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Working from Ego or Spirit

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.– Jonas Salk

 I received an email from a student in my oracle class.  As suggested in the class she was pulling an oracle card at the beginning of each day with the intent of receiving guidance for the day.  A friend of hers questioned whether using the deck on a daily basis for was a smart idea.  She felt that she would become dependent on the oracle deck and her guides—instead of herself. 
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For those not familiar with Oracle Cards, they are simply a tool to connect with your inner wisdom.  Oracle Decks generally have pictures and maybe a few words.  After a person pulls a card, I encourage them to check in with their gut and sense how the card relates to their life.  Pulling an oracle card each day is a way to strengthen you intuitive muscle.  The more we use our intuition, the  more we connect with our spirit.  We spend most of our days functioning from ego and “thinking” about situations.  This is just one way to help us function more from our inner wisdom instead of depending on our ego. I find that after years of including a card in my daily practice, for me, just the act of pulling the card centers me and connects me to my spirit. 

 

 This Week:  Try “playing” with an Oracle Deck and connect to your spirit!

Peace and Blessings,

Mary Jo

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Gallery 200 Featured Artist Christopher Guglielmo — A Lesson in Action

“There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?”—Michael Jordan

Last weekend, I went to the opening reception for my nephew Christopher Guglielmo’s art exhibition.  This was his first gallery opening.  He is the featured artist for the month of March at Gallery 200 in West Chicago. With over 25 works of art on exhibit it was an impressive collection.  As I roamed the gallery, I thought about how someone goes from painting to putting their work out there for the world to see. I asked Chris how this exhibition came about.  He said someone told him about the gallery about a year ago, he checked it out and the rest is now history.

Putting together an exhibition opens the creative projects you’ve birthed to be viewed and critiqued by strangers. That can be a frightening thought!   It requires a vision and a belief in oneself;  as well as the willingness to take action.  How many people have missed opportunities because they were blocked by their own self-doubt and fear?

If fear is stopping you, think about what’s the worse thing that could happen if you put your work out there.  Usually ones fears are much worse than the reality.  If your work receives a negative critique, don’t worry, you’re in good company.  Walt Witman, Dr. Suess and J.K. Rowhling’s  manuscripts were turned down multiple times.  Are there critics that don’t understand your work?  Claude Monet and other impressionist painters were initially ridiculed by the public and art critics. If you are afraid, find one manageable step to take in the direction of your dream.  It might be posting some of your art work on the web for sale, sending a manuscript to a publisher, or accepting a speaking engagement about your craft.  With each small step, you’ll notice fear slipping away, and if you miss the shot, just keep shooting.

At the opening, Christopher didn’t talk about fear.  He talked about inspiration, creative mediums, and the paintings he’s working on.  His creative passion is evident in all his works.  I personally love the color in his work and know which painting I want for my hallway.  If you live in the Chicagoland area, stop by the Gallery 200 before the end of March.

Congratulations Chris!

This week:  Breathe through your fear and take one small step towards your dream.

Peace and Blessings,

Mary Jo

Spirit of the Season Catalog

For those of you who are tired of trinket filled catalogs and are looking for special gifts that change people’s lives, the Spirit of the Season Catalog is just for you.  Avoid the malls and find the perfect transformational gift with the SPIRIT OF THE SEASON CATALOG – UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  For the first time ever, this online catalog offers a life-enriching shopping experience and features bestselling books, unusual and personally empowering, self enriching products and services in a varied collection from amazing authors, coaches, gurus and mentors. 

 You’ll find gifts in the Spirit of the Season Catalog in the following categories: wealth building, health and energy healing, Law of Attraction workshops, intuitive healing, CD programs, inspirational, motivational, transformational, seasonal, art, self-help, all genres of fiction and a variety of non-fiction to empowering products that will light anyone’s life.  Check it out at www.spiritoftheseasoncatalog.com

Moments of Joy

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ” — Henry David Thoreau

As Thanksgivings go….this year wasn’t perfect or magical, but it had its moments.  I loved…

  • Lounging until 9:30 am, with a great cup of coffee and a trashy New York Times best seller;
  • Seeing my college freshman walk through the airport gate;
  • Having a delicious meal waiting for us, even if it was reheated. Dinner was at 4pm, but we my son’s flight didn’t come in until 5pm.

We all have big things in our life to be thankful for…but it’s the little moments that bring blessings into our days.   As we speed through the season ahead, look for the magic in the moments.   You’ll surely have something to be thankful for!

This Week: Embrace the small moments with gratitude.

Peace and Blessings,

Mary Jo