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How to Make Magic

Tammy January 15, 2013 8 comments

52 the Universe gives usI am (re) discovering that daily practice = magic.

Years ago I did my morning pages (3 written pages every morning – I thought of it as the morning dump, ahem) every single morning.  Showed up and wrote even if it was about the spoon sitting next to my cereal bowl because I could think of nothing else to write.  It definitely helped me work through some hard spots:  my father’s death, moving into a new house with a ski jump driveway in the middle of an ice storm, both kids in outpatient surgery, job transition, brother-in-law’s death….all in the space of one month.

I remember sitting in the dining room of my new house, on the floor since half the furniture was in our truck not able to make it in the house (snow, ice) and looking out the french doors to our deck where small pine trees reached through the railing slats.  It was dark outside and the back door light cast shadows.  The new house had noises that I wasn’t used to but didn’t scare me because I knew I was home.  My journal was in my lap and I remember thinking:  this too will pass.  I can write my way through this:

I don’t really feel like doing this.  I feel tired – physically and mentally.  I’m doing it because I know it’s a focusing discipline that is helpful to me.  I’d like things to settle down a little.  I think I’m past overload into just existing.  Even staying in “the now” is hard because what I need/should be doing keep crowding in.  There’s so much to be done – even listing isn’t helping.  BUT!  I did make it through the first 3 days of this week.  And so I”ll continue to put one foot in front of the other and go forward.  [yes,  I keep all my journals…from as far back as 8 years old when I called it a diary]

Somewhere in the intervening years between then and now I lost the practice of daily focus.  Instead, I focused on making lists and getting through them, making business plans, and DOING …..stuff.

I forgot how important BEing is.  And got kinda of lost in there.

Then I started working with a daily telephone group of check-ins and meditations, Flowing with Change‘s Collaborative Manifestation (part of the Professional Member offerings).  I have to tell you that 2012 was rough and in March and April  I was in a pretty rough space.  Nothing like a rough space to make me sit up and pay attention!  I didn’t find this daily practice until the Fall and I have to tell you that when I found it, I felt like a duck finding water.

I remembered:  show up, do the work, release.

Sounds pretty woo-woo until you realize that the focus of daily work primes your subconscious to pay attention to whatever you are focusing on.  In this group we speak into our circle of our gratitude for something in the last 24 – 48 hours, and then speak of what we want to energize.  Kathryn, the founder of this group, then weaves what we want to energize into the meditation – we hear our own words back.

When I first started, I decided I couldn’t do any worse with doing daily practice, releasing the DOing and concentrating on BEing with whatever showed up.

Yes, the voices were having a party and sneering at me but the DAILY practice kept them at bay because I had a foundation to fall back on:  my circle of women.  And then the magic started.  People and occurences just dropped into my life and while I might have missed them before, focused on DOing, I was being quiet and watching for new things.  New things arrived as called or not – some are just showing up in the cloud of my own learning about how best to follow my heart:

1.  I am a participant in a collaboratively-based, web reality show, Prosperity’s Kitchen, running from January to April this year, one of 15 chosen from about 75 self-selected applicants.  I am on Team 4 with Kristin Elliott, CEO of Doodie Pack, in New York, and Colleen Feldpausch Conger, Digital Photo and Design, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  The grand prize is a package worth $10K, but the real prize is the opportunity to work with experts on web marketing…..for free!

2.  I just finished one of my best workshops ever last weekend – full and spilling over (didn’t have room for everyone who wanted to come) and I did no work putting it together. A friend wanted to learn mosaics.  She talked to a friend and pretty soon I had a spilling over list of people who wanted to take the workshop.  I just had to show up and teach.  And there is a possibility that 3 more workshops will come out of that one.

3.  I am now less than $250 away from my income goal for this month – and we’re only half way through.

4.  I have one new Master Mind Client and later this week will be talking to the Executive Director of a small non-profit who is interested in hiring me to consult around fundraising.  And we’re only half way through the month!

5.  I am talking with the local Chamber of Commerce about facilitating a focus group with non-profit members.  It has been approved by the Board of Directors and the Director and I will be getting together to talk time/date/details.

I could go on, but I think I’ve made the point that some pretty marvelous things are showing up – just because I daily breath a claim to a Hell Yes! life into a circle of women who believe for me sometimes when I can’t.

Here are the steps revisited:

1.  Find a daily practice that includes gratitude and visioning and saying things out loud to one other person.  Son describes it like this: that other person doesn’t have your baggage/beliefs around the vision.  So they can beam it back and believe in it totally for you until you get there.  And a third thing is created between you – and that is magic.  So there’s a 2nd part to this #1:  find community or at least one friend to share your practice with.  It makes it all easier.

2.  Practice.  Vision.  Dream.  Claim.  Keeping a Vision Journal or having a Vision Board (or any of the other lovelies listed on that link) won’t hurt – the subconscious works with symbols.  Gather those picture together and put them somewhere you can seem them every day.

3.  Really, reallyreally important:  release.  Trust that the Universe has heard you, wants for you everything you want, and you already have it.  Watch for it.  Expect it.  Then welcome it when it shows up. And be grateful.  which takes you back to #1.  It’s a spiral path.  The more you do it the more reasons will show up for gratitude.

Yes, it is that simple.  And you’re reading a total non-believer here, who has been converted.

Need some magic in your life?  Let me know how it goes!

 

 

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Totally LOVE this! This is my year of letting go of “pushing” so hard. I’ve taken up my daily journal practice again (although not three pages worth.) When I did the three pages one time I simply wrote “blah blah blah I can’t think of a single thing to write!” – several times. *lol* I’ve also found that adding movement to my day, especially meeting the yoga mat has been extremely helpful. I’ve also been setting the tone in my Lair instead of just jumping in. That’s been fun! I get that MoJoy going and it sure does help the creative flow (and lots of laughing even with no one else around). The really fun thing I’m playing with is an inspired idea that someone offered up. Instead of “pushing it out”, I’m letting it bake and waiting for the next inspired action move. I expect this is to be one project that will have “easy labor” when it births! 🙂 Thanks Tammy for being such an inspirational woman. You rock Baby Cakes!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Tammy Vitale
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Tracey: “MoJoy” – what and awesome word!
    Yes – I’ve added exercise to my daily practice too – no yoga for me, my hands and wrists can’t handle it (I’ve tried all different kinds of ways and it just doesn’t work).
    Hubby and I are spurring each other on to daily exercise both aerobic on the eliptical and some weight (again – I have to be careful – my joints are showing their age!). Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    YES Tammy! This is PERFECT! Wow!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Tammy Vitale
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Ellen: I know I’m preaching to the choir with you! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Tammy, I am super excited to be a part of your team on Prosperity’s Kitchen. Every moment we get to chat and spend time together, I’m amazed at your strength, passion, story and knowledge. Your words seem to jump out of my computer and land right in my heart where they came do the most good. I’m going to adopt the phrase “Show up, do the work, release.”

    I’m honored that you mentioned me in your post. Thanks so much.

    Colleen

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Tammy Vitale
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Woman – you have so got it going on – your writing is amazing. And you made me
    feel good to boot! xo Go Team 4

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Tammy,
    The joy is mine working with you!!! I am so looking forward to this journey with you. Your words refresh and inspire me.
    OXO Team 4

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Tammy Vitale
    January 16, 2013
    Tammy

    Kristin – thanks for stopping by! Go Team 4! I love our team already and we haven’t
    even done any missions!

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