Dark Owl Wisdom – Finding Answers In The Shadows

Embrace The Wisdom Of The Dark Owl
Dark Owl Wisdom by Claudia H. Blanton

Wisdom can be found in unexpected places, most often those dark corners within ourselves we are not willing to face. The owl, a symbol of knowledge and wisdom asks us to look closer at these aspects of your life.

As we are surrounded by the gentle awareness and guidance of the Universe, we are told to pay attention to the symbolism that shows up repeatedly into our experience. If the dark owl has been making its way into your life, your need to examine the wisdom in the shadows of self, has become a  necessity. Hidden away answers in aspects, you tend to ignore, are calling for your attention. Do not miss the opportunity to learn from that prompting, as the answers to a question you had, lies right there.

Goddess Blessings

Claudia

5 Easy Things You Can Give Up For A Positive Life – And What To Do Instead

Give Up These 5 Easy Things
1. Give up complaining- formulate action statements instead
We all do it – from time to time. But let’s be honest, when was the last time you have complained  and as a result, positive change occurred? I guess that you will be hard pressed to find an actual occurrence of that happening. So, why are we continuing to do it? Sharing your complaint can temporary make you feel better, but it will not bring about the lasting change you are looking for.
Instead, learn to change your complaint statements into action statements, by adding a little more to your thought than before.
Here is an example of what I mean:
“I wish my co- worker would respect other people’s space more.”
Instead of leaving it like that, change it to “I wish my co-worker would respect other people’s space more, and I am going to politely ask her to do so, next time she does it again.
Whether you follow through on your statement or not, you have begun to train yourself to look for solutions whenever a problem occurs, rather than just stating a complaint. Now a complaint can become an agent of change.
2. Give up trying to impress others – become clear about what you want for yourself
This decision to give up the need to impress others has  a profound impact on your financial well-being and  an essential step to take to reach your  personal and financial success. Do you really need that latest gadget or this particular designer that is in style, or are you only purchasing it, you can be seen with it.  Make sure your motivations for purchases and decision are that of serving you – not the impression you give to others. Any financial decision should be based on your values, comfort, and personal style. Take some time to find out what is the best personal path for you, and follow that – regardless what the trend is.

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3.Give up your resistance to change – push beyond your comfort zone 
Resistance to change is a major blockade in developing personal growth. Yet for some people who set a high value on certainty, embracing change can be a rather difficult endeavor.
Here are some reasons why people resist change:
1. Sense of loss of control
2. Concern about competence
3. Concern about taking on more work
4. Concern that change might hurt
5. Concern that others might not embrace your change.
Whichever one of these reasons you have for not embracing change, consider identifying the root cause of resistance and work through it, maybe with the help of a Coach, trusted friend or adviser. If this path of sole-searching brings up old wounds that you can not seem to find a way to get through, you might want to consider some more in depth therapy to resolve those issues once and for all.
4. Give up excuses – take responsibility for your responses and future, now.
Building sustainable habits requires us to give up excuses, but why do we keep making them in the first place?
The main reasons behind why most people make excuses is, because of resistance to change and the fear of pain.
Yet how do we overcome this in order to move on?
The most important step to giving up excuses is to know why you want a different experience in you life.  Without a compelling reason, there is hardly any chance for long-term change, as it is the reason behind a goal, not willpower that pushes us through to the end, even when it gets hard. If your goals do not have a compelling reason, adjust your goals until you find what excites you for a good reason, rather than a momentary whim.
5. Give up the past – visualize your ideal future instead
In order to learn to let go off the past, one has  to learn to be truly present in the present.
This sounds too simple to be true, yet it is the most powerful truth you can embrace when it comes to overcoming a difficult past – focusing on the moment. Mindfulness meditations, gratitude practice, and breathing exercises can move your thoughts from being stuck in what used to be, toward what is right now, forcing you to connect with the only moment of power – the present moment. Practicing those techniques regularly as a part of your morning and/or evening routine, makes it easier to engage in the now, and create lasting change. Visualizing your goals on a regular basis, is an important part of this new directing your thoughts, and gives you a chance to practice the emotional vibration of the state of your desires. Combining both techniques will after time ease the stronghold of past times over your life, and you will create an overall healthier and happier future.
Have a blessed week!
 
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Welcome To 2015!

So, traditionally this is the time for New Years resolution. I had always shunned resolutions, as they are usually abandoned before they even had a chance to sprout. But something about this year is different.

Welcome 2015

2014 has been such a turbulent year, that for 2015 I need clear direction. In order to achieve that, considering that we are self-employed, homeschool our children and belong to an alternative religion, any structure we give to a year has to come from ourselves. There is no one to tell us what needs to be done when, we decide. That freedom is wonderful, but it takes discipline if any meaningful work is to be done.

Therefore I chose to go for the New Years resolution, among other things (like using structures apps and programs to help me run the day to day of our lives), and I want to list a few of these here. Maybe in a year, when it is time to review the previous months, life will show itself as a little more calm.

Well, I can at least plan to make the trip a little smoother.

So here are my resolutions (which in true Law of Attraction fashion, I am posting in present tense)

1. I am loosing 15 pounds. I am currently heavier than I have ever been, touching the 140 mark, and I do not like it. Okay, I am now over 40, with a thyroid condition, but I am not giving myself a break here. It is time be back in shape. If I find any books, products or any blog post from other bloggers that help me along the way, I will share them here.

2. I am increasing our income threefold. I have done it before, so I can do it again. With that I mean hubby and I, and we got a pretty solid plan, and are a great team, so that is so workable. One of the ways to achieve this, is by using abundance magick and law of attraction. I will write about that, on the blog you are currently reading.

3. I am moving to Los Angeles. I have been talking about this for 4 years now, and every time something came up. This time, we have the means, the plan, the time frame, the combined efforts and energy, so that will happen. We got to do this before end of April. Did I mention we currently are living in Florida? Not sure, if I want to write about that anywhere yet, but knowing myself, I probably will.

4. I am writing more. Deadlines and all, I am making a list and sticking to it. I will post any updates on publishing schedule on my writing blog. I got a blogging schedule for all of my blogs, and plenty of resources to structure my offline writing. Any great (or not so great) writing books I find will be reviewed on my writing blog.

5. I am organized. I grew up with an abusive perfectionist adoptive father. So I became disorganized, slightly chaotic, and anti-structure. That does not co-exist well with the needs of bookkeeping, payroll and taxes. Just like it does not work well with kids who want to get into college. So, I bought the above mentioned apps and software, bookkeeping essentials, created a daily planner, and I am ready to go. Wish me luck. (I will write about those too – not on my spiritual blog, or my writing blog, but on my productivity blog – yes, I have three blogs!)

6. I practice a more consistent spiritual practice. The last year, I have practiced my Witchcraft on a very irregular schedule. Mind you, I am not Wiccan, I am a Hedgewitch and solitary, so there is no need for structure, expect a personal one. I feel that I can learn a lot from a more regulated, even if self-regulated structure, and will explore that in depth. And of course, as with everything, I will write about it. And that would be on this, exact blog.

So here it is, my list (albeit incomplete, considering that other goals involve other people, and I value their privacy) for 2015. This year, I know, with the help of the Gods, will be my best year yet. I am ready and open for all of the changes and wonderful experiences, as well as the lessons that it holds within, and I am grateful for the present that every moment of the coming year is.

In parting, I wish you all the best as well, as you envisioned, and however it is best for you.

Goddess Blessing

Claudia

P. S. This post is a “The Pagan Experience” Post, based on the prompt for January 5th “Resolutions”. I know I am a little ahead of the posting schedule for that group link, but this topic just demands attention on the first day of the new year!

Book Review: Angels of Abundance by Doreen and Grant Virtue

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Title: Angels of Abundance

Authors: Doreen Virtue, Grant Virtue

Publisher: Hay House

Release Date: May 1st 2014

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Angels of Abundance is one of the many self-help books that will have a different meaning and learning experience for you, depending on your where you are in your spiritual journey. For a beginner to metaphysical thinking this book provides comfort and insight in the basic principles of manifestation. For the more spiritual inclined, the premise of some messages, such as that healthy eating is a way to insure faster manifestation time is slightly flawed, specifically when in a placed in a book that does not go deeper (and has no space for) spiritual alignment through nourishment.

If you are looking for an in-depth book about abundance work, you will not find the answer in this volume. If you are looking for an in-depth book on working with Angels, you are also not going to find it in this one.
This book brings the individual practices that one can use to improve ones life, and puts them together as presented by Angels. There is nothing new to find here, even if the packaging is different.

Angels of Abundance has its merit for those who are new to the self-help and co-creation thought processes. It opens the opportunity for further research. But packaging the same messages as if told by Angels, can also create the confusion to the new reader, that Angels are the origin of this message, rather then accumulation of different truths and teachings, and the combination of multiple spiritual principles that have endured many hundreds of years, and come from many religious paths.

 

Abundance And Expectation

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What you expect is usually what you get. Have you examined what your expectations about life are? If you have not, I dare you to explore that with a closer detail then you have ever had before, because of those truths that you hold as your core believes, you might be holding yourself back from experiencing the life you are wishing to.

Here are 10 of my core expectations:

1. I expect to receive the best. That includes not just the material things, but from people I care about deeply, people I meet, and just about everyone. People have so much potential, and I tend to look for that. Once identified, that is what I expect.

2. I expect the best from myself. The best is fluid, there are days where my best is overcoming a headache naturally, by taking some time to rest, and on a day I feel really good, I will bring it, whatever task or deadline is at hand.

3. I expect to achive my dreams and goals. No exeptions.

4. I enjoy life. There is always something to enjoy, may it be as seemingly insignificant as a cup of coffee, or something larger, like accomplishing a milestone.

5. I am worth it. I know my worth. While that is not an indication that I am more worth then others, I think everyone has a lot of worth. Difference is, I declare it. You can too, and should.

6. I am loved and cared for. People love in different ways, some have a limited way of showing so, mostly due to their own insecurities. That does not mean their love is less.

7. I am respected. I give respect to those who deserve it. I work by being respectful to earn others respect. I receive respect. I acknoledge that respect, by honoring them and the trust given.

8. I admire success. Sucess of any kind is admirable. The way some people got success is not necessarily admirable. You do not have to honor the process, but you can acknoledge the result, and learn from it.

9. I am successful. If I decide to put all of my energy into a subject, I know that I can achieve it, and will be successful in it. Success is less talent then dedication. Dedication does not necessarily mean hard work – it means action, but doing something you love is not hard, therefore it is not hard work to be successful, but it does take dedication to succeed.

10. I speak my truth. My truth and your truth can co-exist and do not need to cancel each other out, even if they are not the same. If we both follow this rule, we can co-exist peacefully and lovingly. My truth is not less valid if it does not convince you, neither is your truth less valid, it is just different.

Do you have a list of core expectations? Why not share a few in the comment section!

Hail Hecate!