Everybody Loves Me

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Last year, a student in one of my A Course in Miracles classes traveled to Central America for more than a week. By herself.

As she told people about the trip, she received a variety of responses, ranging from “Good for you, have a great time” to “Are you crazy? You’re going alone?”

Her physical safety was not an issue for her. She’s traveled farther and to more remote destinations than this by herself without problems. But this time she did decide to try something new.

For a week leading up to the trip, and each day she was traveling, she told herself the same message: “Everybody loves me.”

Three words. Powerful words. They put her in receiving mode. And they created a protective bubble of intention and energy that not only made her safe, but made her magnetic.

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She’d sit alone in a restaurant, and someone would always show up to talk. She’d ask directions on city streets and be led exactly where she needed to go. She had all the company she wanted and, on the one occasion where she questioned her safety, she reminded herself that everyone loves her, and all was well.

In Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, I write about the value of treating life as an extended journey to another country, a place where we get to joyfully discover diversity and new cultures. My fiend’s mantra is a great addition to that mode of living, to claim and reaffirm every day that, on this journey to a wildly exotic place, everyone loves us.

It’s also an interesting twist to the “Jesus loves me, this I know” lyrics many of us learned as children. If God loves us, and His son loves us, and we are all one, it follows that everyone does love us. The Christ energy in every human being loves the Christ energy in all others, despite the seemingly endless conflicts our ego minds create.

Is it selfish or self-centered to think that everyone loves you? Hardly. When I feel loved, I’m able to express my joy and loving nature to others in a way that’s not possible when I’m locked in insecurity or self-doubt.

Claiming that everyone loves me puts my mind in the right place, where I can extend love and everything that entails: abundance, peace of mind, playfulness, safety and well-being.

That’s the least selfish thing I can think of.

So, as you set your intentions for 2017, there’s no doubt that your thoughts will determine the quality of this year for you. They’ll make the difference between a year of success or failure in every aspect of your life.

If you need one thought to carry you through each day, you couldn’t do much better than “Everybody loves me.” Give it a try for a day or a week or a month, and start paying attention to what and who shows up in your life—no matter where you travel on your own personal journey.


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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Sharing the Sun

by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

This past Winter Solstice I was asked to take on a central role in a ritual for the return of the light at the last moment. The person who was to embody the Sun was ill and could not attend, and of those present I was the best option available. I had just gotten over a bad cold and was not at my best, but given the stress of 2016 we all felt that the hundred or so people that would be attending really needed this ritual of hope and renewal. One of the attendees was a friend who has a profound connection to Solar Deities, Apollon in particular. She offered to give me a boost of energy which I gladly received.

We exchanged a wholehearted embrace and I felt myself fill with the power that brings the day, warms the soil, and promises Spring to come. I thanked her, though she had her doubts about whether or not she had given enough. I assured her that she had given me exactly what I needed. That evening the ritual went well, healing tears were shed, the light of the reborn Sun was spread from candle to candle, the joy of communal strength grew, and merriment followed with music and singing late into the night. I thanked my friend again for her assistance. She told me that she felt stronger and better after having shared energy with me. She was both puzzled and concerned that I had not taken enough of the energy that she’d offered. I explained what I had done, and in doing so realized that it was a technique that I should share.

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The chances are that if you’ve had training or exposure to one of the many energy healing modalities, you know that it is better to draw upon the power of life, the universe, the Divine, or whatever else is considered a wholesome source of power rather than to drain your own reserves, your batteries. It does take a certain amount of your own power to start the process, once begun you have access to far more than you used. There are situations that do call for personal energy instead of energy drawn from greater sources, but they are few and far between. For example, sometimes if a person is in a weakened or exhausted condition, they may need an infusion of human life force so that they then have enough to begin processing more universal energies. Another example is when someone is borrowing power to do spiritual work, because the energy also contains information and guidance from the donor.

When I received the gift of energy from my friend, my focus was on getting a sample of the energy and a sense for where to look for more. Your temperament, training, and instinct guides where and how you draw energy from the universe. Over time these habits and reflexes can serve you well, but can also limit your options.  There are also times when your mental or emotional state hampers your access to the familiar, but the unfamiliar sidesteps the roadblocks. Every person, even those with many similarities, has a unique set of ways in which they draw in power. By carefully observing another person raising and moving energy, you can learn where and how they draw in energy. Think of this as like getting directions to a wellspring, or a scent to follow back to the feast, or a tuning fork with the note you need to sing a song, or a temporary member’s key to open the door.

When my friend gave me energy, I took in enough to sample it and followed it back to its source. Then I listened to the song of the energy and sang it in my mind as well. I drew upon the source, and the stream of power that came forth replenished both of us. That evening during our Winter Solstice ritual I had the energy and insights that I needed to do the work. By the next day the connection had begun to fade.  If I wanted to keep that connection, I would also need to commit to a regular honoring of Apollon as the way that I borrowed arose from my friend’s connection. Sometimes keeping a new access point to energy is simply a matter of knowing that it exists and adding it to your repertoire, and sometimes it involves making changes to your practices.

Just like sharing the Sun at the Solstice, where each receives a spark to light the way and to pass to others, the sharing of energy can lead to more for all.

Blessings, Ivo


Ivo Domínguez, Jr. has been active in the Wiccan and the pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. He was a founding member, and past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. Ivo is also one of the organizers for the New Alexandrian Library. You can find him at http://www.ivodominguezjr.com.

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Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

Jonathan Dee

9781571747563Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.

Among the amusing and informative tidbits here:

  • The rat is considered to be the sign of charm and is noted for its shrewdness, enterprise, and wealth. Rats are also prosperous, entrepreneurial, obsessive, anxious, bossy, and mean.
  • The ox is the sign of tenacity and prosperity and a symbol of fertility and muscular strength. People born under the ox are patient, contemplative, eloquent, chauvinistic, petty, and grumpy.
  • The monkey is lively, complex, charming, diplomatic, and agile. Monkeys are also dishonest, sarcastic, lacking respect, and restless.

Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is an accessible introduction that enlightens, entertains, and informs.

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Develop Your ESP

Nina Ashby

9781571747532Have you ever heard the telephone ring and known who was calling before anyone spoke? Or had a gut feeling about someone or something that ultimately proved true? Most of us ignore experiences like these because we can see no physical basis for believing in our dormant psychic abilities. Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP, this elusive knowledge can provide information, motivation, or direction about various aspects of our lives. Nina Ashby, teaches readers:

  1. How to listen and be receptive to the inner messages received by your intuitive senses
  2. How to use techniques and exercises to develop and control your psychic abilities

This is a program that can quickly enhance anyone’s ability to go beyond the 5 senses and enter another dimension of awareness. Find out which psychic talents you possess and develop those particular gifts with a mix of theory and practical exercises. Learn to understand the body’s energy fields and auras and see why the spiritual plane is every bit as important as the physical world. Then get a complete psychic education, from cleansing rituals and focusing your inner energy charges to reading auras and using divination techniques such as tarot, I Ching, and psychometry to interpret signs and messages. Charts, tables, and graphs illustrate the theories.

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The Little Book of Letting Go

Hugh Prather

“A treasure trove of practical, spiritual wisdom” —Joan Borysenko

“This little book can change your life.” —Neale Donald Walsch

“Learning to let go is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and share with others. When you let go, you won’t be sweating the small stuff—or even the big stuff.” —Richard Carlson

9781573246927“Letting go is the bottom-line key to happiness,” states Hugh Prather. And in The Little Book of Letting Go, he offers a simple 3-step process for shedding prejudices, preconceptions, and pre-judgments and facing each moment with openness and enthusiasm. Prather first explains why it is essential to learn to let go and then outlines a 30-day plan for spiritual renewal. Finally, he offers specific techniques for getting a grip on habitual reactions, the need to control, and the addiction to conflict.

In this little book on mental cleansing, Prather uses personal stories as well as step-by-step exercises to help readers understand the rewards and the process of letting go. For example, in the section on letting go of guilt and hurtful actions, Prather suggests that for at least one day readers “rise from sleep and make your purpose only this: ‘I will go through this day harmlessly. I will hurt no one in my thoughts or in my actions, including myself.'” Prather also includes instructions on how to let go of mental pollutants, misery, prediction and control, and spiritual specialness.

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Today Is Dark, but Spring Is Just Around the Corner

by Kendra Levin

It can be tough to be a creative artist during the holidays.

Whether you’re a writer or a painter, a composer or a choreographer, making your art requires time, focus, and a certain amount of mental quiet. None of these are in abundance during holiday time.

And 2016’s has been a particularly frazzling season for those who expected election day to bring relief instead of more stress. How can we possibly find the space to be creative between shopping and filing paperwork, between calling our reps and signing petitions, between going to holiday parties and falling down the social media rabbit hole?

But there’s more to making art than the moment of creation.

Today is the winter solstice—the shortest, darkest day of the year. Without the solstice and the ancient rites celebrating it, we wouldn’t have many of the best-loved traditions of the holiday season, including decorative wreaths and Christmas trees. In many ancient cultures, the winter solstice signified the birth of the year and a rebirth for celebrants.

Celebrating on this coldest, darkest day is a reminder to us all that winter and hibernation are an essential part of the cycle of creation. Without the chance to sleep in the soil, deep below the crust of frost, seeds would never be able to germinate, put forth tendrils, and ultimately turn into flowers, trees, crops. Celebrating the cold, the dark, the long night is a way of honoring the entire cycle of creation.

Artists need their creative winter to let ideas germinate and prepare for fruition as much as they need periods of expression. We need to give our art time to live its secret life under the surface before it comes out into the world.

So as you’re hustling around putting up decorations, buying gifts, preparing food, entertaining guests, or simply getting all your end-of-year paperwork in order, remember that you’re already storing up the seeds of ideas that will bear fruit in the new year. Perhaps they’ll emerge as a novel or a play, as poetry or a symphony, a sculpture or a painting. Or maybe your ideas will serve a cause, guide a movement for change, spark a revolution. Do not doubt that the seeds are already within you; give them the time they need to put forth roots.

Today is dark, but spring is just around the corner.


Kendra Levin is a certified life coach for writers, as well as a children’s book editor, teacher, and writer. Since 2008, she has helped writers and other creative artists all over the world meet their goals and connect more deeply with their work and themselves. She has been on the editorial staff at Penguin since 2005, editing all ages from picture books to young adult, and her books have received starred reviews and national awards. Kendra has taught classes for a range of populations from media professionals to prison inmates and has spoken at writers’ conferences and retreats in over twenty states. Her theatrical works have been produced Off- and Off-Off Broadway and regionally, and her eclectic professional writing credits include celebrity speeches, a bar guide, and Mad Libs. Her home base is New York City. Follow her @kendralevin or visit her at www.kendracoaching.com.

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Tarot Tools for the Holiday Craze

by Courtney Weber

A number of years ago, I was dragging a heavy suitcase to my job, prepared to head home for Christmas at the end of the work day. It wasn’t until a security guard asked me if I was all right that I realized I was yelling at that suitcase, and crying.

“I’m fine,” I said. “It’s just Christmas.”

I don’t remember why I was yelling at my suitcase. I’m sure it was heavy. I was probably sick of hauling it up and down subway stairs. But I may have also been angry at a loved one, fighting with some boyfriend, or frustrated with having to buy a present for a work party on an overstretched holiday budget.

Such a typical story. The holidays can be joyous, exciting, and Magickal. But they can also leave you yelling at your suitcase on a cold morning.

As a Tarot reader, I often consult the cards during the holidays—not so much for prophecy as situational navigation. Pulling a single card a day is a common practice for Tarot practitioners (and one I include in Tarot for One), but this time of year may require a few extra “pulls.”

I have posted some samples below, along with their interpretations:

What do the holidays hold for me and my loved ones?

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7 of Cups

 This card represents a lot of everything: things lovely and challenging—and all coming at you at once. No holiday will be perfect. People will need to be flexible, limit expectations, and focus on the beautiful things. There will be plenty of lovelies, but nothing will ever be 100% Hallmark-worthy (I’m not paid to say that.).

How will the office party go?

Page of Wands
Page of Wands

If the Page of Wands encourages attention to detail, thoughtfulness will be key. Is the boss focusing on who participates in the Secret Santa as a sign of team-playership? Maybe this is a sign to pay attention to how much eggnog you consume (Someone might have spiked it beyond an appropriate level….)? If this is the card you pull in response to a work event, it’s not going to be the kind of event where you can let loose and be a crazy person. You’ll need to be mindful of yourself and others around you.

First time getting together with the family since The Election…how will it go?

Judgement, Reversed
Judgement, Reversed
Nine of Cups, Reversed
Nine of Cups, Reversed

Sometimes, two cards flip out when you’re only trying to draw one. This can highlight a “hot topic,” and given the nature of events this year, many family gatherings will land somewhere on the scale between smoldering and inferno. These two cards, particularly the 9 of Cups Reversed, urge sensitivity. In the best of times, the 9 of Cups represents a whole heart and lots of love. It being reversed does not indicate an absence of love at your family gathering, but it might mean that feelings will be easily hurt—imagine this card as the “open blister” omen. As for Judgement Reversed, the message might be “Leave your judgements at the door.”

What to get the niece/nephew who has most things and hates everything else?

The Moon
The Moon

Gift card.
The Moon represents fickle feelings, so don’t get one for a single store. Visa or Mastercard Gift Card (I’m not being paid to say that, either…).

How can I best practice Self-Care during the Holidays?

Queen of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles

Make sure to keep yourself on your list this year, too. Keep even a sliver of your budget available to gift something to yourself. If you don’t have any budget at all, imagine your personal time as your holiday gift to the world. Carve out a slice of that time for yourself: go look at lights, listen to your favorite holiday album with no one around to tell you to take it off repeat, indulge in a tasty treat you normally wouldn’t have. The holidays may encourage giving to others, but this doesn’t mean you should leave yourself out.

Good luck, and whatever you celebrate at this time of year, make it as Merry as can be!


Courtney Weber is a Wiccan priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, and activist. A Tarot reader with over 20 years’ experience, Courtney produced and designed Tarot of the Boroughs, a modern tarot deck set in New York City, composed of original photography. She is the author of Brigid (Weiser Books, 2015) and Tarot For One (Weiser Books, Nov 2016). She has been published on Huffington PostThe Wild Hunt, in Circle Times magazine, and elsewhere.

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Giving the Gift of Your True Self

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Years ago, one of my college roommates came to visit. We sat on my back porch to catch up on our lives, and she told me she’d been seeing a therapist about some early childhood issues.

One of the things her therapist told her created a miracle in her mind—a change in perception and a natural occurrence of love.

The therapist’s words were:

“You are a precious jewel. Treat yourself that way, and teach others to treat you that way, too.”

A precious jewel. This was stunning to both of us, since we’d both been divorced and were questioning how lovable we really were. The word “precious” would never have entered our minds. But now, here we were, presented with the radical idea that we had value and were worthy of being treasured.

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When I think back, I realize how easy it is to forget that truth, especially if we’re used to questioning our own worth.

But it IS truth for all of us. No matter what we think of ourselves or what we’ve been through, we are all precious jewels. Children of God. Sparks of the Divine. Worthy of giving and receiving love without question.

Our entire lives depend on remembering this one simple truth. Remembering means living with joy, confidence, generosity and forgiveness.

Forgetting means living with anxiety, fear, scarcity and guilt.

So how can we remember?

Fortunately, there are many ways to support the precious jewel within.

For one woman I know, it means eliminating all negative self-talk. She works in a male-oriented industry and realized that, if she wanted to be free of female bashing from her co-workers, she had to start with her own thoughts about herself.

For another, it means practicing all the basics of good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, doing yoga and eating foods that are vibrant and alive. She also listens to her own intuition about the trajectory of her life rather than letting herself buy into other people’s expectations.

For me, it means periodically unplugging from beliefs that don’t serve me. I do this by asking for my fear-based thoughts to be healed, and by sitting down each morning to listen to my spirit guides.

But I also do a visualization that might be helpful for you, too. Here’s how it goes:

Picture yourself in front of an old-fashioned switchboard—the kind where you’re wearing a headset, manually unplugging and plugging in lines to connect phone calls.

Now imagine that the switchboard has dozens of beliefs that no longer serve you.

For instance, “At my age, I’m going to start having health problems.”

“No matter how hard I work, we never have enough.”

“Life is hard, and I’d better prepare for the worst.”

“Our family never gets along. The holidays are going to be a pain again this year.”

Now see yourself unplugging from those beliefs, literally pulling out the cords. Express thanks for the ways these beliefs have contributed to who you are today, but respectfully let go.

As you do this, know that you are effectively unplugging from your fear-based thoughts. You may feel an energetic shift when you disconnect.

Now see another switchboard with beliefs that you want to plug into and do the process in reverse.

“I don’t live my life like anyone else. I live it like me.”

“My physical body is vital and healthy.”

“I experience the abundant flow of the universe in all areas of my life.”

“I am a precious jewel, and I see the treasure in everyone I meet.”

When you’re finished, write down the beliefs you’ve adopted so you can affirm them every day. Then thank your guides and Spirit for supporting you.

The key is to do this and other spiritual practices daily so you continue to remember the truth, because your life literally depends on it.

Remember that the precious jewel you are is the best gift you can give yourself and the world this holiday season.

So be self-loving. Be merry. And most of all, be light.

Happy holidays!


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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Sagittarius Love Spell Oil

by Lilith Dorsey

My sister is a Sagittarius, my brother-in-law is a Sagittarius, my niece is a Sagittarius … and I’m an Aries. You can see how the Holidays are a fiery and exciting time at our place. The astrological Sun sign of Sagittarius is given to those born between the dates of November 22 and December 21st.

Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What's Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.
Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What’s Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.

Sagittarius is a fire sign, and in matters of love they are known for being caring and romantic, but also silly and optimistic. In a relationship they like to be casual and allowed their freedom. This fiery sign is known for it’s great ego which can sometimes turn to stubbornness. Relationships if you are a Sagittarius can be hard, and dating a Sagittarius can be even harder. The following Love Spell Oil will help bring you love and joy in your relationships. The oil contains sunflower to bring you a sunshiny love and healing; rose to channel and focus your passion; bergamot to give you a sweet romantic blessings; clove for spicy sensual delights; and lavender for focus and spiritual blessings. Everyone deserves a good love story so lets get started on yours.

Ingredients

3 drops Sunflower (Helianthus) oil
3 drops Rose oil
3 drops Bergamot oil
1 drop Clove oil
1 drop Lavender oil
¼ tsp. Sweet Almond Oil
Glass bottle

Place the Sweet Almond oil into your glass bottle it will serve as the base oil. Into the bottle place the Sunflower oil, the Rose oil, the Bergamot oil, the Lavender oil, and the Clove oil. Rub the bottle of oil between your hands to charge it with your magical energy. As the bottle goes back and forth imagine love coming towards you and blessing your life. Wear the oil daily for help with love. You can also use this oil to anoint a piece of turquoise, which is a power stone for Sagittarius. This will help to focus your love magic.

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Lilith Dorsey, MA is a magical practitioner/voodoo priestess with training in several traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean (Santeria and Vodun), and Native American spiritualties. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film. She owns her own magickal consulting business, Branwen’s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly. She is also the author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.