February 2021 Newsletter

Self Love

February 2021 Newsletter

Happy Month of Love (and chocolate and flowers!)   This is a great time of year to celebrate the warmth of an open heart, and the joys of flowers and chocolate! There was a time in my life when I made all of my cards for all Holidays and Birthdays but those days are long over. Now I admit to relaxing into ecards and not too many of them either! What has happened to that young woman who was so excited about Holidays and creating special cards for everyone on her list?!!!!  

Well, time has a way of molding us and shaping us as we move through it. I look back on who I used to be and wonder who was that young woman? I have all sorts of emotions about her: I am proud of her, I am mystified by her, I shake my head over some of her not so wise decisions, I applaud her audacity to live outside the box at times, and I feel sorry for some of her missteps. I wonder how much of her is still with me, and how much of her I left behind. I see sparks of her and other parts seem so foreign to me.  

Perhaps it is my crone stage of life where, as my Mother used to say, all my future is behind me. I don’t quite believe it is that grim, but I HAVE reached a point where most of my years ARE behind me. I rarely think of life like that but in this moment of reaching back in the past to revisit who I used to be I am stunned by how many years through which I have to weave my way backwards!  

There are a few fun facts that I bet even my children don’t know about that younger me:  

I was the first person on campus to wear knee high boots at a time when everyone was still wearing ankle boots. It wasn’t long before people began to copy me, not because it was cool but because where I went to college the winters were fierce, the snow deep, and the winds unyielding.  
I was also the first woman to take Naval Orientation and came out with the highest grade in the class. Now to be honest, I was not in the ROTC program and was a senior about to get married to her Navy Officer fiance. The rest of the class were freshmen men and they had better things to do than sit home and study on a Saturday night while my Navy officer was off on his ship. Honestly, if I hadn’t come out with the highest grade it would have been embarrassing!  

I was runner up for Freshman Carnival Princess, my highest claim to fame ever in the “beauty” game. I could claim the race was fixed but alas, the woman who won really deserved it!  

So that is my early on experience in adulthood. A few outside the box experiences wedged in with one very mainstream experience. And so life has gone on like that. I am often floating in that mainstream but so often find myself swimming upstream in a current all its own. Wondering what on earth I am doing in that odd stream, doing things others never think of!

Imagine how my family reacted to me studying feng shui, color therapy, Akashic Readings when no one else they knew of was doing so. None of those things was ever spoken of at the time I delved into them, from the mid 1980’s on. People thought I had lost it. One of my family members even suggested to my husband that I be put on some sort of drug to turn me into a calm and well behaved woman!  

It’s been hard to break through into a place where people trust you and don’t treat you like a pariah for being “different”. Most of my friends are used to this by now and my family certainly is, thank goodness. But it’s not easy living outside the box.   I know there are some of you readers who are experiencing this exact same challenge so for you I say keep going! Your life will be a challenge but living a unique life will fill your soul. For those of you who live a more main stream safe existence I say, do what makes you feel like you. Don’t try to step outside the box if that is not who you are. We are not all meant to do life that way. And to those of you who like me step in and out of said box, I say, enjoy the variety!

The purpose of life is to enjoy the journey. And for me I also have to feel I have contributed something, have given back. Not all of us do, by the way, and that is just fine. You don’t have to in order to make an impact or live a good life.   So in this month that celebrates love, I celebrate all the selves I have been, and all the selves you have been. The journey is challenging and often so dark we can’t see where it is leading. So it is indeed a good thing to stop during the month of February and celebrate the fact we have come so far and experienced so much and have learned and cried and laughed and feared and braved and experienced so much of life. And still we love. We dare to love ourselves. ALL of the versions of self. ALL the years of self.   Give your self flowers or chocolate or a nice dinner or whatever makes you smile.

And celebrate Valentines as a celebration of you and ALL versions of you!    


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss “Wooden Hearts”


Guest post: This month I want to introduce Julie to you. I met Julie a year ago when I embarked on a new (for me) course of study, Emotional Freedom Technique. Julie was my “buddy” and we practiced together weekly as well as with others. Julie is, in a word, extraordinary. She is a natural at EFT and her work is transformative. Briefly, EFT can help you shift your thoughts and feelings about things and change your life in a way you might never expect. For example, I originally started this program to help with weight loss but what I got was so much more encompassing than that and went ever so much more deeply that I am basically much different than I was a year ago. I attribute this shift to Julie’s expertise with EFT. And of course to my own willingness to take on the tough stuff and overcome it once and for all. Please welcome Julie to our newsletter and listen to her wisdom.

  EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner.  

Hi, I’m Julie, and I’m an emotional freedom technique coach. I specialize in using emotional freedom technique, or EFT, to help people heal their relationship with food. EFT is also known as “tapping,” and it is practiced by tapping with your fingertips on specific acupoints along the meridians in your body, which function like an energetic distribution network.

These meridians transport energy throughout the body and are the channels through which that energy flows. Emotional trauma can cause stagnation in our energy pathways, and our overall existence is affected by this energy flow. My goal as an EFT coach is to help you identify and overcome the places you are blocked by framing past traumas in the context of self-acceptance. Combining acupoint stimulation with elements of cognitive restructuring, exposure techniques, and neuro-linguistic programming is what makes EFT effective.

Many of us have buried our past traumas, unmet needs, and suppressed emotions under a painful struggle with weight loss and emotional eating. Unprocessed events from the past that have left you feeling devalued and dismissed can cause pervasive feelings of worthlessness and rage.When we use our relationship with food as the doorway to access these past emotional traumas and heal them with EFT, self-sabotage and unhealthy eating patterns can finally fall away. Instead of using willpower to stop eating beyond fullness, you’ll be able to intuitively feel satisfied with less food. Foods you used to crave and feel compelled to eat will no longer have the same power over you once the emotional charge is gone. Because your experience with tapping is subjective, you’ll be able to feel for yourself if it’s working for you, and EFT is a self-help method that you can practice on yourself anytime. 



“The most terrifying thing is accepting oneself completely.” Carl Jung


The colors of love could be any of these depending on how you use them. I recommend pink for unifying group energies and to create an atmosphere of unconditional love in a space. Red for passionate love. Green for infusing heart energy into an environment, and purple for a more spiritual type of love. Magenta is love of beauty and can be used to infuse “love from above”. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/

“As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
Charlie Chaplin

This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Happy Valentine’s Day. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo


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January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

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New Year. Goals. Be Yourself. View this email in your browser



January 2021 Newsletter

It is a yearly tradition for many to review the past year, and plan ahead for the upcoming year by creating a vision board or by journaling about goals, visions, plans, thoughts for the New Year. The idea behind these practices is that we start off the new year with purpose, focus and goals.  

But what we mostly forget is that it is the PROCESS, not the GOAL, that is ultimately important, for by pursuing our goals and trying first this, then that, we learn and we grow. We learn what works and what doesn’t. What serves us and what is a waste of our time and efforts. We learn what builds us up and what tears us down. We learn where our strengths and skills lie. We learn what we love to do, and what fulfills us. And we learn how to change direction, change our focus, reallocate our time towards things that really serve us.  

In determining which path to take, which goals to set, it is wise to keep in mind where your skills and passions lie. A life lived doing something you are good at but does not include your passion, is not fulfilling. Andre Agassi, one of the world’s most successful tennis players, did not really like to play tennis. He did it, to please his father, but at a certain point in his life he left tennis to do what he really wanted to do: a life of service. He and his Foundation established and run a college preparatory school for at risk students, a far cry from a life playing tennis. But he is now fulfilling his mission in life and happier for it.  

So this year when you are creating the year ahead in your mind, remember to follow your passion/mission in life, allow for mistakes, for slip ups, for making a few steps back before moving forward again and give yourself permission to alter your course if you find you are on the wrong path. Generally speaking the pathway to our goals is not straight and easy. It can curve back in on itself sometimes, or even become so filled with weeds we can’t see our way. When that happens, take time to breathe and refocus. Remember the old adage “it’s not a sprint but a marathon”. Give yourself time for reflection and even relaxation in pursuit of your goals for the year. Be gentle with yourself as well as a wise taskmaster. Try not to loose your enthusiasm or even the vision of what you see today as your goal for the year ahead. Don’t be afraid to readjust your goal as time moves forward so be flexible. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Trite but true!  

Let’s change our future for the new year and make this one the best year ever!   The Gift of a New Year
courtesy Monicore at Pixabay



“Life is short. Don’t waste it by living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs




Start the New Year off with support in a bottle! Once you have set your goals, look to color to give you a powerful, gentle, loving way to support yourself. If you have questions about which will help you most, contact me at Lifepnet@aol.com
http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/



“You have a treasure inside of you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
Eckhart Tolle



https://youtu.be/S5TB-xGDD3M


Namaste….xo

December 2020 Newsletter

Christmas. Local shopping. Gratitude for 2020. View this email in your browser
Christmas Lights
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December 2020 Newsletter As 2020 draws to its end, we have much to be thankful for. We are trying to focus on those aspects rather than what has been lost. In the end, I think we will all have much gratitude for what 2020 has brought to us. We’ll have to wait and see on that, but I’m one who believes that this is all going to be worth all the pain and inconvenience.   Remember when Bing Crosby sang that song about falling asleep counting your blessings? It’s a good thing to think about during these uncertain times, focusing on what is good and right and real in our lives during uncertain and strange times.   During WWII, Harry Emerson Fosdick, who founded the nondenominational Riverside Church in New York City, is quoted as saying that although “this is a ghastly time to be alive”, it was also a “great time to be alive” as it was a time calling for “wisdom and courage to face and create momentous change.” He added that it is challenging times like this that cause us to separate out what matters in our lives from what doesn’t.   Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, ensures us that “not only will a grateful attitude help….it is essential.” He goes on to add that “It is precisely under crisis conditions when we have the most to gain by a grateful perspective on life. In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal. In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope.”   Finally, Dr. Brooks of Harvard University advises that we do know this day that we are alive and well and we must “refuse to waste the gift of this day.” “There are those that give with joy, and that joy is their reward. “

Khalil Gibran


 
Image by Ray Shrewsberry of Pixabay

Time once more to think of gift giving in all its forms. This year small businesses have been extremely hard hit while the big box stores continue to grow in size and influence. I’m hoping that most of you consider purchasing gifts from local small businesses because if we don’t patronize them, they will disappear. If they disappear we won’t have a choice on where to purchase and prices could eventually sky rocket without competition. Plus all those local neighbors who used to own a local business will be without work. Etc. etc. Etc. You can see where this is going……   SO, please consider the local business when shopping this year. You might pay a little more but in the long run it will cost you far less. AND you will help make the Christmas season much brighter for your local store owner. Merry Christmas. May each day of the New Year bring you a reason to smile. God bless…….
Namaste….xo
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November 2020 Newsletter

Election. Gratitude. TOC. View this email in your browser
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November 2020 Newsletter As I write this newsletter the Blue Moon is full. Trick or Treaters are out social distancing and wearing Halloween masks. And there are lines at all the early voting locations.   Quite a busy time everywhere. But nowhere is it more busy than in the battle of light and dark forces. We all search for a Luke Skywalker type hero who will save the day as Darth Vader and his storm troopers invade the planet. But this isn’t a movie. This battle is all too real.   Yes, these ARE “interesting times”. None of us know for sure what will happen this week, but before the election happens, I wanted to come to your inbox to say have faith. Whatever happens, don’t loose your cool, your faith or your center. Stay calm and peaceful for in order to handle anything that comes our way, we must keep our center and stay filled with peace.   Whatever happens, breathe. And remember to love. The dark forces are seeking to divide us, to pit us against each other. Let’s not go there. Let us be kind. Let us allow for differences. Let us honor each other’s right to our beliefs. Let us discuss, not berate. Let us listen to each other. Let us love each other. Let us remember we are more alike than we are different. Let us remember we all want pretty much the same thing.: shelter, food, love, security, fulfillment. Let us remember where we come from and where we are going. Let us find where we are more alike than we are different. And most of all, let us value our core moral values like Truth, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Faith, Honor, Respect, and so many others.   This election will come and go. But we will still have the same friends and family. Treasure them.    
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“If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize your mind is complicit in the provocation.”
Epictetus

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November is the time for our Thanksgiving in the USA, my favorite Holiday! I love that we have a holiday just to give thanks for all we have. It is easy to overlook our blessings when we are wrapped up in the minutiae of our lives or in the big things going on around us. Take time this year to really feel the gratitude for all the good things we have in our lives.

A long time ago I read a book by Corrie Ten Boom entitled The Hiding Place. It takes place in the Netherlands during WWII and is about a family who hides Jews as they are being smuggled out of the country. They are caught and Corrie and her sister are interned at a concentration camp.

Corrie somehow smuggles a tiny Bible into their barracks and the whole group of women in the barracks are supported emotionally by the reading of it every night. The guards never come in and they never get caught which turns out to be an amazing gift to them. The reason, though, that the guards avoid their barracks is because of a terrible infestation of fleas. Do the women complain? No, they are grateful for the fleas because they give them the freedom to talk and pray and uplift one another.

Imagine being grateful for fleas. This book changed my entire concept of gratitude.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude.
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Photo of fall leaves by Ken Klancnik
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In these challenging times, color can help support you inexpensively but powerfully. Select from the entire Simply Color collection any color spray that relates to your challenge. I am happy to help you select the one you most need at this time. Email me at lifepnet@aol.com http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
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“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Evelyn Beatrice Hall
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With the Holidays just around the corner may I suggest a copy of Simply Color for Everyday Living to gift to those on your gift list! This is a one of a kind book on color for your friends, family members, party hostesses, and any other person on your gift list. Don’t forget we also have the Simply Color Oracle cards and Simply Color color sprays to accompany the book or as a stand alone gift. Visit our shop! Super simple holiday shopping! http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books Happy Thanksgiving. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo

October 2020 Newsletter

Conflict. Love. Fashion Colors 2021 View this email in your browser
Conflict
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OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Happy Fall Everyone! I recently had an Akashic Record reading for myself and in it we discussed how to best get along with people during this time of heightened emotions.   One of the most obvious choices is to avoid subjects that have a big charge. I don’t always advocate for avoiding tough issues but at this point in time it seems in the best interest of relationships to totally avoid talking about sensitive issues.   But what also came out in the reading is to accept people for where they are. Whatever their beliefs. Each person has created a world of their own where their beliefs are their security and the container in which they live. To try to dismantle this for someone will throw them into a panic or worse and cause an upheaval that you don’t want to be responsible for.   As the Reader pointed out, we each have our own preferences. Her example was that person A might prefer chocolate ice cream and person B might prefer vanilla. No amount of pleading, cajoling, manipulating, bargaining, belittling, complaining about or whining from person A will change the preference person B will have for vanilla. B will insist that vanilla is best no matter what A says or does. Trying to manipulate another person is just plain wrong. There is nothing wrong with either choice, is there. Both choices are right for A and B. But A’s choice is not right for B and vice versa.   Seems simple enough but when we get our emotions into it, these opinions become more important than the persons involved. Is it worth loosing a beloved relationship over “east is east, and west is west and never the twain shall meet”? After all, in the big picture, does it really matter that Person A prefers chocolate and person B vanilla?   Our discussion in the Records was such that allowing each person to have their own free will is an act of love. We honor their free will as we recognize that each person is on his or her own unique path and that that path is a culmination of the choices they make with their free will. Honoring that in another is allowing them to move up or down the ladder of consciousness and no matter how much we think we know better, allowing each person the dignity of their choices is a supreme act of love as long as they are not making choices that could endanger themselves or others. Trying to interfere with their choices is an act of manipulation and control and does not come from love but from fear.   That said, we also are allowed OUR own choices and free will and having others trying to tell us we are wrong, or crazy, or out of line is their reaction from a fear based belief and often an act they see as trying to “save” us. While we can’t control their thoughts or their reactions towards us, we CAN control OUR reactions. Someone one described this to me as allowing the arrows to pass by us, simply by not responding or not reacting. This defuses the situation for when you don’t engage, there is nothing for them to struggle or fight against. If you drop out and change the dance steps, there is no dance.   I know this is easier said than done as emotions are at a peak right now. But give it a try. Take the path of letting those arrows zoom by you, of not engaging with a battle of opinions, as an act of supreme love by allowing your friends and loved ones to have their own opinions. It will save you a lot of energy and heartache and will quite possibly preserve the relationships that are important to you.

“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

For something a little lighter, take a look at the fashion colors for spring 2021.


The colors of love could be any of these depending on how you use them. I recommend pink for unifying group energies and to create an atmosphere of unconditional love in a space. Red for passionate love. Green for infusing heart energy into an environment, and purple for a more spiritual type of love. Magenta is love of beauty and can be used to infuse “love from above” and to heal the lack of nurturing and “Mother love”. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/


“If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secret of getting along.”
Bernard Meltzer

Enjoy the Fall. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo

Mid September 2020 Newsletter

Chaos. Eagles. Nature. Perspective. View this email in your browser
Eagle by Ken Klancnik
Mid-September 2020 Newsletter I’m thinking of all of you as we are buffeted about by the winds of change. I can feel your confusion, pain, exhaustion, and lack of hope. I send blessings to each of you, and want each of you to find refuge in this chaos all around us.   Is everyone still hanging in there? I’ve never seen such chaos. I’ve never seen such a shuffling of people from one spot to another, or so much in the way of natural disasters, or unwarranted violence. We could get into a deep discussion here but I want to stay away from that in this newsletter and just send you this photo by my good friend, Ken Klancnik. It is an amazing eagle who in the photo following this one has caught a huge fish and then flies away with it to the nest. Ken has taken thousands of photos of nature and sends me only his favorites. This one shows an eagle who is about to strike and catch his prey in his talons…..ready to feed his family back at the nest.   I share this photo because as I was thinking the other day, we need to rise above what is happening around us in order to not get dragged down into the confusing, muddied, emotional energy trying to take over our reality right now. Eagles are good at that. They can soar way above the earth and see hundreds of miles. And even at their great height, they can see a small mouse running in the fields below. Wouldn’t it be great to soar up like that, way above what is happening so that perhaps our perspective is wider, deeper, broader and more keen? If we stay mired in the muddied reality we get pulled down into a spiral, not able to see hope or progress but only the messy underbelly of the chaos.   And yet, like this eagle, we must also be able to dip down into reality so we don’t drift totally away from it. We must tangle with it and deal with it, slipping our talons around it, bringing it back to be digested, and use if to fuel our flight upward.   The world of nature can teach us many things and inspire us to be better. When we get into a snarl, we can sometimes find the answer by observing and learning from nature. The eagle teaches us to soar, yet return and use our reality to lift us back up to observer. Seeing the whole picture helps us know how to move forward in the most direct direction in order to find our way out of the chaos that flourishes below us.   What other things have you learned from the world of nature? What clues have you received in order to survive and even thrive in this crazy world? I would love to hear about the wisdoms you have found along the way……… Image by WikiImages from Pixabay I encourage you all to take a look at this video for a good perspective from Carl Sagan on our earth: https://youtu.be/wupToqz1e2g


Color is a great way to infuse your space with the energy you and it need. This is why I created my complete line of color therapy sprays made from essential oils, crystals, flower essences and love. Go to my shop to find out which color is working for you at this moment in time: http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/ “There is a way you can work with color to determine which color or colors are supporting you at any moment in time. The idea of color therapy is that our bodies use up colors as we move through challenges. It’s the same way our bodies use the fuel we ingest in the form of foods. As we move through life’s challenges and even just our daily lives, we deplete colors in our body’s energy centers, which are called chakras.”

Diantha Harris
p.14 Simply Color for Everyday Living
  This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books Happy Fall. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo
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September 2020 Newsletter

Moving. Feng Shui. Social Media. View this email in your browser
“Home Is Where the Heart Is”
September 2020 Newsletter As most of you know, we moved houses in mid August which physically took two weeks during the hottest weather! Tip to the wise: never try to move in the middle of summer in HOT Florida! Of course, we rarely have control over when a house sells, and we are so grateful that everything worked out so smoothly. It couldn’t have gone better. AND the bright side is that because it IS summer and work is slow, we got some great deals on furniture, closet build outs, and other new house needs.   During those two weeks of being without a home I got to thinking about how a home defines and secures us. It is such a comfort to walk into your own space, whether a room, or a whole house. “This is where I belong” is what you feel subconsciously. We breathe a sigh of relief walking in that door where we belong. And a home reflects your being. The colors, the shapes, the comfort level, the fabrics and patterns, the accessories, the art…..they all reflect you.   This is how feng shui works. In your home you can arrange things to support you. When you do not feel comfortable in your own home you generally have control over where to place things, what colors to use, what fabrics and surfaces to employ….and if you do not feel “right”, then the feng shui is “off” for you at that particular moment in time. This is when you need to look around and figure out what is not working for you. Perhaps it is the color of your new chair. Or the fabric and pattern of the new draperies. Maybe it is the lack of greenery, or the need to replace that worn out sofa the cat has shredded over the years.   When your home feels “off”, it is time to re-evaluate what is making it feel that way. Take a good look around. Try to rearrange some things and see if that makes a difference. Bring in something new or take out something old. And if this is not something that is easy for you to do, perhaps it is time to hire a professional to help you. Here are a couple of websites to help you but there are many more as well:
http://www.interioralignment.com/practitioner/

https://www.ifsguild.org/FengShui/directory-consultant/  

When I studied Interior Alignment with Denise Linn, she always said, “if it doesn’t feel good, it is not good feng shui.” Ditto my experience in studying with Nancilee Wydra of Feng Shui Institute of America. I loved finding feng shui because it took my profession of interior design into the realm of the Spirit/Soul. I could finally work with clients on that deep level I desired. Both Color and Feng Shui allowed me to change people’s lives on that deeper level which was so much more satisfying than just fluffing up a person’s décor.   At any rate, as I create a new home environment for my husband and myself, I will use this opportunity to address both of our desires and needs of our Souls. It’s a good thing to do every now and then for all of us. Revisit your home and make sure it is working for you because things change. We change. Our needs change. Our focus changes.   When I was growing up I was always moving my bedroom around which drove my Mother crazy. But even then I was so sensitive to the energy around me that I was compelled to do that. So take a look at your home and see what needs tweaking. Fall is a good time to do this as your focus turns from being outside to preparing for the winter months inside.  

“Your home is your heart’s work of art.”
William DeFoore   “Wooden Hearts” I’m Breaking up with Social Media.
Wait!  What????  by Carolynn Anctil
  (The following post is from a dear friend of mine from Canada and although we have never met in person, we have become friends through the blessings of the internet. However, we both are stepping back from using Social Media, for several reasons. Here is her latest post about a few reasons why. This is food for thought as many of us re-evaluate where we spend our time, and what practices these online platforms employ. Enjoy:)

  I’m Breaking up with Social Media.
Wait!  What????  

“Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table.”
Anna Nalick – Breathe

  I recently took an extended break from social media and all the “content creation” and posting that we small business owners are encouraged to engage in, if we want to achieve success in our chosen field. It had become a mountain of all-consuming busy work, posing as progress, that was keeping my to-do list full of endless tasks, with very little to show for it. The experience is akin to being caught in an undertow in the ocean. There’s a whole lot of paddling going on, but you’re literally going nowhere. 

In the space that was created by the small act of simply choosing to step away and quiet my mind, I experienced enormous relief. I had long known that social media, as a whole, had become a source of distraction for me and, at the risk of sounding dramatic, it has slowly been sucking the life out of me and my business. 
“You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and
the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”
John O’Donohue
Since choosing to stop the constant scrolling, I’ve experienced more peace and my muse has tentatively begun showing up in my creative life again. I’ve had more satisfying days in the studio, recently, which only confirms what I already know:

  It’s where I need to focus my time and attention.
Everything else is merely distraction.

 
That’s not to say the events of the world are not important, it’s that I’ve been allowing the noise and turmoil to divert my attention away from what I’m here to do. Namely, to create an energetic oasis in the midst of that chaos, for those who need rest. That is my work.

It seems counter intuitive to step away, yet, if I take the time to examine it, I arrive at the simple truth that I don’t want to be a great Instagrammer. I want to be a great artist.  

 
“No matter how rich you may be, there are only so many sips in the straw…metaphorically speaking, we all want fries with that.”
Karin Bugge
I’m not entirely sure how things will look, going forward, but what I will no longer be doing is following someone else’s business plan. My immediate course of action is to get quiet and see what bubbles up for me.

My new relationship with social media is going to more closely resemble two friends meeting up for coffee, every once in a while, to share what’s new and catch up on events in our lives, rather than the daily check-ins everyone has come to expect. So, if you’re interested in staying in touch with me, I encourage you to stay subscribed to my newsletter. While I’ll continue to post new work and major announcements on my existing social media accounts, I’ll be focusing the bulk of my efforts on building community on my own platforms and, of course, art creation. 

 My plan is to be predictably unpredictable. So, strap yourself in. This could get interesting.   Warmly,

Carolynn
  www.carolynnanctildesign.com
  Color is a great way to infuse your space with the energy you and it need. This is why I created my complete line of color therapy sprays made from essential oils, crystals, flower essences and love. Go to my shop to find out which color is working for you at this moment in time: http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/ “There is a way you can work with color to determine which color or colors are supporting you at any moment in time. The idea of color therapy is that our bodies use up colors as we move through challenges. It’s the same way our bodies use the fuel we ingest in the form of foods. As we move through life’s challenges and even just our daily lives, we deplete colors in our body’s energy centers, which are called chakras.”

Diantha Harris
p.14 Simply Color for Everyday Living
  This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books Happy Beginning of Fall. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo
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August 2020 Newsletter

Perseverance

Declutter. Persevere. Keep Moving Forward. Moving
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AUGUST 2020 Newsletter   This is moving month. After many wonderful years in our current home, we are downsizing for the final time into a graduated care community in this same town. I originally hated the idea of leaving our beautiful home and wonderful, unique neighborhood, but things have changed and we now have a wonderful buyer for our place and a brand new little cottage to move into! Life is good!  

Those of you who really know me know that my dear and wonderful Mom was a hoarder. It was so terribly hard for her to let go of things so moving her out of her big house into a retirement community was very, very difficult for her, and almost impossible for us, her daughters. I will spare you the details but now it is my turn to downsize for the last time and move into our final home. It is a hard reality but I am excited and ready to roll with this!  

As the daughter of a hoarder, I have the exact same tendencies. I tend to want to hang on to everything: to friendships, to favorite clothes, to favorite books, to photos and memorabilia, well, you get the picture. I have way too much of everything even though my home is neat and not piled with boxes, containers, and piles of clothing the way hoarders get.   It is amazing how much stuff one can pack away into cupboards and closets. We have given away at least 4 truck loads of stuff and more to come. For this old keeper of just about anything, it feels so good to be lightening up.

I was thinking about this the other day and wondering why, what is the difference this time? This time the purging feels so good and I look forward to it whereas in the past it has been heart wrenching to part with things.  

For one thing, I think it is our age. We’ve reached an age where we don’t need a lot of what we thought we did! We don’t use our professional tools any longer. We don’t need huge reference books because everything is online. We won’t be doing our own yard work any longer so all that can go. We don’t entertain the way we used to. We don’t have house guests like we used to. SO MUCH JOY in letting go!  

For another, I think on a more 5th dimensional level we are all letting go of things: old beliefs, old ways of doing things, old patterns, old systems…..there is a lot of letting go in the collective unconscious so I am totally inspired and in sync with what is going on globally. I feel so supported in this and hope you do too. Have you noticed yourself wanting to organize/clean out/declutter?  

Thanks to my Mom and her Mom, I had several very nice things. But life isn’t like it used to be so although they are lovely, I never used them. And we have some nice furniture that we are letting go of. It occurred to me to sell these things but then it didn’t feel right. I was getting a strong message to just let things go and release them into other hands, hands that would love and cherish what I could no longer use. THAT felt right.

  Fast forward to a recent Saturday when my husband took another truck load of stuff to Habitat. There was a line for drop off and while waiting, he opened up the back of the truck and there was a brass planter. The woman behind him, about our age, stepped up and asked if she could buy the planter. Oh, she said, I am from England and I love things like that. Bill replied, No M’am, you can’t buy it but I will give it to you. Then she spied another painted planter and asked if she could buy that. No he, replied, you can’t buy anything. My wife is very generous and she would love that you love her things so just take them. Then he showed her a collection of little things that I always thought I would use with my own grandchildren but it isn’t going to happen so I had sent them away to be treasured and used by other children. Imagine my delight that I now know what happened to those precious things! They ended up with this lady for HER grandchildren and I know she couldn’t have afforded to buy this herself for them. I was THRILLED by all this when he told me. THRILLED! It was much more fun and soul satisfying than keeping them locked away in a closet for years. I love the joy of giving!

You can probably tell how excited I was over this even days later as I write it down.   So what’s my point? (My husband always says I am too long winded and don’t get to the point fast enough but I do love a tale!) My point is to share this experience with you so you might be inspired to pass things along that you no longer use. The general wisdom is if you haven’t used something in the last year and can’t foresee a need for it in the near future, out it goes. I guarantee you, you will make someone’s day!   Further, the more we can do this on the physical level, the faster it will duplicate in the collective unconscious bringing the 5th dimension into our reality faster. Bring it on you guys!     Perseverance “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but do whatever you have to do to move forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


For moving forward I would suggest using the blue color spray. The color of water, movement, change. For the challenge of change that could be affecting you negatively, orange is your friend. Find these and all the rainbow colors in my shop!



Photo of Great White Heron by Ken Klancnik

Ken is going to contribute a nature photo for the newsletter for your enjoyment. Can you see the green around the eyes?
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books

Happy August! Enjoy the last days of summer! Until next month…..
Namaste….xo Copyright © *2020, Life Potentials All rights reserved.


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June 2020 Newsletter

Summer
June 2020 Newsletter A bouquet of different blossoms for you this month: Some changes, some announcements, some things that are helpful. Enjoy!

  1. Messages from Heaven I will now be posting MFH on my website, www.lifepotentials.net instead of sending them to mailboxes although you will get a notice that it is posted. My apologies to the two of you who opted out. I fussed with my mailing list for ages and just couldn’t manage to get it right but the messages themselves will not land in your inbox. For those of you who want to continue to read them, a click of your mouse on the link will take you to the new message. http://lifepotentials.net/category/messages-from-heaven/    

2. Announcements During this crisis I’ve been doing two new things. Firstly, I am studying to become a coach for the Brittany Watkins method of Tapping for Weight Loss (and other issues!) using The Emotional Freedom Technique. In the months I have been working with it, I have found such amazing progress with shedding old beliefs and old patterns, repairing emotional issues that have affected me negatively for years. I have months to go before I am fully finished with the training but wanted to let you all know what I have been up to. Soon I will be looking for people to work with for practice so be thinking if you would like to participate at little cost to you. I’ve decided to charge a nominal fee so my “clients” will have skin in the game but it will be a very nominal charge. You do not have to need to loose weight at all as this is really a method for getting our emotional bodies healed and unload a ton of stuff weighing on your soul! Perhaps you are struggling with money issues, or with the drive to be perfect or a struggle with your own inner critic. Or maybe it is relationship issues, or self image. Whatever your main emotional blockages, we can address them in the safety and security of you own home on Skype or Zoom or What’s App.  

Second, I found a new company that is creating lots of jobs especially for young people and they make and distribute effective and natural supplements to help us be as good as we can be. I am loving the products. If you are looking for extra income, a new stream of income and a healthier body, please contact me. One of the two evening capsules gently sculpts your body using probiotics, prebiotics and other gentle digestive things that work while you sleep. You take it at night along with their capsule that enhances sleep without grogginess. The third product I use is their multivitamin that contains all the vitamins along with adaptogens and nootropics for the brain. All natural ingredients. I have more focus, and energy, during the day and sleep more deeply as I am getting those deep sleep waves instead of being half awake while sleeping, a common complaint as we age. There is also an awesome vitamin product for kids with no sugar and again, all natural. This is a powder and adults use it to mix up with water and drink as a vitamin water. Anyway, if you are interested in the products or the business side let me know. This company is world wide and ready to explode.  

Third. I’ve been doing more painting lately, both watercolors and acrylics, and am just having fun playing with color. My paintings will never hang in a shop much less a museum, but the joy of creating and seeing the colors on canvas or paper is so much fun. I highly encourage you to find something that tweaks your creative nature. Writing, sketching, making up songs, strumming a banjo, humming a tune, singing in the shower…..just have fun! It lightens up life so much! Two of my Florida series are below.  

Fourth: I found this article on using green light to minimize pain. Since many of us suffer from chronic pain, I thought some of you might find this interesting, if not an answer! Enjoy. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/15/787138928/researchers-explore-a-drug-free-idea-to-relieve-chronic-pain-green-light  

Finally: The month of June is my natal month. As a way of celebrating I am offering my last book to you at the unknown price of $18 which includes shipping. It is my birthday gift to you! Retail price on Simply Color for Everyday Living is $35 for this all color tome that will be welcome in anyone’s library. You’ll have to send me an email to lifepnet@aol.com to order as I cannot for the life of me figure out how to fix this on my website. Please forgive me my shortcomings in the tech sector. Just send me your order and a way to contact you and I’ll get in touch with you for details such as where to send your order and how you wish to pay. I can do paypal or check.   That’s it for this month! I hope most of you are able to return to more freedom as we head towards our July 4 Holiday. And I hope none of you got the dreaded COVID 19 virus. Stay healthy and happy and may your life be filled with joy!       Happy June! Until next month…..
Namaste….xo
May 2020 Newsletter

May 2020 Newsletter

“We are all sitting and waiting.” This is the message I received from a good friend the other day. She said there was a Robin who had built a nest on her exterior light fixture next to the family room and every day she could watch the bird sit and wait for her eggs to hatch. It was such a great analogy for what is going on today that I had to share this with you.

I consider myself extremely fortunate in this quarantine situation since I am safe and healthy. Other than my hair that is wildly out of control things are fine for us. If I ever had doubts about whether or not I am a homebody at heart they are gone now. I am DEFINITELY a home body. I am loving not going out and staying home and reading, painting, napping, putzing, cooking…..I am happy as can be.

But I know not everyone is. My husband, a definite extrovert, is being patient but I know he would love to be out there doing his charity work much more actively. He is a great example of how to do retirement: put your skills to work doing something worthwhile. I have not yet retired but when I do or if I do, I hope to use his example as my guide.

Waiting patiently is wearing thin for most of you no doubt. How can we keep sitting on our nests waiting for those little robins to emerge when we have things to do? Things we deem important. And most of us need to get back to work.

I don’t have answers for you. The answers lie within each of you. Your own situation is unique, and each solution will be as well. I know people are resilient and clever and creative and so are you. I would love to hear about how you are handling things and managing and surviving right now. If you would like me to pray for you, let me know.

I have been busy taking a coaching course from Brittany Watkins on Tapping for Weight Loss, using EFT. I have shifted so many things in this course and have more to go, but I wanted to share a little today. This is on Brittany’s Instagram account so you can find the entire piece there but here is a little guide line to know when and if you are self sabotaging yourself. This is particularly hazardous during times of anxiety and isolation so I thought it timely:

Signs of self sabotaging:

~Procrastination

~People pleasing

~Negative self talk

~Making excuses or justifying your behavior

~Not taking responsibility

~Initiating conflicts

~Over indulgence

~Perfectionist behavior

~Being too busy

~Projecting or blaming others

~Self blame

Any and all of the above can lead us into self sabotage. Be on the lookout for these when they appear in your lives in order to recognize them, name them, and let them go. And if you know how to tap with EFT, you can do so. Engaging the nervous system helps to change behaviors dramatically. In a few months I will be looking for volunteers so I can practice. You do not need to have a weight problem to be a part of this as we will be addressing so many other issues that underlie what manifests on the physical. Be on the lookout if this might be something of interest to you.