How Reiki Helps to Reduce Stress

Stress is a fact of life in the 21st century, for most of us anyway. Even if you live in the safest country in the world, are comfortable financially and in good health, your stress levels can cause chronic health problems. Since 1937, however, Western practitioners have been able to offer Reiki to patients.

History of Reiki

Reiki is believed to have been discovered in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese-born Buddhist monk. He practiced for years in the slums of Kyoto, Japan, and was succeeded by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, whose clinic remained open until 1940.

The practice was brought to the West in 1937 by Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian woman of Japanese descent who was successfully treated by Dr. Hayashi. She learned the practice and trained 22 Reiki masters during the remainder of her lifetime.

What Stress Does to You

Reiki for stressStress causes the release of cortisol into your blood, which triggers the “fight or flight” response so many of us are familiar with. Chronic stress raises your blood pressure, suppresses your immune system, increases your risk for heart attack and stroke, contributes to infertility and speeds up the aging process. And there’s little you can do about it on your own. Stress can’t simply be managed by having a “pep talk” or spending some forced relaxation time.

How Reiki Works

So how does Reiki help you reduce and control your stress levels? Reiki is an energy healing treatment method, which works on your whole body, mind and spirit. It’s not a system of religious beliefs, but simply a relaxing treatment during which natural, healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of the Reiki practitioner to your body. This triggers your body’s natural ability to heal using the immune system and helps you to relax and sleep better, which also improves your overall health.

Benefits of Reiki for Stress

Reiki is also known as “energy healing” in some circles. Some of the ways it benefits stress include:

  • Bringing inner peace and harmony, which is helpful for patients looking to achieve spiritual growth.
  • Balancing your mind and your emotions. Regular Reiki treatments can result in calming you and giving you the strength to cope with everyday stressors. The increased mental balance also improves your memory and mental clarity, making it easier for you to learn and retain information.
  • Helping to heal mental and emotional stress, and reducing mood swings, anxiety and frustration. It can also relieve emotional anguish and sorrow, and help with the process of grieving. This is because it cleans and clears your emotions, which provides perspective and prevents them from being so draining to the body.
  • Enhancing your ability to love, so it can heal and strengthen your personal relationships with others and enable you to connect with them on a deeper level. By doing so, many people are able to reduce the stress of loneliness.

By helping you to relax and unwind, Reiki gives your body and mind the chance to heal. It’s a safe, painless and very relaxing experience.

Choose the Right Type of Meditation to Achieve Your Full Potential

The practice of meditation has been gaining ground in the west for the past couple of decades. This is partly a response to the spiritual awakening that’s occurring and partly because Westerners are becoming increasingly jaded with the constant treadmill of their lives. Meditation is seen as a way to combat stress, a form of relaxation and a path to self-knowledge and improved health.

There are several different types of meditation, however, and for the uninitiated it might be difficult to know where to start. As a spiritual life coach, I’m a strong believer in meditation for the purpose of getting in touch with my higher self, so I’ve put together some details of the most common forms to give you an idea.

Mindfulness

types of meditationThis is a form of meditation based on the Buddhist Vipassana tradition, which is rapidly becoming the popular meditation practice in the West. It’s founded on the idea of being present in the moment, allowing your mind to accept things as opposed to fighting them.

Mindfulness is particularly helpful for detaching yourself from problems such as chronic pain and stress, and is used in healthcare to create a “partnership of care” between medical providers and patients. You meditate by focusing on breathing awareness and body scanning to release tension.

Some critics believe mindfulness is giving rise to avoidance of critical issues, by giving you an excuse and a way to “escape” from necessary analysis rather than face up to issues.

Kundalini

Named after the rising stream of energy that exists in our being, the purpose of Kundalini is to be aware of the stream and to ride it to infinity. By focusing on the way your breath flows through each of the body’s energy centres, you make active use of the breath to move the energy upwards.

The Yogi Bhahan, who founded this method of meditation, developed hundreds of different meditations each customized for specific circumstances. It includes meditations to reduce stress, cure addictions, enhance vitality and clear the chakras, among others. Kundalini contains practical tools to support the mind and body, and it’s best to work with a teacher for this type of meditation.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental meditation (TM) is practiced from a seated position and includes the use of a mantra or a series of Sanskrit words to help you focus, instead of just following your breathing. The purpose is to encourage inner peace and wellness by allowing your mind to settle, quiet your thoughts and experience a pure form of consciousness. It’s a deeply restful experience that rejuvenates your mind and body, and leads to a wide range of benefits in your daily life.

Guided Visualization

Visualization is often used to achieve personal or professional goals. It can be a recorded instructions for you to follow, or it can be a guided meditation by a teacher or experienced practitioner. The process often contains elements of hypnotic suggestion, or gives you the chance to conjure up fantasies or picture a desired state or achievement. It’s untested as a method of spiritual development, but has shown good motivational results particularly in the business world. 

Zazen (Zen)

The name means “seated” meditation, and this is the form of meditation practiced by Zen Buddhist monks. It follows the idea that you gain insight from observing your breathing and your mind, and the purpose is to achieve insight and enlightenment based on the teachings of Buddhism. The process often includes a degree of contemplation, focused on a “koan” or an aspect of Buddhist scripture.

Qi Gong

This method of meditation comes from the Taoist movement, and uses the breath to circulate energy through the body in an orbital pattern. You focus on three main centres of your body to direct the energy.

There are many ways to relax and meditate, these are just a few. Whatever method you choose, it’s essential to commit yourself to daily practice or you won’t enjoy the benefits of meditation. If you don’t have time to practice regularly, something that helps even me is to meditate while you are doing the chores. For example:

  • While you wash the dishes feel the energy of the water, breathe, clear your mind and enjoy the present!
  • As you see the food being cleared from the dishes, imagine you are clearing your mind.
  • Clear out all the unwanted chatter, and see the divine light flow like the water into your body.

This will help you enjoy your daily chores instead of dreading them! Enjoy each moment to the fullest, no matter how small something seems.

Find your groove and be inspired to achieve balance in your mind, body, spirit and emotions today.

 

New Year? Make it a New YOU!

It’s a new year, and a good time to take stock of your life. Where are you going, and how are you getting there? You can start something anytime, not just once a year on January 1st! You can change anything in your life at any time, as long as you have a strong enough reason to change. So how do you go about doing so?

Questions to Answer

Start out by asking yourself some pointed questions such as “why do you want to change?” and “what do you want to change?” Pay attention to your words. Change your ‘trying,’ ‘shoulds’ and ‘maybes’ into MUSTS. The reason for this is that once you change your thought patterns and know you MUST do something, that’s when you’ll finally achieve lasting results. Your reasons for change are the most important step in creating a vision to change.

Using Hypnosis as a Tool

hypnosis for weight lossHypnosis is a valuable tool that can help you to focus on what it is that you want to change. It can help your mind expand and create the results you want.

How does it do this? Because using hypnosis is like planting a garden: First, you have to plant the seed of your MUST into your subconscious mind. Next, you have to water your garden, and you do this by practicing self-hypnosis and visualizations daily.

Daily Nurturing

It takes effort to make sure your seeds get the sunlight and nutrients they need to grow into a blossoming garden. Implement the actions you need to nurture them, such as eating healthily if your goal is to lose weight. Push yourself beyond your comfort zones, do your workouts and change your eating habits, to achieve the results you want.

Do a Little, and Do it Often

Start out with taking small steps in the right direction, and commit yourself to following through. Repetition is important, to break the old habits and teach yourself new ones. Whatever it is you want to achieve—more money, less stress, weight loss, more confidence—all these things are possible if you plant the seeds, water the garden and nurture it until it grows.

Making the Commitment

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help you to achieve whatever goal you set yourself for 2015, but you must be the one to commit and do the work. You must change your routine, your thoughts and your habits if you’re going to be able to create a lasting change in your life this year.

Take a look at this video about making progress by Anthony Robbins, and let me know if you need my help to make real, lasting changes in your life RIGHT NOW.

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Past Life Regressions: Fact or Fiction?

We all want to believe there’s more to life than just the here and now. But believing in reincarnation doesn’t make it true, just as belief in anything doesn’t mean it will come to pass in reality. So what evidence is there that reincarnation exists, and that you have been here before? Past life regression (PLR) offers insight into experiences shared by a multitude of people over the years. Read this and decide for yourself whether it’s fact or fiction:

Catherine and Her 86 Lifetimes

Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist and former chair of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami and he used to be a complete skeptic about reincarnation. He treated Catherine, a female patient, with regular psychiatric protocols for a year without success. Eventually he tried hypnosis, which he had used successfully on prior occasions.

To Dr. Weiss’ amazement Catherine began talking about previous lives, claiming to have lived 86 times before and giving details of times and places in history that he later researched to verify the facts. He was even more surprised when Catherine revealed information about his own father, and a son who had died many years earlier at birth. As a complete stranger to his family she could not possibly have knowledge of either one.

past life regressionJames the WWII Fighter Pilot

The parents of toddler James Leininger were horrified when at the age of 2 years he began having dreams of being trapped in a fiery cockpit, unable to get out. Equally disturbing were the images he drew over the next few years, depicting airplanes flying in formation and dropping bombs. When they investigated, they discovered a young fighter pilot named James Huston had died in the fiery cockpit when his plane was shelled during WWII.

On meeting with former colleagues of Huston’s they found young James Leininger able to recognize some of the deceased pilot’s former colleagues by name without having ever met or heard about them before. He also knew the name of the aircraft carrier on which James Huston was stationed, and exactly where the plane had gone down as well as the fact that it was the work of the Japanese fighters.

The Work of Dr. Ian Stevenson

Dr. Ian Stevenson was a Canadian-born psychiatrist who spent 50 years with the University of Virginia Medical School in various roles. He interviewed people and wrote about cases that were difficult to explain by any theory other than reincarnation, although he conducted rigorous scientific analysis of each case to try and verify the claims. He writes about cases where young children exhibit xenoglossy, which is the ability to fluently speak a language they have never had exposure to. I’ll be blogging more about PLR in the future, so follow my posts if you’re intrigued by the topic.

My Personal PLR Experience

When I first heard of past lives as a teenager, I was also a skeptic and didn’t believe. Then in 2004 I studied and became a certified hypnotist, and when my school was offering the Past Life Regression certificate program there was a part of me that was very curious. I took the program with an open mind, not sure what to believe. In class I experienced four past lives through our training. I couldn’t believe how real everything felt, and the experience made me a believer 100%. I knew I couldn’t “make up” the feelings, the events and the situations that I was seeing.

How it Works

Everyone experiences PLR differently: some feel it, some see it like watching a movie. Others get impressions, or things just pop in and out while you are being guided by the questions. Whatever way you perceive the information is perfectly ok, just trust the process and go with the flow. I used to be a skeptic until I was able to experience it for myself, I healed many fears, and received more awareness of my lessons in each lifetime. What I discovered made me feel wiser and gave me more awareness of my current life path.

Benefits of PLR

PLR can be very healing, and it’s known to help release fears. It can also be very educational to receive your lessons from your past lives. It can be rewarding, letting you know who you were and what you did before, and it can be entertaining – like watching a movie where you are the main character. Whatever the reason for your session, whether to help with letting go of unexplained pain or fears, for your own curiosity, or just for the fun, check it out one day. Hypnosis is a common method of regressing to memories of past lives, and as I explained in a previous post you’re in complete control at all times. Give me a call if you’re interested in trying past life regression through hypnosis.

4 Reasons to Try Reflexology for Back Pain

Back pain can be one of the most inconvenient things to suffer from. Whether it’s severe or just a nagging twinge every now and then, it can seriously hinder your ability to get through your daily activities. It can also cause difficult sleeping, and without a good night’s rest everything seems bleak in the morning.

A recent survey by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability found that back pain was one of the most common health complaints of 12 – 44 year olds, and that many people just believe it’s a part of life. That’s what I used to believe, too, and I know first-hand how back pain can feel because I suffered from it for all of my teenage years. I went for cat scans, MRI’s, Chiropractor and frequent massages because I have slight scoliosis.

Then after having my children(which i was recommended not to have because of my scoliosis) I started getting pinched nerves, especially my sciatic nerve. That pain was so bad I thought I would never be able to walk straight. I was walking sideways and taking medication for the pain. Eventually I realized that there must be another way to feel better, and I found out about reflexology.

reflexology for back pain, reflexology saint catharines

Since I started using it I haven’t had any more back pain. I am pain-free, and I do reflexology regularly as a “tune up” for my body. Just like we take our cars to get “tuned up”, reflexology is a great investment to get yourself flowing optimally. I have 4 kids, and no more back pain.

So here’s the good news: You don’t have to live with back pain! Foot reflexology has been shown to have a positive effect on back pain, for several reasons:

#1: Removes Stress

Removing stress reduces back pain because it reduces the tension you feel in your back, which often manifests itself as chronic pain. The way reflexology works to achieve this is by applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears, which sends a “calming” message to your nerves. This improves your overall relaxation, and makes your internal organs function as well as possible. It also increases the supply of blood to your back. This brings with it extra oxygen and nutrients to feed your cells, and it improves waste removal.

#2: Improves Circulation

Apart from the increase in the blood supply that benefits your body overall, reflexology helps to improve your circulation by breaking down the grainy crystal deposits in your feet. These deposits settle beneath the surface of your skin where your nerve endings are located.

When you have too much acidity in your blood stream, the quantity of these deposits increases, which impedes the circulation of blood through your body. When reflexology is applied to your feet, the pressure helps to break down the deposits and remove the toxins from your body. This allows the blood to flow more freely throughout your system and help reduce pain and tension.

#3: Helps Relax Muscles

If you’ve ever been to a chiropractor for your back pain, you might have been recommended to try muscle relaxant medication. If so, you’ll know that relaxing the muscles in your back helps to soothe and improve the pain. Nobody wants to take medication every day, however, so it’s vital to find other ways of relaxing your muscles than chemicals.

That’s where foot reflexology can make a significant difference, by returning your body to a state of homeostasis or normality. It does this by triggering the various automatic processes our bodies use to balance and regulate our physical condition, such as the release of enzymes to balance your blood pressure.

#4: Releases Endorphins

One of the causes of tension and chronic pain is depression, and even if you aren’t aware you’re suffering from it your body may disagree! Because it is a form of massage, reflexology releases the endorphins in the brain that make you feel good, which helps reduce back pain that may be resulting from it. Endorphins also act as natural pain killers and stress relievers, and can help to benefit you in other ways such as enhancing your immune system’s response to the cause of the pain.

If you’re suffering from persistent back pain, reflexology might offer you a solution you haven’t thought of previously. Feel free to call me to discuss the options this ancient discipline might hold for you.

A New Revolution? Using Hypnosis for Health Purposes

Over the years hypnosis has had something of a bad rap in many circles. Many people don’t understand how hypnosis works, and as a result they fear it. And of course, the images of those crazy shows where people get “hypnotized” to cluck like chickens just don’t help! In reality, hypnosis is nothing like that and an authentic hypnotherapist would no more jump off a cliff than practice that type of idiocy. With the growing awareness of alternative therapies, using hypnosis for health purposes is becoming mainstream and a new revolution in the 21st century.

History of Hypnosis

The art of hypnosis has a long and colourful history. Believed to date back to the Hindus of ancient India who took sick people to sleep temples to be cured, the concept hasn’t changed much since then. What has changed, however, is the way we see it and the names we call it, which over the centuries ranged from “magnetism” through “mesmerism” and finally hypnosis. It was elevated to a science by James Braid, a Scottish surgeon who gave it the name hypnosis.

How Hypnosis Works

Mature woman relaxing with eyes closedJames Braid did more than just name hypnosis. He also discovered the real truth behind the science, which is the fact that it has more to do with fixed attention than with being in a trance. This understanding is central to dispelling the potentially harmful myths about it.

Hypnosis works by creating changes in the areas of the brain that are involved in attention, and by modifying the connections between the motor cortex and other regions of the brain. To achieve this, the hypnotherapist uses various techniques to put you into a relaxed state of mind, which makes your subconscious mind more receptive to re-education.

This helps give you greater control over actions and responses you might otherwise struggle to control consciously.

Conditions Treated

Because of this, hypnosis has proved effective in treating multiple health issues that have a basis in mental or emotional control. Hypnosis for weight loss is particularly effective, and I’ve had success using it myself to lose 70lbs after childbirth. It works by using suggestions to help you reduce cravings, and visualization techniques to picture yourself achieving your goals.

Some of the other medical conditions treated successfully by hypnosis are:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Stress-related conditions such as gastrointestinal and dermatological problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sedation for pain control during medical and dental procedures
  • Nausea resulting from chemotherapy

Results and Side Effects

Hypnosis is very effective at providing relief from conditions that have a mental component. After the session is over, you will have full recall of everything that took place during the event, and will feel calm and soothed as a result of the relaxation techniques used. It usually takes a few sessions to see distinctive results—much like medical treatment, it doesn’t often work right away but takes time to have an effect. Side effects are minimal if you’re healthy, but patients who abuse drugs or alcohol aren’t ideal candidates for hypnosis because they may become delusional as a result of their substance use.

During hypnosis, you’re never out of control. You’re never unaware of your surroundings or incapable of coming out of your state of relaxation. The hypnotherapist is a guide, helping you to reach a deeper level of awareness and connection with your unconscious, but he or she is not able to take over your mind or compel you to do anything against your will.

If you want more information about using hypnosis for weight loss or any other purpose, contact me here to schedule a discussion about your needs.

My Son, My Teacher – Living with allergies

super isaiahI can remember the day my son Isaiah (3rd born) had his full-blown anaphylaxis shock like it was yesterday. It was Oct 2009, Thanksgiving weekend; he was only 18 months old.  We just got home from shopping at Costco, and I gave him a healthy snack of pesto and toast while I was putting away the groceries.

I noticed his lips got swollen, and I didn’t understand why. I carefully watched his body and noticed he was getting hives. I gave him some Benadryl and thought he was going to be fine. Then he said to me “ME choke, ME CHOKE!” (Thank goodness he was smart and started talking very early). This was his way of telling me he can’t breathe. I gave him his puffers (yes he has asthma too, but that’s another story) and realized this is VERY serious so I called 911.

I saw him swell up beyond recognition. When we got into the ambulance his Oxygen level was down to 90%, which meant he was really struggling to breath. When we reached the hospital I was relieved, yet I was scared! He looked like “The Thing” from the movie Fantastic Four.  The Doctor immediately gave him an Epipen shot and hooked him up to oxygen and other high tech machines that monitored his heart etc. He needed to get 2 Epipen Shots and we had to spend the night at the hospital.

The Doctor told me “If you didn’t get here when you did, any later he would have DIED.” I honestly was in FEAR mode the entire time. I kept surrounding us with reiki, praying, calling on Archangel Raphael for healing and felt helpless. We had to go see an allergist who sent us to get his blood tests done to see what exactly he was allergic too. I didn’t realize that Pine nuts are in Pesto sauce and that is what triggered his anaphylactic shock.

Finally the blood results were in:  0.35 and under means normal – the person has no allergies, and his results for the pine nuts were 1.35; which is why he had that severe reaction. His results to peanuts are even worse: 40.00; which means that he can get a shock from just being in the same room and touching a peanut.  When I found out these results it took me a few days to let it go and adjust to this news. The allergist said it’s very rare to grow out of these allergies but I believe in miracles so I KNOW that anything is possible.

So I had to ACCEPT this new reality for our family. Of course I am human I had all the “what ifs” in my head. “What if he kisses a girl as a teenager and she had peanuts and he dies… What if I am not there with him to protect him, and he accidentally has peanuts” etc… I knew that it was my fear talking and fear is EGO – I chose to stay in Spirit. It was a challenge; I had to learn everything I could on these new results. I am so thankful to be in Canada where everything is labeled in the ingredients and marked “Peanut Free”.

It was hard watching my 18 month old go through this; once again I had to grow from this experience. Honestly it was a big step for me; I was blaming myself for his allergies, thinking: “It must have been because I ate a lot of peanuts when I was pregnant”. (I used to make protein shakes with chocolate Vega and 3 tbsps. of organic peanut butter every day.)  I always had a strong faith in God/Universe and knew that God doesn’t give me anything I can’t handle. My metaphysical spiritual beliefs assisted me in letting go of this fear, letting go of blame, and accepting.

My spiritual beliefs are, that we chose our experience before we got here on Earth. That as a soul, we decide what we want to experience on our trip to Earth; we chose our parents, our family, and our path. So I had to trust that Isaiah chose this experience, that as a soul he decided one day ” Hmmm I am going to go to Earth School. So, so what if I want to come back home to the Spirit world, how should I exit the Earth Plane? Well, I will pick peanut allergies. That way if things get too much to handle on Earth I can have a quick exit point back home”. Yes this may sound very foreign to some of you, but it really helped me in letting go, trusting that this is as it should be.

Today my son is 6 and a half years old. He is very smart. Before he eats anything from anyone he asks “does it have peanuts?” and he recognizes the peanut-free label on foods and gets so excited when something is peanut free! He is my teacher, my angel! He has assisted me in my growing journey. Life is a process of continual growth! I learnt a lot from this experience:

1.     Let Go of Blame – It has nothing to do with what I ate when I was pregnant, I can’t control everything. It’s part of Isaiah’s path, I had to Trust and Let go.

2.     Let Go of Anger – Yes I was angry saying to myself “WHY ME… I am a good person, I don’t deserve this”. But my wonderful husband said to me once “WHY not YOU?” That was my reality check. YES he is right, why NOT me? He also made me realize it’s not a big deal, there are a lot of worse things that can happen and we need to be Grateful for his health.

3.     Acceptance – I had to ask myself “What lessons am I learning with this experience” I had to remember that it’s all in God’s hands. Educate myself and educate Isaiah; that is my role.

4.     Teach others- I love inspiring and teaching others and this experience has given me something I can use to help others on their path as well. To trust and let go of fear yet again.

5.      LOVE – LOVE heals all. Love helped me to let go of my fear and to trust that everything is going to be all right. Love is the best medicine. I surround my family with LOVE every day.

I found this great poem on LOVE. May your life be Filled with love and remember TRUST that YOU are not given ANYTHING you can’t handle.

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
No disease that enough love will not heal;
No door that enough love will not open;
No gulf that enough love will not bridge;
No wall that enough love will not throw down;
No sin that enough love will not redeem…

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be
the happiest and most powerful being in the world. “——Emmet Fox

 

IT is true when you embrace difficulty nothing can bring you down; you will have this inner knowing that there is a lesson here. That this experience is really helping you become a better version of yourself.

 

 

Believing in Yourself

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU JUST WANT TO CREATE INTO REALITY BUT KEEP PUTTING IT OFF?

Natalie

We all have experienced this at some point in our lives.   WE desire to take action and live our dreams, but that’s it. We stop at that point; we give up, because we are afraid. Fear is the number one thing that stops anyone from taking action.  I meet tons of people that have great creative ideas, but the one thing they are lacking is the drive, the passion to take action.  I am writing this today to let you know that YOU can create the life you WANT. You are the master of your life, and only YOU. Each day you have the opportunity to change and create your future.

What you choose to do today can change the rest of your life. One of my favorite quotes is;

“If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten”.

 

This is so true, you need to take action in order to manifest the life you want. The first step is the idea, fully visualize what you want in your life, and see it in detail, as if you were watching a movie. Then the next step to manifest what you desire is to feel yourself with the life you want, really feel it.  If you want a better relationship, feel yourself being happy in a relationship.  Watch shows with people that are in a healthy relationship, etc… If its financial abundance, see money coming to you in all areas, surprises, gifts, work, creative ideas etc. Once you mastered visualizing and feeling, the next step is to take action.

DO what you need to do to create the life you want. You can’t just sit there in your home and wait for everything to come. Waiting to find a suitcase with a million dollars on your door step, this sounds great, but it’s not reality.   God/Source gives you inspirations though many things, ideas, synchronicity, nature, people etc…   You need to take action, and believe in yourself. Believe that you are worth it, you deserve the best. I love assisting people in having their breakthrough moments.  Trust that you are reading this article for a reason. There is something in here that will help you in some way. Even if it’s to make you smile, that’s still a good reason. Below is a small list to inspire you, enjoy!

1.  Love your life! Live your life to the fullest. With no regrets.  Take action, strive for your dreams, you will feel so good, and you will have no regrets. You do not want to be in your 60s, 70s, or 80s wondering “I wonder what would have happened if I went with that idea, if I made the book, had more confidence, took more risks etc.”

2.  Think of every idea that you come up with as an answered prayer. We constantly pray for more abundance in all areas of our life, health, love, family, finances, etc. We have to realize that God/Source answers our prayers in special ways. Such as inspiring us to start something new, introducing us to the right people, just have faith and remember you are not alone.

3. If you find yourself afraid to leap forward, ask yourself why? What’s the worst that can happen? Remember ‘this too shall pass.’ Just take the action and do it, you will be so happy you did. Fear is just the ego, it’s an illusion, if you let it go, you will fully embrace the Spirit in YOU!

4. Hang around with people that are positive and believe in your vision. Do not listen to negative people. We will all encounter someone that gives us ‘unwanted advice’. Just let it go, hang out with people that are supportive and positive.

5. Make a list of everything you need to do to achieve your goal. For example: When I was creating my affirmation cards, I wrote down everything I needed, ISBN number, copyright my idea, a printer, an illustrator etc…

6. Reframe all negative self-defeating statements into positive statements. Practice doing affirmations on a daily basis to help you stay focused. Each morning and night make a list of things you are grateful for in your life.

7.  Last but not least: take small steps, remember to honour yourself, and do not rush. Everything will always unfold for your highest good, at the right time.

What I tell myself is “Oprah, The Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Tony Robins, Nelson Mandela, are all people just like ME. They too had a vision, a dream and did not let anyone stop them. They believed in themselves and took action to accomplish what they desire. And look at them now, their names are unforgettable, they have created such a shift on our planet because they took action and followed their hearts. They will always be unforgettable people. Just like you and me!” What makes them different from YOU? You can achieve what they achieved if that’s your desire.  We all breathe the same air! We are all spiritual beings having a human experience. SO enjoy your life, take action and remember you are here for the journey, not the destination.