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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - May 2011

Nine Simple Ways to Awaken Your Inner Wisdom
by Debra Moffitt

Llewellyn.com - May 2011

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 results.

  3. 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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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - March 2011

An Interview with Author Debra Moffitt, Author of Awake in the World
by Llewellyn

1. Your new book, Awake in the World, includes 108 practices to live a divinely inspired life. Why the number 108? Debra Moffitt

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 in the World; how do you define "divine?" Do you associate it with a deity or particular religion?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - May 2011

The 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.

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A Tarot Diva’s Guide to the Ultimate Girl’s Sleepover
by Sasha Graham

Nothing 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.

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Self-Hypnosis, Quantum Physics, and the Astral World
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.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - May 2011

Refocusing Yourself After Life's Minor Disruptions

Exercise: Working with the Breath

Tarot Tip: Ten Practical Questions to Ask the Tarot


Llewellyn.com - New Releases - May 2011


Awake in the World, by Debra Moffitt
Awake in the World
by Debra Moffitt


Fairy Tale Rituals, by Kenny Klein
Fairy Tale Rituals
by Kenny Klein


Fire Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo
Fire Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo




Self-Empowerment Through Self-Hypnosis Meditation CD Companion
Self-Empowerment Through Self-Hypnosis Meditation CD Companion
by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D. & Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


Tarot Diva, by Sasha Graham
Tarot Diva
by Sasha Graham


Wheel of the Year Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo
Wheel of the Year Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo


The Witch's Heart, by Christopher Penczak
The Witch's Heart
by Christopher Penczak


Wizards Tarot, by Corinne Kenner
Wizards Tarot
by Corrine Kenner

Llewellyn.com - Reader's Top Picks - January 2011

  1. Practical Protection Magick
    by Ellen Dugan

  2. Tarot of Pagan Cats
    by Lo Scarabeo

  3. The Llewellyn Tarot
    by Anna-Marie Ferguson

  4. Psychic Tarot
    by Nancy Antenucci with
    Melanie Howard

  5. Self-Empowerment and Your Subconscious Mind
    by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke &
    Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

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