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We all Manifest what happens in our lives every day. We can learn how to manifest more… and on purpose.
Though I know by heart the basics of how it works,and even have become quite good at it over the years when I need a change in my life , I find I still need constant reminding and inspiration. Each book I read, the good ones, elaborates on different things, offers different stories to be learned from others and goes more in depth on the why and hows of how to manifest what we want in our lives.

Below are a few of the favorites I’ve read over the last few months

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E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

This is a really fun book for those just learning,and for those of us that are seasoned pros at Manifesting but lost focus and have put life on Cruise control for a while.  It’s a great “oh,I remember now” book

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Universal Laws: 18 Powerful Laws & The Secret Behind Manifesting Your Desires (Finding Balance) (Volume 1)
This is an awesome and easy to read book that goes into detail on the How’s, and also the why*of when you think you’re manifesting and it’s not working,how to fix what you’re doing wrong.

After going to the Tony Robbins* unleash the power within * conference. I had a magical year and did many things I thought I could never do including starting my own business and making the choice to end my marriage and be a single mother with 4 children.  I actually filed for divorce and started my business on the same day.  This morning I was thinking about what was going through my mind at the time that I had so much courage and what made me 100% confident in the direction I went.  It was truly a year where things happened like magic.

I was looking for a reminder of how I went about these things.  I found a entry in my journal for January 4,2004.  It was a list of questions answered from a Newsletter sent by the Tony Robbins Foundation ,called getting clear

Getting Clear

Step 1 Get Clear. 

 a. What did you love in 2013? What were some of the Magic Moments?  What was magical and extraordinary?

  b.  What did you accomplish in 2012?

  c.  What are some of the things from 2012 that you want to duplicate in 2011

2.  What did you hate in 2012?

  a.  What was challenging this past year?

  b.  What do you not want to happen again?

  c.  What did you learn by going through these experiences?  Why were they incredibly valuable?

3.  What decisions did you make in 2012 that were empowering for you?

  a.  What were some of the most important decisions of this year for you?

  b.  What decisions might you make this next year as a result?

 

 

Step 2  Get Certain

Once you know where you are,you need to create certainty about your capacity to take anything you can dream about and make it real.

1.  Write down anything in your life that was once merely just a goal, dream or desire.  What are some of the big and little things that at one time seemed extremely difficult or impossible to achieve or acquire?

2. Circle the two or three items on your list that seemed the most difficult or impossible to achieve.

3.  For the two or three that you circled,write down the steps you went through to turn each one of them into a reality.  You may not have done it consciously,but it’s likely something stimulated you to want them -so much so that it may have become a magnificent obsession for you.  Then, did you focus on it continuously?  Put a lot of emotional charge into it?  Then what?  Did you actually create a plan?  What were the steps you went through?

 

Step 3  Get Excited.

Now that you are clear about where you’ve been,and you have certainty about your ability to make your goals and dreams real,it’s time to decide where you want to go…..

1. In a peak state,write down every goal you think you’d like to accomplish in the next 20 years.  Be sure to include ANYTHING you want to do,be,share, create,have,give.  Include financial goals, personal development ,physical goals, relationship goals,contribution goals-  anything you’d like to learn, enjoy, or do.  No matter how silly or outrageous it may seem,this is your chance to dream without limits.  Be sure to keep your pen moving as fast as possible.

2.  When you are finished,go through your list and next to each item,write down the number of years you want it to take (or believe it will take) to achieve your goal (write 1 year,2-3 years, 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years.

 

Step 4: Get focused

1.  Out of your list of goals, (from step 3) circle your top four one year goals.  Out of your entire list,what do you want most?  What are the top four goals that,if you could achieve them this year, would get you up early and keep you up late with excitement?

 

Step 5:  Get Committed.

1. For each of your top four one-year goals,write a paragraph about why they are ‘ musts’ for you to achieve them.  What are the reasons you absolutely will achieve this no matter what? Remember, reasons come first, answers come second!  Why do you want to do this?

2.  What are some of the things that you may need to do that you don’t want to do in order to achieve these goals?  If you have enough passion, you can get yourself to do anything, but first you must be certain about what “anything” might entail.  Let’s look the tiger in the eye!

 

Step 6 :  Get Momentum.

Never leave the site of setting a goal without taking some action toward its attainment.  You must take immediate action.

1.  Decide now:  What is one small thing that you will do immediately toward achieving one of your top goals (eg. making a phone call, booking a meeting, getting on the internet to research, signing up for a seminar,getting a coach, etc)?

2.  What is one big thing that you resolve to do immediately to achieve this goal (e.g. making a decision, throwing out all the unhealthy food in your house right now,giving something away, etc ) ?

 

Step 7:  Get Smart:

To make sure you follow through,you have to get smart and measure yourself consistently.  Remember, most people set some New Years goals, have no plan or direction, take no action,and then measure again next New Year’s! 

The more you measure something the better it gets.  You must resolve now to measure your specific progress daily, or at least weekly.

Once you purchase a Crystal or Gem you must prepare it.

Using Your Crystals and Gems, Instructions from the book Cosmic Energy by Anne Jirsch

1. Wash your Crystal or Gem under running water and soak it for at least one hour in spring water with added sea salt.  Allow it to dry naturally.  You can leave it on a windowsill at night to charge it with either moon energy or in daylight for solar energy.    However ,do not leave a crystal ball in direct sunlight as it can project extreme heat,which can be dangerous.

2. Now hold your stone in both hands and allow yourself to relax.  Clear your mind of all thoughts and feel your crystal or gem energy blend with your own energy.  Feel it become part of you.  Feel the stone’s energy flowing to you and your energy flowing to the stone.  Feel the energies blend.

3. Breathe into your hands and into the crystal or gem.  Every out-breath will flow into the crystal or gem, giving it your own energy and creating a powerful link.  You begin life with your first breath and end life with your last breath.  Your breath is the essence of you that exists in the here-and-now.  By breathing this energy into your stone, you build the most powerful connection and gain incredible benefits.  Spend time relaxing and breathing as you hold your stone.

As you send your breath to your crystal or gem, you breath life into it.  You awaken its potent force and enable it to  do its work.

The Magic Mantra

I keep running into this Mantra,and many people I’ve spoken to and asked about it lately swear by it….swear it works and has changed their life.  Now I just bumped into this mantra again in the book I’m reading.

So “Okay okay universe”,I’m going to try it.  Hell ….it worked for Tina Turner.

The Magic Mantra

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

Nam-The ‘a’ has the long sound of “ah” in Father”

Myo- “m” sound before one half of “yo-yo”

Ho- like the garden “hoe”

Ren- Like the bird “wren”

Ge-sounds like the word “get” without the “t”

Kyo-similar to “myo”

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 I researched the meaning of these words and found the best description at the following website.

http://www.sgi-uk.org/index.php/buddhism/nam-myoho-renge-kyo

What is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo?

It is not easy to give a short answer to this question that includes all the aspects of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Here are two answers. It is the title and the heart of the Lotus Sutra, and it is the Law that explains the workings of life.

The Lotus Sutra

The Buddhist teaching which explains that everyone has the same potential as the Buddha is the Lotus Sutra (‘sutra’ means ‘teaching’). The Lotus Sutra was originally recorded in Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, entitled Saddharma-Pundarika-Sutra. As the teachings of Buddhism spread they were translated into the languages of the cultures they travelled to. The Lotus Sutra was translated into Chinese, and when it reached Japan it was known as Myoho-Renge-Kyo. The title of a sutra was considered to encapsulate the teaching it contained. It was also the practice to place the Sanskrit word Nam (or, ‘devotion’) before the names of Buddhist teachings or characters in order to praise them.

Nichiren Daishonin taught that the act of praising the Lotus Sutra would enable the qualities of the Buddha, the reservoir, inherent in our lives to emerge. Therefore he placed the word ‘Nam’ in front of the title of the Lotus Sutra, Myoho-renge-kyo. This appears very simple; but the practice itself is very profound.

The Law of life

As we consider each of the constituent parts of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we start to sense its profundity. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is referred to as the ‘Law of life’. Although it is just six syllables, each signifies profound truths that go to the heart of the universe, the issue of life and death, and the law of cause and effect.

Nam

‘Nam’ is an action word. The act of praising our potential will make it emerge. ‘Nam’ is the word that turns this principle from a theory into a reality. The Lotus Sutra, although profound, is merely a teaching. But Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a practice that will have actual results. The literal meaning of the word ‘Nam’ is ‘respect’ or ‘dedication’ – so the whole phrase has the simple meaning of ‘devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra’.

Myoho

‘Myoho’ explains at least two major principles of life: the relationship between life and death, and the relationship between our most enlightened, or Buddha, state and all our other nine conditions or states of life. The ‘ten states of life’ or ‘ten worlds’ will be covered in a future part of this series.

How do the teachings of Buddhism view the relationship between life and death? We all have a birthday. That is, quite simply, the day when we emerged into the world as a baby. We also have some idea of what was happening to us in the nine or so months before we emerged from the womb. Before that, however, other than the knowledge that a sperm and an egg came together at a particular moment, things are not so clear. Biologists cannot give definitive answers as to where or what our consciousness was before conception and philosophers have also struggled to explain this. Buddhism teaches that all our constituent parts, not just physical ones, but mental and spiritual as well, existed in a state of latency, waiting for the right conditions to emerge before we could start the process of being born after conception. Before conception, we are latent, or ‘myo’. This means that our life energy is waiting for the necessary circumstances before it can take on a physical form. ‘Ho’, which means law, or phenomena, describes the manifest state and particularly the emergence of the new-born baby into the world. We remain alive – manifest – until the point when, for whatever reason, our bodies can no longer support our lives. The body dies, and the constituent parts separate. At this point we cease to be ‘ho’ and return once more to the latent state of ‘myo’.

Buddhism teaches that life is a cycle. We emerge from ‘myo’, become ‘ho’ and return to ‘myo’ again. This rhythm continues forever. The cycle of the seasons echoes this process. We see new growth in spring, maturity in summer, harvest and decline in autumn before a period of apparently bleak withdrawal in winter. But winter never fails to turn into spring once more, and the cycle starts again. We feel our Buddhahood at work because our chanting has caused it to appear according to another fundamental life principle: ‘renge’, which is about how the effect exists simultaneously with the cause.

Renge

This literally means lotus flower. The lotus flower rests on the surface of the pond, its roots going deep into the water and drawing on the nutrients it finds in the mud at the bottom. This image of the lotus flower also means that the Buddha is not a perfect being, detached from the realities of life, either in a monastery or in some other, unearthly realm. Rather, the Buddha is an aspect of our own lives which we can draw upon. It is because of the trials and tribulations of real, everyday life in this world that the Buddha’s qualities can be revealed. ‘Renge’ signifies the process of cause and effect at work deep within the life of each person. (The topic of cause and effect will be covered in a future part of this series.)

Kyo

The word ‘kyo’ literally means ‘sutra’, or teaching. It is the vibration of our voice which is so important in our Buddhist practice. It is said the voice does the Buddha’s work (2). This is why we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo aloud, rather than performing a silent meditation. ‘Kyo’ is the interconnectedness of all phenomena; and how our prayer or the sound of our chanting can affect people and situations out of our immediate sphere.

Notes:
(1) Nichiren Daishonin, ‘On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime’ (WND, p. 3).
(2) Nichiren Daishonin, Gosho Zenshu, p. 708.

 

The Creation Box

Happy New year!  Every year I try to make my creation box a little bit different.  I believe whole heartingly in them.  I have seen them work over the years,even that first year when I did one for fun with a friend.  The following New Years day I found that page in my journal and was amazed of how many of the items I wrote came to be.  A creation box can also give you great clarity in finding out what you truely want. 

 A true story: A couple of years after starting my own business,for a New Years present I gave each of my employees a beautiful box(bought at pier 1) with instructions inside on how to make a creation box.  My right hand woman Sonalii called me that Saturday that she needed to have a talk with me.  She thanked me for the creation box and told me that as she was clipping out pictures to put in her creation box she realized that all the pictures and goals she was putting in the box had to do with her dream of moving to California and pursuing her modeling and acting career.  She advised me that she was giving me her 2 weeks notice and was leaving to go follow her dream.  She left for California and has been having an amazing life over the last several years…and she is doing exactly what she set out to do.  She has a very successful modeling and acting career……Food for thought

I have done a creation box many different ways.  This one I found in a book I am currently reading is really cool.  The best one I’ve seen yet I think.

The book is Cosmic Energy* written by Anne Jirsch. The instructions below are directly from the book.  There is a more detailed review of this book on the books* page

How to Make a Wish Box

Your wish box can be made of any material you choose,from wood or tin to woven paper; the main thing is that you like the look and feel of it.  Many people use a wooden box because wood absorbs good energy.  Also, it’s long lasting,natural,and can absorb vibrations from the universe and the earth.

1. If you want something like a car,or a particular style of house,place a picture of what you want in your wish box.

2Write by hand what you want,fold up the piece of paper, and squeeze it in your hand as you visualise yourself with what you want.  Squeezing your hand creates a signal.  It focuses the energy and intent

3. Now place on top a stone of your choice.  Below is a list of semi-precious stones I have used in the past:

Citrine: I also keep citrine in my purse;it brings a steady flow of money.  Europeans visiting South America brought this stone back with them and believed it created wealth;they used to put one into their purse to attract gold.

Diamonds: The ultimate money -generator.  Even the tiniest sliver will give out the message that you want all the abundance possible.

Emerald: If you want pure luxury.

Green Jade:  Brings long -term prosperity.  It helps to establish you as a prosperous person without ups and downs in your finances.

Pyrite ( fools gold) This works very well in helping to get a business thriving.  Pyrite helps money flow easily without you always having to work hard for it.  This stone gives a lovely buzzy feeling to get you fired up and ready for action.

Quartz: Attracts wealthy people into your life, and brings good quality and good service.

4. I also like to put into the box three chinese coins, the little ones with the square hole in the middle.  They symbolise luck and have centuries of association with wealth and abundance so are good at attracting this vibration.

*Also, add anything that symbolises wealth and good luck to you.  Many people have a lucky ticket or trinket.

Pop all of these items into the wish box and hide it away.  Do always keep your box away from prying eyes- it is personal to you.  Each day take out your box and in your hand hold the piece of paper that you have written your wish on.  Focus on your wish.  Imagine that you already have it.

You can concentrate on one wish at a time or put multiple wishes into your box.  The universe will respond just the same

 

 

 

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