Raquel English

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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.



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.


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





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.


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

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Wednesday: Upwelling Wednesday

This is the Spiritual need, the need to leave a legacy.

The need to leave a legacy, to have a sense of meaning, purpose, pride, personal satisfaction and contribution to the world.

I received a phone call tonight from someone that I revere as my mentor. Sena King is her name and she’s the most wonderful woman I know, besides my own mother.

I’ve actually known Aunt Sena since birth. You can read that story here if you’d like.

I was grateful for the in-depth conversation that I had with her in regards to appearances and being judged from an external perspective.

When you are always on the path to personal growth there’s’ a constant flow of the spirit helping to guide and lead you to more and more self-discovery.
As I was chatting with Aunt Sena she mentioned that because I had been currently using such verbiage as enlightenment, universe, affirmations and etc. (that she had failed to mention anything for fear of upsetting me), but she had started to believe I was on the brink of abandoning my religion.

I was very grateful to her to for mentioning her thoughts with me and that I could plainly see that perhaps there were others that may be confused or have become curious about my core values as well.

The interesting thing to me is that never at any time have I begun to lose my faith or religion.

I am in a field of work that requires me to always be immersed in concepts, beliefs, human behavior and theory. So many times in order to remain open to many faiths or religions with my foundation, I will use all types of verbiage.

My foundation (The English Settlement) and Mermaid Junkie School is based on universal principles. I chose to keep my religion out of it, just as Stephen Covey kept his religion out of his career. Not for fear, but for the actual principles that I teach. I don’t teach doctrine.

I was shown this evening that no matter what you are doing, you will always be judged and that people are always watching your life even when you think they aren’t.

I find it interesting that when using certain words people begin to label you a certain way.
It seems as though I’ll always be labeled.

But today I rest with ease with being labeled a girl that believes in a Savior, a God, and a wildly magical love for Mermaids.

No matter what you are or believe, it should not matter to anyone but you and your God.
Have a day filled with  Mermaid Junkies!

Why We Don’t Allow Ourself To Feel Our Feelings

I happen to think that if I’m going through something, I would take a gander that some of you may be or will go through it too. We all should be sharing so as to help each other fill the world with love, find healing and transformation together.

I was talking with a friend yesterday about a past experience that I had and that I wasn’t quite sure why I kept experiencing this “hook” in my fin.


I was explaining that I thought it had been removed and I had healed long ago from the wound.

Has this ever happened to you?

 You are going along; quite well in life and you start getting triggers. It could be a song, something they used to say, a place, a feeling etc.

Enter the rabbit hole of the past.

Enter the negative energy and vibrations of all the bad things that you did. You’re crap! You’re a horrible person for thinking kindly of that person. You feel like a bottom feeder because you’re not stronger than that. Why would you amuse yourself with that piece of crap of a person for what they did to you. How they turned you out like last night’s fish dinner.

Why do we do this?


Because we’re human, mortal, we have a spirit and soul and we FEEL everything. That’s why.

We have been conditioned to believe that our feelings are wrong. We are conditioned to believe we are good or bad based on our merits of thought.

Guess what! We aren’t! God doesn’t take the day off from us when we are going through what we feel. What we feel is the right or wrong thought to have.

I’m here to diminish that terrible habit. We must show ourselves the utmost love even in those unsavory moments of weakness. You are not a bad person.

The hook for me wasn’t that of the other person. The hook for me was the thought that I was a bad person for my feelings. I was withholding self-love as a punishment for the mistakes I had made. My spirit is perfect just the way it is. Now and always will be. I am beautiful even in the unattractive moments. I’m allowed to make mistakes and love myself through them. I can’t shame myself by burying my feelings with vices.

When I’m a mess. When I’m in pain. When I am struggling. When I am very angry. Angry at God even. He rests with me even when I’m hurting. He doesn’t take me personally. He knows my soul and he knows I need him.He knows the moment will pass if I let the feelings out. When we let those feelings come out and don’t shove them down is when we see transformative healing in our lives. What I’ve mostly seen happen is people get uncomfortable or shamed into believing they’re bad for their thoughts. And this is when addictions and harmful habits start. All because we are afraid to feel stuff.

What will you do today to start healing? When you start having feelings of any kind, stop and contemplate what God/the universe is trying to help you learn.

  You are beautiful. You aren’t anywhere in your journey of life that you aren’t suppose to be in.

The pearl represents learning through experience and the pearl is that person that you had an experience with.

The pearl is a beautiful gift.


The thing we must learn is to see things for what they are, and not what they appear to be by our skewed vision or version of self-protective preservation because we aren’t being transparent with ourselves.

Feel with your .

Love yourself through those hard times. Be there for yourself. Be gentle with yourself.

Love All of yourself and you will heal in a profoundly quick manner.

What’s Your Energy Tide?

FLOW is necessary for growth.

I’m in the Personal Development industry.

me in the caves

I was talking with a friend last night {Social/Emotional need}. I could tell that I was beginning to feel down, sad and lonely. Yes, Mermaids feel that way too.

As I was listing off the things I had to accomplish my friend says, “Raquel, flow is important for you to remember right now. We need the negative and the positive energy to make life work in balance.”

arms open with relax quote

There are many spiritual gurus that focus solely on all things positive. They try to constantly push out the negative. The negative thoughts, negative feelings they’re having, and rid the negative experiences that are taking place in their lives.

While it’s essential to keep the positive flow of things upwelling constantly, in order for the cycle of a balanced life to work in our favor, we must recognize the importance of the negative and the impact that both energies play.

I think many times we tend to forget that in order to have the positive, we must have the negative also.

I think it’s also rampant in my culture (I’m a Mormon) where many women tend to focus on the perfectionist side of life. Like… we are human as if were not suppose to experience the negative things in life. We aren’t exempt from adversity because were Christians.

Keeping our thoughts and energy focused on the positive aspects of life, will help us become more radiating with positive light energy.

Negative energy will vanish in your presence while more synchronicities will bring people of the light into your path. Energy vibrations always match people with similar energy. I think that’s why I have been feeling negative energy in the past few days.

It becomes easy to forget about all of the blessings/positive in our lives when someone starts pointing out all the bad/negative things happening.

Does this happen to you? It’s like a darn rabbit hole.

We have to try and focus on the positive so that more positive will appear. One positive thought builds upon another.

That is also true with negative energy/thoughts.

Sometimes people’s beliefs are used against them to make them scared of God, or scared of hell; these are very limiting beliefs; because fear is a negative/energy vibration, and since God is of the positive vibration/energy, I have to say that fear is negative energy which is on the opposite side of what God is. Fear of any kind is the making of negative entities, not positive ones; therefore anything that makes you scared is not true to your spiritual and higher self.

Use your inner judgment to decipher the truth from deceit; you are in control of your life, no one else is. Use your internal truth as your compass. I think we forget to do this.

 We are all rising in consciousness/spirituality; just remain positive in the face of your adversities, while also holding the positive energy level at an unwavering flow. Soon you will begin to see the transformation.

Begin replacing the negative influence into a positive change. However, don’t feel bad or listen to the negative talk because you feel sad. It’s okay that we feel like crap sometimes. That is a part of the mortal experience.

 Float and let the waves flow and embrace you in moments like this.

“Tides are constant. We need both for balance.

But what kind of tide are you predominantly floating in on; a low or high tide?”