Calling All Deliberate Creator Parents – Input Needed

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I got stumped last night in my parenting. It’s rare that I find myself in a situation where I have absolutely no idea what to do when it comes to parenting. Sure, sometimes I might not do the best thing, but I almost always have some sense of how to handle a situation. Last night I was stumped.

And I’d love to get your input.

After dinner, my 3 ½ year old daughter wanted to go to the fountain at the library and throw some pennies in. So I told her to go find her purse full of change and pick out some pennies.

She brought the purse out to the living room, dumped it out onto the floor and began picking out the pennies. And then she began picking out the nickels and dimes and quarters and saying, “All of them.”

It seems that she likes throwing coins into the fountain so much that she wanted to toss them all into the water.

Now as a deliberate creator and one who is actively working to apply the Law of Attraction to my life, I understand and believe in the unlimited supply that is available.

And, at the same time, I also understand that, in addition to our connection to the infinitely abundant realm of spirit, we also live in this physical world in which there are some limits (albeit self-imposed) to our abundance.

So when Ella wanted to take all of her money and toss it in the fountain I felt myself confronted with questions and doubts and I had no idea what to do. I could tell the my money “stuff” was coming up when I watched her so easily contemplating tossing away hers.

And I most definitely did not want to foist my money stuff onto her. I’m doing everything I can to outgrow my money stuff, the last thing I want is to pass it on to her!

So, as she counted out her coins, I sat there and struggled with how to best handle this situation.

On the one hand, I wanted to encourage her to remain connected to that inner sense of abundance. I wanted her to know and believe that if she threw all of those coins into the fountain that there would be more available.

And, at the same time, I wanted to “teach” her about the “reality” of money in this physical world. I wanted her to know that, at least at our present level of abundance consciousness, there does seem to be a need to build up and store our abundance.

I tried reasoning with her desire. When she began adding quarters to the fountain pile I explained to her that every quarter she added was a Sunday morning farmer’s market honey stick. I even piled up three dollars worth of quarters and explained that she could buy a smoothie or a cone full of mango sorbet with that.

She didn’t seem interested. She wanted to throw them all in the fountain.

Ultimately I avoided a decision-making moment by playing the parental trump card of time: “Oh my gosh Ella, it’s eight o’clock. We don’t have time to throw all of them in. Let’s count out ten pennies, go throw them in, and then come back and get ready for bed.”

“That sounds good, dada!”

So how would you handle that situation? Lets see if we can generate some juicy, leading edge thoughts about this!

Law Of Attraction Carnival #19 – Money

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The 19th edition of the Law of Attraction  Carnival is ready for your reading pleasure. This edition is hosted by Karen Lynch at Live the Power.

Many thanks to Karen who has done a brilliant job putting together this carnival edition.

Go check out the carnival. There’s enough great Law of Attraction Material there to keep you busy for hours!

Call For Law Of Attraction Carnival Entries

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I’m very excited that the next Law of Attraction blog carnival will be hosted by Karen Lynch at Live The Power. The topic of this edition will be MONEY!

So if you have a great blog entry that focuses on the Law of Attraction and Money head on over to the Law of Attraction Homepage to read the submission guidelines and then use the Blog Carnival submission form to submit your entry.

Law Of Attraction Carnival #16: Money

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Welcome to the April 10, 2007 edition of law of attraction. Yes, it’s a week late but I think you’ll see that it’s been well worth the wait!

The topic of this edition is The Law of Attraction and Money. This seems to be one of those areas that almost always comes up when people talk about the Law of Attraction. It’s certainly one of the Big Three!

Surprisingly, we had only four entries on the topic of money. That’s probably as much my fault for not promoting the topic as clearly as I might have.

Instead of getting into my thoughts on the Law of Attraction and Money, which I’ll have plenty of time and space to do in other entries, I’ll let the carnival entries speak for themselves. Which they do very well!

Featured Entries on Law of Attraction & Money

Let’s begin with Raymond David Salas who covers a wide range of money related issues in his entry How to Attract Money Into Your Life posted at ZenChill.com Power Tools Blog.

Anastasia Kile presents It’s Time to be Rich! posted at Beyond Manifesting by Anastasia Kile. Anastasia asks if we’re ready to be rich. No, REALLY ready! Are you? Go find out.

Gia Combs Ramirez presents The Metaphysics of Money posted at The Science of Energy Healing. You may have heard the phrase that money is energy. Well this entry takes a very clear and helpful look at that concept.

Belle Wong presents Beyond Debt Reduction: The Columnar Pad Method, Expanded posted at Abundance Journal. This is a more in-depth look at the seemingly counter-intuitive (or would that be counter-analytical?) debt reduction method prescribed by Abraham-Hicks. (Raymond explores this in his entry as well).

Featured Off-topic entries

(These are entries that I really enjoyed, but are not on this issue’s topic).

Shama Hyder presents What we can learn from Winnie the Pooh and his Friends about the Law of Attraction posted at SHAMA HYDER. com. This is a great entry. Of course my perspective may be skewed by the fact that I’m watching Winnie the Pooh movies a couple of times a week with my daughter!

Nneka presents The Secret Remixed: It’s Not About The Stuff! posted at Balanced Life Center. I’ve been telling people “It’s not about the stuff” for years. So reading Nneka’s entry was a great reminder and reinforcement of this important but sometimes overlooked aspect of the Law of Attraction.

Robert Hunt presents The Seven Principles Of Hawaiian Huna posted at MySelfDevelopment.net. I’ve heard a lot about Huna and the overlap with Law of Attraction. This entry gives a clear, concise overview of Huna. And you can really see the connections.

Walks The Edge presents Five Priceless Pay-offs from Reading The Secret posted at walkstheedge.com.

And here are the best of the rest!

lornadoone presents The Law of Attraction: Creating a Vision Board posted at Something Good.

Debra Moorhead presents “The Science of Getting Rich” Evaluated, Part One posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Zantariah presents Wealth Beyond Reason posted at Zantariah.

Andy Schmitt presents TheDailyPositive.com | The Law of Attraction Experiment posted at TheDailyPositive.com.

John presents Why Does The Law Of Attraction Work? posted at OhCash.com.

David Richeson presents 7 Facts You Need to Know Before Using ‘The Secret’ Law of Attraction posted at 360 Degree Success.

Jesper Knutsson presents A look on the Law of attraction posted at InsiderWeblog.com, saying,

Alan Torres presents Faith and The Law of Attraction posted at Made to Be Great.

Sam presents The Secret, the Best-Selling Book and DVD posted at Surfer Sam and Friends.

bdurfee presents It’s Not Just Attraction, It’s the Law posted at Thinking-Rich.com.

That’s it for this edition of the Law of Attraction Carnival. I sure hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!

If you’ve enjoyed this edition, you can view all of the archived editions, going back to August, at the Law of Attraction Homepage.

Next week, yes just one, short week before our next edition, we’ll be doing another General Roundup of Law of Attraction entries. I’ll be picking 4-5 entries for the featured entries section based on quality, originality, and your ability to read and follow the submission guidelines posted on the Law of Attraction homepage. (For example, if you consistently link back to the carnival, there is a much greater chance that your entry will find it’s way to the featured entry section, however, if you submit more than one entry to a carnival edition it is very unlikely that any of your entries will make it to the featured entry section).

After you have read the submission guidelines you can submit your blog article to the next edition of The Law of Attraction Carnival using our carnival submission form.

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My 3 Year Old Daughter Has A Millionaire Mind

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Since returning from T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive in December, my wife and I have each been wearing green rubber wrist band that say “I Have A Millionaire Mind.” It’s a simple but effective reminder to keep our intentions and attention focused on financial freedom.

Recently, my three-year-old daughter has begun asking what it says, or in her words, “what are dat dada?” as she points to the band.

“It says, ‘I have a Millionaire Mind, Ella.”

But this morning, as she sat on the bathroom counter while I shaved, she picked up the band, put it on her wrist, lifted it up so I could see, and said, “Millionaire Mind.”

I cracked up. It was so cute. “Yes you do, Ella! You have a millionaire mind,” I replied.

And as I said it, I realized just how amazing it is to think that my daughter is going to grow up knowing that she is an abundant being! She won’t have to spend half her life “handling” her “money stuff.”

Instead, she’ll be able to focus all of that energy and time into… well, into whatever she wants.

So thank you Harv for helping me find my way back into my Millionaire Mind so that I can help my daughter not forget hers!

What Donald Trump Has To Say

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Guy Kawasaki has a quick ten-question interview with Donald Trump.

I particularly enjoyed Trump’s answer to:

Question: Not many people make billions, lose billions, and then make billions all over again. How did you pull this off?

Want To Become A Millionaire? Read This Post

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No, not my post. Steve Pavlina”s Post, 5 Lessons From 20 Percent of a Millionaire. In this article he provides a great, personal look at what it takes to become a millionaire – or 20% of one.

Here’s a brief summary of his lessons:

1. It’s damned hard to earn a million dollars from scratch.

2. Self-interest is insufficient motivation.

3. Focus on providing value to others, and the money will follow.

4. Becoming a millionaire requires a significant identity shift.

5. Financial trolls must be shown no mercy.
If becoming a millionaire, or even enhancing your current level of financial abundance, is a part of your vision, this is an article well worth checking out.

And if you have not already done so, I also highly recommend T. Harv Ecker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind book. This book and the Millionaire Mind Intensive have been a major factor in creating the “identity shift” that Steve talks about.

Understanding The Expanding Cycle Of Abundance And Gratitude

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I had a wonderful experience the other day. One of my private coaching clients who is also a regular reader of Evolving Times noticed the donation page on the blog. She asked if I would like to participate in a joint prayer of gratitude with her if she made a donation. It sounded like a very intriguing idea so I told her I would love to.

She got the idea from a Catherine Ponder book. I forget which book, but if you’re interested I can certainly find out from her.

Our coaching is focused on helping her launch a new transformational practice. When she received the payment from her first client, she tithed me $7 or 10% of her fee. Then, after our next coaching session we took a couple of minutes to share the prayer of gratitude from Catherine Ponder’s book.

As the recipient of the tithing, my job was to be fully present in the experience of receiving. I was there to receive the gift as well as to witness, acknowledge and receive her gratitude in giving.

Often when I receive something, whether a gift or payment for my services, I catch myself taking the gift for granted, not stopping to appreciate the gift. Even when I do stop and take time to offer my gratitude, there can be a desire to rush through the experience, to move on to the next task without fully embracing the gift and deepening into the gratefulness.

When gratitude is connected to abundance they both expand. When gratitude is missing, however, the expanding cycle of abundance is broken. My intention is to be someone through whom the cycle of abundance flows and continuously expands.

My receiving muscle is not one that I have paid much attention to: For most of my life, it has been much easier for me to give than to receive. So this shared prayer of gratitude was a very powerful reminder: it required my full presence in that moment of receiving. I had to be present to receive the donation as well as to witness and acknowledge the gratitude embedded in the giving.

During this prayer I could feel the flow of abundance as it moved into me. I could feel the abundance connecting with my gratitude. And I could sense both of them expanding as they flowed back out into the world.

Do you want to be a conduit for the expansion of abundance? If so, the next time you receive a gift, stop and use this technique (with or without the participation of the giver). Acknowledge your gratitude for the gift. Appreciate the giver. And allow abundance to expand as it moves through you.

Comfort Zone Equals Money Zone or I Don’t Do Touchy Feely

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On Saturday, as I was waiting for the hotel elevator after the Millionaire Mind Intensive lunch break, I overheard a snippet of conversation a man was having on a cell phone.

“I’m here at this Millionaire Mind Conference.” “Yeah, there’s been some pretty interesting stuff. But there’s also been a lot of touchy feely stuff. And you know me…I just don’t do touchy feely!”

He really put an emphasis on that last statement. “I don’t do touchy feely.”

One of the concepts that T. Harv Ecker teaches is a simple equation: CZ=$Z: The size of your Comfort Zone equals the size of your Money Zone. If you want to expand your money zone you MUST be willing to stretch the boundaries of your Comfort Zone.

Was this man in the hallway of the Holiday Inn willing to stretch his comfort zone? I don’t think so. How much is his Money Zone going to expand if he holds onto his pattern of not doing touchy feely? Not a whole heck of a lot!

Now here’s the thing. It’s never comfortable to stretch your comfort zone. After all it is called the comfort zone. During this seminar I was continuously challenged to stretch my comfort zone, beginning at the very first break.

The trainer, David Wood, challenged us to meet at least one new person during every break. “Can you commit to that?” he asked. “Yeah, yeah. No problem. I can do that.” I said. Well, actually, I got caught up in the energy of the moment and screamed at the top of my lungs. “Yes!!!”

Well, you may not believe this, but I’m not actually a very good new-person-meeter. I’d much rather be in my office talking to a coaching client, or sitting, anonymously in a café writing blog posts, or teaching small, intimate groups.

So when the first break came I found myself falling into a familiar (comfortable) pattern. I walked out of the hall (without meeting anyone new) headed up the stairs (without meeting anyone new) went straight out the doors of the convention center and found myself standing at the corner of the sidewalk, just about to take a “quick walk around the block to get some fresh air.”

That’s what the guardian of my comfort zone was saying. “Don’t worry. You’ll have time to meet someone after you walk around the block. But right now, you need some exercise and fresh air. Go on.”

STOP!

Before my foot stepped off the sidewalk, I caught myself, turned around, and walked right up to a woman that was standing there and said, “Hi.”

That’s all it took to short-circuit the part of my comfort zone that wants to remain invisible, unseen, and on the sidelines. At the moment when I said “STOP” and overruled the voice of my Comfort Zone guardian, I expanded the boundaries of my Comfort Zone and began to break a pattern that had kept me small.

After that break, I made a commitment to myself. I committed to meeting someone new at every break. I committed to breaking the pattern that kept me separate and apart from others. I committed to letting myself be seen and seeing others. I realized that, while I was quite an exceptional observer of others, as long as I remained on the sidelines, watching, I was not truly seeing them.

And here’s the best part: It got easier and easier. At every break, I met at least one new person. I had wonderful conversations and connections with these people. I got to see how my pattern of staying on the sidelines and not being seen was holding me back. I got to see just how irrational my fears were.

So let me ask you this: What is your “touchy feely?” What is one thing that you “just don’t do?”

How is that pattern holding you back? How is that pattern keeping you small?

Do you want to change that pattern? Do you want to stretch your Comfort Zone?

Remember CZ=$Z: The size of your Comfort Zone equals the size of your Money Zone. But it’s not just your money zone. The size of your Comfort Zone also equals the size of your Joy Zone, your Love Zone, your Fulfillment Zone… Get it?

If you want more of anything in your life, you have to be willing to stretch your Comfort Zone. Are you willing to do so?

If you say “yes,” I want you to click on the “add a comment” link down below right now, and let me know what one step you are going to take today to stretch the boundaries of your Comfort Zone.

Millionaire Mind Intensive: Day 1

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If you have not read T. Harv Ecker’s book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind and taken, or signed up for, the three-day Millionaire Mind Intensive…do it now!

It truly is Intensive. Friday and Saturday we meet from 9:00am – 11:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am – 7:00pm.

I’ll be writing much more after I return from the seminar. I won’t give away the “secrets” of the seminar. I don’t want to ruin the surprises for you when you attend! But I will share just a couple of insights that I had at yesterday’s session.

A big aha for me came when they reframed the concept of financial freedom in a way that allowed me to see just how close I am to the first stage of financial freedom. Yeah!

And then, at the evening session, they took us through a “process” to help us understand our unconscious beliefs and patterns around money. I remembered an event that captured the financial dynamic within my family.

When I was a senior in high school, deciding on what to do after I graduated, I had a strong desire to take a year off and travel around Europe. My parents, convinced that if I took a year off I would never go to college, said that they would not pay for college if I took a year off.

As I remembered that experience, I connected with a strong feeling of resentment and anger towards my parents and, by association, towards money.

Money was a weapon in my family, a source of power over, and a source of control. In this process I realized that, at some point in my childhood, I decided – not consciously, of course – that I didn’t want to be associated with something that was used to control others, namely money.

That unconscious patterning has made it quite difficult to create financial freedom. And that sort of awareness is what leads to a change in the underlying financial blueprint.

And that’s just what we’ll be doing today. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

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