August is the last month of summer before school starts up again and work gets back into full swing. This makes August a particularly important month to spend time with friends and family. In Europe, most companies shut down for the entire month of August, preferring to save the energy costs of air conditioning their urban offices while most workers retreat to the countryside or the beaches for some rest and relaxation. Americans can learn a lesson from this European way of life; we often don’t take that time out to just enjoy ourselves and spend time with our loved ones. We are always running, from one place to another, never stopping to smell the roses.
Renamed in honor of the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BC, August derives from the Latin root augere, which means to increase. In August, we can seize the opportunity to make lasting memories as we commit to increasing the time we spend celebrating the important friendships in our lives by spending more quality moments together. As the summer comes to a close and the lazy days come to an end, throw a party for your closest friends and family, or plan an impromptu vacation with them. To celebrate your friendships and relationships, you have to make time to spend with them, no matter how hard it may seem to do so. In August, sip the lemonade, bask in the sun, and enjoy the last few days of your break in celebration of your friendships that make life well worth living.
Our role in life is to bring the light of our own souls to the dim places around us.
If the journey is to be gratifying, you, the traveler, must be authentic in all that you do. Enlightenment no longer has to be hard earned once you finally decide to wake up and just be you! Rise and shine; now is your time. You have come so far only to realize that you are perfect just as you are. In a world that may tell you otherwise, you can stand strong against all lies. Your brilliant light must shine for the universe to see; all you have to do is declare, “I am free to be me!” No more excuses and no more fear. Isn’t this what you have been dying to hear? Your turn has come; it is now up to you. Your soul is begging for its light to come through. Ask yourself this before you start this day: are you ready to brighten up someone else’s way? Darkness does exist; you may have even experienced it for a time. You are now aware, and with glee, it is your turn to shine. What does this look like? You are the only one who knows. Whatever it is, you must start to glow. With the freedom to be, welcome to a new page in your life. You can live an existence that is based on love, not strife. Please, please, please let your life’s work and calling come true; your role in this life is for you to be you!
Magical Key to Bliss: Remember to live authentically because you are fabulous and free!
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Your story unfolds as you wake up and live your script that is channeled through you daily. You become the author and willing recipient of a life mixed with reality and creative fascination. You stand captive to inspiration’s overwhelming presence as you capture all that is interesting with arms wide open. You have this one opportunity to become who you are meant to be, to learn what you are meant to learn, and to share all that you are meant to share. Will you allow fear to take hold and keep you firmly rooted in what you know, never traveling farther than your comfort zone will allow? Or better yet, will you dare to break out of your shell and gather the courage to take risks, betting on the chance that the payoff will be amazing? Look around, friends, at the richness the world has to offer. Don’t be distracted by those things meant to deter you from your own greatness. Breathe deeply and take it all in with love and laughter. Let its essence touch your spirit and penetrate your very being. Most of all, each day, embrace your story as it unfolds, stay interested, and revel in the beauty that each of you will discover.
Magical Key to Bliss: Develop a crazy, awesome interest in your life and all it has to offer.
Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination
~Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The world we all live in is filled with pure imagination. You can grab a book, listen to a song, watch a sunrise, or just sit in stillness and imagine. Venturing into this world is the important work of your life. To sit in a safe place where you allow the hand of God, higher power, or profound energy to touch your life is inspiring. Just allowing whatever comes through you to attach to a page, a canvas, or a screen is uplifting. What is born in your mind becomes a masterpiece of fantasy when you open your eyes. Take some time each day and try not to let resistance distract you. Imagine this world as a place where dreamers can channel from the depths of their soul, artists can engage you with colors, writers can inspire you to travel to places you have never been, and innovators dare to grab onto illusion to create a new and amazing reality. So come, won’t you? And perhaps through your own imagination, you can transform yourself into a beautiful butterfly and take flight, seeing this world in a new way—the world is begging for you to do it!
Magical Key to Bliss: Travel into a world of imagination and free yourself to fly!
If our lives appear impoverished, the fault lies not in our lives but in our lack of awareness. Looking more deeply, however, we come to understand that we cannot blame our awareness alone, for it is not awareness that is at fault but the constraints we have placed on expression.
Magical. The world is magical if you choose to have faith and believe it. Mysterious. Your life is a beautiful mystery begging to be discovered. Stop constraining your experience. Relax into it. Look around and see with your whole being. Once you begin to allow awareness to permeate your soul, you tap into the miraculous. And once you tap into the miraculous, you are one with the world. Release your preconceptions to renew a sense of freedom. Life is felt with the heart. Life is being inspired. Choose to really get in touch with a greater consciousness. Shift your perception. You cannot see the air you breathe, but it is there. You feel the cool breeze that signals a change in seasons. You cannot see the bonds that tie you to another, but the energy is there. You cannot see the spirit of another, but the love is there. You cannot see the richness of this world, but in your heart you know that the opportunity to discover remains always at your fingertips. Magical. It all is really magical. To believe anything less only serves to deter you from the riches laid out before you. Be prepared to free your mind so that you can watch the magic unfold that will take you to a place of higher awareness, constrained no more.
Magical Key to Bliss: Believe that life is magical, and behold what lies behind the obvious!
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
No truer words were ever uttered: be true to you. It is so important that you walk through your life guided by your own internal compass. For if you do not, you may lose yourself while looking for an external map that does not exist. Never let it be said that you don’t know right from wrong or that you must rely on another to truly understand how to live your best life. If you remain true to your own self, you will be sure to take the next step to thrive. When you are connected to your internal source, you will uncover what you need to learn at exactly the perfect moment in time. It is when you think that you must become someone other than yourself that madness has the potential to set in. You were intended to be exactly who you are. It is imperative that each of you get in touch with exactly who that is. Life will give all of you many experiences to discover your own internal beauty and richness. It is your job to take advantage of those opportunities and learn the amazing lessons through the experiences set out before you. Make the decision today for you to be you! Putting on false masks to hide from the world serves no higher purpose. It just hinders the greatness that resides inside of you waiting to get out.
Magical Key to Bliss: Remember today: to thine own self be true; none other is more unique and miraculous than you!
Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.
Be grateful for the knowledge that you do not have to go back and change what has occurred in the past. For it is true, alas, that you cannot. What truth you must live is to start today and make the changes necessary to fulfill your dreams, live your passions, and dwell in a place of love and goodness. Imagine, just because you woke this morning, you get this chance, this magical golden ticket, to do what’s right for you. You cannot change the past; it does not do you any good to have regrets. You shall make the choice to live a glorious present that impacts a more magnificent future. Just today. Just now. Just because you can. And even if your past is peppered with behaviors that you are not proud of, you know there is much you can be grateful for. Everything that has happened has folded into who you are today, and for all intents and purposes, it is good; it is divine. So with the beautiful community of energy you share with so many, you step into your life once again. Ready to write the next chapter as you go, and with grace, make the choice to embark on whatever the day holds with an attitude of tremendous gratitude. To that you can repeat the words of writer Ann Lamott—”Help me, Thank you, Wow, and Amen!”
Magical Key to Bliss: Start from now; you are free to make a brand-new ending
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis
Each decade marks an evolution in a life. And with the passing of each, you have the opportunity to grow. As you assess the lessons you have learned, you are able to revisit your dreams, perhaps let go of those you have outgrown and embrace new ones that will allow you to shine your gifts for all to see. While you are on your journey, you will grow weary if you experience regret for having made some significant mistakes along the way. But be sure, if you keep the ritual of your eyes facing the rising sun with each new morning, you will not get stuck in the past. The point is to live this life, with all the ups and downs. The point is to wake each day, forgive yourself for the err of your ways. The point is to set another goal to do better the next time around as you appreciate the beauty that you have found. So when you let the sun set on your past and dream well of a present that you can get excited about, you give yourself the permission to let go of the pain and embrace the joy of possibility that IS there. Remember you can’t move forward towards your dreams and towards the life that is yours if you remain in the past. Each day is a chance to consciously make the decision to step into the glory that is to come and as long as you are alive you are never too old to do so!
Magical Key to Bliss: Allow your spirit to rise with the hope of a new dawn.
According to the Gospel of Thomas:
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
There is a calling in your soul to let your creative essence free. Today will you answer the call? There is that small voice in your head that speaks to you daily to chase your dreams so fast that you surpass them. Today will you listen to that voice? There is that beautiful music of love and life in your very being that needs to be played to allow your incredible gifts to flourish. Today will you play that music? Let it be said that the happiest people in the world are those who live life simply, acknowledging with gratitude their blessings and welcoming with love the path that begs to be followed when they honor that which is within. As you decide to bring forth what is within you and wholeheartedly step on that path, you make the decision to save yourself today and everyday. When you answer the call, listen to your heart’s voice and gloriously play your very own music, the incredible symphony and dance of life evolves right before your eyes. It is the release of the negative patterns of self-sabotage and punishing behavior that will save you. Replace it with positive patterns of self love and worthiness and you will rise up again. The sky is the limit.
Magical Key to Bliss: Set yourself free into a world where there are infinite possibilities!
“I’m trying to free your mind, but I can only show you the door. You’re the one who has to walk through it.”
Morpheus from The Matrix
Why must we punish ourselves with sabotaging thoughts? What will it take for us to free ourselves from our own self-imposed mental slavery? Can we use our imagination to free our minds and connect with the love in our hearts to liberate our lives? Why not take a chance and try it. Stand up straight and imagine releasing the weight of the world off your shoulders. Feel lighter and give love. Open your eyes and see the many doors just waiting to be opened to offer us a different path on the journey. Look around and see other individuals as co-creators with you. Feel lifted and receive love. The mind aligned with optimism is a powerful tool. A heart filled with love is even more commanding. When the mind is coupled with the heart, this combination is something to behold. Obstacles fade away. Negativity subsides. And, possibilities spring anew. We can make the choice to free our minds to believe in the potential that is known in our hearts. The door is right in front of us to do so. It can only be shown to us, it will ultimately be our decision to walk through. So what is it going to be? If we free our minds to believe in the possibility of wonderful things to come, the rest will follow. There is gentle salvation when we allow our minds to be free from the chains that bind as we connect to the love that awaits us.
Magical Key to Bliss: Free your mind to believe in possibility!