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Happiness through teamwork

Are  the things you do each day making you happy? If you go to work each day does the job you do put a smile on your face? I was listening to the radio last week and I heard a line from a man being interviewed and it really stuck with me to where every morning when I wake up since then I ask myself. The line was “If you wouldn’t do what you do for a job for free, should you really be doing it?” This is not always an option for everyone, but if it is an option in your life then you should think about it.

It really goes back to things like wishing, dreaming, and manifesting. This life we live is a really short one. I was talking to Melissa last night while watching our son play baseball about the importance of things such as this. I had a great weekend with my kids and lately I have been thinking a lot about quotes that matter to me and lines that I can live by. Another line I saw was “spending time with children is way more important then spending money on children”. What a great way to get our young ones started on the right path, by remembering that love and companionship has no monetary value and the fact that being around people that make you feel good and smile makes you forget all about the stressful things life has to offer us. None of us are broken, the pieces of us being happy are just sometimes scattered and we need to find them and pick them up and put the puzzle back together.

Deep down we all have issues and anger and things that hold us back from our goals and what we hope to feel and be. We have to grab a hammer and shatter the things that do not serve us.  It is not a simple path and it sure is not an easy one but by being a group and a family we can all get there. Do you have fears? Do you have a family or friends in your life that roll thier eyes at you or say things like “what the hell?” when you tell them the beliefs that you have?

Well as another way of getting people together and helping us all to be on the same page and help us be one, I am putting together a new circle that will help you tap into intuition and happiness through working together, talking, helping, and  coming together to overcome our fears. If you are an empath then we will help with that. As a team and friends we will find ways to bring smiles to our faces and bring support to us all that we may not have known was posssible. This is just another way to help us to make this short life better and happier for us all. I hope you will join me next tuesday for the support circle. It will be held on the 2nd and 4th tuesday of every month and admission is just five dollars. It will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. It is always easier to do things or learn as a group or a team and with people who have your back. Come on out!!!

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“We have such sights to show you”

I know, I know, I titled the blog after a quote from the 1987 movie “Hellraiser”, however this blog could not be farther from that. I am going to tell you all about some amazing sights that I saw over the weekend while taking an amazing class with Lovey Adamczyk. Have you ever been in a place and you get that feeling that you just know you are supposed to be there but you don’t know why? Well that is where I found myself this weekend. I was seated in the healing room at the store for Lovey’s Basic I.E.T. class for Saturday and Sunday.  I never realized how amazing some of the sights that I would see would be.

On day one we went through the rainbow of angels. Well, I guess that the rainbow would not be the proper way to put it, especially in my head because I know that some people see angels totally by color but not me, I saw way more than I ever had imagined I would see as Saturday went by. All of this really reinstated the fact of just how visual my brain could really be and how amazing the things you can see in a simple meditation can really be.

So we had gotten through a lot of the instruction part of the class and it was time for our first meditation. The first meditation would be with angel Ariel. When Lovey does a session on you she has you draw a card, Ariel has been my card about two thirds of the time so I was familiar with her and ready to go. As we closed our eyes there it was, the calmest, brightest white light I have ever seen in my life. A feeling of peace surrounded me and I felt almost as secure as I ever had. What a great start to the day of meeting my healing angels that I would use for the next 2 days of class.

The next angel that we would be working with was angel Raphael. This was exciting as I am a person that really struggles with a feeling of being alone. Raphael is supposed to be good at working us through situations such as this. Here we went and it was time to lock in to Raphael, out of nowhere I see this huge, beautiful bridge, golden gate style, there was definitely no give to this bridge. It had a green light on the front of it and I heard a message in my hear telling me “Cross it and don’t look back”. Cross I did and I will be definitely enjoying alone time more than I have in the past because of the feeling of security gained from this exercise.

The angel Faith was the next in line for us to work with on this day. Her message much like her name is to have faith and enjoy the freedom that it brings. As we go into meditation with Faith I see a box, it opens and out flies a dragonfly. All of the sudden I get the feeling of being in a forest with huge trees with green bolts of light flowing down on me. The messages “think outside the box” and “share what burdens you”. The messages are just flowing and the sights have been quite amazing to this point.  I am really loving this class and hoping that there is more to come as we get locked into these angels.

Next in line is Gabriel. I have heard many things about Gabriel in the past but never meditated to talk or work with this angel before. He is supposed to give direction and clear the sense of uncertainty and distrust, which are also some things that I struggle with. As I close my eyes, I immediately see a huge tree with its roots very firmly planted in the soil. Then I see a bright yellow sun with some really cool blue eyes. Gabriel then says close your eyes and see this and as I did this in my meditation all of the colors of the chakra wheel, one by one came to me. I am really feeling great after this.

We then met the angel Celestina, she is here to teach us and help us with creative expression and clearing the swallowing of self expression. This was good because I am really working on saying things with soft lips and watching saying things roughly or in a way that they may hurt other people.  As we go into meditation I see the most awesome mountains with huge birds soaring above them. There are bright purple shadows everywhere and in the clouds the word “SOAR” is there. What a cool message this was.

I am at this point telling myself that there is no way that this can keep up with the awesome sights I have been shown today but let’s see anyway as it’s now time to bring in the angel known as Cassiel. This angel teaches unconditional love and relieves us from heartache and feelings of betrayal. As the lights go out and my head draws Cassiel in I see what reminds me of a nun but could be an angel and she kisses me on the forehead. At this point red takes over the sights that I am seeing and A lightning bolt hits the tree from earlier, knocking a branch off of it and I get two more messages from the amazing tree. “It’s alright to be imperfect” and “Don’t look back are both carved into the tree that at this point seems to be my tree of life.

Wow, is really all I can think and then I look to the wall which has beautiful pictures of each angel we will work with and see that there are still 3 to go. Daniel is next up and Lovey really likes him because he is almost like a bodyguard when doing integrated energy therapy. He teaches forgiveness and helps clear self judgement as well as that coming from other people. It is now time to go back into meditation and I am on a huge ship  with the most beautiful, blue sails. This is the calmest water I have ever been around and felt. As I look up on the blue sails on the ship the words “Call on me and all will be smooth sailing”. are written in huge, bold writing. The ship is just gliding across the amazing, blue body of water. I was really given the feeling of being a pirate of positivity after working with Daniel.

Sarah was on deck and coming in next. Her healing gift was empowerment and is here to help clear us from feelings of powerlessness caused by ourselves or others. During this meditation I look up and am in the middle of a really long hallway. Much like time when in meditation, this hall goes very quickly as you go step by step. I have been in many meditations lastly not more than 3o minutes and feel like I have been in for hours. I look at the wall at the end of the hall and there is a banner hanging on the wall that stated: “The hardest of goals are easily achieved by stepping one foot at a time”. This reminded me to not rush to conclusions or let little things ruin my mood. Take one step at a time whether walking into positivity or away from negativity.

Last but definitely not least is the big bopper, the one that everybody knows and loves. We would be working with Michael. He is the protector and helps us clear fear. He is here to keep us on track to finding our mission in this short period of time called life. I got a little excited because good things usually come to me while working with Michael. Eyes closed, time to count down and get some Michael time. When I think of Michael, I always think of Michael Carpenter from the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. Michael is a knight of the cross and a huge man, he carries a giant sword, he stands for light. He is like a human version of the angel Michael. The Michael meditation begins with a flashback from my childhood at about age 3 or 4. I see myself hopping up and down on my red rocking horse, I am sitting on my fathers lap watching He-Man and Smurfs cartoons on a Saturday morning. I am my little self playing with my dads guitar and listening to the smooth sounds of the band Devo telling me to “Whip It”. All of the sudden I see the Archangel Michael standing before me with arms wide open with flames around him. The flames change from chakra color to chakra color. Perfect vibrations are going around the flames and all is well in the world with my visions of childhood and the best times of my life. Sometimes all you need to do is put yourself in that happy place in order to feel that sense of protection that can not be found anywhere else. Amazing! That is the only way to describe this.

This day of learning got me going like no other day of learning in quite a long time. I highly recommend working with Lovey. I can not guarantee that the results that I have felt, the experiences that I have described will happen for you. My hope for you is that what I have just told you about is only the tip of the iceberg for you. I am a visual person and the sights I have seen were amazing. If you want to talk more about my weekend or have questions about this class leave a comment below. You can sign up and learn more about Lovey by checking out http://loveysangels.com.

Once again thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your time checking out the blog! -Ian

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Chain of abundance

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am hoping that all of you are safe and sound after the rough weather we had here over the last few days. Getting that snow out of the way to resume our lives isn’t always the easiest. Yesterday my stepson and I were shoveling like madmen and we look up and our neighbor comes over with his turbo powered snowblower and does half our drive for us. This goes back to what we have been talking about in the blog. People helping other people. I am very thankful for our neighbor coming over and doing this as it was a huge help.

The last few days on facebook there has been a huge push for us all to post and pass the word about each others pages. This has been huge as we are all helping each other out and checking out what we all have to offer and do in this world. Help, help, help!

This gives a huge shot of abundance to each person that does something like this. It is easy to get caught up in a world of I want to be the best. Well I have always heard my friend Hank say that there is more than enough for all of us in this world. I’ll be the first to say that until lately I highly had my doubts about that kind of saying. As of late my doubts have disappeared and I have the utmost confidence that the quote that Hank loves to remind us is one hundred percent the truth. You can read more about Hank at http://www.hhhexpos.com/about-us/

When you put something out to the universe make sure that it is always with positivity and love in it and if there is something that you want or need make sure that you think about what you can do to help someone else’s day go by smoother or what you can do to use what you want to help others.

The chain just keeps growing and we are all going to be blessed with amazing abundance because we believe in each other and ourselves. Let’s get this circle going and see that greatness that it brings to the world. Our time is coming because we are all a team, deep down this belief is going to make this world a place that can not be stopped. Positivity, Love, and Helping others will conquer all!

Have a great week and I hope to see you at circle tonight. We also have some great classes this weekend so be sure to check those out! Thanks for reading the blog! -Ian

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Yule: lore, traditions, and symbols

Yule Fire

Kindle the Christmas Brand and Then 

Till Sunset let it burn;

When quenched  then lay it up again, 

Till Christmas next return

Part must be kept where with to tend

The Christmas Log next year; 

And whether  ’tis safely kept the Fiend; 

Can do no mischief here-Unknown

With the holiday season coming up I have decided to write this weeks blog about yule traditions and symbols. I hope you enjoy learning about some of these things as much as I have. 

Bells are a thing that go back to the old time Pagans. Back in the early days it was said that ringing bells would drive away the evil spirits.  They also make a joyous sound and are good for making a positive vibration and they are still used today for this same purpose.  Candles were originated into the tradition because they melt winters chilly cold and they also make the sun want to shine.  Back in early Rome the candles were burned to chase away the dark winter demons and make the sun return to the dark, winter skies.  Christian people later used the candle to symbolize Christ, the light of the world, they still use this tradition today.  The candy cane is another tradition that has different meanings depending on which religion or culture that you are in.  Peppermint leaves and peppermint tea have been cornerstones of the Yule holiday for the pagan religion for a really long time. Once again with the coolness symbolizing the winter and its heat symbolizing the coming sun and an end to the cold, winter nights.  The actual candy cane itself was actually an American creation made by a christian, candy confectioner.  The white was for the virgin birth, the red for the Christs blood, the j shape was for Jesus and there ya go.  Carols were started by the Catholic church during the fourth century, they have continued for years and were very much religious until the 19th century.  The chimney story was one that began in England. The story back in England was that Santa had to go down the chimney and not be seen or no gifts would be left for anyone.  This was brought to America by the pilgrims. Santa has a much easier time in Germany and Scandinavia because he may go through the front door as he pleases.  The lights were begun for much the same reason as candles but they were considered a much safer alternative.  Decorating with evergreens goes back to the earliest winter festivals.  Because of the fact that the green never fades out of the branches and leaves they were thought to be powerful over death and destruction.  The last symbol I will go over will be the snowflake but feel free to leave a question in the comments section and we can talk about other symbols that you may want to know about.  The snowflake according to legend was formed from the tears of Demeter after Persephone went to the underworld.  The snowflakes are six sided and in numerology six is the number associated with affection.  The snowflake is a symbol used by pagans as one of Love.  

Next I will go over some superstitions and omens for Yule. As far as animals go legend says that they can speak on Christmas Eve. You may not listen for them though because the same legend says that it is unlucky if you hear them.  In some spots of Britain, if you feed a ivy leaves to your cows after milking but before noon on Christmas eve evil lurkers must steer clear of your heard for the next 12 months.  If the stars shine bright on Christmas eve, the hens will lay well for the coming year.  A custom that they use in Greece is burning of shoes that are old.  This will ward off bad fortune in the coming year.  Many people believe that ghosts refuse to come out of hiding on Christmas day, therefore if a baby is born on this day then it will be free forever of ghost troubles.  To ensure good health in the next year eat an apple on Christmas eve night.  In Germany there is a really neat custom, you make a ton of greasy pancakes and eat them. Make sure to leave a plate of pancakes for the Winter Hag. If you forget to leave the Hag her pancakes rumor has it that she gets very angry and will come and try to slice you open to get her pancakes from your belly. Well, that is the reason for them being greasy because the same story says that the grease will make her knife unable to get you because it will slide off and no matter how hard the Hag tries getting to you she won’t be able to.  After you eat your Christmas dinner, be sure to leave a loaf of bread on the kitchen table as this will ensure that you have plenty of food to eat in the coming year.  To keep the evil spirits from coming into the house keep the fireplaces lit as much as possible during the season.  Once you hang the mistletoe in your house it must stay for a year to make sure that good luck is granted to all living there.  When you place a new piece, be sure to burn the original.  Some weather symbols are summer harvest will be big if the sky is bright and clear on Christmas eve.  If snow doesn’t fall on Christmas this can cause easter to be cold.  A breezy Christmas day brings good luck and fortune for those that believe through the whole coming year.  

The Yule log.  The yule log should be a log of wood that was chosen the last winter solstice and left by the fire place to dry for the next year or wherever if you don’t have a fireplace.  It is fine if you haven’t picked one last winter solstice as you can still go find one now.  It is also cool if you don’t have a place to burn it.  It is easy to make the yule log.  You just need some red ribbon, a glue gun, and some pine cones or pieces of evergreen(holly, fir, or pine are all good).  Make an arrangement out of the materials that you like.  Use the red ribbon to tie around the middle of the log.  You can write messages of prosperity, etc., on the log.  When it is time that the log is lit you will chant something to honor the Oak and Holly Kings.  For extra luck you will burn the log for twelve nights after solstice.  After the twelfth day put some of the ashes of the log in a jar with a lid, these ashes are really powerful and will boost spell work in the next year for you.  Now if you can’t burn the log.  Find a smaller oak log and carve 12 holes in it  to represent the 12 months of the year.  The holes should be large enough for 12 little candles.  Decorate it as you would the bigger burning log.  Get a dish that can hold a burning paper, you are going to write wishes on the papers and one by one with your family or by yourself you will light the wishes and hopes for the coming year and place them in the bowl while chanting something like: “wish flame and flicker, burn and glow, fly straight into the cosmos so that you are granted to me now, as I will, so mote it be”  Do this for the first eleven days and eleven candles, but for the twelfth candle your wishes should be only for mother nature and the earth.  

Once again I had a great time learning and sharing about the Yule holiday this week and if you want to know anything else or share your own Yule traditions feel free to leave a note in the comment section of the blog below.  A highly recommended book on the Yule season and holiday is Yule: A season of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison. Have a great holiday month and stay warm out there!

-Ian 

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Christmas melting pot

This week’s blog topic is one that Melissa and I talked about last night after seeing a post on Facebook. The fact that it’s the holiday season and so many times people get offended or hurt feelings because they feel like the belief system that they have is right and if someone else doesn’t believe exactly how they do it makes that person wrong. In reality all the holiday beliefs and rituals kinda piece together like a puzzle and just for example Christmas is a smattering of all kinds of religions and ways of life in so many different cultures and religions.

It all goes back to a blog that I wrote a little while back about coexisting and working together to make the world an easier place to live in and work together in.

Some of the examples that the post listed that were really interesting that got us thinking were:

Yule, the Scandinavian fertility god brought the tradition of carols and greetings. Wiccans began the tradition of hanging wreaths and decking holly around your home. Druids came up with hanging mistletoe for kissing underneath.  The god Saturn began the tradition of decoration of a tree in your home.  Thor, Odin, and st. Nicholas started the tradition of bringing gifts to friends and family at night.  Sleipner, the eight legged horse of Odin, was the inspiration for the hooves pitter pattering on your roof top.  Mithras was the start of the tradition of the suns rebirth on December 25th, and of course we later renamed the holiday for Jesus the Christ by calling it Christ’s mass or Christmas. All holidays are kinda like this if you piece them together. So once again when you celebrate with your friends and family this holiday season think about how many different cultures are really involved in how all the traditions have come together. It is really awesome! Once again thanks for reading the blog and have a great week. -Ian