Sunday, June 30, 2013

Random Update!!!

Hai everyone! So, as to recap this past week, I've developed a schedule to working out with Kenzie and my sister Tahtiana: Monday is Running; Tuesday is Tennis; Wednesday is Sports; Thursday is Exploring/Trail Walk; and Friday is Wii/X-Box(all the dancing/workout/Zumba games that we have).

I've also dyed my hair a type of red
and I've been lazy and haven't straightened these curls yet ^w^ 
Also, for some reason, I've been waking earlier and earlier. But I still go to sleep extremely late (about four in the morning). Sometimes I've woken at 7 in the morning, other times at 6 in the morning. Today, I woke at 5...and had went to bed two hours earlier.

My summer math course is finally almost done! So I'll be through with math before the fourth of July *happy dance* I've been working on typing up the rest of my journals..still going to take a while because they start as far back as 2007, some even farther. UnU BUT I CAN DO EET!!! ^w^ And I just ordered a black scrying mirror! SOOOOO excited! >w< It's round. Not square or rectangular. I dunno why, but cornered ones unnerve me. Soooo, that's why I have a round one...

I've also tried on those L.A. colors deluxe eyelashes I got a while back. Just to try them out for the first time. I think I did okay, but it definitely still needs some work!
Please excuse the fugliness and unexperienced makeup that I did. Can you even see them? Mayhaps I should've taken a different picture...*shrugs* Oh yeah, that loli wig? Used to be really long...Hacked at it. Not really. My friend cut it for me ^w^ I think it looks better this way.

And I've done some character sketchings for Jason's Dark Innocence project that we are now working on together ^w^ my artness, his story. Pretty excited about it. AND I HAVE A NEW WORKING PHONE YOU GUYS!!!!! *spazzes* I cannot tell you HOW HAPPY I AM to have a serviced phone again. *flails around happily* To call! And text! And HAVE BARS IN PLACES AND USE THEM!!! >w< If you'd like to text me and stuffs, you can message/email me ^w^ CONNECTIONS ARE WONDERFUL THINGS!!! And I love communication...strange, because sometimes I'm antisocial, but YES!!!

And this morning, Jason pointed out that he could see the pointed tip of my ears ^w^ Yes, the tips of my ears have a point to them. My hair usually covers them, though. In elementary school and middle school, everyone used to take notice of them. I guess I hid them in high school....*shrugs* in college, it was half n half. I dunno. But yeah! I has pointy ears ^w^

Methinks that's all for now...LOVE YOU GUYS! ^w^


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Shot down again...

Been feeling pretty good today, on a faerie high. Cleaned the house, did my chores, doing my homework, have my own boutique. Feelin' pretty good, as I said. Went outside to the portal, left something for the fae. Keep in mind, the portal is between the two sheds out back. I left some sparkling Verdi in a little bottle and left some grapes out there. I know they like it.

My mum told me I should have washed dishes last night. Tahtiana asked why I left the grapes and the bottle out. When I told her why, she looked at me like and said "seriously, Kiah?" then shut the door to my room on her way out of it. Mum said a boutique doesn't mean anything, and told me to keep looking...

Not a lot of positive energy coming from them...

Monday, June 10, 2013

big immediate fam sketch

took me about three hours. but holey crap, I finished the sketching *dies*
 *sniffles* OuO amg...just...amg...why we have so many...kinda hard to explain...
but there are the little ones, looking as how they would appear in this realm at the age they are...and the darling suggested that I draw us as we are now, soo...yeah... and yes...there are fifteen of them...

What's New!

So, the past few days I've been catching up on my math class and toying with the idea of getting a little more serious about the gyaru style, as far as hair and makeup go. Also, I've been doing some more future planning with the fiance and having some family fun with my mum and sisters this past weekend. I also noticed that the fae decided to take me up on my welcome offer, so to speak, as mushrooms have been sprouting up all over the yard just as they used to before I left fo join the Marine Corps. ^w^ That made me happy. As well as seeing the birds that Mum and Pa (see my "Unseelie" post) like to send to watch me outside my window or if I leave the house ^w^

What I've also been doing lately is consuming a few yellow rose petals before I settle in to read at night and go to sleep. It started with me researching what I could do with rose petals and what properties did they have. I've lots of abilities and like to expand my skills and knowledge on them, so when I read that they also help with dreams and what not, I thought: "why not? I've been having them a lot more over the past few months. Let's see what happens." So that night I made tea with a few of the perals, added some honey and sugar and drank it. Chewing the petals themselves...not tasty...not in the least...soooo, I just downed them and continued reading my Shamanic Traditions book (I'll explain that later in another journal). After a while, my body did the usual signs of sleepy time, but when I read, it was like I started to space out and my body got slightly jumpy like it does whenever my astral gets slammed back into my physical body at times. At first I was, WTF BODY, but then I just closed the book and went to sleep. The next morning, I wrote down everything I remembered from my dream. So now, I've decided to have a petal or two every night then read book, and when I get to that point again, call it a night and let it happen. Also it helps in my healing process that I'm going through *facepalm* The white barn owl that I see when I retreat within to heal myself says it's good with also pinpointing the areas that I need to work on; as well soooooo *thumbs up* just feels right.

But, what I also find interesting is that how closely Jason and I are linked/bonded, and he's begun to have similar dreams too. ^w^ That makes me happeh =w=

This awesome beauty right there *points to picture* should be arriving as early as the 25th! I'm so excited!!! *spazzes* so many awesome ideas I have for this one >w<

But yeah, this one I'm going to test out as my second "gyaru" wig, I suppose one would say...and it just looks flipping awesome!

Tis all for now! *goes back to doing homework*

Friday, June 7, 2013

Reiki

Reiki

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is a Japanese type of spiritual practice also used for stress reduction and relaxation. It is a technique that also helps promote healing either for self or for other people. It is characterized as a practice of "laying of hands".

The healing powers of the technique are based on the idea that there is an unseen "life force energy" that flows through each person. This life force is said to be the reason why people are alive.

When one's life force energy is low, then people are likely to get sick or feel weak. If the life force is high, people feel healthy and happy.

Reiki is also a form of meditation used as a type of therapy for treating physical, emotional, and mental diseases.

The name Reiki is taken from two Japanese characters that describe energy itself. The words "rei", which means "unseen" or "spiritual" and "ki" which means "energy" or "life force" are combined to become Reiki. In English, its meaning is usually given as "universal life energy".

It was Mikao Usui who was known to have developed Reiki in 20th century Japan. Story has it that Usui received the ability of healing after going through three weeks of fasting and meditating on top of Mount Kurama. Practitioners of Reiki use a technique similar to that of the laying on of hands.

This action is said to promote the channeling of "healing energy" to another person. The energy flows through the palms and brings along with it healing powers that can be used for self-treatment as well as for treating others.

Reiki is a simple, natural as well as safe method of dispensing spiritual healing and self-improvement. It is said to be effective in providing alternative treatment for virtually every known illness and malady. Not only that, Reiki also helps create an added beneficial effect, that of spiritual healing. This method is also said to work well when combined with other medical or therapeutic techniques to help relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Reiki, although seen as a very powerful healing technique, is amazingly simple to learn. Reiki and the ability to use it effectively cannot be taught in the usual sense. The skill is said to be "transferred" to the student during a Reiki class.

Although the practice of Reiki may be spiritual in nature, it is not considered as a religion. There are no set of beliefs that one should learn about before learning to practice the technique known as Reiki. The practice does not depend on any form of dogma.

It will work whether the student believes it or not. But it is said that the practice of Reiki helps people to keep in touch of their spiritual selves rather than the intellectual concept that it provides.

The practice of Reiki also aims to develop and promote living in harmony with others. Aside from practicing Reiki and its principles, the founder of the Reiki system, Mikao Usui also recommends the practice of simple ethical ideals that can lead to peace and harmony among people.

Getting to know what Reiki is may help people not only become a healing channel but also a tool to promote peace among other people.

Reiki Therapy

Reiki therapy involves a lot of elements in just about every alternative healing practice. This is because it uses spiritual healing, meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy and homeopathy among others to make the person or another feel better.

But what makes this Japanese healing art so unique and popular is that it involves the transfer of energy in order to restore balance in the life force.

Reiki therapy has several basic effects. These include deep relaxation, detoxification of the system, the increase of the vibration or frequency of the body, providing new vitality in the form of healing energy and removal of negative energy.

In Reiki therapy, the practitioner places his or her hands over the patient. The recipient should be lying down so he or she is completely at ease and ready to welcome the positive energy.

Reiki therapy begins from the head and then works all the way down to the feet. Ideally, this should be placed 2 to 4 inches away from the body of the patient. The hands must be cupped with the fingers closely bonded together and the thumbs pulled upward against the hand so the positive energy that you possess is directed to the one who needs it.

For this to work, both the healer and the person being healed need to take an active part in the healing process. One sends forth the energy while the other should openly receive it.

The strength of Reiki therapy depends on the level of the healer.

Are there risks in Reiki therapy?

The answer is no. The only thing the patient can do is block the positive energy that is being given but this does not cause him or her harm in any way.

Another thing people should remember is that Reiki therapy works in conjunction with western medicine and other practices. It is simply designed to help the person heal especially for those who need to undergo surgery.

Reiki therapy is not successful after only on session. This has to be done several times until the patient is completely healed and this can only happen when the body becomes in tune with itself. A practitioner can even do this to him or herself to reduce the anxiety and stress that happen everyday, as people live a happier life if there is both harmony and peace.

The strength of the Reiki energy is also dependent on one’s thoughts. Negative thoughts will not do much to improve the situation so you must think positive in order for this to work.

If you have a headache, are fighting stress or an addiction, Reiki energy can help you deal with the problem. You just have to think positive and believe.

In a stressed out world like the one we have today, more and more people are opting for different treatments instead of using medications to help them achieve a more stable level of thoughts and emotions. This is because they have noticed that the more they depend on medication and other western medicine treatments, the more they feel weak, stressed out, and sick.

So, instead of suffering from the side effects of various medications, many people opt for a more traditional treatment such as Reiki healing.

Aside from healing a person's spirit, Reiki also helps a person to balance his or her prioties in life to achieve a more relaxed and content life.

The Many Faces of the God



The Many Faces of the God

            Like the Goddess, the God is often personified with a name and an image. For example, Greeks referred to their male deity as Pan. Pan was the half-man and half-god. He was called upon to make the land fertile and to help with the flocks.
            In England, the God is known as the Green Man or ‘Jack-in-the-Green’. The Green Man often has horns and wears a mash of oak leaves. He represents all of the spirits in the forest’s trees and plants. He is responsible for bringing rain to create life.
            Romans and Celts worshipped Cernunnos, the male horned god. His image is a man with serpent legs and the head of a bull. Like the Wiccan god, he represented fertility and rules the hunt.


The Many Faces of the Goddess


The Many Faces of the Goddess

            The Goddess was given different personifications in different cultures. The Goddess has three stages of life: the maiden, the mother, and the crone. This is referred to as the ‘Goddess Trinity’. These life stages each correspond to the phases of the moon. The maiden represents the waxing moon, the mother, the full moon, and the crone, the waning moon. There is also a dark side to the Goddess. She is the ruler of the underworld where one goes after death to face judgement. It is also a place of rest for the bodiless soul.
            The Greek goddess Artemis, known to the Romans as Diana, was considered the maiden within the GT. As the goddess of the hunt, she represented power. Selene, the mother within the trinity, was the Greek goddess who ruled over the moon. She is depicted as a woman in a chariot, flying through the night.
            The crone of the trinity is Hecate, ruler of the moon’s dark side. She destroyed life and was responsible for nightmares. She was portrayed as a woman with three heads, to represent life’s crossroads.


Lean Times



Lean Times

The first three months after your birthday tend to be a productive, busy time. You’re actively involved with the outer world, there are many demands on your time and energy, but things get done.
The second three months are still productive, but less active. This is a good time to assess what you’ve been doing in the last three months, and to fine-tune.
The third quarter, beginning six months from your birthday, is usually a time of harvest. You’re reaping the benefits of that first three months. You feel prosperous.
The fourth quarterbeginning about three months before your birthday—can be stressful. You may find that you tire more easily, that you’re more irritable. If little things that go wrong during this period aren’t fixed, they tend to become bigger problems.

Cycle one
            On your birthday, write down what you would like to have happen in the next three months. Be specific, read it aloud, then post it where you will see it frequently. Everytime you read what you’ve written, feel that reality around you. After you feel comfortable with what you’ve written, burn the paper, thus releasing your desire. Do something special on your birthday to celebrate.
Cycle two
            On the day that marks the beginning of the second cycle, do the same as you did on your birthday. Since your energy might be a little lower, light 2 red candles b4 you read aloud.
Cycle three
            On the date the third cycle begins, do the same as before, only this time light a gold candle to represent prosperity and a violet candle to represent your gratitude for all good that has come your way. This is the harvest period.
Cycle four
            On the date the fourth cycle begins, do the same as before, only light a red candle, a gold candle, and a violet candle, then read aloud. On the day this period began do something special for yourself and extend yourself to someone else by doing a good deed.

Magickal Tools (Some)


Making Your Magickal Tools

Athame (Air)
A double-edged knife called the athame is one of the most important tools in the practice of white magick. The handle of this knife is usually black and the blade may be made of steel or stone, such as obsidian. Iron is to be avoided. Experiment with how the shape of the handle fits in your hand.
          Ideally, if you can, you should make your own athame. If you do, remember that in its making you should expose the knife to all the elements—pass it through fire, immerse it in water, plunge it into the earth, and expose it to the air. If you decide to buy a knife from the store, you can make it more personal by attaching leather, some feathers and beads.
          Athames are used to cast a Circle and symbolize male energy.

Wand (Fire)
A magickal wand is made from wood and there are traditions as to what is the best wood for wands—ash is a popular choice. Wood that is struck from a tree by lightning is known to be particular potent.
          You may find your wand anywhere from a hardware store to a forest. A broken branch from a tree in your favorite place can be whittled down. However, it is important that you do not pull branches off trees as this will create bad energy.
          The size of your wand is a matter of preference, although a convenient and traditional length is 21 inches (53 centimeters). Your wand can be decorated with runes or a dragon carved along the length of a wand with the head and teeth at the tip.
          The wand is used to direct magickal energy in a ritual.

Chalice (Water)
There is a tradition that you must be given your own chalice. Chalices can be made from pewter, glass or any other watertight material. Because of their nature, chalices tend to be store bought but you may know of a glassblower who could craft a chalice for you, perhaps with swirls of blue and green.
          A chalice is representative of female energy. Most Circles include, before closing, a small ceremony called “wine and cakes.” The wine and food must be blessed before partaking. Your chalice may be used for the wine. By dipping your athame into your chalice you are blessing the wine.

Pentacle (Earth)
Made of clay, metal, or wood, the pentacle represents the earth element. The shape of the pentacle must be circular and can either be a flat disc, such as a ceramic plate, or a sphere, such as a stone or crystal ball. Balls of jasper, hematite and tiger’s eye (which contains iron), just to name a few, are thought to be particularly powerful. If you wish to decorate your disc or ball, the sign of the pentagram is appropriate.
          The pentagram is a five-pointed star. In white magick the point of the star is always at the top, representing life. To draw the star, start from the top and move down to the left, then up to the right, then across to the left, then down to the right, and finally, up to the left. If your pentacle is a plate, it may be used in the wine and cakes ceremony to hold the food over which you make the sign of the pentagram as a sign of blessing.

Amulets
An amulet is a protective device worn either on the body or placed at the entrances of homes and tombs and can take the form of an image or a symbol. The Egyptian ankh, the cross and the Star of David are all used as amulet designs. The Roman philosopher Pliny described three types of amulets-- protective amulets, those used for treatment of illness, and those containing medical substances. Abbess Hildegarde of Bingen had a recipe for an amulet to protect the wearer from poison, which involved drying out the heart of a venomous snake, the remains of which could be worn in a small container around the neck. In white magick, the most powerful amulet is the five-pointed star—the pentagram, with one tip pointing upwards.

Talismans
It is thought that the words or sigils used on talismans set up a delicate vibration that serve to help its wearer attain special powers. Sigils- a special sign that incorporates a form of magickal energy- include a design or image intended to symbolize a deity or a magickal concept and they served as a focus for calling upon that deity or spirit. Sigils may be used as amulets or as talismans.
          Unlike amulets, which passively protect its wearer, talismans contain supernatural powers that confer special powers to the wearer, such as clairvoyance or the power to make fortunes. The most famous talisman was the Philosopher’s Stone, which allegedly could cure all illness and turn base metals into gold

Grocery Store Magick List


Grocery Store Magick List

African Violet- spirituality, protection
Alfalfa- prosperity, anti-hunger, money
Allspice- money, luck, healing
Almond- money, prosperity, wisdom
Aloe- protection, luck
Apple- love, healing, garden magick, immortality
Apricot- love
Avocado- love, beauty
Banana- fertility, potency, prosperity
Barley- love, healing, protection
Basil-love, exorcism, wealth, flying (in airplanes)
Bay- protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength
Bean- protection, exorcism, wart charming, reconciliations, potency, love
Blackberry- healing, money, protection
Blueberry- protection
Brazil Nut- love
Cabbage- luck
Cactus-protection, chastity
Caraway- protection, lust, health, anti-theft, mental powers
Carnation- protection, strength, healing
Carob- protection, health
Carrot-fertility, lust
Cashew- money, communication
Catnip- cat magick, love, beauty, happiness
Cedar- healing, purification, money, protection, stopping, sexual harassment
Celery- mental powers, lust, psychic powers
Chamomile- money, sleep, love, purification
Cherry- love, divination, victory
Chestnut- love
Cinnamon- spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, protection, love
Clove- protection, exorcism, love, money
Coconut- water, purification, protection, chastity
Colored Pencils- color magick
Coriander- love, health, healing
Corn- protection, luck, divination, money
Cotton Balls- luck, healing, protection, rain, fishing magick, communication
Compact Mirror- banishing negativity
Crayons- color magick
Cucumber- chastity, healing, fertility
Cumin- anti-theft
Curry- protection
Dill- protection, money, lust, love
Eggs- healing, removing negativity, fertility
Endive- lust, love
Eucalyptus- healing, protection
Fennel- protection, healing, purification
Fenugreek- money
Fern- rain-making, protection, luck, riches, external youth, health, exorcism
Fig- divination, fertility, love
Garlic- protection, healing, exorcism, lust, anti-theft; relief from nightmares
Ginger- love, money, success, power
Ginseng- love, wishes, healing, beauty, protection, lust
Gourd- protection
Grain- protection
Grape- fertility, garden magick, mental powers, money
Holly- protection, anti-lightning, luck, dream magick
Horseradish- purification, exorcism
Lavender- love, protection, sleep, chastity, longevity, purification, happiness, peace
Leek- love, protection, exorcism
Lemon- longevity, purification, love, friendship
Lettuce- chastity, protection, divinations of love, sleep
Licorice- lust, love, fertility
Lime- healing, love, protection
Maple- love, longevity, money
Marshmallows- healing friendship
Marjoram- protection, love, happiness, health, money
Mayonnaise- prosperity, cleansing
Mint- money, lust, healing, travel, exorcism, protection
Mistletoe- protection, love, hunting, fertility, health, exorcism of negativity
Mothballs- stop sexual harassment
Mustard- fertility, protection, mental powers
Nutmeg- luck, money, health, fidelity, relief from nightmares
Nuts (mixed)- fertility, prosperity, love, luck, communication
Oats- money
Olive- healing, peace, fertility, potency, protection
Onion- protection, exorcism, healing, money, prophetic dreams
Orange- love, divination, luck, money
Palm, Date- fertility, potency
Papaya- love, protection
Parsley- lust, protection, purification
Pea- money, love
Peach- love, exorcism of negativity, longevity, fertility, wishes
Pear- love
Pecan- money, employment
Pepper- protection, exorcism of negativity
Peppermint- purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers
Persimmon- healing, luck
Pimento- love
Pineapple- luck, money, chastity
Pistachio- breaking love spells
Plum- love, protection
Pomegranate- divination, luck, wishes wealth, fertility
Popcorn- wishes, luck, prosperity
Potato- image magick, healing, separation
Pretzels- success, protection (Note: pretzels must be whole, and designed with a knot. Straight pretzels won’t work.)
Radish- protection
Raspberry- protection, love
Rhubarb- protection, fidelity
Rice- protection, rain, money, fertility
Rose- love, psychic powers, healing, love divination, luck, protection
Rosemary- protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth
Rye- love, fidelity
Sarsaparilla- love, money
Sassafras- health, money
Savory, Summer- mental powers
Safety Pins- protection
Sesame- money, lust
Shoestrings- cord and knot spells
Spearmint- healing, love, mental powers
Strawberry- love, luck
Sugar Cane- love, lust, sympathy
Sunflower- fertility, wishes, health, wisdom
Tea- riches, courage, strength, health
Thyme- health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, courage
Tobacco- healing, purification
Tomato- prosperity, protection, love
Tuna- prosperity, abundance
Turnip- protection, ending relationships
Vanilla- love, lust, mental powers
Walnut- health, mental powers, infertility, wishes
Wheat- fertility, money
Wintergreen- protection, healing
Witch Hazel- protection, chastity

Color Magick Correspondence List


Color Magick Correspondence List


Black ~ Returning to sender; divination; negative work; protection
Blue-Black ~ For wounded pride; broken bones; angelic protection
Dark Purple ~ Used for calling up the power of the ancient ones; sigils/runes; government
Lavender ~ To invoke righteous spirit within yourself; favors for people
Dark Green ~ invoking the goddess of regeneration; agriculture; financial
Mint Green ~ financial gains (used with gold and/or silver)
Green ~ healing or health; North Cardinal Point
Avocado Green ~ beginnings
Light Green ~ improve the weather
Indigo Blue ~ to reveal deep secrets; protection on the astral levels; defenses
Dark Blue ~ to create confusion (must be used with white or you will confuse yourself)
Blue ~ protection; West Cardinal Point
Royal Blue ~ power and protection
Pale/Light Blue ~ protection of home; buildings; young, et cetera (I. E., young males)
Ruby Red ~ love or anger in a passionate nature
Red ~ love; romantic atmosphere; energy; South Cardinal Point
Light Red ~ deep affection of a non-sexual nature
Deep Pink ~ harmony and friendships in the home
Pink ~ harmony and friendship with people; binding magick
Pale Pink ~ friendship; young females
Yellow ~ healing; can represent East Cardinal Point
Deep Gold ~ prosperity; sun magick
Gold ~ attraction
Pale Gold ~ prosperity in health
Burnt Orange ~ opportunity
Orange ~ material gain; to seal a spell; attraction
Dark Brown ~ invoking Earth for benefits
Brown ~ peace in the home; herb magick; friendship
Pale Brown ~ material benefits in the home
Silver ~ quick money; gambling; Invocation of the Moon; moon magick
Off-White ~ peace of mind
Lily White ~ Mother candle (burned for thirty minutes at each moon phase)
White ~ righteousness; purity; East Cardinal Point; devotional magick
Gray ~ glamouries
          Use White to substitute for any color.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Black-Eyed Kids?


The internet has made it so that it is much easier to stay up to date with paranormal events. Sadly, it has also made it easier for people to spread many false claims and hoaxes. Because of this, it is difficult to tell when someone is contributing to a lie that has already fooled many readers or if the account is truthful. 

One such phenomena is the growing number of stories regarding so-called Black Eyed Kids. The stories certainly reek of an almost mythological stench, but there are so many similar accounts that it is hard to look past. The events have been quietly gaining momentum in forums and paranormal websites, so quiet that many people are still not familiar with them. The Black Eyed Kids reports are scattered around the internet and chances are that a great deal of them are fabrications derived from the first reported accounts. But if the Black Eyed Kids (BEKs) are real, then they certainly deserve a great deal of attention. And for those that are not familiar with the phenomena, a profile might be handy in order to get familiar with the subject. 

A Brief Background 

The first well documented and discussed account came from a journalist named Brian Bethel in 1998. In his story, two children (not quite teens, but close) approached him as he sat in his car while parked in a parking lot. At first glance, the kids looked normal, wearing clothes that were in style and had a pale, olive colored skin. In acknowledging the two boys, Bethel was overcome with a peculiar fear that he describes in his account as: "I could feel fight-or-flight responses kicking in. Something, I knew instinctually, was not right, but I didn't know what it could possibly be." 

Claiming that they were on their way to see a movie but had left their money at home, the two boys asked Bethel for a ride back to their house. When Bethel did not allow them into his car, the kids seemed to get annoyed and kept asking for a ride. As Bethel's fear and panic increased, he actually found himself wanting to open the door. However, when Bethel noticed their eyes, a primal fear took over and momentarily paralyzed him; the kids had coal black eyes, completely lacking pupils and irises. 

As if sensing that their chance for admittance into the car was coming to and end, the kids got more urgent and demanding. Bethel was finally able to push his fear momentarily aside and drive away. And while his story sounds like something out of a horror novel, there are other accounts to back it up. (Bethel's account can be found at [www.ghosts.org]) 

Most accounts occur at the individual's home. There is a knock on the door and on the other side, waiting patiently, is a kid of roughly 12 to 17 years of age. Their dress is usually common for the time and they seem rather normal. But then the sudden fear and the sense of wrongness sinks in. And then of course, there are the eyes. 

The BEKs will always ask to be invited inside. Sometimes they claim that they need to use the telephone because they are lost, or their car broke down just up the road. If anyone has ever let them inside, there are no credible accounts. Almost all people who have run-ins with BEKs are too overcome with an unexplained fear and end up turning them away. This only infuriates the kids and they appear to grow impatient and more demanding that they be let in. Also, they will never actually leave until the person they have approached has either closed the door or left the scene of the encounter. 

Rational Theories 

There are a few obvious explanations that can be used to debunk these odd stories. The black eyes, for example could be nothing more than contact lenses. (Solid black contacts are available). But still, how does that explain the unnerving sense of fear and despair in those that encounter the BEKs? 

The most likely scenario is that the few convincing reports were the results of overactive imaginations and that the string of reports that followed were nothing more than copycat falsified stories used for attention or fun. But most accounts seem to be passionate, and people that have encountered the BEKs seem to be genuinely frightened even after the encounter. 

These are the easier approaches to the subject, the logical theories that easily sweep aside such foolish notions. But if even half of the numerous reports that are hidden around the internet are true, these logical approaches could be dangerous. 

Not-So-Rational Theories 

The most bizarre contradiction to the story is the fact that BEKs are said to give off a frightening vibe. Those that meet them claim to feel threatened, panicked and even disoriented. Some believe that this could be a result of their black eyes, maybe some sort of hypnotic suggestion used as an attempt to convince the person to let them inside their house or vehicle. 

But then there is the question of why they don't just storm through the door without an invitation. Surely such a menacing figure would be capable of such an intrusion. A common theory that explains this is that the BEKs are some sort of evil spirit, maybe even a demon. The most recognizable figure that needs an invitation before entering a house is a vampire. While it is certainly a big stretch to claim that these kids are blood sucking fiends, we must remember that the idea of an evil presence needing some sort of invitation before entering a house (or even a human being) is a longstanding belief in many religions. 

Another question: If BEKs are demons or some other evil entity, why take the form of a child? Perhaps they feel that caring people would have no qualms about allowing a lost or distressed child into their home to use the phone? The idea of a needy child knocking on one's door is certainly more appealing than a strange man. 

There are others that think the BEKs are extraterrestrial simply because of the ability to inflict fear so quickly (ie; mind control) and the black eyes. Obviously, being that all accounts are so far only available through the internet, there is no tangible proof. So these theories are exactly that…theories. 

At a Glance 

Whether or not you buy into the mythos of the BEK phenomena, it is certainly a topic that leaves an unsettling feeling with the reader. But the more accounts you read, it seems that there might actually be something to it all, something that gives it a bit of slight credibility rather than dismissing it as an urban legend. 

In closing, here are a few things that seem to be constants in BEK reports. Whether you use this information for your interest in the subject or debunking strategies is up to you. 

1. Almost all cases occur at night or late afternoon just around dusk. Is the preference of night an instinctive strategy for the BEKs? Does our instilled fear of the dark somehow assist them with their scare tactics? Or maybe it is simply easier for them to approach their target undetected while moving about in the night. 

2. The need to be invited in, as stated before, certainly reminds us of vampires. And while I personally don't believe in vampires, I can easily entertain the notion that the BEKs might be evil spirits or demons. If, that is, they are real to begin with. 

3. The black eyes are obviously their most striking feature. It has been argued on several forums that if the BEKs are so sinister and crafty, why don't they just wear sunglasses to cover up this demonic feature? An easy counter to this is the fact that their eyes seem to be the source of the overpowering fear that people experience. Therefore, by obstructing their eyes with sunglasses, any sort of hypnotic suggestion via eye contact would be eliminated. 

I'll be among the first to admit that the phenomena is a far fetched and unbelievable one. But as several internet forums indicate, it has many people intrigued. Still, as is the case with many other series of unexplained events that are spread across the net, the BEKs will be nothing more than internet hearsay until there is undeniable proof. 

The Willow Tree




The Willow Tree 


Willow (Salix Alba) 

Other titles include: White Willow, Tree of Enchantment, Witches Aspirin, Moon Tree, Witches Tree 

Willow is the tree of intuition and is said to be endowed with the blessing of the Moon. 

Willow History 

Willow was often the tree most sought by the village wise-woman, since it has so many medicinal properties, and eventually the Willow's healing and religious qualities became one and the tree became called 'Witches Tree'. The Willow is also associated with the Fae. The wind in the Willows is the whisperings of a fairy in the ear of a poet. 

The willow is a Moon tree sacred to the Goddess. Its groves were considered so magickal that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills and prophecies. 

People once carried a piece of willow with them in order to ease the fear of death. Bark from the tree was often used in funeral pyres. Willow branches are said to be the best for divining water, channelling Earth energy and to find lost objects. 

Willow and Herbalism 

In traditional herbal medicine, white willow was widely used for fevers and other "hot" conditions. It was one of the first herbs to be scientifically investigated, and in the 19th century, a French chemist, Leroux, extracted the active constituent and named it "salicine". By 1852 this chemical was being produced synthetically, and by 1899 a less irritant and unpleasant-tasting variant of the substance (acetylsalicylic acid) was manufactured and marketed as Aspirin, the first of the modern generation of plant-derived drugs. 

Bark 

In modern herbalism only the bark is generally used. It is prescribed for many inflammatory conditions, including rheumatism and arthritis; it helps control fevers, and relieves neuralgia, headaches, and pain in general. As a gentle bitter, it also acts as a mild digestive stimulant and is used for gastroenteritis and diarrhoea related to heat and inflammation. Harvest in summer. 

Leaves 

In the past, the leaves were a popular home remedy, used much as the bark today. Willow leaf tea was taken for fevers or colicky pains and the infusion was recommended for dandruff. 

"The leaves...stay the heat of lust in man or woman, and quite extinguishes it, if it be long used; the seed also has the same effect." 

~ Nicholas Culpeper, 1653 ~ 

Magickal Uses of Willow and Willow Lore 

Night vision, lunar rhythms, female aspects. Wands of Willow are used for Moon magick. All parts of the tree ward against 'evil' and may be carried or placed in the home for this purpose. Knock on willow tree (knock on wood / touch wood) to avert evil. Leaves, bark and wood are used in healing spells, magickal brooms, especially Witches brooms, are traditionally bound with willow branches. Include leaves to ask special protection or special attention of the Goddess. DO NOT BURN. 

For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the Willow, explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it while expressing what you want. When the wish is fulfilled. return and untie the knot. Remember to thank the Willow and leave a gift. 

Uses of Willow in love talismans include using the leaves to attract love. Willow leaves or twigs can also be used in spells to create loyalty, make friendship pacts, treaties, or alliances. A rejected lover can wear Willow as a charm to win back their love. To determine if you will be married in the new year: 

"Throw your shoe high up into the branches of a Willow tree; If the branches catch and hold the shoe, you soon will married be." 

The Willow tree has a soul in it which speaks in music. (This, supposedly, is the reason why Irish harps are made of Willow.) 

It is also said that Willow trees can uproot themselves and stalk travellers at night, muttering at them. 

Developing Psychic Power


Develop Your Psychic Power 



It is true that every one of us has psychic powers, extrasensory abilities that can extend our experience and insight to the world we live in. We depend upon these abilities even without realizing it, using intuition to make decisions, making 'lucky' guesses, especially in areas that we are skilled in or enjoy. But for most of the time, we remain unaware of this potentially explosive ability that we have at our fingertips! 

As much as it is true that we all have these abilities, just like any gift or facility, these talents can lie dormant until they are developed through practice and exercise. 

Before we delve into the development of these gifts, it is important to understand that there are many types of psychic ability and they come under four headings. 

Clairvoyance - The ability to psychically see clearly; 

Clairsentience - The ability to psychically feel or sense clearly; 

Clairaudience - The ability to psychically hear clearly; and 

Claircognisance - The ability to psychically know clearly. 

Each of these categories covers a range of gifts and abilities the likes of which vary from person to person. Clairvoyance, for example, can include vivid dreams, visions, seeing auras around people as you look at them, or closing your eyes and seeing auras and much more. Furthermore, each person has all of these gifts, but to varying degrees. So one individual may have wonderful clairvoyance, good clairaudience, but minimal Clairsentience and claircognisance. Another may be extremely strong in Claircognisance but have little of any of the others. 

As you develop your psychic gifts you will discover your strengths and weaknesses. It's important to develop all of the psychic gifts as all of them have the potential to expand and grow. Also, you may find with a little work, what was once considered your weakest gift can become an extraordinarily strong talent. 

Developing your natural gifts is actually quite easy and much of their maturation comes from your intention to progress and the effort you put in to them rather than the exercises themselves. It is important to remove all over exerted effort or force. Imagine that the work you are doing is being fueled by a river of energy flowing through you rather than being forced or pushed by you. With each exercise you perform, focus on the activity itself rather than worrying about getting a good outcome, just enjoy the exercise for it's own sake. 

Prior to starting the psychic development exercises, it is first important to understand how to protect yourself. Protection is important in any area of life, for example, you would not send a child off to walk to school on her own without first teaching her the skills involved in crossing the road safely. Likewise, in developing your psychic ability, you are stepping in to a new area of life, and it is important to do this work safely. These protection techniques will help you to do that. 

Why Protect 

Here on Earth, we have healthy and unhealthy people. Violence, hatred, bigotry of all kinds abound. To some degree we have all learnt to create boundaries for ourselves that protect us from the worst of this focus and behavior. As you develop your psychic gifts, you are opening the ability to tune in to people and energies in ways that you previously have not been able to. It is therefore important, to learn how to protect yourself at these new levels as well. These exercises are simple to use, and are powerful. The important thing to remember is to focus on the river of energy running through you that is being used to build this protection, rather than relying on your own energy and your own mind. 

The Mirrorball 

The first exercise is a visualization. It is as powerful as it is simple. Simply visualize a giant, sparkling, spinning mirrorball completely surrounding you. Each time a negative thought, focus, or being of any kind comes your way, they are repelled by the blinding light that they are faced with. This is a great exercise to do if you spend a lot of time around negative or needy people. 

Archangel Michael 

The second exercise involves Archangel Michael. This powerful angel is the protector and defender. He will never cause harm and he will always protect and keep you safe. For this exercise all you need to do is call Archangel Michael to you. You can do this out loud or in your mind. Say "Archangel Michael, please come to me now! Wrap your powerful wings of protection around me until I am completely shielded by you. Protect me from all negative or dangerous energy, Now!" Make sure you are clear and strong, not derogatory or rude. 

These tools are two of many techniques that help to keep you protected and strong as you journey into your psychic gifts. As you develop your psychic gifts, you will come across many other methods of self protection and I thoroughly encourage you to explore and implement new tools if you feel guided to. 

More Exercises 

We have discussed important clarifications regarding individual psychic ability, you have learned about the four different categories of psychic talent and important tools in protection to be used during psychic development. Now you will learn a number of wonderful exercises to develop your own psychic talents and more important tools to keep you centered and strong as you develop your gifts. 

The exercises used here are designed to develop your clairvoyance, clairsentience and clairaudience. I have yet to determine practices that specifically develop Claircognisance, although it does seem to develop as your other abilities grow. 

Before you commence the exercises, remember to set up the protection tools introduced in the previous article. If you already have protection tools that you feel more comfortable with, by all means use those instead. 

Once you have completed your practice and development session, make sure you ground yourself. Grounding is being fully connected to your physical body and the Earth. You can become ungrounded in a number of ways, but one of them is by working with your psychic gifts. When you do this work, you raise the level of psychic light or energy that is running through your conscious mind to the point where it can become unsettled and you can feel lightheaded, vague, disconnected. To remedy this, simply do something very physical. Wash the dishes, eat some food, dance to music with a heavy base or beat, or step outside and walk around barefooted on the Earth. These are all easy to follow actions that will bring you fully back into your body. 

The first procedure you'll be introduced to in this article, is an exercise designed to help you identify your current level of skill in each of the four psychic areas. Please do not put too much emphasis in the results of this exercise, merely use it as a guide for helping you understand your current standing with these talents. 

In The Kitchen 

For this exercise, please use all aspects of your imagination. Experience this exercise in whatever way is easiest for you. Make sure you are comfortable, and that you won't be disturbed. Remember to relax and enjoy this. 

You find yourself in the most beautiful kitchen with a great big picture window looking out over lovely forest. See the trees swaying in the gentle breeze, watch as some lovely kookaburras land in a tree and begin to cackle, laughing away as you listen to their delightful sound! Your attention is drawn back in to the kitchen when you feel heat on your leg. You remember that you are cooking a beautiful, chocolate cake! 

Just as you remember this, the smell of chocolate cake comes wafting through the air! There's nothing like the smell of baking to make your stomach rumble! Then, just as you think you can't wait any longer, the buzzer or bell goes off on your oven. You grab some oven mitts and open the oven door, careful to avoid the rush of steam that pours out of the oven. You take out the cake and place it carefully on the bench. When it has cooled a little, you tip it out on the rack, and decorate it in whichever way you wish, icing sugar, cream, frosting. 

Now here you have this beautiful chocolate cake and you just have to have a piece, so get a knife and cut into it. Watch (and smell) the steam rising out of the freshly baked cake. Pick up your piece and take a big bite out of it. That is the most perfect chocolate cake you have ever tasted! 

When you are ready, return to the room, wiggle your fingers and toes to bring your consciousness fully back into your body. 

So the questions are: 


Did you see the kitchen, the forest, the kookaburras? * 

Did you hear the kookaburras laughing, the oven bell going off? * 

Did you feel the heat, taste and smell the cake? * 

Was any of this experienced more as a 'knowing'? * 

How easy was it to experience all of these things? * 

How clearly did you see, hear, feel all of these things? * 

Which was the easiest, seeing, feeling or hearing? * 

Which was the hardest? 

The answers to these questions will provide some insight into where your more developed gifts lie and where your least developed gifts are. It is important to recognize that every individual's experience of their gifts is just that... individual. People can spend a lot of wasted time, lamenting the gifts and psychic experiences that others have and that they don’t, instead of exploring and developing the wonderful gifts they do have. Let go of preconceived notions of what constitutes a psychic experience and begin opening up to the wonderful gifts you have been given! 

So, on to the psychic development exercises. I encourage you to practice each of these, even when you feel you are getting nowhere, you will be making crossroads at some level. Remember for every session to protect yourself prior to starting and ground yourself once you've finished. 

If at any time you experience responses that invoke fear or discomfort, immediately call on God or Archangel Michael, to take you out of ego (fear and darkness) and into the light. Allow yourself to be lifted above any negativity. 

Exercises for Clairvoyance - Clear Psychic Seeing 

1. Seeing Colors - The first level to begin developing your clairvoyance is simply by visualizing. Start with colors, imagine seeing the color sky blue, magenta, red, emerald green and so on. If you have difficulty doing this, then buy some pieces of colored cardboard from the local newsagent. Choosing one piece of cardboard, look at the color for a while, then when you feel ready, close your eyes and imagine the color. Imagine a stapler that color, or imagine your house painted that color. Try to become accomplished in seeing as many different colors as you can. When you feel that you've mastered this exercise, move on to the next. 

2. Seeing Auras - Now that you have become comfortable with colors, you can move on to seeing auras. This is the first level of this skill, but an important one. Think of someone that you know. Using your imagination, answer this questions. If you could see that person's aura in full color around their head area, what color/s would you see? Remember that there's no pressure, no one needs to know what you are doing. This is purely for the exercise of it. Keep moving around their body, imagining what colors you would see there. Practice this using a number of people you know and those you don't know like politicians, celebrities and the like. Practice it on TV personalities, whilst watching television. Before you know it you will be fluent in aura speak! 

Exercise for Clairaudience - Clear Psychic Hearing 

It is important, when dealing with Clairaudience, to understand that psychic hearing, although sometimes can feel like physical hearing, is often experienced more as talking in your head. No, you are not crazy if you experience this form of communication! 

Receiving messages and writing them down has been a powerful healing and guidance tool since time began. This is also a wonderful tool to use to develop your clairaudience. 

Archangel Michael is a beautiful and divine creation of God, who lovingly and joyfully supports, guides and protects each of us. Archangel Michael is very easy to hear, he is also very accurate in his messages. For this reason he is wonderful to work with in developing your clairaudience. 

Archangel Michael's Messages 

Have a pen and paper to write down any messages you get. Get comfortable and make sure you will not be disturbed. Do your protection exercises then... 

Call Archangel Michael to you and say to him, "What would you have me know right now?" Then open up and wait for an idea, feeling, or thought to pop into your head. As soon as it comes, don't judge it, just write it down. Once you've written it down, go back and see if there is any more. You can ask questions to clarify what you are being told, or to expand on the information you are receiving. If at any time the message seems critical or negative, understand that your ego is getting in the way, so say to Archangel Michael, please take me out of ego and into the light so that I may hear your more clearly." 

In performing this exercise it is vital that you do not judge what you are receiving, as it is common for people to think they are making it up rather than receiving it from Divine Source. If it is loving, positive and empowering, then it is coming from a Higher Place. If it is negative, unloving (to you or anyone else), competitive, or disempowering, then it is coming through a filter of ego and can be discarded. Keep practicing you will quickly get to know the difference. 

Exercise for Clairsentience - Clear Sensing 

In this exercise the design is to get you tapped in to feeling other people's emotions. (Please note that there are added clearing exercises to be performed at the end of this exercise.) 

The easiest place to do this is somewhere public. A coffee shop is a great place to start. Having protected yourself prior to going to the coffee shop, take a seat somewhere that you are less likely to be disturbed but still have full view of the comings and goings. Start by choosing a waiter. Focusing on them, just open up and imagine what you think they are feeling. Are they enjoying their day, or are they feeling frazzled and tired. Do you imagine that this is their only job, do they have children, are they studying at University, do they have a marriage or relationship, are they social or private people, shy or outgoing, and so on. Just explore who they are. Make sure you are using your imagination and that you aren't pressuring yourself or second guessing what you come up with. Practice this regularly, and you will see a definite improvement in your ability to tap in to people. Make sure that each time you do this exercise, you complete the session with these cleansing practices and then ground. 

Cutting Cords 

Imagine lots of little cords attached to you and to the people you have worked with in this exercise. Now see a giant, powerful sword coming down and easily slicing through all cords, cutting them away from your body and dissolving into thin air. 

White Light Shower 

This can be done with a real shower or just as a visualization. See a running shower but instead of water, beautiful, sparkly white light is pouring out. Step under the shower and watch as any dark or gunky energy washes off you and pours down into the drain. 

Once you have completed these exercises, ground yourself using one of the exercises mentioned earlier. 

These are just some of many powerful exercises that you can use to develop your natural psychic talent. Your psychic abilities are gifted to you to support your journey through this world. Life becomes so much easier when you are using all of the gifts given to you for this journey.