Your Charmed Life

With all the patriotic feeling extant in America on this Inauguration Day, it seems appropriate that this Tuesday’s Top 10 Tips should be for being a good citizen, in whatever country you live.

  1. Live up to the highest and best within you. One of the guiding lines for my life comes from the late Peace Pilgrim who said, “Live up to the highest light you have, and more light will be given you.”
  2. When you can, lend a hand. Somebody needs help with a bag, or directions, or a dollar. When the gentle nudge inside yourself indicates that this is a place you can help, don’t second-guess it. Little things add up.
  3. Find ways to feel part of the whole. We’re a country of rugged individualists but when we work together we draw on some extra power.
  4. Give your gifts and share your talent. You came to this earth with a mission. When you follow through on it, we all benefit.
  5. Keep a fairly open mind and a very open heart. Listen to people who have different opinions and see things from different vantage points. Allow for differences and trust that they can blend for the good of all, the way different spices blend for the good of a dish.
  6. Take a look at history. What happened in the past can teach us how to behave — and how not to — in the present and future. You can look at history as a spiritual record book, a log of what the late author and minister Ernest Wilson called the “upward progression of the universe.”
  7. Make your own life the best it can be. A nation, or a collection of nations, is really just the total of the lives of the people who comprise it. Make yours sparkle.
  8. Expend some effort. Do something on a regular basis for the common good. Volunteer, or teach what you know, or give somebody something they wouldn’t get if it didn’t come from you.
  9. Stand up and speak up. When things aren’t right, write a letter or an op-ed, join a march or make a donation. Awful things can only happen when nobody stops them.
  10. Be a citizen of world. It does not diminish your patriotism one iota to realize that you are in kinship with everyone on this planet. If reincarnation is true, you’ve lived everywhere yourself! And as a spiritual being, you’re already a citizen of the universe, so carrying an invisible passport from “Planet Earth” shouldn’t be too hard.

Hello, brave explorers who’ve discovered a brand new blog —

Thanks for joining me here at the outset for “Your Charmed Life.” This blog has been a long time coming and the timing is so perfect: Inauguration Day! I watched the ceremony on a big, outdoor screen in an enthusiastic crowd on 125th Street, Harlem, New York City. This is definitely a day of new beginnings, and I couldn’t be launching this blog at a better time. I so believe that is my home on the web because nothing is as fascinating, enticing, fulfilling, and thrilling to me as the quest for meaning, the search for God.

To introduce myself, I’m a writer and speaker and spiritual-life coach. My books include Creating a Charmed Life: Sensible, Spiritual Secrets Every Busy Woman Should Know, and Fit from Within: 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body & Your Life. I believe that life is supposed to be magical and meaningful and amazing — tough sometimes, but magical and meaningful and amazing just the same.

My academic background is in comparative religions because I love all the ways the Great Mystery finds to reach us. I love the phrase that theologian Marcus Bach coined, “vagabond in the wonderful world of spirit.” That’s somewhat how I see myself. My mother was Protestant, my father Catholic, and the woman who lived with us to take care of me — my first spiritual teacher, I now see — was in Unity with a background in Christian Science, Rosicruciansim, and lots of Emerson.

Paths that have enriched my journey include Unity, Religious Science, and New Thought; Quakerism, Catholicism, and mysticism in general; Eastern traditions including yoga, Vedic philosophy, Buddhism, and the exquisite reverence for life of Jainism; theosophy (I worked in the library of Theosophical Society in America in my early twenties and later in their publishing house, Quest Books), Kaballah, and probably most of all the lovely synthesis of practical spirituality of the 12 Step programs. It’s all in me, and it’s all good.

The emphasis of this blog is to model for you and coach you toward creating and living a charmed life of your very own (or a more charmed life if you’re already living one). I define that as a life that sparkles. You know how it is when you’re really little and you’re close to certain that you saw the fairies under the toadstools? In a charmed life, that kind of wonder doesn’t go away, no matter what your age. There’s synchronicity, serendipity, and surging delight, even as you perform the tasks of daily life and deal with roadblocks and detours.

This blog will cover all sort of aspects of charmed living. I have an acronym that helps explain it:

C – compassion
H – health
A – adventure
R – reverence
M – magnanimity
E – equnimity
D – delight

Many blog entries will be simply sharing with you how I live my charmed life and what I learn from that. I do plan to make Tuesdays kind of special and use that day for giving you useful tips for health, happiness, spirituality, efficiency, all sorts of thing. Those will be “Tuesday’s Top 10 Tips.” Since this is a Tuesday, I’ll post those later this evening and invite you to come back to check them out.

If you’d like to know more about my work or about me, please stop in at my site,, or listen to my radio show “A Charmed Life” on Creative Health and Spirit Radio — past shows are archived so you can pick topics that appeal to you. And of course we can be blog buddies here. I’ll be posting a minimum of five times a week, so please come by regularly and get a daily dose of charmed living. You deserve nothing less.

All good things to you,
— Victor