Expansion and Growth

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too muchūüôā. Thank you for being patient. More regular posts to come!¬†Lots of projects marinating, with new endeavors taking root, and moving ahead. When I set my own intentions, one area of focus was to expand my business and offerings. In my next blog post, I will elaborate more on what’s brewing on my end. Stay tuned!

Contemplating my own expansion emerged a new intention theme of Expansion and Growth. This¬†theme was inspired by, and created for the¬†Business Intention and Goals’ Group (BIGG) I facilitate.¬† ¬†imagesExpansion is‚Ķopening UP to possibilities. Opening TO possibilities. Possibilities lead to expansion; not just for your business, but for yourself¬†on a personal spiritual development level.

What does expansion¬†mean to you personally? On a business/ career front? Or applied to other areas? Here’s what comes to mind for me. Maybe some will resonate with you.

Opening up to possibilities

Tapping into your full potential

Stepping up/ Stepping out

Spreading wings

Expanding beyond the horse blinders

Surrendering to the unknown, but also to the excitement of what’s to come

More options for what’s possible

Casting a wider net

Reaching more people

Having a greater impact

Serving more

More visibility

Being seen/ heard

Dreams fulfilled

Living without limits

Freedom to explore more of yourself

Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of expansion includes: economic expansion, and expansion of the universe.

Dictionary.com’s definition: expansion occurs “usually due to heating” – for our purposes, we could think in terms of “passion” or “fire under our asses” and “what are you cooking up?” or “what are you fired up to do?”

Expansion Synonyms ‚Äď grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means ‚Äúspreading out.”

When you think of¬†things that are expansive, what comes to mind? For me, it’s nature; the sky, water, trees, and spaciousness; space (outer space), the horizon, and consciousness.

EXPANSION also means risk; being willing to risk more, being more vulnerable to fully embody who you are, and who you are becoming. Being willing to explore more of you, more skills/talents, and open up to new experiences and opportunities ‚Äď as you are ready and willing to do so.

When you’re expanding you are…

Stretching beyond where you were before

Out of comfort zone, stretching and expanding your comfort zone

Out of box (self-placed)

Moving through obstacles, blocks, fears, hurdles, limits ‚Äď beyond what is possible ‚Äď dreaming in an expansive way.

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There are lots of catalysts and tools for expansion and growth. Mind Maps are one way of showing potential possibilities. Read my previous blog post on Mind Maps:  https://intentiongroups.com/2015/07/01/mind-mapping-intentions/

When you are in this expansive and growth mindset, share out loud or write down your excitement for the ways in which you desire to expand personally, professionally, and spiritually.¬†Let your imagination and possibilities extend beyond your comfort zone, current reality, and perceived limits.¬†This is a helpful tool¬†to feel energized and¬†embody the feelings you desire to create from bringing in an element of fun, and excitement for what’s to come. Approaching your intentions from an expansion and growth launching zone is¬†empowering and helpful to broaden your perspective.

Exercise #1: Verbally share outloud to yourself, or to a trusted friend/partner, or write down your responses

My business is…

My dreams are¬†expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined…

Growth is apparent by what I am experiencing…I love how…It is remarkable how…

I am attracting perfect clients…

My financial health is flourishing, and increasing…

My intention surrounding this area is growing, and positively expanding in these ways…

Exercise #2: What are a few ways you can expand your business and/or yourself from a personal development or personal improvement, and wellness approach? Where can you step your toe into the greater pond of possibilities? Where can you go deeper, broader, and bigger?

Are you allowing yourself, and your business to expand beyond its current borders? If so, are you experiencing growing pains from stretching yourself? Many of us have “stretch marks” from these growing painsūüôā. Is there an area where you feel timid, uneasy, hesitant, fearful, or stuck? Observe, spend some time working through the belief, or feeling that may be limiting you, and steer¬†through with ease, honesty, and gentleness.

Use where you imagine yourself going as your North Star, your compass, and allow it to navigate and direct your way to expansion that serves you, your purpose and a fulfilling life!images-1

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Labyrinths: The Path to Intention

If you’re like many kindred spirits I know, your¬†life’s path is probably¬†not a direct bee line from point A to point B much of the time. Surprises abound, and unforeseen opportunities arise for your growth, learning, and personal development sculpting. Life’s path may be full of twists and turns, curves, ¬†and curve balls, and it may be quite winding, confusing, and tedious at times. Thankfully, life is also peppered with joy, laser focused¬†moments of clarity, gracious gifts, sprinkled with understanding, ease, flow and harmony!

Cross cultural symbols throughout the ages reflect and mirror such a colorfully pebbled path in fascinating ways across diverse mediums and formats. Labyrinths have been found throughout the world across cultures and regions. Using labyrinths to connect the intention process, and the magically unfolding path life presents, creates a beautiful and metaphorically abundant theme for the intention groups. This theme leads to profound conversations of self discovery.


‚ÄúThe¬†labyrinth¬†doesn‚Äôt ask: Are you going the right way or the wrong way? The¬†labyrinth¬†asks, “Are you going?”

What is a Labyrinth?

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“A¬†labyrinth¬†is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.¬†Labyrinths¬†have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.”

“A labyrinth is an ancient, sacred, archetypal pattern that has been found throughout the world in many forms and sizes. Labyrinths have a single path to and from the centre. Labyrinths are one of the few archetypal patterns that we can physically interact with.  Labyrinths are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as tools for meditation and healing. The process of walking the labyrinth helps many people become more centered and balanced.

Labyrinths are different from mazes. Labyrinths are unicursal, which means that they have one well-defined path that leads us into the center and back out again. There are no dead ends or paths that divide. A maze on the other hand is a puzzle to be solved: a left brain task that requires an active mind, logic, analytical skills, and problem solving abilities. A¬†labyrinth¬†is a right brain task involving intuition imagery and creativity.¬† With a¬†labyrinth¬†there is only one choice: the choice to enter or not.‚ÄĚ


From the book: The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

‚ÄúUnlike mazes, which force choices and can create fear and confusion, labyrinths are designed to “embrace” and guide individuals through a calming, meditative walk on a single circular path.‚ÄĚ

In my intention groups, I discuss the different purposes of labyrinths, and the assorted types that are accessible and available,¬†from finger labyrinths, indoor and outdoor labyrinths, as well as digital and virtual ones. We shared how there are labyrinths represented in nature from tree rings to finger prints, even unexplained crop circles. Here’s a link for a printable finger labyrinth, and other resources on where to find local labyrinths:¬†https://labyrinthsociety.org/download-a-labyrinth

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What’s the connection between intention and labyrinths? Everything. It‚Äôs both a metaphor for our lives, and a literal representation for how we choose to walk into, and walk through our intentions, and life. Before one embarks on a path of intention, or the process of setting¬†intentions, you pause to reflect on your¬†focus of desire both in general, and specifically for each intention or vision. So before stepping into, and onto a¬†labyrinth¬†path, it is common to set an intention for your experience for traveling the labyrinth. It is also recommended to¬†bring in your specific intention/s and create awareness, focus, and attention on them.

There are multiple layers here to explore for intentions:

  • You can set an intention for your¬†labyrinth¬†walk before your way in. It can even be a feeling you would like to embody.
  • Set an intention for insight to be revealed during your¬†labyrinth¬†walk related to your intentions and dreams, or in general.
  • Focus on an intention in progress, and hold what you are manifesting.
  • Allow for insight, so you can provide an opening for inspiration.¬†As inspiration reveals itself, consider where you can take an inspired action step towards your intentions or goals? Surrender and allow for¬†new perspectives, and insights to emerge.
  • Allow for the space for what‚Äôs coming up around your intention/s, and in general? Check in with yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Walking a labyrinth is a helpful spiritual practice for embracing sacred space, and connecting with your higher self, Soul, and heart.

Consider the walls of the labyrinth, your life, and your intentions. Where do you find yourself putting up walls, creating blockades, and adding chaos, where there are walkways, hallways, and a clear, direct path to travel? Have you halted yourself, and procrastinated movement, and taking steps towards your intentions and dreams?


‚ÄúPower of the first step, of a project ‚Äď usually sets in motion a surprising dynamic where doors open, kindred spirits align and the universe has been waiting for this step.‚ÄĚ First step is magic of the beginning.

I loved how one writer from the Labyrinth Ireland website mentioned why people walk the labyrinth: “For balance; to centre themselves; to increase their awareness; to connect to their higher selves; to balance their chakras, for grounding, and to bring peace. It is usually helpful to have an intention before you walk the labyrinth.  Your intention can be looking for an answer to a question, or just seeking a way to find balance or improvement in some area of your life. The experience of walking the labyrinth is different for everyone, and different each time you walk one.

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.¬† Do whatever feels right for you. ¬†Many people divide the walk into three parts, or the three ‘R’s: Releasing, Receiving, and Returning.¬† On the walk in focus on releasing whatever is on your mind: your tensions and worries or whatever is occupying your thoughts.¬† When you reach the centre rest and allow whatever thoughts or answers come to you.¬† On the walk out focus on returning to your everyday life with the wisdom that you have received.‚ÄĚ


There are three main phases of a labyrinth walk: Entering in, the walk, exiting out

When you first walk in, is there any resistance present? While you are walking through, do you wish it was another way? Are you distracted or disconnected? Do you experience any self-doubt or limits? Are you rushing the outcome, and anxious for the center or the end? Do you wish it was different? If so, how? Where can you make a connection, or comparison in how you show up as you approach your intentions, your life, and common situations, etc.?

‚ÄúLabyrinth¬†is a symbol of the turnaround, a change of heart. Twists and turns of a path, and a complete turnaround in the center. On the path to find your center, twists, and turns, like our lives take.”

The Walk

Look for the active metaphors, and insights that come through as you meander through the labyrinth. Observe how you walk through the labyrinth: quickly, slowly, with concentration on your body, your feet, your heart, and your breath, no concentration at all, or a mixture. Tap into, and engage your senses. What do you notice? What do you hear, smell, feel, touch, taste, and sense?

The Center

Discover the labyrinth center.  Discover your center. What gifts of insight does the center have to offer? So you reach the center. You achieve your intention; you materialize what you are looking for, and what you originally set out for. Are you content? Are you satisfied? Are you looking for more, better, Рdifferent? Are you let down? Are you disappointed? Were you hoping it would be something else? Do you feel grounded? Centered? Are you at peace? How do you feel? After reaching the center, pause a moment in the center, and receive.

‚ÄúThose who travel along too quickly often hurry past the center without noticing it.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThe path to the center is never straight, but always clear.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúYou ask: What, then is the center? Everything.”

With an uncanny parallel to our process with intentions, embrace the symbolism, and any metaphors that drift through your journey. As you embark on this path, as you enter through, you change, shift and grow. Consciousness expands, perspectives changes, and awareness is heightened.

‚ÄúThe end of one path is simply the start of a new one.”

‚ÄúAfter awhile I know neither how far I have to go, nor how far I‚Äôve gone. I begin to concentrate on the path, not the destination.‚ÄĚ

Exiting Out

Begin heading back out, and begin the releasing process. What‚Äôs coming up for you? It’s time to go and release, release expectations, and embark on a new journey.

When we get “there” or attract whatever it is we desire into our lives, it‚Äôs, “Oh, I manifested what I want, and in the same breath, perhaps you ask, “Is this really what I want? What do I want from this new point,” like in the intention arch. As you leave, and as you exit the labyrinth, you bring new insight, new info, and a refreshed¬†viewpoint; a new perspective. Possibly you recognize some fears or other issues that were not present when you started initially. These are a few suggestions, exploratory questions, and intention approaches to ask yourself when¬†walking a¬†labyrinth. I’m hopeful¬†you will discover your own labyrinth meanings, and find deep connections to your intentions, dreams and life¬†as you¬†apply your emerging wisdom. Labyrinths have infinite potential for application, and integration into ¬†our individual life’s path. However you traverse your intentions, consider the perspectives and insights that labyrinths offer on your intentional path. May you be open to the wisdom of the labyrinth on your path of transformation. May the gifts and gems of knowing enhance the manifestation of your dreams!

‚ÄúThe¬†labyrinth¬†invites us to discover the beauty of the whole in all the confusion, imperfection and painfulness of life. It invites us to set out on the path with serenity and resolve. It invites us to strike out for the center and to find our way home.‚ÄĚ

Gorgeous image by www.judytempleton.com titled, “Labyrinth – Inner Journey” that beautifully captures the essence of labyrinths¬†and the mystical inner path.


Recommended Books:

41BZ-6qur6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_¬†¬†Labyrinths ‚Äď Walking Toward the Center by Gernot Candolini

41j3HQlYdiL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_  The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

Envisioning Your Future – Vision boards 2.0

Vision¬†boards¬†were really popular and hit their peak in the 80s & 90s. They remain a helpful visualization tool even in the ubiquitous digital age. At women’s group gatherings, I often joke that the¬†vision¬†board is not just a thick piece of paper with some nice sounding phrases, and colorful images that live in “someday” land. Giving attention to what you want, and creating momentum in your life by aligning to your highest good, higher self, and soul ‚Äď while paying attention to the next steps along your path is also important. Developing your awareness, honing your intuition, and paying attention to the signs and messages that show up for you toward realizing your intentions and dreams is just as powerful. The vision board becomes familiar and a reminder and helps you bridge from where you are, to what you are attracting.

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Here’s how¬†vision¬†boards are described from another website:¬†‚ÄúA tool to help clarify, concentrate, and imagine your intentions and goals.¬†Vision¬†boards¬†can identify your¬†vision, and help you gain clarity. Reinforce your daily affirmations. Keep attention on intentions.‚Ä̬†Source: http://asktheowlponysisters.tumblr.com/post/131942378458/what-are-vision-boards

Vision boards are a powerful visualization tool that integrates both hemispheres of the brain. Standard goal setting is a predominately left brain activity. Blending creativity, intent, and inspiration for action provides a positive launching point for attraction. You are stimulating your emotions, new desires, and aligning to possibilities throughout this process.


During the “envisioning your life” vision board theme¬†in my groups, we clip and snip images, pictures, words, and phrases out of magazines that resonate with our intentions, and embrace opportunities for our imagined future. We find images that depict our dreams, invoke feelings, and capture our senses, and note what inspires us. Inspiration leads to excitement.¬†Through¬†this activity of following what inspires us, and drawing from a variety of images, and phrases we also focus on infusing appreciation energy with envisioning where we would like to create, shift, or attract positive change in our lives.

Appreciation is one of the highest vibrational states available to you. Merging appreciation with building an old school dream boards offers a magnetic match, and platform for your visions, and intentions. However, your dreams and intention work does not end with pasting images and inspirational quotes onto poster boards, or in a dream notebook. Merging the traditional vision board with the digital age, and accessing all the cool techy tools available enhances the envisioning experience, and brings it to a whole other integration level.

In the digital age of information, there are plentiful opportunities to create digitally based¬†vision,¬†and dream¬†boards.¬†If you create one online, you can save it for your screensaver on computer, or mobile device, so it is repeatedly in your “view” and becomes familiar so that new reality is activated in your mind.

There is abundance of free¬†vision¬†board apps, and free programs available. See the links below for links and ideas. There’s also an app called “Intention” and one that’s called “Intend” that’s easy to navigate and use. They both have alarm reminders for your intentions!

Tips from Jack Canfield on creating a vision board & a link to his online vision board app:







As you gather and organize images, photos, phrases, and dream board ideas ‚Äď practice the feeling of appreciation for what you already have materialized in your life, and what you are thankful and grateful for.¬†Continue to add to your vision board throughout the year.¬†Place your¬†vision¬†board somewhere visible where you walk by each day or post it in your car if you are spending much time there. Place it where ever it will become top of consciousness, and use your vision board for a visualization tool to help imagine your way to your ideal life. Be creative, envision¬†big, and follow your excitement, and live your inspired dream!


Applying “Trust the Process” to Intentions


It’s common on an intention journey to have others utter, “Trust the process.” That phrase is embedded in our supportive language. Kind, and helpful gesture, yes, but, “trusting the process” runs many layers deeper, holds more meaning, and reaches farther from my experience. Trusting the process, and trusting that your intention seeds will come into fruition is a sliver¬†of the process. “Trust the process” also includes¬†the trust you have in¬†yourself, or the trust that you are working on within yourself while you navigate the process of allowing things to align. Trusting the process is also tied to surrendering to how your intentions will materialize and what it will “look like.” Trusting the larger vision, and broader picture for how it will be orchestrated, and woven together takes practice and patience.

“Trust the process” may also include:

(1)   Trusting yourself for knowing what you want and need, or trusting that through clarity, and insight, what you desire will be revealed to you when you are ready.

(2)   Trusting yourself to stay focused even when distractions present, or a different outcome shows up, or when you get discouraged and feel that something is not going to work out for you around your intention (doubt, fear, worry, panic, excuses, stress, what other people think and express).

(3)   Trusting that inner voice, your intuition, and the source in yourself that can step back and approach the intention from a broader sense.

(4)¬†¬†¬†Honoring the TRUST¬†by¬†creating a renewed relationship to trust yourself despite the past, what the reality is, or whether you are observing things from limited horse-blinder, narrow, or big picture viewpoint. Give a voice to the trust by using language that reflects it: “I believe it‚Äôs coming, without a doubt. It is, I AM‚ĶI trust it will all work out. It always works out for me. I am attracting this, or something better. I am creating from possibility, not from my limitations.”

(5) Trusting the process, and allowing whatever you are focusing on, and holding your vision for, to unfold in its own time, in its own way. Get out of the way! Let the process flow through you. Trust that the process is flowing, even if you are not noticing movement signs just yet.

Create an acrostic poem using the letters of TRUST. Design a word play, and a short mantra to illustrate your commitment to trusting yourself throughout your intention journey. Trusting the process is more than just a catch phrase, it is a way to move forward, and allow yourself, and your unique process, and path to effortlessly unfold.

Thanking my inner knowing for lighting this path

Remembering my intuition

Understanding I have all the answers within

Surrendering to my higher-self and connect with the divine

Turning to my heart

Creating a Spiritual Practice / Intention / Wellness Ritual


What does creating an intention, wellness ritual, or spiritual practice mean to you? 

For many, it may mean: This is my time to either receive insight or guidance from my divine self. Where I am going to take time for me, focus, be conscientious, mindful, and awareness on putting my intentions and my spiritual connection, and overall wellness on the forefront. This is when I breath. When I slow down. Be present. Where I live in the now. Nourish myself. Where I listen to that quiet voice. Tune in to my own frequency.

There are unlimited opportunities, and small gestures to open up this space for yourself. You may¬†have some form of daily ritual, or spiritual type of practice that bring yourself back into alignment, and balance, so you can move forward, give your gifts, bring out your purpose, and learn more about yourself. A reset button time. Recalibration or personal check in time. This spiritual practice is another component to opening the space up to invite that higher self or source to come through you — to you, for you.

It‚Äôs about focus, and attention on what you want, and getting out of your way, with visualizing, dreaming, appreciation, and gratitude; all part of the process of getting vibrationally aligned with your desires. It‚Äôs about creating the time, inner-landscape, and ritual, so it becomes you; a new habit, and pattern of deliberating being, and creating your ideal life from an inspired place. Creating a practice is not just taking time out for self-care or being spiritual. It‚Äôs about creating a rhythm, space for consciousness, and a practice around it, shifting, and doing it! A shift-ritual! Create a “Shifttual”!

Here are some ways you can integrate a spiritual practice and a create a “shiftual” into your¬†daily life:

Gratitude practice          Writing          Being in nature          Reading or writing poetry

Journaling          Meditation          De-cluttering          Napping          Walking meditation

Affirmations, mantras          Writing a handwritten letter to someone          Yoga practice

Complimenting someone          Breath work          Mudras with hands          Mindful moments

Gardening          Read, stretch, or walk at a specific time of day          Laughter

Tarot cards            Choosing a rune          Candle lighting          Bath time          Slowing down

Visiting your sacred space          Honoring others, small kindness gestures          Imagining

Music to inspire, as a way to connect, relax, etc.          Tea, coffee, drinking water

Having a spiritual practice helps you become more deeply connected to yourself, to your intentions, and dreams. Creating a spiritual practice is part of self-care. It’s one way to deliberately design your life to allow¬†for¬†your intentions, visions, and dreams to magnetize, and manifest.¬†By taking little steps towards wellness, and integrating mindful rhythms and rituals within your day, over time you develop a seamless practice, and/or deepen one if your practice exists into your daily life.

Utilize your¬†spiritual practice zone to inspire wellness, enhance personal development rituals, and one that compliments and fuels your intentions. Prioritize you, and your time. Implement strategies for yourself to help guide you towards success. Make¬†the time, and establish a rhythm for yourself to create¬†long-lasting changes. Honor yourself by gifting yourself this spiritual practice time regardless if it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours. Remember to begin, or maintain your spiritual practice, and embed daily rituals as part of your daily practice. This can be combined as an intention tool, and be part of your personal spiritual development even when you are busy.

Creating time is equally as important as creating the sacred space we explore with intentions. Make ‚Äúwhen‚ÄĚ part of the ritual & practice too – not just¬†what¬†you do, but¬†when¬†you do it.

Why create a spiritual practice / wellness ritual to connect to your intention path?

images-21* Creating a spiritual practice or intention ritual helps us create our amazing life.

* Routines are nourishing, and supportive to our intentions, nervous system, and life path.

* Provides a spiritual spine, positive habit framework, and foundation for your day. How you start your day, sets the tone for the entire day. Daily becomes weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.

* Your energy is powerful when your approach your day with consciousness

* A way to create a pattern to establish change, new thoughts, actions and behaviors. A rhythm is a catalyst for growth.

* The ritual is to replenish, and provide an opening for wisdom, for inspired action, to settle in, re-group, to keep vibration high, for a physical check in on body where stress may live, or you may feel uneasy, getting intuition and where you can acknowledge it.

* Rituals are grounding, empowering, and an anchor to a day that otherwise can blow away with the wind.

* Having a ritual becomes a fresh start and a way to release the previous day, past struggles, etc. How, with presence, bringing your full attention, and being deliberate can help shift circumstances and perspective.

* Creating rituals and a practice contributes to personal development and positivity.

* Rituals and routines a way to connect with your sacred self, and honor the source within.

* A way to raise your vibration by doing something joyful, peaceful, calming, and harmonious.

For many of us, our life, and how we live our life becomes the spiritual practice. Having a cup of coffee, walking the dog, retrieving the newspaper or mail from the box, and adding meaning to a repetitive task, or offering consciousness to an otherwise mundane situation can also be a spiritual experience. ¬†You don’t necessarily need to park your fanny on a mountaintop to meditate. And it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to meditate on a cushion, sit at your alter or do a yoga pose, but if you are inspired to, and that works for you, wonderful! As you spiritually grow, and develop your spiritual practice may shift, and look different than you previously envisioned. Seek pleasure, enjoyment, presence, and inspiration with your spiritual practice. Develop and customize your own spiritual, wellness, or intention rituals that fit¬†for you, your path, and personal growth.

How would your life positively change if you¬†incorporated a spiritual practice¬†moving forward¬†‚Äď with diligence, persistence, mindfulness, dedication, and joy? Positively infuse your day with high-vibrational, uplifting rituals within your practice to support your wellness, and intentional path to your dreams.

The Vibe of Appreciation

Appreciation is one of the highest frequencies available to attract your desired life. When you are in an appreciative state, you are full of gratitude for what you already have in your life, and you open yourself up to receive. Appreciation is¬†in the same vibrational family as love, bliss, empowerment, and joy.¬†The word appreciate means to “recognize the full worth of and be grateful for.” You are not emanating lack with appreciation, but rather broadcasting wholeness, and fullness.


Magnetizing your dreams from a high vibrational state of appreciation is a fantastic tool for being in resonance with what you desire.  Appreciation is a feeling state that assists you with being grateful now, and raises your vibration in the present moment. When setting intentions in this appreciative state, it provides an energetic launchpad to your dreams already in motion.

Abraham-Hicks from their¬†Ask and It’s Given¬†book, on page 114, includes a list of “The Emotional Guidance Scale” to help clarify, and define where you may range with your emotions with respect to alignment, and how those emotions on the scale show up vibrationally in the non-physical realm.

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Where we are asking from in terms of our emotional state influences our point of attraction, whether we are in a state of appreciation, bliss, joy, love, and empowerment, or if we are feeling despair, depressed, or anger. Your emotional state is another area to be conscious of when declaring your intentions whether verbally or in thought. Staying in a positive upward stream offers momentum for what we desire, create, and attract in our lives. Using this Emotional Guidance Scale, one approach is to choose the next best emotional state you can from where you are currently at.

Recognizing where you are at, feeling that state, moving through it in your own time, getting help from others, and professionals as needed, and having awareness of how you are experiencing the varied emotions within the scale can be helpful in shifting out of feeling stuck, paralyzed, or where you may feel resistance. You have your preferred emotional states, and interpretations for what each emotional state means for you. The goal is to raise your vibration by feeling good to become a more resonant match to what you desire.

Here is a simple exercise¬†to help create the vibe of appreciation. On one side of a sheet of paper, begin with, “I am appreciating” or “I appreciate” — for what you are appreciating in your life generally, and with textured, multi-sensory details. For the other side of your paper, list¬†what you appreciate about yourself. Appreciating yourself¬†is another version of self-love. Appreciate yourself¬†for not just for who you are, and what you do, but for also what you have overcome, faced, survived, lived through, and experienced. For¬†your progress, improvements, and development on all those levels you consciously give attention to. Also acknowledge who you¬†are on a broader lever, your unique essence, and appreciate the infinite beauty in that. What does truly appreciating yourself look like? In what ways do you appreciate yourself? How can you express that to your self in a way that is authentic for you? What does it feel like? Bring in all your senses and tap into that appreciative state.

More “appreciation” questions to explore:

What does giving appreciation look like? (to others)

How do you show you are appreciative?

When you are appreciative, how do you feel? What do you feel?

When you are appreciated by others, what do you feel within?

Throughout the month, give mindful focus to what you are already appreciative of, and to your answers to the questions above. Embody¬†the feeling of appreciation, focus, and direct your intentions from this space. Consider viewing appreciation as a tool for you to come from an abundant “whole” and pure place, and not from lack with your intentions. It’s helpful, and effective when asking for what you want, to ask from this energetic place of appreciation where you are in alignment with all that is possible, and available¬†to you from the universal palate of possibilities.

So as you embrace¬†the new year, clarify your intentions, and envision your ideal life, consider accessing a state of appreciation. By feeling appreciative, and expressing appreciation as a method to connect to, and magnetize your intentions, you’ll align to a higher vibrational state. Be the the vibe of appreciation!

Are your beliefs attracting or repelling your intentions?

Understanding how your belief system influences your reality, and how your beliefs attract or repel your intentions, dreams, and goals, is a powerful step to creating a bee-line path to your desired life. Belief systems help create your reality. Beliefs influence, and code everything you do from your attitude, behavior, choices, and actions. Beliefs are one lens, and one perspective through how you perceive, interpret and live your life.


How do your beliefs influence your intentions and dreams?

You¬†are a multi-dimensional creature that emanates energy vibrationally through your thoughts, consciousness, energy, and physical body. Your beliefs are part of who you are whether conscious, or subconscious –whether they are known, or live in the sub-terrain of your brain. You have been influenced by your childhood, your career path, experiences, relationships, to religion, and spirituality, your culture, your family life, your pets, the news, your perspective, and beyond. Everything in your own personal experience, and life has had an affect on your perception, and what you choose to believe. All of this shapes who you are, and what you believe to be true in your mind. A¬†belief is a thought, thought over, and over that is believed to be true. Therefore, beliefs are invented. Beliefs could be used as a form of ‚Äúsafety,” and survival instinct for protection. Beliefs are constructed, and can be destructive to your well-being if you are holding on to beliefs that no longer positively serve you.

As you dig deeper under the many layers to your intentions, it’s worthwhile to excavate beneath the¬†surface to the many facets of¬†limiting¬†beliefs, and uncover how these self-imposed limits may affect your launching point for your intentions, dreams, and in your daily life.

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Use your beliefs as a tool to strengthen your intentions, and attract more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want in your life. It’s important to draw attention to your restrictive beliefs, and perceived blocks, to move through them, and clear the limiting ones. Beliefs permeate through how you parent, how you show up in relationships, how you view and process the world, and much more.

What beliefs do you embody that distract, deter, or detour you away from your intentions? What beliefs do you hold that keep you away from creating choices and situations in your life that could bring you closer to your intentions, dreams and desires?

Beliefs¬†that are false, misleading, and result in incorrect conclusions you draw based on a variety of factors would be defined as¬†limiting¬†beliefs. You believe them to be true based on our experiences. You anticipate a preconceived outcome based on them ‚Äď therefore¬†limiting¬†an otherwise plentiful possibility palate. Sometimes beliefs¬†feel true whether they are, or aren’t true at all. They may be true for you. They may help¬†explain the world, yourself, and how you interpret your experiences, both positive, neutral, and negative.¬†Having a negative belief system is a common way to keep whatever is not working for you in your vibration, and attract more of it your way.¬†Limiting beliefs can create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How do we know we still carry a¬†belief¬†system? It‚Äôs still in your vibration if you continue to tell the same old, repetitive, and habitual story around it, or you have negative or counterproductive reactions, attitudes, and limiting behaviors based on the¬†belief. Watch conversations with yourself, the “inner critic or mentor,” with others, from others. Observing and listening to others is a way to become hyper aware of beliefs at play, and witness how you resonate with, or deflect the belief. Ditch the beliefs that no longer serve you. Embrace the ones that empower you, and launch you forward! Dream in full color; full spectrum!

The goal here is not to just create awareness, and identify our¬†beliefs, it‚Äôs also to examine the¬†beliefs¬†that may have influence over our full potential of our intentions, and dream manifestation. You¬†can “trace” back and “replace”¬†beliefs, and script a fresh narrative, and new story around the¬†limiting¬†belief. We want to clear the way, minimize, and remove any¬†limiting¬†belief clutter or blocks that are in your field. We start out with infinite possibilities, and our¬†beliefs¬†cut into the potential of what is possible by putting unnecessary perceived limits.

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Be mindful of language like, ‚ÄúHow it‚Äôs always been‚ĶI‚Äôve always been like this‚ĶAnd how your old story, your past, family history, childhood beliefs, cultural standards, and expectations creep in. The “I can’ts and won’ts” and “I’m not good at this or that.” Challenge yourself, and your belief system. Ask, “Is this really true? Is this how I really feel about ____?” Is this an old habitual pattern or story?” If so, where’s the payoff for you? What benefit is it offering you in keeping you stuck, or from change, or from moving forward? Is it positively serving you or not? If not, give it the boot! Practice what I call, “catch and release.” Catch the thought, catch the limiting belief, — don’t hang on to what doesn’t serve you, and release it.

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When you write intentions, be on the look out for where your mind/belief system is incongruent with your intentions. Is there a mismatch between what you believe and what you desire? What works for magnetizing your intentions is creating a vibrational match between what you believe, and what you desire. By shifting out of your limits, and aligning to your preferred and empowering beliefs, you create a vibrational match between your beliefs and¬†intentions. Catch the limiting belief, shift it, and create a better vibrational match. “Catch and match”

Part of what I¬†do within the group intention work, and with my transformational coaching¬†is focus on the conscious belief areas first, and teach others how to catch themselves when their limiting belief system pokes through. Creating awareness of the¬†belief systems, and learning how to work with them, leverage them, and harness them is a powerful step to create healing, long-lasting shifts, and¬†movement from binding beliefs into expansion and possibility. For deeper “belief” clearing work, exploring the undercurrent, the subconscious beliefs,¬†and values we adopted offer more clarity, insight and depth. One modality this depth can be achieved through is Theta Healing.

There are oodles of tools available to help clear, diminish and transform limiting beliefs. The list of tools below are helpful to begin belief clearing work. Transform limits, and clear the path to possibilities!


Tools For Clearing Limiting Beliefs

  • Creating awareness of belief systems ‚Äď identifying, bringing to forefront
  • Replacing negative beliefs¬†and old stories with alternative narratives – re-programming to a more positive belief. “Trace and replace”
  • Observing conversations with others, self-talk – mindful of¬†limiting beliefs, language, patterns, behaviors, actions or lack of action caused by beliefs
  • Acknowledging beliefs,¬†and releasing what no longer serves you through ritual (writing, burning limiting beliefs in fire, ceremony). “Catch and release”
  • Using intention work to shift your limiting beliefs, raise consciousness, awareness and a vibrational match to your dreams. “Catch and match”
  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique “Tapping” ~¬†http://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/
  • Ho‚Äôoponopono – Ancient Hawaiian healing & clearing technique,¬†“I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”
  • Theta Healing – deeper belief healing work on a variety of levels
  • Dialogue and positive interaction – conversations
  • Forgiveness exercises to forgive yourself, and others to heal your emotional connection to beliefs, and belief systems
  • Meditations, Affirmations
  • Through play, role-playing, and games with friends
  • Transformational Coaching ¬†~ http://www.melissacurtin.com

Authenticity: A magnet for intentions


Integrating authenticity with intention work¬†feels relevant on many levels, especially on a heart core level. As you focus¬†on your intentions, yourself, and excavate away your limiting beliefs, your fears, your doubts, expunge what does not serve you, and clear the path for alignment, what’s at the core? When all this interference is peeled away, you are left with your¬†authentic self. Your truth. Your pure essence. Exploring the relationship between authenticity, truth, and intentions, provides another¬†avenue for self-awareness and inner connection.¬†

images-8Across my groups, I asked, “What does authenticity mean to you?” A¬†variety of answers ranging from “your own truth, to a reflection of who you are, to full self-acceptance,” and more circulated the room. ¬†Authenticity is being true to who you are, and offering your unique essence to¬†others. It’s taking ownership for and the expression of¬†the real you. It’s also being comfortable with embodying your true/innate self and full essence as you navigate through your self-discovery. This is a natural passage¬†to living with¬†integrity, living in¬†authenticity, and being aligned with who you are.


As you emanate your authentic self more and more fully, you may also experience a greater sense of self-connection, clarity and alignment with your intentions. This results in a greater sense of freedom and confidence to ask for what you really want in your life based on your authentic self. There is empowerment in¬†deliberately¬†choosing your path¬†by defining and redefining what you want, based on who you are, — as your authentic self. It makes for a more heartfelt practice when you pursue¬†what you deeply desire to create, and explore your intentions. When you are aligned to your authentic self, you become a pulsing magnet for your intentions to materialize.


Within my groups, I shared a personal experience where I turned down a job opportunity for a role I was qualified for, and one that I would be capable of doing. Given a red flag interaction, me being in my truth, and paying attention to messages and signs, it became clear that just because I would be good for the job doesn’t mean it would have been good for me, or my growth from this new place of awareness. Empowered, I was able to confidently¬†make¬†a decision that was best for my broader vision and intention around magnetizing fulfilling work, without compromising myself in the process. In the Law of Attraction and intention focused approaches and communities, we often use the phrase, “this or better.” This is one of those examples of waiting for “better,” or creating better for myself. Sometimes things will come our way “fast and furiously,” but we don’t have to accept it just because we have an intention around it. It may not be right or feel right for our authentic self and that’s ok!

At an intention group meeting, I discussed how as you align, energy and things will often begin to flow more quickly, but to also be conscious¬†of what is coming in, and carefully choose. Just because the opportunity was in alignment with my intention, scope of work, and desire to step into similar work — the ultimate way it was presented with “true colors” shown early on, vividly illustrated it was not really the best¬†fit. It comes down to choice, living as your authentic self, and the decisions you make along the way that align or misalign you. Be watchful for choices that bring you closer to your truth and authenticity, versus choices that distract, or pull you from your truth and authentic self.


A¬†Kundalini yoga mantra that seemed appropriate for authenticity is:¬†“Sat¬†Nam”¬†– The definition is “Truth is my name” or “Truth is my identity.” There are several videos on YouTube if you’re interested in learning more. Be your authentic self. Be in your truth. Align to who you are. Align to your intentions and magnetize them!


Mind Mapping Intentions

Are you a list maker, doodler, visionary, and dreamer? Do you love brainstorming, creating relationships between ideas, and expressing creativity? Mind Mapping is a fun and engaging tool that fits well with intention work and envisioning possibilities.


Mind Maps are a creative activity where you can heart- and brainstorm your ideas, and bridge both the left and right brain hemispheres. The mindmapping process allows for fresh ideas, insight, and intuition to guide you as you fill in your Mind Map. Mind Maps are a visual representation of your ideas presented in a non-linear, free thinking and free flowing, yet logical, and organized format.

Mind Maps are similar to organizational flow charts with roots in business and project planning. They are often integrated in business and educational applications for brainstorming, problem solving, and expanding upon ideas. Mind Maps are also beneficial for generating ideas, note-taking, studying, organizing, classifying and sequencing info, interpreting dreams, planning writing projects, visualizing, memorizing, and making decisions. Mind Maps can be applied in unlimited and boundless ways across numerous industries, careers, and fields.

Business Dictionary defines Mind Maps as a: “Graphical technique for visualizing connections between several ideas or pieces of information. Each idea or fact is written down and then linked by lines or curves to its major or minor (or following or previous) idea or fact, thus creating a web of relationships. Mind Maps were developed by the UK research Tony Buzan in his 1972 book, “Use Your Head”…Like other mapping techniques its purpose is to focus attention, and to capture and frame knowledge to facilitate sharing of ideas and concepts.”


Wikipedia’s definition¬†describes Mind Maps this way: ‚Äč”A Mind Map¬†is a diagram¬†used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.”¬†http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map

Connecting Mind Maps to Intentions: 

For intentions, Mind Maps can:

  • Help you clarify intentions
  • Heart/brainstorm ideas
  • Explore possible paths and new directions
  • Reveal inspired action steps
  • Be a catalyst for change
  • Discover your passion, interests and what excites you
  • Uncover blocks and resistance
  • Highlight feelings, perceptions and energy
  • Help to identify and solve problems, and uncover issues
  • Provide an opportunity to course correct or ask for help and support
  • Inform choices, help make decisions, and more.

Mind Mapping Intentions…


Begin with an intention, central idea, theme, topic, your core values, or any area or issue of focus in the center of the page. As ideas, and subtopics emerge, add branches to connect your ideas and subtopics with lines, words, inspirations, short phrases, pictures, and symbols. Dress your Mind Map up with color, designs, and personalize with your own style. Allow your ideas to flow. Let go and enjoy the process!

Using Mind Maps for an intention exploration tool may illuminate the next inspired action step to take, or which direction to follow. Your completed Mind Map also serves as a potential outline or guide for following through on tasks, defining goals, and creating lists.

Would love to hear how Mind Mapping assists your intention process, inspires change and¬†opens up the possibilities.¬†For more in depth information on¬†Mind Maps, I recommend¬†Buzan’s book,¬†“The Ultimate Mind Map Book.”

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There are an abundance of free Mind Map templates available online through the Google “images” search¬†tab, and found with¬†standard¬†keyword research using any search engine.¬†You can search for keyword combinations on the areas you are interested in, like “Mind Maps and health” or “Mind Maps and business” or “Mind Maps and project planning” or simply, “Mind Maps” to get ideas from existing diagrams and styles. There are also several amazing digital Mind Map apps available for free or minimal cost. Here are a few links to get you started:




Inspired Action

‚ÄúInspired Action‚ÄĚ is a term commonly tossed around the Law of Attraction, spiritual and personal development communities.¬†“Inspired Action” is a helpful and effective tool within our¬†intention journey.¬†Here is one way to approach inspired action to better understand its relevance.


We have our intentions, our dreams, desires, visions, and deepest soul cravings. We set those intentions, provide a space for them to manifest, integrate our tools, hold the energetic individually, and collectively (if you are in a group) for them to manifest. You continue to gain clarity, welcome expansion, and shift for those intentions to materialize, come forth into the physical.

Does it stop there? No. Do we just wait for them to ‚Äúcome true‚ÄĚ and appear from the ethers, or just have wishful thinking? Not exactly. Yes, incredible miracles and instant manifestations occur.¬†But wishful thinking alone is not always effective or reliable. We are co-creators in creating our realities and fulfilled lives. Here‚Äôs where ‚ÄúInspired Action‚ÄĚ enters the intention scene.

Our intentions are dreams¬†are fabulous. Vibrant. Alive. Full of new possibilities, imagination, and our limitless visions. We emanate and put out our energies and desires to ourselves, each other, the universe ‚Äď in many forms: writing, vocalizing, thought patterns, showing up with our focus and attention, clarity, practicing our tools, holding our visions, etc. In return, we receive an energetic match in a variety of forms congruent with what we are transmitting out. One of those matches is INSPIRATION. New ideas, signs and messages come our way, and our higher self emerges through insight, intuition, dreams, through other people, synchronicities and more. Are you tuned in?

So what is inspired action given this framework?

Receiving an inspiration to do something, – like a fresh idea or next step. Inspiration comes in endless forms from a nudge to make a phone¬†call, receiving a call/email/message that results in inspiration, doing research on a topic, a pull to visit with a friend, to drive somewhere new, or a flash of insight or revealed layer of what action to move on. Taking action on this very inspiration is what is referred to as ‚ÄúInspired Action‚ÄĚ. Inspiration leading to action. It‚Äôs ‚Äúeasy and effortless‚ÄĚ and moves you toward what you want. This is not just action. It‚Äôs allowing the steps to come to you and being inspired to take the steps, to take action in the direction of your dream, vision or intention.


Inspiration is a glimpse, a message, and insight from within ourselves and divine guidance. It could be a sign to help create that next step for you. Some are obvious, some subtle. If you are aware, and practice, you may recognize and even seek them.


For the inspirations that come through, there’s a natural process of taking you closer if you are willing to take action based on them. The inspirations are the little stones along the path that are going to take you closer to manifesting what you want. Some very well may be the stones on your path to line up to the next layer.

For the inspirations that come through, there’s a natural process of taking you closer if you are willing to take action based on them. The inspirations are the little stones along the path that are going to take you closer to manifesting what you want. Some very well may be the stones on your path to line up to the next layer.


So take inspired action if you are inspired, feel good, feel an increase in energy, uplifted, or if you receive a hunch or push to do something connected to your intention. That may be an indicator to move in that direction, if you feel that is the best direction for you. That little step may not seem like a big deal now, but you add 10 or 100 of them up, -small or monumental Рall of a sudden you have a walkway or pathway of cobblestones of these stones, and your path is built one stone at a time, one step at a time.


These inspired action steps will align you along your path. There may be gaps in between inspirations. That’s more than ok. Some inspirations are close together, while others are far apart, curvy, straight, small or create a large step, or maybe a half a step. You are creating movement from inspiration surrounding your intentions.

Listen to your intuition and inspiration. Check in with yourself. Be open to receiving the inspirations. Be ready to take inspired action from a trusting, non fear-based place. If it feels right, follow the guidance. Follow the inspiration. If it does not feel quite right, rest where you are at, and wait for clarity. Take an inspired action step when you’re ready.¬†When taking inspired action ‚Äď things will naturally move and shift into the direction of your intention with ease.¬†You become a co-creator with the universe. You are doing your part in the energy flow. Show up with your inspired action steps, and be a catalyst to magnetize whatever it is you would like to create.