How Blissful Are You?
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by Tess Whitehurst
When I first started practicing metaphysics, I thought of it as a
process of adding something, or tacking on something extra. You know,
my normal everyday existence, plus
a new romance or a new job (or whatever it was that I chose to
manifest). In time, however, I began to notice that if I was out of
alignment with prosperity consciousness (for example), a prosperity
ritual would not merely bring forth riches out of nowhere. Rather, it
would help align me with the energy
and the feeling of prosperity,
so that prosperity would naturally begin to flow into my life
experience. And, if there were aspects of my habitual thought/feeling
stream that weren't in
alignment with prosperity, something would arise that helped these
aspects fall away. I might "happen to" discover a book such as Napoleon
Hill’s Think and Grow Rich,
or "inadvertently" vocalize a limiting belief (such as, "We always live
to the edge of our means"), and someone would notice and point it out,
helping me to see that it didn’t always need to be true.
So I began to see
that it wasn't about adding. It was about opening up to, and tapping
into, the generous flow of prosperity that was already in existence.
Like finally beginning to hear, and then dance to, the music of
prosperity that was already playing on the radio.
I also noticed that when I worked on manifesting something that really
brought joy to my heart, that joy always fueled my success. The more
joy, the more success—and the quicker it flowed. So this led me to
understand something else: that our truest desires are not something
extra, but a part of our true selves. When we remember that we are
energetic beings, we see that we are not just a body and a mind, but a
unique flow of divine energy—like a pattern, a blossom, or a song.
Consciously manifesting things that bring us joy, then, is a process of
opening up to who we really are and aligning with the divine energies
that naturally want to flow through our life experience. It's like how
water wants to flow through a river in a particular way, or how an
acorn wants to become an oak.
What's really fun to me about the wisdom in The Art of Bliss is that it's a
framework for helping us clear the way for this flow, and to get in
alignment with it, in the most ideal and natural of ways. So it's not
just about doing a prosperity ritual or a love spell, but rather about
opening up to the already existing flow of prosperity or love, and
seeing how this nourishes everything else that's going on in our life.
Once we make a habit of interacting with the conditions of our lives in
this holistic way, our life experience begins to spiral like a
glittering galaxy into greater and greater levels of harmony, wisdom,
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Art of Bliss is your
third book in a small span of time (The
Good Energy Book came out in
January, and Magical
Housekeeping last year).
Where do you find your
With each book, it feels like it is part
me, but also like it is something that comes through me, sort of like
wind flowing through a chime. And it all adds up to something that is
entirely its own thing. Basically, my process is to start with a
framework that feels fun to me, and then to sit with my spine straight
and my hands on the keyboard and be open to whatever wants to come
2. You focus on Feng Shui in
each of your books. Do you feel that this practice is a connecting
force between our personal energy and our state of happiness?
Yes, exactly. Before I discovered feng shui, it was like my rituals and
meditations were divorced from the rest of my life. It was sort of like
I lived two lives: the magical/spiritual one and the mundane one. In
time, the mundane began to feel like more of an illusion than the
magical, so this just didn’t feel right. Feng shui turns this around by
making your entire home, and everything in it, into a charm, so that
there is a seamless merging of magical and that which was formerly
known as "mundane."
To say it another way, in this life
experience that appears to be characterized by duality, we feel
dis-empowered when we begin to believe that the world of form and the
world of spirit—i.e. our bodies and our minds, or our outer and inner
environments—are separate. And in my experience, nothing helps you stay
grounded in awareness of the connection between these worlds like feng
shui. When we position our homes and workspaces so that life force
energy (or bliss!) can flow through in the most ideal of ways, we are
honoring both form and spirit simultaneously, as well as the vital,
meaningful connection between the two. Then, since we spend most of our
lives in these environments, almost everything we see constantly
reminds of this connection.
Art of Bliss features
nine chapters, each focusing on a particular "life key," from Serenity
to Synergy. How do you define "life key," and why are these nine
aspects of particular importance?
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Introduction to Enlightenment
by Fred H. Meyer, MD
What is enlightenment? How can it be achieved? Why do we
even seek to attain it? Fred H. Meyer, Ph.D., author of Don't Give Up Until You Do, explains why we need
to find the freeing power of enlightenment though meditation and
examining the inner workings of our mind.
Who's Afraid of a Little Black Magick?
by Shawn Martin Scanlon
The term "black magick" fascinates as no other, and yet
the term itself is so mysterious and vague that it's not always easy to
find two magicians who can agree precisely on its meaning. Is black
magick that of revenge, theft, cruelty, or other malicious acts? Or is
a magick that explores the darker sides of our psyches? Shawn Martin
Scanlon, author of Everything You Want To Know About Magick (But Were Afraid
To Ask), discusses why we needn't focus so much on the
multiple definitions of "black magick"—or even worry about
incorporating it into our own magickal practices.
Magnetism and the Mix Tape of Death
by Stephen Lancaster
At some point in your life you have likely heard someone
described as a "ghost magnet" or something similar. Can a person truly
be a magnetic for paranormal activity? After all, the human body is
itself built upon electromagnetic activity. Stephen Lancaster,
paranormal researcher and author of True Case Files of a Paranormal Investigator,