KAT'S STORY: MEETING MIKE
The Writers' Dojo
| STORY OF THE DAY
I've been meaning to drop you a note for a while to share some amazing things that have happened ever since we hosted you at the Writers' Dojo last fall for an interview on Infinite Possibilities.
To make a long story short... I read your book and, of course, started putting it into action. I mean why not? It inspired me and was super easy to put into practice. I just started observing my thoughts and putting out clear messages, visualizations, about what I wanted. I didn't get caught up on the "hows" and just got up every day and got busy with whatever was in front of me. I had no idea how the actions I was taking on a daily basis were going to get me where I wanted to go. I knew action was important-showing up, traveling a bit, just being out in the world and connecting with others regularly, sharing my "vision" with as many people as seemed appropriate.
The vision I put forth went something like this... I love what we do at the Writers' Dojo, the free classes for at-risk kids, connecting with the literary community, etc... but it's not a huge money maker. And I like money.
I have been a subscriber to Mike's Notes from the Universe for quite a little while and have practiced the art of visualization and positive expectations. I have enjoyed watching my life transform ~ a rapidly successful new catering business that allowed my husband and I to quit our jobs in less than a year after its formation, several glorious vacations including a week long lounge on a Mexican beach, countless laughs with all of the incredible loved ones in my life, etc. We have moved forward once more (in early December when we began a project to expand our business into a space outside of our home) and the most incredible experience happened in the manifestation of this new space:
I had, for several months, been visualizing this kitchen space outside of our home. I even drew it out in my calendar that I carry with me so I could look at it regularly and think about how wonderful going to 'work' would be once this space found its way to us. At times, I was practical, looking in the paper, researching how to transform an empty warehouse into a functioning catering kitchen, and thinking that some of my requests where a little outlandish (or just plain strange).
Shower in the Kitchen
Three weeks ago today I was standing in my house taking in the aftermath of the fire that had happened the night before. As you might imagine I was overwhelmed by what I experienced, by the sight of my house that looked like a bomb had gone off, by what was ahead to recover, by wondering where we would live and mostly by imagining how much worse it could have been. Fast forward to today and what I know for certain is that this fire is exactly what was needed to accelerate the manifestation of what is next for my envisioned life! While I have always been confident about what I am capable of personally and professionally, and the amazing life I am meant to lead, at times I tend to get stuck imaging parts of the vision in the future rather than in the present. The fire reminded me that patience is not always what is called for and that I have tweaks to make in my visualization practice.
The fire allows a cleansing to occur, a beautiful purging, and forces me to make room to let in what I had always intended, but let it in now!!! What will not surprise you and what I am excited to share is that everything that will need to change in my home as a result of the fire is EXACTLY what I have been thinking about,
Imagine if you were an artist with an extreme left brain creative view... then suddenly had your forehead fractured, lapsing into a coma for 30 days. You wake up without any memory or identity for at least an hour... then you croak, "Hello," in a dimly lit intensive care unit... then a shuffle of footsteps draw near and you hear a startled woman's voice above you say, "Do you know your name?" Then much like an email, my first name plops into my brain, and my fragmented memory slowly starts to formulate, as well as my consciousness.
A neurologist recommends reading to improve short-term memory and someone hands me a book called "The Secret." I read a couple of pages that night and the following day those pages started happening, literally, IN THE MOST PROFOUND SITUATIONS, with eye-witnesses who will never forget the experiences nor shall I! One can say it's the subconscious or the placebo effect... it's all kinds of things... but ultimately it's "THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS!!"
Surviving a Coma
I just had to share with you how your book came into my hands. Someone recently stole our credit card number. For some bizarre reason one of the purchases they made was your book, that they then had sent to my house!!
I opened the box, saw the book, and despite the odd circumstances, starting reading it right away. I do believe the universe brought you to me - talk about manifesting!
It's a fantastic book and just what I needed.
I bought your book, "Infinite Possibilities" and started reading it about a week ago. However, after a few tough days of feeling quite sad and where I couldn't focus on anything, I put it down. This morning, on leaving the house I decided to take it with me and started reading it on the tube (underground) in London. I opened it up to read chapter 4, turned to page 78 (paperback version) and smiled as I read...
"... as long as it's Friday, Saturn is rising, or Gabrielle is nearby."
It is Friday, my name is Gabrielle, and Saturn has just started appearing in the November pre-dawn skies. Thanks for the message to keep on believing.
I was at the "Playing the Matrix" Workshop in June in Toronto and I was telling Mike that I visualized myself into a thin fit woman without doing anything else, I didn't diet, I barely worked out. I just had a picture of what I wanted to look like and I carried it everywhere. I made a zillion copies and I handed them out to people and told them, "This is me at 40." I had it taped onto the photocopier, the fax machine, my computer, the back of the bathroom door, the microwave at work, the fridge at work, and I had it pasted all over my home.
I went from a size 12 to a size 6/8. Now I know it's not a drastic weight loss but I have to fill you in on a bit of history to really drive this message home. I started my first diet when I was 9 and was obsessed until I was 39, going up and down for decades. I had wasted thousands of dollars, hours, and countless opportunities, because my life was going to start once I lost weight. I knew every calorie, fat gram, etc. in everything I ate. Plus, I used to work-out just to burn calories, not because I enjoyed it. Heck, I even went to University to study nutrition because I was so obsessed I figured I might as well study it in school.
Have I got a TBT story for you!
A little history first... I read "The Secret." Love it! Discovered you and your site somewhere along the way. Love it! Saw your presentation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada this summer. Loved it! Bought your "Thoughts Become Things" DVD in Winnipeg, but just actually sat down to watch it about a week ago. Love it!
Anyway, one of the people I shared "The Secret" with and who had wanted to come to Winnipeg with me but couldn't, was an aunt that I'm very close to (Joanne). Last week she entered a draw with a local radio station for a $20,000 prize package of a hot tub and a home entertainment centre.
On Thursday she found out that she was one of the 20 finalists. The final draw was to be made at a local bar on Saturday so she invited me and a few other ladies to join her for a ladies night out.
On Friday afternoon I called her up and I said, "So, do you really want to win this thing?" To which she replied, "Yes." So I said to her, "K, I'd like you to do something for me..." I proceeded to tell her that I wanted her to envision her win as often as she could for the rest of that day and the next. That she had to feel the emotion, feel the excitement.
United Flight 811
(Google "United 811" to read the details of this flight)
I was assigned seat 9F in Business Class... boarded the plane... and a man was in my seat. We had dupe boarding passes. I said, "I see you are in my seat," and was going to get assistance, but he made it abundantly clear he was NOT moving. The flight attendant told me to sit in seat 13F as we didn't have time to figure out the issue and needed to push back. "Okay," I thought, "not a problem for me."
Sadly, he was one of the people who died when the plane went down. I was in seat 13F and seats 8 - 12 were destroyed when the door flew open in air, and he was pulled out of 9F. The 9 people sitting around me died and I was seated right next to the hole.
I should've died for several reasons. And didn't. That changes a person. So, I hitched up my britches and decided I needed to make some changes and did. One is to do what I can to help others.
That's the Reader's Digest version...
I wanted to get promoted to the rank of Corporal with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. So, like I do for many great things I want out of life, I utilized the "Thoughts become things" rule to its max.
I changed my passwords on my computer programs to words and phrases indicating that I was a corporal with the RCMP. I employed the thoughts, feelings, and actions. So every time I logged on to my computer (sometimes dozens of times in a day) I retyped "corporal RCMP 2010," or something very similar. I visualized how I could be a great leader as a unit commander and the great things I could do for people working for me AND with me.
Well, I received word from a Superintendent with the RCMP out of Alberta that I AM being promoted to the rank of corporal. And this has happened within the last two months of 2010. I will be moving to a new and exciting location where I will be in charge of a dynamic little unit in a city where the possibilities are even more endless for my wife and I.
The universe has responded so clearly to so many amazing things in my life.
The Queen of Manifestation's Story
My visualizations and powers of manifesting, along with 7 years of hard work with a passion, are now coming to life in the biggest way! Have you heard of Queen Latifah? Just call me Queen Manifesta!
My plan was to "out" my husband's significant talents and contributions... and now his 40 year legacy has been discovered and is being touted by Hollywood! You'll be seeing him all over major network TV in the next couple of months, including Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The REALLY big news is not allowed to be shared for a couple more weeks... .
In my manifesting I wanted TV and radio advertising and didn't have a cent to create it. I spent 3 years trying to find investors, but with the economy crash the timing wasn't conducive. But the universe was working with me all along. I manifested millions of dollars of FREE advertising and FREE worldwide exposure! AND a top notch entertainment lawyer, agent, etc.
The magic, miracles, manifestations, and synchronicities of my life are really quite remarkable!
Just thought I'd give some great news back to the Universe - but then, of course, you already knew!
I haven't read my Notes for a week or so because I haven't had the internet connected, as I've been... wait for it... moving house!
I JUST opened my Note and this is what it said: "True, Jacki, not everyone is 'meant to' have their own spacious, luxurious home with spectacular views. For many, even dreaming of such things is virtually impossible. Fortunately, you're neither of those people. And it's no coincidence."
I'm jumping for joy, and love the coincidence of discovering that this Note was written on the exact same day as I... wait for it... SIGNED THE LEASE ON OUR NEW HOUSE!
Yes, our new home is spacious (twice as big as our old home), 8 years new, has a pool, and we can see Gold Coast high-rises from the sunbathing deck! Oh, and just thought I'd mention that the property adjoins state forest and kangaroo's visit regularly!
The Dream House
My sister is now cancer free and you're one of the people we have to thank for her truly awesome diagnosis! Fortunately, I just got done reading "Manifesting Change." We agreed to be truly mindful of the things that came out of our mouths and the thoughts that we chose to believe. We made a "pact" not to go on the internet to research her chances of surviving a recurrence of Melanoma. If stories people told us didn't conform to our positive way of seeing this diagnosis, we walked away. We thanked the cancer for giving us a signal it was there. We visualized the Melanoma to be confined to the small tumor in her brain (she did have brain surgery). And her recent PET scan showed a clean brain and body - free of any cancer.
Ten years ago her reaction to the Melanoma was quite different (fear, anxiety) but that's her story to tell. All I can say is that truly believing she was going to be fine and she was going to beat it for good was the best medicine. We continue to hold her in a picture of health and she sees herself living to a very old age. Your advice and wisdom were an inspiration and our "rule book" for our thoughts throughout this journey. For that, I am forever an admirer and TUT crusader.
I've been receiving "Notes from the Universe" for some time now. I read them every morning! Sometimes I'm just blown away at how they fit me or my situation at the moment. Today however I'm more blown away because of another reason. I'm reading, "Manifesting Change" and I've been saying, "I'm a great life coach." Over and over I repeat this to myself along with other "end" results. I'm mindful that I need to move to action as well as visualize. So tonight I was about to faciliate my weekly conference call when I felt inspired to pick up a book that pertains to the subject matter of my call. I opened it to a random page and began reading. I spent more time than normal doing this and closed the book just minutes before my call began. The very first caller had a problem that I'd just read about from the page that I randomly turned to just minutes prior to my call. I was able to answer her clearly because I'd just read the answer! Had I not picked up the book, (my action) I would not have been able to coach effectively at that moment. Later as I was sharing my "coincidence" with my daughter, I almost jumped out of my chair realizing that I'd just witnessed the Universe "GOD" responding to my "end." Amazing.
Many years ago, when I joined TUT, I set an unimaginable goal (for me) of a "savings account with $100,000." Of course, money was not really my goal, but I thought with that level of financial security, I could breathe easy and help others to trust the Universe, my real goal. I often visualized checks in the mail in addition to the feelings of peace, trust, and faith that I was cared for by the universe. Well, this week, I got my check in the mail for $100,000 from a COMPLETELY random source I never could have imagined. The Universe imagined it for me!!!
After the Earthquake in Haiti, I was very discouraged and like the rest of Haiti, almost paralyzed from the enormity of the tragedy that killed so many and destroyed so much. I had been running a nonprofit program called Athletic of Haiti for 18 years, in Cite Soleil, an area known as a red zone because of gangs and poverty, so I was used to overcoming obstacles daily. But in a few minutes, everything around me collapsed. As I struggled to rebuild with no money, food, electricity, water or shelter for the 2000 kids we serve in Cite Soleil, I thought for sure we would have to close the program. My morale was low, my strength ebbing away. Then I was introduced to Isabelle and through her, a new way of seeing. The first thing she did was subscribe me to Notes from the Universe to inspire me. The Notes said not to focus on what is in front of me, but what I want my reality to be. And I did.
Building a Soccer Stadium in Haiti
A New Life
I received my first NOTE on March 11th, 2008, having been shown the way to www.tut.com by reading “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrnes. I fondly treasure the very first NOTE I received that day:
“What if the word "work" was changed to "dance-with- life"? And instead of it being viewed as an alternative to fishing or a way of "paying your dues," it was seen as a chance to meet a parade of new friends, discover your own untested potentials and unpolished gifts, and open avenues for abundance to come pouring into your life?
Yeah, I bet lottery sales would plummet.
Not to mention the office parties, donut runs, and "free" pens... cha, cha, cha!”
Mike! This is so COOL! On Tuesday, June 5th, I went into my TUT profile to change my email address. While there, I decided to update my first GOAL, since I already have my reorganized bedroom closet. I thought for a few minutes about what "material possession" to enter, and came up with a "fabulous portable camera." Two days later, on Thursday, June 7th, I attended a fundraiser dinner which included a live auction, a silent auction and a Chinese auction. As I browsed the Chinese auction table, my eyes widened as a saw amongst the goodies a portable Nikon camera. I bought a strip of 12 tickets for $20, and placed about five of them in the drawing for the camera, feeling curiously that this was enough even though there were lots of other peoples' tickets in for that. I spread the rest of my tickets out among the Kindle, the gift cards, and other great prizes. At the end of the night, when the auction winners were posted, I was delighted to see my name next to the Nikon camera! You're not surprised, are you?! No, apparently not, because the TUT message I received from you the very next morning (June 8th) said, "Oh, hey, Kathy, nice fabulous portable camera!... Must be nice." REALLY!! I LOVE IT! Gotta go now to change my goal in my profile again. How fun...
James Bond Theme Song
Sue O.’s Story
I have been a singer for as long as I can remember and have sung professionally for 8 years now. I also sing as a tribute artist to Shirley Bassey. I have always wanted to sing for a bond film and so I put my request out to the universe to ask if this could be done. Two years later I have been approached by a very talented composer who found my website and asked if I would consider singing the song he has composed for the next Bond Film Skyfall. Of course I jumped at the chance realizing that things were starting to move. I recorded the song in January of this year and we have sent it on to the production company for their thoughts. We are waiting to hear. We have it on You tube under Skyfall 'Man in the Shadows.' The exciting bit is just around the corner I will let you know when it appears.
I am writing to you from my Waikiki apartment to tell you that my husband and I are about to sign a lease on a three-bedroom condo in Hawaii Kai. So what's the big deal? When I first heard Mike Dooley on "The Secret," his ideas resonated with me. A happy, hopeful person, I thought it was possible to achieve whatever you wanted. But I didn't know how. And I am married to a man who thinks that NOT getting what you want is the way of the world. But somehow, between the two of us, we managed to soak in and begin practicing "Thoughts become things." Our dream was to live in Hawaii and we went from thinking about it as an unobtainable dream to a possibility.
Instead of saying "if we could live in Hawaii," we began saying "when we live in Hawaii." Here are others: Our screen savers contained Hawaiian scenes we had taken. We even found a commercial poster of Waimea Bay, where my husband always joked he wanted his ashes spread. We kept it on the bedroom wall. We stocked Hawaii maps and books within easy reach.
Moving to Hawaii
Sue L.’s Story
Learning to Sew
You know, I started out pretty darn skeptical about all this, and there is a part of me still that isn't quite sure—but I have to say that several years ago I signed up for Notes from the Universe on my friend's urging. In the sign up form it asks you to put in a thing you want, and something you want to do. I put in, "have a new sewing machine" and under what I wanted to do, I put “have my own small business making clothes." At that point in time, I had little sewing experience, but I love clothes and I knew I would be good at designing. It's something that I'd always wanted to do, but never seemed to know how to start. Anyway, within 6 months of signing up and entering those desires, I had not one but THREE sewing machines. People came out of the woodwork to give me sewing machines! I started teaching myself to sew, and a year later my husband bought me a really nice new sewing machine. I began making clothes and selling them at local farmers markets and my clothes were in a local fashion show… My journey with it is ongoing, and it's something that I love, love, LOVE! So, there might be something to this stuff after all... The funny thing is, I really didn't think much about it when I wrote those goals in the sign up, but it must have clarified something for me without my even realizing it!
My neighbor's dog, a purebred cocker spaniel, cried and whined piteously day and night. Tied to a lean-to shelter, she received no attention or exercise, even though the family had nine children. When she came into heat, she was bred to a relative's Cocker spaniel and gave birth to three pups in the cold of November. One died, and she and the remaining two were moved to a muddy outdoor pen with one small bed, soon outgrown. Many "hows" about solving this problem occurred to me, but having read Infinite Possibilities, I finally realized I was focusing more on my anger and outrage than on the end result. I quickly changed tactics. I refused to be taken in by that sad picture any longer. I just KNEW, as if it were TRUE RIGHT NOW, that those dogs were safe, cared for, and loved, and I mentally accepted NOTHING else. And then a strange coincidence happened. My husband, out on his daily customer rounds, got a call from a woman who said she had some other business in our neighborhood and wondered if she could drop off her clock at his clock repair business at the same time. He told her he wasn't at the shop, but would be happy to come to her house and collect the clock. When he arrived at her house, he learned that the other business she had in our neighborhood was to buy two cocker spaniel puppies from someone there. She described my neighbor's situation perfectly and my husband recognized the two pups and saw that they had a warm new home, a room indoors to themselves, lots of toys, and a loving owner. And he had a new customer! Does the Universe provide for those we want to help? YES! Be creative, give it a chance, and leave those cursed HOWS alone!
A Home for Two Puppies
365 Till 30
I have been receiving my morning Notes from the Universe for some time now and look forward to them every day. My Life coach insisted I sign up for them, saying that they would change my life and guess what?? They did!
A few days before my 29th birthday, I was sitting at lunch with my best girlfriend going on and on about everything that was wrong with my life. I didn’t own a house. I didn’t have a savings account. My career wasn’t where I wanted it to be and I wasn’t married or even engaged for that matter. It was all so depressing, and everyone’s life looked better than mine. I was exhausted from constantly comparing myself to every other woman my age. I was tired of not letting myself be happy in my life because I was so consumed with what was missing. Quite simply, I hated the way I felt, and the worst part was I knew I had created this reality.
I wondered, how much could I change my life in 365 days? How much power do we have over the course of our lives? How does one cross the threshold into their 30's without wanting to cry and scream? These were the questions, and I was determined to find the answers. In an inspired moment I wrote a list of 10 goals that represented things I wanted to manifest, experience, and accomplish. The list was a combination of things that I had wanted to do forever mixed with recent obsessions.
One day I decided to make a vision board. I asked my Dad to make one for me. He liked the idea and within 20 minutes I had my own vision board. Suddenly I forgot everything I wished for. I had no idea what to attach on the vision board! Well, I told myself, let's start with money! My first thought was about a big amount of money, but then I remembered the advice: start with something small. I took an old dollar, wrote on it 50 instead of 1 and attached it to my vision board. Nothing happened. One week, two weeks, nothing. Every morning I saw that fake $50 and imagined how I would feel if I got it.
Two weeks later I left for a week to go to volunteer as an interpreter at the Children Home. There were some guests from the USA, older people who came to the Children Home also as volunteers. We had a great time together and as you've already guessed, I completely forgot about the vision board. At the end of that week, one of the American guests came up to me and gave me something. Yeah, you're right! I got that $50 bill. It was real and it was mine. I called my Mom and our conversation sounded like this:
$50 on a Visionboard
Getting to Salt Lake City
I've always believed in the power of positive thought and intuition. They have never steered me wrong. But recently, I found myself in an undesirable situation—divorced, single mom with no money, and living back at my parents’ house. I had JUST fallen in love with Salt Lake City in the most profound way, and had to leave it. Exactly one year later, I heard a clear voice in my head telling me to go back. Go back? HOW? I have NO money? Never mind that. I told everyone I was getting my own place there and moving in January. That night, I received a random act of kindness: a $1,000 DONATION towards my move. That’s $1.00 from 1,000 NEW clients led by some nameless angel… So, here I am. It's NOVEMBER. I'm with my son in our own apartment in SALT LAKE CITY.
After watching The Secret and reading amazing stories something great happened to me. I had applied for my "dream job" with my county back in May and never heard anything back. I had told myself from day one "the person who is best suited for the job will get an interview and fill the position." A few months later I ran into an old friend (from elementary school) who worked in the exact same position I had applied for, and he told me how they had just taken a hiring freeze off. Randomly six months later I was called and asked if I was still interested in the position and asked to interview. I knew I was going up against many individuals for the same position, but followed the rules of The Secret. I told everyone that I was going to get the job. I thought about how great it was going to be and what an amazing opportunity it was. A week and a half after the interview I had heard nothing back, but decided to make it official. I wrote my resignation letter to my current job and dated it November 22nd. To my surprise that same night (Friday night) I got a call from the human resource manager and her message asked me to call her back on Monday. Very unusually my boss gave me Monday the 21st off and my next day back to work would be the 22nd of November, the day I had dated my resignation letter for.
Getting My Dream Job
Winning a Cruise
Just a quick fun story for you. Last year, in the spring, I put a picture of a cruise ship on my vision board.
In July I received a phone call that I had won a Caribbean Cruise Sweepstakes... a 7 day cruise in the concierge class, roundtrip airfare and $1000 cash!!! Wow! What a thrill!!! One of the biggest and most FUN surprises came when I got home. I went back to play with my vision board and noticed the picture of the cruise ship I had placed on it... It was the exact same ship I had just come home from!!! How FUN is that!!! Thought you might enjoy this story!!!
I recently attended an event hosted by Sprint and HTC. One of the products on display was the HTC Evo View 4G Tablet. As I toyed with the tablet, one of the demonstrators asked if I would like to learn more about it. I told her that I had contemplated getting one by the end of the year but since I purchased a Smartphone I wasn’t sure I needed a tablet. I then challenged her to sell me on one. She presented some really cool features that renewed my interest.
Minutes later, the host of the event announced that several gifts would be raffled-off. He went on to say that the grand prize would be one of the tablets. As soon as I heard that I declared I would be the winner of the tablet. I told myself that I KNEW that I would be the winner.
I had just started reading your new book, Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life's Magic (which I purchased on my e-reader). I had only completed about five pages of the first chapter. Also, for the past two months, I had been practicing the discipline of developing an attitude of gratitude. Armed with my tools, I set out to create the experience that I desired.
Lucky Number 492
I was at a mind, body, and spirit event with my wife and I saw a book that I wanted to look at but I could not get close because two ladies were looking at the same book. I was about to walk away when they suddenly put down the book and left, so I got the book, the only book out of hundreds at the event that I was drawn to. The book was Mike`s and when I read the back cover I found out that Mike was based in Orlando, the city we love, where we married, and where we want to live. You may ask what’s so special about this... Well, I almost didn’t go to this event because I was suffering from cancer, but I knew my wife was very excited about going so we went. I got the book and I joined TUT and the Notes from the Universe messages I got in the following weeks blew my mind away, full of hope about my illness and financial situation. The messages kept me optimistic about the future and on August 12th this year we celebrated one year in remission. Thanks for the inspiration. The Universe works in a mysterious way.
I manifested my dream college. It was next to impossible but I took the baby steps… I knew my scores were definitely not going to get me into that college, so I decided to do everything I could and have faith… I got admitted into another college and ended up going there, but I still had hope and thought, now that I’m in another college let me think different thoughts and see if I can still get admitted into my dream college. So on my first night at the other college, while falling asleep, I kept repeating to myself "I am in my dream college." After a month my dream college started a new course (BFM - bachelors in financial markets). It was the first batch. They started it late and forms were available with very low cut offs, so I got admitted!!!
My Dream College
Moving to Florida
For years I couldn't imagine how I could make my life better... small town, bad marriage, dead end job. The only bright spot were my daughters. So I put all my energy and life force into making their lives better. I worked 3 jobs sometimes to make sure they all received an education. Then within 3 months time my marriage ended, my home was sold, my dog died, and I lost my job of 20 years! Now this sounds like a country western song but I chose at that moment to look at this as an opportunity! The universe must be telling me something, right???
So I took the 9 months unemployment granted to me and I started to discover who I really was. I traveled to DC, NY, and England to visit family and although I loved these locations they just didn't seem the place for me. I was finally listening to my inner voice and intuition. My unemployment was coming to an end and I had no idea where I would be living or what I would be doing, so I left it to the universe and said "within 3 days please send me a sign!" I know this sounds like a crazy woman, but for the first time I had total faith in the universe that I would receive an answer and I didn't think another thought about it!
My husband and I recently went on vacation to the United States Virgin Islands. We'd gone to the same place, several years before, and every time I snorkeled, I didn't see any sea turtles, which I most wanted to see. Other people saw lots of them, though.
This trip, the same thing was happening—every time I went out, OTHER people would see the turtles, not me. Also, someone else saw a stingray. I was so jealous. The trip was going by and still no turtles, no stingrays—at least for me! Last day of the trip, I went to snorkel in a location I just felt strongly about. I said to the Universe, "I want to see, TODAY, a sea turtle and a stingray. Let's co-create this." Long story short, that day I saw THREE stingrays, a flounder, an array of beautiful coral, parrotfish and other fish, and… a beautiful, majestic juvenile sea turtle which allowed me to follow and observe it for about half an hour until I finally said goodbye to it.
Seeing the Turtles
Owning a Home
Sue R.’s Story
I was in a relationship that wasn't working and one day, as I stood on my newly built deck, I decided that I had to go. It took me 2 years of unhappiness to make that decision. When I made the decision I started to imagine how freedom would feel. It worked. I felt more and more confident about my decision.
I had to find a place to live. I knew that I would have my son living with me as well as a dog and 2 cats. I looked at apartments but knew deep inside that I needed a house. My ex and I had to live together until our house sold but my end of the deal wasn't going to give me a whole lot of money and I didn't want to fight. I believed something would come along. My ex found me a house that was not yet on the market. It needed plenty of work but the man that owned it was kind enough to let me work on it before the papers were even signed. People thought I was crazy... after all I was investing all kinds of money into a house I didn't own and didn't know if I was going to own. But I believed! I visualized myself dancing in the living room. I made a play list of songs on my computer that I called my "happy list" to get ready for the day when I would be dancing in my living room. It worked and here I am... living in my own home. It’s been proven over and over... just believe.
I was listening to "Infinite Possibilities" and I found myself focusing on your advice to simply take small steps in the direction of your dreams. That encouraged me to 1) articulate my dreams and 2) actually figure out how I could move forward.
One dream I've had is to become a published author. I thought, "I have written 2 novels 'for fun' and never followed through to publishing either of them." So I started taking some baby steps and found out how to publish my own works. Plus, when I wrote the book originally, there was no internet, so I was able to significantly improve the work by using the Web for research. That was actually a lot of fun.
The process took about 6 months, $700 and the help of some very good friends, but today I have my first novel on Amazon and Kindle! I have even earned some royalties! I want to add something I've learned from experience, even though you provided many cautions about this. My dream was simple: to publish my book. I never anticipated that I would want to write a best seller! I should have thought bigger but I know I still have the time and opportunity to market my book and perhaps even find an agent and a publisher!
Sue L.’s Story
Many years ago, when I joined TUT, I set an unimaginable (for me) goal of a "savings account with $100,000." Of course, money was not really my goal, but I thought with that level of financial security, I could breathe easy and help others to trust the Universe, my real goal. I often visualized checks in the mail in addition to the feelings of peace, trust, and faith that I was cared for by the universe. Well, this week, I got my check in the mail for $100,000. From a COMPLETELY random source I never could have imagined. The Universe imagined it for me!!!!
I've been receiving "Notes from the Universe" for some time now. I read them every morning! Sometimes I'm just blown away at how they fit me or my situation at the moment. Today however I'm more blown away because of another reason. I'm reading, Manifesting Change and I've been saying, “I'm a great life coach.” Over and over I repeat this to myself along with other "end" results. I'm mindful that I need to move to action as well as visualize. So tonight I was about to facilitate my weekly conference call when I felt inspired to pick up a book that pertains to the subject matter of my call. I opened it to a random page and began reading. I spent more time than normal doing this and closed the book just minutes before my call began. The very first caller had a problem that I'd just read about from this page that I'd randomly turned to just minutes prior to my call. I was able to answer her clearly because I'd just read the answer! Had I not picked up the book (my action) I would not have been able to coach effectively at that moment. Later as I was sharing my "coincidence" with my daughter, I almost jumped out of my chair realizing that I'd just witnessed the Universe "GOD" responding to my "end."
Turning to the
My sister is now cancer free and you're one of the people we have to thank for her truly awesome diagnosis! Fortunately, I just got done reading "Manifesting Change." We agreed to be truly mindful of the things that came out of our mouths and the thoughts that we chose to believe.
We made a "pact" not to go on the internet to research her chances of surviving a recurrence of Melanoma. If stories people told us didn't conform to our positive way of seeing this diagnosis, we walked away. We thanked the cancer for giving us a signal it was there. We visualized the Melanoma to be confined to the small tumor in her brain (see did have brain surgery). Her recent PET scan showed a clean brain and body - free of any cancer.
In 2010 shortly after my husband and my mother died (within the same week), I set up a vision board and a wish, which seemed unrealistic. I decided to dream my future instead of giving into my grief. At that point I was nowhere and nobody. Just a housewife with two teenage kids and who at one point had studied art history. Well, my wish materialized. I joined a post grad in curating and now have my own art agency and a huge client base. I don't know how this happened, it seems like magic. I am busy putting new dreams on my vision board... Thank you for sending me the Notes that kept me on track.
Moving on After a Loss
Going Back to School
I started receiving Notes from the Universe this fall. I was in a very bad place. I had just ended a ten year relationship with someone I loved very much but was unable to be with anymore. I had no home, no job and no money. I took small steps every day to move my life forward in a positive way. Sometimes the only positive thing that happened was the Note in my email but slowly I began to make progress. Although no job came my way, I received a couple thousand dollars from a small retirement fund. I made a huge decision to spend this small amount and enroll in classes at the Community college. I accepted my brother's offer of a place to stay and he was supportive of my decision to go back to school... It took three months for me to be approved for financial aid so that I could say with confidence I would be going to school until I finished my degree. I have met people who are making it possible for me to get employment that would work with going to school. At the same time I have also begun learning to play an instrument which was only possible because someone offered to give me lessons for barter. This opened up a whole new world to me and introduced me to lots of new friends. My life is completely different than it was a year ago and I know that another year from now it will have evolved even more. Thank you Mike Dooley for your inspirational emails. There is so much to this story but you get my point and I just wanted to let you know how you have touched my life.
Ever since I fell on roller skates at 9 years old, and wound up in a wheelchair for a year, having many doctors, hospital stays, an operation, and then the long recuperation I have had the obsession of losing weight. Before the fall, I was a child of normal weight. While in the wheelchair I soothed my fears with lots of high-carb, fatty foods and gained weight. My mother had to buy my clothes in the "chubette" departments.
By the time boys were becoming interesting to me I became a private eater, and was always trying to dress to look thinner than I was. Emotionally it was a very painful time. I was always comparing myself to other girls, and yearned to look like them. If there was a diet out there, I tried it. They all worked for awhile, but eventually I fell by the wayside and gained it all back, and then some. Very depressing for a young teenage girl.
Falling In Love
So we just wanted to thank you so so so so so much for opening your wonderful village. This is the ultimate blessing.