Opening the Lid of Your Dream Box – It’s Time

 

When we were young, we spent our days dreamingimagining, living a wonder-filled life of “what if”s.  We imagined ourselves to be anything.  Remember?

My imagination came to life through Barbie.  Yes, I was hooked on Barbie, Ken, Skipper – the whole gang.  Life was good at the Barbie and Ken house!  I was very shy when I was young, so Barbie really helped me to live out my adventures. What were some of your vivid dreams and imaginings?

The years pass… and we have ‘grown up’.  How are the dream/imagination adventures going these days?  Do we still use them everyday or have they been put away with the childhood toys?

box SAI imageIt’s time to “Come to the Edge Today!” and open up the “imagination box”.  There are oodles of dreams and imaginings in there!  Even though our adult conscious mind may not have allowed them, the dreamer part of us would not be kept at bay, so it lovingly tucked all of them away for a time when we would be ready to receive.  Our dreams  have exponentially multiplied!  As a matter of fact, there are new dreams you placed there just today!  The box is overflowing!  Can you feel them prodding you to open the lid? 

Here’s the daring part:  Begin to listen to them as they want to manifest in your life!   They have been stored, lovingly in your heart and if you are reading this, it’s time to allow them back into your thoughts, then into your experience.

Imaginationdreaming and belief, along with the gift of free choice are the tools we use to shape and form the life we truly desire.  So, dare to imagine!  Dare to dream!  Let them percolate. Begin to use that wonderful gift of dreaming and imagining again!

What comes after daring to allow them back into your life?…..The unfolding of your dreams into manifestation!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Allow yourself 15 minutes to an hour (or as long as you desire).  With paper and pen, begin writing (or voice record) dreams you used to dream with your imagination.  Begin when you were small, then recall dreams as you grew older.  Re-mind yourself of recent dreams, wants and desires – even as recent as today.

Allow yourself to open the box and explore its contents.

When you feel you are complete, read the list slowly.  Acknowledge that these are yours…You created themNotice how full and rich they are.  Gently remind yourself that opening and acknowledging is enough for now.

For the next 30 days, read the list each day.  Dare to imagine them coming true – use all of your senses and savor the experience!  Try not to determine “how” they may manifest in your life – just imagine!  If you’d like, make a vision board with dreams on the list that have a special “pull” for you.  Keep it in a visible spot.

Be patient.  Be open. Be ready.  Life unfolds for you perfectly.  Know that you are supported by a Creator who dares to imagine everything!

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Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God, it is that. God dared to imagine everything.” – Henry Miller

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Imagination (and dreaming)  is the voice of daring…”  You are ready……… Joan Kappes

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Love Will Find You!

colorful-1220747_1280Life is experienced on a whole new level when we come to know that no matter what our life experience is or has been, no matter who we think we are or what we do, no matter where we are going or where we have been, ‘Love Will Find You’ –

If it’s true that ‘Love will find you’, let us listen, opening our hearts to hear Love’s pure intent.  We’ll do this via inspired music and lyrics titled, “Love Will Find You” performed by the very talented duo, Storyhill.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Experiencing “Love Will Find You” (see video heart-1220657_1280and lyrics below).  Allow yourself 15 minutes of uninterrupted time (You’ll want to give yourself this treat!)  Find a comfortable spot.  Take several deep, slow breaths to quiet your mind.   Gently set aside any distracting thoughts or obligations.   Allow yourself to be present to the melody and lyrics.  My suggestion is to close your eyes and just listen to the song. When finished, reflect on:  “How am feeling right now”?  “What inspiration or idea or picture came about from this experience”?  “What is the gift I received by experiencing this?”  Record  these gifts in your journal.  Now, listen again.  Enjoy!  Relish!  Accept the Love given through this gift!  Repeat daily.

As you accept your daily invitation to “Come to the Edge Today!”, may you come to know and experience that Love WILL Find You (Actually, It already has….) –Joan Kappes – #IAMChoosingLove

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Love Will Find You by Storyhill

You may be watching from a safe distance
You may be so close you can taste the blood
You may have headed for higher ground
You may be drowning in the flood

Chorus
No matter what you do
Love will find you

You may have lost what little faith you have
You may believe with all your heart
You may be pulling yourself together again
You may be falling apart

Chorus

One of you sees that love’s a long lost friend
One of you can’t recognize her face
One of you runs to her with open arms
One of you falls down is disgrace

You may see a million different gateways home
You may think there’s only one way through
You may be waiting for the kingdom to come
You may believe it’s in you

Chorus
colorful-1191019_1280No matter what you do
Love will find you
Love will find you
Love will find you

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Ripples – Are You Having Fun Creating Yours?

jackthummEach of us makes ripples…every day.

Are you having fun creating yours?

We never know the full impact of the ripples we create, however we can become aware that we are creating them and we can have fun with them as we throw those stones of thought, intention and action into our part of the lake.

Yes, Fun!  We adults often think of everything except having fun.  Have you ever considered the role fun plays in your life or how it makes an impact on your everyday interactions with yourself and others?

For me, experiencing the essence of fun and joy in my day is a high priority.  I allow myself to experience them often, however I learned that I have still have a lot to learn about where fun can enter and enrich my life.  For example, prior to meditation recently I was asked:  ‘Will you allow yourself to experience fun in meditation today?’  WHAT? It never occurred to me to experience fun while meditating.  I thought, ‘why not?’ It was amazingly open and new and…..yes, fun!  Where else can you (and I) allow fun in our days as we create ripples of thought, intention and action?

Fun is a high vibrating energy! Consider the value and impact en-joyment and fun play in your life and in the world by way of the ripples you create each day.

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:   What do you notice about those who allow fun and joy in their lives? What do you believe about fun? When was the last time you experienced the essence of fun?  What does the gift of fun open up for you as you live your day? Practice allowing fun – everyday!

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Joy and fun are ripples of Love given to you and for you.

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Fun – it’s the stuff of Life at ‘The Edge’ – Joan Kappes

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The Gift of Receiving – All It Takes Is A Little Leap

This is a leap year – a ‘magical’ time that comes once every 4 years.  It’s like a ‘freebie’ from the Universe.  This year is a playful, imaginative and wonder-full opportunity to create and receive something new.

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Are you open to receiving something new – today? Are you willing to accept a gift meant exclusively for you?

All it takes is a little ‘leap’ ………..

 

 

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:

Relax.

Breathe.

For just a few minutes, set aside the ‘doing’-‘shoulding’-needing–to-make-something-happen agenda.

Choose a place you enjoy that feels peaceful or take a walk in nature (if possible).  Turn your attention to listening…….to nature, to quiet uninterrupted space.

Breathe.

Turn off the inner and outer noise.

Breathe.

Be.

Relax.

Breathe deeply.

Gently, set your intention to receiving something new from Creative Source.

Open to it.

Intend to believe that you will receive something either now or soon.

Relax.

Breathe.

Be open to hearing something new.

Listen.

Be open.

Receive.

Breathe.

Let go of your agenda.

Breathe.

Relax.

Feel the loving shiver of God run through your spine.

Receive the guidance, the Light, the Love.

Believe that all is well, because all IS well.  Your Loving Source surrounds you and blankets you with Love.

Be open to experiencing the purity of this moment.

Be open to receiving the Love in this moment.

Allow this experience to change you.

Receive.

Believe.

Know.

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This leap can lead you to a life experience better than any you could imagine – Joan Kappes

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Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life!

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You have the ability to  change your life’s trajectory……….

 

The premise is simple and profound

 

 

  • It is estimated that we think approximately 70,000 thoughts each day –  and most are repeats!
  • Definition of a belief: A belief is just a thought you keep thinking.  I’ll repeat this:  A belief is just a thought you keep thinking.  A belief is just a thought you keep thinking
  • Day by day, week by week, year by year these repeated thoughts become beliefs
  • Most beliefs go unchallenged; we assume they are ‘true’
  • Beliefs, conscious or subconscious are the drivers of our life because we get what we think and believe whether we want it or not

If beliefs are the drivers of our life and we get what we think and believe whether we mrpuenwant it or not, isn’t it a good (I would say ‘great’) idea to learn to be mindful of what we are thinking, repeating, then believing?

I do!  After discovering the above ‘aha’s, I committed to becoming aware of my thoughts and beliefs.  Learning how to use the gift of free choice, I developed the skill of questioning and developing new habits of thought which led to the development of new beliefs; I am thrilled to share with you (whoo!) that I am now in the driver’s seat of my boat and am mindfully setting the course for my life!

How did I do it?  (see ‘leaping’ exercises below)

First, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of the beliefs I uncovered that were subconsciously driving my boat:

  • Multi-tasking is a way of life that is to be honored and mastered. Checking off as many items from my lengthy ‘to do’ list is a sign of my value
  • I am not a dog lover
  • Other people could do this task better than me
  • I am a good mother
  • If you really knew me, you would…………

After creating new habits of thought, I now am living from the following mindful beliefs (and, I might add, the resulting manifestations are wonderful!):

  • There is time for everything. I enjoy each moment knowing it is a gift to experience.  ‘Doing’ is a free choice and not a reflection of my value
  • I love dogs!
  • I have unique talents to share and am gifted in many ways. I have much to share with the world
  • I am a spark of Divinity. I am loving, whole, worthy and loved
  • I am a good mother and enjoy it more and more every year

I noticed that it does not serve me to judge the beliefs I uncover.  Noticing is all that is required because I have the powerful gift of free choice to decide if I want to continue living from that belief or if I want to change.  I also noticed that I did not want to change all the beliefs I uncovered.  I enjoy most of the beliefs I have, only now I am having more fun because I am aware of them and am consciously steering my boat.

Stuart Miles 5Today’s ‘leaping’ ExerciseHow to change a belief –  Here are the easy steps! *

  1.  Stop!  Stop what you’re doing for just a minute or two.

Why do this?  You are training yourself to slow down so you can learn mindfulness

  1.  Catch yourself thinking!  Notice your thoughts

Ask yourself this question many, many times each day: “What am I thinking about this     (circumstance, observation, conversation, etc.)?”

Why do this?  You are building your ‘awareness muscle’ of knowing what thoughts you’re thinking!

  1. Become aware:  “How does it feel to think/believe this thought?” 2:  Is there a thought I would I prefer to think (that would feel better)?

Why do this?  Building awareness of how thoughts and beliefs affect you is key to becoming the driver of your life

  1. Decide and declare: “I have free choice in what I think about this (circumstance, observation, conversation)”

Why do this?  Calling upon the gift of free choice is freeing and empowering; it is an essential element for creating life… your way.

  1. Choose: Using free choice, declare your thought with full awareness

Why do this?  Declarations are very powerful; they announce what is wanted and what is believed.  They are the ‘stuff’ of manifestation.belief check with no credits

  1. This step is very important.  Why?  Because this is where many of the ‘aha’s will be revealed.  Jot notes of your observations from the above steps for journaling.  Journal (the same day, if possible) using the above as your focus.  Ask and answer this question:  “What do I believe about (use the above to fill in the blank)?” I call it a ‘belief check’.  This reflection exercise really brings you to the nitty gritty of your beliefs, both conscious and subconscious.  The more you do this, the more the ‘aha’s will show themselves to you and the more you are free to decide what you want to believe (which ultimately results in what is manifested)!

*The steps are easy, however time and commitment are required for the most rewarding results

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Want more? Download my free ‘Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life’ workshop!

“I’m glad you showed us how to create new beliefs.   I am still making progress a month later!  Thank you” – PR

“I had no idea.  Now the patterns of my life are beginning to make sense” – BF

This is fabulous!  I didn’t know I had a choice about what I believed” – KT

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Change your beliefs, change your life! – Joan Kappes

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#IAMChoosingLove – The Birth of a Movement

2015.  Paris was attacked.  In an instant, the world allowed the floodgates of Love, Light and Compassion to open……. and Light overcame the darkness.

As with millions of people, I prayed and sent Love to the people of Paris and all those around the world who suffer this kind of brutality.

While the loving outreach to our worldwide family was appropriate and powerful, I sensed there was more this time – something bigger was desiring to be born. I spent much time in meditation that day.

From this meditation came inspiration for the idea: I am choosing love The energy and ‘download’ surged through me.  I could hardly get the words onto the page fast enough!  The depth!  The potential!  The Joy!  What raced through me: “Everyone, absolutely everyone can be involved on their own level, however they choose!”

#IAmChoosingLove is a simple, life altering, world altering idea.  It is a project, a movement of awareness, intention, ‘being’ and action involving both individual and group – allowing the Creator who IS Love, to create through us and with us.

#IAMChoosingLove in its simplest form asks each of us, “How are you choosing Love”?  How are you loving on purpose?”

In it’s deeper form, #IAMChoosingLove incorporates 5 areas of focus: Awareness, I AM, Choice, Love, IAMChoosingLove. It is an uncovering, then a conscious choice to incorporate these 5 areas into our lives.  It is a never ending, adventurous dance with The Creator and with each other using the energy of Love as the creative tool.

Below, is a highlight of each of the 5 focal areas.  I have included a link which expands each area.

Awareness is the Key to "Come to the Edge Today" living!Awareness:  Learning the skill of awareness is a fabulous, life changing, life enhancing skill; it is a habit that can be created. (Click this link to discover more about awareness – what is it? Why should I care?  How do I create a new habit of being aware? How can I use it to create a fabulous life?)

‘Leaping Exercise’ #1:  How aware are you of being aware?

I am 3I AM:  Connecting with and allowing our true self to shine is the purpose and joy of our life.  Imagine experiencing ‘you’ as:

 

  • I am Enough
  • I am Whole
  • I am healthy and vibrant
  • I am a powerhouse of Joy!
  • I am passionate about life!
  • I am curious and creative!
  • I am a Lover of Life!
  • I am Loved
  • I am Loveable
  • I am the essence of God
  • I am ME….

Click this link to dive into ‘I AM’ – what is it? What does my past have to do with this?  How do I change my ‘I AM’s? How do I discover the power of my ‘I AM’?

‘Leaping Exercise’ #2:  What ‘I Ams’ do you claim as ‘you’ and how do you share them?

bowChoosing:  Allowing ourselves to become aware of the gift of limitless free choice; this is the gift that holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom for those curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Click this link to explore the gift you use (consciously or unconsciously) everyday

LoveLove:  Becoming aware that not only is Love something we yearn for, it IS the stream which carries us.  Love is the blanket surrounding us.  Love is the connection joining us.   It is more than just a comforting phrase or gesture.  Love is the most powerful energy in the universe.  Love IS life.  It is who we are.

Click this link to discover more of what we’re made of and the energy that surrounds us all

‘Leaping Exercise’ # 3: What is your definition of Love.  Can you expand it?  How does Love transform you?

IAMChoosingLove#IAMChoosingLove:  Creatively answering the invitation to be the ‘I AM’ we are –  Consciously using our gift of free choice, beautifully creating from our passions and joys – Allowing Love to flow in us and through us – Developing the habit and the knowing that ‘I always have the choice to Love’

‘Leaping Exercise’ #4:  A. How will you create the habit of choosing love?  B. Our collective consciousness is exponentially powerful. What can we do as a group of like-minded people committed to choosing love?

‘Leaping Exercise #5: How To How to begin using #IAMChoosingLove:

Use the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to create the awareness in your mind.  Use it in your social media, on notes in your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your fridge, etc.  You are creating a habit, so do whatever will help you remember.  Notice the effect it has on you.  Enjoy what you are discovering!  Commit to it for 30 days and let your intuition guide you as to how to expand on the myriad of ways you can choose love.  Look for the hashtag and engage with others who are also becoming aware of the beauty of the unfolding.  Invite others to join!  This Love energy is the most powerful energy known.  It will lead us to each other and to others who are open to receiving it.  Let the magic begin!

Join us!  I invited Janet Nestor and Denna Shelton to be pioneers with me on this adventure!  They are wise, fun, inspiring and a joy to know!  Below are their #IAmChoosingLove stories:

Janet Nestor Janet http://mindfulpathways.com/i-am-choosing-love/

DennaDenna Shelton  http://tinyurl.com/jsoswg2 

Joan

Joan Kappes http://bit.ly/1VIkZm2

 

 

We invite you to Tweet with us @Joan_Kappes @JanetNestor @TwentyGems.  Add your wisdom, insight, and humor to the steady flow of inspiration found at the hashtag #IAmChoosinglove.  More inspiration can be found on our Pinterest board:  https://www.pinterest.com/janetnestor/iamchoosinglove/

Also, did you know you can add the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to your Facebook posts and Instagram?

More to come!  We invite you to share your inspiration with all of us as this inspired movement expands well beyond the hashtag! #IAmChoosingLove – Joan Kappes

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The Ultimate Gift – The Ultimate Freedom

giftThere is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

bowWhat are the ingredients of this gift?

It is always present

It is always available

It is used every hour of every day by every human user (you)

It is employed with or without awareness of the user

It always obeys the instructions of the user

It can bend and change at anytime

It is absolutely unique to each user

It is utilized by the ego/personality and by the heart/soul

It is the creative life-tool of each human user

The more the user develops awareness of its power, the more effective it becomes

It is a free gift – always – with no strings attached

It is the ultimate gift

It is the ultimate Freedom

bowThe Giver

The gift is freely and unconditionally given by the Creator

The Giver gifts with pure Love

There are no conditions placed upon the use of the gift

The user determines what the gift is to be used for – each choice is respectfully acknowledged by the Giver

The Giver and user together dance the dance of co-creation

The Giver provides unlimited inspiration, support and direction if allowed by the user

Because of the unconditional Love of the Giver, regardless of how the user employs the gift, all roads will lead back to the Giver

bowThe User of the gift (You)

Simply by being on this planet, you are an adventurer and have the ability to employ this gift for creating a pleasing, wonderful life experience

You (the user) are made from the divinity of the Giver

You have been given an additional gift – discernment and intuition – to assist in how to most effectively use the gift

You have the Giver with you every step of the way – eager to dance with you as you learn to use the gift

What treasures await those who are curious enough to explore its potential?

It changes the life of the user – not just once but throughout your entire lifetime

ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you can imagine!

What is the gift?

giftFREE CHOICE  Yes!  Free Choice!  The user (YOU) are free to choose your thoughts (all of them).  You are free to choose action or inaction.  You are free to choose your attitude, your perceptions and your beliefs (all of them).  You are free to keep your head in the sand.  You are free to love yourself.  You are free to loathe yourself.  You are free to close your heart.  You are free to open your heart.   You are free to experience beauty.  You are free to choose fear.  You are free to choose Love.  You are free to choose to focus upon what is lacking.  You are free to choose to focus upon abundance.  You are free to focus upon what you do not want.  You are free to focus upon what you do want.

YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE!

There is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

Today’s ‘Leaping’ Exercise:  Reread the above and this time, insert ‘Free Choice’ prior to each entry (Example: Free Choice is a free gift – always – with no strings attached….Free Choice is the ultimate gift….Free Choice is the ultimate Freedom, etc.)  Notice any ‘ahas’ as you reread.  Begin to consciously become aware of this gift.  Next, choose to become aware of this gift in your life:  Decide upon a cue that will remind you that you have this gift, then ask yourself many times throughout each day:  “How am I using my gift of Free Choice?”  Notice what you are discovering and choose to make changes, if desired.  Choose to appreciate this most precious gift!  Enjoy!

Rejoicing that we always, always have a choice –Joan Kappes

#IAmChoosingLove

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