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Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

The Magical Realism Nature Field Guide

A Mushroom Forest In Nature Gloom and Glow
The Magical Realism Nature Field Guide is how I see the world and everything in it, especially in regards to nature.  As a faerie shaman, I think of life in terms of real-life magic.  In terms of life force, my life is very simple and less complex by nature.  It looks just like anyone else's, but it's that everyday mundane magick that makes the difference.

Now for the realism.  What is it and how can I get more of it?  For me, the perfect example of realism is by watching the show Flaked on Netflix.  It's based in Venice Beach, California and throughout each episode, you're watching the everyday life of a recovering alcoholic named Chip, played by Will Arnett.  My point being, he makes the realism of everyday life fun.  Nothing extraordinary happens by way of surface value, but at the same time, just like in our daily lives, a lot is happening.  That's what realism is.  It's the little things in life we do.  It's ordinary.  The mundane.

When you put together the magical with the realism, then you quickly see what life's all about.  It turns out it's more about the people we meet, the experiences we have, and the connections we made.  In short, it's the little things, love.  Magical realism is everyday mundane magic.  I want to get back to the art of living.  There's a reason there are movements revolving around simple living.  People want to get back to the basics and so do I.

I had forgotten somewhere along the way who I was and where I was going.  The way I see the world guides me to who I once was and who I always was.  There was this time in my life where I created magic.  I did it through losing weight and a couple years later, I started to miss that time in my life.  I was nostalgic for it, so I created scenarios where I was forced to recapture the magic.  Guess what?  It didn't work.

The funny thing about that time period, which was 2012', nothing special really happened in my life.  Except I had changed.  Once I knew I could do something as profound as losing over 30 pounds and getting my dream body back, it was kind of like I could do anything.  It was pure magic.  It was the same year that I also became a vegetarian, which lead to becoming a vegan a year after that.  It was the year that I started taking blogging more seriously, really wanting to make a business out of it.  I read a lifestyle blogger's blog and after that, I was in.  I knew in my heart of hearts that I wanted to do that too.

So, you see, it was like nothing happened that year yet everything was happening to me and all around me.  Spiritually, I was never better.  It was a turning point for me spiritually.  It was the point in which my power and belief grew stronger and stronger.  Once you hit that tipping point, there's going to come a time where you have to pour all that excess energy out.  I think that's where I'm at right now.

All these years later and I'm still trying to recapture that magic and I think I have.  I have reached my boiling point.  If the Chinese believed that life is suffering, then I have found my life.  Sometimes, I want to wipe the past clean and let it be forgotten.  But, if I were to do that, then it would be like none of the good stuff ever happened.  Magick comes with both dark and light and a lot of gray areas in between.  You can't have one without the other.  Magick and life have that in common.
The Magic of Nature + Nature Journal With Lizard on a Log and a Mushroom Garden

The Magical Realism Nature Field Guide

I'm sure a lot of blogger's feel like this, but sometimes I feel like a fraud.  There's this little voice in my head that is compelled to kick me off the internet.  I think the biggest reason being that I live a pretty simple existence.  I'm not a complicated person, though I suppose I have my moments.  I like a lot of freedom in my lifestyle.  I'm the type of person who, had it worked out, would have been happy to be married with kids.  I was once, but there was nothing happy about the situation.  Now that my kids are older, two being full on adults, I'm the type of person that could be happy to settle down with the one I love.

When my energy is not spiritually grounded, my ego kicks in and those are the times when I feel like a fraud for writing about my personal life journey.  The ego knows where I feel vulnerable and where to dig the knife in.  For me, it's by creating self-doubt.  I think to myself, what right do I have blogging when my life is so basic?  Then I remember something important:  My life is only basic on the surface.  Just beneath the surface of the water, there's a mermaid in my wake and she's magical and free.

My life is the epitome of everyday mundane magic.  I wake up and start writing my letters to the universe, which you can read about here.  I write a gratitude list of all the things I'm grateful for, including things that haven't happened yet, which you can read about right here.  Throughout the day, I am usually talking to the spirit world in one form or another.

When I go for my hikes, I usually have a conversation with the fairies.  When I'm at home, I have conversations with my gemstones and plants.  There's always some conversation going on in my head with my spirit helpers, whether it be the Archangels, my spirit guides, the ascended masters, or maybe even one of the Goddesses.  These last several years, I have grown a close, personal relationship with the spirit world on a first name basis.  It's personal.

They help me in every aspect of my life, whether it be with my business, money problems, or restoring my faith and hope.  On the surface, you'd never know just by looking at me.  I did have someone tell me once that I had a yoga glow about me at my doctor's office.  At the time, I wasn't even practicing, but apparently, I had a glow.  If I had to guess, it was because my spirit helpers were around me at that moment.

This is my everyday life, which the more I think about it, dream about it, and plan it, I want to share with you.  There's always this fear when writing about personal stuff.  A fear of being judged.  A fear of people thinking you are crazy.  At the end of the day, my beliefs are stronger than those fears, insecurities, and doubts.  I'd rather be upfront about them.  That gives you the option to opt out if this kind of reading isn't for you.  On the other hand, it also gives you a reason to say you're in if you feel so inclined.

If you met me on the street, you wouldn't think anything about me.  I try to blend in.  I'm not an outgoing personality, though I can be, in my own way.  That's what magical realism is, it's like this subtle blanket that you wrap around yourself like an invisibility cloak on a cold winter's day.  The magic is right there the entire time, sparkling, shimmering, making golden just beneath the surface.  When it breaks through, that means you've hit an all-time high.  You are at an optimal high vibration.  That's when people will take notice.
Mushrooms and Fairy Rings

Glamour and How To Make People Notice You

Don't you long for people to notice you?  Not just because your pretty and fit, but because you have a quality, that something about you that people just can't put their finger on.  That's what life is like when you use magical realism in your day-to-day life.  It's a subtle, sultry energy that is charming and mysterious all at the same time.  

That's where glamour comes into it.  I'm sure many of you have heard of glamour spells or spells to make people take notice of you or fall in love with you.  Well, I think it's safe to say, that you can do this even without casting a magical spell from your witchy grimoire.  You can do this by being your normal, charming self.  

You simply have to access your inner strength and beauty.  You know that old saying: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?  Well, there's a reason for that.  It's not just because it comes from different perspectives on beauty and what people are attracted to.  That's part of it, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.  People are attracted to your soul.  It goes along with another true saying: Eyes are the window to the soul.  Therefore, when people think you're beautiful or find you alluring, it's because your soul is.  Guess what?  Your soul is where your magic is!

This means you'll have to do some soul work.  You'll have to work on being a kinder person.  You'll have to work on being genuine in situations that might make you uncomfortable.  That's the story of my life!  Interestingly enough, when I was Baker Acted at the end of summer, I was quite popular.  Both the men and women liked hanging out with me and thought I was cute and funny.  It was one of those rare times when I realized that maybe there's more to me then what I could see in myself.

I think even at my worst, I had a gift of magic that I could share with other people.  In turn, I could make them laugh and bring a smile to their faces, even in their dark times.  Before this happened, I didn't know I could do that.  I thought my light had gone out a long time ago and there was nothing good left in me.  Which leads me to my next ray of hope, which is self-love!

After getting a second chance at life, I started working on loving myself.  I also started working on my mental health and making it a priority over everything and everyone.  I had to if I was going to survive this.  Self-love is my way of giving back to myself.  It's my way of seeing myself in a whole new light, like the way I did at the mental health care facility.  When you give back to yourself, a light shines through you, and somehow it makes other people love you and feel good about you too.  See how that works?

If you want people to notice you without any effort, be yourself and let your light shine.  After all, that's what real magic is.  It's an energy that glows and when it glows it takes shape, color, and adds shine to it.  Once you glow like a lightning bug in summer, your only job after that is to keep stoking that warm firey ember from within.  You do that through self-care and self-improvement.  

How do you love yourself?  It's going to be a work in progress.  It's going to be something you have to work on daily, but here are a few things I do to make my skin glow and my hair shine.  Both naturally occurring on the surface and deep inside my heart.  

How to Glow From Within:
  • Do yoga.  You can do a dedication spell on yoga here.  It's the most natural way to hit the glow from within by intermingling with your mind, body, and soul.
  • Go hikingHiking connects you with nature in infinite ways which create a natural glow from within.  
  • Ride a bike for fun.  It will connect you with the fairy realm and your playful side.
  • Connect with your spirit helpers.  Guardian angels, spirit guides, and deceased loved ones all play a role in making your soul grow through learning experiences.  When your soul grows, it also glows.  
  • Practice natural magic.  This means performing spells in nature or with organic items derived from nature like botanicals.
  • Be kind to strangers.  This is a good rule of thumb in general and kindness never goes out of style.  Pay someone a compliment or lend a hand.
  • Call on the fairies for magic.  The fairies are natural born alchemists and love to see people relax and play as it is the key to receiving manifestations.
  • High vibrations.  Keep your vibration as high as humanly possible the majority of the time.  This attracts the right kind of people to you.  Not to mention cute little animals and creatures from the faerie realm.
  • Work on being grateful.  Gratitude has an energy about it.  It's an energy that glows a golden light-colored hue.  When something is off in your life, you can bet your bottom dollar gratitude is partially responsible for it.  It's the quickest way to turn a frown upside down too!
Mushrooms Growing Wildly + Cute Lizard Woodland Creature on a Log in Nature

Working Real-Life Magick

Working real-life magick is so much more than crafting a nature spell by the light of the full moon.  It's about how you carry yourself.  There's a subtle magic in the air called magical realism.  It's something that you are and you carry it inside.  It will make your aura sparkle and shimmer like the horn of a unicorn.  

Every single one of us has magic inside of us, but not all of us uses it.  You can learn about that magic in this post that I created: Do you believe in fairies?  The Magic Within Us.  Basically, it comes down to this:  Casting a spell empowers us while saying a prayer is putting our trust in the universe to take care of the problem for us.  Neither way is bad.  They both serve a purpose.  I especially think prayer is really helpful for those periods when you're going through a hard time.  Spells are for when you feel called to take action yourself.  Both of them require some belief with a sprinkle of hope.  

When you create your own luck, that's what real-life magic is.  It's serendipity, my friend.  You create your own luck by raising your vibration and using the law of attraction to wield your power a certain way, to gain a certain result.  Don't hold onto that power too tightly or your dream will always remain just out of your grasp.  People who say they are lucky, usually are.  Why?  Because they believe it.  By believing, they create their own luck.  See how that works?

After that, the universe always gives them what they believe and feel in their heart and mind.  It's powerful yet subtle at the same time.  The law of attraction works on many levels and it's also my word for holistic magic and magical realism too.  It is a subtle body of energy that you have to hold lightly in your hand as if it were a delicate butterfly.  It's okay to let the butterfly go, which means to let go and trust in the universe.  Once you do that, the universe will match up with your beliefs.  Some people call this aligning with the universe.

On the other hand, let's say you have conflicting beliefs.  Believe me, I've been the queen of mixed messages and conflicting beliefs in the past!  The universe will always send back mixed results.  It receives and it transmits.  That's how people get stuck on a loop.  If you have a repeated pattern in your life, then you need to walk away from it long enough to gain a fresh perspective.  That's when the universe will send you crystal clear clarity.

In between all these signals, don't forget the spirit helpers along the way.  They are there to help you, but will never interfere with your free will without you asking first.  Start bridging a connection between you and your patrons on the Other Side.  It takes some time, but eventually, you'll build an army who will be at your disposal whenever you need them.  Now that's magic!

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