As an intuitive child born in Louisiana, my soul flourished along the running waters of the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf Coast, where I spent my childhood with friends who were French, Irish, African, Italian, Scottish and German.
Louisiana is a land known for its deep connection to spirit, music and food, where a thick roux base mixes with spices, vegetables, seafood and meat and is thrown into a big pot to make a delicious dish known as Gumbo, which is highly worshiped and revered to the culinary satisfaction of the most discerning soul.
This eclectic gumbo-like mixture of land and people created amongst other things, some of the most empowering and soulful music. The rhythm is so powerful that whenever I hear the music playing, I have to stop what I’m doing and dance, connecting me to who I am and to the roots where I come from. The stirring sounds of the blues and jazz educated me about life, love and the pursuit of happiness.
It is there, during this time as a young girl, that I discovered my “mojo”.
(Mojo means – connecting with the magic of the universe to bring forth your creative abilities).
When we connect to our sacred mojo, we create the space for our dreams to flourish and empower us with the ability to create the life we want to live. Blues singers understand that circumstances can wear you down and the secret wisdom they share is a message of inner strength and the fact that no matter how challenging things are, nothing remains the same. The music knows that the only constant in life, is change. Indefinitely and endurably, change will always occur.
During this time of my life, change came for me on a daily basis. As my psychic senses began to unfold, my education continued as I studied astrology, tarot and how to read tea leaves like my great-grandmother. My concept of the universe expanded as my experiences with the physical world and the spirit world grew each day. Through these mystical experiences, I endured great loss, reveled in great love and discovered what anchored me, including my connection with nature to restore my energy and keep me strong. I also saw first hand that the power of moving water can heal a soul and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.
As I continued my studies, spending half my life in the library reading and the other steeped in the music and culture of this land, I observed how some of the adults around me viewed life and how it differed from the wisdom I was discovering inside my soul.
My inner mojo was rising and it disagreed strongly with the words and actions it saw coming from others around me.
The adults around me spoke often about hope, as if it was an elusive element that was difficult to grasp. They were always hoping that something would change, hoping a change would come, or a hope for a new tomorrow. While hope is wonderful, at that tender age, I instinctively knew that hope is just the first step to lead you onto the path of your destiny. Hope for a change, implies that we are powerless to make the change; that instead we must wait for another to bring it forth.
Deep within my soul, I understood that this was a powerful lesson and came to this realization…
What We Think – We Believe and What We Believe – We Become.
Change is not something that happens outwardly, it begins within, with what we believe is possible in our world… and then what we are willing to do, in order to create change in our lives.
As a wisdom teacher who rose from the fertile Louisiana gumbo mix of music, blues, soul food and healing waters, I offer you now these five steps on how to the harness the power of change and find your mojo.
Five Ways to Embrace Change
and Restore Your Creative Mojo
1. Have a life-altering conversation with yourself
Find some quiet time to be alone with a pad and pen and write down three things that make you most happy and the three things that are making you most unhappy. Now review your list, and write down why you have moved away from what makes you happy. Then review your unhappy list. Where does most of your energy go and what do you pour your energy into on a daily basis? Ask yourself, “Why am I choosing to accept these things in my life”. Are you satisfied with where your energy is going? Recognize that with each thought, (positive or negative) you are making changes in your life, whether you desire to do so or not…
2. Become an active participant in your life again
Remember when you were a child and you would say, I can’t wait until I’m a grown-up, so I can do whatever I want! Most times when we’ve lost our mojo, we’ve allowed life to sweep us up in its busy current and whisk us away into a land where we have no time and feel stressed and overwhelmed. Over time, we begin to accept that this is just the way things are and there’s nothing we can do about it. This is simply not true. When we remember that we are in charge of our life, we reclaim our personal power and take back our life. It’s time to take back control of your life.
3. Remember that it’s the little things that matter most
Start with small steps to reconnect with your inner mojo. Assess what has been holding you back and wearing you down and change these patterns a little bit every day. Does your house feel too cluttered? Resolve to change the energy in each room by removing clutter, moving furniture around, and bringing in some flowers to brighten the place up, and along with whatever else makes you feel good. Each day, take another step towards the changes you wish to see and learn the power of saying no to something you truly don’t want to do. Start a new hobby to engage the creative side of your mind, and make time each day for you, (even if that has to begin at just 15 minutes a day). You are in control and can change the patterns in your life.
4. Don’t allow others get you down or talk you out of things
It’s natural to want to seek advice and chat with our friends and family about how we want to make a change. Yet while meaning well, they can subconsciously talk you out of doing things, due to their subconscious resistance and fear of change. Fight the fear that may pop up when you least expect it, change can feel scary, but once you push past that fear, your mojo comes flooding back in and you are free. As a bonus side effect, your courage to make a change teaches others by example and may give them just the push they need to try something new. From the wisdom teachings of Gandhi, “Be the Change You Wish to See In the World”.
5. Now connect with your inner rhythm and release your mojo!
Lastly and this is the most important step: Think back to when you were a teenager and how much you loved music. Remember the music that would excite you and make you dream about the days and nights to come and all the things you would do? Go find that music again and on a day when no one else is at home, turn that music on as loud as you can and dance. Let go of everything and dance, joyfully, wildly and with abandon. Let your inner wild woman come out and claim her inner mojo. Dance until you can’t move anymore and then plop down in a chair and be aware of your body. Feel your heart pounding, your lungs breathing in deep, and notice the smile on your face that just wants to be there. That wild woman, whom you connected with as a young girl, is still in there and has been waiting for a long time to have a conversation with you. She’s ready to come back out and play. Invite her back into your life and promise her that every chance you have, you’ll dance and listen to the inner music of your soul.
In these five steps, you are exploring your divine self and connecting with who you are on a conscious level. When you make this conscious connection and activate your inner creative mojo, you become a empowered being who can harness the energy within and around you and…
In this Moment of Awareness, Everything Changes.
As my journey in this lifetime unfolds, I continue to tap into my sacred mojo and release the wild woman within. As you explore your divine self, consider connecting with your mojo to find the power to making changes in your life. When doing so, remember to explore your roots, for clues to what inspired you early in your life.
For me, it’s the soulful power of water, words and music, beginning in my childhood in Louisiana. With that in mind, I leave you with this inspirational thought to ponder, from a modern day mojo high priestess of music – Sheryl Crow… “I see a change, a change, would do you good”!