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My Favorite Jeans

I have a pair of Jeans that I've had forever, and they are my Fave!!! I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Admit it, you have something too: jeans, a shirt, a bag, a wallet.

These jeans are comfortable as hell and beat up even worse. They have been stitched together, patched, machine washed, hand washed and generally abused in the name of life. Every time I look at them, I see memories. That time I wore them at the park, and they got caught on a swing. Or the camping trip where I felt so connected to my husband. There's a stain where my daughter rubbed her freshly painted toes on them during our "girl day" when she was five.

They are full of memories, successes, failures, love, and hurt—life. But I smile each time I see them, and I'm happy when I put them on. And I ignore people who disapprove of them. I ignore comments that I need to retire them. Because I feel the life in them. Now, here's the question: what would our worlds look like, what could we teach others if we loved our imperfect, scarred, worn out, and less than perfect selves the way we love that one item in our closet that holds memory? If we looked at those stretch marks the way I look at those rips? If we looked at those wrinkles as nail polish stains earned with quality time with loved ones? Why on earth are we so much more forgiving to these material things than we are on ourselves? This body of mine, of yours, deserves the same love, admiration, and tolerance we give to our favorite jeans! (Metaphorically speaking.) I challenge you to look at yourself and find comfort in your own skin, the way you feel in your favorite shirt, jeans, etc. I love you!


I've been thinking a lot about platitudes lately. The conversation of genuine interaction has come up really often in my every day life lately, probably because my thoughts have been there anyway. However, I find I have some very strong opinions on the subject after all.

It started with a job I took, working as an assistant in a school. Now, if you don't know, there's a standard for self that is unspoken in a school. After all, we are molding and shaping kids there, right? So, we want happy and well adjusted children so when they have a bad day, we put on a smile and explain gratitude, and talk to them about all the good things that are going on in their life that they can focus on. Which I think is exactly what we SHOULD be doing, and how that should be handled. But it doesn't turn off with just the students.

There I was surrounded by people, mostly women, who honestly are the people I spend the most time with in any given day. And I personally, as I know many of you would feel, wanted to get to know them. Know who they are. Learn something from each person in my daily interactions.

You know what I found? Platitudes.

Day in, day out, no matter how many times you would look someone in the eye, and ask a very genuine.."Good morning, How are you?" I would get the same response. "I'm sooooo great. Loving life, and just so grateful for X Y Z.." (or something really similar)
Everyone had the student interaction smile pasted on their face, and divulged only the greatest parts of their life to me at any given moment.

I looked around. Outside of work it wasn't AS bad. (outside of the school I should say), but it WAS there. It was TOO prevalent.
People all over who were living their life IN PERSON as if they were posting a status on social media. Some vague quote about how perfect life is if you look hard. Comments on gratitude and being positive as if anything less is unacceptable. And they were doing it in person

Meanwhile, there I am, desperate to share real life with people. To tell them that raising teenagers was about to be the death of me. That it is sooooo hard. To ask how they manage? To ask if they have any wisdom to share. To tell someone that I was having a hard day. That today I feel inadequate. Fat. That I feel like I'm failing as a wife. As a mom. As a human. (Don't judge, I know you have felt that way too.)

But no one wanted to share that part.

Now, I know that some of you will be thinking....that's because we save those types of real talks for our closest friends. That we don't go around sharing our problems. But I challenge you with a "Why Not?"
How do we make close friends, if we don't know what we have in common? How can we share anything if we have set a precedent of LYING to one another when we meet?

I am not interested in playing a dating game with everyone I meet, for some indeterminate amount of time, and then one day having to confess that the super happy, positive , always sees the sunny side person you have known for the last year has been a fake. "Barbara, I have to confess something,....I have bad days" isn't something ANY of us should strive for.
And its dangerous.

Lets go back to the school for a minute.

I have never felt so alone, isolated, or DIFFERENT than I did at that time I was describing. I went home each day wondering what ELSE could possibly be wrong with me. These people that I was working with, that I spent so much time with never seemed to struggle. They never seemed to have a bad day. "Am I the only one who has days of immense sadness and self doubt?" I would ask myself. Something must be wrong with me. Oh, all the thoughts.

It was super unhealthy, not only for the FAKERS but for me as well.
I mean, they too weren't getting help with the things they needed help with. I know they felt alone at times. They just wouldn't say it. My heart hurt for them as well. We were all just these automatons walking around making each other feel like we weren't part of a village, but more a part of a Facebook news feed. Pretending with each other that we love Mondays, and are grateful for all the rain while standing in it for arrival of the students.

And we all felt it. We feel it. The lack of Genuine connection. The lack of feeling like part of a village. A community. I know I did. I know I do.

So I say again. Its dangerous.

Go out there and share the real you. Find a tribe of people who also are struggling with teenagers. Who are struggling with body positivity. Who just struggle some days. (Not people who live there, but visit once in a while and then shake it) Stop being part of the fake sincerity. Stop pretending that happiness is the only thing worth sharing. Stop feeling so damn alone. Find your people.
I warn you however, you will not find those people if you, or they, are hiding behind a great big pile of Platitudes.

The Basis of a Good Love Spell

Original post by Marie Bargas the Hollywood Witch

Every year I am asked by many clients to do love spells. Many are looking to recover lost loves. Even when the energies are ripe for a return to love, many are still frustrated because Karma refuses to allow a reunion until karmic debts are paid.  In all of my spell work I begin by educating my clients on the mechanics of Karma because karmic debt is often a reason why a spell will not work or not work completely.

I teach my people to think of Karma as a bank. And, like a bank if a "Karmic Account" is overdrawn during a working then there are "fees and penalties."  The best way to remedy this imbalance is to continue to make "Karmic Deposits" BEFORE a work is attempted.  I often suggest that my clients do random acts of kindness, donate clothes and food to the poor, help a stranger unconditionally, volunteer at a children's hospital, etc ... and dedicate those acts of charity to whatever deity or energy we are asking for assistance.

Although the magick that I teach is non-secular  (Magick Lab Academy), I personally work with Angels and Devas because these are the energies that I connect to the most. When working on Love I often connect to the Hindu Goddess of Love AND Devotion (Parvati) and the ArchAngels Gabriel (the Moon/Messenger) and Hanael the ArchAngel of Love. Raphael is likewise the ArchAngel of Happy Meetings and Happy Marriages.  In every work I seek to balance the energies of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine in order to effect a significant change.  In my experience Love is an energy that needs to be nurtured like a seed on itThes way into blossoming into a flower.

But, before any work is done Karma must be addressed so we can see what sort of measurable effects can be expected without any major "Karmic Blowback."  My solution to this is to ask my clients to write a list of everything that they want in a partner. Next, anything on that list that they cannot give to a partner themselves they have to cross off.  The basis for this is that you cannot ask for anything that you cannot give. Many of you will recognize this from "The Law of Attraction." Once this list is completed and incorporated into the spell along with reasonable "Karmic Deposits" then and only then can a love spell be worked to it's maximum potential.

The Basis of a Good Love Spell

Magick is an energetic "messenger" and in love these messages can and should be delivered straight to the heart. The issue I have with forcing someone to love against their will is a violation of their freedom of choice. Instead I encourage my clients to leave the option to "choose" open in order to spare themselves the Karmic Debt incurred by violating someone's free will.  In most cases a message of Love delivered to the heart with heart felt sincerity is enough to produce the desired results.  I do not encourage anyone to force the situation, but to make themselves more lovable which is the better way.

Grounding the Chaos with the Hollywood Witch

Original post by Marie Bargas

I am more connected to the Earth than I imagined. I could sense the severe Mayon Volcano eruptions a while back all the way in Los Angeles in my very bones. Prior to that the rash of forest fires in the South Land made me anxious. The recent flurry of activity on the Ring of Fire has made me nervous and aggressive. My body's natural reaction is to give me an intense need to isolate myself for long stretches in order to regain my balance.  I am astounded by the fact that I've literally been a hermit since the outbreak of the Southern California fires late last year.
Lately, I've allowed myself to surrender to my moods and have found that sometimes they obviously correlate to what is going on in the natural environment. It's no longer a shock, but a fact of life. Still, I am well aware that not every dream, not every mood is connected to something atmospheric and that keeps me grounded. I understand that my connection to the Earth has given me an added dimension of connection to my psychic readings, but I've only recently begun to really and truly trust those instincts. My ongoing challenge is to use my discernment without abandoning my sense of wonder or giving into panic.  The typical Libran struggle is always not to travel to extremes ... but oh ... extremes make life exciting.

Riding the Expansion and Contraction Process

Can we simply see our lives as an adventure?

Truly, from my perspective any soul who has the focus and intention enough to manifest a human life deserves some major props.

I believe we choose certain things about our life pre-life, we choose life schools, we choose some gifts, some habits – sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously - and each choice is a step of the adventure.

When I think of the little bit I’ve learned of the life of Nelson Mandela, for example, his habits of thought and physical care, excellence in care of communication with others (self-reflection and speaking from the heart became a practice) were not the environment readily available to him while in a small and unwelcoming prison cell and they were not obviously his way of being before going into that cell, supposedly. He sought them out from inside his own heart and soul when faced directly with his own heart and soul with few distractions. He drew this from what life adventures his programming and choices to that point had provided him. After emerging from that prison there was a massive personal and professional expansion which created a major impact. His process of expansion and contraction was obvious, from public figure to fallen and nearly forgotten public figure to someone many consider a hero.

Check any story or figure in history and honestly track the process, we’ll see the expansion and contraction processes at work.

This is the process I’d love to see us stop being afraid of. It’s a process I, myself, am in consistent practice of not shrinking from.

Expansion and Contraction.

When we go through an expanding experience such as our first true kundalini awakening or plant medicine experience, or powerful tantric experience or other dramatic/otherwise obvious energetic breakthrough: Love Yourself Enough to schedule some time and energy to be able to transition through the contraction. It includes some more wide-spread practices too such as a 3-day fast detox cleanse or silent meditation practice. Even after a wedding there is space for the expansion and build up of the even to be enjoyed and released in the honeymoon experience to assist in transition and contraction into “regular life” together.

In a contraction phase we draw inward a bit more in order to assimilate the expansion which has just occurred into our lives. When we don’t provide for ourselves in this way, it can make the upgrades and transitions you put in place with your breakthrough much more difficult. This is when we find it difficult to work with our own emotions and find ourselves reacting instead of responding to situations. In some cases we’ll see ourselves withdraw further back than before the Expansion occurred in the first place.

Looking at life as an adventure, a video game, a chess game, or whatever other fun and pleasurable vision you prefer turns this process of expansion and contraction into a much more joyous and easy experience. If your belief systems won’t allow you to relax into it yet, there are a variety of methods available to make that easier too.

There isn’t a One of us who doesn’t have stories which could be told from a dozen different perspectives and some leave us as a victim while other perspectives on the same story can give us the victor’s sword.

Remember to Enjoy the Ride.

Expansion and Contraction are a part of the life process.

The more we learn to experience that process from a more detached place, the more life energy can flow with ease and the more we’ll be able and willing to exist within that ease.

Relax into Who You Are.

Being You is the easiest and most simple thing any of us can Be or Do … as we get out of the way of that.
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