Perhaps it is because I am trained as a grant writer and assisted in writing more strategic plans than I would like to admit, but it drives me bonkers when I hear people moan and groan about how The Secret isn’t working for them. The Law of Attraction REALLY DOES WORK!
I’m living proof. And no, despite what my husband would tell you about my witchy tendencies, it is NOT because I twitch my nose and poof things fall into place. And no, I don’t stand over a cauldron cackling as I toss in frog legs and mugwort… It is because I make a plan.
I do it every year. As the New Year approaches, I review last year’s business plan, see if I am on track for my intermediate and long term goals, and then make revisions as necessary. I wish I could say that from there I use the plan as a working document, but to be honest… I rarely look at it. Rather, it sits in a folder until this time of year, when it gets pulled out and I see how I’ve done and remind myself of what comes next.
To my surprise, EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR… despite my neglect, I almost always meet, come close to or exceed ALL my goals. If that’s not The Secret and the Law of Attraction at work, I don’t know what is.
Why do I think it’s successful? Well in the corporate world we are taught to write SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Sensitive) goals. Unlike my clients and students (and even other practitioners) whom I hear wish to attract “Abundance” or “Love,” I make all my goals SMART. Why? Because it works.
Because the goal of Abundance? Love? What the heck does that really mean? Sure the person seeking it might have a vague idea and for one person it could me having a million dollars. Whereas for another, they may consider themselves abundant with a healthy harvest of tomatoes. But if they don’t lay it out, how is the universe supposed to know?
Not only will the universe not know how to supply you with your desires, but if you aren’t specific how do you know when you’ve reached your goals? It’s like if you want to take a trip to Spain and you have no idea of what it will cost, how can you start putting money away, planning for it and know when you have enough to go? In a scenario like that, how much more likely are you to go out to dinner a few times a week and let’s say spend $50 (on the low end). If you knew what it would cost, would you be more likely to stay in and have a sandwich? How much sooner do you think you’d be able to reach your goal?
Of course, it’s also dangerous to go in the opposite direction. You can be so specific that it becomes unrealistic. For example, I knew a woman who, while hoping to manifest the man of her dreams, wrote out THREE PAGES (front and back) of specifications. It included items like, “Lots of hair on top. Little hair on the torso;” and “Aries or Taurus;” as well as “Owns a boat” and “Likes the color blue.” There were so many specifications that it narrowed the pool dramatically and would be like looking for a needle in the haystack. And yes, I am an advocate for being specific. But don’t go overboard! It is important to remember to be realistic so that it is attainable.
Now that we’ve talked about being Specific, Measureable, Attainable and Realistic… let’s talk about being Time Sensitive. To talk about this, let’s go back to the goal of having a million dollars. When and how do you want to have that million dollars? Do you want it annually? Because, a person that earns $30,000 a year after 33 years would have earned (hence have had) a million dollars. But, I doubt that’s what someone who dreams of a million dollars was thinking.
Keep those these things in mind, and the Law of Attraction works. It works for businesses. It works for individuals. It has worked for ME. Because of that, I’ll continue doing what I’m doing as I make my plan for next year. I’ll be thinking about how much income I’d like to have. And then think about what that would look like for number of readings, house parties, events and classes. Will I fret about that… no. But, I’ll be certain to tell the universe what I hope for.
I’ll also be thinking about how I would like to grow. This will be in both my business (I’m thinking about writing a book, maybe doing some events down in Florida and of course I’d LOVE to meet Oprah, Super Soul Sunday maybe!?!) and as an individual (I’d like to be a more supportive wife and mother, travel to India, enhance my physical mediumship abilities and exercise more). These growth goals may take a year, five or more! But, if I don’t put them out there, they will never happen.
Motivated yet? I hope so! I encourage you to think about these things as you start to plan for the New Year. Make your goals and write them down. But then go about your business and don’t fret about them. Let the universe do its job. You’ll be surprised what comes your way! I always am!
Mercury went retrograde last week and we are already feeling its effects. How you many ask? One instance on a global level was Skype. Yesterday, it went down worldwide. How many were affected? It’s unclear… but one thing is for certain, THIS GIRL WAS.(Want to know more about Mercury Retrograde? Click here!)
I had an 11am appointment with a woman located in Chicago. As is my usual, about fifteen minutes before the reading I began preparing myself. I went into my reading room and turned on the computer to load the recording software and Skype. I then took a few moments to quiet my mind, center myself and connect with Spirit. Once I felt I had hit "the zone," I pulled some cards for my client.
Everything seemed to be a go. Spirit had stepped in and were excitedly gabbing with me. Skype and NTI were open and running. Or at least they appeared to be… When I went to change my Skype status from offline to online, I noticed the loading circle was going round and round and round. Uh oh… the circle of death.
Trying not to panic as I still had a few minutes before the reading was scheduled to begin, I tracked down my husband, my savior, down to “fix the problem.” Thank God I always get set up early!
Thinking I was overreacting (technology isn’t always my strong suit) and seeing Skype open he responded, “Dawn, I don’t see a problem. It’s seems fine.” Once I pointed to the blue circle of death and in what likely sounded like cave man jibberish explained the problem, he jumped into troubleshooting mode.
He checked the internet connection. We were good there. He restarted Skype. And then the computer. While the computer was loading, he encouraged me to try loading Skype from the app on my phone.
Because it was now the designated time for the reading (and I knew she was ready, her people were anxiously talking to me), I text my client explaining I was having some technical difficulties. Thankfully she was understanding!
Back into troubleshooting mode, I tried my husband's suggestion and opened the Skype app on my phone. A connection couldn't be established. Nor could a connection be created to Skype on my computer. At this point, my husband threw his hands up determining from everything he could see, it was a Skype issue.
Realizing we were going nowhere fast trying to solve that problem. With my client’s people moving past anxious into pushy, I text my client the following: “I’m so sorry, it appears Skype is not working on my end. That leaves us with two options. We can chalk this up to Mercury Retrograde and continue with the reading via phone. Or, we can take this as a sign that the reading isn’t supposed to happen today and reschedule. How would you like to proceed?”
I wasn’t surprised when she opted for a phone reading. As soon as I dialed her, the brilliant woman that she is had another option. “What about Facetime?”
When she mentioned it, I questioned why I didn’t think of that? While I rarely use it, FaceTime is one of the reasons I selected an iPhone over an Android. What a great idea! And so easy! I didn’t even have to disconnect. Within moments I was able to see her smiling face and we proceeded with a reading. And fortunately we didn’t encounter any further hiccups.
Moral of this story: While yes mercury retrograde can wreak some havoc, you have choice in the matter as to how you respond to it. This is also true with any challenges and obstacles you face in life. Attitude is everything. Choose to overcome. Be creative! There is always a solution out there.
Science has proven time and time again that meditation is beneficial to one’s health. (Check out this article from a Harvard physician for one perspective).
Unfortunately, many people have a hard time meditating. I can’t tell you how many people say to me… “I just can’t get myself to meditate!” with excuses like: “No time;” or “I’m constantly interrupted;” or “I just CAN’T quiet my mind.”
I understand those excuses all too well. Because, you may find this hard to believe, but I’m one of those people. I have a hard time meditating. Or, at least I did.
Like many of you, I become overwhelmed by my to-do list. Between keeping a watchful eye on my inquisitive toddler, throwing a load of laundry in the wash, picking up my little one’s (and my BIG kid’s aka my hubby’s) toys, feeding and taking care of the dogs, doing readings, writing, teaching, not to mention showering and eating… it can be hard to find ten minutes, let alone a half hour to meditate.
To fit the meditation in, I tried meditating before bed. That didn’t work as I found (like many of you!) I would end up falling asleep. Or sometimes worse, my mind would become so active with the messages I would receive I’d drift off into a lucid dream. This allowed me to process A LOT and receive LOTS of messages. Downside? I’d wake up more tired than when I went to bed, as if I’d just ran a marathon. THAT DIDN’T WORK!
In another effort, I thought… maybe I’d try meditating before I got out of bed. That was an epic fail as well. Unfortunately, as soon as my pups feel me stir they are ready to be pet. Go to the bathroom. AND, most importantly, be fed. Meditating between the nudges and licks to the face, not going to work.
AND… it wasn’t just the dogs. My daughter definitely has a sixth sense (or perhaps just super human hearing). Because like the dogs, as soon as I stir it’s only moments before I hear her start to whimper. That whimper turns into a babble… and then, if I make her wait too long an “I’m hungry. I want my diaper changed AND I want to play” complaint. Again, not something that is easy to meditate while going on.
Fortunately, (after a little trial and error) I’ve found the one place I can slip into that meditative state.
In… the... KITCHEN!
I love to cook. (And, I’m pretty good at it if I do say so myself). In my opinion there is something relaxing and meditative about chopping, peeling, stirring, and measuring. It brings me to my “zen” place. Before baby, I enjoyed my Sunday afternoons when I would whip up a bunch of food for the week. Now, after baby, I have the bonus and having to do it every day! And whether it’s scrambling eggs, chopping and baking zucchini, or peeling of apples to make apple sauce, my mind wanders. A peace and happiness comes over me.
And I receive messages, for ME! My guides talk to me. They encourage me. They send their love. And, sometimes even give me a glimpse (albeit small) into my next steps.
So rather than viewing it as another tedious chore, I look forward to making breakfast for my husband and daughter. And, I look forward to getting our crop share from Becker Farms each week filled with in-season fruits and veggies, knowing I’m going to need to spend time in the kitchen preserving the fruits and veggies not only for the week, but for the rest of the year. I look forward to it because I know I’ll get my meditation in.
I’ve shared with you my meditative spot. Where is yours?
Let’s talk orbs… They’ve popped up in random conversations three times over the last few weeks, so apparently it’s a topic Spirit wants me to cover!
First off, what is an orb? An orb is a sphere (or sometimes cone or tube) of light that is considered to be a physical manifestation of Spirit. They can be seen with the naked eye, but are more commonly caught by the camera. Seems like everyone has that a picture that has an inexplicable speck of light in it that could be a Spirit. And, many people go on ghost walks in active locations in hopes of catching an orb on film. Want to find out more about orbs? Click here.
When we talk orbs, my husband always rolls his eyes. Having been a semi-professional ghost hunter for years and with his technical knowledge as a semi-professional photographer, he is able to explain away 99% of orbs. They can be specks of dust. Or moisture in the air could cause a distortion of the flash. Also, depending on the camera there could be flare off of its lens. There are tell-tale signs for each of these situations. With his experience, he can identify these signs in a moment and usually the individual with the photo walks away with disappointment or disbelief.
I, on the other hand, understand NONE of the technical components. Rather, I feel the energy of the photo. Again, I don’t see things in many photos.
The orbs that are caught on film can often be easily explained way. Orbs visible to the naked eye, however, that’s a WHOLE other story.
My aunt (the same one who has the weird experience with the photograph! Didn’t read that blog, go here!), actually saw one about a month ago. She, like many people I talk to, was unsettled by what she saw. When these show up people wonder if there is something wrong with their eyes. Could they be going crazy? Are they seeing things? Or worse yet… could it be a serious condition like a brain tumor? Of course any of those options could be the case. But, it could also be that the orb was the REAL DEAL.
Fortunately, before she ran to the doctor… she was able to ask me a few questions. She broached the topic one day when we were spending some time together. I knew something was up, but knew she’d ask when she was ready. That didn't happen until we hit the light at the corner immediately before my street. Probably knowing it was now or never, she turned to me and blurted out, “Dawn. I have to ask you something. I think I might be going crazy. You see, the other day while I was washing dishes at the sink and this ball of light, about this BIG.” Imagine her lifting her hands off the steering wheel to demonstrate a ball about the size of a grapefruit. “Came whizzing past my face.” Again, imagine her demonstrating… and now imagine my face, as I glance over my shoulder to look at Baby Girl in the back seat! “Dawn. It was so clear. AND SOLID. I was certain it was going to hit me, so I moved out of the way. Then it POOF! Disappeared? Is that even possible?!? Was I seeing things?”
To calm her nerves, I first spoke to her about orbs to let her know they aren’t just in photos. And the REAL ones YOU CAN usually see! I also asked a few more questions to find out what else might be going on.
Well, it turns out there has been A LOT going on. It was my opinion that someone was been trying to say hi. We’re also pretty sure we’ve figured out who. I gave her a name, and she had a “talk” with him… Since then, it’s been quiet.
So that’s orbs folks! When they do pop in, it’s someone (or something – could be an angel, a guide, a pet)… saying HI!
Dawn Lynn is an EveryDay medium. She lives and breathes via her intuition, which as a fourth generation intuitive from a family of Spiritualists came easily. Her abilities became apparent in early childhood and were cultured by a supportive family. Through her Blogs and Vlogs, she wants to help you become the EveryDay medium too.