Why It’s Never What You Expect ~by shannon modrell

~by Shannon Modrell

Wonderful creative soul, the truth is you won’t be able to give birth to your heart’s desire exactly the way you envision. Every creator holds a vision in his or her heart’s eye that is rarely exactly realized. It’s true, you may not have all the talent or smarts and energy you wish you had. You know what? It doesn’t matter. What does matter is you keep moving forward on what you most treasure. What is born and most importantly, the process of birthing your heart’s desire, contains all the meaning and joy and renewal you crave.”                  ~Jennifer Louden

 People who don’t think of themselves as creative (and there are LOTS of them) are always surprised when I tell them that most of the things I create – whether artwork, jewelry, songs, speeches, even these articles – never turn out like I originally picture them or hear them.  All they see is the finished product and they assume I have some grand ability that they do not possess. 

They don’t realize what a moment-by-moment process it is to produce something out of seemingly nothing and they automatically compare my finished outcome to the lack of a complete vision in their own head. 

 Or they may have a fantastic mental picture about something they want to create, but become frustrated when their results are less than they had envisioned on the first go-round.

But as most any author, artist, songwriter, speaker, builder or event coordinator will tell you – nothing ever goes exactly as planned – no matter how extensively you plan it before hand. 

 Why?

Because once you step into the realm of “yes” by taking an action in the direction of your intention, who you are changes with each step.  Each moment of the journey is entirely new. 

 This is one of those odd phenomena that can only be understood through experience! 

 The richest and juiciest writings, songs, performances, speeches, classes, humanitarian undertakings, etc. come about when we ride the waves of inspiration that flow through us and we allow ourselves to be guided and directed into a larger vision than anything we ourselves never imagined. But this is usually only revealed to us one stepping-stone at a time, and only fully gains momentum when we say “yes” and then take action.

So I propose we all agree to let go of comparing our efforts to those of others AND to the expectation we may have in our own minds and try to simply enjoy the process – the step-by-step journey of creation – trusting that it will be revealed to us one piece at a time. We cannot fully know the outcome because with each new moment of the process what we see, how we see it, and what we are ready to experience is continually evolving.

 Peace and blessings,

Shannon

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life -Steps 7, 8 and 9 ~by Shannon Modrell

Today brings the end of our series on the “forgotten rules” of the 9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life.  If you’ve been following since Step 1 you may have noticed that all of the steps interrelate to one another.   

Below are the last 3 steps (7, 8 and 9) with a simple action step for each one:

# 7 Appreciate and nurture what you do have now

 This is about being a good steward

 It’s so easy to forget just how blessed and prosperous we really are.  As Americans, we live in the richest country in the world.  Even some of the poorest among us live better than many in other countries.  Most of us don’t even realize how much we take for granted the freedoms and opportunities that are unheard of in other countries, and throughout much of our own history.

 What we focus on expands

 Even if what we have now isn’t quite up to the level of what we want, sending the energy of appreciation to what we already have will cause greater and greater good to expand into our lives.  The more time you spend appreciating that which is, the more you will find things to be appreciative of are attracted to you.

Spend some time walking through your home and see it through the eyes of a homeless person.  You might be surprised at what you find! 

 

 #8 Focus on the emotional quality of what you want more than the form

 I’ve mentioned this in a few of the other steps previously posted, but it bears repeating. 

 Manifestation is often confused with the vending-machine concept: input your order to the Universe (usually through visualization) and magically, out will pop what you wanted.  What most people don’t realize is that by the time someone has manifested something that they have visualized (new car, new job, healing from an illness) they were already at the last stages of the process.  Whether they knew it or not, they had at some point previously already said YES to the emotional quality of what they wanted, and YES to receiving it.

 Take a few minutes each day to bathe yourself in the feelings of what it is like to have what you want.  The essence of what you want will be drawn to you. 

# 9 Be willing to take action steps to get what you want

 Although we don’t have to know exactly how we will get what we manifest for, we do need to be willing to take any necessary action steps to obtain it.  I’m not suggesting “do -whatever-it-takes-regardless-of-the-consequences”, that’s just fear-based clutching and grabbing, trying to force things to happen the way we think they should.  What I’m referring to is taking action – even a small action – toward your goal.  If I could impress one powerful suggestion upon the world about this it would be: 

 Move in the direction of your dreams

 Mountains are climbed one step at a time.

 Overwhelm is one of the biggest reasons people resist getting into action.  We tend to think we have to have a plan all worked out in our head for how it will happen, and this can lead to giving up, or just sitting around hoping and wishing for what we want.  But if you’ll break it down into small do-able steps you will be led down path you cannot even imagine!  If you will take even one small, manageable step toward what you want, the next right step will be shown to you.

 Try to think of some small thing you can do to move you closer to your goal, and do it.  One micro-action a day is better than nothing.  Sooner or later those small actions add up in surprising ways.

 I’ve enjoyed sharing my personal experience with using the law of attraction through this series. I hope you will find it useful for creating a life of health, peace, and prosperity.

Shannon

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want In Life -Step 6 ~by Shannon Modrell

Step 6 is one of my favorites – and sometimes one of the most challenging steps in the “forgotten rules” of the law of attraction.  But if we can train our selves to put it into practice we open doors of MASSIVE possibility!  Possibilities beyond prediction…

Step #6 Let Go of the Good for the Better 

(This one is closely related to step #4 which is: Let Go of the Old.)

 And it’s mostly about trust.

 Think of your favorite shirt or blouse you may have had years ago.  When you first got it, it was wonderful and new (at least new to you, if not brand new).  But over the course of say, 20-30 years of wear it would become faded, maybe with some holes here and there, and it’s probably also way out outdated by now, not to mention overly snug or too large if your weight changed over time.   It probably just isn’t as spiffy as it was back when you first got it.  What was once fabulous and new and made you feel good no longer serves quite the same purpose – because it’s time of service is over.

 It doesn’t mean that it was never that good to begin with, or that it was wrong to have it, or that you were a fool to have ever seen anything good in it. 

 It just means that your needs have changed and now it’s time to get a new shirt or blouse to replace it.

If you hang on to it, insisting that it stay in your closet because it was magnificent in its glory days, there is one less spot for a new, more suitable replacement in your closet.

 How often do we do this with items – and situations – in our lives?  Cling to what was rather than letting go of it and trusting that what takes its place will meet our need just as the old thing or situation once did?  Don’t ask me how many careers I’ve stayed miserable in because I just couldn’t see what else I would do with my life…Ok, I’ll tell you:

I’ve done this twice with major careers:

I’m a person who needs constant change, but I used to have a pattern of staying stuck and miserable in a career choice because I couldn’t imagine what else I could do that I’d be as good at as the career I was in. I did this both as a nail technician and then again as an interior designer.  I loved both careers when I first started them:  I jumped in awash with child-like enthusiasm, I was growing, learning, expanding my business, getting my needs for being productive met.  But once I’d mastered what I was doing the fun started to wear off and it became a grind.  But I couldn’t see what else I would be good at and enjoy as much as I had enjoyed the career when I first started it, so I just stayed where I was. 

And grew more miserable with each passing day. 

 Fear of the unknown and resistance to re-experience the awkwardness of being a beginner at something kept me stuck in what was once challenging, exciting and nearly addictive, but now sucked the life out of me.

 It didn’t mean those careers had been bad choices. It didn’t mean I hadn’t gained benefit from being in them

It meant that I had outgrown them.

Fortunately I let go of that pattern, once I realized I was in it! 

And I love what I do today; singing, writing, inspiring and encouraging.  And I know that I can always reinvent what I’m doing to suit whatever direction my soul is calling me toward.

And…of course this works with stuff, too.  Like I said in step #4, objects that no longer serve you jam up the flow in your life in countless invisible ways.  If you took the action suggestion listed in that step you may already have testimony to just how true this really is!

So my hope for you is that if you are clinging to something that once suited you but you have outgrown, please bless it, let it go, and trust that something new and delicious will take it’s place – something that suits perfectly who you are right now, today.

Peace, Clarity, and Inspiration to you!

Shannon

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life -Step 5 ~by Shannon Modrell

We’re more than halfway through with our law of attraction series on manifesting.  I’m really excited to bring you today’s  topic because it tends to trip so many of us up when trying to create something we want in life.  It harkens back to the idea that I mentioned in Step 4 about true prosperity being the experience of living in the knowing that all of our needs are met, all the time

Last post covered Step #4 in manifesting whatever we want in life which was “Let Go of the Old”. 

  Step 5 focuses on a common stumbling block for many people:

 Be willing to give it however long it takes to achieve it!

 Sometimes what we ask/pray/manifest for comes instantly.  Sometimes it takes a while.  Some people say that when it takes a long time, it just means our faith is not strong enough; otherwise we would have it immediately.  I don’t see it as quite that black-and-white.

The universe has an uncanny way of making sure that all of the blessings we receive are also blessings for those around us.  Think of how many other people are affected when things in our lives change – nothing happens in a vacuum.  We are all connected, and what affects us, affects others.  Each of the people who are a part of our change have a path of their own, with intentions already set in motion. 

Sometimes it takes time for our dreams to be realized because other events need to fall in place in order for the optimum conditions for our dream to really blossom.  There may be skills we need to develop.  Often there are changes that need to occur within us as old mindsets fall away to make place for the new ones that match our new vision. Sometimes there are people we need to meet who are not yet ready to meet us because they are still involved with intentions they set in motion previous to ours. 

It’s human nature to want instant gratification, but I’ve come to trust that all things work for good and that when things don’t happen on my timetable, there’s a good reason for it. 

It has taken me 3 years to complete my CD “Speak Your Word”.  At the time of this article it is almost complete, but I originally hoped it would only take a few months.  Hah!  During the recording process things seemed to just crawl along like molasses, and unexpected delays and setbacks became commonplace for this project.  I was getting very frustrated and tempted to push things to happen faster, but I had to just trust that things were happening in divine right order.  One day, about a year into the process, I was in Tierra Studios recording vocals on some of the songs, and the studio manager pulled me aside.  He said “There’s a really fabulous guitarist from England who’s going to be in town next week.  If you need any lead guitar parts on any of your songs, I’d recommend you do whatever you can to get him scheduled for a session.  He’s only going to be in town for a week, and he won’t be back for a long time.” 

It just so happened that I did need a lead guitar part for some of the songs, and the songs that needed it were exactly at the point they needed to be in order to accommodate laying down lead guitar parts (we were building the instrumental parts in layers, rather than having all the players record their parts at one time).  The guitarist turned out to be David Munday, a phenomenally talented blues guitarist who has played on CD’s for several famous artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams, Natalie Imbruglia, and Belinda Carlisle just to name a few.  He gave the songs exactly what they needed! 

Had I tried to force the CD to be completed in a few months time like I’d wanted, I would never have gotten the chance to have David Munday play on it.   

Now I can see how things were working in my favor, despite the frustration of slow, grinding progress.  That was another huge reminder to me to trust that everything works for good – even when events make it appear otherwise, and that my human timetable is not always the best timetable.

So whether you would like to create something big or small, If you are tempted to give up
 or not even try because of how much time it may take,
I invite you to adopt one of my all-time favorite mantras:
“My dreams are worth whatever time it takes for me to achieve them.”

***If you are contemplating making a huge life change by following a long ignored life’s calling, I highly recommend Tama Kieves book  This Time I Dance: Creating The Life You Love

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life -Step 4 ~by Shannon Modrell

So far in this law of attraction series I’ve focused on getting better stuff and increasing our money, so I feel it’s a good time to point out what I think is one of the most important points about prosperity: it’s not about the stuff. 

It’s too easy to develop a “grab-it” mentality around getting things when we work with prosperity principles.  

But in reality, the whole point of learning to manifest is really about what kind of person we become in the process.  The real truth is that the manifestation of the good stuff is a by-product of living in the knowing that our needs are easily and naturally met at ALL times. 

In the last article we explored Step #3 in manifesting whatever we want in life which was “Be open to something even better”.  

 Step 4 focuses on one of the most overlooked blocks to creating the life we desire… 

 Step #4 Let Go Of The Old 

 Most of us have heard by now that we humans tend to stay stuck in our comfort zones, no matter how painful or soul sucking the comfort zone may be, and that often we don’t even realize just how much we are clinging to what is, and how that blocks us from what could be.   We know that if we are to manifest a new situation we must be willing to let go of the old one. 

But one of the biggest things that holds us back – and most often overlooked – is…

 CLUTTER!

Having things in our lives that are not in service to us jam up the flow of good into our lives (including the flow of money)!  Those old clothes that we never wear, things that are broken, things we really don’t want, gifts that we hang onto out of guilt, the mostly empty shampoo bottles with .05 cents worth of goo in the bottom that keep getting knocked over, the old cosmetics that sit in the back of the cabinet, the garage full of stuff we barely remember…

Do not underestimate how much this stuff blocks up your life.  It may seem unrelated to anything that is going on in your life, especially if you are accustomed to believing that reality is only that which you can physically see, feel, hear smell and prove.  Trust, me when I say it IS connected in invisible and powerful ways.  It slows down the process of manifesting your true desires. 

  

If you don’t believe me, try this:Get rid of everything in your life that does not actively, currently serve you or someone in your family.  Return it to circulation where it can be of service to someone if it’s truly useable, pitch it if it is not.  Do this in small phases if it’s overwhelming

 Organize what is left as best you can so that you crate order in your environment.  Do this in small phases too if necessary 

Start to notice how your life changes. See if life doesn’t flow easier, your thinking become clearer, your emotions grow calmer and your desires manifest faster! 

Peace, 

Shannon 

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life -Step 3 ~by Shannon Modrell

In the last article I offered Step #2 for manifesting whatever we want in life which is “Get honest about why you want it”. 

 Step 3 Brings us not only what we want, but EVEN MORE!…

 Step #3 is: Be Open To Something Even Better

 Seriously.

 The gift of grace is that not only do we never fully experience the full consequences of our errors, but that we ALWAYS experience more good than we can ever imagine.  There is always much more good in store for us than we can fathom.  By working with the law of attraction in this way, we can bring it into reality 

I’ll give you a personal example of this: 

About 2 years ago I started to feel the tug of divine discontent about my then living situation in Houston, TX.  The need to move out of my 1950’s fixer-upper house and into something larger and nicer was bearing down on me like a sack of boulders because my soul (and my husband’s soul) was ready to birth a more expanded experience of life.  I mean it was getting downright miserable at times! 

So I began looking at houses in an area that would stretch us some financially, but not irresponsibly, and still be close to my husband’s job and school (he was preparing to leave the computer field and follow his lifelong dream of entering the New Thought ministry). 

 We fell in love with a house in a new construction neighborhood that seemed just too perfect to pass up.  So we put our house on the market and I started using the Law of Attraction tools I have used to manifest everything I’ve ever drawn to myself (namely the ones in this article) to draw to us our new home. 

 But instead of limiting my focus to getting that exact, wonderful, perfect house that we loved, I focused on the feelings that the house inspired in me, the sense of expansion from the open layout, the sunlight and connection to the outdoors from the large picture windows, the freedom of lower maintenance in a new construction home, the sense of order gained from better designed storage, etc, etc…and I always said “I want this house or something better!”.  I focused on the feeling – not the form!  I did this every day – at least once a day – for several months. 

Well, we never did move into the house, or the neighborhood. 

And the real estate market tanked. 

And we could not sell our house unless we were willing to take a huge loss on it. 

Instead…

My husband was offered a ministerial position in Nacogdoches, TX, a small town two and a half hours away from Houston.  This position would allow him the chance to pastor a church and gain ordination through a field licensing program, cutting down his schooling from 4 years to 2.  It also allowed him to go ahead and live the life he was meant to live sooner rather than later – in a church that really needed a minister with his particular skill set. 

Moving to the town also landed us an opportunity to rent a home that matched all the things I’d been manifesting, plus 2 extra rooms, from a woman who really needed to rent out the home or lose it.  We were able to arrange for a much lower monthly payment than a new mortgage would have been.  Moving to the small town removed all the sensory stimulation of Houston from my life so I could better focus on the expansion of my own singing, songwriting and writing career.  Plus we rented out our 1950’s house to a wonderful couple who really needed out of their bad apartment situation, allowing us to make a little profit on the property AND not sell it at a loss.

Had we gotten that perfect house in the perfect location as I’d sooooo badly wanted, we would have had to turn around and sell it in a down market (before gaining any equity) after having plunked down a hefty down-payment, or turn down the church position. And we would have had try to sell it in a down market.  So we not only got the essence of what I was working on manifesting, but we got much, much more, and in a way that brought blessings to everyone involved – people we didn’t even know existed when I started manifesting for a new house! 

I could never in a million years have orchestrated such a masterful plan or foreseen how all of these circumstances would dovetail to create blessings for so many.  So even though I probably could have manifested the exact form of that house in that neighborhood, I’m REALLY glad I knew to always stay open to something better!

 So I invite you to try this. 

Spend a little time each day allowing the feeling quality of what you want into your experience, NOT the exact form, as so many people in this law of attraction movement try to do :) 

 I would love to hear about your results!

  Peace!

Shannon

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life – Step 2 ~by Shannon Modrell

We all want  what we think of as “the good life“, however we define that.  And I’m here to adamantly declare that we CAN indeed have it! 

But so often we get in our own way and don’t even realize it, even if we’re reading all the books and working on changing our beliefs and doing the things the manifesting gurus tell us to do.

That’s why I am so passionate about bringing you this series on The Forgotten Rules: 9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want in Life

 Today we’ll uncover step #2: Get Honest About WHY You Want It.

This will do 3 things: 

1) Bring it about faster,

2) Help you eliminate any unconscious, misguided attachments you may have to it which block it from your life, and

3) Make you aware of whether you really want it or if you want it because of what you thought it would give you. 
I’m asking you for more rigorous self honesty here – Spend some time really exploring the truth of why you want to experience what you are trying to manifest.  What unmet need is within you that you are hoping this thing or experience will fill. 

Let’s go back to our example of wanting more money (from Step #1 last week).  Start by taking an inventory of what you think money will give you: More freedom? Prestige? A sense of worth and value? Vacations? Toys? A nice home? Safety? Joy?  A sense of pride and accomplishment?  To fill a “hole in the soul”?  Make a list of these things.  Try not to judge them as good or bad.  Instead, just notice if the feelings you have around them feel good or uncomfortable – or both.  

Now, spend some time allowing yourself to feel how good it would be to have the thing you are manifesting.  Feel all of those things in your body, right now.  Take 15 minutes or so a day to do this (this is key).  Why? Because no matter what we are trying to create, what we are really after is the feelings!  That is the motivating force that drives us to desire the things we want more of.  And the magic of this is that by allowing yourself to feel the feelings before you have the form (the result, the thing you want), you will either draw that thing to you or the need for it will disappear. 

Another reason to discover why you want something is that sometimes we want things for a misguided reason.  We think that the thing or experience we desire will give us something we need.  But if we ever got it, it still wouldn’t fulfill that underlying need.  Using our money example, if we think more money will give us a sense of self-worth, external validation, or an escape from a sense of shame around not having it, getting more money would only be a band-aid for a gaping wound that is screaming out to be healed.  And we would always be dependent on getting more and more money to keep getting to experience the temporary shot of the feelings we wanted money to give us in the first place.  And it usually either doesn’t show up at all, or slips through our fingers quickly if we do get it.  By understanding the underlying desire and healing it, we not only heal the pain that we carry, but we also get to experience more of the outcome we wanted (in this case, more money) 

 A personal example:

 I used to shop quite compulsively and impulsively.  Consequently I ended up spending a lot of money on things that had novelty in the moment, but didn’t get used (which blocks the flow of abundance).  I also accumulated LOTS of clutter (which also blocks the flow of abundance).  And, I ended up with a lot less money because I was constantly spending it (which also blocks the flow of abundance because it reinforces a sense of “lack”).  But no matter how much I bought, it was never enough.  I always came across something in a store that, in that moment, I felt would add something to my life. 

Then one day I had a light bulb moment…

 I heard the concept I stated above: No matter what you want in life, what you’re really after is a feeling state.”  I began to take inventory of what feelings I was really after when I made all the impulse purchases.  Here was my list:

  • Feeling of affluence and prosperity (all my needs are met – safety/security)
  • A sense that I deserve good things (self worth)
  • Ownership (feeling in control of my life)
  • Newness and novelty (creativity and adventure)
  • Having good things in my surroundings (quality) 

When I realized that the desire for these feelings was driving my need to accumulate, I began practicing allowing myself to feel those feeling qualities as often as the thought to do so occurred throughout the day. 

Soon my desire to accumulate and buy every cute or cool thing I saw disappeared because I realized I could feel those things without spending money on useless clutter.  And I realized I didn’t really even want most of what I had accumulated.

AND things of quality and meaning are now in my surroundings because I had money to buy them.  AND all my needs are truly met.  AND I opened the door for greater and greater sense of newness and novelty in my life through new experiences that bless me and others (creating a healing ministry through song, and creating this blog and my Gifted U Ezine for example!)   Law of attraction in action.  

So I invite you to look at anything you may want to experience more of in your life, or anything you want to bring into your life, and spend some time getting clear about WHY you want it.  (Hint: For me, writing it out helps draw out the truth that lives just beneath the surface.)

Next post  will explore Step # 3! 

 Peace,

Shannon

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9 Steps to Manifesting Whatever You Want In Life – Step 1 ~by shannon Modrell

The Forgotten Rules of Manifesting    

By now most everyone in the personal growth movement has encountered the knowledge of how to manifest their desires.  Thanks to the movie “The Secret” and authors such as Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer and the Abraham/Hicks publications, awareness about the law of attraction has skyrocketed and the movement is a-buzz with discussion on how to create what you want out of life and achieve your greatest desires.      

And fortunately, the power of affirmations and positive thinking to improve a person’s circumstances is now in the consciousness of an ever-growing number of people.  
However…

I see a lot of people focusing on a very surface-level awareness of these tools that amounts to what I would call “magical thinking”, which is all about attempting to change outside circumstances rather than focusing on the place where true manifestation comes from: changing us from within. 

I’ve been working with the principles of manifestation (law of attraction) since the age of 17 (that’s about 23 years, now).  Through my knowledge of these tools I’ve attracted 2 houses, my husband, my current car, jobs, plus much more.       

 In fact, I write songs that are affirmations set to music because I know how effective affirmative statements are, especially when you sing them.  

 

  

  

  But…
 
If all you’re doing is stating affirmations, you are in for a long, slow journey to the realization of your dreams.

And you’re setting yourself up to give up and decide it was all hogwash to begin with

 This I can promise you: Even though affirmative statements are powerful and effective, you can say affirmations until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t take the time to address the conflicting emotional reality within you about what you are trying to create, you will get nowhere.
What does “addressing the conflicting emotional reality within you” look like?  It means getting rigorously self honest about any beliefs and accompanying emotions that are counter to what you want to experience – and then releasing them.  

Journaling is one of the most powerful tools I’ve ever used to accomplish this.  Meditation is the other.  Both have a way of pulling out of us things we didn’t know about ourselves – things that drive us unconsciously.

So I’ve decided to create a 9 part series on the forgotten rules of manifestation! (If you don’t like rules, insert the word step instead :)

This post is all about Rule #1:

 1. Get In Touch With (and let go of) The Conflicting Emotional Reality Within You About What You Want to Manifest. 

 For example, let’s say you want to manifest more money. You must not only affirm that more money is here for you now, but also get in touch with any hidden beliefs -and the feeling that go with those beliefs- that you may be carrying around in your subconscious and that do not match the experience of having more money.  Some common offenders are: 

“money is too difficult to attain” 

“you have to overwork yourself to get it” 

“people who have lots of money have to compromise integrity to get it” 

“I can only earn as much as my job pays” 

“my job is the source of my supply” 

etc, etc.  
And then there is perhaps the deepest bugaboo: “I don’t deserve it”.  More people carry this one around without realizing it than you might think!  

 Pick your poison.  Whatever it is I promise you will have some emotion wrapped around those statements.  The more you struggle with money on a regular basis, the greater the disempowering emotions you have wrapped around it (ie, fear, pain, anger). 

Be willing to spend a few moments allowing yourself to feel the emotions that bubble up.  Notice the discomfort.  Try to observe it without judging it and making it wrong.  Now, ASK FOR IT TO BE REMOVED.  Ask whatever your higher power is, whatever force that is greater than you, to take it away.

Here is a quick visualization meditation that I was given to help facilitate this process:

1. Close your eyes, take a few deep slow breaths and get quiet for a moment.
2. Picture something you want to manifest in your life (new car, new home, better job, going back to school, ideal partner, increased joy, etc, etc,). If visualization is a challenge for you, just think about it for a few moments
3. Become aware of how this thing or idea makes you feel inside.
4. Ask to be shown what is within you that is getting in the way of having that experience.
5. Picture a tall waterfall within reach, right in front of you
6. Imagine that you hold in your hands whatever it is that is getting in your way of having that (even if you don’t think you got an answer, just go through the motions)
7. Put whatever is getting in your way into the waterfall and imagine the stream of water washing it away.
8.  Now get back in touch with the feeling of the thing you want to manifest and sit with the feeling that you already have it.
Next post we will explore Rule # 2!  

Peace,
Shannon

 

  

  

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