Meeting Yourself With Love

Meeting Yourself With Love

“Art by Paul Bond”

In a world where most of us grew up measuring ourselves against someone or something else and living in an environment where one continually feels “I am not enough”, I have experienced the blessed privilege of learning that there is actually a miracle that takes place in Acceptance.

I’ve just completed a six-month mastermind with Dr. Robert Holden, Ph.D. Robert teachers that “No amount of self-improvement can make up for a lack of self-acceptance.” Through this beautiful mastermind journey called Love Centered Coaching, I embarked on the voyage believing I would come away from this experience being a more loving coach.

We explored many perspectives on healing and what heals and how we heal and Robert so brilliantly suggests that when we Lightworkers see ourselves as “healers” – people will always show up sick. When we see our role’s as coaches as “fixers”, people will always appear broken.

Yet, when we can Love people instead of healing or fixing them, the miracles really do take place.

As I conclude this six-month inquiry on Love, what I realize at the deepest level is my ability to love anyone else is predicated first on my willingness to love myself. Loving myself means loving all of me. The good, the bad, the ugly and like I say to my clients, the super wicked ugly. (I’m from Connecticut, where wicked is a really popular verb).

How do we begin loving ourselves?

I learned that my self-image is actually incapable of loving all the messy parts that I don’t even want to look at. It’s incapable because it’s mired in judgment, wants to appear perfect and quite frankly wouldn’t know how to love all of me if it tried.

But Love knows how.


Dr. Holden suggests, “Love is intelligent” and as a student in this six-month inquiry on love, I allowed love to lead the way, to guide and inform me. I let love be my teacher. And in that, I met Love and more importantly, I let love meet me. Love just melts away of the judgment’s the learned self (aka our ego) carries around everywhere it goes. Judgments are powerless when they are met with Love’s presence.

My Soul (and yours and everyone’s for that matter) is comprised of the energy of love.

I have this image of my Soul, higher self, my Authentic Self, the wisdom filled part of me that exists beyond space and time in a limitless Spiritual energy of love to gently, gracefully and miraculously merge its sweetness with my human self, the learned part of me, comprised of the physical, mental and emotional part of me.

As these two parts intersect, in my mind’s eye, I see the vesica piscis. Mathematically, according to Wikipedia, the vesica piscis is a type of lens, a mathematical shape formed by the intersection of two disks with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each disk lies on the perimeter of the other. In my inner vision, I see the intersection vertically. One circle representing the Higher Self and the other circle representing the Human Self. The intersection in the middle representing meeting yourself with love.

Meeting Yourself With Love, is Loving All of You.

Loving all of you brings us back to this idea of acceptance. Instead of dumbing ourselves down, reinforcing how we continually make ourselves wrong and then punish ourselves for it or living our lives on this constant quest to be good enough, what if we met it all with acceptance?

What if we saw it all as an expression of the Divine?

This brings us back to judgment. Or removing judgment I should say. When we can see with the eyes of love, there is no need for judgment. Everything just is. It is what it is. It’s not good or bad or right or wrong. It’s not black or white or up or down. Love removes the judgment in polarity and ushers in oneness through acceptance.

The truth is that energetically, we are all one. Everything is energy just expressed in different forms. (Pretty sure Einstein said this and quantum physics proved it) So, if we are really all One, and everything is connected then, I am you and you are me.

The path to Oneness can only be paved with love. It’s the only real, true, essence that can guide us to this place.  If all of humanity is on the hero’s journey and our destiny is Oneness, the path to get there can only be the path of love.

Here’s where I get to quote Michael Jackson. “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways……And no message could have been any clearer, If you want to make the world a better place……Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

Meeting Myself With Love

Seeing the connection in all things,
Is the revelation.
I am you,
And you are me.
On the Hero’s journey,
All of humanity,
Oneness
As our destiny.

Fated is the path to Oneness,
With Only Love
Meeting me,
Emerging through me,
As me.
When I acknowledge the
Loving Quality of my true presence,
Accepting all of me,
Giving permission
To Be me,
As the Love that I am,
I mirror all of me
Back to you.
Closing the loop in the
Connection,
To All That Is.
© Donna Bond

Raising Your Consciousness to Transform Your Life

Raising Your Consciousness to Transform Your Life

Simon Sinek taught us it’s not what you do, it’s why you do it. Consciousness Rising is why I do what I do. It also happens to be the name of our company.

The intention with the work we do at Consciousness Rising, Inc is to empower your true nature to raise the consciousness on the planet. We do that by supporting people in their evolution in experiencing a life filled with joy, happiness, fulfillment, freedom, purpose, and expansiveness. These are the qualities of your Authentic Self, which are naturally present at a higher level of consciousness.

Through the process of transformation coaching one’s consciousness rises as the result of seeing life from a higher perspective. It is through transforming our inner awareness that the reflection of our outer world then begins to mirror back greater love, joy, peace, aliveness, fulfillment, and feelings of being on-purpose. If everyone on the planet rose to this uplifted state of being, our world would be a much different place.

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I am eternally grateful to my teachers, Dr’s Ron and Mary Hulnick, and their innovative and pioneering program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica for paving the way for the rising of my own consciousness and inner awareness. It is through the transformation and rising of my consciousness that today I experience personal revelations of profound freedom, deep fulfillment, and incredible joy in my everyday life. It is also because of them, I am now able to assist others in doing the same.

Raising Your Consciousness with a New Perspective

Raising your consciousness gives you new perspective. It reveals the gift of experiencing your life from the Soul’s perspective. And from the Soul’s perspective, you are pure consciousness. That consciousness that energy is the same vibrational frequency as pure Divine love. Essentially, we assist you in experiencing the love that you are.

Dr. David Hawkins created the Map of Consciousness, which depicts a scale of emotions and their vibratory frequency level. Hawkins proved through kinesiology that all our emotions vibrate at a particular frequency. In his book Letting Go he explains emotions of shame, guilt, and hate are lower energies and fall at the bottom of this scale. Whereas emotions of love, joy and peace have a higher resonance and vibrate at a higher rate on the scale.

When you are experiencing either lower frequency emotions such as grief and fear or higher ones of peace, joy, love, and gratitude, you are also activating the frequency of those emotions by giving them energy. Because the law of attraction is always operating – and is as real as gravity – those activated frequencies naturally draw experiences into our lives that are similar in vibration to the emotions resonating within us.

We are only able to experience and witness the divine love within ourselves and in the world around us by residing in these higher frequencies. We do so in raising our consciousness equal to that of love or above, as explained by Christie Marie Sheldon. From that place, we are then able to see the love reflected back to us in our lives.  And then we are we able to see our magnificence and the unlimited possibilities available to us in our lives.

The incentive to work with a transformation coach can shift your perspective, experience emotional healing, to see things differently, to raise your consciousness, to allow yourself to rise up the emotional scale so you can experience higher frequency emotions and life experiences that reflect that. The Dr’s Hulnick describes it as “removing the blocks that keep us from knowing ourselves as love”.  When we remove those blocks, only then do we reside in the natural state of our authentic self. This is when we begin to access the emotions at the top of the scale and to attract higher vibrational experiences into our lives.

If you are interested in learning more about what a transformational journey could look like for you, I invite you to experience a 90-minute complimentary discovery session with me. This is where we explore together where you are currently in your life, where you’d like to be and what are the things standing in your way. If this resonates, you can secure a session HERE.

 

 

Seeing My Soul Gifts in All That Is

Seeing My Soul Gifts in All That Is

Seeing My Soul Gifts in All That Is

“I am a vibrational ambassador for the world I want to live in.” ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith

There were only twelve people from around the world in this mastermind, and there was Dawn. As soon as I saw her I thought, “Oh no”. I first met Dawn in the lab for my coaching program at USM. She wasn’t in the class with all of us for the ten months leading up to the lab, but she audited the completion portion of the program and participated in the grand finale.

The lab for me was a celebration of all the ways I had grown as a life coach over the last ten months. It was a way for me to shine and to be seen and really stand forward in my authentic power and knowledge in front of my teachers and peers.

But, that’s not what happened.

Dr. Robert Holden was facilitating the coaching lab. I was so excited. He is lovely and when I am with him I am aware that he is the presence of love embodied. He was the keynote speaker at Royce Hall when I graduated with the portion of my Masters in Consciousness, Health, and Healing. On the first day of the lab, I shared with Mary Hulnick how I pretty much cried through Robert’s entire book Loveability, because it was so beautiful. Mary encouraged me to have Robert sign my book this week. I was overjoyed at the thought.

During the lab Robert used a beautiful black top hat (British I presume) to select names of people he would interact with throughout the program. Each time he reached into that hat with his silly half grin and the twinkle in his starry eyes, you could feel the anticipation in the room. You could almost hear everyone’s inner voice, “Pick me, pick me, pick me”. This went on all week. For six days. Every exercise, every assignment, every interaction, a name was pulled from the hat.

For an entire week my name, however, never, ever got pulled out of that hat.

And it was magnified by the fact that I stood in line on three separate occasions during the breaks to have Robert sign my copy of Loveability. Each time, the break would end just as I was next in line. I could feel myself flood with the disappointment and watch the stories in my head I began to make up about not being seen.

To add insult to injury with all of this, we did a beautiful morning exercise each day where we had the chance to hold hands and gaze into the eyes of other people in the room. It was a special and intimate exchange. Robert participated in this each day, but the energy flow never seemed to bring him and I together.

While I was busy being mad that no one was seeing me, Dawn’s name got pulled out of the hat. Then it got pulled out again. And, again. And, again. And, oh my God – why doesn’t he take her damn name out of the hat!!?? Again. She was seen and seen again and again and again. This was a trigger for me and Dawn became my outward projection of Being Seen. Or not.

So, all this happened. And now she’s in my mastermind. In a mastermind where there are only twelve people on the whole planet. And, there she is.

Hmmmm.

During my first private coaching call with Robert, I briefly share about Dawn. Robert chuckles and acknowledges me for sharing and we both know there is a bigger, deeper more soulful reason that Dawn and I have been brought together. Robert and I don’t talk about this, we just know it and it gets couched. My coaching continues.

We are three-quarters of the way through the Mastermind and surprisingly for me, Dawn has kind of been in the wings. She took a delicious trip through Europe and spent more time in Tuscany than with our group. I was unaffected by her. I was not in her shadow. And that was fine with me.

Then, and I knew it was just a matter of time, her and I get paired for peer coaching. Our coaching theme is My Soul Gifts.

We went back and forth on dates a few times to set our session. She mentions that on Sunday she is unable to meet in the morning as she will be attending Agape International Spiritual Center of Truth. I didn’t think twice in replying to her email and asking her if I could invite myself to go with her. Then, follow with our session. I thought this would be a lovely way for her and me to connect at a deeper level and I had not been to Agape in about 18 years. On some level I knew this union would somehow reveal the mystery of what we had to learn from one another.

She said yes.

We met out front at eleven. She had a couple of family members with her. We shuffled into the row in the beautiful historic LA theatre. Me first, then her family members, then Dawn on the end. We enjoyed a beautiful meditation together and then the service began. Forty minutes in, finally Michael Bernard Beckwith begins his share.

The first thing I notice is he has freed himself from his long braids and is now totally bald. I observe him as a live wire. Literally. He is bursting with aliveness. It’s as if he is unable to contain the energy that runs through him. He is a yeller. All his posse are yellers. At one point I was laughing as the people at the podium allowed their passion to burst through them, they were yelling. I remembered that everything is a projection and reminded my sweet self that is what I sometimes express when I too am filled with excitement and possibility.

Putting into words what occurred for me during Reverend Michael’s share is not easy. I can still touch into the swell in my chest bursting with the emotion of love and gratitude and overflow for this sacred experience and remembering. This little package of a man, this live wire embodied with all the magic and possibility for each one of us, reminded me of my Divinity.

He reminded everyone, and I am sure I must not have been the only one in the room with deep emotion pouring through me. But, in that moment it was all about me.

He held and acknowledged my empathic anguish for a broken world, my shock and dismay for our political climate, my own inner discouragement, doubt, distance, separateness and disillusionment. In a humongous wave of pure Divine Love with the focused trajectory of a shooting star he blasted away everything that was not the Truth. He blasted away anything that was not unlimited Divine potentiality.

“YOU ARE HARDWIRED FOR BLISS AND JOY!” he shouted. Getting everyone to join in asking for us to proclaim after his lead, “There is so much beauty in you, so much love and intelligence in you, so much power in you, and you have come to set it free, to make a mighty difference on this planet and to change the world for the better. Let’s be about this in the here and now. Feel the vibrational field you are creating with each other.” He reminded us that we are all connected because this presence is never absent.  He shared about how consciousness proceeds form. With the burst of enthusiasm that he is, he reflected to me all that I AM. He reflected the beautiful example of who I want to be, what I am here to share, what I believe at the deepest level of my beingness.

I sobbed.

I sobbed because I created this magnificent reminder. Because I am face to face with the responsibility of creating my own reality and the way it was reflecting to me with such magnitude, presence, grace and balance of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine in the most luscious and juicy way.

I sobbed because in his expression Michael reflected to me, all my Soul Gifts.

He boldly defined with such clarity that humanity IS moving forward, and this is what it looks like to prepare us for a fast and enormous shift forward. That the women’s voice will never be silenced again due to recent events. That, what looks like “going backward” is just the tension of the slingshot being pulled in reverse which is just the preparation for an accelerated shot of evolution.

In every cell, every fiber of my being, I knew this to be true. It was the coaching I needed. Michael was the reminder. Michael Bernard Beckwith is my mirror.

For me and so many.

At one point, he invited all the women in the room to stand and then invited the men to follow his lead in unison, “We honor you, we support you, we support the rising of the divine feminine as the healing power on this planet. We stand with you, you are unmuted, you have power, love, creativity, you’ve got it all, we welcome it on this planet NOW”.  And so, it is. Amen.

I couldn’t contain myself. I continued to sob.

Humbled by the remembering of why I am here, of what I am here to do. Reminded so clearly about how it works in the new world, how I want to experience the new earth. Reminded in the reflection of the gifts of my soul.

Inspired and reminded that WE must carry the vibration of the world we want to live in. That WE must BE the vibrational match to what we want. Reverend Michael gifted me with a new mantra I will be using as a checkpoint, a set point, a reference point for my life and my work.

“I am a vibrational ambassador for the world I want to live in.” and “I am prepared for more good than I can imagine”

I shout this from the rooftops. I emanate this as the vibrational frequency I am sending out and that I share with all whom I encounter. This is who I am and how I want to be seen.

My gratitude is spilling over. Even before the service, before Michael spoke a single word, during the meditation I had a deep sense of gratitude that was palpable. There is an energy, a vibration that is held by the beautiful people in this community. And it is real, and I can feel it.

I am in awe of this man and what he is bringing to this earth, what he has created in this Spiritual community and the foundation he has created to support all the Lightworkers, Gods, Goddesses, Teachers, Sages, Oracles, Wisdom Keepers and Healers that have chosen THIS time to be here on THIS planet.

He is a reset for my true north. He is how I see myself and my Soul Gifts.

I looked down my row at Dawn. With my nose running and makeup smeared I mouthed to her, “Thank you”, as I placed my hand on my heart and gaze deeply into her eyes in a gesture of love toward her. “Thank you”. I sat back on my velvet chair supported by the steel stadium seating in the Saban Theatre. I marveled at the silver etchings on the ceiling and the sea of people who were all just here loving each other.

What if coming to Agape today, on this day, was the reason Dawn’s name got pulled out of the hat so many times? What if Dawn was my reflection of what it means to be seen. To stand forward. To BE the vibrational match to who I am and what I want to experience in this life. What if this whole unfolding is just another elaborate and magical way that Spirit has orchestrated for me as a deep remembering of why I am here and what I am here to do and who I am here to be. Dawn is the catalyst for my Soul Gifts and seeing my reflection in all that is.

Yes, let’s go with that.

I am a vibrational ambassador for the world I want to live in. I am alive. I am grateful. I am embodied with love, peace, joy, aliveness, connection, intuition, knowingness. I am my loving nature, majesty, wisdom, resonance, illumination, truth and bliss. I am magic and synchronicity and wonderment. These are the gifts of my soul, and therefore; My Soul Gifts.

I am grateful for the connections, the relationships, the experiences that lift me up, that show me, me – I am appreciating my Soul Gifts and the Soul Gifts of every unique, individualized expression of the Divine. And today, on this day, I am grateful to see myself. And, I am grateful for Dawn.

If you’d like to experience the inspiration of Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, click here and page down to the Sunday service at 11:30. Reverend Michael begins sharing at 41 minutes.

Daily Spiritual Practice

Daily Spiritual Practice

Daily Spiritual Practice,
Even if You’re Not Spiritual

The pattern among many of my clients this week is the exploration and creation of a daily spiritual practice. When I’m in session with my clients, inevitably a theme will rise to the surface of our conversation that we’ll want to explore deeper. This weeks popular theme is daily spiritual practice.

It just so happens I’m participating in a Mastermind group right now about Success Intelligence with Dr. Robert Holden, Ph.D., and in this same week he suggested that a daily Spiritual practice is a requirement for taking our lives to the next level. Particularly if you want to play big.

“What if I’m not Spiritual?” you may be asking.

That’s perfectly fine, because then we get to work with energy.

So, I would first ask: Do you believe in energy? And that this energy has an intelligence to it that is the breath of life that animates all living beings? This is the energy that powers nature to do what it does all by itself and the same energy that keeps the planets spinning around without crashing into each other—it’s all the same stuff. Some people call it God or the universe, some see it as energy. It’s your choice how to interpret it.

I suggest honoring this energy, for its rewards are manifold. Work with it, play with it, let it flow. Savor its power within you and outside of you. This is the energy that animates you, so why not form a relationship with it? This is the beginning of mastery.

Here’s an example of this: after my first year of daily energy/spiritual practice, I had a prophetic dream that cancer was growing in my chest. My discovery was then verified by doctors who acted to save my life. It’s important to note that it was my spiritual (energy!) practice that created this dream, that allowed me to remember it and know how to process it for my wellbeing. (That story HERE)

So, what do we know about energy?

  • Everything is energy
  • It can’t be created or destroyed, as Einstein famously stated
  • It’s expressed in different forms
  • It just is – and it’s everywhere

Plus, energy IS our consciousness. And our consciousness IS how we are interpreting our reality—quite the mind-bender, yes?

Now where you place your focus or attention is where energy flows, because energy exists in every single thought you think and every single word you speak.
Why bother to create a daily spiritual practice?

Generally, people are not disciplined. This is because we force our lives into so many things that we “have to do” that when we have a free moment, we just want to break free. I am inviting you into this practice as a different way to create freedom in your life. Freedom to express, freedom to be who you want to be. Freedom to just be you with no rules or expectations or commitments.

I recommend you slow down and first place your focus on you. You and you. You and this energy—this higher power, this infinite intelligence. Notice it, sense into it, acknowledge this life force that animates you. Build a rapport. Begin a dialogue. Start a life-long conversation.
This energy has information for you.

Make your practice enjoyable. Create a space you love and gather together mind-enriching, heart-expanding “toys.”

My practice is “buffet style.” I start with about 26 minutes of TM meditation. There are a lot of meditation options out there. Then I “feel into” what is calling to me today. What messages are there for me? Is it in A Course in Miracles? Is it in one of my poetry books? The Abundance Book? Do I want to raise my awareness with knowledge about Soul Transcendence? Perhaps I will revisit my affirmations or ideal scenes about what I am creating in my life. I have a stack of Divinity cards I love to pull from. I have gathered together crystals and candles, dream journals and gratitude lists. Each day, following my silent stillness with the universe, I engage my mental and emotional levels of consciousness with whatever my heart is calling for in that moment.

If any of this resonates, here is what my my daily Spiritual practice looks like. Feel free to experiment with any of these ideas to find what feels right to you.

I love it so much and hardly ever miss it! It is the foundation of calm in my life. It is the undercurrent of peace and it’s always there. Through my daily spiritual practice of engaging with this beautiful peaceful energy, I am able to “tap into it” in the midst of chaos because I am intimately familiar with what it is and how to connect to it. My daily spiritual practice is time for me to allow my wisdom to merge with my consciousness. A time to step away from to-do’s and achievements and have to’s, ought to’s and shoulds. This is my time away from work, from responsibilities, from relationships, from my pets and my husband and my clients. This is my time. This is freedom.y daily spiritual practice is how I remind myself every day that the most important person in my life experience is me, and the energy breathing me. Sacred time.

Give it a try. Even if it’s just for five minutes. Intend to be still. You can BE with you. Relate to YOU. Listen to yourself breathe. For just five minutes. And then do it again tomorrow, and the day after that. You may find yourself falling in love. In love with life, in love with yourself, with this energy, with this infinite intelligence. You will support yourself and your life. You will create a foundation of support for yourself to play big.

Even if you’re not spiritual.

 

Create Soulful Connections

Create Soulful Connections

Create Soulful Connections

by Using “And” Instead of “But”

How do we create soulful connections? Some of the most popular actors in movies of the last decade have come out of the “Improv” world simply by saying “Yes, and…” to their fellow actor in scenes that are improvised. This makes the scene crackle with possibility because everyone’s in the same creative flow, living in the moment.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? Don’t we also respond well when the other person we’re talking to not only acknowledges our point, and builds on it?

Put “but” into the mix, however, and it’s like a record scratch. All of a sudden a previously smooth road has a jarring speed bump in it. Insert even more buts and a potentially joyful interaction can turn into a jolting, unpleasant experience, and we’re not even sure why.

Making the change from “but” to “and” for myself has been hugely transformative, as it has for my clients as well. One in particular started using this technique recently and was able to create possibilities in her life that weren’t available before, so I thought I’d share a little more about it with you.

The question has to be asked: why would well-meaning, good-hearted people like you and the people you know knowingly or unknowingly create this friction in conversation? Consider this:

A group of people are sitting in a circle around a particularly interesting sculpture in the center. Each gazes upon it and develops their unique take on it. Each has their own uniquely distinctive perspective. Some see it straight on, some from the opposite end. Some similar, some very different. Yet, all shared as they sit in this circle together.

I think the world is like this. We all have a different outlook on things.

Creating Soulful Connections with Donna Bond

But then as humans, we hear a perspective that is different than ours and tend to scratch our head and wonder how on Earth can that person not see what I’m seeing?“But their idea is backwards!” normally well-meaning, kind-hearted people will point out. And that my friends, is what we call a judgement.

When our judgments are in play, they keep us separated. In a world where everyone truly is longing for closeness, for togetherness, wholeness, oneness – we must be willing to drop our judgements to allow ourselves to come into alignment and therefore unity with others.

So why is it even a bit toxic to “but” into people’s space?

When we choose to use “but,” in a way we are discounting the other person’s perspective. We are making them wrong by superseding their position or perspective and invalidating their point… and by extension, them. When we use “but” we are making ourselves “right” and the other person “wrong.” “But” keeps us attached to our positionality.

“And” allows us to share and enhance the perspective without discounting or excluding the other person’s point. It’s inclusive, which feels good and even makes us feel secure on a primal level. “And” recognizes that we’re both sitting around the circle with our different perspectives being as worthy as the others.

It seems simple, right? Just change the word “but” into “and” and watch the love flow! If you’ve been “butting” your whole life, however, it will take some awareness around this to create the “and” habit and let things flow.

Give it a try. Notice the next time you’re about to say “but” and instead say, “Yes, and…” I guarantee you will have more of their respect and admiration and maybe most valuable of all, their trust (a form of love). When you have someone’s trust, the most miraculous things can blossom that otherwise wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

Because we’re all in sacred circle with each other, our very humanity at the center, it’s up to us how we engage with it. With each other. And with our Selves. See if this strategy assists you in making soulful connections.

And, so it is.

Check out this article on Thrive Global Here

Under the umbrella of Consciousness Rising, Inc is Donna Bond Professional Coaching and Consulting and Paul Bond Fine Art. Both, inspiring your wisdom to raise the consciousness on the planet.

Appreciation for a Joy-Filled Life

Appreciation for a Joy-Filled Life

The energy of Appreciation and Gratitude.

With every thought we have, an emotional response will follow. Thoughts ALWAYS precede emotions. So every thought impacts our emotional state. Moment by moment we choose which thoughts to entertain and invest energy in – and predictable emotions always follow.

The psychiatrist, physician and researcher, Dr. David Hawkins, measured through kinesiology that every emotion vibrates at a certain frequency. Emotions at the higher end of the scale, such as love, peace and joy, are what we are all seeking. When we’re in love and playful joy, we feel lighter, uplifted, filled with clarity and inspiration. Things go our way. New opportunities and possibilities arise. We’re in the flow. In what Abraham calls “The Vortex.” And all that you desire to be, do and have resides in this vortex.

One of the quickest, most powerful ways to raise into the higher emotional realms is through appreciation. It is different than gratitude, which usually has a feeling of having overcome something negative associated with it. Appreciation is a higher vibration and is being thankful for something as it is. It is pure. Appreciation is on the same level as love. Appreciation is everywhere we want to be.

It’s not always easy to maintain a sustained level of love and joy, but we can ALWAYS find things to appreciate in our lives.

Appreciation is intentionally guiding thoughts to raise our emotional vibration. Lifting us to where love, joy and peace also reside. Practicing appreciation daily places us in the stream of goodness. The more time we spend appreciating, the more we’ll experience those positive emotions and experiences that go along with it.

We always choose which thoughts to entertain and invest energy.

When we observe a negative thought we can choose to interrupt it. In doing so we can bypass the resulting negative emotion and the potential physical experience. By momentarily stopping and appreciation something, anything, in that moment it can be an effective tool to shift negative thinking.

By accessing more of these higher emotions we also leverage the law of attraction, which like the law of gravity is always at work. It operates equally with both negative and positive emotions. The law of attraction states that like attracts like. Therefore, if we want to attract love, joy, happiness and peace we need to be in or near those emotional states. Whatever emotional state is most dominant becomes a beacon for bringing forth those things that reflect that state.

Accept this opportunity.

Create a list of “Things I Appreciation” and write at least one thing every morning for 30 days. It can be journal by your bed or on a sheet. My husband and I taped a piece of paper to the bathroom mirror. Everyday we write something we’re appreciating. For me sometimes it was high thread count, a butterfly going by, my amazing clients and the fact that they chose me, my kitty cats, the silver in my hair and the money I am learning how to make in a new way as a solopreneur. For my husband it’s our garden, great surf, a good hair day, listening to music and creating in his art studio.

What are you appreciating?

Wherever there is something good, notice it. Look at your money, relationships, health, family, career, beloved pets, your surroundings – notice all of the good. Be in a state of appreciation for all of the many blessings that surround you. They are everywhere. You just need to slightly shift your attention to notice them.

Ponder and savor what you place your attention on. Revel in the many wonderful things you have going on around you at any moment. Slow down. Take a deep breath and look. They are there. This simple practice can transform your life. Joy is all around, hidden in the things we are appreciating and thankful for.

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