Monday, August 31, 2009

God is a Detective?

This really cracked me up this morning. It's from Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho, Insights for a New Way of Living.) I'm trying not to mention that I was in the bathroom when I saw this...

"The idea of God is that of a Peeping Tom who does not even allow you privacy in your bathroom, who goes on looking through the keyhole, watching what you are doing. This is ugly! All the religions of the world say God continuously watches you -- this is ugly, what kind of God is this? Has he got no other business but to watch everybody, follow everybody? Seems to be the ultimate detective!

Humanity needs a new soil -- the soil of freedom....Of course, you have not to interfere with anybody -- but as far as your life is concerned you have to live it on your own terms."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'll take some abundance thinking with my fish and chips, please

On Friday, I performed a rather mundane, usual task for me: picking up food for my family at a little burger dive. My mother, who lives with us, usually just gets a cheeseburger. This time, however, she decided she wanted the fish and chips. As I was waiting in my car in line, I looked at the big menu. $7.50? $7.50! $7.50! The cheeseburger is just $3.00. What is she thinking? (Well, she doesn't know.) We have 5 people to feed. And on and on and on. I really don't want to reactivate my first thoughts (I can feel it happening!), so I will stop there. I just wanted to give you an idea of what those thoughts were and how they felt.

Then I noticed how I felt as I was sitting there fuming about my mother's huge extravagance. Not good. Tight. Constricted. And, as I searched for new thoughts, a little relieved. What were the new thoughts? First, "She doesn't know this costs double." Second, "This is silly. We can certainly afford this." Third, "Why shouldn't she have what she wants?" And better and better.

I've been working on the abundance thing for a while. I sometimes get tripped up because I'm also the family bean counter. So, to a certain extent, I have to watch the dollars. (It got kinda bad when no one was watching 'em fly around.) But I don't have to watch 'em feelin' like that. And really, I imagine there is a future for us with feelings so abundant and in tune that the money can fly around and it will all work out beautifully. (See, just got myself to an even better feeling thought!) I think the watching of the dollars helped me feel abundant for a while. By this I mean, planning a budget and tracking every little thing in financial software. Because I had a plan, I KNEW it would work out. It made me feel better. And then I got to feeling constricted about the plan. So, I had to back off on it a little. It's a work in progress.

The point is, whatever your issue, it's an ongoing process. Being conscious of your feelings in the small moments can really helpful in identifying where you're at, and making a change for the better.

Fish and chips for everyone! (Hey, is this getting biblical?)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Following the clues from your inner being: grinding

So, as you may have noticed, I've been mostly setting up the services I want to offer here at Manifest Laboratory. I wanted to take a moment and create a post that was not about that in the midst of all this set-up, though!

Basically, I like to post things as they are happening to me, as they occur to me. I like to live in the now and share that. What is happening now is that the universe seems to be coaxing me into all of this. It's really quite lovely. And a little bit scary. I'm being coaxed away from my day job, which is part love and part grind. I'm being coaxed into creating my own way, which will hopefully be all love, no grind. (Well, that sounded wrong! Ha. Don't tell my husband.) I guess I do hope there is some grinding. But see, this is exactly why I want to have my own thing. If I want to discuss grinding, let's do it! Whoa. Ha, these verbal plays are just rolling right out of me. But, I digress.

The real point of this post (I think) is to watch for clues from the universe and act on them. I have been enjoying that immensely. When I discussed that with my husband this morning, he agreed that he is doing that as well. When we do that, life tends to flow for us. It is mysterious and lovely and fun. Things happen in the most interesting and beautiful ways. I just realized I titled this "clues from your inner being" and now all I've talked about is "clues from the universe". I guess to me they mean the same thing. Everything you see "out there" is really a reflection of what is on the inside.

Having said that, what clues have you followed? Where have they led you? How much grinding have you done? (That last one is rhetorical. ;) )

Open-ended Vibrational Tune Up

As I've been working with the 15-minute Vibrational Tune Up, it's come to my attention that sometimes more time is necessary! To that end, I'm also offering the Open-ended Vibrational Tune Up. The concept is the same as the 15-minute Vibrational Tune Up, but without the time limit.

Basically, our goal in the session is to raise your vibration and help you find a better-feeling thought on whatever subject you choose. (Or perhaps even more than one.) We can also explore ways to keep the new thought active in your consciousness. My guess is that these sessions will find their natural end time. We will know when we are done. I doubt many will go beyond the 45-60 minute range. However, I'm willing to play it by ear and give the process the time it needs. Either party can choose to end the session.

Partially because I'm leaving the time open-ended, I've decided to offer this service on a donation basis. (Suggested donation is $1/minute.) Give what you can or what you feel the service was worth after the session. This policy subject to change.

Wanna give it a go? Schedule your session

I look forward to working with you!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Still immersed in The Vortex

I'm greatly enjoying the newest offering from Abraham-Hicks: The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships. It's one of those books I can't help but read with a pen in my hand. And continually quote on Facebook. I think it's also taking me longer because I keep reading it before bed. When I get tired, I can't help but think, "What would really make me feel good right now?" And the answer is often "Sleep". It's nice have reinforcement in making good choices in the now, so I go with it.

The focus of this book is on relationships, which literally touches on almost everything in our lives. Like many of the Abraham-Hicks books, a regular Abe reader will have heard much of what they are saying before. However, it's generally put together in different ways, with some new tidbits and much humor thrown in. I've been reading it in small pieces, savoring the experience. I also find the repetition to be very helpful in integrating the information into my life. Great stuff.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

THE VORTEX: the newest book from Abraham-Hicks

I am only 9 pages into this book, but I am already loving it and quoting it all over the place, so I figured I might as well share it here. If you are at all drawn to it, I suggest you get The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships.

Take a break

I had an intense weekend. A lot of things came to me that I posted on here. A lot of things happened (or didn't happen!) in my day-to-day life. It was intense. At the end of it all, I had to just ask myself, "What do I do now?"

Myself answered, "Take a break."

Awesome. Good advice, Self. So, I pretty much did that. I gave myself some time and space to do what I wanted. I try to do that as much as possible these days, mostly because it's what I'm trying to create. More time. More freedom. More leisure. More fun.

As I've been experimenting with that, I realized just how many of the things on my to-do list are truly negotiable. I think sometimes we get stressed out under all the "shoulds" in our lives. As my friend said today, "Don't should all over yourself."

Of course, there are some things we really have to do in our lives. But, as one of my high school teachers was fond of saying, "All you really have to do is occupy space and die."

With that in mind, when we want a break, I think it pays to stand back and create it for ourselves. How many of the things we "should" be doing are self-imposed? In what ways can we free ourselves? The answers you come up with might surprise you.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Coaching Brainchild: 15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up

15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up*
  • A 15-minute IM experience designed to raise your vibration on whatever subject you choose. (done in Skype.)
  • We will start from where you currently are.
  • We will reach for thoughts and words that create relief.
  • We will reach for better-feeling thoughts and words.
  • We will do the best we can to help you move up the emotional scale.
Reasons to schedule a session:
  • Feeling down about something
  • Needing extra support for something you'd like to draw into your life
  • Feeling stuck
  • Feeling confused
  • Wanting to create a positive outlook on a situation

The goal of this experience:
  • Give you a new perspective on whatever issue you choose.
  • Give you a better-feeling thought on which to focus regarding your situation.
  • By raising your vibration, you change your point of attraction and create new (and better!) results.


Your cost for the 15-Minute experience: $15.

(Before paying for your 15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up, please review to the Coaching Disclaimer. Your payment for your session will be taken as agreement to this disclaimer. Thank you!)

After purchasing your 15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up, you will be taken to a page which will give you instructions on how to set up your appointment. I look forward to working with you!

*Inspired by the work of Abraham-Hicks

Friday, August 14, 2009

Coaching Info: Index

Coaching Philosophy
Coaching Disclaimer
15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up
About Me
Schedule Your Session Now

Coaching Info: Coaching Philosophy

My goal is to make coaching more accessible to people. I think the world would be a better place if we all had access to good, affordable support when we need it.

To this end, the online model of coaching I'm working with is meant to be easy, fun, inexpensive, and more or less anonymous. I work on a session by session basis, with the information you give me in the now. I don't keep detailed records. You can have one session or multiple sessions, depending on what your needs are.

My goal is simple: I hope you feel better at the end of the session than when it began.

See Also:
Coaching Disclaimer
15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up
About Me
Schedule Your Session Now

Coaching Info: Schedule your Session

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a 15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up, please email me at Currently, Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays are the days I have availability. This is subject to change.

I may also be available for sessions "on the fly". By that, I mean that if you see me online according to Skype on this site, feel free to message me if you'd like to have a session right then. If I can accommodate you, I will. You can find me by searching "manifest laboratory".

If for any reason you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please contact me as soon as possible. I will generally give at least a 5-minute grace period for latecomers. More than that, and you may forfeit your appointment time.

I look forward to working with you!

See Also:
Coaching Philosophy
Coaching Disclaimer
15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up
About Me

Coaching Info: About Me

I've been a coach in some way for most of my life.
  • When I was in college, I worked as a writing coach to fellow students.
  • For over five years, I worked as a presentation coach to volunteer docents.
  • For the past two years, I've been a personal coach in a corporate setting, seeing anywhere from 50-80 clients per week.
I have been a spiritual seeker (and finder) for most of my life. I believe we are ultimately responsible for everything in our own lives. I have been studying spirituality, manifesting, and astrology for over a decade. I practice using my intuition on a daily basis. I also practice staying grounded in reality and jumping into living my dreams from there. I believe we create our lives using the law of attraction. I work to use it more consciously and help my clients do so as well. Currently, the biggest influence on my law of attraction work comes from the work of Abraham, but I am open to multiple teachers and paths. I follow what feels right and makes sense to me.

Mostly, I believe that the life I live prepares me to work with others. I do my best to live a life of joy, peace, honesty, love, creativity, and fun. I work to create balance between my roles of self, coach, wife, mother, and friend. I have had challenges in life, as we all have, and have always come back to joy and love. I work to remain open and come from acceptance of all that is.

I believe in coaching as valuable support and guidance. I hope to make coaching more accessible to all through an affordable, easy, enjoyable online format.

If you are interested in learning more about me, read my blog. I believe the best coaching situations happen when there is a natural affinity between coach and client. I believe you will know whether or not you feel this affinity with me from perusing this site. If so, I look forward to working with you to create something wonderful!


See Also:
Coaching Philosophy
Coaching Disclaimer
15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up
Schedule Your Session Now

Coaching Disclaimer

When we begin a coaching session, I ask you to agree to the following.

Neither Manifest Laboratory nor any of its staff can be held responsible in any way for any decision a person makes as a result of the coaching received.

Neither Manifest Laboratory nor any of its staff can be held liable in any way for any of the results of any coaching received or any decisions made or any actions taken by any client as a result of these decisions.

Coaching is not a form of therapy, and coaches are not required to be licensed therapists.

See Also:
Coaching Philosophy
Coaching Disclaimer
15-Minute Vibrational Tune Up
About Me
Schedule Your Session Now

Coaching Info is being written right NOW.

Because of the current nature of this site, the info that I publish regarding my coaching practice will be coming through as blog posts. The first one is going to be a disclaimer. Don't be scared. I'm sure I don't need one of these for you. It's those other people out there. ;)

Regardless, for my own protection and peace of mind, I've decided to ask everyone who chooses to have a coaching session to agree to a disclaimer before we begin. It's a little legalese sounding, but the real gist of it for me is more than just my protection, but for the client to really take responsibility for his or her own choices and actions. Taking responsibility for your own life is key to understanding and using your own power, so we might as well start with that.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Feel Good: Remember the Physical

Check out my new best friend: Pogo. Yes, I just named my rebounder. I am fully anthropomorphizing it. Yep. I guess it's all the Bizarro fiction I've been reading lately.

As many of you know, right now I'm very influenced by the teachings of Abraham. One of the basic tenets is to feel good. Because you attract what you are vibrating. When you feel good, you attract good things. When working with the law of attraction, I think the tendency is to focus on the mental or the spiritual. And Abraham does focus on the emotional a lot as well. It is our emotional guidance system that tells us if we are on the right or wrong track as far as what we'd like to attract. But I rarely notice anyone in law of attraction circles talking about the physical. So, I just want to remind us all to remember the physical.

I thought of that this morning because I was really excited to get on Pogo. (You know, I'm not sure about that name. It was the nickname of a kid I knew in grade school. It was a shortening of his last name. I like the name because I got it from this song sent to me by Michael Sherlock. But "getting on Pogo" still sounds weird to me, since I think of him as a 4th grade boy. I might have to rethink that.)

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Rebounding. I noticed that it just makes me feel good. I had the urge to do it when I got home from work yesterday. It was during that "I'm tired and vaguely annoyed because I just got home from a somewhat stressful day and I'm not fully integrated into my home life yet" time. A few minutes of bouncing sounded really good. I'd like to say I did it right then, but I didn't. I did do it later. And it did make me feel good. It seemed to change my physical chemical composition. It shook me up and made me feel tingly. A fellow rebounder told me that even just a few minutes of bouncing has beneficial effects. I can see that.

Here are some of the benefits of rebounding. The site is a little ghetto, but I did a quick skim and it looks like good info. Here's another one.

My main point is, if you want to improve your point of attraction, remember that enjoyable physical activity is a great option. By improving your point of attraction, I basically mean improving your mood. You cannot attract something better until you feel better. I know, it seems backwards, but that's the way it works. Everything in your experience is under your control. That's the blessing of the universe. (And sometimes the curse!) When we understand and consciously use the law of attraction to bring good things to us by feeling good, it is the blessing.

So, get out there and bounce, dance, run, walk, kick box, or scuba dive your way to a better life. I'm sure you can think of others. Feel good!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Video: Bashar -- Winning the Lottery

I notice that people seem to be interested in how to manifest winning the lottery. (Of course.) I think it's somewhat fun. I would love to win the lottery. But I also love it as a law of attraction exercise. In my opinion, when used correctly, the law of attraction greatly increases your odds from the ones they list on the back of the ticket.

A friend of mine on Facebook posted this video a while ago. I've been thinking about it lately, so I thought I'd share it. I've not seen any of Bashar's other work, but I do like what he has to say about this.

More about the need for tenacity: universal gift?

Today, as I was daydreaming in the midst of my day job, I had what I found to be an interesting thought. Now that I'm re-examining this thought, it's not that groundbreaking, but I think it still bears repeating.

What if the need for tenacity is a huge gift of the Universe? What if that is the way the Universe knows we mean business?

Conversely, what if you instantly got every little thing you thought you wanted? I can think of a few examples right off the top of my head that I thought I wanted, but upon short order decided, "no thanks". It's probably pretty helpful that every little thing we think we want does not immediately fall into our laps.

However, manifestation time does seem to get faster the more conscious and focused we become about it. Perhaps consciousness and focus are necessary prerequisites to speedy manifesting. Sure would make sense in a benevolent universe.

I love it when things make sense.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Just so you know.... Coaching

I have had "write up coaching information" near the top of my to do list for the past week. I'm not sure what is holding me back. (Well, perhaps you just read about my day.) I guess it's all still percolating. I have not forgotten. I look forward to getting it all put together and starting this new episode.

Resistance, Lovely Resistance

I titled this post at 10:16 am. It is now 10:26 pm. My 4 year-old son is finishing up his ice cream in the other room. I just ate mine. It's funny that I planned on talking about resistance today and then had this day.

Most of us encounter resistance at some point or another. I was planning to talk about mine this morning. And then I created some more. That crazy law of attraction. I probably shouldn't even talk about it now, but I cannot resist finishing this post 12 hours later with the knowledge of how my day went.

The resistance I planned to talk about was regarding wanting to quit my job. Indeed, planning to quit my job. It's been a crazy ride, just thinking about it. I seemed to be getting a lot of support for the crazy "leap and the net will appear" scenario I was planning. Until I told my mom.

Insert horror music here.

Yes, I am 37 years old. But, yes, my mom does live with us. So, I feel somewhat obliged to take her feelings into account. Notice I did say "into account". I still haven't told her that when I said, "Ok" after her fear-soaked rant to me about "making ends meet" and "the state of the economy," that I meant, "Ok, I heard you," and not, "Ok, I'm going to do what you want."

My intuition had told me that Friday was to be the day that I should give my 2 weeks notice. After the fear-soaked rant, I've just stopped thinking about it. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. But I felt I needed to let it sit. I needed to do things that made me feel good. I needed to let the fear slide off me.

And I started to think about resistance. And I started noticing that I kept reading about the importance of the focus of the mind. And being tenacious. I was listening to an interview with writer Kevin L. Donihe, who discussed the importance of being tenacious as a writer. (Great word, so I have stolen it. He is an excellent wordsmith.) I've been reading Russell Brand's autobiography, (another excellent wordsmith), and he talks about the importance of tenaciousness in a number of places. And my own husband, Kevin Shamel (yet another amazing wordsmith), has had to be tenacious for years to get where he's gotten (about to have his first book published).

What do we do when we encounter resistance? Just keep at it. If you have to, alter your course, but don't give up. I might need to alter my course of action. But I will keep at it. I will create more freedom and more money and more love and more fun.

Just for fun (see how fast that was?), I will tell you that I ended up spending about six hours getting my husband's website started today. After that, I multi-tasked making brownies and scrambled eggs. I was so proud. (I haven't been very domestic lately.) Just as I was putting the eggs on my son's plate, I noticed that they smelled a little funny. I asked my mom if she thought so. Yes. I checked the expiration date on the package: over a week ago. The eggs AND the brownies (made with the same eggs) had to go right into the compost. Ack.

I persevered. We got fast food. My order was so wrong I could not even eat it. But we did go to the store and get brownies. Ahhh. And ice cream. I had the ice cream already. Maybe I'll go have a brownie. Oh wait, I'm getting sidetracked. But that was the kind of day it was. However, in the end, all has ended well. Because through it all, especially the six hour website fun, I persevered.

In fact, in a somewhat sweet turn of events, my son received a toy with his meal that he tried to manifest about 2 weeks ago: a stuffed bear. We had no intention of getting him another stuffed animal, and we have no fondness for stuffed bears. But there it was. When he said he wanted it a couple weeks ago, he even said that either we would get it for him or the universe would bring it. Funny, he didn't remember that he had wanted that, but we did. Good manifesting!

This day has been interesting. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going. I'm not sure exactly how I'll get there. I just know I will move forward, thinking of tenaciousness. I will let the resistance I encounter make me stronger and wiser and more appreciative.

But don't get me wrong, I'm willing to take things that come easy, too! (Maybe that will set me up for a more pleasant day tomorrow.)

Now, smooth sailing...

Thanks for your perseverance in reading this far.

Is anyone else's 4 year-old up at 11:00pm still?

Friday, August 7, 2009

What about "opposites attract"?

This morning I awoke thinking about the concept of opposites attracting.

As far as conscious creation goes, I've been mostly working with and talking about the law of attraction. Simply stated, the law of attraction is "like attracts like". But what about "opposites attract"? We've all heard that (and seen to a certain degree) our whole lives. How do we reconcile the two?

To begin with, the two ideas are not necessarily logically mutually exclusive. You can have opposites attract and likes attract, right? My thinking is yes. However, my studies in astrology have taught me a deeper truth that makes sense of this apparent paradox. Opposites are actually two sides of the same coin. Opposites by their very nature have something in common. Opposites are like a continuum of the same idea.

You may ask for an example. Well, lets say astrologically speaking we are talking about the opposite signs of Pisces and Virgo. (The moon is in Pisces today and I've been talking about Pisces a lot.) If we talk about the trait of details as related to these two opposite signs, we would say that Virgo is all about details and Pisces sometimes can only see the forest and not the trees. (And even then sometimes the forest is kinda hazy.) So, it's opposite. But the whole thing is still focusing to some extent on details. There's the like inherent in the opposites.

Like attracts like AND opposites attract. Nice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I just manifested myself a phone

This is so freaky. But so cool. I've been wanting a new phone. But I use the one I have now about once a month. I know, I am a freak. I couldn't really justify the expense. So I get on Facebook and see that one of my friends is selling pretty much the exact phone I was considering. But I'm still having a hard time justifying it. I mean, I am quitting my job, right? I start thinking of making him an offer somewhat less than his "buy now" price. As I'm thinking this, he writes to me with the exact price I'm considering.

I'm thinking, "Well, maybe this is a sign." But, getting back to the whole "I don't really use my phone and I maybe shouldn't spend money on something I don't use right now," I am thinking I probably shouldn't buy it. When I still can't justify it, he tells me he will give me the phone for a little bit of PR work. I felt a little weird about it at first, but then I realized that's just the way of the universe. So, right on. I'm getting a new phone!

Thanks universe!
Thanks friend!

A little bit of background on this situation. It's been a few months since I even thought of that phone. I had given up on it. Sometimes that's how it works.

Be a Spiritual MacGyver

Anyone who knows me knows I'm thinking of quitting my day job. Anyone who's read here probably knows that. Well, it's getting closer. The ole intuitive vibes have been pushing me to do something SOON. So, I'm thinking of things I could do to be of use other than working a day job. This blog is part of it. The online coaching that I'm planning is part of it. I'm considering doing some astrological consulting. I know my intuition is key. I know I need to work with that. I still haven't fully decided whether or not I'm going to be an eco consultant. Wow. What a bunch of crap. My rational mind says, "Specialize! Focus!" Maybe that is what I'm meant to do. But this morning I felt like I needed to be a spiritual MacGyver. Just use what I have. (Sydney Bristow from Alias comes to mind as well. Love her.) So, I'm pondering that.

Good thing this is a laboratory. I'm just tryin' shit out and seeing how it goes. Sorta. (Also planning to practice focus.) Wow. There's that paradox thing again. Interesting.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sometimes I don't want to talk about this stuff

Sometimes I think I understand why some spiritual traditions talk about God as G-d. It baffled me at first. But it just seems too big to talk about sometimes. It seems like I can feel it and understand it ("it" being something goddish in nature), but when I try to make words they come out, "garble garble flap waggle plab."

How could anyone possibly understand The Infinite in words? I know what I sense. I know what I experience. Is it overkill or underkill to try to discuss? What is the point? Who is it for?

Sometimes I think a cave-dwelling existence might suit me more. But I guess not. So, I plug along.

Sometimes I feel like all of this manifestational stuff has been talked to death. And sometimes I feel like NO ONE knows it or gets it. So how can it have been talked to death? Sometimes it feels like new age tripe and I will come off as a new age tripe purveyor. And that is when I retreat to my cave, hording my Self to myself. But I know it is not tripe. I know it.

And every once in a third eclipse, I talk about those feelings. Maybe I should not be so true about this. Maybe I should not be vulnerable. Maybe I should not hit "publish post". I know the reality of the Law is that I should be focusing on what I do want. Not on this weird feeling. But here it is. So, it's going out. For now. Maybe someone else feels this way and needs to feel not quite so alone.

Isn't this post the antithesis of everything I'm doing? Oh well, must continue on. Paradox happily survives our plane.

Good night all. Full moon (eclipse) fever seems to have struck. See you in dreamyland.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Space Chick is by Ed Mironiuk

Doy. I meant to give Space Chick artist Ed Mironiuk some major props for his faboo art, but I got all stuck in my head about what I was saying.

To see more of Ed's Fetish Tattoo Pinup Art, click here. (Clearly, he's amazing.) From that lead-in, you are forewarned some of his stuff is more for grown ups, if ya know what I mean.

(I posted this separately instead of just editing the original post, because I think if anyone is reading this on Facebook or from a different feed they only get the first version.)

It's not about following the rules. It's about following your heart.

Hold on to your hats, manifestational world, I've got a biggie comin' atcha...

I believe my vision board is coming down.

I want it to work. I don't want to give up on it. But quite frankly, I'm a little sick of it. It's been up in front of my desk for over 2 years now. I don't think I've really gotten any of the things on it yet. Hmmm. Not sure if I'm doing anything wrong. They are "supposed to" work, right? They are "supposed to" work even as a subconscious thing, I thought.

Well, I found a new piece of artwork that I would like to use to replace the defunct vision board.

For some reason, I feel she is going to inspire me more than my vision board. I love her. She's beautiful. She's unique. She's sexy. She's holding a freakin' gun! That's so funny. I'm not into guns! But it is an old-timey Buck Rogers gun. How can you not love it? And I feel like it reminds me to embrace the things that I don't think are me in order to be more. Or in order to just be the ALL.

It reminds me of that phrase, "If you see the Buddha, kill him." I've seen some interpretations of that phrase that don't please me for some reason. To me, it means that we cannot take anything for granted. Everything the Buddha is about is to not kill. But if we take it too seriously, if we get stuck in dogma or hero worship, we are lost.

So, I've got my Buck Rogers gun all trained and ready for if the Buddha comes a-knockin'. And I'm gonna use it to take down the ole vision board.

And I might just need some pink hair before all this is over.

So, how will this help me more than my vision board? I guess because I am just seeing past my vision board now. It's just a jumble of stuff. Space Chick has more meaning, more oomph, more soul. She makes me HAPPY. And that's the best thing.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Abraham on disciplined thought

So cool. As I was writing my last post, I was wanting to explain how it works that you control your point of attraction and that is what makes all the difference in your life. It seemed too complex for me to try to explain. I just happened to head over to see the Abraham quote of the day, and the quote did it for me. Ha! So here it is...

When you begin to understand Law of Attraction, and you understand that which is like unto itself is drawn, then it is easier and easier to understand that you are offering a signal, and the entire Universe responds. And when you finally get that, and you begin to exercise some deliberate control about the signal that you offer, then it really begins to be fun, because then you recognize that nothing happens outside of your creative control. There are no things that happen by chance or by circumstance. There is nothing that is happening because of something you vibrated a long time ago or in a past life. It is not about what you were born into. It is only about what you are, right now, in this red hot fresh moment emitting.
--- Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Seattle, WA on Saturday, June 20th, 1998

Everything Starts with (Disciplined) Thought

Everything starts with a thought. I woke up with that thought in my mind. I began to ruminate on it. I believe this is true. Thought is the first thing. It is akin to vibration. In my mind, they are close, yet not the same. And your vibration is your point of attraction. What does this mean on a practical level? To me, it means it is important to be disciplined in our thoughts. I have seen this make a big difference in everything that happens around me. It's the most awesome magic.

Yet "discipline" sometimes feels almost like a dirty word to me. I can't seem to decide. I sometimes want to be disciplined and I sometimes very much don't want to be disciplined. I know when I am, everything runs smoother. Perhaps the answer is in changing my thought about discipline. Or perhaps it is in following my intuition about what I need right then: discipline or not. But mostly, what I am thinking about in these situations when I rebel against discipline is discipline of ACTION. (Is the word discipline starting to look and sound weird to anyone else? You know how that is when you say or write a word too many times? All of a sudden, I was like, "What a WEIRD word!")

Anyway, back to what I was saying. I think I may have just figured it out. I can see how discipline of ACTION comes and goes in how it feels. Sometimes I want to and sometimes I don't. However, discipline of THOUGHT and VIBRATION always feels good to me. Why is that? Because it always yields results. It is consistent with the law of attraction. It does not matter what you are DOING so much as what you are BEING while you do the things you do. When disciplined action comes from an inspired place, it feels good. When it comes from a forced place, not so good. When we discipline our thoughts, everything around us falls into place. Life flows. We are inspired to take action and that action yields us the results we want. And sometimes it doesn't even matter because inspired action in and of itself feels good. (All this thought of my mine here and directly below is most likely inspired by Abraham.)

Because, really, it is all about feeling good. When we feel good, we attract good. It is sacred selfishness. And it spills love out to the whole world.

So let the dishes sit if you must, but focus on wonderful, happy thoughts of clean dishes. Before you know it, those dishes will get done. Either by you in a happy way or someone else. Or you'll just decide to be happy and not care about the dishes. I have seen this happen in myself a number of times. When I look at something in my home in distaste, it persists. I have no desire to deal with it. When I look at it and think, "Ok, what is it that I DO want?" When I think, "I want that surface clean and tidy," then it changes my feeling and I am now compelled to clean and tidy it. And feel good about it. Or someone else comes along and does it (which is fun, too.)

This post again inspired by Christine Kane by way of Amy. Thanks ladies. As Christine says in that article, I had no idea what I was going to write when I started this post. But, this is just what I do.