I have a new blogging venture which I’m very excited to share with you….

Hello friends,

Just a note to say that I will be spending my time on another blog which is purely designed around all the the things I really love doing.  Eating and trying gorgeous new restaurants, travelling to exciting new places, exploring my spiritual side, celebrating my friend Vanessa and all friendships, and partying like it’s 1999.  Or 2014, or 1984 or any year really…I’d love you to join our network at www.eatprayparty.com which we are going to develop into a community of like minded women, who love travelling and exploring and doing it with their best friends.  So if you want to receive our fortnightly newletter containing our videos, photos and reviews of lots of great stuff locally, around Australia and all other parts of the world, except the places that don’t honour women and don’t sell champagne, sign up for our newsletter and please share our posts with your friends.  We so love that!  Thank you for stopping by and for all your ongoing support and emails.  You can now email me on eatprayparty@gmail.com    Lots of love and enduring POSITIVE friendships, Amber xx

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Post Baby Bodies…celebrity style! Feeling good after seeing ME, ME, ME?

KENDRA-POST-BABY-BODYIt’s not that I’m going around looking for new things to wind me up but sometimes there’s just that little thing out there for a period of time that like it or not, gets under your skin.

Celebrities and their post baby bodies.  I’ve actually had enough.  I’ve had enough of these women playing show offs while the rest of the non personal training, non magazine deal mothers get left feeling awful about themselves as they look down at their own post baby bodies. 

These stupid photo shoots yelling ‘look at me, 2 months later and it’s like it never happened’ are not helping other women feel good about themselves.  It just feels like one hell of a narcissist celebration where the guest of honour doesn’t seem to realise or care that she’s dancing on her own.

Now, I haven’t had a baby and for the most part I try to get to the gym, not get to that point where I’m really hating seeing myself nude or battling muffin top issues, although I’m also not pushing my luck by purchasing a new pair of hipster jeans either, but I don’t think I have to have given birth to realise what it feels like when we feel out of shape.

The annoying and completely unhelpful trend the women’s magazines seem to get on these days by paying these genetic blessed or seriously obsessed celebrities to show off in their bikinis, is that as is often the case, it just promotes such unnecessary competing between women at the time when their body issues should be the least of their worries.

Women should feel proud of their post baby bodies because they put them through an incredible process to bring a child into this world.  The way Kate Middleton was proudly seen with her real post baby bump tummy not long after little George was born was sadly so rare but so telling of the women she appears to be.  Probably another reason she stole the heart of her gorgeous Prince.

The funny thing is too, that whilst these lucky and beautiful new mum’s beaming away at us from the pages, is that you very rarely see these same celebrities going on TV to show off about how quickly they lost the weight.  There’s certainly plenty of shows out there aimed at exactly the same sort of demographic as the one’s reading these mags but I suspect, whilst they feel they can get away with the ‘how amazing am I showing off?’ routine in print, saying it out loud would really leave them looking like a total…it rhymes with banker.

I do get that appearances are of utmost importance to most women we regard as a celebrity, and as such they’re considering their looks a whole lot more than your average Katie and Sophie living down the road.  But it is surely a decision that need not really be made that amongst navigating a new baby that you’re going to equally allocate time to worry about something as superficial as whether you’re body gets back to the shape it might have been on the night you conceived?

And if like no doubt some wheeling themselves around in front of the camera in a brand new bikini, just sprang back like an elastic band without having to sweat it out with the trainer, then of course that really is just lovely and lucky for them, but high five yourself in the comfort of your own home ladies.

This just wreaks of one of those cheeky little female loop holes that are usually promoted by women’s mags, that pretend to be all supportive and we’re in this chick thing together, but then are subliminally slapping you across the face with their smarminess and their unrealistic bench mark that in reality is like an invisible wet blanket covering the rest of the world’s post baby mother’s with a feeling that is hardly the warm and fuzzy it’s being promoted to be about.

 

I hope no one buys Samantha Geimer’s book THE GIRL given how thoughtless and dangerous her comments are about underage rape

samantha geimerOne of the most outrageous interviews I’ve watched for a long time would have to be the one done on Sixty Minutes, followed by the Today Show with Samantha Geimer.

When Samantha Geimer was 13, her mother allowed her to spend time alone with the mega famous director of the time, Roman Polanski, who was on the hunt for young models to shoot for French Vogue.  A friend of a friend of Geimer’s mother, an aspiring actress suggested she put her daughter forward for the job, which she did.

What then resulted was Samantha posing not only topless for Roman but accompanying him to actor Jack Nicholson’s house where they drank champagne, he gave her some sort of a pill and the two ended up having sex.  Polanski was eventually charged with unlawful sex with a minor.

I’ve heard Samantha Geimer talk about this enormously public and no doubt horrendous chapter in her life before, although for some reason now she has a book out, most media outlets are making out it’s the first time she’s telling her story.  It’s not.  However it does seem to be conveniently the first time that she’s throwing a slightly new spin on her opinions on the event.  Now she is effectively saying that what happened to her is not quite as big a deal as we all thought it was, and what society says it certainly was and still is.

She says that we have to remember that having sex with a minor wasn’t ‘uncommon’ in the 70’s; as if it was somehow a bit more in fashion back then.  Maybe in Hollywood where powerful men could get away with it but it still wasn’t legal or moral and at age 50 which she now is, surely she realizes that what’s she saying is totally stupid and unbelievably reckless?

There’s something so divisive about how she’s decided to sell her book. She’s doing an appalling disservice to every single person in the world that’s ever been sexually abused.  Perhaps she’s forgetting that there are not one set of rules for Hollywood and another for the normal people in the world?  If a grown man, 3 times the age of a minor coerces a young person into sex, he’s a sick and there is only ever one answer to this issue in society and that is it’s not on ever.

Of course we can all accept the bad decisions made by a child, as she was when she says she made mistakes, which may or may not have prevented sex occurring with Polanski but we will always wonder, “Where was your mother?”

But what is this woman thinking by saying such things, as the police investigation, hospital exams and press reports were more traumatic than the attack itself?  She says: “I did something wrong, I was stupid… To pose topless, and to drink and to take the [sleeping] pill.”

How could this woman that seems to be caught up in the notoriety of this awful story be so blaise about what she is putting out there to the world so she can sell a few books?  You are making a statement to the world, what part of that don’t you get?

Surely she’d have to have thought for a moment “Maybe I shouldn’t say this as it effectively tells every pedophile and sleazebag that sexual acts with a minor don’t always damage the child that badly.”

But of course, this is being reflected against the backdrop of the HOLLYWOOD sign and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out how screwed up the morals and desires are of many of the types that moth around it.

She’s spruiking forgiveness, which is one thing she has given Polanski but she’s doing it at the price of innocent children all over the world.  And slapping every adult battling their childhood abuse nightmares straight in the face with this book.  It makes me think that sadly, she may not have learnt anything from her tragic past at all.

 

How Harry O’Brien unwittingly showed a few sports presenters up for being uneducated and lacking in class

Harry O'Brien.

When 26 year old Collingwood star Harry O’Brien made his comments the other week about ‘going through a tough time at the moment’, and whilst leaving training he politely requested reporters to have sensitivity to him, he came as quite a shock to most of us.

It wasn’t the sort of honest and thoughtful delivery to come out of a football players’ mouth when it comes to these kinds of matters, before they’ve done something horrendous as a result.   But then Harry O’Brien has always been cut from a different cloth and sadly I suspect he has a lot of the world around him not having a clue on how to take him, therefore feeling the need to articulate what’s going on in his head.

“I’m going through a history … of things for a long time, including a long and very complicated history of sexual abuse, suicide, depression, seeing someone get murdered, knowing who murdered that person and not being able to say anything, knowing that person will probably murder you.”

But this does not mean that he has let the club down by playing badly leading up to this time.  It also does not necessarily mean that clashing with Nathan Buckley means that Harry just happens to be touchy either.

What I noticed from the ensuing sports reporters, especially those on the TV news, was that there was those that told the story with a genuine air of concern in their delivery and tone, and then there were those that although containing their glee of having a nice little juicy story to gee up the ratings with, used the dismissive word rant to describe Harry’s honest admissions.

Now it may just be a word, but sometimes just one word can speak volumes of what the person using it is really trying to say.  Or may not be officially allowed to say, or might simply be too gutless to say.  But I’ll pop my worldly goods on the fact that they know exactly what they are saying nonetheless.

The word rant by definition is often linked to someone speaking in an angry, loud, bombastic or even violent way.  How would this then relate to Harry O’Brien can you tell me?

It’s been used in the media to describe terrorist speeches, dictators such as Hitler addressing a crowd, or even neo Nazi’s spewing forth their white supremacy beliefs, but rarely a gentle natured man requesting some breathing space so he can do his job temporarily without the intrusion of any media prodding.

I’m suspicious I have to say that Nathan Buckley has “removed the burden of leadership” from Harry and is resting him again as they did last weekend.  Sure, if there were an inability to cope with your job there would be a case to give him time off.  I would really hope this was genuinely done in conjunction with Harrys’ desires, as the one thing that I know is that fresh air and exercise can be a great benefit for a person suffering from certain kinds of depression.

Again, perhaps Harry doesn’t need the extra group time and energy of being on the club’s leadership board just now, but again I hope that wasn’t a decision made for him as taking away one of the positive things in someone’s life that gives them a feeling of esteem and worthiness is not something to take away as one is possibly crumbling inside.

I know it’s wishful thinking to hope that all those around Harry O’Brien and those that are following his story would choose to see him as a brave and sensitive type of man, rather than one who likes a random rant.

It’s so weak as a journalist or anyone discussing Harry O’Brien to say he went on a rant.  A rant in regards to football is dialogue more styled at an umpire who made a bad decision according to a player.  Or what comes out of their mouth after a binge drinking session because that’s how they chose to deal with their demons.

 

 

 

 

Singer Paul Kelly describes the Balance Sheet at Presentation Night with Bob Murphy

I found out last week that music legend Paul Kelly hails from the Norwood.  Last week whilst at an unusual gig that featured Paul and Bulldogs star Bob Murphy, he shared his growing up days in Norwood and the hero’s he looked up to in the SANFL .

The event called Presentation Night was created to explore and honour how the world of a football players and rock stars intertwine with each other.  How each side often dreams of playing on the other.  How heroes also have their own heroes.

It was wonderful hearing from a man as eloquent and thoughtful as Paul Kelly articulate his early days in Norwood and his particular love of sport.  Although I must say I was a little surprised to hear how obsessed he was at participating in all sports; swimming, football, cricket and running.  A typical little Aussie kid growing up on the suburbs it would seem, but one that would go onto to discover he had an enormous gift for something else.

And then Bob Murphy.  The star on the field reciting his toughest career moments when a football player must live through their losses with the disappointment of thousands of fans weighing heavily on their minds.

One of the many interesting moments that came out on the night was when Bob was asked who he thought out of all the players he’d played with or against would be most likely to make a great rock star if they gave up playing footy?  “Buddy Franklin for sure.  You can just see him picking up a guitar and just rocking it out of nowhere.  He’s just got that rock star thing about him.”

And then Paul Kelly was pressed to answer in regards to who was one of his peers that was a handful.  Whilst contemplating his answer someone in the audience bellowed forth “Rene Geyer?”  The crowd filled with a number of music industry types immediately broke into laughter no doubt given they may have had a few stories to back up the strangers suggestion.

In true Paul Kelly style he responded in a way that was much more than a rebuffal to tear Renee down behind her back.  Being the storyteller he told the audience how many years ago he and Renee were working together on Vika and Linda’s album.  After a particularly long session in the studio Paul made his own call that he’d head off home for a break before returning later that night.

Off he went home, drew himself a bath and cooked up a nice chicken dinner.  When he got back to the studio and was overhead telling one of the girls he’d managed to sneak in a quick bath and some chicken, Renee swung around cursing something along the lines of “Bath?  Chicken?  Well it’s alright for some! Meanwhile I’ve been back here working my guts out.”

And then he laughed and said, “Yeah, so you know, she was pretty dirty and she made that clear, but it’s all about the balance sheet isn’t it? You know, see you might get that occasionally from someone like Renee but then you also get a performer that’s so generous.  You get the funny side of her too.  The stories she tells. You got to ask yourself is this person worth it?  The balance sheet. If there are just as many great moments, then that’s ok, isn’t it?”

As with so much of what comes out of Paul Kelly’s mouth on and off stage a poignant moment that everyone in that room no doubt sat with in their minds for a bit.  Who in their life is hard work but in terms of the balance sheet, balances things out?  Who have we removed from our lives that did or didn’t deserve to get the chop?

It was just a simple couple of sentences that has stuck in my mind.  I guess that’s what makes a Paul Kelly a gifted musician in the end, rather than a brilliant AFL defender like Bob.

 

 

 

 

Just because I strut around carrying a computer all the time, does NOT mean I have a tech-ing clue what I’m doing with it

I spent 3 bloody hours trying to Skype a friend yesterday.  Boringly my internet usage ran out so I then had to café hop up and down a busy street searching for free WIFI which wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. Eventually at the near three hour panic mark, I thought I’d hit the jackpot.  

However now I’m sitting at the shittiest café on the strip, perched on a dirty brown seat that might get me pregnant , so low down in comparison to the table that if I’d actually been able to Skype connect, I’d have appeared as suspicious pair of eyes at the bottom of my friend’s screen.

The following day after no less than 30 emails to my friend keeping her updated on my progress as if I’m running the Amazing Race, she replied “Wow Petts you’re having a serious tech nightmare!”  This was a nice way of saying ” Wow Amber, it’s really not that bloody difficult, what is your problem girlfriend?”

What I was, am, and quite often having, and what I feel should be added to the dictionary, is a serious tech-mare!!  Close in every way to a nightmare except you’re awake but you still can’t quite get there. Helpless and hopeless…

So it was a rather surreal moment last week when I had two women accusing me of being a techno genius.  I mean I’ve been called a couple of things in my time but techno genius?  Nope.

The serious misunderstanding as I saw it, occurred whilst on a night out at the movies with my mother and her two friends, when I glanced over at one of them who was squinting away trying to read a text from her son. She pulled the phone in close to her face, then away and so on.  All the while mumbling about her age and being totally blind without her glasses.

When I too squinted at her screen, I remarked “I don’t think it’s your eyes, a four year old would struggle with that, it’s so dark.”

Apparently she’d been having ongoing problems with her new Iphone, not being able to read texts or even hear when it was ringing.

I grabbed the gadget out of her hand as I warned given my track record with phones and anything that has an ‘on’ button I was unlikely to be of any help.  I went into her settings, turned the brightness up, then the volume which were both at their lowest setting.  .

Shreaking like she’d just won Powerball or stumbled on a plunge pool in the desert, she starts accusing me of being a ‘technical genius’, as my mum and the other mate start backing her up.

Mum even starts bragging “oh she’s always been amazing at things like that!” Um, no I haven’t Mum, you’re making that up.  Anyone that’s ever known me,  knows as a running joke that I lose the plot all the time over technology.  I just DO NOT get it.  But now, apparently I’m the incarnation of Steve Jobs.

My point in all this nonsense is, you may think that the whole world knows something that you don’t because you didn’t grow up with technology. I’ve finally taught my 71 year old mother how to send emails and she thinks it’s heaven but she was never going to get there with her $80 an hour IT guy coming to her home because she was too self-conscious so she learnt nothing.

I’d call her after he’d left every time and say “so when am I getting an email?” , to which she’d reply that she still didn’t really know what to do.  I couldn’t quite understand what was going wrong until I realised she was just having a brain block through fear, not because she didn’t grow up with technology.

Think about who you might be able to keep in contact with more by knowing the basics, that would really make your day?  Grandkids overseas, old friends interstate? Then try to destroy the illusion that  just because people like me who carry their computers everywhere, does not mean we have a clue what we’re doing with them, a lot of the time.

One of the best websites I’ve found if you’re interested in the Moon Cycles and how they might affect you

FROM www.thepowerpath.com

The theme for May is MANIFESTING.

This is a very powerful month and you would be wise to use it well. The theme of manifesting brings up many areas to work on. There is plenty of material around this theme for growth, change, elimination, study, breakthrough, expansion, balance and alignment. It continues to be a creative time with lots of opportunities for beginnings and endings but the main focus that will give you the most for your efforts is the study and understanding of what MANIFESTING is all about. So treat this month as a daily workshop on manifesting and set an intention that you will end this month with a greater understanding and ability to manifest. Insert the intention for magic and miracles whenever possible as this is a good month for both magic and miracles.

This will require exploring your current beliefs about how everything in your life becomes manifest and understanding it in such a way that you become empowered with the ability to be more conscious about how you manifest your life. This understanding is crucial at this time as we are in the window of eclipses (there are two this month and there was one in April) providing us with great power and opportunity and offering us a portal for changing what we believe about our ability to have what we want.

In recent years there has been much study and a greater understanding of the quantum field, the energy that holds all possibilities, and how to access it to change certain trajectories and cycles that seem to run our lives. For most of us it still remains a deep mystery and we are always trying to understand the mechanics of how and why we manifest what we do.

Why do some people seem to manifest great financial prosperity and others struggle their whole lives with a deep poverty consciousness?

Why do some people manifest good relationships that others only yearn for?

Why do some people manifest nothing but misfortune with every decision?

You could blame the differences on astrology, poor imprinting, your parents, karma, and the actions and choices of others, all valid considerations. However the patterns created by these influences can be worked with in a positive way. They can be changed as long as you can extricate yourself from the lineage of low havingness and the icons you have bought into over your lifetime. (Suggested audio “The Family Icon”) Icons are strong and they go beyond the family and can include collective experiences such as the Great Depression or the Holocaust or a great Famine or a significant War. We are all made up of an intricate set of patterns and to understand how the patterns are linked is to begin to understand what and how we manifest.

Some people manifest wonderful things for their business and work and are terrible at manifesting right relationship. Others have all the love and support of community and friends and loved ones but no money. And others still have great amounts of money and support and even good relationships but very poor health.

So what is that all about?

There are different lessons for each of us about what and how we manifest. The way that our belief systems are linked up has everything to do with what we end up creating for ourselves. For example, as a child if you witnessed a family member that put financial success over and above quality relationships with the family and there was conflict and resentment about that, you may have made a subconscious decision that love and financial success do not mix. Therefore subconsciously you would choose one and eliminate the other.

If you witnessed or experienced that lots of love and passion and attention in your family somehow created emotional conflict or that what one parent manifested caused the other one to have negative emotions, you may make a subconscious choice not to manifest love and passion in your life.

In the same way, if you witnessed or experienced as a child that the only time you could manifest love and caring attention to your body was to be in poor health, then your belief about having caring and attention for yourself would require manifesting poor health throughout your whole life.

All of us have made strong subconscious decisions early in life to separate ourselves from what we saw or experienced that we did not like. So there is a built in block to manifesting anything that is linked to a negative experience. The examination of self and what makes us who we are is key to changing our relationship to the way we manifest.

The value of what you manifest is related to the value you have for yourself. Not the value that someone else places on you but what you place on yourself. There is an erroneous notion that manifesting requires something from the outside, some element outside of us that comes in and makes it happen. Although support is necessary, it is our own energy field that draws towards it the elements around our intentions and turns them into manifestations. Your intention and thoughts and beliefs are the ones that attract the material that creates your life. So it is important that you examine your beliefs about what you think you need from somewhere else in order to manifest, and your expectations of that happening.

Understanding how intentions work is another aspect of understanding manifesting. If you set an intention and are clear and committed and certain about that intention without a doubt, send it into the quantum field and send it from your heart. The worst thing you can do is then to begin to worry about that intention not manifesting. Because, guess what? You will confuse the quantum field, which will then feed the worry and take its direction from your worry that the intention will NOT manifest. All the energy will go into NOT manifesting that intention. It is a true discipline to set our intentions free without worry or micromanaging them, and it would be so much simpler if we could all just energetically lobotomize our minds. This is a great month to work on this discipline of clarifying our intentions; committing 100% to them and then letting them go without another thought or worry.

There is also an erroneous belief that in order to manifest something you must “go after it”. Although there always needs to be a balance between being and doing, giving and receiving, there is way too much emphasis on going after what you want. Once you set your intention, you need to let it go and then relax, take action as appropriate timing dictates, but let it come to you as you magnetize your desire, and refrain from worry or obsession. It will only get in the way.

The scarcity complex

The scarcity complex is the definition and belief that there is a finite amount of energy, money, health, relationship, love etc. to go around and if you have an abundance of it, it means someone else goes without. Or if someone else has what you believe to be more than their share, then you go without. Where did that come from? Wherever it came from, it needs to go the way of all old patterns that no longer serve.

The truth is there is an infinite amount of source and it is only your attachment to something you manifested because you believe it is the best you can do and you fear losing it and ending up with nothing that keeps perpetrating that belief. If you believe it, it will be so. The challenge here is to stretch outside of that box and begin to experience the infinite possibilities of infinite source.

We all need support but many of us look for and expect support from the wrong people and the wrong places. Anyone who has a limited view of manifesting and a strong mind set about who you are, what you are capable of, what you should have or not have, is not a good prospect for support. Support yourself first. Build a strong inner relationship within yourself first. Work on your own beliefs and intentions. Then see who or what shows up to support that. You may be surprised. They probably won’t be the ones who are closest to you.

Remember to work with the concept of magic and miracles and all possibilities.

The opportunity this month is to truly shift your understanding and experience of manifesting in a very positive way.

The challenge will be dealing with all the doubt, negative thoughts and whatever else comes up around this issue of what and how you manifest. Remember that when stuff comes up and you are facing some of your “not-so-fun” manifestations, that you have the power to change, transform, eliminate and shift. Remember magic and miracles.

How the month shows up:

YOU PERSONALLY

This is a great opportunity to work through any and all issues around manifesting. You will need discipline to examine neutrally where you are currently in your life, what old patterns run you, where they came from, how you identify with or against them and to shift your beliefs about your own value and what you can have. Because of the personal nature of the work, it will be important that you honor your boundaries and stay away from the entanglements of brought on by what other people think you should be or do. Remember that manifesting should not “need” anything from the outside except the appropriate support. So this is the month where you can also examine your support and be more discerning about where it comes from.

Evaluate what you are currently manifesting in all areas; financial, relationship, community, environment, physical support, health, energy, enthusiasm, right work, enough play and rest, inspiration etc. What needs work? Where are you lacking the right kind of support? What are your expectations? Are they appropriate? You may not get all the answers in a neat little package but if you set the intention to do the work, it will start things moving in the right direction.

RELATIONSHIPS

What are you manifesting? Is it good? If not, examine your relationship with yourself. What are you manifesting there? Criticism? Judgment? Poor health? Lack? Irritation? Lethargy? Do you feel connected to your essence? Do you expect someone else to fix it?

Start there and then move on to your relationships with others. What are you magnetizing? If you feel a lack of understanding and support, you are probably experiencing the same thing in your relationship with self. Do you take care of yourself? When was the last time you thanked yourself and your body for being there for you? For some of you, this month will be all about rebooting your relationship with self. If you focus there, manifesting better relationships with others will automatically follow.

THE ENVIRONMENT

What kind of environment have you manifested for yourself to live in, to work in, to play in, and to rest in? Is it satisfactory? What do you think you deserve and what do you believe you have to put up with as a compromise to some situation or to “pay your dues”? What have you manifested in this life in terms of your environment? Is it cluttered or full of low frequency stuff? We are focusing on your personal environment as the place to start. Once you get an understanding of manifesting what you want in your personal environment you can move to the greater environment and participate in manifesting a better community and global environment.
Begin to look around and to see the whole environment as a manifestation of a collective set of patterns and beliefs. If you can shift the way you experience the environment as a co-creator and not a victim of it, you will gain a greater understanding in how you can participate in manifesting what we all desire.

HEALTH AND THE PHYSICAL BODY

What you manifest is what you experience. The body will definitely speak to you this month and you will get to see exactly what you have manifested for yourself. The good news is that you can change it. Remember magic and miracles. Your body is perhaps the best barometer for where you are in any process, as the body will get your attention the fastest and the most powerfully. How can you support your body this month? How can you be more responsible? You have to really own your 100% responsibility for your body before you can manifest exactly what you want in relation to your body.

As you work with this concept of responsibility, your body may go through lots of mood swings as the challenges of doubt and deserveability come up for examination. Remember that you are the architect of your life and whatever has manifest is entirely of your own creation.

FINANCE, PROJECTS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS

This is perhaps the best area this month to make progress you can track. Because of icons, old patterns, conflicting belief systems and lack of personal value and deserveability, the area of manifesting success in work and finances is a favorite study for most of us. Pick something this month and work on it. Do you believe in the scarcity complex? Do you routinely manifest a lack of support? Do you believe in your talents and skills or do you wait for someone to take pity on you? You can do a lot of work in this area this month. Follow the threads of your beliefs to the roots and make changes. Practice setting your intentions in a clear and committed way and then release them without worry. Practice magnetizing the right people for partnerships, and allow the right timing to dictate your actions.
The opportunities for manifesting are truly amazing this month.

DATES AND TIME FRAMES

May 1-8: Evaluate what you have manifested so far in your life. Coming from the place of gratitude, decide what needs to change. Once you set your intention, watch for things to come up that try and derail you from this new position you are taking of increasing your ability to manifest.

Pay attention to when you are overdoing, overworrying, over attached to the outcome and overthinking everything. This is a time that will show you what is out of balance and where you are out of balance. Set boundaries against the doubting mind that tries to tell you it’s not possible to have magic and miracles.

May 9: New Moon and Solar Eclipse is at 6:29 PM Mountain Daylight Time. This is the second eclipse out of three and makes for a powerful time of setting intentions. A New Moon is always a good time to come to a still point and reset anything that is not working. So take some time to evaluate what you have manifested in your life that is no longer a welcome situation. Use the new moon time to make a commitment to change it and set some intentions in that direction.

May 9-16: This is a time of fallout and doubt as well as energy gathering momentum and moving forward in spurts and bursts. Be careful that the spurts and bursts are moving things in a positive direction. You may feel slightly overwhelmed and even chaotic as the new intentions and focus on manifesting meets old patterns that surface from the deep subconscious. If you have a strong emotion about something, the next minute that could change and you could feel differently.

The best way to navigate this time is to be very flexible and not to make decisions based on what other people think. Follow your heart especially in your intention to manifest.

May 17-23: This could be an intense and wonderful time of breakthrough and change. The change could be sudden and permanent. Intend for magic and miracles to happen during this time. Harness the power of this time for your manifestations. Be clear about what you want. Boundaries may be important as other people’ strong intentions encroach upon your turf. Collaborations and support containers can empower as long as everyone is on the same page.
May 24: Full Moon with a Lunar Eclipse is at 10:26 PM Mountain Daylight Time. This is the third eclipse and bookend to this powerful and transformative time. It is difficult to predict what the fallout may be from what has been stirred up during this month but you can expect some big energy to be moving around. The potency of this time could trigger security issues, judgment and doubt. Hopefully you will have had synchronicity and signs during the month that will keep you focused positively on your newfound abilities to manifest. This full moon is a time to recommit to what you know in your heart to be true about what you want to manifest.

May 24-31: This is a higher centered time of enjoying the fruits of your discipline and anchoring the lessons around manifesting. If you have worked with the energy of the month and stayed out of doubt, you can expect magic and miracles to manifest during this time. Even if things are looking on the outside like they are falling apart in your life or you feel pressured and confused by responsibilities or the rapid pace of what is coming into your life, you can still take a breath and have great gratitude for the movement and the manifestation.
The best medicine is to be in delight about the beautiful things you are manifesting in your life and to be in humor about the not so welcome things you still seem to be attracting. Remember it is all a process and some of what you put into motion this month may take several more to manifest.

Have a great month and have fun!

Blessings,
Lena

New Audio: Navigating May 2013.  This is a helpful companion Audio to the monthly forecast. In this powerful month of possibilities and challenges, this audio is highly recommended to guide and support you to make the most of what is possible. Excellent discussion, suggestions, visualizations, and icaros by Anna and Lena. (link here)

Money might not buy you happiness but your attitude towards it could. What is your truth about money and you?

According to a friend of mine who has been travelling to Paris every year for about 20 years, the number of homeless people begging in the streets is at a drastic all time high.  In areas such as the district she would normally stay in, which has in the past not been a hotspot for men and women sleeping out on the streets, she basically says that nearly every nook and cranny on the street, seems to have someone curled up and calling it home.

Things in Europe financially may well be a lot worse than we realise all the way over here.

But I wonder too if things aren’t financially declining on our front door steps more than we really understand as well?  I find myself  having regular conversations with a whole range of people; friends and otherwise, about how tough things are out there when it comes to money or finding a job.

Whatever the state of our financial climate is in Australia, I do think that we should all be really asking ourselves what our beliefs are about money and more importantly, if we’re entering into a new relationship or trying to improve an existing one, what are our partner’s feelings about money too.

It’s just as important as so many other things like monogamy or wanting to raise a family in terms of the conversations and observations that two people should have and make if they’re going to bother getting tied up into a legal relationship, which taking the romance away, is what simply moving in with a partner instantly becomes.

Here’s an example of something I’ve witnessed over the last couple of months that if it were predicted prior to it unfolding for a newly engaged couple, would have been a horrendously bitter pill to swallow.

A member of my family recently celebrated her engagement to a lovely bloke she’s been living with for five or so years.  Literally about a month after the fabulous party, she was retrenched. About two weeks after that, her fiancé had a disaster at work where a whole wall he was working on basically fell on top of him and almost severed his leg.  Their wedding is booked for October.

A serious debacle in anyone’s books clearly.

 

Now I’m always on the look out that something might be a bad sign that a union might not be blessed however all I have found with this young couple is that they’re now both fairly stuck at home, and yet their fears and anxieties have not lead them to emotionally kill each other which I think is a gift.

Let’s face it, he’s now propped full time on the couch with a moon boot he’s had a gut full of, and her self worth as anyone that has endured a retrenchment, a “thanks but we don’t need you to come back” has no doubt taken a kicking.

But how good is this?  Both of them are united in using this time that they may never get again until they’ve retired to do something they’ve never been able to achieve since they met.  They’re both on a full time diet.  And when I mean full time, if you knew the food preparation they go into, including shopping for it, you’d realise how many hours go into it.

With every kilo they are both losing, especially her as she has an idea of the sort of bride she wants to be and the one she feared was on the cards, was not even close to being ok, they’re becoming happier.  No they don’t have the cash flow right now that they had not only six months ago but they are showing their team colours which I think bodes just so beautifully for a marriage.

As a global theme the world is certainly having enormous financial issues, for each of us individually though the same may happen at some point but our attitude to it could be pre-empted and changed for the better not worse.

According to a friend of mine who has been travelling to Paris every year for about 20 years, the number of homeless people begging in the streets is at a drastic all time high.  In areas such as the district she would normally stay in, which has in the past not been a hotspot for men and women sleeping out on the streets, she basically says that nearly every nook and cranny on the street, seems to have someone curled up and calling it home.

Things in Europe financially may well be a lot worse than we realise all the way over here.

But I wonder too if things aren’t financially declining on our front door steps more than we really understand as well?  I find myself  having regular conversations with a whole range of people; friends and otherwise, about how tough things are out there when it comes to money or finding a job.

Whatever the state of our financial climate is in Australia, I do think that we should all be really asking ourselves what our beliefs are about money and more importantly, if we’re entering into a new relationship or trying to improve an existing one, what are our partner’s feelings about money too.

It’s just as important as so many other things like monogamy or wanting to raise a family in terms of the conversations and observations that two people should have and make if they’re going to bother getting tied up into a legal relationship, which taking the romance away, is what simply moving in with a partner instantly becomes.

Here’s an example of something I’ve witnessed over the last couple of months that if it were predicted prior to it unfolding for a newly engaged couple, would have been a horrendously bitter pill to swallow.

A member of my family recently celebrated her engagement to a lovely bloke she’s been living with for five or so years.  Literally about a month after the fabulous party, she was retrenched. About two weeks after that, her fiancé had a disaster at work where a whole wall he was working on basically fell on top of him and almost severed his leg.  Their wedding is booked for October.

A serious debacle in anyone’s books clearly.

Now I’m always on the look out that something might be a bad sign that a union might not be blessed however all I have found with this young couple is that they’re now both fairly stuck at home, and yet their fears and anxieties have not lead them to emotionally kill each other which I think is a gift.

Let’s face it, he’s now propped full time on the couch with a moon boot he’s had a gut full of, and her self worth as anyone that has endured a retrenchment, a “thanks but we don’t need you to come back” has no doubt taken a kicking.

But how good is this?  Both of them are united in using this time that they may never get again until they’ve retired to do something they’ve never been able to achieve since they met.  They’re both on a full time diet.  And when I mean full time, if you knew the food preparation they go into, including shopping for it, you’d realise how many hours go into it.

With every kilo they are both losing, especially her as she has an idea of the sort of bride she wants to be and the one she feared was on the cards, was not even close to being ok, they’re becoming happier.  No they don’t have the cash flow right now that they had not only six months ago but they are showing their team colours which I think bodes just so beautifully for a marriage.

As a global theme the world is certainly having enormous financial issues, for each of us individually though the same may happen at some point but our attitude to it could be pre-empted and changed for the better not worse.

According to a friend of mine who has been travelling to Paris every year for about 20 years, the number of homeless people begging in the streets is at a drastic all time high.  In areas such as the district she would normally stay in, which has in the past not been a hotspot for men and women sleeping out on the streets, she basically says that nearly every nook and cranny on the street, seems to have someone curled up and calling it home.

Things in Europe financially may well be a lot worse than we realise all the way over here.

But I wonder too if things aren’t financially declining on our front door steps more than we really understand as well?  I find myself  having regular conversations with a whole range of people; friends and otherwise, about how tough things are out there when it comes to money or finding a job.

Whatever the state of our financial climate is in Australia, I do think that we should all be really asking ourselves what our beliefs are about money and more importantly, if we’re entering into a new relationship or trying to improve an existing one, what are our partner’s feelings about money too.

It’s just as important as so many other things like monogamy or wanting to raise a family in terms of the conversations and observations that two people should have and make if they’re going to bother getting tied up into a legal relationship, which taking the romance away, is what simply moving in with a partner instantly becomes.

Here’s an example of something I’ve witnessed over the last couple of months that if it were predicted prior to it unfolding for a newly engaged couple, would have been a horrendously bitter pill to swallow.

A member of my family recently celebrated her engagement to a lovely bloke she’s been living with for five or so years.  Literally about a month after the fabulous party, she was retrenched. About two weeks after that, her fiancé had a disaster at work where a whole wall he was working on basically fell on top of him and almost severed his leg.  Their wedding is booked for October.

A serious debacle in anyone’s books clearly.

Now I’m always on the look out that something might be a bad sign that a union might not be blessed however all I have found with this young couple is that they’re now both fairly stuck at home, and yet their fears and anxieties have not lead them to emotionally kill each other which I think is a gift.

Let’s face it, he’s now propped full time on the couch with a moon boot he’s had a gut full of, and her self worth as anyone that has endured a retrenchment, a “thanks but we don’t need you to come back” has no doubt taken a kicking.

But how good is this?  Both of them are united in using this time that they may never get again until they’ve retired to do something they’ve never been able to achieve since they met.  They’re both on a full time diet.  And when I mean full time, if you knew the food preparation they go into, including shopping for it, you’d realise how many hours go into it.

With every kilo they are both losing, especially her as she has an idea of the sort of bride she wants to be and the one she feared was on the cards, was not even close to being ok, they’re becoming happier.  No they don’t have the cash flow right now that they had not only six months ago but they are showing their team colours which I think bodes just so beautifully for a marriage.

As a global theme the world is certainly having enormous financial issues, for each of us individually though the same may happen at some point but our attitude to it could be pre-empted and changed for the better not worse.

According to a friend of mine who has been travelling to Paris every year for about 20 years, the number of homeless people begging in the streets is at a drastic all time high. In areas such as the district she would normally stay in, which has in the past not been a hotspot for men and women sleeping out on the streets, she basically says that nearly every nook and cranny on the street, seems to have someone curled up and calling it home.

Things in Europe financially may well be a lot worse than we realise all the way over here.

But I wonder too if things aren’t financially declining on our front door steps more than we really understand as well? I find myself having regular conversations with a whole range of people; friends and otherwise, about how tough things are out there when it comes to money or finding a job.

Whatever the state of our financial climate is in Australia, I do think that we should all be really asking ourselves what our beliefs are about money and more importantly, if we’re entering into a new relationship or trying to improve an existing one, what are our partner’s feelings about money too.

It’s just as important as so many other things like monogamy or wanting to raise a family in terms of the conversations and observations that two people should have and make if they’re going to bother getting tied up into a legal relationship, which taking the romance away, is what simply moving in with a partner instantly becomes.

Here’s an example of something I’ve witnessed over the last couple of months that if it were predicted prior to it unfolding for a newly engaged couple, would have been a horrendously bitter pill to swallow.

A member of my family recently celebrated her engagement to a lovely bloke she’s been living with for five or so years. Literally about a month after the fabulous party, she was retrenched. About two weeks after that, her fiancé had a disaster at work where a whole wall he was working on basically fell on top of him and almost severed his leg. Their wedding is booked for October.

A serious debacle in anyone’s books clearly.

Now I’m always on the look out that something might be a bad sign that a union might not be blessed however all I have found with this young couple is that they’re now both fairly stuck at home, and yet their fears and anxieties have not lead them to emotionally kill each other which I think is a gift.

Let’s face it, he’s now propped full time on the couch with a moon boot he’s had a gut full of, and her self worth as anyone that has endured a retrenchment, a “thanks but we don’t need you to come back” has no doubt taken a kicking.

But how good is this? Both of them are united in using this time that they may never get again until they’ve retired to do something they’ve never been able to achieve since they met. They’re both on a full time diet. And when I mean full time, if you knew the food preparation they go into, including shopping for it, you’d realise how many hours go into it.

With every kilo they are both losing, especially her as she has an idea of the sort of bride she wants to be and the one she feared was on the cards, was not even close to being ok, they’re becoming happier. No they don’t have the cash flow right now that they had not only six months ago but they are showing their team colours which I think bodes just so beautifully for a marriage.

As a global theme the world is certainly having enormous financial issues, for each of us individually though the same may happen at some point but our attitude to it could be pre-empted and changed for the better not worse.

According to a friend of mine who has been travelling to Paris every year for about 20 years, the number of homeless people begging in the streets is at a drastic all time high. In areas such as the district she would normally stay in, which has in the past not been a hotspot for men and women sleeping out on the streets, she basically says that nearly every nook and cranny on the street, seems to have someone curled up and calling it home.

Things in Europe financially may well be a lot worse than we realise all the way over here.

But I wonder too if things aren’t financially declining on our front door steps more than we really understand as well? I find myself having regular conversations with a whole range of people; friends and otherwise, about how tough things are out there when it comes to money or finding a job.

Whatever the state of our financial climate is in Australia, I do think that we should all be really asking ourselves what our beliefs are about money and more importantly, if we’re entering into a new relationship or trying to improve an existing one, what are our partner’s feelings about money too.

It’s just as important as so many other things like monogamy or wanting to raise a family in terms of the conversations and observations that two people should have and make if they’re going to bother getting tied up into a legal relationship, which taking the romance away, is what simply moving in with a partner instantly becomes.

Here’s an example of something I’ve witnessed over the last couple of months that if it were predicted prior to it unfolding for a newly engaged couple, would have been a horrendously bitter pill to swallow.

A member of my family recently celebrated her engagement to a lovely bloke she’s been living with for five or so years. Literally about a month after the fabulous party, she was retrenched. About two weeks after that, her fiancé had a disaster at work where a whole wall he was working on basically fell on top of him and almost severed his leg. Their wedding is booked for October.

A serious debacle in anyone’s books clearly.

Now I’m always on the look out that something might be a bad sign that a union might not be blessed however all I have found with this young couple is that they’re now both fairly stuck at home, and yet their fears and anxieties have not lead them to emotionally kill each other which I think is a gift.

Let’s face it, he’s now propped full time on the couch with a moon boot he’s had a gut full of, and her self worth as anyone that has endured a retrenchment, a “thanks but we don’t need you to come back” has no doubt taken a kicking.

But how good is this? Both of them are united in using this time that they may never get again until they’ve retired to do something they’ve never been able to achieve since they met. They’re both on a full time diet. And when I mean full time, if you knew the food preparation they go into, including shopping for it, you’d realise how many hours go into it.

With every kilo they are both losing, especially her as she has an idea of the sort of bride she wants to be and the one she feared was on the cards, was not even close to being ok, they’re becoming happier. No they don’t have the cash flow right now that they had not only six months ago but they are showing their team colours which I think bodes just so beautifully for a marriage.

As a global theme the world is certainly having enormous financial issues, for each of us individually though the same may happen at some point but our attitude to it could be pre-empted and changed for the better not worse.