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Acts of Kindness - wrapping things up.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Here is an overview of our mini project: Random Acts of Kindness

This post provides links to pertinent aspects of this project, so that you won't have to sift through the archives to find out what you want to know.

Our original idea and statement of intent is here.

If you would like to try this project for yourself, you can start on Day One: A Shoe Story, and then continue on thru Day Ten: New Years Resolutions posting your thoughts, ideas, results, joys and disappointments as you go. This is an active blog, and if you post, we will notice and reply.. and give you the benefit of our own experience and our support if it seems pertinent or appropriate.

You can find complete listing of the day by day links at the bottom of this post.

The basic summary of our results is not posted. This is because our random acts of kindness project was an exercize in simple kindness. To have practiced kindness for monetary gain would have defeated the purpose of the concept.

We do have a recommended reading list if you are interested in expanding your understanding and it can be found here: Recommended reading

Our favorite affirmations, prayers, poems, and etc can be found here:

As promised, here is the complete listing of the daily posts for the Random Acts of Kindness 10 day project:

Day One: A Shoe Story
Day Two: A Bit of Bovine Wisdom
Day Three: Merry Christmas
Day Four: Let's Go Shopping
Day Five: Here are some easy ideas
Day Six: Be Kind to Mother Earth
Day Seven: Thoughtfulness is Kindness
Day Eight: Here's a life changing action
Day Nine: Food for Thought
Day Ten: New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

From Humor Matters here are some alternative affirmations for the new year.

"At the end of one year and the start of another, many of us will renew our commitment to living with daily affirmations. I know the power of affirming my truth, over and over, everyday! While these may not suit every one's taste, here are some "possible" affirmations to consider!"

1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath.

2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

4. In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.

5. My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment.

6. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain.

7. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding.

8. I am at one with my duality.

9. Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves in knots.

10. I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday.

11. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

12. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!"

13. A scapegoat is almost as good as a solution.

14. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.

15. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future?

16. The complete lack of evidence is the surest proof that the conspiracy is working.

17. Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he's a mile away and barefoot.

Food for thought

Anne Geddes

I love this picture.

I believe that inside each one of us there lives someone who is this vulnerable, this tender, this delicate, this new, and this beautiful. What do you think? Do you think that's true?

What if we could see the people around us in the same light that we see this picture? What if we felt this way about ourselves? What if we treated our environment and our relationships with the same tenderness that would treat this little being?

If my mom and dad looked at this picture, they would say that God is the hands and we are the baby (unless we aren't christians in which case we will burn in hell)... and I would love to believe that there is a loving "father" God who would hold me this tenderly and gently, in whom I could rest so completely and safely.. How does your image or idea of "God" relate to this picture?

We have a "new" year starting up. What do you think would happen if we treated each new day of this new year with the same reverence and awe that this image inspires?

Here's a life changing action

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

~Og Mandino

This is an image of Kwan Yin. She is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings.

You can read a lovely story about her
at Urban Dharma .

Thoughtfulness is Kindness

Sometimes showing kindness is a quick action
that simply shows others you are being thoughtful:

  • Open the door for another person.
  • Smile. Share a smile with family members, co-workers, and even strangers. A smile is a great way to boost someone's day.
  • Pick up a piece of trash you see on the ground.
  • Encourage your children to show kindness at school.
  • They can make a new student feel welcome; write a thank-you note to their teacher, principal or custodian; wave to their crossing guard; share their snack; or encourage a classmate who seems lonely or is having a bad day.
  • Help someone by picking up something they dropped.
  • Call a family member who lives far away and tell them you love them.
  • Do a chore without being asked.
  • Shovel snow, take out the garbage, rake the leaves or cook a dinner for your neighbor.
  • Take a box of donuts or flowers to work for your co-workers, or even for the office/business next to yours.
  • Take the time to listen to someone you know is having a bad day.
  • Tell your boss, co-worker, teacher, classmate or family member why you appreciate them.
  • Donate blood.
  • Write a thank you note to someone who has influenced your life: a mentor, a teacher, a family member.
  • Tip your restaurant server generously.
  • Pay for the person behind you in the fast food drive-thru or at the toll booth.
  • Give at least one compliment to somebody every day.

Be Kind to Mother Earth



Kindness is not just about showing respect and care for humans, but for creation and animals, as well. Caring for the environment is a way to show kindness to everyone else who lives in it. Teach your children how pollution and trash affect the environment, and find a way to protect it together as a family. Ideas include:

  • Plant a tree.
  • Make a birdhouse together as a family project, then place it in your backyard. Or make a simple bird feeder using a pine cone, peanut butter and birdseed.
  • Recycle. If your garbage pickup service doesn't include recycling bins, find a local drop-off center.
  • Be energy-efficient. Turn off lights when not in use, don't waste water, consider car-pooling to work and school.
  • Call a local animal shelter and find out what they are in need of. Then have your family help them out -- it may be simply donating a few bags of dog food, or it may be donating time in caring for the animals.
  • Set aside a time each day to play with your pet. Get your whole family involved in running around the back yard with your dog or playing with your cat. Be sure your animals are clean and healthy.
  • In the summer, notify authorities immediately if you find a pet left in a hot car.
  • Cut up plastic six-pack rings before disposing of them so that animals don't get caught in them.
  • Participate in beach cleanups.
  • "Adopt" an animal through a local zoo, aquarium or other organization.
  • Switch to a pet-safe antifreeze. Those containing propylene glycol have an appealing taste to animals; however it is fatal in very small doses (such as leaks on your driveway).
  • Clean up trash and refrain from littering. If you smoke, use your car's ashtray, not the road, to dispose of your cigarette butts.

Here are some easy ideas.

My Religion is simple.
My religion is kindness
~The Dalai Lama



I found a list of ideas for our Kindness Project:

Collect canned goods for a local food bank.
Help serve dinner at a local homeless shelter.
Donate time at a senior citizen home.
Donate books to the library.
Spend an afternoon with a homebound person. Take the time to talk with them; see if they need any help with chores or running errands.
Bake a treat and deliver it to a police or fire station.
Offer to baby-sit for a single parent.

For more great ideas for showing kindness through your community groups, schools, family and workplace, visit the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Lets Go Shopping

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

This amazing and beautiful painting is by Gloria Cocker

Today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. So I thought I would post a shopping list for everything I could find at Amazon that features Random Acts of Kindness. Hover your mouse over the link, and a box will pop up with the more information. If you have dial up or a slow internet connection, be patient, it might take it a little while to load.

I was really surprised at how many books there are on the subject. Only a partial listing is included here because there were so many!

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas?
You know…
the birth of Santa.

~ Bart Simpson

A bit of bovine wisdom.

Friday, December 22, 2006

cartoon found at: All Creatures

Hi. I hope this day finds you all well, and happy, and not too stressed over the holidays and all the hoopla and hoorah that comes with it. Be sure and take time to stop and enjoy.

A Shoe Story

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Here is a story about a shoe:

While boarding a moving train one day, one of Gandhi's shoes slipped off and fell upon the track. As he was unable to retrieve it, Gandhi - to the astonishment of his fellow travelers - calmly removed his other shoe and threw it down the track to where the first had landed. "The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track," Gandhi explained, "will now have a pair he can use."

Random Acts of Kindness

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
- Mother Theresa


Welcome to the Random Acts of Kindness segment of the prosperity project. Our commitment between now and the first of the year will be to consciously practice Random Acts of Kindness.

Because we are not doing this project for personal gain, we will not be listing our goals in terms of money or prosperity. Instead, let's list our personal goals in terms of how many acts of kindness we would like to do between now and Jan 1st, or what it is we would like to achieve by doing kind things for others.

Stop by as often as is comfortable, and post your experiences, your thoughts, ideas, whatever you would like to share with us about this project. This group is as much about the discussion as it is about the projects.

I know we are all busy with the holidays. But let's take just a little time to reflect and share. I will be posting inspirational quotes and nice pictures, along with links to sites I find interesting, and ideas that I pick up along the way.

Blessings - and Welcome All!

Gypsy Magic - An Overview




Here is an overview of our project: Gypsy Magic, does it work? This post provides links to pertinent aspects of this project, so that you won't have to sift through the archives to find out what you want to know.

Also, please note that because this project has been moved in its entirety to my new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, these links will send you to there. I thought that would be easier and less frustrating than if you clicked on a link only to be redirected again.

Our original idea and statement of intent is here. If you would like to try this project for yourself, a complete listing of needed supplies can be found here, and here are some ideas for a Gypsy Fun day

Most of the spells work best if done during the correct phase of the moon. I have embedded an active moon phase widget at the bottom of the individual post pages so that it will be easy to check and see where the moon is.

 If you begin with the new moon, you can start on Day One: Bringing Money Home, and then continue on thru Day Thirty: Out with the old. Or, you can pick the spells that seem interesting to you and do them according to the phases of the moon.

 As you do the spells, we encourage you to post your thoughts, ideas, results, joys and disappointments as you go. This is an active blog, and if you post, we will notice and reply.. and give you the benefit of our own experience and our support if it seems pertinent or appropriate. The basic summary of our results is posted here: Gypsy Magic: Our Results

 We do have a recommended reading list if you are interested in expanding your understanding and it can be found here: Recommended reading This project stimulated a "spin off" blog called Gypsy Magic Spells and Charms which was originally hosted on blogger, and is now being migrated to shirleytwofeathers.com, the new blog is called Gypsy Magick and Lore.

As that site grows, you will find an ever evolving treasure trove of information about Gypsies and a wide variety of spells. Check it out, it's really cool. As promised, here is the complete listing of the daily posts for the Gypsy Magic 30 day project, a long with the suggested moon phase and/or day of the week for optimal results:

Miscellaneous Information:

  1. Preliminary: Reading Our Fortune
  2. Guidelines: Getting Started
  3. Shopping List: Gathering Our Supplies
  4. How to: Making Your Own Colored Candles and Make a Simple Mojo Bag
  5. Our results: Gypsy Magic: Our Results
  6.  Gypsy Fun Day

And these are the spells we did:

  1. Bringing Money Home - new moon
  2. Meet With Success - new moon
  3. Increase your money - new moon
  4. Making Miracles Happen - waxing moon
  5. Prosperity Oil - waxing moon
  6. Earth Abundance Spell - anytime
  7. Wealthy Week - day 1 - waxing moon - Sunday
  8. Wealthy Week - day 2 - waxing moon - Monday
  9. Wealthy Week - day 3 - waxing moon - Tuesday
  10. Wealthy Week - day 4 - waxing moon - Wednesday
  11. Wealthy Week - day 5 - waxing moon - Thursday
  12. Wealthy Week - day 6 - waxing moon - Friday
  13. Wealthy Week - day 7 - waxing moon - Saturday
  14. Making a Gypsy Medicine Bag - anytime
  15. A Healing Crystal - anytime
  16. Full Moon Mojo - full moon
  17. Removing Misfortune - or - Pour out your troubles - full moon
  18. Banishing blocks - waning moon
  19. Make friends with fate - anytime
  20. Moving mountains - waning moon
  21. Stomping out problems - waning moon
  22. Lets Win the Lottery - anytime
  23. Easy Money - anytime
  24. Urgent Money - anytime
  25. Flushing your bills away - waning moon
  26. Banish worry, bills, and bad vibes - anytime
  27. Diminish Our Debt- waning moon
  28. Prosperity in a cup - anytime
  29. Silver and sugar - anytime
  30. Out with the old - new or full moon

Gypsy Magic: Does it work?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gypsy Magic: Did it work for you?
Was it fun?
Did it work?
Your favorite spell?
Your least favorite spell?
Was it easy?
Hard?
Did you learn anything?
Would you do it again?
How many spells did you do?
Is there anything else you want to say about it?

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Gypsy Magic: Our Results

Out with the old

If you think deeply about the start of any period of bad luck, you will find that there is some object that you acquired round about then or that you used or wore quite a lot. Maybe it is something that brings back recollections of an unhappy event. It can be an ornament, an item of clothing, a photograph, or even a kitchen utensil.

Place the said object near the back door of the house. Then, using a broom, and starting at the top of the house or in the room furthest from the back door, sweep each room in turn, working in a counter clockwise direction. As you work, visualize darkness being swept away in front of you. The darkness is black heavy clouds of bad luck. It can't resist your broom. While you sweep, say....

..... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Out with the old 

Silver and Sugar

Monday, December 18, 2006

Fill a silver spoon with sugar, and carry it around the house in a counter clockwise direction.

The silver spoon will banish negativity, and the sugar will empower and sweeten your opportunities. Leave the spoon undisturbed for seven hours, and then ...

...I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Silver and sugar 

antique roman spoon



Prosperity in a Cup

Sunday, December 17, 2006


So here is a spell that anyone can do.

Blow bubbles with a straw in your morning coffee
to bring about a prosperous day.

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Prosperity in a cup 

Diminishing Debts

Saturday, December 16, 2006

This is a great spell for helping you diminish any debts you may have incurred, including those standard monthly debts otherwise known as bills.

The word abracadabra is extremely ancient and can be a powerful invocation to rid oneself of sickness and poverty. In this spell, we are going to use it to diminish bills and debt.

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Diminish Our Debt

It's a hold up!


Oh my God it's a hold up!!
I got held up
and our post for today is on hold
until later on this afternoon.
I love you
and I'm sorry.

Banish bills, worry, and bad vibes

Friday, December 15, 2006

This is a very powerful banishing spell to pull worry, fear, bad vibes, unpaid bills, and just about anything that contributes to negativity out of your home and out of your life. It can be done anytime during the full or waning moon.

Supplies needed:

  • A cheap plastic planter (or container) about the size of a tub of margarine
  • Potting soil
  • A brown egg
  • A brown marker or crayon...
... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Banish worry, bills, and bad vibes 

Flushing our bills away

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Here is something easy and simple. It's probably not an "authentic" gypsy magic spell, but I think it's worth doing.

List your bills separately on toilet paper.
And flush the toilet paper down the toilet.

As you are doing this,
remember that what comes in must also go out.
And that's OK.
Because you are in the flow....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Flushing your bills away 

Urgent Money

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Urgent Money Spell

The Romanies say that when money is urgently needed by a certain date, this spell works wonders. One thing to remember: it must be performed at the witching hour of midnight.

Take one white votive (or tea light) candle to represent each $100 or $1,000 that you critically need. Stand them on a plate you often eat from.

At a quarter to midnight, sit in a room with no electric lights. Light a gold or silver, green or white candle (not one of those representing money). This is the candle that will give power to the "money" votive candles and will enable you to see what you are doing....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Urgent Money

Easy Money

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Here is an easy money spell:

Light a green candle. Let it burn for five minutes, then blow it out. Rub your hands in the smoke and imagine money coming to you.

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Easy Money 

Lets win the lottery!

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Romanies often like to gamble, and they advise using this spell for the lottery.

Light one green candle for each of the numbers to be selected. Sit quietly and ponder the flames, allowing each flame in turn to suggest a number.

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Lets Win the Lottery 


Stomping out problems


Here is a spell to remove a problem. Write the problem on the sole of an old shoe. Put the shoe on, stamp on the problem three times...

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Stomping out problems 

Gypsy Fun

Sunday, December 10, 2006

It's Gypsy Fun day. If you are unable to come to our little get together, you can still enjoy an evening of Gypsy Fun.

Light some candles, pour yourself a glass of red wine, and plan an evening of entertainment.

Here are some links to some "fun stuff" that you can do:

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Gypsy Fun Day

Moving the Mountains that Block Your Way

Saturday, December 09, 2006

According to the 16th century swiss alchemist Paracelsus, the gnome is able to move through earth in the same manner that a fish swims through water or a human walks through air. Gnomes are associated with the fey, or fairy-folk, and are equated with earthly treasures, earth consciousness, and great knowledge of the magick in rocks, caves, roots, gems, and mountains.

Because gnomes can move through earth like fish swim through water, one can turn to the gnomes to move a block of earth energy within oneself, or a block placed in our path by another.

This spell is particularly good when things have been moving along just fine for you, you've been recovering from your debts, sailing ahead and suddenly - thwack! You run into some sort of a block....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Moving mountains 

Make Friends with Fate

Friday, December 08, 2006


Fate, it is said, may be influenced in your favor if you know your personal magic word.

To find it, light a white candle and sit facing south. Take a dictionary; close your eyes and turn the book around several times so that you are unaware of which way it is facing.

Eyes closed, fan the pages until you feel compelled to stop at a certain page....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Make friends with fate 

Banishing Blocks

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Banishing blocks with water undines:

Undines are female derivatives of water spirits. Like the other elements, the undines contribute to the universal life force through purification, movement and sound.

This spell uses the properties of water turned to ice. Pour spring water into a small, new paper or plastic cup. Freeze....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Banishing blocks 


This is a thermal photograph of an ice cube melting.
Isn't it awesome?

Pour out your troubles

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Pour Out Those Troubles...

We're going to make a thoughtfield!
In a moment,
hold out your hands in front of you,
as though you were holding
a sphere
the size of a small melon..

.. I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved. I have a new website, shirleytwofeathers.com, and The Prosperity Project is currently in the process of moving in over there. Here's a link to this particular post: Pour out your troubles




Removing Misfortune

According to the Romanies, extricating yourself or someone you care for from a streak of bad luck and misfortune is not difficult.

Take three small jars and nine garlic cloves, and a number of thorns from a white rose. Stick the thorns into the garlic cloves and place three cloves in each jar...

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