You are more powerful than you realize.

When I was in high school, a hypnotist came for the school assembly. I was immediately intrigued and when they asked for volunteers to be hypnotized (and then paraded around onstage) my hand immediately shot up.

A group of about 30 of us were led into a portable classroom and were told to sit at a desk with our eyes closed. He led us through a relaxing meditation and then gave us some suggestions – “Your right arm is getting lighter and lighter. It is like a helium balloon, so light it is floating into the air… “

The kids with their arms highest in the air were chosen to be in the performance. I immediately worried as we marched onto the stage – Was I really hypnotized? Was I just faking it? I’m such a rule follower maybe I just did what he said because I was being good…  I don’t feel hypnotized.

But there we were, in front of the entire school, seated in little chairs ready to make asses of ourselves. I had seen one of these assemblies before and they mostly centered around having your peers cluck like chickens on stage. I vowed not to do that.

He hypnotized us a bit more and then started giving us suggestions – “You are a Russian ballet troupe!  We are so excited you are visiting our school! Why don’t you show us what you’ve got?”

I love dancing… I thought as I pirouetted around the stage. I’m such a good dancer!

Then his voice again. “This is your pilot speaking.  We are climbing to an altitude of 20,000 feet and it’s getting very cold in the cabin.” We all started shivering in our chairs.

It went on like this for a while.

Then the hypnotist walked straight up to me and whispered, “Do you have any back problems?” I shook my head no. “Good,” he said and took my hand, leading me to the front of the stage.  He had already placed two chairs there, about 3 feet apart, facing one another. He stood me between them and put the microphone down so only I could hear him. “You are a steel bar. You are made of steel. Straighten up, you’re a steel bar!” I straightened my body and nodded yes.

What happens next I have cobbled together from my own memory and what my friends in the audience told me they witnessed. You ready? This is where it gets weird.

My memory is that he lay my body between the chairs – head resting on one and feet on the other. I remember repeating to myself over and over again, I’m a steel bar. I’m a steel bar. Straighten up, you’re a steel bar! At one point, I could feel him pressing on my stomach, showing everyone how strong and steel-like I was.

But get this. Apparently, this six foot tall man had stood on my stomach. (I was a steel bar after all, so what’s the big deal, right?) Oh, and he jumped up and down on me. (I was probably 5 feet tall and 100 pounds of the time)

“What did he do?” I asked my friends after the assembly. “It was crazy!” they replied. “He was jumping on you! How did you do that?”

I had no idea and only fuzzy memories of chanting to myself.

Decades later, on a layover in Queretero, I met a Mexican man who told me he was a hypnotist. “Do you do school assemblies?” I asked excitedly, ” And make the kids do silly stuff on stage?” He nodded yes. Then I described my steel bar experience. “Was that real?” I asked him. “Did that really happen?”

He smiled knowingly. “We are so much more powerful than we realize.”

This is a message I’ve needed to hear so many times in my life. Maybe I needed to hear it today and that’s why this story is finding its way back to me. Maybe you need to hear it too – You are so much more powerful than you realize.

The trees told me this when I moved into my new house.
The angels told me this when my marriage was falling apart.

You are so much more powerful than you realize.

We have so many stories that get in the way – You’re doing it wrong, you’re failing, you should be doing more, you should be different…

But really, we are so powerful and tender all at the same time. I’m holding both right now in myself, in this moment. I can feel the tears burning my eyes as I write and I feel the truth of my power as well. They are inextricably tied- the softness and the strength.

 

 

10 things making me happy.

1. I’m off to Bali tomorrow! My dear friend Juna Mustad and I are honored to be taking a group of 11 amazing women to Bali to travel, play, connect deeply and bask in beauty and ritual. Feel free to follow the adventure on Instagram and Facebook!

2. So delighted to be scheduling Manifesting sessions with so many of you! There are still some spots available if you’d like a coaching session with me. The pop-up sale price still stands – just $100 for an hour of getting you clarity and courage around your vision for the year! Just nab a spot on my calendar + I will invoice you from Paypal.

3. Matcha smoothies. I quit drinking coffee about a week ago. It was a spontaneous, intuitive hit – take coffee out of the picture and see how you feel. Drinking matcha gives me the morning ritual that I still crave and I like the earthy, bitter taste… especially when I blend it in the Vitamix with bananas, maple syrup and coconut milk. Yum!

4. My interview airs tomorrow for the Empowered Visionary Summit. Been listening to the series and it is SO good. Honored to be part of it. Click here to listen to the interviews for free.

5. My podcast. It makes me really happy. HUGE thank you to everyone who’d been listening. It feels like such a perfect fit for me, something I was born to do!

6. Seaweed snacks and avocado slices made into a little sandwich. Nothing better!

7. Taking photos of beautiful women!

8. Reading beautiful books like The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski.

9. Listening to the most gorgeous stories on the Modern Love podcast.

10. Being connected with you. Thank you for being on this list, for being in my creative world and for being such a kind, wise and amazing tribe!

Sending you all so much love!
Andrea

 

 

 

 

CSP #11: Law of Attraction with Laurel Bleadon-Maffei

Laurel Bleadon-Maffei is a Spiritual Teacher and Mentor who specializes in helping people connect with their divine team of angels and guides. Laurel brings a grounded vibe to the business of “woo” and loves to encourage her clients and audience to shine their light, share their gifts and walk the earth with love. Each week her inspirational messages are read by hundreds of thousands of people on her Illuminating Souls Facebook page.

Find out more about Laurel on her web site: Illuminating Souls

 

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CSP #10: The Wild Edge of Sorrow with Francis Weller

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. The core of his work is creating pathways to reclaiming our indigenous soul, what psychologist Carl Jung called the “unforgotten wisdom” that resides in the heart of the psyche. To further this work, he founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures.

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$20 off superhero necklaces for Mother’s Day!

My dear ones wearing superhero necklaces: Karen Walrond (wearing tropical) and Nicole Socia (wearing earth)

In the last few weeks I have had this incredible hunger to use my hands. To play with color. To listen to my favorite radio stories, move my hands and make something.

I taught myself to make beaded jewelry when I was in elementary school and had my own little cottage business by ten years old, selling earrings made from little toy animals to clothing boutiques. If I wasn’t making jewelry, I was sewing, drawing, painting or choreographing dance routines to the Flashdance soundtrack. Creativity has always been part of my life. I love that I still get to do these things! And bring them to you.

Excited to pull out the beads and cook up some color for you for Mother’s Day! Maybe you have a sister or a friend that needs to remember they are a superhero. Maybe it’s YOU that needs to remember!

Get $20 off by pre-ordering now!

This is a long way of announcing that I will be making a limited edition batch of Superhero necklaces for Mother’s Day! But here’s the deal: You gotta go ahead and pre-order them now in my Etsy store.  I will be leaving for Bali the first week of May so I will be sending them out soon. I will make as many as I can, but go ahead and order ASAP if you are interested.

Be sure to use the coupon code: MAGICMAMA to get the discount! (You can use this code for the pendants also to get 10 dollars off those)

P.S. Thank you + a question.

Make Your Own Magic just wrapped up and it was possibly the best class I have ever taught! Hundreds of you showed up and made magic with me. Thank you!

Question: What topics interest you for a new e-course with me?
Photography, blogging, courage, magic-making, dating, something else entirely?
Hit reply and tell me how we can play together best!