We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of the dream. ~ Willy Wonka
We are all magic makers. You don’t even have to believe to be a magic maker. All you have to do is set an intention and recognize its manifestation in your life as it happens. Magic is simple, we all do it every day and I get the distinct privilege of awakening the magic in people where ever I go. You can awaken magic in the world too; all you have to do is make some and tell the tale.
On March 5th I was asked to facilitate a ritual for the promotion of marriage equality. A good friend was inspired to call me out on Facebook as the go to person for magic. She asked if I would design a community ritual to help generate positive energy for a lesbian couple who was taking the State of Michigan to court for the right to marry and be joint legal parents to their adopted children. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are the brave couple to take this fight on for all of the same sex couples in MI. With the risk, commitment and responsibility they took on, who was I to not heed the call and share my experience in making magic.
Within 4 days we had a core group, a ritual, supplies and a crowd waiting – it was a flash mob ritual if I ever saw one! I was more nervous than I had ever been – I was facilitating a ritual not just for my fellow magic believers, but for people of many faiths and many depths of faith from the devout to the curious. But I am getting ahead of myself…
The journey to this ritual began several weeks earlier, or is it months earlier when I set my intention to be a more active part in my community, give back more and reach beyond my comfort zone. My reading for the year was all about being in public, following my heart more than my head and taking every opportunity to do so. The weeks preceding the ritual information was presented to me, articles showed up in my news feed and emails, and conversations were started out of the blue including one I have over and over again concerning interracial marriage. (I am part of an interracial couple). I spoke on radio shows about bullies and that what they fear within themselves is what they persecute.
I started connecting these ideas and came to understand why the religious right is so opposed to marriage equality. They are not afraid of homosexuality; they fear that they will never personally be good enough for the God they follow. They are afraid of this lack and if they find someone who they can persecute as unworthy, their spirits will feel a bit cleaner, cleansed from their own unworthiness. My vision changed that day, I went from needing to hate and fight them to wanting to send divine healing their way.
The weekend prior to what we named the “Love Ritual” I rearranged my schedule last minute to take part in a VooDoo ceremony lead by Witchdoctor Utu and the Dragon Ritual Drummers. This ceremony was to honor the ancestors of the Underground Railroad and all that they risked for freedom. Through their actions, awakenings and perseverance they are the magic that facilitated a change in the entire nation (they were conjure workers too). They are ancestors to us all, of every race because they helped to crack the chains of intolerance and fear that kept slavery a part of our culture. It was a profound and powerful ritual and inspired the crafting of the “Love Ritual” a week later.
I knew this ritual needed to be a transformation of hate into love and I knew it would involve the way finders (ancestors) of peace, tolerance and equality that went before us. I knew this because the spirits started showing up in my life one by one until the day of the ritual. Spirits and path makers that I had never heard of started showing up in books I opened randomly, they were mentioned in articles that had nothing to do with equality, in conversations that spontaneously erupted and in phone calls from friends around the country who heard I was doing this. Even to the point of going home the Saturday before the ritual to prepare and the movie Gandhi was playing on the television that I swear was turned off before I left. I got the messages and I ran with them… all the way to Sunday and the community flash mob ritual of love!
Sunday came blazing in with its namesake shining to warm our souls and pave the way for more attendees. I watched as ministers, community leaders, spiritual seekers, business owners and fellow magic makers rolled in to join us in this ritual. Together, people of many faiths called in the ancestors of civil rights, gay rights, and freedom from all over the world to bless and support this ritual. We used pencils to write words of hate and fear on poster board and then wrote words of love over those words in a rainbow of markers. We sang songs of freedom and love to bless the pennies and glitter that we will spread around the world far and wide and then we blew bubbles to pop any resistance and road blocks.
We awakened magic in everyone! Muggles and witches alike took the pennies out into the world to bless all other coins that they touched with the power of love. They took the glitter everywhere, even to the capital to contaminate it all with love that cannot be swept away. And they took the vials of bubbles and continue to pop the resistance in their lives and the lives of people who live in fear.
One week later, on a Friday, the courts ruled that banning same sex marriage was unconstitutional because it infringed on civil rights. The next day court houses opened up for a few hours to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. It was a day of tears for many of us as we watched couples from the ritual be able to get married. I heard stories of the bubbles, pennies and glitter making their way to the ceremonies that day. I heard about glitter being mailed across the country and the pennies landing on a judge’s desk.
I don’t claim this victory; I only claim to be a part of the forward motion. I only claim that we awakened magic in 100 people and they told their families about it to awaken 100 more. That is where magic lives; because it takes 2 people to manifest and we just seeded the world with hundreds.
This feat of community magic was so profound that I couldn’t write about it for several months. It felt too sacred to be caged in words, to divine to be defined. It is pure magic that I can share it with you today, maybe to awaken some of yours.
At the end of March I got to teach a class at the Keys to Living Expo in Pittsburg, PA called Shake your Money Tree. I love teaching this class because it gets everyone charged up and inspired to make some money magic of their own. Often we look at our prosperity magic as a bunch of one-offs that solve the problem of the day. This Band-Aid method is honestly the norm; we plow through the day, find the rock in our path and blast it out of the way. What if that rock was the next opportunity and since you were so singularly focused you missed out on it?
Think about the farmer who builds the family home, one bolder at a time as he finds them in his field. Each moment of adversity is always an opportunity. It may be an opportunity of prosperity or an opportunity or perspective. You can look into any event in life and measure all the steps that got you there. From this place of empowerment you can take a new path, make a new decision or just be grateful for where you are now. Choice is some of the most powerful magic you can create because when you make that choice your energy flows to it and you are already beginning the process of manifesting.
In the Shake Your Money Tree class I started everyone out with stating their beliefs around money. Is it a tool for survival? Is it a tool to thrive, a tool of creation, part of their self-image? Is money the root of all evil? When you touch upon your core belief, you can start to re-write the script. If you lay your new belief on top of the old one, the old one will win out… it is like washing new socks in dirty water – they smell like feet before you ever wear them.
Once you identify your core belief you can set a goal for yourself financially. Setting and working that goal will uncover all the little ways your old belief was in charge and even sabotaging you. Re-writing that old script one moment at a time is more manageable than trying to force feed yourself a new flavor of Kool-Aid. Goals help you get where you want to go. If you do not know where you are going, you will never get there.
When you focus you energy forward into your goal, you are feeding it and starting the process of manifesting. What you focus on grows – it is as simple as that. If you focus on your fears they will grow. If you focus on your success, it will grow. When you have the goal, and the map which was written by your beliefs you now know what type of magic you need to get there.
It is the little things that we bring magic into that add up to an even bigger spell. When you live the magic in your words and deeds your faith becomes stronger and your mind a bit more tranquil. If you are dealing with the issue of your prosperity being tied to your spiritual, emotional and mental worth, then a little love magic is in order to fall in love with your life all over again. When you have a grounded sense of self-worth based in the way you interact with the world; the way you interact in your relationships, then money no longer defines you and you are free to enjoy the journey of creating more. Use the Affirmation Love candle with the Crown of Glory Hoo Doo and a way to see your own divine reflection.
When your beliefs around money are that you do not deserve any, that you are destined to be poor, then a bit of gratitude is in order. Often that sense of poverty is anger at God for not blessing you with riches. God does not love me enough to make me stinkin rich so I am just not destined to be. Let me tell you… the big G in all her forms does love you enough but you just are not listening. Something got in the way of you manifesting the divine within and you just are not feeling the love. Start by finding gratitude in the moment, the Happiness Blessed Herbal Candle or oil will help with that. Even if all that you are grateful for is breathing in and out, start there. Remember, what you focus on grows and when you focus on gratitude, the things you are grateful for will grow in quantity and quality.
Next time you are online or in a Coventry Retailer, pull three Coventry Magic Oracle Cards while asking, How do I shake my own money tree? The first card is what you believe; the second card is the energy you need to transform it, and the third card is how you are achieving your goal.
Ch-ch-ch-changes – they are made of magic!
I know a lot of folks are frustrated with Coventry and we’re hearing from some of you that we are making too many changes. Some are even worried about our mojo. It's ok – making changes is part of our mojo. Change is magic and magic is change – they go hand in hand and if you do not embrace the change that your magic requires then you are denying the magic that is at work in your life.
If change is simple, then it is not easy and if change is easy, then it is not simple. Coventry has a bit of both going on to meet the changing world we live in and we did not come to it easily or simply. Whenever we have to re-melt old stock or see a trend in candles that are being returned under our No Dust Guarantee** it is time to dig deep and see if that product is still needed by the greater community.
Since 1992 we had not subtracted from our Blessed Herbal Line, it was sacred to us and we would never dare limit the magic of that line. We love all of our candles and use them regularly in our own lives, how could we bear to part with them!! We realized last year that we could not grow with new products that our customers are asking for if we kept some products untouchable. It took us a whole year to track the sales, comments and responses to Blessed Herbal Candles before we decided who was ready to retire. It is time. We have new issues and challenges, and trends in this growing spiritual world are different than when these ideas were young.
Innovation mean change and the Blessed Herbal Candles and Blessing Kits were itching for some. Our magical combinations needed to be updated to reflect today's challenges. We are technically in a new generation of spiritual seekers and their language has evolved with them and if there is one thing Coventry embraces, it is the evolution of an idea. There are still "New Agers" and we love them dearly (hey, we are part of that community), but today's buzz words are "conscious living", "insightful" and "green". To keep Coventry viable and growing, we need to speak both languages.
Coventry also needed to simplify our packaging process to keep up with your growing sales, which is why at the end of this month you will see new packaging for your favorite Blessing Kits. We used the Coventry Oracle deck to test the new combinations, and boy, are they powerful!
Getting Ready for Next!
I am so excited for what is coming next, we were able to add 2 candles to the Blessed Herbal line that you have been asking for; Happiness, and Truth & Justice as well as make plans for container versions of our bestselling candles!!! YES, we are doing it, we are making a magical candle in a container so your candle holder scramble will be minimized! June 2014 is our target date for the new candles and if we can get through this round of changes then maybe we can add that line of Chakra candles everyone has been hollering for!
We have been trying to bring these products in for years and it was not until we opened our eyes to the answers we have been crying for that we were able to begin this process. We kept getting the messages of; "Stay true to your vision", and "You cannot be everything to everyone". These messages seemed to contradict each other, but when we slowed down to really look at them we realized that the confusion was in our fears of change and not in the message.
"Stay true to your vision" was a message encouraging us to stay faithful to our vision of creating products that awaken magic within our customers. Speaking our customers' language is also an important part of being able to reach and connect with them. "You cannot be everything to everyone" was a message warning us about spreading ourselves too thin. Slipping sales on specific product lines became the indicator of where we needed to narrow our focus. When we listened to the messages and made strategic changes, more magic started to happen at Coventry.
Keep your eye on Coventry because we have cool new stuff coming to spark that magic within!