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A Season of Love Message~10-31-11

October 31, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today is a day I always let my inner child come out to play! It’s Halloween or Samhain, as some call it. It’s good to have fun, pretend, dress up and “trick or treat!” I like the quote by George Bernard Shaw, that says, “ We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!  It’s so important for us to keep a spirit of playfulness in our hearts and have fun; it’s good for our soul! I like going out trick or treating with my Grandkids, just like I did my kids. I may move a little slower, but I still dress up and have a great time with all the ghouls , goblins, witches, mummies, princesses and heroes! I love seeing the adults getting in on the fun and just letting go!  So today, I can let go of the adult stuff and be a kid at heart! It’s a great feeling and one we should do often. Whatever you do tonight, have fun, be safe and laugh! 

This year I’m not going out door to door with any kids, because all my Grandkids are far away and have plans. I still know I am with them in spirit, in their hearts and I’ll be enjoying my quiet night tonight, about midnight, under the stars and moon, burning my sacred fire in my outdoor fireplace, talking to the trees, the wind, the spirits and my ancestors. I light my candle and stay outside for a while, opening my heart to whatever may come to me. I celebrate this time of year as Harvest, the Celtic New Year, Autumn and a time when the veils between energy is so thin, it’s really not even there. As the time rolls to November 1st from October 31st, the energy is incredible, allowing us to let go of the old and be grateful for all lessons and step into a new day. I love how fresh everything feels on “All Saints Day,” November 1st and how blessed I feel too.

I pray you feel the energy vibrations in all things this time of year and all throughout the year and the seasons. 

Blessings for the Celtic New Year! Happy Samhain, Halloween!

~Mysti-Fran

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A Season of Love Message~10-28-11

By Fran Hafey/Mystiblu

October 28, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Friday:  Today is a good day to clear out the old and make room for the new! We can do it within or around us. In our homes, our office, our heart and soul or wherever we need to. When we let go of old, “stuff or baggage” we can feel lighter and have more room for the new things we desire to manifest into our lives. I do this quite often actually and sometimes even continuously. It’s like opening the doors and windows and tossing out the unwanted, old stagnant energy and feeling the wind bring new, fresh energy into our lives! We can visualize this for our inner selves and do it, “literally” by getting rid of old belongings we no longer need or have use for. We can even do it for the people in our lives. When we desire a new relationship, visualize! Let the positive energy flow! I believe~

Today we had someone come out to clean our chimney so we can use our woodstove. It can be dangerous to use it or a fireplace when the colder season begins without cleaning all the old soot, creosote (black tar, build up) and whatever else might have accumulate in the chimney. These things can cause a chimney fire, which in turn can cause a house fire. It’s important to clean it out every year before using the chimney. Cleaning the chimney then allows for a better air flow or draft, which helps the fire burn better in your fireplace or woodstove.

Our lives and hearts are similar to a chimney. Now and then they need to be cleaned out to get out the old stuff so everything flows better. When it’s clean and flowing, we are then able to receive what we need and desire in our lives, physically and spiritually. We may want to work on letting go of the emotions attached to old, negative memories, let go of objects or items that hold old stagnant energy, get rid of the clutter in our lives to allow better energy flow and even let go of people, jobs, places and things, that cause a negative, not so good feeling and trust that when we let go and let the good positive energy flow, things in our lives will change for the better. Visualize making these changes, cleanse your chakras and cut the negative cords attaching you to things you don’t want to be attached to anymore.  Have faith and believe in the changes for the better and soon you will begin to manifest those better and more positive things in your life!

Blessings for the Celtic New Year! Happy Samhain, Halloween!

~Mysti-Fran

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A Season of Love Message~10-24-11

October 24, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today, I’m reminding myself it’s ok to change my life the way I choose and if others don’t like it, that’s ok! Some of us were brought up to try and please others and taught that making them happy is the most important thing. Helping to make people happy is a good thing, but not if we let it interfere with our own life choices and our happiness. We have the right to choose how we want to live and others don’t have to agree with us. If there is someone in your life that tries to make you feel guilty or wrong about your choices, you can choose to tell them their overstepping their boundaries or you can let it go. You can do it with love and kindness, being direct and to the point without anger or retaliation. Making positive changes in our lives should feel good and if someone tries to change that, we certainly have the right to confront them and let them know how we feel. It’s about choices, on both parts, and making a positive change in the right direction.

Addressing boundaries can be an important thing for parents, children, friends and family. Because we love them, we often let people, “tell us what they think,” but it’s not always what we want to hear or think. When we feel good about the changes we’re making in our lives and someone scoffs at it or tries to make us feel, “wrong,” they open a door for us to tell them, “how we feel” too. It’s our choice.  I’ve found myself having to tell my parents and my grown children where the boundaries lie when they’ve crossed them. I am an adult, living my own life and I don’t need to hear how the changes I’ve made in my life affect them, especially if they feel I’m doing something they don’t agree with. They can share how they feel all they want, but it’s ultimately my choice and they need to respect that. That’s where the boundaries part comes in. There is a line some people cross, or boundaries, where they begin to forget about respect and choice. When we’re living our lives happily, doing what we choose, being mindful, wise and positive, then we know  we’re making choices from our heart and soul, not just from our heads and we have the choice to let others know that, lovingly. I have my life to live, no one else’s and I expect and respect others to feel the same about me! 

Blessings for the week~Mysti-Fran

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A Season of Love Message~10-21-11

October 21, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Friday:  Today I am recognizing the blessings of “being able.” It’s been a long week and I’m looking back and seeing how much I got done! I’m thrilled with my “Fall Cleaning,” and I’m showing my gratitude for being “able” to do as much as I did. With so many things on my plate, I “made” time to clean house, give away older furniture and get new furniture, go through seasonal clothing, packing away summer and bringing out proper winter attire. It seemed like the more I did, the better it felt, so I kept going, as long as I was “able.” Sure, my muscles ache, I’m tired, but it’s a good ache and tired and with a new mattress being delivered today, I think it may see me there a little earlier tonight. Be grateful today, for what you’re “able” to do and realize just how fortunate you are!

I truly believe that having a clean home, organized and without clutter, allows positive energy to flow through out and around us. I try to follow the rules of Feng Shui as much as I can. Each home is different and can have challenges. My house may look large on the outside, but inside we have two closets and not much storage space. I’m learning as I get older, less is better and it helps when I’m looking for something, because everything has a place. It’s easier to clean, less to wash and definitely saves time. Sometimes we get busy or ill and our homes take over! We begin to see dust and clutter and we do what we’re “able” to do and believe me, it will be there when we’re feeling better or have more time. I’ve learned it’s easier to clean as I go and put things away right after using them, which saves me time and frustration too. With children and like us, who just have fur and feather kids at home now, doing with less just makes sense and it’s something most of us can do, we just have to look around and see how much we have that we really don’t need or use. Yes, I’m getting back to simplicity and balance and realizing what feels right for me and what I’m really “able” to handle at this stage in my life. I will always have plenty to do but for now making time to get more organized, have less and do what I can, when I can, feels pretty good. 

Blessings for the weekend~Mysti-Fran

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A Season of Love Message~10-17-11

October 17, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Do you know someone who puts themselves in a “victim” role perhaps because they’re afraid of changing their lives or taking a chance that things could be better or different? People that choose to stay in the role of victim, tend to get used to how it feels and can get caught in a vicious cycle and often don’t know how to get out. They like the attention, they like complaining or the drama of it all. You can help by being a mirror for them to see how it really is and how things can be different, if they just take a chance and open their heart and minds to the bigger and better possibilities! If you know someone like this, take a chance and be that voice in the dark they need to hear to help them find their path to the truth. 

Dealing with people that stay in victim roles can be tough and you must have patience. You can’t just blurt out to them what they should be doing different or how. Not everyone’s life can be the same as another’s so that needs to also be remembered. The victim mentality has to figure it out on their own, but we can help. We can show them how negative they may be and how staying in the hole their digging for themselves, it’s not healthy or truthful. They are blinded by what they feel is right instead of seeing the new possibilities all around them. It can take time and effort to help someone that’s stuck. They really can’t always see the blue skies, be grateful for what they have, for being a live and having a chance to make things different. Don’t give up on them, but also don’t get sucked into their world, the world they’ve chosen to stay tuned into. Lovingly, but firmly, tell them how you feel and if it drags on too much of your energy, then walk away. Always let them know you’ll never stop believing in them and trust that they can be better and do better. Praise and kindness goes a long way, but being honest, truthful and showing them how others see their lives in the victim role, and how it affects others, is the real picture they may need to see. They are never alone.

 Blessings~Mysti

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October 14, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Friday:  Today is a good day to help someone who’s lonely. There are so many people in the world that are alone and would love to have some company. Seniors living alone, would love to have someone stop by and take time out of our busy lives to sit and just talk, perhaps ask if there’s anything we can do for them. Say hello to a neighbor, the wife with children whose husband’s in Iraq fighting for our Country. She may appreciate a friendly smile, someone to chat with while sharing a cup of coffee. It’s special and a gift to others, when we give of our time and self.  If it’s not something you can do today, then make a plan and stick to it, helping someone feel good, and you too! Peace & hugs, Mysti~Fran~ 

I know what it feels like to be lonely. I’ve been that Military wife with children and wishing I had another adult to talk to some days, someone to break the monotony and help time not feel so long in between seeing that loved one.  I’ve worked in nursing homes and hospitals and I know how lonely people get and I’ve seen their faces light up when someone visits; taking the time to make a point of stopping by to say, “Hello, hope you’re doing ok!” It’s not really about bringing a gift, it’s about giving of ourselves and our time… something most people tend to feel we don’t have enough of. When we make time, to take time, that’s not just a gift we give to ourselves, but a gift we share with others too. It’s a gift that makes hearts grow warm with love, better than a store bought gift could ever be and one that can be given any time of the year! 

Make time to take time, you’ll be glad you did!~ Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

Blessings~Mysti-Fran

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October 10, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today, it’s ok to rest and take a break. I will do my best! I tell myself this a lot, but why is it so tough for some people to do that? I have a list of things I need and want to get done in a day, a week and a month, but if I don’t feel well or become tired, I need to be aware and take breaks and slow down. If we don’t pay attention to how we feel, how can we expect others to? For some, like me, a break is when I sit down at the computer or get a few things done, then sit outside to enjoy the birds, the wind, nature and just listening to my higher self, telling me that what I don’t get done today, will still be there tomorrow! *smile* Working at my own pace, getting things done, patting myself on the back for what I did get done today, not for what I didn’t!

Too often we’re harder on ourselves than others when we don’t get as much done as we’d like. Some people will get up early or stay up late to get things done, sacrificing their “recharging  time” that we all need in order to stay on top of things. Sometimes I look around and see the house a mess, laundry waiting, writing to do, trash to take out, dogs to feed and the list goes on and on. I can work myself up and feel overwhelmed or I can work at it, little by little, until it’s all finished. Then, it starts all over again, *laugh*. My attitude about it has changed over the years. I can laugh about things more easily, I don’t beat myself up (as bad) as I used to when I don’t reach a deadline (I’ve always wondered why they call it a deadline) and I just do my best. I’ve heard before, “what difference will it make one hundred years from now” if I didn’t vacuum today instead of calling my Mom, my daughters or share a laugh with one of my Grandchildren. Take time today for a break, take care of yourself and have a great week!

Blessings~Mysti-Fran

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