Tonight I watched a customer of a product complain publicly about buying the product, then being upset that a discount code was made available after they purchased it, & the company didn't honor the discount code for her. She was *not* happy. Here's what I have to say about that...
The amount you pay for something is what you value it at, when you buy it. So possibly consider being grateful for getting something that aligns with your value level at the time. Be grateful that you were able to pay for it and support a growing company.
Back last year, I paid a LOT of money for a business coaching program. It was a stretch for me, but I knew it was worth it. Just a couple weeks after I paid for it, the owner of the company had a Black Friday special for 40% off. My first thought was, "Huh..."
Then I spent half a second deciding if I was going to be upset, or if I was going to be grateful for the training I received at the price I valued it at in the first place. I chose the latter. It felt much better than being grumpy about not getting the lower price.
I offer products & programs/trainings at full price & discounted prices all the time. Some are a small investment, & some are a very large investment (depending on who you talk to)...
Bargaining can be fun, but let go of the poverty mentality, & decide what you really value something at, before you purchase it. This is called abundance. Win-Win.
It's ALL in perspective, ya'll.
The power of prayer & energy work! First, watch as this tumor literally shrinks & disappears in just a couple minutes time. This is quite possibly the most amazing thing I've ever seen. And then watch how a man pronounced dead is blessed to come back to life. The power of prayer, & the power of our thoughts & emotional healing... Don't ever underestimate them, & don't ever underestimate what God can help you do!
Do you think you're creative? I've met people who honestly think they don't have a creative bone in their body. But guess what. They're wrong. If you think you're not creative, think again. And I'm not just talking arts & crafts! That 'could' be it, but there are other avenues of creativity too. Writing, speaking, teaching, serving, building, inventing, designing... Endless possibilities.
From the moment you were born, you were creating.
Your creative pilot light is always on, even if you're not consciously, purposefully, & physically creating something... yet. It's just sitting there inside waiting to be used. Sometimes it takes a while to notice the little shining pilot light, and it patiently waits until you do notice. Creation begins with a single thought. And so from the beginning of when YOU were created, you have been creating. Congratulations! Give yourself a hand.
We create in every single aspect of our lives. Family, education, business, relationships, recreation, church, etc. We have an infinite number of creative centers in our brains. Some have never been opened & need to be, & others have, for whatever reason, been shut down & simply need opened up once again. You are a creative genius!
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and GO DO IT. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman
Maybe you're afraid of failure. Maybe you're afraid of wasting your time or materials. Maybe you think you're not good enough. So what? Do it anyway. What's the worst that can happen?
The 15 strategies for manifesting your creative gifts that I'm about to share with you, I call the C.I.A.
Creative Intelligence in Action
#1 - Create a space for your CIA. Whatever is comfortable, beautiful, inspiring, purposeful, safe, relaxing, dreamy... If it gives you a positive sense of feeling, include it in your space.
#2 - Create time for your CIA. Even if it's 15 minutes each day. Consciously give yourself time to work on this. It is a gift.
#3 - Allow a little chaos. Maybe it's "organized chaos", but sometimes a little chaos can get the creative juices flowing. Just so long as it feels good & brings you joy. Open yourself up & don't be afraid of a little mess here & there.
#4 - Explore your options. Take a local class or an online course. Try something new, even if you don't know whether you'll enjoy it. Watch others be creative. It may inspire you.
#5 - Give yourself permission to be imperfect & just enjoy the process. My friend Meredith owns a popular blog called "Perfection Pending", & I believe that phrase fits perfectly here.
#6 - Go inside yourself. Find a quiet place each day... or week... and explore your inner self. Your mind, your body, your spirit. Pay attention to what it's telling you & how it feels. You'll be amazed at what you learn about you.
"Unless you begin to uncover yourself from the bottom of the heaping, mountainous pile of your obligations and busyness, you might not get a crack of time to cultivate your creative self." - Unknown
#7 - Allow pleasure into your life. Seek it. What makes you happy? What brings out your inner child? What do you want? What do you need? What do you desire? What do you love?
#8 - Have vision. See it in your mind. Think on it. Concentrate on it. Write it down. Say it out loud. Record it. Draw pictures of it. Like goals... when you get it out of your head & into a more concrete form, you're on your way to manifesting, creating success, & having it actually come about.
#9 - Have passion. What are you passionate about? Is it something you love? Is it something you hate? What interests you? What do you want to contribute to the world? What would you change, if you could? Get passionate about SOMETHING.
#10 - Have purpose. Everyone has a purpose in life. By combining desire, vision, & passion, you will begin to find your soul purpose in life.
#11 - Trust yourself, & trust God. If you feel fear, it's ok. Use it to your benefit with these 3 things:
Face it... Simply acknowledge the fear.
Fake it... Pretend to know what you're doing, even if you don't, & just do it anyway.
Faith it... Plant that little mustard seed, water it, & let it grow.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 Eventually the fruits of your labors will come about, & all that fear will subside.
#12 - Repeat. Once you've unlocked your creative genius, don't stop. Practice it.
#13 - Share it. The more you share it, the more you will master it.
#14 - Shine! When you allow your light to shine, you give others permission to do the same. "A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house." Matthew 5:14 Shining has an endless ripple effect. This world needs more light. It really does.
#15 - Be grateful. Above all, be grateful for the gifts you have within you, those creative gifts you were Divinely given. Once you've unlocked your creative genius, the 2 greatest ways to show gratitude are to thank God for giving you your gifts, and to use them for the benefit of others. which in turn benefits you. I learned this past weekend at a seminar from Kevin Clayson of Gratifuel - Flipping the Gratitude Switch, that despite what Webster Dictionary says... Gratitude is actually a verb. Gratitude & faith actually go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other, & they both require action.
I've always had a passion for all things creative. Over the years I've gotten more specific with those passions. In the past, they were centered around craft projects of any kind, which I still love, but I have evolved. In addition to my first & foremost purpose of wife & mom, my creative genius (my purpose) extends beyond that even further, in helping helping & teaching others how to heal, be healthy, & create their IDEALife (Individual Divine Empowering Abundant Life).
Do you know you're purpose? Have you unlocked your creative genius? If not yet, why not start now? I'd love to hear what you discover. :)
"If we scientists can record these things, I believe with all my heart that the Lord God can keep a record of our thoughts."
The topic of how our thoughts effect our physical health (and our spirits) has been on my mind a lot the past several months. We all hear things like "quit talking so negative about yourself", "talk positive", "think happy thoughts", "if you keep saying that - eventually you're gonna believe it", "if you keep believing that - eventually it's gonna happen", etc... etc... etc...
I think there's much more truth to this than what most people realize. It transcends our limited understanding to a scientific & spiritual level both. And when our thoughts come into play, it not only effects our emotions & health positively or negatively... but it also is literally recorded in our personal record in our DNA and - (I personally believe) - in heaven.
Take a look at the 2 stories & accounts below:
Deepak Chopra, M.D., tells us in his book 'Quantum Healing' that many people still think the nerves work electronically. But in the 1970's a series of discoveries began, centering on a new class of chemicals called neuro-transmitters which transmit nerve impulses. They act as our body's communicators. Basically... the neurons of the brain can talk to the rest of the body. Neuro-transmitters race back & forth from the brain telling every organ of our emotions, memories, intuitions, dreams, desires, etc. He said that none of these events are confined to just the brain, & none of them are strictly mental, since they can be coded into chemical messages. Neuro-transmitters touch the life of every cell. Wherever a thought wants to go, these chemicals must go too. To think - is literally to practice brain chemistry, which promotes responses throughout the body. It helps fill the gap that apparently separates the ever continuing mystery of the mind and body connection.
Now for the nearly athiest scientist, Dr. W. Jerome Stowell. Though I'm not a total fan of the methods they used with the dying man in the 2nd case study, the results in both of Dr. Stowell's experiments are rather astounding. And so is his change of heart.
Dr. Stowell’s story:
“I was almost a devout atheist, I did not believe that God was any more than a conglomeration of everyone’s mind put together and the good that was there, that was God as far as I was concerned. As for the real, all-powerful God existing and loving us all, with power over everything, I did not believe that.
Then one day I had an experience that really set me thinking. I was in a large pathological laboratory where we were attempting to find the wave length of the brain. We found a channel of wave lengths, and that channel has a mach room (unit of measure) in it wherein the different wave lengths of each individual’s brain are further separated in identity more clearly than are the finger prints of each individual’s hand. This is a point we should remember: God can actually keep in heaven a record of our thoughts as individuals just as the FBI can keep a record of our fingerprints in Washington, D.C.
We wanted to make an experiment to discover what took place in the brain at the moment of transition from life to death. We chose first a lady whose family had sent her to a mental institution but who had been discharged. The doctors could find nothing wrong with her other than the fact she had cancer of the brain. This affected the balance of her body only. As far as her alertness of mind was concerned and in every other way, she was exceptionally brilliant. We knew she was on the verge of death and she was informed, in this research hospital that she was going to die.
We arranged a tiny pick-up in her room to ascertain what would take place in the transition of her brain from life to death. We also put a very small microphone, about the size of a shilling, in the room so that we could hear what she said, if she had anything to say.
Five of us hardened scientists—perhaps I was the hardest of the group—were in an adjoining room with our instruments prepared to register and record what transpired. Our device had a needle pointing to “0” in the center of the scale. To the right the scale was calibrated to 500 points positive, to the left the scale was calibrated to 500 points negative. We previously had recorded on this identical instrument the power used by a fifty-kilowatt broadcasting station in sending a message around the world. The needle then registered 9 points of the positive side.
As the last moments of this woman’s life arrived, she began to pray and praise the Lord. She asked the Lord to be merciful unto those who had despitefully used her, then she reaffirmed her faith in God, telling Him she knew He was the only power, the only living power. He always had been and always would be. She praised God and thanked Him for His power and for her knowledge of His reality. She told Him how much she loved Him.
We scientists had been so engrossed with this woman’s prayer that we had forgotten our experiment. We looked at each other and saw tears streaming down scientific faces.
Suddenly we heard a clicking sound on our forgotten instrument. We looked and the needle was registering a positive 500, desperately trying to go higher only to bounce against the 500 positive post in its attempt!
By actual instrumentation we had recorded that the brain of a woman alone and dying in communication with God had registered more than 55 times the power used by a fifty-kilowatt broadcasting station sending a message around the world.
After this we decided to try a case very unlike the first one. We chose a man lying in the research hospital stricken with a deadly social disease. His brain had become atrophied to the point of very death. He was practically a maniac.
After we had set up our instruments, we arranged for one of the nurses to antagonize the man. Through her wiles, she attracted his interest in her, and then suddenly told him she did not want to have anything more to do with him. He began to verbally abuse her, and the needle began to register on the negative side. Then he cursed her and took the name of God in vain. The needle then clicked back and forth against the 500 negative post.
By actual instrumentation we had registered what happened to the brain when that brain broke one of God’s Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”
We had established by instrumentation the positive power of God and the negative power of the adversary. We had found that beneficial truth is positive, and the non-beneficial things covered by the “Thou shalt nots” of the Ten Commandments are negative.
If we scientists can record these things, I believe with all my heart that the Lord God can keep a record of our thoughts.”
If you haven't seen the New York Times best seller, "The Hidden Messages in Water", by Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, now is the time! Emoto graduated from Yokohama Municipal University & the Open International University as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine. Through his outstanding scientific skills, he discovered that molecules of water are directly affected by our thoughts, words, & feelings. Humans & the earth are composed mostly of water, & this information has profound impact on our own personal health & the environment both. This is one of my favorite books & sits in my home library of health & wellness.
Water is the most important substance we can feed our bodies. We are comprised of mostly water. We also speak words & phrases multiple times per day. Both of these are a huge part of who we are.
After reading this book for the first time a couple of years ago & seeing all of the amazing high-powered microscopic photos of how water crystals react to being exposed to positive & negative energies (our thoughts, words, & feelings) - I've gained a respect for water (and positive energy) that I never had before.
Some of the profound results in his experiments are shown through the following words & sounds as well as a few more pictured in the photo at the end of this post:
Love/Gratitude vs. Hate
Angel vs. Satan
Classical/Gospel Music vs. Heavy Metal
Television, Computer, Cell Phone, & Microwave Oven
Tap Water vs. Pure Spring Water
"Thank You" (in various languages!)
There are many more examples in his other works, & it's just fascinating.
So... Why am I telling you about this? Because I know first hand that thoughts have everything to do with healing & creating good health. It's a part of self care, & what energy we give out directly affects others also. What goes around comes around! (Did you know that what we send out to the universe is returned to us - but multiplied?)
Rid yourself of negative words (including swear words & using God's name in vain). Say kind words & positive things to yourself & others. Throw out that heavy metal & hard rock. Listen to uplifting music with a positive message. Watch good entertainment that doesn't promote glorified violence & immorality. Watch things that have good quality worth while stories & will have a positive lasting effect on your life for the better. Let go of hate & anger.. Forgive yourself. Forgive others who have wronged you. Have gratitude for EVERYTHING - including water. And then... teach this to your children & share it with those around you.
Your emotional, spiritual, & physical health depend on it!
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