Magic

  • How To Connect With The Spirit World

    This morning after I dropped my son off at school, I was driving home thinking about writing a blog post about softening into the spirit world. I took a brief moment to tune in, and BOOM — I got a little bit more than I bargained for from the Spirit World! Luckily, I didn’t swerve off the road or get hit by another car while I was open, but I did get so much information pouring in that I had to shut er down until I got home.

    Note to self: Do not even think about connecting with the Spirit World while driving.

    The area I live in —Carnuntum—has been a busy place since even before the Roman Empire (a.k.a. before Christ). It’s not so far from the Danube, and the area has rich, fertile ground and plenty of wildlife, like deer, rabbits, quail, even wild boars, that would have made it a great location to live in, even in the very old times. We have Roman Ruins, like the city door and a colosseum, old hunting “lodges”, and castles scattered around the area. The area has seen its share of normal days and wartime troop movement —likely even battles— as it is on the edge of what was once Austro-Hungary and was invaded by the Romans and the Turks in earlier times. Countless generations have lived and died here.

    So, when I softened my energy with the intention of getting a brief look into the Spirit World, I got that feeling in my stomach similar to going down a loooong drop on a roller coaster—and I saw many, many spirit forms in my peripheral vision. It was way more intense than I had thought it would be, obviously, or I wouldn’t have done it while I was driving, for Pete’s sake!

    Right now, too, it’s the time of the year when the veil between the Spirit World and the Real World is thin anyway. So, for those of us who are regularly interacting with the Spirit World, it makes our communication with the Other Side go a bit more smoothly and easily.

    But really, I wasn’t prepared for just how easily I’d connect! I normally don’t see all that much; I am more Claircognizant and Clairaudient than Clairvoyant, so today’s visions were a little different than how I generally receive information. I’m looking forward to exploring Clairvoyance much more, as I was always keen to see, but I’ve always blocked it because… well, because I was scared of what I might see, quite honestly. When I do experiment, I am going to make sure that I am in a safe location —not driving—and that I call in my protectors, like my Spirit Team and Archangel Michael, to be gatekeepers for me.

    How do you connect with the Spirit World?

    1. First of all, if you want to start working on connecting with the Spirit World, make sure that you are in a safe place. You might set yourself up in a quiet, comfy corner of your house. Make sure that you aren’t rushed, so that you can feel very open and in control.
    2. Set the intention of connecting with your clair or extrasensory gifts.
    3. Call on your ancestors and/or on Archangel Michael to protect you while you practice connecting with the Spirit World.
    4. Close your eyes or keep them open just a tiny bit.
    5. Start focusing on your breath. Inhale for a slow count of 6. Exhale for a slow count of 8. Allow yourself to concentrate on your breath, while you soften your perception of the world around you.
    6. Start noticing any messages that you get. Sometimes, it will seem like people are talking to you or that you get thought streams from a different entity. Other times, especially if your eyes are partially open, you’ll start to see shadows and wisps or energies of beings from the Spirit World.
    7. Ask a question that is important to you and see what images, impressions, or advice you get.
    8. When finished, consciously close your session, thanking the Spirit World for interacting with you.
    9. Focus on breathing and coming up and out of your connection with the Spirit World.
    10. Journal about your experience and any messages that you received while you were connected to the Spirit World.

    You can practice connecting with the Spirit World as often as you would like. The more you work with your Guides and the more you practice picking up on any subtle (or not so subtle) energies around you, the better you’ll get.

    Please feel free to comment about your experience with connecting with the Spirit World!



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  • Imbolc Celebration – My First Time

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    I don’t know if it is the fact that I am older or the fact that I am really working on grounding and becoming more connected to the Earth, but I FEEL the changes and intuit the meanings behind the holidays that are celebrated in the Pagan community.

    For example, this year I allowed myself to somewhat hibernate during the winter. I didn’t have the same expectations for myself to always be doing and creating and moving forward. I took the time to just rest (mostly, if an entrepreneur anyone with 3 kids and a dog can really rest).

    It helped, too – at least it seemed to! I actually enjoyed going out with my boys in the cold. I dragged them around on their sleds and had a blast with them, watching them WHOOSH down the little hill at the edge of our village.

    And I don’t know if it was my plans for a trip to Florida that made this winter somewhat tolerable for me. I have some sunshine to look forward to – warm days and beaches. That might have helped to buoy my mood.

    Either way, I’ve felt a stirring in the last few days – a sense that I wanted to start DOing again. That I was done with BEing and with the rest. It was like I was ready to wake up after my winter slumber.

    Then I read about Imbolc, which is today! Imbolc is a Gaelic/Celtic holiday dedicated to the Goddess Brigid and the return of the Sun. It’s midpoint in the Winter, which means that warm weather is on its way. (Read more about it here: Imbolc) It’s when the seeds start feeling a little bit like rousing from their slumber deep in the Earth. When the plants and trees start to get buds, when the tulips and schneeglocken start to blossom.

    Basically put, Imbolc is “It is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and make way for Spring.” Gods and Goddesses know that I am ready for that!

    As my practice and connection to the Earth is growing now, I am going to celebrate this holiday in a traditional way. I’ll get a red candle, a white candle, and an orange candle. I’ll adorn my altar in the appropriate colors (red, white, orange), and also put some white flowers out. I’ll use cinnamon and frankincense (rosemary and myrrh are also mentioned in the article and can be used), and I will get some freshly fallen snow to use in my ritual. I’ll give thanks for feeling good over this winter. I’ll give thanks for the freshly fallen snow, for the opportunity to rest and enjoy the winter with my children. I’ll ask for blessings of fertility and abundance in the coming year. I’ll thank the Gods and Goddesses for all that has been and all that will be. And I will deepen my bond with the energy of the Earth, the seasons, the Wheel of the Year.

    Blessed be.

    Sue Ellis-Saller

     

     

    Do you celebrate Imbolc? Feel free to share any rituals or even blog posts that you have written or read about the subject in the comments below!

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