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Top Four Tips for Using Healing Crystals for Weight Loss

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by Ashley Leavy

I am often asked which stones are best for helping with weight loss. My personal choice, and the stones that I find myself recommending over and over again to my clients, are Carnelian, Amethyst and Apatite. I have personally worked with these crystals with great results (I lost 20 pounds in just three months).

The Apatite crystals (I recommend either Blue or Green Apatite) works to suppress or control the appetite. Apatite is also great for helping you to find and maintain your ideal body weight (or your most healthy body weight).

Since Amethyst works well to help people to break bad habits or to overcome addictions, it can be useful for people who have issues with portion control or overeating (for emotional or mental reasons).

Carnelian can increase feelings of hunger, but this is because it works to enhance the metabolism. I would recommend starting out with the Apatite and Amethyst and adding the Carnelian into the mix only after you have started to lose some weight (ideally when you’ve lost about 10% of your total goal).

Using a combination of the Apatite with the Amethyst and Carnelian helps to manage weight loss on the physical, emotional, and mental levels (instead of just the physical like as with most traditional weight loss techniques). The stones help not only energetically, but also that they are a good reminder for portion control, eating slowly and deliberately, and being conscious of the nourishment that you are taking into your body. Although shifting the pattern in your energy field can go a long way toward helping you achieve your healthiest weight, making healthy lifestyle choices is equally as important. The crystals are useful, but it is still up to you to nourish your body with a good diet, to exercise regularly, and to speak with your physician about your weight loss goals.

To get the best results with these crystals, there are several ways that I recommend you use them:

1. Carry the stones in your pockets (or set in jewelry) during the day and place them on your bedside table at night (so that you can continue to absorb the healing energy while you are asleep).

2. Before eating your meals, hold your stones for a few moments and intend that your body will receive all of the nutrition that it most needs at this time (and that it clears anything that is not needed).

3. Place the stones on the table near your plate of food so that the crystals can charge your meal with their energy as you eat.

4. After you have finished eating, hold the stones over your belly (or over the area that you would most like to lose weight) and visualize yourself as your ideal. healthy weight.


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the laughing Buddha & his symbolism

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Buddhism teaches that the Buddha can come to us in many forms. But when it comes to images, most Buddhas fall into two categories: depictions that represent the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, or another ascetic Boddhisatva; or the laughing Buddha called Hotei (also spelled Po-tai or Budai). The latter form isn’t meant to look anything like the teacher who awakened in India 2500 years ago. Rather, the chubby, laughing one was a Chinese monk who lived around 1000 CE. Hotei is considered a form of the Maitreya Boddhisatva, also called the future Buddha.

Laughter was Hotei’s teaching. He would walk into a crowded marketplace with his little knapsack of worldly possessions and just start laughing. Others in the crowd, who a moment before had been hurrying off somewhere or caught up with business, would notice this strange little man. Maybe they would take a minute from their busy lives and stop to think why someone who obviously had so little seemed to be so happy. And maybe they’d even laugh along.

Hotei wandered from town to town teaching in this way, often with a gaggle of children following him down the street. His nickname simply means “cloth sack,” because he carried all his possessions in one small bag. (His real name was Qieci.) Though he was poor and homeless, he never wanted for anything. People were happy to give him enough food to maintain his pleasingly plump figure, and counted themselves lucky to do so, because Hotei’s good luck rubbed off on everyone he met. They said he could put people’s troubles in his cloth sack and turn them into good fortune, and even grant wishes. Hotei was an irresistible force of positive energy.

Even death couldn’t slow him down — the little monk lived on in stories and art. One story says a Zen master once came to him, asking, “What is the meaning of Zen?” Hotei put down his traveling sack. Then Hotei picked the sack up again, saying, “What is the practice of Zen?”, and walked away. The questioner, probably after a minute or two of scratching his head, got the message: To understand Zen is to let go of the burdens of life, and thus escape suffering; to practice Zen is to move on with life’s daily chores in such a way as to ease the suffering of others.

Another somewhat less spiritual tradition says that if you eat or drink too much in the presence of Hotei Buddha, you can blame it on him. “Buddha made me do it!”

In time, towns put up statues of the laughing Buddha, and families kept smaller statues of him in their homes. To this day, many people rub his fat belly for good luck. Some depictions, including many of the figurines we sell at Mimosa, signify various things through a variety of props and poses:

1. Buddha carries a money bag and gold ingot, representing wealth and luck.

2. Buddha stands with two balls over his head, one for riches and one for happiness.

3. Buddha sits on a big gold nugget, holding a smaller gold nugget to give away. He’s a symbol of abundance, and the wealth that comes through sharing.

4. Buddha sits under a fan hat or parasol, kicking back and enjoying the good life. Sometimes called the “Happy Home Buddha.”

5. Buddha stands holding the Ru-Yi pot (bowl of plenty) overhead, collecting abundance and good fortune from the universe.

6. Buddha carries a fan in one hand and the wu lou (bottle gourd) in the other. The gourd protects from illness, while the fan wards off bad luck. This is a Buddha of protection.

7. Buddha carries his cloth sack, taking away troubles and turning them into good fortune. Hotei used to beg pennies, then use that money to buy gifts for others — an active version of the Zen story mentioned above. Hotei is sometimes called the “Buddhist Santa Claus.”

8. Buddha with the bag of blessings in one hand and the fan in the other represents safe travels. Often he wears prayer beads as well. He gives protection and blessings during either regular or spiritual journeys.

9. Buddha holding a ball is a symbol of love. The ball may also symbolize a pearl of wisdom or a peach symbolizing good health.

10. Buddha sits on a bag of blessings, holding his Ru-Yi begging pot and a wealth ball or peach. This one is called “Long Life Buddha.”

11. A fan may represent the Oogi fan. In feudal china, when peasants went to their lord to ask for a favor, the nobleman would give his “yes” by waving his fan, presumably because he was too high and mighty to talk to the common folk. Hotei’s use of the wish-granting fan is a playful reference to this custom.

 

12. Buddha seated on dragon chair grants wishes and shares wisdom. The chair itself often has the Chinese characters for “good fortune and luck” on the back, and coins scattered around it.


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The Watchful Eye Oracle

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By Kelly Lingen

When I created my first card for The Watchful Eye Oracle, it wasn’t really a card at all. It was a page in my journal, a fun colorful entry created with colored pencils and an idea that seemed at first to appear out of nowhere. That was until the next night came, and the night after that, and so on. One after another these ideas came to me and I sketched and colored them. I even wrote meanings for them on the pages opposite each one.

Some of the “guides” as I call them appeared as beings. Some came to me in the forms of inanimate objects brought to life. And the rest of them – they came as nothing tangible at all – nothing, but still something. They all had something in common, though. They all had watchful eyes. They all possessed the ability to see that which we cannot, or that which we refuse to see. And this is what makes them so special and even better yet – so helpful. It’s also how this oracle got its name, The Watchful Eye Oracle.

After the “watchful eye guides” began to take over my journal I knew that they they had a bigger purpose. Joined together they were an oracle. Not long after starting TheWatchful Eye Project, many changes started taking place in my life. With little time to devote to my art, I put the project on hold and placed the journal on my bookshelf where it would remain for several years. It wasn’t until recently that I heard some familiar voices whispering to me from the shelf and I knew that it was time for me to finish what I had started. As I flipped through the colorful pages of my journal I felt a sense of creative urgency beginning to surge – I needed to get this done.

The Watchful Eye Oracle consists of 44 full-color cards bearing the images of many guides. Disguised as whimsical beings, objects, and some things that we cannot touch or see at all, these guides are actually very powerful, wise, and insightful protectors. What’s more? They not only alert you to those things you cannot see or those that you refuse to see (consciously or subconsciously), they can also help you develop your own gift of insight if you allow them to by working with them on a regular basis. Their messages are easy to understand, and the oracle itself can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. You can use it to do any kind of reading imaginable.

I am a self-admitted oracle card junkie. I love cards – oracle or tarot – and I can never get enough of them. I will say, though, that I’ve always struggled to find something that I’ve truly resonated with completely. I resonate with The Watchful Eye Oracle because I created it. It’s personal, meaningful, and I identify with it on a very deep level. When any artist creates an oracle or tarot deck I imagine they probably feel the same way, and this is most likely why they want to share their decks with the world. Well, I, too, want to share my oracle deck with you! Self-published in May 2014, I present to you, The Watchful Eye Oracle.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The Watchful Eye Oracle includes 44 full-color cards, an instruction booklet, and a Selenite crystal in an organza pouch (for cleansing & charging your cards). If you’d like to know how to create your own oracle cards, Kelly offers a class via the Love & Light Energy School of Energy Medicine.

 


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Holistic Healing with Herbs: Stress

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By Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT

There are so many different forms of stress in our society nowadays that it is almost impossible to escape. A stressor acts like a trigger as it causes the body to go into fight or flight mode. The natural order in the body is disrupted and normal bodily functions and brain/body chemistry is interrupted. The point of these physiological changes throughout evolution was to enable the species to survive through fighting danger or running away from threats. But instead of physical danger, much of today’s stress is emotional. Individuals interpret situations as being beyond their control or perceive that they do not have enough resources to cope with the situation thus creating stress.

Stress is cumulative; it continues to add up and its effect can impact health. Stress increases heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and the inflammation response. Stress also increases the production of stress hormones and neurotransmitters. If these levels do not return to baseline, they continue to circulate in the body and do serious damage. It is estimated the stress is either directly or indirectly responsible for up to 85% of dis-ease and illness; particularly chronic ailments such as heart disease, headaches, autoimmune disorders, and digestive disorders.

One of the best ways to combat stress and counteract the health effects of stress is to utilize the healing gifts of Mother Earth. I personally and professionally have had the best results in herbal healing using botanicals to treat stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Nature has everything we need to promote health and wellness. There is no reason to reach for pharmaceuticals that bring on more side effects than the ailment we originally aimed to treat. I am an advocate for holistic healing; treating the entire person, mind, soul, and self. Let’s take a look at how to use herbs holistically to treat stress.

Physical: Everyone in the United States should probably be using an adaptogenic herb on a regular basis. Adaptogens are a category of herbs that buffer against and protect us from the effects of stress. They are often used as tonics. Adaptogens improve the immune system, have antioxidant properties, increase energy, protect the liver, and decrease our cravings for sugar when stressed. There are a number of Adaptogens, but I will just mention two, Asian ginseng and American ginseng.

Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is a yang tonic. This means that it promotes yang energy (warm/dry energy). This adaptogen is appropriate for those with a cool constitution: chronic fatigue, lethargic, low blood pressure, cold, “lazy” energy. Suggested dosage is 200-400mg. Ginseng may be used up to 3 months at a time.

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), is a yin tonic. This means that it promotes yin energy (cool/damp energy). This adaptogen is appropriate for those with a hot constitution: type A personality, high blood pressure, aggressive, hyperactive, hard time relaxing, hot, etc. Note: This herb grows well in Wisconsin! Suggested dosage is 100-200mg, up to 3 times a day. Ginseng may be used up to 3 months at a time.

Emotional: There are a number of emotional symptoms of stress but let’s focus on using sedating herbs to reduce anxiety and insomnia. Please note, the herbs below should not be combined with alcohol or other sedatives such as sleeping pills or anxiety medications as they can compound the effects.

Kava (piper methysticum) is the most studied herb used to treat anxiety. It is a potent and significantly effective anxiolytic and sedative and has also been found to relieve insomnia and restlessness. Suggested dosage is 100mg up to three times daily. Do not take Kava on a daily basis for longer than 4 to 6 months. Do not use if you have liver damage.

Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea or Passiflora incarnate) is a gorgeous vine/flower that grows well in WI. Scientific studies have found that passion flower is just as effective as benzodiazipines in relieving anxiety. Unlike benzodiazepines, passion flower is not addictive! Suggested dosage is 90mg.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) Valerian root is commonly used a sedative-hypnotic for insomnia sleep disorders. Most clinical valerian studies focus on sleep though it has been used for anxiety. Like most of the herbal anxiolytics, it is believed to work on the GABA system. Certain serotonin receptors are also implicated. Suggested dosage is 400-900 mg.

Spiritual: Stress also affects our energetic body; aura, chakras, etc. It’s important to clear away energy we may have absorbed from other people/environments, as well as our own energy that we are holding on to that no longer serves us a higher purpose. A great way to use herbs for spiritual and metaphysical healing is to create a smudge stick. Your intent, along with burning the herbs releases the energetic properties of the herb. Dry the herbs and then braid them together. Light one end as you state your intent for using the herb to the universe. Let the smoke purify your energy system.

Angelica (Angelica Archangelica) protects by both creating a barrier against negative energy and by filling it’s user with positive energy.

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is purifying. Use to repel and rid negative energies and influences.

Tobacco Leaf (Nicotiana rustica) is sacred to the Native American Tradition. When burned as an incense purifies a space.

**Any of the above herbs in the physical and emotional section can be used as teas, tinctures, or capsules. Please consult with your physician or pharmacist before taking herbs if you are on medications to avoid potential reactions. Please remember, just because something is natural does not always mean it is 100% safe! The above article is not meant to be a substitution for regular healthcare.

About Christina: Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach is a Holistic Health Psychologist, wellness consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, ordained minister, intuitive, light worker, and an Awakening Your Light Body Graduate. Her business is Mind, Soul, and Self LLC based in WI. She has her PhD in Health Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, 2 bachelor degrees in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Sociology. As a Holistic Health Psychologist and educator, she specializes in three areas of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: natural health, energy medicine, and mind/body medicine. She has presented at academic conferences and has taught hundreds of classes, workshops, and group sessions throughout the Midwest and beyond. She is a published author and award winning researcher and healthcare provider. She is an instructor in The Art of Healing School of Energy Medicine in Milwaukee, WI and was an instructor in the Institute of Intuitive Arts and Sciences in Madison, WI. She combines science with intuition. For more info, please visit: http://www.mindsoulandself.com/About_Christina.html


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So Many Different Pendulums!

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by Kelly Lingen

If you’ve ever admired a sparkling display of pendulums in a new-age shop before, you probably noticed that there were many different shapes, colors, and baubles that comprised them – not to mention a variety of materials such as crystals, metal, and wood, too. The uniqueness of each pendulum, its shape, color, and material makeup – these aren’t the only differences that separate one pendulum from another. There are actually different types of pendulums as well!

Not knowing the differences from one pendulum to the next can really add to the confusion when you’re trying to choose one to work with, even for an experienced dowser. If you’d like to know more about the different types of pendulums you can work with, read on. One of them might be just the right type for you!

Beginner’s Pendulum: A beginner’s pendulum can usually be identified by its very simple and basic design. Typically a beginner’s pendulum consists of a gemstone weight and a sterling silver or silver plated chain. The shape of the weight is often rounded at the bottom resembling an inverted teardrop. At the end of the chain you will usually find a bead, charm, or small crystal. While most pendulums have something of this nature at the end of the chain or cord, it’s especially common for beginner’s pendulums to have this feature as it helps the “newbie” dowser get comfortable holding their new pendulum.

Chakra Pendulum: Not only are chakra pendulums beautiful, they’re easy to identify, too. Need a hint? Just look for a pendulum that features the colors of your chakras: typically red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple/clear chakra featured along the sterling silver chain, in either gemstone chips or beads. Others have the chakra colors displayed in or on the pendulum weight itself. I’ve seen weights that have gemstones representing each chakra aligned vertically on a pendulum weight. I’ve also seen a “cage” weight with each chakra gemstone inside the cage – either all at once or one at a time. Chakra pendulums can be used for all manners of dowsing, but are especially designed for chakra balancing, clearing, and healing.

Chambered Pendulums: Chambered pendulums are pretty darn cool if you ask me! They go unnoticed sometimes because they are usually pretty plain on the outside. Often made of wood, chambered pendulums are just that – chambered. It you look closely at one, you’ll see that you can remove the top by carefully unscrewing it. The bottom half of the weight is a tiny chamber that you can put something in. Chambered pendulums are especially useful when dowsing for other people, especially when dowsing at a distance or dowsing for a missing person.

*Please note: Never put liquids of any kind inside a chambered pendulum if it’s made of wood. Liquids will soak into the wood and cause permanent damage to your pendulum.

Egyptian Pendulum: While readily available, Egyptian pendulums are not always as easy to find as some of the other types. Egyptian pendulums stand out in the crowd, though, that’s for sure! Slender in appearance, the top of the pendulum weight stands regal and proud. To me, it resembles a chess piece. The bottom of the weight is simple and smooth, and it comes to a slim, rounded point. Egyptian pendulums come in a variety of materials including but not limited to gemstones, porcelain, and wood. They are excellent for all matters of dowsing but are especially helpful when it comes to locating or selecting land, precious resources (metals and water), and lost objects.

Hexagonal Pendulum: Hexagonal pendulums are very similar to beginner’s pendulums in their simplicity, but their hexagonal shape is what gives them their uniqueness when it comes to healing. An inverted hexagonal cone, these pendulums closely resemble the shape of a beehive. What does this symbol represent for us? How about community? If you’d like to work with a pendulum that will improve and heal communication issues, relationships, and collaborations, perhaps this is the right match for you.

The next time you’re out shopping for a new pendulum, take a closer look at the selection in front of you and see if you can identify some of the different types of pendulums mentioned here. Who knows? Maybe one of them will end up being just the right match for you!

Happy Dowsing!

About Kelly: Besides being an employee at Mimosa, Kelly Lingen is an instructor for the Love & Light School of Energy Medicine, a freelance writer, and the mother of five. Although she enjoys writing and teaching on a variety of subjects, her specialties include crystal healing, dowsing, art as a spiritual practice, and natural living.


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Why Am I Who I Am?

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Astrology article by Barry Kerr

Do you ever wonder why your life is what it is? Why do you have your particular appearance and personality? Why did you inherit those exact genes? And what about that childhood family, those parents … or lack thereof? Perhaps, for you, there is some level of pain or discomfort that accompanies these questions. zodiac

Perhaps you remember, like most people do, that as a small child, you felt some sense of wrongness or pain about being in this world. Something wasn’t right. It might be an obvious memory of being physically or psychologically abused or neglected. Or it could be a subtle feeling, a latent adult and vague awareness of something amiss and incomplete in those early years of naivety.

Whether obvious or subtle, such childhood experiences carry deep and profound messages into our adult years, often resulting in repeated patterns of sadness, anxiety, fear, aggressiveness, withdrawal, depression or an assortment of other life-depleting behaviors. At some point, if your own pattern becomes enough of a hindrance to your sense of enjoyment or well-being, you may find yourself confused and seeking answers to these questions, longing for some perspective and meaning. Ultimately, you may be longing for relief, for healing, for wholeness. You might turn to a healer, a therapist, a psychic or a spiritual teacher.

Among the many effective resources addressing this longing, there is one that is emerging as a profoundly direct and efficient channel to decipher the context and meaning of your unique life and your avenues for healing and fulfillment. Whether you suffer from ongoing pain and seek healing, or you just feel a need for clarity and direction in your life, soul-based astrology offers clear and reliable guidance and answers. When combined with modern psychology, healing and spiritual growth coaching, it becomes a powerful tool for personal transformation.

You probably know your own astrology birth sign, whether it’s Leo or Capricorn or some other. Perhaps you occasionally read the simplistic astrology “forecasts” in your newspaper. If that’s all you know of astrology, put aside your preconceptions, for you will be surprised to discover that in your astrological birth chart (based on the date, location and exact time of birth), there are many other factors involved, including all the planets, the moon and other astronomical references. These all have particular meanings that reflect the complexity of your own, unique inner make-up. Some are contradictory, reflecting the inner parts of you that often seem contradictory. Others represent the ways your inner parts seem to co-exist with ease and contentment. This is a deep and rich blend of science and wisdom, used by thousands of well-respected mental health professionals, including Jung himself.

Unlike psychic readings or serendipitous moments of inner revelation, within this complex language of symbols, a combination of logic and intuition allows you to “read” for yourself, the information that can answer your deepest questions about your life. You can find revealed, in your birth chart, the reasons your soul chose this particular lifetime, the goals your soul wants to reach, and the particular ways that your personality, parents, siblings, other significant relationships and childhood circumstances, including the pain, are supportive and loving parts of your soul’s plan. Your chart can also give you and an ally insights into how, with more awareness of that plan, you can increase your prospects for healing, learning and growing faster, so you can increase your sense of fulfillment and maximize your life potential.

A soul-based astrology reading, for many, is a life-altering experience. To be able to know, first hand, that your unique personality and life was reflected accurately at birth in the configuration of the planets in our solar system is not only an awesome mystical experience that confirms the absolute positive and loving nature of our universe, but also one that you can return to at any moment throughout the rest of your life. That makes it a very useful tool for ongoing self-awareness and for understanding your relationships to others. No wonder so many healers, coaches and therapists are using astrology as part of their ongoing service to clients. By tapping into the archetypical energies of a person’s make-up and current situation so directly, it catalyzes and amplifies the intuitive awareness from the soul that enhances lasting healing and personal transformation.

Barry Kerr, certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. They offer healing, coaching, therapy and astrology services. Visit http://ChooseConsciousLiving.com, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. They offer healing, coaching, therapy and astrology services. Visit http://ChooseConsciousLiving.com.


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Blazing a Path to Perfect Employment

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by Liz Zélandais

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Liz Zelandais

I was living in Tucson, Arizona, working with disagreeable people at an income so low, I couldn’t  afford to turn on my air conditioner to offset the 110-degree heat. Then, like water in the desert, even that job and income evaporated. As a newly divorced—and suddenly unemployed—single parent, I was panicked. I had few job-seeking skills, but inner guidance directed me to write down what I wanted from that next, desperately-needed employment.

I timidly wrote out three requests to the Universe:

1) More money

2) Kind and enjoyable co-workers

3) A stepping stone to better jobs and a brighter future

Within two weeks I landed a position as a receptionist at US Home Mortgage, working with great people and earning enough money to make judicious use of my air conditioner. I was even able to save a little. This was a seemingly dead-end job, but I was more than happy that two out of three of my requests had come to pass.

In the eighteen months I worked for US Home, I took on overflow work from the loan processors and closers. Then I was promoted to each of those positions in turn. That experience took me to progressively responsible and well-paying jobs with financial companies—and within five years I was working for a Wall Street firm in New York. Bingo! Third request fulfilled in spades. The Universe—teamed up with a strong work ethic and personal commitment—rocked that original list.

As Above, So Below

My thirty-year career across industries and organizations has demonstrated the importance of employing (so to speak) every tool in both the spiritual and conventional toolbox in getting hired for the right job. Clearing personal energy and invoking spiritual power to pave the path can make miracles in the quest for perfect employment, and those miracles can be facilitated with a well-written resume and cover letter, along with knowledge of current job-search techniques.

Finding the most effective techniques—both metaphysical and orthodox—has been a long and circuitous path for me, often fraught with detours. “Back in the day” I attended a job seminar in which the presenter offered a core focus of getting hired by standing out with originality. His major tip was to submit resumes on brightly colored paper. After following this advice a few times, my true “Eureka!” moment was in realizing that a fine line separates appearing unique and appearing to be a nutcase who is unaware of standard practices of excellence.

Various facets of job hunting are constantly shifting, and it pays to stay abreast of the latest and best practices. For example, the rule of a resume not exceeding one page has become as obsolete as the buggy whip, as has the use of the worn-out “objective”. Social media has given a new and high-impact dimension to most aspects of our lives, and job candidacy is no exception. With this in mind, I made it a point to change my LinkedIn picture with the red hat and martini sunglasses to one that suggests a greater degree of professionalism.

One unchanging and important hallmark of a successful job search is clarity—clarity of personal space and energy, clarity of intent, and clarity in every communication. Communication includes what you are conveying through what you say and how you say it (even to yourself), your body language, how you dress, and—of course—written communication. Going through the process of clarification that sparks a promising job search can provide the added bonus of amping up every aspect of your life.

Taking on the Mantle of Power

The most empowering aspect of job hunting is knowing your own importance in that equation. Too often job applicants appear as job supplicants. “Oh please, give me a job. I really, really need this job. I’ll do anything for you to like me enough to hire me.” True, this is a bit exaggerated; but it is not an exaggeration of the vibe that many applicants exude.

I remember the first time a wise friend informed me, “The job you are seeking is also seeking you. It needs you as much as you need it. Maybe more.” A jaw-dropping revelation, to say the least. Consider that each of us represents a one-of-a-kind package of skills, personality, and experiences that shape our environment and everyone around us. There is a job that needs you and your one-of-a-kind abilities. It is looking for you as much as you are looking for it. That’s power. Use it well.

About Liz: With a successful career that has included working with Wall Street firms, Fortune 100 companies, consulting groups, government agencies, and haute couture, Liz Zélandais knows what it takes to get a great job. Having personally experienced both carefully planned and unexpected job transitions, she has learned how to engage elements of metaphysical traditions as well as conventional job-search techniques to turn crisis into opportunity every time. Liz is a healer, shamanic mesa carrier, and experienced trainer/facilitator who also consults privately.

 

 


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