When the Best Isn’t Good Enough + My Favorite Sacred Arts Practice

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So often I am asked what is the best ceremony or ritual to do for a specific situation, the best root, herb, or plant to use for X, the best person to go to for a card reading, the best astrologer, the best business coach, the best book on a specific subject…and the list goes on.

It makes sense to want the best. In fact, when I see my clients and students asking for what or who is best in their given field it makes me happy. I know that what is underneath the desire for the best is a yearning for what has the capacity to truly deepen knowledge, inspire and speak to the soul, satisfy and honor our precious bodies, and deepen our spiritual practices.

But then something happens. We stand in front of what everyone says is the best piece of art, or open the covers of the best book, or we talk to a person who is supposed to be the best in a given area.  And…we walk walk away feeling flat. Feeling nothing.

Why is this?  Why do we all have the experience that,  well, sometimes “the best” isn’t good enough, it doesn’t go far enough?

I think the reason why is this: What really counts – in life, in practice, in work, in everything we seek to do under the sun – is wrapped up in diverse relationships. The way we hold “the best” – as somehow detachable and separate, one-size fits all – can actually eclipse or weaken the growth of those relationships.

Take ritual or ceremonies for instance. In over eighty percent of the situations I encounter some combination of cleansing and blessing ceremony is the right approach. But as we all know, there are literally thousands of different ways to cleanse and bless ourselves, one another, and the situations we find ourselves in. To ask what the best method is in this example is to miss one of the most vital aspects of the sacred arts, for there is no one, silver-bullet, cleansing ritual that always works for every single person every single time.

Instead ask this: what is the best for my situation, with respect to where I am and who I am, right now?

To answer that question we have to be able to do one thing well: pay attention. We have to be vigilantly alive to the particulars of our life.  We have to pay attention to what actually makes sense to us and what does not, to what resonates naturally as opposed to what feels forced; and, most of all, we have to pay attention to what right relationship looks and feels like in this specific instance. That is the road that will take us to what is really and truly the best.

And while there are many ways of paying attention and fostering right relationship, my favorite is a little practice I call cultivating calmness. You can get it for free as part of the first lesson in the Miracle Tree Sessions. It is a practice I go back to again and again, on a daily basis, and one that has served me well. I know it will do the same for you. Download the lesson HERE and may you have all the best things.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

New Moon Notes: Libra Edition

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appy almost New Moon, Miracles! Now that Mercury has gone direct I hope that you are all feeling a bit lighter. The New Moon occurs on October 12th. A new moon in Libra is a wonderful time to honor love and relationships of all kinds, affirm and acknowledge the role that beauty plays in our lives, and set intentions for partnerships of all kinds. I think some really useful questions to meditate on during this new moon are: What does true partnership mean to me? Where is the true partnership in my life? Where is true partnership lacking? How can I be a better partner to myself?

My wish for each and every one of you is that you experience the thrill of joy and the delight of harmony during this new moon.

And now for some goodies to share…

The Miracle Tree Sessions 2016 has launched! People ask me what the Miracle Tree Sessions is really about. Well, it is about earth and air, fire and water, all that dwells below and all that is above.

It is about a community of soulful seekers that are deep and dedicated. It is about coming into right relationship with creation and the sacred, with magic and with our selves.

But most of all it’s about miracles, the miracles that happen around us all the time, the miracles that are every single one of you. Register here.

Writings and Other Ventures

How do we honor the sacred?

Why walking away is rarely the answer.

The latest daily blessings are available for your viewing (and sharing) pleasure.

My very popular Clarity Call service just got a revamp, you can now choose one, two, three, or four question sessions with me. Check out the changes and let me know what you think.

We are making sacred art posters! So many of you love the artwork that Cassandra has created for my site and various projects, well now you can take some of that artwork home. You can pre-order your fine art print right here. And the best part? They will sparkle!

Reminder: I have changed the way that I process all devotional candle orders. Now candles are lit once a month on the first Friday of each month. If you would like a candle for November please get your order in on or before Thursday, November 5th.

Out and About…

Aidan has launched a new site and it is some kind of pretty.

Paige Z. and Amelia have started the Modern Mystic podcast – the shows are delightful and the hosts are enchanting.

Speaking of podcasts, Theresa and I are featuring the incredible Jessica Kupferman of She Podcasts on Talking Shop. Catch it for free on Wednesday, 10/28 at 8:00 pm CDT

Jacquelyn Tierney makes pretty, magical things.

An interesting article on Why Magic Lost to Technology – I suspected that towards the end the author would conflate magic with technology (it happened), and while I don’t agree with that assessment, I do think the article is well worth the read. HT: Jason Miller, the Strategic Sorcerer.

One of my favorite tarot decks to read with is the Wild Unknown – they are now down to their last sets of first edition decks, so if you want one, now is the time.

Another interesting article on “Necromancy” focusing on the rise of magic on the net.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

New Moon Notes: New Moon in Virgo

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ear Miracles ~

The New Moon is in Virgo, which, among other things, guides how we create structures. One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do I do everything that I do and still stay sane. Alas there is no one silver bullet solution that will work for everyone but here is how things work backstage at brianasaussy.com.

Slack – my team uses slack for all of our communication, which cuts down massively on emails. I love it because we can upload documents and images to share, create unique channels that are specific to our task list, and integrate it with tools like Zapier which is used to track sales and all kinds of other data points. Slack is amazing. After using all kinds of other project management platforms this is the one we love the best.

Calendly – when I switched my booking process over to Calendly I had so many of my clients email me and tell me that they were beyond the moon appreciative. Calendly is an elegant, simple, scheduling system that is beyond her friendly.

Aweber – all emails, all the time. Aweber is the service I use to keep my email lists organized, protected, and growing.

Evernote – I use Evernote to work with students, to keep track of all of my posts in canto, to write quickly to do lists and to store form letters, and that is really just the tip of the Evernote iceberg. Easy to share, include people in folders so that they have access to specific documents, upload images, voice recordings, and with their suite of features like Pocket, I also have a continually growing archive of articles and images that are related to my work.

WordPress – Best website platform hands down.

Dropbox – We use Dropbox to store, send, and communally access and edit all kinds of files.

Audio Acrobat – Complete web-based storage and audio recording services.

Hootesuite – Best interface we have found for seeing and scheduling various social media shout outs.

Pinterest – I LOVE Pinterest and use it to track the people, places, and things that inspire me. I also store public domain images in Pinterest that I might use for canto posts or lunar letters and we have several community boards for students in my various programs.

Spotify – Music is essential in doing my best work. Sometimes I like absolute silence but when I don’t I go to one of my Spotify playlists.

People

David Saussy is my beloved, my best friend, and my collaborator on everything from child-rearing and home repairs to creating courses, customer service, and bringing the magic to life. David and I also work together for our tiny, not for profit, Symposium Great Books Institute.

Cassandra Oswald is the tech and design wizard and my right-hand woman. She graces my website with her black, white and color illustrations and keeps all of my design and code up to date and looking spiffy. She and I also collaborated on the daily blessing series.

Nathan Briggs is the web host with the most. He keeps my site up and running smoothly, always adds the latest and most useful bells and whistles to our platform (without me ever having to ask) and if things go awry for some reason I just contact him and he gets back to me asap every single time.

Fabeku Fatunmise dear friend and phenomenal business advisor. I’m a groupie and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady is my masterminding companion, an amazing friend, a partner in Talking Shop, and so much more. She is also the one I go to when I need a Tarot reading and I LOVE her Entrepreneurcasts.

Heidi Rose Robbins writes beautiful poetry and knows how to read the stars. I go to her several times a year to have my astrological check-in and she delivers each and every time with practical and actionable information that is nevertheless soulful and full of heart.

Aidan Wachter is a very, very, gifted talisman maker. Talismans are an essential part of my business and I am so grateful to Aidan for helping me keep my mojo up in style!

Jason Miller is an incredibly gifted, down to earth yet super smart, and most importantly, results-oriented magic-maker. Whenever I find myself in need of ceremonial support I head straight over to his site. His work works and the man knows how to show up.

Jessica Reagan Salzman runs Heart-Based bookkeeping. We started working with Jessica this year and…MIND BLOWN! She has brought so much clarity to our numbers, calmness to our tax season, and has given us the tools to make more conscious decisions that support our business and our lives. If you run a small business and the ideas of balance sheets and PnL’s make your head spin, you need to visit with Jessica, asap.

There are two other groups that make my work hum, sing, and dance. They have dedicated souls who work with me for at least a year and often for much longer. They ARE the Sacred Arts community and they teach me more about what really matters than I will ever teach them. They are my: Miracle Tree students and Spinning Gold students.

Happy New Moon Magic Making!

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.