WTF Is This Woo Woo Stuff & How Does It Fit In?

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Alright, so if you’re on my newsletter or if you’ve caught my first post of the new year (where I announce I’m going to shaman school), or wellness trends to try this year posts you know that I’ve been dabbling in the woo-woo realm again. And a lot of you have been responding to the newsletters asking for more! Plus, a lot of you have been asking for more personal posts via my reader survey – so in order to give you more personal stuff, you’re going to have to get on board with some of this magic 🔮.

WTF is this woo woo stuff?

Woo-woo (adjective or a noun)  \ ˈwü-ˌwü \

  1. dubiously or outlandishly mystical or supernatural
  2. descriptive of an event or person espousing New Age theories such as energy work, crystal magic, Reiki, or supernatural/paranormal/psychic occurrences; often has studied in an authentic religious tradition such as Hinduism or Zen Buddhism

I definitely identify more with the latter. But even more than those definitions, to me, woo-woo encompasses all of the things that are lesser known rooted in energy, spirituality, celestiality, aligned in love, and sending out the highest vibrations to the world.

So anytime you hear me referencing woo-woo know that I say it as an all encompassing term of all things energy, spiritual, celestial. I say woo-woo with great respect for it’s traditional roots and it’s New Age theories. I say it to encompass mystical and supernatural things that we often aren’t taught about or don’t quite understand yet. But again, I say it with great respect, love, and appreciation as a more all encompassing term for things like Reiki, astrology, shamanism, crystals, and so much more! I don’t say it as a phrase to poke fun or cause harm. I mostly use it as an easy to understand, relatable phrase to quickly communicate all of these beautiful new things I’m learning about.

 

Okay, sounds good, I can get down with that. But, how the F is this personal to you?

Well… honestly it goes back as far as I can remember. As a kid, I was kind of weird. // And I used the word weird as a positive BTW – I actually had a therapist tell me once I called him weird and it took him eight months to realize I always say that as a compliment and with affection. // I completely believed in the spirit world. For instance, you know how as kids you played light as a feather stiff as a board? Or tried to call spirits into the room and asked them to kiss the TV so you could prove they were there? *no, just me?!* Well yeah that was me as a kid.

 

I walked around with a binder of paranormal activity and sightings. Was convinced I was a witch (I’m looking at you Matilda) and in elementary school you could find me sitting at a table with my tarot deck reading people’s cards.

 

It also means that throughout my life, I’ve always been extremely intuitive, I feel things deeply – like entirely too deep for a normal kid/adult – and often had (and still have) very vivid dreams that come true 🤷🏻‍♀️.

So if you had all this going on as a kid, why’d you stop dabbling in it?

Well, like I said, I was weird. For all the reasons above and countless others I just felt like an outcast my entire life. And then I got to high school, and in the first few months had my first boyfriend and a group of friends. I decided I liked “fitting in” and tried really hard to make my high school experience just like a show on the WB CW.

I also had locked my creative side away. I stopped writing, I stopped drawing, I stopped making films (I told you I was odd, you know the kid with the camcorder recording trash on the side of the road? Yeah those were my cinematic master pieces). I threw myself into sports and extra curricula’s in the sciences. Building a resume for college and having the ultimate high school experience was all I could see…and I lost myself. I started to get crazier and crazier with my disordered eating habits, addictive workouts, and abusing substances. Everything had to be perfect. Until it all came crashing down like a ton of bricks…. By the end of my senior year in high school, I was so broken I could barely talk most days. I was completely isolated from everyone who had once been in my life. I wanted to die.

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A Bumpy Road

By the time everything broke down for me in high school, I had already been accepted early admission into college. “Get Out” was my mantra. I just needed to go through the motions and not let anything fall apart too much.

I know I talk a lot about the strained relationship with my mom today on the blog, but she saved me back then. After things fell apart she took me to a therapist and psychologist. And then, the summer between senior year and college, she made me work two jobs while taking non-matriculating college courses at the local university. She knew the worst place for me to be was sitting at home and she made sure that by the time I got home every day I was too tired to even think.

The College Years

By the time I started at the University of Florida I think I was just running on steam. I got connected with a counselor through the counseling center and began my journey into talk therapy and biofeedback (read more about how I learned to cope with anxiety and that journey here). While earning my bachelor’s degree in psychology I also worked as a research assistant under two amazing world renowned applied behavior analysts. 

Before I knew it, I was graduating college in just three years, with a solid internship that led to a job offer in the substance abuse field. When I started my master’s degree, I knew I wanted to be in substance abuse. Both because of my personal connection, but also because it had all the occurring mental health disorders that often come with substance abuse and I still could apply my ABA training.

As many of you know from my story of how I got fired twice in a month, you know that I was burnt- the F- out by the time I hit 24. Within a month of turning 25 I was fired and had to make a choice, to keep going down this road of therapy and counseling, even though I was completely depleted or to let go of this vision I had built in order to find myself. I chose the latter.

Reconnecting To My Roots

The time leading up to launching my business in 2014, I meditated every day for 90 days and things fell into place. My first year in business, I did yoga every day for a year and felt more at peace than I ever had… And then this past year, I found my skin crawling. I was more anxious, unfulfilled, and negative than I’d been in years. Which if you’re a regular reader of TCM you could probably guess by my monthly updates of feeling so burnt out all the time. 

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Well in taking this last month (sort of) off the blog, I had time to experience life again. To learn and grow. It started with Reiki, then a Reiki circle, then meditating, then tarot cards, and now Shaman school…. But more on all of that to come. In the shortest, simplest sense, I started to do all the things I did back when I first started my business, and built upon that foundation, and in turn, began feeling light years better. I’ve felt more creative, more inspired, and more aligned with my purpose. 

How does all of this woo-woo stuff fit in?

Ahh I’m glad you asked! Before you hit the X window, I want explain how this side of me can hopefully help you!

I know a lot of you have been requesting more wellness content, especially after sharing my wellness trends to try in 2018 post, more mental health stuff, and more personal stuff – so as I go deeper into this side of things, it’s my goal to create relatable content based off my experiences that you can understand and apply to your everyday lives to help you live your best life.

At the end of the day, a lot of this woo-woo stuff comes right back to self care. It has to do with heightening our self awareness and using that insight to create a life that we don’t need to “escape.” A lot of you know from this post, that I don’t believe self care is all about bubble baths, candles, and chocolates – nope! I believe self care is about doing the deep inner work to make sure you’re living your best life and not just people pleasing. So it’s my goal that by diving into this woo-woo stuff I can teach you how to practice self care in a new way, or an even deeper way.

Okay, this sounds amazing, but how does religion fit in?

Well, as a Jew who loves to put her Christmas tree up with a Buddha ornament on Halloween because her Muslim BFF in college said it’s what we should do to make her feel better (I’m the Jew in that scenario) – let’s just say formal religion has never been my thing. This woo-woo stuff is NOT religious at all. In fact, a lot of the beliefs, practices, and angels have roots or traces in every single religion – the interpretations just vary. I’m not playing with witchcraft and I’m not pulling any particular religion into any of this. So if you are religious, these posts won’t (or at least shouldn’t – I don’t know that much about religion TBH) go against your religion – and if you aren’t religious, welcome! I use phrases like the Universe to explain things larger than myself, so don’t worry, I’m not trying to convert you to become a believer in anything.

I’m simply looking to help you step into your greatest innate power, find self love, practice self care in a totally amazing and beautiful way, and become an active participant of your life. I hope to give you actionable tools and tips to live your best life. 

So with all of that said, I hope you guys are excited to continue learning more about all of this woo-woo stuff and take a giant step in your wellness journey. I know a lot of you had already requested more posts on crystals, smudging, and reiki! Let me know if there are any others you’d like to see covered in the comments!!


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  • Definitely never heard of this! It sounds super interesting though, and I’m an advocate for any wellness trend that helps others! I love that it is tied to self-love.

  • can i just say how much i LOVE your posts every day?! im laughing out loud to so much of this ha! self care is SO Important and one i struggle with too. gald im not alone!

  • Hmmm…so interesting. I had never heard of this before, but it’s quite unique.

  • This is so interesting! I got my tarot cards read when I was 16 in New Orleans and I really wish I could remember or had written down what she said! I loved this post and can’t wait to read more from you this year!

    Tori

    • Ahh SO happy to hear!! And that’s SO fun! You should do them again! They always change and depending on what questions you ask or intention you set. And plus we have free will at the end of the day so things always change in that sense too!

  • My neighbor saged my house a few months ago and I was pretty skeptical. I *think* I noticed a difference afterwards? Our houses are hella old, so I’m sure there’s some energy clinging on. She does her house weekly, so maybe I need to have her come help me more often.

    • Ahh! I actually have a post on saging in my queue! It’s so easy to do yourself! And really does help cleanse! If you aren’t a fan of the sage smell (my husband hates it) you can also look into cooking frankincense resin (I have a post queued for that too) 🙂 both really help clear the space. Just make sure you have a window or door open so the negative or lower vibration energy can move out!

  • thesophiadiaries

    thanks for sharing something so new and interesting! I actually haven’t heard of this phrase before but it seems like i need to do more research into it 🙂 i think it always ends up coming down to self-care, which I’m still in the process of learning about myself 🙂

  • I AM intrigued. I am agnostic (with a college minor in history) so I would have to agree about your theory in regards to religious stories overlapping and intertwining. Religion fascinates me though. The way it’s such a driving force for culture – blows my mind. And I never knew you were a gator! I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University!

    Honestly, I don’t personally love to practice the “spiritual hippy woo woo” but I tend to really like people that do. 🙂

    • GIRLLL YES YES YES! Religion fascinates me for the same reason, but I just don’t understand it at all. I think the fear base of so many religions is what confuses me the most though, like why would anyone want to believe in something that talks about fear and causing harm? Which is why I’ve gravitated towards spirituality so much! And i think so many people aren’t into the hippy woo woo stuff haha which is why i wanted to kind of write this to talk about how i’m integrating in a way that even if you aren’t into it, you can still pick up things that may help in your self care practice!! — and yasss Florida people unite! I actually live directly across the state on the east coast from FGCU!

  • This was all SO FASCINATING to read, especially as someone who knows nothing about what you were referring to. Even reading the title I’m thinking: “I gotta know more about this,” haha! But I honestly loved reading about your experience and how you have felt this inner connection with this spiritual side of you from a young age. It’s wonderful to hear you’re heading back to your roots on all this for the new year! And I’m really looking forward to reading more from you in 2018 ❤️

  • Robin

    Omg, we would TOTALLY have been bffs in elementary school, haha! I was always writing ghost stories and reading books on Wicca and making weird “art films”–I have a feeling we would have been a veeeery bad influence on each other. 🙂 I’m so glad you found something that brings you back to your center, so to speak. We all have to find that thing, especially us creative and anxious folks–for me, it’s writing and taking loooong walks every day and pulling away from people and obligations when I need to.

  • Okay I had the same reaction when I heard about woo-woo! Thanks for this.

  • I also always called/call people weird as a compliment. Who wants to be normal and boring right? I also think self care is a bit deeper than a hot bath. Don’t get me wrong we all need those relaxing activities to unwind but self awareness takes work!

  • Larissa Joassaint

    Wow! You’ve definitely been through a lot. I think I definitely would have found your super interesting and intriguing when you were younger. I hate how society makes us feel as if it doesn’t embrace the differences that each have, and that we should all fit this one mold bc that’s how we’re “supposed to be”. I’ve never heard of woo-woo before and I think I’ve heard the word shaman one time. But that doesn’t mean it’s not something I’m willing to learn about! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve found yourself again, and I wish you best of luck on your journey 🙂

  • I’m so intrigued and have been following your posts closely since you announced to learn more. I’m definitely interested in reading more about what you learn this year!

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    It was fun reading this post because your experiences were similar to what I lived in my younger days. We ended up going in slightly different directions – and my path actually did turn out to be a religious one. But I can still identify, especially with using a more inclusive language and adopting practices like smudging 🙂

  • I totally understand losing yourself to the CW idea of teen life. Even now, if I watch a show with high school protagonist, I find myself comparing myself and my life to them. I went to an all-girls high school, so obviously my experience was different, but I still find myself pining for that life.

  • I’ve been hearing a lot about manifesting lately. People are talking about it all over the place!

    • Yes! It’s because late twenty somethings are experiencing their first saturn return, and with it being in capricorn it’s a powerful manifesting time! So a lot of bloggers you may follow in that age range are probably feeling more spiritual, focused, organized, and manifesting all these things from inside them out to the world!

  • Michelle Williams

    Such an interesting post, I feel like I definitely learned a lot from that! I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the woo woo world, even though I am atheist and don’t believe in religion either. But loved that you shared your story and gave us some background!

  • I’ve definitely been hearing a lot about woo woo stuff and manifesting lately, which I think has a lot to do with some astrology stuff this year? Either way – I can get behind the idea of good vibes and hope 2018 will be amazing haha. So glad you’ve found yourself again and you’re reconnecting with all of this!

  • At first I thought Woo-Woo was a sound effect but after reading all that, I was clearly wrong. I was very drawn in by your life journey. High school is such a touch place sometimes. You want to be yourself but you can’t. I’m glad that period is over.

  • This was a very interesting reading! I really enjoyed reading through your story and I kind of related to the struggles of not getting burned out and find something you are really passionate about. I’ve never heard about some of the stuff you mentioned but it all sounds very interesting and I am looking forward to reading more.

  • I loved reading about your journey, Rachel! One of my biggest takeways from “You Are A Badass” (which I feel like I reference every 10 seconds, but it really does relate to a lot!) is that to really be in tune with the world, you have to increase your vibrations. And I really do think that’s true! Just by exercising regularly and being more intentional with my gratitude, I can already tell that something has changed and I’m overall more relaxed and happy. I’m excited to see you grow in your journey in 2018!

    Hannah

    • Thank you Hannah! Ahh and totally! I don’t think people realize how our thoughts and even little actions change the vibrations we send out AND attract! It’s so powerful!

  • This sounds so amazing! Now I was already intrigued by the use of “woo woo” in the first few lines, then you kept my attention with The Craft gif. But what really sold it for me was how well you explained everything. And though I do enjoy chocolates and bubble baths I totally agree that self-care should be SOOO much more than that. I’ve been doing some soul searching of my own lately and am excited to see more from you on this subject! Haha maybe you could better explain how to use these healing crystals I’ve got laying around, next.

    • haha! I honestly feel like if we hung out, we would have such a good time. I don’t think I’ve come across anyone other than you and one other guy who love TV and movies as much as me haha and definitely! Do you know what crystals you already have?

  • Awe thank you so much!! You have no idea how much your comment means! It’s like exactly what I needed to hear since I was actually a little nervous and almost didn’t publish this 🙂

  • This was a very well-described post! Like you, I was also the “weird” kid and I wished so bad to be a witch like Sabrina! I related to this post a lot! :]

  • Audrey Knizek

    I’m so glad you’re reconnecting with what you love! Self-love and acceptance is so important, no matter how you find it.

  • This is so interesting! Can’t wait to hear all about your journey!

  • I’ve never heard of this at all, so I was completely fascinated by all of this. I love the story you shared about calling your therapist weird. I use that term in an affectionate way as well 🙂 Woo woo honestly sounds like something I need in my life. I’ve been trying to improve on self care over the past couple of years, but I’ve found that I go in and out of it because I get so focused on the hustle.

  • I’ve never heard of this, and I’m honestly so fascinated by all of this. I love the story you shared about calling your therapist weird. I use that term in an affectionate way too 🙂 Woo woo sounds like something I need in my life. I’ve been trying to make self care more of a priority the past couple of years, but admittedly I go in and out of it because I get do caught up in the hustle. So toxic. Thanks so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to learn more!

    • Ahh love it!! I totally hear that. Whenever I move back into woo woo stuff everything feels so clear and clicks, but then when I get caught up in the hustle become toxic. I’m excited to share more and hopefully give you some simply practices to make some long lasting changes in your life!

  • When I read the title of this I couldn’t help but laugh because that was the exact phrase I thought when I saw Woo Woo stuff for the first time. Turns out that I have A LOT more in common with this community than I thought. I joined what I thought was a blogging community for carefree women on FB and it turned out to just be a Woo Woo group and I’ve actually been loving it so far. The Woo Woo community is so kind generous in their support of other women.

    • Ahh i love it!! Yes! I think people get put off by the unknown aspect and how it fits in their religion, not realizing that it’s simply a lot of practices rooted in love and light and spreading those beautiful things!

  • This is intriguing. I also have been very intuitive since I was a little girl and always had an interest in tarot cards, mediating, and other paranormal activity. I blame Matilda, Sabrina the teenage witch, and Charmed! lol I love that you shared this part of your life with us. I would love to hear more on topics like this

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