By Mandi Bierly
Updated August 09, 2007 at 07:07 PM EDT

Because we celebrated Whitney Houston’s birth on this date last year, PopWatch sends its birthday best out to Melanie Griffith, who’s turning 50 today. (Or, as our own Gary Susman says, “At least parts of her are.”)
It’s been a while since I visited Melanie’s official site to, you know, see what her “Goddess Book Club” is reading. Somehow, I managed to forget about the “Dream Room” (accessed via the Story of Avalon link) in which Melanie has posted the following advice:

When I have questions in my life I look to my inner conscience for answers. Whether it’s how to portray a character or how to deal with a crisis in my life, I’ve been lucky to be able to find guidance from within. Because it has been such an incredible gift in my life, I would like to pass it on to you… Before you go to bed at night write to your inner self a letter asking for answers to be revealed to you about something that you need help with. What you seek may come to you in a dream, or the answer may develop first subconsciously and then just take place in your conscious life.

Below is one letter I use:

Dear Inner Self,
If it is your will, please reveal to me
in a dream tonight the secret of my success
in order to become closer to you.

With love and respect,

My Inner Self is saying it’s her legs. Yours?

addCredit(“Melanie Griffith: Lester Cohen/”)