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A note on the "How to's" of aligning with your desires....

Here’s the catch to every time I’ve ever received “the thing that I wanted”… I wasn’t attached to it at the time.  It wasn’t that my desire had disappeared, but at the moment where the new wonderful thing was ushered in to my life I wasn’t sitting around praying for it, having made a vision board and watching it intently until my vision came to fruition…. I was out living my life.

When I got the invite that took me to Paris for Christmas, my only plan had been to bake cookies during the holidays and I was totally content with that plan. But then I was in Paris ten days later in a flat with my own maid.... When I finally got myself to the Grand Canyon after wanting to go for 7 years, it was absolutely the most perfect moment in my life, when such a grand thing made a huge impact on the rest of life and I was never the same again… well worth the wait, and I Thank God the experience wasn't ruined by the travel companion I had “planned” to visit with so many times before.

Trust that you’re prayer has been heard and that it is being fulfilled in this very moment, just because it hasn’t arrived yet, does not mean it isn’t coming, and you don’t have to keep reminding God that you put your order in! Its on its way. Know that its on its way and go about your life.

There are of course some things we can do to help… like align ourselves with the kind of energy that would attract such perfect conditions in our lives… or to put it another way, become the kind of person that such great things happen to and ready ourselves to open and expect such big beautiful wonderful miracles in our lives… You know the difference between a small miracle and a big miracle? Nothing. 

Today I was thinking about a time when I was so in love with a guy I had been dating and on a Sunday he said he’d call me, but didn’t call me until 7pm.  Meanwhile, I’d spent the entire day waiting for him to call, thinking we were going to go do something, and I’d gotten myself pretty upset by 4pm waiting for him, so by 6pm I was out with another boy.  

By the time I got that phone call at 7pm I was a few drinks in and angry as all hell and refused to pick up the multiple phone calls he made throughout the rest of the evening.  He even ended up driving my by house, to find me not at home and out with another boy.  

I tell you this story, because I think now how foolish and insecure I was at that time. If hours went by I would think, horrible things… but I was the one who always retaliated by doing something horrible. Eventually my going out with other boys seriously motivated the guy I was in love with to make me his girlfriend, but our relationship was not founded on the grounds of trust. Every time we got into a fight I would threaten going out and not to be found.

Eventually this wore on him, and he never trusted me to go out with friends and he didn't trust me around other boys. 

The moral to this story is, we can force certain things to happen in our lives… by making threats or doing something in the moment that temporarily makes us feel like we're in control…. but it tends not to end well for us in the long run. 

I was the one who got her heartbroken in the end of that relationship, but I had taught him not to trust me, and he eventually hated my insecurity, and I pushed him away with my anger. I was always the one "in control", and I was always the one who walked out and left, but after a certain point you can't expect the person to keep coming after you when you treat them like that. 

So best not to cling to our small minded ways on how we think something is going to turn out for us, or how we would like our desires to be fulfilled… only trust that the perfect solution, resolution, and experience has already been selected, and know that our dreams are already fulfilled. Our desires are just as unique as we are as individuals… the things we want, want us just as much…

Sometimes getting what we want can come in ways that were better fulfilled without us melding in our plans.  And though they might not arrive in the precise timing we had expected, the experience is not lessened by the delay in timing, in fact I’d argue most often, the surprise timing element of the fulfillment enhances the experience of receiving our desires.

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You know you're done, but you don't know what's next?! You are not alone.

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Connecting with our deeper desires, does not involve knowing the answers to all of our questions, because it's only in not knowing that we can be truly receptive and it's only in being receptive that we can truly discover, learn, and evolve.

When we shift into wonder and curiosity, there is an opening to a deeper wisdom. Our feminine power, is a shift from the masculine energy where not knowing would be seen as weakness or being powerless, to our feminine way of being where wonder and curiosity are the ultimate source of power and strength. 

Are you aware of a deep longing in your heart, and craving for deep connection and intimacy? Have you felt anxious lately, like something is about to burst forth, but you have no idea what to do next? You are not alone, this is the energy at hand in the Universe right now! In sharing our vulnerability, and learning the practice of unknowing and non-attachment to the outcome we are allowing a new possibility of feminine energy and natural flow into our lives.

Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from our internal guidance that when the pull of our hearts becomes so strong and the voice inside has been muffled for so long the feeling that arises within us feels more like a life crisis than an emergence into something more beautiful. 

Its difficult to trust that you will be provided for, that in fact the Universe does have a master plan and included you in this plan and you in fact do play an important role in the Universe.

We do live on Earth after all and are made up of 75% water, so imagine that you are influenced by all the amazing forces at work here in our Universe, even the ones we have yet to understand or have the awareness to see. You experience cycles just like the Earth and the moon, though most of us do not realize how our internal states of being are influenced by the energies at hand. Often we feel confused, restless, stuck, or even powerless to change our mindset and state of being.

Imagine you have internal tides just like the sea.  

The New Moon, just last week, provides us with an opportunity to take the time to create new intentions for ourselves.  This past weekend we experienced the Summer Solstice (June 20-21), physically we are experiencing more *light*  right now and since the beginning of time, our ancestors have marked this period with ritual and celebration. As you know, there are thousands of ancient sites created around solstices and equinoxes that were built to honor our connection to the Sun as the source of our light and life force.

Now is a time of celebrating the fullness of life and of taking the time to raise our energy to regenerate abundance and manifest our dreams, because in the visions of our dreams is the guidance of our Master plan.

Rather than be confronted with an overwhelming proof of the limitations of our understanding, we accuse our dreams of not making sense.
— Erich Fromm

I would invite you to do something symbolic to honor your life in the next few days, perhaps, light a candle and say a blessing for your life and the life force living in your body.  Make a commitment to go within and be silent each day to let your internal guidance know that you are listening and intend to have open lines of communication from here on out. Let your Inner Voice know that she in fact has a very important role in your life and you're going to be listening a lot more and intend to be IN-joy.  

Do something fun, be playful. Invite in your own Divine Spirit to come a play for a while. Its summer time after all.....

Knowing yourself is the the beginning of all wisdom.

A ritual for giving thanks, and calling in more love in my life.

Dedicate your ritual to all the amazing guidance in your life, the known and the unknown.

Are you ready to make the shift?

You may find yourself asking "Where do I start? How do I begin?" Begin with answering the call within, listening to the voice of your Inner Guidance.

Fear of change is normal, but there are ways to learn to overcome your fears and start acting on the guidance within that will lead you to your happiest life and natural way of being in the world.

Do you realize there are only 6 months left in 2015?

This is the year you do something amazing.

Right now! I am inviting only 4 people to enter into the Life Artistry Program with me to smoothly transition your life in the next 6 months into 2016!

Go from mundane and miserable to extraordinary and liberating. 

Are you ready? Is this for you? After these 4 spots are filled I will not be offering this Program at this price again, and will no longer be offering the 3 month Inner Authority Program as it is. If you have been thinking about changing your life, but you don't know where to begin, now is the time. Here is your chance.

Choose your LIFE. Apply now- 4 spots open. 

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DESTINY.

Only 4 spots open. Where will you be in 2016?

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Sometimes in life, it is the obvious epiphany that can change everything.

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Pickles are cucumbers and other obvious but important life altering lessons.  

Sometimes in life, it is the obvious epiphany that can change everything.

When I was working in hotel development, travel was inevitable. At first, the travel portion of my job was sexy, five years into it, and getting on an airplane was like doing laundry; mundane, routine, dreaded, and inescapable.  Life was something like, seven airports in four days or 13 legs, one trip. My modus operandi had become: dump contents of suitcase at the front door, reload, check in, and then off again to the airport. My parents once joked and called me George Clooney from "Up in the Air". I didn't think that was funny. You know, I thought that was a depressing movie. It doesn't have a happy ending.

I tell you all this to say, I didn't enjoy traveling anymore. I hate making small talk on airplanes or in taxi cabs. When I landed in Denver and got picked up by this Rastafarian taxi cab driver with dreadlocks down his back at the airport and he started to chat with me, I was less than thrilled. 

He's chatting on in this way about his day and his daughter and he's got this funny way of accenting different words that makes me wonder if he just hasn't smoked too much green stuff. 

And then he asks me a question I will remember for the rest of my life:

"Do you know that pickles are cucumbers?"

“I'm sorry, what?”

"Did you know that pickles are cucumbers?"

“Um. Yeah.” I responded,  “My mom and I used to make pickles when I was a kid from her cucumbers in the garden. I love pickles.”

"I was in the grocery store today.” he goes on saying. “And I love pickles. And I was putting my groceries on the belt and the guy was scanning my pickles and then he weighed my cucumbers."

and.  bam.  it.  hit.  me.

PICKLES ARE CUCUMBERS.

"I saw the whole thing, right there, in front of my eyes at the grocery store. I saw that pickles are cucumbers, for the first time in my life. I wondered how long I have been eating pickles, and cucumbers, and I didn't know?! I didn't know!!!! How could I not know when it was always there right before my eyes?"  

“And this just blew me away today, I've just been totally in awe wondering about all the other things in my life that are right in front of my face that are just that obvious but I never had the eyes to see it before?”

“I think you call that an epiphany, my friend.”

PICKLES ARE CUCUMBERS. This changes everything.

Other simple and perhaps obvious things that are life altering:

  1. Once in a great while, turn left instead of right when you go out your door. You could find love

  2. You can learn luck and win more cash prizes, scientifically proven.

  3. Be nice. You could get laid or otherwise change someone else's day in a positive way.

  4. Heartbreak doesn't kill you. It feels like it should, but it doesn't actually kill you.

  5. Pickles are cucumbers.

Sounds obvious, could be life altering.

Richard Wiseman - a psychology professor at the University of Hertfordshire- set out to investigate lucky people and their good luck. He was curious to understand why it seemed that lucky people got lucky, had more lucky breaks, and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Over the course of ten years he studied “lucky” and “unlucky” people who answered a news paper ad and described themselves as lucky or unlucky- he found that lucky people do infact win more cash prizes in life!
 
In his book “The Luck Factor” Wiseman describes the 10 year experiment:

"I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. 

 Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message: "Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

For fun, I placed a second large message halfway through the newspaper: "Stop counting. Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250." Again, the unlucky people missed the opportunity because they were still too busy looking for photographs."


Dr. Wiseman, via his research findings, proposed that lucky people actually created their own luck because they lived their lives based on four principles: “they are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”

Wiseman found that unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else.

Unlucky people are anxious, lucky people were relaxed. Sound too simple?

 “Unlucky people go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for."

Simply stated lucky people are more relaxed, open, and remain curious about the current situation at hand rather than become anxious and single focused and future oriented.

Sounds obvious. Could be life altering.

The good news is that they also discovered that in fact the “unlucky” people could learn the four principles of “lucky” people and improve their luck, their lives and their happiness by 80%! 

"One unlucky subject said that after adjusting her attitude -- expecting good fortune, not dwelling on the negative -- her bad luck had vanished.”

Sometimes in life, it is the obvious epiphany that can change everything.

To read more about how walking out your front door and turning left instead of right changed everything, including how just being nice can get you far in life and in bed, and what to do when heartbreak doesn't kill you, go to the original post from Paris: exploredeeply.com/pickles-are-cucumbers

Sources:

Be Lucky, its an Easy Skill to Learn” Richard Wiseman 

Richard Wiseman his book "The Luck Factor

The Secrets of the World’s Luckiest People” Huffington Post

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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying : #1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

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#1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 

"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."  

#2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

#3. I wish I'd had the courage to express myself.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

#4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

#5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

”This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to themselves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

Author Bronnie Ware had been unfulfilled in her work for many years, seeking something that resonated with her soul she ended up in palliative care and after many years of caring for the dying she was inspired to write "Top 5 Regrets of the Dying" to share what so many people no matter what their background expressed they wished they'd done more of while they were healthy and alive.

palliative: (of a treatment or medicine) relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause.

Are you ready to make the shift?

You may find yourself asking "Where do I start? How do I begin?" Begin with answering the call within, listening to the voice of your Inner Guidance. Fear of change is normal, but there are ways to learn to overcome your fears and start acting on the guidance within that will lead you to your happiest life and way of being in the world.

Connecting with our deeper desires, does not involve knowing the answers to all of our questions, because it's only in not knowing that we can be truly receptive and it's only in being receptive that we can truly discover, learn, and evolve. When we shift into wonder and curiosity, there is an opening to a deeper wisdom. Our feminine power, is a shift from the masculine energy where not knowing is a source of weakness and powerlessness, to feminine energy where wonder and curiosity are the ultimate source of power and strength. ‪

"Many did not realise until the end, that happiness is a choice."

“Be a light unto yourself.” Ultimately, each of us must develop within ourselves the capacity to make our way through the darkness without any companions, maps or guide.
— Osho

Top 5 regrets of the dying: #1 “I wish I’d lived a life true to my dreams instead of doing what others expected of me." The end of my work days are so much more rewarding these days. I do not regret everything that has transpired to bring me to this place of Joy, Purpose, and Self Love. There is no more worthwhile journey than the one from your head to your heart. Once you get there, you know who you are. And that has made all the difference.”

Posted by Explore Deeply on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The end of my work days are so much more rewarding these days.

I do not regret everything that has transpired to bring me to this place of Joy, Purpose, and Self Love. There is no more worthwhile journey than the one from your head to your heart. Once you get there, you know who you are. And that has made all the difference.

 

Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse for 12 years, recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called "The Top Five Regrets of The Dying."

Inspiration is my love.

My life so far has been one of contrasts and I have come out the other side smiling. More importantly, I have come through finally knowing how to love who I am and to help others learn to do the same.

We are all deserving of our own love. It also makes the world a much better place when we finally master this gift. Through many leaps of faith I have also learned that courage is always rewarded.
— Bronnie Ware
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Sunday Spiritual Food: Change Me Prayer for Abundance : Tosha Silver

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Divine Beloved, Change Me into someone
who can give with complete ease and abundance,
knowing You are the unlimited Source of All.

Let me be an easy open conduit for Your prosperity.
Let me trust that all of my own needs are
always met in amazing ways
and it is safe to give freely as my heart guides me.

And equally, please Change Me into someone
who can feel wildly open to receiving.
Let me know my own value, beauty and
worthiness without question.
Let me allow others the supreme pleasure of giving to me.
Let me feel worthy to receive in every possible way.

And let me extend kindness to all who need,
feeling compassion and understanding
in even the hardest situations.

Change me into One who can fully love, forgive
and accept myself… so I may carry your Light
without restriction.

Let everything that needs to go, go.
Let everything that needs to come, come.
I am utterly Your own.

You are Me.
I am You.
We are One.

All is well.
— Tosha Silver

I don't recall how I was introduced to "Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead" by Tosha Silver, but it is a constant source of uplifting energy. I highly recommend purchasing the audio version of it through Audible.com where Tosha narrates this awesome funny and transforming real life advice to live by resource.

Change Me Prayers is the sequel to Outrageous Openness to help you actively invite the Divine into your life.

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