A Boy and an Elephant – by photographer/filmmaker Gregory Colber

From my monthly post at the Supernatrual Underground.

Hi Everyone,

Happy Holiday Season. There are so many ways to spend this time of year and most include a sense of celebration, reminders of joy and appreciation, family, clan, food and friends.

In this spirit, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to release 2015 with gratitude and prepare for a fabulous New Year 2016.

As with all Magic, it begins in the mind . . .

I love that we are drawn to the supernatural genre, immersed in magic, wonder and the ‘impossible’. I think that puts speculative fiction readers ahead of the game when it comes to creating personal rituals to change our lives.

We’ve already been there in the pages. It’s not a huge leap to go there, in our minds, in our everyday reality.

Here are five great tips to de-cluttering our mental feng shui, opening doors of infinite possibilities when it comes to love, relationships, finances, work, career, creativity, artistry, home, family, prosperity.

Let’s all start 2016 with clear minds and open hearts.

1) The Only Love Spell That Works

Most of our relationship, or lack of relationship, issues rise from
an absence of self-love. As Jeannette Maw says, “The universe can only
be as good to you as you are to yourself,” and face it, we aren’t always
that self supportive.

Think about your self talk when you look in the
mirror. Are you your own best cheering squad, or do you list the faults
and things that need to be ‘fixed’? What about at work? In your
creativity? Your daily routine? When you lay awake at night, are you
thinking of the things that went right or ‘wrong’? Most of us are in the
habit of self judgment, criticism and denigration. Just imagine what
signal that sends to the universe? It’s a spell that conjures more of what we don’t want.

But there is a way to turn it around, a love spell that changes
everything, from the inside out. There are a lot of them out there,
spells that boost self-love, but here are two I found life changing:

Mirror Mirror on the Wall:

2) 1% Improvements

No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new
General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s
professional cycling team), Dave Brailsford was asked to change that.

His approach was simple.

Brailsford believed in a concept that he referred to as the
“aggregation of marginal gains.” He explained it as “the 1 percent
margin for improvement in everything you do.” His belief was that if you
improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, then those
small gains would add up to remarkable improvement. AND IT DID! Read how to alter your daily life by 1% and watch things expand towards success!

3) Core Value check in

How can knowing your core values make your life better? It can’t, but knowing AND honoring them can!

A core value is simply what matters most to you in life; it’s what makes you who you are. As in, without it, you just wouldn’t be you. For some that might be humor or generosity. Learning or spirituality. Creativity or connection. The list goes on.

So how does one live their values?

It starts with identifying them. There are a couple ways to do that. Read more here.

4) Toleration Let Go

Many know the importance of managing their feelings and focusing on the positive.  But sometimes we mange so well, we put up with things that actually are energy drainers. One of the most powerful ways to clear this error is to identify and eliminate the daily tolerations
of life.

Some examples could include the car tags are expired, the desk plant
is withering, the family dog is overdue for a dental, your shoes don’t
fit right, neighbor noise keeps you up at night, your mother-in-law
drives you nuts, you work too much overtime, you don’t eat a decent
lunch, a bulb is burned out in the ceiling light, your credit card is
maxed out, etc.

Your job is to identify and eliminate the things that are draining your joy from life.  Here’s how to get started:

5) Astrology and Relief

How do we know if there is too much stress in our lives? Check in with emotional guidance!
Feel good = stress-free. Feel bad = stressful.  The idea is to bring
awareness to the situation so we can let go of what’s not supporting us.
Indicators of stress include:

• Fatigue, yawning, dozing, spacing out, depression

• Aches and pains and symptoms in the body

• Nervous tension, anxiety or apprehension

• Insomnia and sleep disturbances

• Lack of enthusiasm for life

The signs of the zodiac can alert us to authentic needs and modes of stress reduction. We each have all twelve signs in our charts,
although some will be emphasized more than others. Looking at the natal
signs of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and Ascendant ruler(s) offers a good
starting point. Go here to get started!

That’s it, everyone. Five quick steps to Feng Shui the mind.

Let me know how you go, or if you have any favourites to add in the comments.

Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year wonderful readers and writers.


Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.

You can find out more about Kim at the 11th House Blog, and on FaceBook and Twitter.

She posts at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month and runs Save the Day Writer’s Community on Facebook.