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!

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.