Have you ever had times when you don’t feel so crash hot and would prefer to be feeling better? At times when you get into that place do you ever find it easy to stay there or hard to climb out of it? How do you feel when you think about your money or certain aspects of it? Do you feel good about it? Would you prefer to feel better about it? Do you have a belief that you will feel better when some event occurs (like earning more money, paying off your credit card, or finally starting to save)? Do you have a choice on how you feel? I have to admit. When I am in a foul mood the last thing I want is some positive psychology guru (or wannabe guru) telling me that I need to change the way I am thinking to change the way I feel. Sometimes I want to choose to wallow in it a little longer thank you very much. But when I am good and ready, I know that the only way to feel better is to change what I am focusing on. I know this. But why do I sometimes resist it? I guess it comes down to free choice. At times:
“Blaming” outside factors Since Mum died in particular I have found that all of the above factors have played a role, particularly the last three. As a grieving daughter I often felt:
- it can be downright addictive staying in a negative space, staying in the victim mode,
- it just seems to take too much mental strength to think my way to a better feeling state,
- outside factors can be used as a reason to stay in a negative space, and
- sometimes it even feels “useful” to acknowledge and feel into the negativity for a little while.
What I have learned is there is no right or wrong with this. It comes down to knowing for myself when the time is right for me to start my shift in thinking.
- like I didn’t have enough strength to think myself happy,
- like my Mum’s death and the circumstances surrounding it was justification to stay in a negative feeling place, and
- that it was useful to stay with the negative emotions, as if that was somehow helping me “process” what had happened.
What does this have to do with money? In my past life as a Financial Planner I had to make long disclaimers often to cover my ass and the company’s ass from being sued. I have recently started to add this disclaimer to my one on one and group work: “I can’t help you with your money without accidentally, incidentally helping you with other areas of your life because it is all interrelated. If you want someone to help you just with your money find someone else because I am not the right person.” I make this point because the idea that we can move - when we are good and ready - to a better feeling place about our money is the same as moving to a better feeling place regarding any aspect of life and the world as we know it. Start with the generalI know that it can feel bad when you go through a breakup, a redundancy, financial struggles, and the death of a loved one. Believe me I know because I went through all of these in the past couple of years. And sometimes it can be really hard to see the gift, the blessing, the universal wisdom and perfection in these events which can cause so much pain in our lives. And sometimes it can also be difficult to see the perfection and divine order in the regular, run of the mill, day to day stresses and struggles. So when you just can’t see how everything that is specifically happening to you right now is perfect, it may be more useful to pull back, look at things more globally or universally. Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying “The most important question a person can ask is, "Is the Universe a friendly place?” If you can answer yes to this question, or even be open to the possibility of this being true, you may start to feel a little better about how the “universe” is dealing you your hand. Would a friendly universe “punish” you? A friendly universe wouldn’t punish you would it? It wouldn’t give you anything you can’t handle. What would a friendly universe do?
- Would it steer you towards your path of highest good?
- Would it create circumstances that allow you to learn lessons that serve your soul?
- Would it stir the pot to help you avoid falling into a life of routine and mediocrity?
When you are ready to start feeling better, and find you can entertain the possibility that the universe is friendly, you may start to see how even the most painful events are perfect for your soul’s evolution.
You may start to see how any events or circumstances that have caused you pain all have great blessings attached to them. You may even begin to see how you are exactly where you need to be.
There is no question that when your finances are in good working order they can support you in your life and help you live your purpose.
If there is anything I can do to help you to get your finances in better working order, to feel better about your finances or to support you in living your purpose please contact me.
To your happiness and harmony,
Journey to Abundance
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“Smiling Woman With Cash” image courtesy of “stockimages” (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Let's face it we all judge ourselves. I know I do. We judge ourselves for making "bad" decisions in the past.
When we judge ourselves, we close up. We close our hearts and our minds to what is possible. When we have closed hearts and minds the abundance of the universe is not allowed to enter into our experience.
So by letting go of our self judgements we can open up to receiving abundance. From there anything is possible. It always starts with a good feeling first.
A Powerful Process for Releasing Self Judgement
I wanted to share with you a powerful process for releasing self judgement. This process can be used when you are still judging yourself in some way in relation to a decision you made.
Rather than explain it in words I decided to make a video which you can watch below.
And below the video I list the questions for you to use to work through this process on your own, with a partner or in a group.
Start with the Money Harmony Journal questions:- Why? (what was the purpose of the decision)- What? (was it that I was exchanging)- When & Where? (did it happen)- Who? (was I with and who was it for)- How? (do I feel about it now)Followed by:- What do I want now?- What is the feeling associated with what I want?- What can I do to move further towards that right now (that I am in control of)?I would love to hear how you go working with this process. Feel free to share you comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.If you have a desire to work with me one on one with this process of other processes click here to apply for an obligation free financial empowerment session.To your happiness, self-acceptance and harmony,Susan BroughtonJourney to Abundance© 2013www.journeytoabundance.com.au
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The final stage of the Are You A Messenger program was to complete an article entitled "Why I Became a Messenger".This was a really difficult piece to write. But I sat down yesterday - nothing like a good deadline - and did it.It was hard. I was thinking "is this good enough?" and "will anyone care to read it?".I was even thinking "what would my Aunt say?". Got to love that self talk. It can strike at any time and can be so random!I remembered I have a choice. Nobody is forcing me to do it. And I can even choose to enjoy the energy of it.
If you read it or not is up to you. If you like it or not is up to you. If you are my Aunt, you read it, and you don't like it, it is up to you to choose to not let me know. :-)I hope in some way the article will help inspire you to become more of who you are and to let your own unique song be sung.
Do you ever feel like you want to break free from the limits that seem to exist in your life?Do you want to find a way to create a happier, easier and more joyful life?I know exactly how that feels!One of the ways I create more unlimited potential, abundance and feel better about life is by keeping the company of positive people and continuously taking in ideas that are uplifting and inspiring. My friend and source of inspiration, Shannon Bush (who loves the question "how can this be easy") has created two free ways for you to surround yourself with more positivity and inspiration.I want to share with you the Limitlessly YOU! eMagazine. The latest edition has stories about self belief, setting intentions, leadership and more.I also want to share with you the Creative Possibility - The Limitless Life online radio program which Shannon hosts.Both of these resources are guaranteed to make you feel better than watching the news!To your happiness, limitless life and harmony,
Journey to Abundance
Can you imagine anything worse than a Financial Planner signing up for unemployment government support? Can you imagine anything more scandalous than a Financial Planner operating from prison? Well as it turns out - and I have this on good authority- that there is an ex-Financial Planner in Perth who signed up for Centrelink and who now operates from prison. How can I be so sure of this? Because that ex-Financial Planner is me! What the!?!? I must confess the day I first walked into the Centrelink Office to apply for the New Start Allowance I was so frightened that I would be spotted by former co-workers or ex-clients. I was so ashamed and judging of myself. I was dreading what others might think of me. How had my life come to this? I wondered. There is so much stigma around asking for help. I always considered myself the “type of person” who would be able to take care of herself. Too proud to ever take a handout. Yet there I was, with my hand out, asking for help, and learning to become willing to receive it. How did it come to this? I could blame the fact that I was made redundant. I could blame the economy. I could say it is the financial planning industry’s fault for no longer being an industry I wanted to work in. But the truth is it was me. I needed help because of the choices I had made. I wouldn’t say mistakes, but I had made some choices... I didn’t want to work as a Financial Planner anymore. I didn’t see it as a future for me. I was exhausted walking a path that was not my own. I felt like I was pretending. I was trying to sell something to clients that I didn’t truly believe in. The ways I was truly helping clients, the things that felt the most rewarding to me, didn't really fit into the financial planning mould. A friend of mine let me know about a government program call the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) which allows “eligible job seekers” to get support in starting their own business. The help was there for me, if only I was willing to take it. Take the help Susan So here I was, a former Certified Financial Planner, someone who graduated university at the top of her class, signing up for government assistance! The stigma I had to deal with (that I mostly created in my own mind) was tremendous. Yet it seemed to me crazy (and not very abundant) to refuse the help that was available to me. There were some great lessons here for me about receiving and also about putting aside self judgement and judgement of the way the support was showing up. So I said yes to that support and from there Journey to Abundance was born. Where does the prison come in?The NEIS program involved me getting a Certificate III in Micro Business Operations along with help creating my business plan and 12 months of mentorship. I was blessed to receive help from the award winning trainer at Business Foundations in Fremantle which is conveniently located in part of what used to be the Fremantle Prison. They also provide business incubator offices and I snagged a great “cell” on the ground floor which I have done up beautifully. It “smells like purple”. The irony is that I have created a life that I am so much happier living, in which I feel so much freedom and in which I get to help women achieve a greater sense of freedom and joy - and I do it from the prison! I guess you could consider my business a NEIS success story given that I completed the program at the end of March and my business made it through the critical first year. To me this is huge given what has happened in the last year (not the least of which was my Mum passing away back in Canada). I must admit that the first year in business is scary, there are so many challenges and there were so many times I questioned if I was doing the right thing. I can honestly say I don’t know if I would have made it through the first year without the training, support, mentorship and community that the Business Foundations provided. Want to know more? If you want more information about the NEIS program there is a big NEIS Expo at Business Foundations in the Fremantle prison on 30 April and it is free to attend. I am doing a little presentation on creating financial freedom on the day. Why not come along and check it out? And if you want to know more about what I do in helping women create more freedom and empowerment in their lives feel free to contact me or check out this site. To your happiness, freedom and harmony, Susan Broughton Journey to Abundance © 2013 www.journeytoabundance.com.au
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I want to ask you something. When was the last time you challenged yourself? Can you remember it? Can you remember how you felt? I mean a time you really challenged yourself. When just before you did something, you were on the line, thinking “I am not sure if I can do this”. And then you did it anyway Can you remember the emotional journey? The feelings you had right before you did it, maybe fear, anxiety, or even terror. And then what feelings did you feel in the moment that you did it? Maybe relief, exhilaration, or empowerment. Can you remember how you felt just after? All too often I think we move on without really celebrating the meeting of a challenge. Imagine we could live life like thisI am spending this week down south, on a personal retreat near Margaret River. It is just me, alone, following my intuition on what I will do in any given moment. I am completely surrendering to what my body and soul needs. Imagine we lived our lives like that more often? (I invite you to notice what you may be telling yourself after I ask that question. Without judgement. Just notice.) This is a time for my healing, connection to myself and nature, and if creativity wants to happen, I am allowing it to happen. I have no deadlines, no pressure and no fear...except for the fears I make up...see the next section for more on that. (As a side note: I have been getting loads of ideas and inspirations about a way to help women explore their relationship with their money through archetypes or money “styles”, this is coming from my studies into the feminine, what it means to be a woman and rites of passage for women. I don’t know where that is all going. Will that be my first “real” book? My next workshop? I don’t know yet.) My terrifying challengeI was driving back to the retreat yesterday after picking up some food in town. Something told me to turn south rather than north when I got to Caves Road. Next thing you know I am about 10 kms south pulling into the entrance to the parking lot for Calgardup Cave which is a self guided cave - you don't have to go on a tour with a guide. I paid my fee. They gave me a helmet, a flashlight and a quick briefing. The lady suggested I walk all the way to the end of the cave, about 150 meters in and about 27 metres deep, turn off my light and just sit there. She's said "I do it all the time." and "Some time I would love to sleep there." Above ground, looking at her gorgeous, brave face I thought to myself “too easy” and “how empowering”. And off I went on my merry way to experience the cave in all its glory. Too easy?I think a lot of things in life seem easy in "the light of day" and with others around to support us. Or they seem easy in theory but not so much in practice. In the cave there was no daylight, nobody to hold my hand and encourage me. In the cave I had only my flashlight and myself to rely on. I quickly realised, as I descended into the depths of the cave, that this was not going to be easy for me. I was thinking to myself “you are the girl who used to be afraid to get up in the dark and go pee in the middle of the night”.Sleep here? I was thinking "yeah right".
I went as far as I could manage, which was not far at all, to where you only just started to need a flashlight to see, and had a full on panic attack. I pulled back. Retreated to where there was more natural light and sat on a bench, catching my breath and feeling my heart pounding in my chest. I know it is important to discern the difference between fear and intuition. My fear was saying "run out" and my intuition was saying "you need this".But, was I going to be able to do it? A flash of hope and courage Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is feeling fear and doing it anyway. As I sat there plucking up my courage I saw a flash in the cave. I realised the couple who I had seen earlier were in the cave. I decided to make my move. I headed deeper in the cave towards the couple. I passed them as they were making their way out of the depths. The man pulled to the side of the narrow platform to make way for me. As I passed I said “thank you for being here to make it less scary”. What is the lesson here about sometimes needing to find a little something to draw strength from? They continued their way out of the cave and I continued my way in. I walked up, down and along the slippery cave steps and platform holding tight to the cold, damp, metal railings.I don’t know where the courage and resolve came from, maybe from actually knowing it was safe, even as my fear told me “run out” or maybe from having faced scary things in my life before like speaking at my Mum’s funeral. So I did it, I descended deep into the cave, deep into my fear. Afraid to “go within”I made it all the way in. The couple was now long gone and I was all alone. I sat on the bench at the end of the platform. And before I could loose my nerve I turned off my flashlight and just sat in the darkness. Listening to the silence. Listening to the stillness. Listening to the darkness. As I sat there I realised it was only what I was making up that I was afraid of. It was only my imagination that I had to fear, no real threat was causing my reaction. My fear was what I was making up. I didn’t “conquer” my fear. I went into my fear. I went within. In sitting in that cave I was sitting with myself. I was looking inside myself. And there really wasn’t anything to fear at all. In that moment, I was so overcome with emotion about what I had realised, about the strength this represented to me, about being willing and able to trust myself to be okay even when I feel that degree of fear. And in the darkness I feel like a piece of me healed from my Mum’s death as well. And I cried. The cave is the feminine You may think of women as warm and nurturing. And they certainly are that. In the yin and yang symbol, the yin represents the feminine. It also represents the dark, the cold, the silent and the still. The cave represents the feminine. I realised that I was afraid not only of the dark but also I was afraid to go that deeply into myself. To go that deeply into my own feminine. There is an incredible amount of strength in the feminine. I connected to the strength, deep inside the cave, deep inside myself. I know that all women have that potential inside them as well and I long to see all of us express this more in the world. In the comments section below please share a time when you really challenged yourself. What did you learn about yourself in the process? To your happiness, feminine strength and harmony, Susan Broughton Journey to Abundance © 2013 www.journeytoabundance.com.au
When someone in your life inspires you does it make you feel called to help support them? Would you consider helping me support my dear friend Char.My beautiful friend Char was brave enough to show her scars and tell her story as Ambassador for the "You Are Beautiful Campaign" raising funds for Cancer Support WA. They do amazing work at Cancer Support WA. Char and I attended their free sound healing last night at the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre. All I can say is...it was a gong show....in a good way...heheheWhen I looked at this picture I saw something....When I first looked at her picture, I saw something in her eyes I had never really noticed before. It was so powerful it made me take a deep breath as tears welled up in my eyes.It was a wisdom, a strength, a softness. It wasn’t covered up with a fake smile. Char was standing in herself, holding her own. Holding her head high. Owning her experience. Owning her life and where it has taken her.I felt so proud of her. So amazed by her strength. So inspired by her vulnerability and willingness to let the world see her scars.We all have scars. This beautiful woman’s scar just happens to be where her right breast used to be.The fact that she can reveal to the world her scars and hold her head high, hold herself as the beautiful strong women that she is, is so incredible to me.Above is a crop of the beautiful photograph by Robbie Merritt, International Fashion Photographer. To view her full picture click here.HOT OFF THE PRESS - You can also read Char's story here.I encourage you to consider donating to support Char and to support the great work Cancer Support WA does in helping people with cancer and their loved ones.To your happiness, healing and harmony,
Journey to Abundance
www.journeytoabundance.com.au Photo used with permission from Robbie Merritt, International Fashion Photographer www.robbiemerritt.com
Today's post is unlike one I have ever written. These words and ideas came through me this morning as I woke up.I was a little scared to share this on my Journey to Abundance blog. Which of course meant I needed to share this on my Journey to Abundance blog.The following is a Full Moon Abundance Healing which I intend to speak out loud tonight, under the light of the full moon.Full Moon Abundance HealingTonight may we honor our parents, grandparents, great grand parents and all the ancestors in our blood line that lead us to being here where we are right now.
May we honor our siblings, friends, teachers and all relationships in our lives past and present for the love and the lessons they brought.
May we honor all our previous romantic relationships for the love and the lessons they brought.
By the light of the moon may we make the intention to let go of the pain from our parents, grand parents, great grand parents and all the ancestors in our blood line.
May we intend to let go of all the pain from siblings, friends, teachers, and all relationships romantic and non romantic. May we intend to allow the light of the moon to create healing in out hearts, our minds and our bodies.May we intend for this healing light to also bless all those who were or are a part of our lives. May their wounds also be healed, especially any that were caused by their interactions with us.
May the powerful healing light of the moon release us from any attachments that no longer serve us. May we all move forward with love and healing, remembering the lessons and letting go of the pain and the negative stories we tell ourselves.
May we all move forward inviting in and allowing the natural abundance and bliss that is our birthright.To your happiness, full moon abundance and harmony,
Journey to Abundance
I am going to go out on a limb and assume that if you have read any of my other blog posts or my eBook you may already be well aware that I write about the things that I need to learn about. And this post is no exception. One of the “7 Mistakes Women Make With Their Money” is about giving away our power and not taking our income or income potential seriously. One of the ways we give away our power is by not valuing ourselves as the amazing human beings we truly are. I know that I continue to do this in some ways and I continue to bring awareness to this so that I can empower myself to make different choices. Recently I had my “consciousness raised” about this subject in a seemingly “totally-unrelated-to-money” kind of a way. Which drives home the point once again that our abundance lessons are to be found in all areas of life and it is worth keeping our eyes open and remaining curious to how we can learn these lessons. What do kisses have to do with power? I was recently in an “intimate situation” with a man. By that I mean we were sitting alone, talking... He did something that was so sweet, so adorable and so unexpected that I found myself sitting up and taking notice. What did he do you ask? He had taken my hand in his, our fingers were clasped, and he ever so sweetly brought my hand to his mouth and kissed the back of it. You may be thinking, “big deal”? But it was a big deal to me and here’s why. How something small can represent something huge In the moment when he kissed my hand I thought “how sweet”. But that moment stayed with me. Somehow my mind had marked that tiny moment as significant and worthy of further reflection. So upon further reflection I realised something. I realised that this sweet kiss was poignant to me simply because it was unexpected. It was not unexpected because I didn’t realise the man liked me, I did, it was unexpected because I didn’t expect a man to do something so sweet to me. This is a big big big HUGE revelation to me. Expectations can bring us down It was a revelation to me because I realised that I wasn’t expecting a man to be so sweet to me. Put another way I was expecting a man to be less sweet. Put another way, and taking the thought to its end point, I was expecting a man to be more of an ass. Yikes! Was I really expecting that!?! This speaks volumes about how I expect to be treated, what kind of men I attract into my life AND what kind of behaviour I am willing to put up with. (Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been attracting and dating total losers or anything, but I was allowing myself to be treated as less than the amazing human being that I am...that we all are.) The big lessonLife is one big never ending classroom. We don't get to choose the lessons we are learning but we get to choose, to some extent, how we learn them...The lesson here is that we attract into our lives the people, circumstance and events that reflect what we are putting out into the world. Often what we are putting out is outside of our awareness. Sometimes things happen, little angels get sent to us, sometimes in the form of another human being, and gently, gently teach us what we need to learn. If we don’t listen the lessons get louder and less gentle and the teachers can appear far less angelic. So the lesson for me was that I was accepting, expecting and therefore attracting people, circumstances and events that were less than what I am worthy of. And, in case you aren’t already reading between the lines with this, it means I wasn’t valuing myself enough! How to apply the lesson We all have situations in our lives when we notice, in our own circumstances or other people’s, the ways we would like to be treated. When we notice this it is a sign that there is a desire to be treated better. This can apply to any area of life from our romantic relationships, to our relationships with our family, friends and coworkers or clients. We can all apply this lesson by asking “why am I not being treated the way I would like to be treated”? Why am I being treated in a way that is less than what I desire? Are you game enough to swallow the bitter pill? It is a bitter pill to swallow because the answer is always “it’s me”, the answer is always “I am letting this happen, I created it, I am allowing it”. (I know right now some of you are thinking, “I didn’t create it, that person is just an ass” but I urge you to look at what role you played in it, or what you need to learn from it because we are always co-creating.) From there we can choose to:
If reading this blog left you with a sense that you would like to understand more about how your inner world of valuing yourself can impact your outer world of money, click here to book your obligation free money dragon assessment. Please share your ideas, experiences or ah-ha moments regarding how you have learned to value yourself more in the comments section below so that other's can learn and grow from your sharing. To your happiness, valuing your awesomeness and harmony, Susan Broughton Journey to Abundance © 2013 www.journeytoabundance.com.au
- ignore the lesson,
- feel bad about ourselves, or
- (this is the recommended option) empower ourselves to make different choices in the future and to invite different experiences into our lives.
“Loving couple holding hands” image courtesy of “imagarymagestic” (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
“Blank Black chalkboard” image courtesy of “Grant Cochrane” (FreeDigitalPhotos.net) (words added)
How many times have you said to yourself "I must come back....some day" or "I will do that...some day"?
We keep meaning to do things but we put them off until...some day.
Yesterday I was at Point Walter for lunch, I had plenty of work to do waiting for me, no shortage of things to do. And my intention was to leave and head off to work.
As I was driving out of the parking lot I looked out over the river, saw three beautiful black swans swimming to no where in particular and said to myself "you must come back someday and take photos here".
Suddenly I heard a voice in my head saying "why not today" and a force which seemed outside of my control moved the steering wheel of my car and before I knew it I was once again parked and walking back towards the riverside.
I spent about 30 minutes of pure bliss out on the Point Walter spit, my only company being some river birds and a fishing boat about 25 metres away. It was such a short period of time but it filled me with such a sense of joy and abundance.
I was pondering how I often "make up" that I don't have enough time or enough money to do things and I felt compelled to ask "how can I change the definition of time and money to allow for more joy in my life?".
Watch this short video I filmed at the magical place, Point Walter.
These beautiful swans were in no rush. They know they have enough time to get to where they are going.
They know the Swan River will abundantly provide for their needs.
So how can you choose to look at time and money differently today to allow for more joy in your life?
To your happiness, joy and harmony,
Journey to Abundance