Thoughts For The Day

 

TH 4“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself…. An unexpected phone call from an old friend…. Green stoplights on your way to work…. The fastest line at the grocery store…. A good sing-along song on the radio… Your keys found right where you left them.” ~ Julia M. Chambers

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MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We rise each morning, and from the time our feet hit the ground, we are running…taking care of family, business and life. Daily routines can get to be…routine. We move through the motions on auto pilot, without too much thought, as our movements are familiar daily actions. And certainly, there are many of these activities that are mundane but necessary. The thing is though…that we are not mundane beings. And each day is not routine…today is not the same as yesterday…unless we make it so.

Every new day is another chance to make of it what we desire. And…the way to make it a special day…is by “looking” at it through the eyes of our Spirits, and not just the eyes of the human we are that is getting through all our obligations. We have within us this Spirit, this Spiritual Warrior, and yet we forget to have them front and center with us every day, to look at life through those eyes.TH 3

Know that…just as we are each unique individuals…so too is each day unique and individual. Walk into the day knowing and believing that everything we do has a higher purpose. Every movement, every action, every smile, every task…and every body….has a higher purpose than the one we see right before our human eyes. If we can remember this daily, and live by this, than our perspective on our daily lives changes…is raised up to a higher plane where we recognize the importance of living through Spirit and where we see things through a clear, loving eye.

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Do and see absolutely everything with the knowledge that it all has a Higher Purpose. Even if we do not see what that is immediately. And look at those small things that happen that make our days a little brighter, a little better, as the miracles that they are. The parking space you wanted, the smile from the clerk, the person who holds a door, the items on sale at the store…all of these and more are the little daily miracles we forget to acknowledge…but when added up…bring new meaning into our days.

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Look around today, and see how many miracles you can spot…and at the end of the day…see how it makes a difference. And, make the shift to look through the eyes of your Spirit Self, and see how different things may look.

Blessings!

The Importance of Boundaries

 

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Yesterday’s blog post had the Armadillo sharing its message of wisdom about Boundaries. Armadillo wears its armor on its back and can fend off enemies and energy easily with that protection. Its message to us was to pay attention to our Sacred Space and set our Boundaries to protect it and keep unwanted energy from affecting us. So…let’s talk a bit about Boundaries.

First of all, we all have our individual “space” we occupy in this world, and we have a right to claim that space and protect it. In fact, it is necessary so that we can be our True Self and live our True Life. It is when we allow energy, thoughts, and words from others around us to affect us that we become confused and overwhelmed…and we lose sight of that True Self amid the chaotic energy. This is where setting Boundaries can help.

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To be clear…a Boundary is not a wall. It is not meant to shut out anyone/thing, or to keep us isolated and withdrawn in fear. A Boundary is a powerful yet subtle demarcation of our space, in which WE define what we wish to experience and how we wish to live our life. Without Boundaries, we are sponges, absorbing all the chatter and energy around us, taking it in and becoming confused as to what we really believe. Are all these thoughts ours…or do they belong to someone/thing else and we have soaked it up into our minds and made it our own. We also soak up all the chaotic negative energy that swirls around the globe as worrisome events take place. As we also do with the thoughts and judgments of family, friends, and co-workers. There is a great deal of “stuff” that we take on on a daily basis. But…what if we did not have to, and we could keep our Sacred Space clear, giving us the clarity and peace to live our Truest Life?

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Boundaries are flexible, you can see through them…but they are powerful, sturdy, and durable. Consider that a Boundary is like a mesh screen…the kind that are on our house windows. These screens allow us to open the window and have air flow through, but they keep bugs and flies and dirt from getting inside the house. They can also deter intruders. By having screens on the windows of our house, we are not stuck inside, or held back from seeing or experiencing what is outside, but we are protected from things getting inside to us. This is exactly what Boundaries do for us on an energy level.

So take a few moments every day to close your eyes, take some deep breaths, try to clear your mind…and then visualize yourself standing in the center of a circle. You have drawn this circle around you, about 6 feet out from your body. This circle defines your Sacred Space. Really manifest that circle and make it strong and defined. Know that within that circle, your Sacred Space is yours and no one elses and that you have a right to have that space be just as you desire. Within this space is your experience of life and you get to choose what to experience.

Now, around the edge of that circle, erect a mesh screen around the entire circumference. Know that the screen is durable and sturdy, because you make it so. You can see through the screen, but you also know it will protect you and keep out what you do not want in your space. Again, you have the right to make this so. It is your life and your space.

Once the screen is in place, look around your space and take everyone and everything in it and place it outside your Boundary, thereby clearing that Sacred Space just around you. As you sweep all of the thoughts, worries, problems, people, issues, and fears outside your Boundary…let it all know you are not ignoring it or pushing it away, and you will deal with it all in the right time and place and when you know the answers…but for the time being, you are moving it out of your immediate area so you can gain some clarity…and so you can have a crisp, clean, clear place to operate from. Take a deep breath and feel the relief of having cleared your space. Within that clearing, you have so much more opportunity to see things from a different perspective and to have space and time to figure things out. You will also see that…when all the “stuff” is moved outside the Boundary…what is left within it for you is your Power, Strength, Wisdom, Peace of Mind, Calm, Compassion…all the things we need that get buried under that which we absorb and get overwhelmed by. And also, we move the heavy burden of energy from the global chaos we have affecting us right now outside that Boundary…because it dampens our Inner Light…and we need that to shine now, more than ever.

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The idea is…that WE have command over our Sacred Space and what we experience. We do not have to take on anything that is not what we choose for our space. We do not have to allow people or their thoughts and judgments to affect us…nor do we have to take the chaos of the world and make it our own. We can set that outside our Boundary and choose to live in the Light of our Souls. We can stand strong and refuse to allow that energy to make us do or be something we do not want to be…unhappy, fearful, miserable, overwhelmed.

Boundaries have a subtle yet profound power…and when we set them…it makes a difference in the energy around us…and things will begin to look different as well as people around us acting different toward us. Try it and see. Practice Boundary setting on a daily basis, and see what changes in your life.

Within our Sacred Space and the Boundary around it, is the Love and Light we would live our lives by. And the Peace we seek is there too. Boundaries contain our energy from spiking everywhere and getting into other peoples space as well. It also keeps others energy from invading our space. There is enough space for everyone if we define our Sacred Space and respect the same in others. Then, we share and gently lean on each others space without invading it and taking over.

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Boundaries protect us…but they also free us…to be our True Self and True Life, as we would have it.

If anyone has questions or would like assistance with Boundary building, or anything else, this is part of the work I do in my practice. This is what I teach…and I am here for you if needed. Just email me from the contact page.

Now, set your Boundaries today, and give yourself the experience of the day that you want, not what everything/one else around you says you should have. Be You…and experience that within your crisp, clear Sacred Space!

Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Boundaries

 

 

Good Morning and welcome to the start of another week. For our Monday Message to get us started, I sought the wisdom of the animal kingdom once again…and they have not failed us. The message this morning is an important one, which I will write more about tomorrow, but for today, I dip into the deck of “Medicine Cards ~ The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson and the one that comes to hand is:

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Armadillo ~ Boundaries, Respect Your Sacred Space

Message (paraphrased):
“Armadillo wears its armor on its back, its medicine is part of its body. Its boundaries of safety are a part of its total being. Armadillo can roll into a ball and never be penetrated by enemies.

What a gift to set your boundaries so that harmful words or intentions just roll off. Your lesson is in setting up what you are willing to experience. If you do not wish to experience feeling invaded, just call on Armadillo medicine.

If Armadillo medicine has waddled into the cards chosen today, it is time to define your space. You may have been too willing to allow others to define your space, to say yes when you want to say no, or to allow what others say to impact you too much. It is time to ask yourself if you are honoring your own time, space, and feelings.

Setting up Boundaries is necessary. It is your perimeter of what you will and won’t do; what makes you feel uncomfortable and what is comforting to you. How you react in any circumstance has to do with your ability to be objective. You cannot be objective if you cannot tell where another person’s personality (or a circumstance) stops and where yours begins. If you have no Boundaries, you are like a sponge, soaking up all of the energy, thoughts, and feelings of others. It can make you confused about your own true feelings.

Ask yourself if all that you are feeling and experiencing is really yours. Then allow Armadillo’s armor to slice in-between, giving you back your sense of Self.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

This message from Armadillo is so profound and timely today. The topic of Boundaries is an important one, and one I have been meaning to write about. I will write more about it tomorrow, but for today, let us take the advice Armadillo gives us and focus on setting our Boundaries around our Sacred Space.

Our Sacred Space is that space we occupy, defined as we choose in this life. It is our right to protect that space and to have it be exactly as we want it to be…because within that space is where we find our power, comfort, and peace. When that space is invaded by other peoples energy, words, or actions (or that of the world in general), then we can feel put upon and overwhelmed and depressed, and rightly so.

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We are going through tough times. In order to survive them and thrive within them and then change them, we need to remember to protect ourselves…to gather our Boundaries around us and not allow this dastardly energy swirling around to get to us and discourage us. Armadillo tells us to draw the magic of the Light of our Boundaries around us and let this negativity roll off so that we can remain steadfast in our efforts to shine that Light within and not let anyone tell us or convince us that we cannot experience a change for the better in the world…and in our own worlds.

We choose our experiences…and we have the right to choose what we allow into our Sacred Space. It is not that we shut the world out, but that we determine what that world is made of. And that effort begins within our own individual worlds.

So, let us look at our worlds today and let US be the source of what defines the nature of those worlds, and then let us be as Armadillo and set our Boundaries and protect those worlds…which will then Link By The Light of Our Souls…and makes such a difference in our daily life.

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(Tomorrow’s blog will be about how to draw those Boundaries and maintain them).

Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Hang In There & Shine

 

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Good Morning! Our weekend has begun and the message today is two-fold. There is a lot of tension in the air as many terrible things happen in today’s world. We are all feeling the grip of the negative energy swirling around us…the fear, apprehension, the uncertainty of what is to come. It is not easy to stay out of that fray of energy and stay balanced and grounded. All while managing our daily lives and routines too. It is a lot to deal with…and my heart goes out to everyone as we struggle through it.

So, my messages today are an attempt to comfort…while also encouraging not to give up, and not to stop shining our badly needed Inner Light on our worlds and the world around us. I know it is not easy to do this, when there are so many factors working against us. But…remember…Light and Love do prevail. We must believe this! Just when it looks the darkest is when the stars shine the brightest and illuminate the shadows. Stay with it…your valuable Light and Energy is needed. And, if we all stand together, hands held, hearts and Light as one…how can that not succeed? Believe in your Self, your Value, and the Power of your worth. And…as you Hang In There…Shine! Blessings!

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Thoughts For The Day ~ Re-Post

 

 

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

Especially yourself. It seems these days we have gotten into the habit of focusing on the negative long before we acknowledge any positive. Specifically in people. Just look at social media sites. Well…let’s change that pattern. Like the quote says…every day, say something nice to someone, or acknowledging, or compassionate…just for the sake of saying it, not for any ulterior motive. And we should begin by saying those things to ourselves in the mirror as soon as we wake. What a difference that would make to the day for everyone.

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“If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person? “ ~ Rob Bremer

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I found this quote after finding the one above…and it fits in well here. Self-talk is something we go through each day with, barely aware of what it is or what we really say to ourselves. If we paid more attention, something tells me we would be shocked. AND, if we listened as if it were someone else speaking to us…would we allow them to go on? Would we even be around them anymore? Would we be indignant or hurt? Take note of your self-talk. And if it is anything less than perfect love and perfect trust…see the first quote above and carry on!

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“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” ~ Barbara de Angelis

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Do absolutely everything in the name of Love. Send every thought, feel every emotion, say every word, take every action…with Love. That is All.

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Blessings!

Trust In The Self ~ Re-Post

 

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” ~ Goethe

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” ~ Jane Austin

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ E.E. Cummings

“I mean to live my true life, and I embrace the means by which that will happen.” ~ MarDrag

“When I’m trusting and being myself… everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.” ~ Shakti Gawain

“Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if..”; And then do it.” ~ Duane Michals

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

To trust oneself, especially amid the pressures, obligations and stresses of today’s world…is often difficult. Reading over the quotes above, it sounds so easy, simple really. Doesn’t it? So, why do we struggle so with self-doubt, questioning ourselves and the voice of wisdom that comes from within. There are so many voices, internal and external, telling us what to do, how to do it, how to think or feel, or judging us for how we think and feel. It all gets so muddled, and our true self gets lost in the middle of it somewhere.

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When we are faced with these daily challenges, the first thing we tend to do is doubt or question ourselves and our abilities, actions or understandings. Sometimes, it seems the difficulties win out, and we succumb to the overbearing negative voice that can boom so loudly telling us we should not trust ourselves to “get it right”.

I love Jane Austin’s quote above that says we have an inner guide that is far better for us than any other person, place or thing that we may seek to guide us. In other words, looking within for guidance is the best choice. We have an innate wisdom, an inner wise voice that speaks to us all the time, if we but listen and “attend” to it. If we can take a moment to be quiet, and let that voice surface above all the other static…and give it attention…we can meet our inner guide and get to know them, become friends with that part of ourselves, take them with us as a companion throughout our day, trusting that they will always guide us in the right direction because we know they have our best interests in their heart. They/we want the best for us.

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The greatest gift we can give ourselves is self-trust. To give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and let go of the fear of error. We will make mistakes and wrong choices, but we will succeed if we learn from them, and therefore, build more self-trust. Believe in the value of your thread in the great tapestry, and the reason it is there. There is a reason (I believe) for everything happening in the way that it does, believe in the benefit of the Divine plan. If you believe in that, then you believe in yourself, because we are all an important and critical thread in the Divine tapestry.

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If things are not going “as planned”, look within for your inner guide and let them come forward to show you the way and trust yourself that you will bring yourself through it and triumph. How often in life do we say, Oh, years ago I went through a tough time, but I came out of it a stronger person. Reach out to the inner guide that brought you through it, they will be there again. When we believe in ourselves, when we trust ourselves…no matter what any circumstances around us look like…we can’t help but do the right thing, and then, everything falls into place naturally. Trust that!

Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Flow of The True Self

 

Good Monday Morning! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I am up early, seeking our message to begin our week and take with us through it with wisdom. The Runes are speaking this morning, so I pulled “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum close, and the Rune that fell into my palm was:

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Laguz: Flow, Water, That Which Conducts

Message (paraphrased): Unseen powers are active here, creative and fertile powers of Nature. The attributes of this Rune are water, fluidity, the ebb and flow of tides and emotions, of careers and relationships. Laguz fulfills our need to immerse ourselves in the experience of living without having to evaluate or understand. It speaks to the desire for comfort and the satisfaction of emotional needs, to the lunar side of our nature. For, while the sun strives for differentiation, the moon draws us toward unity and merging.

This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. A Rune of deep knowing, Laguz may call you to study spiritual matters in readiness for self-transformation. Success now lies in contacting your intuitive knowing, in attuning to your own rhythms. A Rune of the Self relating rightly to the Self, Laguz signifies what alchemists called the conjunctio, or sacred marriage. In fairy tales, it is the end where the hero and heroine live happily ever after”.

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

I have written a great deal lately about the importance of living our True Life and being our True Self. Now, it is more important than ever, as we see the turbulence in the world ramp up and become disheartening and frightening. Laguz, the Rune of deep knowing, calls on us to do that very thing…to reach deeply into our Spiritual Self and align with our intuition, which leads to our True Self. Now is the time to lay aside the lies we tell ourselves, the pain of the past, and the self-incriminating ideas that we are not enough. Our True Self is always enough because that is where our True Nature lies. And, whenever we live in our truth, positive energy thrives.

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Laguz once again reminds us that unseen powers are at work. Those forces around us that we cannot see, but are present and moving and creating around us. Some of that creation looks hazardous…but we cannot succumb, we must dig deep and find that Spiritual Warrior and make ready for self-transformation…which will aid the world in its transformation. If each of us do this, the Light we create will link, and balance will be restored. Just by being our True Self, and living by our own True Nature, we help the balance of the tides that are ebbing.

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Some of this we can understand…but there are many things we do not or cannot understand at the moment, but that should not stop us from moving forward and doing what we know we need to do. Often…the understanding comes after we have been brave enough to keep moving, even when we are not sure where we are going.

Right now, we may not be sure of “where”…but we can be sure of “how”…by accessing our intuition, tapping into our own individual rhythm, and aligning with our True Self. And going with the Flow that comes from living our True Life.

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We must Flow with the tides, not against them, as we align and link. This is important…if we are to have our fairy tale happy ending. Which…I believe…is still possible.

Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Flit of Fantasy

 

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As children, we live in fantastic worlds of our imagination. Everything real has a film of fantasy and wonder laid over it, so that everything we experience is new, fresh, and magical. As we grow up, we are told and taught not to live in those fantasy worlds and to adapt to the reality of life, and the harshness of it. As adults, we forget to play in our imaginations and to take a break from that harsh real world. But…we should not forget that there are other worlds, other places to visit, other “realities” to enjoy. And…it is by way of these imaginations that great and healing things come to manifest in this real world.

So, do not forget to carve out a time for Fantasy…to daydream…to inhabit those peripheral worlds that are full of Magic and Wonder…to create fantastic dreams and make believe. For, it is in those places that we find the strength to carry on, rejuvenate, and where our tortured souls break free. And, it is also in those places…if we bring that energy back to the real world…will nurture and heal us and this damaged place we live.

Today…let it be ok to spend it in your Fantasy world. Spend it in the joy of creating and imagining…and give yourself that time to wander down the pathways of another land. Be refreshed…and giggle! Blessings!

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