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Magic Hippies Inspiration

So today I was battling the intrusive negativity again, and in the process utilized a mental light-bulb moment.

I had the realization that the Hippies of the 60’s and 70’s really won. They spent all of their time thinking about and talking about free-love, oneness, and all things feeling good. Now 60 years later we have cannabis being legalized (soon to be federally legal), and even plural marriage is being legally recognized in Brazil and Massachusetts, with other governments contemplating it. I suspect that like LGBTQ marriage, it will only be a matter of time until all states willingly (or have to) recognize plural marriage, good for us Polyamory people (polygamists too I suppose).

Anyway, the thoughts of the good things to come from those wonderful hippies years ago helped me to fight off the negativity. I really just focused on the elements of the old negative paradigm that have already fallen, and the pieces that are currently in the progress of falling. It made me happy to focus on the progress that society has made, and that the old guard clinging so tightly to their unhelpful beliefs is gradually fading away (or dieing). It made me happy to acknowledge that their clinging to things that weren’t working, is ultimately what led to their demise, and that the progressive leading edge is where life thrives. That simple dichotomy was what was so relieving. It really solidified that all I need to do is stick to the leading edge feel good things, and I will thrive like everything else. It feels really good to acknowledge that.

It is the magic of the Law of Attraction or the thought revolution: to simply reach for what feels good knowing that it will eventually produce real life feel good tangible things. Again, that quote from Aleister Crowley plays in my mind: “Magic is the art and science of creating change in conformity with will”. We all have access to magic and it is our will, our ability to focus, that enables it to do wonderous things.

This has only been solidified by watching anime with my kids.

First we watched “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” a 2017 movie in the Studio Ghibli style, and now we are working on the NetFlix Original series “Little Witch Academia” also similar in animation to Studio Ghibli.

Both shows are obviously oriented towards Magic and the unseen world and the good things that it can do and accomplish. This theme is continued from our recent exploration of She-Ra, and I have to say I am beginning to see it’s influence in my life and my kids’ experience.

I had a conversation with my 6 year old where he was trying to harsh on the shows, by saying magic wasn’t real. I simply explained to him that it was his perspective that was making it seem like that.

I explained that real magic isn’t seen with our two eyes like it seems in the cartoons. I told him real magic is seen with the mind and our 3rd eye. I explained how our thoughts create things, (for like the millionth time!) and reiterated that the magic depicted in the cartoons is a portrayal of that process. I told him the cartoons just make it look flashier to make it even more exciting, but it’s really something everyone can learn to do and the better you get, the quicker things begin to show up. I said “I can’t make something appear instantly, but then again I haven’t spent my whole life trying to either”.

I also reminded him of my Reiki work and moving energy. I reminded him of how we have worked together for him to learn bending elemental energy like in Avatar, and that he is starting to get it. I explained that moving energy like that, be it for healing someone or doing good in your environment, is all a form of magic. I reminded him that he can barely feel the elemental energy right now, but it can still be felt. So even though it’s not big and flashy and obvious like in any of those cartoons, it is still very much his magical gift.

One step further, I acknowledged that many of the shows of my childhood, and now those shows I am watching with my kids, have all contributed to a better understanding of these unseen portions of our experience. There are now two, maybe three, generations with a better grasp of the energetic world. Now only do we sense it better, we are choosing to use it in helpful ways, having seen the effects of a handful of powerful white men utilizing it for their own personal gain and manipulating the masses. (1%’ers). Us younger generations are intent on creating positive change that benefits everyone, and the momentum is already gaining, thanks to those early hippies having done their good thought work. It is a wonderous blessed thing to be able to step back and see it all, and it makes me feel so good.

On an only slightly related tangent. I had a conversation that began over woodworking projects, and segued into my swords. Ultimately, the conversation was because I need to replace a damaged mount for the one sword and in the process I need to accommodate our others. I was talking with the one chiropractor about that and he offered that I might be able to use his wood-shop on a day off to do that.

How it related to magic, thought, and powerful will, was in the swords themselves.

I have always disliked guns because they do immense damage, and anyone with working hands can pick one up and fire it, often mortally wounding someone. It’s how we have so many idiots going on killing rampages, kids accidentally killing siblings, and bullets damaging houses and cars because of a sports win. I myself have only fired guns once in my life, at the age of 13, and I can say with certainty that I could kill someone if I had to use a gun.

Swords however, are like those magical thoughts. Swords have immense power and can bring a foe to the end of their life, but swords can also be wielded in more positive ways, and the handler is the one that can make that decision. Swords require skill and knowledge for their force to be managed properly. Swords require strong will, power, focus, and vast knowledge for their usefulness to be realized. They are also quite beautiful compared to any firearm. I personally think that is why swords are still utilized in cartoons where guns are not. She-Ra had mad skills with the sword even though she was trained by the Horde to use guns, and rarely did she strike someone with the sword directly, yet she always accomplished the goal.

The cartoons I have watched with my kids have really solidified for me that you need more than just raw power. You need a full understanding, control of your self, control of your thoughts, knowledge, skill, and willpower to utilize it all effectively. The sword is just a symbol of all of that for me.

So now my inspiration is two-fold.

  1. Make mounts to hang my swords again.
  2. I want to create an art piece that somehow reflects both the concept of the She-Ra Sword and the ‘Skiny Rod’ or ‘Claiomh Solais’ that Akko carries in “Little Witch Academia”
    • I have an idea started, but it needs some fine tuning before crafting it can begin. I still have so many other things on my massive to-do list that it may be quite some time before I even get to attempt the construction. We’ll see. As with all things I never say never. I may get to it sooner than I think

May you have good thought moments. May you see and understand what your magic is and how to utilize it fully. May you have a positive impact on this world, especially with your thoughts and will. May you have quality time and good learning lessons with your kids. May you have more than enough inspiring moments to draw from in your lifetime. May you find that you are riding the leading edge and full of life force because of it. May you know that above all else, God loves and supports you in all that you do.

Om Shanti

Thank you gift complete.

One of my clients gave me a wonderful Christmas gift, and she’s a good woman going through a lot of challenges. I didn’t expect anything from her, let alone everything she gave.

So, I asked her to text me a picture of her pooch. She had talked about him before, especially mentioning he was getting old enough he can’t handle walks anymore. I thought it would be a great thank you to draw a picture of him. So this is just me posting start to finish of the drawing.

The image she sent:

My drawing progression:

Final Image:

I just have to trim it down to the frame I have, and then the gift is complete. It was done on 9×12 paper, and my frame is 8×10, that’s why it’s off-set.

Specs: charcoal, graphite, and white pastel pencil on 9×12 Strathmore Bristol paper.

May you have good creative moments to end a crazy year and start a new one. May you find peace in your experience.

How did I use my powers for good?

That was Nathan’s question to me this evening. He was trying to figure out how to reel in our children when they get a bit intense. But I think it also pertains to my now.

Here were my anecdotes.

I told him, just what you see: art, music, sunshine, playing outside, pets, meditation. All the things I do now for calm or serenity.

Then I elaborated.

I told him of playing school or playing house. Building huts out of dining chairs and blankets. Sometimes my brother was told to humor me and play with me, but often I pretended alone, and my checkers bear and other stuffies would take the place of my family or students.

We often played in the sandbox together, running matchbox cars and construction equipment to build a little town. The houses simply being broken plastic Easter eggs, or other objects.

My childhood meditations were laying in sunbeams watching dust flecks float. I told myself they were fairies’ dust.

I colored and painted and drew pictures galore, burning through dozens of coloring books, but also watched Bob Ross everyday when mom slept- up until I started school.

I played on my tiny keyboard for hours, sometimes playing the same handful of notes over and over again. Mom also played music for me. My most notable musical memories were:

1) the Sesame Street kids song album, especially Bert and Ernie’s “Rubber Ducky Song”

And

2) the Burl Ives “Little White Duck” album, especially the song “Muffin Man”

I remember those two albums played on repeat most days. These days my musical repitoire is much more diverse.

Pets, they did everything with me, at least that was inside. (Our kitties growing up were indoor only.) My one kitty even begrudgingly let me dress her in doll dresses, and once in a while I could get her to lay in the doll stroller/crib, though she barely even fit. She was my constant companion and first non-familial love. She was also my reprieve from all the things that stressed me in any way or brought me down emotionally.

I played Barbies and my brother would come wage war on them with his GI Joe’s. When he’d blow them up with a pretend bomb, I would end up with dismembered Barbies that I was incapable of putting back together. I would run crying to Mom and she’d make him fix them. Eventually my Barbies had been exploded so many times they wouldn’t stay together right and legs would just fall off in trying to dress them.

I remembered playing tag of a wide variety with neighbor kids, “hide and go-seek” too. Often running like mad through several yards.

When we got a little older we began collecting legos and I spent many hours of many years building things with legos. I again made lots of houses.

I would hike up dirt piles like mountains, playing king of the mountain with my brother. I would also play under the porch in my own little pretend world.

We built snow forts in winter and had fun snowball fights. My brother would drag me around in the sled because no hills ever existed for us- we didn’t live by any and in winter it was always too dark by the time dad was home to drive to any.

In the summer we swam at the lake and played on the beach, our first access to a pool was when I was in 4th grade and we took swimming lessons for the first time.

Even in school, many of my favorite activities were these handful but brought to current variations with my age. Those are the essential activities that brought me much joy in my childhood.

It seems my handful is still accurate, but now includes yoga and salt baths. I am appreciative that I’ve been able to regain access to my lost loves these past few years. Adulting is much more fun when your spirit gets to play a little.

May you have fun moments of play, even in adulthood. May you see your memories of fun activities as pertinent to your now. May you appreciate the things that bring you joy. May you find your children’s favorite things, and share in the joy those things being to your kids. May you find activites you all share enjoyment of. May you see that God loves and supports you in all things.

Om Shanti