Manifesting Through Gratitude by Melisa Caprio

What happens when we live in gratitude?

Who can think of gratitude right now, when the world looks like it is turning to shit and you think what the hell is there to be grateful for? What happens when we look at our life and the world through cloudy goggles and everything looks dirty? We feel terrible and we suffer. But when we take a soft cloth and clean our lenses (photography metaphor here) and take another look, things come into focus, the dirt clears and we see all the things in the world that are beautiful. We start to see our lives and the things we already have and feel thankful for their existence.

The fastest way to manifest anything you want in your life is to be grateful for what you already have. Boom! That’s it... seriously all this study and reading and visualizing are all great and they help you to bring into your life what you want. But when I tell you that if you do this above everything else, live in gratitude for what you already have, you will manifest more and faster than you can imagine. It’s the big SECRET that all the law of attraction teachers know and practice regularly. It is also how people who live in joy feel. Do you know someone who is always joyful and positive? Next time you see them ask them how they feel about gratitude and they will give you a list of all of their blessings. They feel it and they live it and the Universe responds in kind by giving them more of it.

I am not saying it is easy, especially if you are going through a difficult time in your life. If you are struggling financially or with your health, or if relationships around you are toxic and you are suffering, no it doesn’t feel like you can be grateful about anything. I understand that and part of me would agree, you got a raw deal. Life isn’t always fair. But do you want to stay in that kind of energy? Or do you want to shift it so you can start living in joy, regardless of what is going on? I am going to assume that everyone would pick living in joy.

The fastest way to do that is to start being grateful right where you are. Start small and pick something, it can my anything and grow your list daily. Starts with your life, are you grateful for being alive? What about your family, are you grateful for them? If not family, how about your friends? Think about the things you are blessed to have that many people in the world don’t have. A place to live, food to eat, a bed to sleep on, a couch to sit on, a TV to watch, the internet to connect and read this blog. Running water and hot showers, clean clothes or new clothes you can afford to buy. How about your body that works and gets you places? If your health is an issue and you are struggling, a great way to help yourself heal is to be grateful for your body and what it CAN do. Put your focus there. This list is endless, the issue is we get caught up in our problems and worries and forget to focus on our blessings.

So what to do? How do you shift your energy and get yourself in the vortex of gratitude? All it takes is a gratitude practice, something you do every day and make it a part of your daily routine. At first, it may feel fake but that is ok, just keep it up and it will start to seep into your psyche and become part of who you are. You will be amazed at how it will shift your life. Those things you are already grateful for will expand. The Universe will match your grateful vibration and bring you in even more of it. That is how it works.

I have to remind myself to do it too sometimes when I get overwhelmed and off track. It must become a part of your daily practice like brushing your teeth or showering. Just take 5 to 10 minutes a day and focus on something you are grateful for. Acknowledge it, feel it and thank it. What starts to happen is you are changing your brain and it will start to look for evidence of other blessings in your life. It is science really, Quantum Physics, in simple terms – Whatever thoughts we choose, they vibrate at a certain frequency and is drawn to and attracts elements (including other thoughts) that vibrate at the same frequency. That is why we say,” like attracts like".

Here are some ways to get into gratitude practice. Meditation - you could sit quietly for a few minutes and go through your list in your head of what you are grateful for and feel the blessings. You could start a daily gratitude journal and as you go through your day write down those things that occurred you are thankful for. You can get a gratitude buddy and check in daily and share with each other a few blessings that showed up in your life that you feel grateful for. You could do a thank you prayer every night before you go to sleep.

You can do what I am doing, I use my iPhone - every day take a photo of one thing that you are grateful for and make that your visual gratitude journal. I like to see the physical evidence of it (I am a photographer) plus it makes me search out even more. Even if I only do one a day and that may not seem like a lot, but in 30 days I have a whole album of blessings. Usually what happens for me is other things cross my path because unconsciously my brain is searching for them.

That’s what we want! We want our unconscious mind to be in gratitude so we can live in joy. This is where the magic happens and the manifesting lives. 

Blessings, 

Melisa

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Pete and re-peat peat peat by Brittani Oplinger

So – repeating lessons are sure interesting. Our sewer is backing up – again. This is literally the third time in one year. :/ Insert mom stress here.

stressed mom

But – I had a moment. This morning, in the shower at my mom’s house, using her shampoo, I had a bit of an epiphany. I’m a shampoo snob. There’s no other term for it. I’ve been a licensed hairdresser since 2005, and I only use professional products. I am fortunate because I’ve got my license so I get wholesale price, so it’s been something I’ve been able to do pretty much no matter our income.

So there I am, putting Pantene in my hair. And I’m hating it. Everything about it. And it hit me – what a first world problem to have. How blessed am I that my *irritation* in that moment is that my shampoo isn’t the right kind. There are people in this world who have never used shampoo of any kind.

Then I took that farther – this is the third time this year we’ve been in this spot. There’s something I’m supposed to be getting out of this. What is it? It occurred to me just how incredibly blessed I am – my husband is wonderful. He’s supportive, loving, strong, innovative, determined, protective – I could go on. He’s a wonderful dad to our kids. He loves us. We have a home that we love and can afford. I have a career (two, actually), that I love, and another brewing in my little brain.

I have the most amazing support system anyone could ask for – my parents, with zero questions, welcomed us into their home for an undetermined length of time so we don’t have to pay for a hotel, don’t have to live in a camper, don’t have to live in something that’s not our “home”. We’re home at Grammy’s house. It’s amazing. We’re totally up in their routine and they aren’t even a little bit concerned about it.

With luck, this sewer issue is the City’s fault. If not, we’ll make it through. We’re a team, a family, and we have support. I think that’s the lesson. Contentment.

That’s a whole ‘nother topic, however – it does bear some expansion. Does contentment have a home in your life? Are you focusing on what you have today or what you hope to have tomorrow? Now – one thing I run into constantly is the misconception that contentment means stagnation – it totally doesn’t. Contentment is simply being able to look at your life and be grateful for it – exactly as it is today.

One should always be working toward a goal – whether it’s academic, spiritual, financial, whatever. Stagnation is poison for us humans, just like so many other things. But stop – what are the 3 things you are grateful for right in this moment?

I can tell you mine: My parents, my husband’s determination to figure this out, and my ability to appreciate those things that really matter (none of which are actual things).

Your turn.
Britt

 I believe everyone is talented, psychic, and intuitive. I believe we all have the ability to develop these gifts into skills we can use to best live this physical life. My hope is to play a role in your life as guide to help you recognize, acknowledge, love, and treasure these gifts within you.  We often talk to ourselves in such a hateful, hurtful way and I want to help you change that. I want to help you transform your inner monologue, your self-image, and your perception of your own talents and gifts. In our world, we are so self-critical and unforgiving of ourselves by culture. My mission in life is to help us turn that around. I want to help you change the way you talk to and about yourself.  I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say, ''I am damn proud of myself'', regardless of appearance, regardless of marital status, gender, weight, whether or not you're a parent, employment status, job title, or level of accomplishment. I want you to be able to recognize the amazing life you've lived and how you've come through your challenges and trials; I want you to be able to see how all those tough times have benefited you and how you're uniquely eqipped to handle the situations in your life now and in the future.  A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world, I will use my gifts to help you discover and be comfortable with yours. Much love.

I believe everyone is talented, psychic, and intuitive. I believe we all have the ability to develop these gifts into skills we can use to best live this physical life. My hope is to play a role in your life as guide to help you recognize, acknowledge, love, and treasure these gifts within you.

We often talk to ourselves in such a hateful, hurtful way and I want to help you change that. I want to help you transform your inner monologue, your self-image, and your perception of your own talents and gifts. In our world, we are so self-critical and unforgiving of ourselves by culture. My mission in life is to help us turn that around. I want to help you change the way you talk to and about yourself.

I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say, ''I am damn proud of myself'', regardless of appearance, regardless of marital status, gender, weight, whether or not you're a parent, employment status, job title, or level of accomplishment. I want you to be able to recognize the amazing life you've lived and how you've come through your challenges and trials; I want you to be able to see how all those tough times have benefited you and how you're uniquely eqipped to handle the situations in your life now and in the future.

A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world, I will use my gifts to help you discover and be comfortable with yours. Much love.

Tarot Scopes for July 2018 by Julie Randazzo

Aries: March 21st - April 19th
Element: Fire
Ruler: Mars
Symbol: Ram
Compatibility: Leo, Libra
Tarot Card: The Lovers
Roses are red, violets are blue. This month romance is all about you. Romantic relationship take center stage, as summer lovin’ is in the air. July fireworks explode with fiery passion and intimacy in the bedroom too!
This card also indicates the need to make decisions from the heart. 


Taurus: April 20th - May 20th
Element: Earth
Ruler: Venus
Symbol: Bull
Love Compatibility: Scorpio, Cancer
Tarot Card: Eight of Wands
Lights, camera, action! Prepare to take flight this month. Your life is about to go from 0-90 in less than 60 seconds. The good news is all this accelerated energy is heading in the direction of success. This is a lucky month for Taurus, as your dreams become reality. The Eight of Wands also indicates important air travel and communications. 

Gemini: May 21st - June 20th
Element: Air
Ruler: Mercury
Symbol: Twins
Love Compatibility: Sagittarius, Aquarius
Tarot Card: Knight of Wands
When the Knight of Wands appears it’s time to light it up! Knights are all about action and Wands represent fire and passion. Our fiery Knight can be impulsive and unpredictable, yet all the while so exciting. In the famous words of Nike, “Just Do It!”
This card can also represent a younger gentleman, in his late twenties or thirties, who is passionate, driven, adventurous and charismatic. 

Cancer: June 21st - July 22and
Element: Water
Ruler: Moon
Symbol: Crab
Love Compatibility: Capricorn, Taurus
Tarot Card: Seven of Cups
Decisions, decisions....what’s an emotional Cancer to do? Ruled by the moon, your emotions, as well as your options are on fuego this month. Your head may be spinning from all the opportunities presented to you. However, you can only have one desert from the desert tray or you’ll regret it later. The message here is to slow down, focus and choose wisely. 

Leo: July 23rd - August 27th
Element: Fire
Ruler: Sun
Symbol: Lion
Love Compatibility: Aquarius, Gemini
Tarot Card: Six of Swords
Leo’s can breathe a sigh of relief this month, as you leave the drama of last month behind. Finally, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel. The journey has been long and dark at times, but the light shines in your favor this month. “Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face.” ~ Charles Strouse (Broadway composer)

Virgo: August 23rd - September 22and
Element: Earth
Ruler: Mercury
Symbol: The Virgin
Love Compatibility: Cancer, Pisces
Tarot Card: The Sun
The Sun is shining brightly on Virgo this month. It’s your time to shine in the spotlight. The Sun card is one of the most promising cards in Tarot. The light of the sun promises renewal, rebirth and joy. It’s your time to shine from the inside out and be a magnet for all things positive. 

Libra: September 23rd - October 22and
Element: Air
Ruler: Venus
Symbol: The Scales
Love Compatibility: Aries, Sagittarius
Tarot Card: King of Wands
You’re full of bold ideas this month. It’s time to tap into your innovative side and create the career you’ve always dreamed of. By focusing on your creative talents, you will ignite the inner fire and drive the King of Wands is so well known for.
This card can also represent a charismatic, driven, successful man, who is often a successful entrepreneur. 


Scorpio: October 23rd - November 21st
Element: Water
Ruler: Pluto, Mars
Symbol: The Scorpion
Love Compatibility: Cancer, Taurus
Tarot Card: Four of Cups
Boredom beware this month Scorpio. Remember, too much of anything is never a good thing. Overindulgence is not going to quell your boredom this month. Instead, it’s just going to lead to more discontentment, as the hole you’re trying to fill is a bottomless pit. It’s time to start building yourself from the inside - out, as the answers you seek are not outside you, but with in.


Sagittarius: November 22and - December 23rd
Element: Fire
Ruler: Jupiter
Symbol: Archer
Love Compatibility: Gemini, Aries
Tarot Card: Eight of Swords
Don’t allow your indecision to restrict you this month. It’s time to make your move and break free from the ties that bind you. You may be feeling like there’s no way out. Swords represent the mental aspect of the psyche. Therefore, in the famous words of En Vogue, “Free Your Mind and the rest will follow.”

Capricorn: December 22and - January 19th
Element: Earth
Ruler: Saturn
Symbol: Goat
Love Compatibility: Taurus, Cancer
Tarot Card: The Magician
When The Magician appears, “You can do magic. You can have anything you desire.” ~ America
By using the four elements, earth, air, fire and water the spell of magic bestows the gifts of luxury and success upon you this month. Awareness is half the battle. You’ve had the power all along. All you have to do is recognize this and tap into your unlimited potential. 

Aquarius: January 20th - February 18th
Element: Air
Ruler: Saturn, Uranus
Symbol: Water Bearer
Love Compatibility: Leo, Sagittarius
Tarot Card: Ten of Wands
When this card shows up, you’ve arrived and you’re finally in control. However, with your new found responsibilities, comes just that - too many responsibilities. You may be feeling overwhelmed or overburdened with all that is before you. You don’t have to do it all yourself. It’s important to ask for help or you may short circuit. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If it was I’d hire a contractor. 

Pisces: February 19th - March 20th
Element: Water
Ruler: Neptune, Jupiter
Symbol: Fish
Love Compatibility: Virgo, Taurus
Tarot Card: Page of Wands
You are like the Phoenix rising from the ashes this month. When The Page of Wands appears, you have the strength to overcome anything. Pages are messengers, so be on the lookout for good news. Exciting messages of romance, adventure and career are coming your way. Wands represent, fire, action, creativity, and passion. Tap into these attributes to ignite your self-confidence and you’ll be unstoppable. 
This card can also represent a young person who has the unlimited drive, passion and desire to succeed and create.

 Angel Intuitive, Dream Interpretation, Psychic, Tarot, Life Coach, Blogger  Julie Randazzo is an Intuitive Life Coach, professional psychic and blogger. Her column, Tarot Scopes,can be found on Apple News via Astrologer Mark Husson, founder and creator of 12listen.com.  Julie originally started blogging in 2008 for online publications such as YourTango.com, as well as various fashion and entertainment websites.   Julie also teaches various self help and psychic development classes at 12Academy.com. She specializes in relationships, dream interpretation, Tarot, angel & spirit communication, as well as life coaching

Angel Intuitive, Dream Interpretation, Psychic, Tarot, Life Coach, Blogger

Julie Randazzo is an Intuitive Life Coach, professional psychic and blogger. Her column, Tarot Scopes,can be found on Apple News via Astrologer Mark Husson, founder and creator of 12listen.com.

Julie originally started blogging in 2008 for online publications such as YourTango.com, as well as various fashion and entertainment websites. 

Julie also teaches various self help and psychic development classes at 12Academy.com. She specializes in relationships, dream interpretation, Tarot, angel & spirit communication, as well as life coaching

Julie Randazzo

Julie Randazzo is an Intuitive Life Coach and professional blogger. She is a regular contributor to Astrologer Mark Husson, founder, and creator of 12listen.com. Julie also pens the blog, Your Future, a blog dedicated to the research, experiences, and  expressions of anyone going through a spiritual awakening. 
For those seeking spiritual advice, she can be found weekly at 12listen.com. She specializes in relationships, dream interpretation, Tarot, angel & spirit communication, as well as life coaching.