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By Mandy Steward
Being on the lookout for secret messages returns us to our own sense of astonishment, wonder, curiosity and play. Let's see what we can find.
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Rituals - Tarot as a Filter to See Secret Messages


Rituals - Tarot as a Filter to See Secret Messages


Natasha the Black Widow
A bank teller and I have an impromptu collaboration on secret messages. The more I set an intention to stay open to receive secret messages, the more they flow into my life.
November 24, 2021
Deer Me, I’m All In
This one is about the deer sighting on my weekend cycling/camping trip. It is also about being all in on committing to the secret message of deer showing up in my life and then the pleasure of sitting back to watch it actually happen.
November 15, 2021
Shifty shifty
What if you are about to do something you don’t want to do and instead you decide to do it with a sense of wonder and find a secret message in it. I go into Walmart with the spirit of adventure and come out with a secret message that things are shifting and possibilities are arriving.
November 8, 2021
Emojis as Secret Messages
A chat conversation with my daughter leads to an idea. What if your recently used emojis have a secret message for you?
November 2, 2021
Unstopping the Drain
A past memory resurfaces as the perfect secret message to help me visualize flow in my life.
October 28, 2021
Filing Cabinets
Following the multiple threads of a secret message.
October 18, 2021
Flipping Turtles 🐢
Taking negative thoughts of lack and flipping them to work for me.
October 11, 2021
Jigsaw Puzzle
If our brain wants to solve something, let’s give it a secret message as mind candy to play with. Let it play with curiosity instead of anxiety. Let it solve a puzzle.
October 4, 2021
Vanilla Coke
When three Coca-Cola trucks show up in the parking lot of a grocery store I am reminded how simple the pleasure of a secret message can be.
September 27, 2021
Secret Message Spark
Catching myself in a secret message moment and being on the receiving end of a secret message, I process what it feels like and why I appreciate it so much, and why I want to share about it in the moment.
September 20, 2021
Invisible Friends
A make believe conversation with a bee has me considering what a powerful tool role-playing dialogue with invisible friends can be. 🐝
September 13, 2021
When a secret message is mis-read to say something else and the mis-read is the actual message you really needed.
September 7, 2021
Using Your Senses
An example of how an author uses music in a novel reminds me of how we can tease out a secret message by using our senses, like sound. My Dream Zine for September explores the senses as they relate to the bees.
August 30, 2021
Bee Vision
A little longer podcast than normal, so I can share my vision for where I am steering the Secret Message Society Community over the next year. Slowing down and taking our time. Bee-lieve. 🐝
August 25, 2021
Linking Secret Messages Together
I play with an idea called scratching that Twyla Tharp talks about in her book “The Creative Habit.”
August 16, 2021
Laser Beams
An example of using tools like tarot and dreams to gather input for a secret message. Working with imagery and symbols helps gain clarity.
August 9, 2021
I keep seeing the secret message of a line forming a spiral. I’m interested in secret messages that show up in symbols like this.
August 2, 2021
A Starting Place
You can take any secret message and use it as a launching pad to next or a lifesaver to hold onto in choppy waters, so you can catch your breath. A secret message is a starting place for possibilities.
July 27, 2021
Let In that Which You’re Shutting Out
A repeat occurrence brings insight. How does secret message one differ from secret message two? How are they the same?
July 19, 2021
The Horton Hear’s a Who Addendum.
This episode is a part 2 to episode 27 from last week. The secret message wanted to continue to flower, so who am I to stop it? Hear how Horton Hear’s a Who mysteriously showed up in my life and handed me a secret message with his trunk.
July 12, 2021
The Bee Tucked in a Wildflower
Finding a secret message bee while on retreat and realizing the wonder that only I could have found it. Tiny secret messages are so tender.
July 5, 2021
Like a Surgeon
We are half way thru season 2! In this episode I share how the secret message of preparing your creative tools like a surgeon surfaced in some group work. I was equally fascinated by the analogy as well as the way we can deepen secret message meaning for one another.
June 28, 2021
Strawberry Fields Forever
The juicy repetition of a strawberry secret message.
June 21, 2021
The Elevator Analogy
In contemplating a secret message try sticking with the easy level rather than force it to be more than it needs to be.
June 14, 2021
Secret Message Activation
What it feels like when a secret message activates you and you become gloriously obsessed with it. A new way to talk about secret messages, inspired by a post on Instagram by artist Violette Clark.
June 7, 2021
The White Heron Revisited
The fun of having an old secret message revisit you and experiencing a wrinkle in time.
June 3, 2021
Slightly Askew
What if someone shares a secret message with me and it either doesn’t apply, isn’t the right timing or it wants to take me in a slightly different direction? How do I navigate that relational conversation?
May 28, 2021
Secret Message Ants
Sometimes it feels like there are no secret messages, but they are just tiny like ants. Who pauses to notice ants? 🐜
May 24, 2021
Up A Lazy River
What if you don’t have to go looking for secret messages. What if they’ll just come to you as a reward for living in the present moment as it unfolds.
May 17, 2021
A Lot of Secret Messages Going
Many secret message satellites are out roving, gathering information and checking back in with me.
May 10, 2021
But the rabbit’s dead.
Rabbit ears as receptivity antennas, following the white rabbit, honoring its secret message gifts, and recognizing I’ve been killing off my own curiosity.
April 26, 2021
Like ❤️
How a 4 AM wake-up call to broken glass and broken lamps leads to hearts and likes and sunshine when I follow the white rabbit.
April 19, 2021
I Am Lost Head
My head goes missing and I am ok with that. What is the secret message here? I shall wait and find out.
April 12, 2021
I Am
The words “I Am” get my attention 3 times, and so I start a practice of writing them down daily as a way to feel connection to everything.
April 5, 2021
The Waiting Room
Feeling anxious while waiting for my son to come out of surgery, I find two secret messages that help me to calm down, trust and have hope.
March 29, 2021
Blue Mandalorian
How I painted a blue Mandalorian into existence.
March 23, 2021
The Pace
Two back-to-back instances in the school drop-off line leave me noticing that I am making progress in slowing down and choosing my own pace of life.
March 15, 2021
Time Change
The joy of noticing the clock hands as they are moving on up.
March 9, 2021
Chipping Ice
The physical work of chipping ice and clearing snow is a secret message for me as I have been experiencing the melting of my own internal frozenness.
March 1, 2021
On Edge
Casting Rune tiles that land on edge and finding a secret message in that. Later finding myself on a snowy walk on the edge of a forest and a pond and watching the secret message expand all the more. Enjoying the physicality of a secret message.
February 21, 2021
*Family Feud
I realize that I often group secret messages under an umbrella category. I enjoy the game of what connects one thing to another to give me a secret message theme. Secret messages can be layered deep. It is very much like the game Family Feud.
February 15, 2021
Wowza. Trusting and Flowing.
My morning ritual of incorporating 3 secret messages to guide my day paid off in a big way today. I was able to be in the flow of a day’s schedule shifting, trusting my intuition and being rewarded with further secret messages that helped me feel gathered and collected instead of scattered. I often find it difficult to explain how secret messages work to sustain me, but there is an internal pleasure they bring that underlies my being and keeps me going. I try to articulate that here.
February 8, 2021
I share about my process for creating the podcast and how helpful it is to record episodes right in the moment when I have energy towards a particular secret message I’ve just found. I also share about the energy by which you can attract secret messages.
February 1, 2021
Color Palette
On a walk my mind is racing. Then I receive the secret message to focus on the here and now. Doing so leads me to find a collection of three colors and then to delight in finding them a second time. Special guests: dog and airplane.
January 25, 2021
Ice Storms and Connection
How pain in my body mirrored the breaking of trees in an ice storm, leading me to a secret message that I am not isolated, but deeply connected to all things. This was recorded October 28, 2020.
January 18, 2021
*A year long secret message.
I have come to think of picking a word for the year as a more intimate version of a secret message. A companion for the long haul. I share about past words I’ve chosen, the word I chose for 2021 and how the word gives my life meaning. And oh do I need some meaning.
January 11, 2021
The Ah-Ha of Triangles
My daughter picks a secret message fortune about triangles and then my triangle earring goes missing. Suddenly I’m the one in search of triangles and it leads to an ah-ha moment, like the best secret messages always do.
January 4, 2021
First Things First
A project is stalled out until I break it down into smaller action steps and start with the first thing, then answers come to me in a flash. This podcast pairs nicely with a reading of the poem "Start Close In" by David Whyte.
December 30, 2020
The Wheel of Change
Whether or not to go on a walk on a Winter day for a coffee was a big ordeal in my mind, but I went anyway and found a secret message on the way home! Alas, I apologize for the wind noise in this podcast, as I recorded it on the tail end of my walk outdoors. I decided it was worth sharing despite the imperfections. I hope you agree.
December 23, 2020
Got Milk?
A strange voice appears out of nowhere bringing me and my kids a good laugh. Then I decide to turn it into a secret message, exploring with my imagination several options simply because it is enjoyable.
December 14, 2020
Time is of the Essence
Three times I showed up late and it was the best I could do. A secret message for being human which may not always feel like doing your best.
December 7, 2020
The Secret Message Society invites you to try being present to this season. This December we are practicing being present in our own life and relationships. As a way to enjoy the end of a wild year we will be picking a daily secret message prompt. Example: I am present to... TRY. The I Am Present secret messages are available for digital download in the Shop.
November 27, 2020
Witnessing touch as a powerful nonverbal communication and experiencing the unexpected healing a secret message can bring.
November 19, 2020
A casual conversation reminds me of a dream I had about the name Ember. Then I find that secret message repeating in my life and enjoy contemplating all the possible connections.
November 9, 2020
Lost and Found Mask
Honoring your rhythyms, trusting your intuition.
November 2, 2020
Soft Edges
A corner rounder paper punch is a secret message for softening the edges of life.
October 28, 2020
The Red Thread
A piece of red thread gets wrapped around me and trailed behind me and sends me down a red thread trail of memories and meaning.
October 19, 2020
Wonder Walk
How taking a walk loosens secret messages.
October 14, 2020
Explosive Laughter
Now, let's not take this secret message thing TOO seriously.
October 5, 2020
When a secret message seems too heavy to carry and connecting with community gives you a bigger perspective on what it all means.
September 28, 2020
Big Magic
When you're feeling unsettled about going with your intuition, it is nice to have a secret message show up in threes. Also a great secret message for the importance of taking time for your own passions.
September 21, 2020
Spilled Coffee
How can you look at one unfortunate event more lightly as you curiously stay open to how it might connect to another moment in your future, giving you secret message insight and even delight.
September 14, 2020
Rituals - Tarot as a Filter to See Secret Messages
On this special Full Moon Bonus podcast, Kary Hess of joins me to share her unique perspective on how developing a simple tarot ritual can give you a filter by which to see secret messages in your own life.
September 2, 2020
When you can't seem to find a secret message.
One day you can't find a secret message and the next day you can. Seeing these two sorts of days skewered together brings insight.
August 31, 2020
Following the White Rabbit
How gathering a bag of collage items can be like collecting secret messages. Also how Alice following her white rabbit is how I find secret messages.
August 24, 2020
Drip Drops
Raindrops dripping on my spine at just the right time are a secret message revealing that little bits add up to a whole awful lot.
August 18, 2020
Vision first. Action next.
August 10, 2020
Secret Message Society Podcast
*Let's see what we can find!
August 10, 2020