A Message for the New Year

 

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Well, here we are, on the brink of closing one year and welcoming a new one. This year, 2016, has been a full year to say the least, a tumultuous one, full of a great many ups and downs. We end 2016 in a bit of confusion and uncertainty. What do we put behind us and let go of? What should we anticipate, look forward to, expect…in the New Year and 2017?

I had been pondering this…and then I heard a song from many years ago by the folk singer Cat Stevens, from such a different time and culture so long past. But the words struck me…hard…as the perfect message to go forward into a New Year…a year that we are all wondering how to feel about.

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The song is titled: “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out”, Cat Stevens 1972

I recommend listening to it, it has a great melody…but it is the words that will keep you going through the transition into the New Year and beyond it. Because, I want to suggest that we not allow the circumstances we may be facing to keep us from living our own personal authentic lives as we wish…in Happiness, Love, Compassion, and Unity. It can be easy to let the energy and negativity envelop us and lead us to feelings of hopelessness or defeat or thinking that it has to affect us. But it doesn’t…if we don’t allow it.

Here is the first stanza of the song…

“Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

So…what if we believe this…and do it? What if we choose to be Free…of anything that isn’t what we want in our own personal space? This isn’t to say we don’t deal with what is going on. It just means we do not allow it to pierce the circle of Love, Happiness, Peace, and Light that we draw around us and our loved ones. Don’t let the negativity get under your skin and win by entering and disturbing your life. YOU have a right to have the life and energy around you that you want, not what is dictated by circumstances that, for now, cannot be changed.

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“Well, if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are”

“And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
‘Cause there’s a million things to do
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

THERE ARE A MILLION THINGS TO DO, A MILLION WAYS TO BE, SO MANY CHOICES TO FULFILL US AND KEEP US HAPPY AND CONTENT…AS WE SHOULD BE. THIS IS OUR LIFE. THE WAY NEGATIVITY WINS IS IF WE STOP LIVING OUR TRUE AUTHENTIC LIVES BECAUSE OF IT.

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SO BE YOU…AND BE HOW YOU WANT TO BE IN YOUR LIFE…DREAM UP A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE HAPPY, DO GOOD, SHINE, AND ENCOURAGE AND HELP OTHERS TO SHINE. LET THIS SONG BE A MANTRA TO REMIND US THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE POWER TO BE FREE AND MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE LIVE. IN OUR OWN SPACE, IN OUR OWN LIGHT.

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So if you want to Be Free…

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BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL!

A New Year, A New Week, A New Day

 

Merry Greetings! As we come to the end of our holiday season, we must say goodbye to its celebrations, time off from work, and family returning home. That can bring a sense of disappointment…but remember…it is also the start of something new.

Tomorrow marks the end of the week, but too, the beginning of a new one. And it marks the beginning of a New Year, which begins with a new day… the first that we step into on our paths of finding ourselves and our happiness, love, success, and joy.

There are still struggles for sure…but in this New Year, New Week, and New Day…strive to let the past go, the past year is over and just a memory…and take the chance to Do Something Different. Big or small…Do Something Different that leads you to your passion and happiness. Let this step on the path be the one that makes the difference. I will be right there with you all too…making my first step the one that leads to health and well-being. Come with me…take my hand…I will walk beside you with a shoulder to lean on, and I may lean on yours a bit too. Something different for me!

Be Your Remarkable Self…and step into a remarkable New Day!

Blessings!

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Monday Message ~ The Spiritual Warrior

 

Well, here we are…the first week of the New Year. The party is over, and we begin our sojourn back to our regular lives, with holiday reveling behind us. Some say this is one of the hardest Mondays of the year on everyone, so I am looking forward to our Monday Message today. Of course, to begin this week, I must take up the Runes for the wisdom that will help us get through it. So I open my “Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum, slide my hands in the velvet bag that cradles the stones, juggle them about, and feel one nestle into my hand to be drawn from the bag to impart its message. The Rune is:

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Teiwaz: “Warrior Energy”

Message (paraphrased): “This is the Rune of the Spiritual Warrior. Always the battle of the Spiritual Warrior is with the Self. Funding a will through action, yet unattached to outcomes, remaining mindful that all you can really do is stay out of your own way and let the Will of Heaven flow through you – these are the hallmarks of the Spiritual Warrior.

Embodied in this Rune is the energy of discrimination, the swordlike quality that enables us to cut away the old, the dead, the extraneous. Patience is the virtue of this Rune, and the molding of character.

Here you are asked to look within, to delve down to the foundations of your life itself. Only in so doing can you hope to deal with the deepest needs of your nature and to tap into your most profound resources. Associated with the Rune are the sun, masculine energy, the active principle. The urge toward conquest is prominent here, especially self-conquest, which is a life-long pursuit and calls for awareness, single-mindedness and the willingness to undergo your passage without anxiety and in total trust.

This Warrior Rune counsels perseverance, although at times, the kind of perseverance called for is patience. What are your priorities? How are you using your energy? Teiwaz is a Rune of courage and dedication and strengthens your resolve in the struggle of the Self with the Self.”

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

And so, the year of the Spiritual Warrior begins. The energy is accelerating, movement forward has begun, a new phase is at hand. And the Warrior within is being called to action.  As the Rune says…we are being called to look within and delve down to the deepest depth of our nature, our souls, seeking the truth of who we really are…our True Self. It is when our Surface Self is in battle with our True Self that we become confused and clarity is clouded.

Only in going deep within to get to know our True Nature can we know what we truly need…and also…tap into the unlimited and profound resources within to create and/or draw to us the fulfillment of those needs and desires. We must be absolutely honest with ourselves about our deepest nature. And deep within that nature, is the Spiritual Warrior.

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A Spiritual Warrior has the magic swordlike quality to cut through the cr*p…to cut away the old, stale layers to get to that True Nature. In this new year, it is time to wield that sword and strike through the muck…cleanse it away…and allow the True Self to emerge. To cut away the attachments from last year so that we can move freely into this one before us. Only then will we know our True Path. And when we do this with single-mindedness and awareness…then anxiety and stress will dissolve and we will find the gift of perseverance comes to us to aid us in walking our path in Total Trust.

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Seek your Source, Spiritual Warrior! Draw your Source to you, let it flow into you, and fill you with its Power, your Power.

And then persevere…which sometimes means…be patient. The art of a Warrior is knowing when to be patient, to lie in wait, until it is time to strike…with success.

So garb yourself in your Spiritual Warrior cloak. Take up your sword and fight for your life…your True Life…and then step out of your own way and let your Source flow through you…guiding you always in the right direction.

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Blessings!

Thought For The Day ~ Time

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“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”  ~ Arnold Bennett

from The Desk of MarDrag:

This is a perfect quote for a thought for the day in this New Year. With the turning of the year, the energy changes…from a myriad of reasons both practical and spiritual. We think of moving forward and embracing a new, fresh Time. And, that is exactly what we should do. But…we also can consider that, letting go of the past year and our attachments to things that did or did not work, is also timely.

The first line about “Time cannot be wasted in advance” is so profound. Because what lays before us in Time is crisp, clear, clean Time, unsullied by perceptions or attachments…therefore, we can make out of that Time absolutely anything we desire it to be. It is yet unspoiled, or relegated to a certain thing. It has yet to be filled and used…and so it is perfect. Time, ahead of us, is perfect. It is fresh and full of possibilities and potential. Every moment that stands in front of us can be shaped, molded, and filled with beauty, joy, success, and fulfillment.

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The only way we can spoil it…is to drag the past into the future, fresh Time. So…let go of the past year and all its imperfections. Be in the moment of the energy of the New Year. Make an agreement with yourself that you will release what is behind you, let it go with Love, and then embrace the joy of knowing you have a clean slate to begin creating this next year on. Though some things out of the past year may need to still be tended to, you have the choice to tend them with new energy, which can bring new solutions as well. And…another important factor in this…is to forgive yourself if you have thought you ever wasted a moment of your life. We all think we have, but in reality, those moments served us as well, so ultimately, they are not wasted if we are aware of it.

Delight in the knowledge that, today, set before you, is a new Time…new moments open and free to create with, to achieve in, and to manifest our every need and desire.

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Be Joyful…and see the Beauty of Time laid out before you. And I wish you all the Love, Success, and Magic Time can bring you.

Blessings!

A Horse, Of Course

 

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The Horse Gallops In With Renewed Passion in 2014

I went looking for meaning for the year 2014 and came upon the Chinese Zodiac, in which I found some great information. It seems we are coming out of 2013, The Year of the Snake…and many people can attest to how difficult the year was…like a Snake in the grass that pounced as soon as he saw us. However…the Zodiac wheel is turning and we are now to enter…The Year of the Horse. The Wooden Horse or Green Horse, to be specific.

I swept the internet for its meaning as I am not well informed about the Chinese Zodiac, and found some encouraging and wonderful messages. All the sites speak of the Horse as a symbol of nobility, elegance, and determination. The Horse is warm-hearted, intelligent, strong, and able. The Horse is also a symbol of travel, so it indicates speedy success.

Horse is also a strong fire sign, linked to the Sun. Horse is a trustworthy animal who breaks free and runs with Power, Freedom, and a Oneness with Nature. Horse also indicates an expanded sense of self. They say the Year of the Horse will be expansive and exuberant and that people will be more forgiving and cooperative. It is also going to be a year for travel, parties, and community events.

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All in all…according to the Chinese Zodiac…the Year of the Horse promises to be significantly better than last year. I just heard a collective sigh of relief! If we are to understand the messages…The Year of the Horse will be full with Passion, Exuberant Energy, Speedy Success, Freedom, Power, Travel, and Parties. Yes…it definitely sounds better than last year! So, take these “buzz words” into the New Year with you, carry them in your basket of wishes.

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Harness the Power and Magnificence of the Horse and gallop into your New Year with fresh energy, looking forward to a calmer year, one full of new hope and successes. Ride that Horse barebacked…run through the fields of life, splash through the cleansing rivers, and let Horse take you on that new journey you have been waiting to take with your life.

Blessings!