Law of Attraction

My Favorite Sleep Hack

My Favorite Sleep Hack

One of my favorite life hacks is expressing gratitude.

For the first 25 years of my life I had difficulty falling asleep. I’d be laying there… waiting…waiting… and waiting… I was so tired, yet I couldn’t fall asleep. I’d wonder, how long will this take? Will I be rested in the morning? When will I fall asleep? Why can’t I fall asleep like a normal person? Is this normal?!

Guidance

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."

~Anonymous

Late one night I was at a light and was guided (through my intuition) to “turn left.” My usual route was to continue straight. After hearing the guidance, I contemplated turning left---it would take me the long way to the highway but I’d still get home. In my exhaustion, I decided I would stay straight because it was the fastest way home. I heard again, “turn left.”  I contemplated it once more.  This time, I knew there must be a reason to turn left---so I reasoned I would just go slow for a few blocks--thinking this would be like I was turning left. I reasoned, if I’m supposed to turn left to avoid an accident, than slowing down will also help. The light changed and I proceeded straight--slowly. Just as the car was seizing forward, the train track gates descended and lights began flashing to stop the traffic! I quickly hung a left and avoided the 20 minute freight train delay. Yeah!

While listening to my intuition in this example didn’t save my life (as far as I know), it did get me home earlier--which is exactly what I wanted. When I look at the guidance that was given to me, it was simply to “turn left.” No interpretation needed. Just execution. How often though, do we hear guidance and reason it away.  Technically speaking, if I was supposed to go slow, my intuition would have said, “go slow.”

In this example, I was forcing my will over my internal guidance. I was trying to control the circumstances, instead of letting go and allowing what needed to happen for my highest good.

All too often we think we have all the answers. We think we understand all the pieces to the puzzle. We think we know what’s best for us for our situation. But the truth is (at least to me), I don’t have a better view of the playing field--the Universe/God/Higher Power do— and they come up with things that I couldn’t even dream of they are so perfect. I see this all the time in my healings and in my own life. 

I know I’m happiest when I follow my internal guidance. I’m less stressed and more fulfilled. It takes a lot of faith and practice to listen to your inner guidance, but with time, you will build your library of success stories. You just have to take the first step and trust in your intuition. Chances are, you'll be glad you did.

You Are Not Alone

“Do not assume that divine guidance flows only when you are in need of help. Guidance continues to flow whether or not you have problems.   It...comes during times of tranquility or trauma...it is up to you to have the courage to acknowledge it.”  ~ Caroline Myss

You are not alone.

If there was only one thing I could convey to you, it is that you are not alone.  You are constantly being guided. It can be very hard to believe at times but I assure you-- you are not alone. If there is ever a time when you feel you you need help, please ask the Universe (God or whomever you believe in) for help-- and then listen. Often times we are too busy to wait for an answer and so we think that our prayers are not being answered. We also have a preconceived notion about what form our answer or guidance should come as. Please be open to everything and be patient. Everything is happening in divine timing.

You are being guided in various ways. The key is to always be listening. Guidance will come through friends, family, situations, and things. I have seen this so many times, that I no longer believe in coincidences. I call them synchronicities because guidance from the Universe is all about timing. Guidance will come.  It is in the timing of your listening and being ready to hear the message that will make all the difference.

When I first started out on this journey to energy medicine I was pretty clueless as to what direction I should go in.  So I began by reading several books based on the scientific evidence of psychic phenomenon. I read a book about 5 or so famous mediums who were put through a series of tests to prove their ability to talk to those who have crossed over. I was particularly impressed by one medium called John Edward. Reading about his gift made me wonder about what mine might be. At the time, I had many gifts that were developing and I didn’t know what to do with them. Was I a medical intuitive, psychic, healer, or medium?

At the time I finished the book about the 5 mediums, I found myself at a school fundraiser with many donated books for sale. Being on a budget, I hoped I could find the perfect book-- and I did. While perusing the plethora of books, I glanced down and saw a John Edward book right there!  When I looked at it, I knew there was a message inside it to me. I quickly opened the book and looked at the inside cover...nothing. Hmmm, maybe it’s on the last few pages. Nothing. I decided to take home the book anyway and thought I was silly for thinking a message for me was somehow embedded in the book. Maybe the message is in the text of the book, but that didn’t seem right either. It really felt like there was a message for me specifically.

Weeks later, I was sitting on my couch reading his book and decide to get a cup of coffee. I place the book down and out falls a note! At that point, I actually freaked out. This is what the note said:

Dear Amy,

This is not your gift.  It is coming in the mail.  We have subscribed to John Edward’s newsletter for you for a year. Hope you have a wonderful year!

Love,

Ellen and David

Holy moly!  You are probably thinking I made this up! But I didn’t! I promise. The amount of things that needed to be orchestrated in order for me to receive this message is incredible. This is the short version of what was orchestrated (it definitely entailed so much more). Amy (whomever she is) had a birthday, Ellen and David decided to give this book (which they felt wasn’t enough for Amy), so they decided to write a note, Amy decided to donate the book with the note in the book, I decided to attend the fundraiser, look for a book, wonder what my “gift” was, listen to the message of guidance about this book, buy the book, read the book and find the note.

You may be thinking why didn’t the Universe present the note right away when I looked for it? It’s because I wasn’t ready to hear the message. I needed to buy the book to learn from his work and get a better understanding of his gift. Only then was I ready to learn that being a medium wasn’t “my gift.” While I will talk to spirits who have crossed over, and enjoy it, I only use their information to help me with a healing.

Because of that experience I learned that I should always be open to and listen to the messages and signs that I’m looking for and to not assume the form that the guidance should come in.

In the course of my time working in the spiritual realm, I have learned, without a doubt, the Universe has got my back (and yours). Knowing that help is always available (if we take the time to listen) should bring some relief.

I hope this example inspires you to take notice and listen--I think you will be as amazed as I have been.

The Power of a Story

I recently attended Mary Ellen O'Brien's Raise Your Vibration workshop and it was fantastic!  I wanted to share with you what we did because it was so powerful. The only goal of the workshop was to, well--- raise our vibration!  Some of you may be wondering, what does that mean?  The best way of describing raising your vibration is to notice it's effects---you just feel good after you "raise your vibration"---  and things that needed to change in your life start shifting in a positive direction.

There are various ways to raise your vibration, such as meditating, running, or receiving energy work--- so I was curious what Mary Ellen was going to do with us.

It turns out---it was brilliant!  She had us remember a time in our lives when we felt really good.  I mean, reeeeallly gooooood.  You know those times where everything just seems to fall in place.  Where you feel unstoppable!  Where you think of something and it arrives momentarily---well maybe not the last one, but you get the picture.  Essentially you are in the "flow."

She had us relive that particular time in our life by having us tell a partner all the awesome coincidences and details that seemed to magically orchestrate themselves for our greatness.

The experience was amazing and very empowering!  Not only did it stir up incredible memories about when I received a free vacation at the beach with an ocean view, or found the perfect apartment over-looking the water, it made me realize how much I have to be thankful for.

My life is pretty incredible on a daily basis.  It's definitely something I'm aware of, but when you are told to unabashedly disclose the awesomeness that is your life, you can't help but smile and be overwhelmed with graditude!

As I basked in everything I was feeling, I took a moment to glance around the room and take in all that Mary Ellen had created with us.  I noticed everyone in the room was beaming!!!

The vibration of the room drastically changed from when everyone was first settling to their seats.  As everyone sank deeper and deeper into their stories the smiles across the room multiplied and it appeared people could hardly contain themselves!

It didn't matter whether you were telling your story or listening to someone's story---it was palpable how happy everyone was!  The room was buzzing with energy!

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to witness and be a part of so many people raising their vibration!  It was great to see them remembering what they are thankful for, and above all else, recognizing---without a doubt---there was some sort of divine hand in all that transpired in their story.

It turned out, many of the stories were based on people following their intuition---people doing things because it just "felt" right.  Many didn't know how things were going to work out when the began that particular journey, but something in them just trusted everything would work out fine---and it did.

I highly recommend you trying this with a friend.  Raising your vibration is exactly what you need to do to start attracting the things you want in life.  Feel free to post your incredible story below.  You will rediscover things about your self and you will raise the vibration of all who read about it!

For more info about Mary Ellen and her workshops, visit http://awakenyourtrueessence.com.

Foot-loose and Fancy-free!

Donating your stuff will not only increase the balance in your karma bank and likely put a smile on your face, it will also give you flexibility in life. I was talking with a friend who is giving up almost everything to pursue her dream. Kudos to her!  She has waited almost 40 years to manifest her dream career and surprisingly one of her main concerns is if she needs her enormous, ji-gundo green couch!

I simply told her, "No, don't be ridiculous!"  Thank goodness she's got a good sense of humor!

Since she is going to be living out of a suitcase for the next 6-9 months as she goes to school, it doesn't make any sense to keep it especially since she needs the money!

Plus, she wouldn't want to be in a position of saying, "I can't take that job/apartment/opportunity because of my couch."  THAT would be ridiculous.

So why is she so set on holding on to a couch she won't use for at least half a year?  A better question is, why do people hold on to anything?

The truth is, stuff makes us feel safe and secure.  When we really examine why we hold on to stuff, we find that a lot of that stuff is actually holding on to us.  Often we accumulate things, give them meaning, energy, time, and space, and then resent them when we lose our freedom to move foot-loose and fancy-free!  Some of us have even created debt to accumulate this stuff---and that's a double choke hold on our freedom!

Purge yourself of your "stuff."  I'm not suggesting you act like a monk or go sans everything including your underwear, I'm just suggesting you look around and think,  "What's holding me back from feeling free?"

Ultimately I think we all want to feel free to move when we feel inspired to do so.

Selling or donating your stuff will make you feel lighter and you'll be sending the signal to the Universe that you have enough--- which will be matched with you always feeling like you have enough!

Start off the new year by signaling that you have abundance and are ready to move with your intuition and opportunities!

Eyes Wide Open

“Art is an expression of soul.”  ~Anonymous

Years ago I created a vision board---the kind where you cut out pictures of things you want, places you want to go and people you want to meet.  Basically anything that you want to attract into your life.

As I was creating my board, I decided I need a picture that represented my spirituality.  One that would remind me of my journey, where I came from and the shear beauty of nature.

I came across the most exquisite picture of white light streaming in an auburn and burnt sienna colored cavern.

I stared at it and it took me to a whole new place---one day I’ll actually go there.  I heard drumming, chanting and could feel and smell the cool damp earth in the canyon.  I was in awe and my head felt woozy---so I cut it out and posted it on my board.

I visited my board every morning, dreaming of the life I wanted to create while waiting for my coffee to brew.

Just two weeks later, I found myself moseying down Duval street in Key West like many others.  I had just visited the “Best Palm Reader in the Keys” and was contemplating my palm and all it had revealed.  As I glanced up to keep my pace with the tourists, I found myself in front of a life sized picture of my cavern!  I couldn’t believe it!  I could run forward and hug this life sized picture or grab the nearest tourist and say,  “Look!  It’s the picture on my vision board!!!!  Can you believe it????”

It turns out, life placed me in front of Peter Lik’s gallery---only 1 of 2 in the whole country.  I had no idea the picture I cut out was his photograph.

I entered the gallery awe struck.  Each photograph told a story and I could feel it.  I felt like a child discovering nature for the first time.  I spoke with William, a distributor, about these photographs and he began to describe Peter’s work in a way that sounded so familiar.  He spoke freely about how Peter could capture the energy of the landscape--- how he sees and feels the landscape differently than most. He explained how photographs are generally just a “snapshot” in time---a minuscule portion of a second and Peter’s are much longer.  He extends the exposure time, letting in as much light as possible in order to allow all the colors of the landscape to be absorbed and the true beauty of nature to be expressed.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  It was as if William was talking about energy healing.  Slowing things down...letting in as much light as possible...allowing for true beauty to be expressed!  Peter’s work is another form of healing!!!  I had never looked at it like that before!  The thought of it brought tears to my eyes---how perfectly awesome!

What are you doing to create your path?

Radiohead

“Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine.” ~Robert Moses

I love a good skeptic.  Especially the nuclear physicist kind.

Recently I found myself in conversation with one trying to explain energy healing.  They know splitting an atom (which is essentially making something less than what it was!) results in more than they can handle--- but energy healing under the very same sky is impossible!  I think not!

We all hear people say things like, “I like her energy,” “she’s really positive,” “I got a good vibe from her,” or “I’m getting mixed signals” ---yet many can’t seem to believe our energy is readable.

Here’s the physics of it all-- our bodies essentially flash in and out of existence.  Yeah, I know, hard to believe.  This is because on the most basic level, we are composed of atoms and the components of an atom flash in and out of existence.

From a biological view, each strand of DNA, contracts several BILLION times a second!  That’s just amazing! Each contraction releases a photon of light carrying all your genetic information!

It turns out the brain doesn’t have the circuitry (RAM) to be able to process all this information and store it.  So it is released from the body in frequencies.  The information is then stored in the electromagnetic field (the aura) that encapsulates the human body.  This field is photographable, measurable and well documented to exist.

Essentially, our field (aura) is a magnet holding on to all our information.  Scientists know this because they have seen Alzheimer patients (missing 40% of their brain) be able to recall information from their past under hypnosis---with great clarity!!!  That means that the information is being stored outside of the brain.

If our information is suspended in the air like radio waves, it’s understandable that we could tune into these energy frequencies and listen to what’s going on.  Some refer to us as human antennas.

We’ve probably all seen a mangled antenna incapable of receiving a radio station--- our bodies are the same.  If they are “mangled” by inappropriate diet, lack of exercise, and detrimental thoughts, we aren’t going to be clear receivers of guidance.

To be able to hear clear guidance you have to treat your antennae really well.  I look at my body like my instrument.  That’s why I have become so adept at sensing energy.  I continually feed my mind, body, and spirit with things that create alignment so that I am able to clearly differentiate between my body’s energy and others’.  I also do this so that I am in vibrational alignment with the things I want in life.

If the Law of Attraction isn’t working for you, your antennae might need adjusting!

A Moment Like This

"A jug fills drop by drop." ~Buddha

Life is like a filmstrip. Each moment is a snapshot in time.  Those snapshots race past us so fast it gives us the illusion of fluidity--much like a filmstrip does.  Many of the great philosophers and gurus suggest living in the now--- appreciating the moment because it is ever fleeting and created perfectly for you--- by you.

In expanding the concept of life as a filmstrip streaming towards you, each photograph is dependent on the previous photographs---because it is creating a story.  Therefore it is your choice to choose the type of movie that is your life.  Do you want a Drama, a Comedy, a Suspense, a Horror, a Chick flick--or do you want a combination of some, none, or all of these?  It’s your choice!

Choosing to be fully aware and conscious allows us the opportunity to create what we want.  Each action chosen is leading to the next photograph or frame.  If you continue to choose positive thoughts and actions, you will receive positive thoughts and actions.  All that we are is the result of what we have thought (Buddha).  This is the Law of Attraction.

So if you happen to find your life in chaos--- similar to a Horror flick, you can stop the tape.  Stopping the tape is like meditation.  It is in this stillness that one can review the photographs that make up the filmstrip---rearrange the sequence, replace or remove photographs and so forth.  It is in this space that you are in perfect alignment for all the wonderful things you want to attract.  It is also a space where healing can take place.  Things of the past may be reviewed and cut from the lineup because they no longer serve the storyline.

Visualization is another tool to aid you in creating your storyline.  Just as there are endless opportunities to create the most perfect movie, there are endless opportunities to create the movie that is your life!

What’s even more beautiful about creating your movie is that you are being assisted along the way.  God is like the reel that contains the photographs.  Your experiences are constantly being held in the hands of Grace and you are infused with a sense of knowing which photographs should stay or go.

Lastly, what makes a film come to life is the light behind the strip.  This is the light within you--- your spirituality.  The brighter your light, the greater the clarity you will bring your filmstrip and others---making it a blockbuster.  Sit back, enjoy the movie--you’re in good hands.

"You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices." 

~Deepak Chopra

The Prayer

"Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a positive and constructive one." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This time of year is beautiful!  It’s a time for reflection, granting wishes, and a time for sharing moments.  For some, this time of year can be a struggle--both financially and personally.

If you are someone who is finding it difficult to give monetarily, I have something to share with you.

The power of prayer.  Large scientific studies have confirmed both prayer and distance healing to have a greater effect than chance.  In a study published in 2001, a group of mothers in a fertility clinic in Korea were divided into two groups.  One group was prayed for and the other was not.  These prayers were sent over great distances (from the USA, Canada, and Australia) from people of all religions and cultures to the fertility clinic.  This effort resulted in nearly doubling the amount of pregnancies from in vitro fertilization in the group that was prayed for.  The pregnancy rates went from 26% to 50%!  No one even knew who was being prayed for in the clinic until the study was completed.  Incredible! And there are several other studies that support the power of prayer and intent! (The Human Antenna, Dr. Robin Kelly pg. 74)

What we are talking about here is energy!  Everything is comprised of energy--including thoughts!   Scientists have discovered (from EEGs) that our brains emit different frequencies of waves.  They are Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta.  Each brain wave serves a different purpose in our life.  We learn in Beta, we sleep in Delta, we meditate in Alpha, and we transcend in Theta.  Quantum physicists are discovering that the Theta waves are linked with the feeling of Oneness.  They have found that this is the state that energy healers, psychics, mediums, and experienced meditators are in when they are sending and receiving universal information.  We know, from scientific research that waves continue endlessly through time.

This holiday season, wrap your thoughts in positivity and know that you have positively effected those near and far--and eternity.  What could be better?

Joey

“Happiness is something we create.” ~Sugarland

People often look at me and wonder why I am so damn happy.  They want what I’m having!  But the truth is, how could I not?  I’ve had a pretty incredible life-- from the beginning.

Gratitude became ingrained in my little being when my younger brother and best friend was born with a bi-lateral cleft lip and palate-- among other health conditions. What is amazing is that his very tiny body decided to fight for life and we are all better people because he did.  That little boy chose to wake up every day without complaining-- becoming a pillar of strength not only in our family but in our community.  He seemed to be born with the inner wisdom of knowing he had a choice.  His choice was to accept what he could not change and to do it gracefully.  For 17 years I did not see him feel sorry for himself-- not even once!  He had over 40 surgeries and countless hospitalizations.  When you grow up with that kind of strength it is hard not to be strong yourself.  You also develop a unique perspective on life--one where you are grateful that’s not you--that you don’t have to “suck it up” and not know why.  Despite all this, we treated Joey like he was one of us, but the truth is, none of us could compete with his caliber.

Happiness is a choice and we all have so much to be thankful for.

Answer

“You will find the answer if you let it go.”  -Sarah Mclachlan

So you may have heard of the Law of Attraction from me, Oprah, or the Secret.  Either way, it’s a term that has made it into mainstream and is causing a lot of mixed emotions.  Some are relieved to have found the “answer” while others have tried it with no avail.  So what is the Law of Attraction exactly? And how do you use it?

The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like.  The best way I have heard it describe was when my friend Gemma (thanks Gem!) said the Law of Attraction is like ordering a burger at a diner.  You tell the waitress what you want exactly (grilled bun, medium-well, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and pickle).  After the waitress leaves your table you resume a conversation with friends and low and behold 20 mins later your burger comes out exactly as you wanted it!  Perfect!

The same types of feelings you have in generating your burger are the same you should have when asking the almighty Universe for a red Porshe.  When you order your burger at a diner it is very likely that your burger is going to come out great, so it’s easy to believe you will get it.  Why is that belief important?  In order to activate the the Law of Attraction you have to believe that it is possible for you to get it.  You also have to know exactly what you want.  Often times in life we are not sure of what we want, so things don’t manifests the way we want them to.   I remember when Elizabeth Gilbert, in Eat, Pray, Love wrote about George wanting an “open heart,” and ended up having open heart surgery!  Or when a friend of mine said she wanted to “fall in love in 2010” and did-- only to have it unrequited!  The more you are sure of (exactly) what you want and believe you can have it, the more likely it is going to come to you.

Once the waitress leaves your table, there is no anxiety (or shouldn’t be!) that she is going to deliver the message to the cook and eventually get your burger to you. There shouldn’t be any anxiety about receiving the object of your desire either!  Essentially, anxiety is screaming out (energetically) I need to control this!  I might not get this!  I won’t get this!  That energy is so catastrophic to this recipe of desire!  The energy that is being emitted into the environment is going to bring back exactly what is sent out (remember like attracts like). Oops! Sometimes we as humans also have feelings like we don’t deserve something, which also keeps you from receiving.

So how does this relate to energy medicine and the body?  Taking a step back and looking at the energy of the body will help explain the relationship between energy and the Law of Attraction.  Remember Bruce Lipton and his experiment with a cell without a nucleus gravitated towards the nutritious apple?  That experiment taught us that every cell in the body has the ability to sense the environment (it is sending and receiving information).  So if there is a thought of anxiety, it carries a frequency, and that frequency will be sensed within the cell and communicated to the next cell, and the next cell, and the next cell!  Until you literally become a ball of anxiety!  Have you ever noticed “when it rains, it pours?” --Like when you are having bad day and it just seems to get worse!  Change your vibration and it will stop raining!

So how do we do that?  To start off, filling your mind with positive thoughts and feelings is a great way to immediately change your vibrational status.  The Secret, offereda great tip of placing a “Gratitude” rock in your pocket.  Every time you touch the rock, you should say something you are thankful for.  This exercise both releases soothing hormones and gets you in a more relaxed (parasympathetic) state.

Additionally, filling your body with high vibrating foods such as organic fruits and vegetables and exercising the body will help safe guard a fall from a higher vibrational status.  Also, meditating, massage, and energy work will do the same--how surprising!

If you are still not convinced that your thoughts are this powerful, consider the study done at Princeton University that was done on the ability to influence Random Event Generators (REGs).  Scientists started noticing a phenomenon where groups of people who share a ticket are more likely to win the lottery. This study gathered several people, told them to try to influence the REGs and they did!  This study has been repeated thousands of times with thousands of people and yields statistically significant results (Human Antenna, Dr. Robin Kelly, pg 76).  There is strength in numbers!

Did you hear about the study that looked at crime in Washington, D.C.?  This study had subjects meditate on peace in Washington, D.C. for a 8 weeks.  The rate of violent crimes dropped 23% in the 8 week period!  The odds of this result occurring by chance are less than 2 in 1 billion. Scrupulous statistical analyses ruled out an extensive list of alternative explanations (Social Indicators Research - Volume 47, Issue 2, June 99).

I hope this gives a whole new meaning to, “I think, there for I am.” ~René Descartes.