I received this letter from one of my clients.
“Pat please can you help me. I have a problem. I want to settle in my house but can’t. I don’t feel at ease and I have a lot of bad dreams. What can I do?”
Here is my remedy for an unsettled house.
1. Make a jug of a strong solution of salt water.
2. Recite an incantation or prayer over the water.
Here is an example but you can write your own if you prefer:
May this offering of the water of life and pure salt cleanse this space. May this house be cleansed and give forth contentment and fulfillment. I banish all dark entities and give space only to the goodness of light.
Speak the words in a meaningful way, your words are sacred and you need to speak them with fortitude because you are creating a powerful medicine to cleanse your home.
3. Walk around your home and sprinkle the water everywhere, in every corner while repeating your prayer over and over again.
4. Don’t forget to sprinkle the water across all your doorways, this will stop bad vibrations from entering again. You could mention the names of the people who are likely to be passing through the doorways so that you all feel comfortable entering the house, hopefully, strangers will be cleansed as they enter.
5. Once finished, adorn your house with flowers but do not allow dead flowers to stay in the house as they create bad Feng Shui.
6. Now you have a cleansed home you can increase the good Karma by burning some lovely herbal incense sticks.
7. You can then finish with crystals placed in your home. Carnelian by the front door invokes protection and invites abundance. Jade is for wealth and prosperity so it is a good stone to have on your desk and a rose quartz will create harmony and guard against arguments. For that peacefulness you desire at night you need to place a large piece of Selenite in the bedroom.
All of us would love to have personal power,
the power to manifest our dreams, the power
to remain calm and loving in the face of fear,
the power to stay centered in ourselves in
the face of attack.
Our society often confuses personal power,
"power within" - with "power over," which is
about controlling others.
There is a vast difference between personal power and control.
Personal power comes from an inner sense of security, from
knowing who you are in your soul, from having defined your
own intrinsic worth. It is the power that flows through you
when you are connected to and feel your oneness with a
spiritual source of guidance. It is the power that is the
eventual result of doing deep inner emotional and spiritual
work to heal the fears and false beliefs acquired in
Without this inner work to heal the beliefs that create our
limitations, we are stuck in our egos, our wounded selves.
The very basis of the ego is the desire for control, for
power over others and outcomes.
Our ego is the self we created to attempt to have control
over getting love, avoiding pain, and feeling safe. We
created our ego self in our attempt to protect ourselves
from the losses we fear – loss of self, loss of other, loss
of security, loss of face. As children, when we didn't get
the love we needed, we decided that our true Self must be
unlovable. In our attempt to feel safe, we buried our true
Self and created the false self – the ego, our wounded self.
The ego self then went about learning how to feel safe
through trying to control others and outcomes. The ego
believes that having control over how people see us and feel
about us, as well as over the outcome of things, will give
us the safety we seek.
Even if you do manage to have some control through anger,
criticism, judgment, or money, this will never give you
personal power. This will never fill you with peace and joy
and an inner sense of safety. Control may give you a
momentary sense of safety, but it will never give you the
deep sense of safety that comes from knowing your intrinsic
worth, the worth of your soul. As long as your safety and
worth are being defined by externals which can be temporary
– your money, your looks, your performance, your power over
others – you will feel anxious. We feel anxious when we
attach our worth and happiness to temporal things rather
than to eternal qualities, such as caring, compassion, and
For example, Walter is a man who has tremendous power over
others but no personal power. Walter has made millions as
the president of a large investment company. He has a lovely
wife, three grown children, and two beautiful homes. Yet
Walter is often anxious. He worries about losing his money.
He is easily triggered into anger when things don't go his
way and people don't behave in the way he wants. Because his
heart is not open, he is a lonely man.
Walter operates totally out of his ego self, believing that
having control through anger and money will bring him the
happiness and safety he seeks. Yet he has achieved
everything he believed would bring him happiness and safety
and what he feels most of the time is anxious and lonely.
Walter is empty inside. He has no sense of his true Self, no
sense of the beauty within him, no sense of his lovability
and intrinsic worth. His life is based on externals rather
then on the spiritual values of love, compassion, honesty
Personal power comes from embracing spiritual values rather
than just earthly values. It comes from making love,
kindness and compassion – toward oneself and others – more
important than power over others. It comes from doing the
inner work necessary to allow the soul to have dominion over
the body, rather than allowing the animal instincts of fight
or flight – the instincts of the body – to have dominion
over our choices. When the soul has dominion over the body,
you have the power to manifest your dreams, to stay centered
in the face of attack, to remain loving in the face of fear.
When the soul has dominion over the body, you have
tremendous personal power.
Copyright: © 2012 by Margaret Paul
Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-
author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To
Be Loved By You?". She is the co-creator of the powerful
Inner Bonding healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now!
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Anyone who has achieved success, fame or fortune in the world has done it by taking action, a successful person recognises the right moment.
What happens to you is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. Be in control of your destiny. Don’t stand around waiting for something to happen, go and get it…make it happen.
The choice of path to follow is often put before you as opportunity. The problem is that few people recognize opportunity or when it is there in front of them all they see is the hard work it would take to achieve it.
Don’t let the hard work bother you.Take on the tasks in small pieces. Don’t look at the big picture and feel despondent, success is achieved if you do one tiny part at a time.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
So if you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.
What would you define as peace? Would you say it is when the kids have gone to bed and the house is quiet?
Would you say it is when the lights go out in your bedroom and you can relax into a deep sleep?
Perhaps you feel you are at peace when all the bills are paid or the shopping done?…Not really.
The trouble is that peace is not that easy to come by because, no matter how hard you try, there will always be something niggling at you……are the school uniforms ironed, have I got something for tea tomorrow, did I put the cat out?
Don’t worry, I believe that you should never look for peace let it find you.
Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now… forgive yourself for not being at peace.
The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace.
Anything you accept fully will get you there and will give you peace.
So if you really want to be at peace with the World, accept what is and every moment will be the best moment.
That is what I call enlightenment.
Because the Internet makes it easy to help and interact with people, it’s possible to brighten peoples lives every day by just being there. Here are my ten top ways to help others or to help yourself on The Internet.
1. Why not go and visit a social networking site and actually start up a conversation with someone. I mean a real conversation not a sales pitch.
Try to notice something about them and encourage them to share as well.
2. Check out sites like personalopinion.co.uk where you could give your personal opinion on products and services to help people make the right choices.
3. Maybe you have just recovered from an illness? Find a forum dedicated to your specific illness and ask or answer questions to help put other’s minds at rest.
4. Passionate about something? Know a lot about it? Share that knowledge with The World on Wikipedia.org.
5. Thinking of having a boob job or maybe some cosmetic surgery? Find a forum and chat with people who have done it so that you can make an informed decision.
6. Started a new business and need a website quickly and cheap? Create a Facebook page, it costs nothing and is very easy to do.
7. Got a technical problem with your computer – you guessed it! Find a forum, you’ll get all the answers.
8. Bought a gadget on Ebay but there’s no owner’s manual. Just Google it and you’ll surely find the manual online.
9. Need a recipe for that special dinner party? Google it!
10. Have a special interest you’re passionate about? Join a dedicated network like our Tarot network where you can communicate with like minded people.
A new tarot website has recently launched, this site is innovative and breaks technology boundaries in a way no other site online for Tarot has done before.
The idea came from a successful telephone tarot service that wanted to give its users a more interactive experience when having their tarot cards read. The tarot card readers also wanted to find a way to bring the traditional tarot medium to the web in a way that the users could relate to and understand easily in the modern world.
The new site www.121tarotreadings.com was created and all of the best telephone tarot readers who have loyal and dedicated followers decided to move this experience online. Not only can the user see the reader’s expressions and techniques while using the cards but now they can have a more personal one to one experience with the readers to find the outcome of their questions and journeys from the spread of the cards.
www.121tarotreadings.com also includes facilities to enable users to gain their tarot readings or horoscopes from their mobile phones. This is most useful for those users with busy lives who still seek answers from the tarot.
On the site you will find a selection of readers ready to start your tarot reading and answer any questions you may have for them. You can ask them to focus the reading on your career, love and relationships or health and family matters. They will offer you guidance and insight into your situation or concerns and with the use of the cards will assist you in finding the answers you require.
Although this is a totally new service and improves upon the current online Skype and MSN tarot reader offerings. The readers use their wealth of experience and background as readers, mystics and psychics to demonstrate the power the tarot cards hold and the age old history behind them.
For a more comprehensive one to one tarot reading there is no better place online.
About Elite communications have been providing professional tarot services for over fifteen years. Historically these would be telephone tarot readings, with a regular and loyal customer base. With the all new www.121tarotreadings.com site they can now offer an entirely new online tarot interactive experience.
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I started reading Tarot professionally this year after a life long love affair with the cards. I do email tarot readings and I am determined not to be too ‘woo woo’ about it. It’s taken me a long time to understand that everyone reads the Tarot cards in their own way and I don’t have to put a tea towel on my head and become Gypsy Rose Lee, start chanting or howling at the moon. I can read the cards and still be myself – a trainer, writer and internet marketer. That’s helped me a lot. While it’s fine for some, I’ve never been comfortable using words like ‘joy’ and ‘blessings’ and so they don’t feature in my readings. I use ordinary language and pass on what I see in as ‘normal’ a way as possible, like I’m talking to a friend.
I think there is a huge market for using the Tarot to give insight into business, career and life path decisions as well as the more traditional areas of relationships and money. My heart soars (oops – bit woo woo there!) when I am asked a question about someone’s small business – the Tarot can be such a help there, especially (but not only) when the business is a creative one.
It’s a shame if you are missing out on a very helpful, practical tool because you think the Tarot is too ‘out there’. It isn’t. In the hands of a good reader, it’s like having your own private business consultant who helps you really examine what lies at the root of many of your tough decisions. It’s an extra string to yourt bow, and nothing to be ashamed about or scared of!
So next time you start thinking outside the box, make sure the box has some Tarot cards in it!
By Joan Marques
Have you ever taken the time to consider your life today and
compare it with the expectations you had five years ago?
Nine times out of ten you will find that things did not
quite work out the way you anticipated them to. Although you
may not be dissatisfied with where you are today, you will
probably still have to admit that several crucial issues
have taken a surprising course: your marriage may have
ended, your career may have undergone a radical change,
people whom you had expected to be around for a long time
may have passed away, and you may have turned into an
individual you would not have recognized five years ago!
It all lies in the hands of time and the encounters you have
with people, knowledge, and general experiences. Indeed: you
find your perspectives changing through the things that
happen to you: what used to be important at one time may
have no meaning anymore for you today. And this will
probably not only pertain to the people in your life, but to
events and goals as well. Paradigms shift continuously, and
the best way to cope with this process is to try and refrain
from setting goals that are too specific. You could, for
instance, just focus on making progress or being happy
instead of formulating in too much details where, with whom,
and how that should happen. Of course some strategizing is
necessary, but too strict a schedule may entangle you in a
web that is hard to escape from when the inevitable
surprises start popping up.
A man who expected his family to stay together till his
dying day suddenly found that his wife was leaving him. She
took the children along, and he turned into a lonely goat.
It took him three years and countless, extensive dialogues
with elders in his community to understand that the courses
of events in his life were not merely up to him, since they
were intertwined with other individuals who all had their
own desires and dreams, some of which – unfortunately – were
no longer in tune with his. He finally understood the
message and learned to accept the facts as they were
presented to him. He has since established a level of
understanding with his ex-partner, one that is better than
it ever was during their marriage, and he has been working
toward a more mature relationship with his – now grown up –
children. Gradually this man is regaining his balance,
meanwhile understanding that happiness today looks much
different than he would have envisioned it some years ago.
This simple example does not have to be limited to the
private areas of one’s life: surprises can occur just as
frequently in any other area. Business people know that like
no other, due to the fact that they operate in an
environment that is subject to influences from practically
all sides: unexpected strategic moves from competitors,
inventions that can make their product obsolete in a
heartbeat, or government decisions that can affect their
profitability or perhaps their entire existence, to name a
few. For this category of people, flexibility in dealing
with surprises is even more vital than for the ones that
expect the happily-ever-after dream to keep their marriage
Life truly requires a level of management that should never
be underestimated: whether you are spending most of your
time in an airplane, a hotel room, your office, or just at
home. The bag of surprises is presented to each of us, every
day again. Some surprises taste sweet, but most of them have
a bitter foretaste. It is up to us, then, to adapt our taste
buds to these new challenges, and unleash our positive
imagination and our sense of humor on them, so that we will
be able to develop the right spirit in approaching them. And
then, five years from now, we will be where we expect to be:
in a better and happier place, no matter where that is!
Joan Marques, Burbank, September 19, 2003
Joan Marques, holds an MBA, is a doctoral candidate in
Organizational Leadership, and a university instructor in
Business and Management in Burbank, California. You may
visit her web site at www.joanmarques.com Joan’s manual
“Feel Good About Yourself,” a six part series to get you
over the bumps in life and onto success, can be purchased
and downloaded at:
I am privileged to have known a lovely lady by the name of Hilary Fortune. She has passed over now but she was, to me, a truly gifted clairvoyant.
She was the neighbour of Pauline, a friend of mine and she would often sit with us both and chat about her life.
Please allow me to tell you a truly uplifting tale.
It is a true story about my friend Pauline and a terrible tragedy that devastated her life and how Hilary’s clairvoyant powers helped her.
Pauline’s 19 year old son was killed in a motor bike accident. He was survived by his sister and parents…well I say survived but something died in that house that day.
A couple of years had passed and Pauline was still not coping very well. It was her son’s birthday and the ritual was that, on his birthday, Pauline would meet her daughter at the crematorium to find his name in the memorial book and they would have a little cry together.
Pauline hated that place and on this occasion she arrived a little before her daughter. She waited and waited but her daughter didn’t come. She was lost! Her daughter always had the book ready for her, page open in the right place.
How would she find his name…Pauline searched and searched with tears running down her face but she couldn’t find him. When her daughter finally came she quickly flipped the pages and there he was….. Paul, dearly Beloved of ….
They had a cuddle and cry then they silently made their way home.
As Pauline arrived at her house she saw Hilary sitting on her doorstep waiting for her.
“Pauline, I have seen your son”, she said, “I don’t understand it but this is his message.
He said, The book…couldn’t find my name. Why did you cry? That cold place don’t go any more. Always with you – love you!”
Clairvoyance as a term has its origins from the French word claire, which means “clear”, and voyance, “seeing”. It literally means ‘clear seeing’.
Mary clearly saw Paul that day and Pauline could, finally, go on with her life knowing that her son was safe.
When you need comfort in the sadness, when you need to understand the madness, listen for the signs around you and know that love and light surround you!
Pat Sutton is founder of TheTarot.co.uk and The TarotNetwork.co.uk and a professional blogger – see her personal blog “Internet Marketing and Personal Development” at http://www.patsutton.com
There is an uncanny link between mindset and the success of intuition.
Dr. Judith Orloff and others point out that it is very difficult to tap into your intuition when you are tense or highly stressed. And if you the kind of person that is reluctant to trust impressions that are difficult to confirm on the spot, you will have little success getting useful information from your intuition.
A relaxed open mind is the first step to accessing intuition. It is also the first step in tuning in to your spirit guides and working with the Tarot.
Even the most highly skilled psychics and mediums will tell you that they cannot access a person who chooses to block himself.
So it is highly ironic that the very people who try so hard to ‘test’ the reader, or who flaunt their skepticism find it so easy to find evidence to back to support their skepticism. And those who come to a reader with an open, relaxed attitude enjoy a rich and valuable experience.
It is as if the Tarot cards were offended by the skeptical querent’s lack of respect. The upshot is that each subject has an experience that reinforces their perception.
There is a certain logic to this, but it makes it hard on the reader who has to handle a skeptic in a situation such as a party where they are expected to read everyone who comes to their table.
In many ways, the cards that pop up in a Tarot spread reflect the mindset of the person being read. If the querent is focused, the cards will be, too. If the client’s mind is scattered, so too, will be the reading.
Tarot is a tool to access intuition. Like all tools that work primarily by using the ‘right-brain,’ Tarot’s processes defy logic.
The right-brain is the realm of the imagination and it speaks through the language of symbol. It is through the right brain that you are able to access your intuition.
Unlike beginning readers who tend to rely on book definitions, more confident and experienced readers will use their knowledge of book meanings as a starting point and them allow their intuition full reign.
But to do that, they need to be able to tap into the energy of the querent. Each reader has his/her style of working. Some readers that use an interactive approach need the active participation of the querent to stimulate their intuition. Others are able to tune in psychically.
But no matter the style of reading, every Tarot reader needs the active cooperation of the client to deliver a successful reading.
Submitted by: Ellen M. Zucker
Tarot cards speak in the language of pictures rather than words.
The meaning of any image in a Tarot reading is influenced by an interplay between the physical objects depicted, the history and traditions behind them, and the meanings you impose on them.
These elements work together differently from reading to reading. But the one constant is that the card’s image always tells a story that is directly relevant to your situation. And that story will differ for each person and even for the same person under different circumstances.
These thoughts were on my mind when I sat down to read an article describing an exhibit of medieval stone figurines created in Dijon, France about to be exhibited in the US.
These figures, called ‘mourners,’ were created to encircle the tomb of John the Fearless, the second duke of Burgundy.
What caught my eye was the photograph of John’s tomb, resting comfortably next to that of his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. A life-size likeness of John rests supine, hands clasped in prayer next to the likeness of his wife in the same position.
The Four of Swords from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck shows an image of a sculpture of a man in medieval dress lying atop a tomb in exactly the same position: supine, with hands clasped in prayer. He is in a room with thick white walls and a stained glass window on the upper left.
The Dijon mourners are there to pray for their duke and duchess to help them get to paradise. The duke and duchess themselves lie, eyes open, awaiting judgment.
While the RWS Four of Swords does not show the mourners, nor the angels at their heads and lions at their feet, it is clear that the imagery of the RWS card is drawn from this same medieval tradition.
The imagery speaks of a pause in the journey from life to death as the soul in question awaits news of his fate. While the expressions on the faces of the Dijon sculptures and the face of the RWS figure are peaceful, the eyes of the RWS figure is closed.
The RWS figure appears to be meditating. No matter how violent or unpleasant his demise, he is at peace now and his focus is on matters of the spirit.
The imagery of the casket frightens some people, and in the case where the card came up in a reading for a mother mourning the death of her young adult son killed in a shooting, the imagery is only too literal. But in my experience reading Tarot cards for many years, this card does not portend death.
Far more commonly, the card speaks to a time-out or a sabbatical; a time for the querent to step out so s/he can reflect or refocus. A common example is a reading involving a mother taking time away from her career to raise her young children.
Upon reflecting on the article, I now see an additional layer of meaning: the card speaks to that stage in a metamorphosis similar to that of the caterpillar who retreats into his cocoon. He retreats to avoid dissipating his energy with the demands of the outer world while he undergoes transformation within.
Submitted by Ellen M. Zucker
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Going back to the days of Aleister Crowley, the individual Major Arcana cards have been assigned to specific planets.
As a student of astrology and the Tarot, I do not always subscribe to the traditional correspondences. For example, to me, the energy of Uranus is a much better fit to The Tower than Mars.
The argument for making Mars The Tower’s ‘ruler’ is that The Tower’s edifice, described as some as the Tower of Babel, represents man’s hubris and a structure of lies.
The Tower image shows lightning striking the crown on the top of the tower edifice, the crown being false materialism and the lightening bolt, the flash of truth striking down the edifice and violently displacing the crown.
Mars represents ego well. Mars is dignified in Capricorn where its ambition is transformed into concrete structure. And the flames emanating from the tumbling structure is consistent with the symbolism of Mars and its sign, Aries.
Lastly, Wald Amberstone, co-founder of The Tarot School, likens the card’s image as a representation of a phallic symbol at the time of climax.
Certainly this is Mars.
But the lightning, the sudden flash of awareness, the crack as the structure tumbles, are hallmarks of Uranus.
Arthur Edward Waite in The Pictorial Key to the Tarot describes the preceding card, The Devil, as “the fall into the material and animal state, while the other (The Tower) signifies destruction on the other side.”
Uranus’ energy is depersonalized. It is completely a product of the intellect and the lightning bolt is its hallmark.
The sudden bolt of lightning describes the operation of Uranus as anyone who has experienced a transit of Uranus can testify.
Uranus is the first planet discovered that is too far away to be seen by the unaided human eye. For centuries, astronomers assumed that no planet extended beyond Saturn, hence that planet’s association with limits and boundaries.
Then in 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus with the result that the prevailing world-view of the Universe was upended much in the same way that Uranus transits result in upset and breakthrough on a societal and personal level.
Uranian energy is a bolt out of the blue, coming from somewhere outside of our individual selves like the bolt of lightning from above that upends The Tower and its crown.
In my view, while Mars is a good descriptor of the Tower in the card, Uranus better describes the actual energy of the card.
Submitted by: Ellen Zucker
By Peter Murphy
1. Be persistent with style. You can get a lot more done at
work when you have the tenacity to deal with difficult
people without losing your cool. Never give up.
2. Exude a magnetic charm that makes people want to help
you. In stores and restaurants staff will go out of their
way to serve the few customers who know how to make them
feel special. The same applies at home and at work.
3. Have the courage to ask for more. When you are working
hard without getting the rewards you deserve you need to
stand up and be noticed. Successful people know the power of
4. Laugh at rejection. When you no longer worry about people
saying no to you, everything changes. You can talk to any
individual in authority as an equal, and stand up for
yourself with confidence.
5. Talk with clarity. Do this and people will know exactly
what you want – and give it to you. No more beating around
6. Drop the need for approval. When you let go of the need
to be liked you are more likely to get it. This is one of
the great ironies of life.
7. Start conversations with confidence. This is a crucial
skill that opens doors socially and in business. When you do
this well you can expect greater success.
8. Become a great listener. As a result you will spot subtle
cues that tell you the key points in any negotiation. This
is valuable information that can help you drive a great
9. Never be intimidated by others. When all your
communication is grounded in solid strategies that work you
will have a pervasive inner confidence and strength. You
will come across as someone to be respected and listened to.
10. Quickly deal with people problems. You can develop great
flexibility when it comes to resolving disagreements and
differences of opinion. This will save you lots of time and
11. Stop feeling self-conscious. Get clear about what you
really want. When you focus on that in a special way, your
attention will be on the other person. It then becomes
impossible to freeze because of nerves.
12. Master small talk. This allows you to build rapport with
anyone you meet and even make people eager to help you.
Think of all the interesting and wonderful people you will
Exceptional people skills can be learned. Find a proven
formula and follow it. YOu will be amazed at how quickly you
Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently
produced a very popular free report: 10 Simple Steps to
Developing Communication Confidence.
By Kathleen Gage
Do you dream of having a book published, but don’t know
where to turn? Already have a book, but unsure of how to
promote it? Looking for cost effective high-return
strategies to market your book? If you answered yes to any
of these questions, then the following information is for
Many writers and aspiring authors are under the mistaken
belief if their book is published by a publishing house they
can sit back and watch sales miraculously happen. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Fact is, competition to
have your manuscript noticed and published by a large house
is extremely fierce. Additionally, no matter who publishes
your book, you absolutely must take an active roll in
marketing, promoting and selling your book.
Moreover, profit margins are not extremely good when you go
through a publisher. Sure, if you sell tens of thousands or
hundreds of thousands of books, you make substantial amounts
of money. In reality only a small percentage of writers
achieve this level of success.
A great model for achieving success is to self-publish and
actively promote your book. Self-publishing is one of the
best ways to get your manuscript to market quickly is to.
Another great benefit of self-publishing is you have
complete control of the creative process. You make the
decisions on content, editing, cover design, title and you
reap the profits.
A primary downside with self publishing are costs involved.
Depending on whether or not you hire an editor, designer,
layout person and cost of printing, the initial outlay for
self-publishing a book can be several thousands of dollars
for the first run. Besides there are no guarantees your book
will sell. However, you can lessen your risk of costs and
increase your level of sales with a simple formula.
Imagine if you could self publish with no out of pocket
money. Additionally, imagine gaining lots of free publicity
and visibility in your market at the same time. I know this
to be true, because I have done it.
The following formula is one that can be used by virtually
anyone to raise funds to publish a book. In addition, you
can gain great visibility, do the initial run with no out of
pocket money and position yourself for volume sales.
Although the formula is rather simple in concept, it is not
necessarily easy to do as it takes planning, time, effort,
consistency and great follow up to make it work as well as
You can write, publish and market a book with no out of
pocket expenses by hosting a seminar with a topic that is
linked to the book. In order to keep costs down in the
rollout host the seminar in your local market. You can
further offset costs by securing sponsors for the seminar.
Event sponsors provide funding necessary to the costs of an
event. They can either contribute in actual dollars or with
in-kind offerings. Sponsors underwrite various aspects of an
I did this at the beginning of December with my most recent
book, “101 Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door” and had an
incredible response. Although there was a lot of work
involved in the rollout the results were, and continue to
Besides writing content for the book each author had a very
specific role. Mine was the marketing and promotions of the
book. The first level was to develop a clear marketing
strategy for my 3 co-authors and myself.
Prior to beginning the writing of the book, we developed a
very detailed project plan. The plan included hosting an
event to introduce the book to our local market.
Knowing the costs to an event such as we were planning, I
knew it would be beneficial to secure sponsors. I developed
a very solid proposal for sponsorship of the seminar.
Because of very detailed information and showing the
sponsors how they would gain from being involved, I was able
to secure two excellent sponsors. One is a primary business
newspaper in Utah and the other is an organization who
targets start up businesses.
The paper was more than willing to do some advertising for
the event in exchange for some great visibility and
additional subscribers. The organization offset the costs of
the room and audio-visual equipment in exchange for mentions
in the advertising and all pre-event promotions. Both
sponsors were given the opportunity to do a 5 minute
presentation at the seminar and distribute promotional
information to everyone in attendance. It was a win/win all
the way around.
Had I not had a clear-cut proposal for the potential
sponsors chances are I would not have secured their support.
Also, I know it is easier to gain support from businesses
who know me rather than trying to get sponsorship from an
organization who has no idea who I am. The same will be true
for most anyone.
With day of event expenses covered, we could now focus on
generating revenue for publishing the book. This was done by
pre-selling the book. Anyone who purchased the book sight
unseen by November 28, 2004 was given a seat into the
seminar on December 2nd.
With initial revenues from pre-seminar sales designed to
offset book production costs we were able to write, market
and publish the book with no out of pocket money. By
utilizing the databases of all four authors, press releases,
pre-event radio interviews and presentations at Chambers and
local organizations, word of mouth promotions, and other
low-cost/no-cost forms of promotions, we sold over 350
copies sight unseen. (Cost of the book is $19.95)
We had well over 200 people attend the seminar as some of
the pre-event purchases were from folks who were out of the
A key to our success was having a functional website were
the book was (and is) available.
www.101waystogetyourfootinthedoor.com We utilized online
credit card purchasing options for buyers. In that 80% of
our sales were done with Internet and credit cards, we would
have been remiss to not use this as a method to sell.
As we were pre-selling it was important to let people know
that the cost of a seat into the seminar was the book. Also,
if they didn’t make it to the seminar we would mail them the
book for $4 more or they could pick it up. The $4 covered
mailing costs. If we didn’t do this we would have cut way
into our profit margin.
We made a strong point of letting people know they were
buying the book, not the seat into the seminar. However, the
only way into the seminar was to buy the book.
To gain even more value from the event and increase day of
event revenues each author sold other products Back of the
Room (BOR). One author sold a sales training program. The
signups that day realized several thousand in additional
revenue for her.
The two other authors sold specialty items and set up
appointments for those who were interested in such things in
their sales campaigns.
I sold my Street Smarts Marketing and Promotions™ program as
an E-book. This helped me to generate several thousand in
additional revenue. Knowing audience members were already
interested in my material, I put together a special day of
event package with three of my e-products bundled together.
Everyone received one of my order forms upon registering.
At the end of my session I did a short sales presentation.
All folks had to do was fill out the order form. With each
sale, all I had to do was process their credit cards and
email them the PDF document. No mailing costs or printing
costs. Nearly a 100% profit margin.
Many self published authors shy away from doing
presentations claiming to be an author and not a speaker.
Fact is, if you get in front of a target audience who is
interested in your topic and you present your ideas well the
amount of books you can sell is incredible.
The book complimented by a well delivered presentation allow
you to get in front of meeting planners who may be in a
position to utilize your services and your book at a later
date. You may also have representatives from companies who
want to buy large quantities of your book.
Since the release of the book I have had some companies buy
“101 Ways to Get You’re your Foot in the Door” in large
quantities. Because Maxwell Publishing is my company and the
book was published through Maxwell, I have the flexibility
to do special runs. With a minimum purchase a client can add
their logo to the front cover of the book and a personalized
letter from whomever they choose included in the book. This
is a great marketing tool for them with long-term benefits
to their employees or customers.
Granted, myself and one of the other authors are
professional speakers so presenting at an event such as I
outlined is a part of our marketing model. However, two of
the authors are not professional speakers per say. Yet, in
their everyday business they do present frequently. However,
with this event, it was a different type of presentation for
them. They will be the first to admit that additional
exposure and sales were worth doing this type of
Regardless of your topic the model we implemented can be
used by virtually anyone. For example, if you have a book on
nutrition, find a health food store who wants more foot
traffic and visibility. They may be a perfect fit as a
sponsor. Not only can they help you to offset costs they can
help to promote the event. At the seminar you can promote
their products with coupons, mentions and information
provided. It’s a win/win.
If you have a book on real estate sales there’s bound to be
a mortgage company who may be interested in sponsoring you.
Perhaps they would be willing to buy a book for every real
estate agent who does business with them. Or, they could
give a book to each of their mortgage brokers.
If you have a book on childhood development, what about a
baby clothing store? Perhaps the store would cross promote
and give a book to each customer who buys a minimum amount
of product in their store. This adds value from them to
their customers and creates a win/win for you and the store.
In today’s world of writing, marketing and publishing a
book, the possibilities are only limited by imagination.
Copyright: © 2005 by Kathleen Gage
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By Matt Clarkson
Meditation can improve your health, increase energy levels
and maximize your enjoyment of life. Without a doubt, more
people would benefit from meditation if they took the time
to practice the simple exercises used to calm the mind,
reduce stress and increase energy levels.
So What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a way to transform and heal ourselves. When we
meditate, we allow the swirl of ideas and thoughts to slow
down to the point where we find a calm and positive
connection with ourselves. Although there are many different
ways to meditate, all styles teach the directing of the
attention in order to re-connect with the part of yourself
that is most real and most true.
Why We Need To Meditate
Unfortunately, we do not walk through the world as children
do. We all face difficult and stressful situations
throughout the course of life. But rather than beginning
each day afresh, we tend to gather the world and carry the
negativity of the past with us. The happy and contented
person you were becomes covered over by these emotions.
Suddenly you feel unhappy and dissatisfied, and even worse;
often the process is so subtle, you don’t know why.
Meditation is a way of cutting through those layers of past
emotion and excessive thinking. Instead of our minds and
bodies being at the mercy of life, we take back control. We
focus the attention in a deliberate way, and slowly see the
false layers of ourselves begin to dissolve as we return
once again to the source of our happiness.
Although meditation is an ancient art dating back thousands
of years, modern scientific research now confirms what
ancient wisdom discovered long ago. Study after study shows
that meditation brings about improved perception, focus,
memory and creativity. Regular meditators are healthier,
happier, more relaxed, and more productive.
The True Purpose of Meditation
The seductive appeal of mystic visions, psychic intuition
and heightened mental functioning can be very alluring.
While some meditators report esoteric experiences, the
experiences themselves should not be the primary reason for
The purpose of meditation is to transform the state of our
hearts and minds and bring us back to ourselves. As we
become healthier, happier and realize greater self-
awareness, more benefits begin to follow naturally –
improved mental functioning, greater intuition as well as
greater access to unconscious resources and abilities.
The Best Style of Meditation
Always keep an open mind in your learning. Never accept a
teaching without verifying the truth of it in your own
experience. On the other hand, reserve making judgment in
advance of having the experience for yourself.
The best style of meditation is the one that feels right for
you. There are many different systems of meditation
including, but not limited to Concentration, Mindfulness,
Zen, Visualization and Devotion. You may decide to
experiment with a few different styles and see how they
feel. Find one or two styles that you like and then major in
those. Above all, pay attention to your self and make sure
your meditation feels right for you.
Make Meditation A Daily Practice
You can be stronger in your self. You can be happier, more
balanced and compassionate. You can manifest the changes you
truly want to see in your life through meditation. You don’t
need to give up all your worldly passions or retreat to a
Himalayan monastery either!
A daily ten-minute practice can make all the difference.
It’s not much time to dedicate when you consider all the
time spent caring for your physical appearance. After all,
you wouldn’t go out to an important meeting or social
occasion without clean clothes and brushing your teeth.
What about the mind and body — the instruments through
which we perceive and interact with reality? Does it not
make sense to take the time to clean up our attitude and the
way we feel as well?
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By Joseph B. Ghabi
Healing is a special gift that any human being can have. It
is fortunate that we are provided with the opportunity to
acknowledge and develop it. There is no difference from any
human being performing healing and Christ healing. The only
difference is if you belong to a large institution like a
Catholic church where healing is sometimes defined as a
miracle. Many great healers came into our plane and
performed their miracles, such as Edward Cayce, Harry
Edwards and many others known and unknown to us. The good
part of it is that we are all healers. The only difference
between a full pledged healer and any one of us is very
simple. A healer is a human being who has dedicated his or
her life in order to help humanity and to show us that we
are not alone, by becoming a channel for the spirit to do
their work. Many powers are beyond our sense of
understanding or belief system. If this is your path in this
lifetime then this will become part of your life because you
have already been chosen for that path.
My journey with healing started as early as 8 years old. At
least that is what I remember. Water always provided a big
boost for me and I was always surrounded by water. That was
my good luck! Sitting on the beach in Lebanon at age 8, I
noticed my mind start to wonder and I started seeing things
that I did not recall seeing before. I thought in the
beginning that I just had a vivid imagination. Then I
started seeing that I was laying my hand on people (healing)
without even being aware of it. To be honest at that age, it
did not mean much for a born Catholic to even discuss
something like this. For my own sake of understanding, I
recall saying to myself, everyone must be able to do the
same thing. So I never even bothered to speak about it to
anyone. That was maybe for my own good at the time.
At that early age, I learned the concept of absent healing
without knowing that that was what is was called. I was
performing on people, at a long distance from me, through
visions of healing. I was even doing it through talking with
people without being aware of what I was doing. My
clairvoyance at the time was in full swing. At that point I
was not calling it clairvoyance and thought everyone must do
it normally. I was right at the time without giving myself
any credit for it. Everyone can be a channel for healing and
have the right to be clairvoyant, clairaudient, or
experience any other array of gifts. We always forget one
important aspect of our human being, and that is that we are
If your soul did not decide to come here, on this plane, for
certain experiences and lessons that were needed for that
soul’s evolution toward its creator, then you yourself would
not exist today. Your soul is the reason for you being here
today. Your soul is NOT in you, but outside of you. The only
thing we have from our soul is what we refer to as the
spirit. That spirit is the personality; the experiences and
knowledge that we need to know in order to use these as
tools in this lifetime to conquer our own lessons and
experiences. We all have many tools in our hands but just
how many of us really use them? This is why we do not recall
previous experiences from other lifetimes, on a conscious
level, unless we go seeking these experiences though
meditation or other methods.
So my journey as a child continued anytime I would be
sitting next to the water without anyone knowing what was
going on. It was my past. I have foreseen every step in my
life and even future addresses, that I would later live in
years later, in the U.S. At that time I did not know what
these numbers and street names were ones that I had been
visualizing internally. Later on some 10 or 12 years later I
realized it but didn’t somehow allow myself to make a big
deal about what I had been seeing as a child.
Those visions and healing were with me between the ages of 8
and about 14. I do not recall the exact time when it
actually stopped. From that point on I was no longer aware
of what is going on. Having girls at our school at that time
may be one of the factors that perhaps kept away this gift
from my youthful venture at the time.
Moving to the U.S. to go to school when I was 19 was a new
venture in my life. But honestly I did not learn a great
deal of anything at that time and continued to no longer see
addresses, nor end up living at those addresses, as I had
envisioned before. Well, it was all just a mere coincidence
as I recall. I remember noticing that most women I dated
used Tarot cards. I did not bother to judge them, for this
was their hobby. I was making excuses for practically
everyone I knew at that time in my life. I studied and
received my Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and a Master
of Computer Science in the States. But it did not really
help me open up my logical mind. I was very logical and I
needed to question everything in order to make sense of it
and then I finally learned to let it go.
I guess my journey to the U.S., starting from the south to
the Northeast, did not help to open me up to every person in
my life, directly or indirectly, consciously or
unconsciously but it did help to open me up to the spirit
world. This is when I started to investigate a side of me
that I had never bothered to as a child except as a form of
fun or entertainment. Something to keep me busy in my mind
and imagination. Until that point I believed that I just had
a vivid imagination and being a Gemini also helped.
After 7 years in the U.S. I decided to move north. In a way,
I was looking for colder weather. I settled in Montreal and
that is where it all started for me. It started differently
here because I found myself more around people involved in
spirituality. Being more aware of their own personal
direction, to a certain extent, was enough to motivate me to
also want to investigate. Without going into detail on
Easter Sunday in 1992 I was forced to open up and it was
long overdue. It was not by a human being but from my own
soul, and soul friends. It was not an easy start for a
logical type of a person such as the person that I used to
be. I kept an open mind and allowed myself no analytical
interferences. I set up a deadline for myself to decide
whether I would be in or out.
My journey to my conscious awareness life started at Easter
that year. I did meditation for a little while to get me to
consciously learn to communicate with my soul friends on the
other side. I then discovered knowledge about healing, and
understood it, and then all the memories of my childhood
visions came pouring to the surface again. I started
developing my healing abilities for the first time with
Harry Edwards, who introduced himself to me. I was not aware
of anyone by that name, but my teacher Lori was and loaned
me one of Harry’s books to look through. Unfortunately, I
did not read the book at the time, knowing that I had that
actual spirit training me on the healing process and the way
it really should be. I stayed with Mr. Edwards for over six
months. What was interesting was the accuracy of the work of
the spirit that works with you, and the way they had at
shutting up my intellectual convictions. Harry still drops
by from time to time and I am always happy to be surrounded
by his gentle and settled energy.
Thereafter Harry left me; I was introduced to my main
doctor, who is always with me, he goes by the name of
William. It seems I am attracted to a lot of British folks
here, but that is my own particular case. I went through
different trainings with William. William has a very gentle
energy and his main specialization is energy, balancing and
calming someone’s mental agitation. William comes to the
rescue. I learned a lot through the guiding forces within me
at that point. I left Lori and started my own healing
practice and meditation sessions for a year with a friend of
My healing was left in the background and I never spoke
about it except at a few gatherings. I never advertised it
but continued to pursue an understanding of Healing
Childhood Experiences, which I had developed over the past
In my understanding of life, there are no short cuts and
whatever you do you will always fall back into your old
patterns unless you go directly where it hurts and deal with
it. During that time so many different ways of healing were
being developed but in my opinion much was being done
without understanding that our undealt with lessons and
experiences will always take us back to our own traps. In
order for a healing to take place in life, you need to meet
with your soul level, mental level and then the physical
Your soul level is the origin of your soul and the awareness
of your own blueprint. Does that soul say it is okay to
allow the manifestation of that healing? That is very
important in order for any healing to take place.
Your mental level is basically your state of mind. This
implies the awareness of your conscious and unconscious
habits or patterns.
The physical is the final stage of any manifestation that is
to take place. Once it is clear on the others levels.
I believe the first level, the Soul, is an easy process and
it has already been arranged between the healer and the
patient on different levels other than the physical.
The third level is also simple in that it is the final
manifestation of the systems that allow the understanding
and awareness of our own life.
The second level is where I feel that you would find the
main character of any problem. Our mind, our ego, our pride,
our stubbornness, our rigidity, our religious convictions
and our culture, play a big role in making our healing
process a success or not. In order to receive conscious
awareness, and help someone to be on their path in this
lifetime, you need to understand your own experiences in
this lifetime. You are here to deal with these experiences
and finish them during the span of your lifetime and it
should not go beyond that. Unfortunately for many this
concept does not exist. We may think each experience should
take us a lifetime to finish and my answer to that is what a
waste of lifetimes that would be.
During my training into my own personal work, I ran into
internal clashes within myself between my living work and my
passionate work, and I still have some residue from that
effect. I am still not privileged enough to say that I am
working in what would be considered satisfactory work for my
soul. Seven years after I started on my path of discovery,
and in my year seven of the 9 Year Numerological Cycle, I
decided to pursue a Soul Search and get to the bottom of my
life. My purpose, my patterns, my weaknesses, my strong
points, my own will, my determination and anything I could
find out about my soul, spirit, my experiences in life, and
learn about them. During that year, I was almost in total
isolation from everyone around me. I remember I wrote over
15 journals of memories, junk stuff, patterns, and anything
I could empty out of my sub-conscious. I did that and I lost
about 20 lbs around that time. Remember anything we resist
dealing with will be added to our weight. Your weight is NOT
always as it seems, just from eating, but more inflated
energies are turning and turning inside of you and making
you fatter and fatter in order for you to start looking at
your life. What is the thing that can most annoy us as human
beings? It is about becoming overweight. Healing Childhood
Experiences is a major focus in the healing process for any
At this point, without going into many details about my
life, let me summarize a few points on spiritual healing.
What is spiritual healing?
- Healing is the transfer of energy between the world of
Souls and any human being and it is conducted through the
- The healer is NOT the one who is providing the healing but
just the liaison between the two worlds.
- Dressing up ridiculously does NOT make anyone a better
- God is aware of the healing that is to take place but does
not interfere with it. It is still the choice of the
individual, the soul and some other factors.
- A healing can take place within minutes or even seconds. A
full hour is not important unless only to justify the charge
for the session.
- Personally, a healing is supposed to be given for free. It
is a gift not to be abused or manipulated in any way, shape
- A healer is NOT God. A healer is a Human Being. The more
the healer has dealt with his or her own life experiences
the better and more pure the channel he or she will have.
- A healer is NOT God. A healer should NOT allow his or her
EGO to affect the role that a healer is playing on this
- A patient does NOT have to believe in healing in order for
a healing to take place.
- A healer should never promise or advise against any
medication that a patient may be taking, but should do so in
conjunction with the medical organizations.
- A good healer should bring the awareness on a conscious
and unconscious level to the patient understanding.
- We can pray as much as we want to God, donate as much as
you want to your church or organization but when we do not
take extra steps to do something about our life then no
prayers can solve your problem. Sorry about that!
At the age of eight Joseph discovered his clairvoyance.
Joseph is natural medium presently teaching meditation,
Intuitive Numerology, and provides numerology consultation
and healing consultation. Joseph started the `Free Spirit
Centre’ website at http://www.freespiritcentre.info. A
community web based centre dedicated to personal growth,
soul growth, eating disorders, relationships, healing and
human issues. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Colleen Langenfeld
I had a dream the other night.
I was Supermom. I had it all. Comfortable lifestyle, cute
kids, great husband.
And I felt trapped.
In talking with other moms, I learn this feeling is the norm
more than the exception. We want it all, but don’t have our
own personal definition of ‘all’. Which is a problem. If
we’re achieving based on others’ expectations, we’re bound
to come to a time of disappointment. On the other hand,
genuinely discovering our own journey is time-expensive and
not backed by some sort of cosmic guarantee!
A wise woman once said to me that when you hang on so tight
you’re squeezing, things are slipping through your fingers
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just let go?
Let go of…
- keeping up.
- being right all the time.
- a particular body image.
- the illusion of total time control.
Now, please hear what I’m NOT saying.
- I’m not saying to stop being responsible.
- I’m not saying to stop planning, goal getting and
- And I’m absolutely not saying to stop dreaming!
But after we plan and consequently set our plans in motion,
I think we need to do a reality check.
- Toddlers often don’t potty-train on schedule.
- Teenagers aren’t always interested in bonding during our
appointed ‘quality time’.
- Husbands often have schedules (and ideas) of their own.
- The car rarely breaks down when you DON’T need it.
- Our career planning makes sense on paper, but classes
three nights a week for two years plus fulltime work and
raising a family can choke the life out of anybody!
Letting go is about getting a firm grip on our expectations
and being flexible even when life goes careening out of
control. It’s about understanding that time management is a
tool and a guideline, not a straitjacket. Most importantly,
letting go is about building reality into our life dreams.
We can pad our schedules with extra time for the daily
adventures of life or we can be continually stressed. Our
We can DECIDE what success means to each of us individually
and set our sights accordingly, stubbornly refusing to
settle for someone else’s version of happiness.
We can accept that we get 24 hours each day to…make things
happen, laugh a little, love a lot, and learn to know when
to call it a day.
What am I really saying? That we can learn how to focus on
what truly counts for each of us, plan our energies
accordingly, and then enjoy the fruits and near-fruits of
our labors. We may find that our dreams will be a bit
tempered and our actual days will soar with astonishing
And maybe even…joy.
Copyright Colleen Langenfeld 2004
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By Edward B. Toupin
My grandfather used to speak of the days when people drove
the world. It was a time when people were proud to
contribute and move society and industry forward at full
steam. But, people were proud of themselves! However, before
he died, one of his observations was that “we have come to
I was a bit appalled at that statement because, to me, these
times were the epitome of existence! However, over the
years, I began to see what he meant. It is not so much that
our advances are mediocre, but it is the state of humanity
and society that has become mediocre in comparison. Yet, we
don’t see it as such because we live in these times daily
and have no real comparison.
In these times, people lose hope. While I agree that, many
times, circumstances are to blame for a particular
situation; however, we allow such circumstances to overpower
us. We need to take control and decide which circumstances
are to be allowed into our lives.
In today’s environment, there are only a handful of
individuals that move the society forward and so many people
simply follow. Perhaps the difficulties, stresses, and
complications around us have turned many of us into
“mediocre people” in extraordinary times. It depends on how
you look at it all! But, indeed, this is not the case.
When all need a hero, a hero is not to be found. That is
when the best hero we can have is ourselves. That may sound
arrogant, but who would you rather be like: a better you, or
someone else who might be where you think you want to be,
but may have myriad other problems with which you would have
to contend. Deal with your own and become the better you!
We are all extraordinary and we all have something unique
and phenomenal to contribute. However, we must learn to
contribute to ourselves, first, and then consider the
contribution to the world around you. It is how you see and
feel about yourself that reflects upon and influences your
environment and society. Turn inward and exalt the
extraordinary you. Learn that the odd little nuances of life
are there to strengthen you to create “extraordinary times.”
Copyright 2004 Edward B. Toupin, All Rights Reserved.
Edward B. Toupin is an author, life-strategy coach,
counselor, Reiki Master, technical writer, and PhD Candidate
living in Las Vegas, NV. Among other things, he authors
books, articles, and screenplays on topics ranging from
career success through life organization and fulfillment.
Check out some of his recent print and electronic books as
well as his articles covering various life-changing topics.
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By Brook Montaga
Endings and beginnings. Time for release, celebration, and
setting new intentions. When done consciously, we will
create what it is that we really want for next year.
The Mental De-Tox & Re-New process will help you release and
purge negative thoughts and feelings that belong to events
of the past year, and to free up energy for focusing on what
you truly wish to create in the new year. (You may also
consider doing last year’s process – Wringing Out and
Ringing In. If you would like a copy of this exercise, email
me and I will send it to you.)
The Mental De-Tox & Re-New exercise is a 4 step process
beginning with a review of the past year.
* Look back through your calendar and your journal to find
the significant events of your year.
* Rate each significant event on a scale of -10, for dismal
or tragic, to +10 for wonderful or fantastic.
Was your year up and down a lot? Were the events mostly
negative or positive? Did you have a particularly difficult
period during the year? Was there a time of many wonderful
Release the Lows (Do this a day or two before New Year’s
Set aside at least one half day for this exercise. You may
want to do it more than once for more complete release.
1. Using one note card for each Low event, write answers to
the following questions:
a. What regrets, losses, hurts or disappointments remain?
b. Who, or what, do I want/need to forgive?
c. What lesson or hidden blessing is there?
2. After you have written about each event, put your note
cards in your pocket, and go out for a walk in a beautiful
place. Or if you are not able to walk, sit outdoors or by a
window with a view.
3. After walking for 5 minutes, stop, take out a note card,
read it and then say to yourself:
“I release everything about this event and carry only the
lessons forward with me.”
4. Walk for 5 more minutes and then take out another card
and repeat the exercise.
5. Do this until all the cards have been read.
6. After the walk, spend at least 20 minutes in meditation,
prayer, or sitting silently, just allowing yourself to
release with every breath.
7. You may want to burn these note cards as another sign of
Celebrate the Highs (Do This New Year’s Eve)
Time to pat yourself on the back, reward your efforts, and
express gratitude for all the good you have experienced over
the past year.
1. For each High event, write answers to the following on
one note card per event:
a. What did I accomplish that was remarkable?
b. Who or what am I grateful for?
c. What did I learn that I want to take forward?
2. After you have written about each High event, put your
note cards in your pocket, and go out for a walk. Or if you
are not able to walk, sit outdoors or by a window with a
3. After walking 5 minutes of walking , stop, take out a
note card, read it and say to yourself:
“I celebrate everything about this event and gratefully
carry these blessings forward.”
4. Walk for 5 more minutes and then take out another card
and repeat the exercise.
5. Do this until all the cards have been read.
6. After the walk, spend at least 20 minutes in meditation,
prayer, or sitting silently, just allowing yourself to
experience gratitude with every breath.
7. You may want to keep these cards with your journal.
Create the New (Do this New Year’s Day or soon after)
This exercise begins with clearing your thoughts to allow
for greater inspiration.
1. Begin with a 20-30 minute walk in a beautiful and
peaceful place. (Or, sit quietly outdoors or by a window)
2. Prepare to meditate, or sit quietly for a minimum of 20
minutes by reading the following affirmation:
“I allow my mind to become quiet and open.”
3. Meditate and let all thoughts and feelings pass by,
returning to the calm experience of simply breathing.
4. After 20-30 minutes of meditation or sitting quietly, in
this calm and open state, begin to write in your journal.
5. Answer the following questions.
a. What do I really want for my life in 2005?
b. What changes will I make to create a wonderful year?
c. How will I express my authentic self more fully this
6. Write affirmations for each answer and post them where
you can see them every day.
May you have a Mindful and Prosperous New Year!
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