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What I learned living in a haunted house.

Information is everywhere and what is real can be very hard to figure. In Connecticut several years ago I sold a home and during the worst times to sell. Not many know this but I lived in a haunted house. Dark shadows were frequent occurrences and my dogs would bark and growl at the stairs at least once a week. When my very special dog suddenly became fatally ill and passed I knew I had to get out of there. Most of my life I have dealt with things that for me are common everyday happenings but this house had something more about it. I went to the Catholic church and bought a St Joseph statue, followed the instructions and sold the house. I had forgotten about the St. Joseph statue until I read about it in the recent post I blogged here. Today I can say I have completed the blessing or spell and inserted what I desired to happen. Will the magic happen again? I believe it will and I say give it a try.

Elkin House for sale – Is it haunted?

The past eight years has been wrought with wrong turns and dead ends, or has it? Does your life play out exactly as it is planned but free choice is in the how you get to the inevitable end still the same? When you experience what I went through in Connecticut you know absolutely there is much more going on then we can see. If there is more, from that perspective, is there not more to magic and thoughts. Do you have the power to manifest into your life what you desire the most quickly?

I desired to be free of that house and was willing to do everything I could to sell and move. I had two and a half weeks to buy a home. I had already been looking but nothing had grabbed my attention. I thought I wanted to be out of the snow and cold so I looked in North Carolina. I love the mountains. Somehow I ended up here in Elkin, NC. Now looking back over the circumstances I wonder how much was my choice and how much was fate?

During the months and years living in North Carolina I have learned much about myself and what I desire. My life viewpoints have drastically changed and I know more about who I am. I need to embrace all aspects of me. Living here does not enhance those aspects. No matter what your age you are always going through growth spurts. This has been a huge one for me.  In this phase of my life I found many others with qualities I admire and with viewpoints I would like to explore more closely. The taboos and superstitions of religions have fallen away and instead I have a deeper understanding of all beings connected.

Back to my haunted house let me say I do not think it was evil. Most haunted situations there are valid logical answer for what is happening. I do believe there are dark energies and they can play havoc on us since we are also energy in physical forms ( for now ). From the experience I have learned about how necessary it is to be vigilant in keeping your life free of dark energies and focusing your thoughts on loving nurturing life affirming feelings. That is where all magic stems from, it is yours when you desire it. The St Joseph statue is a reminder of the energy you have within and that may be the magic of the spell.

Have a happy All Hallow’s Eve, everyone.


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When you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness.

“When you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.”

Marci Shimoff, is a motivational speaker and author. This quote comes from her book Happy For No Reason.

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Animals are best at showing us being happy for no reason. It is obvious this polar bear is very content and happy. You can see the connection that happiness is making with the woman.

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Again happy face, the connection is in the being and sharing of each other lives. Happy and being happy connects human beings on the soul level of all life.

This is a favorite image.

But there are times when no humans are necessary. Animals always know that connection and live from a happy place no matter what their circumstances. Lessons fellow humans can learn.

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This is your time.

“It’s your right to act upon your thoughts, do what makes you happy and push through resistance. Fear can overcome you, indeed. But not today, not because they said you couldn’t, not because you might fail – NO – but because your happiness demands it of you! This is your time to live, to create, to be something greater than your fear. This is your time to come alive, because you must!”
– Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath.
Maybe today you will overcome the fear and walk on by. I read once that fear actually stands for False Evidence of Actual Reality. I often remind myself my life is my choosing and to not push forward is to stay stagnant and without happiness.
Walking with Tucker is happiness. We walk as companions together with a simple pleasure of enjoying the moment walking . Yet in moving to North Carolina we have not been able to take our nice walks. Fear has held me back. There is a mind-set here that instead of walking a dog on a leash you open the door and let them go. Dogs roam everywhere, some are not very nice. Tuck is a big strong anxious at times Standard Poodle and very misunderstood. His anxiety increased because his exercise decreased causing him to act out. I needed to fix it. I had enough. I pulled out his walking harness and lead several months ago and took off down the road. Fearlessly we went pushing our boundaries further as the weeks went by. As I pushed by my fear I noticed little challenges would crop up but I stood firm and pressed on. One day we met up with the king of the neighborhood running free. I felt the fear try to ooze its way back in. Not today I thought, I stayed calm and happy walking along the road. As we proceeded down the road this nemesis of ours starts to move back as if there was a sudden force shield growing around us. He moved backed and disappeared. The funny thing about that experience is since that day all free roaming dogsgive us a wide berth, which always makes me smile.

Tuck at window.
Before a walk Tucker watches outside.
My walking brings me joy. It grounds me and when things happen allowing the feeling of fear into my reality usually there is something in my life that is giving me distress. You can not see clearly when thinking in a state of fear. Happiness allows you to become an observer and creator of life. Find happiness, start small and build from there pushing your way through the areas that you have never ventured because of fear. Watch life open up and maybe you will find a force field around you too.
Laurie Rohner, optimistic

Dogwoods Azaleas OH,MY!

Azaleas, 50-years old as of 2003, in Luthervil...
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Isn’t springtime an absolutely beautiful time of the year? It is a time where colors explode and you can’t help but wear a smirky grin. Around my house I have 30 -40 Azalea bushes of all different shades of pinks whites and reds highlighted by Red Bud and Dogwoods. The trees are shooting off this brilliant shade of new leafy green and the smell of Wisteria in the air. The only drawback is I have allergies and the oak trees can sometimes give me a real headache, but who cares my eyes are having a festival.

As an artist my senses get overwhelmed and I have to step back and just feel nature and once grounded again I become inspired. Not to paint Azaleas and Dogwoods all over the place but to change my environment, my decor in the home and outside. I start to plan out the flower pots (my way of beating the deer) and update color schemes in the studio. I eventually look inside myself. I guess that is why I have changed so much in my life recently, mostly good changes. And changes I have put off such as defining my life’s intentions.

Just as in nature life begins again. I have discovered I have lulled myself into waiting for some outside force, government people and circumstances to change the way my life is working. Government is broken. People are confused frustrated and scarred of the world conflicts. Only making our individual circumstances fragile and insecure. I have decided to act and not react. I believe in this world and I know that the Creator of such incredible beauty is loving of all things. Even if we humble humans can not see or understand it. Accept that even in chaos, there is order. So as I gaze out at my Azalea’s blooming intensely I remind myself how truly spectacular life is for those who want to live it with love and acceptance. There will always be bumps and storms. It is what thoughts and beliefs that decide whether you come through them unscathed and a little wiser or fearful and lost.