All Hallow’s Eve: Sacred or Spooky?

Allie as Progressive Flo

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It gives me, and other adults, full permission to dress up in costumes and participate in the merriment. And there’s always the bonus of candy the next day. The history of Halloween and the sacred Celtic Festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) have always fascinated me.

Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is the day before All Saint’s Day (November 1st).  All Saint’s Day was enacted in the 8th century by Pope Gregory III and is a day for us to honor saints and martyrs. The Celts also celebrated their new year on November 1st. The evening before, the Celts celebrated Samhain as a time to say goodbye to summer and prepare for winter. They believed that the boundaries between the living and dead were thin on this day, thus giving a small portal for the ghosts of the dead to return to earth. It is also believed to be a time where making predictions was more accurate. For a culture that was dependent on living off of the land, these prophecies were important as they entered the colder winter months. In the festival of Samhain, the Celts wore costumes as they celebrated around a fire (and I’ll leave out the commentary about the animal sacrifices). At the end of the festival, the fire was taken to the individual homes to protect the people from the winter weather.

Lucy the Angel

In the last half of the 19th century, with the infusion of European immigrants, Halloween came to America. Some of the traditions were practices in America, and Samhain continues to be celebrated by some groups. Eventually, Halloween became more about community than witchcraft and ghosts in America. The tradition of trick-or-treating is believed to date back to parades in England commemorating All Soul’s Day (November 2nd). And Americans have continued the tradition of dressing in costume that was done centuries earlier as a way to confuse ghosts into thinking the person was a ghost.

Sammy the Butterfly

And while Halloween has been Americanized by slasher movies that depict scary ghosts and monsters, it was a time that families felt closest to those who passed on and their efforts to connect to these departed souls, even setting a place at the table for them. And the superstitious who don’t want to cross the path of a black cat … well, that dates back to the Middle Ages when people believed that witches would transform in to cats to avoid detection.

6-year-old Allie with her sister and neighbor friends.

Halloween is rich in tradition. For me, it’s a day where I have historically had greater intuition and connection to the Earth. It’s also a day to be creative in my costume making (for me and my cats). So give yourself some quiet time to see what perceptions come to you on Halloween, connect with family that has passed on, and get creative in your costume design!

Have a wickedly excellent All Hallow’s Eve (cue the Vincent Price laugh)!

 

Happy Halloween!

Allie (as Harry Potter’s Belatrix Lestrange)

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Stopping the downward spiral

We all have moments and days where we are caught in a downward spiral of negativity. It’s part of being human. Sometimes the negativity comes from an onslaught from other people, or it may simply come from one statement/incident that sends us on a deep dive into the depths of despair. For those who are deliberately working the Law of Attraction into their life, they may panic even more that this spiral will bring more unwanted things to them.

Here’s something to think about: It is okay to have a bad moment and not be punished by the Law of Attraction. When you are having a bad time, it is important to not criticize or judge yourself harshly for having those feelings. Part of our human experience on Earth is to experience a wide variety of feelings. So when you criticize yourself for having a bad moment or bad thought, that is precisely when the Law of Attraction picks up the negative vibration and matches you to like experiences that make you feel even worse.

Whaaattt????? Yes, it’s okay to thoroughly enjoy a bad mood, a hissy fit, a tantrum. Go for it! And here’s why …. when you bottle up negative emotion, it can cause physical and emotional ailments to embed in your energy field and will continue to send out the negative vibe at a subconscious level. But when you give yourself permission to be sad, mad, angry or frustrated, you take your negativity out of the equation and let it vent so it’s not bottled inside and giving off that icky vibe. On the flip side, when you are harsh on yourself for getting mad, sad, angry, frustrated, etc., that is the negative energy that stores in your energy field and gets sent out to the Universe. It’s that vibe that brings you things that you don’t want.

So give yourself permission to feel the feelings as they come to you. However, let’s not go overboard and become a drama queen, martyr or victim. Vent the emotions, let them go and then move on to a positive space. Stopping the cycle is important and only you can take control of that. How do you do that?

  • Go outside and scream!
  • When you’re driving in your car, have that conversation that you didn’t have.
  • Write a letter to the person you want to vibrationally smack and tell them how you feel (then go outside, burn it and send the energy to the Universe).

Then once you have expelled this energy, re-direct yourself to doing something that gives you joy. Re-directing is a technique that we use when interviewing children who have been abused. When they lose focus because of the difficulty of the discussion, we bring them back to center with a specific question about something they can talk about. So to bring you back into vibrational alignment with who you really are (which is a glorious human being), immediately do something you love. For me, I will write, coach someone into feeling better, go for a walk in nature, sit outside in the sun, read a book, play with crystals, spend time with my cats. The list is endless. This refocuses your attention on something positive and realigns your energy. It’s important to re-direct yourself to a positive aspect as soon as you expel the energy. Because once you create that void in your energy field where the negative energy was, you want to take control and fill it with something wonderful so that nothing else can sneak in.

Give this a try and let me know how it works for you!

Happy Friday!

Allie

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You are driving me crazy!: Co-existing with difficult people

How many times have you said “(insert name) drives me crazy”, “(insert name) makes me so mad”, “I cringe when I see (insert name) walking towards me”, “(insert name) brings out the worst in me” and the list goes on.

We’ve all been there, we’ve all said those words, and we’ve all encountered people who are very difficult to deal with. They make us upset, angry, stressed out, afraid, negative and basically turn our otherwise happy disposition into a cesspool of icky emotions. There will always be people who try to bring out the worst in us (sorry, sweet pea). They go through life bitter, angry, oozing negativity, spreading fear and gossip with the unconscious (or sometimes conscious) goal of bringing the masses down to their level. Misery loves company is their life mission.

I have learned over the years that these people come to us to teach us lessons. You may have a life lesson to learn patience, or to be calm and centered during difficulty, or to be compassionate no matter what energy is being hurled at you. So to help you learn your lesson, these people keep popping up so that you can practice and master your lesson. These people also come to us to mirror what may be a part of our dark side that we have yet to acknowledge. What we complain about the most is often something deep within us that we dislike. So if someone complains about co-workers being lazy, they may struggle internally with their lazy nature.

So if you are a Law of Attraction deliberate creator working everyday to keep your energy vibration high so that you manifest your best life, how do you accomplish that around these people?

  • Do your best to avoid labeling these people. Notice I call them these people rather than continuing to call them bitter-anger-fear mongering-nasty-slim filled-creatures? (That made me giggle typing that). The Law of Attraction teaches us to be aware of labeling things. Instead of labeling something as good or bad, it really just is. We view our world through a lense of our beliefs and experiences. So while one person may view one of these people as hateful, another may view them as a broken spirit needing compassion. So work on dropping the labels.
  • Work everyday to keep your vibration high. You can do this by practicing gratitude. When you wake in the morning, list what you are grateful for. Do the same as you travel to work, enter the workplace, encounter people, eat your meals, travel home and go to bed. Gratitude Gratitude Gratitude should be your Attitude! Because when you keep your vibration high, it takes a lot more energy and time for these people to drag you down.
  • Limit your exposure to things that do not make you feel good. You are bombarded everyday by things that bring you down. News reports of war, murder and mayhem impact your vibration, as does stres, illness, and your own negative self-talk. As you encounter these people, set an intention that your encounter will be pleasant and brief. Then send out that vibration. Shower them with kindness and compassion. It’s really difficult for these people to barage you with negativity when you are showering them with kindness. Your vibration will catch them off guard and before they realize it, your encounter has ended and you have actually left them with a touch of positivity.
  • Be responsible for your reactions. These people can only bring you down if you let them. So be conscious throughout your day about how you’re feeling. If you notice yourself slipping down the slide of despair, put the brakes on and do something that brings you joy. For me, interacting with crystals and animals (which are all pure positive vibrations) bring me back up to who I truly am.

Give these ideas a try and let me know how they work for you. If you’re interested in learning how to fully work the Law of Attraction into your life and deliberately create your reality, contact me for a 20-minute complimentary Manifesting Me phone/Skype consultation!

Happy Friday!

Allie

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It’s not about stuff: The Real Law of Attraction

This week, I started our month-long Create Your Best Life: Law of Attraction Series. For one hour a night, for four nights, an amazing group of ladies are learning the fundamentals of the Law of Attraction. As I was preparing the materials for class, it really struck me how commercialized the Law of Attraction has become and how misguided most people are about what it really is.

The Law of Attraction is the oldest Universal Law and was intricately involved in the creation of our planet and Universe. It is present and active in our life every second of the day. Like the Law of Gravity, we know it works but we may not understand how. One of my missions is to educate as many people about the Law of Attraction because I see so much suffering that could be curtailed if people deliberately worked with the Law of Attraction each day.

But most people think the Law of Attraction is about getting stuff: about getting a good parking space, a Jaguar, winning the lottery, even getting a specific person to love them. While the Law of Attraction can certainly help you draw in those things if you are a vibrational match, the Law of Attraction is so much more at its core.

The Law of Attraction is about how you want to live your life. Which of these lifestyles do you want to live:

  • I want to wake up exhausted and drag myself to a job that is not only uninspiring, but downright depressing. I count the minutes until I go home, but when I arrive home I am met with unhappy and unpleasant people who complain. I am too exhausted to do anything to benefit myself (exercising, enjoying a hobby), so I immerse myself in television or the computer to numb myself. Then I drag myself to bed and do it all over again the next day while I count the minutes until the weekend arrives.
  • I wake up refreshed and excited for what new and amazing things will cross my path. I have chosen work that uplifts and inspires me and because of that, I give off a joyful vibe that positively impacts those around me. Even if others are having a bad day, they can’t shake me from feeling good about my life. Opportunities surround me everyday and I’m eager to take leaps of faith and inspired action. I look forward each day to quality time that I get to spend on myself (exercising, yoga, meditating, sitting outside and enjoying nature, playing with my pets) and interacting in harmony with my loved ones. I go through the day full of gratitude and everyday something happens to make my life even better, and for those around me.

Now which life do you want to live? The Law of Attraction is about living with ease and harmony; it’s about living the life that you want. When life is easy and flows positively, you don’t get exhausted, stressed, anxious, depressed, fearful, worried or panic. You don’t need to reach for prescription medication to ease your frayed nerves; instead you reach for gifts that the Universe provides to you because you are operating at a high vibrational level.

The Law of Attraction is a magnet; do you want to attract muck or do you want to attract things that make you squeal with joy and say ahhhhhh ….. I love that! The choice is yours.

If you’re interested in learning more, ask me for a Manifesting Me 20-minute complimentary coaching session and learn how you can actually enjoy living your life, rather than holding your breath just trying to get to the end of the day or the weekend. I know it works, because it works for me!

All my best,

Allie

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