END OF YEAR TRADITIONS

I wanted to take a moment this holiday week and let everyone know how thankful I am for my readers.

And visitors to this site!

I am also thankful not only to my team but to all of those at WordPress, Smashwords, and other organizations who make this all possible.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving week.  

Update

I will be offline for a bit.

Though I may be inspired to write a post.

I continue to work on projects but will be using the coming weeks to do a bit of introspection and self-evaluation.

This end-of-year tradition is a significant part of career planning.  

After a hectic 13 months I consider this a well-deserved and much needed break.

I will post and/or provide updates as appropriate but for now…

Happy Holidays 2022!

WRITING A SERIES: MANIFESTING THE VISION

Note: Excerpt at end of post.

Though I don’t have a release date I am well on my way with Blue Skye In the Rain, follow-up to Port In a Storm.

Thanks to work done prior to the pandemic.  

Working on material for the Port Gallatan series has been fun.  It’s also been challenging in that keeping the original vision through the twists and turns of the last 5 years has been a bit daunting.  In no specific order, here are a few of the challenges

Working Title.  Just prior to moving to the current location I mentioned to a casual if somewhat regular acquaintance that I was working on a novel with the working title Blue Skye.  I gave him a brief synopsis and he replied with a smile and a promise to periodically check in to see how things were coming along on the story.  

That was 3 years ago!

Shortly after moving I started the story, then set it aside.

This is typical when I’m finishing one book but want to keep up momentum for the next project.

Off Course.  We’d barely finished unpacking when we were staring down the chaos of a pandemic lockdown and while this turned into one of the more prolific periods of my writing career, it steered me far away from the vision I had for the series.

Switched Gears.  Toward the end of 2021 I turned my focus to a number of nonfiction projects.

Eventually, it was time to swing back around to the story.  And yet…

Which One?

When I plan a series I generally have a good idea how many novels will be in its borders.  Unfortunately, with the Port Gallatan work, I had three different novels that could have followed Port In a Storm.  What I didn’t realize initially is that not all of them were suited to the vision I had for the series.

I was so ready to get back to fiction writing I overlooked that little detail.

I was well down the path of Hollow Shelter when it hit me.

This isn’t going to work!

Dropping the book I took time to regroup.

Figure out where I went off the path.

The process took longer than I anticipated and was filled with a great deal of angst as I tried to figure out where I went wrong and what the best path forward might be.

And which book I should work on next!

Thinking it might be helpful to step away for awhile, I considered doing the next Dragon Core book.

Eventually decided against it.

I considered reworking Hollow Shelter – even started to – then realized that wasn’t the best one for next in the series.  

Finally, I determined Blue Skye was the best one, not the least reason of which is that it beautifully sets up for the next 2 in the series.

It’s also based on a comedic theme, something I think everyone can use these days.

Trouble was, Blue Skye was only a place holder title, what those in the industry call a working title.  Sure enough, I spent several days struggling to come up with an alternate.  Unfortunately, there was a plot device that went with Blue Skye and I knew if I switched out the title I would lose that.

That plot device is a big part of the story.

Aaron and I were out driving recently and I began talking through the challenge of the working title.  Without even thinking, I added “In the rain.”  When I mentioned it being a follow on to Port In a Storm, I smiled.  I had my tie-in!

Details like that are very important to me!

Inertia from being away from fiction had set in.

Little details like working titles don’t get the novel written.

I spent yesterday building out the setup for the story, managing to get in some write time.  

Stuff like organizing files and directories, building a playlist that suits the story.

After a good night’s sleep I am back at it.

Release date will be announced in the coming months.

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book.

PROLOGUE

Construction Site, Montana

Spring, 2021

“Blue Skye In the Rain?  What kind of a name is that for a business?”

Knowing it would irritate his father, twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Skye took a moment before replying to lean over so he could use his t-shirt to wipe his sweaty forehead.  Oh, and count to ten.  Twice. 

Standing slowly he noted a number of the crew – those not used to the periodic and somewhat regular squabbles between father and son – had stopped what they were doing to watch.  Lips in a half-smile half-smirk, he looked into the eyes of the man who taught him everything he knew about running a business through good times and bad, who taught him to be independent, whose wife his mother encouraged him to follow his dreams.  Shrugging, he replied,  “Guess you’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.”  

Ignoring the snickers of nearby crew- and his father’s look of disgust – he hefted a bag of mix and made for the cement truck. 

CJAPTER ONE

Port Gallatan

Summer, 2021

The tiny town of Port Gallatan – a town some say is at the edge of nowhere – has had an identity crisis of one sort or another since being founded by eccentric French Noble Jamet Gallatan.  In search of privacy he made sure the small hamlet on the water earned a reputation for being unfriendly to strangers, including those just passing through.  But like the human desire to direct destiny, progress cannot be controlled and soon, others in search of freedom to pursue dreams joined the reclusive Frenchman.  

Those who settled in the small village, who knew Jamet, respected his right to seclusion, opined he should have known that in settling on a port he would be part of the progress he claimed to eschew.  And so it was that the small town, like the fledgling country it was a part of, grew.

For a period following the US industrial revolution, there was belief the town – thanks to the new railroad being built in the West – would grow.  Thrive even.  Speculators from near and far flocked to the tiny port village to lay claim to a piece of history and for a time Port Gallatan burst at the seams.  But it was not to be.  The railway bypassed the little village by the water, sealing its fate as a small town caught between progress and stagnation.  

MANIFESTING: A LOT HAS TO HAPPEN

It’s been a busy two weeks as I’ve cleared out the old to make way for the new.

All part of the process of manifesting a goal.

As I was getting ready for bed last night I came to understand that some goals take longer than expected because a lot has to happen first.

For instance

In a previous post I wrote of being 13 and thinking while watching a movie that it would be cool to live in a certain type of house in a certain type of neighborhood featured in the movie.  At the time my family was in no position to achieve it and in any case, my vision wasn’t that of my parents.  Needless to say, a lot had to happen between then and now for me to attain that goal.

I lived in a lot of places between then and now and went through a number of life changes along the path to the goal.

It’s no different when looking to achieve a career goal.

For example

There came a time where I decided I wanted to be a technical consultant.  In spite of having taken programming in college and using a computer since I was a teen, I didn’t have the skills when I made the decision.

A lot had to happen.

I spent the next years immersed in classes and activities that filled in skill gaps.

A Wrench

Though an agreement had been in place at my place of employment that once I met a set of criteria I would be promoted, when I met the requirements, the company was in a downturn and there was no headcount.

The Universe Steps In

On the other side of the world

Germany, to be exact

A woman fell in love with a US citizen who happened to be working for the same company I was.  They decided whoever got a job in the other’s country first would move.  As it turned out the American who was a TC in Silicon Valley was the one to make the move.  

Lucky me.

There is a great deal of kismet to this manifestation but suffice it to say that the Universe had bigger plans for me.  Instead of getting a promotion where I worked – one that didn’t come with a raise – I got a bigger promotion and a significant raise.

And a cost of living adjustment.

Pivot

I eventually left corporate to focus on a lifelong goal of being a novelist.

Another Wrench

Thanks to an interesting set of circumstances, I ended up publishing nonfiction first.

The Universe Steps In

In the years since publishing Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I’ve experienced a number of life changing events, each of which has nudged me – by hook or by crook – along the path of my career goals.  What I’ve come to see in recent weeks is that the path is not only long it’s often like a switchback trail where you sometimes wonder if you’re even going in the right direction let alone have a hope in hell of getting where you are headed.

There is a beautiful 11 mile trail in Sedona that left Aaron and I both wondering this at times.

I think he has video of me with needles from a friendly prickly pear sticking out of my shirt in several places from when I took a wrong turn and got off the path.

Path To a Series

Port Gallatan has simultaneously been fun and infuriating as I’ve tried to build out my vision for the series.

Other work and life in general kept throwing wrenches.

The Universe Steps In

I was so busy working at the macro level of the career goals I didn’t notice that the actions I was taking were in fact clearing a number of obstacles from the Port Gallatan path!

I am happy to say Blue Skye in the Rain, follow-up to Port In a Storm is well on its way to completion.

Availability date to be announced soon.

I’ll take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Holloween!

Closing with a joke I read in an email this morning.

What did Dracula say when the witch and the werewolf started kissing?

Get a broom!

Be well!

MANIFESTING: LET THE DUST SETTLE

The previous two weeks have been Feng Shui on steroids as I cleared out the old to make way for the new and boy did I feel it!

I was removing colorful candles set on a mirror and got  an energetic shock.  Highly unpleasant.

The process was a bit like pulling the thread on a sweater and while I had a super hero friend advise that I may not want to pull on that thread, I knew delaying it wasn’t going to make it any easier.

Sometimes it’s better to rip the band-aid off quickly than slowly peeling that adhesive.

Though I’ve had lots of experience with the benefits of clearing and organizing I was surprised to find that sometimes things doing the most damage are not in plain sight!  Deciding to leave no stone unturned in my efforts to realize a special goal, I rifled through drawers and opened cabinets, separating into a toss or donate pile.  The process took a few days and the evening of the day where the troublesome objects hidden from sight were gone – mostly in the trash – I felt wonderful.

As if the weight of the world had been lifted.

The next day Aaron and I took everything in the trunk to the donate location and went to a local trash and recycle center to get rid of the rest.  Strangely enough though I felt wonderful on an intellectual level, I no longer had that awesome feeling physically.

It wasn’t regrets, it was the fact that I’d basically yanked the energetic tablecloth off and things had to settle, and yes, some of the stuff went crashing to the floor.  But it had to.

Letting Go.

I’ve never been much for sentimentality.

Probably comes from having lived with a pack rat of a father and/or listening to various  relatives lament “But I might use/need it some day!”

It also comes from being raised in a family, faith, and community that was big on supporting those less fortunate.

We would sponsor a family and buy them either a Thanskgiving or Christmas dinner.  My brother and I went with our parents to deliver so we could understand the love and value of giving.

It isn’t always objects that need to be let go of.  There are times when we outgrow a location, a relationship, a job, or any other number of energetically impactful situations and while some are easier to let go of than others, most of us don’t take the time after to let the energetic dust settle.

We may freak out at the empty shelves or drawers or cupboards and buy more “stuff” to fill them.

In my current situation since it’s a career goal I’m working toward I needed to see where in that area I needed to let go.

Some future projects were axed.

What I found very telling was that I didn’t feel the slightest bit of panic in taking actions that backed up the intention of realizing the goal.

It’s important to clear out what no longer serves to make space for what you wish to come in.

I also didn’t feel an energetic high.  It was more a solid inner conviction that I’d done the right thing.

A Funny Thing.

Interestingly, I discovered that just as with those items hidden from sight there were career related items and situations that had become a dark cloud over my life – and I didn’t even know it until they were gone.

This includes files not only on the computer but in various backup locations!

I spent a good deal of yesterday deleting old files.

Space Freed Up!

Though I’m not one to go looking for stuff to fill empty shelves, I do have a tendency to jump into the next project as soon as one is finished.

Which is how I got so burned out to begin with.

Recognizing the need to let the energetic dust settle I considered where else dark clouds may be lurking out of sight.  

Next Stop?  Kindle!

I generally keep my Kindle library pretty lean and mean with majority of the ebooks in there fiction rereads from my favorite authors.  However, sprinkled in were a few books on various aspects of manifesting and/or otherwise improving your life and while these books are generally upbeat something told me it was time to let them go.  The only ones I raised my eyebrows with were purchases made very recently.

As in “I just got these!”

In one case I hadn’t even finished the book!

And I was enjoying it!

At the same time, I felt as if God was whispering the words “Trust me” into my soul so I went ahead and let go.

Deciding it wouldn’t hurt to add a few more read-for-pure-pleasure books into my library I went to Amazon and while I did find a couple of rereads to add to my collection, I also found an intriguing book along the same subject of the ones I’d just deleted.  I downloaded a sample.

I hadn’t even read four pages when I knew I needed to read the entire book.  What jumped out was the author pointing out that before we can manifest goals, we need to let go of what may be hindering our efforts.

Exactly what I’ve been working on for the previous 2 weeks!

After reading a few more pages this morning I was convinced following that guidance was the right thing. 

But Wait!  There’s More!

While I don’t see meaning in every shooting star I do acknowledge the beautiful synchronicities the Universe puts in my path.  More, I acknowledge them and thank God and his angels, including earth angels, for reminding me I’m not alone in my efforts.  This time was no different.

What stood out was that the author’s words mirrored my thoughts and the material came just when I needed it.  

Acknowledging the good fortune of finding a book that would help me in this stage of the journey toward realizing my goal I went to my desk and started working.  Content the day would unfold as it needed to I didn’t immediately start a specific task.

Such as a blog post I knew I would eventually write – when the time was right and I had my thoughts collected.

No sooner had I made that decision – to remain relaxed and wait for the words – when I found myself looking at an article that addressed something that has been on my mind in tandem with my efforts.  My immediate thought?  Of course.

Because I acknowledged the gift of the book, I was given another gift and upon sending a quick thank you and reading through that gift [article] I got insight into why I was advised to let go of those other books on the same subject.

Now Hear This!  

As a clairaudient who is also a clairsentient I sometimes have trouble figuring which came first, hearing something or knowing/feeling it.  What I do know is that the answer came in both forms fairly simultaneously.

“That author was overly complicating things.”

That was the first message.  When I thought on it a bit I nodded and acknowledged the insight after which I heard, “And besides, you’ve been doing just fine doing the inner work your way.”

It was then pointed out that I’d been studying the subject for decades.

Going all the way back to when I would ask nuns and priests about praying and asking for help for material goods.

The more I thought about the two revelations the more it made sense.  There was nothing wrong with those other books.  They were just overly complicating what is actually a pretty straight-forward process.

Perhaps more important, however, was acknowledging my own skill in this area.

Reading the step-by-step instructions wouldn’t be a good use of time for someone who could teach a class on it.

If that makes a few readers raise their eyebrows as in “If you could teach it why do you need to …?”

Everyone including teachers have lessons in life to learn.

The book I purchased last night is written in a way that speaks to me at this stage of my life and for that I am grateful it came into my sphere of awareness.  

As for everything else I’ve been doing.  I have a few tasks left in terms of letting go but of more value is the knowledge and acceptance that I need to let the energetic dust settle before moving forward.

As I’ve been writing – when it comes to manifesting dreams, it’s a process.

Be well!

MANIFESTING: SURPRISES ALONG THE WAY

Note: Longer post.

Deciding on a goal to manifest really can be a bit of a chicken or the egg” proposition.  That’s because sometimes a need drives the decision to make a change and you may not have realized on a conscious level the need existed.

Your higher conscious knows something has to change but it may take awhile to get from your heart to your head.

Several months ago I wrote about setting a few career goals   Turns out the path I set myself on to realizing those goals is nothing like what I imagined.

Little did I know what I was in for.

Having manifested a number of goals throughout my adult life I set down the path with some pre-conceived ideas of how to go about things.  This included visualization, and writing down what it was I wanted.

Ala Write It Down, Make It Happen and It Works style.

I have come to see the benefit of the first is learning there is no wrong way to go about writing your goals.  The benefit of the second is that frequently looking at a list of goals helps you stay focused on tasks in support of the goals.  

Turns out I had a lot of inner work to do before I could get where I was headed.  The changes and tweaks I made along the path of that inner work was not only exhausting, it was confusing.

When you are in the midst of turning the boat around and waves are coming over the side from the storm it can feel like you are making no progress except heading for a shipwreck.

More than once I felt despair because of the chaos in my life; chaos I felt was keeping me from working toward my goal.

The chaos had nothing to do with my career goals!

It was only in recent weeks that I came to see the chaos was part of the process.  It forced me to address various issues that would have come back to cause problems if not addressed up front.

In other words, if I didn’t address the situation ahead of time it would stand in the way of my attaining and/or maintaining goal success.

How Did I Get Here?

It was as I was putting the final touches on a few projects related to the goal that I came to see a number of seeming coincidences led to the clearing of several impediments.  I believe the coincidences came because I put sincere intent into the goal and the universe noticed.

I was at a point where I felt as if I’d been dragged through the mud but rather than throw my hands up I doubled down and looked for a way forward, finding it in a very cool book.

Royce’s book was a shot of optimism and helped me reframe the previous months’ chaos as part of the process.  Feeling better I reached out to a wise friend across the country and in so doing set the stage for the next part of the journey.

I was just wishing her a happy birthday but the subsequent back and forth led to several mini victories.

As a result of several email exchanges I looked at my life through a variety of lenses and saw that a few things needed tweaking.  As these tweaks had nothing to do with my career goals I didn’t put it together they, too, were part of the process.  Until…

Making the feng shui tweaks – originally set to address the non-career goal issues that needed addressing – led to my seeing where I’d gone wrong with the tweaks in the career area.  Next thing I know I’ve made a series of sweeping changes that showed me the path to the career goals includes taking care of business as my dad is wont to say in every area that needs to be healthy in order to support the career goals.

Physical, mental, and emotional well-being among others.

What really stood out in the previous few days was how little angst there was with the changes I needed to make.  I think my head finally caught up to the truth that if I allow my heart to lead I’ll get down the path with a lot fewer bumps.

A Thumbs Up

From the universe.

This morning I started a new routine to start off this new phase of the journey and though I felt confident, I also felt a bit worn out.

I’ve done an incredible amount of mental and emotional housecleaning in the past two weeks.

Barista Boo Boo

As if in a show of universal support for my commitment, an error at the local Starbucks netted me two extra dopios.  Accepting the gift I continued down the path of manifesting, smiling because even chaos can be a happy surprise that marks progress.  You just have to let yourself see it that way.

Be well!

MANIFESTING: INERTIA DOESN’T FACTOR

Well, that’s the last time I give myself the weekend off.  Espresso and a number of playlists were slow to help me get going this morning.

Beyond slow.  It was painful.

As I was listening to Dio’s Holy Diver I put a name to the problem and in doing so found my writing rhythm.

Intertia.

Newton’s  1st Law of Motion.

An object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

Music’s unbalanced?

While I considered the effort I had to exert to overcome this morning’s inertia it occurred to me that when it comes to manifesting, inertia doesn’t factor in.

I came to this conclusion after reviewing a number of manifesting successes and seeing that in many cases, after putting out the initial desire, I did nothing – consciously – to create the success.

Yet I was successful.

2 examples to illustrate.

Some 20 years ago I was walking through a model home in a new subdivision in Ohio.  I knew that eventually I wanted to own a home but at that point I was in no position to do so.  A friend encourged me to look so I could get an idea what I may want in that future home.

Setting me up for visualization, something I wasn’t big on at that time.

Of all the features the one I was most intrigued by was a type of fireplace.  Contemporary in design I remember falling in love with it and thinking “Wow, that would be cool to have in a house…”

That was it.  I didn’t do anything to bring that feature to be in any place I’ve lived.  And yet for all that nonwork I can glance across the room and see that very style of fireplace.

I enjoy the contemporary style as much now as I would have had I had it years earlier.

Example 2.

Ideal Scene

A couple of years after touring the model home I found myself flipping through Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization Workbook at a Borders Bookstore.

All these years later and I’ve never found a bookstore like Borders.

Deciding to give it a go I chose 2 goals and went to work.  Though I used most of the techniques for manifesting a writing career, I used the Ideal Scene exercise to outline my ideal relationship.

I was very careful to follow the guidelines which advised to be specific but cautioned against being too specific, as in don’t limit to a brunette with green eyes since the ideal person may be a red-head with blue eyes.  

You get the idea.

I then did what the author suggested and put the workbook away.  Well, I did do one other action.

I did nothing.

I didn’t do one conscious thing to find this relationship person and I didn’t quit my day job to pursue writing full-time.  

I just went about my daily life.**

I still wanted the goals but I didn’t do anything specific to bring them about.

A little over a year later without my having done anything, I met Aaron.

And the Writing?

Though it was years before I quit my day job to pursue writing full-time, while working in tech I spent a good part of my career as a tech writer, moving on to become a technical consultant. While I was a tech writer I was surrounded by other creatives, two of whom were authors. In one case, the colleague left after getting a contract to pursue writing full-time.

Talk about good energy to feed a goal!

In neither case, nor in many others did inertia come into play.  After putting the energy out I went about my life as usual.  I did not do any specific thing to bring about either goal and yet got both.

The key? 

Apparently desire is an unbalanced force because that’s pretty much what did it.  

Of course an argument could be made that I unconsciously took actions that led to this point.

  • I could have married earlier but the guys that I might have considered were at odds – for one reason or another – with my dream of being a writer full-time.

Whereas on our first date Aaron told me all the actions he would take to support me in attaining my dream.

  • I generally have a fireplace on my list of have’s when looking for places to live, whether I rent or own.

I wasn’t expecting one in San Diego since we were looking at a high rise and yet we had an electric one!

I suppose this is where trust comes in.  If you put the energy of desire out there, trust that if it’s for the greatest good of all involved, you’ll find your way to that goal.

I’ll be writing in the future about trying to manifest something you aren’t meant to have.

**A friend once asked how I found Aaron.  He was ready for his ideal mate.  I told him to put the energy out there then go about his life doing what he liked to do.  Not long after, he met the woman he married.  

Years later he told me he believes it was following my advice that did the trick. He said after getting his mind off of it he enjoyed life more and within a short time met his future wife at a wedding.

Desire.

The unbalanced force.

MANIFESTING THE FEELING

Note: Long post!

There’s a story in it.

It’s been quite the adventure trying to get the Morning Show off the ground today.

My term for getting into the positive frequency zone.

There wasn’t any specific thing keeping me feeling lower than I’d like and since that meant nothing specific to deal with I spent energy on things that might help raise the frequency.  Doing the scripting routine was rather blah so after I finished I considered writing about the role of feelings in manifesting.  While I had the rudiments of the content I was stuck in neutral when it came to putting fingers to keyboard.  Music often helps and is a traditional Morning Show component so I quickly put together an iTunes playlist with what I felt pretty upbeat music.

  • Kenny Loggins
  • Katy Perry
  • Judas Priest

Turbo Lover definitely has a beat to get the blood flowing!

I felt motivated but it fell short of where I needed and wanted to be.  

Tom Hanks to the rescue!

For whatever reason a scene from one of my favorite movies popped into my mind.

Money Pit

A must see for anyone about to embark on a renovation.

There is a scene where he walks into the upstairs bathroom carrying a bucket of warm water for the bath he is going to take with his love played by Shelly Long.  She says, “The turkey’s done,” to which he replies “So is the kitchen.  In fact it’s a little overdone for my taste.  Let’s not go there again.”  The scene progresses in a most hilarious way and just thinking about it had me laughing.

Now I’m Ready!

After taking a moment to be grateful for comedians I made to open MS Word only to have a notification pop up that updates were available.

Of course.

Ten minutes later I’m ready to share my wisom on another aspect of manifesting.  

It’s one I’ve long had trouble with.

Feelings…whoa whoa whoa…

Wait – that was an awful song back then.  Let’s skip that and move on, shall we?

I’m a fan of the Secret as well as a lot of the books from the early 20th century that inspired it.

Mark Fisher’s The Instant Millionaire is a great modern take on many of the concepts.

Though I’ve had luck putting many of the principles into practice, one aspect has been a challenge.  How do you feel as if you have something when you know you don’t have it?

I’m not big on affirmations for the same reason.  Saying I have something I know I don’t have doesn’t fly with me.  Imagination does not always trump reality.

If it did I would be writing from multiverse experience rather than What if?

In the Secret there’s a cool scene with Mike Dooley** where he is demonstrating how you might get into the feeling space of having a new car.  It’s all cool but what if you aren’t in the market for a new car?

Having lived in Downtown San Francisco with its incredible public transportation forever changed how I view car ownership.  

Can’t Get The Feeling

For years this simple piece of the manifesting puzzle eluded me.

Frustratingly so since I have quite the imagination yet couldn’t put it to work for this.

The Back Door In

I warned you this is long.

The other day Aaron and I drove out to a town that is part of the amalgam that inspired Port Gallatan.

I’m excited to share I’m adding more material to this series!

I was gazing out at the water when I realized I was filled with a very specific feeling. It’s a feeling I associate with Mackinac Island.  What makes it particularly unique is that it’s a feeling I associate with a very specific trip to Mackinac, one that was key to publishing an entire series.

The trip, not the island.

Take this job and…

To put in context I will share that it was 1995 and I was working in a miserable job. Thanks to the economy it was looking as if I’d be stuck there for awhile.  One late summer day I decided I’d had enough and that I would rather flip burgers than put up with the toxic environment one minute longer.  So, I quit.

Without having another job to go to.

After sharing the news with a supportive friend who congratulated me on my good sense I hopped in my car and started driving.

North.

I had no particular destination in mind.  Several hours later I was pulling into a place on Lake Huron not far from Fort Michilimackinac.  Paying for a cabin I stared up at the ceiling that night listening to the sound of the water and allowing a variety of feelings to go through me.

I was so proud of myself and so relieved to be out of that hellhole.

The next day as I was checking out I noted a pamphlet for Shepler’s Ferry.

I noted it wouldn’t be ferrying much longer as the tourist season was over and brutal winter weather would soon be back. 

Not ready to go home – I was still on a bit of a high for having the courage to look out for me *** – I took the ferry to Mackinac.  My first stop was to a stable so I could go horseback riding.  Though a bit surprised – tourist season was over – they were happy to set me up with a guide who, after learning I’m comfortable on a horse, took me on a wonderful back lot tour of the island.  

Feeling Wonderful

I peppered him with questions about what it was like to live on Mackinac all year and at one point he asked if I was considering a move.  I told him I definitely was.

I’d had it with so much of life in the Detroit Metro Area at that point.

As it happens, Fate intervened and I didn’t relocate to the beautiful island in Northern Michigan.  However, I never forgot the longing I felt to connect to the energy and the peace that filled my soul during the ride.

A feeling I get every time I set foot on the island.

It never occurred to me that if I’d focused on that feeling of a place to live I would have manifested it much sooner.

Take Away

What I learned is that desire is a wonderful feeling to tap for manifesting when it stems from a time when you were totally at peace in your soul.  Rather than focus on an object or specific location, immerse yourself in the feeling you had when things were good.

What Henriette Anne Klauser calls The Outcome of the Outcome.

In focusing on the feeling as opposed to the object or location etc you think will bring the feeling, you allow your Higher Self and the Universe to work together to find the perfect solution for you.  

Which will probably be even better than what you thought you wanted or needed.

Be well!

** Mike has some wonderful material on manifesting goals available on Amazon.

*** Within a week I had an awesome new job at a wonderful tech company working with amazing people and an incredible boss who also had an incredible boss.

MANIFESTING THE MORNING SHOW

As I seem to be on a positive roll I will share another piece of the Manifesting puzzle.

It’s a puzzle only in that there are a number of methods and finding one that works for you can take time.

One  Thing Leads to Another – The Fixx

I’ve written how shortly after restarting my meditation/prayer of thanks before bed routine helpful resources found their way into my sphere of awareness.

I never stopped thanking God at night and in the morning.  I just traded meditating for reviewing book plots which didn’t achieve the same results – at all.

These resources along with my new routine led to making other decisions that would – hopefully – bring more positive experiences.  One of those was something I called Tune the Dial.

Good Intentions

I wrote how the first line on my white board was Tune the Dial and the image of a sailboat to remind me of one potential good thought to focus on, the idea being I would start my day on a high note.  For awhile it worked.

Familiarity…

After a few weeks the words faded into the background and while I tried to keep up the momentum, it lost its punch.  I knew I had to do something but had more pressing and far more stressful concerns to deal with so I sent it to the back burner.

A series of signposts helped me reset the dial.

Which shows the benefits of sticking with the plan even if you hit a plateau.

This morning I circled back around to the friend who inspired the tune the dial and while writing an email to her came up with a new take on the same concept.

Morning Show!

In closing, I thanked her for being my morning show.  Obviously, this is related to tuning the frequency but in stating it that way – morning show – I was reminded of the days when I used to commute to work and listened to the radio.

I also remembered listening to the Stoney and WoJo show in Detroit on Saturdays while driving out to Kensington Metro Park for a morning hike.

It’s possible radio shows were on my mind because of what recently went down with KGO but the association of someone making your morning was set in mind and, having had a long history – I commuted for many many years – was a perfect fit for replacing Tune the Dial.

A radio show has a variety of topics so it isn’t static.  That alone made it a better fit than Tune the Dial.

One thing I can say with happy certainty.  When it comes to manifesting putting the energy out there by taking that first step reaps continuous rewards as the path before you is illuminated slowly but surely.

Step by step.

Be well

MANIFESTING THE PATH TO THE GOAL

Boy did I open a can of manifesting worms.

It all started several months ago when I suggested to a friend going through a rough patch to go back to a time when he successfully pulled himself out of one and see if there were any tools or strategies he could tap to help with the current situation.  At the time, I mentioned I was doing exactly that by pulling out visualization and meditation strategies I’d used successfuly some 30 years earlier.  

If only I’d known where that would lead…

Shortly after restarting the meditation/prayer ritual I was guided to a book on scripting the life you want.  The book is upbeat, well written, and described a unique method I was eager to try.

Early successes helped me have faith in my decision to try something different for manifesting a few specific goals that have remained somewhat elusive.  When things seemed to come to a halt I didn’t panic.

The author includes things to try when this happens.

After a couple of weeks I noticed something interesting.  Though the goal itself didn’t seem to be closer to manifesting, I was seeing what appear to be signposts along the path to that goal.

Need More Info

The first signpost entered with quite the drama.  I was lying in bed about a month ago, thinking about my goal through the filter of serious doubt.

As in maybe I’m not meant to have this.

Before falling asleep I asked God to send me a message that would either confirm – or not – whether this was the case.

Or Not!

The next morning I got an email from an organization that I used to belong to about a class that would definitely help me manifest my goal.

Message Received!

Need More Inspiration

The class, which I attended this past Saturday, was everything I needed it to be.

In terms of my goal I felt as if I’d come home.

Empowered with not only new tools but knowledge that work I’ve done til now most definitely laid a strong foundation for achieving these goals, I sat in my living room and tried to relax.

My mind was teeming with ideas but I knew I needed to fully absorb everything I’d picked up in the Master Class attended via Zoom.

I was scrolling through the sports section of Apple News when I came across an article about a female baseball player that resonated with another challenge I was pondering.

One related to my goal.

Reading how she approached her dream was inspirational, to say the least.

Need More Understanding

Sunday afternoon I began reading a book I’d purchased months ago but set aside.

If I push myself to absorb too much nonfiction, even if I know it will be helpful, it will leak out.  So, I pace myself.

Tools and strategies given in the first five chapters, paired with what I learned in the Master Class soon had me jumping out of my skin with ideas for my goals.  Deciding it was wise to get these ideas on paper I grabbed a notebook and set out to an offsite location where I could sit and contemplate everything I’d learned.

And write out what was working, what wasn’t, and what I could do to fix what wasn’t.

Things were going along when I got off track.

Badly enough that I felt I undid a lot of the good of the previous 36 hours.

One thing I’m good at is beating on myself for getting off track.

I disappointed myself in a major way.

I did, however, take time to evaluate what happened and what I could have done better.  

Surprise Surprise

Turns out getting off track is a blessing in disguise because it revealed a pretty big vulnerability that will keep me from reaching my goal.

Or at the very least, keep me from sustaining it if I do achieve it before dealing with this vulnerability.

I talked things over with Aaron who then suggested we get out of Dodge for a bit.  As it’s a beautiful sunny autumn day and I was feeling pretty down on myself, I agreed.  An irony is that the destination he suggested is notoriously haunted.  Deciding it was a great opportunity to test my decision of turning off/down the psi I mentally prepared myself for a relaxing time.

Success!

I’m happy to say nothing paranormally-tinged happened this time.

 On our previous trip which was over a year ago, I had a ghost come up to me and tell me she thought it incredibly rude that people came just to stare at her house.

On the way home I considered how I might pull myself out of my doldrums.

I am still beating up on myself for letting myself down.

Tune the dial

I decided to consider the lesson that came out of the experience in the context of being another signpost on the path to my goal. 

 If I hadn’t been made aware of it it would have got me into trouble somewhere down the road.

When I considered it like that and put it in the same context of the Master Class, the article, and the helpful book, I was able to see it’s an event that not only will help me achieve my goal but that is further evidence my manifesting efforts are working.

It’s also a great reminder to see the wonder in events, big and small.

Be well!

STIR THE MAGICK: CONNECTING TO THE UNIVERSE

Note:  Long

It’s been an incredibly magickal 18 hours.

I add the “k” because in my mind magic is associated with FX and Disney.  Add the k for the real stuff like manifesting!

Visualization and manifesting has been on my mind recently, not because I have goals – which I do – but because I’ve noticed how much of my environment and my life I visualized decades ago and then forgot about.

The whole Wouldn’t It Be Cool … ?

The view I have from my desk is identical to a magazine image I had on a different desk 11 years ago.

We were living in Scottsdale and because we knew it would be temporary were thinking of where to go next.  Thanks to my efforts with EMF Sensitivity, California was back on the possibilities map.  

Aaron and I loved So Cal and had visited San Diego for years, even before we were married, so that was high on the list.  But what type of dwelling?  Unable to nail it down I had two separate very different images on my desk.  One was a couple in a luxury high-rise.  The other was of a hallway near the stairwell of a house. 

 One was glamour and the other cozy.  

I liked both and could easily see us living in either.

I could not make up my mind so I left both images on the desk and gave it up to God.

We moved from that home to a condo in a luxury high-rise in San Diego.

The unit was identical to one I’d  seen in dreams off and on since long before I met Aaron.

We moved and then moved again and at one point I positioned my desk in a specific part of the house we now live in only to see it was an exact match for the other image.

Even the paint color is a match!

I was sitting on the sofa last night and noticing all the items and scenarios in my life I’d thought would be good or cool to have – and now I do.

Decades ago I was touring a model home in Ohio and saw a fireplace configuration I thought would be cool.  There is one of that exact configuration in my house!

I then considered the position Aaron and I were in on the sofa last night as we sat companionably, each doing our thing 

I was reading and he was playing some sort of game in between checking on the Browns score.

It was another would be good thing from childhood!

I used to spend the night at my paternal grandparents who I felt had a good marriage.  They would sit on the sofa at night each doing their thing – though my grandfather generally did the WSJ or some work rather than playing a game – unless it was the NY Times Crossword puzzle.  I remember thinking it would be nice to have that kind of marriage – where two people could sit in companionable silence and be together in peace.  I have that!

It felt good to see so much of what I wanted in life in my life though there has been one thing that’s bugged me for awhile.

A specific goal I’m having difficulty with.

Practice Is Englightening

I’ve written I began meditating again and it has led to all sorts of goodies including a new spin on a manifesting technique.  I immediately saw results with this technique which didn’t surprise me because I spent years doing similar work.  In spite of this I was having difficulty working on this one elusive goal.

Yesterday, as Aaron and I walked, I gave voice to my frustrations and concerns on this topic and he agreed to think on it and see if he could come up with any ideas.  At the same time I wasn’t going to sit around doing nothing.  

As I saw all the things and situations I’d created without really making an effort outside thinking decades ago it would be nice, it occurred to me that the reason I have been having such a challenge is because I already have the outcome of the goal.

I painted the journey but the universe tweaked the colors and the style of my image.

Deciding I would give it more thought today I went to bed.  As I was walking up the stairs, I asked God for help.

I told Him I didn’t like doubting myself or feeling scared about this topic and if there was anything He could do to help I would appreciate it.

Before bed, after the prayers of thanks, I had a random thought about an organization that might be of some help go through my mind.  Deciding I’d look into the situation today I cleared my mind and went to sleep.

This morning I had an email from the the organization.

I have not kept up my membership and hadn’t heard from them in 7 years!

The email contained information that addressed my exact goal – verbatim.

Stunned, I quickly thanked God.

Message received!

I’ll admit even for me this was a big one.  I had to just sit with it for awhile.

There is no way I could not interpret this as a direct answer to a prayer!

I put it in the context of a number of issues that have been resolved since reengaging in meditation and concluded that when you stir that magickal pot the universe conspires to help you.

So long as you marry action to intention.

Give it a try!

Magick awaits!