Dear Magical Child

Feb 09, 2021

Dear Magical Child

It’s not you

It’s them

You have been doubting yourself for too long


Hold on


Hold on to the belief that the world can be better

Hold on to the knowledge that we live in a world with too much ‘noise’


Hold on


Hold on to your sensitivity, and to your awe and your wonder

Hold on to the song that sings so loudly in your heart


Hold on

To the edges and the imperfections

They are what makes you, you


And hold on to this earth plane

Even on the days when it feels much too hard


I know you can do it

I know you must do it

Because without you we lose the magic

And potential and possibility ceases to exist


Hold on

To your magic

You were never meant to fit in

You are here to discover a different path

And show the rest of us the way


Dear Magical Child


I see you


We need you


Please hold on



© Catherine Maguire

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Is it time for your Initiation?

Feb 03, 2021

Back in the day when we lived in clans and tribes when we still knew the importance of transitioning consciously from one life stage to the next, there were two important initiations that we would each undertake.


The first guided young souls across the threshold of puberty, from childhood into adulthood.


And the second took those adults who now had accrued life experience and wisdom across a new threshold into the realms of the Elder.


Conscious initiation is so important as it allows us to transition physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually into the next phase of our lives.  Initiation helps us to grow and to blossom into who we truly are.


Without it we suffer.  

We can feel adrift with no real sense of purpose.  

We can lack clarity and energy with regard to what to do next.  

We can feel irritated and frustrated because we feel constricted and small. 

Or we can find ourselves circling back around working on the...

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The Blessing of Brigid

Jan 28, 2021

Growing up in Ireland I was always aware of Saint Brigid.  Each year rushes would be gathered and strewn over school desks where my classmates and I would weave Brigid’s crosses.  The crosses would then be brought home and hung over the doorways of our houses as talismans for blessings and protection for the year ahead. 


As a child when my hands became covered in warts my mother promptly brought me on a pilgrimage to Brigid’s Holy Well to ask for a blessing and a cure for my unsightly growths.  The warts vanished and as a result my deep respect for Brigid was born.


However it was only as an adult that I fully came to realize who exactly I had been praying to as a child.  It was a revelation to discover that Brigid was not only Saint but Goddess and as a result a whole new chapter of our relationship began.


It is said that Brigid was born at the precise moment of daybreak.  She rose into the sky with the sun’s rays...

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Once upon a time in a world very like this one

Jan 20, 2021

Once upon a time in a world very like this one a woman found herself among a circle of ancient standing stones.  As she placed her hand on the stone closest to her and laid her forehead against it she exhaled, deeply, and felt for the first time in a long long time her shoulders begin to relax.


“Welcome”, whispered the stone.  “We have been waiting for you.”


“I didn’t want to come” said the woman, “I’m afraid that what you ask of me is too much.”


“We know”, said the stone, “But is the fear of being here any worse than where you’ve been?”


“I’ve felt so alone”, said the woman, “They said that I’m too sensitive but so much of this world hurts my heart.”


“So what’s the fear?” asked the stone.


“That I’m not strong enough or brave enough for this next part. And it’s safe here...

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Why you should ask yourself this question and how it can change your Life

Oct 07, 2020

Why you should ask yourself this important question, and how it can change your life. A simple question can help you align to your authentic self and change the direction of your life.

Catherine Maguire and Vincent McMahon are the Directors of the Inlightenment School, an on-line school for personal transformation and growth.


30 Day IN-Lightenment Practice A 30 Day practice for connection to your Intuition and Inner Wisdom

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Make friends with your Inner Critic

Oct 02, 2020

Your Inner Critic can cause you to feel stuck, blocked, fearful or frustrated.  But if you make friends with it, your Inner Critic can become a powerful ally that helps you reach your goals.

In this short video we'll show you how to make friends with your Inner Critic!

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Living a Magical Life

Sep 16, 2020

Last night we had a lovely chat with a friend of ours who lives in the north of Scotland.  It’s been 7 years since we were last sitting at her kitchen table and our conversation circled around to how much life has changed for us all in that time.  


Our brain is an amazing thing but when it comes to dreaming about or envisaging the future it can only go on the past experiences that it has had, or the things it may have witnessed in other peoples lives.  So it can be quite limited in coming up with something completely new.


Seven years ago, if someone had said to Vincent and I that we would be nearly 5 years into living in Italy, a place where we had no family or connections, our brains would have probably exploded with the stress or with the fright.


And yet here we are.  On September 25th it will be 5 years since we left Ireland, our life packed into our car with along with our 2 dogs, Thor and Star.


But when we look back at our...

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What's Your Black Cat?

Sep 14, 2020

We have lots of cats here in Tortorella that roam around the village or bask in the shade of the vegetable gardens on the hotter days.  They come in all different colours, patterns and sizes so it caught my attention when a pure black cat with a very healthy and shiny coat walked by me close to our house a couple of weeks ago.


A week later when I was in the car half way between here and the next village I saw another black cat run across the road jump into the bushes.  This time I was a bit more curios, “That’s twice now I’ve seen a black cat”.


And then yesterday I was down at the coast by the beach (a 30 minute drive from our house) and what appeared beside me? A very healthy looking pure black cat!


It had taken a few attempts but finally it had gotten my full attention.


Images predate text and our use of language.  We saw before we spoke.


So images have a very powerful connection to our psyche, they are in...

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Uncertainty is a Super Power

Sep 09, 2020

This is a time of great uncertainty and that can cause a lot of anxiety, restlessness and fear.  These are perfectly normal responses as part of our psyche really desires certainty. It wants to know where we are going to sleep at night, where and what we are going to eat and how we are going to spend our day etc. Certainty allows us to feel solid in the world.  


However our desire for solidity can cause us to be controlling and this can cause us to have a very limited experience of life.  It can also cause us additional stress when things don’t work out exactly as we had ‘planned’.


But there is another part of our psyche that wants us to broaden and deepen our experience of life so that we can expand into the full radiance of who we truly are.  And to do this, we need to get comfortable with uncertainty.


Uncertainty is the energy of the void, the place where infinite possibility and infinite potentiality exists.  It is...

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Meditation Practice - Connect to your Inner Wise Woman / Man

Aug 25, 2020

This short meditation will take you on a journey where you will meet with your Inner Wise Woman / Man and receive guidance.

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