5 Lessons I Learned From a Bag of Nuts

Aside from the titillating innuendos that a nut bag can conjure up, I have to say I was rather amused by how a packet of salty almonds was the perfect message from the Universe to demonstrate the Joy of Powerfully Manifesting.

In Friday’s Dragon Spirit Radio Show, I guided listeners through an exercise to amp up their manifesting powers and get into the energy flow of creation. Basically, you had to tune into the energy of what you really wanted and then, instead of focusing your attention on that, you had to choose something fun and frivolous to manifest.

Dragon Spirit said that by focusing on something small, it would be a microcosm for the larger thing you wanted. However, because it was small, you’d be more likely to believe that you COULD manifest it. And, the fun and frivolousness of it would help to keep you in the joy of manifesting, which really is the key to attracting what you want into your life.

During the show, I focused on my desire to expand my financial abundance into the 7-figure range. And in the Dragon Spirit space, the fun and frivolous thing that came to mind was nuts.

Of course, when that popped into my mind, my first thought was “NUTS!!!???” However, I’ve seen enough of this crazy heart magic to know to trust the wisdom and go with it. And indeed, I learned some powerful lessons as I focused my attention for several days on manifesting nuts.

Here’s what I learned that will help you to Powerfully Manifest with Joy.

1. Get clear on what kind of nuts you want

Okay, we’ve all heard that you need to know what you want before you can get it, but have you actually applied your full attention to focusing in on what you want? I thought that “nuts” was a clear enough desire, but as I pondered upon nuts for a couple of days in a row, I realized that I could be a lot clearer on what kind of nuts I wanted.

Did I want salty nuts, candied nuts, peanuts, walnuts, trail mix, nutty flavoured things, a big bag of nuts, a handful of nuts—just what the heck kind of nuts did I really want? It took me two days of active pondering to decide that I wanted a small packet of salty nuts. Now, if it takes two full days of concentrated effort to come up with that, then you can imagine how something as loaded as financial abundance, a new home, or a life partner would require you to really focus your attention.

2. You have the means to go out and get the nuts

This was a beautiful message from the Universe because I discovered that I was hoping that magically someone would bring me some nuts. I thought to myself, “Surely, I’m in the energy of manifesting nuts. Why doesn’t someone bring me some?”

And the Universe answered by reminding me that my local Trader Joe’s sold a bunch of nuts, but I dismissed the thought because I mentally dismissed the several dozen types of nuts they sold because the packets were too big, the nuts too ordinary.

But the thought of the nut aisle at Trader Joe’s persisted and I realized that no one was going to bring me nuts because I had the means to go out and get the damn nuts myself. I could drive to the supermarket and just buy them.

And when I realized that, I saw how the Universe was showing me that much like the nuts, financial abundance wasn’t going to rain out of the sky for me. I had to make it happen, but it wasn’t a big deal because I had the means to make it happen.

And so do you! Whatever you want, the idea would not have crossed your mind if you did not have the means to make it happen. You’ve got it baby! Yeah, all of it. It’s just a matter of getting clear and realizing what you need to do to get some nuts.

3. Get out of the “woo woo”. At some point, you need to do something to make nuts happen

I was really into the visualization that would get me into the feeling of nuts. I focused my attention on enjoying these nuts. As I imagined the savoury salty flavour, the crisp crunch, and the feeling of holding nuts in my hands, I could actually feel my mouth start to water. I had fun making up nut songs and imagining eating nuts. I posted teasers on Facebook about nuts. I talked up nuts to my husband. But despite all this “getting into my vortex”, I still had no nuts.


I kept wanting the nuts to “magically” appear because that felt more like I was manifesting. At some point though, I realized that manifesting isn’t always about serendipitous events transpiring to deliver you what you want. Yeah, that’s way cool when it happens, but much of what we want in life can be answered by taking a mundane action.

And that’s what the nuts came down to. If I wanted nuts, I had to haul my ass to the supermarket and buy some nuts.

It’s great to get into the feeling of manifesting. It’s fun to visualize and imagine, but at some point, you’ve got to actually do something to make the nuts you want a reality.

4. If you go out to get nuts, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find

I was shopping for groceries at Trader Joe’s and ironically had to pick up some bags of nuts for my husband. As I scanned the shelves, I decided to be more open-minded. Maybe TJ’s had something I’d want and that’s when I spied their single serving almonds packs sold in a bundle. Hmmph, not what I wanted. They were the same old boring nuts I got from them all the time.

But I tried to keep my mind open. If they had one type of single serving nut, they might have more. I eagerly scanned the racks and then I spied it. A small packet of rare Marcona almonds, salted and flavoured with rosemary. These were premium almonds that were hailed to be the most flavourful Mediterranean almond.

With those credentials, I overcame my initial hesitation at the $5 price for a teeny bag of almonds. I bought them! Once I left the store, I didn’t even get in my car before I tore open the package to try the gourmet almonds. They were every bit as flavourful and creamy-tasting as the package claimed. What a find. I’d never heard of Marcona almonds before in my life and now I was indulging in the nuts of the gods.

Keep an open mind when you take inspired action and the Universe may deliver a pleasant surprise that isn’t anything like you envisioned, but every bit as yummy.

5. Getting the nuts doesn’t mean your life completely changes. It just means you get nuts to enjoy.

Do you ever load a scenario with way more baggage than necessary? Or in a more nice-y speak way, do you often try to find the hidden meaning or life-altering revelation in things that happen in your life? For example, the significance in a bag of nuts ;)

Once I got the nuts, ate the nuts and enjoyed the nuts, I realized that getting this bag of nuts wasn’t going to rock my world and transform my life. It just meant that I got to enjoy some tasty nuts.

Similarly, expanding my financial abundance wasn’t going to fundamentally shift the core of my existence. While I might be able to fly to the Mediterranean and eat nuts there, at the soul level, all was the same.

So, rather than put way too much weight into the outcome of manifesting something you want, realize that while your life may change, it will also stay the same. I once heard Eckhart Tolle describe this very eloquently. He said that people always asked him what it was like to be “enlightened” and also have so much money in his life.

He answered by describing his morning in minute detail. He got up. He brushed his teeth. He took a shower. He ate breakfast. He put one foot ahead of the other to walk to where he needed to go. Basically, he described his morning in a way that sounded much like everyone else’s morning.

Viewing your life in this way can help to remove a huge amount of pressure to manifest the thing you want. If it’s not a life-altering big deal, then it’s not something to stress about—which in turn makes it much more likely that it’s going to happen.

In a Nut Shell…

In a nut shell, it all comes down to this:

  1. Find your fun and frivolous thing to manifest
  2. Focus on manifesting it for a week or two
  3. Pay attention to what happens before and after it comes into your life.

And voila! You’ll gain valuable insights into what to do in order to make your “uber-important” big vision thing manifest into your life.

Listen to The Joy of Manifesting on Dragon Spirit Radio to find your fun and frivolous thing to manifest and discover more fun ways to create and manifest what your heart and soul desire.

P.S. Any titillating references to nuts in this article is purely coincidence, or some synergistic manifestation of the Universe!

Embrace Your Brilliance for Success on Your Terms

More and more, I’m appreciating the truth to the phrase, “Be yourself to succeed” and I’m realizing that it goes much deeper than simply NOT pretending to be something you’re not.

Being yourself is about embracing your brilliance and FLAUNTING it. Whatever makes you YOU, whatever makes you YOUNIQUE (unique) is what you need to embrace and proudly proclaim to the world. Even if you feel that there’s nothing unique about you (which is silly, because of course, there is!), that’s still something to own. E.g., “My life is so unremarkable and boring, that’s what makes me special. I’m normal and average, that’s why what I’ve accomplished is so remarkable.”

I just read an amazing story about a 22-year old woman who started a business and grew it into a $100 million fashion retail empire. I’m sure the “experts” would have told Sophia Amoruso that she was insane, that she lacked experience, that it was impossible to break into retail and that she would get “squashed like a cockroach”. I watch a lot of “Shark Tank” and that’s one of Kevin O’Leary’s favourite phrases before he shreds a presenter on the show.

With all these odds stacked against her, how did she succeed? She embraced who she was. She sold clothes that matched her personal style and she embraced her inner nastiness! She named her company, “Nasty Girl” and didn’t try to get people to like her. She even put up with a lot of people shunning her because the company name sounded like a porn site.

However, it turned out that a lot of women were eagerly wanting to embrace their own inner nasty girly and show it with bold style statements.

What’s amazing is how true Ms. Amoruso stayed true to who she was and now she’s hugely successful. You can read more of her story here.

What I Learned From Playing the Abundance Game

Today, I played the Abundance Game and met some new friends. I also learned some important lessons that I feel are important to write down, lest I forget. The game was a bit like an oracle divining messages to those ready and willing to observe. Some things were a reminder and some came out of left field, but were oh, so appropriate.

So here’s the wisdom I gleaned today:

  • To best align energy, just play the game (of life). Have fun. You don’t have to do anything. Just play.
  • Don’t put your fate in other people’s hands.
  • Play bigger.
  • Create a daily practice of appreciation. Appreciate your life AND the people in your life. And, let them know. Thank them.
  • Remember the goals and the big picture.
  • Don’t take away from the positive by comparing to the negative.
  • Find a way to serve more people for less.
  • Life lessons can be learned from positive experiences too, not just the negative ones.
  • Play to win, not just to play. (Loosely translated: while it’s awesome to play just for fun, if you want to reach your goals, play with the goal in mind)
  • I may be in “recess” mode a little too much. Time to get some stuff done.
  • Show up on time
  • You don’t know what you don’t know
  • When you’re passive income exceeds your expenses, you’re rich ;)

Your Universal Weaver Will Create Everything You Want If…

I just finished meditating and had the most interesting image shown to me. I saw how the universe weaves together the experience of our lives and how it intertwines and interconnects us with all that we want, BUT this weaving only happens when we are still.

When we are BUSY doing, we are but flies trapped on a spider’s web. And no matter how much we struggle, we can’t move from where we are stuck to see the beauty and complexity of what the universe has created for us.

Stop struggling. Stop fighting. And the web will untangle for you.

Skipping Through Life

Since making the decision to follow my heart six months ago, whenever I hear my inner voice urging me to do something, I act on the impulse. Most of the time, it’s urging me to do things that my rational mind would consider insane. Downright crazy!  But I’m so used to hearing the voice and seeing the amazing results that now, I’m usually game for anything.

Let’s look at one of my latest examples. I was crossing the street at a traffic light, and as I was walking infront of the cars my inner voice told me to start skipping.

“Skipping???!!!!” my mind exclaimed in horror.  THE HORROR!  “But the drivers in the cars will see me. I’m right infront of them. There’s no way I can pretend that they won’t notice me.”

Having become very familiar with my inner voice, I knew that following the impulse would be a good thing. I told my mind to pipe down and I made a very small, tentative skip/hop as I crossed the road. My mind confirmed, “Yep, crazy and embarrassing.”

However, I also noticed something very profound. Whenever I skipped, the movement was light and fun. I covered more distance much quicker and much more easily than walking.  And each time I skipped, a huge smile appeared on my face.

I skipped all the way home.

Now, imagine how far you could fly if you skipped through life. Imagine the big smile on your face as you skip along to wherever you’re going. The destination doesn’t matter all that much if you’re having fun along the way.

Go ahead, give it a try. I dare you. The next time you’re outside and there are people around you, try skipping. You know you want to… ;)

The First Time I Experienced a Past Life (Through Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy) – Part 1

I was cleaning out the closet a few weeks ago and found an old journal from a decade ago.  BTW, if you’re holding onto old journals full of angst, I’d highly recommend sending them to the recycling bin.  It’s very liberating.  I threw out pages and pages of writing, including stuff I’d written in university, about TWO decades ago.

Let’s just say wherever you are now, is probably a much better place than where I was back then.  I didn’t spend much time re-reading entries.  There’s no point in rehashing the past unless you want to rekindle the energy of that time period.  This was an era I was ready to let go of.

I did however, find one very interesting entry.  It’s from when I first experienced a past life.  At the time, I was recovering from the long-lasting effects of a traumatic car accident.  I was also very mind-centered back then.  Going for past life regression hypnotherapy was very outside of my box back then and my analytical mind dissected the experience to death (bad pun intended).

Now, past lives are just par for the course for me.  I accept them as readily as I accept that I need oxygen to breathe. What about you?  I’m curious what you think about past lives.  Have you recalled past life experiences before?  Please feel free to share.

(I don’t have the exact date, because I threw out the rest of the journal and don’t know exactly when I wrote this)

I went to see Barb Keshen.  She was not as I expected.  She was older with dark hair.  I pictured someone wispier with pale skin.  She was very warm and friendly though.

It was not what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed.  I feel lighter.  I felt beaming right afterwards.  I’m kinda tired now, but feel I should try to capture some of the events and feelings. 

I didn’t really “see” a past life, nor did I get a strong sense that life continues on after death.  That was not conveyed to me.  As well, my career direction is to be hidden to me.  My guidance is to trust myself to open my eyes and look for it.  I said it would probably be about 6 years.

I visualized floating images which the conscious mind can write off as fanciful imaginings.  However, the words that kept pouring out of my mouth seemed very real and much more articulate, clear and succinct than that which I can normally spout off.

At first, I was reluctant to just go with what I was saying, but the more I went with it, the more I had to say.

I also felt a strong tingling sensation in my lips, my third eye and the top of my head.

I told myself that much of my physical pain stems from emotional blockage, especially my lower back.  My shoulder was like an eddy of water/emotion.  It wasn’t flowing.  There is an emotional knot of energy swirling there.

In my stream, I pictured myself as a blond women with pale skin and very green emerald eyes.  At first, I just saw a fleeting outline in darkness.  Barb kept probing to try to illuminate what I was seeing.  She kept asking questions.  Is the figure male or female?  etc.

At first I didn’t feel the least bit connected to this blond women, Clarina, but as Barb questioned me about her, I was able to speak about her and the words just poured out of my mouth.

Klarina was Northern European, Swiss maybe.  She was very attuned to nature.  She felt nature.  She studied it.  She saw it. She felt it.

She could think thoughts to people and animals. She had a big fuzzy grey dog. She was closer to the dog than to people because she could think to it and it would understand.

Her husband, no one I recognize, was not able to hear her thoughts. She felt distant from him because of this. She was distant from people.

And there was a waterfall that she used to go to. And this waterfall recharged her. The water was alive. It gave her white light. She saw and felt white light from the water. The water healed her emotionally.

When she became old, she walked with a large gnarly cane. She could no longer go to the waterfall. She felt tremendous sadness because of it.

At this point, I felt such sadness, I began to cry. Those emotions felt so real.

Klarina wore a bluish, greyish dress with swirly patterns on it because it reminded her of the water. In this life, music can help me remember the waterfall because it flows. Also I dislike swimming in a pool because the water is dead. It’s not alive. It’s dead. It’s chlorinated. It has been killed.

Appreciation and Manifesting

Marielle Smith, one of the speakers at my Lotus Blossoming Telesummit, is now one of my best friends and I chat with her regularly on the phone. She’s incredibly intuitive and during one of our discussions, she told me that she got the sense that there was something in my ability to manifest that I should explore further.

I’m the Queen of Manifesting. I can attract anything into my life easily and effortlessly. No matter how obscure or unusual—especially if it’s obscure and unusual!

Some examples include attracting an entertainment lawyer to help me pro bono when I was creating a cooking show concept and also attracting a professional lobbyist when I was considering how acupuncture could gain traction as a legitimate healing modality if someone hired a lobbyist to lobby the government for laws and regulations to support alternative healing.

It was pretty amazing. Seriously, how often do you meet an entertainment lawyer or a professional lobbyist in your day-to-day life? But I did! And within a couple of weeks of putting out the intention to do so.

Right now, I’m not exactly sure how I will share this aspect of myself with my readers. Several years ago, I had considered writing a book on how I do this and calling it, “Personal Manifestation”. But then, The Secret came out and it just sounded so much sexier, so I abandoned the idea.

It does feel good to begin the discussion now and that’s good enough.

I’m sitting in my local Starbucks, down the road from my son’s preschool. Yeah, he started in September and now I have a whole hour and a half to myself twice a week. Woohoo!

Anyhow, I manifested two times right before writing this post. First, I got the parking space right infront of Starbucks. Then, when I walked in, all of the seats were taken except for one little bar stool wedged between a large gentleman gaming on his laptop and a woman who had placed her computer and bags on the bar counter to take up 3 spaces.

I kept sending out the intention that I wanted my own table. Even as I sat down in the cramped spot at the bar, I thought about getting my own table. As I did this, I scanned the coffee shop for anyone about to leave. They all looked quite settled.

Then, within seconds, the man in the table behind me, started packing up his laptop. I turned and asked him if he was heading out and he gave me a great big smile and said, “Yes”. I exclaimed, “Awesome! Perfect timing. Thank you so much.” and beamed a reciprocal smile at him. And, so here I am.

Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who tuned in to tonight’s open Dragon Spirit call.  I could feel your energy and I really appreciated your positive vibes and support.

This was the first time I have ever done an open call.  I sent out the notice at the last minute and had no idea what to expect or who, if anyone would call.  It was AWESOME fun!  Thanks for being a part of it!

It was so much fun, I’m going to do an open Dragon Session call every month.  And, I’m going to do it completely random based on whenever my Dragon Spirit says to do one.  It’ll be like those pop-up restaurants or last-minute tweeted locations for the bulgogi taco food truck :).

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Have a good night!


What’s Your Brilliance? Gain Clarity in a FREE Dragon Spirit Session TONIGHT

While this event has passed, you can listen to an audio replay of the call.

It’s been just 6 weeks since I launched my Dragon Spirit practice and about 5 months since I first got the inkling to create the Lotus Blossoming Telesummit to inspire and empower women around the globe.

I’ve been on an incredible journey of self-discovery, spiritual awakening and fully stepping into my brilliance and owning my power.  Having gone through this amazing journey, I have come to realize that it is a disservice to yourself, to those you love and to the world not to embrace your talents and see how far you can reach with them.  And on that note, I would like to invite you to a FREE Dragon Spirit live call this evening.

If there is a burning fire inside you to share your gifts with the world, please join this free call (via Skype or by phone) to share your what it is the world needs to know about you.  By participating, you will be connected to your highest guidance to learn what you must do next to move forward expansively with unstoppable momentum.

TONIGHT: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8:30pm PST


How to Move Past Months of Indecisiveness in Just 5 Minutes by Heading Straight to Your Heart

I was speaking at the Leaders’ Call to Adventure Telesummit and in my interview, I shared how you can quickly move past hours, days, months and even years of mental indecisiveness and procrastination by using my “Head to Heart” exercise.

It worked for Lori Ference.  Lori  was the organizer of the event and right after our interview, she tried the exercise and here’s what she had to say:

“While walking my dog the other day, I did Holly’s ‘Head to Heart’ exercise and was able to quickly and soundly make a couple of key decisions that had been taking up my energy for WEEKS. What a relief!”

Here’s the “Head to Heart” in a nutshell:

  • Have a piece of paper and pen handy
  • Draw a heart in the center of the paper, large enough to write in it if you need to.
  • Draw a big circle around the heart, covering the entire sheet of paper.
  • If there’s something that you’ve been waffling on (e.g., Should I do A or B?), write down your possible options on the piece of paper.  Place each option either in the circle or in the heart depending on where you FEEL it should go in relation to your own heart.  The further it is from the heart, the less your heart and soul want to do it.  If it’s not even in the circle, then you can let it go.  If it’s in the heart, that’s where your heart is calling you.
  • Your mind will catch on to this exercise and may try to intervene.  This will be evidenced by indecisiveness on where to place an item on the paper.  To move past this block, simply think of the item and focus on your body at the same time.  Where do you FEEL the item in your physical body?  If it’s in your heart, BINGO!

That was pretty simple, wasn’t it?  And immensely powerful too.  That’s what I’m all about.  Ease, grace and effortless action to move mountains.  Have fun today!

If you’d like to hear me walk through this process, my interview is replaying until the 14th.  To listen, simply register for free at the Leaders’ Call to Adventure Telesummit.