. I felt kinda stuck for a few months, but then I realised something:

the spiritual journey is a bit like one of those level-up computer games. When you get stuck every time in a particular location or scenario, it’s because you haven’t found the special key.

So you do your meditation first thing in the morning. You smudge your space with fragrant smoke maybe once a day. You try to stay tidy and organised and ready, but nothing improves. No spiritual messages come through. Insight seems distant and unlikely.

One night, POW!  You realise you had the key all the time.

And that’s where we’re at today.

Being present is the key to everything

Had a frustrating hospital/legal/other appointment? You can change that if you want.

Upcoming exams that you’re dreading? Smooth them over. You can.

Feeling like you’ve no direction in life? What did you always want to do?

You can do it. As long as you’re present when you make your request to the universe.

Why doesn’t everyone just do it if it’s so easy?

Some people do! Lots of people do it by accident. They strongly desire something at a moment when they’re truly within themselves. It’s what you might call ‘sheer force of will’, but as with all arts, the true power and strength is wielded from the tiniest movement.

To do it at will – to be present long enough to state a coherent request – when you need some urgent situation to turn out okay, requires a practiced skill: controlling your own mind.

The problem is, the mind is like a monkey, leaping from branch to branch, making associations and images, seemingly without your bidding. In this state, it’s the antithesis of being present.

One of the most accessible ways to learn to control your monkey mind is through meditation. No-one is barred from learning to meditate, and it’s something simple you can do without any special equipment or prerequisites.

But! It isn’t just sitting there with your eyes closed, waiting for your 20-minute timer alert. Meditation is more like sitting cross-legged in a ripple of the space-time continuum. Over time you learn to be comfortable in the space you find when you close your eyes. To some people, this comfortableness comes naturally. To others, I guess it could take years.

Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in yourself.

And meditation’s easy, right?

Yup, but it’s also hard.

The coolest thing I’ve found about meditation, is this:

Time flies really fast when you’re really present.

So when I practice meditation, I try to stay present for as long as possible. The more present I am, the more doors seem to open within my mind.

I used to think that when you meditated ‘properly’, the way you would always feel would be closer to a dreamlike state. More like getting high than standing with your feet on the ground. But I’m beginning to realise when you meditate in a present way, your feet really connect you to the ground. You’re inside yourself and totally aware of everything, all at the same time.

Meditation is worth the effort

It’s at this point that you can really talk to the universe. Make little requests, even. If it’s a question, you’ll get an answer at some point. If it’s an event, you’ll see it play out (though you don’t always have any control over how). If it’s something you need, it’ll come. If it doesn’t, then maybe you have to look at why. I call this mundane magick. The everyday little irritants, all smoothed out.

It’s no good making those requests the point of meditation or the reason to be present. Being present is it’s own reward, as pompous as that sounds. The empowerment you have in your own life is only part of the experience, but what you take away depends on you.

Always ground and centre

Not only does centring and grounding yourself keep you connected with the earth and therefore safer, it also makes the whole being present thing a lot easier. Once you’re grounded. there’s a different flow of energy around you – you feel more present. I’ve come to the conclusion that you have to be grounded to be present.

Now, here’s the catch: I might be wrong about all this. I don’t have some guru telling me the truths of the Multiverse. I only have myself and my own realisations, and all I can really vouch for is that I’m living through my experiences and this is what I have experienced so far.

So what can you tell me about your forays into meditation and being present?

Brightest blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o taptotransform.com

 

Uplifting post: how to hit the gratitude meter BIG TIME

So I had a swift look over my recent posts, and realised they may come across as a little negative. Okay, maybe even a lot negative. And I promised you uplift, not negativity, so took stock of myself on Tuesday and decided to embrace gratitude more effectively!

Enter this little meditation with useful subliminal messages about how much you are grateful for everything. And it really works. The music may not be anyone’s cup of tea (I don’t see how it can be, really), but every time those bell notes come in (reminds me of a cheesy Christmas song), something in my heart chakra area heightens and takes me into a joyful happy place 🙂

Spent the whole day yesterday thanking the PTB for everything I have, and am determined to a) continue with that and b) give anyone who wants a go a chance at it too.

So here you go: meditation with subliminal happy messages:

Oh, and you might feel a few funny aches and pains in your heart area after doing this meditation. Maybe it’s indigestion …. but I think it’s because this stuff opens up your heart chakra and pains in that area are pretty common when that happens.

Brightest blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o www.adriennedumas.com

Why do people use magick in 2015?

I’m the dubiously proud owner of a copy of that vile and infamous book, Malleus Malleficarium. I haven’t made it past the Second Question in the book itself, but I managed to read the long and complex 1927 introduction, by Montague Summers, whose translation made this particular copy available.

At one point, he muses that 1600s witchcraft seemed to be used a great deal in politics, but he wonders why this is.

Mr. Summers missed the point. People use magic to influence situations that they otherwise would be able to do nothing about.

Even in 2015 there are people in situations where they feel powerless. Not just involving politics; I imagine there is more of a prevalence of love or money spells than there are of Presidential Election influencers.

Now, I’m all for using magic wisely and often. Especially to make your own life brighter in tiny, wonderful ways. The more practiced someone is, the better they will be at it, and to me it’s better that people who know what they’re doing use it, than desperate wildcards who haven’t a clue what’s going to happen.

However, there are many more dabblers than practitioners, so if you’re thinking about using a love spell to drag back the love of your life, or contemplating the next lottery draw with diamonds in your eyes, this article is for you.

Ethical witchcraft

Magic isn’t black or white. Magic is neutral. It’s energy manipulation, pure and simple. Fed by the person’s intention, it takes the easiest, most direct route to produce a result based on the spellcaster’s intention. The more sharp and intense the intention, the better the result. Why do you think there has been a large number of posts about meditation on this blog? 🙂

If your intention is fogged up with crazy-in-love, jealousy, rejection, fear of the future, anger, greed, or even mental illness, you’ll find that you probably don’t get the results you expect. At best you’ll find no change to your situation, but that’s unlikely.

With months of serious meditative practice, a lot of time spent ‘being present’, and soul searching, it’s possible to rise out of many of the negative states of mind mentioned above, and really make something of the use of magic, if that’s what you’re interested in.

Otherwise it’s best left alone, because magic that breaks the rules of the Universe takes a pound of flesh from the wielder. There are too many pitfalls. The types of morality that many of us have grown up with stem from ideals of cleanliness of spirit and body. Keeping your legs closed, and your eyes off the money and things that other people have, that kind of thing.

The Universe isn’t concerned with those types of morals.

The main ethical rule that the Universe appears to swing by is this:

Do not hurt or harm anyone for any reason through magic.

The ‘harm’ term doesn’t just mean physical harm. It also means causing someone to become bound to you, limiting someone’s life in some way. It may mean other stuff too, who knows?

Can you see why it’s so hard to negotiate? Even if you think you’re doing something that will benefit everyone in the long term, you have to take time to really think about the possible consequences of your action.

Even something that has nothing to do with anyone else could bounce back on you if you aren’t clear enough in your mind and your words about what you want.

I’ll give you a mild example: don’t ask for all your bills to be paid, because in the next month you could see every bill you’ve ever escaped.

So, if you’ve got a couple of spells off the internet, or you’re thinking about purchasing a special ring with some kind of magickal entity purportedly bound inside it, take a few weeks or months to really think about what you’re doing and where you’re going. You probably don’t need magick to get what you want, anway.

Magick always takes the most direct route to the outcome of any spell or ritual, so if you cast a spell but there was some obvious way that you could have influenced the situation positively, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself doing just that.

Cast wisely, if at all.

Bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o lightlabcreations.com

 

 

 

Psychic attack: what that means to me and why I thank my attackers

Seriously, folks, don’t be horrid to each other. And when I say ‘each other’, that includes me.

When I set out to discover Wicca about 20 years ago, I didn’t know about psychic attack. Even when I read about it, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to attack me. Of course, I forgot about jealousy, didn’t I?

I learned that it can happen by accident, when someone’s mind is so powerful that they create thoughtforms without realising it – unpleasant thoughtforms that seek out the person being thought about and create havoc with their lives. I also learned that practitioners of magick sometimes do it on purpose. I learned that one the hard way. It wasn’t until recently that I learned how to deal with it.

Troll witches everywhere

My first real experience of a psychic attack followed a bitter fall out with a troll witch online about 10 years ago. I woke up one morning and realised I had spent the night in my dreams rubbing ground glass into my face. Not a pleasant experience; terrified me, bearing in mind the troll was thousands of miles away in the US somewhere.

I didn’t work much magic for a long time, preferring to stick to a few pagan ways that were safe, and leaving the magic to those who dared. I hardly touched it until I found myself dogged by an oppressive force almost two years ago – in fact I didn’t even realise that my terrible luck (money, jobs, career failure, anxiety, fear of losing home) was due to this until one day I contemplated suicide in my car, and twigged very suddenly that this was not me, not due to me, and was definitely the work of someone who wanted to cause me harm. I might be off the wall, but my mental health isn’t generally in question. Oddly, I also knew who it was, thanks to a bizarre lucid visitation in the middle of the night.

At which point I rustily read up on defensive magick, and constructed a somewhat shaky web of defence, something I had never known much about before, thanks to my naivety about what people are prepared to do to get their own way. My circumstances swiftly changed; confirmation that I had indeed been under attack, and my prospects brightened … for a while.

Double … even triple attack

Now, someone who claims they are constantly being attacked is probably not being. This is the general rule of thumb. Mental health is delicate at the best of times. However …

There are plenty of people with mental health issues out there who use magick; not a good idea, since magick itself tends to produce effects that are often seem related to mental breakdown. Added to which, ordinary people use magick for their own ends; even those who don’t regularly practice it are liable to use it when they feel there is no other way to influence a situation.

However, less than a year after, I saw some alarming portents, had some bizarre lucid dreams – more visitations – these people can’t resist showing you who they are – and became very physically ill for a short period, and very frightened. I lost work, money, confidence, and my love. Times were tough for a while, until I realised what was going on.

One reversal spell later, sponsorship from a goddess, help from a couple of very special friends (to whom I am eternally grateful), and we were back on track.

In fact, I was even better off than before, and have my attacker to thank for that. Thanks to those experiences, I finally found my path, through traditional witchcraft (not Wicca), and for that I am grateful. My way makes far more sense to me now.

I’m afraid my attacker is short on love and lovingness towards herself, and I’m sad for her. I’ve sent her Ho’oponopono a few times but nothing more defined than that. One thing everyone learns at some point when they work with magick: whatever is done to your environment or on to other beings in the environment will also be done to you (or similar). I am careful to say the ho’oponopono mantra when I think of this person, to disperse any lingering negativity. I have no desire to have a pound of flesh taken from me.

And yet … here we go again. More magick. More weirdness. Same attacker. It all seems so extreme.

What she doesn’t realise is that the only way to battle hate is to use love, copiously. I am not interested in having a fight; I have nothing to give but love (and Ho’oponopono).

I wish only to be let to enjoy my life the way I want to.

And what is that? If magick is so scary, then why do it?

Can magickal attack happen to you?

I am wholly unsure of the relationship between belief and effect. It seems to me that people who flatly do not believe in magick have some kind of natural barrier that protects them. However, by the same token, this is not logical, since as far as I know, magick works whether you believe or not, particularly if it is being done for or against you by someone else.

Magickal attack can manifest in your life as a series of chronic medical conditions or severe tiredness, things that can be easily mapped to your lifestyle or health in general (and may be nothing to do with magick at all). Critical thinking is essential for all safe and ethical magickal practice and understanding.

I use magick now because it delights me, and makes my life better, and because part of my purpose is as a communicator; a messenger. I am here to tell you about it.

However, the catalyst for my recent resurgence in magickal practice is mainly the prevalence of magickal attacks as detailed above. Throughout my life I’ve experienced other people’s jealousy; this baffles me – who would want to be me?! However, the jealousy becomes more potent when it is set alight in magickal fire, and so, because I believe; because I experience magick every single day, I am compelled to use defensive magick also, in order to guard myself. It was only because of my defences that I invited daily magickal practice into my life (and I am grateful to every one of my attackers for this).

I use my meditation in part to ensure control of my own mind and my own magick. Ethical magick is the only way for me.

So, the upshot of this post is this: strive to be happy, no matter what your assailants try to commit you to, love will always shine the brightest.

I leave you with this Max Ehrmann quote, which inspired me when I was just a student at university:

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.”

Brightest blessings to all of you who read this.

Oh, and don’t take my word for it: this blog, threehundredandsixtysix.wordpress.com pretty much says it all too.

Maggie Moon

NB: couldn’t find the provenance of the crow picture online, so thanks to whoever made it possible, and if this picture is yours, please message me via the comments and I will add a credit for you.

Blood moon, witchcraft, and war.

A bit of a weird post, but I felt I had to write it.

Blood moon over Huddersfield

This beautiful blood moon image was taken by my old friend, Gain Lee, an astronomer in Huddersfield. Given the associations of red and orange (think passion, fire, bombs, explosions, anger, sex and so on), it’s no surprise that people have historically and globally been terrified by this beautiful and terrible portent.

The usual small crowd of prophets have said their pieces about the end of the world and disaster for humankind, and even the Mormon Church issued a statement calling for calm amongst its ranks. Like I said, fear is a natural result of a blood moon, if for no other reason than that many people don’t understand it.

The terrors of war

Instead of taking me down the road of doom-filled prophecies and future terror, Gain’s picture got me thinking about a very clear and present terror that this moon looks over. The spectre of war has had our world by the throat for centuries though it’s worse than ever with the machines of war. Check this Reddit post if you want to examine that claim further.

Why is war the international political tool of choice? What does it gain? The answer is, in part, that war is a means to an end. The strategy game to end them all. Or it’s supposed to be.

There’s a catch.

War is no longer just a means to an end on a political stage. It also has a business end. The endless barrage of weapons is a constant stream of reliable income for the companies that build them. The results of the wars are that the winners are companies enabled to pillage countries for their fossil fuels and minerals.

The mechanised remote murders, displaced people, and increasingly obese bank accounts have dehumanised war altogether. They have destabilised whole countries with the flick of a few switches.

Wherever we see war, we should seek to understand it. Even if you aren’t interested in politics – it isn’t just about politics any more.

Whether you meet it in the form of displaced people, on the News, on Facebook or wherever, try to look behind the face and see the reasons why those people are there. If you’re lucky enough to live without war in your daily life, you owe everyone else this much.

Witchcraft spirituality and the Morrigan

There’s a witchy reason for this semi-political rant. It probably sounds nuts, but I was recently helped by a battle goddess, the Morrigan.

I’ve sensed her for some time – the daily meditaton may make me bombproof yet! – but because I’m as good as blind on the astral plane, it took me a while to understand. I was pretty surprised. I’ve rarely made any evocations to specific deities, and there’s nothing special about me.

One of the things I’ve learned this year is that if you ask for help, you are asked for something in return. Sometimes all that is requested is gratitude. Not so the Morrigan. She has an agenda.

She wants a large number of people to shout STOP! No more war. No more making money from the deaths of frightened ordinary people. No more of any of it! There has to be a better world to live in than this.

So many people have been driven out of their homes by reckless bombing, and all sides are to blame.

This is a message from the Morrigan. That is why this post is unusually political.

I’m not the only person by far who has picked up this feeling that this is what is being asked of us. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Head down and daily meditation seems to be the only course of obvious action.

Oh, and keeping on smiling!

Weird and wonderful times.

Blessed be!

Maggie Moon

REVELATION: How to reap the benefits of ‘being present’ every day

I’ve had a revelation. It’s a minor one, because I kinda knew it already, but no less life altering for that.

I think I’m experiencing the first major effects on my life from meditating every day. I know I said that I already noticed positive changes from the first few days I began doing that, but now it’s for real. This is big. BIG.

What is ‘being present’

‘Being present’ is literally living in the present moment. Nothing can hurt you. No-one will come and ‘get’ you. No worries really matter right now. Everything is okay. (I am a worrier, your needs may be different).

That might be easy to say, coming from a woman of reasonably sound mind and body. What if everything isn’t okay? What if something really shit is happening to you right now?

Well here’s the thing: being present stops that stuff from happening in the first place. All that grot doesn’t have to exist. You don’t have to feel bad about anything.

All you have to be is right here, in your shoes, right now. Not thinking or worrying or wondering about the future and the past. Not even worrying about that altercation with a woman last Sunday. Or the next crazy thing your mother’s gone and done. Or the rent. None of that. It’s all about the present moment. The Now is there to be grabbed.

Grab it.

What are the benefits of ‘living in the Now’?

Words come more easily. Thoughts are more coherent and connected. It’s as if there’s a bank of knowledge or information out there in the ether, and when you’re fully present, you’re plugged into that bank with thousands of tiny power cords.

Good things happen. Every day has new joys. I know how it sounds, but it’s bloody true.

On a more realistic-sounding note, I find I’m more productive, more useful, and I have more sensible things to say. (But wonderful things keep happening too).

I care less about things that don’t really matter so much and that makes a difference to my quality of life because I’m happier for it. It’s like being super-aware and not bothered, both at the same time.

How do you become ‘present’ and ‘right now’?

I’ve got something that could help you, but I can’t tell you how to make it a permanent state of being. When I become aware that I’m not present, I do it. I remind myself constantly. It’s my new obsession.

My guess is that the state of being present is more likely to become permanent if you keep on doing it. We’re in it for the long haul.

Like the meditation thing and the ‘being happy’ thing, it’s a full life change, and will take practice. It’s totally worth the initial effort.

It starts with centring and grounding.

EDIT: Removed the Centring and grounding section at the end of this post and reworked it into a permanent page for the blog, here.

Maggie Moon

Image c/o thesongbegins.com

 

Spiritual practices (whatever they are) have to come first. Here’s why:

It makes no difference whether you pray to God, meditate with the Buddha, or dance in the light of the moon, whatever you do that connects you to the Source, you need to put it first. In your day and in your mind.

See, spiritualism isn’t just for one special day of the week; if you do it every day, regularly, you notice the benefits pretty quickly. There’s an absence of drama, and a contentment to build when you aren’t firefighting every problem that comes along.

It appears almost as if crappy things don’t happen any more, but I think it is something a bit more personal. The crappy things continue to present themselves, but how you handle them from the outset is completely different. Instead of dealing with them you get them to dissolve.

So meditate, pray, smudge every day. Be a slave to your practice (but remember to enjoy it). It keeps you safe, steadies your life, and brings in all the luck you could ever need.

Happy Lughnasadh!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o www.karmagrove.com

Forgiveness … How to forgive better (even when you’re still mad).

I’m big on forgiveness. I don’t believe in holding grudges, and I’m fairly straightforward as a person; if I don’t like you, it’ll probably be clear.

So it came to me as a surprise recently, when I realised that I do have a couple of grudges. It’s almost shaming to admit it.

With one of them, I’ve allowed the grudge to dictate (influence?) my behaviour, and managed to make the whole thing worse. With the other, I’m still in a safer position, determined to let it lie.

It’s scary though. When I think of people who habitually hold grudges, I feel sad for them, and a bit frustrated. Perfectly nice people who spoiled themselves, taking a nasty event into their spirit and letting it consume them just a little.

More than anything, I don’t want to be like them.

So how to escape the shackles of grudgebearing?

Dissolve the grudge energy

I can tell you right now, the only spiritual exercise I think worked to help with this is Ho’oponopono, an Hawaiian chant that dissolves the bad feeling and the negativity around a situation. I don’t even know if I ‘do it right’, I just chant the words (see the linked post above), sometimes focusing on my problems, and sometimes not. It’s a kind of spiritual place; a magic that overcomes and changes you.

The place you find yourself in is forgiveness.

See you there.

Bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

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When meditation doesn’t seem to work for you, and how to boost its effects

The trouble with life is that it gets in the way of the spiritual stuff. Instead of chasing down enlightenment and locking it into place, the real world takes hold of you (unless you’re a hermit) and forces you into the pinball of daily existence.

Go to work. Fall in love. Change jobs. Move house. Have a baby. Have a third baby. Stuff happens. When are you going to fit meditation in there?

Even if you know that inside you is the capacity to be more spiritual, the things that happen are your life, and you’re here to live, so live it you do.

However, every time you meditate or do something else that works towards your spiritual fulfilment, you get a little bit nearer to enlightenment. To understanding what that means. The more often you do it, the more familiar it feels. It’s like creating a beautiful patchwork cloak for your spirit, one piece at a time.

Meditation brings me relief. Locked away from the world for 20-30 minutes, everything feels very peaceful. I presume it affects everyone differently, but I bet peace is a big part of everyone’s experience.

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Get an extra boost in your daily meditation

The 20-minute daily meditation that I wrote about a few weeks back is a silent affair, where all you need is a stopwatch, yourself, and the determination to do this every day for the rest of your life.

There are also videos on YouTube, and these may be guided meditations (watch out for the weird, creepy, or robotic voiceovers though), or there are videos of Tibetan singing bowls, or you can listen to binaural beats with isochronic tones.

I’ve noticed something about the effectiveness of the different types of meditation that I should share.

In the post about the 20-minute meditation, Leo said that it would take weeks or months to notice the benefits, and I disagreed, because I’ve always found it to be really beneficial super fast.

But having done 20 minutes a day for about 5-6 weeks, I haven’t noticed much difference in me in terms of the peacefulness I normally get. I have it directly afterwards, but it doesn’t seem to last or change the frenzied way in which I think.

So I went back to binaural beats for the last two days, and I’ve rediscovered the lasting feeling of peace and calm that I associate with meditation.

The 20-minute meditation is a good training ground for your spiritual practice, because it is as meditation is meant to be. Quiet and calm around you and in you, and nothing but peace.

Outwardly, the binaural beats couldn’t be further from that quiet place; there is constant sound throughout the track, but within the chaos there is a quiet and it’s easy to get the hang of it.  I know they open my chakras because I can feel it, physically, and I now get more out of them because I’ve become better at meditation because of my regularity of the 20-minute session.

They all work, there’s no doubt about that, it’s just a case of how powerful the experiences are for you. If you feel you need a boost, I urge you to find some videos that suit you and make your vortexes buzz.

But it’s always worth practising the plain video-free meditation to train your willpower.

Sweet life and bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

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Inline image c/o aboutmeditation.com

 

5 ways to improve your spiritual hygiene (yes, really)

Apologies for the hiatus, folks, but life has been wonderfully non-dramatic and ordinary. Little to write about on a spiritual level. There’s something comforting about ordinary. The mundaneities of everyday living bring a kind of Zen to the mind, and I’ve been doing exactly as I said in my last post: meditating every day for 20 minutes, without fail.

Okay, I’ve had a couple of fails, but I don’t feel bad about those. I’ve also had a brief emotional meltdown, which is why I write this article now.

One thing I’ve come to realise is that when spiritual hygiene is lacking, dramas start to creep in, so here’s my latest offering on the road to enlightenment, Maggie Moon style.

Improve your spiritual hygiene and uplift your life

So, spiritual hygiene. What’s that?

Spiritual hygiene is about keeping your multi-dimensional space clean. The yak of everyday misery, the jealousy, irritation and stress that so many people suffer from, all of this sort of forms like The Fog to clog up your systems and everything around you.

It’s a really good idea to clean up all that space around us on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to do that.

1. Wash yourself

Of course you wash! Most people do, but I reckon once a week, maybe on a ‘fed up’ day, a salt bath is a great idea. A couple of handfuls of proper sea or rock salt is best, mind; no chemicals in there till you wash your hair. When you get out of the bath, don’t pull the plug until your feet are both on the bathroom floor.

2. Wash your clothes (and hang outside)

If you’ve got a favourite sweater or cardi that you wear indoors all the time, don’t forget to wash it regularly. It goes with you through everything; you probably need to keep it cleaner than most pieces of clothing. Soak it in soda crystals, if the fabric will take it, and hang it out in a breeze and the summer sun.

3. Give your home a shine

I recently tidied my handbag out; I realise that was a sign of me needing to clear things out a bit. Must be three years since I did that last. My home is the same. It began to get very untidy last week, so I hit it on Sunday and felt much better. Mess is stress! I should know! I find this one pretty hard to do.

4. Smudge your moods away

Smudging really helps. Regular smudging seems to have a cumulative effect. The reason I know is because I did it daily for months. Then I ran out of sage for a short while, and then I didn’t get back into the daily habit again. Until this week. Let’s just say I feel a lot, LOT better today.

5. Burn incense and ensure nothing lingers

The smoke from the incense as well as the sage, helps to drive out any nasty fogness that has managed to cling on. The reasons for this might be that the smudging wasn’t thorough enough, or that the fog is quite strong. Incense like copal, frankincense and dragonsblood are all powerful cleansers of space. You can buy this kind of stuff at websites like Morrigans or find it at New Age type shops anywhere in the UK.

If you’ve never done any of these things, you stand to be amazed at the difference they can make to your everyday life. Everything just seems to be nicer and easier all the time.

Bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o Joy Xi

You can meditate every day. For the rest of your life.

Seriously. It’s the everdayness that brings the benefits.

I watched this actualized.com video today, and realised it is the second kick up the bum I’ve had from the ether in the last week.

Leo tells us that in meditating every day, the habit of quietening the monkey mind enables us to create the mindfulness that changes our lives. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re rubbish at it. Just do it.

It’s the process – the whole twenty minute process – that matters. It doesn’t matter if you find yourself thinking; just let the thoughts go when you realise you’re thinking again, and distance yourself from them again.

Keep trying to still the ‘crazy drunk, stung monkey’ and keep letting the thoughts go as best you can. For twenty minutes every day, come what may.

Try Leo’s suggestion of the 30-day challenge, and see if you find yourself to be different.

Be blessed!

Maggie Moon

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Be my friend

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Be my friend, or
Stop being my friend,
Either way is up to you,
I don’t mind
Or feel bereft
Whether you choose
To stay or go,
But all the time
It seems to me,
If you can be the
Best one for thee,
You’re doing better
Than all the rest
Of those
Unhappy souls
Who think and live
According to
What they believe
Others want.
Whether you know me
Or whether you don’t
Be true to yourself,
No matter what.

Maggie Moon

Image c/o wachalife.com

Friends, and being yourself.

I’ve often read that people who experience an uplift in their spiritual consciousness also sometimes find that they lose friends – sometimes very close friends – around that time. Various spiritual guru types seem to put the trend down to how those people’s lives are no longer compatible with your new spiritual freedom. The suggestion is sometimes that those friends may be of a low vibration, or that they are – or their mission in this life is – oppositional to your increased vibrational level.

In all cases, we are advised to let those people go and allow everyone to move on. People often come into our lives for a reason, and go again once their job is done. I’ve noticed this before – not in direct relation to spiritual stuff, but in everyday life – people drift in, and drift out again, and some stay and are present in and out of our lives over many years, never too close but never far away in spirit, while others spend an intense period with us, and then disappear from whence they arrived.

Well, I’ve had two ‘friend incidents’ in recent weeks, and who knows if they were in direct relation to my spiritual uplift. I know, however, that my responses from any that have gone before, and to me, that’s why the spiritual uplift has been so important.

1. One friend of 14 years decided (probably) that her commitment to Christianity meant that she could not continue her friendship with me. Our differences in spiritual paradigm and practice were too different. In fact, our differences in the way we treat people are completely at odds. I would never be able to just walk away like that without giving the friendship the opportunity to spark up again. Even this time, I still sent her an email looking to repair the bridge, though firmly refused to back down.

Although I am disappointed that she has made this decision, and baffled that anyone would ditch a friendship over religion – I am happy to argue till the cows come home, but I won’t stop being your friend – I can honestly say that I don’t mind. I guess if she wants to be friends one day, that’s fine; if she doesn’t, then I don’t wanna anyway, yes?

I have so many valuable people in my life, I suppose I’m so rich that I won’t really miss one penny, even if that penny was pretty special to me.

That’s my new found self-esteem talking, by the way. A year ago I would have been on her doorstep weeping by now.

2. Another friend, one whom I had only known about 18 months, but with whom I thought I was quite close (I told her everything, put it like that), showed her true colours in technicolour form. She landed me in hot water by telling all that I had told her in confidence about someone – to the person themselves, and not in a nice, caring way towards them or me.

It was only after that incident that I realised she had never liked me all along, but had been nurturing me for the sake of her husband’s friendship with my now ex-boyfriend. Scary, huh? Glad that one’s out of my life.

The thing is, friends are funny people. They can lift us up, and tear us down. They know all our secrets, which is why it is so devastating when we fall out with them.

They get mad when they see you being treated badly, and can say some terrible things about your boyfriend or other half, just because they want you to be okay. In fact, they can say some terrible things about you to you, just because they want you to be okay.

But if it doesn’t come with honesty and loyalty, then their friendship isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Be yourself, no matter what.

Bright blessings!

Maggie MoonImage c/o wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com

Ditch your faith and embrace understanding instead!

Today  I am drawn to this quote:

“Forget about faith!” Chiang said it time and again. “You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying. This is just the same. Now try again …”

It’s taken from Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, a wonderful novella by Richard Bach that seems to expand with significant meaning every time I read it.

I was explaining my spiritual uplift to a friend of almost 20 years the other night; we haven’t seen each other in something like 5 years, and although she knew I’d always been ‘witchy’ she hadn’t known about the new world in which I now live.

Faith for me, turned into a big nothing when I walked up the steps out of my back door to perform a ritual to save my own life, late last year. When I started up the steps, I was still wrapped up in faith, because in my world at the time, although I’d seen a few odd things that might indicate a different paradigm, I couldn’t count those things as ‘evidence’ because they could be so easily explained in terms of real world actuality. I had planned my ritual all day; taken time and care over it, because I didn’t know what else I could do to deal with the issues that had risen in my life as a direct result of someone else’s jealousy and paranoia.

But when I asked my ancestors for their protection, they came. They were there, in the ether, as solid as you or I, and with such deep and meaningful love, I couldn’t ignore or refute it. As the actions of the ritual turned back the hatred that someone else had hurled at me, the real world was directly and undeniably affected. Things kept happening. Wonderful things. And I caused no harm elsewhere.

For me, the barrier of faith was no more, from the first two steps I took up and out of that door that night.

The magic and soulfulness of the world does still exist. It is still there. It is bound up with the Real as much as you and I. We don’t have to ‘believe’; just open our eyes and try to understand it. Because the more we try, the more we will see; and the moment when we step through the barrier of faith and see that our world and ‘that’ world are one and the same, intermingled and gloriously entwined, is the moment when our fragmented lives can come together in love and trust and joy.

What’s the spiritual message, then?

The message isn’t that you should drop everything and become ‘witchy’. Of course not. All roads lead to the same place; it matters not how you get there. Interpret the world according to what you think; learn to understand how it works. You don’t need faith for a spiritual uplift; you need to understand how to raise your own consciousness. No-one else can do it for you. A preacher can inspire you, but he or she can’t lift your consciousness for you.

When the pieces come together like an ethereal jigsaw; when the world suddenly makes sense on a level that you never expected; that’s when your spiritual uplift has begun.

Bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o www.onedancetribe.com

Think yourself happy: 3 simple steps

Ever wondered why one piece of bad luck runs to another? Or why people who really live the lucky seem to get better and better lives? Do they? It probably seems like it when you’re in the thick of it.

But there is something in it.

The level of your being affects the level of your life.

1. Live the dream of forever happiness

Live the optimism, give yourself the emotions and the feelings that come with being optimistic – be optimistic!

The more you get those feelings of self-love, empowerment, and confidence that everything will turn out okay, the better you will do.

2. A little bit of what you fancy

One way you get yourself to feel these feelings (especially on days when everything has gone wrong) is by doing things that you know make you feel happy or contented.

While you’re doing them, consciously enjoy them. Really taste the coffee! Enjoy the ice cream!

Be present as often as you remember, because better mindfulness gives you more value from every experience.

3. Love every bit of your life

Put simply, it’s about making the most of what you’ve got. It doesn’t matter how much you have, all that’s important is that you have it.

That could be an experience, like a roller coaster ride, or a relationship, or material things like TVs and tablets … The most important thing is that you appreciate it; that what you have makes you properly happy.

That kind of thinking propagates good fortune, blessed luck, and good relationships.

Live it and see, if you don’t already do this!

Bright blessings!

Maggie Moon

Image c/o nackynice.wordpress.com

Accept death differently (thanks to social media)

It’s a funny thing, death. Not ha-ha funny; weird funny. Especially when it comes to social media.

Blogging

Today I received an ’email update’ from a thing called ‘NetworkedBlogs’. It’s like a headline newsletter for the blogs of people I know. It has a ‘featured friend’ section, and for the second time in about three months, the friend was Jennifer L. Reimer, writer of the most excellent (and slightly insane-sounding) ‘Practice of Madness‘. And here’s the thing (you guessed, didn’t you?). Jen is dead. Passed on. However you say it. She succumbed to death in fairly tragic circumstances over a year ago. She was a larger-than-life character through her writing, and I never met her in person, but some of the things she wrote stayed with me. She was an eternal psychology student, from what I could tell, (possibly a PhD) but her life and pain got in the way.

Bejewelled Blessing

There’s a girl on my Bejewelled Blitz leaderboard, who will never ever have any points again. She was a beautiful, humble character, and I’ll never forget her shyly dazzling smile. Gaelle’s social media ghost is still present, but the quietly glamorous lass who sat in the centre of my kitchen one party, one eye closed because she was so drunk, emitting peals of laughter at everyone’s drunkenness, has gone. The gap is palpable.

Like me or not

If you’ve ever ‘liked’ a Facebook page, you’ll know that when you do, Facebook presents you with ‘send an invitation to your friends to like this page’. It’s a slider with all their happy smiling faces (babies, pets, nice landscapes). My aunt who only passed away last year keeps determinedly appearing on that list as if insisting she wants to be part of the gang.

Birthdays are great remembrance days

The Facebook birthdays app brings up people I knew at school but had lost touch with until the Social Machine forced us to know each other again. Now some of them are gone, they haunt their birthdays, still alive and remembered for more than just a playground fight or a snog 30 years ago, because we get a new chance to be reminded of their adult lives, annually. I’m often glad of that chance, but that I am surprises me too.

Who went where when?

One aspect I find weird about death on social media is that if it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t have known some of them at all, never mind that they had died. Even school friends from way back when. I wouldn’t even have known they had gone.

A different paradigm of death (and life)

The more I learn about death in a spiritual context, the more fascinating it becomes. When I asked my ancestors to protect me, they came. As if they were just standing outside my vision my whole life and when I called to them by name, they stepped forwards and were just there, like a negative imprint in the ether. They were full of love, and it was quite overwhelming. It’s as though spirits wait quietly in line until their next incarnation or their next reunion with other members of their soul group. My experience of greeting my grandparents after they had long since passed on changes my whole view of death because their lifeforces don’t just drain into an unimaginable nothingness. They are just there. An armslength away, looking out for you. See, they hadn’t forgotten me. They hadn’t died and moved on, no longer interested in the lives of those they loved; no longer connected. No. They were emotionally connected to me. So there’s something in the idea of a soul group. I think it might be a Catholic concept; the idea of collections of souls, called monads.

Ever get that feeling?

Some people, when you meet them, their character and attitude feels so familiar, but you know you’ve never met them before. I suffer from seriously strong deja vu, especially around people. To me, people have a hum. An inaudible buzz at a certain pitch – the pitch and tone are individual. I think that’s the source of my deja vu. I’m comforted at the thought of waiting awhile between lives and then having another go if the time is right.

Death is not the end

So now, when I learn someone died, I do feel sad for them, but I also think that they completed whatever they came here to do this time. And that it likely isn’t that bad, being dead; probably a nice rest for a while. I guess love is an energetic connection, not just an emotional one. It’s good to remember people, no matter how weird Facebook makes it, right? 🙂 Stay happy! Maggie Moon

The guy I love

The guy I love
I turn towards
Like aloe turns towards
The sun.

The guy I love
Gives me answers
Sometimes not the answers
I think I want.

But

The guy I love
Has quiet strength
Though he wishes that strength
Was prouder.

The guy I love
Is a soft lad
With agonies most lads
Don’t get.

But

The guy I love
Runs through my heart
Open, free, a
Lion-heart.

No other man for me.

Maggie Moon

Get the benefits of meditation without sitting still!

Today I have to tell you about Ho’oponopono (ho-oh-pono-pono). As I promised you (and the Universe) a couple of months back, I’m here to share with you my spiritual uplift, and my path now leads me towards understanding the nature of love, gratitude and forgiveness.

I’m not saying I know it all; just telling you what I find out as I go.

I came across Ho’oponopono in about 2011, and it was described to me as something you can say every day, in any order, in English, and thinking about any issue that you have at the time. What happens when you say it is subtle in the extreme. You might not feel any different at the time. But just like with meditation you find that somehow things are different afterwards.

All you say is this (it doesn’t matter what order you say the phrases, just find one that is comfortable for you):

I love you.
I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.

When my mother had cancer, I said it whenever I found myself imagining the worst.

When I had difficulties with my dog, and I was frustrated with both her and me, I said it.

My mum is still here, insh’Allah, and my dog-girl and I now have a bond. These weren’t the only times I used it, but they bear as decent examples.

This isn’t whizz-bang magic, it’s everyday stuff, like spiritual glue. As with meditation, Ho’oponopono changes you, not the world around you.

All that’s needed is for you to say it. Say it when you’re stressed, when you’re sad, and when you have issues you don’t know how to handle. Say it anyway, even if you have none of those challenges to face.

I treat it like a mantra, repeating it over and over for a couple of minutes a day, but I don’t know how it’s traditionally used. I just know that inside the words is an intention, and that grows within you as they’re spoken out loud.

Why Ho’oponopono works

I’m not pretending to you that my way is the same (and has the same effects) as the traditional Hawaiian practice that has been done for thousands of years. If you change any part of a spiritual ritual, however subtly, you change its effects.

My way is probably as dilute as they come, but I promise, it still has a positive effect.

Each English phrase represents the essence of these four things: love, repentence, reconciliation, and gratitude. They come from the heart chakra, the place where your emotions, your desire to belong, and your need for love and to be loved, are found.

When you open up your heart to love, apology, a desire for reconciliation, and gratitude for everything you have, you open up your world.

Bright blessings, as always!

Maggie Moon

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