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Interview with Just Plain Bill, Author of Here, There, and Everywhere

May, 2019

Bill Holtry a.k.a. Just Plain Bill is the author of Here, There, and Everywhere: A Clarification of Reality. Not only did I get the chance to review the book, but I also interviewed Just Plain Bill. At the end of the interview, Just Plain Bill shared his website with us. Make sure to check it out. From the website you can learn more about Just Plain Bill and purchase your copy of Here, There, and Everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my review of Here, There and Everywhere in this issue of PaganPagesOrg.

Deanna (D) – First, let me start by saying Here, There, and Everywhere is one of my favorite books now. The content of the book had me thinking throughout it. I had to stop a few times and think about what I had just read. All in all, it made so much sense with what I’ve always wondered throughout my life. I’ve read Here, There, and Everywhere a couple times now and I always learn something new with each reading.

I want to take a minute and thank you for allowing me to interview you.

Just Plain Bill (JPB) – Thanks so much for honoring me with your request. I look forward to our conversation.

D – In Here, There, and Everywhere, the reader gets a glimpse into the Everywhere. How old were you when you first got to see the Everywhere?

JPB – Little did I know that I was being prepared for this experience my entire life. Unfortunately, it took me 68 years to understand my gift. And it is a gift.

The “back story” occurred during my first visit to Lilydale Chapel in New York where I visited “the Stump”, a place of reverence and peace. My wife, Susan, felt inclined to hold back and take pictures while I walked to the Stump. When we returned home and downloaded the pictures, there were several orbs around me. After speaking to a friend who understood these things, I started automatic writing which opened my eyes to the clarification of reality.

D – Are there any special preparations that must be done before you visit the Everywhere?

JPB – I have a routine. At about 5AM, I make coffee, open my laptop and with an empty mind, I accept what comes. I take a deep breath and place my hands on the keyboard and open the portal in my mind. It’s like putting blinders on and I envision where I am. I immediately begin by typing what I “see” and then about an hour later, I have finished what has come to me. Frankly, I have no idea what I have just written. Without reading, I stop and let my head “clear” and then Susan reads it. For some reason, she usually awakens about the time I finish. This is an amazing experience. I am not in a trance, but I must say my focus is strongly driven by my desire to type whatever comes through me to my keyboard.

D – In the beginning of Here, There, and Everywhere you mention automatic writing. Can you explain what it is and how it’s practiced?

JPB – There are different definitions for the term, automatic writing. It was described to me as writing from a meditative state with the writer being unaware of what is being written. I am merely the vehicle through which the information flows and I type the words.

I often use the term, “Just Delivering the Mail” because the words come to me as a result of this gift. I never know what the next sentence is until it’s completed.

D – With every visit you learn something new. Sometimes you have questions, while other times it seems that the Everywhere has a lesson waiting for you. How do you come up with the questions that you ask?

JPB – Although it seems like I have questions, they arise through the “conversations” that occur during my session. The questions just “occur”. I wish I could take credit, but I can’t.

D – Throughout the book, the reader can see that the Everywhere changes with each visit. Do you have a favorite setting in the Everywhere?

JPB – Probably my favorite setting is the original overlooking the valley with the brook. I am no different than anyone else who enjoys the feeling of going home. I have the understanding that my family tree comes from that valley but it’s just a feeling. I have never received any specific information to believe this. It’s just a feeling.

D – Besides heights, is there a setting you least enjoy?

JPB – Ironically, my entire family is afraid of heights. I am laughing as I write this. Any others? Well actually, if I am in a boat and someone tells me how deep the water is below me, I have the same feeling of height. It’s just the craziest thing and something I laugh at myself over this. But apparently, it transcends my “travels” too.

D – It seems you have met a wide variety of people that come from all different walks of life. Has there been anyone you would like to talk with but haven’t had the chance?

JPB – I never want to take advantage of my gift, so I visit with anyone who wishes to be there. I sense the visits are set up for me by someone or something else. I suspect my Pap is a project manager of sorts.

D – Are you able to request a visit with a certain spirit?

JPB – I have never requested to visit with anyone specifically. I feel and this is only my opinion, that a request from me would be unfair, given my gift. So, I respect who decides to visit with me. Every visit brings me lessons to learn. I sense I am just there to deliver information and lessons for all of us to learn from and to be better for it.

D – It seems like you meet a new spirit with every visit. Besides Pap, is there a spirit that visits more frequently?

JPB – I have had only one or two other visits from past friends who have moved on to return to the Everywhere. Believe me, every day is as much a surprise as it is a lesson. I am blessed to just deliver the mail.

D – What is a lesson you hope people learn when they finish reading Here, There and Everywhere?

JPB – Several who have read the book have said they feel peace and understanding about their reasons for being and for situations they find themselves in. There is so much common sense to the clarification of reality, it’s amazing to me why so many humans are struggling. But then, if they didn’t, maybe not as many lessons would be learned and after all, that’s why we are all here. To learn and return with lessons is a requirement of our journeys.

Here, There and Everywhere explains that some of us are here today to bring humans back to the understanding from which we came. We have strayed so far from the values of family, love, honor, trust and peace and must stop the pain or we will destroy the human race. I am but one of millions who has been assigned to get the Wave back on track.

D – If you could share one lesson from the Everywhere, what would it be?

JPB – Open your heart and let life teach you all it can. And spend each day enjoying family, love, honor trust and peace. After all, that’s all we bring and all we return to the Everywhere with. There is no real end to the journey.

D – Will there be a second book following Here, There, and Everywhere?

JPB – My first book has about 70,000 words of life, learning and visits. I have more than 700,000 words at this point and there is a lot to share about so many topics. I can only imagine what lies ahead!

Thank you so much for your interest and kindness. I can tell by your questions, you have a wonderful way about yourself. I wish you and your readers all the best and look forward to our next visit.

If I may share our website, it is www.here-there-everywhere.net

Thanks again. Keep smiling…

Just Plain Bill…Delivering the mail.

Interview with Author of Everyday Enchantments Maria DeBlassie

January, 2019

Interview with Maria DeBlassie

I loved Maria’s book, Everyday Enchantments. You can find out exactly what I thought of it by reading my review in last month’s PaganPagesOrg. So, imagine my delight when the author agreed to have a chat with me about her writing and the themes within the book, particularly finding the magic in everyday life. Read on to find out more about this fascinating author and her wonderful outlook on life.

Mabh Savage: What inspired the book, Everyday Enchantments?

Maria DeBlassie: This book was inspired by my journey back to a happy, healthy, whole self. I was at a place in my life where I could finally explore what it meant to live, and not just survive. I’d finished school, gotten a job, and was finally setting down roots. Then came discovering what it meant to be a writer and a woman. I committed to a year of daily blogging on simple pleasures, everyday magic, and those quiet mystic moments inherent in our lives…that turned into a lifestyle, an ongoing blog, and this book!

MS: Who would you say it is aimed at?

MD: Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the simple pleasures and subtle enchantments that make life delicious. I hope readers see my book as an invitation to pause, refresh, and open themselves to the magic inherent in daily life. We all have a little bit of witch in us. My book is for anyone who wants to tap into that magic and conjure their own bliss!

MS: Do you have a favorite chapter?

MD: I love them all as I read them. Sometimes, when I’m needing more introvert time, I’m drawn to the chapters on reading and writing. When I’m ready to go adventuring, I find it’s the chapters on dancing and dreaming that resonate with me more.

MS: What was the biggest challenge about putting the book together?

MD: I wanted to collapse the space between the mystic and the mundane, which had its own challenges. How do you show that synchronicity is an integral part of your everyday? And how do you explain that a good cup of coffee is pure divinity? These are the questions I wrestled with as I wrote the book. I didn’t want the mystic to be something outside ourselves or beyond our daily routines. It’s always there, right within our grasp, if we take the time to look for it. I think, in the end, I was able to illustrate that.

MS: And conversely, what did you enjoy the most about the process?

MD: I love how writing became an act of self-care and spell-crafting, bringing me back to myself when I’d grown too tired of the world. It allowed me to conjure the life I wished to live: one of abundance, grounded mysticism, and happiness!

MS: Some reviewers have commented on the mindfulness contained within the pages of this book. What does mindfulness mean to you?

MD: Mindfulness is a fancy word for staying connected to ourselves and the universe. It’s about slowing down and letting go of the debris that weighs us down, so we have more room for the euphoric.

MS: Should we all be practicing a little more mindfulness? Why is it so important in today’s world?

MD: We live in a world that asks us to move faster and faster, do more, buy more; in short, overextend ourselves in our addiction to busy. When we practice mindfulness, we can unplug from this ugly addiction and connect to what truly matters. It really is the art of slow living or simple living, where we let go of anything that complicates our lives. Once you unplug, you see how addictive- and unnecessary- all that hustle and bustle is.

MS: Can someone in a thoroughly urban setting, with a high-pressure schedule, still find enchantment in their everyday lives?

MD: Absolutely! I live in the heart of Albuquerque and have a very full teaching and writing life. Both are jobs that never quite end, which makes it easy to get lost in the daily grind- even when you love what you do. I’ve just found ways to put limits on them by carving out self-care time and leaving myself open to the little bits of magic that come my way. It’s amazing how much enchantment you find in your daily life when you decide to let go of negative patterns and unhealthy social norms that say we must always be spinning our wheels.

MS: Each chapter holds a meditative, poetic quality that’s very relaxing to read but I imagine would be potent read aloud. Would you consider doing an audio book?

MD: I would love to! I don’t know quite how it all works, but I am addicted to audiobooks myself in all genres. A few minutes listening to a good story or bit of wisdom on my lunch break or while tending house does my soul a world of good.

MS: What’s on the horizon creatively for you? Are you planning any more books?

MD: My current project is called Tarot Tuesdays, or #TarotTuesdays if you are on social media. It’s a series of 78-word stories based on the 78 cards in the tarot deck and synchronicity. Each week, I draw a new card, learn about its role in the tarot, and, with the help of meaningful coincidences, write my story. I’ll say this about my journey into tarot so far: the magic doesn’t lie. The cards always tell me exactly what I need to hear! I’m so grateful for this new project because it gives me an opportunity to meditate on the magic of these cards.

MS: What are you most optimistic for about the next year?

MD: I look forward to the unexpected adventures and spontaneous synchronicities while delving deeper into the realm of everyday magic. Every year I get a little bit better at welcoming enchantment into my life so I’m excited to see what that manifests.

MS: Do you have a favorite time of the year, festival or season? If so, what makes it special for you?

MD: This is a tough one. I love every season as it unfolds, blooms, then fades into the next. I’m ruled by the season and enjoy experiencing each one in their turn. Right now, I’m loving the long nights of winter and delicate hush that hits around 4pm as the sky begins to fade to dark. It’s the best time for walks; everything is watermelon-kissed before the sun sets.

MS: And finally, as we move deeper into winter, how do you celebrate the holiday period? ?

MD: This is a time for turning inward for me. So much of the mainstream holiday season is about noise, consumerism, and doing more. I like to get away from all that and simply be. I indulge in afternoons reading over mugs of home-made chai tea. I make simple, heartfelt gifts for loved ones. I up my self-care routine and allow myself to rest. This winter solstice season is the perfect time to pause, reflect, and absorb the many ups and downs of your year before slipping into the next. I like to honor that liminal space. There’s plenty of joy in that; I’m all about the twinkle lights and festive holiday cheer. I just like it at a slower, cozier pace, where I can absorb the delights of this more introverted season and recharge with the magic of the solstice.

Thank you so much for speaking to us here at PaganPagesOrg, Maria! You can find Maria’s book on Amazon and all good book stores. You can also follow her fascinating blog, and find her on Facebook. Don’t forget to check out the #TarotTuesdays hashtag to follow Maria’s exploration of the Tarot.

Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings on Amazon

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestorsand Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Simple Spells and Rituals

April, 2013

Sometimes I check out some of the Wiccan chat rooms, and I have done my fair share of taking a new Witch or two under my wing and I have noticed that a lot of novice Witches get really nervous when it comes to writing their own circle casts and Quarter-calls.  More often than not the reason seems to be that they are afraid it “won’t be good enough”, or “respectful enough.”

I think of Wicca as a joyful religion, and have always felt that if it is truly heartfelt, and done with respect, there’s no such thing as “good enough”.  I also believe that in the event we should misspeak some words or become tongue tied that our deities and elementals are just as likely to be amused at our human imperfections as we are.  I also feel that when we use our own words there is nothing that shows more respect.

I use 3 different circle cast’s for spell work in general, the first one I picked up somewhere along the way and don’t remember where, but since it spoke to me I use it, the other 2, I wrote myself.  They are as follows:

I cast this circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out

This is a sacred temple now for me

As is my will so mote it be!

This space is a magick circle

Protected by sacred flame

Nothing shall enter in here

Lest I call it in by name!

I cast my circle Widdershins

For the waning stage the Moon is in

It’s my intent to remove, or send things away

So my sacred circle is cast this way!

As you can see they are all simple enough to memorize easily which allows you to raise energy much better that if you are trying to read something.  They are not elaborate but can be done with love and reverence.

I have only one quarter call that I have written and use, as follows:

Sacred Element of Earth you have sustained me since my birth

Help speed along this spell for me

I ask of you so mote it be!

Sacred Element of Air, please grace me with your presence fair

Help speed along this spell for me

I ask of you so mote it be!

Sacred Element of Fire please take my soul and spirit higher

Help speed along this spell for me

I ask of you so mote it be!

Sacred Element of water please heed the word of your Wiccan daughter

Help speed along this spell for me

I ask of you so mote it be!

If you are male and want to use this quarter call you could try something for the water element like, I ask you to my circle run, to hear the words of your Wiccan son, or anything that works for you.

Release the circle and elements in your usual fashion.  So rather than thinking of the quality of what you write, think of it as a personal message to the divine that only you can write for yourself. I am certain that they’ll love you for it!