Friday, February 22, 2019

How Awakened Children Awaken Us

The Echo World's PUBLISHER'S BOOK TIP: How do you raise a child with extraordinary abilities? John Nelson addresses this question and many more in this well-written and engaging novel: The Miracle of Anna: An Awakened Child. 
Keep a lookout for a review of The Miracle of Anna, in the upcoming March issue of The Echo World.

The Miracle of Anna
“How Awakened Children Awaken Us”

Pregnant women and mothers of newborns sometimes have a glow about them. The child that they carry or nurture as infants come, to quote Wordsworth, “. . . trailing clouds of glory,” and the spiritually elevated can sense that. And while it’s natural for some to project onto their child “elevated” expectations, it is entirely another matter if that child happens to be fully awakened.  Just imagine raising a child Jesus, one in the Buddha state, or a child like the Hindu saint, Anandamayi Ma, in today’s world.
  This is the situation that faces twentysomething Maggie Langford in The Miracle of Anna when told by her guru that she carries such a child. Her instincts are to shelter and protect the sanctity of young Anna’s pure consciousness. What Maggie she did not expect is the effect her child would have on her own spiritual and psychological development. As a Hindu devotee in a small California town, she is a vegetarian, meditates, and practices yoga. But she is not prepared to have her spirit body whisked away by her daughter to a celestial haven to consult with her spiritual guide.
As it were, Maggie is accelerated by her exposure to young Anna. She goes from teaching arts and crafts at an elementary school to becoming a successful children’s book author, writing stories inspired by her child’s beingness. Of course, as a young woman, she has her own needs, but she allows Anna to “clear her chakras” and raise her energy. It lets this single mother to “have a night out” occasionally that is in alignment with her own spiritual development.
The most profound change, however, is turning a somewhat mousey young woman into a full-fledged spiritual warrior. Maggie will not tolerate anyone, from her guru to child services, and later the city’s school board, to reduce Anna to another cipher in their system. By example, in nurturing the natural development of our children’s spiritual seed, we only cultivate that expression within ourselves to the elevation of both. 
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Magic - Runes for Shifting from Winter to Spring

February is, for many people, a difficult month to keep energy and enthusiasm levels high. We are often tired of winter and the cold. We are ready for spring, but not quite there yet. In both regular media and the so-called New Age media articles usually start to appear at this time of year about detox and energy boosters, such as special diets, fasting or use of aromatic oils. On a magical level you can also use tools such as colors, tarot cards and visualization to help boost you into a more spring-oriented level of being and shake off that muggy slow winter feel. Being a rune nerd, I personally love to engage these age-old signs for focused magic work. Here follows my suggestion of three runes you can meditate on, make a drawing of or simply sit with for awhile to prepare for the shift between winter and spring:

Rune of Joy: Allow yourself to be filled with joy, contentment and a general feeling of awe. Spring is coming, but the year is still at its very beginning. This is also a wish rune, so mind your thoughts and make sure that your wishes and visions are lined up with what you truly want. An excellent way to work with the Rune of Joy is to draw it on a piece of paper using light colors such as pink and sunny yellow, or even better – draw it in glitter and hang it somewhere you can be reminded of its qualities every day.

Rune of Ice: While the coldness of winter is still lingering, use the Rune of Ice to slow down, breath deep and clarify where you are going. This rune is the very back-bone of the whole rune row and can help us remember what is the back-bone in our lives. Draw the rune in strong black strokes, add light blue and silver and meditate on its strength.

Rune of Cattle: The last rune of the Uthark, the Rune of Cattle, is also called the Rune of Richness. With this rune you can draw all those good things to you that you need. It stands for new beginnings, abundance, social success, sexual energy and more. Draw the rune in strong earthy and fiery colors and feel its power coming flowing into your life.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Magical Trees - World Trees

Who doesn't love trees? They are our steady friends through storm and breeze, our providers of oxygen, shelter and shade. The relationship between humans and trees are age-old and beautifully complex. Our root and branch allies are always there, reminding us of digging our energies deep into the earth, as well as reaching towards the open sky.

Around the world the world tree shows up as a symbol for all that is. In the world tree lives not only humans, animals and plants, but gods, spirits and fantastical beasts as well. In Norse mythology the world tree is called Yggdrasil – often depicted as a giant ash tree, holding the nine worlds.

I have decided to write a series in this blog on the magical properties of trees. I look forward to you reading. 

In photo: The ash that guards my parent's house in Sodermanland, Sweden.