Mirrors Hold Magic

IMG_7470.JPG

I have a confession to make: I used to have a crappy, average life.

I remember thinking that there was so much better in store for me...yet I was living in bitterness. When would that 'betterness' begin to come to me?

I knew I was meant for more so I sought out different modalities to help me in my personal growth. These modalities included meditating, reading, visualization work, tuning into Ted Talks, etc., getting out in nature, exercising, feeding my body good fuel, etc.

I knew I needed to change my mindset so I went heavy on it and continue to work at it daily!

One of the very first things I did to shift my thoughts was to utilize something we all have in our homes: A mirror.

This mirror tip is so simple to do that on the surface it seems like it wouldn't make much of a difference. However, I learned over time that this tip makes a world of difference. I noticed pretty much immediately a shift in energy from negativity to positivity (not only for myself but for my entire family) after I implemented it. 

Here's my tip:

 I write positive affirmations on my mirror in dry erase marker.

When I first put marker to mirror, my most pressing life challenge I wanted to address was my marriage. I had long standing programming from my childhood that led me to believe that marriage was a struggle and I acted on those beliefs. Therefore I wasn't the best wife and my husband followed my cue. I desperately wanted to change this so my very first positive affirmation I wrote was intended to get my marriage on the right track.

I wrote this on my mirror: I am in a loving, respectful, honest marriage.

At first I didn't notice much happening. Then after a couple of weeks I realized that I wasn't always looking for reasons to be mad at my husband. I felt a softening towards him; sort of like some barrier was coming down. Like I didn't need to be so accusatory and defensive. The amazing thing is that this affirmation I put up was also being seen daily by my husband since it was written on our shared bathroom mirror. So the affirmation was also working its magic on him and changing up the belief system he had about our marriage.

Things shifted.  Our marriage got better and better. My marriage now is something I am super proud of! I truly love my husband. And I know he loves me. 

Sure there is a lot of work that goes into creating a healthy, happy marriage and life, and that work can be fun! Especially when helped along with some mindset-shifting affirmations written on your mirror. 😉

Everyone in my family reaps the benefits of my affirmations since we are all readers now! (My youngest is 5 years old and reads well.) I even noticed that my teenager has been writing on her mirrors recently as well. 😍

At this time I have these affirmations written on various mirrors around my house:

• I Choose to be Happy

• I am Powerfully Positive

• I Love my Life

I change them up from time to time, depending on what energy I feels needs to be vibrating through my home. I love how simple it is to seep some good vibes into our subconscious! 

Do you think you'll start this in your home? What are some affirmations you'll write or already have written? Post a comment, I would love to hear!

 

Geranium Essential Oil for Love and Trust

I'm not sure how to explain it but I know it to be true for myself and my family: Essential oils have the ability to heal  emotional wounds. For almost a decade I have been on a quest to uplevel my personal growth so that I can have rich, rewarding relationships and live a purposeful life. I truly believe that without essential oils, I would not be able to have the peace of mind that I experience now. I love the book Emotions and Essential Oils by Daniel McDonald. In it, he breaks down the emotional properties of many different essential oils. Here's an excerpt from the book about geranium essential oil, "Geranium softens anger and assists in healing emotional wounds. It assists in re-opening the heart so that love may flow freely. Indeed, geranium could be called the 'emotional healer.'" The following is a story about my teenager and her use of geranium to help her overcome a tough patch in her life. Although often times I wish that I had had these oils when I was a child/teenager, at least I am able to teach my children this information. Because I am able to pass on the knowledge to my kids and therefore my grandkids, etc., I feel truly blessed. 

When my teenage daughter was 13 years old, we went through some very rough times. I won't give you too much back story but a few years earlier she had gone through some emotional trauma due to a family court trial involving her deadbeat dad. After she had acted out on a few occasions my husband (her step-father) and I tried many things to address her behavior. We gave her consequences, tried talking to her, gave her advice, etc. You know, the normal things that parents would do. But she would be good for a bit and then slip back into old patterns. I got to thinking that my bottles of nature (essential oils) I have all around my house may do a good job of cutting through the confusion and help my daughter come back to a place of love and trust.

I started by diffusing geranium consistently. I remember her saying, "What is that SMELL??" and wrinkling her nose. This was very interesting to me because I was told that if a person doesn't like the smell of an essential oil, there is something they are going through, on an emotional level, that they have to overcome. And once they do overcome it, they start liking the smell of the oil. This is a phenomenon that I've experienced many times and I continue to hear of stories from others who find it to be true. I told my daughter the name of the oil (which meant nothing to her) and I didn't provide any further explanation.

I continued diffusing geranium. My daughter started to become more reasonable. Then one day I gave her the bottle of geranium and showed her the passage about it in the Emotions and Essential Oils. By this time she didn't mind the smell of the oil at all. I asked her to use it with intention to bring love and trust back into her heart. She did as I asked. I would see her taking a drop and rubbing it over her heart. Over time, the walls that she had built around herself started to crumble and she let me in. I remember the day that she told me that geranium was one of the oils she loved the most. She didn't see it but I teared up when she said that.

I am so grateful for the power of essential oils and so in awe of what they can do. I honestly don't think that my daughter's deep emotional healing could've been achieved without geranium. Sometimes I'll look for my geranium bottle in my oil storage case and find that it's gone. My daughter sometimes take things of mine...my shoes, my makeup, etc. When this happens I may get mildly annoyed (especially if I was planning on wearing the pair of shoes she took!) However, if I look for geranium and discover my daughter has taken it, I don't mind that in the least bit. :)