What happens when you are doing your passion work?

AdLast night someone said to me that they could not wait for today because they would be taking 2 weeks away from the office. This time of year I would also be looking forward to taking 2 weeks off over the Christmas holidays. I would bank my vacation days and eagerly look forward to 2 weeks of turning off my legal brain and having no work travel. I would usually “work” on Manifested Harmony business (like creating new classes), but I enjoyed that so it did not feel like work. What I was doing was taking a vacation from office drama and stressful work that was draining. I love my work to protect animals, but the peripheral office stress was what I needed a vacation from.

So what’s different this year? Well … I moved back home to Michigan for a less-stressed lifestyle; I walked away from office drama and that peripheral stress and now work from home; I don’t have to bank vacation days or have a year-long craving for 2 weeks away from the office because I can take a vacation and days off whenever I want.

Infused-7-graphicHow did I do it? I made the bold-big-leap-you-can-fly-and-be-your-own-boss decision earlier in the year. I uprooted everything, shook that proverbial snow globe and love where everything has settled. What I did was take control of my days, my work and my life. What I did was consciously work the Law of Attraction and act as if what I desired was actually happening (like telling people I was going to move about a year before I actually did). I truly believed it was happening, I talked about it, and then I started taking the steps and it all felt divinely guided. I also worked extensively with my essential oils to maintain faith and strength during the change (the Oola Infused7 oil kit was amazing).

Every day I decide when I want to work, who I want to work with, what I want to work on, and for how long. Mondays are no longer a dread day, there’s no TGIF because every day is TGIF, and I don’t hold my breath until I can take an extended vacation from “the office”.

So today, in particular, is very different than the past 20+ years because normally it would be “THE LAST FRIDAY BEFORE MY 2 WEEK VACATION!!!” Instead, today is yet another awesome day where I’m not living for a vacation or working for the weekend, but living each day fully.

My home and the world is my office, my work and who I hang out with are my choosing. It’s liberating, it’s awesome, it’s life changing. When you make the decision to pursue your passion work, your world changes.

Of course, you have to get comfortable with potentially making less money to start with (although it’s really smart to launch your passion biz while you still have another income), getting comfortable with change and relying on yourself for your financial stability. Too many people are frozen in fear in taking that step, but I can tell you from experience that there is nothing to fear. It’s invigorating and when you can block the nay-sayers you will learn so much about yourself and what you are capable of doing.

Dir of my lifeMost people have a hobby that they dream about turning into a business. They dream about being the Director of a business called My Life. They visualize what it would be like to take back their days and make a positive impact by sharing their gift(s) with the world. But most people either don’t know how to get started or they are too busy and too stressed to take the first step.

This is why I just created a new online class to help you launch your passion business. It was created for energy healers, essential oil distributors, new network marketing distributors, and wellness coaches; but the information can be translated to any small business venture.

So if this rings a bell in your head, the angels start singing, or your dog pushes your hand to click on the image below, do me a favor and check out the class. It’s coming up live on January 3rd …. Just in time to kick of 2016 and fulfill a New Year’s Intention! The class will also be recorded if you cannot make the live class or if you want to watch it later. I kept the information simple and used my experiences in incorporating Manifested Harmony in both Virginia and Michigan, working with social media, websites, newsletters, trademarks, and so much more. So I hope you will join me for this new class and make 2016 the year that you FINALLY turn your hobby into your passion biz!

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About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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Rest then act

Have you felt like the past few years have been all about identifying what is no longer working for you and releasing? Have you noticed that people, situations, and things fell away during this time? Some may have been welcomed releases and others sad releases. I had some friends and work situations fall away and it was sad but necessary because they were weighing me down. What has become clear is that the past few years gave us an opportunity to reflect on our lives, face fear (to stop us from living in fear), and make much-needed changes.

But now the energy of change and release is not as intense. Have you felt relief in the past few weeks? I certainly have. We are in a time to rest, reflect, rejuvenate, and re-evaluate because very soon it will be time to start moving forward and taking action without the weight of what we released. Part of this rest is due to being in Mercury Retrograde (which ends on October 9th). But if you’re like me, you’re having trouble fully resting because we’ve spent 2-3 years doing, going, releasing, changing and consciously (or subconsciously) reworking our lives. Do you still feel like you need to be going and moving but the energies are making you tired to force some rest?

Here’s the thing about the time of rest that we’re in … it’s really important that you take advantage of this energetic down time. Take some time right now to reflect on these questions and write down your answers:

  • What did your life look like 3 years ago and where are you now that is different? What was your fear level 3 years ago on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • What has fallen away (disappeared/released) from your life in the past 3 years and how do you now feel about that? Look at career, relationships, health, finances, where you live, people who surround you, etc.
  • When you look back 3 years, how do you feel about your life right now?
  • Knowing where you are now, how do you now feel about change?
  • And on a scale of 1 to 10, where is your fear level today?

Taking the time right now to reflect on these questions and where you are now will help you get prepared to take action and start moving forward to embrace and grab the life that you are meant to have (without the weight of old energies from the past). Are you ready to do that? It’s okay if you feel nervous about it or don’t see the path clearly in front of you. First you need to give yourself some time, even just a day or two, to rest and reflect. Then you can get moving again and you will know the first step to take.

For the past 3 years, you may not have consciously made changes, but found yourself walking the path of change. That’s how the new energies are working. So these changes will continue to take place whether you recognize it or not because change begins at the subconscious and energy level.

1888832_912630665422808_8398983688183840928_oSo what can you do?

  • Embrace change, don’t fight it, and go with the flow. When you fight change it’s like paddling back up stream and you’re only going to get exhausted. Drop the oars of resistance and see where it takes you.
  • Be aware of how your days unfold. Too many people are going through the motions because they are so stressed or so busy. That’s not living. I know, because I was there. When you become consciously aware of how you spend your days, you will more easily accept when a new path appears.
  • Get yourself a stock of therapeutic-grade essential oils that will support you during change and promote a positive attitude. When you work with these oils, you change your vibration. And when you have a vibrational level that you can sustain without it being a rollercoaster, you will feel better physically and emotionally. My favorites are Abundance, Believe, Clarity, Envision, Forgiveness, Highest Potential, Hope, Joy, Sacred Mountain, Transformation, White Angelica, and the Infused7 kit.  Go here to learn more!
  • Tap tap tap. When you use the Emotional Freedom Technique everyday and tap on concerns, worries, and energy blocks, you can release those and let other deep-down issues bubble up so that those can be released too. Tapping will help you feel better as change happens.
  • And be very discerning about what you think, what you say, and what you do. The energies are such that manifesting is happening rapidly for many people. What you think, say and do will appear in your world. So if you are thinking about money worries, you will have money worries. If you tell people how sick/tired/upset you are, you will be sick/tired/upset. If you are engaging in activities/work that do not bring you joy and fulfillment, then you are sending a conflicting message to the Universe that you give your precious time to these unfulfilling tasks and you will get more of the same.

Mercury Retrograde ends on Friday. So give yourself the space until then to rest, reflect, rejuvenate and re-evaluate. When you do that, you will have the energy to take action and soar in the right direction. Without it, you may continue to feel weighted down.

Post me a comment to share how you’ve been feeling recently and what steps you are taking!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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What is a sensitive person to do with social media nastiness?

I have been labeled a highly sensitive person every since I was a toddler. Ballet lessons at the age of 4 were unbearable for me because I would sob to the classical music (even though I loved ballet and all forms of dancing); and it was unbearable for everyone else, too. I am still this way: sad music, sad movies, movies where animals are harmed (even cartoons), and people with harsh words send me into my introverted turtle shell to hide.

If you listen to what other people say, watch the news, or interact on social media, you are bound to be overwhelmed by negativity if you are highly sensitive. It’s easy for people to behave badly on social media because they can do so from behind the safety of their computer. Recent public events have brought out the worst judgment in people; not based on the issue at the core of the situation, but based on people going way off topic and attacking people for things that have nothing to do with the issue. Think of it this way, everyone messes up (some more than others). Now think of the last mistake that you made and imagine it going viral on social media and being on national news? Now imagine that people start to comment negatively on your looks, your family, or things that have nothing to do with your mistake? It makes the rhyme about sticks and stones ring in my ears. Get the gist of my angst?

Let goAs a trial attorney, I learned quickly which battles to fight and to often take the high road. When it comes to the (c)rudeness on social media, I most often just move on and don’t say anything because the last thing I want is the negativity directed at me. I sacredly safe guard my energy. But I have reached the ceiling on all of this nastiness to where I am now unfollowing certain friends and taking myself out of group pages that I joined to help me on my business.

One particular post on a group business page (that I paid to be a part of) pushed it too far last night. One person was expressing her frustration about a particular business style. When I saw people jumping on the negativity band wagon and back handing other un-related businesses in the process, that had nothing to do with the original post, I had to comment. One thing that I wrote in my comment was “I’m seeing more and more how social media groups are influencing core beliefs in us that may not be healthy.”

People around youI have found it to be true that we are only as successful, happy, healthy as the people we associate with the most. Whether we acknowledge it or accept it, when we hang out on certain social media pages the information on that page penetrates our subconscious and can become a core belief.

I have no problem speaking up for myself and others (I’m an animal advocate after all). But whenever I speak up against nastiness on social media, I don’t feel better because it’s people that I don’t know personally and if I met them I likely would not friend them in real life. And then I wonder if the lynch mob will turn on me. I just don’t want to see those negative posts because I don’t want that negative energy in my life. Can you relate? Have you felt this way too?

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Malachite and Rhodochrosite (with quartz points)

So what’s a sensitive person to do with social media nastiness? Here are my tricks that are helping me to stay kind but strong and not hide in my blanket fort all day long.

  • Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a quick and effective method for moving out harmful energy that you have experienced. Click here to learn how to tap. I have tapped for years but in the past 2 weeks I have been tapping daily (and sometimes multiple times a day). I find that it’s helpful to immediately tap when something bothers you. No need to imprint that situation in your body. Tap tap tap and get it out!
  • Add essential oils to your fingertips when you’re tapping. I have been using Release oilClick here to watch a video that I recently created on how I tap with oils. You can also diffuse essential oils or place a drop in your hands to inhale (make sure they are safe for that use) … any oil will do because oils help to balance your energy field. But Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Rose are good choices.
  • I love the emotional releasing combination of Malachite with Rhodochrosite. Place them all over your solar plexus and heart chakra for 15-20 minutes.
  • Go for a massage or energy healing session. Get the energy moved out of your body.
  • Journal and write out what is upsetting you. Writing it out helps to get it out.
  • Do something to bring your attention to being present (so that your thoughts stop replaying the situation): dancing, yoga, walking/running/exercise, a walk on the beach, get together or talk with a positive uplifting friend, listen to uplifting music.
  • Forgive yourself for getting upset. Check out my blog on forgiveness and more helpful tips.
  • And hug your pets … they are pure unconditional love and compassion.

You’re not alone if the nastiness on social media is overwhelming. I know that the energies are really challenging all of us and pushing us to the next level, but the next level of energy is all about compassion.

So here’s my wish: Let’s flood social media with positivity!!!! Inspiring posts, posts about having better body/heart/mind/spirit, posts about helping others, and sharing lots and lots of photos/videos of cute animals! And use #positivepost.

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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Why we resonate with animals

Rudy PurrmasteThe other day I was conducting a telephone remote healing session with a friend. I have been getting clear messages lately from angels, especially during these sessions with my friend, and this particular sessions was particularly strong.

I received this message from Archangel Ariel: People are 3rd dimensional souls, which can be heavy energy because we are grounded to Earth. But animals are 4th dimension souls, which is a lighter energy, more evolved energy, and why they more easily give unconditional love and acceptance.

Wow, it was so cool to get that message. For those of us who have companion animals bless our lives, we instinctively know this. Our animal companions give us unconditional love, even on those days that we are not our best. Our animal companions raise our energy and vibration and help us feel better. It’s why they lay beside us or on us when we are not well.

For someone who has been repeatedly disappointed and betrayed by people, they may decide to share their lives with animals. I see this in my animal protection work where people leave their high-powered jobs to build an animal sanctuary or open up a kitty daycare. Or they lock themselves away from people and begin to collect far too many animals. They crave that 4th dimensional unconditional loving energy that only animals can give us.

So what type of animal do you resonate with? Dogs come to us to make us more outgoing, get us outside, interact with others, and to play. Cats come to us to help us slow down, to rest (especially in contorted yoga positions), to spend time in the sun (like a cat laying in a sunny window) and to select who you associate with carefully. Horses are incredibly spiritual animals which is why people called some horses “spirited.” If you are drawn to horses, you are drawn to increasing your spirituality.

Animals can teach us so much about how to live a truly more compassionate and giving life if we just take cues from them. If you want to learn more about healing with and for animals, check out my training classes: Crystal Healing for Animals, Essential Oils for Animals, Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets, and Reiki for Animals.

About Allie Phillips:

Me and JAcobAllie 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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I give essential oils to my cats (and it’s safe)!

Lucy and CopaibaIf you google “essential oils and cats” you will get about 10 gazillion pages that say, in no uncertain terms DON’T DO IT! And you know what, I agree. Because a vast majority of essential oils do not have the purity to be used with the sensitive bodies of animals. They have been planted with inferior plants, grown in toxic soil, cultivated with pesticides and toxic fertilizers, distilled with chemicals, or bottled with fillers to make the oils cheaper. All of these contribute to why there are so many legitimate warnings cautioning against the use essential oils with pets, especially our precious felines.

However, I’m going to go out on a limb in hopes of educating you that not all essential oils are the same. If you do not know about Young Living oils, this could change your life. If you’ve read anything that I’ve blogged/posted in the past 2-1/2 years, you are probably familiar with my love of Young Living oils for pets. And if you’ve already formed an opinion about Young Living (whether positive or negative), I encourage you to keep reading.

Young Living has a long history of having pet-safe oils. They have a Veterinary Advisory Council of experts who have worked with the oils and provide their expertise to ensure the safety of the oils for animals. Even though I am an attorney who has specialized in animal protection, I take my guidance from the experts.

I love learning about the science of Universal Laws, energy healing, crystals and essential oils (although I wanted to poke my eye out with a pen when I had to take science classes in high school and college … and it’s why I’m a lawyer and not a doctor). I’m not going to get all sciency on you because I’m not a scientist, but I want to share two simple points why I believe that Young Living oils are safe for pets.

Seed to sealFirst, Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee is how they do business; it’s not just a slogan. Young Living has its own farms and co-op farms so that they can oversee every part of the process before an essential oil bottle arrives on your doorstep.

  • They select the best seeds (no GMO or chemical-grown seeds).
  • They plant them in the proper soil/temperature and location. Just because I can grow lavender in my yard doesn’t mean it’s the high therapeutic-grade value of lavender that Young Living grows.
  • They cultivate without fertilizers or pesticides and they hand-pull weeds (gee, can you come to my house and pull weeds?).
  • They harvest the plants/trees/flowers/bushes when they can provide the highest therapeutic value in the oil; they don’t harvest when it’s convenient for Young Living.
  • They distill using steam distillation (no alcohol or cutting agents to get the oils to come out faster) and for some they use cold-pressing. When they distill or press, it’s just the oil that comes out.
  • And then they bottle and seal the cap. I tell people to never ever ever purchase Young Living oils from Amazon, Ebay or another generic site because Young Living cannot guarantee those oils. Although I may sell a bottle of oil on occasion, I show people how to buy from YoungLiving.com (and get wholesale prices) so that they know the oil in the bottle is exactly what it says it is.

Second, Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils are safe to ingest, inhale and/or apply topically because of their purity; and this is what makes them safe for pets. You may know this next part, but for others it could be the first time you’ve heard it. Whatever we ingest ends up in our blood system and cells, right? You eat a bag of cheese popcorn and bam it’s in your blood stream and traveling to your cells and organs. You eat a handful of broccoli and the same thing. This is why we either feel great or crappy after we eat food.

When we put something on our skin (our largest organ and the organ that detoxes junk out of us) it goes directly into our blood stream and cells. I’ve actually heard some people say “it doesn’t matter what I put on my skin because I can just wipe/rinse it off.” Uhhhhh, I don’t think so sweet pea. What you put on your skin goes into your blood stream and your cells like a bullet. Think of all of the patches that are on the market now to control smoking, birth control, or input medicine in your system. When I was in high school I suffered from motion sickness and was given a transdermal patch to wear on the back of my ear to control it. It worked great. How did it work? It went in through my skin and into my blood stream and cells.

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Photo credit: Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff (a Young Living distributor)

Next, whatever we smell goes directly from our nose to our brain and into our blood stream. That usually freaks people out because think of how many noxious and obnoxious odors we smell everyday. Ewwww!!! So when you smell an essential oil (either from the bottle or from diffusing into the air) it travels very quickly to your brain and into your blood stream. Have you ever had a flashback to a memory when you’ve smell something? Maybe Rose reminds you of a hand cream that your grandmother wore? Because we store emotions in the brain (the amygdala to be exact), that’s where the oils travel to and trigger a memory. They go to the brain!

2014-04-20-12-18-18Most oils say that they are not to be ingested, should not be applied topically unless diluted, and should not be used with pets; they are to only be smelled. For those oils, trust what the label says. But if an oil is safe to smell and smelling takes it to our brain and into our bloodstream, why can we not ingest them or use with pets? Do you see the problem? This is why most Young Living oils contain a dietary supplement label (check out the photo).

So we know that what we ingest, what we apply topically and what we smell goes into our blood stream and to our cells. So answer me this, when an essential oil gives a disclaimer that says ….

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… why would you want to use it on yourself or your pet? Any oil that has this disclaimer has a purpose, but it’s not a therapeutic grade oil that you would want entering your bloodstream or your pet’s. This is why the therapeutic grade of the Young Living oils that can be used all ways (ingested, topically and aromatically) are truly safe for all, including pets.

I joined Young Living because I wanted to offer essential oils to my cats, to shelter pets and to abused/neglected animals. I am conservative in how I use the oils with them because cats are missing an enzyme in their liver to help process the oils. But they are still safe to use Young Living oils with cats if you know how. The simplest way is to diffuse the oils (with a cold diffuser). Your cat will take in the therapeutic benefits and can walk into a different room if they need a break. Cats are smart, they will walk away if something doesn’t feel right. My cats love to hang out in rooms that have a diffuser.

After reading this, if you’re still not on board with offering Young Living oils to pets, that’s okay. Just be open to the idea.

I am passionate about getting Young Living oils and diffusers into animal shelters, especially for cats who tend to do poorly in cages and can exhibit scared behavior that can be misinterpreted as aggression. Gary Young’s vision for Young Living is to get oils in every home on the globe. Now imagine a day when every animal shelter diffuses Young Living essential oils to keep the cats happy and balanced? That’s my vision.

Before you begin working with Young Living oils for yourself or your pet, I think it’s important to learn about them. If you want to learn specifics about how to offer essential oils to pets, please log on to one of my webinars. Check upcoming webinars here. And if you’re ready to join Young Living, I’d love to have you as part of my group. We’re a growing group of oiling animal people who have a lot of experience and information to share! Click on the photo below to get started!

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About Allie Phillips:

Me & RudyAllie 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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Widen your perspective, receive more

Create a visionI was driving home after a beautiful walk along the river on my favorite campus (Michigan State) when I was scanning my SiriusXM radio and stopped on a channel. It was a talk about widening our containers, our perspective, so that we can receive more.

This message really struck a cord with me because all year (and for the past few years) I’ve been widening my perspective and experiencing the growing pains and joys that come with it. Widening your container or perspective is about looking at where you are in all aspects of your life (personal, spiritual, finance, work, health, etc.) and then reaching further to make it even better. It’s proactive rather than reactive. So if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, do one thing today to improve your physical wellbeing and keep doing it. If you’re fed up with your boss/job, then take a step towards finding and doing your passion career and do it everyday. If you’re financially or spiritually broke, make a decision to learn what you need to do to become financially or spiritually abundant and keep doing it. Widening the container is not a one time event, it’s a process. The process is called life. Yet I find that most people (and I’ve been there at times) are satisfied with being dissatisfied. And that’s not right.

But here’s the glitch about that container: When we ask for more in our lives but don’t have the space to accommodate more, we end up pushing away the exact thing that we want. What???? We don’t do this intentionally; it’s a subconscious reaction built on a belief system that we’re not entitled to more than what we have. Everyday we push our desires and dreams away because we often go through life thinking small, not believing that we deserve more than what we have, and being taught to be grateful for what we have (and hence, don’t ask for more). Who came up with those crappy rules? Your life and what’s in it is exactly as big as your container and what you can fit in it. Small perspective creates a small container and a small life. A big container is filled with an expansive perspective of all that is possible and creates a big glorious life.

But in order to bring in something new, we may need to make space for it. So that usually means that something has to go. Most people don’t want to give up anything even if it’s something toxic; they just want to keep adding in more stuff in hopes of covering it up. I call this Toxic Hoarding. To make space, we need to eliminate what isn’t working for us anymore so that we can add what we really want.

You don’t have to give up anything huge or life altering. It could simply be that you spend less time on Facebook (which has been such a depressing energy drain for me lately), less time gossiping, less time watching reality TV, less time with energy draining people, friends and activities. It’s about learning to say no, staying focused on what you want in your life and avoiding a life that is on auto pilot with mind-numbing activities! Or maybe you need a life altering change so you start to reduce the number of hours working for a toxic job, you leave the toxic job knowing that when a space is created it must be filled, you walk away from a relationship that no longer serves you, or you start to do something for yourself everyday that promotes well-being, purpose and abundance in your life.

So what does your container look like? Is it big enough to hold all of your dreams and goals. If it is, you’re not dreaming big enough. If it’s not, start to clean out your container and start to stretch your dreams and goals beyond your comfort zone. You know that I’m all about tools to help with changing belief systems and supporting change. So here are my top 5 picks:

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  • The Infused 7 essential oil kit by Oola and Young Living. This kit is all about balancing and growing 7 areas of your life: Faith, Family, Field/work, Finance, Fitness, Friends and Fun. I have been working extensively with this kit and I love love love it. (P.S. Be sure to get the Oola Balance and Oola Grow bottles, too, because they combine great with this kit.)
  • For crystals, get some Azurite with Malachite (place on your 3rd eye to work on core beliefs) or an Elestial crystal (strips away anything that is not in line with your crown chakra).
  • Tapping (the Emotional Freedom Technique).
  • Meditation or time to quiet your mind every day.
  • Build a vision board and go big on those dreams!

Please don’t live a small life. You were placed on this planet at this time in history to bring something that is unique to you. If you don’t bring it, you will deprive everyone of your gift.

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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), Young Living oil enthusiast (Ind. Dis  #1414338), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Each day she finds her balance playing with essential oils, crystals, animals, writing, and teaching, while helping others find their path. Her passion is combing energy laws & healing techniques together to help people gain control of their lives, remove negative blocks and emotions, and to help animals live with comfort in our changing 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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What is it like to be your Guardian Angel?

Quick … what is the first thought that came into your mind when you read this title? Be honest and post it in the comment section below before you think about it too much.

Was it My Guardian Angel has it easy peasy because I’m so intuitive, open and willing to be guided. Or was it more like I need to give some battle pay to my Guardian Angel because even though I wish for many things, I subconsciously fear change and I dig my heals in the ground every step of the way.

My Sammy is now one of my guardian angels.
My Sammy is now one of my guardian angels.

We all have a guardian angel, and some of us have many. What do you think it is like to be your guardian angel? If you are like most people, did any of these words come to mind: difficult, challenging, stubborn, won’t listen, won’t move? For years, I know that I was a difficult subject for my guardian angels. I have several guardian angels, each have names, and many are animals. They have come to me at various times over the years through dreams or by having their name/message come into my mind. When that happens, I know they were talking loudly to get my attention. Guardian angels generally talk softly to us … in whispers. And if we can tune out the chaos that surrounds us, settle down into some quiet time, and talk to them, you will be amazed at what guidance you receive.

If we listen to our guardian angels:

  • we would have peace
  • we would have perfect guidance at all times
  • we would be in the right place, the right job, the right relationships at the right time (check out this great article from Doreen Virtue on How to Meet your Soulmate’s Guardian Angels)
  • we would have a smoother life and would handle bumps and roadblocks with more faith and grace
  • we would have balanced and vital physical and emotional health
  • we would have courage to take a leap of faith and know that all would be well
  • and we would have faith in knowing that no matter what storm you are in, sunshine is just on the other side

When we don’t listen to our guardian angels:

  • we are stressed
  • we are physically and emotionally ill
  • we are question every decision
  • we hold ourselves back from change
  • we talk ourselves out of that perfect job, home, relationship
  • we question everything
  • and we go through life with fear and uncertainty

Now which life would you rather lead? One with guardian angel guidance or not?

Several years ago, after I became an Integrated Energy Therapy Master- Instructor (which is all about angelic healing), I found myself talking to angels all of the time. When I travel, I talk to Archangel Michael for protection and Archangel Gabriel to get me easily to where I need to be. There are dozens of angels that I frequently converse with, even starting the day by asking What would you like me to do today? And when I give myself even just a minute to close my eyes, breathe deeply, and listen … I always get an answer.

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This is one of many angel oracle decks that I work with on a daily basis.

Since doing this, my life has been divinely guided. And while everything is not perfect and rosey 24/7 (because sometimes I fall back into the pattern of not listening), I can say that when I talk to my guardian angels, listen for their guidance and heed it, life is so much better and I have little, if any, fear.

So how to the angels talk to me? It comes to me as:

  • a thought that crosses my mind
  • an idea to do or create something
  • an image of a person, pet or place
  • a definitive yes or no in my mind when I ask a question
  • a strong feeling in my body (usually my stomach) when I meet someone or I’m asked to do something
  • seeing outward messages (like license plates, business signs, formations in the clouds, pennies or feathers on the ground)
  • through working with oracle card decks
  • and through this divine oil blend from Young Living called White Angelica

White AngelicaIf you wonder who your guardian angels are, simply ask and then get quiet to hear the answer. You won’t lose anything by talking to your angels and you can do it privately. What do you have to lose?

What angels do you talk to frequently? Post me a comment below!

P.S. Want to learn more about the angelic healing that I mentioned above, then click here because I have IET classes forming right now in Lansing, MI!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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), Young Living oil enthusiast (Ind. Dis  #1414338), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Each day she finds her balance playing with essential oils, crystals, animals, writing, and teaching, while helping others find their path. Her passion is combing energy laws & healing techniques together to help people gain control of their lives, remove negative blocks and emotions, and to help animals live with comfort in our changing 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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Where’s my blanket fort? Handling overwhelm with grace

When I say blanket fort, what do you think of? I think back to the days of my childhood where I spent hours erecting the perfect blanket fort, with chairs lined up perfectly to hold the appropriately matching colored blankets, and the tranquil interior filled with blankets, fluffy pillows, my Nancy Drew books, Etch-a-Sketch, graham crackers, the family cat and everyone with cooties was banned.

Doesn’t that sound lovely … especially during times of feeling overwhelmed??

I often get myself into situations where I feel overwhelmed. It’s totally my doing because I tend to take on way too much (all for the greater good of helping people and pets as I rationalize my 12+ hour work days, often 7 days a week). So here’s what I’ve done lately that made me want to retreat to my childhood fort:

  • I made a huge life move from 11 years in Virginia back home to Michigan (with all of the stress of buying a house, selling a house, packing, moving, getting unpacked and set up, while keeping the kitties calm);
  • Two days after the move I felt strongly that I needed to sign up for Marie Forleo’s intensive B-School before registration closed, so I dove in to her 8-week course (which I am loving, but the timing was a bit overwhelming);
  • Three weeks after the move I signed up for a 6-week Chemistry of Essential Oils class (which I also love);
  • I’ve attended two in-person essential oil trainings (with more on the horizon) which were amazing;
  • I’ve held 5 workshops and webinars;
  • I’ve maintained my animal protection, including travel, work while balancing the set up of Manifested Harmony;
  • I have several new classes that I really want to develop;
  • I’m enjoying reconnecting with my Michigan tribe and getting back into ballroom dancing;
  • And the list goes on and on.

While there is some work that I’m not entirely enamored with these days, everything else I absolutely adore and love which is why I keep piling it on! I am ravenous when it comes to learning and sharing what I’ve learned. But two weeks ago, I hit the blanket fort wall. I looked at my chalk wall board in my office and thought holy crap, how am I going to get through all of this?

Have you been there? I think you have. And what is our natural instinct? We start to shut down and our productivity comes to a grinding halt which makes us feel even worse. And then when we’re not checking off our to-do list because we’re overwhelmed, we then feel even more overwhelmed. Right? #viciouscycle

So what did I do? I crafted my adult version of the blanket fort which contains sparkly fairy lights, my survival kit of Young Living Essential Oils (high frequency oils like Neroli, Rose, Sacred Mountain, Stress Away), crystals (my favorite Brandberg, some Prehnite, and lots of grounding crystals like Black Tourmaline), an inspiring book, my 3 cats weaving in and out, and wine (I put oils in the wine, so that makes it healthy, right?)! And when I come out for a small break, I only watch The Hallmark Channel and The Love Boat which I recently found on Pop TV! Squuuuueeee!!!!!! Why those shows? They are all heart-felt shows/movies that leave you feeling good. I’ve also taken to building fairy houses (check out my creation below)! Taking some ME time – to do nothing that will save the world – is just what I need to re-energize.

Fairy houseHere’s the thing about getting overwhelmed: acknowledge it, let yourself have some downtime, do things that bring you joy, but don’t wallow too long otherwise it’s difficult to crawl back into productivity. Then just add one thing to your list for the day and overhwleovermake sure you get that done. Then the next day, add one more task. By the end of the week you’ve checked off 7 tasks and 30 by the end of the month! And most of all, give yourself permission to be gentle on yourself. Being gentle does not mean being lazy and shirking responsibilities; it means giving yourself time each day to just do something nurturing and kind for yourself.

Let’s chat about this … post me a comment of the 3 things that you do to help you cope with overwhelm and we can all learn better ways to take care of ourselves!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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Open that throat chakra and speak your truth

Speak the truthHow many times have you stopped short of saying what you really want to say? Maybe you read something interesting or even controversial and you want to tell others. Maybe you have studied something (like energy healing, Law of Attraction, essential oils) and want to share what you learned. Maybe you see an animal who needs help. Maybe you have a belief or testimonial about how something has worked for you. But then you stopped short and did not share, did not speak. The #1 culprit for why we lock up our throat chakra and don’t speak our truth is because we want to be liked/loved/accepted and we’re afraid that speaking up with cause friction, controversy, an argument, or being told no. Is this ringing true for you?

Yesterday, I posted something on my Facebook page written by someone else about why she thinks Young Living is the best essential oil company out there. The article resonated with me so I wanted to give her some support. The author is a chemist and wrote from a scientific perspective (which the geek in me loves). I reposted it on my Facebook page with added commentary about how I tossed out over 30 bottles of oils from other companies because if you cannot ingest the oil, apply it directly to your skin, or use it with animals, then why in the #&$$ would you inhale it (directly or diffusing) which goes directly to your brain and into your blood stream? (This is the sort of cool stuff I’m learning in a Chemistry for Essential Oils class, taught by a chemist, and taking a lot of workshops with medical doctors). A couple of people took issue with the post.

I’m an attorney who has spent the legal-side of her entire career either in front a jury prosecuting criminals or in front of classes teaching (and sometimes to difficult audiences). I have no problem speaking my truth, sharing what I know and believe, and I intentionally tackle the topics that others shy away from. But I see so many people swallowing their words (both in person and online) because they don’t want a problem.

I am blessed in that I’ve not had any negative feedback on social media until that post yesterday. And you know what? I responded back to the posters. I wanted to acknowledge them for speaking their truth (even though it differs from what I know), to share what I know, and let them know that it’s ok to agree to disagree.

So here’s what I want to share with you so that you will begin to share and speak your truth:

  • You are entitled to your opinion. Period. No one lives in your brain, has your experiences or education other than you. Own it, don’t hide it. If you hide it, your throat chakra will get all yucky and clogged (imagine your sink drain full of hair and crap) and then you’ll have to work long and hard with someone like me to open it up (which, for those who I work with, it often involves a really loud screaming rant outdoors when no one is around).
  • If someone does not like what you’re saying, they have the free will to walk away. That does not mean that they disapprove of you; they just have a different opinion. Now if they walk away and disapprove of you, good riddance sweet pea, right? And remember that you have the right to walk away too. Own your space.
  • If someone disagrees with you, go ahead and have a healthy and respectful discussion. I’m an attorney and I do not debate anyone. I give them my opinion (usually backed up with evidence) and they give me their opinion and then it’s done. It’s ok to end it with “it’s ok if we disagree.” With 7 billion people on this glorious planet, we’re not all going to agree. Discuss and move on, but don’t let it stop you from discussing it in the future with others.
  • If someone tries to bully you into their opinion, stop, turn around and walk away. No one has the right to bully you, and likewise you should not bully someone with your opinion. Intellectual bullies in particular drive me bananas because they get mean in pursuing their point which overwhelming has no truth or support to it (hence, why they are a bully).
  • Now a word about opinions online: If you post something online and it results in an onslaught of negative posts, here’s what I recommend:
    • Read what each person says (even if inside you’re thinking I’m not going to agree with them). Read it because you may learn something new, you may be able to give an alternate explanation to them, and then acknowledge to them that you read it. Most people simply want to be heard and acknowledging can significantly reduce tension.
    • If the person continues to rant, bad mouth or get hostile, remember that you own that page (whether it’s a personal or professional social media page, website, newsletter, etc.). You wouldn’t let someone come into your home and do that to you, right? Your online space is your online home. So if someone continues and wants to debate (see prior recommendation on no debates), then consider removing them from your page. I have no problem banning and deleting but I use that as a final you-went-too-far-in-my-online-home-and-now-I’m-getting-a-restraining-order tactic.

CelestiteNow what do you do if you’ve been swallowing your truth? Here’s a few simple things that you can do at home and have fun too:

  • Go outside and scream what you really want to say! This works best when no one else is around (no need for the neighbor to call 911 on you). This gets the throat chakra blasted open. If you’re a runner or can go to the woods or water, go for it and scream!!
  • Then you’ll want to infuse the throat chakra with some gentler energy. Try these:
    • Crystals: Angelite, Blue lace agate, Celestite are my favorites for having an open throat chakra but speaking your truth compassionately and not like a bull dozer. Just lay down and place the crystal on your throat for 10 minutes a day until you notice a change.
    • White angelica1Young Living oils: Chamomile (German and Roman), Frankincense, Harmony, and White Angelica. Smell them, diffuse them in a cold diffuser or apply a drop on your throat (use a carrier oil if you worry about sensitivity).
    • Wear the color blue around your throat area (scarf, etc.) because blue is the color of the throat chakra.
    • Sing! This is especially effective when you’re alone in your car jamming to 80’s music.

There are a lot of opinions out there that are conveyed in a variety of ways (in anger, to educate, etc.). Remember that when you speak your truth, do so compassionately and with the full intention of helping others.

I would love to hear your experiences with speaking your truth or holding in your truth. Post a comment and let’s chat!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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Manifested Harmony has moved to Michigan!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity for the past 2 months, but I wanted to post that Manifested Harmony is now situated in Lansing, Michigan! Whew … what a leap of faith it was!

As you may know, I am a Michigander but I spent the past 11+ years in the Alexandria, Virginia/Washington DC area. I was there doing my legal work (animal protection mostly) at the national level and created Manifested Harmony in the process. I met some amazing people there and created some amazing national programs to help animals and children (check out Sheltering Animals & Families Together and Therapy Animal Supporting Kids just to name a few). But the energy of DC was very tough. And while I will greatly miss my Manifested Harmony family and friends in Virginia, I am still communicating with everyone online and look forward to visits to the area (including a retreat that I am planning).

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Wow, that was one huge moving truck!

So why did I uproot my life, my work and move? It was purely a leap of faith. The reasons are numerous but it became clear in April 2014 that the energies were calling me back. I started to chronicle the path with some videos and found one where I declared “I’m done … I’m done, I’m done, I’m done!!!” I don’t know what I will do with my videos and journal entries, but it would really make for an excellent empowerment book. (I’ll add that to my to-do list).

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Lucy & Rudy exploring the packed boxes.

My family is in mid-Michigan, my tribe is in Michigan, much of my work with animals is in Michigan, and everything so easily fell into place to move my healing work to Michigan. Frankly, it was crazy how easy the move happened: buying a new house (it fell into my lap at a very low price), selling my house (it sold within 8 hours on the market), negotiating remote work with my Virginia employer where I work on animal protection issues, and moving every aspect of my life and businesses. And my kitties were so brave and have settled in beautifully. It all happened with such ease and impeccable timing that I know it was divinely guided.

View from my officeHow did I do it? I spent months verbally telling people that I was moving. I started telling people in Summer 2014 that I felt the move happening in March 2015 (and I moved on March 2, 2015). I was clear in the type of house I wanted and that I wanted to overlook water but not be so close to pay for flood insurance (I overlook a beautiful river and I’m up on a hill, so no flood insurance). Every aspect of my move I visualized in my mind, I spoke with confidence and without fear because I had faith it would all work out. And guess what … it has worked out beautifully.

Some people might think I was crazy to walk away from what I had in Virginia, but I know that I have taken the best parts of that experience and combined it with the best parts of returning home. Once I got clear, the path was laid out for me.

Rudy front door March 2015So here’s my message for this blog post … if you want to do something, do it! Stop hemming and hawing about how it will work. Be really clear about what you want, vocalize it and then take the steps necessary as they appear to you. Don’t worry about how it will happen. Act as if it’s happening. This is from an ancient Universal Law and I know that I was called to test it. And you know what … IT WORKS and it’s simple. So get clear and start vocalizing.

Manifested Harmony is growing as a result of the move. I have already held 3 free online essential oil workshops and I have some free local events coming up soon. Be sure that you are on my newsletter list because that is the best way to stay in touch with what is happening in-person and online and you’ll get access to loads of free stuff including those essential oil workshops!

Keep the faith and start leaping!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie 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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