We’ve all got different definitions of making magic happen. What’s yours?
I believe we’re all inherently magic. That you’re alive and reading this, that fates and ancestors have brought you to this space and time means you’re formed of stardust. So, everything you do – from brushing your teeth to sharing your heart on stage – is an act of powerful magic.
It’s important to slow down and notice the magic in daily situations, to feel the energy, tune into the body, enjoy the earth and its cycles and the potential that lives in every moment.
In welsh Celtic tradition, the otherworld (kind of like heaven), Anwen, is all around us, but behind a veil. There are times and spaces where the veil between the worlds is thin and they intersect. It’s up to us to tap into that power and make our magic happen.
Of the things that you’ve accomplished in your life, what are you most proud of?
Deepening compassion. With the challenges I’ve faced, it’d be easy to be angry, lay blame or envy those without similar struggles. Pain feeds upon itself and can create an incredibly insular life, one where it’s near impossible to see outside of ourselves. Recognizing that pain is experienced by everyone – it reminds me that I’m never truly alone. It’s good for the soul to empathize. So many of us are travelling with wounded hearts… I consciously allow my pain to inspire greater compassion and love.
Professionally, I’m proud of my newest program, The Phoenix Fire Academy! The results are amazing. I can’t wait for registration to open this August. PFA walks you through making your goals – personal, professional, financial or emotional – happen in the clearest, true-to-yourself way possible. In a way that honours your unique circumstances, experience and energy. I am beyond excited for it to come into the world and begin making dreams reality
What books/tools/products/apps have helped you on your journey?
I value the mindfulness work of Vidyamala Burch, the compassion of Dr Lissa Rankin, the wisdom of Wayne Muller, and the energy of Erika Lyremark and Dyana Valentine.
Most of us living big, challenging, magical lives have met our fair share of naysayers. How have you dealt with that?
I love my garden, and I treat my projects like growing plants. I wouldn’t invite a rugby team to stomp on my seedlings – why would I put my delicate, newly fledged projects in front of people who will naysay? When naysayers do appear I ask, is this person informed? Are they qualified to pass judgment? Are their comments coming from fear? Often, their views just aren’t relevant and I can simply dismiss them.
When you’re taking on a big new project, or you’ve set your eyes on a new goal, how do you actually, you know, make it happen?
I let it happen in its own time. If it’s meant to be, it will be. It’s simply up to me to get ready for it to manifest, to be the person needed to bring it into being, to live it. Then I just need to get out of my own way.
Example: if a person wanted more money/clients, they might start advertising/asking for referrals/hustling – that’s a lot of energy going out. What if instead they asked why there’s a lack of money/clients in the first place? Get clear there and the deficiency can correct itself. Maybe the first step is to work on being energised and resourced enough to have more money/clients/work, and then issue invitations – if the money/clients haven’t arrived already!
When I focus on being in touch with the cycles that exist and the cues and messages coming to me from the Universe I don’t need to make it happen, it simply happens.
When you have moments of doubt or get distracted, how do you refocus on your goals?
I re-ground myself with my deepest beliefs. I use my emotions as information. I ask, “why am I feeling this way?” then I cry, move or sigh and allow the emotions to move through me. I lean into my healing team, soul detoxing, Reiki and journaling.
What’s the most magical thing going on in your life right now?
Working with horses. Their magic energy has even entered my Sparkle Reiki Darlings sessions!
If you could build a perfect day from scratch, what would it look like? (Where would you be? When would you wake up and go to sleep? Who would be with you? What would you eat/drink/do?)
A perfect day is simply living in and appreciating each moment. As a recovering perfectionist, I’m learning to be resilient, to deal with pain and struggles as they arise, instead of trying to avoid them altogether. Embracing a “real” day instead of a perfect one is my ideal.
Grace Quantock is a wellness provocateur, energy therapist, speaker and founder of The Phoenix Fire Academy and Healing Boxes CIC. She lives in Wales, UK and loves sending Sparkle Reiki, spending time with her animals and spreading spiritual glitter worldwide. Read more at www.gracequantock.com | www.healing-boxes.com and follow Grace on Twitter: @grace_quantock.