Protecting our Black Girl Magic means existing in truth! Below is Felicia's truth! She's my sistafriend. Bloomfully yours, nicole jhan'rea She said...
The Chrysalis Effect. Magic is a tricky word and depending on the seeker it can mean something completely different. According to Webster, it is the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces usually through the use of magic rites or incantations. And this definition includes “in the act of magic”. I believe this is not the only way in which magic is demonstrated or realized in one‘s life. I believe this is important to note this, because the way in which one defines magic, practices magic and the cost paid to inhabit one’s magic; determine what one does to protect it.
This may seem obvious but it defines what I will do to protect it.
So how do I define Magic?
I believe that my magic resides in my spiritual center and my ability to connect with this center and flow with its natural forces is my magic. I know to activate my magic I must trust my innate presence and purpose on this planet. To trust in the knowing that I am loved, cared and supported for by all that forces of the Universe. The enemy that comes to kill or destroy my magic isn’t always obvious. The enemies to my magic have more often than not been people close to me…sometimes it has been ME!
I need protection from my old narrative/ways of acting that are born out of thoughts of weariness, insecurity or fear. The outer enemy is often times easier to recognize. Sometimes I have underestimated or DO NOT appreciate my own magic. There have been times while in the trenches when I have overlooked my own creative energy.
When I have found myself overlooking my magic, I have created practices to help me center and get back in the flow. These practices are not linear and are ever-evolving. I believe Rituals are personal to the individual, so trying to replicate someone else may give me a form but not flow. I call these Rituals the Chrysalis Effect because it oftentimes requires inward evolution and a willingness to be hidden (alone time) during transformation/process.
I have established rituals that invite my…
Femininity with scented healing baths, massages and/or lunar meditations
Spirituality with prayers, meditation, chants (scriptures, I AM affirmations),
Processes to heal my Soul’s disconnections through recapitulation
(Quantum Dynamics practices) which include deep breathing,
mental and emotional cleansing
Reconnection of energies powerhouses to increase my flow through
the practice of Reiki
Empowerment through learning to be flexible when shifts happen
Healing and rejuvenation to my body as well as clarity to my Crown and
Third-eye through essential rest and sleep
Pleasure through fun and laughter
Community through soul-connections with like hearted spirits such as
Church, writing group, counseling ministry, dinner with a friend, etc..
Sisterhood and womb-connection through Sister Circles and retreats
Joy through singing out loud, humming, or carry a melody in my heart;
it keeps the crows (inner or outer) at bay
Humility and growth which comes through encounters with someone I may consider an irritant.
When this happens, I thank God for the opportunity to grow while praying for person and myself
I then, travel inward to seek the answer to what this reflection/person is showing me about me.
It is a good practice that keeps me humble and able to grow. It also keeps me from “catching a case”.
Enlightenment through reading books and listening teachers that feed my soul
Rootedness through the honor of my Ancestors and Elders
Humanity through service, philanthropy, and enjoying my life
Last year, I almost transitioned from this world; the Grace of God sustained me and I have learned that quality of my days bears witness to the expansion of my soul
more than the quantity of my days.
Spiritual clarity about who I am allows me to recalibrate my GPS, thereby navigating me through the rough terrains on the road of purpose.
I know that I am an “Empath” which means I feel deeply the emotions/energies of others which can become overwhelming since I work with the public;
so I always pray for covering and protection.
I have learned the value of a closed mouth; so I resign low energy talk/thoughts for prayers and journals; any good spiritual alchemist knows the powers of words.
And finally I am a student of the Universe’s natural laws. I study these laws to hone my knowledge of how to work with the Universe which weakens my resistance to flow.
So my practices/rituals support me flowing from my center and connect with me through spirit, nature and words.
These are just some of the practices I utilized to support the protection my magic.
As I evolve, I am learning new practices and eliminating others…it’s a process…
Felicia Beckett is a Spiritual Alchemist whose mission is to create a safe and sacred space for women to process and facilitate their own transformational inward journey by providing navigational tools that will assist them in reclaiming their identities, voices and power. Navigational tools that include writing, the arts, music, processes for spiritual healing and the power of collective sisterhood by the guidance of the spirit and universal truths. Published Poet/Writer, Researcher, Educator, Prayer Counseling Minister, Facilitator, Trained Anti-Racist Community Organizer, Geographer, Womanist, and Co-Founder of Sister Sankofa.