Gratitude … it’s more than you think

Gratitude crystals

If you’ve studied the Law of Attraction, you have learned that living with gratitude is one of the primary tenants for manifesting the life that you want. But gratitude is more than you may think it is.

On my Facebook page, I asked how people define gratitude and received some lovely responses:

Sarah said that “gratitude is an attitude, a specific frequency or vibration. I feel it’s very similar to the vibration of love. Both come from the heart and both shield you in an envelope of light and peace for you cannot be hurt or upset of sad when you are grateful. It goes beyond words.”

Ruthee shared that gratitude means “being appreciative of all the little things that might go by unnoticed. The scent of a particular rose, how the shade looks under a certain tree, a koi pond and fountain in someone’s back yard, an adorable kitten or puppy. Or my favourite, while in a pet food shoppe that has kittens for adoption, a man went and bought a few bags of toy mice and gave one to each kitten in its cage. That brought tears to my eyes.”

For Karen “It’s a word that encompasses the total person. The heart is soft and open. There is so much to be grateful for. The mind quiets and the soul shines.”

And from Theresa, “Gratitude to me means being grateful and appreciative for all the things that the universe has gifted me with and being able to recognize it.”

As you can see, gratitude has  many dimensions. Gratitude  is more than manifesting the things that you want. Having gratitude that you snatched a good deal on stuff on Black Friday is not the true meaning of gratitude. That is more about “thinking” gratitude. Gratitude is a decision that you make on how you want to live your life (regardless of what may manifest). It’s a decision that you want to live your life with joy, appreciative of little things, being present, being of service, recognizing all that is good, and refusing to focus on what is negative.

GratitudeGratitude is truly a way of life. It’s not a conscious act; it’s engrained into your soul and cells as who you are. Because if you ARE gratitude, you will attract in more to be grateful for. When you ARE gratitude, you actually begin to live your life.

So as we approach Thanksgiving, you may embrace or grimace at the traditions of being thankful for what you have. As you give thanks, make an unshakable decision that you will BE gratitude, you will LIVE gratitude, and you will EMANATE gratitude. Then watch how miracles begin to unfold in your life (and email me about them!!!).

In gratitude to you and wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Thankful for the 15 years I had Oscar in my life

 

 

About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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Call on your angels

Do you believe that you have a guardian angel? Do you believe that there are angels that you can call on to provide support and protection when you need it? Most people have not thought about angels or may be dismissive of them. Yet most religious traditions talk about the work of angels.

Disclaimer: This post is discussing angels in a non-religious manner. Speaking to or working with angels is not intended to intervene with your connection to your Higher Source; rather, connecting with angels is a way to enhance your spiritual connection.

 Whether you believe in angels or not, they are at work everywhere and for everyone. Each person has one or more personal guardian angels. There are many nonphysical things in life that we do not understand and humans tend to be dismissive of anything that cannot be proven through a scientific test or seeing with your own eyes. And that is a very limited way to live. But if you open your vision (your eye sight as well as your inner sight), you may realize that you have had angel encounters.

Angel encounters come in many different forms. You may shift your driving down a different road and avoid a big accident; you may hear a voice telling you to stop or move; you may feel a warm embrace during a moment of grief or sadness; or you may actually have a physical encounter with an angel. Let me tell you about one of my encounters.

SedonaIn January 2012, I was visiting Sedona, Arizona. While sitting on a hillside looking over the valley in one of the energy vortices, I was thinking of things in my life that needed to move on and other things that I wanted to bring in. While sitting there, I did not see anyone else on the hillside. Yet out of nowhere, a man in his mid-60’s appeared, walking with a stick and whistling. He was truly the happiest person I had seen. He walked directly to me and asked me if I was enjoying the energy of the vortex. I replied that I was. He then told me to take anything that I no longer wanted, old energy or old situations, and send them into the vortex. He said that the vortex would transform the energy and send back what I am ready to receive. It was like a prophet was speaking to me.

The Sedona rock
The Sedona rock

He then handed me a red rock in the shape of a heart. I collect rocks and crystals in the shape of hearts. Did he know this? He then smiled, turned and walked away whistling. I looked down at the rock and then back up to thank him and he was gone. It was only 1-2 seconds that I looked at the rock and he literally disappeared on the side of the hill. What I have described is a classic physical angel encounter.

Angels come to us to offer wisdom that we are ready to hear, to give us gifts, and to help and guide us when we ask for help. We always have free will. But you will notice that when you ask for help, it will come to you. And when you take the guidance, everything works out for the best.

Here are a few angels that you can call upon when you need guidance or help:

  • Archangel Ariel – for manifesting and nature
  • Archangel Azrael – for comfort during grief
  • Archangel Chamuel – for career and life purpose, when you’re fearful
  • Archangel Gabriel – for direction and creativity
  • Archangel Haniel – for grace
  • Archangel Michael – when you need protection and courage
  • Archangel Raphael – for physical healing
  • Archangel Uriel – for harmony and problem solving
  • Archangel Zadkiel – for forgiveness

Archangel card deckIf you want to learn more about how to communicate and work with angels, Doreen Virtue has written numerous books. One of my favorites is Archangels and Ascended Masters: A Guide to Working and Healing with Divinities and Deities. Doreen Virtue has also created several angel oracle card decks. My favorites are Angel Tarot Cards and Archangel Power Tarot Cards (see card layout to the left). When you work with the cards, you can receive angelic messages. Check out these videos where I demonstrate how the cards work.

I would love to hear from you about any angel encounters or guidance you have received. So post a comment or send me an email.

Want to learn an energy healing technique that calls on angel energy? Check out my Integrated Energy Therapy Classes for 2014!

Me with flowers

 

About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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Loss: When you want to help

All of us have been in the position at one time where we saw a family or friend suffering through a loss. Maybe it’s the loss of a person, a pet, a job, a relationship, or their health. We instinctively want to help them, but we often do not know what to do. We feel helpless as we watch our loved one suffer.

I have learned a lot about loss from both sides: suffering the loss and wanting to help someone through loss. What I have learned is that everyone processes loss differently. Yet instinctively we want to help others in ways that we would want to be helped. And that’s not necessarily the best way. So I created a video about some different ways that we can help without being intrusive.

Oscar&Sammy Thanksgiving 112306-sideIn 2012, I lost two of my beloved kitties: Sammy (on February 24, 2012) and Oscar (on November 24, 2012). And as the one-year anniversary of Oscar’s passing comes closer, I feel the sadness returning. I had time to prepare for the loss of Sammy and Oscar; yet when it happened it was like the world went on slow motion for me. My life as I had known it for the previous 12 years was gone. For me, I have always coped with loss by going within, being alone, healing in private. That often causes concerned loved ones to reach out to me even more; yet that causes me more pain. On the other hand, I know others who need to be with people when they are dealing with the aftermath of a loss. Having constant companionship and keeping busy is how they cope and heal. Two very different methods, and even more methods in between.

We are all different in how we handle loss and go through the grieving process. Here are 10 ways that you can help some through the process:

1. Ask how you can support them then honor their response. If they want space, give them space. If they want company but no talking, respect that.

2. Let them decide when (or if) they want to talk about what happened. They may want to avoid the topic and discuss lighter issues. Do not force them to talk about the loss. When (if) they are ready to talk, they will.

3. Limit how often you ask “are you okay” or say “I know what you’re going through.” When we are asked if we are okay, we naturally respond that we are fine out of politeness when the honest answer might be “my heart is broken and I don’t know how to go on with life.” And when we compassionately say that we understand what they are going through, we truly mean that. However, knowing that we all process loss differently, we really do not know what they are going through.

Grieving grid4. Send energy healing (distantly) to your loved one. Even though they may not consciously know the energy is enveloping them, energetically they will feel it and it will help them to heal. If you work with crystals, you could set up a crystal grid to send healing energy. I like to set up grids with Rose Quartz (to send love) and Apache Tear Obsidian (to help with grief). You could even set up a grid for the person or pet who has passed on.

5. Send prayers and good intentions their way. The energy of your positive prayers and intentions will reach them and give them comfort.

6. Donate to a charity in the memory of the person or pet who has passed. This is a way of doing something good during a time of grief.

7. Offer your help in nonintrusive ways. Such as cook dinner and leave it for your loved one, rake leaves, shovel snow, mow the lawn, pick up the mail and bring it to the front door. If your loved one is grieving privately, do this in subtle ways so that you do not intrude on their privacy.

8. Send a book that relates to coping with loss. These are some of my favorite books: Animals and the Afterlife, Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, Dying to be me (a book about the afterlife), Grieving MindfullyThe Art of Extreme Self-Care, and The Tapping Solution (Emotional Freedom Technique to help process grief).

9. Send a card or a photo of the person or pet who has passed along with a memory that you have of them. It may become a cherished keep-sake.

10. And when you don’t know what to say, just send a card or tell them, “I’m here for whatever you need.”

It is natural to want to help when we see a loved one grieving a loss. When you ask them what you can do to best support them and honor their request, everyone will feel better. Just ask!

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Allie & Oscar

 

About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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The Mind-Body Connection

I love it when “modern” medicine catches up with what Eastern philosophies have known for thousands of years … the mind impacts our physical body. Over the weekend a magazine caught my eye at Whole Foods. It’s called What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You. For the past 8 years, I have switched to all holistic/naturopathic doctors (as well as energy healing) and have learned so much about what those doctor’s believe about how to keep the body healthy.

In the November issue there is an article called “Living the Dream” by Dr. Lissa Rankin. That caught my eye because I have a wall hanging at my front door that says the same thing. The article was amazing. Click here to download a full copy.

Living the DreamThe article addressed how our bodies are under chronic stress due to not living a life that brings joy and fulfillment. It compared people who eat healthy, exercise, avoid addictions and work with doctor’s to optimize their health to people who eat junk food, do not exercise, yet are physically healthier than their “healthy” counterparts. How is that? The difference was in how they felt about their life. People who are stressed about their job, are miserable/unfulfilled in their relationships, lonely, scared about their future and finances, and/or depressed will have overall lower physical health. When the body is stressed, it cannot relax. And only a relaxed body can repair itself.

Living the life that you want is as important as how you care for your physical body. So I would like you to take a few minutes to write down your answers to these questions:

  • Is anything keeping you from being authentically you? If so, what is holding you back.
  • What is missing from your life?
  • If you were granted one wish to change anything in your life, what would it be?

We all have some aspect of our life that we would like to change. But what causes chronic stress o the body is having multiple aspects of your life that frankly make you miserable. For example, if you do not like your job, you likely spend half of your waking life doing something that makes you unhappy. Then if you come home to loneliness or a relationship that is not healthy, that’s an additional stressor. This chronic stress that puts stress on the body because you cannot get away from it. And stress on the body causes a host of physical problems.

If you are struggling with a physical issue, write down the answer to these questions:

  • What do you think is at the root of your illness?
  • What does your body need in order to heal?

When you make choices to reduce your stress and follow a dream, you fill your body with relaxation hormones rather than stress-inducing hormones. Our bodies are built to handle occasional situations of stress, not the chronic stress that we tolerate everyday. Chronic stressors such as work/financial stress, loneliness, difficult relationships, or depression cause our brain to believe that we are under attack. So it physically responds causing stress on the nervous system and your organs. Basically, we age faster when we’re under chronic stress and unhealthy cells develop.

It is so important that you take steps to live a happy life. You were not put on this planet to be unhappy. You have the ability to create the life that you want, one step at a time. One simple step is to engage in quiet time and relaxing breathing techniques every day (no exceptions). You have to give yourself downtime (in addition to a good nights sleep). Another option is to join me January 5, 2014 for 5 consecutive Saturdays for my You are your Thoughts: Conscious Living through the Law of Attraction webinar. It’s a good investment in your physical and emotional wellbeing (or add it to your holiday gift wish list)! And please take a few minutes to read the article. I hope it inspires you to be your best you!

Blessings from the best of me, to the best of you!

Allie w rutilate quartz

 

 

 

About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

Join in on the fun!

 

Want access to free stuff? Become an Energy Emissary! Click here for instant access to a one-hour Law of Attraction video about changing your money vibe, free articles, and the 30 Days of Gratitude poster for November!