Friday, March 13, 2020

Selling My Soul

From a young age I despised selling. It conjured up images of swindling, unscrupulous salesmen
Anoush Stanboulian Art
taking unfair advantage of trusting people interested in making their lives better. As I got older, I realized it wasn’t only the door to door variety of salesmen that were manipulating people – or the ones in the stores. There were actually people selling ideas and beliefs with the same manipulative “selling” tools – basically brainwashing. My disdain for selling increased. Then, was in the position of selling. Selling myself, my skills and products in my business. Oh, I loved how I helped people but never really got comfortable with the selling aspect.

Since then, besides my business Universal Wellness, I’ve had experience selling in a plethora of arenas. Selling houses, land, cars, boats, and a hotel. I’ve sold motorcycles, bicycles, treadmills and other exercise equipment. My experience spanned dozens of selling platforms for real estate and more including Craigslist and venues social media has to offer. Even got myself kicked out of one for selling banned items – visualize stiletto heeled shoes triggering a weapon alert. I could write a book about selling and the entertaining aspects thereof including prospects’ behavior. “Oh, I didn’t actually read the ad.”  “No, I didn’t look at the pictures.” “This WILL fit in the back of my SUV!”  Don’t look for it though, as it would bring me no pleasure reliving all that.

Beauty I’ve had difficulty selling has been my Gifts From the Sea. I have always been artistic - blossoming via a variety of mediums. Combining my love of the beach and creativity was only natural. Over the years, I joyfully hand-crafted numerous sea treasures – always with the loved ones in mind who would delightfully receive them. Needs arose making money (in my  as little money as possible world) necessary. At first, it was difficult to even create my masterpieces without a specific person in mind. I overcame that imagining mystery recipient being excited to have it. Envisioning the loving energy with which it was infused enhancing their life also helped. But then there was that thing about charging money. It was like charging money for love. Then again, if everything we do is with love, the money we get for anything is for love. Thankfully, there are some people who understand that and pay….with love 💖

One of the things I’ve had varying degrees of success selling – depending on how you measure – is of a concept. I thought I’d be starting a tropical spa retreat many moons back. Hundreds of people were interested in participating in one manner or another. Years have flown by yet the perfect retreat location remains elusive. However a surprising number of supporters continue to fuel the flame with their belief. Periodically I get a reminder asking about “progress” or confirming their faith in me. I still don’t know whether this place will be manifested or not. Still have no substantial news to share about it. To all you wonderful Loved Ones, I swirl my continued gratitude. You mean so much to me! What I do know is I am still selling a concept.
The vision is of a brighter way of living. Imagine entering another level of consciousness in which we are powerful, beyond our current imagination, and can create our own worlds. And no, I am not selling by manipulation or force. I am not seeking only personal gain – although the more people living in joy benefit everyone else. I am selling by my example – giving people a glimpse of other possibilities. If they are interested, they can proceed on their own without obligation. Their innate - inner guidance will take over, if allowed, with the best path for each individual. I have basically bared / sold my soul for this endeavor. I am not here to show you The Way. I am selling/showing/shining you A Way. Now it’s up to you if you want to use any of my ideas or example in helping you forge a new, blissful, loving path for yourself!

Now I ask you….. What are you selling?

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Valentine’s Day Forever

My favorite holiday ~ Valentine’s Day ~
approaches. Yet again, its spirit being one I embody all year through. Having a special holiday for Love💟, the collective Love Quotient of humanity energetically spikes around this time - similar to when disaster hits and people rally around to assist with love and support. The delightful bonus Valentine beauty is that this love beam radiates more intensely as result of positive prompting.

Although the general interpretation is a romantic connection 💞between two people, that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what Love fully encompasses. Unconditional love💗 is a concept most humans have yet to grasp. Some think you loving them unconditionally means you will be physically there for them no matter how disrespectfully they treat you. That’s far from the truth as, if you did that, you wouldn’t be honoring and loving yourself. The closest example I can think of humans feeling unconditional love is when a mother holds and gazes upon her newborn baby for the first time. Words just can’t express the emotion and Love 💛enveloping the two of them as time stands still. And (I know this is controversial) even if you aren’t a mother now, everyone in some lifetime has been a mother, unless you are a "newbie" but that's a topic for another day. Everyone can conjure up a semblance of that sublime feeling. Just imagine how it will be when everyone shares unconditional love with all other beings on the planet! “Imagine all the people…” Our thoughts/emotions are mighty and this is an extremely potent time for positive shift.
Art by Daniel Holeman

As you can surmise, as humanity is only starting to awaken, it isn’t always prudent to look deeply into another’s eyes and say, “I love you” when reflecting unconditional love.💜 I am still paying the price for that – one of the reasons I remain vague about my current location. However, there are no mistakes, only cause and effect, and love will prevail 💖

Art by Daniel Holeman
Here’s a warm fuzzy idea. Consider, this Valentine’s Season, romancing yourself. Fall in love💘, again or for the first time, with who you are – just the way you are. I don’t mean in a narcissistic way in which you simply use others for your personal gain. If you truly love and honor the extension of God that you are, you will respect all around you. The more you love yourself on this higher plane, the more powerful you become and capable of bringing more joy and light to others. Unless your cup is full, ye overflowing, you cannot abundantly fill the cups of others.

Lovingly hand-crafted Hearts of the Sea 💙can help fuel Amor in a unique manner - $8 plus $2 shipping. Free shipping for orders of 5 or more going to the same address. Of course, there is no rush to get these amorous sea treasures in time to give for Valentine’s Day. Surprise someone any day in a heartfelt way.

A celebration of Love 💚would not be complete without an over sprinkling of gratitude. 🙏Ongoing thanks to all who have assisted and encouraged me both recently and over the years/lifetimes. Donations, food, shelter, leads, purchasing my offerings, sending a few kind words and energetic support are all so deeply appreciated. And most of all….your Love!

Happy Love Day! 💕Happy Love Month!
Remember to BE your own Valentine! May every aspect of your life be infused with the glorious enchantment of Love!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Happy Renewal….All Year Through!

You might think I am a little late wishing you a Happy New Year. However, it is the perfect time as we are now stepping through the threshold of, not only a new year but a new decade!

As some of you are aware, I was raised in a horrendous cult. Many are still caught up in it while others struggle, decades later, to recover from its damaging effects. I choose to look, sometimes with a magnifying glass, to find the many gifts I have gained from those experiences. One of which is celebrating 12 days of Christmas.

For years, I thought it was December 25 thru January 6 based on what I was told. Recently I did the math – an area I am generally woefully lacking. Evidently, I’ve been celebrating 13 days of Christmas for decades. But that’s alright as I am a proponent of living the Spirit of Christmas all year through – that is, living in Christ Consciousness.
Art by Robert Roth

I have a very personal relationship with Jesus aka Yeshua. It is far too strange, definitely not religious, to go into much detail here on a platform that may be viewed by the general public. But I know Him well enough to understand what true Christ Consciousness is. Be encouraged in knowing, among other things, it is a spirit of joy and light connecting with All.
Daniel Holeman art

Back to the 12 Days of Christmas (give or take)… parents have had a holiday custom as long as I can remember. In the front yard is erected a stable – yup, a new one every year. The lighted figures of the traditional nativity are housed within with Baby Jesus miraculously appearing on Christmas day. Meanwhile, another part of the tradition is happening. The lighted three kings have begun their journey around the neighborhood. Starting at one designated house, they traverse from yard to yard each day. The neighbors generously participate by providing their own electricity to illuminate the royal figures. This continues until finally arriving at the nativity scene on my parents’ lawn January 6 – Epiphany or Three Kings Day. As of even this recent December, neighbors enthusiastically ask my dad when the kings will commence their illuminating trek. This ritual has brought light and joy for a very long time to countless individuals, regardless of their religion. Great gratitude for this custom is held dear on my infinite Thankful for list.

Speaking of all year through, Shell Angels are not just for the “holidays”. Angels inspire, comfort, assist and give us Hope all throughout the year. Dozens of my unique hand-crafted Angels have happily flown to their new homes in the previous months. A few remain in addition to another legion which have been created for your delight and enjoyment – for yourselves or others. They are being offered at $20 each plus $5 shipping. Free shipping on orders of 4 or more going to the same address. I’m not sure if or when I will get around to listing on Gifts From the Sea and Other Treasures etsy store. Some are pictured here and I may post others on our Gifts From the Sea fb page. Please share with folks who may benefit and contact with your interest.

Wishing clear vision - 2020 - as we dance
through our own version of the Roaring 20s! It is up to us how that will play out.  The winds of change are definitely blowing, if not howling, around the world fueled by…..US!

Remember, miracles are not sized. Generally, our assignment as to whether miracles are big or small correlates with our level of belief as to what is possible. Anything is possible! We will be especially powerful keeping in mind we are making a new beginning with every moment via our thoughts and intentions. When we are consciously, intentionally, mindfully moving through our lives, imagine the fantastic world we together will co-create. Please join me in seeing joy and feeling the light all year through!