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Holding your vision all year long

Let’s welcome 2017 and embrace possibilities! Another milestone, and another year to create long lasting changes, and magical shifts in your life. Dreaming, and attracting what you would like to create into witnessing its evidence when it comes to fruition isn’t just for New Year resolutions.

Envisioning your dreams, focusing on your intentions, and taking inspired action to create a better reality and life, is not just limited to resolutions or “setting your intentions” at the beginning of the year. Progress and momentum happens with all the small steps you take in each moment, becoming aligned with what you desire, and deciding where to focus your attention, intention, and energy. It takes clarity, choice, intention, deliberate focus, attention, and vision — all year long! Holding your vision throughout the little moments that are embedded in each day, the week, month, and year is where the practice begins. Holding your vision, and returning to what you really want wherever you can, offers consistency, creates new neural pathways in your brain, builds positive habits, and sparks momentum.

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Envisioning your ideal life using each moment to bring what you desire. An element, a piece, an aspect of the vision you hold dear to you heart. Create habits by integrating daily, weekly, and monthly rituals, or ceremonies. (Check out my previous post on “Creating a Spiritual Practice” to learn more: https://intentiongroups.com/2016/01/28/creating-a-spiritual-practice-intention-wellness-ritual/

Let’s not forget to add commitment. Decide in this moment, right now, that you will commit to yourself, and your dream fulfillment journey. How will 2017 unfold for you? However you desire. What will you bring to 2017, and allow to magnetize your way?

Contemplating 2017…

What do you desire to attract into your life, shift, improve, change, or release?

What’s calling for you to learn? Resolve? Be fulfilled?

Who would you like to surround yourself with this year? What types of people? What qualities do they hold and express?

What qualities would you enjoy embodying?

What experiences would enrich or improve your life?

What opportunities can you offer yourself that would provide personal growth?

How can you help others this year?

What issues are important for you to advocate for?

Remember that throughout the year, you always have an opportunity to course correct. In each moment, you can pause, stop, and reset, to bring the vision and energy of what you prefer, instead of what is dragging you along, or down. Check in with yourself – your inner self, your heart. Ask in each moment what you need. What does your heart need? Decide on the direction you need to go based on how you feel. As what you desire flows your way, if it is indeed what you intended, and held your vision for, continue in that direction. If not, like any wise ship’s captain, if you’re not headed where you want to go, change course, and correct your navigation. With intentions, your inner navigation provides the best guidance. Focus on building, creating, and improving your new life in this new year; one moment at a time. From one inner nudge to the next.

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If you’re ready to use this New Year as your launching point, and desire some extra encouragement, or guidance, I’m available for private intention coaching. My coaching programs are tailored to your desires, needs, and intentions. Bring your authentic self, your dreams, and ideas for what you would like to shift and change. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll begin with where you are. I’ll bring my experience, inspiration, and magical motivation to support your intention magnetization progress. With tools, techniques, intention mentorship, and a sprinkle of empowered accountability, we’ll walk this deliberate creation path together.

As an Intention Coach, and Intention Group Facilitator, I draw upon seven years of guiding participants of the intention groups through the magnetization of intentions, and dream fulfillment process. With practitioner certifications in both Law of Attraction and Theta Healing, I also integrate Law of Attraction, Law of Resonance, mindfulness, and other modalities to enhance your intention journey. For more info, message me, or visit my website for testimonials: www.melissacurtin.com. If you’re not in my local area, stay tuned for my “Awaken & Magnetize Your Intentions” e-course series that will be available soon!

~Melissa

Reflecting & Propelling Forward

The end of the year, and the end of each month offers an opportunity to go within, reflect, and contemplate your growth. Take inventory of your successes, your progress, and observe where you could have improved. What did you learn about yourself this year? What did you learn from others? About your perceived limits, or where you surpassed your expectations, and doubts? What strengths were illuminated or showcased? What intentions received focus, and how does that relate to what showed up this year? Where can you grow from this new perspective?

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As you reflect, question, and take inventory of 2016, remember to be gentle with yourself as insights reveal. Remember to also appreciate yourself for everything you have accomplished, from the small and subtle shifts, and gifts, to the brighter, and more grandiose moments of discovery. Use your mistakes, lessons, and where you may feel you fell short, to serve as a catalyst for your personal growth. Use all of this as a continued reminder that it’s ok to be a work in progress as you hone, develop, and refine who you are. Use your past experiences, and current insights to propel your future decisions, choices, and your ever evolving, and unfolding path, and self. Make a commitment to yourself to have compassion for where you are, what you have overcome, and become. Practice self-love. Embody the confidence that you are able to create your visions for your incredible future from each moment starting from right now.

As I reflect on this past year, I am tempted to not give myself credit or acknowledge what I have created, and magnetized. At first, I found myself being hard on myself for not creating more, or completing the projects and books that I had hoped to finish. Focusing on what I have manifested, and being kinder to myself serves me much better! The truth is I am a visionary spirit with an abundance of ideas, and energy, sitting on a palate of possibilities ready to unfurl my creative rockets. Another truth: when I am inspired, and work from this heart-centered place, I am in a much better creative flow zone, and more productive. Moving forward on my path is happening step by step, even if the steps are tiny some days, weeks, and months.

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I am also working part-time, and manage a family with two children. If I cloned myself 3x, and had a personal assistant, I’m not certain I would have fulfilled my high expectations for this year given how much I want to positively impact, and inspire others!

However, my authentic self recognizes that this past year was productive, and I did create movement, and continued to move forward with building my intention work business, and I am exactly where I need to be – even when I feel frustrated that everything I set out to do is not quite done yet :)! I’m wired to be driven, yet need to also have self-compassion that I am doing my very best, and honor all my efforts.

To highlight a few accomplishments in 2016, I started three new in-person intention groups, wrapped up one group that met for a year, began a second year cycle for another group, and developed a 60 page intention workbook that outlines the first year cycle, and another 40 page workbook for the second year cycle. The groups continue to gain traction, and with connections and referrals, another intention group is forming to begin in January 2017, and a Healer’s Circle is in progress. I also hosted two successful and well attended Healing Arts Networking Events this year. Lastly, I adapted the intention group themes and created a self-study, beginner e-course series, “Awaken & Magnetize Your Intentions” with an option for intention mentorship and coaching that will launch in January 2017.

This past year has enabled me to marinate and brew fresh ideas, collaborate on upcoming projects, and be thoughtful of what offerings would benefit the community I serve the most. Stepping out in a grander way, and stepping more into this intention work and path more fully has magnetized in ways I had not anticipated. Below are just some business projects I am working on. Would love to hear from you if you’re interested in collaborating, or are interested in helping me spread the word!

For those of you who are not familiar with the groups I guide, for the last seven years, I have facilitated several women’s intention groups on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. I’m also offering private coaching both in-person, and remotely. Currently, I lead four active intention groups, with a few “retired” groups.

What’s new & upcoming?

  • An “Awaken & Magnetize Your Intentions” e-course for participants out of the area, or who prefer self-study with support. (The first e-course will include 6 modules based on themes, some audio/video, downloadable worksheets, an option for coaching sessions and other add-on’s, and access to an online community).
  • A new Facebook “Author, Intention Facilitator, and Intention Coach” page dedicated to my business endeavors. Find the link here: https://www.facebook.com/Melissa-Curtin-Author-Intention-Group-Facilitator-Intention-Coach-1745817732372624/
  • Launching soon! A podcast related to intention, transformation, interviews, and more. Ideas welcome on a title!!
  • “Awakening Wisdom” book (Using my “aortic dissection/aneurysm and open-heart emergency” as the foundation for a self-help book on using wake up calls for transformation, growth & opportunity)
  • “Awakening Stories to Uplift, Inspire, and Heal” book (A compilation of those who have also experienced major wake up calls, and how they have used their situation to heal, transform, and grow). Working title.
  • Plans to partner with like-minded personal development & wellness oriented friends to create other classes, workshops, retreats, etc.
  • Private intention coaching sessions
Over the last few years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure to step more into coaching and consulting for artists, healers, small businesses, and writers. It is very important to me for women to not only pursue their dreams, and intentions, but to fulfill them. Living an authentic life, and combining passion with innate skills, and talents can be achieved. (My work is also not limited to just women and intention work).
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If you’re interested in supporting me on my path of empowering others, here’s how can you help:
  • If you have worked with me directly, or know me, write a recommendation, testimonial, or other kudos for my website, social media, or book back cover.
  • Sign up for my website’s newsletter or subscribe to my intention blog.
  • Connect me with someone you feel could benefit from what I offer in the groups (Intention or Business group), personal or business development coaching, or other media related, speaking, or writing skills.
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  • Spread the word when I publish and launch my books, and other projects.
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  • Attend the Healing Arts Networking events I host, be a presenter, and bring guests.
  • Partner with me on an event, workshop, retreat, book, or other project.
  • Connect me with opportunities to guest blog, speak, be interviewed, and contribute to consciousness raising projects.
  • Open to ideas!
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With deep appreciation for you!
Thank you, thank you!
xo
Melissa Curtin
Intention Group Facilitator / Intention Coach
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Expansion and Growth

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much :). 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…opening 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 – grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means “spreading 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 – 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 – beyond what is possible – 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 pains :). 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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Thanks very much! www.melissacurtin.com

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.

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“The labyrinth doesn’t 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.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

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

“Unlike 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.”

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’s 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’s 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?

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“Power of the first step, of a project – usually sets in motion a surprising dynamic where doors open, kindred spirits align and the universe has been waiting for this step.” 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.”

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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.?

“Labyrinth 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, – different? 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.

“Those who travel along too quickly often hurry past the center without noticing it.”

“The path to the center is never straight, but always clear.”

“You 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.

“The end of one path is simply the start of a new one.”

“After awhile I know neither how far I have to go, nor how far I’ve gone. I begin to concentrate on the path, not the destination.”

Exiting Out

Begin heading back out, and begin the releasing process. What’s 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’s, “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!

“The 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.”

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

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Recommended Books:

41BZ-6qur6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_  Labyrinths – 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 – 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: “A 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.” 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.

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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:

http://jackcanfield.com/how-to-create-an-empowering-vision-book/

http://jackcanfield.com/free-vision-board-app/

http://www.dreamitalive.com/

http://www.visionboard.me/

http://www.mapourlives.com/

http://gregbeazley.com/2013/01/how-to-create-a-vision-board-using-online-tools/

As you gather and organize images, photos, phrases, and dream board ideas – 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!

 

Creating a Spiritual Practice / Intention / Wellness Ritual

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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’s 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’s 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’s 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 “when” 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 – 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.

Authenticity: A magnet for intentions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Planting Seeds of Intention

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Each year for my intention circles, I create a theme about planting seeds of intention given the seasonal change from winter to spring and the connection to seeding our dreamy ideas. We “plant seeds” not just in our gardens with vegetables, flowers and fruit. We actively “plant” our seeds of desire, intentions and dreams with every thought, in each moment, daily, weekly, monthly,  yearly, seasonally, and parallel with the lunar cycles.

How much thought, depth, or attention you provide depends on the intention, its development stage, and your willingness and readiness to bring it closer. Where’s your current focus? Where are you actively planting what you desire in your life? What’s evident in your life right now from what you’ve “planted” years ago, months ago, and last week?

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Whatever you are desiring, intending, dreaming, or holding in your heart, in each moment, you are making a decision to consciously focus on it positively, give energy to it or not. Planting your desires, and intentions rolls your intentions and ideas in motion and spins energy their way. Even if you are only speaking or writing about your intentions, you are directing attention, energy and life to them.

When you plant a carrot seed, you expect a carrot without a doubt. Right? You have no doubt a carrot will grow. You may have doubts when it will sprout or if you under or over water it. Or if it gets enough sunshine or shade, and nutrients, but there’s never a doubt you’ll net a carrot.

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Connecting this carrot analogy to your “seeds” of intention, when you plant in your mind and  begin to seed that desire within you, it’s a similar process. Allowing the intentions and dreams to grow and providing the positive influence for growth it needs, guiding its way and trusting the growing process and allowing it to take its course.

Within my groups, I enjoy providing metaphorical connections and symbolic associations to gel the intention work process and add depth and texture. More connections results in a better understanding and physical sensory connection. To bridge the physical planting with our mindful planting seeds of intention, here’s an hands-on “planting seeds of intention” activity I led across all the intention circles.

Materials: Soil, containers, small gardening shovel, assorted seeds, strips of paper,  pen or marker and water.

The physical practice of planting your intention seeds enriches the experience of setting intentions. The seed packages I chose for the groups ranged from Cosmic purple carrots to corn, peas, sapphire flowers, to green beans, pumpkins and more. Begin by choosing seeds that connect and match your intentions.

When you plant actual seeds, you are creating a ritual and a tactile relationship with digging your hands in the dirt, naming the seed for each intention, and feeling what you wish to bring in to your life as you plant. Across the groups, each woman connected their intention to a specific seed. Some women in the groups, buried their intention on a strip of paper along with the seed. Others labeled the strip of paper and set it in the soil after planting so they could read what was planted.

Dig down from within. Open up to possibilities of what you would like to create and expand in to. What new seeds or recycled seeds of intention do you want to grow and nurture this season?

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The “Cosmic” purple carrots worked well for those needing some extra universe assistance.  A pumpkin seed for someone represented a “prince charming type” she’s holding an intention for. The Sapphire blue flowers was a connection to the intention setter’s birthstone, and a helpful reminder to set an intention for better self care and prioritizing herself.

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Next, plant a seed for each intention and water each one.

What grows, grows from what is cultivated and nurtured. Where are choosing to put your attention? There needs to be patience and surrendering– with seeds, you know they are growing even though you can’t “see” them below the surfaces. Same holds true for intentions. Something is shifting and happening below the surface even if it is not visible yet. Recognize the change and shifts that are occurring for each intention you planted, visible or subtle. Even if there is no bud forming yet, realize there is activity below the soil surface and a sprout will emerge when it’s ready.

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Some seeds need time to form deeper roots. If a seed doesn’t sprout, plant another. Keep planting what you want. Welcome the live budding sprout, and the sign that there is movement and growth present. The gardener holds that the garden and seeds WILL grow. The seeds want to become a carrot, flower or plant. That’s their destiny, their will, and their nature.

Our expectation of what will grow, like in our carrot example, holds importance and relevance. Trust what you have planted and bring that energy of “no doubt it will be” with you. Be open to attracting better than you imagined or a better fit for you and your path. Practice expectation without attachment to the exact outcome or how it may show up.

As the month progresses, gently tend to your intentional garden, your “mindful” garden, and love and water those seeds. The intentional seeds you plant and sow, will blossom into fruition with your attention, focus, desire, energy and love. Allow them to thrive and flourish! Go seeds, go! Sprout seeds, sprout! Keep seeding your dreams!

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It’s all about perspective!

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“Perspective” was an illuminating theme created for the intention groups as another way to explore an expanded version of how we perceive our current situations, and where we consciously place our focus. As a filmmaker, writer, researcher, and former video editor, what I choose to focus on affects everything from concept through the final outcome or product. Applying this lens to intention work, there is a relationship between intentions, perspective and outcomes. Navigating “perspective” offers a unique angle, focal point and another layer to examining your intentions and provides a new way to “see” them, your self and your process.

Here are some questions to consider:

What do you perceive as truth, reality or illusion based on who you are? What about in your daily life? What perceptions do you have around your intentions? What are some factors that influence your perspective? What shapes your perspective?

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There are a variety of influences including, yet not constrained by our past experiences, others’ opinions, our perceived limits, our current story, and more. You can create your own list based on your life experiences. Below is a framework (pun intended) to apply perspective to intentions.

The lens we look through as individuals/ viewers and how we receive/distort what we “see”: PERSONAL FILTER

The angle/ perspective we choose to see: CHOICE to include/exclude

What we choose to focus on (inner or external landscape): FOCUS of what’s in our frame or shot

Based on our physical position, health (vision/wellness), situation and circumstances, level of awareness, consciousness, what’s known & what’s uncertain: Current level of AWARENESS

Our actual intent, intention, goal, vision and dream: INTENTION

All affect our literal perspective and imagined, perceived perspective/reality. All code our “story,” our unique process, the “illusion”, our truths, beliefs, perceived limits, perception or expectation of outcome. In the intention groups, there was a lively discussion about how our perspective and perceptions influence our intentional process.

Here are a handful of images I collected from a longer slideshow I created which further illustrates “perspective.” The main idea was to show there are an abundance of ways, angles, shots, viewpoints, focal and magnification points – whether near sighted or far sighted, close up, wide angled or narrow focus, micro or macro lens or with an extra pulled out view, and everything infinitely in between and beyond.

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What perspectacles are you wearing today? How does that shape what you desire, what you see, and how well you are keeping possibilities open to what you want, or the potential outcomes? How does how you perceive your intentions and life in general, possibly limit or constrict available options? What do you showcase or illuminate around your life and intentions based on your current perspective?

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The Art of Setting Intentions All Year Round

 

images-2The New Year is commonly the time of year where many resolve themselves to goals, making changes, and raising the bar of happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Starting fresh at the New Year to mark a launching point for desires, dreams and wishes is traditional. The auspicious year often begins with the commitment to improve, and successfully shift and change the areas of life most needing attention.

For some, sticking to resolutions and goals works beautifully and effortlessly. The benefits of willpower and ambitious efforts result in success and achievement. And for others, once they drift from their desired goals and signs of quasi-commitment surface, often the level of interest to change and improve, fades and dissolves.  Loving yourself regardless whether you obtain the goal, adhere to your resolution or manifest your intention is an important factor to successful outcomes.

One of the reasons the intention circles I facilitate meet all year round is to keep the momentum of success continual, and level of commitment to one’s self and intentions energizing and alive. Any time of year, season, month or day is a welcomed opportunity to decide what needs improving in one’s life. Through this process of determining and asking for what you want with regularity, you honor yourself. You honor the deepest part of yourself that is yearning for transformation and change. Honoring yourself by focusing on your intentions is a form of self love.

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My most treasured intentions are the ones that I create and nurture all year round. When giving your intentions consistent attention, they become a direct reflection of what it is you most dream of magnetizing in your life. There is an art to keeping your intentions, wishes, desires and dreams alive throughout the year. Like any art form, practice is key. Keeping your intentions top of consciousness, in view or easily accessible helps maintain your focus. When your intentions become integrated into your everyday existence, the intentions become more multi-dimensional. Associating feelings, texture and positive sensations with your intentions also aid in enhancing their energetic field of potentiality.

There are several intentions tools, techniques and ideas available to help you master the art of intention setting all year round. Your first step is recognizing and gaining clarity of what you would like to create in your life. From there, any moment in every day has immense potential for cultivating the inspiration to set your intentions whether it’s the New Year or not.

Here’s to fulfilled intentions and realized dreams every day!

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