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The Key

Somewhere not too far away

Is everything for which you pray

Someday you will realize

All the dreams that filled your eyes

Someone whom you love and need

Will be with you at Godspeed

Somewhere is HERE

Someday is NOW

Someone is YOU

Accept, Allow

Within you is the world contained

Forever it has so remained

An endless fountain made of joy

Why cannot everyone enjoy?

What is the possibility?

Can’t everyone this treasure see?

Why does it hide there deep inside?

If there’s a lock, where is the key?

You look within your heart and mind

Yet you seek, but do not find

Look within!

Not your body, not your brain

Deeper still,

Let no thoughts your vastness fill

Be the light

Let no darkness hide from sight

To find the key

Lose that little thing called ‘me’

Look beyond that little you

To get the real self in view

All the stories that you told

Was not who you were at all

You are not your past,

That was the moment you saw last

You were not born on a date of birth

That is not when you came to earth

Know your inner truth sublime

You have been here since the dawn of time

You are the One

You are All

You are who this world is for

You are the soul of the universe

You are key, the note, the verse

You are the music, the dance, the life

You give, create and energize

Because of you is everything

You are the song creation sings

You are the love that planets turn

See yourself as everyone

Seek no more and nothing need,

You are truth, Be… Just Be!

 

 

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Everything Is Magick

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Not many people know that I handled my late father’s communications agency for six years starting in 2002 when I was 22 years of age as the MD and dealing directly with top corporate heads far older and experienced, training and leading employees older than me …. even teaching as guest faculty at a management institute. Spiritual service always felt much better. Eight years ago I started Magick store. Before that I had already started Tarot India Network and trained many people in meditation, tarot and healing. I juggled the two sides of my life for years…but to start a spiritual store and Wiccan temple in Mumbai meant I had to dedicate time and be there for people personally and full time in the spiritual world. At the peak of my corporate career, I suddenly decided to let go in 2008. I literally left the old me behind and started all over again, financially, mentally and spiritually creating something out of nothing.

Letting go is easy when you are spiritual, whatever be the temptation, whatever be the attachment to the past you, its a spiritual calling that takes over. Its true that I took almost nothing with me except myself when I began Magick because I wanted to begin totally afresh…and it worked out within a month returning to me much more than what I expected. It added much to my career, whether it was fame or prosperity, the universe just handed over everything to me as usual, and I am grateful as ever. Whether it was my own radio show or TV show, numerous features in leading newspapers or profiling in top magazines, the response of India to this tiny store was amazingly positive and divine.

Within year of Magick I had made so many new friends and had served so many new people that starting Global Wicca Tradition and teaching its courses was just natural. People simply demanded that I initiate them into my own spiritual tradition. Global Wicca is founded on Wiccan values, even though it is not just any other Wiccan tradition. The values of this spiritual tradition are the inner Self and not just outer nature, self-realization and not just religious rituals, enlightenment and not just the craft. Its a fusion of global spirituality and not just western paganism or eastern spirituality.

Evolving continually as usual, I am now in London…beginning a new phase and focusing on the next stage of my life, one of motherhood and meditation, writing and passing on my experiences and knowledge to the new generation through Global Wicca which is now shifting base to London. Writing books is perhaps the best way to allow the sacred knowledge to reach out to all those who deserve it. My focus has shifted and so has my location.

What I am most grateful for is that Magick in Mumbai was the first but not the only Wiccan spiritual store in India…many more were inspired to start new stores and begin temples. The rituals and healing energy sent to earth from Magick was felt and experienced by many more people than I can think of. People learnt and began new stores and temples all around me. Magick was revolutionary and it started a new era of Wiccan awareness in India.

I do understand that a store like Magick at 16th road Bandra west, Mumbai, which still miraculously runs amazingly well with me far away in London for the last over three years, would at this point need someone local to own it and manage it with full dedication. Someone who has the knowledge, the wisdom, the sincerity and love for Magick. Everything is smooth and easy for the right person. Its an opportunity for me to pass on the baton to someone who can do even better and achieve even more. We now also have an amazon.in storefront of Magick. Serving people is a blessing and if spirituality is your calling you need to put both your feet into it…not worry about how you will run it…how you will manifest the money or success without the safety and security of corporate income…you know someone did it before you and so can you!

The advise I will give to to my successors is:

  1. You deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and well off. Spirituality is not about sacrifice. Spirituality means there is always enough for you and everyone else.
  2. No-one loses and everyone wins. There is no room for competition, negativity, jealousy, envy, hatred, superiority, anger or malice in spirituality.
  3. Harm none and do as you will. Spiritual power = spiritual responsibility. Anyone who attempts using power harmfully loses power instantly.
  4. Do not be in fear …regarding how will you make money in the spiritual field…regarding how you will find balance between family and spirituality. Everything is possible and you have it in you.
  5. Do not be ashamed to be in a spiritual business. The world needs more spiritual people who are successful…those who can show that it is possible to have peace, love, health, wealth, fame and power…all while remaining loving, compassionate, positive and honest.
  6. Do not be afraid of your inner power. The world needs powerful people who know that real power is within.
  7. Money is not everything. If money was the goal then starting a fast food store would be a better idea in the world of consumerism….yet people like us choose to focus on spiritual work because self-realization is the most important objective.
  8. Do not hide. We need to unite our material and spiritual world as one, without hiding or obscuring our spiritual truth any further. We need to show how to use everything in a spiritual way, whether it is the energy of your home or workplace, fashion or romance, everything can be infused with spiritual awareness. Magick means that spiritual peace can be felt in everything and everyone right now.
  9. Spiritual work is the best way to heal and improve everything and to bring the world together into a new light of self-realization. Love what you do!

Blessed Be!

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She Has No End

She is the spider, She is the web

She is the weaving of the thread

She is the God and Universe

She is creation, Om-niverse

She is the dreamer and the dream

She is each ripple and the stream

She is the dancer and the dance

Dancing in her endless trance

 

She is the beginning in each ending

Light forever flowing bending

She is the matrix you cannot escape

She is your Self beyond each shape

She was not born, she will not die

For she is the mother of ‘you’ and ‘i’

The tree of life and the life of tree

She is the Only energy

The is the space, she is the sound

She is the lost, the seeking, the found

She is the part and the sum and the whole

She is the actor, the play and each role

She is the story you cannot tell

She is the treasure you cannot sell

The nothing hiding in everything

The silent song we always sing

She is the truth in every lie

The laughter in every tear and cry

The sun shining through the stormy rains

The happiness within the pain

The love that masquerades as hate

She is your Will revealed as fate

She is freedom in each cage

The peace and calm within each rage

She is the Self you realize

Once you see through your Real Eyes

She has no end, yet is complete

In everything you always meet

You walk with Her in every step

She is the spider and the web

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How to Move Upwards In the Spiritual Food Pyramid

As our awareness levels rise all over the globe, we see that people are regaining interest in healthy and spiritually positive lifestyle, especially food and diet. Not all foods are at the same spiritual level. We need to incorporate in our lifestyle more spiritually positive foods in order to have a healthy and positive life. To understand this better we can divide our food choices into three categories. Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Satvic is the most positive type of energy where it does the maximum good and is free of harm. Rajasic is a lower level of energy where there is power but not harmless. Tamasic is the energy of death, decay and negativity. In the times of Kaliyuga or negative age of the world, we saw a proliferation of negative diet. Food became laden with harmful chemicals, GMOs and pesticides, while non-vegetarian and processed food industries prospered leading to ill health, dangerous diseases and higher medical costs.

Level 1: In the spiritual pyramid at the lowest spiritual level are foods that harm us the most. Animal products carry energy of death and pain. They are most unsuitable for the human body as they cannot be consumed by us in their raw and live state and require killing and cooking. Similarly non-organic vegetables that are treated with pesticides carry death energy and are unsuitable for our consumption. These foods will have the maximum Tamasic energy and are best avoided. They also increase dependency on medical drugs and increase cravings and addictions on smoking, narcotics or alcohol. Not only do Tamasic foods erode health, they can also bring negative karmic effects by way of unhappy life situations as they involve harming others and self.

Level 2: The next level we have foods that are processed in factories, tinned, canned or frozen foods that carry stale energy. Fast foods, candies, foods with added sugars, artificial preservatives and chemical flavors are also in this category. These foods lack nutritional value although they are high in calories. As these are not fresh, natural and wholesome, they also have a Tamasic vibrations and can lead to ill health and suffering and also make one sluggish and dull both physically and mentally. Negative news and violent images are also part of Tamasic diet and brings the spiritual quality of our life down.

Level 3: The next level is of foods that are cooked with spicy flavors and fat. Even if we cook such foods at home and even if they are vegetarian they would at best be Rajasic foods. Caffeine rich beverages also come in this category. Though such foods provide vitality, energy and nutrition, because they are acidic and hot they can harm our health leading to digestive complaints and lifestyle related diseases. Rajasic foods although stimulating and invigorating, can also increase anger, desire, lust and stress while reducing relaxation, contentment and peace of mind. Not only Rajasic foods but useless gossip and mindless entertainment also are part of Rajasic diet as they increase unhealthy cravings.

Level 4: At a somewhat higher level are wholesome meals that provide a balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, fats as well as vegetables. Cooked meals even if homemade and vegan, reduce the natural raw energy of nature and therefore have limited healing vibrations. Yet they are a lot better than Tamasic and Rajasic foods, being slightly more Satvic in their energy value. Vegetables retain life energy when freshly harvested as the entire living being is not killed and merely their fruits and regenerative parts are taken. Cooked vegetarian meals can be a part of a spiritually positive lifestyle as long as you avoid overeating. Positive news, useful information, constructive hobbies and spiritual knowledge are also a part of Satvic diet and so is learning and spending time with spiritually positive people (Satsang).

Level 5: At the higher level of the spiritual pyramid we have organic, vegan and raw diet comprising fresh fruits, herbs, nuts and vegetables that are not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. These Satvic foods provide the maximum calming and soothing effect and are great healers when they are consumed in their naturally ripened state without much cooking. They are packed with healthy vitamins, enriching minerals and moderate amounts of good fat, protein, carbohydrates and natural sugars. Increasing the percentage of such foods in our diet ensures good longevity, fit body and sharper mind. They are also great for cleansing and purification as large amounts of toxins and in some cases even tumors and stones can be cleansed away through raw organic plants and natural juices. As far as arguments regarding need for animal fats and animal proteins the human body can produce them within while Vitamin B12 can be produced naturally by healthy bacteria in our gut. A raw vegan diet can fulfill most of our nutritional needs very well and is spiritually the most positive diet. Meditation and self-realization also is a supremely positive activity and therefore part of a Satvic diet.

Level 6: While animals including humans consume secondary sources of energy such as other animals and vegetables, plants process the elemental energies directly in the form of water, sunlight, air and minerals from earth. These four elements of the physical world can create all manner of life on earth through their interplay. Almost all humans require secondary foods and are unable to process the primary energy of the elements directly except while fasting on a diet primarily composed of water, minerals and vitamins for a limited period of time for the purpose of detoxification and cleansing. Living in a positive natural environment where you receive clean air, clean fresh water and sunshine everyday is necessary for spiritual growth. Combined with meditation and eco-friendly, mindful living it will bring tremendous benefit in every aspect of life.

Level 7: The fifth element beyond earth, fire, air and water is the Spirit element which is the pure energy that creates all the lower four elements. This is the primordial energy of the cosmos that shapes the universe. Those who meditate and reach thought-free consciousness are able to channel pure Spirit energy through them during meditation. By meditating for long periods of time one can increase spiritual nourishment and depend lesser on the lower four elements of nature by accessing more and more energy directly from Spirit. Through increased peace, love and self-contentment one reduces physical greed and hunger. Meditation also lowers our rate of metabolism because in a thought-free state we burn fewer calories unlike during mental and physical work. However it is quite rare to survive for many days on Spirit energy alone in human form even if you meditate constantly and very few have claimed to reach this state while still being alive in a human body.

NOTE: Claims of those who profess that they live for years on ‘prana ‘ or spiritual energy alone have been disputed in many cases although there maybe notable exceptions. Kindly do not force any diet on yourself and follow own intuition. You can enhance the spiritual quality of your diet gradually and this is meant to naturally happen as you meditate for longer periods of time progressively. You will find that you are intuitively attracted to the right diet to suit your unique needs when you meditate everyday.

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

Focus Right on Success as Mars Goes Direct

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Mars the planet of initiative, ambition, passion and will power was retrograde since 17th April and goes direct again on 29 June 2016 bringing more focus and dynamism back where it belongs.

Retrograde of a planet is when it seems to be going reverse on its path as seen from earth. Symbolically retrogrades imply a reversal in the ‘effects’ of the planet for a temporary period until the planet goes direct again. Mars was retrograde in the zodiacs Libra and Scorpio and if you look at which houses these zodiacs represent in your Vedic birth-chart, you can get a quick idea of what areas of your life were impacted specifically during the period of Mars retrograde. Here are some general pointers that apply to all.

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GET CRACKING IN YOUR CAREER: Mars being an intense planet can be especially difficult in its retrograde time when it comes to career and ambition as its maximum positive effects are focused on these areas of life. Thanks to Mars direct, now you can see things progressing once again in the right way forward! Entrepreneurship and start-ups will see a boom. New projects can take off as planned and more excitement will brighten up your weekdays soon.

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FEAR-LESS:  Retrograde Mars might have symbolized fears blocking you from going ahead with making any major changes that were necessary. Well, fear no more for Mars direct makes you be bold and assertive once again, to take the risk where required and get things going on as per your will. You will see yourself as more courageous, not someone who keeps thinking but someone who does it right on.

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CREATE YOUR PATH: Mars retrograde might have blunted the daredevil streak in some of us for a while but now with it going direct, let your ships sail to newer shores where you might learn and transform the way you should. As long as you are careful to the right degree you can make your moves now whether in matters of money, friendship, love or travel. You may win or lose, yet at least you would have tried. Do not wait for roads to open, create your own path now!

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RELATIONSHIP CHANGES: Mars in relationships can often have a very strong effect, especially when it comes to getting rid of the negative or unwanted things in our life and making way for something better. Sometimes its energy can be too direct and straightforward with less room for diplomacy and niceness making relationships seem to suffer at times. Be careful of hurting, yet do what is right for the sake of your future!

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

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Midsummer Night’s Dream

When the sun is so high and the moon is so full

When you feel the strong veil of a mystery’s pull

Dance to the rhythm and sing to the tune

This midsummer night’s dream is about to end soon

For ages and aeons you wandered aside

Searching for signs in the dark of midnight

You spoke to the faerie and talked to the gods

You built walls of magick against all the odds

As you cast every spell and you brewed every potion

With cards and your runes faced the glimpse of intuition

You made up your life and its every adventure

Its crests and its falls in your fountain of splendour

Reveling in moments with joy and delight

You danced in the shadows and took astral flight

You marveled and praised the creations of mind

While the truth everywhere and threadbare you could find

To know and to will and to dare are the keys

But you won’t find the door till you just silent be

(*)

Swati Prakash

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8 Solid Tips for Banishing Negativity this Shani Weekend

The cycles of time and celestial tides are here to guide us again, this time to banish or end all things you consider negative in your life! While on 3rd of June Saturn is fully illuminated, 4th of June is a Saturday named after Saturn, and an amavasya or no-moon night that is usually believed to be great for ending of anything unwanted, 5th of June is the annual Shani Jayanti dedicated to the planetary lord Saturn – the god of limitations and endings. Here is how you can align yourself with the natural cycles of the universe in mind, body and spirit this weekend:

  1. DIG IT OUT: Introspect after meditating, let your deeper thoughts surface upwards, know your fears and you will be able to erase them soon. Being positive is not a cover-up job of hiding negativity or glossing over it. Being positive is a real inner transformation which you can do only with great strength and self-confidence. Delve into your unconscious and try to really face all those things you considered negative. These could be fears you have regarding your life, fears concerning your future, guilts about your past, regrets and sorrows, old pain and hurt, anger or anything else that should not be around any more. For those of you who think about the rest of the universe too – all those things about the world that made you sad, angry, fearful or worried. Write them down with BLACK ink on white paper. This way you are symbolically bringing out all those deeply buried negative emotions that were unwantedly controlling your life. Now you are in-fact gaining power over them with this simple act of writing them down. The colour black is connected to Saturn and symbolises endings.ink
  2. ASSERT YOUR POWER: At this point of time you are no longer someone who fears. You are aware that you and only you are in-charge of your life as an enlightened being. As With-In So With-Out! This is a truth of the universe that there is nothing that can happen outside which is not inside your mind already, especially your unconscious. Those people who merely think positive are often unable to achieve their goals because they have not done the deeper work of releasing the negative emotional blocks and negative beliefs they carried inside them all their life and possibly several lifetimes. Now with the awareness of what you feared and enlisting them all out, you have taken a major step towards really being powerful. Know that you are the single most powerful person in your YOUniverse who can NOW change everything for the better. As you are your own universe in the process of remaking, you know that Saturn is part of you – the power you have to end what you must so that something better can replace it. Affirm ‘I am the MOST powerful person in my universe and I choose to change these things right now’ person-1177312_960_720
  3. CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER SATURN: Within you lies the great and glorious master who can both transform the negative and manifest the positive. Your transformational power is symbolised by Saturn. Those rings around the planet remind you of the power you have to keep everything in careful control. You can limit whatever is in excess, whether it be a habit or addiction, a pattern that was negative or anything that was self-limiting. The planet is just a sign or symbol in divination that brings you back to your inner self. Its power is your inner power. The yantra below will help you connect with your inner Saturn. Focus upon it for a few minutes while repeating ‘Om Shanicharaye Namaha!’ and know Saturn to be a part of you.Saturn-Yantra
  4. SAY NO TO THE UNWANTED: The powers within you are at their peak and it is impossible for any negative energy to remain in your life from now onwards. You are consciously choosing to let go of all the unwanted. Firmly assert this by crossing out the negative things you wrote earlier in your list with black ink to mark their logical end. This means that they are no longer having any energy or power in your life. They have been cancelled out and released for good.crossout
  5. LET IT GO: As a sign that you have released the unwanted out of your system, you can now safely burn to ashes and flush away the crossed out sheet as if a heavy load has been taken away from you right now. Do this with conviction without any shred of doubt. Be eco-friendly in disposal and know that everything is being transformed by nature to something more useful in the process.Burning_4.jpg
  6. CLEANSE AND CLEAR: Letting go is complete only if you feel it from within. Your inner mind and soul will feel and know the difference. To make it real try smudging using incense, herbs such as sage or aromas that feel refreshing and cleansing to you. Diffuse this around you and on your body. Clean up your home, office,garden and every corner that felt clogged or blocked. Fix up or throw away gadgets and things that were unuseful. Clear up your desk and papers. You will know the value of this exercise in the form of increased prosperity, better health and peace of mind very soon.incense-stick-405899_960_720.jpg
  7. TRANSFORMATION: For each of the negative thing you have released and removed from your life, think of what you must now replace them with. Allow for a few days to feel the refreshing changes coming into your life as you have just released the negativity. In those days make a new list this time with red ink on white paper, thinking positive thoughts only and focusing on those worthy goals that make you truly happy with no doubt that they bring you only good. Red is the colour of life and vitality. Keep this positive list somewhere where safe where you can return later to refer to them and note your progress in the coming days, weeks or months. Know that each of your positive goals will manifest as and when the time is right. positive-455580_960_720.jpg
  8. GIVE THANKS: All things whether negative or positive were here in your life as a reminder of those deeply buried and repressed ideas or beliefs in your unconscious mind. You were here to heal and transform yourself and everything you saw and encountered in your journey in each lifetime was here to help you remember and heal. This Shani Jayanti is a good time to thank the universe for all these experiences that have helped you discover and rediscover yourself. You can give thanks to Saturn by offering sweets made of black til, donating black clothing or blankets, feeding black animals such as crows or black dogs and offering poojas or rituals to Saturn in temples dedicated to this planet as a symbolic thanks to this specific power. Doing these rituals mechanically is often unuseful but with awareness and self-realization their power is truly felt. Blessed Be!shanidev.jpg                swatiprakashSwati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed onwww.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash