Finding Momentum by Releasing the Brakes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 24, 2013 by ericasodos


I don’t know about you but sometimes it feels as if I am moving forward with the emergency brake on (I get a bit of movement only to stall).  I start moving forward but then I slow down and sometimes even stop all together.  I try to get more acceleration, I try to go faster but alas, I am back at the place I started or if I am lucky I will have perhaps made a tiny bit of progress.  To live from our magic and power and to be successful we have to eventually gain momentum and the only way to gain momentum  is to RELEASE the brakes!

Momentum means strength and force gained by motion.  Momentum has serious magic in it!
How can we gain momentum in our own lives?

Things that block or stop us from getting momentum: 


Bad Habits

Fear of Failure

Fear of Success

Fear of Making the Wrong Decision


Self Doubt


The other day as I was running I realized that what feels like my easy flow has changed.  My normal has become much greater than before… the reason is momentum.  I run almost everyday, even if its for an extremely short time, however the consistency has made me stronger and improved my endurance.  I always say that a truth in one area is a truth in all areas, so if this is the case in running it can be the case in other areas of my life… all the areas that I am working I can create momentum.  How do we do this?

How to Release the Emergency Brake: 

Just start

What more can I say about staring except to share with you this wonderful quote by Geothe, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Take Action-Do Something

Anyone who knows me knows that I can analyze till well after doomsday and this quality can seriously slow me down or even paralyze.  I like this quote my Abraham Lincoln “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Action creates energy and energy attracts to you what you need and that creates momentum.  Even if the action doesn’t lead to the right place, it still sets magic in motion.

Affirm the Positive 

I know it well, I am moving forward and bang, there is that voice telling me it won’t work or I am not good enough.  We have to get to a place where we acknowledge the negative self talk and give it absolutely no power, no power to slow us down, no power that we believe in, no power.  Instead, we affirm it will work!  We can manifest our dreams!  We are creating momentum.

Visualize and Feelize

SEE the results you want, SEE where you desire to be and most importantly FEEL as if it has already manifested.

Acting it into Reality

Many of the spiritual masters talk about this…. Surround yourself internally with what you desire to create, ruminate on it, marinate in it, allow the change to happen.


Moving the body can do wonders to our whole beings including our brain and our moods.  Dance, run, bike, hike, practice yoga… whatever will get your juice flowing.  Feel stalled?  Bike ride or dance it out!

Rewards such as Chocolate

Sometimes the little kid in us just doesn’t want to do the work, so a bit of bargaining with the kid can help…. You can say to yourself, “I will do such and such every day and you can have a piece of chocolate after.”

Enjoy the Scenery of the Stall

If no matter what you do the stall continues you may as well love yourself and where you are while keeping your eyes on where you are going!

My wish is that we can all finally release the emergency brake by letting go of self limiting beliefs, and find that sweet spot where we gain the magic of momentum and velocity to manifest our goals and enjoy this most precious life…

Real Life Magic

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2013 by ericasodos

During my shows I often state that what you can’t see is more real than what you can, that the imagination matters more than what the “reality police” say. In this photo from a recent party we are throwing this birthday child all the love, magic and happiness in the universe…while I am performing I am completely convinced that she is receiving all these blessings that I practically see them. I would like to no longer be a magical hypocrite and embody what I say all the time…. whether I am on stage or not, drinking coffee, suffering, loving, ALL THE TIME…..Image

The Magic of Mistakes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by ericasodos
Often I am amazed at how many mistakes I can make in a year, in a month or even in an hour… from big to small, petty to powerful to everything in between.  It is easy to berate ourselves for our mistakes, however I am noticing that the harsher I am the less I am able to learn from my mistakes and make better choices the next time around.  The more I distance myself from the “mistake” and just hold it with awareness, humor and compassion the more I can create magic and hopefully not keep repeating the mistake over and over again.
My friend and mentor Jeff McBride says, “fail forward fast’.. which also means “fall forward fast”. In other words… you make it to your goal faster when you fail! Isn’t that great news?  It’s fabulous to fail!!!  Mistakes are one of the biggest ways that we learn.
The dictionary definition of the word mistake is: defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness, A misconception or misunderstanding, To understand wrongly; misinterpret,an error, fault or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment, to choose badly or incorrectly
Most of these defintions imply that a mistake is most certainly wrong.  It would be awesome and helpful to look at mistakes in a way that empowers us, instead of making us bad. Perhaps we can redefine a mistake as an action which produced an effect which taught us a valuable lesson.  Of course, sometimes we repeat the same mistake over and over again.. and this can only make us more angry at ourselves…
How can our mistakes become magic?  Magic is a type of extraordinary power. A power which can shift and transform reality in surprising and astonishing ways.  If our mistakes really were magic than they would shift our reality… maybe something would appear, or disappear or alchemically transform…perhaps a beneficial change of perception would guide us to a new door. This IS possible!  Our mistakes can “like magic” change our reality. It’s also possible just like mind reading that the mistake can give us the powers to read the future and follow our intuition.

There are indeed many different types of mistakes ranging from the really creative risk taking types to the kinds of mistakes we make because we don’t listen to our intuition or believe in ourselves.

I invite us all to try experiments where instead of getting angry or bypassing the mistake we utilize at least a few of the following steps.  I will try these steps as well and see what happens…..
Steps to Allow Mistakes to Create Magic
*Give your mistake space— no judging, only noticing.
*Love yourself and be compassionate and grateful that you made a choice even though it had an outcome which might have been hard or painful.
*Laugh at yourself (especially if its your 2nd, 3rd or 9th time repeating the same mistake) Our mistakes can make really great comedy writing.
*Write about why you made that decision.
*Figure out what you learned from the mistake.
*Take full responsibilty for your mistake (no blaming).
*Forgive yourself.
*Allow the mistake to transform you so that you can make better choices next time and attract to yourself even more magic and abundance. If the mistake had magic in it, what would it be? What would you like it to be?  Allow the magic to happen….


Wishing for you. many fun and fascinating mistakes, courage and confidence to make the needed changes so that your mistakes can ‘like MAGIC’ change and transform you and your life!

Wake Up to the Magic!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 24, 2013 by ericasodos
I have had a very intense few months which have brought me many opportunities to heal and grow.  One of the big experiences I recently had….. was a very serious major car accident. As the accident was happening it was clear that I would not be able to control the outcome…the only thing I could do was surrender, especially if it meant death, which is what I thought I was surrendering to ultimately. Miraculously I emerged relatively fine with even more conviction in my life. I have decided to take the accident as a wake up call.  A call to pay attention.  A call to awaken.
So now I ponder, what does it mean to wake up?  Are we actually asleep?  The definition of “wake up” is: to rouse from sleep, to stir as if from a dormant or inactive condition, to cease to sleep, to be brought into a state of awareness or alertness.
When we wake up from sleeping we are suddenly aware of color, sound, our bed, our pet and/or partner lying next to us…. Can it be the same with “waking up” to our magic?  That we are suddenly aware of our abilities to create, to know, to heal.  Waking up is basically noticing. Paying attention. Being alert.  Magic is happening all the time under the surface.  If we chose to we can summon our vital force to awaken from the places where we are asleep.
wake up
Some Magical Tools to Help You Wake Up
-Close your eyes and decide where you are sleeping and commit to waking up and consciously open to the magic
-Feel your feet planted firmly on the ground and imagine your sleep and unawareness draining out of you into the Earth
-Name 15 things everyday that you are grateful for
-Love and adore the parts of yourself you struggle with the most
-Avoid victimhood…. something isn’t working…. ask yourself, how am I responsible for this?
-Smell trees, ask them questions and listen for the answers
-Know that you CAN leap across the chasm to a new place
This morning as I experienced that familiar pattern of not wanting to wake up from my slumber… I thought again about the metaphor of waking up in life…. it is the same story.  Do I want to stay horizontal, giving into the gravity of what I already know?  Or do I want to rise up, ready to face the magic of who I am and all the joy and power that goes along with it? As Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  From the very depth of my being I wish for you the ability to wake up, recognize your power and live from MAGIC!

Shed that Skin for 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 30, 2012 by ericasodos



Do you know why snakes shed their skin? They shed to allow for growth as well as to remove parasites. Metaphorically we too must shed our skins and get rid of what no longer serves to open and grow into our better selves.

The only way a snake is able to shed its skin is by rubbing up against what is hard and rough… sadly I have noticed our growth too is often initiated by what is painful and rough.  Right before the snake is ready to shed… it doesn’t look or feel very good.  However, after they shed the skin underneath is illuminated and fresh looking.

Are you ready to shed a layer of skin so that in 2013 you can become more vibrant, on purpose and inspired?  Why not physically and metaphorically take off your old skin?

Magical tools for shedding taken from our friend the snake:

Give yourself time and space to allow for letting go.

No matter how crabby you may get, know that you are learning, changing and growing.

Focus on the new and more empowered you!  Zoom in on what you want to create and notice how radiant you really are.

Happy New Year Shedding!

The Veil is Thin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 26, 2012 by ericasodos
The mysterious holiday of Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween is also known as Feast of the Dead, the Witches New Year or Samhain. Samhain originated in Ireland and Scotland and literally means Summer’s End. The traditional Samhain festival lasted for several days and was marked by much celebration and ritual including people and their livestock walking through bonfires in a cleansing ritual.
The changing seasons and the upcoming holidays (Samhain, All Soul’s Day, Dia de los Muertos) fill me with wonder about the mysteries of life and death.  It is believed that this is the time of the year where the veil between the different worlds is the thinnest…. a time when anything is possible… a time when we can communicate with both the living and the dead and get a glimpse into the unknown. Communicating with ancestors and loved ones is easy at this time. October/November provides a constant source of mystery and intrigue that beckons us to journey beyond the comfort of our five senses and into the realm of the shadow.
Both in ancient times and modern Samhain would mark the beginning of a whole new cycle, in dark silences whisperings of new beginnings….. the stirring of seeds below the ground. Why not use this time to deepen magic in your own life? Yes, dressing up and eating candy are all part of the celebration at this time of the year but I encourage you to also explore mystery….. explore magic and you might just find yourself thouroughly enchanted!
Magical Ideas to Bring Some Enchantment to Your All Hallows Eve Celebration
Make a large bonfire and as you jump over the flames make wishes for your upcoming year.
Light a candle and set it in your window to help guide the Spirits home.
Fill a dark bowl with water and look inside and see if you can find messages and answers to questions or look inside a burning flame and let the shapes 
speak to you.
Bob for Apples.  This is an ancient Samhain tradition… whoever was the first to get the apple was believed would be the next to marry.
Cook a meal of the foods of  your ancestors..and set a place at the table for those who have passed on.

What is Enchantment?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2012 by ericasodos

Occasionally I am asked, “What is a Magical Enchantress”. Well, a Magical Enchantress is one who creates Magical Enchantment…. Okay, but what is that? I thought it would be interesting to discuss enchantment here in my blog and I do so with the hopes of inspiring in you a more enchanted life.

The dictionary defines enchantment as a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual, enthrallment, fascination, captivation, a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment, a psychological state induced by a magical incantation, spell, trance, mental state or condition, being controlled by passion or the supernatural,captivation, – the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror).

Yes! I agree with all that and more!  So this is what I mean by enchantment— The ability to take my audiences into a trance like state where they deeply believe, perceive and experience outside of what they have previously believed, where they are suspended in another dimension and the “reality police” have no authority, to inspire and move people so they can think bigger, feel better and create that which they aspire to create, to entertain, amuse and amaze so that there is nothing else but the present moment and the potential magic that lies within it.

Is this Enchantment?

Is this Enchantment?

This is why last week when I was performing in New Mexico aka The Land of Enchantment… I did indeed feel enchanted…. I felt enchanted by the light reflecting upon the Sandia mountains at dusk… the color was surreal, trance like, I literally forgot anything but the awe at how everything looked reflected in that light, I was enchanted swimming at night under the Moon- this made me feel bigger, better, perhaps it was performing for appreciative and believing audiences or the gifts I received from new friends- all this helping me feel as if the “reality police” do not exist and anything is possible.

Is this Enchantment?

This… my friends is my magical wish for you—- As Summer continues and the Sun burns brightly may you see, feel and think completely outside of your box and find yourself in new enchanting realities that satisfy and nourish the deepest part of you!

Happy July and Let’s Get Enchanted!

A Wand of Her Own

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by ericasodos

I am a magicianne, which is a term for a female magician.  There are many super talented, well-known and successful female magicians but because we are still in the extreme minority you rarely ever hear this term.

Famous magician Dorothy Dietrich sawing celebrity Robert Klein in half.

When I attended Jeff Mcbride’s Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas I was told that men perform magic, women are magic… if this is the case then why is my profession so male dominated?

The reason is: Power

The definition of power:  the ability to act or do, to produce an effect; control, authority or influence over others, physical might, strength, mental or moral efficacy.

The definition of magic:  using supernatural powers to influence events, sorcery, the practice of illusory tricks; any mysterious or extraordinary quality, power or influence, possessing mysterious powers, use of charms or spells believed to have supernatural power over natural forces.

As can be seen by the above textbook definitions… the very nature of magic IS power and hence a magician is a person that exerts power…. The power to levitate, know what is going to happen, to manipulate and transform ordinary objects by a very thought….

In essence a magician is playing the part of God… all powerful all-knowing….

And like all positions and jobs in our society that are associated with power— magic is male dominated.

Other reasons (that I entirely do NOT agree with) that get tossed around as to why this is the case:

–Women are not interested in magic  (Without role models or books that even try to speak to women.  How can we be?)

–Boys turn to magic to impress girls but girls do not need to impress boys (Really? I find this odd)

–Magic is geeky and girls don’t like geeky things (I beg to differ)

–Magic is about gimmicks, science and mechanical things which do not interest girls (Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!)

Here is a list of just some of the inventions of women:

Washing machine Margaret Colvin 1871

Windshield wiper Mary Anderson 1903

Zigzag sewing machine Helen Blanchard 1873

The Square-bottomed Paper Bag Margaret Knight 1870

Battery container Nancy Perkins 1986

Beehive Thiphena Hornbrook 1861

Canister vacuum Nancy Perkins 1987

Car heater Margaret Wilcox 1893

Circular saw Tabitha Babbit 1812

Refrigerator Florence Parpart 1914

Dishwasher Josephine Cochran 1872

Electric hot water heater Ida Forbes 1917

Elevated railway Mary Walton 1881

Engine muffler El Dorado Jones 1917

One of the branches of magic where women are in the biggest minority is the branch of magic known as mentalism.. aka mind reading.  It is very interesting because most professional psychics and intuitives are women, yet in the branch of magic which most resembles psychics, women are most rare.  Personally, I find this fascinating and I would love to hear any thoughts you may have on this subject.  Can it be the memory of the persecution of witches and anyone suspected of practicing magic?

Women in Magic.  No, it’s not because we are not geeks.  It is not because we aren’t scientifically inclined.  Magic is Power.  Women are Magic.  Women are reclaiming power and thus becoming more and more visible and prevalent in magic and mind reading and science and government and…….

Navigation Tips From the Majestic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by ericasodos

For many of us the beginning of a new year is a time of envisioning where we would like to go and making plans of how we will get there in the new year.  In my search for a map to guide me through the uncharted territory of my life I have decided to look to migrating birds for help.  If you know anything about bird migration it is impossible not to be in awe of these magnificent creatures.

Focused on a common goal twice a year they embark on incredible journeys….and it’s not like they are making simple short trips…  some birds migrate as much as 11,000 miles one way!  They are not playing it safe either… some birds fly higher then Mt. Everest.  Migrating birds encounter incredible obstacles including storms, blinding winds and many terrible man made disturbances.

First of all there is timing.  How do birds know when to migrate?  Even though scientists have been studying winged migration intensely much still remains a mystery.  It is believed that birds know it is time to migrate by the changes in the light of day and night.

How do birds know where they are going?  MapQuest?  A GPS?  I don’t think so… something deeper is going on, something truly magical and mysterious… Some of the ways birds can steer without a map is by tuning into nature and their internal compass…. They use their sense of smell, they watch the Sun, Moon and stars… they learn the wind pattern.  Another helpful tool is that birds are believed to have tiny grains of a mineral in their heads which enable them to monitor the earth’s magnetic field.

I always love watching bird formation and this formation serves a multipurpose, by flying in formation birds can conserve 10%-20% of the energy they would need if flying alone.  Also by flying with their neighbors they are less apt to become lost.

How do birds maintain their level of energy for so many thousands of miles, often without rest? Without going into detail there are a variety of ways that different species of birds fly to conserve their energy… some of the flying patterns include: Slow and steady- keep flapping, Soaring—riding the thermals, Flapping and guiding and finally Bounding.

I also would like to add that interestingly a bird’s heart is proportionately 6 times larger than the heart in a human body. ..Hmmm….

I long to be half as focused and dedicated as a migrating bird and to journey with at least a fraction of the conviction and perseverance to know that I am indeed going in the right direction.

This is what we can learn from these majestic and wise beings as we strive toward our destination:

Using all of our senses and knowing when the timing is right to embark on the journey, paying incredible attention to even the smallest detail around us so that we do not steer off course, watching our patterns so that we can either repeat or change them, using the wisdom we have gained to feel the magnetic pull toward our success, developing supportive friends to help us soar and bring us back if we lose our way,  learning our energy patterns so that we can have enough stamina for the long haul, continuing on and knowing we will get there even if there are obstacles and connecting deeply with our hearts and letting them guide us.

My wish is that we can all soar and embody at least a little bit of the stamina and focus of a migrating bird!!!  May you reach your destination in this new year of 2012!

Rekindle the Blog!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2011 by ericasodos
Welcoming Back the Blog…..
It has been over a year since my last post…. over 13 Moon cycles!  I was planning on taking down my blog since I wasn’t keeping up but I have currently decided to give it one more chance… to see if I can share with you a few times each month here on these pages…to fill this blog with magical and fun wisdom to inspire you on your journey into magical enchantment!
How have you been over this year and what have you cycled through?  In respect of the cycles I have decided to start my blog re-emergence with a short piece about redefining an old belief.
Often we have stories that we believe are true even though we have no idea why.  These stories could be beliefs about ourselves or a superstition.  I would like to re-interpret the number 13 for those of you who may think it a bad number or suffer from Triskaidekaphobia (fear of #13).
       13 is a wonderful, magical and good luck number….
13 is a number that is continually reflected in nature… there are 13 Moon phases in a year, 13 weeks in a season, 13 steps in the pyramid on the dollar bill, 13 stripes on the American Flag, 13 cards in each suit in a deck of playing cards…. I could go on and on….
I invite you to look at something that may frighten you and find out the magical truth behind it…….