Showing posts from August, 2017

Cutting the Ties That Bind - And What if They Won't Release?

Some readers may be aware of a personal development/magickal ceremony known as a tie cutting ceremony. I have described the ceremony in detail at the end of this article. For those readers already aware of the tie cutting ceremony , what if it doesn't work? A Ghost from the Past I was walking home and decided to take the scenic route via the lake. My decision placed me on a pathway I wouldn't have chosen had I known my ex would be on it. He pretended to be on the phone, but I know he saw me. Although I only saw him at the last minute we almost brushed shoulders as we silently passed. I was pleased with myself for not speaking, the emotional ties, finally having released me. But after performing various tie cutting exercises, why was he still appearing on the path at the same time as me? Coincidence? Not in my world. Secondary Ties During the course of a relationship we develop many ties with someone. Those ties range in strength from the life-long ties created by sha

Human Hibernation

I have been shivering through what is colder than a Melbourne Winter - A Yarra Valley Winter. Early morning temperatures often drop to freezing point. It seems severe this year. I have instinctively kept myself inside, starved for daylight, but unable to face the cold. Aside from the occasional sunny 'energy' day, I have surrendered to the retreating energy of winter, into human hibernation. We Are Not Machines Human beings are subject to various natural rhythms from nature outside, as well as our nature inside. Cycles of rest and renewal energise and deflate us in a self balancing dance of creation. This is why we won't work continuously like machines. We need rest, sleep, nutrition and self-reflection. To resist these natural functions invites imbalances that can lead to illness. Perfectionism Often I have planned out weeks of predicted perfect workflow. I would list activities in my diary, spaced out evenly across the week, complete with boxes to tick when com

Word Magick - The Seventy in Seven Technique

Does anyone remember writing 'lines' at school, you know, like the one's Bart Simpson writes on the blackboard as each episode of 'The Simpsons' begins? Well although not executed in a positive or helpful way, those teachers from childhood may have been onto something. At any age, we can use the repetition of carefully chosen words to rewire our brains in ways more suited to achieving our goals. Back in the 1990's I began learning bellydance with a teacher whose style was infused with spiritual instruction. One non-bellydance technique we learned was the '70 in 7.' It involved hand writing a carefully crafted statement 70 times without interruption. The exercise was then repeated for 7 days without a break. Make sure you mean it. Personally, due to the laborious nature of the exercise, I have only used the 70 in 7 when I really mean it. That is, I wanted to achieve my goal strongly enough to put in all of that work, when handwriting aggravates a