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Arielle Ford Arielle Ford publicist. author. soulmate attractor.

Arielle Ford has spent 25 years living and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. [www.arielleford.com]

I am enchanted by magic. From my earliest days I have always expected magic to be my friend – whether it’s naturally occurring magic or the kind of magic I conjure up through choosing a new reality.

Sometimes magic just falls into my life and sometimes I consciously go looking for it … searching the freshly-rained sky for a rainbow … watching the hypnotic and graceful hovering of a hummingbird …. smelling the captivating fragrance of night-blooming jasmine …. reading words on a page so juicy they bring tears to my eyes …. noticing the orangey-red full moon rising on a summer’s night.

Magic can also be the simple synchronicities that make me smile while working. At least once a day I call someone who says to me, “I was just about to call you!” (Did I somehow intuitively know that or did their “about to call me” cause me to pick up the phone and dial?)

Every day I make my To-Do list and at the end of the day I realize I have not consciously gotten around to doing several of the items (especially the ones that seem like the most work!), yet inevitably, by forgetting about them some of them magically get done. It always surprises and delights me. It’s as if some unseen friend in the ether decides “Let’s make Arielle’s day a little easier and do this item for her.”

For the moments (or days) when I’ve lost my footing with magic, I rely on favorite quotes or phrases that gently return me home. Here are some of my soul-stirring favorites from A Course In Miracles:

“The only thing lacking in any situation is that which you are not giving.”

“In this moment I have everything that I need.”

“On this day where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say and to whom?”

My access to magic seems to be closely related to surrender and trust. When I trust my inner knowing, magic abounds. And when I surrender my attachment to outcome, magic thrives.

Finally, I really, truly know that we live in a friendly Universe and that the worst things that have ever happened to me ultimately became the things I am most grateful for. And while I wouldn’t want to re-experience the pain of the past, I know now that everything really does happen for a reason.

– Arielle Ford

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