Category: Spiritual Motivational Articles

5 Ways to Make Enlightenment Work in Everyday Life

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by Catherine Dowling

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Many of us experience moments of enlightenment—41% of us in fact, or so a 2002 Gallup poll tells us. Enlightenment is that state of radically expanded awareness where the boundaries of our individual self melt into a blissful union with the life force. We are at one with the cosmos and feel a sense connection, love, and peace that's beyond rational understanding. Some people, the Gallup organization for example, call it a religious experience. Others call it mystical, an awakening, an altered or peak state, or (in the 1960s) a trip. But no matter how wonderful our period of radical awareness is or how long it lasts, it passes. We may be transformed by it in some way, but the life we return to is not. So how do we put radical awareness—enlightenment—into practice in our daily lives?

We arrive at radical awareness through whatever practice helps us transcend ourselves; it's different for everybody. Meditation, prayer, breathwork, dance, sex, and psychotropic drugs are just a few of the ways we go beyond the limits of our normal waking state consciousness. But we don't have to engage in a "practice;" the experience can and often does occur spontaneously. So, the method we use to enter a mystical state is not important. What is important is that the state itself gives us the road map for transforming the way we engage with life on a day to day basis. And even if we've never experienced radical awareness, this road map still works.

  1. It begins with Becoming Present. Mystical experiences always take place when we enter the present moment–not a second in the past, not a second in the future. In the present moment there is no turmoil. Life can roil around us, but we are in a place of stillness. From that place of stillness we can gain perspective as well as recharge ourselves. It's similar to the way a good vacation gives us fresh perspective and renewed energy to deal with the day to day content of our lives. We may get ourselves into the present moment without realizing it, but it is also possible to train ourselves to be here now, if only for a few seconds. Here's a starter exercise:

    Set an alarm for thirty seconds. Then, get yourself into a comfortable, upright position with spine supported. Either close your eyes or stare at an object that will not distract you into thinking about it. Feel the breath going into and out of your lungs. Focus on the breath as it moves through your body, and focus only on that. Feel every sensation of inhale and exhale. Stop when your alarm rings. If that was easy, try it for longer periods.

The first benefit is rest: a vacation from thinking, planning, worrying or just ordinary mind clutter. Scientists around the world have researched and documented the physical as well as mental benefits of spending time in the present moment on a regular basis. Over time sojourns in the present moment offer perspectives on life we generally can't see through the fog of thoughts, feelings, and activities that makes up our days. For many more exercises on present moment awareness, see my book Radical Awareness: Five Practices for a Fully Engaged Life.

  • The second thing radical awareness teaches us is to Look Beyond the Visible. Mystical states give us glimpses into a wider world of infinite possibility. They teach us to look behind the screen of what we accept as reality to find deeper and wider perspectives. There is more to every situation, everyone's story, every dead end and blocked path than we perceive with our normal day-to-day level of awareness. If we can let go of what we think we know and open to possibilities we don't yet see, the deeper levels of reality become visible.

 

If we're not satisfied with some aspect of our life or relationships, feel stuck, caught up in the same old pattern, the radical awareness road map teaches us how to break the cycle. It teaches us to go beneath our habitual reactions, our hurt feelings, our fear or anger to uncover what's really troubling us, what's really keeping us stuck. If we're waiting for things or people to change, we could be waiting a long time. But radical awareness teaches us that we can change the way we engage with life and with other people. In changing the way we engage with life, we empower ourselves to live more fully and effectively.

One simple way to do this is to pick relationship that is currently a little difficult, a relationship in which we focus a lot on what the other person says or does. Bring the most recent encounter with that person to mind and take time to be really present to it and to your own physical and emotional sensations. As you visualize, focus not on the other person but on yourself with compassion and acceptance. Let what you're really feeling emerge. Anger is often a secondary emotion; if you're angry, go beneath that feeling to whatever the anger masks. When you've reached the source of your emotions and behavior, you will have the foundation for changing your responses in that relationship.

  • Radical awareness also teaches us that there is Profit in Pain, that darkness incubates new life. In our society we are accustomed to pushing away emotional pain—we ignore it, medicate it, and look outside ourselves for relief from suffering. Sometimes suffering is so great that this is our only wise option. But all the major spiritual and religious traditions teach us that life is made up of darkness and light, and that the dark is as valuable as the light. If we can hold steady in our emotional pain, we often come out of painful experiences transformed. There's no quick fix for this. We simply (although not always easily) have to be present to our own suffering. Then, in the strange ways of the mystical, we find new sources of strength and life within ourselves. Out of the darkness come new perspectives on our future, perspectives we would have missed had we pushed away the pain.
  • Radical awareness also teaches us Trust. It's tempting to think we can control all aspects of life, but often life pushes us into liminal space. Liminal space is where we have lost our markers, our trusted road maps for navigating life. It's like the time after a bereavement when nothing seems as it used to be. In liminal space we learn that we really don't know as much as we think we know. And what we know is not necessarily solid, reliable, or even true. We are at sea and we have no choice but to trust life/god/higher power/the cosmos, or scramble around frantically searching for a relationship, a belief system, a purpose to hang onto. This is the dark night of the soul St. John of the Cross wrote about. The enlightenment experience teaches us to trust in liminal space. It teaches us to cling less tightly to our old ways, our comforts, our possessions, and even to our relationships. In clinging less tightly, we are freed to grow, to embrace the new, and to engage with life more fully. We can make uncomfortable decisions—changing jobs for example, or moving to another city—more easily if we do it with trust.
  • Most of all, radical awareness teaches us that Love is All Around. The experience of profound, unconditional love combined with the gift of fresh perspective probably accounts for the claim by participants in the Gallup poll that spiritual awakening changed the direction of their life. During a mystical state we experience life as benevolent and infinitely loving. Life/god/the cosmos cocoons us in love, wants the best for us, and is willing to support us through the toughest of situations. This is love as a state of being rather than something that is given and received between people. It's spiritual love, and in moments of enlightenment we realized that we are cradled in it.

 

Most people don't feel that level of spiritual love every day. But even if we don't feel it, in any given situation we can act as if we are loved. If we could be aware throughout our day that we are loved unconditionally, all the time, and so is everyone else, how would that influence the way we feel and behave? Like gratitude, feeling loved changes our attitudes and our perspectives on both self and others. It quietens self-criticism and leaves us more compassionate and understanding of both ourselves and others. Feeling loved changes the way we behave, which, in turn, can change the reactions of the people around us. As a result, we can find new doors opening and the world really does become a more benevolent place. We discover the reality of the well-documented spiritual paradox: the more we let go of control in trust and love, the more we are able to actually influence and shape the course of our lives.

Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2014. All rights reserved.

"Life happens. Life in the flow."

We learn over time that nobody can solve our problems, but someone can guide you how to solve the problem. You may receive guidance through a teacher, a guru or even strangers that you run into every day. As we practice yoga we learn that the more we know, the less we truly know. Every day I am reminded how much I truly do not know; a very humbling experience.
Yoga teaches me to be present. To just live for being and enjoying life as it is right NOW. Not ten minutes from now, no five days ago, but right now. We are taught to get out of our heads, to release worries and fears of the past or the future and to only live for this very moment. Presence.

"Lead me from untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light." ~ Buddha

Through yoga we are reminded that we do have a dark side as well as a light side. We are not to repress the dark side, but embrace that side of our Self. We are the yin and the yang. We ultimately cleanse the dark stuff we hold inside. We shine the light on this. We must make friends with dark side. Both positive and negative balance out the whole. Daily practice refines and improves our inner vision to see our Self more clearly. We no longer need to run from fears. Face them and say I'm not running from you anymore. So much is in our heads, so much dark is only in our heads, self-doubt judgment betrayal. Yoga grounds the body so that the light and dark sides of ourselves become clear. So much is truly untrue. But as we diligently practice we are able to find the middle ground and walk our centered balanced line in life. We gain balance in centered lightheartedness. We can have harmony in both light and dark.

"Yoga tells us that the world is actually a projection of our own thoughts and we can modify our inner world to manifest into our outer world. When our inside realm is at peace and in harmony, our outer world shines this projection back at us."
~ David, Jiva Mukti Yoga co-founder

Yoga is observation.

We can observe our world and see what part that is in us is begin reflected back to us. We can then see what part of us needs modification or adjustment in order to have our outer reality reflect back to us the peace, happiness and love we so greatly desire and deserve.

Yoga is already inside of you. Happiness is there. Yoga helps you peel away the onion layers to get to the core. To freedom. The deepest Divine connection to the Ultimate Light Source.

Come out of wanting and back into acceptance and Joy. A yogi or yogini can turn any situation into bliss. That is a yogi. Yoga is being now. Ultimate yoga is meditation. Just BE.

Yoga is love.

"Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls." 
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Through a dedicated practice of all forms of yoga we can participate in the world with a sense of freedom, unaffected from trauma, depression, anger, etc. The freedom is balance in both.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."

3 Ways to Make Magic Work Better

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by Deborah Lipp

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

In my years of teaching magic, witchcraft, and that sort of thing, I've found that spells are a challenging subject for many. Spellcraft is often a mystery, even for people who know a lot about subjects like divination, altered states, and ritual.

You might be doing spells, but finding them frustrating or unsatisfactory. You might be successful at magic, but feel like something is missing. Maybe you want to kick it up a notch, or maybe you've already given up on the whole "magic" thing.

The truth is, there are simple, accessible principles that will make your magic rewarding, powerful, and fun. Here are three of them.

  1. Know What You Want.
    Perhaps this sounds obvious to you, but in my years of teaching magic, it is the number one stopping point for practitioners.

    A student came to me once for help with a job spell. He was earning good money, but wanted more emotionally satisfying work. But, the spell he'd constructed was all about money; his spell had nothing to do with what he actually wanted. I often tell this story because it is such a great illustration of a common problem.

    How do you know what you want? There are two parts to this: Knowledge and honesty.

    Knowledge
    "Know thyself," the saying goes. Know who you are. Know your desires, your dreams, and your vices. Self-examination isn't always easy, and it doesn't finish—it's a lifelong process. But without it, you cannot get to the next step: Honesty. You cannot tell the truth about what you want unless you know what that is.

    Knowledge also means situational and factual knowledge. Knowing yourself is great for spells on your own behalf, but many of us do spells for friends, for friends-of-friends, for our community or nation, or for the Earth.

    Factual knowledge is important for any kind of magic that addresses such real-world things as politics, climate, or medicine. Situational knowledge is needed for any magic on behalf of people when their circumstances are in any way being touched—you can't get me from here to there unless you know where "here" is.

    Here's a thing you see every day on the Internet: "My mom is sick. Please send healing energy." That’s not enough knowledge! What is her diagnosis? Where is she? Who is she? (Often, these requests don't even provide a name.) Or how about this one: "My mom has PNH disorder, please send magic." What the heck is PNH disorder? If you don't look it up, you probably won't know. So look it up.

    Whether you want to cure a disease, heal the earth, or defeat a politician, you need factual and situational knowledge to be truly effective.

    Honesty
    Be truthful with yourself about what you want, and where your energy really is. If you do magic to get into a challenging and prestigious school, be sure you really want to work hard at your studies. Honesty might mean saying, "I'd rather that school left me time for my social life, so an Ivy League university isn't right for me."

    Be honest about ambivalence. If you know your cousin brutalizes his wife, what should you do when he asks for magic to get out of jail? Maybe you want to help him, but if you aren't honest about also wanting him locked up, you'll get nowhere.

  2. Prepare Yourself.
    Why yes, I'll do that magic! I'll go light a candle right now!

    Your eagerness is laudable, but pause for a moment. Are you ready and able to do magic right now?

    Here are some things I do before I do a spell:

    • Make sure I'm well-rested. I don't do spells when I'm exhausted, or right after work without some decompression time. Your mind needs to focus during spellcraft, so give it the ability to do so.
    • Make sure I'm not starving (which is distracting) or over-full (ditto).
    • Turn off my phone, feed the cats, and otherwise ensure no interruptions will occur. If you're a parent of young children, make sure you have a way of devoting 100% of your attention on your spell before you begin.
    • Ground myself. This brief meditative exercise connects me to the earth, and draws upon a power greater than myself. This is helpful before I send energy into a spell, as it prevents me from utterly depleting myself.
    • Center myself. A few deep, cleansing breaths and a moment to focus my mind and bring myself fully present to the moment can be transforming.
  3. Always Do Something Exactly the Same and Always Do Something a Little Different.
    I'm grouping these together to show the lovely tension in this paradox. Magical people argue about this: Should ritual steps be repeated every time, or should each spell or ritual arise from a new and creative moment? The answer is: Both.

    Always Do Something the Same
    Getting your mind keyed into a magical state is a crucial part of any spell. Preparing yourself is a vital first step, but you can continue the process through the power of repetition.

    Every day, I get in the shower, wash my hair, and then soap up. Once in a while, if I've slept particularly poorly, I will be soaping up and realize I haven't yet washed my hair. This may sound stupid, but that will throw off my whole day. Repetitious activity teaches our minds how to behave; it's an easily achieved form of altering consciousness.

    Make sure that certain activities are a routine and predictable part of your spellcraft. Here are some possibilities:

    • A ritual lustration before you begin
    • A piece of clothing or jewelry ceremonially put on before you begin (the same clothing or jewelry each time)
    • The same invocation or prayer used to open every spell
    • Other ritual steps, such as marking sacred space, elemental consecrations, invoking the ancestors, or calling upon spirit guides
    • Burning the same incense

    Repeating one or (even better) several such steps helps to induce a kind of trance that allows you to access your most powerful self, quieting the ego-mind and bringing forth a deeper level of consciousness.

    Always Do Something Different
    While inducing an altered state based on repetition is great, one such altered state is "boredom." Fun and excitement are powerful emotional energies to leverage when doing magic. They keep you focused, and they make the magic vibrant and real.

    In addition, everyone who's expert at anything understands the risk of complacency. Repetition can lead to, "I've got this," which can lead to inattention and sloppiness. By always changing things up, you avoid becoming complacent.

    You'll notice that all the "something the same" suggestions are preliminary steps. I said "before you begin" and so on. By starting out with your repeated steps, you lay down stepping stones that lead you on a path towards a magical state of mind. From there, let your creativity have free rein.

    That doesn't mean not to plan! You might do a spell purely spontaneously, but it's not typical. If you're using candles, herbs, crystals, or any other "stuff," you'll need advance planning to have all that together.

    Rather, have each spell be particular to its subject matter (referring back to "know what you want" to figure out what that is). Here are some real life examples of spells I've done:

    • For a child in the hospital, my group raised power singing (and enacting) "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
    • Getting an applicant into the school of his choice, we used a cord to physically tie him up to a symbol of the school
    • Working a spell for my son, I raised power with my forehead placed on his baby book
    • Helping someone get pregnant, we planted seeds in a jar of soil while sending power
    • For preserving a secret, I created a magical infusion using old, discarded keys

    Each of the above examples is very different from the other. Each is specific to its purpose, and each has an imaginative quality that made it fun to create and perform.

By remembering these three principles: Know what you want, Prepare yourself, and Do something both different and the same, you'll empower all the spells you do.

Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2017. All rights reserved.

"Life happens. Life in the flow."

We learn over time that nobody can solve our problems, but someone can guide you how to solve the problem. You may receive guidance through a teacher, a guru or even strangers that you run into every day. As we practice yoga we learn that the more we know, the less we truly know. Every day I am reminded how much I truly do not know; a very humbling experience.
Yoga teaches me to be present. To just live for being and enjoying life as it is right NOW. Not ten minutes from now, no five days ago, but right now. We are taught to get out of our heads, to release worries and fears of the past or the future and to only live for this very moment. Presence.

"Lead me from untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light." ~ Buddha

Through yoga we are reminded that we do have a dark side as well as a light side. We are not to repress the dark side, but embrace that side of our Self. We are the yin and the yang. We ultimately cleanse the dark stuff we hold inside. We shine the light on this. We must make friends with dark side. Both positive and negative balance out the whole. Daily practice refines and improves our inner vision to see our Self more clearly. We no longer need to run from fears. Face them and say I'm not running from you anymore. So much is in our heads, so much dark is only in our heads, self-doubt judgment betrayal. Yoga grounds the body so that the light and dark sides of ourselves become clear. So much is truly untrue. But as we diligently practice we are able to find the middle ground and walk our centered balanced line in life. We gain balance in centered lightheartedness. We can have harmony in both light and dark.

"Yoga tells us that the world is actually a projection of our own thoughts and we can modify our inner world to manifest into our outer world. When our inside realm is at peace and in harmony, our outer world shines this projection back at us."
~ David, Jiva Mukti Yoga co-founder

Yoga is observation.

We can observe our world and see what part that is in us is begin reflected back to us. We can then see what part of us needs modification or adjustment in order to have our outer reality reflect back to us the peace, happiness and love we so greatly desire and deserve.

Yoga is already inside of you. Happiness is there. Yoga helps you peel away the onion layers to get to the core. To freedom. The deepest Divine connection to the Ultimate Light Source.

Come out of wanting and back into acceptance and Joy. A yogi or yogini can turn any situation into bliss. That is a yogi. Yoga is being now. Ultimate yoga is meditation. Just BE.

Yoga is love.

"Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls." 
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Through a dedicated practice of all forms of yoga we can participate in the world with a sense of freedom, unaffected from trauma, depression, anger, etc. The freedom is balance in both.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."

The Magick of Meditation

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by Christopher Penczak

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

When I started on the path of witch, my teachers stressed to me the importance of meditation. Not only is it a skill that witches should learn to help with spells and rituals, but meditation all by itself is quite magickal.

What is magick? Magick is change, change that matches your will, your intention. Everything changes, but when we put focus and energy towards creating a specific change, when we bend and shape the energy of life, we are doing magick. Most people equate magick with only outer changes and spell craft. When we manifest something in the world, a new job, relationship or healing, we are certainly doing magick. Many books and techniques help you harness the power of nature, through the use of herbs, stones, colors, candles, and symbols. They are powerful ways to do magick. Because it is written about less than our recipe books, many forget that magick is really about creating inner change.

Transforming Yourself
Good witches know they can change themselves much more easily than anybody else. We have sovereignty over our own body, mind, heart and soul, our own four elements, before anyone or anything else. Changing ourselves is the easiest thing to do in theory, but the hardest thing to do in practice because we often fear change, and fear changing ourselves most of all. But even though it is difficult, such changes bring us the greatest spiritual impact. We all have our patterns, and by knowing our patterns we can figure out what works and what doesn't. We can change what doesn't work. We leave to evolve and improve ourselves.

Many people use magick to handle their problems. I'm highly in favor of it. Magick is a great way to communicate with the goddesses and god, with the universe, that you need a change in your life and the current situation isn't working out. Magick is a way to be clear about the change you want. If you have a problem with someone or something else, you can use magick to help resolve it. Unfortunately, many are tempted to first change the other person or situation, before looking at their own role. Let's say someone at work really annoys you. They don't necessarily mean to do it. They aren't being malicious. They simply are driving you crazy. Most would do a spell to change the behavior of the other person. Or a spell might be geared toward moving the person to another department away from you. Both would work, but require a lot of energy and miss the obvious. This person, no matter how annoying, is an honored teacher.

Yes, they are a spiritual teacher for you. They don't know it. You didn't know it, but now you do. You should treat them like the great teacher they are and learn their message or lesson. That will solve your problem.

I learned you ultimately do a spell to get your end result, in the most efficient way without being attached to the results. You simply ask it be for the highest good and do not interfere with another's will directly. You seek to solve your problems by gently bending and shaping things, and you're the most likely one to bend because you are conscious of the situation. To solve your problem, you can change the problem person's behavior, move them or change your own reaction to the situation. If you were no longer annoyed by their behavior, the problem is solved.

Going Within
So how do you change your reaction? How do you change your own patterns? You need to go within. That is the magick of meditation. By working with your inner energies, your inner patterns, you transform. You can understand why you react to things as you do. Does it have something to do with your past, in this life or another? Does it remind you of some else? Does it mirror something in yourself that you don't like? Does this involve a lesson in life that challenges you—your quest for control, security, identity, love or truth? You'll never know if you don't go within to find out.

Meditative magick works through three steps—altering consciousness, interacting with the inner world and using your will to transform. There are many ways to use these basic steps, and you will find that they will aid your magick in the outer world as well.

The first step is altering your consciousness. By getting into an altered state of mind, usually alpha state, you can access your inner energy patterns—your conscious and unconscious thoughts, emotions, dreams, hopes and fears. Most importantly, you can connect with your inner guidance, awaken your psychic abilities and connect with healing spirits and gods.

I start my meditation practice by lighting a candle, saying an intention asking for divine guidance, breathing deeply and closing my eyes. You can use a body relaxation, incense, guided countdowns and soothing imagery to get into your altered state.

The altered state allows you greater access to your energy. Then you interact with the inner energies—through visualization and psychic senses. Your intuition, feeling and inner sight will give you a sense of self-awareness. You can literally feel your energy. When you are in meditation, think about a problem, and feel how it makes you feel. Do you like that feeling? If not, transform it. Use your magick.

Making Magick
In your inner vision, imagine yourself the way you want to be. Use images of colored light and simple symbols to work with the energy. If you need patience, think about what color feels most like patience to you. To me it would be blue. Then imagine yourself surrounded in that color. The more you do it, the more you will learn patience. You could also create an affirmation to give you more patience. When you meditate on patience, and think about the situation, your annoying co-worker, you might have an intuition as to why the situation bothers you so much. Often just the knowledge will help diffuse the situation. Other times, it gives you a starting point from which to work. Sometimes all you have to do is identify the pattern and you will remember not to react in your old unhealthy ways.

Other techniques for magical change include creating an inner sacred space that you can go to anytime and anywhere, regardless of where your altar or ritual tools are. Build an inner temple of learning and healing. Create a gateway to your spirit guides. Look into an inner mirror or crystal for glimpses of your past lives. All of this takes place on the inner planes, but creates a powerful and lasting change.

Expectations
Meditation is a practice. The key word is practice. No one perfects it, but the more we do it, the greater our skills become. Because we are focusing on magickal meditation, rather than simple breath count or single mantra meditation, there is an expectation among some that every meditation will be overwhelmingly magical. In these cases, which we all have, the meditation practice itself become a teacher. Every experience cannot be a peak experience. We learn to work with what happens and the best experiences might not be what we expect. Sometimes the most vague meditations will have the best lesson or experience in it. As with our meditative magick, the subtle can be the most powerful and spiritual experience we have.

Many new to meditation have a difficultly even knowing when they are in a meditative state. It's really easy to get into this state, though most people think meditation is a mystery. If you have ever been in a daydream, and I'm sure you have, you have entered an altered state. The difference between a daydream and meditation is that during meditation, you are consciously guiding the experience, rather than unconsciously drifting.

Other, particularly in class room settings, or when witches share their visions, those with vague impression, non-visual experiences or simple feelings feel their experiences are not as valid or leave disappointed. They think meditations should be filled with special effects, crystal clear messages and be a spiritual epiphany. Visions and voice are often symbolic and have to be interpreted, but "just" knowing the answer through a feeling can be the most important psychic sense to develop. As a teacher I've heard about many people's grand visions, but often they lose the message in the pretty pictures. If intense visions are the way you receive information, that's great, but if you don't, find the path that gives you the most helpful messages. Everyone is different.

Use your meditation skills to enhance all areas of your life and your magick. Listen to the voice of your soul, to your own highest guidance and let it take you on your own incredible healing journey. Look through magickal eyes and see the spirit of all things.

Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2003. All rights reserved.

"Life happens. Life in the flow."

We learn over time that nobody can solve our problems, but someone can guide you how to solve the problem. You may receive guidance through a teacher, a guru or even strangers that you run into every day. As we practice yoga we learn that the more we know, the less we truly know. Every day I am reminded how much I truly do not know; a very humbling experience.
Yoga teaches me to be present. To just live for being and enjoying life as it is right NOW. Not ten minutes from now, no five days ago, but right now. We are taught to get out of our heads, to release worries and fears of the past or the future and to only live for this very moment. Presence.

"Lead me from untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light." ~ Buddha

Through yoga we are reminded that we do have a dark side as well as a light side. We are not to repress the dark side, but embrace that side of our Self. We are the yin and the yang. We ultimately cleanse the dark stuff we hold inside. We shine the light on this. We must make friends with dark side. Both positive and negative balance out the whole. Daily practice refines and improves our inner vision to see our Self more clearly. We no longer need to run from fears. Face them and say I'm not running from you anymore. So much is in our heads, so much dark is only in our heads, self-doubt judgment betrayal. Yoga grounds the body so that the light and dark sides of ourselves become clear. So much is truly untrue. But as we diligently practice we are able to find the middle ground and walk our centered balanced line in life. We gain balance in centered lightheartedness. We can have harmony in both light and dark.

"Yoga tells us that the world is actually a projection of our own thoughts and we can modify our inner world to manifest into our outer world. When our inside realm is at peace and in harmony, our outer world shines this projection back at us."
~ David, Jiva Mukti Yoga co-founder

Yoga is observation.

We can observe our world and see what part that is in us is begin reflected back to us. We can then see what part of us needs modification or adjustment in order to have our outer reality reflect back to us the peace, happiness and love we so greatly desire and deserve.

Yoga is already inside of you. Happiness is there. Yoga helps you peel away the onion layers to get to the core. To freedom. The deepest Divine connection to the Ultimate Light Source.

Come out of wanting and back into acceptance and Joy. A yogi or yogini can turn any situation into bliss. That is a yogi. Yoga is being now. Ultimate yoga is meditation. Just BE.

Yoga is love.

"Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls." 
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Through a dedicated practice of all forms of yoga we can participate in the world with a sense of freedom, unaffected from trauma, depression, anger, etc. The freedom is balance in both.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."