If you want to manifest anything the answer is simple:
Breathe in its essence.
Breathe is more than just the air we need to live — it's our soul. When we breathe we are literally breathing in spirit, allowing the Source of All That Is to fill us. In a moment of conscious in-breath we become more clear, more aligned, and more sure of our purpose than before.
Try it. Breathe in.
We become more blended with our inner being. We become more aware, consciously, of our soul.
How does this apply to regular day-to-day manifestation?
How do we align with money, health, and great relationships by simply breathing?
It goes back to the essence of things.
Money, health, and great relationships are the result of what? They are the result of allowing the very things the Universe is made of: Joy, Love, and an unending sense of excited, eternal, creative, empowered FREEDOM.
The freedom to be able to do what we feel called to do when we feel called to do it (money).
The freedom to express our unbounded love fully and completely (relationships).
The freedom to enjoy this physical time-space reality fully (health).
The details of life can be very enticing. And when that word is used in a positive way it means they are interesting, uplifting, and calling to us. "Yes! I am in agreement with You. The big you that is aligned with your soul, your calling, and YOUR Universal essence."
That particular automobile or type of house or location to work, live, or visit. That particular career or detail or relationship status that sparks you up.
Let it light you on fire with joy.
Let it brighten you and your day illuminating everything around you through its specific glee.
"Yes! I want this!"
But as soon as that detail feels uncomfortable or stifling or dipped in fear (if it ever does) pull back and breathe in the essence again.
"I want this career because it feels good. I want to feel good. I want to feel joy and love and light. I want to feel illuminated. Lit from within by the amazing power of All That Is."
"I want to breathe in alignment with myself."
It's like walking through a flower garden.
The moment you enter its space you breathe. You may even tilt your head back and smile. And then something catches your eye. A flower over there you've never seen before. You eagerly go over and inspect it. You breathe IT in. And then you realize its fragrance is not pleasing to you.
Do you force yourself to stay there forever only looking at that flower because you picked it first?
Of course not.
You lift your head and look around. You breathe again the combination of the garden until another flower calls to you and you go there. And again. And again. Enjoying the process until you find yourself, arms full of flowers (the ones you indeed want to plant in your own backyard).
This is life.
Something interests you about someone.
You go on a date.
You realize on the date that they are not someone you want to continue seeing.
Don't stay there in the corner. Lift your head again and breathe in the essence of partnership. Imagine yourself filling up with the concept of love and right partnership and ease.
Enjoy the garden of opportunity.
And then, in one moment of allowing, another flower calls to you. Something about it is interesting.
You go to inspect.
And on and on. Gaining clarity about what you like and about what you don't like.
"These flowers are beautiful but as I think about it they won't look good against the color of my deck."
"These flowers are the right color but they won't be tall enough to reach beyond my planter box the way that I like."
"These flowers need more sun than I currently have in that place."
There are many reasons we might realize a relationship, a career, or an opportunity are not exactly in alignment.
And, perhaps the most often overlooked component of all:
"Based on who I already have in my life that I love and want to keep, these flowers are not in the Highest Good of all of us."
If you are already in a relationship, or have kids, or care for extended family, or are in any close group of relationships you care deeply about that manifestation will affect, breathe in the essence so that ALL align with it and harmony will appear.
The process of buying flowers is often a joyful one. You know you want beauty surrounding you. You know it is completely possible to have it. You know you have ultimate choice over what it turns out to be.
To a degree.
Because sometimes the flower won't thrive, or a squirrel will get it, or you'll forget to water.
But that's OK. That's life in the garden, and you forgive yourself.
Because sometimes tulips will bloom where you didn't even know they were planted.
It's all so AMAZING.
How do they even do it? Just a little water and look! They grow!
It's the same with you.
Your soul manifested on earth to garden a life.
Are you standing in the corner frowning over an insect you wish were not there?
Are you trapped in a corner smelling flowers that don't please you only because you are so busy complaining you have forgotten to walk away?
Do you realize that there are flowers you've never seen before, out there, waiting to delight you?
The essence of life is breath. The art of manifestation is aligning with the essence of what you want.
There is not one person on the Earth who did not choose to be here. Earth is an opt-in place, and every soul decided YES. YES, I WANT TO GO.
This is the mystery of our lives.
In broad terms we are here to have fun. Something called to us about this place.
It could be something else or all of the above but the Deep Truth is: you came here on purpose and WITH purpose.
Why did you choose your family? Your country of origin? Your circumstances?
The real truth?
You may never fully know.
But if you want to know as much as you can, open your intuition and receive.
My Quero Apache auntie, Maria Yraceburu, gave me the most beautiful image for personal growth year ago. She told me that life is a spiral.
Think about a spiral. Picture one in front of you or draw one on a piece of paper. Trace it with your finger.
You will notice that sometimes your finger seems to be going backwards or downwards. Sometimes your finger seems to be going forwards or upwards.
But no matter what your finger is doing in each moment the spiral itself is always, always going up and expanding.
That is life.
Sometimes you have a huge epiphany only to need down time to process it. Sometimes you make a big change in your life only to need a break. Sometimes you have had a break for a while and then you... you get the point?
Inner, outer, inner, outer... we work in the outside world and process it in our inner world. We get information or the urge to change from our inner world and we process it in our outer world.
So if you are wanting to make change in your life...
...if you want a better relationship with your kids, or to get back into shape, or to increase the feeling of partnership with your partner and you feel like you are going backwards remember the spiral.
You are not supposed to have a life without any conflict or challenge. That is no life at all. But it is what you do with that conflict and challenge that creates the life you want.
"Gosh, this sucks, what have I learned about what I prefer?"
"Wow, I'm ready to be over this depressed feeling. How can I reach for a better thought or a better today?"
"Hey! Things are awesome!!! I love my life! I'm going to try this new idea out... whoa, OK, guess that wasn't exactly what I had in mind... now what, how can I improve upon my idea?"
Be easy on yourself.
Be kind to you.
And remember...sometimes a cycle it may feel like it will last forever. But just as kids grow up, just as seasons change, you, too, cycle. And the experiences you are having are always bring your soul up.
[Editors Note: This draft was originally written in 2008 on a different blog]
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This is a very real issue at this time. Never before in all of human history has there been so much "internet" connecting us with information, energy, and ideas.
In this time, the vast amount of knowledge being passed back and forth requires an equally honed intent. By this we mean:
You gotta know what you want to know.
Before you set foot into the world of the internet be it social media, the news, or a direct website, ask yourself, "Why am I visiting this place?"
Some example intent might be:
But the idea here is: never make yourself wrong for what you want or need. Simply be aware of what you are using the internet FROM and you will understand what you are receiving from it.
If you go to the internet to complain, you will attract more instances of complaining. It is what you will see, and even participate in.
If you go to the internet to stave off boredom, you may find yourself inexplicably unfulfilled when you leave the internet experience and try to do something else.
Conversely, if you go to the internet looking for things that uplift you because you want to feel uplifted, you will find – even one in a million – the exact story or post or meme you need to pull you up and out into a broader, more connected version of your human self at that time.
It's all in what you seek.
And it's all in being honest about where you are and what you are about at that given time.
If you want to stay informed of the news but you do not know how to do it and stay balanced and happy ask yourself: why do I need to see the news? If it is to stay abreast of important events then set a new intent:
I want to feel as informed as is in my highest good while remaining as happy as I possibly can be so that I can be a light and a beacon in this world for myself and others.
Or whatever intent works for you.
Notice we mention "highest good" and we mention the WHY. Both important parts of an intent statement that will bring you the best, better, and bestest. ;)
More than you imagine.
Above all else, never, wherever possible, fault someone for where they are. The biggest challenge people face (energetically speaking) in social media is pushing. Pushing against an idea. Pushing against an opinion. Pushing against an anger.
Pushing, pushing, pushing.
All of that pushing causes stress and strain and disconnects you from who YOU truly are. Love. Light. Beauty of soul beyond anything you have ever seen or heard.
There is a belief in the greater mass consciousness at this time that we must stamp out the anger and oppression that exists. But while it is never a happy time to be in anger or to be oppressed it is equally unhappy to stamp.
It is much more powerful – and at times seemingly more difficult – to continue to be open-hearted, allowing, and above all else, kind.
But how do we do this when social media is full of challenge?
Have you set your intent before you entered the world of social media? Every time?
Try it and see.
And you may find, that when you set your intent to complain, or to stave off the boredom or uncomfortable feeling of the present moment, that those may not be in alignment with you after all, and that is the first step towards healing the world, through healing yourself.
Alora and the Guides
It's late January 2017 and the world is still finding balance from the United States Presidential Election. No matter how or if you voted, you may be noticing the massive energy rolling across the United States and many – if not all – parts of the world. Not just the political demonstrations and social media memes, postings, and discussions. The energy. The feeling.
The tipping of mass consciousness shifting.
I have been holding the light.
Picturing the harmony above it all.
Checking in with my values multiple times a day to see where I stand and where my alignment lies.
So I was not completely surprised when, in a gleeful moment of I have time to run down to my office and do something for ReallyGoodLife while the kids are busy in the snow! the Guides said:
Pick a card from your new animal spirit deck as a guiding, grounding force for this time.
So I did.
I don't shuffle the cards and take the top one. I feel the deck. I make piles. I sense which pile is the one that has the card in it. I keep feeling each card until one zaps me with energy and I know.
This is it.
As I turned the card over, I smiled.
Whenever I see a card that makes my brain go "eew" I know I'm in for something good.
The vulture is no different. Vastly misunderstood, the vulture is a guardian. A purifier. Essential for rebalance. In life the vulture balances the ecosystem and prevents the spread of disease. The vulture appears when a situation needs to be purified or brought back into balance. And like its appearance on the side of the road, the vulture's message can be shocking.
"What you thought was a mistake or tragedy is a blessing in disguise."
- The Wild Unknown
Wait. What? You may be asking:
What do I do with that?
Vulture energy asks you to clean and purify your space. If you are in balance it will clarify and reveal wisdom. If you are out of balance? Things can be aggressive and dramatic.
Are they for you?
I know this is a sensitive topic for many people and so I tread here lightly and gently. My intent is to help you heal if you feel broken, find a guiding light if you feel lost, or gather more strength to your heart's calling if you need it.
So regarding these very times Vulture energy asks:
"How is this election a blessing in disguise?"
Not to make make the election right.
Not to make it wrong.
But to make YOU right again. Right in your alignment. Right in your own power. Right in your own knowing. Right back into the heart of who you truly are.
I'm not saying it's easy.
I'm certainly not saying I have all the answers.
But when I look at the vulture card I am reminded that no matter what situation I have ever been in, no matter how horrible or painful or sad, when I found the blessing in it I found peace. And when I found peace I found my connection to myself again. And when I found my connection again I lined up with solution. And from there everything shifted.
I can't stop thinking about the six types of love the ancient Greeks had. It could be because I'm such a happy-go-lucky person that any excuse to think about love lights me up.
But it's more than that.
It's about our culture and how we let ourselves express ourselves. It's about increasing the language around love (and feelings like it) so we can identify more clearly what a person means to us – and how to know where they fit into our lives so we can stop feeling hurt, start feeling appreciation, and acknowledge the rich tapestry of life around us.
I just said "tapestry". This must be serious.
So here they are:
Do you see all the love?
When I read about this years ago the Sagittarius, ENFP, bouncy person in me squealed at the idea of ludic love. It wasn't just me! There IS love flowing around the Denny's at 1:00am after we got done with our theatre show.
But then I also felt the penny drop at seeing eros love in its own category. Had I ever confused that type of love with something else? Or something else with that type of love? Um. Yes.
Looking through the list I felt comfort in pragma, the idea that love was meant to age, change, and grow more... married.
And then I started to see the tapestry of my life rewoven again with this new clarity of love and it was.... beautiful. Perfect. My mistakes. My lost loves. My breakups. My celebrations. My marriage. My kids. My everything.
So I am sharing this with you so that you, two, can re-weave your life then, your life now, and your life to come with all the layers and beauty of love.
And, yes, I know, I said "tapestry" twice. It really is serious. :)
Agape love you!
P.S. I read about the six types of love in this article. It's really fantastic. Check it out.
Wake up your intuition and make friends with your mind. You're in for the time of your life.