May Flowers & Cool New Things – by Kat McCarthy


Greetings from those who make The Magic Happens, happen. We hope that were ever you are and whatever you are doing, it is a joyful life experience. We believe that life is meant to be joyful, expressive and even exciting. While life is not always a positive experience, we can always make it uplifting in some way and return to joy as quickly as possible.  We hope that each edition of The Magic Happens Magazine offers you some new ideas on how to support yourself in the not so happy moments.

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Personal Power When You Need It – by Kat McCarthy


I’ve been thrown into a number of situations this year that had the look and feel of powerlessness. I say ‘look and feel’ because I’ve watched other people in similar situations and I’ve noticed that most people do allow themselves to be powerless. Turbulence often leaves one trying to stay on their feet! I understand though that we are never powerless and I have used this year to hone my self empowerment skills. If I felt powerless, that would simply mean that my approach was wrong – nothing more. Work can always be done to change how we feel. 🙂

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When Luminosity Is a Gift of Being Present – by Annie Gelfand


This month’s topic has me digging a bit more deeply because it isn’t a topic often talked about. Luminosity is generally related to something shining from within, with an instrinsic brightness originating from itself. We have examples in the natural world such as stars, fireflies, glowworms, and different species of fish. These life forms do not have to try to be full of light. They just naturally shine as the sun shines. No effort. No pretence.

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Message from Will O’The Wisp – by Sara Jane


I am a fleeting bright flame caused by ignited gasses over marsh or bog land.
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Are you getting little flashes of inspiration? Are new thoughts and ideas popping into your head?
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Please take note of them, they come from me.
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If you are not sure what to do with these ideas, talk to others.
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I am here for you all and more and more of you are now opening yourselves to the help, support and guidance that I bring you.

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Relax, Life’s a Breathe! – by Annette


I chuckle every time I think of the scene in Terms of Endearment when Aurora Greenway (played by Shirley MacLaine) climbs into the crib of her newborn daughter, Emma (played later in the film by Debra Winger) to see if she is breathing. Once she gets the child to wake up and cry, she relaxes and can go on with her night. It was important to her that she knew her child was breathing.

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Get Caught Reading – by Annette


May, is National Get Caught Reading Month and what a fabulous theme to celebrate!  If you think about it, this is not something that has to be limited to only the United States of America, where it all started back in 1999. Reading is a fundamental skill that can be taught anywhere in the world using whatever materials are available. By giving people the tool of reading, they are able to grow beyond whatever circumstance they experience in their life and times. Once someone masters the ability to read, they can feasibly consider themselves on a level playing field with any other literate person anywhere. Once you learn how to read, you can learn something else, you can do more than survive, you can thrive.

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Luminosity (Shine your light) – by David Little


What do I think of when I envision luminosity? A few enlightened masters come to mind ; Buddha,Christ and Krishna stand out for me. Then there are extraordinary people from the present and past like the Dali Lama,Gandhi, Einstein and Galileo. People who are and were not afraid to shine their light upon the world.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


One of the things I have been working on is learning to give myself permission to take a day off from being productive and just play! Too often I use my days off to go grocery shopping, get laundry done or whatever. I usually have a case of the “shoulds”. It really has taken some effort to let go of this insanity. It is like I am accountable to some undefined monster who proclaims “You are not allowed to relax!” And when I do relax , the voices in my head tell me to stop goofing off, wasting time and get with the program. I realize this is an ultra bad habit and perhaps an addiction?  I hope not but sometimes it makes me wonder.

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Our Luminous Breath and Mind – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari


Pranayama, or breathing practice, teaches us how we can gradually expand our breathing capacity, then expand our mindfulness, and then our awareness. Finally, we will experience the light of the Spirit within and without, which is pure ecstasy and joy. Thus breathing helps us to meditate. Meditation helps us to become mindful. Mindfulness expands our horizon of awareness and then finally merges us into Universal or Cosmic Consciousness. That, in the Indian yogic tradition, is called Samadhi.

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Brilliance is in the Eye of the Observer – by Nancy Zimmerman


As I begin thinking about luminosity, I remember teaching my 6th-grade science students about the bio-luminescence of a kind of algae that causes a glow to be noticed  underwater.  There is the luminescence we see as we notice the brightness of different kinds of stars in the sky.  Luminosity can also refer to the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened or inspired.  Looking at all of these definitions and situations, we see the overriding definition of a brilliance that is noticeable in some way to the observer. It is to this kind of luminosity that I will address my offering this month.

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Comparing Yourself to Another – by Linda Lang


You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down.


How many times have you told yourself another person was better, stronger, wiser, prettier, more gifted, more spiritual… more anything?  Comparing in this way corrupts your self image, and paves the way to developing negative perspectives not only about yourself and others, but on life itself.  It can breed fear, anger, jealousy and self hatred… or arrogance depending on where you stand in your mental image.

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The soft underbelly of hiding – by Annie Gelfand


My husband and I had a phenomenal day with some family members visiting with us, looking over old photos of my first wedding. As I gazed at these photos, I saw a beautiful lost young woman who had no idea she was beautiful, who had no idea she had gifts to offer the world, who had no idea of her value. She tried so hard to please people, but most especially her mother, believing that maybe, just maybe, if she managed to win her mother’s love, she would feel valued, valuable and loveable.

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Luminosity Is Where You See The Light – by Marie Pollnow


Luminosity is forever brining light, purity and joyous energy to one’s environment. First experiences with l come in through, and within my dear mother.  My Mother had weaknesses and faults like any other human being yet I loved her very much.  She was luminous and liked to write poetry.  Many times she would wake me up with a morning song that she created herself.

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