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How to Know if You're in the Flow with the Universe | Maven Mindset

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Synchronicities 

Just thinking of someone and they call. Having a dream about a certain animal or object and they pop up in your waking life. Your intuition is on point without you even realizing it. You may even be experiencing the beautiful synchronicity that is spirit animals and angel numbers. And sometimes the synchronicities are not always awe inspiring. Sometimes the Universe likes to give us (and itself) a laugh or two whether this reminds us of our responsibilities, an item on our To-Do list, or something embarrassing we may have done.

Spirit Animals 

A Spirit Animal is an animal spirit who has a special message for you. You may dream about them, see yourself as this animal, feel a sacred connection to them, or even just run across the animal itself or it's image repeatedly. This is not a coincidence! This animal more than likely has a special and timely message for you. Here you can find more information as to What is a Spirit Animal and how to work with them.

Angel Numbers 

These are number sequences that you see over and over whether it be when looking at the clock, on license plates as your driving to work, phone numbers, lottery numbers - you name it! Examples of these are 11:11, 222, 333, 444, 555, 999, 646, 578, any repeating number sequence. These numbers are messages from your angels, guides, and the Universe. I have found them to be spot on for what I am experiencing in the moment. A message that I personally needed to hear. For example, while testing for my Psychic Medium certification, I was scared, and stressed out. I happened to look out of my hotel window and saw the number 299 on the top of a bus. I thought it quite odd as I caught sight of it just before it disappeared around a corner. I ran to look up the meaning and cried in amazement and gratitude. My favorite go-to site for angel number meanings is Angel Numbers - Joanne Sacred Scribes by Joanne Walmsley.

Easier to Manifest | Timely & Auspicious Opportunities

When you're in the flow with the Universe, you begin to see doors that are open for you which you may have missed before. The job you've been searching for may come your way. Perhaps you've been sending out the vibe to attract your tribe and you begin to meet people of a like vibration in random everyday happenings. Know that these opportunities may not come in the way you expect them to. You need some extra money to pay the bills and you have the chance to make some overtime cash.  You may need extra cash, but that doesn't mean you'll win the lottery, but the Universe does make a way for you to get what is needed. Be open to new experiences.

Raise in Vibration 

You've been realizing the connectedness of all things. You are beginning to feel and work with energy. As your vibration raises, your intuition becomes stronger. You put your focus on positivity, love, joy, and happiness. You're interested in learning more about spirituality and what your spiritual truths are.

Law of Attraction 

This is all about your thinking. Both positive and negative. How do you talk to yourself? Is it in a loving way or is the tone of voice more condescending? Having negative self-talk or thought patterns doesn't mean you are out of the flow. It is a part of the human experience. Be conscious of your thinking. When you see negative though patterns creeping in, re-channel and redirect your thoughts in that moment! It takes some practice, but it is possible. The more positively you think, the more blessings that come your way. Negativity is sticky - negative thoughts, actions, words, and deeds have a tendency to stick to your energy. Thereby, lowering your vibration. Your vibration is tied to the law of attraction. What you put out into the Universe is what you attract to you.

Reaffirming that you've Learned Old Lessons

The Universe may send a few old lessons your way, just to confirm you got the message the first go round. The situation or people may be different, but the lesson the same. Do you recognize this? What didn't work the first time? Now is your chance to correct it. To show the Universe you're serious. You have taken heed. That you've integrated the wisdom from previous happenings. This lets the Universe know that you're ready to move on to the next chapter, the next lesson of your spiritual development.

How do you know you're in the flow with the Universe? What signs have been given to you? What has been your experience thus far and how do you keep the link going?

xo Ariel

The Attitude of Gratitude | 55 Ideas & Journal Prompts for the Holiday Season | Maven Mindset

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Gratitude is the Attitude of the season lovely ones! When we show thanks for the many blessings in our lives, seen and unseen, past, present, or future, we open our hearts to possibilities, opportunities, forgiveness, and love. Getting in touch with our sense of gratitude and appreciation helps us to center and ground ourselves as well. In honor of that (and in honor of the gratitude I have for all of you!), here is a list I have created that is chock-full of ideas and journal prompts to help you deepen your sense of, as well as express, an attitude of gratitude this holiday season or any time of the year! Get your journal handy and dive on in! Be sure to use #gratitudeistheattitude on social media if you decide to share any discoveries you make on your journey of deepening your gratitude consciousness.

Ideas for Expressing Gratitude

  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal - take inventory of what you have to be grateful for whether that be daily, weekly, or monthly
  2. Volunteer your time and energy by working in an animal shelter, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, library, hospital, or retirement home. What is close to your heart
  3. Donate your clothes, money, or food to a charity, church, or noble cause
  4. Make a meal for family, friends, or someone going through a rough time with grief
  5. Tutor someone. Use your gifts to help another
  6. Charge a crystal with gratitude or make a gratitude crystal grid
  7. Write a Letter of thanks to yourself or someone who has greatly impacted your life in a positive manner
  8. Pay it Forward
  9. Simply say ‘Thank You’ to the random stranger who smiles, waves, compliments, or holds the door for you. Thank your guides and your angels for all they do!
  10. Pray - Give thanks for your life, health, family, food on the table. Pray for the less fortunate.
  11. Light/Charge a Candle
  12. Create a Gratitude Vision Board
  13. Send healing and thanks to Mother Earth
  14. Do something nice for your family, parents, or a total stranger
  15. Put Ego, status, and feelings of entitlement aside. Act and listen with your heart
  16. Acknowledge your privileges
  17. Make a gratitude wreath containing items representative of your gratefulness
  18. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with someone less fortunate to let them know they matter too! A warm smile and a genuine ‘Hello, how are you?’ can work wonders for the spirit of both parties
  19. Do something for Mother Earth. Plant a tree, pick up trash in your local park, recycle
  20. Write affirmations of gratitude and carry them with you to read and say throughout the day
  21. Help children! Play with children. Read to children. Lead by positive example. Invite more pure, non-judgmental, childlike innocence into your soul.
  22. Express your gratitude creatively through music, singing, dancing, and art
  23. Do a gratitude meditation or ritual

Journal Prompts for Deepening your Personal Sense of Gratitude

24.  What do you take for granted in your life? Why do you think you have trouble expressing gratitude for this?

25.  What were you able to manifest this year?

26.  What were you able to release this year that was of benefit to you?

27.  Where can you invite more gratitude into your life? How? 28.  How do you think showing more gratitude will change your life?

29.  Write about a significant moment in which someone in your life extended gratitude to you?

30.  Write about a significant moment in which you extended gratitude to someone else?

31.   Where do you feel the sensation of gratitude in your body? What does this mean to you?

32.  How does your energy and outlook shift when you’re in a state of gratitude?

33.  What is your own personal definition of the word gratitude? What is gratitude consciousness?

34.  Why do you believe it is important to be grateful?

35.  What does gratitude teach you?

36.  How has your definition of gratitude changed throughout your life? Is it more complicated or is it more simple? Why?

37.  What is the difference between gratitude and appreciation?

38.  How do gratitude and generosity work together?

39.  When you feel ungrateful or someone tells you that you’re being ungrateful, how does that impact you? What does it mean to you?

40.  What are you most grateful for today, right now, in this moment? What freedoms are you grateful for?

41.  How was gratitude taught to you as a child? What examples do you have?

42.  Why do you believe the holiday season is associated with gratitude?

43.  What times of the year do you feel most grateful and why?

44.  What times of the year do you feel least grateful and why?

45.  Do you show gratitude and thanks even when you feel that you currently have nothing to be grateful for? Why or why not?

46.  Does your sense of gratitude have boundaries or limitations?

47.  What is your favorite way of showing gratitude?

48.  Do you show gratitude differently to different people? Why or why not? Who inspires you to be more appreciative?

49.  What personality traits are you most grateful for? What does your body do for you that you have to be grateful for?

50.  Which animals and natural wonders are you most grateful for?

51.  If you could only pick one item in your home/life that you’re most grateful for, who or what would it be? Why?

52.  How does laughter contribute to your sense of gratitude? After all you’ve been through in your life, why is it still possible for you to laugh?

53.  How do effort and hard work affect your sense of gratitude? If you’re not acknowledged or recognized for your work, how does that effect your feelings and how you show gratitude?

54.  Write about a particularly hard, weird, eye opening, or difficult time in your life that when you look back on it, you wouldn’t change. What lessons did this teach you? How has it helped to shape your life? Why are you grateful for this lesson?

55.  What situations or blessings in your life were you Divinely guided to? What would you say to those in Spirit (angels, guides, loved ones who have passed, ancestors, deities, God/Source/The Universe) who helped bring this opportunity to you?

Happy discovering adventurous soul!

In gratitude,

xo Ariel

Spiritual Awakening & Trusting Yourself | Maven Mindset

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Trusting yourself is often one of the most difficult things we have to learn to do in our lives. Self doubt and the overcoming of it is a huge part of the Ascension Process. Think about this - when you are with someone you don't trust, you don't go off with them on crazy adventures or truly heed their advice. They may make you nervous, uncomfortable, or even wary. When you have a lack of trust in you, you are giving that very energy to yourself! Don't treat yourself like the strangers your mother warned you to stay away from. Your Higher Self wants to take you on a grand and mystical adventure full of synchronicity and wonder! Yet, that is hard to do without relaxing into full trust in yourself, who you are, and the Universe. When you don't fully trust, you hold yourself back - your smile is shaky and not as wide, your laughter not as deep, your voice small and quiet. Get to know yourself by trusting yourself! Don't you want to be able to tune in to your Higher Self and know that the information you're receiving is for your best and highest good? When you fully trust in yourself, you allow yourself to fully and deeply experience. The best way to begin that process is to trust in YOU!

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When you lack self trust and confidence, your world stays small and colorblind. When you listen to and trust yourself, so much beauty is released all around you! Color and endless opportunity light up your world! Synchronistic events will occur with increasing frequency when you trust the intuitive hits and signs you get from the Universe. These signs may come to you as repeating numbers (like seeing 333 or 468 or 999 etc. over and over), animals appearing to you (read about my experience with fox), or when what you've been trying to manifest seems to fall into place piece by piece.

Your Higher Self will never tell you anything negative, will not be condescending, and definitely not judgmental. Your Higher Self looks out for you in the best and most healthy ways to help you grow and change for the better. Your Ego on the other hand wants to protect itself. Your Ego can be harsh, critical, prideful, and fear driven. Ego has a very loud, boisterous, and interrupting voice while your Higher Self is much more quiet, loving, and gentle.

Imagine (Wisdom of the Oracle, Hay House Publishing)

Imagine (Wisdom of the Oracle, Hay House Publishing)

Imagine what trusting yourself can do for your dreams and goals! For example, there's a company you've been dying to work with and they start to show interest in you. You're feeling pressured to make a business deal but something in you is telling you this may not be such a good move, so you decide not to go through with it. Then you find out down the road that the company has a history of fraud. By trusting yourself and listening to the feeling that this deal was not in alignment with your Higher Self or purpose, you avoid all the trouble of having been caught up in an association with that company therefore saving the reputation of your business. We often put pressure on ourselves to do what we think makes the best linear route to our goals, but the path to our goals is not always straight. Sometimes we have to take a zig zag route to get there. If your logical and analytical mind is telling you to go left but all the signs you've been receiving from the Universe, as well as your gut instincts, are telling you to go right (which is far off the beaten path for you), think about what you will have wished you had done down the road. When you look back will you be happy that you made the decision you did? Will you have wished you listened to your Higher Self? Pause and listen to your instincts. You're feeling that way for a reason.

Here is another example, let's say that your friend wants you to go to this party with them. You're an introvert and parties aren't really your thing, but something is jumping up and down inside you telling you to get dressed and go! You don't feel comfortable around a large amount of people but you figure it would be nice to go out with your friend so you throw on your best little black dress and go to the event. At the event you end up meeting someone who designs websites. Lately you've been having trouble with your business page and so you decide to tell them about it. Bingo! You end up hitting it off with them and manage to get all your questions answered. You get your website up and running and the next thing you know, a magazine wants to feature one of your articles! You do that for a few years and realize you think you're finally ready to start writing your manifesto and then BOOM! - you've written a best selling book! And it all started with that silly little dinner party all those years ago. Even when you're afraid, trust yourself. Feel the fear and do it anyway. There is so much growth and opportunity presented to you when you do that! You never know what path it may lead you down. 

Spiritual Awakening, Conflict (Crystal Reading Cards)

Spiritual Awakening, Conflict (Crystal Reading Cards)

The Universe will often throw challenges our way to see how we respond to them - especially during the Spiritual Awakening process. I think of these as "tests" or "check-ups" of my trust in self and my intuition. The main one I've seen come up over and over again is conflict. Conflict is an opportunity for growth - at least Spirit sees it that way! Spirit wants to know how you have grown in the handling of different types of conflict, whether that be standing up for yourself when someone is talking down to you or how you react when having an argument with someone else. What you would have done in the past compared to your current handling of that type of interaction? If your intuition is telling you to drop it, that it's not worth your time or energy, listen to that voice! If your Higher Self is telling you to be more assertive and to stand your ground, heed that advice! How well are you listening to that voice? Have you put Ego aside when dealing with these types of confrontations or do you let it do the talking for you? Do you trust what your Higher Self  has to tell you or are you too afraid to step out of your comfort zone and into a different (and higher) vibration?

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Ace of Pentacles - Shadowscapes Tarot

Trust in your intuition and Higher Self to tell you what is needed for continued growth on your journey of Spiritual Awakening. The path Spirit wants you to take may be rocky and nerve wracking compared to the easier road that the Ego has laid out before you. When you listen to your intuition during times of hardship and conflict, it builds more trust in yourself and your abilities, strengths, and prowess. It unleashes your confidence and faith.Without difficult circumstances or the confusion that comes with tough decisions, there would be no growth. Stepping away from old patterns of belief and behavior and away from your comfort zone, leads to more personal development than you can imagine. Change equals growth. Growth leads to new beginnings. New beginnings lead to more chances to shine your inner light even brighter! It's not easy and takes hard work. When you trust in yourself, you plant the golden seeds dreams are made of.

By quieting the voice of Ego and tuning in to the world of Spirit and our Higher Self, we open the door for more abundance and opportunities. The more you listen to it, the stronger it will get. The Ascension Process calls for us to be aware and receptive to the messages we get from the Universe, Spirit, and our Higher Self. The more you trust in their guidance, the easier it is for them to guide you along your life path and soul purpose. So stop and listen intently to the Universe as she whispers her secrets to you.

xo Ariel