Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Parenting and the Law of Attraction

Learning the Law of Attraction and believing the limitless possibilities we have is something I started tackling in 1999. Spending my free time learning and experimenting with techniques and philosophies, I was able to create some of my own methods for manifesting my desires. It was one thing to tackle this alone -- but then to live it and make it a natural part who I am so that my children have the best life and life skills—was definitely a challenge.

A couple of things to think about here: there are age appropriate books that I loved sharing with my kids that teach the Law of Attraction through stories. The best thing I did was be open about what I was doing. By letting my kids know that I was changing myself to create the best life possible and that I would likely make some mistakes was honest and real. I elicited there help. Whatever I was putting out to them, I requested to be given back to me. A lifetime of old habits, thoughts, and reactions don’t change overnight.

Annoying? Yes, sometimes. It kept me (and them) on track though. Most important, it empowered them. They were a part of the change (for the better). Many times, my daughter (my eldest) was my greatest teacher.

As we live through personal experiences together (family conflicts, sickness, school drama, peer pressure, etc – just like most families I know), we discuss how to work through it using the universal laws. We discuss how to think and behave and believe. It is wonderful to hear their input and ideas, too! It opened the avenue, no, the challenge for me to learn and to teach (for them and for me).

So my daughter came to me a few months back asking how a friend of ours thinks. She was talking about my friend’s daughter who is going to begin her college career this fall. Since we’ve known her, she was a child who appeared aloof, but frankly, whatever she set forth for herself she accomplished with (what appeared to be) great ease. Even when her mother and I saw obvious obstacles, her daughter never did and frankly, blew us off like we were simply a nuisance. My daughter wanted to know how to mimic her successful college search. You see, my friend’s daughter was sought after by colleges, offered full scholarships, etc… She had choices. She had choices among colleges she wanted.

Here’s what I came up with: “She thinks like a highway. She starts at point ‘A’ and decides what her destination is or point ‘B.’ She doesn’t get distracted or burdened with detours, traffic jams, accidents or delays. So, if she wants to get a grade A on a test, she doesn’t fill herself with worry about failing, not having enough time to study, or that it’s too hard, or comparing herself with what other kids do. She simply sets her attention to getting an A and what it will take to get there." She naturally focuses on the joy of getting that ‘A’ because it’s fun and it feels good (especially when everybody around her witnesses how aloof and silly she can be).

I dedicate this blog post to her today. I am confident she will have a very successful career and thank her for being around at the right time for us to witness her success and learn from it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lessons from Greece

So I'm back from Greece, refreshed and still in awe of my experience there. One of my greatest dreams since my teen years was to go to Greece. Sure, most girls dream about their wedding day, having families or a college degree -- mine was to see Greece.

I remember graduating high school and preparing for the customary "beach week." I told a friend, "Why not spend beach week in Greece? Ocean City, MD will still be there when we get back." She laughed at me. I thought I was crazy for always dreaming so big. In college, I saw a student exchange program for Greece (but it was for the nursing program and while tempting, I wasn't about to change my major).

Finally, In 2001, my husband's company rewarded him with a cruise in Greece. I was so thrilled. We got our passports and we were ready to go. Sadly, 9/11 happened and the trip was cancelled. Why was Greece so "out there?" It felt like something that could only be a dream for me and that only "other people" get to do.

In April 2008 I was asked to go to Greece with a travel group. It fell during the same time another major family event was taking place and I could not even consider it. This time though, I felt like my dream was something that may never ever happen. Crushed.

Full Circle

During my time in Greece I got a chance to do a lot of meditating and writing and just "being." I realized that being in Greece anytime before now -- I simply would not have been ready. My Angels were guiding me all along.

During my life journey, I have grown spiritually. My personal tragedies and heart breaks were tremendous lessons and blessings. As I incorporated Feng Shui and Reiki into my life, changes began. Some changes were tough pills to swallow, some friends even left my side, but ultimately this filtering process was good for me (it may have taken me a while to see that though).

I educated myself about energy healing and the myriad of ways one can benefit from it. When I was ready, I chose to begin the next chapter for myself which was weight loss. Looking within myself, I found the answers about what would work for me. Funny though, the weight loss was such an after thought once I felt myself get in touch with me. I journaled, I meditated and came away with so much more than weight loss.

I found joy in writing and as early as August 18, 2008, I journaled about going to Greece. Darn it, this dream was not going to escape me. I used the techniques I learned to keep the Law of Attraction working in motion toward what I wanted.

I wrote about feeling easy, joyous, clear-headed and grounded with the weight loss. Connecting to the Divine was the best feeling throughout this process. The more flexible and healthy I got, the better I became at being ME. I wrote about joy and attracted more joy. I wrote about the joy of travel, and by summer 2009, the opportunity to go to Greece once again fell into my lap.

Here it is! My desire maintained itself and grew stronger with each journal entry and with every moment I daydreamed about Greece. Honestly, I wasn't sure how I was going to pay for this trip, but I trusted what I had learned: DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE DETAILS, AS THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. I trusted the process.

The picture above is me watching the sunset as we leave Santorini Island. For those of you looking closely...yes, I believe those are orbs. Personally, I like to see it as my Angels posing for this shot. While admiring the sunset, I was thinking about Doreen Virtue and her book, Angel Medicine, where she talks about her spiritual trip to Greece and specifically Santorini Island. In her book she receives a message from Athena (Goddess of Wisdom) and it states, "The Divine feminine essence is harmonizing and balancing men and women alike. Woman's strength lies in her kindness and nurturing, yet these need to begin with her own holy self."



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