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After I wrote about liminality recently, I have been thinking about change and how we create it in our lives. Affirmations are a magical tool that can be very powerful, but only when constructed well. Using the present progressive tense to craft affirmations puts them in a form that draws on the Element of Fire and makes them much more effective tools for transformation.

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Are you grateful for what you have in life?  This months card is a reminder that while we strive for all of the luxuries that we want, we have to be grateful for what we already have.  

In the 9 of Coins from Tarot of the Absurd by Jessica Rose Shanahan, we have a person who is active by a tree that holds an abundance of coins and she holds one in her hands.  The many coins are a culmination of everything that she has accumulated in her life and she holds onto them with all of her might.  It appears that she is dancing, showing her appreciation and happiness for everything that she has within her grasp.  This tree has given her abundance and an opportunity to be self sufficient.   

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My Anti-Anxiety Mantra

When I'm stressed, time speeds up and so do I.  I talk faster and my words run together.  I rush around trying to do more than one thing at a time.  In a hurry, I forget important things and make mistakes that take away more precious time, increasing my stress.  My heart beats faster.  I breathe faster.  I move faster and more violently.  I anger more quickly.  I react without thinking.  Stress hormones overwhelm my body, damaging each organ and system, and my body tries to communicate with me though pain, nausea, headaches, exhaustion, cravings.  If I stay in a state of stress too long, my poor body burns out and I get sick.

In the beginning of my healing journey, I read a lot of books that encouraged me to change what I thought, to change my words and thoughts from negative to positive.  Instead of thinking, "I'm so stressed out," I tried to think, "I am at peace."

Just thinking that I was at peace wasn't enough, but it only took seconds of my too-limited time.  At least I was trying.

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Transitioning from Survivor to Thriver

I have survived a lot in my life. Abuse, rape, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and depression top the list.

In fact, I've spent most of the last three decades surviving: getting past one overwhelming problem after another. If it's not worrying about how I'm going to pay the rent or where I'm going to live, it's a relationship done gone super-drama, a health crisis, or “someone needs my help and I'm going to help them even though I need help myself.”

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    Yay for you!! Your story inspires me.
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Acts of Devotion: Broken Open

In February of this year as the full moon sat high and proud in the sign of Virgo a phrase came into my mind in the dark hours of the morning: broken and blessed.

 

I sat with this phrase pounding through my brain and circulating round and round in tempo with my blood.

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For the month of April, we are dancing with the devil inside.  In the Universal Waite deck, the devil card depicts 2 humans, 1 male and 1 female, chained to the black pedestal that the devil is sitting on.  The chains are loose, suggesting that they could remove them if they wish, but they are choosing to keep them on and are a representation of emotional and mental bondage.  The humans are naked and have horns and tails, the female has a pomegranate indicating fertility and the male has a flame indicating desire.  The Devil holds a flaming torch, appearing to light the tail of the male, signifying lighting his passion.  The black pedestal and back ground suggests ignorance and the unknown.  The devil wears an inverted pentagram on his head suggesting a mental delusion.  The devil himself is a symbol of our obstacles, vices, and fears. 

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