In my line of work, directing the mind is paramount. It is part of my daily routine and has been since I was a child. I love spending time in my head… imagining, daydreaming, pretending. As I became an adult, it took on another name, “meditation.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einsten
I’m all about quieting the mind, so we can hear the sound of our own spirit and the guidance that is available to us. I’ve been meditating my entire life, but I do it a little bit differently than the mainstream Eastern way.
Since I am an American girl living in a Western world, I find it difficult and even wasteful trying to clear my mind completely. I really do believe it is an impossible task that ends up being a source of frustration and failure to many people. I’ve seen many attempt meditation, only to quit because of this impossibility.
Quiet the mind – yes! Empty the mind – not necessarily! Direct the mind – absolutely!
We live in a noisy world and many people are plagued with an untamed and unconscious thought life. They suffer from restless mind syndrome. Since we are the creators of our realities via our thoughts, it is essential we get a grip on them, direct them and create a reality we want with them.
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein
Most people are running on default. They think thoughts that have been given them by their cultures, families, the media and society at large. They run primarily on what they think they should do, not necessarily on what they are called to do. As a result, they create lives that are unfulfilling and sometimes stifling. This leads to all kinds of pain, illness and disease… more about that later.
My solution to this and what I teach my clients daily is what I call “Imagination Meditation” or “Imagitation,” for short. It translates to “exciting (agitating) the imagination.” The imagination is the incubator for all things to come into reality. Mike Dooley says it best, “Thoughts become things.” Nothing can come into our reality until we first see or think about it. The imagination is the playground of our intuition. It is an unlimited space where anything is possible. It is where our divinity is, where our connection to Source Energy is… it’s where guidance and information is.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
Imagitation is meditation in action. It is the proactive, creative process of imagining or visualizing an intention or desire into reality. It is free; it is fun; and it is remarkably effective! I have many imagitations that I do and teach. I suppose we can call those “guided imagitations.” A lot of the time, I imagitate on a current situation that needs a solution, and most of the time I imagitate on my expansion… what’s next for me, what my new desires are, since we are ever-evolving works of art.
I typically imagitate in a sitting position, just like traditional meditation, so that I am not interrupted or distracted. Then, I choose my agenda. (Yes, so Western of me!) What’s my goal? Do I want to feel better? Improve my mood? Get guidance about improving my business, love life or physical health? Do I want insight as to how I can best help my children? There is no limit to the questions you can ask or guidance that you can seek. None.
My go-to imagitation for when I’m feeling out of sorts, grumpy or negative is my Gratitude Imagitation. It goes something like this. I’ll catch myself spiraling with negative or judgmental thoughts. I’m quick to catch myself only because I practice mindfulness a lot! I’ll give myself a time-out and say, “Girl, you need to sit and be grateful.”
I’ll park myself on my sofa, cross-legged and eyes closed. I take a few deep, cleansing breaths to center myself and begin the process of imagining things that I am grateful for. Sometimes I begin with the sofa I’m sitting on because I’m too cranky and need to start simple. Then I’ll imagine and thank the people who made the sofa and imagine where the cloth and wood came from and become grateful for the genius of people who put these things together to invent furniture. Then I think of the forests and textiles and how nature provides these tools and resources for us and what a creative, benevolent creator the Universe or God is to be such an amazing artist…
In directing my mind, I follow the breadcrumbs that I’m guided to. Soon, I’m feeling better. I’ve forgotten what originally upset me, I’ve escalated my vibration, improved my mood and I have come back to center. If I need to forgive myself or anybody else, I do so in the privacy of my mind. I then close with a simple mantra, such as, “All of my needs are met. I am grateful. Thank you.”
Not only is this process good for me, but it’s beneficial to everyone around me. Now that my energy is cleared and I’m grounded, I’m not a toxic influence to those in my sphere. That is important to me. I’m very aware of my energetic hygiene and do my best to keep it clean, so that I am a beneficial presence on the planet. Like Dr. Phil says, “You’re either contributing or contaminating…” That’s one point I do agree with Dr. Phil about=)
I’ll be rolling out my Guided Imagitations over the next few weeks. My next one has to do with calling a high-powered committee meeting. I hope you find them helpful! Leave me a comment about your meditation practice or if you have a situation that needs healing or resolution. I’d love to create an Imagitation just for you!
Life is meant to be fun and joyous! When you are in a higher vibration, things come more easily to you. Your spirit comes alive, your mind opens up and your heart becomes receptive. When you are in a higher vibration, your psychic senses are fully activated and you become a clear channel to our giving Universe.
You are a sacred, energetic spiritual being having a human experience. You are here to express your divinity. Do everything you can to feel good. It is from this place of feeling good that you are your greatest creative expression, gift to yourself and to humanity.
This journey is all about tuning out from the noise of the world and tuning in to the beautiful sound of your inner voice – your spirit. It has much to tell you!
Try any of these things to raise your vibration and watch your spirit soar:
For the Mind & Spirit
Meditation – sitting, walking, driving, folding laundry. There are hundreds of ways to meditate. The point is to be still, quiet the mind and pull your energy in.
Affirmative prayer – connecting with Source (God) and behaving as if your request has already been answered. Because it has. Your job is to match the vibration of it to bring it into physical form.
Mantras and affirmations – repeating words and phrases that reflect your desired outcome. “I am calm. I am peace. I see this situation with love. Prosperity is mine. Perfect health is mine.”
You are a spiritual being having a human experience. What exactly does that mean? It means that you were born bipolar. Yes, you are bipolar by nature, meaning you are characterized by two opposing natures. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. However, it is the root of many your problems. Let me explain…
Your life force or what I refer to as “spirit” is eternal. It never dies. Its nature is to express and expand itself into its most authentic version. It is your essence that is always connected to source energy, divine intelligence or God. This universal perfection goes by many names and every culture around the globe recognizes it.
This source energy is infinite wisdom. You possess it and can access it whenever you want. In fact, you are immersed in it – swimming in it, much like a fish swimming in a bowl of water and not realizing he’s wet. Infinite intelligence is everywhere. It is simply a thought away.
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” – Wayne Dyer
One of the basic tenets of living a psychic lifestyle is self-care. In order to receive messages or tune in to Spirit, we have to be clear channels. One way to keep our circuits clear is through the simple action of rest. Yes, rest. For some people, resting is hard work. Unplugging, especially during these electronically enhanced days, can be challenging. It’s apparent that our society has become obsessive about their personal electronic devices. The external world has become much more noisy by our own invitation.
Some of you know, I was raised Catholic. I’m not a practicing Catholic now, but I have to say I’m grateful for being raised with solid spiritual principles and practices. They can be good medicine for our ultimate well-being. That being said, the 4th Commandment is to observe the Sabbath. Now, it doesn’t matter which day (Saturday for Jews, Sunday for Christians, etc.) you observe, so long as you observe one!
What I mean by observing the Sabbath is to unplug from work, chores, phones and other “business” for one full day. It is said that God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. It’s necessary to nurture and honor our spirit and to rest and recharge our batteries – to enjoy life and celebrate the reasons why we work so hard in the first place.
I had to remind myself of this just yesterday. A couple of clients really wanted to see me and I made an exception to work on my day off – until I woke up Sunday morning and knew that I needed to honor my down time. I called them to explain and they were both very gracious about it, so I went about my day reading at the park overlooking the bluff, soaking up sun and fun vibes from the people around me. My day was leisurely, I had no agenda, no schedule and I only used my cell phone for a watch. That’s progress for this former Type A girl!
As a result, I’ve come full circle in my commitment to my down time… to observe a holy day of rest. It is mentally, physically and spiritually necessary for our health, success and well-being. It puts us in an energetic state of allowing and receiving. If you don’t already observe one day a week as your “do nothing” day, please do! It will make a profound difference in your life and the act of doing nothing will yield big rewards.
Much love and lots of blessings during your down-time!
In writing my course, Empowered Empath: 21 Days to Emotional Freedom, I’ve decide to construct it as a book, so that others may experience the magical effects of this course independently, without having to commit to taking my course.
This is an excerpt from the Introduction:
The first step in cultivating a peaceful and empowered life is to embrace your spiritual self. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. The late Wayne Dyer said, “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”
The words “spirit” and “soul” are interchangeable in my vocabulary. Your spirit is your life force, whose energetic imprint is entirely unique to you and you alone. Just as your fingerprint is one of a kind, so is your spirit. Your body is a miraculous vehicle through which you get stuff done and experience life on this planet in this particular human incarnation. It temporarily houses your brilliant spirit that is part and parcel of Source Energy, Divine Intelligence, God… use whatever term works best for you.
What is the essence of your spirit? Energy. Everything is energy. Every unit of energy contains information that can be read, felt or sensed by people whose empathic abilities have not been shut down. I believe we are all equipped with empathy at birth, some more than others, much like athletic, artistic or musical tendencies, and it can most definitely be cultivated and nurtured or stymied and eradicated.
Since we are constantly swimming in an energetic field fraught with our own energy, the energy of other people, places and things, we become unaware, much like a fish that is always swimming in water and not realizing he’s wet. This is liberating news.
As you can imagine, in my practice I get so many questions about soul mates. I have helped hundreds of people come to a softer understanding about what soul mates really are, so they can find peace and solace in their relationships.
My definition of soul mate is simple: A soul mate is a person of significance who comes into our lives to teach us about love.
We have many soul mates and they are not confined to romantic relationships. Soul mates consist of mothers, fathers, teachers, relatives, friends and lovers. They include anyone who has made an impact or impression on our hearts or in our minds. They are the ones who stick.
When we pray, we are in a mindful and proactive mode of creation. This is the miracle and the power of prayer. It is US activating our ability to receive the benevolence of the ever-giving Universe. It is us simply focusing and controlling our thoughts to achieve an outcome, while the Universe responds.
We are always creating our experiences by our thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, we are creating by default – allowing our fears and subconscious thoughts to run the show.
Praying allows us to be conscious of our thoughts. Praying helps us be telepathically mindful. Practice mindfulness and pray often to create a reality you love!
What are your thoughts about prayer? Do you pray? I’d love to hear your experiences with prayer! Please leave your comments below.
I love my work! I was recently honored to marry this wonderful couple, who began as clients of mine just a few years ago. When I stop and take note of my professional journey, I can’t help but feel like a fairy godmother who gets to roam around and share in the blessings, love and transformations of people near and far.
I am humbled, grateful and so honored to have married Chris and Raquel in gorgeous Laguna Beach. I look forward to watching the magic unfold in their beautifully blessed marriage.