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Resistance is Futile

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Damn! Why can’t I ever stop thinking?

This was my mantra at 7 am as I tried in vain to meditate.

Some days I’m able to get deep into the zone of a meditation where my thoughts slow and then stop for a while. These are the best meditations. I’m detached but present in the flow of Universal Mind. I feel a clarity and a sense that all is well – just the way things are. Perfectly imperfect.

I am aware of a connection to all life which gently gives way to a quiet joy. I ride the waves of this Universal flow as long as I can before thoughts get the better of me again. I take the quiet joy with me out into my day and go about my business.

Today I could not surf that wave. It was just one big thought after another knocking me off my spiritual surf board until I got tired of trying to climb back on and gave up. All I kept hearing was: I have work to do. I need to exercise. I’m running low on milk. Got to get to the ATM and deposit that check.

With each thought I squeezed my eyes tighter and said NO not now! But, they wouldn’t stop. I followed my breathing again and my thoughts slowed somewhat but not to the extent where I could make that connection to the soothing calmness I craved.

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1, 2, 3 Get Set – Go!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to put out a quick post saying

that I’ve moved Mystic Musings to a new

URL: Powered by Intuition

http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/

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I will have a redirect in place soon.

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Thank you – and see you at Powered by Intuition.

Angela

If You’ve Never Failed – You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough to Succeed

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison

Many successful people have failed while attempting to achieve their goals.

Actually, some of the most successful people on the planet have failed spectacularly! Did you know that Milton Hershey of the famed Hershey’s chocolates was fired from his first job as a printer, then went on to start and lose three candy companies and file for personal bankruptcy before finally starting the company that he became famous for? Can you imagine starting three companies that all failed?

Steven Jobs, the creator of the Apple computer began his career in his parent’s garage. Within a decade he’d built up a 2 billion dollar company. At age thirty Jobs joined the ranks of the unemployed when his own board of directors fired him. He went on to found another successful venture, Pixar, a company that creates animation for films such as Finding Nemo. He didn’t wallow in self pity after being fired. Oh, and by the way his old company Apple came back groveling twelve years later and hired him back. Can anybody say IPhone and Ipad?

Becoming successful takes fortitude and perseverance.

J.K. Rowling, the mega successful author of the Harry Potter series, was rejected by twelve different publishers before she found one to accept her manuscript. Even after agreeing to publish her first novel, they advised her to keep her day job. It seems no one had any faith in J.K. – but J.K. herself.

Even Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie was rejected by more than a dozen publishers before he was offered a contract. Did he give up and say I guess I’m not a writer? No.

Simon Cowell, the now hugely successful record and television producer of American Idol and other international talent shows, was forced to move back in with his parents in 1989 due to crushing debts he’d amassed when the record company he worked for had financial difficulties. He recovered from this setback and pursued his dream and his successful results are now broadcast around the world.

Two years ago I was privileged to interview entrepreneur, A.J.Khubani for a magazine I contributed to. Khubani is a fascinating business man whose company, Telebrands Corp, markets products with the red AS SEEN ON TV label, such as the PedEgg, the StickUp Bulb, and the GoDuster just to name a few. Khubani started his business right out of college with a few thousand dollars and it was NOT an overnight success. Over the years he had numerous product failures that cost him a bundle, and faced crippling lawsuits over patent infringement, but he never gave up and Telebrands came back even bigger and more profitable.

Twenty-five years later his company is worth $100 million. The most interesting part of our interview though was when he spoke of failing and almost losing his business, and his home in 2000. He responded that failure and challenging times help us to mature. He also said that if he had a chance he wouldn’t change a thing in his life; that’s now much he valued the experience of failing because of what he learned from it.

Successful people don’t allow failure to deter them from pressing on.

They have a vision for their lives, and use their failures as a lesson and stepping stone to get them to their goal. They don’t give up. If you want to succeed you have to be unshakeable, unquakeable, and unsinkable and say to yourself: Failure is not the end. It’s the beginning. I can and I will try again.

(Here’s a short video on some of the famous people who’ve failed. Click on the link.) Famous People Who’ve Failed

I’m not trying to make light of failure. In fact, I was inspired to write this article because too many people close to me are facing enormous challenges in their lives due failing or losing a job. Of course it’s devastating to fail. There’s the huge emotional tsunami one has to survive beside dealing with the potential realities like financial ruin, homelessness, putting food on the table, etc. The point I’m trying to make though is that we do and can go on. It might not be pretty for a while, or even a long time, but as long as you have breath in your body you have a chance to try again and to use all that you’ve learned from your failure to regain your footing and come back even better and happier in the second go round.

Fellow blogger, Dragos Roua, from his blog of the same name said it so well when he wrote in is superb article titled, “The Six Stages of  Failure”:

You learn by doing. You see what you did wrong, when and how, and start to fix it. It’s like a DIY session, only it’s for the entire Universe. You broke something in your reality but now you know exactly how you did it. It’s like you have a map on how to re-assemble the pieces, so you pick your tools and start fixing that stuff.

If you have a dream declare it boldly! Don’t be afraid of what anyone thinks or says to you. Many new ideas aren’t accepted at first. Just think of how many people must have laughed at the Wright brothers before they designed a plane that actually could fly.

Create a plan to achieve your goal and begin working it. Even if you’re first few attempts backfire – keep going. Remember, the people who dare to laugh are the ones most afraid of failure.

So, don’t cower in the corner fearing failure – go for it. And, remember if you fail or if you’ve been fired you’re in great company. And, after realizing your in great company, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in there.

The  real meaning of success is not about fame and fortune. It’s what you learn on the journey getting there – particularly from your failures.

I’ve failed – and been fired from my first job. I’ve also left the finance industry and come back to the safety net of a “job” numerous times because my attempts in other industries haven’t worked out. But, I’m not giving up. Today is a new day – and another chance to try again. I’ve learned that failing is not the end of the world. I’ve also learned how important it is to plan and take small calculated steps toward your goals instead of jumping off a cliff all at once, and that’s what I’m doing now. Sometime soon, I will be self-employed writing/blogging, teaching others how to develop their intuition and extra sensory perception and doing intuitive and mediumistic consulting. Baby steps do lead to great strides.

What about you? Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?

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Meditation Mondays

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I’m participating in a fun collaborative blogging event with Lillian-Juda Leonard Beach at her beautiful site: The Mini Beach Bird.

She has a series running called Meditation Mondays.

Several bloggers have contributed their favorite meditations.

Each week new meditations will be posted for readers to try. As most of you know I’m a former meditation instructor – so this is truly music to my ears. If I had my way meditation would be part of the curriculum in public school.

I’ve contributed a meditation to week 2 of her series titled: Seven Simple Steps to A Great Meditation. Click here to check it out. and all the other great meditations collected there.

I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy this and love trying the many different meditations that have been submitted.

Thank you Lillian-Juda for arranging this wonderful event and for including me. I am truly honored.

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Angela Artemis Interviewed by Hulbert Lee of From Bottom Up

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I want to say a big Thank You to Hulbert for his interview of me over the weekend.

He’s posted it on his excellent website: From Bottom Up

To listen to the interview just click on the link above.

Thank you again Hulbert. It was a joy connecting with you.

I hope everyone will enjoy listening to it.

Sincerely,

Angela Artemis

Intuition Seminar in Houston Texas

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Lois G, a friend and fellow medium is going to be in Houston from July 29 to August 1st giving readings and teaching a workshop on developing your sixth sense.

Her seminar looks fascinating – wish I could be there.

Click on the link below to view the details.

Odyssey to Wholeness

Would Your Rather Have a Big House Or A Big Life?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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Do you hear a voice in your head whispering?, “I need to be free.” Is there a secret part of you that yearns for more adventure in your life? If money was not a factor would your life be dramatically different from the one you’re living today?

If you said yes to any of these three questions you might need to seriously reexamine your values and the life path you’ve chosen.

My response to all three questions is a resounding yes!

I’ve always known deep down inside finance wasn’t the right fit for me, but for some reason I was driven to do it. With each successive year I felt myself exerting more and more energy to squelch the voice that was screaming, NO, NO NO!

When I was growing up I dreamed of being a writer.

I’d read many of New York Daily News  journalist, Jess Stearn’s books and longed to travel around the country to interview people and write books on metaphysical topics. He wrote best sellers such as, Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet, Yoga, Youth  and Reincarnation and Alpha Thinking.

I would see myself writing and I could feel how happy I would be doing it too. But somewhere along the way I got the notion that it was too risky. I opted for the safe thing, the sure bet. The job with the steady paycheck and my little dream withered. Everybody said I had a head for business didn’t they? At the tender age of 21 I figured that’s the way it was supposed to be. You took a job you were good at and you stuck to it until you retired. The only problem was that my job never made me happy nor satisfied.

They say there are no mistakes.

I feel I had to learn to be a business person and earn a living in a very conventional manner in order to complete my education on the earth plane this time around. But at this point in my life I can honestly say: Okay Universe  I get it now! I now know how to navigate the material world. NOW – can I  please finally do what I really want to do?

I feel ready to redesign my life in way that allows me to have more freedom to experience and do what I enjoy and to help others through my writing and by reconnecting the living to their loved ones who’ve passed on.

To finance my new lifestyle I’ve decided that my house has to go.

When I think of my dilemma: Big House vs. Big Life, a scene from the film The Wizard of Oz comes to my mind. You know the one where the Wicked Witch is crushed by Dorothy’s house and all you see are her red striped stockinged legs sticking out from under it? Dorothythen puts on the dead witch’s magical Ruby Slippers. Like Dorothy I realize I had the power all along too. All it took was my accepting that it was okay to sell my house and downsize. So, I’ve clicked my heels and decided, “There’s no place like home – and home is wherever I choose it be!” Now that I’ve accepted that this is the right decision I feel lighter and freer already – my house is no longer crushing me.

Over the last few years I’ve been reading more and more about the minimalist lifestyle.

I first encountered it 2 years ago on a blog called Zen Habits, written by Leo Babauta. At the time I had another blog on personal finance and one of the topics I wrote about extensively was scaling down and paying off debt in order to enjoy your life more.

When I discovered Zen Habits I realized there people who were actually doing this already. They were living with less and finding the joy in having more freedom and less stuff to maintain. Having all this stuff to contend with and then needing a big house to store all the stuff in created a vicious cycle of my having to work and work and make more money all the time. It was as if my stuff was running my life instead of the other way around.

After Zen Habits became such a huge success there was an explosion of blogs on the topic of living a minimalist life style. One of my new favorites is Far Beyond the Stars, written by Everett Bogue. He wrote a brilliant post I recommend reading on 27 Reasons Why You Should Never Have A Job.

Last week, I happened upon a wonderful post by Courtney Carver from her blog, Be More With Less. Her post really hit home with me. It’s the story of the American MBA and the Mexican fisherman. After reading it I could see how I’d adopted the values of the MBA in the story when what I really craved was the simpler more rewarding life of the Mexican fisherman.

I now know I’d truly Rather Have a Big Life Than A Big House.

So, that’s my story.  What’s yours?

Are you ready for a Big Life? What’s your idea of a Big Life?

Have you already scaled down? Tell us about your experiences, or what you’re going through.

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Awaken To The Truth of Who You Really Are

Friday, May 28th, 2010

“What I try to stress, to those who are prepared to listen, is that the material is only the reflection, the shadow, the husk and not the reality. The material exits because it is animated by the spirit. When spirit withdraws, matter disintegrates. Spirit is master, matter is servant. Spirit is king, matter is commoner. This is the great lesson that millions have still to learn in your world. They give priority to matter and very little attention to spirit. ” Excerpt from the book,  Light From Silver Birch. Silver Birch, a native American, was channeled through the medium Maurice Barbanell in England up until 1981 when Maurice Barbanell passed away. His channeled teachings were published in a series of 9 books.

Are you going through tumultuous changes in your life? Facing life changing decisions?

Do you feel like you might just be on the precipice of something, but you don’t know what? Are you unsure about the future and your next steps?

Many many people are going through some of the most challenging times of their lives right now. Some of have lost jobs, or lost homes and may have even lost someone close to them. There seems to be so much pain in the world with poverty, hunger, wars, terrorism and anarchists. Sometimes it feels as if our whole world is shaking like a wet dog flinging the water from his coat. Maybe all this shaking and quaking of our institutions and lifestyle is a good thing? Perhaps it will shake off the caked on mud and reveal a new more balanced way of living?

Could this huge global shake-up be meant as a wake-up call?

Is it perhaps, time for many of us to realize that we have become too attached to materialism? To become aware  that we truly are spiritual beings having a human experience? Maybe the pain and crises many people are facing now are meant to bring them to their knees so that they reemerge with an awareness of their true spiritual nature?

Could it be time to go within and stop looking outside of ourselves for the answers? Maybe the crumbling of our culture of conspicuous consumption is causing so much pain because it’s signaling that it’s time to awaken to the fact that worshiping materialism has cut us off from our true source?

I certainly think so. I also think that until the vast majority of mankind believe that spirit is what makes all things possible, not matter, and that we are connected by the spiritual essence that animates each and every one of us we will never end all the hatred and violence toward one another and our earth.

Last week I sent out this tweet on Twitter: How much good undertaken by good people will it take to override all the violence and hatred in the world? Be the good!

I really believe we are at a critical juncture in our history and that we have a huge choice to make here. It’s time to awaken to the truth that we are spiritual beings, and to do good, be good and spread good which is to say we need to focus on exuding love in our world.

I found this thought provoking video called Awakening on You Tube – it’s short. Give it a look see.. \”Awakening\” from You Tube

What do you think? Are we at a critical juncture? Do you feel a change taking place within? Do you feel a need to search for answers and take up a spiritual practice such as meditation?  Let us know – share your comments with us.

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Who Inspires You?

Friday, May 21st, 2010
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I’m inspired daily by the contents in  my email in-box.

I feel very lucky indeed to be motivated by the fabulous posts on the inspirational blogs I subscribe to.

Since I started blogging I’ve “met” the most incredible people. I feel like we know each other and as if I’m meeting them for coffee in the  morning. They’re giving and supportive and chock-full of wisdom – each in their own unique way.

There’s nothing like sipping your coffee and feeling your enthusiasm rise for the projects  you’re working on simply by reading the empowering words of my fellow bloggers.

Here are some of my favorites. I encourage you to have a look:

Do you want to: Improve your Mind, Empower your Body, Inspire your Spirit? Then check out Aileen’s terrific blog at - Kaizenvision

Are you interested in: information and inspiration for beginning bloggers? Then you’ll learn a lot at Jean’s excellent blog -     Virgin Blogger Notes.

Do you need a push toward: moving toward the life you want? Then you have to read Katie’s motivating posts at –       Momentum Gathering.

Would you like to know more about Feng Shui, interior design or Asian culture and cooking? You’ll learn heaps from Jenny’s fascinating blog: Asian Lifestyle Design (seriously check out Jenny’s recipes!)

Are your struggling financially? Could you use some: Positive Living. Positive Results? Then go to Greg’s blog and explore the Law of Attraction at: Positive Waves Baby.

Can you envision pulling up stakes and moving to a Greek island and starting a whole new life? Carla did it and is: Finding Joy in The Here And Now at: Living Happiness.

Are you overwhelmed by the complexity of your life? Does having: less stuff, more joy appeal to you? Me too! Then by all means go to Christianna’s blog at: Elegant Simple Life.

Do you crave serenity? Manal has the formula: Awareness + surrender = Inner Peace and explains how to put it to practice everyday at her blog: One With Now.

Don’t we all want someone to show us the way? Madeleine dispenses excellent advice on a myriad of topics and the: Positive realities of growing older at her blog: Age Myths.

Do bios of the struggles of now famous individuals light a fire under your feet? Hulbert brings us fresh stories that inspire us everyday at his blog: From Bottom Up.

How about some really moving words from a true philosopher? Rob amazes me with his depth at his blog: Mind Adventure.

I read many other inspirational blogs – and I’m discovering new ones each day. If I’ve left anyone out I sincerely apologize. I’ll follow up with another list of more of my favorites again soon.

Why not start your day out right? How ’bout some inspiration with your coffee?

Retrain Your Brain: 7 Days to A New Positive You

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To Get Unstuck – Visit Japan via Energy Doorways

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I subscribe a beautifully written blog called Energy Doorways, written by Catrien Ross. Catrien is a publisher living in Japan, in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

Today her post was about getting unstuck. I found it so moving that I wanted to let Mystic Musing readers know about it.

Catrien isn’t just a writer, she’s a poet.

Please do yourself a favor and read her post. Here’s the link to: Energy Doorways.

By the way she’s collaborating this week with three other wonderful writers who are all posting articles on their blogs about getting unstuck.

Catrien has the links to their blogs on hers – check them out as well.

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