Your Beautiful Life Change

YBLC Gritty GRHello Monday.

Lately I feel like so much of my life has been thrown up into the air and at some point, I assume, I will see where it all lands.

What’s that quote?   The only thing constant in life is change.

I have written about life change and the “Change Cycle” for years now.  And yet, the disorientation of navigating change is forever teaching me the deeper truth:  I am not in charge here.

As I settle into the new studio space at Imagine, I realize how much is shifting for me:  the way I have worked with clients, the types of products I am offering, my schedule and how I have seen my work.  With this new terrain comes fear.  Did I make the right choice?  What if this doesn’t work out?  What if I am going in the wrong direction? Continue reading

The 10 Step Guide to Healing Your Life

Yesterday, I began my day with some vision boarding and re-watching of Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” DVD. It felt yummy — especially given a brand new month and the release of hurricane energy that started off the week.

Louise Hay’s personal story and teachings are a great reminder of the power of our creative thoughts – and the ability we each have to change our life. I felt inspired to share with you a sort of bottom line guide based on the wisdom from this DVD.

Here’s your 10 step (Louise Hay approved) guide for healing your life from “can’t” to “can” and from “stuck” to “flowing.”

1. Be willing to change.

The journey begins with replacing “I can’t” or “this sucks” or “I hate my life” with a willingness to create change.

2. Use positive life affirmations.

Next, use affirmations to plant seeds. At first they may feel like a stretch, but as you write and speak them regularly and allow the feeling of the words to vibrate through your body, you will begin to align your actions to support the more positive thoughts.

Affirmations are the cornerstones to all of Louise Hay’s work, and the foundation for her life success.

“To begin with you start doing affirmations – and that is making positive statements about your life — and you do them deliberately. And as you start to do them, things will begin to change, maybe on a very small level.  I call it getting the green lights and parking spaces.” ~Louise Hay

3. Beware of challenges.

As you set out on your journey of positive change you will come up against the assumptions and beliefs that no longer serve you. You will be tempted to use denial (“things are fine as they are”), delay tactics (“I don’t have the time for this”), or fear (“People will think I am crazy”) to stop yourself.  This is exactly when you need to keep going.

4. Testing the depth of your commitment.

At some point you may face a big test to your commitment.  After years of making positive changes, Louise Hay was diagnosed with vaginal cancer.  A close friend told her that she was being given an opportunity to practice what she was teaching.  She chose to cling to this idea and use a positive approach for healing.   After six months of nutrition + therapy + forgiveness work, her medical doctor told her what she already knew was true, that she was cured.

This challenging life stage is the opportunity to deepen your faith and launch yourself to a whole new level of life success. After her diagnosis and healing, Louise Hay went on to conduct breakthrough workshops with the HIV/AIDS community and launch her publishing empire.

5. Be willing to forgive.

The key to leaping beyond where you are stuck and challenged is to forgive. As in step one, this begins with a willingness to see things differently.

My favorite resources for forgiveness are:
* A Course in Miracles.
* Fearless Love, audio by Gary Renard.
* Take me to Truth with Nouk Sanches and Tomas Vieira.

6. Love yourself.

The hidden treasure to your best life is located in the center of yourself. Learning to love and accept yourself, in the face of whatever is happening will serve you in ways you cannot see from “I am not enough.”

“One day I discovered, much to my amazement, that if I could help people to learn to love themselves, to really accept themselves as they are, we didn’t have to work around problems. It is like a miracle, everything seemed to fall away, all the stuff that was in the way and all that wasn’t working.” ~Louise Hay

7. Accept the good with gratitude.

As you vibrate with appreciation and love, good things and little miracles will begin to happen. Life treats you differently and things begin to flow. Use gratitude to welcome in the positive change and become a beacon of inspiration for others.

8. Create clear intentions.

Creating your best life often means moving beyond the limits of those who have come before you. Your own beliefs and assumptions will hold you back (see step 3) unless you create a clear intention for positive change. What does your best relationship look like? What are your dream life goals?  Aim your boat’s tiller and sail away.

9.  Don’t worry about “how.”

Don’t worry about the “how” to get from A to Z. Your inner road map will guide you to your next steps (from A to B to C…). Use your intuition and gut feelings for the best next action to take.

From the very beginning, I answered the telephone, opened the mail and did what was in front of me, and things kept growing and growing and growing. ~Louise Hay

10. Surrender.

Be willing to let go of all of the things that are not benefiting your life. Release, let go and watch the magic unfold.

“Change can be as simple and easy as letting go of the limited beliefs you are holding onto. You can begin your journey wherever you are, whenever you want. You may be starting your journey from a mansion or a homeless shelter. Where ever you begin, the gateways to wisdom and knowledge are always open.” ~Louise Hay

Let the journey begin!  (And share your thoughts with me below.)

Making Sense of Change

photo by thekeithall

Have you ever noticed that life doesn’t follow a nice straight trajectory? You can plan, predict and think positively, but sometimes your soul (aka expanded-higher-true self) has other plans.

Last month I wrote an article about a certain celebrity’s recent life events that perfectly illustrate how a catalytic event (like it or not) launches you into the meltdown phase of the Change Cycle. You can read that article here.

Over the next 4 weeks I am sharing a 4-part series: Making Sense of Change. When you can navigate all the seasons of change, then you have found true security!

Read Part 1: When Nothing Makes Sense

Read Part 2: Dreaming the Next You

Read Part 3: Climb Your Mountain

Read Part 4: Don’t Rock the Boat!

Read Bonus: Do It Your Way

Here’s to your freedom and fulfillment!