Nine Simple Ways to
Awaken Your Inner Wisdom
by Debra Moffitt
We often think of wisdom as being something exclusive to saints, gods,
gurus, and teachers, but everybody has a vast amount of wisdom and
knowledge. However, many of us have forgotten how to tap into it. As
children we knew intuitively when something felt right and if someone
was honest and true. But as we grew older many of us lost contact with
that knowing and began to put more faith in what others said than what
our own hearts told us. The inner wisdom is still there, yearning for
us to pay attention. Here are simple ways to reconnect with it.
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- Create a Sacred Space. Almost
everyone needs a place to step away from the world for a little while
each day. Mythologist Joseph Campbell refers to this as a sacred space
where we can find ourselves. That space may be an altar that we build
in our room, a corner of a shelf, or a place in the attic or in the
garden. By going there often and at the same time everyday, we invite
inspiration and intuitive insights into our lives.
- Walk a Labyrinth. Labyrinths offer
mini-retreats in the heart of the day. Unlike mazes, they follow a
single unobstructed path to the center with no dead ends and no way of
getting lost. The design of the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in
France has been copied for use in hospital, university, and city park
settings. Walkers who use them say that they are a way of getting
centered. They suggest on the move inward that cares and worries be
released. In the center, stop and be still for a moment and listen.
What’s your heart saying? It may give you a solution or an action plan.
On the walk out let the energy build and boost you. You may find a
labyrinth in your area by checking www.labyrinthlocator.com. Desktop
labyrinths that can be traced with a finger are also popular. Chartres
labyrinth designs can also be downloaded and traced by pen for similar
- Embrace your Inner
Goddess. Women are beginning to reconnect with the power of the
Divine Feminine. This is the receptive, nurturing, intuitive side that
is deeply connected to the joys and sorrows of the world. The Inner
Goddess guides the way to deeper joy and fulfillment. Find an image of
someone or something that reminds you of your Inner Goddess. Dress up
like a goddess and take on the qualities of the divine you most
adore—Shakti, Gaia, Durga, Mother Mary, Brigid, or any of the others.
What qualities do you see in the goddess you chose to become?
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with Author Debra Moffitt, Author of Awake
in the World
1. Your new book, Awake
the World, includes 108 practices to live a
divinely inspired life. Why
the number 108?
The number 108 is considered sacred by
many wisdom traditions. It’s the number of beads used in a mala (a
string of prayer beads similar to rosaries). Hindus, Buddhists, and
even Sikhs and some Japanese practices use the malas with 108 beads.
The number "one" to me represents Oneness. This is the aim of many
spiritual practices—to realize the oneness and interconnectedness of
all people and things. The "zero" represents emptiness. To reach an
understanding of the Divine, we need to shed many things and become
empty of the mental clutter, desires for useless things, and
negativity. I like to think of the "8" as a symbol for infinity. By
doing spiritual practices we tap into our inner wisdom and realize our
infinite nature beyond the body.
2. What was your inspiration in
implementing these practices in your life? How did you discover them?
Pain, chaos, and suffering all pushed me
to start doing spiritual practices. I lost my job, my husband moved
out, and I fell ill. The rug of my comfortable existence was pulled out
from under my feet and I fell flat on my face. The only way out was to
begin to go deeper than the material existence and strive for something
that had more meaning. The practices came to me synchronistically. I
began meditating and recalling dreams. Tibetan Buddhist Lama
Sogyal Rinpoche gave instruction nearby and I went to study with him. I
also learned of Edgar Cayce and his emphasis on dreams for
guidance. Later I traveled to India and spent time in an ashram. I’ve
used all of the practices in one form or another, including walking
labyrinths, blessing pets, discovering secret gardens, and more.
At age fifteen I had an ulcer. The doctor
prescribed tranquilizers (this was pre-ulcer medication days) and I
could not study or think clearly. I decided that since my mind had
caused the ulcer, I could use my mind to cure it. I started meditating
every night. By the next x-ray a month or so later, the ulcer was gone.
I lost touch with the practices for a while and pursued career and
status, but it all returned in the right time.
2. You use the term "divine" in Awake
the World; how do you define "divine?" Do you
associate it with a deity or particular religion?
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Secret Language of Fairy Tales
by Kenny Klein
Fairy tales. We have known these stories since we were
young, likely so young we cannot remember the first time we heard them.
These stories did more than entertain us; they were our constant
companions. They helped us define who we were. They molded us into the
person we would someday become. Kenny Klein, author of Through the Faerie Glass and the new Fairy Tale Rituals, explains how these tales
have remained for centuries, changing and inspiring us.
A Tarot Diva’s Guide to the Ultimate Girl’s
by Sasha Graham
beats the good fun of a pajama party. Who says
you can’t relive the old days? Just because you have a family,
full-time job, or other very grown-up responsibilities doesn’t mean you
couldn’t or shouldn’t relive the good times. Treat yourself to a
girlicious evening and empower yourself and your friends with a night
you’ll never forget. Sasha Graham, author of Tarot Diva, offers up a myriad of ways to jump-start your magical life and connect with your friends on a magical
sleepover inspired by the energy of Tarot's Three of Cups.
Self-Hypnosis, Quantum Physics, and the Astral
by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
The recent and on-going revolution in physics has not
only added another dimension to our understanding of the "worlds" in
which we live, but provides a totally new perspective in which
consciousness is added to the basic duality of Energy & Matter to
form a "Trinity of Power" through which any individual person can
actively intervene and bring change to his or her own potential
reality. Simply speaking, you can shape your future. It is this active
intervention that gives genuine meaning to our approach to
"Self-Empowerment." So how does one use self-empowerment to create a
better life, the life they have always dreamed of? Carl Llewellyn
Weschcke, co-author of Self-Empowerment
Through Self-Hypnosis Meditation CD Companion and Self-Empowerment
Through Self-Hypnosis, explains.