Magic comes into our lives in so many ways, every day, and sometimes it comes in BIG! When my shamanic drum came into my life, that was big. I connected with the energy even before my drum arrived. And yes, like all shamanic drums, mine is alive, has consciousness, and when we work together I feel and connect with that power. When I painted an immensely personal image on my drum, our connection amplified. I feel like my drum is an extension of my soul, and every time I drum to support healing for someone, we are creating potency together.
When spiritual practitioners work with energy and magic, we find ourselves attracting all kinds of tools to support our work, in the form of objects that others would consider ‘dead’, and yet, we sense and feel they are very much alive.
For me, it’s crystals, stones, my shamanic rattle, my crystal singing bowl, items I have self-crafted like my shamanic bag and smudge feather fan. My favourite Oracle cards, runes and Celtic Ogham. All bringing their magical presence to enrich my spiritual practice and healing. All creating transformation in co-creation with me.
And that’s true of Ffion. Remember Ffion? I introduced you to her last week here. I might have been a little bit naughty and given you the impression she’s a person. She’s a unique and magical energy, a one of a kind, hand made, artisan spirit art doll. These beautiful dolls are infused with personality, magical abilities and power as their maker brings them to life.
I didn’t intend to purchase when I first looked at these amazing Eufaeria dolls made by Sara McGoodwin Armstrong of Hiraeth Gallery, Llandovery. I heard about Sara from my niece in Texas, so it was a surprise to discover she lives less than an hour’s drive from me in South West Wales.
After I had finished admiring Sara’s work on her website, I got on with my life, but Sara’s gorgeous creations kept coming to the fore of my awareness and one character, in particular, was clearly calling to me. Sara explains that people don’t choose her magical dolls, they choose the person. They choose who gets to co-create with them and who they wish to live with. And Ffion was calling me.
I clicked on the ‘buy’ button, justifying it as my birthday present to myself. And in the next few hours, remarkable things started to happen. Miracles, I would say. Some issues in my life suddenly started to resolve, issues I had given up hope of, such as my beloved cat that went missing when I moved home. For two months he was lost. And he reappeared within hours of my connecting with Ffion, who, incidentally, has a close affinity with cats.
And it’s been ten weeks since I arrived in my new home at a new location where I don’t know a soul. I had hoped to connect with some of my neighbours but they kept their doors shut when I knocked and ignored invitations to call on me for coffee and a chat. I can only assume it’s Covid fears.
For the first four weeks, I felt the need to be with myself and immersed myself in the freedom and independence of being in my own place for the first time, enjoying my own company. But then, I became ill for three weeks. Unable to drive, I was stuck in the house all that time, and except for two brief forays to the local shop, I didn’t see a soul. It wasn’t so nice then to be without support or company, no kindly smile, no friendly chat. And I wondered about the relative closeness of my neighbours and yet, it was as though a chasm existed between us.
But within hours of Ffion connecting, a woman from up the road started a conversation with me on my front step and we had a lot in common. She told me about a group of women she does Earth healing with, and invited me on a day out to ‘meet the girls’. Just when I was giving up on finding my tribe, here they are. Thank you again, Ffion, I see your hand in this too.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. No such thing when you believe in magic. I could sense Ffion’s energy, even before she arrived. And now she is here. I can hardly wait to see what magic we will create together, because if anyone knows how to invite magic in, I do.