Thursday, 31 March 2016

Energy Healing & Reiki for Stress Management | Boosting Health | Immune System | Chakra Balance | Harmony

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Usui Reiki is one of the most popular courses I teach through Mayastar Academy Online Natural Healing & Spiritual Development Courses. It was the first course I began teaching 12 years ago when Mayastar was established and because whenever energy healing is mentioned with regard to its effectiveness (assisting cancer patients or for pain relief), it remains the most “well known” of the systems I teach. It’s probably the one that’s most tested and some medical health practices will refer people for Reiki Healing despite it being considered a bit “new age”. Similar prejudices come up as a reaction against natural healing practices – Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Reflexology for example.

The big difference with Reiki is that it’s accessible and safe for anyone to learn and use. I wouldn’t recommend anyone start trying acupuncture without significant training and experience. But energy healing systems like Reiki provide a structured and specific practice that is not invasive and can be easily taught.

The founder of Usui Reiki included the structured forms of hand position sequences, meditation techniques, symbols and methods for sending healing distantly as well as on the breath. It is a versatile system but it’s structure makes it uniquely useful for beginners because it helps to build confidence in energy work as you go. So your intuition develops without your conscious mind being unoccupied and restrictive.

People learn energy healing for all kinds of reasons. Some wish to learn to provide healing to others; perhaps to pets or family members. Some are looking for ways to develop their spiritual senses and find Reiki an excellent way to do this.

But increasingly, I teach students that are looking at alternative or complimentary therapies to improve their health. Balance their energy to resolve health problems or assist with conventional treatments they are already using.

One of the most significant implications for ill health is stress. We are six times more likely to develop schizophrenia if we live in a city than if we don’t. Modern life has its benefits but it comes with increases in stress experienced by doing things that have never been natural for people to do.

Another example is the blue light from backlit screens on our computers, games, phones and televisions can interrupt our production of melatonin. The hormone that makes us feel sleepy and allows us to sleep. Yet, many have televisions and computers in their bedrooms and use them to “wind down”. Over time we don’t really know how much additional stress to the system could accumulate through this change in sleep quality. But the fact is if we don’t properly our bodies can’t repair properly.

If we have too little sleep on a regular basis there are implications for our health on many levels. Ultimately, if you get less than six hours of sleep in one go regularly, your life expency is reduced. Your risk of heart problems, cognitive problems and problems with immine immune function are increased.

These kinds of stress are often completely ignored. We know that a stressful job or relationship can make us ill. We know what stress feels like. We know that sometimes natural life events may cause us stress and when these happen we tend to try to take care of ourselves – death, changing career, moving home – and many other big changes we will all face at one time or another, will cause stress that we need effective ways to deal with.

Usui Reiki obviously isn’t the only answer. Meditation and breathing exercises are also very good. Changing eating habits to avoid stimulants or sugar can have big effect. Avoiding falling into the trap of relying on detrimental habits like drinking alcohol (which is considered by most people to be an “acceptable” way to deal with stress despite its negative effects on health), is important.

Change in life is stressful to some extent even in the most adaptable and well adjusted people. And change is constant. So the way we deal with experiences of stress needs to be something we make accessible to ourselves consciously and use regularly.

Daily exercise has been shown in clinical trials to be more effective in treating depression than many medications that are prescribed by medical professionals. That certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take them! But it does mean we can make choices to help ourselves and that’s empowering.

Reiki is an excellent option for relaxation, self healing and boosting our immune function. It it useful in relieving stress and the symptoms of stress which can become chronic and debilitating.

My view is that a holistic approach is the best approach. Don’t rule out modern medicine. But do consider your diet and lifestyle. Look at the options you can take and weigh up the negative impact of some “acceptable” habits against the options that don’t come with a negative impact. What’s considered “normal” isn’t always what is natural or right.

It can be hard to break out of habits of thinking and behaviour we have been taught and which are reinforced by those around us. Sometimes being the odd one out means choosing what works for us as individuals despite our peers or negative views of individuality that are quite prevalent in some people’s lives.

If your friends think Reiki is kookie – the domain of hippies and vegans, don’t let it stop you trying it out. Lead by example. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Especially if trying something old isn’t working!

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Monday, 28 March 2016

The True Path of Magick | Self-Realisation | The Path of Wholeness | The Great Work | Spiritual Development | Enlightenment | Ascension | Individuation

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Today’s bathtime blog is about Magick…what it really is…and what it really isn’t!

Previous articles about my magickal work (Maya Magickal Spells & Personalised Initiation Programmes) have briefly described the actual definition of magick. But I think it deserves a full blog for those drawn to conscious spiritual development.

Sometimes Magick is called a mystery religion or cult. Or “The Black Arts”. The latter sounds scary but using the words “dark” or “black” around magick refers to the secrecy around it. In the wrong hands magick is dangerous but not in the way you may think. It requires facing yourself in all your truth – this can be challenging. And people with a higher than normal ego consciousness balance, may become egocentric; delusional – even paranoid. Because they appropriate universal experiences as personal and literally fall into the trap of thinking they’re “God’s Gift”. When due study and balanced experience would tend towards the conclusion that, everyone you meet is also God’s Gift and as Extraordinary and Special as you are. There can’t be room for racial, financial or situational based beliefs in Magick. These are the comfort blankets for those clinging to ego consciousness.

So Magick isn’t about being something you’re not or identifying as something that the ego resonates with. It is about being yourself. And this is often more a case of “cutting the crap” than it is of being a whizz with the tarot! It’s about becoming but becoming the truth of what you are. A truth that exists as a fundamental even if you aren’t conscious of it. It’s your reality…but tunes you into that most objective concept; “Truth as an abstraction of Consciousness”.

Magick is the path to Self-Realisation for those moved to reconnect in a personal sense with that abstract divinity that exists within, without and in all ways transcends us.

Magick means we are working (through any method; natural as well as supernatural) to align our actions, thoughts and feelings with our Higher Self: elevating our consciousness so that our motivation is to ACT on the promptings of the “Higher Will” rather than to REACT to promotings of the ego. It is a spiritual calling to Source. To manifest that Divine Source through all levels of “being” and for the good of all.

Magick is defined as the art of causing change to occur in accordance with Will. The “Will” is the intent of the Higher Self. This idea of the freedom to “do what you Will” has way too often been interpreted by the more hedonistic, less self-aware among us, to mean we can “do what we want”. That would be very primitive and ego based definition of Will. It would define “Want” or highlight our human flaws if anything. The Mage’s first lesson is to learn the difference.

The Higher Will is beyond “want” or “demand”. Those types of base desires based on manifesting instant satisfaction or the fulfillment of lower desires are typical attitudes of the Ego Self.

Ego based consciousness is an emotionally immature state that reflects a spiritually immature state. Magick is the path to Spiritual Maturity but it is reflected in our mental and emotional lives too so if someone seems badly adjusted emotionally, you can know that there is a spiritual and mental component to that imbalance. It’s important for any aspiring magician or mystic learn to recognise these red flags and to resolve them rather than to passively assume they will sort themselves out.

They say time heals…but it does depend what you do with that time!

Through magick we choose to consciously align ourselves with a more mature state that resonates more with the Divine. Now you may call that external expression of Divinity by a name or define it as an abstract concept. But when you experience moments in life where you are aligned with it (the Divinity within yourself is in harmony with the Divinity that is without), things go smoothly, you feel good, and there is a sense of purpose and deep validation that comes from that intimate connection experienced through Magick. It is unique and undeniable. But to experience it usual requires removal of impediments to Higher Consciousness. It’s not uncommon for a personal tragedy to seem to be the catalyst for a sense of deep spiritual communion during prayer. As if the mind is occupied with our misery enough that our spiritual Higher Mind is free from the usual background noise.

All experiences understood from a spiritual perspective have the potential for growth. It is a common complaint “how can you believe in God when bad things happen?”…well, how many drug addicts and alcoholics would there be if it was never possible to hit rock bottom. We may not know why bad things can happen to good people…but perhaps it’s just that we need to know, this is a level playing field. You can aspire to exceed yourself no matter what your outward situation and status. Spiritually, you are unique and possess potential; the same potential of the greatest evil or monumental saintliness. Spiritual, no one has a silver spoon and it could be argued the more challenging your life conditions are, the greater your potentional is.

Now your path itself is unique. It may be based around personal beliefs and practices; disciplines of religion or philosophy. Observed devotions and practices. There is no single road to Self-Realisation. There is only the goal of achieving fundamental Wholeness through our subjective and objective experiences and understanding. Aspiring to Wholeness is the only path to true happiness.

Through Mayastar Academy Online Natural Healing & Spiritual Development Courses I teach a variety of energy healing and meditation distance learning courses online. These are techniques that may add to your experience – or be a place to begin. These techniques can form a part of conscious spiritual development; and that was why I founded Mayastar in 2004.

My intention is to provide support & assistance to people in achieving alignment with their Higher Will. It is an example of me choosing my vocation in alignment with my Higher Will; of causing change to occur in accordance with my Will. And to support others on the path to Wholeness by my lifetime’s devotion to the process. My ego would probably feel safer with a 9-5 – but my soul would remain unfulfilled.

My life, thoughts, ideas, actions and beliefs are aligned with my Higher Will. Whether I am providing an initiation intensive, reiki attunement or tailored ritual intensive, my relationship with every client and student, reflects my higher intention. For my own journey, that’s how it has to be. And often my journey plays a part in the spiritual journey of another.

There are many other more mundane things that I have to do to make this possible though. I have to feed myself, keep a roof over my head, do my accounts, pay my bills and taxes, choose a diet that doesn’t hinder my work (some of my spells require a lot of dance – they are choreographed Tantric Shamanic Rituals – I couldn’t eat a heavy meal or too many carbs on a ritual heavy day). But these sacrifices for the perfection of my work are part of the work too. The good habits aren’t a sacrifice because they actually have benefits on other levels. But most importantly, they enable to manifest my “soul purpose”.

All these details are parts of that same magickal process and all essential to me being able to provide spiritual facilitation & service in accordance with my Higher Will. My decisions are made with that singularity of intention. Although my decision seems intellectual, the spiritual calling is my motivation. It’s much harder to explain and often harder to define our “destination” (destiny) because spiritual yearnings are different to other yearnings we experience. Our intuition develops as we go but using logic and intellect can be a safer starting point. A wooly intuitive desire could far more easily be confused with an ego based desire. That’s why you hear of people studying Magick. In the early stages, understanding our own motivations can be a bit of a minefield!

Of course there have been times in the past where I made choices that took me out of alignment with my higher intentions. We all do – magick is process of growth and often can mean having thr humility to learn by our own mistakes. Sometimes by “unlearning” our past immature assumptions or beliefs.

But as we practice, our self-awareness develops and as it does, we are increasingly called upon to make (sometimes hard) decisions. But what is consciousness, if not asking questions? When we are younger these crossroad moments can be harder on us; our ego has a loud voice but low aspirations! This can also be the case later in life if we have persisted in ego consciousness for a long time. It can feel like very hard work when we begin to move to the perspective of Higher Consciousness.

The process of magick is a lifestyle. It includes everything that forms part of your life “expression” and it is a life-long path. Not a few years in a coven. But many years of disciplined and focused application. Akin in many ways to Bhakti Yoga (Devotional Practice).

Is it really worth it you may ask? Well, if that’s a question, Magick probably isn’t your path. Magick is a way of life.

It isn’t something you achieve “as if by magick”; it’s the practice of following the path to Wholeness and in being of “one mind”.

It’s sometimes described as “the reconciliation of opposites” or “The Great Work” – these are very accurate names. But Self-Realisation is the one I prefer!

It’s important to remember that whatever path you choose or techniques you use, keeping yourself in alignment with your higher will encompasses all aspects of your life, all of the time.

We may recognise magickal proficiency by some external signs of psychic skills or talent in healing or spellcrafting. But the integration of our ego with our higher consciousness means our thoughts, feelings and behaviour all evolve too. The Whole Self is party to our development. And true Magick is the internal journey – the goal is always the spiritual aspiration.

We can find guidance externally but there isn’t an external authority because the process is deeply personal and absolutely unique. Although we may have relationships and connections with people that share similar goals and can offer support and encouragement, the inner process is only something you can do. It requires discipline and devotion. It requires a personal level of commitment to the process (faith and confidence) that will support us through challenging times.

Even if you’re working with a spiritual group or other group based around Self-Realisation, the journey to Wholeness is one we all make alone. And it is the only path to true happiness.

Xxx ALM (Maya)

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Mayastar & Maya Magickal Offers (Extended)| Song of the Day | Down to the River to pray | Baptism | Rebirth | New Beginnings | Prayer

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SPECIAL OFFERS | Mayastar & Maya Magickal Special Offers. Offers were going to end Saturday 26th but have been extended for 48 hours for the Easter Holidays!

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Love it x

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“As I went down to the river to pray, studyingabout that good way. And who shall wear the starry crown, Good Lord show me the way. O sisters, let’s go down, let’s to down, come on down. O sisters let’s go down, down in the river to pray”

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Mayastar Academy Online Natural Healing & Spiritual Development Courses | Magick | Spells | Energy Healing | Healing Touch | Angel Journey | Manifesting Guidance | Christ Consciousness | Higher Self Activations | Self-Realisation | Reiki | Meditation

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The current offers are off syllabus courses that are popular and will be added to the syllabus when I have the time. Plus the Maha Laxshmi Dance of Prosperity Tantric Shamanic Ritual – with a triple working option. There are articles about magick on http://ift.tt/1aFsPsI and on energy healing & lightwork on http://www.mayastar.net – also a variety on my blog http://ift.tt/1fk59qy, www.mayastar.net and www.mayamagickal.net

The exclusive course options include Manifesting Guidance, Christ Consciousness Flush, Angel Journey,  Higher Self Activations. And the v popular Healing Touch of Jesus attunements.

They are still available – end tonight UK time if you’re interested in any of them – the link is http://ift.tt/1pIxihA

Also the free info pack,  syllabus & student guide can be requested through the site or from me directly at mayastar@mayastar.net

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Update Mayastar & Maya Magickal | Spells | Reversals | Justice | Lunar Magick | Planetary Rulers | Rebalancing Energy | Eliminating Karmic Bonds | Morality | Manipulation & Abuse | Dance | Choreography | Full Moon

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Today’s face of thunder #nomakeupselfie…

When u find out you been played…and realise sometimes #magick is the only way to break a negative karmic bond with someone who doesn’t have #selfawareness or #principles.

“You can’t reason with the unreasonable.”

But you def don’t want them messing with your energy and skewing your balance.

So tonight, my #pms combined with the #fullmoon and influences of Jupiter, I think working #Nataraj Dance of Destruction Reversal Ritual (focused on invoking justice – it’s a good #spell for tweaking in that way), would be the best fit! Plus I have a new choreographed version for tweaking the Nataraj Working for Justice and not a simple reversal as the two are so often requested together. So, tonight will be the first casting of the new one…a bit exciting to see how it will work. If it doesn’t “flow” I think perhaps it would be a good choreographical addition to the #Valkyrie working.  But feel the reversal element is essential to a a Justice By Right spell. I may end up doing a new spell for this option ultimately so watch this space! Xx

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Sorry office admin side is a bit behind. All attunements etc up to date and certificates being processed  Today’s face of thunder #nomakeupselfie…

When u find out you been played…and realise sometimes #magick is the only way to break a negative karmic bond with someone who doesn’t have #selfawareness or #principles.

“You can’t reason with the unreasonable.”

But you def don’t want them messing with your energy and skewing your balance.

So tonight, my #pms combined with the #fullmoon and influences of Jupiter, I think working #Nataraj Dance of Destrover the next few days.

Xxx Be Whole!
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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Healthy Hair Styling | Grunge Hair | Haircare | Beauty Tips | Natural | Bathtime | Up-do for Down-do | Pre-Raphaelite | Boho | Redhead | Curls | Waves | Big Hair

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This blog is for those who don’t want to use products or heat for styling but like that grunge hair, curly hair, big hair look. I recommend my own (pretty lazy but very versatile) haircare & styling tips!

I will intersperse with pix showing various ways of understating and overstating the updo part…and the different results. Sorry about the lighting variations etc – the photos are from selfies over a period of time that I chose because I thought they gave an overall view of the results. But they’re in no particular order so I’ve captioned them.
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As with any beauty tips it may not work the same way on other people as it does on me. So you may want to adapt it a bit – so I included my own adaptations because I use different methods on the same principle to create different styles I like.

My hair is currently shoulder length with long layers. But I used the same technique when it was tailbone length – that didn’t work so well the weight of my hair would pull it straighter at the top so I adapted my technique over time.
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I am growing it out now but it really is thick so I plan to keep long chunky layers as I do. I think for very long hair, sleeping in a very loose french plait would be a better option – or using a french plait starting at the nape of neck and working forward. Then fastening the front and twisting the rest around it. The longer it is, the easier it gets to vary your twisting results.
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I find if my hair is over frizzed from plaiting, over flat at the scalp from a tight bun or pony tail for dancing, or overly slippy after a deep condition with my regular henna & coconut oil treatment, it can work to take out some of the frizz or to add some volume while giving a bit of a root boost for big hair. But using no heat or hair products prevents damage and is easily adaped to a variety of  “don’t care” hair dos!
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If you want to try it to straiten it a bit, roll in big sections. If you want more curls and volume, use small rolls. For me, 3 rolls for a less voluminous hairstyle. 5 for a big hair grunge curl effect. For differences in volume experiment with tight twists and looser ones to see how your hair responds.
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It can be done with damp hair. It can be done while you sleep. Or you can make a hair of the day style by adding some accessories like the humble (but tres chic) hairstick for something that looks like a deliberate updo :)

Because my hair is very think and it takes styling easily so I don’t usually damp it because it would take longer to dry. If I’m having a hot bath the steam from the bath is enough moisture to style mine at its current length. Even if it’s slightly damp when I “unravel”, I can let the residual dampness dry naturally and create a suitable boho redhead to match my style!
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So first…work out where it’s comfortable to wear the weight of the bun. The crown is very flattering…but if you have a wall behind your bath, it won’t work well if you want a long soak!

So I keep mine forward or very high. And decorate with hairsticks, ribbons and scarves if I’m planning to wear it all day.
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But make sure it’s at a level that provides suitable weight distribution for you (to avoid pulling and discomfort) and then use scarves and accessories to create the illusion of the shape you want.

Decide if you want to damp your hair and if you do, it’s a trial and error experiment to work out how long it will take to dry fully.
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Also decide if you want to brush beforehand for neater waves and curls. Or leave it unbrushed before twisting for a more messy style – grunge waves and volume.

First, take a section from your fringe…it doesn’t need to be big but I use a bigger section there so that it creates large waves around my face. Whenever you make the first twist it needs to be the most stable as all the other twists will be worked around it.
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Twist the section until it’s twisting around itself and hold it in place with a scrunchie.

Then repeat this with the rest of your hair, winding each round the first and securing it with a scrunchie whenever needed.

When its finished, its a massive updo made up of hair and scrunchies. I use black and burgundy velvet scrunchies so they blend with my hair. It gives the illusion of a bigger updo.
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When finished…take your bath (the steam will help it set) or add accessories if you’re keeping it up for the day.

You can leave sections free on long hair that you can plait into a design over the waves afterwards too. Keeping decorative plaits around the hairline at the front is a good idea because you can use them as part of your down do later on :D

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Maya Magickal Maha Laxshmi Dance of Prosperity & Tantric Shamanic Ritual Intensives

Bathtime blogging…today based on questions about specific options for tailoring the Maha Laxshmi Dance of Prosperity Tantric Shamanic Ritual and Spell intensive in the current special offer (Mayastar & Maya Magickal Special Offers).

Some of these questions are very general to magick in general and there are articles on the www.mayamagickal.net website that cover general principles in more detail so I will address some of these but focus more on enquiries specific to this ritual and the scope of its application.

The Maha Laxshmi working can be worked as a general spell and have a powerful effect because the Tantric Shamanic Rituals are very comprehensive. A general working would be used to enhance the positive energies and influences around you on all levels.

Spells work in real time and the effect of the changes they initiate unfolds from the time of casting. So you may begin with a general sense that things are good within hours of the working. On some intuitive level most people feel the energy immediately and this is often accompanied by feeling uplifted emotionally.

Beyond that seeding of the spell, things will begin to manifest more physically. This may be in suble changes at first but spells create change in a cumulative way, and so the expansion of the span of influence will continue to grow. As things manifest people often become more conscious of those small changes in their “luck”, and their increased confidence accelerates manifesting.

Spells don’t stop working. I know there are a lot of “witch doctors” out there who don’t really know the art of magick and consider spells to be a simple focus of intention. Focused intention is certainly a component but someone genuinely gifted in magick needs to be able to tune into the karmic “threads” at play and also to retain alignment with the underlying universal law (Dharma).

Without that skill, any success would be transitory and unstable. And effected more by luck than judgement! Like trying to paint a wall by throwing a tin of paint at it…it may achieve a result…but it’s not what you’d consider a success!

When we use magick to reweave energy we are working with probabilities. All things are potentially possible. But some things are so improbable as to consider unfeasible. So we must always work WITH the universe because working against it would be pointless – our efforts would be hindered to the point of them being literally point-less! This is possibly the biggest mistake amateurs make in spell casting. Only experience and dedication can make you proficient. Unfortunately at the moment it’s become a sort of fashion statement to call yourself a Witch so do take care in researching anyone you commission to work for you in this way.

Back to our spell…the evolution of the spell is essentially a constant. However, there are always other elements at play and it’s these factors that may seem to make the spell stop. In fact they don’t, they are other influences that may overrule the spell eventually. Sooner or later depending on our situation.

Our own consciousness may create restrictive habits in thought or behaviour that undermine the success of a spell. That’s the most usual way other influences become dominant. But the incongruous beliefs of others can gradually overshadow the changes we manifest.

Excepting extreme circumstances, this is a gradual process though. But it’s also why it’s important not to discuss your magickal work and goals with others; they may seem to support your intentions but may unconsciously (or consciously!) project hindering elements that restrict your progress.

Usually hindering factors are based in the ego of the client or someone else’s ego. Ego-based intentions are based in fear and resistance to change. So self awareness and secrecy are the best ways of achieving lasting change. That goes for all workings…but it’s often very noticeable in the effects manifested by the Maha Laxshmi Dance of Prosperity Working.

The reason is, the overall positive nature of the working which we may perceive subjectively as a feeling or in external experiences of financial prosperity or beneficial effects to our health or motivation. So we notice more quickly when our thoughts or actions or the thoughts and actions of others are contrary to our goal because in contrast to the higher vibrational sphere of the spell, low energy or negative energy is more noticeable.

Most questions about this working are along the lines of what kind of goals or successes we might want to manifest or work towards.

Prosperity isn’t only financial. A prosperous state includes our health, home, emotional prosperity, physical health, relationship prosperity. We need to measure our success in terms of the whole…not only success in financial prosperity. And because the Maha Laxshmi Dance of Prosperity Tantric Shamanic Ritual is so comprehensive, it can create far reaching change.

The spell can be used for many situations and tailored for those. Examples of the possiblities are:

Financial prosperity
Increased happiness
Health or for specific healing
Setting up a new business
Looking for a new romantic relationship
Looking a for a more positive relationship with friends or family
Working to restore balance and eliminating negative influences in an existing romantic relationship
Seeking employment
Seeking to succeed more in your current job – such as applying for a promotion
Generally increasing “good fortune” to assist a situation by enabling it to run more smoothly (such as a house move or ending a relationship – any period of change that causes stress)

Most people asking for this working are looking for it to be worked as a “love spell” or “money spell”. And there are specific application options for these on the site but the specific application spells have a more limited scope and are intended to work in combination.

A triple specific application working is £192 – and would be suitable if you wanted a specific result such finding job – and could include a reversal spell to reduce hindering factors, a high john the conqueror spell for good fortune and a crown of success spell to work on that goal from different angles. But the effect wouldn’t be as encompassing as choosing a Blessing Intensive which includes three Tantric Shamanic Rituals.

The limited scope of specific application options mean that these wouldn’t work well as a general working or series of general workings to manifest beneficial results on more levels – they’re not made for it but it is a natural side effect of TS workings.

Tantric Shamanic workings are more comprehensive which means they can be used to both focus on a specific application, while manifesting a general change on other levels. This means they work more quickly and their increased sphere of influence means they create an overall change that means you benefit in a number of ways and results are more far reaching and stable.

It’s the way magick should be worked but I know there are people who claim to do provide spell services for people but don’t have the knowledge, experience or skill to do so. I guess they are revealed by their results but whether you’re choosing me to carry out magickal work, or someone else, I would advise you ask questions about their techniques, experience and any formal training. You can find these things about me at www.mayamagickal.net as well as on the Mayastar Academy Online website www.mayastar.net

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Mineral Magic Foundation Review | PLUS Natural Beauty Tips | Sleep | HGH | Cardio | Green Drink | Apple Cider Vinegar | Henna | Coconut Oil | Hydration | Creme de la Mer | Meditation | Mineral Water | Lush Bath Bombs | Healthy Habits | 10 Years Younger | Skincare | Haircare

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This blog was going to be a review of Mineral Magic mineral foundation. But it ended up with lots of natural beauty tips because though I loved Mineral Magic, as someone who rarely wears make up, I kept feeling I needed to put it in context. So it evolved into a bit of a patchy article about my beauty tips and personal habits! And with a ton pictures too. I hope you enjoy it as an “article” because as a review it’s all over the place! Xx ALM

Results of my totally unscientific subjective tests of Mineral Magic mineral foundation…and and some natural natural beauty tips!

I’m stunned by this stuff becaus as foundation goes, it’s very cheap; it lasts well…and basically was just “better” in so many ways than the similar mineral mineral powders I have used before. My entirely personal experiences mean I consider it the best. I consider it the only one that’s passed my tests and also also consider it to be far better than the alternatives I’ve tried in the past.

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I don’t wear make up usually – and on the rare occasions I do, I like to keep it simple.

When it comes to your skin, I think you need to focus on maintenance. Healthy habits. Healthy body. Healthy mind.

I swear by daily meditation (and self healing modalities like Reiki – which I teach through Mayastar Academy Online), Creme de la Mer, Green Drink, plenty of Evian and regular cardio. If you’re not covering the basics it will show in your skin. Your skin is the largest organ that makes up your body. So if you drink, smoke, sunbathe and eat badly…it’s bound to show.

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For the record, the pictures in this blog show me with and without Mineral Magic. And I labelled them accordingly – as I added them after writing the review because Mineral Magic gave such a natural look.

Also, the photos are in different light – so I put in a close up of my skin with no make up on it too – just to give an idea of my normal skin tone. Because although Mineral Magic makes a big difference to me, I am aware most people don’t realise I’m not wearing make up (except tinted lipbalm) in my selfies. And I credit that to my good habits…but especially to Creme de la Mer!

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Also, although I don’t usually wear makup at all; my eyelashes are tinted. My eyebrows are tinted and sometimes enhanced with wunderbrow (goes on like a gel but works a bit like a stain so it looks natural). No eyeliner. No concealer. No blush. Sometimes I use a yellow/gold eyeshadow (usually from Lush but sometimes a touch of “unbranded” glitter).

Usually I wear Lush’s Strawberry Bombshell tinted lipbalm which is highly pigmented for a lipbalm! It’s a nice fresh fuschia pink shade (which makes your teeth look whiter) and leaves a bit of a stain when I wipe it off – leaving a very natural looking pinkness! (I am lazy so always been a fan of lipstains).

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I am 43 this year. I quit drinking and smoking a long time ago. And I keep nocturnal hours so sun damage not a problem for me but for people who do have more damage Mineral Magic alone might not be suitable but I think it would would work well as an addition. It blends so well.

I also make sure I get 7 hours sleep a “day” and I never take naps – people who do nap don’t tend to sleep long enough for their bodies to start its natural “repair process”; with a good long sleep your body makes human growth hormone (HGH) and it has a rejuvenating effect. That’s the reason it’s advisable not to eat close to bed time (digesting food can interrupt the repair cycle). And why, when we talk about “getting our beauty sleep” and it being “the hours before midnight that count”, it’s a sort of tradition of knowing sleeping well and having sufficient sleep is something we have always known as “beauty” tip. 

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Other tips for sleep is to have a silk or satin pillow to prevent friction on your hair and skin. And many also recommmend lying on your back to prevent you scrunching your face against your pillow causing new lines…though I’m not sure how much truth there is in that!

There are things we all know we should do too – avoiding junk food and keeping hydrated are things we should be doing anyway.

I supplement my diet with Green drink, lots of Evian, Apple Cider Vinegar (great for the skin) and collagen powder which are all good for health from the inside out!

Other habits personal to me are that I henna my hair red and don’t use silicone products or conditioners on it. Whenever I henna it, I deep condition with coconut oil: healthy hair does make you look healthier.

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I use Lush bath bombs every day as a “long soak”. It’s sort of like my personal “time out”. And I work out or dance (ballet, latin, hiphop) for 90 mins a day when I first get up. Cardio health is essential for good skin. If you’re not doing it, some cardio and plenty of water would be the things I consider absolutely essential for health…and that health does have a bearing on your appearance.

I consider my habits to be “health choices” but I do think over time it has made massive difference to my skin and aging in general. Daily meditation is also said to be good for your skin but any relaxation habit would be because stress is definitely not good for your skin!

If you really want to look after yourself, I would have to say I am a massive advocate of Creme de la Mer moisturiser too. My skin loves it. And though it’s expensive compared to other moisturisers, a little goes a long way. The Eye Balm Intense from La Mer is also one of my daily essentials.

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An additional contribution to my complexion that I would also recommmend is…wear sunglasses! I need them because I am photosensitive. But they protect the delicate skin around your eyes which often ages before other areas of your face. Again, another positive side effect of a health based habit!

Basically, you can’t expect your skin not to suffer if you don’t look after yourself in other respects. If damaging habits are showing on the outside they are likely having an effect on your health inside. So if you do choose those things you can’t expect your health not to suffer in some ways. It would be logical to conclude that poor health would be reflected in your skin and complexion.

I think Mineral Magic is amazing. But obviously, you can’t expect Mineral Magic to miraculously mask premature aging. It’s not a face lift! And if you have discoloration you may need a bit of concealer for a perfect finish.

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When I tested Mineral Magic, my biggest concern was that it may dry my skin. Other mineral powders I tried over the years gave me dry patches around my nose on my chin. Mineral Magic didn’t dry my skin – even when I tested it day and night for a few days.

Mineral Magic didn’t cause breakouts even when I slept with it on for days in a row.

It stayed on too! I would just blot my face face with a tissue whenever I applied lipbalm and that kept it looking natural.  No need to repowder which means no “caking” effect as time went on.

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Unlike some products, Mineral Magic didn’t cause irritation if applied close to or over my eyes.

So totally subjectively comparing it to the main competitors…my personal experience…

Sheer Cover did give me dry patches and did irritate my eyes. However, Sheer Cover are advertising a new formulation so it may be better. Also, Sheer Cover is a loose powder and bit more messy to apply…as well as being over twice the price of Mineral Magic. That’s such a big difference, I don’t feel tempted to try the “new and improved” Sheer Cover. Mineral Magic trumps it in too many ways.

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The other competition would be Bare Escentuals. I never got on with it at all! Compared to Sheer Cover the coverage was no where near as good and being a loose powder it was a bit messy. And again, a far higher price tag.

So Mineral Magic was definitely top in my tests and for the convenience, coverage and price, far surpassed my expectations and far exceeded the alternatives I have used.

I will definitely buy again and would highly recommend Mineral Magic!

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Friday, 11 March 2016

LED Bulbs | Money Saving | Epilepsy | TLE | Eco-Friendly | Moodlights

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This month, I have been converting my whole house to LED lighting. It’s like a revelation! I can’t recommend them highly enough.

The old energy saving bulbs affected my epilepsy but they have been criticised for emitting a grey light that causes headaches and possibly even mood problems. So LEDs…could be a really good solution for a lot of people.

All my rooms are lit from corner lamps. And because of my photosensitivity, I used halogen bulbs as an alternative.  The thing is, I am nocturnal and I have a lot of lighting! I didn’t ever stop and work out the costs though. Until now!

LEDs use v little electricity and give out a full spectrum white light that doesn’t mess with my epilepsy. These miraculous lights use so little electricity, they don’t get hot. You can touch them and they are barely warm. It’s almost bizarre.

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To illustrate how much less they cost…a 16w LED bulb gives out equivalent light of a 100w bulb. My halogen bulbs for equivalent of 100w were about 70w.

The initial outlay was high due to the number of lights I have. But also because I’ve fallen in love with remote control colour changing bulbs! So every room now can change colour at the push of a button – literally. And every room can be lit  with white light too. No compromise.  Total versatility. Nothing bad I can say about them apart from at the moment they are still expensive to buy…so if you have a lot of lights or want a lot of lighting options, total conversion can be a bit expensive. 

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However, the initial cost really must be looked at as an investment. I’m a total nerd so I bothered to do the maths – to see how much my lighting costs in actual electricity use and excluding the cost of replacement bulbs was. And I could only be approximate but it was at least £500 a year. Might actually closer to £600 because being nocturnal does mean my costs are probably way higher than most. Probably closer to £700 if you consider the replacement bulbs over the year. Possibly more. I really have never kept track of it. Like if someone asked you much you spend on rolls in a year…most people would have no idea. It is necessity so we don’t think about it. I have no idea much I spend on loo rolls or light bulbs.

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But in terms of electricity use, the new bulbs will cut the electricity for just lighting by two thirds. That’s a massive amount…saving £50 or £60 every month! It really adds up.

So…feeling the warm glow (no pun intended) of cool lighting (no pun intended), I bothered to check that my household accounts in detail.

It was enlightening (no pun intended!). In overpaid direct debits and overpayment of tax I got a big windfall (about £4000) and reduced my monthly bills by £180.

I have run my own household for over 20 years and was really surprised it could mount up like that. I do the accounts for my business. It’s nothing new. So how could I end up owed so much and with outgoing that could be reduced by a third with a couple of phone calls?

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The last time I even worked out my household accounts were when my brother lived here and paid half of them. But of course a lot of bills are higher if there are other people in the house…more hot water, more lighting, more heating and the council tax is higher.

My (no-good, freeloading) ex didn’t work when he lived here but he was a massive expense while he did – over doubled my food bill for a start! So my cost of living did drop pretty quickly! (The emotional and practical side of living with someone who (claims) he is mentally ill (I say “claims” because he also claimed his parents manipulated him into moving back with them…and claimed he was having emergency psychiatric help…his family denied it so I think he was just a freeloader but on a number of levels in retrospect).

Anyway, the gist is…it was a long time since I sat down and did my household accounts in detail and last time I did, my living costs were inflated because I was paying for his living costs too.

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I think the reason outgoings can slip by unnoticed is partly complacency – and partly because banking has changed a lot since I first bought my home. In the old days of paper statements, I would naturally pay more attention to my bank account because at the end of every month I would be writing cheques for bills. But now I bank online and all those bills are on direct debit so I don’t have a reason to scrutinise my accounts.

So not only do I want to recommend LED bulbs…but for those who don’t scrutinise their bank account, if you want to save money, have a proper look. Go through your direct debits and standing orders. And you might find similar to me!

First step in organising your finances should be checking your accounts…but if I am a total geek about these things and my complacency was costing me hundreds of pounds a year, I am sure I’m not the only one!

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