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Intent of the Day: Picture the Future

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Tomorrow is election day in the US and many are nervous about what the future will hold. Will it be the end of the world at the strike of midnight? Will it be the answers to all our hopes and dreams? The bigger question is what do you hope the future will be like and what are you doing to build that future? Our intent is to picture the future we want to live in. It is with intention that we plan to build something we’re proud of.

You too? Here are 3 resources to help you. Continue reading

Vision Boards and Vision Statements

vision     I think it’s safe to say that most of us have heard someone say, “Visualize what you want and you will get/achieve it,” in our lifetimes.  If we’re lucky, we’ve heard it more than once, and if we are even luckier, we’ve tried one ourselves and found that it can be a great tool.  If you have yet to discover them, then today is for you!

Today’s project can be one of two things: either write out a vision statement of what you would like your life to look like in three to five years, or create a vision board filled with photos that represent what you want your future to look like.  It’s a fun project, and it helps us really realize exactly what we want.

The vision board or statement works through the law of attraction.  The energy that you put into the universe through it is what you are going to attract back.  If you are able to, look at your board or read your statement every day.  Remind yourself what it is you need and desire, and let the universe know what you want so that it may respond appropriately. Continue reading

Breathe-See-Feel the Way to Manifesting Your Desires

Grace - 1By Colette Davenport

Lately, I’ve been experiencing the urge to be near the ocean. The ideal for me is a tropical environment with soft brown sugar-like sands, lush towering palm trees through which the ocean breeze whispers mother nature’s secrets, and water so ridiculously clear and azure in color that when I close my eyes that’s what appears on the screen of my eyelids.

Sounds great, right? Well, there are some hurdles I have to overcome before I can get to that tropical paradise. First, I need to save up the money by re-prioritizing my spending.  Instead of indulging, for instance, in things like pedicures and spontaneous shopping trips to Target (you know how this can go!) I’m going to have to put that money into a travel account. Or hey, even better, that fun little piggy-bank I got at Target last week! Next, and this isn’t so much required as it is desired, I want to look and feel fabulous in bikini on the beach. So I am setting a goal to exercise five days a week. My three-days-a-week routine is doing a lovely job of maintaining a physique, but I want to challenge and then reward myself with the holiday. Given all of that, I think eight weeks is a reasonable time-frame to save up and tone up.

Now. Here’s where the real challenge comes into play. I have to choose for the next two months in favor of my intention to float and frolic in the warm waters of the sea. My tendency is to react to the immediate desire, i.e. “Cute piggy-bank!” (flower vase, scarf, etc.) or “Happy hour instead of the gym? Sure why not!” Making conscious choices daily will determine whether I’m sitting seaside this summer or pushing a red shopping cart browsing the beach towel isle.

In an effort to make the daily choices fun and functional, I’ve created the breatheseefeel method, described below. I invite you to join me and use it whenever you’re faced with a decision to indulge in an immediately gratifying activity OR to consciously choose in favor of something you really desire and intend.

First, breathe. Inhale a deep full breath and then exhale slowly, mindfully, and allow for instant conscious awareness. It clears the mind of racing thoughts. It also relieves the near constant “fight or flight” response induced by fear or confusion. It’s kind of like pushing the reset button. I like to imagine the exhale as a down escalator…taking me from the upper floor (my head, that wants something NOW) to the lower floor (my heart, that intends something more meaningful).

Next, see. Visualize yourself successfully reaching your goal or manifesting your intention. Notice the environment. (I did this while writing the first paragraph above.) Observe what you’re doing in that environment. Is it day or night? Who are you sharing the good news or good vibes with? See them, too.

Finally, as you see your intended results come to fruition, feel the positive emotions this success elicits. You know what it feels like to get what you want or succeed at something important so let yourself feel those feelings in advance – I bet it brings a smile to your face! After all, isn’t that what we’re going for when it comes to immediate gratification?

When we breathe, see, and feel, we get present to how the choice before us is either “for or against” our real intentions. In that moment we align our head and heart, our choices and actions so that achieving our goals becomes powerful and pleasurable.

Right then, I’m off to put piggy front and center, depositing (what was going to be) “latte money” in her on my way out the door. And this time I’m choosing the flush of redness in my face from a work out over the red bull’s eye.

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professional portraitColette Davenport is a health, relationship, and intimacy coach with 20+ years of training, formal education, and life experiences culminating in a truly integrated and holistic body of work. Colette’s private practice, THRIVE [mind+body+energy], is a Tantra inspired coaching and training platform shaped by her personal philosophy, which is rooted in self-awareness, compassion, service, mindfulness, personal growth, communication, gratitude, and love. Miss Davenport studied at Texas Healing Arts Institute in Austin, TX and received a holistic health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. To connect with Colette visit her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

 

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Visualizations Are Often Helpful

 Tuesday, 7/19

 

“Visualizations are often helpful. The impulse of the Christ Light is a brilliant Golden River that flows from the top of your head into the Earth, creating a bridge of Light and connecting you to All That Is. Imagine yourself as a human Lightening Rod.  Ask that this Golden Light permeate your heart with Peace and bring Divine Love into every organ and cell of your being.  Allow it to expand outward into your energy fields, and see yourself as the Angels see you a radiant Light expressing in the world as Divinity.” – Archangel Gabriel

 Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team  World Wide Coordinating Director

 

Doing and Being

Question:

How does the practice of creative visualization which we use to manifest what we want in life, fit in with the concept that "We are not the doer"?

Answer:

The practice of creative visualization teaches us to have an intention of what we want and then by returning to our state of abstract awareness we allow nature to work out the details of its manifestation. We have an intention and then let go of it. The concept that “we are not the doer” affirms that our true nature is unlimited and unqualified by any action, thought or desire. We may have many thoughts and desires, but that is not who we are. In mistaking our thoughts for our self we not only obscure our infinite nature, we also limit our ability to fulfill desires. Knowing we are not the doer is the letting go step of creative visualization, where we surrender the outcome of our desire to God.

Love,

Deepak

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Catastrophe in Japan: Helping Your Child Comprehend and Cope

First it was this monster earthquake, followed quickly by the tsunami. Now there’s the possibility of nuclear disaster. Normally the effects of a trauma are related to how far away one is. But with TV bringing intense images right into our homes 24/7, we are all affected — our children, even more so.

The emotional effects of watching such a catastrophe can be tremendous. Children and teens can feel especially helpless when they see these images of the devastation, including homeless and injured Japanese children and orphans on the news. Kids also absorb worry and sadness from their parents, or from classmates who have family ties in Japan.

One of the difficulties experienced by parents is that they have not had adequate time to deal with their own reactions when they are called upon to deal with the impact on their children..

Emotional reactions vary in nature and severity from child to child. Their responses to a disaster are determined by age, previous experiences, temperament and personality, as well as the immediacy of the disaster to their own lives.

If you know a child who is showing signs of worry, stress or fear that may be related to the Japanese earthquake and its aftermath — such as stomachaches, sleeplessness, bedwetting, or moodiness — I’d like to offer some ideas about how to help kids comprehend and deal with such a catastrophe.

Tips To Help A Child Cope

  • Talk to your children and provide simple, accurate information to questions.
  • Allow them to tell and draw their stories about what happened. Drawing is cathartic and helps release some of their inside upsets.
  • Talk with your children about your own feelings. Be brief — don’t over-share.
  • Listen to what your children say, and how they say it. Try to acknowledge the underlying feelings in their words and their actions. For example: "I can see it makes you sad to think about all the people who were hurt by this earthquake and tsunami." This helps both you and your child clarify feelings.
  • Reassure your child: "We are safe. We are together. We will take care of you."
  • Be honest and don’t deny the seriousness of the situation. Saying to a child, "Don’t cry, everything will be okay," does not reflect how the child feels, and the truth is — at least in the immediate future — this is not accurate.
  • Respond to repeated questions. You may need to repeat information and reassurances many times.
  • Hold your child. Touching is especially important for children when they are distressed.
  • Spend extra time with your child when putting him or her to bed. Talk and offer assurance. Leave the night-light on if necessary.
  • Observe your child at play. Listen to what she says and how she plays. Frequently, children express feelings of fear or anger while playing with dolls, trucks or friends.
  • Have your child imagine not only how it "feels" to be safe, but what it looks like, what sounds he hears and what smells he detects. Evoking as many senses as possible will make the experience seem real.
  • Provide play, art and writing games to relieve tension. You can have him act out, draw or write out a positive outcome for the situation. For example, imagining the countries of the world coming together helping to heal and rebuild Japan.

Resolving all of the feelings related to this catastrophe may take your child (and you) quite a while. It’s normal for a child to bring up the crisis long after it has happened, and when you least expect it.

How Kids Can Help Japan Right Now

  • Take action. Giving unconditionally to strangers can help young ones feel empowered. Do a penny or nickel fundraiser for Japanese children. Have your child write a one-page letter asking classmates and neighbors for their extra pennies and nickels. These can quickly add up to 50 or 100.
  • Donate lunch money for a day. Get your child to ask everyone at school to bring in a bag lunch for one day, and donate that day’s lunch money to a Japanese aid organization.

How Kids Can Help When The Crisis Has Calmed, But Donations Are Still Needed:

  • Throw a Wii tournament. Set up Wii bowling in someone’s big family room, and charge everyone5 to get in. The winner of the tournament gets20, and the Japanese charities get the rest.
  • Throw a skating party. Ask your local skating or roller rink if they would be willing to donate half of their profits for the day to Japanese earthquake victims. Tell them it’s great PR. Get your kid and her friends to do a local public service announcement on the radio to advertise the event.
  • Kids might especially appreciate donating to UNICEF’s Humanitarian Relief for Children

For more on this topic, see "Earthquakes, Floods, Terrorist Attacks, and More," in Chapter 7 of "The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success" (Perigee/Penguin).

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Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. is a child educational psychologist, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, "The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success" (Perigee/Penguin). In addition to her private practice, she creates therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and parents, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children’s imagination. You can find out more about her at www.ImageryForKids.com.

Valentine’s Day… Everyone Deserves To Be Happy

What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within… being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. With a strong foundation of self-love and self-acceptance, kids learn to value their own company and integrity over just fitting in.They realize they can nurture and depend on themselves.

Like six-year-old Chloe who ran from the playground because she felt excluded and believed she had no friends. She imagined encountering a young wizard, Sparkle. who gifted her with a heart-shaped crystal to love herself even if her friends snubbed her, and a star crystal to feel like a star no matter what. Or 11-year-old Luke who had such a low opinion of himself he thought he didn’t deserve anything good and felt responsible to make everyone else except himself happy. He visited The Great Wisdom Library and received a perfect book, "How to Love Yourself." The first chapter? "Believe in yourself!"

Here are six imagination tips to develop self-love, meet that best friend within, and invite happiness to your side:

Practice Forgiveness: Encourage your child to forgive himself as well as others. Have him imagine what forgiveness looks like, or sounds like. Is it a color, a feeling, a character, music? He can ask,"What do I need to do or understand before I can forgive… my parents, my friend, myself?" Have him bring whatever he imagines into his Heart and notice what happens.

Harness Paper Power: Suggest he put his negative views – his dark feelings and thoughts – on paper. Drawing and writing can be cathartic, a release of your child’s angst. Or perhaps he’d prefer to move out his feelings – hip hop or ballet – whatever appeals to him. Once he can let go of his negativity, it will be easier to create the positive.

Use Gifts Wisely: Allow your child or teen to ask for help and use whatever Gifts he receives from his inner guides (animal friend, wizard, wise person). Some kids have been given special glasses to see the bright side, precious stones to remind them how special they are, and magic mirrors to show them their real beauty.

Play with Color: Have him experiment with the wonder of color. See how breathing different colors in and out alters his gloomly feelings – from red anger to blue calm, black frustration to lavender love, from a closed heart to an open one.

Talk to Yourself Inside – Nicely: Sometimes we have to practice talking positively about ourselves and others. Have your child think of one or two nice things to say about himself, family members, and friends. Make an ongoing list and stick it on your fridge as a reminder.

Praise Progress, Not Perfection: Kids can mistakenly berate themselves for anything less than perfecdt. Help your child recognize small victories and how far he’s come on his road to happiness. By focusing on his efforts and improvements, success follows success.

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Imagination offers one path to help kids connect with their inner best friend, step into their personal power, and take responsibility to bring happiness into their lives. I’d love to hear your stories and what works best for yours.

 

*Adapted from The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to TransformStress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin).

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Esther17

My Favorite Tips for Making the Law of Attraction Work

1. Act “as if.” A recent study showed that the brain waves generated and neurotransmitters released when someone visualizes sitting on a beach (for example) are exactly the same as the brain waves of a person who is actually sitting on that beach. Your mind (and the Universe) doesn’t recognize the difference between what you perceive as “real” and “imaginary.” It only reads vibration. The easiest way to attract something into your experience is to evoke the FEELING and VIBRATION of already having it, and then hold your attention to that feeling as long as possible, preferably until it becomes second nature. Feeling as if what you want is already here may seem like a exercise in delusion, but remember, reality is pliable. Your physical reality is constantly changing and conforming to the energy frequency you are holding.

2. Role play. When someone recently asked the entertainer Lady Gaga how she became so famous so quickly, she responded, “I knew I was famous even before anyone ever knew me.” She would feel, think, and act like people she admired even before the physical manifestation of her own fame.

Who are some people that inspire you? Who would you want to be like? It doesn’t have to be anyone “famous” – just someone that you admire and has had an impact on you. There are many archetypes for you to choose from. Try to get out of your own head a little bit and think and feel more like the person that inspires you. How would they think about a situation? What would they do? Aside from being a fun exercise, this can help you shift your perceptions and create new energy patterns.

3. Do what inspires you. As cliche as it sounds, some people have no idea what inspires them. They are so stuck in a rut of a 9 to 5 job, daily responsibilities, and every day issues, that they don’t even have the time or energy to think about “inspiration” – the concept seems too abstract and fanciful. But every day, the Universe gives you hints and clues as to what sort of things might make you happy. Carve out even 15 minutes every day to do something, anything that makes your heart sing. Meditate. Take a bath. Listen to your favorite song. Reconnect with someone that you have forgotten. 15 minutes of being in a state of allowing a day, done every day, will at least open a window where you’re allowing the Universe a chance to please you and create an opening for bigger doses of inspiration to sneak in.

4. Think back to when you were a kid. Seriously. Before you had all the problems, issues, hassles, and aggravations of being an adult with so-called “real” responsibilities, what were you like? What sort of things fascinated you? What made you feel excited? What did you dream about? Kids are generally less disconnected from Source energy and still remember what it feels like to be loving and loved at all times. They are still excited, open, curious, adventurous, and honest about how they feel on a daily basis. Would it be such a bad thing to give up being an adult for a moment and actually feel some of those things again?

5. Appreciate. The Universe LOVES it when you appreciate something. Anything. It is the absolute clearest signal you can offer that you want more of whatever it is that you are appreciating. Along with joy and love, the feeling of appreciation has the highest energy vibration on the emotional scale. Energy immediately begins to coalesce around whatever situation, person, thing, or circumstance you are holding as your object of attention, and begins to shape your future moments to bring you more experiences with a similar energy frequency.

What’s in your flow?

I have been visualizing, imagining, and creating my future. I have been resonating with all of these thoughts, images, and feelings. I guess you can say I’ve been using the Law of Attraction-focusing on the positive, staying with high vibration thoughts and feelings, seeing the flip side of situations that most would see as negative. 

And still, in this process, I have learned something.

I believe I need to have physical forward momentum in manifesting my future. There is a practical real world side to these things or so i think. My vision includes relocating half way across the country (because this is where  I want to live right now) and as a self-employed healer I need to find clients (so i have an income). I can’t just show up to town and think I will have clients standing at my doorstep, right? I need to network and pound the virtual pavement or the actual pavement.

I have been contacting venues and practitioners thoughout the city I want to move to, pitching my program so i can have a place my work can call home. I soon realized that the doors aren’t opening, that the forward momentum is pushing back. So I continue to visualize my future.

I ran into a friend in a similar field who is being woo’d by one of the venues that is number one on my list of places with which to collaborate. Well, the doors are opening for her in my soon-to-be, hoped-for new town, and she’s choosing not to walk through that door!

I stepped back and realized that maybe, just maybe, i need to broaden my conversations with the people and places I am contacting. That maybe it is not my program I am supposed to be heck-bent on pushing, maybe there is something else I am supposed to do in this new town. Maybe I am to ask where is the gap in their programming and how can I help them. Maybe I need to be ok that the contents of the flow are unknown to me, instead of deciding what it is that I think should be flowing.

I am going to float with the flow and see where I go!

Prescription for Inspired Living: Have a Vision

Whatever change you seek, always start with a vision of what you want the experience and end result to look like. Don’t be afraid to dream. Visualize your ideal life, and make sure it’s aligned with the foundational qualities of an inspired individual (clarity, integrity, courage, and compassion) and that it also resonates according to the voice of your Essential Self (intuition, vitality, love, and connection).

Being vision driven doesn’t mean that inspired living is goal driven. Goals are helpful, but they can become rigid sources of attachment and worry. Having a clear vision means that your life is intention based. The more explicit you are about your inner and outer intentions, the easier it will be to make beneficial choices and know when you’re living in your essence (and when you aren’t).

Inner intentions are statements like: I will be more loving [or patient, comical, or forgiving]. Circumstances have no impact on whether or not you can fulfill an inner intention—in fact, the harder the situation, the better the opportunity to practice what you aspire to.

Outer intentions are things that are more circumstantial and external. Here are some examples: I will help reduce the number of homeless people in my city, I will spend more time with my parents, or I will drink less. If you don’t know what you want yet and your Essential Self isn’t clear, then start with the feelings you desire more of in your life. Less stress? More joy? That’s enough to get you started.

A helpful exercise is to write a short paragraph that describes your ideal life one year from now. Use the present tense, and make it as inspiring as possible. Describe how you will feel about yourself and your relationships, as well as the ways in which you spend your time. Don’t include any limits or doubts you may have in your personal progress. Remember to stay connected to your Essential Self as you write. Wishing for wealth and power, for example, may be aligned with what your Persona desires.

For a truly inspiring and extraordinary vision, start by asking yourself: What does life want from me? What is my greatest gift to the world? What does God want from me? If you’re willing to ask these kinds of questions, take a weekend and some quiet time to reflect. Feel your way into the answers, and try not to overthink it. Ask for guidance and spend a lot of time listening within.

 Excerpt from my upcoming book, Inspiration Deficit Disorder.

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