What Are You Willing To Receive?


What are you willing to receive?

That’s a shift in consciousness from what we’re used to. I always talk about manifesting this, manifesting that, creating this, creating that. But recently I’ve come to realize that shifting to receiving is a way of shifting from doing to being.

Who am I willing to be, and what am I willing to receive? If I want to be in the “flow,” what flow do I want to be in?

I wrote about this in my Morning Pages, and I must say it was challenging. I started out rather primly and sparsely, because I’m not used to thinking like that. But then I hit the money thing, and I started to put a dollar amount on it. What am I willing to receive money-wise?


Ten dollars, twenty dollars, fifty dollars, 100 dollars? And each time I pictured receiving it. Not doing anything, just receiving it. It’s pretty revolutionary. I stopped at $300,000. Not a year, not in exchange for something, not in my career, not in my business, just receiving. And $300,000 was where I stopped.

Not good or bad, right or wrong, just that’s where I stopped.

What else was I willing to receive this morning? A lifetime supply of Sweet Love Blend coffee, clean water for the rest of my life, locally grown oats, cranberries, blueberries, almonds, walnuts, milk, lamb, beef, bread, butter, juice, yogurt, muffins. Good, happy dental care that’s close by and reasonably priced. Hugs, kisses, rides, compliments, birthday cards, cake, candles, frosting. A great designer to help us remodel our home and make it better. A wardrobe update. Ease and flow with my business, Shamanic journeys with healing and teachings. Readership that forms a community where readers and writers come together and share and support and feel part-of. A new website that does cool stuff like plays my music, creates a mood and a wonderful place to visit. A professional identity that is right for me, that is easy and fun to talk about, that bridges traditional and mainstream and is in demand and that makes a difference. More stories from people I have touched in some way and helped that I have not been aware of. A musical existence that has me composing, playing, learning and sharing music publicly in a groove that is wonderful and, well, groovy….


And interestingly, the biggest thing that I am willing to receive now is…space. Space in my physical world, space in my calendar, space in my being, space in my heart, space in my creative life. I am willing to receive less of what is overwhelming, so that I can stretch into my life and exhale. The space to feed my soul well.

What happened last night was a fitting prelude to this morning’s musings about receiving.


I was minding my own business, taking some downtown, coloring. And while I was coloring I had this thing going on in my head, this niggling thing, this discontent, and eventually I was able to name it: I was judging. I was sitting there judging my partner, this other person, this situation, that remark. In my head, ticking them off: Yep. Nope. OK. Not OK.

PippaloudogfrisbeeOnce I named it, I let it go, and then I colored. Totally, whole-heartedly and contentedly. The way I see it now is I fully received my judgments, then I was able to fully let them go, which released me from the unending polarity my mind is great at, and that opened up the space within where I could consciously choose. I chose coloring. With a quiet mind, I could do that. Then this morning, I chose to consciously consider other choices, like ways I would like to be.

MaenaStrawberryoohlalaYou can say that I’m a touchy-feely, ungrounded, magical thinking kind of person. What this is about is a shift in consciousness, and that is admittedly not concrete. But if it’s a true shift, it will show up in the concrete 3-D world somehow, perhaps with greater ease, perhaps with greater enjoyment, satisfaction, fun. Perhaps with more connection and meaning. Maybe even with dollar signs attached. Ooh-la-la!

I invite you to just try it on. I invite you to just ask yourself one question:  What are you willing to receive?  I’m curious to know what you come up with.


Time For a New Story

by Alvimann via Morguefile
by Alvimann via Morguefile

“I can only say this is a time of awakening for all of us. And we cannot wake up to a new dream until we fully let go of our old dreams and old stories….As we enter the solstice and the end of another year this might be a time for you to reflect on old stories that you need to let go of. What new identity do you want to nurture and manifest in 2016?”

Sandra Ingerman, in Transmutation News

I love how this quote came to me at just the same time as I was wrapping up the first 50,000 words of a novel that I started on November 1, in an impossible race to do something I didn’t even think I could do. A new story emerged on paper, and I hope it heralds the start of some new stories for my life.

I’ve told some of my stories in this blog: The story of how I used to be addicted and got into recovery; the story of how easily I am fooled by liars; the story of betrayal and emotional abuse in my former marriage; the story of my coming out; the story I tell on the Meet Phyllis page in this blog. Without those stories I wouldn’t be who and where I am today. One of my most cherished new stories will be how I am someone who is not defined by my own past, but rather is lead by a vision of potential for myself and for the world.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the new stories I would like to have about my life:

I would like to be the person who has fun, able to say to close friends, “Remember when I told you I was fun impaired? Can you believe that was me?”

I would like to have a story about being more courageous and outrageous with each passing year, personally, artistically and socially. I’ve already started branching out into forms of writing I told myself I couldn’t do. In my new story, I have in my circle people from other places and other experiences, not only people just like me. And next year for Thanksgiving I am not having turkey, I’m having lasagne,  because I don’t like turkey and I love lasagne. In my new story, my tastes change, and I embrace them, because it’s bound to make everything even better.

photo by Stacy Salles via Morguefile

And speaking of food—and this sounds like total fun—I’d like to be able to say I cooked every dish in the Lucid Food cookbook that gave me my granola recipe. I paged through it today, and I’m just not taking advantage of its wonderful recipes!

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 4.15.51 PM

My partner and I are celebrating our first ten years together this month. (It was a month-long first date.) I’m already telling the story of how I’m finally in a stable, loving, sane relationship. In my new story, I take out the word “finally” because it refers to the past, and I add adventuresome, fun, and wealthy.

That’s right, I’d like to have a completely new money story for my life. I’d like to be comfortable with money, familiar with money, wise with money. I’d like to do things with money, make choices with money, make change (not the dollars and cents kind) with money. I’d like to have all the money I can spend, and enjoy the living f*ck out of it. I’d like to unravel every f*cked up belief about how I can’t handle it, don’t know anything about it, don’t work hard enough for it, don’t deserve it, don’t do anything worth that much, can’t hold onto it, or that I need it to be happy, fulfilled, secure and to have fun. And I’d like the money story of the world to transform from one of lack and competition to one of sufficiency and empowerment for every single human being from the get-go. None of this earning basic daily needs shit. That kind of reality has got to go. When it does, so will terrorism and exploitation of people and the planet.

A new kind of pyramid scheme, a new kind of hierarchy. Photo: Kenn W. Kiser via Morguefile

For my health, I’ve always been iconoclastic, declaring at various points that I don’t believe in germs, don’t believe in the immutability of genetics, do believe in the wisdom of the body to destroy cancers, to tell me what to eat and how to move, and to basically rebound from insults to it. Now I would like to have a story that my body continues to be this strong, resilient, talented, versatile home, with amazing hands, amazing legs, amazing organs, amazing brain, amazing ability to adapt and just keeps getting stronger and more flexible, increasing its capacity for pleasure and aliveness with each blessed breath.

I would like to have a story that tells how I play music, make up music, initiate people into music, spread music, enjoy music, encourage music, and generally live a musically alive life. I want to tell the story of making music on a bigger stage, getting people to dance and to trance, and filling up as much space with joy as I can. And for that matter, all the musicians in my story get to play and give us this beautiful vibe created by magic with this mysterious thing made of instinct, rhythm, and a sense of beauty. It’s in us, let’s have it.

photo by celso3tn via Morguefile
photo by celso3tn via Morguefile

I would like to see a new collective story emerge about what is to my mind the biggest ignored demographic on the planet: middle-aged women. I am surrounded by women forty and older, and I don’t see any of them slowing down, withdrawing, starting to take it easy, stopping being involved, evolving, caring, growing, and in many cases, powerful women who are going about making this world a better place for everyone. And in many cases, they are just getting started. I would like this to be the new meme going around Facebook, etc: Have you seen my best friend, wife, partner, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, boss, employee? She is rocking this world with self-examination, caring, spiritual exploration, and healing.

I would like to have a living, daily appreciation of the fact that I live in peace, in safety, surrounded by good people, and that I have no real problems, except the ones I choose to take on. And while I’m at it, I would like to feel comfortable saying what I believe and be able to withstand people’s opinions that I am crazy, wacked, naive and living in a bubble. And I’d like to be rid of the belief that if I talk about how good it is, I am setting myself up for having it turn bad, one of the biggest ways I censor myself in my expression.

I would like to have a story of nurturance, support, and security–how life seems to conspire to send me wonderful people who believe in me and where I am blessed to finally be able to believe in myself, to comfortable in my own skin in front of you, not just by myself where it’s safe and familiar.

I want to live the story of how I follow my hunches and blow my own mind, continually transcending my idea of who I am what I am capable of, and while I am at it, I would like to inspire that in others, people who know me, people who don’t. In my world, my success just might be the one that tips the balance for all of humanity. But if it happens to be yours, that’s okay, too.

What if it’s all a dream, and we get to navigate our dream by the choices we make? What if awakening means having a greater range of choices? What if we were guided in our choices by inspiration, not fear?  What if the healing of our lives can be done one powerful, mind-blowing choice at a time?

May our collective story be one of  resources, resilience and responding  that is more often than not a choice for love, for aliveness, for healing, for reconciliation, for joy, and, yes, for fun, for everyone. What if that’s how it was meant to be?

With love,


photo by Madlyn via Morguefile
photo by Madlyn via Morguefile

Everything You Need You Already Have

Hey there, it’s been a while. I thought I’d include my blogosphere buds in my holiday happ’nin’s. It really is a double – no, make that triple – life sometimes. What got me writing today is that I just realized my whole process here has totally been mirroring the one core belief I love living by the most.

Here it is:

Everything You Need You Already Have

What’s that got to do with holidays? Two things: First, the kinds of gifts that I like to give are ones that meet a spiritual, soul or heart need, not a physical one. (Except for how soulful certain scarves and foods can be!)

Second, I decided/was guided to offer a holiday special this year, in the interest of achieving my primary business goal of connecting with my tribe. So, I am offering a two-fer (which you can read about and take advantage of here.)

Next, I went about preparing for the orders to come in. This gave me a great excuse to visit some of my favorite art and craft supply stores and take advantage of some of their sales. I got some luscious, rich papers, and really couldn’t find much else that floated my boat, so I stuck with the colored paper and went home to root around.

At home I found:

The remains of beautiful marbleized paper I’d made about 30 years ago
A small pile of handmade papers I’d bought from a local artist
Some sheets of paper I’d made myself, about 10 years ago
The remainders of origami papers I’d purchased over the years
Sharpies in all colors including gold and silver, plus about 10 other gold, silver and white paint markers, plus a whole set of fine point Sharpies in about 8 colors
A stash of fabric, grosgrain and wired ribbons
Glitter paper, glitter, sequins, tacky glue, rolling cutter and cutting board
2 pads of black art paper
Tons of colored, holiday and non-, tissue paper

Are you getting my drift?

Everything I needed I already had. For my project. My brand-new-I’ve-never-done-this-before-I-wonder-how-I’ll-pull-it-off project.

I believe this about everything. (I can be so literal sometimes.) I believe that what I am seeking from the world I have inside. I believe that what I most want from life comes when I am able to receive it. I believe that as a group, we humans already have world peace and enough for everyone. I believe that the only thing that’s going to have changed, when these things come to pass, is people’s mindsets. We’re not going to invent ourselves out of poverty and war. We are going to heal ourselves out of those conditions.

This is what I see is possible: We can heal. What do my holiday special have to do with that? It’s a tiny contribution to personal healing. The Soul Messages are small reminders that we are beautiful and deserving, wise leaders, and that this is a benevolent universe. Once enough of us know that and live that, we will have the critical consciousness shift that will bring about healing for all of humanity.

Question: What contribution of yours have you been telling yourself is too small and insignificant to matter?

Grateful as always, to have this space and community.


And here’s the link again, in case you are interested in taking advantage of my holiday specials and helping me use up my wonderful treasures, or just want to see what I’ve been making.

by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport

For Going Into Winter

IMG_3036November Snow

yellow maple leaves come unpinned

fly down and scatter on early snow

carpet strewn with net of sunshine

points wagging and draped into every crease

and footstep, extravagant the multitude

of yellow star-shaped splashes, dying

I remind myself, on their way to brown,

to dry and crinkled dust, their thin bodies

displayed across an acre, grass

pile of refuse boards and discarded bicycle

covered alike in white dappled with yellow

all are on their way to dying.

Can I surrender and be strewn like this

in my dying colors?


jack-o-lantern lit from within,

grim reaper’s eerie grin escort me

to the other side of summer.

The November elections bring us closer

to the grave we fear so much,

but I am hopeful, following the maples:

Perhaps all the intrenched realities of life

are coming to their death.

The maple leaf’s public and joyful pageant

stamping every thing I see with its death logo

in this season of the thinnest veil between the worlds

is ignored at the cost of missing the beauty

of this stage of transformation as the world

prepares to travels its root to the Source.

November Snow. Photo by Phyllis Capanna

Compost Bin. Photo by Phyllis Capanna


by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Please leave a comment or fill out the contact form if you would like to get in touch with me.

Easy Doesn't Lead To Happy

That’s my lesson of the past couple of weeks. So many times I’ve been faced with wanting to stay in my gauzey, cocoon-ish comfort zone but have made the choice to go ahead and face something I dread or be with someone who challenges me, because I recognize that I am in a comfortable but unsatisfying rut. After all, I’ve told myself, this is the stuff I write about. So do it.

And each time it’s worked out fine. In fact, as soon as I realize I have a choice, I’m okay. The only way to break out of the prison of my conditioning is to question myself awake. Then and only then can I see the prison for what it is: a place I’ve put myself because on some level it’s comfortable. Even dissatisfaction and unfulfilled dreams are comfortable, because they are so familiar. I know them inside and out. And familiar is easy. The thing is, easy doesn’t lead to happy.

That’s a tough one. It’s the exact opposite of every fairy tale I’ve internalized about what my goals in life should be. After all, some of the greatest myths of our age have to do with something called leisure, which has to do with the idea that only rich people get to sit around and do nothing, i.e., have it “easy.”

Certainly without a guiding mission, vision or purpose, any life – busy or laid back – can lack soul and satisfaction.

Revelation number two: I still have to go against the grain to live my message. And what is that message? The message is we have the potential to create our own reality. To do that, we first have to sift through and examine all the beliefs about ourselves and our world, rejecting those that sell either of those short. Enter the Soul Message cards and book.

But the cards and book are worth nothing if, in my hardest moments, I cannot find a choice that shifts my pain into something empowering. Even if it doesn’t take the pain away.

So, what are the choices I am talking about? I am talking about choosing to be loving with people, which includes letting go of my needs and judgments about them; owning my reactions, not living them. Forgiving. Sometimes over and over again.

I’m also talking about being loving with myself, but not in the “If you really don’t want to do it, you don’t have to” way, but in the “Chin up, baby, this is the kind of person you want to be” way.

It means choosing the empowering belief as an action – “The Universe adores me, so this is not evidence of a whimsical god toying with me. There is a solution. I just can’t see it because I’m paralyzed with fear of betrayal right now.”  And then picking up the phone to check someone else’s perspective.

And it means rejecting the disempowering belief in an active way, too: “ No, people are not all out for themselves. This person is just fixated on doing what they think they have to do to survive, because they’re afraid. I’ve been there.” And then connecting with that person, human to human. Maybe there’s something I can do for them. Maybe all they need is a warm smile. Sometimes just the shift in my awareness changes the whole scene.

And then, prayer. Prayer for me is stopping for a moment, focusing on my heart, affirming my “I am good- you are good- the universe is good” truth and setting my intention for a healing.

It’s all about healing. This whole crazy, spinning out of control mess of a world is all a giant conspiracy to wake us up, snap us out of those limiting beliefs and as a last ditch experiment try loving ourselves and each other and believing in goodness for real. Like with our asses and our pocketbooks, our politics, policies, and in our moments when no one is watching.

When no one is watching, I sometimes struggle to live all this. Writing about it here helps me connect with my big truths and with my tribe.

What is the vision, mission and purpose that give your life meaning?

What do you struggle with that is in stark contrast with what you say you are all about?

What do you do to connect with your big truths and your soul peeps?

Stay tuned for my web/biz/writing/inspiring re-tool coming this Fall! There will be freebies! There will be new products! There will be creativity, recovery and spirituality aplenty.

I look forward to having you as a friend on this journey.


To sign up for my newsletter, please follow this link:

by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport


Feel the Love

Am I the only one who has these seminal moments, when I wake up wherever I am and “get” something that was staring me in the face the whole time, such that I become consciously aware that it’s a meaningful thing to me? The Universe seems to present me with these moments as a way of tugging on my sleeve. Hey! Pay attention!

When I attended the Mind Body Spirit Festival, organized by Alice King and Cheryl Bean-Moody, the first time, it had been a long time since I’d attended a “psychic fair,” long ago and far away in Cambridge, MA. That long-ago psychic fair had left a kind of off taste in my memory. I’d received a  warning about something I thought was bull, and I’d felt surrounded by folks who seemed more interested in passing themselves off as special and weird than in being of service and making a human connection. (Or maybe that was me. It was decades ago, and there is a theory that it’s all a projection. But let’s just say.)

I enjoyed the first MBS Festival, had had a wonderful reading and had walked away with a personalized aromatherapy scent. (The way to my heart is through my nose. Well, one of the ways.)  So I went back a second time. I remember standing in the doorway as I was leaving, turning around and looking back at the room, abuzz with a joyous and loving energy, and saying, “These are my people. This is where I want to be.”

It was the love that I felt bubbling up out of all those conversations that got me. It’s that’s simple. I don’t have that much more to say about it. My advice: Find the love, feel the love, go where the love is.

Here’s a link to the program for this weekend’s festival, which will be a the Hutchinson Center at U. Maine in Belfast, from 10-4: MBS Fest -Belfast Spring 2014

Okay, I do have a little more to say about it. What’s all this about psychic readings, crystals, aromatherapy, animal communication, tarot cards, and angels? All I can say is, if you’re curious, come and stroll around. It’s a $5 admission fee that goes to a worthy cause, Habitat For Humanity. Use your gut, and if something strikes you, ask about it. The cool thing about fairs like this is that it’s full of practitioners who love what they do and are eager to talk with you about it, regardless of whether you are there to spend any money or simply to learn. And sometimes the other attendees are just as interesting and inspiring to be with as the exhibitors.

Soul Messages ©Phyllis Capanna

The people who have tables at this event have a common interest, not only in metaphysics and the occult, but also in alternative paths to health and wellness.  The human being is a multi-layered creature, with both subtle and gross energies, strengths and vulnerabilities, and the ways in which the whole of us is woven together reminds me of a beautifully knotted fisherman’s net. Lots of tiny places in perfect tension makes a cohesive and sturdy whole. If you’re feeling like you need a different perspective on where you’re at in life, or have a health issue that your curious about, try tugging on a knot. It can surprise and empower you to discover those connections within.  Attend to one part, and another falls into balance. I love that.

© Phyllis Capanna
Soul Messages © Phyllis Capanna

But to be honest, some of the stuff we do is weird even to us sometimes, but that’s also part of the attraction. When you make it your mode of operation to follow the guidance you seem to be receiving from something wise, loving, and powerful, something undeniable, you tend to find yourself unable to explain but firmly trusting in the rightness of where you stand. And curiously uninterested in proving anything.

I’ve already gushed about how much I enjoy meeting with people and talking about the Soul Messages, witnessing people experiencing them for the first time, and sending them off with folks who are embarking on new directions and life adventures and taking the cards with them. But on a personal note, as part of my spiritual path, it is empowering to rent a table, put up a sign and tell the world, albeit the very small world of Belfast, Maine, hey, I’m into this stuff.

I’m into this stuff and I want to connect with you, because I think together we could be on to something wonderful for humanity. And because this is where I feel the love.

Soul Messages ©PhyllisCapanna
Soul Messages ©PhyllisCapanna


by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport


What If You Ignored Yourself and Did It Anyway?

© Phyllis Capanna


“The Force that through the green fuse drives the flower…”

It hasn’t been as warm as we would like, but as soon as the light changed at the vernal equinox, everything began to shift. It’s how our earth is made to work. A tiny shift in the angle of the sun creates a season change. So, what’s kept it cold? Basically, the atmosphere, that ecosystem of air, moisture and movement that creates our weather. In non-Western cultural and spiritual traditions, each of the elements (as in building blocks) that makes up our physical world corresponds with certain universal qualities or states of consciousness. Air corresponds with thought and what used to be called ether, or life force. Often referred to as chi or ki, the life force is that unseen energy that is vitality itself. Water corresponds to emotions and the unconscious.

About to Burst Open
© Phyllis Capanna

It occurred to me today that this is exactly how our thoughts and feelings influence our internal weather. We are given the light. With our thoughts and mental orientation we either allow it to warm us or we keep ourselves out in the cold, suffering from past hurts and false ideas about who we are and how love is doled out. When we are in that state, the chi, or life force, cannot flow.

“A bucket turned over even in a rainstorm remains empty.”

When we find ourselves in a place like that, where all around is sustenance and we cannot partake, it is a spiritual emergency. We are cut off from source. What we need are tools to bring us from emergency to emergence. We need to allow something greater to come forth from within us, so that we can transcend the polarities that threaten to pull us apart. (These are the either/ors that eventually drive us crazy, so that, if we’re lucky, we “crack.” This, too, lets the light in. Eckart Tolle’s and Byron Katie’s stories are illustrations of this.)

Sky From Bangor on the Interstate
© Phyllis Capanna

Today I found myself saying to a client (those readings again!) that sometimes the best way to transcend a crippling personal mental environment is to give up trying to solve it and focus on taking meaningful actions. Do good work, nurture relationships that matter, learn how to love better.

Mental weather patterns that won’t give demand only one thing: Stop waiting for the weather to change to live your happy life! Have your parade in the rain. Wear a parka to your picnic. Plant daffodils in your snow banks.

Instead of referencing your sore spots (Nobody believes in me, I don’t have enough credentials, I’m afraid to ask for what I need) shift your focus to a larger goal, the one that would motivate you to get out of bed in the morning if you let yourself live it, if only in your own head. (Which is where it has to start its life anyway.)

Here’s the really startling truth about stopping picking at your scabs and focusing elsewhere: It requires giving up hope. That’s right, we have to give up the hope that by constantly attending to them, we will somehow manage to heal our wounds instead of re-opening them again and again.

Of course, it doesn’t really mean giving up all hope. It means letting go of misplaced hope. Maybe, just maybe, it’s not within our power to heals ourselves, just this once. Maybe we have to place our trust in something greater, impossibly mysterious, and endlessly unfathomable, but as dependable, not as the weather, but as the light. It might take something that big to heal that one intractable wound. That one.

This is essentially how I came to writing, readings, making little cards, doing workshops, and everything else I have done: By paying attention to the drive to translate what I care about into actions that connect me to people, to life itself. It’s my desire to be out on the dance floor despite the things that might trip me up.

Ultimately, it is love that got me here. In spite of my deepest insecurities and lack of credentials, this is my act of love to myself and to the world.

Do you hold yourself back from your act of love to the world? What if you ignored yourself and did it anyway?

© Phyllis Capanna
© Phyllis Capanna

Learning From the Universe

When I was doing intuitive readings at the Mind Body Spirit Festival last Saturday in Fairfield, I had an interesting experience with the Soul Message cards. First, someone would approach my table. I would invite them to take a Soul Message card. The ones that people took doubled as my business cards. “Keep it!” I’d say.

The person might ask for a reading. When I do readings, I use my other cards, the Lenormand oracle deck. But inevitably and consistently, the Soul Message card that the person had drawn earlier was also relevant to their reading. I would say something to the person based on my reading and they would say, “That’s like the other, little card I just picked up.” They would fish it out of their pocket, and voila! Relevant. Eventually, I learned to say either, “Have you picked a Soul Message card yet?” or “So, what card did you pick?” The Soul Message really helped to focus the readings in a way I hadn’t expected.

A creative person seeking life direction: “Trust your brilliance.” Someone trying to decide whether to leave behind a high stress job with good benefits: “There are enough time, money, resources and love for you.” A mother struggling with health issues: “You do enough. Fall into the arms of the Universe and allow yourself to be carried.”

I was secretly a little spooked by this, but I didn’t let on. Eventually, I just sat back and marveled. Not that I had inadvertently created a prescient little deck of cards, but that the Universe itself is so orderly and wise and …supportive. Of everyone. I felt super-buoyed by the ease of the readings, something I just stepped into because, well, it felt right, and it felt time. (And because I couldn’t stand to hear myself whining anymore about how I wanted to do readings!)

So, yes, the Soul Messages are a deck of little, happy, encouraging messages. But they also have a way of getting at something deeper as a focus for your growth and healing, especially if you read the accompanying essay in the book. (Hint.)

Truthfully, though, you could use any deck of cards, or cloud formations, stones and sticks, or any of the many ways of divination, as long as it “speaks” to you. All that divination really is is learning to listen to the things that have already been whispering to you for a long, long time. Then ask questions, and let the Universe teach you.

That’s me at my table, end of the day at the Mind Body Spirit Fest on April 5, 2014


Everyone Knows This About You

© Phyllis Capanna
© Phyllis Capanna

Were you ever told never to show up without a present for the hostess? Does it feel wrong not to have a “little something” to give when you go somewhere as a guest? This message wants you to imagine showing up with nothing but yourself. How would that feel? Naked? Ungrateful? Not enough? Getting in for free?

It is very good to see what comes up here. It is not bad to come with a hostess gift, but it is much better to do it out of love and generosity than out of a sense of making up for something that you inherently lack.

The Universe would like you to try showing up some place with just you, your big heart, and happy, appreciative presence. If you have been hiding behind doing or giving tokens to gain entry, know that you are the gift, when you are truly present. Do not cut yourself off from the real exchange of giving and receiving by fretting over tokens.

It really is okay to come with just yourself, at least some of the time. Think for a moment of the places you go without any conscious thought that your presence matters: the grocery store, a concert, a walk down the block. This message is reminding you that wherever you are, you bring the gift of you.

It is time for you to know that you are enough. If you are still protesting that you give gifts because you want to, then try doing so without an occasion, anonymously, and let go of the need to always do a little extra.

photo: Robyn Deveney
photo: Robyn Deveney

The preceding post is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Soul Messages: Lavish Love Notes for the Soul. Except for sharing on social media with attribution to the author, no portion of this blog or post may be disseminated without written permission from the author/publisher. © 2104 Phyllis Capanna

For more Soul Messages, check out the whole deck, available here.

Coming Soon! The Soul Messages book! (Due date: March 15, 2014) Sign up for my mailing list (to the left or below) to receive the birth announcement and to get in on the festivities.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Please leave a comment or fill out the contact form if you would like to get in touch with me.

To sign up for my newsletter, please follow this link:

by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport


© Phyllis Capanna
© Phyllis Capanna

In other words, the pieces are in place. Now.

What the Universe wants you to do is see that this is true. How? Have you ever colored all over a page with bright crayons, then colored over that with a black crayon, then scratched away the black to make a pretty picture?

The Universe wants you to clear away what’s in the way of receiving now everything you need to fulfill your dreams. The best way to do that is to ask and take action. Need a studio or office space? Ask. People. Talk about it. Need an extra $1000 to get started? Ask. Knock on doors, fill out applications, go to a bank, talk to resource people, research and connect.

Picture yourself and your daily world. Now picture a door, and on the other side of that door is your dream, come true. This message is about opening that door. Chances are you have been up in your head. Out of fear you have not taken steps toward fulfilling a key part of your dream.

Create some energy around your dream by actively engaging in making it happen. And here’s the trick: Don’t get hung up on immediate results. Just take actions. Small actions, big actions. Trust your instincts.

In this creative partnership, the Universe is saying it is your turn to take the lead, and the Universe will yield it all to you.

photo: Phyllis Capanna
photo: Phyllis Capanna

The preceding post is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Soul Messages: Lavish Love Notes for the Soul. Except for sharing on social media with attribution to the author, no portion of this blog or post may be disseminated without written permission from the author/publisher. © 2104 Phyllis Capanna

For more Soul Messages, check out the whole deck, available here.

Coming Soon! The Soul Messages book! (Due date: March 15, 2014) Sign up for my mailing list (to the left or below) to receive the birth announcement and to get in on the festivities.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Please leave a comment or fill out the contact form if you would like to get in touch with me.

To sign up for my newsletter, please follow this link:

by Phyllis Capanna © 2014 joyreport

All content is the sole property of Phyllis Capanna and joyreport. If you are reading this content on another site, it has been reposted without the author’s permission and is in violation of the DMCA.  © 2014 joyreport