Ever since I learned to manifest, I learned that there are "religious" people who believe that manifesting is not aligned to have a spiritual faith. I have never understood that. In my mind, these two are not in conflict. Here are the reasons why.
1. What you want, wants you. God does not put a desire in your heart, without giving you a way to achieve it.
God is not out to "get" you. You love the things you love and want the things you want because of every single life experience you have had has lead you to these conclusions. So, there is no "your" way vs. "God's" way - it is the same outcome, though, it could have vastly different paths. But, that is no different than when you ask for what you want and the Universe delivers it in its own way. You do not get to control the "how" but the "what" comes from your heart, which is tied to a higher power.
2. Handing it over to God vs. Manifesting
This is where things get SO fun! Ok... so, there is this feeling of I can either do what God asks of me or I can be happy. Like the two are in conflict with one another. Let's look at that belief.
Have your ever really, really, really wanted something because you knew it would be the best thing or make you happy and it turned out to be, well, not-so-great. Or, have you ever done something that you had to and you knew it would be terrible and it turned out to be amazing?
Welcome to life. None of us are in control and none of us know what amazing plan is unfolding for us. What about when something "terrible" happened and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
The reason this one is hard is because we believe we are in control. However, if you admit, you are not in control and that in fact, life would work a heck of a lot better, if a higher power (your higher self, God) was in charge, then there is no conflict.
My favorite way to do this is to do the morning prayer from a Course in Miracles, where you hand your day over to God. This is an understanding that the way God/Higher Power has your day unfold is much better than anything you can come up with for you to get not necessarily "what you want" but "what you need".
Where would you have me go? What would you have me to? What would you have me say and to whom?
When you hand your day over, what you will see is the "how" on the things you want, start to take care of themselves. You can be clear on the "what". Then, hand the day over. And, watch miracles on "how" what you want shows up. And, in some cases, you will see that you get something even better than the thing you thought you wanted.
Most importantly, life gets a heck of a lot easier. Instead of getting out there and making it happen, you can hand it over and allow it to be delivered. There is this feeling that everything will go to h*** if you hand your day over to a higher power. But, what happens is life gets a whole bunch easier and you get what you want easier than you ever have before.
Sometimes, it is good for us Master Manifestors to look at what we are manifesting and ensure we are applying some of the basics to our manifesting. These are some of the sly basics that can sneak up on you without your knowing it!
1. Be aware of why you are talking about what you are talking about.
Are you always talking about "that thing" the one that you really want to manifest? Sometimes this can be good, but many times, this is a sly way to not release what you want to the Universe. Picture yourself at a coffee shop. You order. You now have to wait patiently for your drink. Instead of just looking at your phone, chatting with the person next to you, or reading the headlines on the paper sitting right there, you keep doing this instead, "I am so grateful that I am going to get coffee. I love coffee! Um... this coffee is so yummy... I am acting as if I have the coffee right now! This coffee is going to be the best coffee I have ever had!" Ok... so none of those things are "wrong". They, in fact, are great manifesting techniques. However, you can see how its a bit over the top for a cup of coffee, that you just ordered. That's how EVERYTHING you manifest looks like to the Universe... it looks like you ordered a cup of coffee. So... there is not a need to keep talking about it. The only reason to talk about it is to help your own subconscious mind remove any blocks to believing the "coffee" is coming. Again, there are some time for that... but there are many more times to order your "coffee" and move on to another activity.
2. Are you manifesting what you don't want?
Most of us know this, but can accidently forget. Sometimes the thing that we are manifesting results in us picturing the thing we do not want. Unfortunately, that is sending energy to that which you do not want, instead of what you do want.
Quick review: Your mind has the conscious and subconscious parts. Your subconscious mind thiks in picture. So, when you say you want to be debt free... what does your mind picture? A big 'ole pile of DEBT! What about, "I want to lose weight" - you got it, your mind pictures weight. A general rule of thumb in manifesting is you do not want to be anything-free, or have a negative word (like non, not, etc).
Check your manifestations and make sure they are in the positive. Here are some quick changes.
This is a common issue, even for us Master Manifestors. Sometimes, by accident, we focus on not getting something instead of getting clear on what it would look and feel like when we have what we DO want. Take a quick look at your manifestations and ensure you are telling the Universe exactly what you DO want.
! I LOVE to manifest. I truly love it. I started manifesting, like many people, after watching the movie, The Secret. In the movie, I heard many people, including Jack Canfield, speak about the power of the Law of Attraction (LOA for short) and how to manifest anything you want into being. He talked about choosing one thing, that is so big, that if you achieve it, you know this principle works. I chose to have someone propose to me. Don't judge! I was new to this whole thing, and I really wanted to get married! So, that is what I chose. That was in August. I was not dating anyone and did not have a prospect on the scene. Through a series of crazy events, during the month of November (same year, so 3 months later), I had two men propose to me. I learned the second rule of the Law of Attraction, which is, "holy crap this stuff works, so be clear and specific on what you really want!" Turns out, I did not just want someone to propose to me, I wanted the right someone to propose to me.
I tell this story, because, my path to becoming a Master Manifestor, was by throwing things out there I wanted and totally did not believe were possible. And, because I had faith that this worked, and also had no clue how to really do it, I just kept practicing. There is a Target near my house in Maryland; it is my happy place. When I am not happy, I drive to Target. Within 3 minutes of entering the store, I am happy again. There is a big parking garage across the street that I do not love. Maybe you know how this goes, when you are not happy, and then to get happy, you have to do something that makes you not happy... it puts a damper on the whole happiness activity! But, this parking garage has a handful of street level spots - easy in and out and quick entry to Target. For ages, I would go to the garage and NEVER find an open spot in this little area. Then, I watched the Secret. A man talked about using the Law of Attraction to find parking spots and I thought of Target. Since that day, I almost always (I'd guestimate 99% of the time) get parking spots in that one area near Target. I am talking Black Friday, Day after Christmas, Saturday morning or afternoon, almost always.
The number one mistake I see people making with applying the Law of Attraction to their lives is that they make it too hard. I started out by wanting to be proposed to and... parking spots. Had I only done wanting someone to propose to me, I don't think I would be a Master Manifestor today. I had to add in the "small" stuff and get wins to keep it going. Here is my question to you - if you practice the Law of Attraction, when was the last time you used it to just have a little fun?
These days, I manifest all kinds of crazy things - little and big. People calling me back, flowers, $70K, new contracts, etc. But, I still have fun with manifesting almost daily! I still manifest great parking, green lights, a song to come on the radio. And, the other night, I had a LOT of fun with my manifesting. We went to see a play and it was in a building that also had a bar, which hada video gambling machine. I saw this man sitting at one intensely playing. I had seen these before and played once, just to try it. And, it did not work out well, but I had read someone you have to play the machine someone else lost at to win, and this man's expression told me, he was losing. So... I thought, I'll try it out! I vowed to spend no more than $5 and just to HAVE FUN! I put $1 in the machine and was down to .02 cents left, when I won and was now up to .07 cents. Then, I stopped, and said, "I am a Master Manifestor, what do I want to create here?". I decided, I wanted my dollar back (rookie manifesting move... but I was totally not attached to that - should have gone for $10!). Played again, lost, played again, won, up to .53 cents (wow!), played a few more times and BAM - up to $1.05! I cashed out since I met my goal. That's a key too - I declared what I wanted. When I got it, I was thrilled, celebrated and moved on!
I told the friends we were with, and they couldn't believe how "lucky" I was (it's not luck, its the LOA). Now, they wanted to try, they put a dollar in, and I decided to put a dollar in with them (for them to use) but it somehow turned into us playing together. Every time I hit the button, we would go up! I stopped and said to my friend, "Wait! What do you want to manifest here?" He wanted to manifest $10 and I thought, and so it is and so it shall be! Long story short, I ended the night with $8 (my half) from my $1 investment (I got my first dollar back so from my second dollar investment). We won $16 that night in total! He spent $2, I spent $1. And.. I had fun. I realized, us Master Manifestors should be playing the lottery more often ;) Last night, I played a game of darts and I did the same thing. I manifested winning. I played with a bunch of seasoned dart players, mine, normally, bounce off the board. I was trailing the entire time, and then in one hand, I miraculously hit all the numbers and WON! And, again, most importantly, I had FUN!
What is the result of all of this fun? Today, when I put out big things I want to create this week, it is a done deal. It is done because my manifesting vibe is so high. I have complete confidence in my ability, over Video Gambling and a darts game. Two things that are not normal activities for me but that I had fun doing. I applied my manifesting skills in a fun way and it paid off. And, now, I feel like I am on a manifesting roll and everything I touch turns to gold!
Before I manifested my way into Times Square for New Year's Eve, a contract with Disney, the hottest guy in the room to walk over to me and ask me out, 10K out of the blue, and a free Disney cruise, I was manifesting parking spaces at Target which delighted me no end. Use your manifesting skills to have some fun and watch the little (and big) things pour in and everything you touch turn to gold!
As I think back on my journey, I think to the car ride where my eldest sister introduced me to the movie, The Secret. It was the first time I heard Jack Canfield speak and he talked about choosing to manifest something so big it would change your life, and I chose getting proposed to. That one event, changed my entire life. I signed up for his Breakthrough to Success training, the same year, went through his Train the Trainer program and within that year, my entire life looked completely different (including moving from MD to CA)!
I was honored to get to see a pre-screening of Soul of Success, the movie about Jack Canfield's Life. I cried numerous times. I invite each of you to get to know this extraordinary man. I know him as, "Jack Canfield". His story, takes you back to when he was just Jack, applying these principles, just like you and me and having wins and losses along the way. And, how by practicing all the principles we talk about he became, "The Jack Canfield" that we know and love.
You can register for a free screening for this movie here.
People are coming up to me and saying, "what the heck is going on?" They are feeling a general case of the icks and don't know why. This blog post is for all of you - the ones that are flying high and the ones that are facing the icks. This is what I have observed from talking to folks lately and in my own life - you are either flying high (after months, years? of ick and feel like everything you touch is turning to gold) or... you are facing a major case of the icks (one that will not give up no matter what you do).
What is the lesson in all of this? What does it all mean? Why is this happening?
(Am I the only one who sits around and asks these questions or are you all interested too?)
I believe that we have spent the past few years preparing for this new time on Earth. Our problems are not so new, we are not the first to deal with political challenges, impending wars, un-ending wars, fear on the streets... But, we have never dealt with these things with the level of technological and human awareness advancement before. And... so we are in this unusual place of seeing something not great and actually knowing we CAN do something about it. That in between place is causing excitement (the people on the highs) and anxiety (the people facing the icks).
What do we do now?
Nothing. Yup, nothing. If you are facing the high highs, then just enjoy it. Surf that wave, as I love to say, and build, create, discover and add all of the brilliance you can into this environment. It is your time to enjoy it and to do whatever you can to continue to create good in this time. Know that this is a part of life, and it is meant to be enjoyed and savored and so do that with every cell of your being.
If you are in a state of ick (like I have been), then, do nothing. Trying to get out of it is useless and can, at times, pull you in deeper. Just understand that this is a part of life and the ONLY thing you need to do in this phase is KEEP YOUR PEACE. What that means is feeling it, crying, gratitude practices, self care, self love, long walks in the brisk air, whatever you need to do to stay at peace. For me, a natural people-person, it also has meant limiting my time with others since my, "You are so annoying" button is trigger happy these days. I understand, my ONLY job, is to keep my peace.
Want to get your PEACE on?
Join me in Adventures with Amina during the month of November and December to amp up our peace, joy, and love vibe to let all the good that is available to us to flow in as we end this year. During November, we are going to be doing 27 gratitude practices from Pam Grout's book, Thank and Grow Rich and in December, we are going to be doing 25 peace practices based on A Course in Miracles. All are welcome to join us in an amping up of the good.
You know that person or situation that just pushes your button?
Makes you have that knee jerk reaction despite your hours of zen like, Buddhist mediation?
That situation that just makes you cringe?
The natural next step is to blame the other person and tell yourself, "I need better boundaries." But, do you really?
Instead of building a wall of boundaries, I suggest opening deeper. When you realize that in truth, no one can hurt you without your consent, you can see that there is no need for the wall.
Remember the saying, sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.
That wisdom comes from an inner knowing of your point of power, which is your choice. You can choose to see anything as an attack. That is a choice. You can choose to see nothing as an attack, also a choice. In the world today, we are seeing lots of symbolic gestures that have meaning to the people who are doing them, and, we see others who have taken those gestures to mean something different (an attack, a battle cry, etc). Your point of power is always your CHOICE on how you PERCEIVE the world and its actions.
Part of being GREAT is to know that you are GREATER than life's circumstances, other's opinions or reactions, and living in that greatness. Moving beyond your boundaries and standing in your knowing of who you are, how you behave and interact is the work to stepping into your GREATNESS.
greatness is an acquisition of status by the people who have contributed to an organization, group, or purpose that is greater than themselves
In my Facebook group, Adventures with Amina, each month I take on a different theme. It can be a book, a new concept to learn, or a way to be. This month, I have decided on the theme Greatness. This word has been in my environment for quite some time in many forms. However, the form that first pops to mind when I hear the word Greatness is from a set of children's books called Timmy Failure by Stephen Pastis. In these books, the main character, Timmy, is the head of a detective agency and believes he is pretty amazing, and yet, makes a number of pretty obvious mistakes. However, Timmy, with his ever failing belief in himself, always ends up on top at the end. And, to me, this exemplifies greatness. Because, if we all knew exactly how to be great, we would all be doing it every moment of every day. It is in taking a step into the unknown and trying something, believing in yourself when the evidence would say otherwise, that is true greatness.
Greatness has two components to it, the belief and the action. Let’s take a look at each of these.
Believing in Your Greatness
This is the key step to overcome to truly step into our greatness, comfort believing we are great. While the ego could have a field day with this, this is a different type of belief all together. The belief comes from the fact that each of us understands that we have within us a special skill and talent that contributes to the overall betterment of the world. This greatness is not about believing that you are better than someone else, but rather believing that what you have, your unique life experiences (and what they taught you), your unique skills and abilities, were all perfectly crafted so that you may be of greater service to the whole. The belief in your own personal greatness is not that you are greater than another, nor, is it that you are less great than another. It is like two athletes on the court – the recognition that they are both great athletes in different ways. There is a respect for all of the others on earth, because you can see they have their own greatness, as you have yours, and that the two, even if they seem similar, are their own unique thing. When you are asked to believe in your greatness, what you are really being asked, is to respond to the call to do good in the world with the skills you have. It is not about you, but about what you can bring to a situation.
Acting from Your Greatness
The second component is taking action from a place of Greatness. Think of an area in your life where you are highly confident in your skills and abilities. Maybe you are confident in your ability to manage money, make friends, host a party, play a sport, sing, dance, parent, paint, draw, etc. Think of that area. How do you show up in that area of your life? Do you show up with confidence, with ease, with grace? You are kind to others who are not “as good” in this area, because you know without a doubt, that you are “good” in this area.
When you act from a place of Greatness, you are acting from a place within you that understands that you are only a conduit of something for the greatest good of all. Meaning, you are only there to do your best, and you know, that by doing your best, the whole is lifted. In the previous example, one of the places I am highly confident is in dancing. I am by no means one of the best dancers in the world, or even “very good”. But, I am good and I know it. One of the ways this shows up is that I am often times one of the first people out on the dance floor. I can get the dance portion of the party started because of my personal belief in my skillset.
With greatness, you do not have to be the BEST dancer… that is actually not what it is about at all. You just have to be the most convicted in your desire to be of service. If you have studied success, you will see that is often not the “best” people that are successful, but those that are willing to do what it takes to move forward. That is greatness. For most of us, there will be someone who can do it better than you in a specific area of your life. One of the mistakes we make as humans is that we compare each one of our skills to a different person. Jan is a better dance than me. Joe is better at finances than me. Pedro has a better family life than me. What we forget often, is that no one else is YOU! And, that comparing 10 people to different aspects of yourself is so unfair and so unkind to yourself.
How will you step more into your Greatness this month? How will you remind yourself who you really are and why you are here? How will you show up more authentically and more fully as yourself?
I hope you join us in Adventures with Amina this month as we, collectively, step into our Greatness!
Here's why it's wise to say "Yes" to whatever life throws at you. Psychologically speaking, resistance and resolution are at opposite poles. ... Quite the opposite. Long ago, the depth psychologist Carl Jung contended that “what you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”
It's a Sunday in America and the news feed is abuzz with NFL players, standing or not, for the National Anthem - and what it means. I am watching with deep fascination, as I like to when people give their argument for opposing views. One news commentator talks about the financial impact to the players as ratings will drop due to their actions. Hmmmm... financial impact... that is exactly why the Protestors who destroy property, destroy property - so that there is a financial impact, so that they will be heard. Two very different sides of the issue, same conclusion, do something with financial impact so the other side will "get the message".
What most people don't realize is what they think the "other" group should do or not do, is just a reflection on what they are or are not doing.
When you point a finger at another person (or group), you point four back at you. What you think the other person/group should be doing, is EXACTLY the thing you/your group is NOT DOING.
Each time someone comments on the other group, they entrench themselves deeper into the position from which they need healing. A Course in Miracles says, "Only what you are not giving can be lacking in any situation." If you are seeing lack, it informs me that there is an area where you are resisting, and therefore not giving of yourself fully. In the areas where you are fully giving, you do not comment, because you do not see lack.
Unfortunately, we are living in a time where we so want someone else (anyone else, really) to fix these problems for us. And, the truth, over and over again, is that only as we change will the problems around us change (and fix themselves). If you are not happy with an aspect of your life, the best thing you can do is neutralize your judgment of it. That is when a miracle can emerge and a new way of being with that area of your life can show itself.
Let me be clear. This is NOT the time to DO nothing. This is the time to take inspired, aligned action to add to the solution, not the swirl. This is not the time to stop watching the news; to turn a blind eye; to not get involved because it is so toxic... this is the time to jump in fully, but jump in with a strong heart, a clear mind, and jump in to create a better solution that uplifts everyone involved for the highest good. This is definitely our time. This is the time to take meaningful action. Meaningful action comes from a place of peaceful love and true desire to heal, not from a place of pointing out the "right way" to the solution. If you are reading this blog, you probably know and have known... this is Our Time more than ever. The world has been waiting for us. And, as such, we have a strong responsibility to take meaningful action that at the least, causes no harm. And, at the most, transforms the situation into a place of love and healing.
Here is a spiritual practice to help you release your attachment to what "should" happen so that there is space for a miracle. This is very much in line with Byron Katie's the work and a Course in Miracles, looking for a change in perception.
1. Identify a person or group who is "not doing it right".
2. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half length-wise.
3. On the left hand side, write sentences about what the person is or is not doing. Write at least three sentences, leaving a bit of space between each of them.
4. On the right hand side, write how you are either doing or not doing the EXACT same thing. In order to come up with these, think about where you are holding back because you think someone else should. Where you are holding back, when written down, is a huge release that will allow for a miracle to come into the situation.
5. Take ownership for your behavior, and allow the miracle to emerge.
Here are some examples:
If Only I understood that I am in the perfect place right now.
If Only I trusted the Universe has the best plan for me.
If Only I could see how all of those "bad" decisions lead to the best moments of my life.
If Only I knew that this was perfect, exactly as it is.
If Only I would allow the miracle to show itself to me.
If Only I would understand that no one has it figured out. And, no one's life is how they expected it would be.
If Only I remembered there is someone out there who would LOVE to have my problems (all of them, in bulk, happily, joyfully).
If Only I remembered how much I have in any given moment, instead of the one thing that is missing.
If Only I realized that life is made up of the little moments and thoses are the ones to treasure.
If Only I could see how brilliant, wonderful, and amazing I am right now (I don't need anything else).
If Only I could see myself the way so many in my life see me - the real me.
If Only I took all the time I spend thinking, analyzing, and worrying and invested it in making the world a better place.
If Only I remembered that this time will fly by; I will not remember this incident; and that so much good comes at me at every moment.
I spend a lot of time manifesting. I spend a lot of time helping others manifest. Manifesting is a normal activity for me and I am always amazed at how well it works for me. Lately, my manifestations have gotten lightening fast. I spend a lot of time thinking about how I manifested the things I did. When I get something particularly fast, I analyze what I may have done differently to get it so quickly and then I share those tips with you. Recently, I noticed a deep connection between integrity and manifesting.
I was recently in a situation where I believe someone took advantage of me. It was the feeling I got in addition to the action that was taken. I'm doing a series of training classes, and as part of that, we have had the locations order in breakfast and lunch for the participants to have more time in training. I have asked them to order, and then payed for it myself (and i will be reimbursed by the client). Most places have ordered lunch around $200 (or less). One place, ordered lunch over $1000! WHAT?!?!? In addition, I kept asking for a receipt, and they never gave it to me, etc, etc.
Now, I am proud to say, I did what I would tell any of you to do:
1. I admitted that I have NO IDEA if they did this on purpose. Maybe this is a normal ordering lunch for them. I do not know what their intentions are, nor will I ever.
2. I noticed the story I was telling myself and asked if I could find facts to tell the EXACT OPPOSITE story, and of course, I could. I could find all the facts to tell the story of how they did this to provide participants with a good lunch to make the training and the company look good, etc.
And, then, this is what I concluded. They may get a very nice free lunch. And, they very well may deserve that very nice free lunch. They may have used this as an opportunity to get what they want (at the expense of someone else). And, if they did, the company will more than likely still pay for it without saying anything to them (a thought that was filling me with fire earlier). If they do, the gain will be a really nice lunch and the loss will be their integrity.
Losing your integrity is one of the most painful ways to be. Your integrity is everything. When manifesting, we tell ourselves a number of things that are not yet real in this 3D world, but that we are connecting with the energy of to be real. Sometimes, I say, I lie to myself for a living. In a post about integrity, this can sound really bad. So, why is it ok with manifesting? Because of the intention behind it. When we manifest, we tell ourselves something to create a desired outcome. Our mind, our body, our cells have to believe what we are saying and feel the way they would feel if we have it. In order to do that, they must connect with our words, thoughts, and feelings.
If our words, thoughts and feelings are unbelievable, because we have used them for short term personal gain, then no matter how well we apply the rules of manifesting, our own body will not believe it and thus will not allow our manifestation to come into reality. This month, I invite you to join me, as I really step up my integrity practice. Everything from complaining, blaming, finding fault, to thinking no one would notice if I just did this one little thing - you are probably right, no one would, but your integrity would suffer. I love to complain in my head. I love to get really dramatic and complain, complain, complain. I think it is ok, it is just in my head... but as Marianne Williamson says, "that is the worst place it can be!". This month, we want to keep "our heads" (i.e., our thoughts) as clean as possible. This month, we want focused thought on that which we do want and to clean out the junky mess of the thoughts that do not serve us and do not create the outcome we desire. It is Fall Cleaning time, y'all (I have been traveling to the South a lot recently). If you are not manifesting your desires, make a list of all of the ways, you are not in integrity in that area of your life, and commit, this month to doing one, simple action to improve your integrity with that area.
I love this song by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay called Something Just Like This. And, I love the message from a manifesting standpoint. Sometimes, we think we have to have it all figured out before starting. What I know about manifesting is that it is a process of failing forward. There is such a desire to understand how to, and study the masters, all great ideas to get the basics down, but at some point, you are clear what you want "something just like this" and have to trust that who you are today is good enough to get it. Knowing what you want it to feel like is the only component you really need to manifest. It is all about the feelings and when you relate to a feeling and can say, I want something just like this, you are ready to manifest. When we do, though, many times, we get caught you with how it is supposed to be and what we have and do not have. The song references superheros and fairytales and wanting things but not feeling like we have enough skills, knowledge, etc to get them.
I've been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
The testaments they told
The moon and its eclipse
And Superman unrolls
A suit before he lifts
But I'm not the kind of person that it fits
She said, where'd you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I'm not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can miss
I want something just like this
I want something just like this
The message of the song goes on to have someone affirm, I don't need all this, I just need you where you are today. That is a HUGE message. The reason that we get clear on our fairytale bliss and our superhero desire is to take action because right now, somewhere, there is someone waiting for what you have to share with the world. They need you where you are right now, not where you will be when you have it all figured out. The time to start being of service, to start creating and to start manifesting is now. You don't have to have it all figured out, knowing that you want "something just like this" is a great place to start. There is a good chance that the people that need you the most are right next to you right now. You don't have to go looking for them. Just start connecting with the energy of "I want something just like this" with everything you see that brings you joy, and the path will show itself to you with no effort!
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