Blessed Samhain

I love celebrating the different seasons, and right now I feel a very strong calling towards connecting with Mother Earth and my ancestors through ritual and ceremony.

Giving thanks, honoring and celebrating our ancestors, bringing their spirit forward is a powerful way to connect with the spirits in this world and the otherworld.

With Samhain we mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, opening up a deep season of inner beauty.  I wanted to share with you my altar of celebrating my ancestors and honoring them.

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I have Our Lady of Guadalupe who is with me always. This is a picture of my mother and father, and I am in the picture eating an apple, I was 18 months old here. I don’t have any photos of my family, they were all killed during the holocaust, but I can feel their spirit present here with me. I have an apple on my altar because my mother loved apples and ate one every day. I have a small stone (I stole from the cemetery, but don’t tell anyone) from my fathers grave site. I also have fresh rosemary to remove negativity and bring in Mother Earth.  A white feather I found outside just a few weeks ago, and a few of my crystals.

Last night my beautiful, precious Labradorite fell out of my hand and chipped a piece and I’m feeling so upset.  This was really not planned this way, it just happened that this morning I had a conversation with the beautiful Lori A Andrus, about something unrelated, but knowing her background i just had to ask, she’s a practitioner of crystal Shamanism, an artist, she hosts the Chrystal Shaman Life podcast, and if you haven’t heard it, you must, you can find her over here She told me the stone is supporting me, maybe there’s something I need to let go of and that I should ask for clarity and blessings.  I will be doing a ritual today to ask for clarity and I’m anxious to see what comes forward for me, what messages I will receive.

My altar will probably evolve a bit more, but I hope that, if you are not already creating an ancestral altar, that you are inspired to start one.

I’d love to hear from you, what your practice is and see a picture of your altar, if you wish to share, you can post in the comment section below.

Samhain blessings

The Message of Clarity

Yes, how perfect for “Clarity” to show up today reminding us to clear out negative energies that are holding us back from knowing the truth of who we are, and living a sweeter life.  As we near the end of this year, it’s a really good practice to get “clarity” and ready ourselves to open to and bring into ourselves higher vibrational energies.

To open up to a higher level of consciousness we have to let go of the lower energies that are holding us back and blocking us.

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Some of the lower energies that are stopping us are fear, and anger, and pain, that we carry around with us, sometimes for years.  A question to ask is – why am I holding on to this fear?  What is stopping me from letting go of it?  How can I be if I release it?  How will I feel without fear, or pain, or anger that I’ve been carrying around?  Start slowly and gently, with compassion for yourself, you can do it, you can let go and release, and free your body, your mind, and your soul.

The more we clear out these negative energies the more “clarity” we will gain and that opens the doorway to living in higher vibrations of consciousness.

And as we reach higher levels of consciousness we find the beauty of who we truly are.

So, what do you need to let go of to get clarity and move into a higher vibration of consciousness?  Love to know if you would like to share in the comments below.

The cards are from the Messages of Universal Wisdom Empowerment Cards by Barbara Evans.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Why Create a Mindful Pause in Your Day

I love to bring a moment of mindful pause into my day, purposefully being aware of what’s around me. Stepping into a moment of pause, is filling me with joy and beauty.

It’s raining here today and when I went out to get the garbage can I noticed how beautiful and vibrant my plants and stones looked all wet from the rain.  It’s as if they’ve been infused with a new energy and beauty. It made my whole body connect with the beauty in front of me.

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This was my mindful pause yesterday morning, I noticed the beauty of this tree against the sky, in the parking lot coming out of the store.

tree7Creating a mindful pause and stopping for just a moment to take in the beauty that surrounds you every day, is a great way to let yourself drift into the moment and allow it to fill you with magic, and take you out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary of the everyday. You can make it an intention to mindfully find and admire something every day. A tree, a flower, a bench, a person, the way the sky looks, a child playing, the chirping of the birds, a swing in a park,…it can be anything, a rock on the ground.  But whatever it is for you, make a mindful pause part of your must for the day.  It will create a positive change in the way you feel.

I was going to write about my new word mindfulness, and I will, but today I wanted to share with you, what my word has already started to teach me.  For me, this is a practice I intend on continuing, sprinkling my days with mindful moments, that fill me with magic, joy and love.

Feel free to share in the comments below, your own ‘mindful pause’ of the day, if you have a picture that’ll be great, love to see it.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Why You Need Quiet Time in Your Life

I LOVE my quiet time. I LOVE to spend time alone with just me. I cherish, honor and value it. It’s the most sacred and important gift I give to myself every day.

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It wasn’t always like this. It started when I wanted to learn how to meditate. At first it was hard to sit and not do anything, I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin, I needed to get up and do something.   As soon as I started to meditate I felt guilty, my thoughts went into overdrive and all I could think about is all the things I had to do, laundry, shopping, call clients, my work tomorrow… And than there was also the thoughts that raced through my mind of the what if’s – what if my kids are calling me and need me? What if my mother needs me? What if…and wait I have to clean, my friend is coming over later…After sitting for what seemed like forever, I stopped meditating and looked at the time and not even a minute had gone by. (I’m laughing at this now)

But, I was determined, it was like there was some force inside of me that kept pushing at me and so I continued and with practice and devoted time, I was able to sit in quiet for longer periods of time, and it started to feel good.

My quiet time has transformed to also include time for journal writing, for prayer time, for doing inner work to remove the layers of rubble that I buried myself under, and break through the walls I built around me, slowly liberating myself from the prison I enclosed myself inside of.

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I LOVE to spend time alone, It’s when I feel the most connected with Spirit, with Divine Mother. It’s when I’m the most creative. It’s because of the time I spend in quiet solitude that I found ME and I gained strength and courage. I found my creative self and I found my voice, and some of my best ideas come to me while in quiet solitude.

I’m still unfolding in this quiet-time and finding deeper pathways to step into.

Quiet time has opened doors to my inner world, it has helped me to find myself and to speak my truth. To stand my ground and to put up boundaries. It’s taught me to realize what is important for me – to love myself, to give to myself, to believe that I am special, I am worthy, I am deserving – that I am the universe incarnated into me.

As a result, my quiet in my life has become a sacred ritual that makes me feel every day aligned with universal forces and deeply nourished and loved in all ways.

Do you have a quiet time practice?  Love to hear about it.

This blog post was inspired by my friend Terri Conneli.  I’m participating in her IG 5 day #quiettimechallenge, this is in response to day 2 prompt “Quiet in my life.”  I think we’re on day 3 now, so I’m a bit behind. 🙂

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

 

 

Why You Need to Start Your Day Mindfully

Begin each day mindfully, deciding how you want your day to unfold and allowing for Spirit.

Take a few minutes and sit in quiet solitude, remove yourself from all drama that doesn’t belong to you, and just allow yourself to breathe. Pay attention to your breath. Allow your heart to open to Spirit, to joy, to self-love and to the wonders this day holds for you.

Believe you deserve. Believe you are worthy. Affirm your belonging.  Call in for magick and miracles to show up.mindfully1Before I leave my house I set my intentions for the day.

I begin with asking Archangel Michael for protection, it’s important to ask for protection from unwanted energies that may not serve your highest good.  I ask my angels, spirit guides, my animal spirit guides, all ascended masters and teachers, my ancestors, all who are with me, to help me to be open and allow for Spirit to move through me and out of me.

If I’m going to work I visualize and affirm that everything in my day will work out perfectly for my highest good and that of everyone else.

I bless all the people that I will be in contact with.

I bless every meeting and visualize it all turning out perfectly.  I say, I love everyone and everyone loves me.

I bless the road I’ll be driving on and everyone else who is also on that road.

I visualize everything I need coming to me easily and magically today.

I didn’t always start my day this way.  First thing I did is turn on the news and filled my mind and body with all the negativity that the news carries.  And from day to day I carried over frustrations, and judgements, which occupied my mind from the minute I woke up.  I was filled with negative thoughts that I held on to, of she said, they said, dramas from previous days of who did what wrong to me, and how dare they and, and, and…

But if you are willing to open your mind to something extraordinary and  step into the energy that surrounds you, if you are willing to elevate your self, if you are willing to manifest a sweeter life…if you are willing…all is possible.

Starting your day mindfully sets the tone for the rest of the day.  It sets you up for success, and for brilliant possibilities.  Throughout the day when you can remember give thanks to Spirit and to your team of assistants from the invisible realm,  for helping you today and for your day unfolding in such perfect bliss.

Do you have a daily morning practice you indulge in? Share it in the comments, love to know.

Blessings for a beautiful day.

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Affirming Your Health

You want to put as much love and goodness into your body and that includes not just a healthy lifestyle, but also affirmations that feed your cells and every part of your body with goodness and tell the universe what you want to manifest.

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With this affirmation you’re affirming who you are, what you are and how you are. Say it every day. Repeat it throughout the day. Feel it and believe it to be the truth for you as you say it.  And so it is and it is so.  Amen.

Have a beautiful day!

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018