New year – New You

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New year is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s like we get to start a fresh and get our teeth stuck into new things, New people to meet, New experiences to have. We have this optimistic view that everything is suddenly going to change and we are going to transform into this new shinier version of ourselves.

Well at least that’s how I view New Year. And even if it doesn’t last I think it’s a great way to start the year. This year I started with a clear head (no hangover) fresh as a daisy, start as I mean to go on. I’ve got my plans and goals and am hoping to achieve them all. I do have more motivation this year than any other. Turning 40..eek.. and still so much I want to do.

Here is a few that may inspire you

Learn a new language.

Been learning spanish for the last 20 years..on and off.. I’m now fluent in Spanglish.. and only I can understand me. .

I realized learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

Pick up a new hobby.

Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn?

Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating.

Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc.

Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or spiritually

Take up a new course.

Is there any new course you can join? Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills.

It doesn’t have to be a long-term course – seminars or workshops serve their purpose too.

I’ve been to a few workshops and they have helped me gain new insights which I had not considered before.

I love Udemy courses and I’m now on my 15th. They are fun, cheap and a fab way to learn just about anything.

Create an inspirational room.

Your environment sets the mood and tone for you. If you are living in an inspirational environment, you are going to be inspired every day.

Minimise

So I have been on this journey for the last year or so. It is actually harder than just chucking your wordly goods out. Especially with a family, but it feels amazing and cuts cleaning by more than half and saves me a tonne of time deciding what to wear or searching through a pile of junk to find a bloody bobble. I now have places for everything…. well almost everything.

I have a tonne of other things I want to do this year, climb some munroes, go on a meditation course, take some amazing photos of some wild animals, do more yoga, laugh more, lighten up, volunteer with animals, my list goes on and on.

Right I must go as one of my resolutions was to spend less time on the Internet.

Imagination is more Important than Knowledge

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As someone who practices energy healing and meditation I am very drawn to Albert Einsten and all that he discovered in his lifetime.  I love how he believed that the imagination is by far more important in this life than knowledge.  In healing we use our imagination greatly and what we focus our attention on in our life is what shall show up.

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Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant minds that ever lived. Not only was he an outstanding scientist who revolutionized physics in a fundamental way, but he was also an influential speaker on education, social justice, and religion. He was a scientist who believed in the power of imagination and creativity, and who considered that education is a personal quest that should never end.

 

Let’s take a glimpse into Albert Einstein’s mind through some of his most popular quotes. His words on success, love, and justice can inspire us to live happy and meaningful lives.

1. On the Power of Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein
Knowledge is a map that guides us while imagination is the territory where we can roam freely and search for answers and opportunities. Imagination knows no restraint and it is the power that puts knowledge to use.

2. On Nature and Knowledge

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein

Everything around us is governed by logical, complex laws which we can discover once we pay enough attention. Deep into nature, we find beauty, order, and harmony, and we find that everything is connected.

3. On Success and Value

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~ Albert Einstein
Success is not always correlated with value. To be a man of success often means playing by certain rules of society, not necessarily bringing real value. A man of value does not seek praise or admiration, and it is not interested in being seen as successful because he knows his real value.

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4. On Education

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~ Albert Einstein
Most people think education stops at graduation. The truth is that real education has little to do with schooling. Once we get into the real world, we discover how little we know. Outside the school gates, we find thatwe have weaknesses which only experience and further learning can cover.

5. On Change

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein
People are victims of comforts and routine. We do the same things every day, yet expect great changes in our lives. A great change starts, however, with a small step in a new direction. When we gather the courage to act with greatness, we can expect great things to happen.

6. On Moving On

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein
Life is not always good to us. Every one of us experiences at some point feelings of sadness, distress, or disappointment. The real challenge is to move past these feelings and focus on the empty canvas that lies ahead.

7. On Logic and Imagination

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. ~ Albert Einstein
Logic and imagination don’t have to compete with each other. They both have their own purpose. Imagination is all about possibilities and opportunities, while logic is about turning possibilities into actual plans and real projects.

8. On Experience

The only source of knowledge is experience. ~ Albert Einstein
Most of the today’s learning means sharing information and theoretical knowledge. This is rarely the type of knowledge that can be applied in our day to day circumstances. Experience is the actual powerful knowledge that can give us control over our future.

9. On Respect for Truth

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. ~ Albert Einstein
Acting with thoughtless obedience towards authority does not mean respecting authority. Even people with authority are prone to mistakes. It is our duty to question everything that does not follow the principles of justice, truth, and kindness.

10. On Living in the Moment

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. ~ Albert Einstein
Worrying about future is a symptom of a miserable present, in which we cannot find peace or fulfillment. A happy person lives in the moment, free from the ties of the past or those of the future.

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Lee Harris Energy Tips for a HeartFelt Life

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I’ve recently found this guy called Lee Harris Energy Intuitive healer and speaker.  On my nightly watch on Gaia.com I came across an interview with him and Regina.

So I have researched and listened to tonnes of his youtube videos and been using his tools in my daily practice and within my life.  I would like to share with you some of the tips I have taken from what he lives and breathes.

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Lee Harris and his channeling seek to remind that when you live from your heart, your instinct is allowed to begin guiding you, rather than your mind. The human mind can easily become weighed down with beliefs that are not your own, and ways of being that have simply become habit, rather than your truth. To be living from your heart and your intuition, without limitation, is to bring bliss and abundance back into your life and the lives of those around you. Lee works with his Spirit Guides to bring this message through his channeling.

  1. After listening to a whole variety of spiritual teachers, scientists and self help gurus I find one thing is always prevalent in their teachings and that is that Our Heart is much more important than we once thought.  Quieting the mind and really focus our energy on our heart centre and feeling love and gratitude for our lifes.

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2) Your role as human is to be human and to let the spirit and the light come through you as much as you possibly can.

And yet this also means you let the core of humanity and all of its collective ideals, failures, tragedies, joys, areas of greatness and areas of weakness, run through your system because you are a product of ancient history.

But you are also the future – and to those 200 years from now, you will be part of their ancient history. So it is a continuum.

3)  To be overwhelmed should not be seen as a failing.

To master overwhelm should not be seen as an achievement. Instead it is a moment in time, meaning as you grow and change and the world around you grows and changes, that moment in time is going to continually expand.

People around you will continually expand and you yourself will have to find anew your position, your centre, every single day.

So take that in for a moment – this idea that you aren’t getting anything wrong – you are simply on a rapidly expanding planet that you couldn’t possibly understand with your mind.

That’s not because you don’t have a mind that can comprehend everything and that is a failing. It is that you have a mind that can’t comprehend what is going on because the mind tracks history, and change is hitting all of you at an unprecedented rate.

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4)  Silent awareness will be your ally in these golden years, for the human world has been hyper-doing and hyper-externalized.

In an age where the internal is becoming as valued and as powerful as the external, the internal will be one of the safest places to be in the coming few decades as the Earth goes through so many changes.

You will have to come back to the voice of your soul to know what the new road map is for this planet.

 

 

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Your Past does Not Define You

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Your PAST doesn’t define you.
What you do NOW defines you!

If you study the habits and traits of highly successful people, and the average or unsuccessful it is impossible not to see clear differences in their habits and thinking…
One of the biggest differences lie in THINKING and LIVING in the PAST, or planning into the FUTURE.

The majority, and by that i mean the average and underachieving among us, think PRIMARILY in the past.

“this is what happened to me, and if this didn’t happen to me i would be where i want to be today”
“i should have done this in the past, and now it’s too late”
“this person wronged me in the past, and that’s why I’m not where i want to be”

 

Living in the moment is not always easy. Sometimes our thoughts are overwhelmed by regrets about past events or anxiety about the future, which can make it hard to enjoy the present. If you are having a hard time living in the moment, there are some simple strategies that may help. There are little things that you can do throughout your day, such as creating a mindfulness cue, learning to meditate, and performing random acts of kindness

The successful one however thinks ONLY in THE NOW and into the FUTURE
THEY SET GOALS INTO THE FUTURE. Clear targets to push them forward… To light their fire within and give them PASSION for living.
THEY VISUALIZE THE RESULTS coming to reality into the future…

They see the FUTURE reward, not the initial struggle to bring it to life.
NOT ‘what i have to go through to get there’ but ‘How will i feel when i get there’!
And the only way to get to the future, to the big reward, is to have powerful action in the NOW. In this powerful present moment.

All successful people know that each positive and productive present moment leads to a positive and successful FUTURE moment.

Use your past as fuel to take you wherever you need to go!
If you ever look back, make sure it is only to DRIVE YOU FORWARD!

Don’t blame others for YOUR situation. Rely on YOURSELF to create a new situation.

Your FUTURE starts TODAY not tomorrow. Plan now, live now!

Don’t let your PAST define YOUR FUTURE!
Don’t you dare let PAST failures get in the way of your FUTURE success!

 

It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. The only thing that matters is what you are going to do RIGHT NOW! What are you going to do right now?!

 

A great article about living in the moment  –

http://paidtoexist.com/how-to-live-fully-in-the-present/

 

Benefits of Yoga and CBD

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If you suffer from stress or related conditions such as anxiety and depression, you certainly aren’t alone.

These are two of the most common illnesses in the world, but fear not; there are many natural ways you ease your stress. Spending more time in nature, yoga and CBD products all harness the power of nature to heal and balance our bodies.

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Over the past decade, numerous studies have revealed that yoga has the ability to significantly lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Thus, this ancient practice is used in everything from cancer therapy, to substance abuse recovery, eating disorder recovery, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even recovery from breast cancer.

Researchers believe that stress relief comes from three major sources: the yogic asanas or poses (which involve intense coordination between body and mind), controlled breathing (which lowers the heart and breathing rates) and mindfulness (yoga is often accompanied by meditation, which aims to keep us “in the present moment”).

Mindfulness is one of the most powerful ways we can stop stress in its tracks, because it allows us to escape the frequent ruminations about the past or worry about our future. When we keep the mind in the here and now, we are able to breathe better, focus more, and create a mental state that is incompatible with panic attacks and general anxiety.

YOGA AND CBD FOR STRESS

CBD is increasingly being used to battle stress, owing to its ability to react directly with cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. It is vital not to confuse CBD with THC (the cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high effect’ of marijuana). While THC can have many benefits, CBD offers numerous positive effects for its users while leaving their mental state mostly unchanged.

CBD is often taken as an oil but also used topically to treat skin conditions and inflammation, or even consumed in sweets like gummies. It is just one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants. Because of how CBD interacts with serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain and nervous system, more of these neurotransmitters can flow through the body, resulting in a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.

 

A MULTI-LAYER APPROACH TO BATTLING STRESS

If you think you may have anxiety or depression, it is important to check in with a doctor. Working alongside your therapist or other health professional, you can take many approaches to  battling these conditions.

It is important to tackle stress from a multi-layered perspective, too. Holistic activities , Tai Chi, mindfulness meditation, and time spent in nature have proven to be a useful complementary therapy for anxiety and other stress-related conditions. CBD, an almost miraculous supplement made from natural hemp, can be an important part of our anti-stress toolkit too.

Whatever approach you take, if you make time to care for yourself and your wellbeing then every other part of your life will seem a little bit easier.

Cold Showers – More than just uncomfortable

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After reading about Wim Hoff – the ice man and discovering that elite athletes such as Ben Greenfield take cold showers I decided that I too would give it a go.  Goodbye long beautiful, warm drenched sing in the shower to my favourite music, Hello agonising Screams and my own motivational shouts at myself – I can do this, I am out my comfort zone and it feels amazing.  I don’t believe a word of my shouts and screams but there is too many benefits of this cold shower to wimp out on the first day so I continue each morning.  I visualise myself as David Goggins (google him) and when the freezing cold hits my hair and sends freezing shivers all over my body I am no longer myself but a warrior braving the elements in order to save myself from the enemies.  Yes I do a lot of visualisation, I have little kids..ITS ALL I DO….

benefits of regular cold shower application:
– activation the sympathetic nervous system (Shevchuk, 2008)
– increased blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and increased synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well (Shevchuk, 2008)
– electrical stimulation of peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect (Shevchuk, 2008)
– significant analgesic effect without noticeable side effects or causing dependence (Shevchuk, 2008)
– reduction in muscle soreness after running a marathon (Liang et al, 2001)
– improved quality of sleep (Onen et al, 1994)
– decrease of uric acid level in blood plasma (Brenke et al, 1994)
– inhibition of purine metabolism (Brenke et al, 1994)
– long-term antioxidative adaptation (Brenke et al, 1994)
– improved tone of the skin and muscles (Mergeay et al, 1990)
– reduction in uremic pruritus (a major problem for patients with end-stage renal disease) (Zucker et al, 2003)
increase in brown fat cells, which protect from aging; fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease (Kanzleiter et al,2005; Mattson, 2010).

I also heard it was great for your hair so This is what swayed me to give it a go….

Anyway I cant say I enjoy it, but it definitely sets me up for the day and I do have to a

admit I feel more energised and ready to tackle my mountains of housework.

 

 

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Dan Milman – The Four Purposes of Life

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“Where are you? … HERE”
“What time is it? … NOW”
“What are you? … THIS MOMENT.”

Just watching Dan Millman on the Four Purposes of Life on Gaia.com and he has some great insights to how we travel throughout our life.  I love his books and need to just re read them all the time so I can have these golden nuggets of wisdom sink into my brain.  Some of the following are the lessons I have learned from Dan so far.

Its fine to dream BIG but start small and take small steps at a time.  So if you want to start meditating then start with just a few minutes a day.  A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

What is my Purpose?? – There are four of them – Career (Income) *Our Calling – Do what you love * (Time stands still or speeds up) Our life path or Hidden Calling – (our calling is what we may have pushed back) * attending to this arising moment.

 

While experience and wisdom is important, in the Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Socrates teaches Dan that there’s a difference between Knowing and Doing. You can know what to do or understand something, but you don’t really KNOW it until you’re DOING it.

I can relate to this with my meditation practice and my reiki healing practice.  Sometimes I can sit and read and reread and write out plans etc but without the practice then it really means very little.  Recently I enrolled in a raw food course and wrote out a lot of recipes and shopping lists and was so pumped about starting this journey.  But after a few days I was back to eating cooked processed foods so I started to read up again and watch youtube videos on raw food all whilst eating cooked food and feeling so deflated and disappointed in myself.  So this in my life is teaching me that I can read as much as I like but without putting it into practice it does not bring me inner joy or contentment.

A big theme in the Way of the Peaceful Warrior that Socrates instills in Dan is the power of NOW. The only time that matters is RIGHT NOW, this moment.  This moment is all that we have. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow doesn’t exist. But, the problem with most people is that we live in our heads. We live in either the past or the future.

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All stress and fear exists in either the past or the future. In fact, fear is just anticipation of pain. If you can truly live in the moment and get out of your head, you can be free of all of the garbage in your head and perform at levels you never thought possible. Not only that, but you can be at peace.

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Being in the moment is a practice. It’s a practice that Dan focuses on throughout the book that changes his life for the better. He shares his experiences learning meditation and learning to be more and more present. There’s one part in the book where Socrates throws Dan over a bridge into the water, just to clear his mind. He then describes to Dan how there are no ordinary moments – that there is never nothing going on.  The truth is, there is so many amazing things going on at any given moment, but we’re too much inside of our heads to notice it.

 

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The lesson here is simple: nothing in your outer world will ever make you happy or fulfilled. Happiness can only come from the inside. When you truly come to this realization and stop deluding yourself, you can gain that sense of peace and satisfaction within.

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6 Celebrities who endorse CBD OILs

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6 Celebrities Who Endorse CBD

There are many celebrities who feel it’s important to legalize both THC and CBD as quickly as possible!

Seth Rogen

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Seth believes so strongly in the benefits of cannabis for Alzheimer’s prevention that he spoke in congress about the state of Alzheimer‘s research and the public perception of people with the disease…His testimony came as part of a larger Senate hearing about the state of Alzheimer‘s research.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi is a well-known cannabinoid advocate and consumer. She’s used a vape pen for years treat her pain, stress and glaucoma. Last year, she and Maya Elisabeth started Maya & Whoopi – which sells edibles, tinctures, salves, and more.

Morgan Freeman

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Freeman uses both CBD and THC to treat the fibromyalgia he suffers after a serious accident in 2008 and has since been a voice of support for the benefits of the plant.

Montel Williams

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Montel has been famous for years for his acting career, but in 2016 the cannabis community won a huge victory while he was traveling through Frankfurt airport. Police found cannabinoids in his luggage, but after he proved that it was CBD prescribed as a medical use product by a licensed doctor, he was released. Williams suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and has been a proponent of legalization ever since he tried it and found relief. He has been an outspoken advocate since 1999.

Nate Diaz

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After winning a fight in the notoriously brutal UFC ring, Nate Diaz conducted his post-fight interview while smoking CBD from a vape pen, live on TV. He has stated that CBD oil helps him relieve pain, heal injuries and concentrate.

Michael J. Fox

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As a longtime sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox has used cannabis to counteract the effects of the chronic disease since he was diagnosed. It certainly extended his acting career for many years.

Woweee there are so many celebrities who know the benefits of this oil through their own personal experience and it just amazes me every day. I learn more and more about this plant and am overwhelmed to hear my own clients and family telling me how much it s helping them

If you wish to order cbd oil you should thoroughly do your research. It is becoming a lot more regulated now with laws changing and licencing coming into play.

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CBD and Chocolate. What a Combo

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Chocolate lovers are gonna be loving these little products from Hempura.

CBD White Chocolates

Who doesn’t love a good piece of chocolate? There’s a reason that chocolate is so irresistible, and when its mixed with one of the purest CBD extracts in the UK, it gets even better. Our fabulous new range of CBD chocolates are delicious and highly beneficial to your health – a real win-win situation!

Each of the delectable chocolates features a full-spectrum of cannabinoids (like all our products), and of course, the incredibly beneficial CBD. These make a wonderful change from CBD oils, and are the perfect option for anyone out there with a sweet-tooth.

Our CBD chocolates come in a pack of 20, with a choice as to which strength you want: 200mg, 500mg, or 1000mg (if you can’t resist these delectable treats, a lower dose may be the best bet!). The strength is calculated overall, so a 500mg strength packet will contain 20 chocolates, each with a 25mg CBD dose and so on.

These little guilty pleasures don’t have to make you feel guilty about the price either, the CBD content is priced the same as our fantastic range of oils.


https://hempura.co.uk/product-category/cbd-chocolates/?affiliates=98f13708210194c475687be6106a3b84

 

Lets Rewrite our Subconcious Mind

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After listening to and reading a tonne of books on this subject I realised that you can have all the knowledge in the world but if we don’t practice then it’s not of much use.

Daily Practice in anything is the way to programme our subconscious brain.

I learned the times table at school by constantly repeating these daily so they are stored into my computer brain.  I also learned all the words to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air over 18 years ago and wow it’s still in there along with so much more useless information.  I can drive a car without thinking about it, oh and I can ride a bike too.  So if all this information has been stored  into the computer brain then what else is in there.  There is lots of limiting beliefs and negative emotions which has been stored.

Look at your day and see what you have programmed into your day.

  1. Getting kids ready and out the door for school.  Do you programme that your going to be stressed, rushed and loose your patience and kids will have melt downs.  This was my life until I realised it didn’t have to be.  Okay so every day is not a walk in the park but when I realise I slip into panic mode about being late I take a few breaths have a word with myself and we get there, we are always early so my panicking is just using up my energy and giving my kids a horrible start to the day.  Each day I practice having more patience and my children are my greatest teachers.
  2. Eating healthy  and exercising – but eating a cake is just so much more satisfying.  Yet the guilt after it is just not worth those ten minutes of pleasure yet I do it anyway and then my negative self talk about how I never stick to anything, I shall always be fat and how everyone is better at it than me.  Spiralling negative self talk leads to low mood and energy been drained from our bodies.  So I realise that I either eat the cake, enjoy it and don’t regret it, stop the thoughts in motion.  Or I lay off the cake and feel absolutely empowered at how strong I am.  If I keep on saying no to the Cake I get stronger and stronger.  (I love a chocolate cake)  This one I am working on..
  3. My night-time sleep can be amazing when I meditate but if I miss a few days than wow its back to being rubbish.  (programme)
  4. Eating 3 meals a day (programmed from generations)
  5. Save up for your retirement then have a life (Programmes)

This list can go on and on – Write down your daily programmes by becoming aware of your thoughts and your behaviour.  It can be very interesting to see what your programming is and where it has come from.

 

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Lets Change it but How?

1. Trust your subconscious mind, recognise and become aware of your fears and habits

2.  Interview your subconscious

3. Make a promise, set the intention to work with your subconscious.

4.  Get examples – Douse your subconscious in positive case studies in the programme that you want to achieve..  Your subconscious will do anything you say is possible.

5.  Ingrain this new power into your subconscious.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.

Make it happen faster by putting a strong emotion behind it.

Change your physiology

Visualise again and again the new you as if you already have achieved it.

I set a reminder every hour on my phone when I have a programme that I want to pop into my subconscious goals