Reflections: Self-Care

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Do not confuse self-care with self-spoiling, or with self-soothing. Self-care is facing your challenges head on. Self-care is having the respect for yourself and leaving the place where you are being abused, even though being alone may be scary. Self-care is standing for yourself when no-one else does. Self-care is courage, is self-awareness, is discipline, is empowerment.
 
Yes, of course we all deserve a treat, and of course we all deserve being forgiving with ourselves. But that is neither self-spoiling nor self-soothing, which are ways to escape reality and overcompensate. Actually, self-spoiling and self-soothing is abuse to oneself, because none of them will put you closer to our goals, and you may end up paying a huge price for them.
 
So, see self-care for what it really is – as being your own parent, your own Ancestor. Do what is best for you, not what is more pleasing or gives a quicker satisfaction. Be your own protector, your warrior, your guardian, your Higher Self. Be God*, experiencing itself in your self-awareness, and change the course of your life forever.
 
In the pic, Filomena Lubana / Mami Wata, to whom you can pray to be in control of yourself and your own life. It’s good to be responsible and strong, but don’t forget Spirits are there to help too <3!
 
*Please notice that I do not attach any gender, religion, or specific characteristics to the word God.
 
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Spiritual Work: The Way Of Spirits

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The Tres Potencias, the highest Spirits of Venezuela’s Espiritismo. Negro Felipe, Reina Maria Lionza, and Cacique Guaicaipuro.

Very often, I get emails asking me questions like “I cannot find this herb where I live – how can I substitute it?”, or “I feel like I am being called by this Orisha – can I set up an altar to them?”, or “Where can I find books to learn about Espiritismo?” always from people who, despite having the best intention, are completely outside the culture and the practise of the religions of the Diaspora. As much as I would like to have easy and comforting answers for these questions, I don’t – this blog post is (hopefully) a detailed and clear answer to those questions.

The way Spirits are worshipped in the religions of the African Diaspora is not chosen randomly – actually, we usually have very little room for choice. It’s the Spirit themselves who have taught us the exact way they want to be treated, and that knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation, from one House to another. Before Internet, it was through oral tradition, small-edition books, and even photocopies – right now, thanks to Internet, we can communicate with our brothers and sisters around the world, and share the knowledge we have (and, as someone who practise for over a decade before Internet existed, you cannot imagine how happy that makes me!).

Our Deities and Spirits are not archetypes, concepts, or ghosts from the past – our Deities and Spirits are alive, with full agency, and speak to us directly through the possession of Mediums, and through the oracles they see fit to use. Depending on the situation, the tradition, and on their own preference, they can use everything from cowries to regular Tarot cards to talk to their children; but, the preferred option is direct transmission through trance and mediumship, which does not need to be interpreted.

There is a reason for every ingredient and for every procedure, and we don’t question them, try to adapt them, or look for substitutions. Many of the products we use all the time have long lists of ingredients, sometimes very difficult to find, and can take months to prepare. For instance, I only make one batch of my homemade Florida Water a year, because it actually takes me a year to gather the ingredients and prepare the concoction. My recipe comes from Cuba, from my Madrina’s Ile (house of prayer) – and yes, you can assume that all the alleged Florida Water recipes floating around on the Internet are… well, horse manure, to say the least.

NOBODY in the ATRs learns through books – nobody. Learning is always through a Padrino or Madrina, and through hard and patient service to a community. There is no such things as classes or workshops to be initiated, and in my opinion, anyone who tries to sell you initiations is an absolute scammer. This is not about race, because Afro Latin culture has people of almost every race; this is about culture. Either you are part of a culture, or you are not – and yes, I know I mentioned books above, but those are not books to learn about the religion as an outsider; those are highly specialized works, and unless you are extremely familiar with the terms used in each religion, you are not going to understand a thing. ATR slang is there for a purpose – to act as a gatekeeper.

I learnt by staying at my Madrina’s house, and taking care of her home and her children when she suffered backaches. I learnt through the five weeks I took care of her when she broke her ankle and needed an operation. I leant the several months I spent working for almost nothing at a local shop, covering for a Cuban Santera who had suffered a thrombosis and could not walk. I learnt while cleaning, cooking, and taking out the trash. There was no class, no workshop, and not a second of glamour, because i was not allowed yet into rituals – but I happened to catch the attention of Spirits… and here we are today. You become family. It is seamless. It is made of love.

So, I’m sorry, but doing things your way, without the guidance of a Padrino / Madrina that introduces you to the specific items and customs of each Spirit (and of each community), it’s a complete and utter waste of time, money, and energy. While you may not be putting yourself in any real danger, your message will simply not reach the Spirit, or the Spirit will not be able to understand it. It’s like someone speaking to you in a language you are completely foreign to – and if spiritual work is not clear, concise and extremely focused, it loses strength greatly, and becomes a waste of energy. And, you can be grateful that you are not being heard, because I have seen the wrath of Spirits when initiated people lose their way, and it’s not pretty… but that is for another post!

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Reflections: Not Conquered

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Reproduction of the Idol Of Tara, a representation of the Guanche Mother Goddess.

Every year, as summer approaches, I get asked the same question over and over again on my social media accounts: “Hey, I am going to the Canary Islands on holiday – can I go and meet you? Will you show me the places of power of your Ancestors? Will you read cards/perform magic for me? Will you teach me?”

The answer is NO. I am not a tourist attraction. I do not welcome visitors, I do not perform magic in front of anyone, and believe me, if you dare come to my house uninvited, not only you are putting yourself in danger because the area where I live is not tourist-friendly; you will meet my rage and you will not put a foot in my home.

Be careful with that colonizer mentality, because you are not entitled to me and my life AT ALL. I am not a good savage, happy to get a tip from white saviours for performing magical tricks, and willing to share all my secrets – I have learnt from the past, and believe me, the path is closed. I do not owe you anything.

Your Ancestors murdered mine, enslaved them, destroyed my culture, erased it from my education, removed any idea of indigeneity from my people, and now you want me to give you what I have worked my entire life to regain? Sorry, not going to happen.

Too many stories of spiritual teachers dying in poverty, alone and abandoned, after giving away their secrets to white researchers, film makers, university students, or just people looking for an “ethnic/exotic/real” experience because they are completely empty inside (ayahuasca, I’m looking at you). Too many stories of indigenous peoples used, abused, destroyed, for the greed of others. Too much pain and anger in the heart.

And, the fact that you get offended when I say NO, shows very clearly that you have learnt nothing, and that you still see me as less than you. So, no, I am not interested. This Guanche is not, and will never be, conquered.

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Reflections: Fight

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If you want something, you have to fight for it. HARD.
 
No excuses, no days off, no self-pity. The world is turning more difficult every day, and as much as I would like to believe New Agers and their “a shift is happening” fantasy, I can’t. Maybe it is because it is a belief that only privileged people can have, and being a poor, non-binary woman of colour who lives in a tiny island and is in charge of her house, my level of privilege has never been that much.
 
I’ve had to fight for everything that I’ve ever had, and I still have to, every single day. I work seven days a week – I do not tend customers on weekends, but if you think that an Espiritista has weekends off, holidays, or anything similar, think again. There isn’t a day that I don’t have obligations to my Spirits, the Land, and my own practises. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the fight to regain my mental and physical health that has happened in the past years.
 
Learn to enjoy the fight. Learn to thrive against the odds. Learn to win. And celebrate, celebrate each one of those wins, so they fuel more commitment, more devotion, more giving yourself into every goal you have. Because my friend, life owes you nothing, and will give you nothing unless you conquer it yourself.
 
Visualize your Ancestors and your Cuadro Espiritual around you while you fight. Light a candle for their elevation and empowerment as you work through the day, and remember to thank them with offerings regularly, because they truly are there for you. Make them stronger, so they make you stronger, and so you leave a legacy of power to the next generation.

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Reflections: On The Realness Of Love Spells

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I don’t go around giving people my opinion, mostly because I do not care one single bit, but if you come to me with the “if you need love spells your relationship isn’t real” discourse, this is exactly what you are going to get from me:
 
I do spells of all kinds. If you receive healing through spellwork, is it fake healing? If you receive a job through spellwork, is it a fake job? If you receive protection, or hex-breaking, is it not real?
Then why such a prejudice about love magic???
 
Stop acting as if spellwork was something dirty that devalues love. Love spells are sacred work, just as any other. Yes, I do agree that they can’t make someone love you if they don’t, but if you think that is the only reason why people get them, you don’t understand spellwork at all.
Love spells fix broken relationships, bring back stray spouses, remind partners of how important they are for each other, reopen communication between lovers, spark lost physical passion, remove rivals from the way, and SO MANY other important things that help Love triumph. You cannot even imagine.
 
And, may God help you if your relationship fails, because this Bruja won’t be there to help you.

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Reflections: On Parasitic Spiritual Entities

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As always, my everyday talks with my customers give me the best ideas for posts. Here’s today’s reflection:
 
Parasitic entities (which are called Espiritus Obsesionados in Espiritismo) feed off your energy, until there is nothing left of you. They can pass as physical and mental illness – not that I’m saying that these two things do not exist by themselves, but in a world where health professionals often lack spiritual training, they cannot diagnose what they cannot see, no matter how good their intentions are.
 
This phenomena manifests as bad luck, being “gafe” (binging back luck to others, or unintentionally doing mal de ojo /evil eye), bad health without reason, hallucinations and nightmares, paranoia (as in feeling watched), drug addiction as a coping mechanism, and the total inability to evolve in life, no matter the effort. It can happen as the result of being cursed, of self-cursing too, and also as a totally random situation.
 
People with chronic illness, mental and physical, children, and people with spiritual gifts, are specially vulnerable – and YES, you can die off this if it is not treated. I am not joking, and yes, I have seen it. The entity will just jump to the nearest and weakest victim after you are gone, to feed off them.
 
If you feel that you may be under the attack of a parasitic entity, PLEASE go to a professional. Do not try to fix this yourself. You need the help of someone with a powerful Cuadro Espiritual that the entity will not be able to touch. Again, this is no joke, and trying to do what you don’t know how to do will only bring more harm. This is the reason why people like me exist.

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Tips To Unblock Abundance

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Our Financial Blessing Service, which will happen on May 21, is intended to align you with the opportunities and energies that exist around you, that adapt to your needs and desires, and that work well with your own Ancestors and Spiritual Guides. Nobody has the power to make someone else wealthy (I wish I had!), but you can definitely be harmonized with the forces of abundance, because abundance is every human’s birthright.

Here are some things you can do to prepare for our Service, and unblock the energy of abundance:

· Light green and golden candles, and Sandalwood incense every day for one hour;

· Get a Spiritual Bath made with Chamomile and Fresh Basil every Sunday;

· Pray to Saint Pancras, patron of prosperous businesses, and offer him a bundle of fresh Parsley;

· Drink Spearmint tea to keep the mind open to opportunities;

· Offer coins and/or banknotes + a pyrite chunk on your Ancestor altar.

· Wash your home’s floors, doors and windows with the juice of fresh Basil, fresh Parsley, and fresh Sunflower/Pumpkin seeds (not roasted or salted seeds).

And the MOST important piece of advice: remember that money energy is fluidity manifested – pay attention to clutter, physical or emotional, that is keeping the fluidity from entering your life. Clogged homes, and clogged people, cannot open themselves to abundance!

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Reflections: On Money And Spirituality

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I know a lot of magical practitioners who have troubled relationships with the energy of money, but I am not one of them. The fact that the system that we are under is inherently wrong, and that it produces unjust situations, doesn’t make an enemy of money/wealth, but something that must be healed, so we can all benefit from it. And, it is the job of spiritual leaders to help others understand it, and heal it, and enjoy it.

When you get a participation in our upcoming Financial Blessing Service, you are not getting anyone’s wealth, you are learning to attract and keep your own. Money is just fluid energy, and the more it flows, the better for everyone, not only for you. Our Services, and our entire work as Espiritistas, is not for the passive – it is for those who want to BE more, and DO more with the blessings they receive.

When you learn to attract, empower, and make your wealth grow, you are not becoming a greedy villain unless you CHOOSE to do so – I cannot speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that with the money I make, I not only provide for myself and my home, but also support local markets/businesses/events, donate to charity, adopt and foster stray animals, work towards the recognition and expansion of Canarian+Guanche culture worldwide, and that makes me a better person, and a better Espiritista.

And I want more, so I can do more. If you think that is wrong, it is you who needs to reconsider the relationship you have with money.

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Reflections: Success Rate

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One of the questions I get over and over from customers is “Which is your success rate?”
 
Well, I have to say that my success rate is 100%, because 100% of times I provide a work done with the most exquisite materials, a proved ritual process that gives absolutely every customer the same amount of effort from me, and a powerful and sustained relationship with Spirits that is publicly shared every day on my social media. So, I DELIVER, 100%. I treat every customer and every work as a total success.
 
But, the resulting manifestation of spells does not depend on me, because it’s God (/Gods/Goddess/Goddesses) and the Spirits who grant the request, and not me. I am not a Fairy, and no matter how much I’d love to give everyone what they want, it’s not in my power to do so.
 
Also, the resulting manifestation depends on the request itself – it is not the same to do a love spell for a couple that needs to reignite their relationship, than doing a love spell to keep the company of a person who does not love you. The first will actually happen because it CAN happen; the second won’t, no matter how much magic you put into it.
 
Same goes for people who want wealth without sacrifices, good health without taking care of themselves, or who blame their problems on curses when they are sabotaging their own lives. If you are in denial about something, it does not matter how good of a Bruja I am (and have no doubt that I am!), you request won’t get true, lasting results.
 

On Repeating Works

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One of the conversations I have more often with customers is about repeating works – more specifically, if it’s worth it. This morning, I had it once again, so I thought it would be a good subject for today’s post.

For some reason, people tend to think that if spellwork doesn’t give them exactly what they wanted at the very first try, either it’s never going to happen, it’s the spellcaster’s fault, or even their own fault. I have to say that, while this is not completely impossible, actually it is very rarely true.

In Espiritismo, we are taught and encouraged to fight for what we want, to show our devotion often and abundantly, and not give up on our dreams – and so, repeating works is a completely regular part of our practise. We do not treat the Spirits as a vending machine that’s there to serve our wishes – we accept that sometimes, things will not be achieved without certain sacrifice, commitment, and effort.

So, let me invite you today to rethink the dreams you did not achieve, and try for them again. Your Espiritista is here to help you <3 <3 <3.