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Times of Stillness-Στιγμές Ακινησίας

Published 8 May 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

I was thinking the other day that it has been long since I last wrote an article and I started feeling bad…I started thinking about what to write, something interesting that would affect many…But I couldn’t find anything. I thought about re-posting someone else’s post, but I didn’t like that idea either. When I started blogging I did it for the sake of writing my own articles, share my points of view, share myself…

But what if less people would like my blog then? What if I am not able to write for days, just how it happened these past couple of weeks? What should I do? I would normally press myself to write something about something, anything at all…But I didn’t have any inspiration, no ideas, just running from one chore to some job and from there to an errand…And there were also happy moments, birthdays and name-days, visiting friends…There are those phases in our lives when everything seems to go too fast, everything seems to let you behind, even time itself.

I remembered what I have so many times read in my magickal studies; there are times you just need to rest. There are times when magick won’t work, there will be no sparks…These are the times to turn within and find the stillness there. Sometimes, the only way to get in the flow is to let go and stay still, listen to the voice within and finally find peace…And I will always prefer to write when I really have something to share than writing whenever whatever…

Thank you all for being here…You are the most important factor of this blog.

In Love and Peace always,

E.I.

Σκέφτηκα πριν λίγο καιρό ότι είχε περάσει πολύς χρόνος από τότε που έγραψα ένα άρθρο τελευταία φορά και άρχισα να νιώθω άσχημα…Άρχισα να σκέφτομαι τι να γράψω, κάτι ενδιαφέρον που θα επηρέαζε πολλούς… Αλλά δε βρήκα τίποτα. Σκέφτηκα να αναδημοσιεύσω τη δημοσίευση κάποιου άλλου, αλλά ούτε και αυτή η ιδέα μου άρεσε. Όταν ξεκίνησα το blogging το έκανα για για τη χαρά του να γράφω τα δικά μου άρθρα,  να μοιραστώ τις απόψεις μου, να μοιραστώ τον εαυτό μου…

Αλλά τι γίνεται αν λιγότεροι άνθρωποι ακολουθούσαν το blog μου; Τι γίνεται αν δεν είμαι σε θέση να γράψω για μέρες, ακριβώς όπως συνέβη αυτά τα τελευταία δύο εβδομάδες; Τι θα έπρεπε να κάνω; Κανονικά θα πίεζα τον εαυτό μου να γράφω κάτι για κάτι, ο,τιδήποτε …Αλλά δεν είχα έμπνευση, ούτε ιδέες, απλώς έτρεχα από μια δουλειά σε μια άλλη δουλειά και από εκεί σε μια τρίτη… Και υπήρχαν επίσης ευτυχισμένες στιγμές, γενέθλια και ονομαστικές γιορτές, επισκέψεις σε φίλους… Υπάρχουν αυτές οι φάσεις στη ζωή μας όταν όλα φαίνονται πολύ γρήγορα, όλα φαίνεται να μας αφήνουν πίσω, ακόμα και ο χρόνος ο ίδιος.

Θυμήθηκα αυτό που έχω διαβάσει τόσες φορές στις σπουδές μου. Υπάρχουν φάσεις που απλώς πρέπει να ξεκουρασθούμε. Υπάρχουν στιγμές που η μαγεία δε θα λειτουργήσει, δε θα υπάρχουν σπινθήρες… Αυτές είναι οι φάσεις για να στραφεί κάποιος μέσα του και να βρει την ακινησία εκεί. Μερικές φορές, ο μόνος τρόπος να βρεθείς στη ροή είναι να αφεθείς να μείνεις ακίνητος, να ακούσεις τη φωνή μέσα και τελικά να βρεις ειρήνη…Και θα προτιμώ πάντα να γράφω όταν έχω πραγματικά κάτι να μοιραστώ από το να γράφω όποτε ο,τιδήποτε.

Σας ευχαριστώ όλους που είστε εδώ … Είστε ο πιο σημαντικός παράγοντας αυτού του ιστολογίου.

Με Αγάπη και Φως πάντα,

Ε.Ι.

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The 13 Goals of a Witch-13) Honor the Goddess and the God.

Published 13 April 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

At the end of this journey and the beginning as well, we have honoring and respecting the Goddess and the God. Most Pagans believe in the Goddess and the God, or else the female and male principles of the Universe. The Goddess usually goes first, as She is the Great Mother, the one who gives birth and nurtures and loves. She begins Her journey as the Maiden, a hunter, a wild girl, to grow up and become the Mother with Her feminine aspects in full and then become the Crone, the wise woman, the teacher, the healer and counselor. The God is always there by the Goddess. He starts as a boy, the Young God, a hunter to grow and become the Father and then the Sage. This three aspects are all combined in one, so we have the Triple Goddess and the Triple God.

What is hidden behind this couple is that They are equal. Different, but equal. Their differences is what helps Them create all life through co-operation and mutual respect. There is no duality in Their reality and relationship, there is just love and respect, that kind of love that lasts forever and is always renewed…that kind of love that goes beyond death! This is the paradigm we should follow, and this again has nothing to do with whether one is pagan or not. We can show Them our respect through respecting all men and women alike, for what they are, for what we are. Remember that no matter our sex, we all have a feminine and masculine side, that both need to be nurtured and developed. This is the way to find balance. Masculine is active and giving. Feminine is “passive” and accepting. We all need every aspect of ourselves in order to really become whole and take advantage of all that we can do in order to create.

The other aspect of this goal is “honor”. Is this a word you feel sensitive towards? In paganism, the Deities are respected and honored, but in a totally different way o most traditional religions. They do not expect us to kneel, obey or follow really difficult deeds in order to give us Their gifts and co-operate with us. It is of a common acknowledge that co-operation and spiritual development is of mutual advantage. There aren’t any strict rules, no solid rule-book we should follow, our free will is also totally respected by the Deities. So, what is the hint here? You have guessed right! Responsibility! Follow your heart and ask your Gods (whoever they/he/she may be) to help you find a way to reach closer to Them. The Divine is always there and -most importantly- always within us! Honor and respect yourself, first and foremost, as this is the best way to honor and respect everyone, including the Divine!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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The 13 Goals of A Witch: 12) Meditate! – Οι 13 Στόχοι (των Μάγων): 12) Διαλογισμός

Published 5 April 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

Meditation! The key to Mindfulness and relaxation, the way to communicate with our Subconscious Mind and know everything that is hidden inside! Most people will tell you that you should practice meditation daily…and you should! But here we are going to talk about different kinds of meditation, as not every person can sit down for hours and meditate. Taking the thoughts out of your mind and just come to touch with the Subconscious Mind or the void, the Divine etc isn’t easy and isn’t the first thing you must try or even the thing you have to try no matter what.

Let’s see first what meditation is. Meditation is leading ourselves to a state of deep relaxation, some kind of trance. Trance is the state we are naturally in the moment before we fall asleep or just before we wake up. At these moments, our Conscious Mind starts giving place to the Subconscious Mind, so we get images and feelings and sensations that cannot be logically interpreted, but give us messages through symbols. So, meditation adds to relaxation and brings us in touch with our Subconscious Mind.

How can anyone get into this state of mind? It is really easy and there is a way suitable fore everyone…Not the same way, but surely a way…at least! Do you love doing something? Does a chore take your mind away from the problems, thoughts that constantly come to your mind and don’t let you calm down? It could be anything; moping the floor, doing the dishes, walking, anything at all. Choose an activity that you love and relaxes you and next time try and do it focusing on that activity alone, as if it is the most important thing for you to do! Don’t think about anything else. Just pay attention to moping even the small spots, wash every dish thoroughly, walk while you are turning your focus to your steps or your breathing. There you have it! You have just meditated!

Another common mistake many people do is that they try to avoid thinking! Your Conscious Mind is not an enemy. It has specific tasks to do and it is its job to make you think about your practical issues. And it is  a very persistent part of our mind as well…If you try to shut it up, it will do everything in its power to keep talking! Imagine yourself wanting to talk to someone about something important. Now imagine them ignoring you…Got the picture? Just like that, you are going to try and make them listen more and more persistently…So, when you want to meditate, just sit for some minutes and give your conscious mind permission to speak. Listen to what it has to say, recognise your thoughts and their importance and promise you are going to think about them afterwards. Let your thoughts come and gently put them aside after recognizing them. You will see that after a while this procedure becomes automatic and it will be as if no thoughts come to you…And you have just made a huge step towards Mindfulness as well as towards void meditation!

As with all things, it is better if you meditate for only some minutes per day than for hours but once in a while…

In the following days, I will add more on meditation…For the time being, have fun and relax!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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Διαλογισμός! Το κλειδί της συνειδητότητας και της χαλάρωσης, ο τρόπος επικοινωνίας με τον Υποσυνείδητο Νου μας και για να γνωρίζουμε όλα όσα είναι κρυμμένα μέσα μας! Οι περισσότεροι άνθρωποι θα σας πουν ότι θα πρέπει να κάνετε διαλογισμό καθημερινά … και πρέπει! Αλλά εδώ πρόκειται να μιλήσουμε για διαφορετικά είδη διαλογισμού, καθώς δεν μπορούν όλοι να καθήσουν για ώρες και να διαλογιστούν. Το να αποδιώξετε τις σκέψεις από το μυαλό σας και το να έρθετε σε επαφή με τον Υποσυνείδητο Νου ή το κενό, το Θείο κλπ δεν είναι εύκολο και δεν είναι το πρώτο πράγμα που πρέπει να δοκιμάσετε ή ακόμα και αυτό που πρέπει να δοκιμάσετε οπωσδήποτε.

Ας δούμε πρώτα τι είναι ο διαλογισμός. Ο διαλογισμός μας οδηγεί σε μια κατάσταση βαθιάς χαλάρωσης, κάποιου είδους έκστασης. Η έκσταση είναι η κατάσταση όπου βρισκόμαστε φυσικά τη στιγμή λίγο πριν κοιμηθούμε ή λίγο πριν ξυπνήσουμε. Σε αυτές τις στιγμές, ο Συνειδητός Νους μας αρχίζει να δίνει χώρο στον Υποσυνείδητο Νου, και έτσι έχουμε εικόνες και αισθήματα και αισθήσεις που δεν μπορούν να ερμηνευθούν λογικά, αλλά μας δίνουν μηνύματα μέσω συμβόλων. Έτσι, ο διαλογισμός προσθέτει στη χαλάρωση και μας φέρνει σε επαφή με τον Υποσυνείδητο Νου μας.

Πώς μπορεί κανείς να μπει σε αυτή την κατάσταση; Είναι πραγματικά εύκολο και υπάρχει ένας κατάλληλος τρόπος για όλους…Δεν είναι ο ίδιος τρόπος, αλλά υπάρχει σίγουρα ένας…τουλάχιστον! Αγαπάτε να κάνετε κάτι; Μήπως μια δουλειά παίρνει το μυαλό σας μακριά από τα προβλήματα, τις σκέψεις που έρχονται συνεχώς στο μυαλό σας και δεν σας επιτρέπουν να ηρεμήσετε; Θα μπορούσε να είναι ο,τιδήποτε. Το να σφουγγαρίζετε το πάτωμα, να πλένετε τα πιάτα, να περπατάτε, ο,τιδήποτε. Επιλέξτε μια δραστηριότητα που σας αρέσει και σας χαλαρώνει και την επόμενη φορά προσπαθήστε να την επικεντρωθείτε μόνο στη δραστηριότητα αυτή, σαν να είναι το πιο σημαντικό πράγμα που κάνετε! Μη σκέφτεστε τίποτα άλλο. Απλώς δώστε προσοχή στο σφουγγάρισμα, ακόμη και στις μικρές κηλίδες, πλύνετε καλά κάθε πιάτο, περπατάτε ενώ στρέφετε την προσοχή σας στα βήματά σας ή στην αναπνοή σας. Ορίστε, λοιπόν! Μόλις διαλογισθήκατε!

Ένα άλλο συνηθισμένο λάθος που κάνουν πολλοί άνθρωποι, είναι ότι προσπαθούν να αποφύγουν να σκέφτονται! Ο Συνειδητός σας Νους δεν είναι εχθρός. Έχει συγκεκριμένα καθήκοντα και είναι η δουλειά του να σας κάνει να σκέφτεστε τα πρακτικά ζητήματα. Και είναι ένα πολύ επίμονο κομμάτι του Νου μας… Αν προσπαθήσετε να το κλείσετε, θα κάνει ό, τι είναι στο χέρι του για να συνεχίσει να μιλάει! Φαντασθείτε τον εαυτό σας να θέλετε να μιλήσετε με κάποιον για κάτι σημαντικό. Τώρα φαντασθείτε ότι σας αγνοούν…Έχετε την εικόνα; Έτσι απλά, θα προσπαθήσετε να κάνετε τον άλλον να σας ακούσει όλο και πιο επίμονα…Έτσι, όταν θέλετε να διαλογισθείτε, απλώς καθήστε για λίγα λεπτά και δώστε στον Συνειδητό Νου σας την άδεια να μιλήσει. Ακούστε τι έχει να πει, αναγνωρίστε τις σκέψεις σας και τη σημασία τους και υποσχεθείτε ότι θα το σκεφθείτε αργότερα. Αφήστε τις σκέψεις σας να έρθουν και βάλτε τις στην άκρη αφού τις αναγνωρίσετε. Θα δείτε ότι μετά από λίγο αυτή η διαδικασία θα γίνεται αυτόματα και θα είναι σαν να μη σας έρχονται σκέψεις… Και μόλις κάνατε ένα τεράστιο βήμα προς τη Συνειδητότητα καθώς και προς τον διαλογισμό του κενού!

Όπως συμβαίνει με όλα τα πράγματα, είναι καλύτερα να διαλογίζεστε για λίγα μόνο λεπτά ανά ημέρα παρά για ώρες αλλά μια στις τόσες …

Τις επόμενες ημέρες, θα προσθέσω περισσότερα σχετικά με τον διαλογισμό…Προς το παρόν, διασκεδάστε και χαλαρώστε!

Με αγάπη και στο φως πάντα,

Ε.Ι.

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The 13 Goals of a Witch: 11) Exercise the Body!

Published 3 April 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

 

This is an easy one to understand. You must have noticed until now that keeping fit is a very important matter, as our physical condition greatly affects our psychology and our mental functions. In Ancient Greece the was a saying that I am sure you know “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body”. Our body is the vessel, the cup in which our mind can either thrive or stay hibernated. The mind is the mental aspect of our brain, which is a physical organ. Just like all organs, it needs to be nurtured and healthy in order not only to function, but to also open us up to new possibilities. How many times have you been able to keep focused on something you do or do mental activities properly when you feel tired or sick? Being physically healthy, guarantees a healthy mind! Exercise affects our nervous and immune systems.

As for the exercise, the goal isn’t for you to suddenly become a fit freak! It is shown that some daily exercise is better than heavy exercise once in a while for many hours. Choose the exercise that suits your needs, as we are not all the same and our bodies do not work in the same way. I can’t do aerobics, for example. Not because I can’t, I don’t have the physical capacity, but it makes my bladder suffer and I get bored with it. My favorite exercise type is yoga, because it adds strength, flexibility and also detoxifies the body, adds to spiritual healing and is as strenuous as my body needs at the time. I also try to do different exercises during the week, in order to give time to my body to fully integrate the effects of the exercise and also rest. Do not underestimate resting and sleeping…Your body needs those as well! As with all things, it is better to take your time and let your body adapt, than start with a very heavy program. Pay attention to the details and award yourself every time progress has occurred, no matter how little it may be! A combination of techniques and the adaptation of programs to your specific needs will go a long way…

And above all, don’t forget; this is a goal! You don’t have to be perfectly fit in order to do spiritual work. Just try and be as fit as you can! Don’t ever do therapies, rituals or any other spiritual work when you don’t feel 100% well. It is more important to feel well and don’t worry; the Universe and the Divine always knows. Listen to your body and follow what it needs!

Be healthy and happy!!!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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The 13 Goals of A Witch: 10) Breathe and Eat Correctly

Published 27 March 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

Ok…This is a tricky one and one that touches many nerves, I am sure…When I first read this goal, a million thoughts came to mind, especially on the nutrition element. What does it mean to breathe and eat correctly? Are we talking about becoming vegans or vegetarians? Are we talking about stop eating burgers, pizzas and -in my case- souvlaki? Are we meant to do Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) every day?

To tell the truth, getting the junk out of your life will help you immensely in getting fitter and healthier…On the other hand, we live in this world, many of us in cities where pollution is an every-day issue, where water is chemically cleansed and food we cook isn’t always secure. Eating organic and drinking bottled or filtered water is good for you, but how many organic products are really organic these days (the fertilizers that had been going into the ground for years are still there), bottled water can be dangerous if the ones handling and transporting it are not very careful (especially in plastic bottles that leave chemical traces in the water) and filtered water…When you go out, are you sure they offer you the cleanest of water? And if you only drink filtered water, how is your organism going to adapt to water that isn’t as clean? Water is only an example here.

Food is another story…Thank goodness, we have so many choices today! We can find food that grows up in other countries, miles and miles away, we can benefit by fruits that we haven’t heard before and we can use nutrition not only to survive, but also to have fun, socialize, detox, strengthen…The place you were born and grew up plays a huge role, as do the environment you live in today, your personal preferences, your blood type…While I was studying ayurveda, one thing was clear to me; always listen to your body…Your body knows what is good for you. If you let a child decide what they want to eat, they will have no health issues connected to nutrition. When you feel a craving for something, just wait for 20 minutes…If you still want to eat it, then go for it! If you have eating habits that you see that aren’t good for you, then stop them, change them, adapt them. And don’t judge…Judging can really bitter your own heart…Do what feels good to you and let the others do the same. Of course, eating from fast foods every day, or eat only fried food, can’t be that good, can it!

Coming from Greece, I have always been listening about “measures” and “moderation”. A man should always find the Golden Section. Never do too much or go too far (the focus is on “too” that goes beyond measure…They never meant not to progress or develop as a human and a civilian, something that is obvious in everything they did). Plato came to stretch things out a bit, by saying that “The measure of all is man”, meaning that every person measures things differently”, and this is normal, because we are humans! So, find what is good for you and as long as you don’t harm anyone (yourself included), this is good.

This comes to stick with the “Harm none” rule. Can we eat meat since we are harming animals this way? Again, things can’t be taken literally here…It is for granted that you are going to harm people and animals along the way, even without knowing so…And insects are as important as fish and mammals and birds and reptiles. When you eat meat, choose to pay something more, in order to buy your meat from a little farmer that isn’t cruel to their animals, bless your food and thank the animal for everything it has given you…If you feel that this is wrong, don’t eat meat! This is up to you, as long as this keeps your body and mind healthy!

As for breathing…We have already said much about it, but let’s say some more…Correct breathing is conscious breathing. It is the breathing that fills you all up with oxygen, even at times that you automatically breathe. It keeps you calm even while you are working. It keeps you grounded and centred at all times! If you can practice Pranayama every day, this is really good for you! If you can do it for some days a week, this is also very good! If you can’t or don’t want to, then just try to breath deep and consciously, until it becomes an automatic habit…Yes, this is something that can really happen!

Be alive, be healthy, be happy!!!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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The 13 Goals of a Witch: 9) Attune to the Cycles of the Earth

Published 23 March 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

This is again another goal that applies to every single person on Earth and is generally good to be followed, but it plays a very special role in every Witch’s life. Witchcraft, especially Natural Witchcraft, which is what we talk about here, means to attune one’s energy within to the energy  without in order to use it towards a goal. The energy without is the Natural Energy, the Universal Energy, no matter how you choose to call it…Chi, Prana, Ki etc As you can easily imagine, this energy is the energy of the Earth, the planet that we call home and that we so often forget to thank. The most immediate vibrations we receive are those of Mother Earth, and then those of the stars and other planets. We are part of this energy…Actually, this is the energy that keeps us on and alive.

We receive this energy through breathing, this is why breathing is so important to be conscious and calm. My Yoga teacher, says that breath and mind are interconnected and I couldn’t agree more…A calm mind helps us breathe calmly, while calm breathing helps us get rid of anxiety. Breathing is vibration, it is the universal language we all share and through which we all communicate to a level. Breathing can tune us to the natural rhythms around us, and that’s the reason it can relax us and even heal us. It is vital for human beings, all human beings, to be attuned to the Natural rhythms. They still play a huge role in our lives, as it is only natural. Have you ever felt more tired during Spring? Do you feel the need to be more extrovert during Summer, while during Winter you feel more introvert? Do you think this is a coincidence? All living beings follow Earth’s rhythms. Just a look around you will clearly show it.

Witches, as pagans, attune to Earth’s rhythms-or should- every single day. Moreover, there are the Sabbats that every witch celebrates. These Sabbats follow the turns of the wheel and the changes of the seasons. We will refer to the Sabbats later on more analytically. A witch respects all living beings, being them animals, plants, crystals…Through communication with everything around, we can attune ourselves more to the Earth’s vibrations and rhythms, as every living being vibrates. Being in the flow is a phrase that has been heard a lot in the last years and it holds a very important truth. In Antigone, Creon says “The most persisting horses are the ones that are more severely tamed” and the story about the reeds that try to resist the power and flow of water and at last break. Being in the flow of life, noticing and accepting the changes and moving on is the only way for even the difficulties to become easier.

So…Take a deep breath and feel the vibrations! Tune in, be happy!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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The 13 Goals of A Witch: 8) Celebrate Life!

Published 22 March 2018 by Eris Ilmirith

If you thought that it would be all trying and no joy, clearly you were mistaken! Why use magick if it’s not to feel better? If you take a look in previous articles, you will notice that everything is about noticing -yourself, Nature, your environment, people around you- and appreciating…Yep! Gratefulness and choice once more! Appreciate everything that is happening around you and don’t take anything for granted, because nothing is…Appreciate every season for its gifts, appreciate the friends you have, appreciate your family, appreciate how much your pet loves you, how this little flower in the pot is growing up..I have a pot in the garden, which I had dedicated to the Faeries. Two years ago, in Spring, a little plant started growing up from nowhere. I had left the pot empty and without seeds, so that Nature would work its miracles. I didn’t take it out, although it didn’t have anything particularly beautiful, unique, or even strange…I let it be and started watering it and talking to it, as I do with all my other plants. After one year, it was still there, still growing and it had developed a little, very little wooden trunk. Last Summer all its leaves fell, for no obvious reason and it spent all Winter naked and “dry”. I didn’t have the heart to take it out…I continued talking to it and I felt sorry every time I remembered what a beautiful plant it had come to be. Beautiful to my eyes, because it was special to me…Just like the Little Prince’s rose. One day, coming back from work, I noticed that it had some little tiny leaves coming out shyly…”So you just needed a break”, I whispered and smiled…I am so grateful that this plant is still alive! I am grateful that my dog received reiki for the first time yesterday, I am grateful because my cat lets me brush her, for my strawberry-plant that has been hanging on in there for 5 years, when it is supposed to be a one-year plant! Find the reasons you are grateful for, and after that…Find some more!

Tune in with Nature! Make Her rhythms yours! See how everything that is alive around you celebrate life and its changes day by day and moment be moment! Take walks in Nature, swim in the sea, the ocean or a river. Talk to the trees and plants, let them tell you their stories, hug them, heal them! Watch how animals and children are happy and enjoy life for what it is, not according to what they have! Take a look at that stray you took care of, that old lady you helped cross the street. Receive their blessings and enjoy them! The more joy you spread, the more joy you will receive back! The happier you feel, the more opportunities you will have to feel even happier than that! It’s the Law of Attraction! Cliche, but true for the whole Universe!

Give your blessings back! Wish the best for everyone! Fill your life with love and compassion! Those negative feelings and the grudges you hold do not serve you in anything! Choose to let go of negativity and open your doors to happiness! After all, life is something to enjoy! It is what our Souls have chosen to live, it is what our incarnation serves. Be true to yourself, be who you really are and life will give you everything you wish for, as long as you live according to your true being! It isn’t difficult…Challenging, perhaps, but difficult? No way! Start by taking a little step at the time…Start making your dreams come true…You are the only one who can choose to do it and everything else will follow…

Celebrate Life!!!

In Love and Light always,

E.I.

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