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Vision Retreat Canada

Jenai facilitating a Vision Retreat in Canada

When I was in my early twenties, I noticed that my best ideas came to me in two very unusual places: in the shower and when I was sleeping. In fact, I was in the shower when suddenly I looked down and saw the ball chain on the tub stopper and knew I needed to go to the hardware store and design a line of jewelry. This silly vision that I somehow acted upon became a million-dollar company. My vision continued to reveal itself in my dreams, where I would wake up and know the specifications of a product I was to design, some of which became award-winning patented products. I would sleep with a pad next to my bed because I never knew when a new idea might come.

Over time, I started to become curious about where these ideas were coming from and why they happened at such seemingly bizarre times. How could I access this when I wanted to? The answer to this question came to me many years later, and it is one of the reasons I do the work I do today.

The answer is that the mind cannot give us our vision. Vision comes from our spirit. It appeared that the only two places in my life where my mind turned off was when I was sleeping or in the shower. This allowed the door to my spirit to open, where my vision began shining through. If all it takes for our vision to come through is getting our mind out of the way and connecting to our spirit, then this is where I want to be. I later learned that visionaries like Einstein understood this principle. As he put it, “The mind cannot solve the same problems it created.” To facilitate his light bulb moments (pun intended), Thomas Edison would go to sleep with a rock in his hand so he could be awakened with a new vision. He had over 1,000 patents.

Now, I don’t believe it is necessary to sleep with a rock in your hand to access your vision; it is only a question of being out of your mind, where you can access your spirit. Your vision is there.

 5 Tips for Being Out of Your Mind  and Accessing Your Vision

1.  Meditate. Practice The Three C’s: Centered, Clear, and Connected. You can receive a free guided five-minute meditation on how to do this process at  http://www.spiritcoachtraining.com/blog/5-minute-meditation. This is the single best way to access your spirit’s vision.

2. Sleep with a pen and paper by your bed. When you wake up, don’t start thinking about your day right away—just let yourself be in that sweet spot between sleeping and waking – it is here where your vision lies. You can also ask a question before bed, such as: How can I contribute in this world?

3. Take “Be Time.” This is time for just being, with no agenda. This clears your minds and allows your creativity to flourish.

4. After meditating, ask yourself, “What do I need to know about my vision?” Journal whatever comes through. You will be amazed at the ideas and guidance you can receive just by asking.

5. Follow your bliss. Make a commitment to do one thing you love to do every day. When we do what we love, even in small, seemingly insignificant, ways, we are moving toward our vision.

TrustInevitably, we come to a place where we are asked to have faith. Sometimes, it is the only thing we have left to hang onto. We can no longer control or operate under the illusion that we, in fact, control anything, except our own choices. Faith requires great trust—trust in a power greater than ourselves—one that can and will be there for us in our time of need. Trusting Creator is inextricably linked with trusting ourselves—and by self, I am speaking of the higher self. The more we follow our higher self, our gut instincts, intuition, and knowing what is true for us, the more we then trust ourselves. In contrast, the more we follow the ego, the more we have to control, struggle, and prove to ourselves it will be okay. This, of course, will never be the case as there is always more to prove from this perspective. Operating from our higher self limits the ego’s hold on us and liberates us from this cycle of distrusting the universe. As we learn to trust ourselves, i.e., follow our inner guidance, we begin to trust Creator, as this is our link to co-creation. Building a relationship with our higher self is building a relationship with Creator—the result is trust.

Life experiences can make us untrusting; we must then relearn how to trust. The best way to relearn is through practice. Here are some practices to cultivate trust:

1. Be Present (Grounded). If we are not present, we are in the future or the past, experiencing why we can’t trust. To bring yourself to present-time, visualize a beautiful tree trunk wrapping around your ribcage and going deep down into the center of the earth. Let the roots of the tree wrap around the core of the earth three times. Breathe in the healing energy from the earth.

2. Set an intention to be connected to your higher self. This will stop the ego from running your life by consciously choosing who is in the driver’s seat.

3. Listen to your spirit’s guidance. When we listen to our spirit’s guidance, we are learning to trust ourselves and reinforcing that trust every time we follow our guidance.

4. Affirm your faith with a spiritual practice.

5. Give gratitude to your higher self, honor the Creator in you.

Heart CloudTo give your love, you don’t have to give your Self away. Often we confuse these two things. It is critical to understand the way we love can be filling or draining. Love is not equal, when it is measured through the small self. When we recognize how we give away our Self and believe this is love, we then begin to resent loving. But this is not love, as love does not require anything in return. Love is given from a place of wholeness and joy. When we understand this, we can be exactly who we came to be with no apologies, and give love from this place. And the irony is, when we do not need our love to be received, it is received more fully. Let love come from the highest part of you; you do not have to give up anything to give love. From this place, you will gain your Self, and love will overflow from your presence

Release Your FearsGot fear? You probably do; after all, it is part of the human experience. What is important is not that you have fear, but rather, what you do with it. Below are some simple practices you can follow to let go of fear so it doesn’t stop you from living your life to the fullest.

1. When you notice you are constricted, breathing shallow, tight … you are probably afraid. Take a moment to acknowledge the fear. By recognizing it, the fear automatically begins to diminish.

2. Breathe deeply into the fear. You can take in a deep breath and then hold it for as long as you can. Then, exhale, as if you are releasing all the fear out of your energy field through your breath.

3. See the fear as energy; you can visualize it as the color red. Close your eyes and notice where the red energy is in your body and energy field. Then, imagine vacuuming it out.

Using the above techniques, you will begin to realize you are not your fear. Because you are not your fear, you can choose to move it out of your spirit, mind, and body. When you let go of your fear, you can really live the life you came here to live. Now, go ahead, fly…

EmpoweredIf you knew you were powerful beyond measure and there was nothing you couldn’t do, would you acquiesce to another’s will, expectation or assumption about who you are? No, you would be you, following your path of service in the world without anything holding you back. You would not need approval or permission or encouragement. You would just know with the deep resonance of your soul, who you are. And you would be it.

 

Art by emerging spiritual artist, Michael Wolff. For more information contact mwolffy72@gmail.com.

In this one-minute meditation you can release what does not serve you and move into a calm, peaceful inspired place. You will be transported to the shores of Hawaii where the gentle waves will support you in releasing any negativity you are carrying so you can make room for the light. Take a minute to transform yourself and change the course of your day.

sunriseWhat is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Before I started a daily spiritual practice, as soon as I woke, my mind went into overdrive thinking of all the things I had to do that day. These first thoughts pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day, keeping my mind in overdrive until my head hit the pillow again later that night. Then I woke up and did it all again. Once I realized that I was setting an unconscious intention for every day to be stressful by the way I began my day, I shifted the way I began my day.

Now, the first thing I do every day is my spiritual practice. No, I don’t check my voicemail or e-mail, or even eat breakfast first. I know from my own experience and my experiences with many clients over the years that what we do first sets the precedent for the rest of our day. That said, I encourage you to experiment and see for yourself. At first, it was difficult for me to break out of the old habit of jumping into my day full speed ahead, but, eventually, I developed a new habit that was in my best interest. This is what a spiritual practice does.

Why is it that sometimes we wake up in a great mood, and other days, perhaps more frequently, we feel like we have been run over by a truck, deflated and lackluster? Fortunately, we do not have to leave it up to fate; we can control our own energy, thoughts, and feelings. We can’t control anything else, but we do have dominion over our internal landscape. Here are some suggestions to begin your day and transform your life:

1. Begin your day with gratitude. Get a journal and write a full page of all the things you are grateful for.

2. Recite a prayer or a poem that makes you feel connected to something greater.

3. Get a reading out of a spiritual book. Then, reflect on the meaning of the reading in your own experience.

4. And my favorite, meditate. Start your day being Centered, Clear and Connected. For a free guided 5-minute meditation, go to http://www.spiritcoachtraining.com/5-minutes-to-freedom-and-fulfillment/

Without the right tools, it may seem impossible that we can actually be in charge of how we think and feel. When we have these simple tools for transformation we become empowered to transform our lives by transforming our selves.

self-loveThink of a time you were loved in the way you like to be loved. This is a model for how to love yourself. The love that you seek is always within you. You may believe it is outside of yourself but it is not. If you want love than be love. Everything you desire can be achieved simply by being it. Remind yourself what it is that makes you smile about yourself, put your focus here – for self-love breeds love in all forms. Let yourself be surrounded in this light of love, the unconditional love of Source, and let it fill you, until it overflows into every aspect of your life.

Meditation1. Start meditating. If you haven’t already started meditating, this is a good time to start. You won’t receive any of the benefits unless you actually do it. While meditating will bring many benefits into your life, I’d like to share a few that are quite inspiring. One of my favorite studies, published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, showed that people who have practiced a short daily meditation for a five-year period are biologically 12 to 15 years younger than their actual legal age. Numerous studies conducted over the course of the last 30 years have shown that meditation aids our health and well-being in countless ways. Dr. Benson, a Harvard Medical School pioneer in this research, showed that meditation leads to a significant increase in relaxation and, thus, provides numerous health benefits; for example, it slows the heart rate, decreases the respiratory rate, increases blood flow, lowers oxygen consumption, lowers blood pressure, and decreases levels of blood lactate (which is linked to anxiety). Meditation also affects our neurophysiology in extremely favorable ways. Some of the early scientific studies on brain wave patterns (EEG) suggest that a person who meditates cultivates the qualities of being focused, calm, and creative.

2. Use active meditations that employ visualization. Most meditation techniques involve passive meditation. They ask us to clear our minds and be totally still, which can be almost impossible for many of us. Because we are unable to achieve the desired state, we feel like we failed and meditation doesn’t work for us. Active meditation uses different techniques that are easier to follow and produce the same great benefits. Here is a link to an active meditation technique: http://www.spiritcoachtraining.com/5-minutes-to-freedom-and-fulfillment/

3. Write down all your fears and worries about life before you begin meditating. Then, burn or shred the paper you wrote them on. It’s a great way to get rid of your negative thoughts and feelings before you sit down and become still and quiet. Once those thoughts and feelings are removed, they won’t keep disturbing your peace.

4. Meditate the first thing in the morning. There are multiple reasons to follow this tip. First, the way in which we start our day sets the precedent for the rest of the day. It’s also true that once our day gets going, we will be less likely to stop what we’re doing and meditate. By making meditating a priority in your morning regimen, you will bring more presence, clarity, and focus to everything you do that day.

5. Create an altar. Find a few sacred objects that make your heart sing and spirit soar when you look at them. Place them on a table near where you meditate. These items and the positive energy you associate with them become an anchor to remind you of why you are doing your practice.

6. Meditate daily. There is one thing I know for sure, and that’s when you have a consistent daily meditation practice, your life will transform. If you are an occasional meditator, make it a daily practice and notice how differently you feel. Note, though, that the total effect happens over a period of time, so don’t give up after just one week.

7. Get out of bed. Don’t meditate in bed. You will either fall back asleep, or it will take too long to get connected in a way that brings you deep awareness and peace. Find a comfortable, upright chair to do your meditation practice in.

8. Begin your meditation with thoughts of gratitude or a particular prayer that resonates for you. This raises your vibration and puts you in a positive, joyous state that opens you up to receive even more of what you need.

9. Release your thoughts. If you can’t quiet your mind, visualize a small gold ball of light (about the size of a quarter) in the center of your head. Imagine the ball of light is slowing expanding, pushing all of your thoughts out. Repeat this process until you feel clear and peaceful.

10. Last, but not least, silence all electronic devices and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. I literally have a little sign that says, “In Session.” Everyone in my family knows not to disturb me when it is hanging on my door. This is my time … and because I feel peaceful and happy when I am done, my family approves.

SpiritCoachingOften we hope for things but never really put “our all” into achieving them. We can wish upon a star or we can listen to our spirit and take aligned action to make things happen. Manifestation comes when we allow ourselves to be guided by spirit and to follow spirit’s direction. It never comes easy unless we are willing to listen and act; hoping will not change things. Look within for your vision and see it clearly, hold it strongly and then act accordingly. This is your prescription for intentional creation. Live this and watch your vision be made manifest.

To learn more about how to use Intention to create your vision, you can read http://www.spiritcoachtraining.com/uncategorized/how-to-make-your-new-years-resolutions-and-goals-stick/.

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