I don’t know about you, but I’m really into woo-woo stuff. I’m not talking about voodoo and the dark stuff – they give me chills of terror. I can’t even watch a mildly scary horror movie, let alone venture into exploring the ‘dark arts’. No, I’m talking about the ‘light’ stuff – law of attraction, Abraham Hicks, tarot cards, spirit guides, animal totems, energy, chakras…you get the drift. I have found these to be empowering for me. They are also fun, positive, interesting, and cause no one any harm…so what’s the harm in exploring them? 😉
I guess my openness to these topics is partly due to having a mother who’s a pranic healer. So stuff like energy and chakras are something I encounter on a daily basis. I also grew up in a Hindu household and Hinduism is rife with god/goddess worship and there’s a strong belief in astrology, miracles, faith healing and the like. Of course, I didn’t (and still don’t) believe in a lot – no, most – of the things that I was told as a child and rolled my eyes at them (eg., if you don’t do X, then it will anger god Y). Still, this was a strong reason why some of these woo-woo topics didn’t ‘come out of the left field’ when I encountered them.
I personally found a lot of strength and empowerment in adopting some beliefs that are woo-woo. For eg., I follow Abraham Hicks’ material closely. I’ve seen it in action in my life personally and it has transformed my life. At its core, it means like attracts like. So if you want good stuff in your life…think good stuff. Think bad chronically and guess what happens. I’m simplifying this, but you get what I mean. One might argue that this is just common sense…just negative thought patterns becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. To me, it doesn’t matter how these things work. So long as a belief helps me, I’m embracing it! That’s my philosophy. I also firmly believe in the presence of some power that’s beyond human comprehension which people call God, spirit, source. Whatever the terminology, I do think there is such a presence. I’m not religious – I don’t care much for religious rituals or institutions. But I am spiritual in the sense that I believe in the existence of a pure, positive power that guides us all.
What else…oh yeah. I buy the whole higher self and spirit guides theory. I enjoy thinking that I have a ‘spirit team’ guiding me that’s put together by my higher self (basically the part of my soul that’s in the ether). I also firmly believe in intuition – the ‘gut feeling’ or just ‘knowing’ that people often speak of. Here’s something more: I have visceral, bodily reactions when I ‘know’ that the truth is being spoken. I get goosebumps all over. I also have a tight knot in my stomach when I feel that something is out of place. I’m slowly learning to trust that little voice of intuition.
Yet another belief I strongly hold is that the universe is always on my side. Einstein said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” Just having this one belief is such a strong influence on my life. It makes me feel safe and rest in the knowledge that all is well. As everyone on this planet, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. I’ve found this belief to help uplift me during the downs and allow me to fully enjoy the ups. I’d strongly urge anyone reading this post to consider adopting this lens for just 30 days and see how it changes their relationship with their life…with reality. I mean, if you’ve read this far, I’m assuming you’re open to running such ‘life experiments’. What have you got to lose? 🙂
Lastly, I have a fascination with tarot cards and animal totems! I just LOVE these. I think that intuition can be harnessed in a variety of ways, one of them being via tarot cards. I don’t use traditional tarot cards – I use Colette Baron-Reid’s The Spirit Animal Oracle. I feel very connected to the animal world and find that these cards help me go beyond what’s in the here and now and allow me to access information that’s in my subconscious. I also think that we all have spirit animals guiding us and we each have specific totem animals. When I was in Thailand, I got an animal totem reading done and it was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had.
Why am I sharing all this with you? Mainly because this is an aspect of me I tend to hide, knowing the kind of judgment many have towards such woo-woo stuff and the kind of reaction this elicits. Also, I’m working through a course that focuses on Character Sculpting and one of the exercises asks us to express a part of ourselves that we repress or tend to hide. This is my way of doing just that…welcome to the woo-woo side of planet Ranjana. 😉