Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Power of Your Imagination

Do you ever spend any time just imagining?  How often do you close your eyes and see your life as you wish it would be?  The answer is probably never.  Or rarely.  Do you know how powerful your imagination really is?

Your imagination is a gift and it is there for a reason.  The reason is to create.  Think about it this way.  Writers use their imagination to come up with stories.  Artists use theirs to create paintings and sculptures.  All forms of art are created through the use of imagination.  It is the imagination which then brings forth the creation or manifestation of the thing imagined.

So, if artists and writers can create this way, why can't you?  Your imagination isn't there just to create art, it exists to create your life!

Think of yourself as the artist of your life and imagine into being what you want to see, hear, feel and experience.  You are a creator and your life is a canvas.  Your imagination is the best tool you have to create the life you want.

Spend some time imagining what you want.  See the picture of it, and place yourself there.  Don't see yourself there, rather be in the picture not an observer looking at the picture.

Before you go to sleep at night, take a few minutes to imagine what you really want.  Me?  I picture myself signing copies of my book as hundreds of people wait in line, and to each person who approaches me, I say "Thank you for buying my book."  It feels great.  In fact it physically moves me!  I feel my head start to gently  nod and a huge smile appears on my face.  This is my sign that it's working.

Let your imagination create your physical reality.  We as humans have so much more power than we think we do.  Try this every day, and imagine the possibilities!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Show Your Money Some Love

Want to attract more money into your life?  Start appreciating it.  Start blessing it.  Start telling it that you love it.  Yes, I mean it!  I tell my money all the time that I love it.

Stop cursing it.  Stop blaming it (don't ever say it's the root of all evil).  Stop resenting others who have it.
Start celebrating others' success.  When you see someone become successful, don't envy them, be happy for them.

Stop hoarding it and start sharing it.

Using The Law of Attraction to Manifest Your Money

Money is energy that responds to your feelings about it.  If you feel love for it, it will feel love for you and will show up ALOT more!  Picture it as someone you love.  Consider it precious. But as with someone you love, you have to give money freedom, or it will find a way to free itself from you.  Don't be its captor.  Be its friend.  Be its family.

Start oozing love for money and it will ooze love for you.  Treat it as if it's a person.  Give it love, respect and kindness.  Show it trust by demonstrating that if you let it go, you know it will return to you.

Money is the source of many a beautiful thing.  In our society it gets blamed for an awful lot.  Just as an experiment, let's all start appreciating if for an awesome lot.  

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

How Doing This 1 Thing Can Sabotage Your Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy, right?  Okay, okay, I bet you know some people who are determined not to be happy, but let's ignore those people for a few minutes.  If you are someone who does want to be happy then read on.

When you think about the things that make you happy, what's on your list?

A loving relationship
A beautiful house
A nice car (or 2, or 3)
Exotic vacations
Being able to help family and friends.

To name but a few...but how about this one: Approval.

Come on, admit it, we all do it.  We're all seeking approval from our family, friends, peers, co-workers, neighbours.  We all, at one time or another worry what others think of us.  We all try to fit in.
The problem is, what if you don't fit in?

What if you're just a little bit different than your peer group?  What if everyone you know has an Iphone and you still have a regular cell phone that, shock of all shocks, just makes phone calls?  Does that mean you have to get an Iphone, even if you don't really want one?  How much money do you spend buying things that you think will gain approval from the people in your life?

The more you try to fit in with a group, the more like that group you will become.  That's great if you want to be like them, but if you don't, it creates a problem.

You are not being yourself.  Did you know you have the right to be whoever you choose to be?  You can have whatever gadgets you want, or not.  You don't have to change yourself to fit in anywhere.  Doing so will only hurt you and will create the kind of person I mentioned in the first paragraph.....the kind who is determined to be unhappy.

You have to do this one thing each and every day:  Put yourself first.  Make your own happiness a priority, before anyone else's.  That's a hard thing to do.  Peer pressure is strong.  But once you make the decision to march to the beat of your own drum you will feel both freedom and happiness. What's more, even though many won't admit it or may resent you for it, they will all wish they had your guts.


Monday, 20 May 2013

Achieving Goals with Discipline and The Law of Attraction

Using the Law of Attraction to achieve your goals is an effective method of getting everything you wanted.  But what happens when you lack the discipline required to use the law of attraction to your best advantage?

Here's What I'm Talking About:

You decide the best way to raise your vibration is to meditate every day.  Great!  You should definitely do that!  The Problem:  "I don't have time, there's something else I have to get done first, there's a show on tv I want to watch, the dishes need doing, the kids need feeding...."  and the list goes on and on and on.

You also decide that you're going to write out your goals, read them every day and visualize yourself attaining those goals.  What a great idea! The Problem:  "Eh, I know my goals, I don't have to write them down, I can't be bothered, I don't have a writing pad, I'm not sure what I want...."

You decide to spend 68 seconds per every hour you are awake, to have rampages of appreciation, love, abundance or joy.  The Problem:  "I keep forgetting. Real life gets in the way."

Here's The Thing:

People who don't believe in the law of attraction do so because they believe it's an "easy fix"  They say things like "Oh, sure, all I have to do is think of rainbows, lollipops and unicorns and ALL my dreams will come true.!"

But those of us who know the law of attraction is a real thing, know that it isn't as easy as that.  Using the law of attraction takes work, commitment, and yes, discipline.  You have to really want what you want!  Otherwise "real life" will get in the way and prevent you from doing all those good things that help the universe help you.

Here's Where You Decide:

Are you doing to be just another feather, blowing around carelessly without any control over your direction? Get honest with yourself:  Do you really want what you want?  Or how 'bout this:  Do you really believe in the law of attraction or do you just want to believe?

You need to get clear, get focused, get on with it.  Make your decision now.  Either you're going to do it or you're not.  Get off the fence.  Get up right now, find a piece of paper (don't you dare tell me you can't find one) and write down, not your lifelong goals, but your commitment to practice the law of attraction effectively and consciously. Write down what you intend to do:  Meditate daily, make lists of what you appreciate, count your blessings, say thank you more often, visualize, indulge your imagination.

Make a promise to yourself to do all these things.  The universe wants to help you, but you have to be a willing participant.  It's your life after all.  Let's face it, all these things aren't hard to do!  They won't tax your brain or your brawn.  They are all pretty simple.  If you're not worth doing something simple, then I have to ask: What are you worth?

Friday, 17 May 2013

Deliberate Creation or Being A Brat

The "Being A Brat Part"

The reason I put "or being a brat" in the title of this blog post is because in order to deliberately create your life, you're going to need to be selfish, and being selfish might get you branded a brat by people around you.  They might even call you something worse.  So be prepared for it by being able to shrug it off.

The word "selfish" has negative connotations, so no one wants to own up to being selfish.  They'd rather appear to put others before themselves.  It's a martyr syndrome.  "Oh, whoa is me!  I put everyone else before myself.  Aren't I an angel?  And now my life is so hard!"  Please!  Call the pity police.  I want no part of this action.

Being selfish means that you look out for number one.  Is that really such a bad thing?  And don't we all really, deep down, do that anyway?  My brother once told me that whenever he's hot or cold he adjusts the thermometer without consulting anyone else.  His defense?  "Hey, if I don't look after my own comfort, who will?"  At the time I thought he was "being selfish".  I was right.  Only now, I don't look at it negatively.  He had a point, after all.  If we don't take care of ourselves, then who will?

The "Deliberate Creation Part"

Okay, now that we've agreed, it's okay to be selfish, let's look at the benefits.  When you take time to tend to your own happiness the Universe rewards you.  By taking time I mean reading, meditating, exercising, taking part in a fun activity, like dancing, golf or skiing or whatever else floats your boat.

When you take time for yourself, you're telling the Universe "hey, I matter, and how I feels matters too. I WANT TO FEEL GOOD!"  The Universe likes hearing this from you, and it's more than happy to assist
you in manifesting good things

When you feel good, things just magically fall into place for you.  Solutions to problems arrive, serendipitous meetings and events occur.  Although they may call you a brat in the beginning, eventually people around you will start to respond positively to you.  They will come around, or they'll move on.

Deliberate Creation is how you build the life of your dreams.  Don't be a feather in the wind.  Take control of your life and steer it in the direction of your choice. Yes, you will need to be selfish to do that.  But I mean that in the very best way.  Next time someone calls you selfish, just smile at them and say "Yes, I am."

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Allowing The Law of Abundance

The Law of Abundance is the lesser known sibling of the Law of Attraction, which by now, millions of people know about.  Okay, I haven't actually taken a survey, I'm just guessing.

The Law of Abundance is equally important.  It states that there is an infinite supply of abundance, from Source, available to each and every one of us.  Without fully accepting this concept, we can use the Law of Attraction to our heart's content, but if we don't believe in infinite abundance, than it makes attracting it to ourselves impossible.

The reason most people don't believe in an infinite supply or that they deserve access to it, is because of our screwed-up idea of money.  In this case, I'm equating abundance with money, since most of the material possessions and experiences that we want is traded with money.

People think that there is a limited supply of money, and that we must fight over what supply there is. We must compete for the better job, that promotion, better sales, etc...

People also believe that "money is the root of all evil."  The fact that money provides us with a heck of a lot of happiness seems to get forgotten.  Money IS NOT the root of all evil.  I don't know what the root of all evil is, or if there even is a root, but it's the idea that money is scarce that is what is truly causing the problems.  Not money itself.

If you're not at that place of understanding this, than you've got some work to do.  You've got to learn how to allow abundance to flow to you.  Think of it this way: You're not trying to get to money, but money is trying to get to you.  Now look at all the ways you are blocking money from getting to you.  I'd like to suggest looking at the statement mentioned earlier: "Money is the root of all evil."  What a wall to put up!  You're making it very difficult for money to get to you.

You've not only built a wall, but you've got sentries patrolling it, on the look out for money, ready to shoot it down at any moment.

Another way in which we block money from getting to us is to worry about it.  I know, I know, I'm guilty of this too from time to time.  But the more I've worked at it, the less and less this happens.  And you know what?  The less I worry about money, the more it seems to come to me!

So How Do I Stop Worrying About Money?

I'm not gonna lie to you here.  You've got to put in some effort.  You've got to stop focusing on your lack of money and start to focus on what you do have, and what is coming your way.  Plan what to do with that money when it reaches you.  Make lists of things you want it to buy.  Imagine and feel the enjoyment of buying that new car and driving it.  Put yourself right there behind the steering wheel.  Feel the sun on your skin as you lie on that tropical beach.

Do I  Deserve To Be Abundant?

That's a question you need to ask yourself.  If you think you don't deserve it, or you're not good enough than that too will block money from reaching you.  Do you have a limiting belief about yourself that prevents abundance?  Mine used to be that I wasn't capable enough.  Where did it come from?  Well, I'm the youngest of 3 children and I am the only girl. Growing up, a lot of things were done for me, by my well-intentioned older brothers (who I love to death, by the way).  But it very likely gave me the idea that things were done for me because I couldn't do them for myself.  How did you grow up?  Take a look at your family environment and you will probably also find the root of your limiting belief.  If I asked my brothers today if they thought I was capable, they'd look at me like I had 2 heads and say "Of course you are!" Once I realized that I was the only one who believed I wasn't capable, I started to work at destroying that limiting belief.

Figuring out your limiting belief and facing it head on is an important step in allowing abundance to flow to you.  Beliefs are just a thought we keep thinking.  Once you've determined your limiting belief, keep a watch out for it, and when it rears it's ugly head, change your thought.  Not easy, I know, but necessary.

Our Universe is expanding and evolving (thanks to the Law of Abundance), and you are a part of that Universe.  You can expand and evolve right along with it.  In fact, that what's you're supposed to be doing.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

A Conversation with My Mother

It's Mother's Day today, and I find myself having a conversation with my Mom. It's bittersweet for me because my mother passed away in 2001.  As I sit here, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with her when she was still living.

Her own father passed away when she was only 18 years old, and he is buried about a ten minute drive from the house I grew up in.  But we never went to visit his grave.  I once asked my Mother why we never went to visit Grandad's grave and she said that it was because she didn't feel connected to him there.  That it was just his body, not his spirit that was buried there and that if she wanted to talk to her dad, she could sit on the couch in her living room and do just that.

I'm currently re-reading The Celestine Prophecy, a book I first read nearly 20 years ago, at my mother's suggestion.  I "coincidentally" came across a copy of it last weekend. If you've read the book, you know there's no such thing as a coincidence.  Anyway, I'm at a part where it talks about why were we born into certain families and to think about your parents and what they stood for.

This is why I started talking to my Mom today.  My Mom was into spirituality, believed in reincarnation and aliens.  Yes, she had read every book by Shirley Maclaine!  She also believed that if you didn't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, and that it was better to be kind than to be right.  My mother was graceful, patient, tolerant and incredibly stubborn!  She had her beliefs and convictions and no one could convince her otherwise.  In other words, she had faith.

I know why I was born to her.  She taught me all these things (some are still a work in progress, I must admit).  She is buried next to her father in the family plot, and I have since moved far across the ocean from her. But that's okay, because I know that, today, while I sit on my couch in my own living room and have a conversation with her, she is listening.  Thanks Mom, for all of it. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Check Your Attitude: Is it Baditude or Gladitude?

It's easy to figure out, really.  When people see you do they greet you with a smile or do they nod their head then try to get away from you as soon as possible?

If people greet you with a smile on their face, then chances are you have a Gladitude. Yep, it's a word I just came up with  (I won't say I invented it, but it's the first I've ever heard of it).  In other words, you're fun to be around, you radiate warmth, people look forward to seeing you.

If however, people find any excuse to leave your presence as soon as possible without making eye contact, chances are you have a Baditude.  You're grumpy.  You whine, you complain, you gossip.  You suck the joy out of everything.  Oh, and you attract those exact same people to you.  Which, on the surface, you probably like.  Misery loves company, after all.  But for your own sake, ask yourself if you are truly happy.

Most people with "Baditudes" think they have to deal the cards life dealt them.  What they fail to understand is that they are the dealer.  They deal themselves crap, day in and day out.  If this is you, don't feel too bad.  You probably don't know any better.  It's a lifelong habit for most. But it's one that can be broken.

You know those "Gladdies" I mentioned earlier?  Start hanging out with them more often.  If they are truly glad people, they'll allow you this.  Good, now once you've done this, shut up and start listening to them.   Don't complain, don't moan, don't bitch, don't whine, don't gossip.  Don't try a validate or reinforce the bad day you're having.  Forget it and listen to the Gladdie.  Just soak up their rays.  Listen to the language they use.  Look at their body language.  Learn from them.

A bad attitude isn't a life-term sentence.  You can get pardoned.  It's never too late, and you're never too old.  Your circle of friends will change, you will laugh more and lady luck will finally be on your side.  Or, stay where you are and your life will never change.  It's up to you, as always.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

What Are You Thankful For?

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.Willie Nelson 

Do you ever stop to ask yourself the question "What am I thankful for?"  I don't just mean at thanksgiving.   I'm talking about on a daily basis.  When life is so busy and you're rushing around to get the kids to school and yourself to work, do you ever stop for a moment to reflect on the goods things in your life?  Recently it was suggested to me to ask myself this question on a daily basis, in fact, often, on a daily basis.  And it's been putting me in a great mood.

Here's some science on Appreciation:

When we're in a state of appreciation, our heart rate is more smooth and consistent.  When we're in anger, it's erratic and jumpy.

When we appreciate something, blood flows more easily and smoothly to our brain.  Anger restricts it.

When we are appreciating, we have an affect on those around us.  We actually produce warm vibes which others pick up on.  Have you ever been around a grumpy person and found their mood rubbed off on you?  Of course you have.  Well, good moods do the same.  So spread the love.

And all that, on top of what the Law of Attraction brings you when you are thankful.  Remember, you get what you give.  So giving off appreciation for what you have, attracts more things for you to appreciate. Don't you want to be surrounding by awesomeness????

Monday, 6 May 2013

What To Do When Meditating Goes Awry

The other day I sat down to meditate, as I always do daily.  I closed my eyes and took a few deep breathes.  Relaxed my body, got comfortable, you know the drill.  Usually when I meditate I do have thoughts that make an appearance.  I just brush them aside and try and clear my mind when this happens.

But this day was different.  For some reason, when I tried to quiet my mind, some negative stuff came up.  Memories of an old boss who caused me heaps of stress  (and tears) came flooding in.  There's got to be a reason for this, but I chose not to investigate.  I wasn't interested in going down that route because I didn't want to dwell on a negative experience.  But it's hard to go from feeling anger (which I was starting to brew up at this point) to peace and quiet.

So I decided to take Abraham's advice.  Basically, what Abraham says is that when negative stuff comes up, go general.  Don't try and "wrestle the problem to the ground".  Just go general.

I sat there and said to myself "Go general, Annie, go general."  I distracted myself away from my previous thoughts.  "Go general, go general."  I searched for a general thought that would make me feel better, and the thought that popped into my head was "I'm lucky to be alive."  A small smile appeared on my lips.  Then I went even more general.  "I'm alive."  Whoa!  A rush of good feeling swooped over me, as if I was in a wind tunnel.  What a powerful statement that turned out to be!  Who knew?

I then repeated it to myself, over and over again, and "I'm alive"  became "I'M ALIVE!!!! I'M ALIVE!!! I'M  ALIVE!!!"  All the possibilities and expectations of excitement, exhilaration, fun, adventure and abundance came flooding in, and a quiet meditation session became a "grinning stupidly but lovin' it" session.

So, if you're ever having trouble quieting your mind to meditate, don't beat yourself up.  Just go general.  Think a thought that feels good.  Mine popped into my head (from source, of course) and yours can too. You can try "I'm alive" but if you come up with something that works better for you, then do it.  Just feel good.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Appreciate The Heck Out Of Your Life

Do you ever find yourself wishing that your life was more than it is?   How about comparing your life to that of your next door neighbour?  Feeling envious about their new car, or new kitchen.

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who told me she felt that she was somewhat of a failure.  She graduated from Cambridge University, one of the most prestigious and respected universities in the world, and she was as a teachers' assistant.  She said she looks at her co-workers, who are younger and have achieved more in their career, and feels somewhat less in comparison to them.

I understand this feeling as it's something I have experienced in my life, as I'm sure many people have, but it pained me to see her so down on herself.

Here's what I told her (more or less):

Look at what you do have.  A beautiful, polite, intelligent daughter, a loving husband, a nice home, good health, good friends (we were out for dinner with a large group, so I swept my hand across the room to demonstrate).  You have many things to be proud of, and to appreciate.  Focus on what you do have.  It's a lot more than many others.  Life isn't a race.  It doesn't matter where other people are on the course, or how fast they got there.  Enjoy the journey, and make sure you do the only thing that matters.  Be happy.  If you have happiness, then everything else falls into place.

She looked at me and said "how did you get so smart?"  I said "I've had a lot of good teachers."
(It's true, I read ALOT of self-help books.  Like, obnoxiously ALOT)

What I'm trying to say is, find any excuse to feel happy.  Everyone will have their own reasons.  Quit finding excuses to be unhappy.  Why do we do that?  Appreciate the heck out of your life and the Law of Attraction will take care of you, for as long as you want.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

2 Day Challenge: Can You Go Without Complaining?

Thanks to the Law of Attraction we get what we think about, and say about.  Good or bad, the Law of Attraction has a clear set of rules and follows them to the letter.  When you're having fun, positive thoughts, the Law of Attraction sends you more fun, positive thoughts and experiences.  Which is great!  Except......the flip side of this is that when your having a crusty, grumpy, prickly, leave-me-alone moment (or day) the Law of Attraction will send you more of the same crap!

Part of this less-then-ideal situation is complaining.  We all do it.  When something doesn't sit well with us, be it a personal, or even on behalf of someone else, we like to air our grievances.  We bitch, we complain.  What we're really doing is seeking validation from others.  "I deserve to feel this way!  I'm right, aren't I?"  is what we're really saying when we complain. It's our ego asserting itself.  The problem with that is that our ego doesn't always do what's best for us.  It just wants to be right, come hell or high water.

But we're not doing ourselves any favour by letting the ego take charge.  If the ego wants to complain, and if the Law of Attraction brings you more of what you're putting out there, then the ego has to be stopped!

Therefore, I have a 2 day challenge for you.

Day 1:  Don't complain, bitch, moan, sulk, or whine out loud to anyone, anywhere on any topic.  Don't say a single negative thing about anything and anyone, ALL DAY.  It's a toughie.  Even as I write this I wonder if I'll be able to do this, but I'm sure as shootin' gonna try.

Day 2:  Even tougher.  Don't complain, bitch, moan, sulk or whine to yourself, mentally about anyone, or anything ALL DAY.  Whoa!  Here's a little leeway:  If you do catch yourself doing this, then get off topic as fast as you can.  Distract yourself, busy yourself, read a book, listen to some music, meditate, you get the picture.

Our mother's advice "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" was genius.  Mother's do know best!  Try it for a couple days and let me know how it went.  Was it hard, or easy for you to do?  Did you see any tangible beneficial results?  I'd love to know, but won't complain if you don't tell me :-)