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 It is not meant to shut out anyone/thing, or to keep us isolated and withdrawn in fear.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!

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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Monday Message ~ Flexibility

 

Good morning…to the start of another week. For our Monday Message that takes us through the week, the Angel Cards by Kathy Taylor reached out to me today and an interesting one comes to my hand:

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Angel Card: Flexibility

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I find this an interesting card to pull this morning, mostly because it is a message that is not always apparent. When dealing with life’s ups and downs, we may often forget about Flexibility as an option. We have our visions, and the pictures in our minds about what we want and how we want it. And we may forget to be Flexible in our thinking, so that if something does not turn out as we imagined, we can still see the benefits of the result.

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I love words, so let’s look at the standard definition of Flexibility:
(from the Oxford American and Merriam Webster Dictionaries)

a: the quality of bending easily without breaking; the ability to be easily modified; willingness to change or compromise.
b: easily changed : able to change or to do different things; willing to change or to try different things
c: Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable; Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage

So the message here today is…Be Flexible, and open to new ideas and ways of doing things and the possibilities of results. There are always more options and variables than the ones we are looking at in the moment. Be willing to try different things to reach our goal. And, while keeping our original vision clear, be open to something better or different to happen.

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And, if something we are doing is not working…be Flexible enough to step out of the box and do something we would not normally do to achieve our purpose. Life requires that we grow. If we stay in the same place for too long, and especially if things are not working for us in that place, than we need to be Flexible and try something new. Or be Flexible in our thoughts and ideas.

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It is the great Tree of Life that bends and sways when a mighty wind comes…and its branches may touch and scrape the ground at times…but when the winds change, it flows back to its original state of upright beauty and continues to grow.

Remember…we are built to bend, sway, change, and grow…but never to break. For we are Spiritual Warriors, mighty and strong, and we have the power within us to be Flexible.

Blessings!

The Art of The Unknown

 

“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unkown?” ~ Esmerelda Santiago

 
“When facing a void, or the unknown – see not the emptiness, but the possibilities of what it can be filled with or what can be created.” ~ MarDrag

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

In yesterday’s blog, “Magic Comes”, the message spoke of the void and the mystery and power of the Unknown. I had actually wanted to write on this topic, and this seemed the perfect time. Because Magic comes from the void, the Great Mystery, where forces are at work that we are not always aware of, but those forces aid in what we want to create in our lives.

You see, we are conditioned to fear what we do not know…or what we cannot see. But…Why? What is it about the Unknown that makes us tremble with apprehension? Or an assumption that the Unknown is some terrible thing we have to fear.

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In our current culture, there are so many ways to find out every detail about what we want to know…and it is good to be informed, certainly. But the fallacy here is…is that, even with all of that information, we cannot predict the Unknown. The possibilities for change are always present. I feel that we often set ourselves up for disappointment by trying to “know” everything, and then things do not turn out as we had thought. No matter how informed we are, we cannot possibly predict or anticipate exactly what might occur.

And so, there is that word that leads us to fear of the Unknown…Anticipation. We vibrate with Anticipation when facing a void or the Unknown…and we call that fear. But…what if that Anticipation could be the vibration that carries us beyond the threshold of the Known into the Unknown without trepidation. Let it be the bridge that we find our footsteps landing solidly on to support us as we navigate through the Unknown. And let that bridge be the support of our Power and Intention.

And too, the Unknown is only not known until we know it.

The idea that I am trying to articulate here is…the Unknown is not so much to feared as to be Anticipated with excitement and eager Hope. As long as we don’t know what is to come…there is a plethora of possibilities that it will be wonderful and not dreadful. Or…importantly…that we can Change the current circumstances before the Unknown appears, rather than be paralyzed into inaction by fear.

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The Void, the Great Mystery, The Unknown tends to be seen in a cloud of anxiety, alarm, and panic. Which affects our well-being and can affect the outcome. So…what if we change our approach to the Unknown. What if we color that Anticipation with exhilaration and an eagerness to find out what comes next. What if it is marvelous, and we used up all our energy and time on worrying? And what if that causes us to miss our opportunity to use the Magic that sparks from the Unknown?

Be not afraid of the Unknown until you know there is something to fear. Until then…delight in the idea that …not Knowing opens a vast range of possibility and opportunity…and that is Magical.

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Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Joy and A Burst of Energy

 

Happy Monday! It is that time again, for our Monday message post to take us into the week. And an auspicious week it is…with the New Year arriving. So today’s message is not only for what the week will bring, but for what the start of the New Year will be about. For this, I looked to the power and wisdom of the animal kingdom to guide us with this important message. So, I took to my deck, “Medicine Cards, The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jami Sams and David Carson…and the card I pulled for us is:

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Hummingbird:   “Embrace What Makes You Happy; Be Joyful; Count Your Blessings; Open Yourself To Pleasure”

Message (paraphrased): “The song of Hummingbird awakens the flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy. Flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.

It is said that Hummingbird conjures love like no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open, loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. To Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight – darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences, and radiating the colors.

If Hummingbird has flown into your cards today, get ready to laugh musically and enjoy Creator’s many gifts. Drop your judgmental attitude and relax. Hummingbird will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here, there and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy which may send your senses reeling.

Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aesthetics. Beauty is the target, and its mission is to spread Joy. Follow Hummingbird and you will be filled with paroxysms of Joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

What an absolutely surprising and splendid message for this week! It is interesting too, as last Monday’s message was also about Openness, but Hummingbird takes it so much further.

As we all acknowledge…there is a great deal of difficulty in the world, in our lives, and our minds and hearts. BUT…Hummingbird is here to tell us that, just because that is true, it does not mean that Joy and Beauty are not to be found there too. When things are hard, we tend to shut down, close our energy and our hearts, and lock ourselves away because we think it will be easier to deal with things. But, this is not true. Because when we lock ourselves to negative and difficult, we also lock ourselves to positive and joy. As Hummingbird says… Without an open, loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. As scary or challenging as it is to open up, it is what we must do to allow life to come to us. And, if we open our hearts with Love instead of fear…we will inevitably see the Beauty of life instead of the dread. Look through the eyes of Love…because all the other “stuff” is just that…and Love is the most important thing to live for.

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Hummingbird lives Love and Joy. Its entire vibration is of Pure Joy…darting from one blossom to the next, fulfilling its destiny of bringing Life and Joy to the world. Its entire existence is about Beauty. And though we, as humans, cannot live our life entirely as the Hummingbird…we can certainly take a valuable lesson from her and seek to be as much like she as we can be. By seeing the Love and Beauty in all things…we bring it about to Be. We make it so. We bring it to Life. We feed it the nectar of our sight and our enchantment…and we cause Beauty to Live.

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And with that…Hummingbird also tells us to get ready for a new burst of energy this week. YES! She tells us to get ready to laugh and embrace gifts that are to come. How wonderful that she appears to lead us into the New Year…giving us a taste of the blooming of Spring…of new energy rushing in…and of good things to come.

This message could not have come at a better time for many of us…and I am Grateful for its appearance today. I hope it brings you comfort and delightful anticipation, and gives you courage and hope for the New Year.

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Opening our hearts is a risk…but a risk well taken when Beauty, Joy, and Love are the gifts to be had for the Opening. I open my heart to all of you…and wish you all these things for the week and the New Year.

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Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Flow

 

Happy Monday my Good Readers! I hope you had a wonderful…and Comforting…weekend. It is the start of the week, so our Monday Message post is at hand. This time, we are seeking our message from the Runes…so I plunge my hand into the bag of stones and pull one for us. Pulling “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum to me…I set down the stone and see that it is…

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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:

So, the start of the message this week is to still “go with the flow”…a reminder that we all need to hear sometimes. It is often difficult to go with the flow, especially if it appears the flow is taking us other than where we think we want to go. We question, ponder, and seek answers…but at times, it is called for to keep moving whether we have all the answers or fully understand or not. There are times when understanding does not come until we have moved through the circumstance. Would we hold our flow back or stop it for this?

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The word “Comfort” also comes up here, and I have been feeling this for everyone. I wish I could hold all of you in my arms, stroke your hair, and whisper comforting words to you. I think we all need a great deal of Comfort in these difficult days, but mostly get precious little of it. That is why it is so important to remember we can give Comfort to ourselves. Yes, it is nice to get it from others, but if we can’t, then we should not let ourselves down by withholding it from ourselves. Seek Comfort!

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And finally…we will find a deeper understanding, or knowing, as we take time to reorganize any chaotic thoughts, or chaos in our surroundings. With cleansing comes clarity. Do deep breathing exercises, meditate, or do cleansing and grounding exercises. Make them part of our daily routine. In doing these, we access our intuitive side and find our own unique rhythm. Make the time! Because, with this, we form a deeper relationship with the Self…and in coming together with our True Self…magic happens…and fairy tales, dreams, and desires come true!

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Blessings!

The Intuitive Guide

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

This quote caught my attention a while back and I have been meaning to write a post about it. It seems timely, what with Change coming, and an open, blank space to fill up with whatever we want to create. So…it stands to reason that Intuition would be an especially important tool at this time.

For Intuition is an impeccable guide. We ask all the time for guidance and help to understand the circumstances in our lives. And we often need assistance to get from one place to another as well. Generally, we look to and ask those outside ourselves for this guidance and help…and we forego or forget this loyal, worthy, all knowing voice within us called Intuition. And the thing is…it is THE best friend we will ever have…and it gives THE best advice and answers we could ever hope to get from anyone or anything else.

But most importantly…and as the quote says so eloquently…Intuition guides us to the thoughts that initiate creativity. When we have a burst of Intuition, and listen to it, new thoughts and ideas spark, and the flame of creativity is fanned into a roaring fire that burns away doubt and infuses us with the heat of potential and possibilities…that we may not have seen or thought of before.

So…I have a little challenge for you. Just for today, in every choice or decision you have to make today…use your Intuition. Use that wise inner voice for every task you undertake. Even when ordering your lunch…ask your Intuition what is best for you to eat for your health today. Experiment with “going with your gut”. How many times was that voice, that Intuition, on the mark when you used it? How much better did things turn out for having listened to your own inner wisdom? Or, if they did not turn out “better” due to other factors…was it still “right” that you listened to your own voice…even if you had to go another way?

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Practice using your Intuition. The more you use it, the stronger and more confident it gets…and the more you benefit. No one knows better what is best for you. Believe in that inner voice. It comes in Peace.

Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Unlimited Potential

 

Good Morning! In keeping with my recent pattern of seeking a message to begin our week with, I am turning to the animal kingdom this week for our words of wisdom. I have my “Medicine Cards ~ The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” deck by Jamie Sams and David Carson before me…and as I spread the cards across my desk, my hand hovers over them and is drawn to one, which revealed is:

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The Blank Card: “Unlimited Potential”

Message (paraphrased): “Open your eyes! Pay attention! Trust yourself to recognize the gift being offered at this time. The blank card may act as a mirror, reflecting your inner desires, goals, dreams, power, or personality. Sometimes the emptiness of the blank card will bring a vision of what lies below the surface of consciousness. Enjoy the journey of emptiness in this process, and the fulfillment will become pure creativity.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

The Blank Card…is so timely! Last weeks Monday Message was about Change. This week, we have a Blank Card that indicates the vast and “Unlimited Potential” there is as Change comes and goes. With a Blank Card…you can fill up that space with absolutely anything we wish to…it is our choice. By allowing Change to take place, we clear our space, and can therefore create and fill it with any and all that we desire.

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And so we must pay close attention. What is it that we REALLY want and desire? We must allow the blank and empty space to be as a mirror, reflecting to us our deep inner dreams and power. Then draw those into the Blank Card ourselves…it is blank for OUR purpose.

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Sometimes, when we are in the middle of difficult circumstances, we spend a great deal of time looking at the circumstance, turning it over and over, trying to find a solution or a way to change it. BUT…often the answer is not within the circumstance itself, but outside it, in the empty space below the surface…where there is room for it. Look deeper than the circumstance…look beyond it…into that blank space and see what takes shape. Look in the blank spaces around the issue or circumstance for the potential and infinite possibilities that are available.

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Creative fulfillment is at hand. You have Unlimited Potential. Create your life just as you would like it…and go live it!

Blessings!