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Magick and Personal Power


Magick is the cultivating of personal power.
Personal power comes with saying no, with not caring about what other people think.
Personal power comes with believing in yourself and your decisions and your dreams.
Personal power comes with focus. Often, contrast (or pressure, or "problems") are the things that make us focus.
Personal power comes with practice.
Personal power comes with being able to unconditionally love and accept yourself as you are.
Personal power comes with saying yes, and thank you.
Personal power comes with smiling and compassion.
Personal power comes with feeling good.
Personal power is a remembering, not a gaining.
Personal power is your birthright.
Personal power is love.

Magick Is Love

A Potion for Personal Power

jessica mullen

Hi, I’m Jessica, and I’m a witch. I’m not a traditional witch by any means–I believe witchcraft is making magick in any way one sees fit. I don’t follow pagan holidays, I don’t worship specific deities and I avoid spiritual labels. I make my own rules and rituals and design my own tools for manifestation. I like to refer to my type of witchery as “living the magick life,” which means dreaming big, trusting the process of life, and training one’s mind to see the miracle we’re already living.

American Witch Magazine approached me to write an article for their site, and my wife asked me what I was going to write about. I told her probably my recent sobriety, to which she responded, “Boring! Wouldn’t you rather write about something other than deprivation?”

Her reply brings me to my topic, which is, DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS OR SAYS.

Sobriety isn’t necessary to the practice of witchcraft, but when I recently reached alcoholism of epic proportions, I made a decision to dry out and see life more clearly. Every single day I had been sick with hangovers, and drunken evenings left no time for spiritual work.

I was drinking myself dry of personal power. I was drinking to gloss over my irritations with others. I was drinking to numb myself to things I didn’t like. I was drinking because I thought other people wanted me to. I was drinking because I was bored. I was drinking because I always drank. I was drinking because I was scared. I was drinking because I thought I couldn’t have fun any other way.

So when my life coach helped me come to the decision to sober up 18 days ago, I felt so relieved. Finally! I won’t be hungover every day! Finally, I’ll remember my evenings! I won’t hate getting out of bed every day!

I don’t give a fuck if you drink or not. And I’m not saying I’ll never drink again. But what this short time of sobriety has taught me is that to be a witch and practice magick, you cannot GIVE A FUCK WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK! There will always be naysayers and haters and people threatened by YOU DOING YOU. There will always be bad influences and people who drain your energy. Who cares? You don’t have to give a fuck about them!

My personal power comes from stepping outside of my mind and connecting to source energy. It comes from seeing from a larger perspective and going with the flow. It comes from trusting that life loves me and I’m in the right place at the right time. It comes from my awareness of my connection to infinite intelligence, or god if you like to call it that.

Drinking was draining my personal power, and now I have more than ever. But I never could have stopped drinking if I took other people’s opinions into consideration.

Hi, I’m Jessica, and I’m a witch. And I don’t give a fuck about what you think.

(P.S. To my sweet wife, I love you and thank you for the article inspiration ;-)

Make Magick Every Damn Day with the School of…

Monthly Manifestation Manual

As long as I can remember, I wanted to create my own stationery company. I fetishized office supplies, Hello Kitty, Lisa Frank, and trapper keepers. Infatuated with the privacy of a diary, the smell of colored pencils, and the magic of graph paper, I always kept a Moleskine for notes and doodles.

After I learned about The Secret and Abraham-Hicks (those law of attraction folks), I became intrigued by the games Abraham suggested people play to raise their vibration and feel better. These processes got me excited, not only because they work, but because I immediately started seeing how I could design my own.


Gathering Momentum
Gathering Momentum like a MF


I condensed a lot of what I learned from Abraham and other teachers into my first worksheet, Gathering Momentum. With spaces for gratitude, excitement, love, and intentions, Gathering Momentum was my first attempt at a positive thinking exercise.

That was four years ago! Since then, Kelly and I designed dozens of positive thinking worksheets for SchoolOfLifeDesign.com, our online store and resource center. Friends began downloading the worksheets and filling them out. We sold them to people all over the world. Over time, the quantity and diversity of exercises became overwhelming. Our friend Tracy asked us, “Which worksheet should I do when, and how often, and in what order?”

Thus the Monthly Manifestation Manual was born.


Monthly Manifestation Manual
My filled-out Monthly Manifestation Manual


Using the flower of life grid as a template, we redrew and reimagined every worksheet on SchoolOfLifeDesign.com.

We wanted the book to be as Moleskinesque as possible, so we chose a hardcover journal to house our creation. Inside the book, the structure is simple: there is a daily page for each day of the month, and between each daily page is an individual exercise to help raise your vibration and enjoy your contrast. The daily pages aren't labeled with dates, so the book will last as long as you want. You can fill it out every day or once a week—it's up to you.


MMM at Rave Cave
Merch table at Rave Cave


We launched the first edition of MMM at our Rave Cave art show on January 10th. It was a huge success and we soon had to order the second edition. Friends started asking us to vend our merchandise at electronic music shows in downtown Austin, TX, and it’s been thrilling to hand over copies of my life’s work to someone new.


MMM at Empire
Slangin' merch at Empire Control Room in Austin, TX


I’ve been filling out my own Monthly Manifestation Manual nearly every day, and yesterday I finished my first copy. Magick and hilarity assuredly ensued.


MMM Daily Page
MMM Daily Exercise


Every day there is a space for a “To Do Not Give A Fuck About” list, which is meant to replace a traditional to-do list. Every day, I write down my big to-dos or things that are stressing me out. And as I’ve gone back and reflected on each entry, I’ve found that every single item has worked itself out, without my involvement.

Using the Monthly Manifestation Manual to focus my attention nearly every morning has changed my life. Each day I fill it out, I am reminded of all the good in life. I remember that I am the creator of my reality. I remember that I get to choose how I feel. I remember that I have to become it to see it. I remember that life is truly magickal and I can trust the process of life. I remember that I get to choose my perspective.

Keeping an MMM also helps me remember my dreams (there’s a space each day to record them), reminds me to set intentions for the day, and most of all, it helps me appreciate all that I already have in life. Even my problems are a blessing, because they are helping me discern what I want in life.

Each day I fill out a page in the MMM, something magickal happens. My wish comes true, or a problem solves itself, or I start feeling good for no reason. This book is powerful. It reminds me that I am a divine being—with powers beyond my understanding—who is finding more to appreciate about life one page at a time.


If you’d like your own copy of the Monthly Manifestation Manual, you can order a $25 hardcover from Lulu.com (it takes about 8 days to print and ship), or download a $12 PDF right here.


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Dive Deeper into MMM

MMM Trailer

Tracy's Monthly Manifestation Manual
Tracy's Personalized Cover

Tracy's Monthly Manifestation Manual
Tracy's Daily Page

Tracy's Monthly Manifestation Manual
Tracy's Masterpiece

Behind the Scenes
Posing with MMM

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Bigger the Art, Closer to God


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Happy 2015!

I am so happy to be spending NYE doing things I'd love to be doing for all of 2015: hooping, writing, publishing books, listening to Nicki Minaj, making videos, meditating, and loving my wife and home and friends and family and kitties.

I have a few intentions for 2015: above all, RELAX. Also, to eat more protein and less sugar and fat, to try a little harder at the gym, to count as high as I can every day. Last year didn't play out exactly as I envisioned, but I did publish a new book and release a few addictions and face a LOT of my fears.

Today I am celebrating how far I've come, from bulimia and drug addiction and self-hate, to hula hoops and my own book of spells and fucking PRESENCE. Today I am toasting to the magick life!

Here's Alexandra Franzen's New Year worksheet from last year, let's do it again!

In 2015, I am building: my bad bitch side. (The side that DOES ME. The side that doesn't feel guilty. The side that asks for what she wants and stands up for herself. The side that rules the world!)
This building — my body of work — will include a few very helpful offerings for the world, including: (1) the most refined, beautiful, powerful magickal book of spells in the world and (2) video entheogens.
In order to build what I want to build, I’ll need to release / remove a few things from my world, including: worrying, distraction, unfocused attention.
Because what I really want to be known for is being: a sexy acid alien beaming your bitch up.
When things start to feel overwhelming, I will keep it simple by reminding myself that my job is simply: 12345678910.
And by this time next year, I will be SO proud to have completed ONE big thing, which is unconditional self love.

And THAT is my plan for 2015.

Jessica Mullen's Altar

Ritual Magick and My New Altar

Jessica Mullen's Altar

This morning the brilliant Novaa Veo commented on one of my "thought direction" posts. She mentioned that my posts were inspiration for the spells she uses while doing energy work at her altar.

How magickal and amazing is that?! I realized -I- should be using my posts as spells while doing energy work at my altar! But first: to make the altar!

Jessica Mullen's Altar display

I've always loved ritual and it's always worked for me. Why I haven't been doing a daily ritual with magickal objects at an altar is completely beyond me! But there's no time like today to start.

I gathered my most useful tools: a kaleidoscope, a deck of tarot cards, a tea light and a cozy wooden box. I began to fill the box with objects that called to me, knowing they would guide my ritual. I dusted the bottom with gold glitter and admired my new treasure box!

The Ritual

To begin, I light the candle. I take a peek into the kaleidoscope and pull myself into the Now (it helps to whisper "Now. Now. Now.").

Next, I visualize activating my chakras, pulling love and life force into my body like this:

I breathe in and bring light into my crown chakra.
I breathe out and activate my crown chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my third eye chakra.
I breathe out and activate my third eye chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my throat chakra.
I breathe out and activate my throat chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my heart chakra.
I breathe out and activate my heart chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my solar plexus chakra.
I breathe out and activate my solar plexus chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my navel chakra.
I breathe out and activate my navel chakra.

I breathe in and bring light into my spine chakra.
I breathe out and activate my spine chakra.

I shuffle the tarot cards and pull one out. This card sets the tone for the ritual, helping me remember the big picture of what I'm doing. Today's card, the 5 of swords, reminds me that I need to take care of myself, but also serve the greater good. An excellent omen for my new practice!

After the tarot reading, I open the box and read the card taped to the lid. "Enjoy the contrast. You are the creator. Have fun, play, be mad! Be a joy to watch. It's for your eyes only. I totally and completely love and accept myself. I am my reason for feeling good." I begin pulling items out of the box, repeating an affirmation for each object.

Jessica Mullen's Altar (guide)

  • A. Feather: I am light.
  • B. Claw pendant: I let go of my resistance.
  • C. Clear gemstone: I am magickal.
  • D. Heart crystal: I love myself. I am my reason for feeling good. I project love and serve the greater good.
  • E. Fish hook pendant: I honor my body.
  • F. Pentagram: I am abundant in every way.
  • G. Bottle filled with carbon: (Open bottle) I transmute my fears into excitement. (Close bottle)
  • H. Cross: I am evolving into Christ consciousness.
  • I. Silver canister: (Open) I wish for _______. (Close)
  • J. Gratitude stone: I am grateful for _______.
  • K. Mirror shard: It can only reflect me.
  • L. Hematite bead: I am grounded.
  • M. Hemp seed: I am becoming.
  • N. Pink stone: I thank all those who have helped me come this far.
  • O. Wisdom tooth: I remember my mortality and resolve to live this day to the fullest.

After my affirmations, I do a few rounds of EFT about any resistant thoughts I may have. "Even though I ________, I still totally and completely love and accept myself."

I spend a few moments in a meditative state, feeling for my inner body. And with that, I'm done! I do a quick grounding spell to release the energy I have gathered: "I now ground this energy that hasn't been used and return it to the earth. Thank you for helping me."

What kind of rituals do you use? What are your magickal implements? I'd love to hear your own process!

Expect Miracles (art by Kelly Cree & Jessica Mullen)

Tuesday Tips: 8 Powerful Magick Tricks

Expect Miracles (art by Kelly Cree & Jessica Mullen)
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Welcome to Tuesday Tips, a weekly compilation of ways to practice positive thinking. This week I've been inspired by all things witchy—Harry Potter, healing potions, lucid dreams and spellcasting. In life we have the opportunity to use magick—not stage magic like Criss Angel—but "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will," as Aleister Crowley puts it. Your thoughts have power, and by practicing deliberate thinking, you can create miracles in your reality as if wielding a magick wand. Below are some of my favorite magick tricks that make my life easier and more fun.

1. Create change.
If you want things to be different, make peace with what is. As soon as you're happy being where you are, what you want will flow into your experience. You'll be all, "oh man, just when I was happy with what I had!" To practice this trick, use the mantra "I'm so happy with what I have" or "I'm at peace with what is."

2. Manifest specifics.
If you want something, imagine what it will feel like when you get it, then don't think about it ever again. Trust that life is bringing it to you, and you don't have to lift a finger or interfere in any way. Finally, stop caring if you get it or not. If the desire crosses your mind, practice letting it go with this mantra: "I'm letting that come to me."

3. Get your point across.
If you want to communicate something to a person (or even animal!), use telepathy. Send the message in your head, and it will go straight to the recipient's higher self, avoiding the mind-identified confusion and drama that talking can cause. Practice sending good vibes with the message "I love you no matter what."

4. Feel good all the time.
If you want to get off the roller coaster of using things outside of you to make you feel good (people, drugs, work, etc.), learn to enjoy simply being. My friend Sunny shared this quote, "Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions." You can pull yourself out of your thoughts about other people and events and into the present by meditating, counting silently or by focusing on your breath. Another way to practice this trick is with the mantra "I'm enjoying being."

5. Generate abundance.
To attract more wealth and prosperity into your life, appreciate what you have. Notice all of the examples of abundance in your life—your health, your home, your family and friends. Visualizing yourself with the abundance you want works too. Picture getting checks in the mail, or receiving a surprise bonus. If money really stresses you out, do your best to stop caring about it. Trust that life is bringing you what's yours. Abundance cannot flow to you if you are focused on lack. To practice generating abundance, make lists of what you are grateful for, and try the mantra "I expect miracles."

6. Promote health.
If you have an illness, all you have to do is decide you're getting better. Look for evidence that your health is improving. Use the mantra "I'm feeling better by the minute."

7. Attract love.
If you are craving love from others, it just means you owe yourself a little lovin'. Tell yourself "I love you." Fill out a Daily Self Love worksheet. Find ways to be your reason for feeling good. Creating art of any kind is a great way to practice self-love, because it is a way to feel good about yourself without any external factors. Be obsessed with yourself. Compliment yourself. Focus on your strengths when you look in the mirror. The more you love yourself, the more others will reflect love to you. Try the mantra "I'm the shit!"

8. Grow your power.
The hardest, and easiest, part of deliberate creation is letting go and trusting life. Our minds want so desperately to control outcomes, but our power is in relinquishing control. Any time you want to take action, or worry about something you can't control, practice the feeling of trust in a higher power. It's just like walking a tightrope—you have to trust your body knows what to do and let go of all fear. Every time you encounter a resistant thought, or something you wish was different, use the mantra "I trust the flow of life."

Now that you have some tricks up your sleeve, we can talk about how to practice them. You can do all of this in your head, but it's often easier to direct your thoughts through writing. I like to use lifestreaming to organize and catalog my spellcasting efforts—I collect my intentions, gratitude lists and other thought direction prompts in the lifestream section of my website. You can also use a special notebook or private text files on your computer, or fill out positivity worksheets. All that matters is that you make your magickal efforts a habit, because the only thing between you and where you want to be is practice. Abracadabra!

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Every week I share the tips in the School of Life Design group on Facebook. Leave a comment with your own experiences and tricks. Thanks for playing!

Kelly Kaleidoscope

The Easiest Meditation in the World, or, How to…

Kelly Kaleidoscope

The other day, I asked the universe to deliver me a Burning Man world. I just wanted it to be ok for me to sit still and bask in visual hallucinations. I wanted to enjoy just being, while gazing at the ever changing beauty of the Now. Is that so much to ask?! Haha... well, the universe hooked it up as usual.

Yesterday Kelly and I had some time to live before work. As we excitedly browsed strip malls far from our own neighborhood, the flow pulled us into a little store called Kids-N-Cats. Within we found an assortment of treasures, stash boxes and toys. Our one purchase: a Jumbo Glitter Wand Kaleidoscope (similar to this one).

As I gazed through the test model in the store, I knew my desire had manifested. I stared into the tube, transfixed, until we had to leave. Then for another several minutes in the car. Then another 10 once we got home. Then more. Then more. I was addicted!

Kaleidoscope gazing is a form of visual meditation that can pull one instantly into the Now. After my little gazing sessions, when I close my eyes, I can still see the flowing patterns. I've never found an easier way to stop thinking, because the view is just too beautiful to be concerned with much else.

Whenever you feel bad or get your feelings hurt, just look into a kaleidoscope and count to ten and you'll feel better. It's like a magick wand. It helps you release resistant thoughts, allowing what you want to flow to you.

Kaleidoscope gazing as a cure for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Kelly Kaleidoscope

I was born with amblyopia, or a lazy eye. It doesn't affect my daily life much, but I had to have surgery as a baby and wear glasses through 3rd grade. They even tried to get me to wear an eye patch.

Last night as I looked through the 'scope with my "good" eye, I physically felt an imbalance—my "bad" eye was basically screaming "let me try it!" I held it up to my right eye, which normally can't focus on much, and gasped as I began to comprehend what I was seeing. What my left eye makes out as clear shapes of glitter and confetti, my right eye interpreted as fractals. It was as if my right eye was finally seeing the proper "depth" it was tuned to. It made me realize that my developmental "problem" was really just a manifestation of the thought pattern "this reality isn't deep enough!"

My eye hungrily drank in the flowing fractals, ecstatic to finally see something. I relaxed and basked in the manifestation I'd been wanting for 29 years. And guess what happened? The longer I looked, the clearer the actual shapes in the 'scope became. My eye was getting stronger by the moment. I can still hardly believe it, but I think I finally found a way to combine the vision of my "normal" eye with the vision of my "screwy" eye (as they called it in middle school!). I never imagined my desire for a "Burning Man world" would manifest in such a monumental manner.

A metaphor for life

Life itself is a kaleidoscope—every moment is beautiful, but you can never hold onto one. It is always flowing, always surprising, and always perfect. Every tiny sparkle and movement is infinitely reflected in dazzling patterns stretching as far as the eye can see. Kaleidoscopes are just another fractal of the universe itself; it's amazing what simplicity can teach. Thank you, universe.

Below is a brief video of the view through the 'scope, though it doesn't come close to the real thing! I highly recommend trying it out for yourself. If you are a "visual" person, this is the magick wand for you. Check it out on Amazon, and if you'd like to support the School of Life Design, please use my affiliate link to make your purchase :]

Fresh Start Magician's Tool

Welcome 2012 with the Fresh Start Magician’s Tool

Fresh Start Magician's Tool
As the new year approaches I am reminded that we don't need a new year to make big changes in our lives; we have the power to become whoever we want to be instantly, at any time. We create ourselves with each new thought. All it takes to reach a goal is to decide it's already yours, then let the flow of life take over.

Inspired by conversations in the School of Life Design Facebook group, I created a simple tool to guide the coming year. The Fresh Start Magician's Tool is a simple exercise to focus your energy and can be used any time you want to begin anew.

How it works

Completed Fresh Start
The Fresh Start Magician's Tool is a 1 page PDF that first helps you release unwanted thought patterns, habits or circumstances. List three things to leave in the past, then cut the section off and burn it, flush it, crumple it or otherwise destroy it. Next, set a single intention to guide your future actions. In the following field, decide where you want to channel your creative flow. Everyone has an unlimited source of creative energy, so choose a place to focus it and watch as your project appears to complete itself. Finally, pick a power word. This single word should resonate deeply with you and help you remember what is most important in your life.

Download the free PDF

This tool is designed to be used as often as you wish, but has particular power on New Year's Eve because of the ingrained cultural significance of the day. Fill one out tomorrow, on your birthday, or at the beginning of every week. Use it to refine your vision and desires and let the universe take care of the rest.

Download your free Fresh Start PDF here.