By Dr. Alex Avila
We had a fascinating guest on Love University at the Miami Book Festival—Amanda Yates Garcia—a genuine witch and spiritual teacher. Coming from a controversial tradition with many misconceptions, Amanda was a delightful guest who shared insights into her spiritual path. Amanda is a lovely person and a true survivor as she recounted her painful tale of rising from being psychologically trapped as a sex worker to becoming a guide and healer for many people in her spiritual work. Here are some of the things we learned about witches and their work from Amanda:
*Practice the Power of Reclaim: Civilization teaches us to give away your power to other people. In the spiritual path, the aim is to reclaim authority and power in your own life.
*Co-Create Your Life: Realize that you’re not at the mercy of fate and that you have to wait x amount of time to get something good. You can create goodness in your present by giving love to yourself and others and being the most powerful version of yourself. Instead of thinking that something is inevitable (good or bad), take back the power to make a difference in the world.
*You Can’t Make Someone Love You: Some clients come to Amanda and ask her to cast a love spell on someone to love them. Amanda refuses to do that because forcing a person to love you is not love (and is against the will of another). Instead, she teaches clients to call in the love they really want from the person who really wants to be with them.
*Reclaim Your Intuition: It’s not about divining or foretelling the future; it’s about listening to your heart—your Intuition—to hear what you should be doing in life. At home, you can light a candle, place your hands on your heart, and breathe into your heart. Then, listen carefully. Remember, Intuition speaks in a quiet voice (stress and fear speak loudly). You know your Intuition is speaking when you get a sense of peace, clarity, and groundedness. That is your Intuition giving you the clear path to your truth.
*Fall in Love with Your Life: Look around you and see all of the beauty and love in your life. Feel a greater sense of intimacy and connection with all around you—the birds, the trees, people you don’t know; your loved ones—everything and everyone around you. Feel the sense of love, purpose, and strength that is your birthright as a human being.
In the end, our goal as humans is to tap into our hearts and give love to ourselves, other, and a higher nature—that is the true magic of life.
SPECIAL GUEST FROM MIAMI BOOK FAIR: “STRANGE MAGIC” AMANDA YATES GARCIA, LEGACY WITCH, ON HOW TO TAP INTO THE NATURAL MAGIC OF YOUR LIFE AND ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRES