Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SSS Card Kit Giveaway/Vicky Papaioannou

Vicky Papaioannou is one of my favorite YouTube artists. She is very talented and her videos are beautifully produced and are always informative. Her latest video can be seen here:


and she is having a giveaway on her blog:


You have a chance to win the September 2015 Simon Says Card Kit of the Month.

I know you'll enjoy Vicky's YT channel and her blog, too.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Abraham: Sick and Happy

An Artist Trading Card I made last year.

Jubilation and a runny nose may seem incompatible, yet here I sit manifesting both symptoms. Looking back on the day, I see that my ride on this revel began while I listened to some Abraham YouTube clips before sending the links to a friend. I had actually promised her clips I had seen previously in which Abraham addresses the subject of weight loss and food. I went to my YouTube subscription page to look for them and discovered that some just-as-spectacular newly uploaded clips awaited me. As I listened, a tickly warmth danced round inside me. Today, it turns out, I weigh one less pound that yesterday. And that one pound added to all the pounds I've lost since the end of 2011 totals 50 pounds! And it all started with Abraham. This clip sums up how I began:


The making peace aspect meant that I quit taking action and quit thinking about my weight. I appreciated myself daily. I found things about my body to love and revere. I waited for inspiration. I took inspired action and stayed open to more inspiration. I quit worrying about the outcome. At one point I stayed the same weight for over 4 months. I regrouped and made peace with that and waited for inspiration. Not at all coincidentally, I found a wonderful hypnotist who needed contact hours to obtain her degree and have been seeing her at no cost for several months. I began losing weight. 

During that 14 months, however, I would lose resistance and then gain it and my weight followed suit. When my action was not inspired, I would gain a pound or two. Then about a month ago, I found a process that is supercharging my efforts. My next blog post will address that topic.

Meanwhile, here's another fantastic Abraham clip on the subject:


Friday, January 18, 2013

Abraham: Lance Armstrong, Oprah, You Are Worthy Beyond Description

(image courtesy of GraphicsFairy.blogspot.com)

Controversy entices me. The BIG stories turn my head and I feel the pull to take sides. Skilled at judgement from a lifetime of practice, I sometimes take pride in my facility at discernment. As I watched Oprah and Lance Armstrong sit together to speak yesterday, I found my sympathies conflicted. I tend to side with the underdog, so initially I identified with Armstrong. Vilification summons sympathy in me. I started getting my back up when Oprah went in for the kill. I found myself seeing her as a not-so-spiritual Oprah. Oprah, the journalist with the giant story. I watched my emotions roil as the waves of the story broke on the shores of my consciousness. I reflected on Oprah's position. I figured she felt she couldn't say no to this opportunity, but it was hard to hear this powerful woman invite shame upon this man. 

By the end, I loved them both very much. They are both incredible creators temporarily caught in extreme contrast. I doubt that either one is seeing themselves or the other through the eyes of Source. Armstrong says he is happier today than ever and I think that this is his call of Source. I would love to hear Oprah say that she knows that Lance is as wonderful a human as has ever lived, but it doesn't matter if she does, because I know Source sees him that way. I would love to hear Armstrong say that he is a worthy and lovable being just as he is, but it doesn't matter if he can see it, because Source can. I would love to hear Oprah say that this experience has led her to interview for purposes of upliftment only in the future, but even if she doesn't, that's okay. Whatever she does, I know that she is Source Energy in physical form and anything she does is fine. It's not for me to judge. This experience of falling in love with Oprah and Lance has lifted me into the Vortex where I see all contrast as beautiful. It reminds me that we are all in this together. There are no bullies, there are only those who vibrate at the same level and thus attract each to the other. And as they experience their co-creation, either may choose to focus in such a way that raises their vibration. The call of Source is always present; what is currently manifested is old news. We can choose to focus on the current manifestation, but if we want to change what is we must begin to tell a new story. I found this wonderful reminder today in the form of a rampage from Abraham. The title of this blogpost "You Are Worthy Beyond Description" comes from this clip from Zhanna Reiki's YouTube channel and I think you will enjoy it:


Thank you, Oprah Winfrey! Thank you, Lance Armstrong! Through you I found the opportunity to focus on seeing the world through the eyes of Source! I love the Vortex! I love contrast! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Abraham: Beautiful Contrast

I wallowed in some delightful contrast yesterday. Awareness of my temporary disconnection from Source leaked in a bit as I berated and shamed myself for actions which had caused the inconvenience I had catastrophized into the downfall of civilization. I was driving at the time and I let the tumultuous sensations fueled by the momentum of the negative emotion blossom into a big loud expletive. Almost simultaneously I noted the blue of the sky. I tried reaching for a better feeling thought, but none was handy at the moment, so I groused and yelled a little more (mostly at myself) as I pulled into my driveway. I entered my house and just as I was leaning over to place my keys back into my purse I said out loud, "I'm really having a Step One moment right now." Relief and a modicum of clarity became available and instead of holding on to the anger, I let new thoughts begin filling in my grid.  

It took some time to be inspired into action that could possibly lead to a solution. The momentum into the positive outcome needed to build a little so I waited. I had the notion that I had to be in the Vortex before I took the action but as I looked at the clock, I realized that I had just about an hour before the end of the business day, and I wanted to at least get an answer before the week ended. I pre-paved as best I could--trust me, it wasn't much--and picked up the phone. The call lasted about 15 minutes and mostly consisted of me on hold waiting for the person to research the situation. During those hold times I watched my mind manufacture more catastrophe, and found that breathing extinguished some of the negative thoughts. I would love to tell you that the positive outcome of the phone call sent me straight into the Vortex. The hour-long drama had been building for quite some time, though, and it took a little while for positive momentum to gather the oomph to lift me into the Vortex. 

In the meantime, I had an impulse to go to YouTube and find some Abraham clips. With my resistance quickly oozing away, this is what Source had to say to me:


Here's what I realized: I can always find something to catastrophize about. And while I'm doing that, I'm expanding the Universe and I'm adding to my vibrational escrow. AND I can always find something to be appreciative of even in the midst of the contrast. In fact, the images connected to the turning points in this episode--the blue sky though my windshield--my hand aiming keys at my purse on the wood floor--keep flashing through my mind. And as I see these frames from the storyboard of my life, I get a little charge. Those pictures remind me that Source is calling me even as I ride the crest of a huge wave of contrast. And as Abraham reminds us again and again as we jump out of a plane at 50,000 feet, "Don't worry, it'll be over soon."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Abraham: Shall I Sweep My Kitchen Or Be Swept (into the Vortex)?

With the help and encouragement of an Abraham friend, I am practicing the skill of doing nothing. I know it's not nothing to practice doing nothing, but it's a leap in the right direction.

I've allowed the peanut gallery--the "they" who tell me why, when and how to behave--to upload their interactive soundtrack into my brain. If I'm listening, it means I'm out of the Vortex.  So I hear them hissing their snide remarks about how I'm not measuring up, now am I? No, I'm not I silently agree. What should I do? 

Now here's the odd thing, it's never have a nap or turn up the music and paint a picture. Instead it's, "Look at that filthy scum around the knob on the stove. Get out the toothpicks, why don't you," or "Looks like monkeys cooked in here last night. Put everything away this minute so you can scrub down the counters and sweep this filthy kitchen floor." 

I've let the peanut gallery push me around far too much in the past. That's why I practicing getting into the Vortex and waiting for inspiration. When a voice pipes up, I shush it and and go general and then find something enjoyable to think about or do. Today I decided to listen to some Abraham on YouTube. As often happens when I'm being who I really am, the Universe gave me a lovely confirmation. Waiting for me, first in line on my YouTube subscription page was this delightful conversation aimed right at me. And it swept me right in:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

ABRAHAM: Tuning Up Our Grid


The blue moon on the brink of autumn offered yet another chance to marvel in appreciation of the heavens. As we glide into the next season I also appreciate the spiritual bounty of the last. And as always, I seek the excitement of the knowledge on the leading edge. At times that knowledge is wonderfully utilitarian. The following quote from the recent Seattle workshop jolted me pleasantly this morning. The emphasis is mine:

"...As you don't make a big hairy deal out of the things that are bothering you, and add emphasis to the things that are going well, let your work, your process, be more about making lists of positive aspects and....We would move from meditating--which is the most general thing that you can do with your mind--to making lists of positive aspects--which is the most specific thing you can do about those things that are important to you. And we would move back and forth between these processes and in doing so we would tune ourselves to the frequency of our Vortex. And then we would let the chips fall where they may. We would not try to control Law of attraction. We would not try to control other people. We would make a decision that we have a singular intent, and that is to be aware of, and therefore control, our vibrational output."

I love this formula and current evidence supports its efficacy. I put myself to bed this morning around 1 AM. As I lay there, I heard women singing in my head. 

I should note that while listening to a comedy podcast two days ago, I heard a beautiful Jean Ritchie song performed by Megan Mullaly, whom I adore. "Cool of the Day" lit up my music grid and made all the next logical steps perfectly clear:

a. listen to gorgeous song repeatedly 
b. sing along with gorgeous song repeatedly
c. decide to learn gorgeous song on the spot 
d. sing song wrong
e. sing song right
d. wash, rinse, repeat

This delicious detour led to other versions of the song:

I had to stop myself just now from listening to this Kith and Kin version, which I've already heard at least twenty times.

I sang the song again and again and sometimes the song sang me, which means I'm really in the Vortex. Long story short, I had just a few things I needed to accomplish that day and I let the song lead me anyway. It meant fabulous partner and I were late for a wonderful outdoor under-the-blue-moon-birthday-party, but it was fun late, not anxious late. And on the ride to the party, I began teaching the song to fabulous partner. 

So now it's been two days in the spell of the song and it plays its beguiling little tune as background music for almost everything. And there's synergy in creative pursuits. I sing, which makes me want to play with paints and paper, which makes me want to sing, which leads to writing in my journal, which leads me to more writing. So is it a surprise that as I trundle off to bed after applying color and words to paper for hours, that these women in my head would begin their song? I let the song lead me to the computer to record the fragment. And some harmonies. And to open other audio files and record new tracks. Two hours later I slept.

All of that glorious meandering is evidence of my connection and the firing up of my positive emotional grid through music. Discovering the wonderful YouTube clip and clearly hearing incredibly practical advice directly from infinite intelligence is more evidence yet. But I do adore witnessing really clear, almost instantaneous connections between adjusting my vibration and manifestation. This morning I noticed a little self-judgement after I spent another hour on my art journal. "You could have used that time to take some pictures for your Etsy shop," seemed to be the gist of the nagging. "Art journals and singing are all very nice, but they're not making you any money, now are they?"

"Nyah," I thought as I stuck my mental tongue out at the nagger, who is, by the by, ME. And it's just a subtle little voice. Just a practical suggestion, one might point out. But those subtle, insinuations, which I picked up from somewhere else, are like tiny pebbles in my shoe. If I don't stop to shake them out, they're going to bother me with each step I take. For me that meant taking some spiritual sustenance instead of dining on guilt.

So I listened to the beginning of the clip. Oh, here's a link to the whole clip:

I reveled in the experience of vibrating in a place where I could hear Abraham so clearly. I began transcribing the words. I began making a list of things that are going well. I sketched out the picture you see above. I delighted in the concept. My phone chimed to let me know that I had an email. Not a bit surprising is it? Just the next logical step. One of my Etsy items had sold.

Special thanks to Sharron, who told me that I needed to be blogging. And thanks also to Magi Rose, who posited on the subtle nature of "that thing that we do" and got me to attend to that little voice. Next time, I won't even need to stick out my tongue, will I?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Abraham: Jerry's Beautiful Death

Since Jerry Hicks' transition into non-physical last fall, many puzzled over the fact that Jerry died from disease in his body. How, some asked, could someone who had such direct, intense and repeated exposure to the teachings of Abraham manifest a fatal illness? While I, and many others, had a knowing that Jerry's transition was right and good--perfect, in fact, I never heard nor came up with a satisfying explanation. I knew that Jerry was human and experienced resistance that might manifest as illness, but I never got far beyond that milepost of understanding. I certainly reveled in the stories of Jerry's new non-physical presence and the ways he made himself known to Esther and many others. To have Jerry join the consciousness we call Abraham seemed like a pretty incredible special feature in this movie we call life. Yet every now and then I would wonder why Jerry didn't die peacefully in his sleep. And as is always the case, when we ask, the asking is answered. And, as always, Abraham answers in the most beautiful, moving and satisfying way. Listen:


For me, life is almost richer knowing that one of the premier askers of all time is now answering. We love you, Jerry, and thank you for your magnificent contribution to our knowing.