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How To Welcome Success Into Your Life By Creating A Blessing Ceremony

Do you want a little extra magic in your life?  Are you seeking a new career and sending off resumes?  Maybe you are applying to your dream college or program of study.  Wherever you are, knowing how to welcome success into your life, by creating a blessing ceremony can help you live abundantly.

I love the magic of ceremonies.  There is something about slowing down and being very intentional with our thoughts and actions, that I find beautiful.  It is almost like weaving love into my thoughts, dreams and actions before I send them off to the Universe.

There are ceremonies for almost anything in life.  You can have a releasing ceremony to help you let go of what is not serving you.  You can create an abundance ceremony when you are struggling with your ability to see abundance.

The list of possible ceremonies is endless, but today we will focus on a blessing ceremony.

I am in the final stages of putting together a book proposal.  This has not been a solo journey.  My editor has helped me.  I also rely on another person to make it look great and to put everything in one file.

My Guides, Angels, Universe and ancestors are also helping me. It is in recognizing the unseen, that I will create a blessing ceremony and make the send off of my book proposal a sacred event.

I am being very intentional on what I am bringing into my blessing ceremony.  Keep reading and discover some possible choices you might include in your next blessing ceremony.

Before you begin planning your ceremony, be very clear with your intention.  Also remember that in the ceremony we are offering our desires to the Universe.  We have no control in how they will manifest.  However, we know it will be for our highest good.

One more important aspect, all ceremonies should be held in the space of love and light.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: As He Lay There

When my father was close
to death, we were stripped
of our history. I sat by his bed,
holding the ancient, twig-like
hand of a ninety-three-year-old
who, though absent for years,
was mythic to me.

As he lay there, under the weight
of a stroke, life undressed the myth
I put on him and he was just a frail
old man who had introduced me
to the sea, who had loved wood
into marvelous shapes, who sur-
rounded himself with books
though he was a slow reader.

After a lifetime of holding back,
he wanted to speak, though he
couldn’t. And I understood
him completely.


A Question to Walk With: Describe someone important in your life and how your sense of them has shifted over the years.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Tone in the Center of the Bell.



Good Things Come to Those Who Act

Good things come to those who wait.

We’ve heard it. We’ve used it on our kids. And we may have even practiced it ourselves a time or two. It’s a quote on patience, and it’s quite a valuable one.

But it’s not always necessarily true.

Depending on the situation, patience is great. It helps us pass the time during the mundane; distracts us during things we dislike; and survive the moments we feel like we won’t make it another ten seconds.

When it comes to our lives – specifically, our big and important goals – we eventually have to stop waiting and start doing.

For those of you afraid to take that jump, I understand. It’s one thing to put yourself in a position to pursue the things you’ve always wanted. It’s a totally different situation to actually change your life. Why? Because funneling away a few hundred dollars a month doesn’t drastically change your life. Neither does going to a few networking events a month or even an extended vacation to test out our idea.
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Slow Times are Grow Times

Many of us will hit fear season, the winter of our work. It’s when things go inky, evaporate, slow down to a crawl, or simply collapse on the side of the road. It’s when insecurity whips up like candy wrappers in a tornado. Most of us see the slack times as the pink slip of self-employment or some bad plague from which we will never recover.

But every creative success story seems to require a plunge into pain. It’s the emotional jalapeno that wakes up the creative grit to succeed. It’s when you call up your will power, leave chance behind, and summon the immensity of your own unspeakable strength. Nothing is happening on the surface. But know this: there’s a surge of growth mounting within you.

When I’ve hit dry skids in my speaking and coaching business, I have often gone on wild red alert. You would think the aliens had finally arrived, closed Starbucks, and brought the end of civilization with them. Friends say comforting things like “The land needs to be fallow before it yields new crops. It’s all a period of gestation.” But I am gestating demons, bankruptcy, and new strains of anxiety attacks. I am growing crops of hallucinations. I’m not so good with this passive little time out for spa days and redirection.

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Connecting With Abundance

As society has just experienced on a massive scale, anxiety about loss of income is very damaging. Everyone can see the loss in economic terms, but at a deeper level something invisible is at work. People’s sense of abundance and fulfillment is undermined. When we worry about not having enough, we immediately think in terms of money, but what about a lack of emotional fulfillment, a lack of love, lack of creative solutions? Abundance needs to prevail in those areas first and foremost.

The most crucial thing to understand is that abundance begins in your awareness. Look at the by now familiar story of lottery winners who are worse off ten years after their sudden windfall. Why? Because they couldn’t adapt. They were used to processing their lives on a limited scale, and suddenly they were asked to process millions of dollars, massive attention, public exposure, and the demands of people all around them.

Unless you are prepared to adapt, abundance itself can turn into a burden on you. The secret is to constantly build an attitude of abundance in small steps leading to a big goal: a sense of self that can accept higher and higher levels of opportunity. Here are seven steps you can build on:

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A Spoiler Alert For Your Life

Spoiler alert: Eventually everything in your life just works. 

It all fits. Everything that was once incomplete or a problem or an issue . . .  in the end . . . it just works! Your life has been designed perfectly for you in every way. 

Of course you’ll have to go through some things before you get there. But in the end, when you are experiencing the conscious manifestation of your life, the only thing you will experience is harmony. It all just flows. 

If you are in the in-between phase, where you are still needing to make some tough decisions, what you are going through is necessary and it takes as long as you need it to take before it becomes that way. By continuing to deny yourself or deny who you are, then your life denies you. When you are perpetuating your victimhood, your suffering and scarcity, you are doing it to yourself. 

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Be Mind Full of Good

What’s in your mind?

The Practice:
Be mind full of good.

Why?

It’s kind of amazing: right now, what you think and feel, enjoy and suffer, is changing your brain. The brain is the organ that learns, designed by evolution to be changed by our experiences: what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Neurons that fire together, wire together. This means that each one of us has the power to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. To benefit oneself and other beings.

Using this internal power is more important than ever these days, when so many of us are pushed and prodded by external forces – the economy, media, politics, workplace policies, war on the other side of the world, the people on the other side of the dining room table – and by our reactions to them.

Life is often hard. To cope with hard things, to be effective and successful, or simply to experience ordinary well-being, we need resources inside, inner strengths like resilience, compassion, gratitude, and other positive emotions, self-worth, and insight.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Spiritual Fluency

Our utter devotion to whatever is before us reveals the nearest detail as a doorway to the Infinite Latticework that holds the Universe together. This moment of spiritual fluency makes us a conduit of life-force. Such moments recharge the heart the way plugging in a lantern revitalizes the reach and intensity of its beam. Through each instance of inner thoroughness, the heart educates us further in what it means to be alive.

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Let Go of Disappointment

Every season of your life brings in new adventures that are exciting but can often be a time of uncertainty. Moving away from your hometown, changing careers, getting married or other exciting life milestones feel like they should be filled with unbridled happiness, but many times end up less than the perfect scenario we envisioned on our journey.

Each time we set out to achieve a new goal or realize our dreams, we’re met with disappointment at various points on our path. Just because things don’t always go as planned doesn’t mean you should abandon your hopes of ever being successful. Learning how to deal with disappointment along the way is just as important as the accomplishments you seek.

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What Are The Universal Laws?!

Have you ever wondered what your role is in the grand scheme of life and the Universe? 

Universal laws give us a somewhat simple way of understanding how the Universe works and how we work inside of it. Just like there are physical laws such as the law of gravity that explain the way the physical world operates, there are also invisible laws of how the Universe works. 

Imagine the Universal laws as moving threads weaving together to form the tapestry of life. When you weave a tapestry, there are horizontal threads and vertical threads, which come together to create a fabric.

Your role in the Universe is like one of these two sides – you might be the horizontal threads and the Universal laws are the vertical. Together, you are weaving and co-creating. You are impacting and influencing reality just as much as it’s impacting and influencing you. 

When you begin to grasp these laws and live in harmony with them, you can experience a sense of trust in the Universe and in life and create a life that’s in alignment for you. 

Let’s go over some of these laws and what they mean… 

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This Four-Letter-Word Can Save You

Have you noticed all the tension in the air these days? Stress has become a regular companion for many of us, especially when our plates continue to overflow with responsibility. Add to that job stress, financial worries, family arguments, car trouble, the annoying driver who’s tailgating us or the person in our grocery line who’s taking their sweet old time…and our anxiety levels creep closer to the verge of explosion.

In a recent study by Gallup, people from various countries were asked to describe what stress means to them. They mentioned words such as problems, anger, fear and anxiety. Some people even related stress to feelings of overthinking, powerlessness and aging. But what this study didn’t show is that stress is often the result of a disconnection with our soul. When we’re united in partnership with our soul, all things fall into place.

As souls, we are all connected to each other. And as sensitive empaths, we can’t help but feel this surge of anxiety and stress around us that can blur our peaceful nature. How do we stop ourselves from overreacting? How do we let go? How do we get back our power and reconnect with our tranquil soul?

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7 Things To Do When You've Been Betrayed

Everyone has had the bitter experience of being betrayed, when someone we trusted violated that trust. After being betrayed, most of us want two things, usually at the same time. We want to get even with the person who hurt us or we want to rise above the situation and offer that person forgiveness. But neither of these impulses usually helps. Getting even with someone usually boomerangs and makes you feel as bad as the person you wanted to hurt. Forgiveness, especially if half-hearted, tends to come off as condescension.

What is really needed is emotional intelligence, which works in two ways. First, you realize the probable outcome of what won’t work—as we just saw, the impulse to get even or to forgive predictably won’t work. It’s good to know this in advance, but emotional intelligence also has to tell you what will work, and why. That’s the second step if you want to recover emotionally after being betrayed.

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Bring Your Loneliness into the Light of Your Self

We're about to learn about a new kind of understanding with the power to transform “dark” moments into liberating self-discoveries. Let’s get started… 

We don’t yet see “problems” for what they really are: a part of the Light within us that we have yet to perceive! Any thought or feeling that troubles us in mind or heart, any fear or worry, is like a candle not yet lit. What purpose has any flame or light—in any form we may find it—other than to enter into and transform what is dark into more of itself?

 For instance, maybe we turn around one day and find ourselves caught in the dark grip of some kind of fear. Perhaps we see the one we love “looking the other way;” maybe a phone call delivers uncertain news about our deteriorating health; or someone tells us about a forthcoming change at work that threatens our sense of security.

In moments such as these our future grows as dark as it seems full of the loneliness, worry, and loss we see coming our way. But our lives need not be swallowed up in unconscious servitude to this kind of suffering. We have another choice if we will only dare be still and be the Light. Here now are some ways to practice realizing the truth of your Self. Each case begins with remembering to make the new choice that follows:

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How Our Loved Ones Communicate With Us After Their Death

The older we get, most of us have suffered the loss of a loved one. This can be hard even if you do believe in life after death. Keep reading and discover how our loved ones communicate with us after their death, and how you can communicate with them.

My schedule was packed full. I was taking off for a long weekend trip to Alaska for a wedding. My very talented hair stylist reached out and needed to change our appointment. The new schedule was perfect; but then she had to change it again because of an unexpected event.

In order for the new schedule to work we met on Sunday. The studio was empty except for the two of us. I can’t remember how the subject came up, but we began talking about death and life after death.

Our conversation was very candid and would not have been so deep, if other people were around. There was a little magic that happened to create a private setting. My hair stylist, Lisa, was just exploring the possibilities of life after death.

I began picking up on an older gentleman around her, like a grandfather. I saw light colored denim. He was also showing me flowers, lots of flowers. He also showed me he was very persistent.

Her grandfather had passed, and had worn light denim overalls. His wife, still living, has lots of flowers. We talked a little more about him and his wife. I mentioned again the flowers and how persistent he is!

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Leader vs. Manager: Know the Difference & Be Successful

Are you a manager… or are you a leader? An organization needs both types of people to be successful. 

Leaders are visionary, big picture thinkers with the passion and charisma to inspire others to help them bring their vision to life.

Managers have analytic minds and organizational skills required to keep everything running smoothly and ensure that their team has what they need to succeed.  

When it comes to leaders vs. managers, oftentimes, people are both. 

The best managers tend to have great leadership skills and are able to empower and inspire their team to aim higher, dream bigger, and strive to get better results.

And many great leaders, having climbed the rungs of management to get where they are now, still have an innate sense of how to manage resources, and implement processes to ensure everything runs smoothly and that people have what they need to do their best work. 

You don’t have to be a great leader to be an effective manager – but it certainly helps, especially if you dream of making a bigger impact on the world and on the lives of other people. 

I want to help you develop your leadership skills and grow your understanding of how leadership and management compare and differ from each other. That’s why I’ve written this article! 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: As a Tuning Fork

Early on, I realized that being a poet was mostly about being an awake human being, which in turn was mostly about living each day as a tuning fork in the midst of life’s currents. As a young poet, I would stumble into a vision, or trip into a metaphor, or glimpse a truth, or be stopped by a deep question. Then, I’d reach for expression after expression in an effort to capture each of them. Of course, I’d inevitably miss because the only things worth saying are unsayable.

So I’d try again and miss again. I would get frustrated and press myself, trying to capture the original vision five, six, seven times. Why couldn’t I express what I was seeing and feeling? Why was I always missing? These things were so clear to me and yet I couldn’t render them accurately. What was I doing wrong?

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Change Is Coming

I don’t know you personally, but I have an idea who you are. You’re a parent, teacher, spouse, sibling,  and your family mean the world to you. You are a professional, and you want your job to feed you both literally and figuratively. You are committed to creating a better, more fulfilling life and you know that a part of that means improving the financial situation you are currently in.

And I know one more thing about you: you may be ready to make a change. A big change. One that will take you on a journey towards the life of you dreams.

I get it. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to know there is more out there – to know that, although my life is find just the way it is, I am capable of more – but feeling overwhelmed and terrified at the thought of shifting. Opening up a finance firm with an emphasis on emotions and a loft office? Not too many people in this business thought it was a great idea.

But I knew my strengths; I was certain that the lessons I learned while on my own personal journey to financial fitness could help people, so I took the risk and made the change.
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Imagine A Reality and Follow It Through

The greatest gift to mankind is life itself. It is a true adventure. Life should be joyful, fulfilling and drenched in happiness. A true prophecy of its own divinity. Most men and women are so bogged down by their day to day means of survival, that they forget to savor the wonders and fulfillment of just being alive. 

It is in our own hands to change our life from boring, humdrum and painful, to vibrant and meaningful. We need to use our mental skills to change. 

ATTITUDINAL CHANGE
Everything that goes on in our lives is actually stemming from the mind. If we change the way our mind works, we are actually changing our lives. The human species is in transition constantly. Evolution is also what can be described as change. 

We all have certain thought patterns, and this is what is actually creating our lives. Changing these thought patterns would be actually leading to a change in our lives. Mankind instinctively would know that somewhere within is the power to change these thought patterns. 
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Why So Much Violence?

The violence in our society has sparked many discussions regarding the cause of such horrifying behavior. Why is this happening?

In my experience, it is not possible for us as human beings to be violent when we are connected to our soul and to our spiritual guidance. When we do the work we need to do to develop a spiritually connected loving adult, we have the ability to place limits on our behavior regarding harming ourselves and others.

However, many people lose touch with their true soul self. Since our soul – our inner child - holds our intrinsic feelings of compassion and empathy for others, losing touch with this aspect of ourselves may cause us to be able to harm others without feeling any pain or remorse over it.
 

The question is, how do we lose connection with our feeling soul self?

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Are You Keeping Yourself Small?

Today, let’s talk about keeping yourself small, staying hidden, not attracting a lot of attention, not standing out … being your whole self and showing everybody who you are.

So, first question is: do you tend to keep yourself small?

Now, the reason I thought about this topic is I had a conversation with a mentoring client recently … She said, when I was young, you were taught to not dream big, to not talk about it … don’t make a big deal about yourself, or about what you’re going to do.

And I’ve just kept thinking since then: How many of us were taught or trained into being smaller than we are, or being smaller than we feel like? How many of you have dreams that you don’t share with people because you don’t want to make them uncomfortable?.

Think about it for a minute: How many of you have struggled with keeping yourself small because you don’t want to make other people uncomfortable or because that was your training? And if you are doing that … then how do you think it sabotages your goals, your dreams, your desires, your visions, your wants for your life.

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