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7 Treasure Trove Tips To Creating A Belief & Vision Board

Hello Mermaid Junkies,

If you’ve recently started following my blog or my youtube channel Mermaid Junkie TV You know I base all of my practices on Abraham Hicks.

I have been using a Vision board, or what I now call a Belief board for over 13 years. Until learning of Abraham and the practices, I never understood why many of my visions weren’t manifesting. Now, I fully know and understand where the gap was, and I’m excited to share it with you. In case you’ve ever wondered why your boards weren’t working, I’ll inspire you to begin getting what you want and explain in detail how to manifest your dreams and desires.

Who is Abraham Hicks?

Abraham is considered one of the most revered sources for anything pertaining to the Law of Attraction and manifesting dreams.  Abraham is a group of consciousness from the non-physical dimension translated by and communicates directly through Esther Hicks. Esther Hicks is an inspirational speaker who travels all over the world sharing the wisdom channeled from Abraham, together they appeared in the world famous movie The Secret.

The Secret’s original teachings are actually all based on Abraham. However, Abraham (Esther Hicks) never gets the credit deserved for The Secret’s success. So as much as, The Secret has inspired millions, I give all my credit to the original source which is Abraham (Esther & Jerry Hicks).

Abraham Hicks sums up the how The Law of Attraction works, and the missing piece that keeps most people from actually getting this Universal Law to work for them: (Below is actually Abraham speaking through Esther explaining the Law of Attraction). 

“There are three steps in the Creative Process. The first step is:

The first step is: Ask for what you want. You can ask with your words, but your asking is really happening on a vibrational level.

The second step is: Answer the request. That’s not your job; that is the job of Source Energy and Universal Forces. Law of Attraction (That which is like unto itself is drawn.) is the manager of that. But that answer always comes, and it always comes swiftly and accurately and precisely, and fully in the moment of your asking.

“When you ask, it is always given, now,” surprises many people, because they say, “Can’t be right. I know, I’ve been asking, and my stuff has not shown up yet.” And we say, that’s because you are unaware of your job in the third step.

And the third step is: You must be in the receiving mode of what you’re asking for. You have to be a vibrational match to your own desire, or, in this vibrationally based Universe, you’re not letting it in. Usually, the asking is born where your vibration is not pure. So, in the middle of the asking, you are rarely in the receiving mode.

We think the thing that confuses so many of you, is that you think you are asking with your words, and when you ask with your words, if the answer is coming, it should come right now, and it should be in a form that you could recognize. And when it doesn’t come right now, in the middle of your asking, you assume that something has gone wrong. And we say, nothing is wrong. You’re just in step one. When you get in step three, you’ll let it in.”

The difference between a Belief and a Vision. Many times, desires and beliefs don’t match up vibrationally. We must remember that like attracts like. So our job as manifestors, is we need to blend them together. That’s what expectation is.

So now that I’ve explained the differences, let’s get started!

7 Treasure Trove Tips To Creating A Belief & Vision Board: 

  • Getting started: I began my board with A Mermaid Manifestation Affirmation for the year. Each year I create one, as I’ve had my vision board for so long, I change and add things throughout out the calendar years. This year for 2017 mine is:

Dear Universe

You know what I want, you know who

I am and how I want to live, you know what my future holds,

and lighted what I have been offering. 

I am ready to let in as much as you can accommodate now. 

I love you and appreciate the way you are constantly loving me. 

Thank you in advance.

Love, Raquel

  • After you have written your Affirmation it’s time to start with the fun stuff. Begin by collecting things. Cut out pictures from magazines you love. Cut out words that speak to you, quotes, affirmations, poems, art, scrapbooked items, ephemera etc. Always pay attention to what you are feeling in the moment of creating your board. Be authentic and only put on your board what feels true to you.

  • Picture of yourself. You can either find a photo that you love of yourself, when you look at this particular photo you feel happiest with yourself. It doesn’t have to be a new one, but it should represent a time when you felt most joy and happiness in your life. You only want to feel the great energy when looking at photos of yourself. If you have a polaroid camera, you could take a little selfie, then it’s all ready to go. I have a little Instax mini 7, and If I can’t seem to find a photo from a magazine, I’ve been known to snap a polaroid of it from the computer or Pinterest. Then I have all my visions up on the board instantly.

  • Clarity- Now this step you don’t have to do, but I do like it when my board looks clean to a certain degree. I don’t like my photos overlapping too much or have my board all jumbled feeling. You want to leave space for all things energetically to come into your life. Focus your mind on your desires and your worthiness of them.
  • Be specific with your desires. Unless you feel a sense of wobble in your vibration, you might want to stay more general, until your desires become stable. What I mean here is, I am very specific about what I want. Many people creating boards say to be general. I am quite the opposite. I think the more specific the better. The universe only hears what you mean, not what you say. So I say be as specific as you’d like. Here’s an example: Do you have the desire to live on the beach? Is the image of a beach cottage, an estate, a mansion? What would you rather live in on the beach? I am specific when I’m putting out my beliefs. Try to stay open to all options. The Universe has the best and highest in store for you. Seek the joy of the ‘thing’ and the Universe will give you even more than you were able to remember. The Universe still has all of our desires in our Vortex escrow. We have most likely forgotten many of our desires throughout our lifetime, but Source/God has not.
  • Create a manifestation space. After collecting, creatively display your items, such as your vision board, focus wheels, crystals, mandalas, art, candles, affirmational quotes and all pretty things that make you happy on a beautiful antique table or a dresser, or an altar of some sort. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but make it peaceful and a place you enjoy spending time in. When I lived in my little apartment, I had a small closet that I converted into a little meditation area. It was the only extra space I had to use, but it was perfect for me at the time. Think outside of the box.
  • Visualize. I spend my time visualizing and it’s mostly right after I’ve meditated. Visualize for as long as it feels good.
  • Let it go. After you’ve done all of these things, in order for them to work, you have to TRUST the Universe has already brought your desires into fruition. Imagine sending them out into the ocean, releasing them to Source, knowing they will come back to you. Having no doubts whatsoever.

There you have it!

This was a long post but I feel it has oodles of beautiful content for you to be a powerful creator and manifesting your dreams and desires!

Yours til my next swim, R

The Tides Are Turning & I Got A Bunny!

Hello there Mermaid Junkies,

How are you my lovelies? I hope this week is serving you well, and that you are enjoying your life immensely.

So here’s the dealio.

After major alterations, life changes, and much contemplation I’ve been going back and forth like waves bashing against the rocks trying to figure out a way to sort of transform my little blog here.

But…

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If you need me, I’m almost always here…and when I’m not

I’m usually with my beloved or working on some

hair-brained ideas that I constantly think of at 2 am.

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Can one ever go wrong with linen and some driftwood? I think not.

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After much thought, I’ve decided this blog is exactly where it should be. Just like my tag line in the header, “The way she ‘seas’ things.” is right on point. The only thing that will change is that I’ll be adding several more features to the blog, like embedding my Mermaid Junkie videos from YouTube, adding some DIY projects/videos and also adding my online store. My online store will be things I’ve made that are all coastal/ Mermaid inspired. Always… Y’all know me. Even though I have clients that are very conventional and like their design that way, I will always fair on the natural side of my gypsy spirit and be an unconventional designer.

I think of all the waves that have taken place recently, I am so much more accepting and appreciative of my spirit and the way I am as a woman. I do believe that with so many people consumed with appearances, competitiveness and trying to stay ahead of the game, I can truthfully say I love where I am at. Right here. Right now. This very minute.

Oh and for you darlings who couldn’t resist waiting for my vlog about house bunnies, without further ado…

Meet Oliver Twist, my house bunny.

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I’m working on a vlog post about all the treasure troves of wisdom when it comes to having a pet bunny. I hope you’ll swim on back later.

And for now, Mermaid Junkies, I hope you are having a pleasant day and as always…

I’m yours til my next swim, Love Rock

Hocus… Pocus… Focus…

As I was driving to my little sleepy hometown yesterday to visit my family, I had an hour on the road to think about my birthday and where I was in my life, and how never in a million years would I have believed that I would be where I am right now. It’s a beautiful place to be in and I’m so joyful to be here, in fact, I’d rather be no other place, but it’s not what I had planned.

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Just less than a year ago, I was busily packing up belongings for a household of 6 with two dogs to boot.

Preparing once again to move and set up life in another state as I had done 19 times prior. Moving, packing and taping boxes became second nature to me.

It’s interesting when the power of attraction gets going and how when we get on a momentum with our thoughts what begins to happen. How quickly that momentum is like a roaring locomotive and to try and stop such a momentum of thoughts is pretty much impossible. When this happens, the best thing to do is to simply let it happen, as if you have fallen from an airplane. Just hold tight it’ll be over in a minute.

That’s pretty much what I did. I heard a song on the radio and where I’d normally control my thoughts precisely, I had already fallen from the airplane. I was just allowing myself to fall, knowing it’d be over soon. I began bawling like a baby, and then slowly allowed myself to just feel my way through the emotions. Our emotions are our most important tools for building a beautiful life.

I can honestly say that I had no plans to be a single woman, living across the country away from my children, while my ex-husband does the rest of the parenting alone.

If you need me

To say that it’s not easy to be away from my children is an understatement, but it’s amazing how capable the human spirit is to survive.

Many don’t know the story of Mitch and me, nor will anyone ever really know all of the details, except for he and I, nor are they truly important to anyone. What happens between two people that get together is no one’s business, nor is their separating anyone’s business either.

It’s understandable that people want to know details. I think that’s the human curiosity, but really it’s of no use to relive situations over and over again. It benefits no one long-term.

I must say I am very happy in my life, honestly, I’ve never been happier!

I’ve had to really focus on what is beautiful about my life daily. It really just takes great focus on what I want, instead of focusing on what I don’t want in life.

With the Law of Attraction, I have come to realize it’s an inclusive universe. You get what you want if you think about what you want. If you focus on what you don’t want, you will get just that; more and more of what you don’t want. It’s quite simple once we begin to realize, it’s all about how we focus.

The days of me having really bad days are far and few between. I have trained myself to only see and visualize what I want in life. And that is exactly what I’m getting. The universe doesn’t hear what we say, the universe only hears what we mean. So it’s very important that we are definitive with our thoughts.

Here’s a question for you.

Have you ever noticed, if you have a crappy day, and one thing leads to another, and you realize, “My day is terrible and it’s only getting worse?” It’s simply because we have 17 seconds of a momentum and its down hill from there. Law of attraction will draw everything to us, depending on our thoughts. If they are crappy thoughts, everything crappy latches on and takes you on a roll. The opposite is true if you think great thoughts. Everything great latches on and before you know it you are having a beautiful day.

There are a lot of things in life that we can think about and focus on, but why would we want to focus on things that are negative. It truly is just a thought that we have thought over and over again, and that’s what we have created. BS- a belief system.

To retrain ourselves we have to learn to only focus on positive things. It’s not hard once you practice doing it over and over.

Using our inner being as our guidance system. If a thought feels bad, refocusing our thoughts immediately is essential in mastery and true internal joy.

By learning what things cause us to focus negatively we must then realize what those things are. Whether it be politics, TV shows, songs, anything in our lives that cause us to have negative emotions, we should try and eliminate them. It would be like eating bad food and saying,” this tastes horrible” but continuing to eat it and asking for more.

Why would we do that? Habit! It’s pure and simple. It’s just a habit.

So try this little exercise.

When you wake up tomorrow morning, think of anything that makes it easy for you to think of love. Find something or someone that’s easy to love, and before you know it, you’ll be on a wonderful momentum.

 

Keep practicing and you’ll be on your way to eternal bliss and joy.

It sounds easy.

That’s because it is.

Have a lovely day and have a happy day manifesting joy!

Love, Rock

Cabbage and Kale Salad

Good Morning Darlings,

Before I publish this post, please know I tried for over and hour and a half to edit and include the image of all the ingredients. To no avail. I’m just putting it out and will come back to insert the picture… so sorry Mermaid Junkies! Blergggg…

I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s day and that you gave yourself boat loads of self-love. Making time for yourself will affect the way you live and the way you experience life.

Making time for yourself will also affect the way you experience others. When we get into the habit of regular practice {yoga, meditation}, daily self care…well then, I think the world is such a better place.

I’m writing this blog post to encourage you with love and an invitation to take the ‘you time’ you deserve, you need, you want, you desire. So, having said that…

I wanted to get your week started off right with this healthy cabbage & kale recipe, it’s one of my faves and it makes enough to share with all your merfriends. I hope you enjoy…

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Love, Rock

 

What The Water Did To Her…

I’ve been away for a time, I had some sorting out to do with my life. I won’t bore you with the details, but here’s a little recap for you, my readers that have been asking. I’ll leave you with several pieces of poetry that helped me while navigating through my whirlpool. I love you Mermaid Junkies…

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We don’t need a reason to feel good. When we rely on surrounding conditions to make us feel good we will always expect joy to come from someone or something other than ourselves.

Law of attraction and manifesting what we want in life is all about finding the joy without the condition.

 

We create our own reality. What we choose to focus on increases. Our universe is non-inclusive. If we focus on what we don’t want, we get more of that. If we focus on what we do want we get more of that.
We get what we place our focus upon.

I’ve gone through a divorce, but know that if I chose to focus on the positive aspects of my ex-husband and the way I projected the outcome to be, it would be. I manifested a beautfiful seperating. I also know that in life we never really leave a relationship, we just move away into one that appears differently than previously had been.

I’m not a blogger that is going to talk about all the gritty details of how things came about. I choose to look at the reality I have created that is lovely. I have long chose to focus solely on the positive aspects of each life experience. It has and continues to serve me well.

I did struggle many days but feel that I came out quite resilient when it all came down to it.
I can say, I’m very proud of myself. I love myself and making myself happy has been the single most important lesson I’ve learned thus far in my journey.

This journey isn’t complete and I’m thrilled it’s not, nor ever will be. I enjoy the contrast. I like mixing it up.

On days when my soul felt abandoned I lingured in a mist of delusions.

So i wrote…

I write you this poetry
on a piece of dyed parchment
In the shape of a letter
with crimson sealed wax.

I write you this poetry
so that on rainy days
You can pull it out
and shelter yourself
with the words.

It’s still and quiet
within these four unpigmented walls
a shadow upon the ceiling
this is your home
I’m creating cavities
that beget my scent
so when you open my letters
my skins flavor will impregnate
your souls desire for me.

rehearse my name, let my rhymes
burn a hole into your chest
flirt with my words
you’re going to be alright with me
I’ll keep you so busy looking into my eyes
that you’ll forget to look inside yourself
to find the right answers.

I write you this poetry
for if I ever desert you
you will have a remembrance
of this house I built for you,
you abandoned my soul
room by room.

foundations built upon shores
of secrecy will thwart
use these words to patch
up your wounded holes.
for I
will no longer be there
when you try to cover up your
liquid tears that rest upon
your chestnut eyelashes.
-Raquel English

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