Welcome to my September newsletter. As Summer is beginning to wind down (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) and thoughts of Fall and then the holidays start to manifest, I wanted to once again focus on prosperity. And I cannot think of anybody better equipped to write about prosperity than Elyse Hope Killoran. I hope you enjoy this recent article of hers.
Are You Ready to Claim Your Power?
Elyse Hope Killoran
“You are not powerless about anything. When you get a vision and then find alignment with it,
you ARE powerful. And then amazing things begin to happen around you...”
Summer days are bittersweet for me. As I revel in the relaxed, flexible structure of my summers, I marvel at the miracle of the way my life has unfolded. My work, my play, my time for personal rejuvenation flow seamlessly. Life is good.
And yet, the beach weather reminds me of the dark days, just six summers ago, when everything seemed to be falling apart. My marriage had been in a precarious place but went careening down at breakneck speed when Tom, my (then) husband, was fired 'with
cause' for having an affair with his secretary.
It was a nightmarish unfolding resulting in both family and financial devastation in one fell swoop. The fallout drove my (now) ex into a painful downward spiral and a move three hours away, leaving me with the task of holding things together for my children. I had been a stay-at-home mom, now left with full custody of a three and a five year-old, a mortgage and no visible means of support beyond the handful of coaching clients I had attracted during my last months at Coach U.
Well meaning family and friends attempted to advise me from a place of practicality and concern. There were logical suggestions and offers of every kind of support. People who
advised me to move in with my mother and to get a full-time job (for the benefits) certainly meant well. But something was triggered within me as a result of this crisis and I found, within myself, a source of power and conviction that I never knew I had.
In the face of tragedy, I chose triumph. And, although only a small number of people in my inner-circle had even a modicum of faith in my seemingly-irrational plan to build a full-time business based on practically applied metaphysics while being home with my sons, I used this challenge to claim my power and I've never looked back.
(If you're curious about the practical details of this transformation - you can read my full personal story at: http://www.choosingprosperity.com/mystory2.htm)
I am glad that I had a chance to face my biggest fears and to find out what I am really made of. I received an incredible gift of clarity, power and trust as a result of walking through this challenge consciously and while following Divine Guidance.
And yet - it is not necessary to create disastrous circumstances in order to claim your full power. You simply need to decide that you are ready!
If you've been watching your life unfold and are not satisfied with the course you have been taking... If you've been caretaking a big dream that you have been hesitant to act upon... If you've considered yourself stuck without alternatives... If you've been holding back from playing as large as you feel inspired to play... ...are you now ready to grab the reins and become the director of your own life?
As we emphasize over and over again, the life you are living now is a reflection of the choices that you've made up to this point. Are you ready to make a new choice?
"If, now, there is something you choose to experience in your life, do not 'want' it -- choose it. Do you choose success in worldly terms? Do you choose more money?
Good. Then choose it. Really. Fully. Not half-heartedly." — Conversations with God, Book 1.
A bright, expansive future is waiting for you. You've already called it forth.
Now is the time to take a stand and claim it. While the dog days of summer led me to muse on how far I've come, the focus on embracing your personal power is timely in another sense.
"A world of abundance surrounds you, if only you will step up and claim it. Make life happen through you rather than letting it happen to you. It will make all the difference in the world."
— Ralph Marston
Light and love,
Elyse Hope Killoran
Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!!!!
This is an ideal time for me to write about a technique of breathing “life” into your goals, your dreams or anything else you can visualize or imagine. This technique involves you using your imagination and imagery as well as physically breathing and moving your body.
First, it is necessary to get an image of your very own personal timeline. Take a moment here and close your eyes, take a deep breath and visualize, imagine or picture your own personal timeline. If no image readily comes to mind, then you can use your active imagination and picture a road, a black road with two lanes and a white line right down the middle. Now, open your eyes for a moment. For our purposes here, you will imagine that your past leads off to the left. Hold you left arm up and look down the length of your arm past your fingertips. This is the direction of your past. Your future leads off to the right. Hold up your right arm and look down the length of your arm past your fingertips. This is the direction of your future. We are going to be working with your future here, not your past.
The next step is to get a picture of what you want in your future. A picture of a goal big or small whatever you want to work with. Get a clear picture and turn it into a snapshot or even a little mini movie. To show you how this works, I’ll use a personal example.
“I want my kids happy and feeling fulfilled and excited about what they are doing, I want my guy healed, happy and we are completely in love and in lust. I want my own ranch or enough space and land where I can have all the animals that I want and love to have around me.
Here's my snapshot which I then turn into a movie that runs in my head.
I'm standing outside on my ranch next to my horses, there’s a couple of dogs running around in the background and a couple of cats sitting on a fence post. I'm smiling and my guy is there smiling with his arm around me and I can see the kids coming out back through the door laughing with their suitcases, looking happy. Now I turn that picture on with sound and I can hear the kids laughing and talking about all the exciting things they are doing and my guy has that little sparkle in his eyes that he gets when he is thinking about having some “fun”, my ranch hand is getting the horses ready for a ride after lunch. And everything simply glows with joy and pleasure.”
Whenever I find my thoughts drifting to self doubt, fear, or that negative self talk that we all have sometimes, I focus on my picture and turn on my movie. It literally takes me about 30 seconds to run through the whole thing and instantly my thoughts are turned to something positive, a goal for my future.
It is important to keep in mind that your goal must be realistic. If you are let’s say 70 and have never been swimming a day in your life, it wouldn’t really be practical to decide that your goal is to become an Olympic swimmer, would it? So, briefly, let me cover something I’ve dealt with in a prior newsletter. Your goal needs to be a “Smart Goal”.
S Specific, simple.
M Measurable, meaningful to you.
A As if it is now or near future and achievable.
R Realistic and responsible (your goal cannot include hurting someone else).
T Timed and needs to be toward your goal rather than away from something.
This process works best if the goal you are visualizing is something that can be accomplished within one to three years, of if you want, a goal that can realistically be accomplish within a few months.
Now, it is time to breath life into that smart goal of yours. So, get your picture clear and close your eyes again and imagine that you are rising up above your timeline, this road that leads from where you are, right at this moment to either your past or your future. And as you imagine that you are rising above your timeline and look down at it, keep in mind that if you have a problem visualizing your timeline, you can always use your active imagination and picture it as a road, black with a white line running right down the middle and look down that road to your future, take your snapshot and put it right down on the road put it next week, or next month or next year, whatever time feels right for you. Now drift over the road into your future until you are hovering right above your snapshot, look down at it, and drift down until you are right in the middle of the picture. Allow it to fill your mind.
Now stand up, take a big breath though your nose, filling your lungs with air and then breathe it out through your mouth right into that picture. Now, do it again, bigger and better. Now, do it even one more time, take the biggest breath ever filling your lungs completely and breathe the life’s breath into your picture.
When you have done this, you can open your eyes and stretch your body and arms up in the air over your head and now stretch down touching the floor or as far down as you can comfortably bend and do it again. We’ve moved a bit of energy around and you want to release where it may have gotten stuck.
This exercise is something you can do as often as you want. Remember, the more you do it, the more easily will the images come to you. And you can do it for anything. Maybe you want a new car. Use that image, put it into your future, pick a timeframe and imagine putting your picture there. You decide when and then get up and breathe life into your picture.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
I’m adding a new section to my newsletter, a poetry section and here is the very first contribution from a very special man:
By Steven C. Bowers
Shining bastion’s of old superstitions.
Though heavenly portals make beautiful
First the deeds of noble daring… Immortal’s
Guide; with mortal’s sharing
The myth, the song, the stories chanted.
With grief and pain they are acquainted,
These are those that we have sainted,
Think about it – such
Undaunted soul’s of virtues planted!!!
Some Health and Nutrition facts for you to consider:
This time I wanted to focus on some food misconceptions, so enjoy and I hope you discover something you did not know:
MISCONCEPTION: High in fat.
TRUTH: Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They are loaded with antioxidants, including disease-fighting compounds such as lutein, beta-carotene and vitamin E. They also help the body absorb nutrients from other foods. Researchers from Ohio State University recently reported that pairing avocados with salsa or salad allows for better absorption of antioxidants in those foods.
from Cooking Light
MISCONCEPTION: It only keeps you awake.
TRUTH: Arizona researchers recently discovered that caffeinated coffee helps improve memory in older adults. Plus, regular coffee drinking lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes. A new report finds that people who drink a daily four to six cups have a 28 percent lower risk of developing this illness, which is fast becoming an epidemic in this country, than folks who drink less than two cups each day.
from Cooking Light
MISCONCEPTION: A low-calorie food with little nutrition.
TRUTH: They may be 90 percent water and have only 18 calories per cup, but mushrooms are getting serious scientific attention. Compounds in mushrooms may do everything from bolster immune function to suppress certain cancers to decrease tumor size. They also contain significant amounts of the blood pressure-lowering mineral potassium – even more than in oranges.
from Cooking Light
MISCONCEPTION: High in fat and calories.
TRUTH: Five major studies confirm that eating peanuts (and by extension, peanut butter) can lower risk for coronary heart disease. Even better, these health benefits seem to occur without promoting weight gain, since a tablespoon or two of peanut butter is all it takes to satisfy hunger among study participants.
from Cooking Light
MISCONCEPTION: High in cholesterol.
TRUTH: Eggs are inexpensive, contain the highest-quality protein on the planet and are loaded with small amounts of a variety of vital nutrients, including folate, riboflavin, selenium, B12 and choline. At 75 calories apiece, eggs are also a nutrient-dense food that makes a smart and low-calorie contribution to any menu.
Finally, I have an announcement. After over a year, my new downloadable sessions and CDs are available, and they are really good ones. So, when you have time, take a moment, visit my site and check out the new stuff! www.newhypnotherapy.com .
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.