About the Author: Geraldine Banes was born in a small town in Pembrokeshire Wales, UK, on the Southwestern-Most Peninsula of Wales, close to Ireland. From an early age she was interested in art, design & creative writing. Geradine got her education in the Art and Design field, married, divorced and then on her ownwith a small daughter, ended up getting a job with an American company, Microsoft, which brought her to America! What started out as a short-term contract job turned into a 22 year career for Geraldine with Microsoft. It was intellectually challenging and interesting work. She loved her job, and may have stayed there if it were not for a life changing event that made her reconsider everything.
In 2009, at the age of 50, while on business in Britain, Geraldine suffered a heart attack. Her right super dominant artery was 98% clogged with a clot. She had a stent placed, and her femoral artery bifurcated. She was in hospital for 6 days, and not allowed to fly home for 6 weeks. With such a close call, she realized that she had to change her life. Like the phoenix from the ashes, 2010 was to be her pivotal point. She married John whom she’d met a few years back and who thankfully didn’t care that she had this major event! She already had an interest in Alternative Health, specifically CranioSacral Therapy & Reiki as she had found these modalities helpful in her own recovery. She enrolled in Massage school to learn about Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology. She found an office space and started her practice. So, after 5 years, she started to look for a place of her own. She found a very patient Real Estate broker and they looked for almost 2 years and nearly gave up. Until one day a building came up that spoke to her as soon as she set foot in the door. It was a historical building, an old bank building, with great bones. After another year of renovation, it became her Studio Beju in downtown historic Duvall, WA. Here she set out with a wing and a prayer to build a community of like-minded women practitioners who combine both alternative health and creative expression. It is a place for uplifting and light workshops, classes, & services and it will be 3years in April 2018, since the doors opened for business. Through many new beginnings & times when she thought it was all over, she has found her purpose in life!
We are creatures born of New Beginnings. Being born into this world takes time to become acclimatized to our body, ourselves and the life we were born into. We learn by example, we explore the boundaries of what makes us, us. We grow. We assimilate notions of how the World is. Time passes. Experiences happen. Babyhood, Toddlerhood, Preteen, Teen, Young Adult, Student, Working Adult, Retired Adult, Aged Adult and several stages in between, until our very last day, our very last breath. We all know that last days can happen at any stage of life, but we prefer not to think about it too much. We are too busy living! Each person in their lifespan will most likely experience in differing degrees feelings of, love, betrayal, happiness (however fleeting), despair, intellectual challenge, judgement, folly, anger, remorse, friendships, breakups, boredom, lust, depression, antipathy, jealousy, and a host of other emotions too long to recant here. These emotions can either hold us back or motivate us to change & adapt. Each day that passes gives us an opportunity to grow more, or stop, or shrink down.
So, what’s my point, what am I getting at? I was asked to write about manifesting the life you’d like to lead. Why would I start with New Beginnings? I started here because I realized that the whole point of being able to manifest anything in our lives starts with the concept of a new day and the opportunity that comes with a new beginning. If you genuinely treat each day as a new beginning, then you have a better chance of being open to a real new beginning! So, what does this boil down to? Mindset. Mindset is everything. Our thoughts are powerful. Thoughts alone are not powerful, but thoughts allied with motivation, persistence and the ability to create something into reality become powerful & achievable when grounded in sense.
Successful manifesting happens over time, and sometimes it is not what you’d think it would be!
5 ways to manifest something good in your life:
1 - Creation. Put it down on paper, draw it, breathe life into it
2 - Hold the general outcome in your mind, consistently – don’t be too specific, just the general sense of what you are setting out to achieve.
3 - Be persistent in lightly pursuing your goals
4 - Be open. Once you have set the first 3 Acts into motion you never know where it’ll lead or who it’ll lead to. This becomes an interesting way to see what you are drawn to.
5 - Relinquish Control. Be led by a lightness of Spirit.
Some of this sounds easy but they are deceptively hard to do, especially when we are conditioned to expect things to happen quickly or without much effort. We also have a strong & understandable tendency to try to avoid the unpleasant side of life. Sometimes, the Universe has a way of waking you up to the possibilities of this life and it isn’t something you’d choose at all. It is like a test, and if you survive it sometimes the greatest breakthroughs happen after such a life changing event. This usually changes your perception & leads you to understand that life is precious, that time is all you have, and that whatever time you have left you can make a difference however big or small.
If you look at the people who have really made a difference in their lives, and get to know their stories, it soon becomes clear that they are living their dream despite having the cards stacked against them. So, wherever you are, whatever you are doing or want to do, know you can do it with persistence and a little help from the Universe.
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