Friday, January 2, 2009

Report from the 2009 Welcoming Group

Five of us gathered here on the patio over bagels and stuff on New Years Day to reflect and write about what we want to welcome into our lives in 2009.

Three of us had done this before. The other two had not. I found myself feeling very shy explaining the point of it all to my friends and trying not to sound like a seminar leader.

We talked about how being conscious of what you welcome matters. Whether to say "I want or I welcome" came up for discussion too. And whether it was just semantics.

For about twenty years I thought in terms of "I want" for this exercise. Then I became aware of the energy and emotions that generated. How it seemed to focus on the lack rather than the awareness of how welcome the object or experience we desire is.

We got to work and spent four hours thinking, writing, sharing, eating, laughing, crying and learning so much about ourselves and each other.

Each of us had focused more than usual on how we wanted to be, changes we wanted to make in ourselves, rather than stuff to attract from the universe. We had plenty of those too though.

We all wanted inspiration to expand, grow, create, express our true selves in different ways.
Clearing excess baggage was popular as were travel, meditating and spiritual growth.

We added to our lists as we learned from each other and thought of new wonders we'd like to show up in our lives.

Here is some of what I wrote:
Being happy
The will to do what I can to be healthy and pain-free
Greatly expanded ability to accept love and support
Deepening dear relationships
To be well accompanied through life
Writing the next book and selling 100,000 copies
Tech help
Someone to help market CDs and seminars
A perfect tenant for a warehouse/office building I own to whom I can give a big rent break and for whom it will be a well used and appreciated opportunity
A durable solution to roof leaks at that building
Continued prosperity
Being a good mother
Being a good friend
Wonderful books to read
Food, love, shelter for all
Help for our new president from all over
Renewal and deepening of values of honor and kindness in our country -- and the world

We talked about the importance of nurturing, support and open communication, the consequences of isolating when times are tough and admiration for the courage of those who put themselves out there in creative ways for all of us to see and maybe judge harshly.

It was a magical morning. I wish we could all be together at one huge table sharing our thoughts and heart's desires.

I love the comments people posted so far. They are a gift to us all.

May all of our "welcomings" arrive at our doors and may we all be wise enough to let them in.



  1. i have a limiting belief of what i call aggravation which i seem to attract into my life...this seems to prevent me from stepping into my greatness.. i need help on this..thanks in advance

  2. Hi Lincoln,

    You are so right! Aggravation blocks greatness.

    You may attract the situations you find aggravating. But the freedom from aggravation lies in discovering why you react that way to things you don't like. Why is aggravation the response you have?
    It takes some study and unravelling.
    You might try my post on here about "The 5 Famous Questions" or my book "Emotional Options."
    Another way is when you are aggrevated, ask yourself what you want instead of what you are aggravated with. Then focus and build on that.

    Good Luck! Happy '09

  3. Thank you Mandy for the opportunity!

    Love the idea of saying 'I welcome' rather than "I want". Makes me feel less like a demanding toddler, and more like someone who graciously manifests!

  4. Oh Mandy,
    I was just reasling your report about Welcoming Day and thinking right back at you: but I really don't want to welcome any MORE into my life right now - all my old welcomings are coming in right now and I feel so very richly blessed! The current slew of gifts from life may well have been started by a little question you asked - maybe even a couple of times - about whether there was a reason why I was fearful so often... and of course I stumbled upon this humongous framework of beliefs given to me as a child that I had never had reason to doubt - in fact they were all but invisible to me - here sits a different person and life is more fun than I could ever have imagined it would be. Thank you again - heartfeltly so.


  5. Good Morning Mandy!
    Welcome ~ 2009 ~ our time to truly shine,shine, Shine!
    Your name came to me through Joe Vitale's
    "The Key"... one of my constant companion books this last year. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your work. Many Blessings now and always!

  6. Mandy dear my belief in people is unshakable. With an ex, an unbelievable betrayal, sacrilege and a plethora of verbal abuses, I am there with a circle of friends. All people whom I did not know from Adam..

    It is such absolute truths which are absolutely earthshaking....

    more later..this is a great site..i like it Mandy...


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