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When the tide is out, stop swimming.

The same actions that propel you when you’re in the flow can dig a hole on dry land.

Seasons and cycles determine environment and context.

Actions require context to be effective.

Timing can be everything — and time is outside your control.

If you’re not sure what to do right now, then maybe now is not the right time.

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The Horrible Thing that Happened to You is Not Your Fault

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“You are 100% responsible for everything you manifest in life.”

No, you’re not.

It’s not that simple. You don’t have that much control over reality.

You were shoved into a mortal suit of flesh and blood and sweat and tears, and with skill and soul and talent and creativity and love, you seek to find your way through a maze of phenomena and experiences. Other people’s shit still affects your life — you’re not living in a virtual reality bubble where everybody else on the planet is a holographic extra in your story. They’re all lovestruck stars in their own romantic comedies. They’re all dodging bullets in their own action-adventures.

SHIT GETS THROWN AT YOU.
Life happens and you’re in it. People die in accidents. You get cancer. You lose your job. Somebody breaks up with you. Attacks you. Victimizes you… It’s not always a reflection of your personal power, your karma, or the essence of your soul.

(Sure there are plenty of things you do to sabotage yourself, but that’s another topic of conversation, for another time. It’s important that can identify the difference.)

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT:
I believe we must be here to practice transcendence.

The level of meaning, purpose, and joy that you can find, infuse, or muster — in spite of it all — that is a reflection of your spiritual effort.

Manifesting is more like gardening than architecture.

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My Book Launch Was a Disaster

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I guess this is what you get when you launch a book while Everything is in Retrograde.

If you’ve already heard, about the book or my troubles announcing it, bear with me… Several thousand readers never received the announcement because Shift Your Spirits was hacked by evil robots selling penis medicine.

But Mercury Retrograde, at least, should be appropriate for identifying and correcting errors. My site is more secure than it has ever been. And, with this post going out on the cusp of Mercury stationing direct, I’m hoping I can make a re-launch happen.

It’s going to take some effort on your part. There’s this thing called the “Amazon Cliff” where books fall off the charts within a very few days of going live, if the reviews and sales are not strong enough to keep them aloft. Book publishing is a collaborative effort, and it requires true allies.

You are my ally. Your review this time means even more. You helped drive The Money Shift to #2 in Self-Help on Amazon. It would mean a lot to me if you took a few minutes to leave a review.

If a friend of yours was considering buying Manifest Anything, what would you tell her? The audio version of this course originally sold from my website for $150. This is your chance to get the same concepts as an ebook for only $2.99 US.

Thank you for following Shift Your Spirits and for showing up for me.

A special thank you to those who have already left me such thoughtful reviews. Technically, it can’t be called a “disaster” because of YOU.

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About Manifesting – Why Do People Even Say This?

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“You are entirely responsible for 100% of what you manifest in life.”

Really? The good, the bad, the in-between… Do you honestly think so?

Why do people believe this? Is it simple religiosity, or the desire to compartmentalize complex answers to big questions in little boxes?

You can manifest anything, but not everything.

You know in your heart that you agree with me. Some of you may not. We don’t all have to believe the same thing. I would personally like to throw out approximately 83% of the New Age bosh and blather to which I’ve been exposed.

I don’t have a problem listening to other people’s opinions and theories. But I reserve the right to disagree. And I get to discern for myself what feels like Wisdom. So do you.

Shit gets thrown at you. Life happens and you’re in it. People die in accidents. You get cancer. You lose your job. Somebody breaks up with you. Your car gets broken into… It’s not always a reflection of your personal power or the very essence of your soul.

I believe that we’re here to practice transcendence. What is a reflection of your spiritual effort is the level of meaning, purpose, joy, and love that you can find, infuse, or muster, in spite of it all.

Manifesting is more like gardening than architecture. You can influence the elements; you do not control them.

So, the better question might be: “Why do people teach this?” Because I’m not convinced that even those who put it out there really believe it.

My theory about their motivation is here in the original post:
Manifesting 100 Percent

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The Money Shift for Couples

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THE CHALLENGE IF YOU’RE PARTNERED
Dieting, working out, quitting smoking…reprogramming your beliefs about money. These shifts are challenging enough on your own.

Having a partner who continues the old patterns, or refuses to participate and evolve with you… That can tear a relationship apart. Or at least really, really suck.

Isn’t arguing about money a major source of hell for a lot of couples…?

When you make a shift — even a phenomenal improvement — you change your vibration. As with a musical frequency, other people have to shift themselves to stay in harmony with you.

If you want to include your partner in The Money Shift, scroll down to the end of the article for a simple tweak for couples that will make the program more effective.

THE MONEY SHIFT is only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle for ONE more day!
Promotion ends Monday 02/08/2016.

HOW THE MONEY SHIFT WORKS
The idea behind the daily exercises in The Money Shift is to re-frame and re-program the tone and word choice of your interior monologue surrounding money.

Everyone has self-speak or internal dialogues. It’s like having a TV channel or a radio station quietly running in the background during all your normal everyday experiences. You’re so used to its presence that much of it runs subconsciously or unconsciously.

Many of the “voices” that creep onto this channel and whisper in your ear can be pessimistic, negative, based in the ego. The ego is rarely the originator of fearful or self-sabotaging messages — it has received them from other people throughout the course of your lifetime, especially during your childhood/ formative years.

Beliefs around money, in particular, are entirely taught — or absorbed — from others, starting with your parents.

When you take a moment to put some of your beliefs about money under the microscope — looking at the way those sentences are structured, the kinds of words you choose to use — and when you ask yourself “Where did that belief come from? Who told me that?” — you begin to see how many of these thoughts running in the background are negative in nature and originated outside yourself, that you “picked them up” along the way.

You allow them free air-time without challenging them or questioning them.

The 5 Minute Daily exercises in THE MONEY SHIFT are meant to be a simple way to crack into complex, insidious psychological programming.

Negative, pessimist thoughts are a bad habit — these exercises are something like a pessimist money-thought diet.

Nature abhors a vacuum, so when we go to remove negative behaviors, it’s most effective to have a constructive, positive behavior to fill that space we’re creating.

HOW TO WORK AS A COUPLE
Regarding the daily exercise — a really simple tweak that could act as a powerful couple’s therapy. And not just talking, but actually doing something. Collaborating on a project together.

Instead of privately writing your observations down in a journal, maybe you guys could use the negative money issues that come up each day as a jump-off point for a conversation.

“What came up for today, honey? What form did it take when you shifted it?”

Examine the patterns together, share your epiphanies, and, most of all, share the joy of how you’re transforming all this crap. (Psst: It works in other areas of your life and your relationship, too.)

This isn’t meant to be a “magic spell” that makes your financial situation change overnight without you taking thoughtful “real world” actions … but when part of the problem is the stress and anxiety, the emotional and psychological drain, hopefully this will help reinforce your optimism and sense of being in control.

Is this what Power Couples do?
I’m willing to bet it is.

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Your generous reviews drove the book to #2 in Self Help (Short Reads) and #5 in New Age Spirituality. It’s still hovering around the Top 10 and the “Hot New Releases.” Thank you!

Get it for 99 cents for one more day.

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Never Say You’re Poor

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When you say disparaging things about yourself, maybe with wry humor, on some level you’re testing your ability to handle a potential negative reality.

You’re contemplating living in a reality you fear, but one that may never even come to pass.

You’re practicing emotional reactions to inaccurate information — you’re living with lies.

If you’re going to try on a reality that may not be entirely true, why not go with a positive version?

It takes the same amount of imagination. It takes the same amount of language.

HACK YOUR MIND

Anxiety and fear use imagination to replace data.

In the absence of facts, you rely on imagination to create your thoughts.

So, if you can use your imagination to make up negative thoughts, then you can create their happy opposites.

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This week, get it for only 0.99 cents!

Help make it a best-seller by leaving a review.

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