This blog post is a guest post by Courtney DunsmoreCourtneyBlog

 

I remember when I first heard about New Age mindset work- in particular, the Law of Attraction. I was in high school and desperately wanting my first boyfriend. After staying up until the early hours of the morning finishing The Secret (movie and book version, naturally), I was determined that this would be my time. I spent the whole next day doing manifestation exercises that would bring the man of my storybook dreams to me; I figured I was set. Unfortunately, I was naive in the way that after a week had passed and still no boyfriend, I was convinced the whole thing was a sham and obviously not meant for me.

The next cue was forgetting about all of this until the very beginning of 2016. I had been struggling with clinical depression and anxiety since my diagnosis early the year before. I was unhappy in school, pushing through because I was on the path that we’re all driven to high school, college, internship, same job for years, retire, done. I had my own business on the side that I was passionate about, but it was static, and I didn’t feel fulfilled in it.

I spent my days just “going through the motions”, so to speak. I felt unfulfilled and unimpressed with my life. What happened to the life every self-help book I read had promised me? What happened to the fact that these were supposed to be the best days of my life? I always thought that I’d have everything together at this, and here I was constantly daydreaming about a life society told me most likely wouldn’t be possible.

I was frustrated, restless, and unfulfilled…and I thought I was doomed to stay that way. But, I always have been ambitious, and never one to give up super easily- so I tried my last resort. I decided to read a f*ck ton of self-help books. I mean, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens shaped my middle school life, so I could surely find something just as good to get out of a slump now, right?

Right, I was. But before I read any books, I did googling. A lot of it. I googled business men and women, tremendous entrepreneurs and successful people- everyone from Oprah to Michael Dell, Marie Forleo, Pat Flynn, and even Will Smith and Jim Carrey- even Jay-Z, all had one practice in common that they contributed to their success.

What was it, exactly? Mindset work. Though not all of the top entrepreneurs (though many) attribute the Law of Attraction to their success, almost every single one I searched assigned some New Age mindset work to how they made it big.

This news just blew my mind. This is what people used to be successful? That old book I read in high school? There’s been a ton of buzz back to mindset work since The Secret was released, in recent years particularly, and it has been the topic of blogs, videos, podcasts, and countless books. So I started back at the beginning- by rewatching The Secret. It didn’t quite resonate with me the way it did that one fateful night in high school, but it did light a spark, and I knew I had to learn more. Off to Youtube I went! (I had exhausted Google at this point). This was the moment when I discovered Gabby Bernstein, Nick Ortner, more of Marie Forleo (clearly I have a love for Marie Forleo), Gay Hendricks, Danielle LaPorte, Denise Duffield-Thomas, countless more Oprah videos, and so much more.

The more I watched, the more sense it made…but I admit, a huge part of me was still very skeptical. There’s no way it was this easy, and there was no way I was just going to throw up every analytical part of my life into the air and dive into this full charge ahead. I decided to start with something easy and decidedly less “woo-woo” than most of the things I have adopted since- meditating.

First of all, if you don’t meditate, I’d highly suggest you start today. Meditating isn’t just for yogis; it’s for everyone. I started with something simple- apps. If you want something free and immediate, the Stop.Breathe.Think App is kind of cool, but it wasn’t until I started using the Calm app that I knew I had to dig deeper into this whole mindset thing. The Calm app completely changed the way my days ran after I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a year. With over 25 different tracks of various lengths and topics, I learned that there was a guided meditation track for everything. (Seriously, everything- from the forgiveness when I was stuck on old grudges, or even the emergency calm, which actually helped me a great deal during panic attacks. My favorite has to be the guided Commuting track).

I started with 5 minutes a day meditating. Then 5 minutes twice a day. Soon I was doing up to a day at a time of meditation (and not just at one time, I liked to split it up)..it was then, my world expanded. (Note that if you want more advanced guided meditation, the Omvana app is my absolute favorite) With just meditation, I was so much calmer, happier, and better performing in my business and relationships already- what would happen if I dove full on into the New Age mindset world?

I continued then by reading The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: a Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World, by Emma Mildon. Though it only lightly touched on everything, this book introduced me to almost everything new age, from Reiki crystal healing (on the to-do list) and numerology (which I now have an app on my phone for) to the more standard practices such as Feng Shui and horoscopes (which I both adore).

A massive Amazon search for New Age mindset books commenced- I had to learn it all, and I had to learn it all now. I read every Gabby Bernstein book (she’s an incredible start that’s not super “woo-woo”) along with cult favorites such as The Desire Map, Big Magic, The Tapping Solution (a guide into EFT, another one of my new favorite practices) and finally- my two new favorite books: Lucky Bitch and Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! Both by Denise Duffield-Thomas. Oh, wow…it was then I knew I was fully sucked into the New Age mindset way of life, and I was never going back. (And frankly, I didn’t want to.)

I did something big then… I put down $1500 to enroll in Denise Duffield-Thomas’s Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp, a six-week ecourse dedicated to getting you to the next income level in your life by harnessing the power of the Universe through the Law of Attraction as well as large amount of other New Age techniques, such as EFT, Feng Shui, and more.

Wow. I never knew that New Age beliefs could be so practical, or so emotional for that matter! Denise taught me how I had emotional blocks and negative beliefs about money that I had been holding in since childhood that was affecting my business. I learned so many different ways I was self-sabotaging my income, and it felt fantastic. That same month, I doubled my income. Easily.

And though the “beginning” of my mindset journey started with that late night googling, the end of that month after the Bootcamp is when I like to say I adopted my New Age Spiritual way of life. The Universe took me under its wing, and I’m jubilant to stay there.

So yeah, I started out extremely skeptical. I judged those girls I saw with gorgeous crystals and yoga on Instagram. I thought that meditating and mindset were just for yogis and serial (read: extreme) entrepreneurs. Boy, I was wrong.

Now I start my day with chakra aligning meditation and end it with EFT for forgiveness and abundance. I wear a citrine necklace for open communication and good business. I’m still reading every mindset book I get my hands on, and I hope to start taking Kundalini Yoga classes in the next couple months (for now, I’ll settle for my app). I’m planning to go on a spiritual enlightenment retreat this summer in Bali- and yeah, I’m already planning out the Feng Shui furniture placement for my new apartment in August.

Am I still the same woman I was before? Heck no, and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Now, my business is booming. My relationships are better than ever. My depression and anxiety? Better each day- my sleep schedule is too. Oh, and yeah- I’m now a mindset coach and blogger for twenty-somethings to help them take the same journey that I started on. I spend my days helping women all over the world from South Africa to France, Florida, and beyond knock out their negative mindsets and self-sabotages around money, relationships, and more to live the life of their daydreams.

I’m happier, healthier, and wealthier than ever- and it turns out, all I had to do was look inside.

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Courtney Dunsmore is a mindset coach for women who are tired of living lives they aren’t obsessed with. She works to kick limiting beliefs to the curb along with identifying your money stories and success stories, to get you living the life of your daydreams.She coaches here, sends out motivational daily emails here, and has an awesome facebook group here.

Manifesting Magnets

 

Manifesting is one of my favorite topics because, not to be a braggart or anything but….I’m really effin’ good at it. I mean…really, REALLY good at it. I wouldn’t call myself a Queen of manifesting or anything, but I pretty much get everything for which I ask the Universe.

Sometimes, that’s a really bad thing. Sometimes, that’s led to my biggest lessons of all. I trust the Universe so much that I just always know it will deliver, and it does…even when it’s things I don’t *actually* want or need Even when it’s things I subconsciously ask for. That’s an entirely different post, though.

The point is this: I’m good at manifesting, and in order to get to where you’re so good at manifesting that you accidentally manifest things left and right, you have to start manifesting in the first place. And that, my friend, is why I’m talking to you today.

 

Here are 10 of my favorite easy manifesting magnets:

    1. Wallpapers, Screen Savers, and Backdrops: Your computers, tablets, and phones all have backgrounds, lock screens, and/or screen savers, so why not put them to use? Change that cute picture of your kid and puppy to a manifesting mantra that you will see each of the 200 times you unlock your phone each day. Here’s a new laptop background I created just for you! Click Here to Download the Wallpaper!

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2. Crystals – Crystals are great for manifesting. If I’m trying to manifest money, I generally keep citrine on hand. Aventurine is also great for money, luck, and opportunities. Rose quartz is perfect for matters of the heart, and Iolite helps you open up your imagination and keep your mind open for manifesting.

3. Sage – Sage bundles are used to help clear the energy in your home or space. Before manifesting anything new into your life, make sure you use some sage (or sweet grass, or your preferred cleansing method) to make room for that which you are manifesting.

4. A reminder box or jar – Sometimes it’s easy to see all of the bad, or the things that aren’t happening that we want to happen, and focus on those. When that happens, it’s really hard to trust the Universe. And, if we don’t trust, we can’t manifest. So, keep a jar, box, shoe box…whatever, and fill it with all of the times things worked out as you wanted. Every time you manifest something, or something good happens, write it down! Refer to it when you’re wanting to manifest something and have trouble believing it can happen.

5. The Master List –  Keep a master list of 10, 15, or 20 high vibe statements that you really resonate with. They don’t even have to directly correlate with whatever you’re trying to manifest – they just have to feel really good to you, energetically. Things like ‘I love when I hear ‘cha-ching’ on my phone!’, or ‘I love having the freedom and finances to travel!’. Refer to this list anytime you need to boost your vibration.

6. Phone Alerts/Alarms – You can set it up through Zapier, Google Calendar, If This Then That (IFTTT) or a multitude of apps to have your phone go off with a variety of high vibe and manifesting reminders. I used to have an IFTTT recipe set up that texted me with ‘You’re a rockstar! #manifestingdiva#moneymaker’ every time I got a sale on Etsy. It was kind of awesome! You can set it up to go off when certain things happen, or just at certain times. Know you get kind of low vibe just before lunch? Set your alarm to pop up with a high-vibe message!

7. A Bowl of XYZ – One of my favorite manifesting magnets is clear vases or decorative bowls. Take a visual representation of whatever it is you want to manifest, and fill a glorious bowl or clear vase with it. For example, I have big bowls and vases of change all over the house. We don’t actually use them, just fill them. There is, literally, an abundance of money just sitting around the house, in change form. You can fill it with seashells if you want to manifest a beach trip, glitter and unicorns if you want to manifest positivity, or a desktop water feature if you want to manifest peace (if water features are soothing to you, that is),

8. Daydream – Daydreaming has been shamed for generations at this point but, in reality, it allows us to escape to a world where anything can happen. And, because the ‘real’ world IS a place where anything can happen, we can ‘daydream’ our dreams into existence! Next time you have a few minutes, stop and daydream about whatever it is you’re trying to manifest. Feel it, breathe it, exist with it, and then let it go while realizing you’ve brought it into existence.

9. Trust – This is probably the biggest manifestation magnet of all. You actually can’t manifest without it. If you don’t trust the Universe to provide, why would it? Trust. Trust the Universe to give you exactly what you need and want (or more!), and it will.

10. Yourself.  YOU are a money magnet! Manifesting is a reciprocal flow of energy between you and the Universe and in order for that flow to happen, you have to be both a giver and receiver of that flow.

 

There you have it! Ten Manifesting Magnets – stick around and I’ll go deeper into many of them over the next few weeks!

 

 

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