Awaken to Your Greatness

Let inspiration work its magic on you

The radio wakes me up one morning with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” As I lie in bed, tears of gratitude well up as I drink in this mesmerizing melody.

The gratitude sharpens my awareness of how amazing it is that a composition written in Vienna in 1801 came to be played in Los Angeles in 2018.

So much of the past has vanished into history’s mists, as far beyond the reach of memory as the dinosaurs.

Why does the “Moonlight Sonata” live on, when so many other sonatas have been written and forgotten since then? writing-1043622_1280

How it got handed down to us 

There were no recording devices in 1801. No copying machines. No printers.

Every copy of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, later named “Moonlight Sonata,” had to be painstakingly written out by hand.

Then, it had to be passed on to musicians, arrangers, and conductors so it could be played in concert halls, royal courts and fancy parties, before finding its way to private homes, public universities and, eventually, YouTube.

Why go to so much trouble over a little “Moonlight”?

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Majestic music stirs our souls, awakening divine qualities like Greatness in response to the divinity embedded in the song.

The quality of the “Moonlight Sonata” is such that when people hear it, it enters their souls … and they feel this immortal song must be shared, so more hearts can be touched by it.

Over the centuries, there’s no telling how many people this melody has affected, by directly or indirectly inspiring romances, marriage proposals, novels, inventions, paintings, poems, healing touch and heartfelt prayers.

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The power of inspiration

When we feel, hear, or see Greatness, it awakens that quality within us.

We all have the capacity for Greatness.

Inspiration ignites it.

When we allow our Greatness to come out and play, it inspires others to express their genius, as well.

What lights you up?

Whatever inspires you … consider doing it more often.

Let inspiration work its magic on you.

The world needs your gifts. That is why your abilities and talents were given to you; to be shared.

True, it takes courage to share yourself.

Courage deserves appreciation, so …

In gratitude Beethoven

Thank you, Ludwig van Beethoven, for ignoring those who told you that you would never make a penny as a composer.

Thank you for listening to the music inside you that demanded to be expressed so others could hear it. Bless you, for bringing forth the songs your soul sang to you.

Thank you to all the individuals who listened to “Moonlight Sonata” and thought, “Others must hear this,” and made it so.

Thank you to KUSC-FM, which wakes me up every morning with music that makes my heart rejoice.

And thank you, dear reader, for being who you are and doing what you do.

No one can express your unique, precious and irreplaceable gifts better than you.

That is your Greatness. Let it shine forth to bless us all.

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Click here to listen to “Moonlight Sonata”

 

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Up, Up and Away

What makes your heart soar?

Young Derek loves Superman comics, movies and TV shows. He’s so crazy about the Man of Steel, he wants to BE Superman.

One of Superman’s coolest powers is that he can fly … so Derek decides he will fly, too.

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He climbs up on the roof, secures his Superman cape (one of Mom’s faded gym towels) and dives into the air, aiming for the big oak tree across the street.

He plops into the hydrangea bush just below his jumping-off point.

Derek’s mother, Susan, glimpses his plunge from the window in her home office. She jumps up and runs into the yard at warp speed to check on her boy.

Susan finds Derek cradled in the bush, more shaken than hurt.

“Honey, what happened? You’re bleeding!”

“I’m the Man of Steel, Mom,” Derek explains. “What’s the big deal about a few scratches? Get me out of here so I can try it again.”

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“Forget it, kiddo. I thought a young man of 7 would have more sense than to jump off a roof, but I guess not.”

Susan checks Derek for bruises and finds none. She extracts him from the bush and sends him into the house to wash, breathing deeply to keep herself from screaming at her son.

“It’s a time-out for you, after you clean up. I want you to think about what you’ve done.”

Moments later, sitting in a corner facing the wall, Derek tries to figure out what went wrong, using one of his real-life superpowers – intelligence.

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“Why didn’t I fly?”

“Is it because I’m a loser, like Tommy said the other day when he beat me up and took my lunch money? No, that’s not it. Tommy is a bully. He’s the loser, not me.

“Is it because I don’t deserve to fly? I don’t see a connection there. What does being deserving have to do with being able to fly?

“Is it because I forgot something? I had everything … no. Wait. I forgot Superman is from Krypton. That’s why he can fly. And I’m from Earth … so … I guess I can’t fly, after all.

“But I want to fly more than anything. I can see myself flying, in my mind. It’s so clear. If I could just draw it, maybe I could …”

“Okay, Derek, time’s up! Did you think about what you did?”

“Yeah, Mom. Do we have anything to draw with, around here?”

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Fast-forward 15 years

Derek sits beaming at his booth at Comic-Con, where hundreds of fans have lined up to meet him – the   world-famous creator of “Dynamic Derek – Boy Genius” comics.

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Much as he loves creating superheroes for DC Comics, his biggest thrill comes from seeing all the boys and girls who love Dynamic Derek.

Knowing he’s inspired them fills Derek with awe and gratitude. It makes his heart soar higher than Superman ever thought of flying.

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Would you like to be like Derek …

Setting aside limiting beliefs like “I’m a loser” or “I’m not worthy,” so you can focus on doing what makes your heart soar?

It can be hard to get out of your own way all by yourself.

The good news is, you don’t have to.

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Come and join this month’s FREE “Fresh Start Healing Circle” to get support in moving forward with clarity and confidence.

In our 30-minute guided meditation, you will:

  • Gently release regrets about the past, while deepening the wisdom you’ve gained
  • Ease your anxiety about the future, so you can take action with confidence and joy
  • Strengthen your self-confidence so you can trust yourself to make good choices as you move forward

Sign up now to get:

  1. Convenient reminders so you won’t miss out
  2. Replay links, so you can gain new insights every time you listen
  3. The power-packed Fresh Start Cheat Sheet, loaded with practical tips you can use right away – or print up and keep handy for when you’re ready to make your move!

Hope to see you there, my dear!

In the meantime, may the New Year bring all you desire – and more! You deserve it.

What makes your heart soar? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. Thank you!

 

Why You Can Face 2018 with Confidence

It’s the most natural thing in the world to imagine the New Year will be even more rocky than the old year, when you’re in a “life sucks” state of mind.

If looking ahead with dread makes you feel more prepared for whatever may come in 2018, go for it. Plenty of people prefer to expect the worst, in hopes of avoiding disappointment and the pain of dashed dreams.

Here’s the thing – As a wise man once said, “In life, you don’t get what you want. You get what you expect.” A self-fulfilling prophecy cuts both ways.

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Expect the worst, and you very often get it. Expect the best, and you very often get it.

So, if you prefer to face 2018 with confidence instead of fear, here are some tips to help you make it happen.

Why faith in yourself is justified

  • Did you start something new in 2017?
  • Did you end something that was draining your energy?
  • Did you reach a goal?
  • Did you decide to let someone or something go?
  • Did you jump on an opportunity and ride it out?
  • Did you dodge a bullet?
  • Did you forgive someone?
  • Did you let yourself off the hook from doing something you never wanted to do?
  • Did you give yourself permission to succeed?
  • Did you give yourself permission to fail?
  • Did you make a difference in someone’s life?
  • Did you do something super-fun?

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Whatever happened last year, you have acquired priceless information about what does and does not work for you. About what matters to you, and what doesn’t. About what you value, and what you hold cheap.

This knowledge equips you to make even smarter choices in 2018.

So, now what?

Action Steps

  1. Note your wins. Write down your accomplishments from the past year: the gains; the insights; the healing… The letting go of something unwanted; the overcoming of a challenge; the patient endurance of something that had to be endured; the surrender of the illusion of control over someone or something you can never, ever control.
  2. Savor your victories. Take a moment to re-live and savor the excitement, the relief, or the triumph you felt after each experience. Sometimes, simply surviving an ordeal counts as a victory … over circumstances, and over your own self-doubt.

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3. Recognize you have a lot to be proud of. Consider: Were there any accomplishments you felt sure you would never pull off? And yet, you did pull them off. Congratulations!

4. Light up your brain. Hold each of your shining accomplishments in your mind for a moment, one by one. Imagine gathering them into a glittering bouquet of brilliance.

5. You stepped up before, so you can do it again. Look upon this glowing garland as proof that in 2018, you will be able to be, do and have more than you can imagine right now … just as you did in 2017.

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6. Power it up. Picture yourself placing this light in your heart. Let it guide your steps as you walk into 2018 with confidence and joy.

7. Remember, you never walk alone. Whatever you do, whatever you choose … never think for a moment that you are doing it by yourself. Unseen forces come into play the moment you take action – creating momentum, generating opportunities and helping you over the hard places.

This year, consider praying to your Higher Power as your first response, rather than your last resort … and watch what happens.

There is genius, power and magic in you. Let it shine in the year to come, my dear!

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Please share your thoughts in the box below. Thank you, and all the best to you!

5 Ways to Dodge Debt Over the Holidays

Try these tips if you’re dreading the mountain of holiday debt you’ll have to climb next month.

Here’s the bottom line:

No one is going to take you by the hand and say, “Hey, you’re spending more than you can afford. Are you sure you want to do this?”

So, if you want to avoid a hangover of holiday debt in January, it pays to pause for a moment before buying into beliefs like: “I have to buy these gifts, even though I can’t afford them.”

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If in doubt, remember this: You are allowed to consider your financial well-being when making out your holiday gift list. Your needs matter just as much as the needs of your loved ones.

Try these 5 tips if you’re dreading the mountain of holiday debt you’ll have to climb next month.

  1. Step back from sacrifice

If you’re low on cash, reconsider giving expensive gifts to those you love. 

Anyone who truly loves you would never dream of asking you to give up necessities so they can have luxuries. Only people who are out for themselves would do that.

Would you like your Higher Power to show you all the other ways to show your love besides financial self-sacrifice?

If so, please say “Yes” out loud now.

Imagine light shining from the center of your heart. Let it beam up into your brain and fill it with ideas for showing love to your loved ones.

Note down any ideas that come up. Make those ideas the basis of your gift list.

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2. Bail on bribery

If your bankroll is getting small, reconsider giving lavish gifts to those whose love or approval you are trying to win.

Love and approval that can be bought rarely lasts. The debt you accrue will hang on, piling up interest, until it’s paid.

Would you like your Higher Power to show you all the other ways to gain love and approval besides trying to buy it?

If so, please say “Yes” out loud now.

Picture light coming down through the top of your head and filling every cell of your body with warm, loving illumination.

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Note down any ideas that come to mind. Keep them handy.

3. Lift the burden

If your loved ones are struggling financially, like you, consider suggesting everyone can exchange greeting cards instead of gifts.

Imagine the rejoicing if you let your loved ones off the hook from having to spend money they haven’t got. What a priceless gift!

Would you like your Higher Power to show you all the ways to have a wonderful holiday besides overspending?

If so, please say “Yes” out loud now.

Breathe in pure white light. If you don’t know how, just pretend you’re breathing in white light.

Breathe out white light, allowing it to carry away all your woes and worries. Imagine them floating away, like balloons soaring into the sky.

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Picture the worries being replaced by whatever you want and need most. Sense your muscles relaxing into allowing your needs to be met now.

4. Keep it simple

If you feel you must give something, consider giving simple gifts like these:

Make gifts by hand: Bake sugar cookies and decorate them. Knit a scarf. Make chocolates, scrapbooks, tamales, candles, gingerbread houses, latkes … use your imagination.

Give of yourself: Offer to clean out a closet, organize a junk drawer, catch up over lunch, set up a smartphone … notice what needs to be done, and offer to do it.

Donate: Give money to your loved ones’ favorite charity: Red Cross, cancer research, animal shelter – whatever cause is close to their heart. You will spread love and light to all those touched by your generosity, even if it’s just a few dollars. You never know what will make a difference.

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5. Reconnect with the Spirit of the Season

Whatever you give, give it with love.

As you fill out your cards, place each card between your hands and bless it. Bless the one who will receive it. The recipient will feel your love, and that is the greatest gift of all.

As you wrap your gifts, take each present in your hands and bless it. Bless the one who will receive it. The person you give it to will feel your love, and both of you will be blessed.

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I hope you find these tips helpful, my dear! If so, would you kindly share them with your friends? Thank you!

We’ll see you next week with some tips to help you handle feelings of grief and loss that feel sharper during the holidays.

Get More Help Surviving the Holidays at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com

In the meantime …

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

 

6 Ways to Sidestep Holiday Fatigue

If the holidays drain your energy, check out these tips.

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Here’s the bottom line:

No one is going to take you by the hand and say, “Hey, you’re overdoing it. Take a break, will you?”

So, if you want to avoid keeling over from exhaustion, you need to add breaks to your day. Every day.

If in doubt, remember this: You are allowed to protect and hold sacred your precious personal time and energy.

Try these 6 tips if you’re too wrapped up in your holiday to-do list to relax.

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If you’re thirsty, drink some water.

If you’re hungry, eat something nourishing.

If you’re tired, take time to rest.

2) Take Time to Breathe

Slowly breathe in peace.

Slowly breathe out chaos.

If you don’t know how to do that, just imagine that you’re breathing in peace and breathing out chaos. Repeat 3 times. Do as often as needed.

Writing by-cathryn-lavery-678523) List Tasks You Must Do, in order of importance and urgency.

Do each task mindfully, giving it your entire attention until it’s finished. Focusing on one thing at a time reduces brain fatigue.

4) List Tasks You Can Delegate

Hand off those tasks to others, and hand them off completely. Avoid micromanaging your helpers.

Let them do things their way. The results may delight you.

5) List Tasks You’re Not Sure Are Necessary

Skip doing those tasks and see what happens this time. If anyone notices, smile and shrug – “Hey, I ran out of time. How about if you do it next year?”

Yoga by-emily-sea-1986896) Schedule Breaks

If you’re one of those people who only gets something done if it’s on your calendar – add breaks to your calendar, and take them.

Set a timer during your break so you don’t need to watch the clock. It will help you relax more fully in the time allotted.

Nap.

Stretch.

Walk in nature.

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Bonus Tip

Reconnect with the spirit of the season

In many faith traditions, this time of year celebrates the miracle of light coming forth during the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Whether you honor that light as a person, an earthly event, or a happening in the heavens – that light dwells within you, as well.

If you look for that light, you will find it, because nothing can extinguish it. It is eternal and unchanging.

And so the light in me bows to the light in you. Blessed be.

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I hope you find these tips helpful, my friend! If so, would you kindly share it with your friends? Thank you!

We’ll see you next week with some tips to help you avoid drowning in holiday debt.

Get more help surviving the holidays at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com

In the meantime, happy holidays to you and yours!

Do the Holidays Make You Crazy?

“I have to do everything myself!”

“Every time I do something to help, you tell me I’m doing it wrong.”

“That’s because you are doing it wrong, you idiot – so, I have to do everything myself!”

It’s crazy …

The way a time of year that’s supposed to be all about light and love can so easily turn into a series of battles …

Battles inside of you, where you’re fighting exhaustion and frustration…

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And battles outside of you, where you’re fighting with loved ones, long lines everywhere, and holiday helpers who, frankly, are not helpful.

Holiday warmth and cheer get lost along the way.

Where’s the joy in that?

Stress about the holiday season can suck the light and love right out of it.

If you would like to feel less crazy and more peaceful, join “Holiday Stress Relief Here and Now.”

This free healing circle has been created to help you gently release painful memories of past holidays and ease anxiety about upcoming festivities.

In this 30-minute guided meditation we will:

  • Unwind the tension you’ve been holding in your body, so you can feel re-energized
  • Ease the emotional pressure you have placed on yourself, so you can feel more peaceful AND get more done
  • Guide you to easily and naturally connect with the joy within you – however hidden it appears to be

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We meet online, so you can join us from anywhere in the world.

If relieving holiday stress sounds good to you, click on this link to register for the free online healing circle on Tuesday December 5.

If you can’t make the live call, go ahead and register anyway so you can get a link to the limited-time replay AND …

Holiday bonus: If you sign up for the healing circle, you will receive a handy-dandy printable “Holiday Stress Relief” cheat sheet to help you survive the holidays with ease and grace.

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To get the most out of “Holiday Stress Relief Here and Now,” please take a moment to answer the questions on the registration form. Not a requirement – just a suggestion to enrich your experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, my dear friend. May the holidays bring all you desire – and more. You deserve it.

In the meantime, sending you love and light!

How to Feel Worthy of Abundance 5

If you feel you have to prove your worthiness before you can have love, money, or success – check this out.

Here’s another tip on how to allow Abundance into your life.

If you’re one of the millions of people who believe you have to prove your worthiness before you can have love, money, or success – this tip is for you.

Here’s the deal:

Your ego-mind is the part of you that insists you have to prove your worth before you can have Abundance.

That also happens to be the part of you that will never recognize your worth, whatever you may achieve.

Why is that?

Your ego-mind believes that if you realize you already deserve good things, exactly as you are right now, the ego-mind will lose its ability to dominate you through fear.

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Would it be so terrible if you stopped using fear as a motivator?

What if you could be motivated by love to walk toward the deepest desires of your heart?

Maybe today is a good day for you to know your worthiness can never be proved or disproved, validated or invalidated. It can only be revealed.

How about we do this together?

 

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Put one hand over your heart and one hand on your belly.

Close your eyes …

And take in a deep breath as you say, “I am One with Goodness …”

And let out a deep breath as you say, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Let’s do this twice more.

Your unconscious mind needs to hear something three times to believe it.

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Again, deep breath in … “I am One with Goodness …”

Deep breath out, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Once more …

Deep breath in … “I am One with Goodness …”

Deep breath out, “And Goodness is One with Me.”

Good! Notice how you feel. Great job!

If you would like to experience more healing, check out the upcoming Abundance Healing Circle at www.AbundanceHealingCircle.com

It’s an online gathering, so you can join us from anywhere in the world.  I’d love to see you there!

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