Desperation or Inspiration?

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Image courtesy of markuso, published on 27 March 2012 Stock Photo – image ID: 10078194, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net.

The root word of desperation is despair, which is defined as “to lose all hope.” The root word of inspiration is inspire, which also means, “in spirit.” Ask yourself today, where are your desires coming from?

I was listening to June 20th’s Rae Zander’s Everyday Attraction podcast and she played a snippet of Abraham by way of Esther Hicks, where Abraham asked the person in the hot seat whether they were motivated by desperation or inspiration. I realized that if I looked back on some of my “desires,” many of them may not have been coming from an “in spirit” or inspired place, but rather a place of desperation.

When I sat down four years ago to write my desires for my life, I was in a rough, desperate place. I was in a very stressful job, I was overwhelmed with a mortgage payment and single parenthood, and I was in anxiety mode all the time. Sure, I manifested some of my desires, but to this day, some still elude me.

When I asked for six figures to plop into my life, that came with a conflicting belief that I was not going to get it – no matter how much I thought I desired it. Not only was it not a comfortable desire for me to embrace, it was not coming from inspiration.

I had to look at why I wanted a six figure salary – was it to bring happiness? Security? Happiness and security comes in many forms and blessedly not just through having lots of money.

I was inspired and guided by my Inner Spirit to soul search what made me happy about my stressful job, and I was able to identify qualities that I enjoyed, like writing. In my stressful job, there was minimal writing in my everyday routine. From there, I found out that in the company I worked for, there was a job that encompassed my desire to write all day. I was led by Spirit to prepare and apply for that job. Now, I am very happy and successful in my current role for the same company where I was stressed out just four short years ago. See the difference between inspiration and desperation? Desperation had me going after any job (including similar ones to the stressful one I was trying to leave), whereas inspiration led me to where I truly wanted to be. Thankfully the jobs that I was searching for out of desperation never panned out.

We often ask for lofty desires because we think it will bring us happiness. Instead, we have to start from a happy place and sometimes it could be as basic as we’re happy to be alive and loved by family. From there, inspiration and creativity grows.

When your desires are aligned with your true values, creativity can flow easily to and from you. It is your creativity and inspired desires that bears the fruit of abundance. Your abundance comes as a result of following your true desires.

If our desire is not rooted in our unique values, what we want will have a hard time manifesting. We have to examine why we desire a particular thing and ensure that it is coming from your Spirit and not just ego.

Examples:

  • Is wanting lots of money another way of saying you want to feel secure and worry free? You can enjoy being worry free today – without having millions in the bank. A decision to feel abundant with what you do have, creating a realistic budget, finding time to seed and grow your dreams (baby to big step), all could help you feel secure. Gratitude for what you do have goes a long way.
  • Is finding a soul mate to marry another way of asking the Universe you’d like companionship? Then take it a step further, and find yourself being content with being your own best friend and cultivate your talents and interests. The loneliness begins to dissolve, making room for more companionship from others and eventually your mate.

Do not limit or underestimate the power of God and your creative God in you. All you have to do is know what your values are, stick to them, and pay attention to where a desire originates and whether it represents something else entirely that you probably already have access to.

When we are manifesting, we have to ask ourselves where are our desires really coming from. Is it out of desperation? If so, we need to look at the essence of that desire and find what it is we are truly looking for.

The truth is, when we clear space in our hearts and minds for love and happiness, creativity flows easily and then abundance follows. When we desire material things first, it is not coming from a sustainable place. But, your boundless creativity is and does sustain forever.

The source of our desires holds the key to our ability to manifest them. Be sure your desires are not coming from a lack-filled, desperate place and begin to focus on desires that are truly inspired by the essence of who you really are.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Inspiration Succulent

Succulents are my favorite plants. This succulent collection started eight years ago. I remember when the cactus was tiny and there was a one inch succulent plant. Now, the succulents are taking over!

Succulents’ geometric shapes and varied colors lends itself to inspiration for art, style and home décor. Below is a curated selection of fashion accessories for you and home, all from etsy.com:

Red Sempivervums necklace by SucculentsNJewels, $10. From Etsy.com.

Handmade and custom Succulent Unique minimalist green and red necklace, $38. On Etsy.com

Turquoise botanical succulent cotton and burlap pillow cover, $35. Etsy.com

Succulent women’s t-shirt, $26. Etsy.com

Succulent tote bag, various sizes, starting at $28. Etsy.com

Heather gray cinch waist, succulent tunic, $45. Etsy.com

Forest Green Long Jersey Succulent Extra Long Scarf, $22. Etsy.com.

Screenprinted pink clutch with succulent garden pattern, $32. Etsy.com.

~Your Curator of All Things Succulent, Kimberly Jo Cooley 😉

Lighthouse to Your Soul: Your Focus and Your Words

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Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography, published on 05 September 2012
Stock Photo – image ID: 100101374, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Thoughts are powerful – especially when boosted by focus and intention. Your spoken words, no matter if they are dominated by positive or negative thoughts, will send signals on what you intend to manifest.

You have to be vigilant in watching your focus and your words. What you primarily focus on, is what will take root and manifest. Refrain from uttering anything that you do not want to manifest or perpetuate.

As you send negative words out, the people you are speaking to are receiving and resonating their own feelings about your negative speech and vibration. So now, you’ve involved others into your negative creative process, which hastens the undesirable manifestations to come and cycle about you – until you are ready to shift your focus onto something more desirable.

Instead of sending negative words into the Universe, send positive ones. Catch yourself before you say something that lowers your or someone else’s vibrational energy. Positive words have the same ability to magnify and resonate your intentions, just as negative ones do, too.  

If you must dwell on a negative emotion, thought, or word, do so quickly and understand that you will be wrapped up in that problem for as long as you wallow in it. Instead, shift your focus to your desires, to feeling what it would feel like to have a solution – even if you don’t know what the resolution will be.

There are thousands of thoughts and it is not easy to monitor every single one of them. However, spoken words can be monitored. How you choose to perceive and receive information  is also within your capability. Choose wisely.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Modern Bohemian Threads by Nuichan on Etsy.com

I love to virtually window shop Nuichan on Etsy.com. Niuchan is a Thai designer who creates the prettiest handmade dresses, pants, and shirts for the Bohemian Earth Mother in all of us. Nuichan’s clothes have a modern air to their bohemian patterns and shapes and are one size fits most, and even offers plus size. Here’s a curated list of the beautiful Nuichan creations found on Etsy.com:

Orange burst maxi dress with collar – a woven, brown leather belt would go great with this already lovely dress, $65.

Funky maxi dress, perfect for the summer, $59.

Turquoise Maxi dress, sleeveless and drawstring, $59.

Bohemian long sleeved maxi dress, $59.

Deep purple, plus sized, drawstring maxi dress, $75.

Off white, sleeveless, maxi dress. Something so pure, light and natural about an all white dress, $59.

Retro print, kaftan dress, with funky silver accessories, $65.

Linen, maxi jumpsuit. Punch up this jumpsuit with ethnic, colorful accessories, $65.

Orchid wide legged linen pants, $58.

Boho Patchwork Wide legged pants, $59.

Tunic Blouse Kaftan, $59. I’d wear this as a top over some jeans or leggings, but perfectly fine worn as a dress.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Top 6 Law of Attraction Must-Listen-To Podcasts

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Image courtesy of vectorolie, published on 12 November 2013 Stock Image – image ID: 100217583

Six months ago, I listed the top 10 Podcast of New Thought and Law of Attraction https://abundantlifeinitiative.com/2014/01/02/top-10-podcasts-for-law-of-attraction-new-thought-and-life-enrichment/. I decided to shorten the list to the top six that’s on my iPod right now. These podcasts regularly enlighten us with great topics, ways to raise up our vibration and consciousness, and a couple of them meditate with us. Here’s my short list of life changing Podcasts to load up on your device:

  1. Think, Believe and Manifest show, Constance Arnold http://fulfillingyourpurpose.com/blog/tag/constance-arnold/
  2. Your Happiness Way, Lorane Gordon http://yourhappinessway.com/
  3. Everyday Attraction, Rae Zander http://everydayattraction.com/
  4. Receive Your Life, Janice Campbell http://www.receiveyourlife.com/
  5. Create Your Reality, Lynn Crocker http://lynncrockercoaching.com/
  6. Flowdreaming, Summer McStravick https://flowdreaming.com/

Summer McStravick always offers a “flowdream” where she guides us into a daydream to charge up our flow energy in different areas of our life. Lorane Gordon usually guides us into a short meditation towards the end of her show and I love every second of it. All of the above podcasts teach us how to live authentically happy and prosperous lives.

If you don’t have iTunes, no worries. By clicking on the links above, you’ll be guided to each podcast’s home website that offers other ways to listen in on some wonderful knowledge of all things New Thought and Law of Attraction. If you have Spiritual Podcast suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Sharing is definitely caring.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Recommendations and Shout Outs

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Image courtesy of Iamnee, published on 17 April 2013 Stock Image – image ID: 100159680, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Recommendations:

Janice Campbell’s Receive Your Life Podcast delivers the manifestational goods week after week, and is frequently featured on my Recommendations and Shout Out Page. If you have access to iTunes, subscribe to Janice’s podcast – it is a life changing weekly one hour show that teaches how to chisel away limiting beliefs and how to build a life that is abundant and authentically you. Here’s a listing of the titles over the past month:

  • May 1st – Breaking Free of Self-Sabotaging Patterns – She discussed how we get in our own way in manifesting the life we want and how to direct the energy of desire in the right direction.
  • May 8th – Instead of Managing Your Stress Transcend It – Janice proposes that instead of just managing our stress, we can eliminate it.
  • May 15th – Why Simplicity Make It Easier for You to Live a Purposeful Life – Simplicity is not about how much or how little you have, but it is about how your values fit within your life.
  • May 22, 2014 – Revealing Your Purpose – Janice takes the mystery out of finding your purpose – and how you are probably already expressing your purpose in your life today.
  • May 29, 2014 – Choosing a Sustainable Life – A must listen to Podcast, it has already changed my life! Out of all of the Podcasts listed, this one should be listened to firs – the whole way through.
  • June 5, 2014 – Being at Peace With the Messiness of Your Life – This is another phenomenal Podcast. After listening, you will see that you are truly blessed by your mess.

Janice Campbell’s Receive Your Life Podcast airs live on Thursdays at 9 AM Pacific Time on http://www.unity.fm/program/ReceiveYourLife/. If you subscribe on iTunes, the Podcasts will automatically post each week. Here is Janice’s website http://www.receiveyourlife.com/.

Another recommendation is Lorane Gordon’s Your Happiness Way Podcast/show featured on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yourhappinessway. I like her show’s format. Lorane has knowledgeable guests discussing Law of Attraction and Manifestation topics, as callers call in to ask her and her guest questions. She’s honest and gives real tips for people to try. One caller called in and was discussing how specific her vision board for the goal of remarrying and why love was elusive to her. Lorane explained to her that a vision board may not be the best tool for this caller and gave tips that could work better for her – I love that! Not all modalities and tools in spirituality works the same for everyone. Lorane also ends each show with a guided meditation, which is a nice bonus for those of us who need it.

To hear Lorane’s Podcast I referenced, check out iTunes and search for the show December 20, 2013, show titled, “Success With Law of Attraction.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Shout Outs:

I’m giving a shout out to Unity.FM radio for having a wonderful smorgasbord of Podcasts hosted by a variety of hosts that will appeal to many and speak to each of us. Click on http://www.unity.fm/shows for a list of Podcasts that will uplift and inspire you to live the best life you possibly can and to hear from people who are doing exactly what you are setting out to do.

If you like what you’re hearing, support Unity.FM by spreading the word, andtuning into the many programs, so this priceless knowledge stays on the airwaves. Both Unity.FM and Blog Talk Radio does not charge to listen to their shows, but they operate on the generosity of donations, and no donation is too small. A tiny price to pay for a beautifully unfolding life and a blessing to support folks who are supporting us in living abundant and loving lives.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

 

Spiritual Buoyancy in Turbulent Waters

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Image courtesy of seaskylab, published on 06 October 2013
Stock Photo – image ID: 100206201, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

What does it take to be spiritually buoyant when the waves of life are choppy and turbulent? An influx of gratitude and an output of forgiveness. A knowing that all is truly well and suspending judgment of all situations and people.

These elements: gratitude, forgiveness, knowing, and suspending judgment are critical to maintaining a buoyancy or bounce back when the waves of life dunk you under for just a bit.

When you are going through something that is less desirable, remember to infuse gratitude for whatever is showing itself to you. Then, forgive yourself and others surrounding that situation. Know that all is well and that you were divinely guided to this moment. Finally, suspending or refraining from judgment, prevents labeling a situation or person as “bad” before seeing the good or even just looking at it/them from a different perspective.

Blessings come in many different forms and shapes. Oftentimes the “difficult” experience reveals the diamond in the rough that it was, as you glance at it in the rearview of life, while you are moving full steam ahead. In hindsight, you should be able to look back at a person or situation with loving gratitude and appreciation. Anything and everything that got you to this point in time IS A BLESSING.

We get in our own way when we block the flow of life, by not being grateful, being unable to forgive, forgetting the power of God and our own creative ability, and judging everything and everyone.  Being buoyant in turbulent waters is what keeps you afloat enough to move into alignment with the flow of life, with ease and grace. Even seemingly outside situations can feel stormy, but in time, you will be naturally buoyant, while others flounder and even drown in the stormy sea.

God designed us to be spiritually buoyant, but sometimes we forget how to be. Here’s how to remember: Gratitude, forgiveness, knowing and suspended judgment.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley