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.

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!

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… ;)

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!

Holly

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

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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.

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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.

The 24 Hour Productivity Boost

After the conclusion of the Lotus Blossoming Telesummit, I gave myself permission to completely veg out and relax. We visited family up in Canada and I totally indulged in completely mindless activities.

I ate Cheezies, read werewolf teen-lit, read women’s fashion magazines, and watched a lot of reality TV that I would not normally watch such as a whole bunch of shows on weddings, home makeovers, house hunting and “What Not to Wear”.

It was just what I needed after expanding/expending so much energy for the previous three months.  But, I started to get caught up in the lower vibration that these activities brought about.

In the past week, I went overboard on my penchant for Gordon Ramsey cooking shows and watched about 8 episodes of Hell’s Kitchen.  Even as I watched it, I knew that the conflict and anger in the show would affect my life, but I just kept watching it.

And sure enough, my naturally high vibration started to get bogged down.  It’s like eating chocolate cake.  A little bit is okay and your body bounces back, but too much and you start to feel sluggish.  And indeed, I was starting to feel spiritually sluggish and found myself struggling to move forward with my Dragon Spirit Launch Pod Teleclass.

Good thing I have access to my inner voice, aka Dragon Spirit. In addition to being uber-wise, adventurous and powerful, it can tell me in a gentle manner just exactly what is stopping me and how to move forward easily and authentically.

I asked, “Why am I feeling stuck?”.  The answer I received was that I was lowering my vibration too much by engaging in activities and eating foods that lowered my vibration.  The advice I got was to stop doing the things that lowered my vibration for the next 24 hours. After 24 hours, I could ask questions about my teleclass and get the answers that would lead me to the easiest and most prosperous path to follow.

I didn’t need to try to raise my vibration, just simply stop lowering it.  My vibration would naturally bounce back up.  This is very much what Abraham-Hicks teaches–that your natural state of wellness and abundance is like a cork in the water.  Once you stop holding it down, it bobs right up to the surface.

So, for the past 20 hours, I have been paying attention to my thoughts, feelings and impulses.  Whenever I had a thought that was negative, critical or judgmental, I would catch myself and think, “Ah, this is lowering my vibration.  I will stop.”

I didn’t try to force a positive affirmation if it didn’t feel natural.  I just interrupted myself.  It was like distracting a toddler.  Acknowledge what’s going on and then find something else to focus on.

I’d catch myself getting annoyed at a bad driver and then I’d stop myself from continuing to think criticisms.  I’d notice myself riding a thought train that I was feeling tired and I would jump off before the train could gain momentum.

Halfway through this process, I started to feel like myself again, naturally buoyant, optimistic, full of joy and love.  I also saw more of this around me and in the interactions I had with others.

My son’s acupuncturist is very friendly and caring, but in a Chinese way, so there’s still a little bit of reservation and respect for personal boundaries.  However, today, after she saw my son, she held his face so tenderly in her hands, beamed at him and said, “I love you.”  And he gave her a wonderful hug in return.

That’s just the kind of day I’ve been having :).  And I feel the energy and light and excitement brimming inside me again and I can’t wait to move forward with my teleclass in an expansive manner that’s fun and easy!

My Dragon Spirit said to wait 24 hours so that my vibration would be at its highest and then I could ask about my telesummit.  So, I’ll wait, but I’ll refrain from watching the next episode of Hell’s Kitchen while I’m waiting ;).

BTW, I did get the download that I could watch up to 2 hours a week without it affecting my energy.  So, maybe I will get to see who gets chosen to be the head chef at BLT Steak in New York!

The 24 Hour Productivity Boost — Try It Yourself

If you’re feeling blah, having trouble getting stuff done, or feeling like you’re struggling, all you need to do is raise your natural vibration (soul energy) to instantly boost your productivity.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make note of the time and commit for the next 24 hours to being aware of all of your negative thoughts, feelings and actions.
  2. Each time you have a negative thought or feeling, acknowledge that it’s lowering your vibration and taking you away from your soul’s natural state of joy.  After you acknowledge that you’re lowering your vibration, focus on something else.
  3. When you are about to embark on an activity that is harmful, remind yourself that you committed to raising your vibration for 24 hours, so don’t do it!  E.g. if you enjoy a morning donut, but feel it’s bad for you, skip it for this 24 hour period.  It’s easy enough to refrain from an activity if you tell yourself it’s just for the next 24 hours.
  4. Pay attention to your mood as the day progresses.  You’ll notice a dramatic improvement as you continue this process and get closer to the 24 hour mark.
  5. At the end of the 24 hours, ask yourself if you want to continue feeling good or if you want to return to your negative habits.

It’s your life…and life is what you choose it to be.

 

How to Use Signposts to Get to Where You Want to Go

Sometimes what holds people back from moving forward is the feeling that they need to know everything about the journey before they begin.  What if you don’t need to know?  What if you didn’t even need to know where you were going, just the general direction of what you wanted to feel when you got there?

Think that’s not possible?  Well, how about when you want to go on vacation and you want a last minute deal.  You don’t know where you’re going.  You just know that you want to relax in the sun, and be taken care of at an all-inclusive resort.

So, why not give this a try with where you want to go in life?  I promise that once you know where you FEEL you want to go, the signposts will begin to appear.  The key is to recognize when you see a signpost and then have a system for filing it away.

Here’s how to use signposts to get to where you want to go:

1. Before You Begin Your Trip

You’ll need to know what you want to feel.  Do you want to relax, explore, play, experience adventure or all of the above?  Pack your mental suitcase for where you want to go and be sure to leave the extra baggage behind!

2. How to Recognize a Signpost

Signposts will appear in the most random manner.  You don’t need to look for them.  They will hit you on the head as long as you set your intention to see them.  You might be having a conversation with a friend and they’ll talk about the Mayan Riviera and suddenly, you’ll feel really excited.  Bingo!  Signpost!

Maybe, you’ll turn on the radio and hear the last snippet of an advertisement for a travel website.  Signpost!

While I’m using travel as a metaphor, this would apply for any adventure that you wanted to create in your life.

For example, when I had my “aha moment” to create the Lotus Blossoming Telesummit, I also had an idea to create a weekend retreat workshop.  I didn’t know anything about it other than it would have a feeling of fun, exploration, creativity and relaxation.

So, I kept this in the back of my mind and set the intention that I would learn more when the time was right.  I could have struggled and tried to force my mind to give birth to the idea, but that would have just been unpleasant and unfruitful.

Sure enough, signposts began to appear.  During a conversation with Lotus Blossoming speaker, Marielle Smith, we talked about meeting one day in person.  I remember saying, “Hey, you never know when I’ll be in B.C.”  And right after I said that, I felt that little tinge of excitement and I knew that my retreat workshop would be held in British Columbia.

Oh, I’ll have to fess up that I did allow my mind to chew on the idea of a retreat and spent an hour researching potential locations in the Santa Cruz mountains.  Nothing felt right. That was a wasted hour.  I could have skipped that step and trusted that the information would appear in good time.

On August 18th, I connected with the wisdom of my inner Dragon Spirit and it told me exactly what the purpose of the retreat would be and exactly how much to ask for the workshop.  I would teach people how they could channel their own Dragon Spirits and I would ask for $2,688 for an all-inclusive trip.

Ah, so on that note, we return full circle to my travel example! ;)

There is one more thing I wanted to mention about signposts.  Notice the energy of what you’re doing as you’re doing it.  This will tell you when you should back off and allow a signpost to appear. When you do, you’ll be amazed at how much more powerful your resulting action becomes.

For example, I’ve been wanting to write this post about signposts since the 18th, but each time I thought about it, I just didin’t feel like doing it.  I noticed the energy wasn’t there.  So instead of writing, I chose to wait.

The signpost appeared yesterday when I was prerecording the interview with Lotus Blossoming speaker, Olivia Vicky Lee.  She walked me through her very powerful vision mapping process.  This process builds a road map to your success.

It’s the perfect process to compliment using signposts to get to where you want to go.  I invite you to listen to her interview on August 25th, 6pm PST (9pm EST).  You can register for free here: http://www.lotusblossoming.com/register.html.

She’s going to walk listeners through the vision mapping process and at the end of the hour, you’ll have a vision map, or as she calls it, a “cheat sheet” to get to where you want to go.  Combine your vision map with watching for signposts, and you’ll be amazed how quickly you can get from Point A to Point B.

Because I observed my energy and acted AFTER the signpost appeared, I now have exponentially magnified the power of sharing signposts with you.

3) Create a System for Filing Away Your Signposts

This sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.  Buy a notebook, a paper one!  Create a page for your next adventurous project.  Whenever you receive a signpost, write it down on the page along with the date.  Over time, a pattern and form will begin to emerge.  When there is enough form, you can choose to act on it.

You can blog about it too.

So, in my example, I still feel my weekend retreat workshop needs to take a bit more form before I act.  Stay tuned, and so will I!

 

How to Accept “No” Graciously – In Other Words, How to Overcome the Fear of Rejection

Yesterday, I received notification that two people had unsubscribed from the mailing list for the Lotus Blossoming Telesummit.  My initial reaction was a visceral twinge of fear and panic.

Then, I got a grip on myself and put it out of my mind, but my little voice kept saying that this is something that I need to look at. My solution was to follow up with Marielle Smith, one of the speakers from the Lotus Blossoming Telesummit who had walked me through a powerful technique called Psych-K® to reprogram my beliefs about money.

However last night, during my active channellings of my Dragon Spirit, it became clear that rather than put off facing this issue until later, I really needed to look at it right away.  And since I have my uber-wise inner voice to address the issue, I asked and here was the answer on how to accept “no” graciously.  Italics represent my Dragon Spirit voice.

  • Focus on the “yes”.  Revel in the exhilaration of each yes.  I realized that I wasn’t allowing myself to fully experience the joy I felt each time someone new subscribed.
  • It’s like when you were dating.  At a time in my life when I learned to enjoy dating, I was so busy dating different people that I didn’t notice if someone called or not.  By paying attention to all of the positives, I wouldn’t notice the “negatives”.
  • Accept that there will always be people who say no.
  • The higher your vibration, the more who will say no because your reach will be that much greater, but if you add up the yeses, you will be amazed.
  • Go out and celebrate.