A Powerful Tool – Free for You!

Twelve years ago I first learned about the importance of reframing negative thoughts.  There were all kinds of thoughts in my head that didn’t help me or make me happy and I felt powerless to stop them.  My first therapist called it my “monster voice” and Rick Carson described them as gremlins having distinct characteristics in his brilliant book, “Taming Your Gremlin, a Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting out of Your Own Way.”  I highly recommend it to everyone who has any self-doubts at all.

My lovely therapist taught me that reframing the thought was the trick.  Then practice the new thought until it’s more familiar than the unhelpful one.  Voila!  New neural pathways are created this way and you can retrain your mind with practice.

Then in 2010, I discovered Esther Hicks.  I resonate deeply with the message she channels from Abraham, so I became an avid follower and remain so today.  I remember watching an interview with Esther when she was asked how she began the process of raising her vibration and she said “meditation and positive affirmations.”  I began writing affirmations that appealed to me on index cards and it was a delightful tool for me.  

Several months later a close friend was going through a difficult challenge, and I thought some of the positive affirmations I had been practicing might be helpful for her.  I was going to make some index cards for her, but I have terrible handwriting, so I decided to print the index cards using my computer printer so she could actually read them.  My printer happened to have 4×6 photo paper loaded in the tray, and as I reached to take it out, I had an inspiration.  Why couldn’t I print the affirmations on my beautiful landscape photos?  That way the natural artwork of our glorious Universe would uplift the reader even more than just the uplifting words!

I opened one of my images in Photoshop, put a text box on it and made my first photo affirmation creation.!

Not my best image. Not my favorite affirmation. But it was the beginning of something beautiful!

That was in 2011.  In February of 2012, I took my favorite 38 photo affirmations and created my first book, Live Joy Fully.  It was 3×5 inches – the perfect size to carry in my purse to uplift my spirit whenever and wherever I happened to be!

Over the next three years, I sold 50 copies of my book and over 100 wall calendars full of photo affirmations.  I wasn’t getting rich, but I was delighted to be uplifting the vibrations of those I came in contact with!  

Positive affirmations continued to find me.  I was reading Esther-Abraham and Wayne Dyer.  I discovered Jill Lebeau and Florence Scovel Shinn.  Everything that spoke to me was added to a list that I could use to adorn my photos.  I delight in finding JUST the right image to reflect the feeling of the affirmation.

Every year around October I have new calendars for sale.  If you follow my blog or FaceBook, you will see order info in case you want to inspire your year.  If you’re not currently following me, you can do that, or just check my photography website in November for order information.

In 2016, I created my second photo affirmations book, Practice Happiness Daily, which has nearly sold out.  I have four copies left if you want to grab yours before they disappear forever!  

I expect I’ll create another book soon because I keep creating the empowering photo affirmations. To date I have over 400 positive, empowering thoughts printed on my photos, and you can download every single one of them for FREE!  

I sell my landscape photography online and in local galleries on canvas or metal prints, but the photo affirmation creations are my gift to the world.  They started as my way to help uplift the spirit of a friend in need and grew organically from there.  If they uplift you, I want you to have them!  Please download any that you enjoy, print them out, post them around your house, send them to friends, uplift the vibration of our planet!  

This is one of the MANY reasons that I resonated so completely with iPEC when I was researching life coach schools last year.  iPEC’s mission is to “raise the consciousness of the world, one person at a time.”  As soon as I read that, I was hooked.  No other school appealed to me after that.  I could not have found a coaching school more aligned with my own values.

My most recent empowering thoughts on photos are the 33 foundation principles of my school, also known as the iPEC Empowerment Principles.

I absolutely ADORE coaching people and helping them raise their vibration!  One of the tools I constantly use during sessions is reframing thoughts!  Most of us are thinking something on a regular basis that does not serve us.  Many of us become exhausted by those thoughts!  My clients are creative and come up with all kinds of empowering thoughts to replace depleting ones.  When someone creates one that really shifts their energy up, I add it to a photo for them as a special gift to help them remember not just the new thought, but how easy it is to shift their energy by shifting their thoughts!

Below are three affirmations created by clients and added to my own images.
That’s me in the bottom one saying “no thank you” to sugar in my power pose!

All of my free images can be seen and downloaded here: The Art of Positive Thinking

Here is a link to each individual category:
Health & Wellness
Prosperity & Abundance
Inspired by Abraham
Raise Your Vibration
Self-Esteem
Self-Empowerment
Soothe Your Spirit

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Live in the Flow!

As a self-empowerment coach, my goal is to help you reach YOUR goals, whatever those may be.  I happen to believe that one of the BEST ways to start moving in the direction of those goals is to raise your vibration.

Volumes of works have been dedicated to the importance of a high vibration, so I won’t try to reinvent the wheel.  I simply want to SHARE with my delightful readers the things I have picked up along my path that truly improve the quality of my life.  

One of the most influential positive vibrations in my life (meaning a vibration that is so constantly positive that it acts like a gravitational pull when you are near it and have no choice but to feel joyful) is Jill Lebeau MS, MFT, spiritual psychotherapist, Living in the Flow Coach & author.  Jill is on a mission to reconnect her clients with their highest potential, setting them free to create the life of their dreams with ease and effortlessness.   

There are many things I love about Jill, and because she is such an influential vibe, I am sure you will see her name in future blogs!  Today, however, I want to focus on her upcoming Live in the Flow, mentored course.  Jill has partnered with Michelle Dwyer MS, CNC, holistic health coach and certified nutrition consultant to create an empowering course that will supercharge your life.  Michelle loves to guide people to personal transformation so they experience greater wellness, energy and vibrancy.  She empowers people to create optimal health in all aspects of their lives – which makes ma a HUGE fan!

I enjoyed their Live in the Flow program when they offered it in 2018, and it was truly one of the turning points in tuning my vibration closer to love and joy.  I have long been a follower of high-vibe thinking, but as much as I wanted to implement strategies to raise my own vibe, I usually drifted back into lower energies of ego or indifference.  Through their fun, easy, uplifting program I reconnected with my own inner strengths and remembered the importance of connecting my mind, body and spirit.  Best of all, the course taught me how to implement that connection in my daily life.  It was when I discovered this course that I truly began keeping my vibe high on a more consistent basis!

What does that mean to you, to “live in the flow”?  Maybe it means enjoying optimal health and well-being!  Maybe it means feeling confident in your career.  Maybe it means feeling at peace in your own skin, or improving your relationships.  Maybe it simply means to move smoothly from one area of your day to the next without stress or anxiety!

The keys to live in the flow – whatever your definition of that may be – and create maximum success through minimal effort truly are here in this program.  Jill & Michelle offer a four-step process that applies the ancient technique of Feng Shui – which is really all about living in the flow of life – to the mind, body, and spirit.

I realize that this may sound like hype, but those of you who know me also know that I am seriously allergic to advertising in any form.  

I do not promote this program lightly.  It made a serious difference in my life!  I love the 12 recorded modules that I can listen to time and again.  If my vibe feels a little funky, I listen to one of the twelve modules and I am tuned up and ready to take on the world in just 15 minutes!  

One of my biggest struggles in life has been my relationship to food!  Michelle’s expertise in nutrition comes through in positive, uplifting ways that helps remove the guilt sometimes associated with food choices.  The course helped me reframe the way I think about food in ways that have greatly improved my health and well-being.

So please understand that when I recommend this program, it is because I know it can empower you to create the life that you want to live.  The twelve weeks of heart-centered mentoring is life-changing if you allow it to be, and FUN every step of the way!

The three-month program includes 12 weekly sessions with not just one, but two high-energy, fun-loving Live in the Flow Coaches, with decades of experience.  And the program includes so MUCH more than just the weekly sessions!

Follow this link to find out everything that’s included, and all the details about what makes this course AMAZING: Live in the Flow Link. They include some FREE recordings to give you a taste of what you will experience in the course. It’s fun!

This course is absolutely one of the reasons that I am an empowerment coach.  I want everyone to claim the confidence and power innate within them.  This course is a very reasonably priced tool to help anyone do just that.

The next session begins soon!

It’s fun.

It’s valuable.

It’s a great value!

If you’ve been feeling “stuck” or uninspired, I invite you to get fired up for a healthier, wealthier life with Jill & Michelle and a community of people like us, who will create a better world for our children.

I’ll see you there!

Hello world!

Where on earth do I begin?  

I want the reader to understand that I am walking a path toward my own healing.  I am still learning and absolutely have not figured out all the answers, or any answers at all.  I do not claim to be an expert in anything.  The most I can offer is what I have learned to be true for me along the twisted journey that is my beautiful life.  

For many years, I felt the enormous weight of my existence, as if I were made of lead, or something heavier.  Something inside was telling me I was born to fly, while the evidence around me strongly suggested that flying was generally discouraged.  The biggest challenge I am still trying to overcome is the long-ago instilled belief that I cannot fly, that I am not meant to fly, that nobody ever really flies.  

I’m talking about flying high and feeling great about life.  I’m talking about feeling fulfilled, satisfied, and happy instead of weary, wary and worn.

Most of us rarely schedule time to kindle spiritual growth, or even time to have fun on a regular basis.  Most of us don’t even realize how essential this is!

I have noticed, from conversations with friends and clients, that the first thing most of us do when we feel any restriction on our time or our finances, is let go of the very things that are recharging our batteries so we have enough energy to get through the “must-do’s” that fill our days.  We stop meditating or going to yoga class, or drop our gym membership.  

But if we stop doing the things that lift our spirit, we become diminished. 

We need connection to our Inner Being.  It is essential, like water and oxygen.  A solid connection to core energy fosters a clear, satisfying understanding of my own abilities and my place in the world.  At our core, each and every one of us is Divine Source Energy.  The Soul at the core of our being is God’s Love & Light.  Remembering this and connecting to it regularly is the basis of faith.

I am not talking about religious faith.  Personally I have no use for religion, though I know for some people it is a successful bridge to spiritual connection and unconditional love.  I am talking about faith that comes from aligning yourself with God’s point of view which is always unconditional love.  I said I have no use for religion, I did not say I don’t believe in God.  Or Goddess, or Source Energy, or Spirit, or Inner Being, or Higher Power or whatever name you choose to call the one and only Source of all things.

When I speak of “faith” I mean that innate KNOWING that the best possible outcome is always on it’s way.  I am talking about the freedom that comes from living without worry and fear.  

Most days of my life I am AWESOME!  Most days I am able to lean in the direction of finding joy and laughter along my way.

But practicing happiness is a choice we make each day.  I’ve been actively practicing happiness nearly every day for over a decade and it STILL takes practice!  Occasionally I still allow people or circumstances in my environment to knock me out of my high vibes into self-doubt.

The difference for me now is this: 

When I get knocked in the dirt, I remember how to get back up.

I have tools that help me shift my perspective.  I have practiced often enough that I actually REMEMBER to use them when I need them.  When I am in crisis, I call my spiritual psychotherapist and mentor, Jill Lebeau.  I listen to Abraham-Hicks recordings.  I practice reading empowerment reminders, and create my own that you can enjoy here: Cyndi’s Pics.  I go for a run on my elliptical.  I find some way to shift my focus, realign my energy, and regroup on a positive vibe.

Shifting perspective, or shifting focus, or realigning energy with Source is something I practice every single day.  The more I practice, the easier and more fun life gets, and when I forget to practice for a while life seems to get a little harder.

Shifting perspective has allowed me to:

  • recover from decades-long depression
  • build self esteem
  • speak my truth with courage 
  • live more authentically
  • discover my life’s purpose 
  • find joy in daily living
  • get excited about nourishing choices
  • transform doubt into confidence

As a self-empowerment coach and wellness motivator, I help my clients practice the shift that shifts everything.  I help them remember to practice happiness daily.  I help them remember who they are at the core of their being.  And every time I help someone else remember, I am remembering, and healing myself.  

I will use this blog as a place to remind myself and my readers of wonderful ways to stay connected to the high vibes that are so much fun to live in!

Together we can raise the vibration of the planet one person at a time!