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What Two Ingredients Put You Into Flow?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

These last three months, I have not been in Flow. Before I tell you about the two special ingredients of Flow, which I am so glad I remembered I want to tell you my journey.

My consciousness has been getting more alert and I feel I can see more. Some truly spectacular things have been happening for me, and yet it has been a very jerky ride. One day things are great. The next day, or moment, things are upside down again.

Usually, when I am in the flow, my life feels magical. Reality seems to actually become pliable. This life these last three months? Not so much. Yet I have made huge strides in clarity, self-confidence, boundaries, speaking my truth, and the most wonderful thing is that I have dropped a huge amount of reactivity. I am more authentic, powerful, and straightforward. And with this empowerment a few darker areas of my consciousness came to light.

These High Octane Times
Here’s what I’m thinking. We are in times when things are shifting big time. If you can stay tuned in, tapped in, turned on to life, your awareness will expand and you see multiple dimensions of possibility.

But making this shift is a challenge. Whatever is not alive and awake comes up and grabs you and says “Wake up!” It is not fun getting those wake up calls. But the potential is phenomenal and the energy is here for us to transform exponentially. The energy will propel us forward powerfully. Of course when we hit a snag, it feels like running into a tree when we have been going 100 miles an hour.

For a while in this high octane energy field, I got lost in some depression, some nostalgia during the holidays, and having poor health for at two months.

So what did I do? I read, relaxed, tried to get well, and worked my emotional process. I got somewhat lost in the feelings, though I trusted the process and knew it would lead me forward.

Remembering at Last
This morning I was inspired to relisten to a seven minute video Vishen Lahkiani, CEO of a personal growth company called MindValley. He reminded me of those essential ingredients to the state of flow and four states of mind in his video Flow, The Paradox of Intention and Four States of Mind. I thought you might enjoy his perspective.

Four States of Mind
Vishen identifies these four states of those people who are business owners and follow the Law of Attraction. Vishen has developed this concept over a couple of years and says the Flow is the 4th step. Here is a description of each state, and the name I call them.

1. Misery or Survival

        You are completely unhappy right now –

2. Comfort of Current Reality.

        You are happy, content, but you have no vision. ‘Let’s all hang out in Bliss.’ –

3. Stress and Anxiety

        You have great dream and visions, but unhappy because they are not there yet –

4. Flow

        When you are happy now, you have a vision and are happy with the journey –

While I was working my process, I had gotten lost in the Stress and Anxiety State of Mind. And sometimes that’s just natural. I was looking at a core pattern that I want to transform. This pattern has deep roots, has operated for my lifetime, and had a very dark piece that came into being to protect an innocent child.

This journey into Stress and Anxiety was an intentional act of courage to look at a core wound I have so that I can transmute this pattern and restore my connection with “Who I really Am.” I just got bogged down in the survival vibrations along the way.

Two Ingredients to Flow
So what are the two ingredients to restore myself to Flow? According to Vishen I need to:

    Be happy now (before I reach my dream).
    Have the vision of where I am headed.

So happiness is part of the journey not the destination. This balancing of happiness right in this moment, while aspiring for something we want or are dreaming about is something Esther Hicks calls The Gap in the Law of Attraction work.

Vishen is saying “Get rid of Stress and Anxiety while you are on the journey.” And that my friends are what we are called to do right now in these times. It is not always easy, but it is incredibly fulfilling. See Journeying Through the Gap.

Ways to Stay Happy
We need to put systems in place to help us be happy along the way. Here is Vishen’s list of practices to keep ourselves happy. I link to past blog entries that are my input on these practices.

1. Meditation.

Meditate into a New State of Being
Meditate. Why?

2. Guided Visualization –

Imagination and the Law of Success
Prosperity Secret of 17 Seconds.

3. Intention Setting. Esther Hicks calls this process Segment Intending. You can set an intention for this moment, this day, this year, or this particular segment of time – like when you pick up a phone call.

Setting Daily Intention
Prosperity Secrets to Create Your Day

4. Inspirational Readings or videos:

Inspirational Practices
Personalized Inspirational Quotes
Flow or Not to Flow, That is the Question

6. Gratitude

Gratitude Inspirational Quotes
Recognize Signs the Universe Delivers

Remembering and Forgetting
So now I am reminded that I just went down the emotional scale temporarily (even if part of it was on purpose), got lost in a survival state of mind. I ‘m reminded of the practices that I can take to restore my equilibrium. Here are some resources

Survival Thinking
Raise your Vibration and Go Up the Emotional Scale
Survival and Contracting
Dreams and Survival Thinking

Vision
Dare to Dream
Vision and the Law of Success

State
Understanding Your State
Shift Your State
Meditate to a New State
Journeying through the Gap

Happiness
Law of Success Strategies
The Secret to Optimism, Success, Positive Attitude, and Being Happy

Flow
To Flow or Not to Flow, That is the Question
Flowing or Bumping

Last month I worked on my Vision Board for 2015. So I am very clear about my vision this year. I just had forgotten to be happy along the way (even though it is on my Vision Board). I’m reminding myself about ways to go back to being happy. Counting my blessing always makes me feel better.

This journey of living and becoming more conscious is a constant growing and then rebalancing process and sometimes we forget along the way. It’s just natural. And now that I’ve finished this essay, I realize that I knew all this all the time – just as you do too. We’re just human beings doing the best we can. We are constantly Remembering and Forgetting.

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Take Tiny Steps When You Are Bogged Down

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Take tiny steps when you are bogged down. Any path to success incudes detours, getting lost, periods of overwhelm and other set backs. That’s part of life. Your job is to figure out what to do when you get mired down.

One of the easiest strategies for success at this point, is to take tiny, tiny action steps. Take a time out from judging yourself. These tiny steps need to be very easy to do.

A friend just asked for help to get her bedroom cleaned up. She took two little tiny steps. She talked with a friend about her desire to clean her room. For years she had been unable to clean. Later she revealed that she had gone to therapy and many doctors trying to find out why she had such a low energy level. A low level of vitamin B 12 had kept her exhausted for years. Now she could address the room, but she was in overwhelm.

Picking up the phone to call me was a second small action step. She had to face down her shame, make a decision to ask for help, and gather the courage to let someone else see her room. So those were bigger chunks, but dialing my phone number was a tiny step that she could do.

She was very smart. She told me from past experience she could only work an hour and a half, then we would need to clean up the disorder we would make while we were organizing. Brilliant.  She suggested we do two days back to back with that schedule.

It worked. We got an amazing amount done in those four hours. She has her room back, though not done, it has so significantly improved, that she is full of hope.

During this year of 2013, every single person who is a part of my personal support system had gone through some major ordeal; illness of a parent, death of a step-parent, death of a parent, termination from a job, decision to leave a job, moving a recacitrant partner off one’s property, major surgery, a cancer scare. Me, I have just been sad, lonely, and sick a lot. Yep. I too get discouraged.

I’ve seen people in a lot of stress this past year. I saw people who were discouraged and had lost their resilience to cope. Taking a very tiny easy step once, then another time, and then another time is a strategy for when you have very low energy and enthusiasm.

The Universe comes to support you when you do this. When my roommate lost her job, I went with her for moral support to visit some social service agencies. While I was there, I asked a question for myself, and got given many leads for advice and free consultations about figuring out health care coverage. The choices were bewildering, but with one very tiny step each time, I made it through the maze and came out receiving help that I had not imagined was available.

I needed to update my site here. When my daughter asked me on a recent visit how I was, I told her how stuck I felt with some technology issues. She volunteered to update my site as a thank you for all the pruning I had done for her.

That progress has opened the door to revamping this web site. So I chose two colors I liked, and then my daughter gave me some recommendations for ways to have my site more readable by Iphones, tablets and other devices. I chose one. There are a few more decisions to make and then my daughter will upgrade. One of my favorite readers called and offered her help with marketing. I needed help, and the Universe brought it to me.

In summary, when you are stuck:

1. Make an intention to make some tiny movement forward.

2. Choose a tiny step that you can do easily. (ride with a friend to an appointment, make a telephone call, tell someone you are stuck, get up and write this article instead of just think about it)

3. Don’t be attached to the outcome. Yesterday, I was sick of my hair. It needed to be cut. I chose someone to call. They were not available (it is New Year’s Eve). I called my regular hairdresser. He called me back and made time for me today.

4. Follow the momentum of the energy. I decided to have my hair colored as well. It will help me feel better.

5. Be open to the support of the Universe. I suspect my hair dresser is coming in just for me. Getting to add color to my hair makes it worth his while.

6. Accept help as it is offered.

7. Savor progress and support that you receive.

8. Affirm that you took a tiny step and that it counted.

9. Look for another tiny step to take.

10. Repeat steps 1 through 9.

And remember that this time will pass.

Celebrate the end of this year. Choose something to let go of. I think I will let go of my melancholy. Best wishes to you.

 

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Journeying through the Gap

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Journeying through the Gap is not a passive state. It requires that we take lots of steps. I have a confession to make. Last year I had a number of challenges, but I had some mega successes as well. I wrote about some of them in the blog entry Ten Steps to Turn Burning Goals into Reaity, and Meditation, Manifestation and the Law of Success.

I received stunning support from the universe for some large requests.

Then I needed to live through the receiving of those things in my life, and it just has not been a piece of cake. The challenges have been so high from having these wonderful things in my life, that sometimes I feel as though I have been brought to my knees.

Frankly, it scared me to receive all that I had asked for, because the accompanying challenges have been equally stunning. I think I lost some courage about asking for anything more because my plate has been so full. It feels as though the Universe has been asking me to live bigger.

Because I haven’t been asking for things, or events, or successes, I haven’t been as focused on the principles that I write about on this blog. So guess what happened? You can see it coming can’t you? My vibration dropped. My spiritual practices have tapered off. And I have forgotten how supportive the Universe can be.

There are stages in the Law of Attraction. I was reminded of that by a recent quote I saw.

God Makes a Promise.
Faith Believes it.
Hope Anticipates it.
Patience quietly awaits it.

These four stanzas echo four of the stages of the Law of Attraction, or manifesting. We are told to “Ask and it is given.” That is the promise we are given.

Then we enter the gap between what we asked for and the receiving of it.

We need to use our Faith to know that the ‘what is’ (current reality) is not the answered request. We have to have Faith to travel through the gap between “what is” and “what is to come.” We humans rely on our eyes and they focus on physical reality-the ‘what is.’ We are on a journey, and we need to take along supplies and reminders that we are on an inner journey of consciousness until we reach our destination. I needed to remember to have Faith, and I forgot for a while.

Hope is necessary. It anticipates our receiving our request. Hope helps us look forward through the dense undergrowth of the forest of “what is” for glimpses of the future that is making its way to us, as we move forward.

Patience is not easy for most of us. Once I am clear about what I want, I want it now. Yet, when I travel to Portland on Amtrak, I am not asking “are we here yet?” Do you remember having kids who kept asking that question when on a trip or remember asking that when you were little? So now why would I let my inner impatient child be in charge of traveling the gap?

What I do when I am on a train trip, I excitedly look forward to watching Puget Sound pass by my window. I watch the other passengers, I talk to some. I might visit the Food car. I always bring a book to pass the time. I bring snacks. I take pictures. I have a great time traveling on that train. I look for signs of towns going by to mark where I am on my journey. Each time I do the trip, I see something different. Seems to me I need to do more planning of what to do while I am waiting for the Universe to answer a request. And this is the rub, we are not just waiting, we are traveling too. Everything in our system is adjusting.

I read several blog entries here that tell me Never to Give up Hope, and Don’t Despair.

As I pondered this last year, I see that the truth is I have already been asking for much bigger things for three years – which will bring my work to more people and make me more visible. So I am in a really big gap, and I am in training to get ready to step forward into what I have asked for – which is not here yet.

The gap is so big, that I forgot while down in the forest of “What is” what my request was. While I have been in ‘training’ I have made several mistakes. I have taken it as personal when I have encountered challenges and gotten sick. Then I have felt shame, I have felt cowardly, I have beaten myself up, and generally judged myself harshly.

I think I need to go read the category called “When You Forget.”

I need to find a way to cope with the fear that of course is coming up, because I am getting closer to reaching my heart’s desire.
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Some time has passed since I began this entry. I realize that I got very lost in the Forest of “What IS’. I lost hope and some faith, and certainly my direction. Then I my inner judge beat myself up unmercifully. No fun. And it helped me stay lost.

Now with some perspective, I can look back on my time of being lost in the Forest of ‘What Is’ and see that many things were percolating under the surface. In order for me to step into my greater vision of myself, I needed to traverse some inner swamps; issues such as overworking, setting boundaries, bouts of low self worth, stepping into my strength when receiving negative feedback, and more.

Now I can see I was gaining some needed resilience by traversing through some of the swamps. Just recently, I remembered the concept of the imaginal cell. When a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, it spins a cocoon. Inside, that cocoon turns into a soup before imaginal cells begin taking on the new form and emerges as a butterfly. I literally had been in the soup of transformation. I can see clumps of cells that are beginning to take form.

Seems to me our whole world is in that process, and it is not fun. But a powerful amount of restructuring is happerning.

So what do I need to do now?

  • I need to realign with my inner compass,
  • remember my bigger intention,
  • value the journey that is underway through the gap,
  • celebrate small steps forward,
  • re-energize my faith and hope,
  • take some vision trips to get a dragon’s eye view of the territory I am traversing,
  • look for signs that the universe is sending help,
  • begin having deep gratitude for the journey that is bringing me closer to my goal with every step,
  • and relax into Trusting the Process.

I’m have not travelled the whole gap yet, but I see many signs of progress. Fortified with Faith, Hope, and renewed Vision, I do trust the process for I have deep experience with it all working out for me.

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Do You Stop Success with “I Can’t Because” Thinking?

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Do you stop Success with “I Can’t Because” Thinking?

 

Do you stop success with “I can’t because” thinking? I have. Repeatedly. I watch other people stop their success because the say “I can’t.”

I can’t because I am too busy.
I can’t because I am too tired.
I can’t because I don’t have enough time.
I can’t because I don’t have enough money.
I can’t because I don’t have the opportunities of others.
I can’t because I am afraid people won’t like me.
I can’t because I will be too visible.
I can’t because I don’t have the skills.
I can’t because I don’t know how.
I can’t because I don’t have the talent.
I can’t because I don’t have the contacts necessary
I can’t because I don’t know how to “sell.”
I can’t because I am a professional.
I can’t because I don’t have enough education.
I can’t because I don’t have organizational skills.
I can’t because I don’t know how to start and run a business.
I can’t because I don’t have the start up costs.
I can’t because I don’t have enough confidence.
I can’t because I don’t trust myself.
I can’t because I don’t trust the Universe to provide with opportunity, people, and anything else I need.
I can’t because I don’t have enough experience.
I can’t because I am not old enough.
I can’t because I am too old.
Shall I go on?

When you utter the words “I can’t.” you absolutely shut the door to success. Success is now impossibility. There is no way forward from the position of I can’t.

I have seen people I love and respect absolutely stop progress forward with that sentence, which they believe wholeheartedly. When you believe it that fundamentally, you never ask another question, you never move anywhere. Essentially you have placed your feet in concrete and it has dried, anchoring you where you are.

Sometimes you don’t say it to your self, or to others, but it is implied in your behavior. This came home to me recently. A self improvement program that I was listening to suggested I be very specific about what I wanted money for. Then it asked me to figure how much money I needed.

I spent 65 years having written out goals and but never attaching a dollar figure to it. When I did, I suddenly said, that is doable. I know people in my life who make that amount of money. I can too. I wanted to visit my children 3 times a year and pay all my own costs for hotel, flights, taxies and meals. I wanted to visit family and friends that I care about without worrying about fund.

Within one month, I made travel plans to visit friends in Oregon, and my daughter begged me repeatedly to come visit her. When I bought the tickets, I felt like a million bucks. And this was in a month when I had a huge unexpected cost, I was about to retreat into “I can’t make it through this month because I don’t have enough money”

Suddenly I said to myself. “Same old thinking. What if? What if I decided to say instead, “how can I receive more money?”

Within two days I had four jobs that gave me more expendable income than I had had the prior couple of months. Before I received those jobs, I made the decision to visit a friend about five hours south of me. I talked to her, looked up the train fare, and got a deal round trip for half price. I purchased the tickets, and didn’t worry. Then the jobs came in.

Then my daughter begged me to come, and I opened to the possibility of planning a trip to see her. She wanted me to come for a week!

In my prior mindset, I thought of myself on a restricted income which did not allow me the freedom to plan a vacation or a visit to my children unless special circumstances happened. It was a much more subtle version of “I can’t.” I am astounded to look back at this month which I thought was originally severely restricted in funds, and see that I have met all my needs, and had more than enough surplus. I had the money to buy the tickets at times when costs were significantly lower. I had more than enough money to hostess my brother and sister-in-law when they came for a visit earlier this week.

I was busier than I have been in a long time. I got healthier, my energy was enhanced, and I contributed more to my community. Today I am about to leave on that trip to see friends tomorrow and I have a presentation to make tonight. Lots to do. A great opportunity to say “I can’t write this blog entry because I don’t have enough time. But the truth is that writing enriches me. So I chose to write.

There’s a secret to turning this “I can’t” around. You begin to ask “I wonder” instead.

We are living in a powerful time. It is intense. It is fast paced. It is challenging. But it holds immense ripeness for us to make internals shifts of our thinking. We are being called to rise to our very best, and there is support for us to make these transformations. You definitely won’t do it, if you say “I can’t.”

I wonder how I can rise to my best in this really uncomfortable situation? I’d really like to get revenge for being treated with such disrespect. What other options might there be? I wonder how I could use my anger to make forward action with wisdom?

Reality completely shifts in that moment. You suddenly have access to a much broader field of possibilities. Inspiration will come to you. Angels will brush your thought.

You don’t need to process long and hard, all you need to do is ask “I wonder how I can do this differently?” I guarantee the Universe will meet you and support you if you ask for guidance and support.

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Law of Success when on the Skids and Subsequent Recovery

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Law of Success and Attraction allowed me seven months of exquisite travel and being in Flow. I was tuned in, tapped in, and exultant with gratitude of seeing wonderful friends and being with dear family. Not every minute was outrageously wonderful, but I practiced seeing the best in the situation and looking for the mystery that brought it all together. Every morning, I set my intention to be present, to come from my heart, and radiate fullness and caring. I was constantly delighted with beautiful cloud formations, lovely Gulf waters, and succulent vegetation. I was alive, exuberant, and flowing with gratitude and secret appreciation that I practiced the universal laws of success and attraction, and they generously and lavishly cared for my every want and need.

When I arrived home, I was full buoyant and happy. I took care of the dead battery in my car, and moved into my new apartment. Within days, my fullness skidded to a painful stop. I was adjusting to a new city, a new roommate, and dreary weather. Well. So uncomfortable things happen, even to people who are flowing in the current of wellbeing, don’t they? I got smaller, depressed, cut my self off from flow. I escaped into reading and watching TV. My motivation diminished. It was very uncomfortable, painful, and I couldn’t get out. I got sick from food poisoning after cooking a wonderful meal for myself. Two days later, I fell and cracked a rib. The contrast of doing so well and then feeling so poorly was awful.

Here’s a part of the journal entry that helped me find perspective.

“All that current moving so fast was like water in an engorged river-hitting a dam of logs. I was stunned and off kilter after the impact and didn’t know what hit me. I didn’t quite comprehend that I had stopped being in the flow and smashed myself into all the rigidities that reared themselves.

I was so judgmental of myself for allowing myself to be victim again. So mad that I was trapped in smallness again. The little part of me was still stunned and reeling. The judge in me railing away at the stunned shocked body and little kid who was still awash in all the water cascading into the logs, completely lost from the banks and from the flow.

I remember the shock now, but thought that was it was just because I moved and everything was way different. I had also stopped traveling and I thought it was just the transition between traveling and being rooted in a new place. Perhaps it was the transition from being with so many people to being alone, not surrounded by the love. I felt like I stepped out of one universe into another.

And because most of it was all happening energetically, I didn’t see the energetic event; I was lost in the consequences. By that time, I was in victim and kept looking for the cause through eyes of blame.”

This morning I went to a brand new church, and the minister confessed she had no talk prepared because of a series of events that went from the magic of seeing all the lights of Ashland turn on to having a daughter severely sprain an ankle and come home unexpectedly with her three year old child. Another friend of mine who is actively trying to start a new business took her Mom and family to Oregon for Thanksgiving with her sister’s family. Mom suffered acute pain and needed to come to live with my friend. Esther Hick’s husband Jerry passed on this past week.

Things happen unexpectedly even to those people who are in flow and what do we do? How do we handle those challenging times? Here I am in a life I love and have created and surrounded by people who think similarly as I do. And still stuff happens.

External circumstances will impact our life whether it is 2001 or 2011. Each of these times gives us a new opportunity to reach for more growth. And they are not without pain. But whoever said life was always pain free. Some of the times when I was in great sorrow were also the times when I was most alive, heart felt and connected – like when each of my parents died.

When I was rereading the notebook in which I was writing the above journal, I came across another entry right after I arrived home when I was on top of the world. I entered into a meditative style of writing where my higher self talks to me. Here are two excerpts.

“You are moving very fast in the stream, and if you hesitate or stop – the stream the flow pushes at your stilled body and you feel pushed. You have stepped up your vibration increment by increment and now energy is moving in lightening speed.”
…….
I was a bit hesitant and a bit scared of the responsibility, I replied. Then an answer came.
“This allows you to know the import of this. To hesitate now is to move backwards or even stop – and that will create great difficulty for you.”

How little did I know how true were those words.

So now as I look back, I see that I practiced everything I knew on my trip, and when I returned home, I received an statement from my soul that the world urgently needs us – me specifically – to do our work. I hesitated. I forgot to practice all the things I had been practicing while I was traveling. As Abraham says, it’s like driving in a car at 50 miles an hour and crashing into a tree. The spiritual path is not always bliss. I went through three or four major transitions at one time, and as is natural, I fell into the older habitual patterns.

So how do we recover? I can tell you what works for me. It really helps me to understand what happened. Then I gain perspective and can reach for better feeling thoughts and actions and flow into the more adult, successful me. I have the knowledge of Psychosynthesis to understand all these aspects of life that I created to cope. But that was not enough. When we are trapped inside an identification that has great power – such as victim, it takes some monumental effort to get out.

For me, journal writing is very helpful. I trust the process, and after a while, my greater self will reveal to me what is going on. It also helps me to talk with others, and I did this time too, and got different clues. I asked for help, specifically for prayers to support me during the process. Knowing that my family was thinking about me, caring about me and sending prayers for me helped.

My daughter gave me an indication of the truth. She reminded me that I had run into a tree going 60 miles an hour. But I didn’t fully understand what I had done with the flow of energy, until I wrote about it. She also invited me to practice gratitude. That helped. She asked me if I was meditating.

When stuck in victim energy, vibration is slow, energy is stagnant and hard to move, and it takes more effort to get unstuck. When I am in victim energy, it is very hard to reach for meditation – which is a much higher frequency. So instead of making myself bad and wrong, I just reached for something I could do. I could journal.

Once I did my journaling which happened on Thanksgiving Day, I felt a surge of understanding, and took a deep breath. “Of course! That was what had happened. Of course I felt shock. Of course I felt disoriented. Of course transitions aren’t the easiest for me. Of course there had been a lot going on. No wonder I fell into an old pattern.” Just that simple understanding, and acceptance, gave me so much more room and energy for movement.

When I stopped judging and felt some compassion for myself, I moved up the vibrational scale. And just a little movement, gives access to more things. I could see better, think better, and have more motivation.

My body had been very stiff especially after I broke my rib, and I read some research about people in Okinawa who lived very long lives. A 100 year old woman still gets up and sells her wares every day. After I read that, I started to give thanks for every movement I made with my body, because it helped my body stay flexible.

I gained weight on that trip, and in the same research, I read how we eat about 550 calories a day too much, and it would take two and a half hours of hard work out the same day to take off those extra calories. All of a sudden I am finding that I want to count calories. This morning, I looked at the cookies and cakes at the hospitality table and asked myself if I wanted those calories. Instead I picked up a slice of apple.

Another thing I did while I was so stuck, is that I got out my Abraham tapes, and played one every morning. Inspiration helps me move. If nothing else, it gives me hope to persevere when I am depressed.

I sang. In a community chorus, this season we are singing gospel songs, last season it was the Beatles and before that it was Celtic songs. Raising my voice always lifts my spirits. I had to work diligently to learn some complex parts, and the focus helped move my energy. When I am in the car traveling, I put in practice tapes, and sing along. Or I can listen to inspirational tapes and cd’s in the car.

Difficult times in which we are stuck sometimes calls for exceptional measures. I bought some subliminal tapes to watch. I have one on loving myself, and remembering my self esteem, one on health, one on attracting new friends, and several integrative ones.

This morning, as soon as woke, I listened to one, and it happened to be on health. When I came home from church, I pulled out a video tape that I have been carrying around for a couple of years called beginner’s Tai Chi. It was perfect. Tai Chi is a gentle movement that can be done as a meditation. This one was situated on the peachy beige sand of Maui surrounded by green and blue waters. I felt as though I was right there with him listening to the water, watching the sunrise, and stretching my body. Late in the evening, the sun came out, and I went for a mile walk along the waterfront. Remember just a week ago, I had little motivation to move.

So that’s how we recover. Increment by increment, we remember what helps us. We reach for help. We take little actions, like a walk in the park, a drive through the mountains, connecting with family and friends, and we journal. We find some things to be grateful for. We reach for inspiration. We implement some diligent help as soon as we have a little more movement and energy available. We accept ourselves where we are and look forward to feeling even better.

I totally forgot that I have a series of strategies called “When you forget.” So I will revisit those. I will keep religiously watching my subliminal tapes to really slingshot me back to the realms where I am more me. Here is a link to the subliminals that I purchased – no I don’t make a penny off them. I just find them really helpful right now when I needed some accelerating. www.subliminal-videos.com). I also am taking a new course called Silva Life System, and each one of these things is new to me and in depth and intense. This is part of my diligence to move me back to center while adding new skills and understanding.

So why did this happen? I have clues. I was trying to integrate all that I do with my understanding about shadow and the dark side of self. I was about to write a book about what to do in hard times, and having some doubts and questions. My greater self was very specific about now being the time to contribute what I know to the world, and I hesitated (part of my shadow). I was wondering how to integrate moving up and down on the emotional and vibrational scale with what I know already. So I got to live directly and specifically all the things I had been contemplating. Yes it was ouchy!

And in the end, I bet I will feel deep gratitude for this particular set of valleys and hills on my journey. For now, I am reaching for the small gratitudes. As I remember and focus on what I have, my energy shifts up vibrationally. I am going to do some more meditations, and see my shadow selves and my victim pattern being held compassionately by the Source that flows through me.

I am grateful for my tenacity and for my deep desire to feel good. I am grateful for all the experiences and knowledge that I have gained in a lifetime of moving towards my essential self and awakening to the greatness within each and every one of us. I am grateful that I have the time to reflect, study, integrate, grow, and then write and share this with others. I am so grateful that I had 7 wonderful months of flow, and looking forward to when I can keep that flow moving even longer. I am grateful that I know what to do to pull myself up out of the sloughs of despair. I am grateful that I have a body that works. I am grateful for the rich beauty of this incredible planet. I am grateful that there are communities to celebrate with who have similar beliefs. I am grateful for wonderful music and the incredible creativity that is within each of us. I am grateful for Esther Hick, her husband and their incredible work especially the emotional scale which I use when I get detoured like recently. I am grateful for Napoleon Hill, Abraham Lincoln, Maxwell Maltz, Roberto Assagioli, Carl Jung, Jacqueline Small, Georgia Okeefe, the minister this morning, and all those greats who have gone before us and left us wonderful messages about how to live our lives in stream of well-being.

I am grateful for the laws of the universe that support us and invite us to be our best. I am grateful that laws of success help us lean into that greatness.

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What Do We Do When We Are In Real Trouble?

Monday, September 26th, 2011

What do we need to do when we are in real trouble? Very recently a reader wrote me “I am fighting to save everything I have and need real help.” I wrote a long letter in reply, and decided there are others who are facing similar feelings. Many of us face a crisis in our life at one time or another. Having walked this path myself I know a lot. Here’s what I want to tell you.

Nothing is Impossible. No matter what the economy, no matter what the times seem to imply, miracles can happen. Appearances are also very deceiving. An absolute not to miss article is called Appearances Are Deceiving. While you may not be able to change the outside world, you certainly can change the inside world, and how you respond to events.

Having been through tight spots myself, and having lost my home through foreclosure, I know what a challenge it is. Amazing things can come out of adversity, however, unexpected gifts and outcomes. When you are in a “fight to save everything” chances are that you are in scarcity and lots of worry. Being in the state of mind of scarcity and worry brings more of the same. It cannot be otherwise. Survival and Contraction is an article that might help.

So here’s what I recommend, or what I did. I did everything I could to keep myself inspired to trust and have faith. I listened to inspiring tapes. I read uplifting books. I practiced imagery like mad. I knew that I could not afford my home and so I fixed it up and put it on the market. I imagined someone coming who could pay cash for my home. I imagined seeing my home for sale. My daughter and I would do our 17 second exercises together.

And I put everything I could into improving the appearance of my home with curb appeal, staging the home inside, and repairing anything that was broken.

When others talked to me about the condition of the housing market, quickly changed the subject, and talked to myself internally saying “Nothing is impossible. There is someone who wants to buy this particular home and they will appear soon.”

Was it easy? No. Did I cry occasionally? Yes. Did I persist? Yes! Here are the facts. The future will happen whether I want it or not. I can however have a huge impact on that future by how I am conducting myself today. I can help change what future occurs, and I can definitely change how I feel today going through difficulty.

I reached for inspiration and hope, no matter what appearances looked like. I practiced seeing my future the way I wanted it to turn out. Simultaneously I used everything I knew about selling a home to make that home saleable. And I continued that process through the 8 months that it was on the market. I did not listen to naysayers. I enlisted my family’s participation in both the outer work and the inner work.

I put everything thing I had into building a state of mind that moved me out of feeling like a victim, and feeling the real pinch of scarcity into a different state. I really practiced moving my attention from worry to deep breathing, and remembering who the true Source is.

I didn’t tell my friends about the foreclosure – part of that was shame, but part of it was that I didn’t know how to talk with them in such a way that I wouldn’t radiate victim and rehash a focus on “ain’t it awful.” I didn’t want to tell the story of “What a fix I am in.” I think it really helped not to focus on how difficult it was, but instead put my energy on “I am so glad that things will be getting better soon.” Make sure that you observe “the story” you are telling yourself about your life, and what you are saying to others about this time. I highly recommend that you look at the article: Tell a New Story.

I did the process of 17 seconds many many times during that stretch, and when I was in despair, I prayed. I also taught myself to Look for Signs that the Universe was supporting us.

And I persisted no matter what, at continuing to work on my state of Being. Almost everything on this website is the result of what I learned walking through a great time of difficulty.

Positive thought is important in that it raises your vibration where you can utilize the laws of success and laws of attraction. For that reason, it is essential. Optimism can be learned.

No matter what the economic times, there are people who thrive financially. There’s an article on the site about choosing not to pay attention to economic forecasts, and really paying attention to what you would like to create, Focus and the Law of Success.

Those two years was perhaps one of the most challenging of my life, and yet, I was able to live through it with hope and a degree of happiness. I did sell my home before I was evicted, and was able to reclaim the property and pay it off. Then I started a wonderful adventure which was my reward for making it through. It was also my strategy to give myself time to renew and repurpose my life. Things worked out far better than my best imagination.

When we have a lot of momentum built up over time that results in circumstances that become dire, it takes some time to turn that energy momentum around. That is the time when you have to persist the most. And really ask powerful questions of yourself. What is it I need to learn? How can I have more gratitude? What more can I appreciate about what I have now?

As I repaired my home, I had to learn to value my work, and value my energy, and really soak in appreciation for what I did accomplish, rather than look at all there was yet to do. I literally had to relearn how to live in such a way that would not perpetuate more scarcity.

Success really is an inside job. It is easy to forget. I wrote a summary blog about things that you can do when you occasionally lag or forget. called Success Strategies and when you forget at

In that article are lots of resources you can use. Especially
When You Forget
Survival and Contraction

The thing about dire circumstances is that the consequences are so high, that we are compelled to bring all of our resources to bear to solve the issues. And that is an immense gift we give ourselves. It was comfortable in my home, I didn’t have to push outside my comfort zone. When I finally was pushed to make the decision. I chose to sell, and that opened more possibilities for a fuller more joyous life that I ever dreamed was possible. You are reaping a part of the result of that decision, because I have had the time to write this blog.

I walked through my crises and now see it truly was an amazing opportunity. You too can walk through yours. Look for the signs of support, and look for the gifts that are coming now and will come from this time. You will have far more strength, focus, courage, faith, and power for having this time.

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Setting Daily Intention

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Setting a Daily Intention

Setting a Daily Intention is a practice that I have recently taken up. I read the book Choose Brilliant Health and it has become one of my top ten books. Rick Foster and Gregg Hicks look at the mental steps that people who have had health challenges take to become healthier. They describe three kinds of intentions; Daily, Moment to Moment and Core Intentions. Setting my Daily Intention is becoming one of my most favorite practices.

When I wake in the morning, before I open my eyes, I reflect upon the day, and review what I know I will do. I go into a quiet state – somewhat meditative, contemplative, and somewhat imaginative. I bring all those qualities into a focus and say to myself. “Today I intend to carry a feeling of well-being and joy. Today it is my intention to meet my son for lunch and be as present and heart-centered as I can. Today, I intend to carry happiness with me. Today, I intend to have something wonderful and unexpected enhance my experience. Today I intend to see signs of Synchronicity and Source operating in my life. Today I intend to savor every moment. Today I intend that packing and traveling will go easily and effortlessly.”

This morning I woke from a dream where I was getting a review from some friends, and they were so complimentary, but Douglas (who has already passed on) said to me. “I disagree. I don’t think you are meditating enough and you are not allowing enough of your genius to come through you.”

So it is my intent to now add to me daily practice these words “Today I intend to meditate. I intend to allow my genius to emerge into my life.”

While in that state, I see myself doing what I am saying. I imagine my day, if you will, before it happens. I recently traveled to Minneapolis, and had some concerns about meetings that I would have there. So I imagined my day and set my intention to have positive outcomes for these meetings.

Every day that I did this Daily Intention Practice, I felt as though I had a special cushion of energy that supported me throughout the day. And the days were spectacularly successful. When I forgot to do this practice in the morning, I would rapidly find out, because the day was not filled with ease. When I remember early in the day, I just stop, and take the time right then and there to do my Daily Intention for the rest of the day.

In each session of the Daily Intention Practice, I make it specific for that particular day. I remember the different things I will be doing, and I make a specific intention for each one of them. Sometimes I make it like a prayer, or add in a prayer for specific people. What I know to be true is that my life is more blessed when I used this Daily Intention Practice. I intend for certain qualities to accompany me through the day. That may be self-compassion, connection and caring; self-confidence, success, tenderness, clear-sightedness or whatever I feel is called for in the situations that I may face. This practice has become my version of the Prosperity Secret Create Your Day. I urge you to try it, if only for a minute or two. You are giving yourself the suggestion of how you are intending to create your day and your life. And the Universe cooperates.

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Don’t Despair

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Don’t Despair

Don’t Despair
. Not Now. Not Ever. Lots of changes are happening. Reality may appear discouraging. It’s important however, to look beyond surface appearances. This week, my car overheated on a long drive, and cost a lot to repair. I had planned to return the car I am driving to my daughter who lives in another state. The good news is that the breakdown did not occur on the long trip across the mountains. The week was intense.

When we drop into survival (which I did), we lose our ability to problem solve. That is one of our best assets. Contraction compresses us, and we can’t think as clearly. So here’s what I did. I tried to think about how glad I was that I had help. I didn’t burn up my car or my engine (despite the smoke that came rolling out from under the hood). I had someone come up and help me diagnose the problem. My sister helped me find a place to get the car repaired. I did my best not to worry. I remembered (like a far away dream) how the universe has come through again and again for me when I have needed housing and transportation. I kept looking for signs. Money came into my bank account for the repairs (money I didn’t expect for another seven days).

Unexpected I was referred to a job for five days that replaced five sevenths of the car expense. Amazing. As I canvas different towns, I find that some people are in despair about the economy or about the government, or about the negativism of various campaigns. Some people are overwhelmed by all the phone calls, the blizzard of TV ads, and people knocking on their doors to vote. These people don’t see how it could matter if they vote, or who they vote for.

Despair clouds your thinking. Despair sends you deep into survival thinking. Despair makes you feel like a victim. Your vibration, and what you offer to the universe is very apt to attract more opportunities for you to feel despair, and be victimized. It is for your own wellbeing that you must not despair. Turn your attention to what is working. Find simple things to be grateful for. I found myself saying to people who were going to vote differently “Isn’t it great that we live in a democracy and have the freedom to differ!” And then found myself truly appreciating democracy in a new way.

Do you love having air to breathe, food to eat, clothes to wear? Do you have some transportation? Do you know people you love and care about? Are you cared for? Can you see, hear, taste, breathe and feel? Can you walk? Do you have the use of your arms? These are all good things. Some people don’t. When you think about appreciating these things you do have, often you take a deep breath and go “Oh yes, that feels better.”

When we feel just a little bit of relief, we help move ourselves out of despair – up the emotional scale
Life gets better. An increment at a time.

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Recognition, Acceptance, and Coordination

Sunday, July 11th, 2010


Recognition, Acceptance, and Coordination
are three really important steps to be successful.

How do we coordinate all these contrary parts of self, contradicting beliefs, conflicting emotions and have some sense of being our true self? That is the age old quandary. A spiritual psychological approach with a lot of wisdom provides a five part process that I find very helpful. Psychosynthesis instead of Psychoanalysis. Bring together instead of separate into parts (although that is a helpful step in the beginning).

Recognition
Acceptance
Coordination
Integration
Synthesis

To truly be successful, we need to have all of our self on the same page. If the scared part of us is afraid to act, the cynical part of us completely assured that nothing ever works out, and the hopeful part of us thinking only positive thoughts, what do you think we radiate out to the universe? We are broadcasting very mixed signals, very conflicting feelings, and certainly opposite beliefs. Our vibration is confusing. What does the universe listen to when we are sending out such a mess of conflict?

Recognition of the conflict is the first step. Become aware that we have a small part inside, and a critical part inside, and an adult inside. Becoming conscious of the little “Family” of selves inside who have different thoughts, different beliefs, and different feelings is very helpful. Becoming conscious of our inner confusion is the first step because we are beginning to Recognize aspects of ourselves.

While not easy to do at first, Acceptance that we are a mixture of confusing signals is the next step. Beating up on ourselves is NOT the next step. Although if you have a critical part inside, you can bet that it will certainly want to go into action and tell you that you are bad and wrong for having such an internal bunch of feelings and thought. That is why you really need to reach for acceptance. Because you are able to step back, breath, see yourself, and accept yourself as you are. I have written a whole category on acceptance, which you might find helpful.

Coordination is the third step in which you take your new awareness (recognition), your new acceptance of who you are just as you are, and you begin to coordinate your personality in such a way that you can harmonize all these different points of view that is sending conflicting messages into the universe.

In future posts, we will cover these very critical steps of the process of making the signals you send out from yourself to be what you want to be emitting, rather than having yourself be reactive to whatever is happening to you. Yes. This personal journey is work. But the benefits are so worth it, and you can DO IT. IT is possible. So hold the faith. Care for yourself and others, become aware of what you think, feel, and believe, and come back here to read about the next steps.

Other articles you might enjoy related to this are:
Shift Your State
Success Strategies When You Forget
Self Awareness
Survival and Contracting

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Intention

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Intention is a key ingredient in the law of success. To have intent means to have the desire and commitment to something. When we hold an intention, we are activating a set point around a goal or a desire. The intention acts like a magnetic pole. Our thoughts begin clustering around the intention. The universe then begins to respond to the intention and synchronistic events and connections occur.

My daughter loves horses and has ridden for many years. She wanted to become a working student for a horse trainer and live on a horse ranch. A year or two ago, she made that intention. I didn’t know how it would happen. We were in a new state, did not know anyone who had horses.

Two years later, through a series of connections, a friend of hers told her about a working student position. She took the position, and then moved with the trainer back to the horse farm. Her intention was magnetic. Intention is a force to be reckoned with.

Holding an intention will help you focus on your commitment. My daughter intended on becoming a working student who lived on a horse farm. She is now living that dream.

Happiness works that way as well. So does success. “I intend to be happy today. I intend to have a successful day.” These sentences can be combined with a few minutes of visualization, and you most likely will have a happy and successful day. Law of Success uses intention in many ways. We will write more articles about intention and the Law of Success.

In the meantime, intend to have safe driving journeys and good food today. Intend to have positive thoughts about the people you love. It makes you feel really good.

You can apply Intention in many areas of your life. I use then when I do a process called 17 Seconds, and I especially use them at the beginning of each New Year when I create a Vision Board.  See the below links.

Be Clear About What You Want: The Key to Vision Boards
Law of Success Vision Boards
New Year’s Resolutions and Vision Boards
Prosperity Secret of 17 Seconds
Intention
Setting Daily Intentions

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