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Reversing the Flow

Reversing the Flow

How the act of giving amps your spiritual game

Many of us, at this time of year, quite simply run out of fuel. As the holiday season approaches, most of us need to call on the last of our reserves to navigate the end-of-year whirlwind with work, book-keeping, school activities, a tsunami of requests for catch-ups, gifting and in Singapore especially, farewells.  

In the ‘Season of Giving’ we can so easily lose our connection with a sense of flow, as we lurch from one activity to the next, feel weary and crave silence. Many of us, especially sensitive empaths, have a strong impulse to pull away, isolate and conserve. 

However, what I have learnt is that reversing those impulses and stepping into ‘flow’, taps us into a much larger field of energy and movement. And the best way to do this, is to give. 

Flow is when our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits are aligned and connected with our life field, consciously. When we are in a state of flow, we are happy and, in my observation, people who operate in flow are well, vital, grateful, successful and fulfilled.  Being in flow doesn’t mean we don’t experience challenges; this is simply the nature of life. But it does mean that we move through them quite differently – with presence and grace. Flow allows a momentum which steers us into higher possibilities, because flow brings the realisation that we, our life field, our relationships and all that we experience are inextricably linked. 

Flow also enables greater flow. Just like how a healthy flowing river shapes and widens its banks, flow expands our awareness and capacity and vastly changes our inner landscape and connection with life.

When we are disconnected with flow, we are disconnected with life.

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Vitality, love, abundance and fulfillment operate on energetic dynamics of flow and giving. When we give them unconditionally and consciously, this giving triggers their movement into and through our life experiences, and it has a multiplier effect.

Giving generates the flow of these energies not only through us, but also through those we give to. Just like how rivers join with other rivers and all converge in the sea.

Here are some simple ways to give and generate flow. Remember, this is energy work and so it’s the conscious expression that holds all the power.

If you are feeling a lack of love or acknowledgment:

  • Send a message or make a call to someone you love when they pop through your mind or when you dream of them.
  • Say ‘I love you’ to loved ones when they say or do something that stirs your heart. Just say it more often anyway.
  • Consciously express gratitude when you are touched by someone else or given a gift and don’t leave it until too late – return that energy in full.
  • Once a week do something caring for someone without any reason, fanfare or expectation of reciprocation.
  • Practice Brahmavihara meditation

If you are feeling a lack of abundance in your life:

Nurture gratitude for the things you have and enjoy around you. A gratitude journal is great for this, as is Gratitude Cultivation in meditation. 

  • Be generous whenever you can. Shout your friend that coffee. Invite friends to share a meal at your table.
  • Recycle unused items in your home. Even if it is your favourite outfit, but you haven’t worn it in two years, give it to someone who will.
  • Regularly encourage your children to do the same with outgrown toys and books
  • Volunteer your time to people in need. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but the action itself will trigger a flow of abundance. Just try it and see!

 If you are feeling a lack of vitality or illness in your life:

  • Give your body the rest, nutrients and sunshine it needs.
  • Give your soundscape positive energy. Stop complaining and use the mantra: “I am healthy and vital by design and sovereign right”.
  • Nurture a positive attitude towards your body and your body will start to express it.
  • Recognize the health and vitality in others around you and express it to them.
  • Gift your home with symbols of vitality. Bring in fresh flowers, herbs and fruits.
  • Make one small change to your daily habit that improves the health of the Earth. Recycle, take your cloth bags for grocery shopping, remove single-use plastics from the home, and switch to biodegradables where possible. Our vitality is linked directly to the vitality of the Earth.
  • Give vitality-related gifts to your friends. Bake an organic cake. If you see some beautiful mangoes at the market, buy an extra for your work colleague.
  • Practice body-based meditations like Yoga Nidra and Renewal Breath.

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If you are feeling a lack of purpose:

  • Give yourself time to pursue activities that make your heart sing, that you love. The clues to these lie in what inspires you and makes you vibrate and also what drew your attention as a child. 

Practice meditation to draw into presence and to know yourself and your design and talents.

  • Give your attention to other purpose-led people around you and acknowledge that aspect in them.

 These small simple acts of giving generate flow and engage us consciously with life and others.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the act of giving and how it can generate flow, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. Wonderful new offerings are coming in 2023. Subscribe at www.daniellevandevelde.com/subscribe for notifications. 

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The Season of the Witch

The Season of the Witch

The origins of Halloween and how to engage today

I LOVE this time of year! The seasonal shifts and changing energies are evident. The winds, botanical realm, water currents and light are on the move, and within human communities across different cultures and various dates, a series of celebrations take place, from Diwali to All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days to Día de los Muertos, to name a few. All of them in some way, are late autumnal celebrations associated with superstition, the paranormal, ancestors and the dead, the coming of winter, diminishing light and the promise of its return in spring.

Perhaps the most evident of these festivals in the western world is Halloween. It is one of the most popular holidays in the US, with one-quarter of America’s annual confectionary sales occurring around this time, and it is celebrated around the world. 

However, the pumpkins, candy and spooky dress-ups are all remnants of a much older and more powerful ritual. When the last harvest was taken and the darker winter months arrived, our northern ancestors gathered to ‘go within’ and honour and receive guidance from their ancestors. This is, and always has been, the Season of the Witch.

The originating festival of all our modern-day Halloween hype is the Witch’s New Year – Samhain (Sow-ein), widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. This two-thousand-year-old pre-Christian festival marked the start of the Celtic New Year – the end of summer, the harvest season and the beginning of darkness and cold. This is where our new movement and expression starts, in the darkness, within.

Whilst there are still so many misconceptions, prejudices and fears around ‘witches’ (wise ones) and ‘magic’, the great irony is, that at this time, communities and families everywhere gather, dress up, feast and ‘trick or treat’, essentially celebrating in the style of the old ways, yet sadly devoid of their meaning. 

So where did Halloween come from? Here are some way-finders to hopefully add some meaning to your celebrations this year and ways to engage.

A time of karma, reckoning and release

As the autumn closed out and the dark months of winter drew near, it was commonly believed that the dead walked amongst the living. Not just any dead, but those who had died with matters unresolved or who carried injustices and grudges. Bonfires were lit, as the veil was at its thinnest. The fires played a protective and cleansing role, for unwanted visitors from the grave. Late-harvest pumpkins were carved with menacing faces and lit up in windows to divert the hauntings of past folks. 

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The Ishi or the Faere were also believed to be more active at this time. These non-human Elementals were considered the agents of fate, bringing bad luck and misfortune to those who had done wrong by others. This gave birth to the tradition of ‘guising’ – dressing up in costume to disguise oneself from the occasional fearsome Ishi. To conceal your identity, ashes from the bonfires were used to blacken your face (our modern-day face painting and mask-wearing at Halloween) and ‘trick or treating’ was born!

Aside from trying to lessen the impact of injustices and actions by diverting the fates, there was also an emphasis on setting the record straight, and offerings were made by burning crops to ‘clear the slate’ and also to ensure bountiful harvests in the coming spring. 

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Today, this translates to making time for review: What went well? What could I have done better? When did I rise? When did I fall? How did I hurt others? Am I holding on to past hurts or perceived injustices? How am I still entangled in the past through words, actions or events? How can I let them go? What actions can I take to balance the karma of my actions?

The energies of the season support introspection and retrospection, and taking full responsibility for our actions. I do this through journaling, increased charity work and practising Ho’oponopono a lot! 

Honouring ancestors

The lighting of fires and candles also warmed the homes and provided a light to follow for ancestors. Feasts from late harvest foods were laid out and places were set at tables for passed loved ones. 

Typically, nuts and apples were left as offerings to ancestors. These ancestral offerings are the origins of roasting nuts and apple bobbing in the present day.

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Today, this can translate to making time for family, acknowledging each other’s strengths and accomplishments and sharing stories and memories of our passed loved ones, reaffirming future generations of the positive legacies, strengths and talents gifted to them by those who have gone before. A session with a reputable Medium and also Gratitude Cultivation are wonderful practices to engage with at this time.

Divination and direction

Samhain is also an important time for the practice of divination. The presence of spirits and Faere was thought to make it easier to peer into the future. As a new Celtic year took form in the darkness of winter, it was a time of leaning into the inner ‘unseen’ world for guidance and direction for the year to come. In the early nineteenth century, a popular divination game with American women was divining the name of their future husbands by doing tricks with mirrors.

Today, this can translate into sourcing a tarot or psychic read with a reputable psychic, or making time and space to meditate and feel into the patterns emerging in your life to carry you forward. 

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Evident through time and culture

By the time the Romans had left the British Isles in the 5th century, these beautiful festivals had evolved and were also mirrored in the Roman festivals of Parentalia and Permola. Both are reflected in today’s traditions.

Parentalia was a nine-day festival celebrating ancestors. It was celebrated in February, but its roots were firmly in Samhain, an intentional connection between the living and the dead. The last day of the festival had midnight rites considered to cleanse bad blood/karma. According to Ovid, Romans were instructed to bring offerings to the tombs of their dead family members including wreaths, grain, salt, bread soaked in wine and violet flowers. A similar practice can be seen in Spain today where special pastries known as the ‘bones of the holy’ are left on graves and tomb sites of passed family members. 

Permola is the goddess of abundance and harvest, and in particular, orchard fruits, another ancient source of the prevalence of apples in today’s Halloween, including apple bobbing and gifting toffee apples.

But the widespread celebration of Samhain in our modern cultures is largely due to the Christianisation of the ancient feast in the 7th century. In May 609, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honour of all Christian martyrs, and so the Catholic Feast of All Martyrs’ Day was established in the western church. The festival was expanded to include all saints as well as martyrs and All Saints’ Day was referred to as All Hallows’ Day. 

In 835, All Hallows’ Day was officially moved to 1st Nov by Pope Gregory IV. As with Easter and Christmas, a vigil would be held the night before the feast day, thus all Hallows’ eve now fell on the same day as Samhain – between dusk and dawn, 31st Oct to 1st Nov. 

During the nineteenth century, with the influx of Irish migrants to the US, All Hallows’ Day and Halloween were celebrated as national holidays. 

By the 1930s these holidays were far less religious-centric, and community and child-friendly gatherings took precedence over church observances. 

So perhaps this Halloween, knowing the ancient origins of Samhain and the enduring Season of the Witch, take a moment to honour our ancient ancestors and the beautiful legacy they have given us.

Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween, everyone!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the Season of the Witch and the origins of Halloween, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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The Futility of Regret and Remorse

The Futility of Regret and Remorse

I have been working with some clients recently on Regret and Remorse.

Some of us have a trigger-happy default to these two ugly cousins. And if we allow them to visit regularly or even move into our inner castle, they steal our presence, enslave us to the past and eventually, they make us sick…some pretty big side effects from two emotional states that are based on smoke and mirrors!

Regret and Remorse cannot exist without our attention. That’s right! As real and intense as Regret and Remorse feel, they are ultimately subjective and they are emotional reactions to what we believe ‘could’ or ‘should’ have been, or something we ‘could have’ or ‘should have’ done. They are distinctly pegged to the past, which no longer exists and moreover, what we feel ‘could have’ or ‘should have’ been done better at any point in time, is also an entirely subjective perception based on assumptions about unknowable outcomes.

Yet, so many of us default to Regret and Remorse and feed them with our attention long after the situation or event has slipped into the unreal realm of the past.

With a lot of my clients that come for energy healing and mentoring, this default to Regret and Remorse is very often linked to a childhood where shaming (even if well intended) was an aspect of how they were raised. Growing up with being shamed, translates into a tendency to shame ourselves, even if there is no clear link between our behaviour and the outcomes. Shame opens the door to Regret and Remorse in adult life, and invites them into our inner world, in all their sticky ugliness.

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The most common candidates, whom I work with, for Regret and Remorse, are the mums. It’s very natural as a mum to constantly assess your behaviours and decisions, especially when your children are involved. Yet, in my observation, taking responsibility for our actions and shaming our actions tend to get entangled with many people. The truth is that all we can do, when making any decisions, is to do our best with what we’ve got, and to go with what feels right, at that time. We can’t possibly know what the outcomes would be if we had made different choices. None of us can. Torturing ourselves on a set of possible scenarios that aren’t real…is just taking us away from being present with ‘what is’ in the now and the learning and transformation being offered.

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A far more empowering move, which is also fabulous role modelling for our significant others, is to own our actions, apologise if we have unconsciously caused pain, commit to change and move forward.

Regret and Remorse are dense, unhelpful emotions and if they are a well-laid default pattern of self-shaming, sometimes intentionally cultivating a new perspective and approach is required. Some of the key homework I prescribe to clients is: 

🙌 Establish a regular meditation practice

Regular meditation carves out a ‘pause point’ between the trigger event and how we respond. This allows us to witness reactive self-shaming and choose differently.

🙌 Intentional gratitude cultivation

Gratitude pegs the awareness into the blessings available in situations and the good in others. When we intentionally cultivate gratitude, it soon becomes part of our operating system generally.

🙌 Random acts of kindness

Altruism moves our awareness up and out of the pit of Regret and Remorse and puts everything into perspective. This is best done through actions, and you can cultivate a kinder heart towards yourself and others through Brahmavihara Cultivation. 

🙌 Somatic release techniques

If Regret and Remorse are well entrenched, we feel them. They have a dense psychic weight and we often feel their energy patterns in our lower centres, like the stomach, lower back, legs and feet. Recognising them in the body can be hugely useful because we can also release them through the body, through practices like the Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping).

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🙌 Journaling

When we have an event that we replay over and over again and feed our Regret and Remorse patterns, creative journaling can be enormously powerful to rewire the pattern and help us choose differently if similar triggers occur again. Take some time with your journal to write out the scenario as it went down, and then create a different personal response and possible outcome that is in the highest good for all involved. Write with emotion and detail, so that you can ‘feel’ the new response. This will help you access it in live situations. 

🙌 Pranidhana Mudra

I am a huge advocate of hasta (hand) mudras. They are accessible and effective forms of changing resonances in the energy body. Pranidhana Mudra is specifically engaged to release attachments. It works with the base chakra and engenders a feeling of ‘letting go’ within the mind, body and emotions, allowing us to release Regret and Remorse back to their realm of illusions, cutting them off from our attention and lifeforce.

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Life is too short to weigh ourselves down with Regret and Remorse. The real game is in the transformation and liberation of our spirits, to be present with ourselves and the ones we love, to live life to the full, to fully BE. Let’s kick these ugly cousins to the curb!

If you are looking to join groups, retreats or circles with like-spirited people, do get in touch or go to www.daniellevandevelde.com for current offerings. You can also explore courses and useful content on the website to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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​​Permission to be Human? Granted!

​​Permission to be Human? Granted!

How the Persistent F*%#@ng Pandemic is changing the way we communicate online

I think I have spotted a highly encouraging trend…the return of humanness online.

It seems to be a perfect storm of authenticity. We quickly recovered from the judder-shock of homestyle self-maintenance during lockdowns, creating clever tricks of the light for our days on zoom.

The industry of ‘Zoom hacks’ that burst onto the airways was testament to a new pandemic-style refocus on how we present. How to look amazing from the waist up, lighting, angles, audio, mute tactics, background dressing, and laptop positioning.

Yet it’s the human bloopers that are always picked up by millions on social media. I still laugh my head off, watching the viral footage of that BBC reporter at home, when the children burst into the room, followed by a cowering babysitter and the most intense stress responses of the journalist. Hilarious. Or the lawyer with the cat face filter on that he couldn’t switch off. Gold!

Just for a bit of fun, I have been sharing pics of my ‘bedheads’ on social media feeds these holidays. First thing, still in PJs, mad curls, no makeup, unleashed. And to my surprise, they have garnered quite the following! It’s an interesting thing. I think people (including myself) respond very positively to any glimpses of ‘humanness’ in life and online, and we all, in our own way, experience ‘bedhead’. It’s a unifier! 

The Bedhead experiment is also an expression of my mission with my book Spirited. There can be such a clichéd representation of meditation, inner transformation and living a modern spiritual life…my mission is to normalise it and keep it real.

I am a meditation teacher, Usui Reiki master, transformational mentor, speaker and author, psychic and medium…yet…as you can see…I do not wake on a bed carved from amethyst crystal, with an eagle feather in my hair, an ethereal glow and ascended masters making me coffee.

As I write this blog, I am on a break, with Covid, in the middle of a forest in the Blue Mountains, in Australia. I flew out of Singapore four days after my first book, Spirited, was released. It’s a strange feeling to be bunkered away in the deep winter and watching as this beautiful buzz is brewing outside of the tree line. Lots of media platforms are running the press release, Amazon Asia sold out in the week, Barnes & Noble and Walmart picked up the book which is wonderful for reaching the US market, podcasts, events, lots of lovely messages…awesomeness. And whilst all of this wonderful activity is spiralling around, I’m having a very interesting experience and insights with Covid, which I share in The Covid Diaries…Catch the instalments at @spiritedbydani.

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As I’ve been slowing down, pondering, watching, I have come to the conclusion that there are six key dynamics at play in this reach for, and re-emergence of humanness. 

  1. The Ache for Humanness

We’re aching for it. Isolations, lockdown, masks, tracking, systemisation and high regulation plus an overload on world stats and denial of our rituals…have us reaching for humanness; honest, non-augmented, vulnerable humanness. 

  1. The Draw to Unifying Dynamics

That reach is driven by our basic human need for intimacy, witness and story sharing. We are a collective species. It’s how we roll. We are therefore designed to thrive, in community. Some of the most memorable footage on the internet during the first global wave, was seeing that Italian community come out onto their balconies and window sills during a lockdown in a divine medieval town, to listen to and love a solo violinist on his balcony. Or images of the wilderness reclaiming its original territories, tracks and patterns. Dolphins in the Venetian canals, flocks of migrating deer through town centres, birds returning to Rome, whales in shipping lanes and more baby turtles hatching along the once abandoned Australian coastline were all dazzling unifying aspects.

I started a Facebook community in 2020 called Monkey Pot Magic to connect people in lockdown over our shared love of the wild. We celebrated and shared these wild reclamations. The group grew steadily over the first two years of the pandemic to about 600 people, but, at the beginning of 2022, it jumped to nearly 1500 people. People everywhere are seeking connection with others who have shared interests.

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Bedheads are also unifying. Everyone in some way, shape or form, experiences bedhead. Even if you have no hair, you will have bed face!

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  1. Baulking at the Augmented Human

Somewhere in the mix too is a maturation of our fascination with the augmented human image. Advertising is welcoming real – shapes, sizes, colours, and heritages. Thank goodness. My jaded mind is questioning whether they are just riding a trend…but it’s wonderful to have humans back, even in the high fashion images. More smiles would be good too!

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  1. Redefining Ageing

A big part of that return to ‘human’ is also some stunning redefinitions of ageing. Helen Mirren, Dame Judy Dench, Demi Moore, Kate Blanchett, Kate Moss, the Queen herself and many savvy, wise, and very sexy ‘older peeps’ are filling the devoid space of reality media and fame junkies. They are all defying the white-haired, washed-out stereotype of ageing and pulling off some stunning wise and edgy commentary and influence.

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  1. Keeping Me Real

Publishing a book is a pretty heady business. So much of my own spirit is poured into the pages. It became my constant companion during Covid as I edited on the move. It’s bizarre, surreal, exciting, deeply satisfying and uncertain…all at once. High feels! Yet I have folded in during the book’s first few weeks of being out in the world…in the forest in the Australian Blue Mountains. I’m watching the press articles and saying yes to some beautiful events…yet the land here and posting my bedheads have helped me stay earthed and useful, as well as grateful and humbled by the whole amazing experience.

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  1. Rewilding

The reason we return to this beautiful wilderness as often as possible is because it allows us to re-wild. And there’s no better barometer of ‘degree of rewilding’ than the curls in my family. My two teenagers and I have masses of wild curls. According to mum, it’s our untamed Celtic ancestry. Freed from the humidity-prison of Singapore, within a day, our curls return with gusto. They refuse to be tamed or restrained in any way. Snapped hair elastics and broken hair clips fill the bathroom bin.

Immersion in the deep, ancient, untouched wilderness that’s being drenched in cleansing land and life-reforming rains with wholesome food, a good heater and my kids, is gold. Covid gave us full permission to go deeper into what we normally do. We’re drawing, writing, reading, chatting, cooking, resting, and creating.

I believe the entire world is in need of some serious wilderness immersion. Stat!

I can’t wait to view Covid in my rear-view mirror, shrinking as we move forward, and this pandemic swiftly fades and dissolves into the realm of retrospect and reminiscing.

how the pandemic is changing the way we communicate online danielle van de veldeBut as Jean Balfour and I discussed (amongst many other cool things) on her recent podcast, Making Sense of Work, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus has gone nowhere and is merrily doing what viruses do…adapting and thriving. I think ‘post’ is a little hasty. Persistent Pandemic or Perpetual Pandemic might be more appropriate.

The quest for humanness is more important now than ever. Playful and authentic communication is the keycode. Are we seeing the rise of The Era of the Bedhead? I hope so.

If you are looking to join groups, retreats or circles with like-spirited people, do get in touch or go to www.daniellevandevelde.com for current offerings. You can also explore courses and useful content on the website to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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The Rite of Ritual

The Rite of Ritual

Why ritual is so powerful for generating change

One of the best descriptions of ritual and its transformative power that I have heard, is through the analogy of a match stick. 

The fire is contained within the tip, inert, dormant. Yet through the intentional action and energy generated through the strike, the fire is released and realised. Ritual is that strike of the match. Through the weaving of symbolic meanings, intentional action and energy generation, transmutation of our state occurs. What lies dormant and inert within, sparks into action and life. 

Ritual subverts the critical mind and stirs change from a deeper place within – our causal aspect. For this reason, it is integral to all my teaching and mentoring work. In context and with guidance, it is incredibly effective in healing and generating change.

Expressing our spiritual selves through symbolic energised action is a human, archetypal thing that doesn’t belong to any one religion or system. The earliest archaeological evidence of our ancestors engaging in ritual hails from Botswana, 70,000 years ago, 30,000 years earlier than the oldest European finds. Ritual no doubt is much older; it’s just that the evidence of such has been lost in time. 

 Having researched and practiced many different forms of ritual in my life, I think you can boil them down to nine key elements:

  • Intention – a clear, simple, articulated goal with measures
  • Symbolic representation – usually through symbols, colours, actions, numbers, or sounds, for example
  • Altered states – achieved through meditation
  • Raised energy – achieved through working with the energy body
  • Decree – the purposeful sounding of the intention
  • Visualisation – ‘seeing’ the desired result in ways that engender a felt certainty or propriety
  • Linking the ritual to supportive energies such as astrological movements, the lunations and archetypes
  • Repetition
  • Detachment

Many reading this may have engaged in some form of ritual to generate change, like for example making a vision board, using affirmations, or casting a money spell, but to no avail. The reason for this is that unless there is a clear alignment within the practitioner first, which requires preparation, introspection and honesty, any form of ritual will not yield. We are the source of any emanations we send out into life and we experience those emanations reflected back to us as experiences. If there is dissonance within ourselves in regard to a desired intention, we will experience dissonant results. 

 “Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

This process of alignment is called Metanoia in western Magic, a process of ‘reversing the flow’ within. So rather than our actions and thoughts being governed by unconscious fears and beliefs we hold around our intention, we ‘make the unconscious conscious’ and start to intentionally work with our creative capacities. When intention, desire and actioned choice are truly in a cozy threesome, we can generate pretty much anything, which participants in my Shape Shifting community can attest to over the last eight years of manifesting their many goals through the process. 

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Many of those fears or distorted beliefs about what’s possible are formed through our childhood, families of origin, and for some of us, traumatic experiences, and they can be sticky. We build our identity and stories upon them. They are familiar and perhaps have helped keep us feeling safe, yet also contained us in a looped pattern of experiences. Yet with support and a community that can help you acknowledge your blind spots, ritual can dissolve them very efficiently and allow new experiences to rush in. 

And it doesn’t require anything too complicated either. With Metanoia achieved, any action can be converted into a powerful ritual, even ironing shirts, or taking a shower. And this, my friends, is Magic!

75 per cent of the adult population of the Western world holds some belief in Magic. And whilst there are many forms and expressions of Magic, at its very essence, it accepts that we have a connection with the Universe, and that the Universe responds.

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My signature course Shape Shifting offers perspectives that open up possibilities, tools for Metanoia and rituals to make change happen, along with a dazzling community of magic-makers who support each other through the process until goals manifest. I have also created some incredible guided meditative ritual tracks to support you. Zone Rite was recently released on the InsightTimer app. You can stream it here.

I am reopening Shape Shifting for the final time on the September Equinox, 2022. Registrations are now open. After which this beautiful process will be released into the wildlands of my mind and allowed to reseed itself into its next iteration in late 2023/2024. 

Are you ready to create change in your life, find meaning and reclaim your creative capacity? Join us and get your magic on!

If you are looking to join groups, retreats or circles with like-spirited people, do get in touch or go to www.daniellevandevelde.com for current offerings. You can also register for the Shape Shifting course or explore other courses and useful content on the website to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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