What does it take?

It feels like so many would just like to know what it takes to heal what is going on with us, each individually and as humans collectively. From my view what it takes is decision, the cutting away of all else. Its a matter of whether we feel at cause or at effect in our lives. Do we wait to see what life dishes out or decide moving forward, what we choose. Not deciding in favor of what you’d like, is agreeing to what you’d rather not have happen.

Photo by Vicki Willoughby

Photo by Vicki Willoughby

When we decide we set our focus. It seems so much easier to understand from a viewpoint of our electronic tools that we can put our hands on and look at and understand the use of. When we decide on a goal, something we would like to manifest in our lives, its like putting your destination into Google maps or setting a GPS. The equipment sets the suggested path to that destination eliminating any concern of how to get there.

Since what we focus on grows, focusing on a destination draws it to us or us to it. With the decision of what we’d like to choose, what is important is to create the vision of what we desire, as if its happening. A friend was very angry with his ex because she was not allowing him contact with his 6 yr old son living in a different state. He fussed and fumed about it. I suggested he take all that outward energy and turn it inward to think of how it would feel when he heard his son’s voice saying, “Hi Daddy!” Hear the sounds, smell the smells, feel the expansion in your chest and the resulting sigh when he could release that space into the now.

He held that feeling for 48 hrs and then was talking to his son. Another friend lamented estrangement from her 4 daughters, I made the same suggestion, feel the emotion connected with “Hi Mom”, allow the space for it and just hold it. Within 48 hrs she had heard from two of them.

A friend’s daughter had a stroke as a very young mother, it was a congenital issue that required brain surgery. Her mother was so scared and frustrated and at her wits end. I told her to hold nothing but the vision of her daughter running and playing with her son this next summer. There was numbness and lack of movement on the left side after the surgery and you just never know until you know with those things what the result of recovery will be. Its been exactly two weeks since the brain surgery and she has been able to walk up stairs. There is new hope and much progress every day. We’re all very relieved by that and I believe that that vision will happen, as many hold it with her.

For myself. My highschool sweetheart, after many decades of us each living different lives in different places, are reuniting. He called me, we talked and I wasn’t sure what to really think about it but once I decided and held the feeling of what my heart most desired. It was about 48 hrs before things started to fall into place. He and I are both free to choose to be together and it feels like my life is starting over or maybe for the first time. In this moment I couldn’t be happier.

I don’t mean to say that anything you hold with love will show up in 48 hrs that has just been my experience so far with using this tool of manifestation. It has worked brilliantly so far!

This will not make me immune to life but in the moments that there are challenges, I will focus on continuing to hold love as my highest value and as I do I know that with decision and holding that vision I can move forward into a life that is of my creation from love, regardless of what shows up as landscape or detours on the journey.

Photo by Vicki Willoughby

Photo by Vicki Willoughby




My experience has yielded an ambivalent attitude to money. In my home, sometimes it seemed to be a case of ‘feast or famine’. I often knew luxury and there was always aspects of the ‘good life’, but there were also times of lack, catastrophe even.

As an adult I have felt myself to be ‘scraping by’. Generally, money has been an extremely stressful energy in my life. I have worried about it, misused it, hated it, been scared of it and confused by it. But I have tapped into magic at times. Various experiences in my life have lead me to believe that money is simply an energy. It’s not actually something we have to slave for, something that is our dictator, our ruler and king. No. Money is an energy like all other energy – love, kindness, optimism, ambition and action. Positive and Negative.

I first started looking at Louise Hay in my early 20’s – and saw a whole different way to be – to manifest, to create, to co-create. I created a trip with millionaires and some experiences beyond my wildest dreams, and while I ‘worked’ to create this experience, really it was simply a matter of being ‘in action’, taking a few steps to make my summer better, to earn a bit of pocket money by child-minding…the miracles all came to me because of where my mind was, what I was saying to myself, what I was believing….this attracted the million dollar summer and life lasting experience of wealth and luxury and travel and possibility. I didn’t have to ‘work’ for it at all.

But I slipped back into the ‘poverty mind-set’ very quickly. Like all other practices that are good for you – it takes commitment and dedication – it takes practice to continually affirm abundance, in the face of physical evidence to the contrary – and yet this is where the magic happens. The universe responds to your beliefs and feelings about yourself. If you consistently tell yourself you don’t have enough money, guess what? You never will. If you can look at your bank account and imagine more zeros, if you feel rich when you buy yourself a lovely sweater, or you are having a nice meal, then you are attracting more of this abundance to you….it’s all about how you feel. It is hard to feel rich when you are struggling to pay the bills, but the more you can imagine abundance and imagine the kind of lifestyle you wish to live, the more this will come into your experience. This is true of all things, not just money.

It is crucially important to practice conscious language with money. I cannot tell you how often conversations with my friends and family have focussed on having ‘no money’. ‘I can’t afford it’. ‘I am so broke’. ‘I’m skint’. On and on in my dialogue with myself and others I affirmed my financial lack. This is something I am still working on. I simply do not allow myself to utter these words any more. I AM are two of the most important words you can say, and what follows will become true for you. Instead I try to flex my gratitude muscle. ‘I am lucky’, ‘I have everything I need’. ‘Wow, isn’t this lovely!’ – be it a cup of coffee, nice glass of wine, a new pair of shoes. If you really want to feel rich, spend time in nature, there is such abundance there, breathe it in.

Increasingly I am coming to believe it is not even about manifesting hard green stuff. Rather it is about focussing on what you want in your life – a beautiful house, a successful career, love, nice holidays, travel, and then really believing that these can come to you. Of course it involves ‘work’ and being in action. But a paradigm shift is upon us. Let’s give up our old ideas about money, and co-create a life of abundance, in all the ways that make our hearts fill up with joy.


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Dr. Ellen Anne Burns is an actress, writer, mother, teacher, and student, not necessarily in that order. She was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she has just completed her PhD in Applied Drama. She believes in a holistic spiritual practice, involving meditation, self love and discovery, learning and practicing forgiveness, gratitude and love every day. Ellen wishes to support and guide others on their own journey of self and love, especially with a view to romantic relationships. She is a mentor on Gabrielle Bernstein’s-HerFuture.com and is thrilled to be one of the founding members of The Daily Sisterhood Blog. If you wish to contact Ellen please message her here, and she will respond as soon as she can.



by Kara Johnstad

There are 8 steps I use to manifest all my albums, concerts and big projects,

and today, I share them with you. Enjoy!

1.    Revelation

2.    Intention   

3.    Elimination

4.    Attention

5.    Integration

6.    Decision

7.    Action

8.    Manifestation


Ah, you have a brilliant idea for a new song or a new business.

Your passion awakens.


You say to the world: “…this is not a passing fancy. My revelation is important. It has a purpose. I intend to take this one step further!”

Intention focuses our thought from one in a zillion to ONE that we want to follow through on. It gives the idea power. We hone in and focus on owning our inner voice.

Plant the seed!

How this seed grows, depends on how we create the next steps.


We can learn a lot from Mother Nature. She plants her seeds in darkness. And yet most of us think: “PLANT your dream and you can see them grow.”

Focused mainly on Intention, Attention and Action, yet, we ask ourselves time and time again:

Why am I in constant overwhelm?

Why are my actions not having the intended impact?

It is at this point that many people stop.

Our intentions are clear.

STEP 3 is a critical success factor! Mother Nature teaches us: the seed pushes itself through the darkness and  dirt. Soiled, it is constantly moving and clearing a path as it heads towards the light and shakes off old dust.

To clear out our junk and de-clutter our lives is an often forgotten part of the process. Things that we give attention grow. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to do step three first.

WEED the Garden before you water it.

Cut out things and people that drain you!

Start small and with time learn to LET GO BIG.
Create a daily practice of honoring your intentions by consciously giving them attention.

Create habits,

create your destiny!

I start my day with a ritual of candle light and gratitude. It puts me in the right mind set and focuses my attention on the things I love and want to create in my life. Our attention is one of the most powerful tools we have. Think of it like caring daily for your garden. Find the ritual that works for you.

Learn to pull from different areas of life and allow wisdom to guide you. We are working always with our Body – Mind – Spirit systems. Be willing to integrate and if needed change your mindsets to include new paradigms of thinking to create a bigger picture.

Allow yourself time to chillax.

The powerful changes that are occurring in your life need time to integrate.


Making a clear decision is hard for most people.

Yet, decision making is key to being successful.
Every day we are asked to make decisions as to what direction we want to go, and which direction our project is to take. BE COURAGEOUS. You only waver if both options are equally good. There are many approaches:

In modern western civilizations the credo is that big decisions should not be left to chance or intuition. Decisions should be thoroughly thought out and evaluated to ensure the best action is taken. When you make the effort to write down all the pros and cons, you are actually forcing your brain to realize all the positive and negative aspects of the decision.

As far as I am concerned, I have come to appreciate the “stomach art” – as the Japanese call it. This means:  “trust your gut instincts” while making a decision.
Following your inner voice and intuition isn’t some “airy-fairy” concept that has no place in your life and your business. It’s the exact opposite! Well, that is, if you’re interested in making a difference in this world and running a successful business, as a heart based entrepreneur.

If you still feel totally paralyzed to make the decision, simply relax and flip a coin.
Heads or Tails frees up your energy and  brings a smile to your face. Remember this:

Life is a mystery and we do not know which path is best.

Make the decision and move on.

You are always free to make a new decision!

Step 7: ACTION

This is clear. You have to move! I tend to be very impatient with artists who talk about the books they always wanted to write or the leading roles they always wanted to play.

Walk your Talk!

 Allow yourselves to climb onto stage and sing one song, knowing that next time it will be a whole concert. Write a chapter a month and at the end of 12 months you will have your book. YOU MUST TAKE ACTION for your dreams to become MANIFEST!

YOU DID IT! You birthed one of your many revelations. There is one line of the Lord’s Prayer I adore: “On earth as it is in heaven.” My greatest belief is that we are given a physical body to learn how to manifest. We are given talents and gifts so that we can give back to the world.

In living our highest potential the world becomes filled with beauty and truth.

Our lives are enriched and we revel in it.

If you have an insight that you would like to birth into the world this year, simply follow these GREAT EIGHT STEPS and make your dreams manifest.

Stay Gold,


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Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, creator of The Essence Radio Show™, and founder of the Voice Your Essence Mastery Program™. If you are ready to take your voice and your world to the next level, visit www.karajohnstad.com and  sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription of her weekly eZine.

Learning To Let Go

If you love something, let it go free…. You must learn to let go of the things you fear to lose…. The less attachment you feel the more your life can flow….

We often cling to things and people – our lovers, children, possessions, friends, money, our bodies – health, image, youth. We cling and hang on for dear life, absolutely terrified of losing these precious blessings and gifts. Spiritual teaching tells us to completely let go. To let go utterly of all these desires and attachments. To be. To simply be. It is only relatively recently that I am embracing this concept. I worked it quite admirably a couple of years ago when I began deep soul work. First and foremost I let go of all the expectations I had of myself, all the shoulds, all the regrets, all the pain, self-pity, resentment and bitterness. Wow I let go of a lot. I read an analogy once that really struck  a chord, imagine you are a hot air balloon, in order to soar you need to keep dropping all those sand bags…I dropped one sand bag after another and my life began to change. I changed my perception as much as anything. My view of myself and my life.

Now I find myself in a new situation. I am in the process of manifesting my dreams. On a good day, I can smell them, almost literally. I can feel myself in the place I want to be. This gives me great joy and inspiration. The thing is where I want to be is almost literally a million miles away from where I am, certainly in a geographical and physical sense. Emotionally and spiritually I am where I need to be, most of the time, but sometimes the physical longing to be somewhere else makes me feel deflated and lonesome.  Mind chatter and practicalities, fear and worries can pervade at times…

I could give in to this chatter and all the inane shadowy ego fear based thoughts….

A lot of stress and fear and anxiety comes from fervently wishing you were, ‘someplace else instead’.

Erkhart Tolle says, if you don’t like where you are or the situation you are in, then change it or accept it. Sounds simple and straight forward, but what if you are in transition? You have a lot of dreams and plans coming to fruition…but they are just out of your grasp?

I don’t necessarily know the answer to this but I think the answer lies in mindfulness and remaining in the present moment. Remaining grateful for all that surrounds you.  The birds singing, the warmth of the duvet, the light through the blinds in the morning, the laughter of my children, the taste of good food, the love of friends.

Little by little the Universe turns to face you, it shows you and delights you and quite literally your dreams begin to come true in front of your very eyes – whether that be the true love, the financial abundance,  the new home, the new country, the peace, the good vibrations…I have weaved a life of love and luck out of broken dreams – and it is all based in letting go…..So dear hearts, I urge you, let go every day – and keep your dreams fresh, stay in faith and wonder and you will create a heaven on earth.


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 Dr. Ellen Anne Burns is an actress, writer, mother, teacher, and student, not necessarily in that order. She was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she has just completed her PhD in Applied Drama. She believes in a holistic spiritual practice, involving meditation, self love and discovery, learning and practicing forgiveness, gratitude and love every day. Ellen wishes to support and guide others on their own journey of self and love, especially with a view to romantic relationships. She is a mentor on Gabrielle Bernstein’s HerFuture.com and is thrilled to be one of the founders members of The Daily Sisterhood Blog. If you wish to contact Ellen, please message her here, and she will respond as soon as she can.