Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Prize in the Life Contest

And the first place prize is, a week in Rosendale! The second prize? Two weeks in Rosendale! That’s where I first heard that joke about the prizes.

I love Rosendale, New York, though. Joppenberg Mountain rises up at one end. Rondout Creek runs through on it’s way to the Hudson River. An old cement mining town, at one time a canal town, later a hippie town; it’s the only place I ever knew with a sense of humor about itself. Someone once said Rosedale had the highest percentage of well read, well traveled poor people in the country. It may even be true.

I learned a lot about the contest of life in Rosendale, sometimes the hard way. In the contest of life, the first prize is happiness – in all of its wondrous forms from peace to bliss, contentment to ecstasy, curiosity to triumph.

The second prize is stuff. Second prizes can be fabulous: cars, jobs, awards, relationships, money, houses, fame – you name it. I love second prizes. They often lead to fleeting moments of first prize.

The great news is that we can claim first prize anytime. Unless we get caught in those webs of beliefs that tell us we are not good enough, don’t have enough, have not achieved enough to be happy yet. Then we rule out any chance for the gold and severely diminish chances for bringing home the silver.

If you get stuck in envy, resentment, regret or guilt you get the booby prize.

We live in a societal trance of prize reversal. Breaking out and staying out represents a worthy challenge. My life’s work is helping people to claim first prize then go for the second with gusto.

I still need reminders about the real order of life prizes though. Without an occasional wake-up call I can struggle along, impatiently striving for second prize while I ignore the primo prize within my grasp, a lifetime of happiness.

There is progress! I haven't settled for the booby prize in a long, long time.

This reminder goes out to you (and me) with good wishes for happy days in the first place winner’s circle and lots of adventures with second prizes too.


More reminders? Visit my website for books, links to free videos, articles and belief quizzes http://www.mandyevans.com/

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Clear the Way for Miracles

Here’s an exercise you can do to give your miracle a chance to meet up with you in reality.

Write down something you want, something that would take a miracle to attract or achieve.
Now write down why you cannot have it.

Those answers are your beliefs. If they stand between you and the fulfillment of your heart’s desire it is vital to know if they are true or not.

Erin Carraway did that. At the Breakout Weekend at Rowe at the end of May Erin began to dream of playing rugby. She believed it was an amazing experience she could not have again.

Erin’s reasons and beliefs:

7 years away from the game. That’s too long. You can’t go back after that long.

No teams nearby. There isn’t anybody to play with anyway

Fitness level. I could never get back into the kind of shape I’d need to be in.

Age, 43. That is too old.

Here’s how Erin broke out of her limiting beliefs to her miracle.

“After reading Emotional Options and doing countless more dialogues on myself, and a few with a friend I met at Rowe, I started to attract answers to other questions about my additional concerns.

I used Vitale's Attractor Factor and your Option dialogues, I started to see and feel it happening.

That Tuesday night, at the gym, I visualized myself talking to a friend about why I wanted to play again.
Wednesday morning found me sending a random email to a club I found just 70 miles from me (how I never knew of it before?!).
They offered me a chance to play with them on Saturday.
The obstacles of getting gear and arrangements all fell, effortlessly into place.
Saturday morning I woke up at 3:30am to make the 4 hour drive to beautiful Saranac Lake to play for this team.
Naturally the drive happened without issue, and by 9:05 AM I was playing rugby again...running, tackling, scrumming against women 20 years my junior, and loving it!

The weekend answered my questions: can I do it, and do I still want to do it. Yes to both...the team asked me to play with them. Today I worked out the final hurdle of health insurance.

There is so much more to say...the universe gives what you ask for, and are willing to let go of.”

I love what Erin says about asking and letting go. Sometimes it is a real challenge to do both!
Wishing you many happy miracles –


There’s more! Erin used to weigh just under 300 lbs! Read how she became “normal sized” person and helps others to do the same. http://tinyurl.com/erinmiracle
Learn about the Breakout to Miracles Weekend. http://tinyurl.com/tomiracles