How & Why Choose a Word for the Year

A few years ago, I started this practice of having a word be my guide and companion for the year.  I chose my first word “breakthrough” because I needed to break through all the walls that I had built around myself, (to protect myself) I now started to feel like I was locked up in a place where I hid myself to be safe from a cruel world. I needed to break out from all the beliefs that weren’t really my own, beliefs that I acquired since childhood from others, that I took and made them my own and was guarding them with my life. I became those beliefs until my life started to change big time, and I started to question them, they no longer fit my awakened consciousness.  Those beliefs didn’t align with who I was becoming, but I couldn’t pry myself loose from them, they were at the core of who I was for over fifty years.  Up to that point I never questioned them, I just believed them and lived by them.  I needed to free myself in order to grow, to expand, to find out who – I am.

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The following year I also chose my word, after that every year words just appeared and chose me. They’re always the perfect words for that year, and they always show up around October.  These yearly words are my mantra, my guiding principle throughout the year.  The word that showed up for me this year is “Empowered” and WOW! I’m already feeling the effects of the power this word holds within it.  Things have already started to shift inside of me and I am already empowered with a new higher vibrational energy.  My mind has opened to greater visions.  People, courses and books that can support me on this new path have already shown up. I feel that I have opened a new door and am on a new higher more empowered way.

Why have a word and how to get one:

The idea for having a word to guide you is to have a central focus that you can lean on.

“Your Word of the Year sets an intention, a theme per se, for how you want your year to flow.” ~ Elizabeth Rider

Reflect on what you need most that will most support you throughout the year.  Do you need to feel peace, joy?  Do you want to feel more empowered or brave or silence, or community?  Maybe you want the word “goal” to help you in reaching your goals. Or a word that will help you open more to your creativity, or tune more into your intuition.  Do you want to expand, bloom, grow?  Do you want more self-confidence, self-love?  What values can you identify that will move you forward to where you want to be.  What word represents that?  What word has jumped out at you here while you’re reading?

There is no limit to words and there is no right or wrong here.  You can have more than one word, mostly I get my main word and then two or three more words show up later.  If you feel that the word you’ve chosen is not right for you, change it, you don’t have to keep it for an entire year.  Instead of New Year resolutions a word can be your constant reminder for what you want to manifest.  A reminder to stay on course towards creating a more positive, sweeter life.

How to recognize your word:

Once you set your intention for a word, whether you decide on a word or a word chooses you, you will know.  It will grab a hold of you, and it will not go away.  It’ll suddenly be everywhere, it’ll be in your thoughts, you’ll hear it in songs, you’ll see it on a billboard, the covers of magazines, you’ll hear it spoken; it’ll pop up in a book you’re reading.  You will know it.

What to do with your word:

Once you get your word write it down, commit to it.  Honor its presence and believe in its power.

You could draw a symbol that represents it.  Make it your screen saver.  Write it on sticky notes and place them in different places around your home, on your bathroom mirror so you see it first thing in the morning, on your fridge.  You can also create a vision board with your word, decorate it.  Write out why you chose that word.  The possibilities are endless.  You can do all of these or none, but the one thing that I strongly suggest you do is write it down and place it where you will see it every day, and say thank you to your word.

Celebrate your life, celebrate your word, celebrate your year ahead!!!

I’d love to know, do you have a word for the year?

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

3 Ways to Tune into Your Intuition

Have you ever had a feeling that seemed totally crazy and made no sense, only later to find out that you should have followed that feeling?  This has happened to me many times, I get a gut feeling about something like take a sweater to the restaurant but my rational self kicks in and tells me that’s crazy it’s 100 degrees outside, only to regret later that I didn’t listen to my self and bring a sweater because it’s freezing inside the restaurant.

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I think most of us have had an awareness of our inner knowing, our intuition, a time when we had a feeling in our gut and we just knew something without knowing how we knew it, but we rationalized it and questioned it and later regretted that we didn’t follow it.

Your intuition is your inner compass, it’s your own magical north star, and it always wants to guide you for your highest good.  Unfortunately we’re not taught to listen to our own self, we’re taught to seek advise and listen to outside influences.

If you want your life to flow more easily than it’s time to get tuned into your intuition.

Here are 3 ways to get started:

Tune into your body, when you get that feeling stop and pay attention to it.  Mostly it’s a gut feeling, a knowing that you get.  If the sun is shining but your gut is telling you to take an umbrella with you,  take it.

Sonia Choquette who is a world renowned six sensory spiritual teacher, says that the best way to begin is to “get a small pocket notebook that you can carry with you at all times.  Every time you get a hunch, gut feeling “AHA!” moment…jot it down in your notebook.  Don’t let your ego censor, judge, discriminate or in any way edit the information or feelings you receive.  Don’t worry if your vibes feel silly, irrelevant, irrational, or stupid; or if you think that what you feel is nothing more than your imagination.  Write it all down anyway.  Your mind will see that every vibe you have makes sense in one way or another over time.”

Trust – when you get that mystical feeling about something, trust it, even if it makes no sense in that moment.  Follow your inner feeling.  And by the way trusting yourself will build up your self-confidence.

Your intuition is not loud, it’s subtle, it nudges you quietly, it warns you when you’re in danger, it guides you to what is best for you.  It’s a knowing that you get that cannot be explained, you just know things.  While the gardner was here last week I had a gut feeling that the new guy helping him messed up the sprinklers, I knew this before I had solid proof.

It’s important to bear in mind that there are other energies working within you, for example there’s your rational mind and your ego so learn to distinguish between those and your intuition. The more you become aware of and follow the urgings of your intuition,  the more connected you’ll be with your inner knowing, and following your inner knowing is showing up for yourself.  The more you show up the greater your life becomes.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

The Benefits of Buying Yourself Flowers

Everything has a reason and a purpose in this universe and flowers are no exception, they are magical, mystical beings that support and love us in many ways.

When I bring fresh flowers home, I can feel a change in energy as soon as I walk in, I can feel the atmosphere change.  Actually, I can feel something as soon as I start looking at them in the store, something changes energetically in my body.  My heart opens, I’m overcome with a feeling of joy and love, there’s a calm that comes over me and they put a smile on my face.

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For years I sat and waited for someone else to bring me flowers, I never thought of flowers being something that I can give to myself, it was something that someone else gave you for a special occasion.  Once when I was visiting a friend I noticed that she had flowers in a couple of places in her home and when I asked who got her the flowers she said no one, she bought them herself.  It was like a light bulb turned on in my head.  WOW!, I love flowers so much but I never thought of buying them for myself.

I’ve been buying myself flowers ever since.  Although I have to admit that there are times that I have flowers every week, and than there are times, and I don’t know why, that I stop for a while, but they have become a part of my overall self-care/self-love must have, and I never go for too long without them.

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Just some of the benefits – flowers can brighten up a room and your mood.  Because they oxygenate the air, they help our concentration and memory, which in turn boosts our brain cells and makes us feel better.

Just looking at them the color, the loveliness makes us feel happy and peaceful.

They can also have a fundamental impact on our health, they reduce stress, aid in helping us have peace of mind, sleep better and just overall feel better.  They help us feel less anxious or depressed. And they even have the power to increase our productivity and boost our creativity, and who doesn’t want that?

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We’re blessed to have different flowers for every season, and I love having them in my home.  It’s become a part of my ritual of welcoming in a new season and I feel more connected with nature in their presence, oh and one other thing, they raise the energy and vibration all around me.  If you’re thinking that you have to spend a lot of money on them, you don’t.  I usually buy them in the supermarket and the price is usually less than $10, I bought the ones in the first picture for $6.99.

I hope I’ve inspired you to buy yourself flowers, make them a part of your self-care/self-love ritual and feel their magical mystical powers embrace you.

Flower Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

How to Give Yourself a Sweeter Day

Remember you are awesome!

Embrace yourself.

Be kind to yourself.

Give yourself a break.

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You don’t need to do it all in one day.

You don’t have to be a perfectionist all the time.

You don’t have to accomplish your to do list all in one day.

You can let go a bit and allow yourself to just be.

And put your feet up.

Give yourself 30 minutes of some – me – time.

Have a cup of chi or coffee or whatever makes you say ahhhhhhhhh.

Breathe.

Do something that brings joy into your body.

Walk barefoot on the grass.

Just stare out the window.

Read a few words from your favorite book.

Doodle.

Meditate.

Dance.

Or, just do nothing at all.

Just be.

Remember – YOU ARE AWESOME!

Sweet Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

 

A Note From the Universe for You

Wake up every day and believe that you deserve the greatest, that you are amazing, that you can do anything you set your will to do.  That you are courageous, fierce, loving and giving and know that it’s ok to love yourself, to give to yourself, to believe and trust in yourself.

You matter.

You are worthy.

You are deserving of your own love.

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Wake up every day and declare that –

something amazing and miraculous is happening for you today.

Believe that you are a part of and one with this universal consciousness, that you have the power to draw to you and manifest what you desire and dream of.  Believe that you can, believe what you are – glorious.

Wake up every day and declare your wholeness, declare your health, declare your vision for that day, declare your intentions for that day, ask for what you want and need, know that the universal consciousness is right here with you ready, willing to give you all that you desire.

Wake up every day and believe that you are empowered, that you are enough just the way you are.  Know that you can conquer every fear because you’re stronger than that.  That fear has no power over you unless you give it that power.  There is no energy that can overpower you, unless you allow it to.

Declare that you’re in charge of your life, that you have the power to lead yourself, that

you’re awesome, loving and amazing!!!

Loving yourself, will transform your life, you will feel better, you will be able to give to others, your relationships will improve.  Your wishes will start to show up.  You’ll find magick in your days.

 Every day – – F a l l   I n   l o v e   w I t h   y o u r s e l f ! ! !

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

Do We Need External Validation

The greatest gift that we can give to ourself is to know ourself and believe in our own self-worth.  I think that’s one of our purposes in this life, to grow within and uncover the layers and layers to get to the core of who we are, believe and know our true authentic selves.

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How much do you hold yourself back because you don’t believe in your ability?

Too often we have a great idea but we don’t unfold it because we fear that it’s not good enough.  We fear rejection or criticism, and our ideas and dreams never come to light.  We disempower ourselves and doubt our own self-wroth, we sit and wait for that validation, for someone to come and tell us how wonderful we are, how brilliant our ideas are.  We yearn for that outside confirmation that will give us that go ahead sign, yes you can do it validation, before we dare to go after what we want or share our dreams with the world.   And yes, it’s great when others validate us and affirm our self-worth and tell us how wonderful we are, that’s all good and great, take it, thank them but that should not be what validates us.  Our validation should be from within ourselves, we need to know it in our own hearts, in our bones, that’s where our power comes from, that’s where the magic lies.

We are sacred beings and we are worthy of all that our heart wants and desires.  We’re a star within the cosmos, we each have great value and we each are worthy, just as we are.  We need to not only know that, but embody it, believe it, we are the miracle we’re looking for.

When we know our own self worth we are empowered with our own self validation.

The card is from: Sacred Creators Oracle, created by Chris Anne

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019