Use this classical vocal technique to accelerate your Law of Attraction work

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In your work with the Law of Attraction, do you ever find that your ability to attract your desires is a bit “flat?”

Well when I was studying classical voice (yes, opera!) I learned a technique that I have recently been applying, with great success, to my Law of Attraction work.

When I began my vocal training, I had the annoying tendency of starting a note slightly flat and then sliding up to the correct pitch once I could “hear” myself singing it. During one of my early lessons, my instructor said, “Hear the pitch you want to sing as you breathe in and then sing it out on the exhale.” In other words, as I was inhaling, I was already thinking, hearing and feeling the note I wanted to sing before I actually made a sound. It was a very powerful technique that helped fix my pitch slide.

As a Deliberate Creator, you can use this exact process to empower your intentions. Breathe in what you want and then breathe it out into reality. Obviously it does not – usually – work as instantly as it does when singing a certain note. But it most definitely works.

Just as a singer breathes in the exact pitch they want to sing, hearing and feeling it resonating inside of them before singing it out into the world, we breathe in our desires by seeing, hearing and feeling them resonating inside of us before we breathe them out into physical form.

When my instructor first shared this technique with me, it didn’t seem to make a difference. I was thinking the correct note, but I was still sliding up to pitch once I starting singing. But one day my instructor had me hum the pitch very softly as I was breathing in. That soft hum made the note come alive for me. And soon after that I no longer needed to hum the note to truly “hear” and feel it inside of me before actually singing it out into the world.

And the more I practiced this technique of breathing in the pitch before breathing it out, the better I became at it. My pitch became quite accurate and I almost completely eliminated that annoying pitch slide.

And likewise, the better we become at breathing in our desires – seeing them, hearing them and feeling them clearly inside us – before breathing them out, the better we become at the process of attraction.

So if you are finding that what you are attracting is slightly “off pitch,” or that you are “sliding” into your desires rather than hitting them right on, consider using this technique to empower your attraction. Breathe in the desire, see it and feel it resonating inside of you and then breathe that desire out into physical form.

Vision Board Contest Winners

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Well the 2008 Vision Board Invitational is officially over. If you didn’t get your vision board done by yesterday, you’ll have another opportunity to participate next year.

If you haven’t checked out the entries yet, please take some time to go look at the awesome vision boards that were submitted. I know that I always get inspired seeing other people’s vision boards. I get ideas and new desires.

No, it’s not stealing! Go ahead; let yourself be inspired. There is no copyright on dreams!

And now onto the best part… the winners!

First, a huge thank you to everyone who participated. It was great fun and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Everyone who submitted a link to their vision board receives the online version of my CD Introduction to Brainwave Entrainment Technology for Personal Growth and Success. Congratulations.

Three of the participants are going to get a hard copy of that CD along with a copy of the inspiring and award winning anthology Healing the Heart of the World. which includes my essay, The Evolutionary Warrior.

All the winners were chosen at random using a random number generator.

And those three winners are:

Alex Dimmond

Summer

Richard Lemmon

Congratulations!

And the grand prize winner receives an amazing package of online learning tools that will truly help you achieve your desires.

Simpleology 101: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want (This one is free and on its own can dramatically increase your effectiveness at achieving your intentions. So go sign up now).

Simpleology 102: The Simple Science of Money

Simpleology 103: The Simple Science of Personal Energy

And…

Mark Joyner’s 7-Day Business Turnaround (which I have used with great success!)

This incredible grand prize package goes to Jennifer Manion.

Congratulations Jenny!

And again, congratulations to all the participants and to all of you who created a vision board for 2008.

Now it’s time to turn our attention to attracting those visions through focused, inspired action. So watch for more articles on sustaining and attaining your visions in coming weeks!


A Sweet Synchronicity: Vision Boards And Martin Luther King

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martin luther kingLast week, when I extended the deadline for the 2008 Vision Board Invitational, I did not realize that the end of the contest would coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the US. What a sweet synchronicity!

Martin Luther King had a vision and a dream. His dream is so real to us now (although not completely fulfilled) that imagining what his vision board would have looked like is easy.

But the real lesson from Martin Luther King for Deliberate Creators lies in the faith with which he held onto his dream. For more on this, be sure to check out my post from last year on Martin Luther King and the Law of Attraction.

A Vision Board is a great start, but what truly draws your dreams and visions into your physical reality is the kind of unwavering faith that Martin Luther King held onto regardless of the thoughts, beliefs and actions of anyone else.

So if you created a vision board for 2008, congratulations, you are off to a great start! But now the question is, how will you draw those dreams into your reality? Watch for more on this in the coming weeks.

And also watch for the updated list of Vision Board Invitational participants as well as the winners of the contest, including the grand prize Simpleology Package winner, tomorrow.

And if you used the contact form to send me the link to your vision board, there is a good chance I did not receive it as my contact form plugin seems to be broken. So please include a comment on the original Vision Board Invitational post.

Some Awesome Vision Boards And A Second Chance

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Well the official submission deadline for the 2008 Vision Board Invitational has passed. And we’ve got some truly incredible submissions to the contest. Many thanks to all of you who participated in this inspiring event.

What do you think? Should we do it again next year?

It was interesting to note that there were people who left comments or sent an email saying they would submit a vision board for the contest and then there were the people who left comments with a link to their completed vision board.

A few months ago I heard a great recording on accountability with T. Harv Ecker, creator of the Secrets of The Millionaire Mind. He pointed out that every time you say you’re going to do something and don’t, you’re training yourself to fail. Even if you don’t think it’s a big deal, your mind does.

This was a big lesson for me, and one that I’m admittedly still working on. I have huge desires and in the past, my eyes have tended to be larger than my tummy when it comes to making commitments. But when I heard Harv explain this piece of accountability – the inner piece – I got it. And I’ve been slowly changing that pattern and working on under-promising and over-delivering, to others and to myself.

So for those of you who said you were going to submit a Vision Board (either in a comment, an email or even if you just made a promise to yourself) and have not yet done so, I’m extending the submission deadline through this weekend.

You’ll still be eligible to participate in the prize drawing. But more importantly you’ll set yourself up for success in 2008 by completing something you have said you would. For many of you, this will be the start of breaking a long self-sabotaging pattern. So I encourage you to take advantage of this second chance!

Now, for those of you who did already submit a Vision Board, there is a benefit to your on-time submission. You’ll receive two slots in the drawing so your chances of winning will be double those who submit their boards from this point on.

And there’s something even more powerful than any prize I could ever give you: You have set up a pattern of completion, follow through and success in your life. And this pattern will lead you to a great year in 2008!

So congratulations.

And now, here’s the first round of submissions (posted in random order). If these are posted on a blog, be sure to stop by to congratulate them on their successful vision board creation.

(If the image was easily linkable and was not larger than 450 pixels wide, I’ve included the actual image. Otherwise, you’ll have to click on the Vision Board link to see the image).

Brian Wu at Live Meliora has this vision board:

Brian Wu Vision Board

Lorraine Cohen at Powerfull Living has this Vision Board post.

Jennifer Manion at Heal Pain Naturally has this vision board:

Jennifer Manion

Shelly Fitzsimmons has this vision board:

Shelly Fitzsimmons Vision Board

Diana Samour has this vision board:

Diana Samour Vision Board

Jasmine Gold of Spirit Gold has this Vision Board.

[Update]

Aaron Potts of Today is That Day completed this vision board just in time!

[End update]

There they are! Let’s give them a rousing virtual round of applause. Great going everyone.

And if you made a commitment to submit a vision board but “didn’t get to it” you now have a few more days.

Think about it; if you can’t “get to” your vision board, how does that reflect on your ability to “get to” your vision?

Last Day To Submit Your Vision Boards!

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Today is the final day to submit your entries to the 2008 Vision Board Invitational. If you have not yet created your Vision Board for 2008, it’s not too late. If you set your mind to it, and focus, you can create a highly targeted vision board in less than 2-hours. I’ve done it.

So finish up those boards and leave a comment on the announcement post with a link to your vision board. You actually have until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 7:00am (pacific time). That’s when I’ll be compiling the entries and posting them.

If you need a little inspiration, go take a look at some of the amazing boards that have already been submitted.

By creating and submitting your Vision Board, not only will you get 2008 off to a powerful, intentional start, but you’ll also be in the running for some great prizes including a complete Simpleology package worth over $400!

What I Learned About Gratitude From A Cold And A Little Jumping Spider

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My family and I are back east for the Thanksgiving holiday. And with all the preparation and traveling , I haven’t had a chance to finish an article on gratitude. So I dusted off one of my old Intuitive Life Coaching ezine articles from way back in November of 2004 and put a few new touches on it for you. So here it is,

It’s the season of gratitude, yet last week I found myself in a sea of sickness. I don’t know about you, but I find it very difficult to be grateful when I’m sneezing, coughing, achy and generally feeling rotten.

I did my best to remain positive, reminding myself that I was being given a non- negotiable opportunity to relax and recharge. Still I found myself drawn towards the “woe is me” place with thoughts such as, “This is the worst possible time to be sick,” and “I have way too much to do.”

I even caught myself heading into victim mode, thinking, “Ella got me sick,” as if my one year old daughter had somehow conspired to transmit her sick germs to me. If anyone had conspired, it was me, or more accurately, a wise, unconscious aspect of my mind and body forcing me to take some much needed time off.

Still, it took me a full four days of acute sickness before I was able to stop and allow myself to enjoy the break. Even then it was no inner leap of enlightenment that catalyzed the shift. Rather it was a little jumping spider who had made its home in my car.

On that day, with my wife at work, and my daughter determined not to take a nap even though she was rubbing her eyes, yawning and crying, I decided to use the fool-proof nap-induction method known to parents throughout the western world. We went for a drive!

As soon as we got into the car, I noticed that the little jumping spider who had recently taken up residence was sitting on the edge of the steering wheel. He or she seemed quite content to sit and observe as we zoomed down the straight and narrow.

But then we came to a turn and that spider’s world suddenly and literally turned upside down. That little guy or girl held on for dear life as the wheel spun one way. Then on the way back, Spidey must have thought “I’m outta here,” because it dropped down from a thread in search of more stable ground.

While it was a good idea, it didn’t work out so well when the momentum of the turn flung the little guy right back into the steering wheel with a crash. At that point Spidey decided it would be best to hang on and ride out the storm.

When the turbulence ended and we were back on a straight stretch, that spider somehow knew exactly what it needed to do: It headed directly for the center of the steering wheel and sat down smack dab in the middle of the Toyota logo.

When I turned the steering wheel to guide us into the next turn, Spidey just calmly rotated in the opposite direction, easily maintaining his upward-facing orientation.

As I watched Spidey do his thing an image flashed into my mind of one of those amusement park rides where you stand up against a fence as it spins around really fast, so fast that it’s nearly impossible to push, or is it pull, yourself away from the fence.

I realized that’s sort of how I had been feeling in my sickness: dizzily pressed up against a wall, unable to peel myself off. Only unlike at an amusement park, this sickness was an involuntary ride, and it was showing no signs of slowing down.

With Ella soundly asleep now in the back seat, I could pull over and contemplate the lesson in Spidey’s demonstration. I imagined the different experience riding at the outside of that spinning wheel and standing right in the center. And they were very different!

For me, being in the center meant being fully in my sickness, not fighting it, not trying to push myself off of that wall. So all that day and the following day, I acknowledged my gratitude: for the sickness, for Ella, for my wife, for the time off and, of course, for the little jumping spider.

I basked in my sickness, taking naps and baths, sitting for long periods of time doing nothing and just generally loafing. It was wonderful. And the amazing thing is that by the end of that second day I felt great. Certainly not completely better, but my energy level was vibrant and flowing whereas before it had been stagnant and dull.

I believe it was the gratitude that shifted me into the center of that ride. Instead of worrying about all the stuff I was not doing, all the meetings I was missing, and all the money that was not coming in, I was able to stop and accept exactly where I was, and, indeed, acknowledge my gratitude for being there.

Just like that little spider, we get to choose how we experience each moment of our lives. We can enjoy the thrill of riding out at the edge where the momentum of the ride pushes us up against the wall, or we can choose the more stable, yet no less enlivening, ride in the center. Certainly there are times when being on the outer edge is appropriate, and even necessary, but I don’t need to live my life there.

Neither did Spidey.

And neither do you. For many people the holidays can be a whirlwind of too much shopping, cooking, family, parties, eating, traffic, credit cards, and debt.

So this holiday season remember to periodically come back to your center. If you find yourself riding that dizzy edge, stop and take time to acknowledge your gratitude.

No matter how turbulent your life might get, find something to be thankful for and let that gratitude draw you gently back towards your calm, stable center.

I’ve quoted Meister Eckhart before, and I’m sure I’ll do so again, but he stated it so simply and beautifully when he said:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”

Thank you!

Slay With The Sword of Wisdom

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I StumbledUpon this incredible image last night. It resonates deeply with me and holds great power. Perhaps it will for you as well.

 

To view a larger version click on the image. And to see more of his work, visit Diginatii’s Stumble Upon blog.

Weave Your Web Where No One Will Walk Through It

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It’s spider-time here. Each year in late summer a slew of little light brown stripy spiders takes up residence outside of our house. Yes, the outside part is good!

Every morning when I step out onto the front porch, at least 3 or 4 of their perfectly woven webs great me, sparkling in the light of the rising sun. It’s a beautiful sight.

Unfortunately there always seems to be one in the bunch that has a hard time with the concept of “Location, location, location.” This one little guy or gal inevitably builds a web right in the middle of the stairway leading to the door. And because of the way the threads are attached there’s no room to duck under or step over.

So unfortunately, there is no choice but to dismantle the web.

I wish there was another way. I wish I could pick up the entire web and move it over. But I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.

Usually, I sit on the step for a moment, admiring the beauty of the web and acknowledging the skill that went into its creation.

And then I gently disconnect one of the anchor threads, giving the spider a chance to gather up the threads, before disconnecting the next one.

This morning as I admired an exceptional example of web weaving that happened to be smack dab in the middle of the stairway, I began to consider how many times I have built my web in the middle of a road, metaphorically speaking, of course.

Just like that spider’s web, our creations are delicate things; it doesn’t take much to destroy them. And if we create them in a spot where they will not be welcomed or worse, where they will be seen as a nuisance, it’s very likely that they will be damaged or destroyed.

Have you ever been to a restaurant that was displaying art that was heavy and dark and downright unappetizing? Have you ever heard a musician playing beautiful, sweet music in the corner of a loud, rowdy bar?

For every edition of the Law of Attraction Carnival there are at least 3-4 submissions that, while beautifully written, have nothing to do with the Law of Attraction. So I have to break the news to the authors that their entries will not be included.

Sometimes it seems that we have a collective belief that our creativity is not going to be accepted and appreciated. So we set ourselves up for failure – unconsciously of course – by choosing locations for our creative expression that are obviously inappropriate. On some level, we have an expectation that our creation will be rejected and so we attract that reality into our lives.

Can you think of times in your life when you have built your web right in the middle of a doorway? What did it feel like when that first person opened the door and walked right through it?

Can you imagine a different scenario in which you build your web in a different spot, a place where it will be seen and admired and valued for its beauty and uniqueness?

Now, one thing I’ve noticed about these spiders is that as the season progresses there are fewer webs built on the stairway. Now I can’t tell you if this is because the spiders get smart and figure out that the stairs are not a great place to build their webs or, if it’s because the spiders that keep building their webs on the stairs die.

But what I can tell you is that we’re smarter than spiders (I can sense some of you getting ready to argue that point). Albert Einstein once said, or perhaps it was Benjamin Franklin, or maybe no one of any particular merit actually ever said it: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

It doesn’t actually matter if anyone ever said it. The point is that we can learn from our experiences and try it differently the next time.

What creative project are you working on that might benefit from a slight change in location?

Law of Attraction Emotional Scale Redefined – With Help From Marshall Rosenberg

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I’ve been teaching this Law of Attraction thing for five years now. And in all that time I’ve struggled to find the right language to explain what Abraham-Hicks calls the emotional scale.

Most of the teaching and writing defines the emotional scale in terms of “good” and “bad” feelings, “positive” and “negative” feelings, “high vibrations” and “low vibrations.”

None of those definitions have felt right to me. Those definitions contribute to the continued, erroneous belief that some emotions are “negative” and should be avoided. In my opinion, and the way I teach the Law of Attraction, all feelings are positive, powerful indicators of our present state. Our emotions, all of them, provide us with some of our clearest guidance on the journey of deliberate creation.

The other day I picked up a little book by Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Non-violent communication, called, Being Me, Loving You: A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides).

When I read the following passage, a big, bright, lightbulb went off for me:

When I wrote my first book [Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values] I put in a list of positive feelings and a list of negative feelings. Then I noticed how people think negative feelings are negative. Since that’s not what I wanted, in my next edition I put the words “positive” and “negative” in quotes, but that still didn’t seem to help. Now I write, “feelings present when our needs are being met” and “feelings present when our needs are not being met” to show how valuable they both are because they are both talking about life.

I knew that Marshall was on the right track. But it wasn’t quite right.

When we approach our lives from the perspective of deliberate creation we must accept that our needs are always being met. Whatever is in our life is in response to something we have “asked” for. Remember, the Law of Attraction is always working!

But Marshall’s phrasing led me to what I think is a great definition of the two ends of the emotional scale.

Feelings present when we are allowing our desires.

And

Feelings present when we are resisting our desires.

When we look at the emotional scale from this perspective, it’s easier to see that all of our emotions are necessary and beneficial.

When you feel excited, you know that you are being given a positive, beneficial sign that you are in a state of allowing your desires. Be grateful and see if you can move even deeper into a state of allowing!

But when you feel angry, realize that, here too, you are being given a positive, beneficial sign that you are resisting some desire. Give thanks! And see if you can begin moving closer to a state of allowing.

Both of these experiences are positive. Indeed, every piece of input from your emotional guidance system is valuable and can lead you closer to your desires. If you let them!

So when you notice strong – or even not-so-strong emotions – see if you can begin thinking about them in these terms: “Is this an emotion of allowing or of resistance? Am I allowing my desires or resisting them?”

By asking this question, you discover where you are on the emotional scale and can begin to take the small, incremental steps to move up. (Not to better emotions but rather to a space of more complete allowing).

Law of Attraction Carnival #24: General Roundup

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Welcome to the August 14th, 2007 edition of the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival, the longest running blog carnival devoted to the exploration of the Law of Attraction and its powerful applications in daily life.

As you may already know, August marks the one-year anniversary of the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival, and to celebrate, we’re having a party!

Throughout the month of August, I’ll be doing some interviews on the Law of Attraction with experts to help you put the Law of Attraction into action in your life and create real success!

And, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you enter to win one of the amazing prizes that are being given away throughout the month.

And now, onto the Carnival!

This edition of the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival will be another General Roundup of insights, stories, tools, and techniques related to the Law of Attraction.

For this edition it was no easy task choosing the featured entries. It seems that with every edition, the quality of the entries gets better! And that is great.

So let’s jump right in and begin with those featured entries. But don’t stop there. You’ll find a wealth of great material in all of these entries!

Featured Entries

Let’s start with a great entry from Aaron M. Potts on 10 Things you Can’t do with the Law of Attraction. This is a must read for anyone that might be thinking that the Law of Attraction makes everything possible. Sorry! At least not at this point in our personal and planetary evolution. This one’s posted at Today is that Day.

Next, Scott Lee at Scott Free Thinking shares his thoughts on how to Design Your Life, Like a Paint Brush. I particularly enjoyed reading his list of the 7 Hermetic Principles and seeing where they align with the Law of Attraction.

Leave it to Raymond David Salas to bring the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (I don’t think he knew that I grew up near Boston) into his exploration of the Law of Attraction in his entry, Does The Law of Attraction Really Work? It’s posted over at ZenChill.com Power Tools Blog.

Nneka at Balanced Life Center, opens up an interesting conversation with her post, The Secret Remixed: How Does The Law of Attraction Work? Why do some of the things we desire manifest while others don’t? And why do some of the things that manifest in our life have a clear connetion to a thought while others don’t? Good questions to ponder, even if the answers aren’t immediately obvious.

That’s it for this edition’s Featured Entries. Remember, to be eligible for the featured entry section, submit your best articles, make sure they are focused on the topic (if there is a specific topic) and provide a link back to the carnival.

And now onto The Best of The Rest

Deliberate Creation

Uni presents My Proof of The Law of Attracion-in action posted at You Deserve More, saying, “NA cute Law of Attraction article!”

Desire

Tupelo Kenyon presents The Dilemma of Desire posted at Tupelo Kenyon.

Enoch Tan presents Detachment allows your Desires to Come to You posted at Secrets of Mind and Reality – MindReality.com.

Law of Attraction

Alan Torres presents Are we God? posted at Made to Be Great.

 

Hal Sommerschield, Ph.D. presents Psychological Determinism and the Law of Attraction posted at North Star Mental Fitness Blog.

Aldian Prakoso presents How to Get Started the Law of Attraction posted at The Secret of Law of Attraction Accelerator.

Lola presents Law of Attraction: Make the Conscious Unconscious – part 1 posted at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development.

John Sanders presents Criticisms and Commendations on the Law of Attraction posted at Voice in the Wilderness.

Paul Piotrowski presents Worry Not Attract A Lot posted at Self Help Wisdom . com.

Manifestation

Jeannette Maw presents Manifesting Missing Kitty posted at Law of Attraction Playground.

Patricia Singleton presents The Most Influencial Person—#4—Birth Of A Dream posted at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker, saying, “My creativity comes from the Universe and benefits the Universe through the sharing of my journey. This article tells how my blog came into existence through someone that I met on the internet.”

Chris Stevens presents Positive Thought for the day posted at Positive thoughts and more.

That’s it for this edition of the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival. You can read all the past editions on the Law of Attraction Homepage.

The next edition will be published on Tuesday, August 28th and will mark the official one-year Anniversary of the Law of Attraction Carnival.

The theme for the next edition is, 1-year with the Law of Attraction!

Take this opportunity to write a post that explores how the Law of Attraction has changed your life in the past year (or however long you have been actively using it). Let us know what important lessons you have learned from putting the Law of Attraction into action in your life. What mistakes (there are no mistakes of course) have you made with the Law of Attraction?

For the featured entry section, I’ll choose about 5 entries that focus on personal lessons related to the Law of Attraction that this past year has brought.

And don’t forget to enter to win one of the great prizes during this anniversary celebration!

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