Question for You

by Crystal Belle

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I have a question for you.

My purpose in life, as close as I’ve been able to articulate it, is to Help Women Suffer Less. It’s why I write on Creative Spiritual Women, it’s why I do 90% of the things I do. As a teen, I had a huge inner shift take place that allowed me to stop suffering so much and start living- and I have been committed to a) sharing that and b) figuring out new ways to suffer less ever since.

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We all have people in our lives who are Negative Nellies. They can’t wait to tell you what’s wrong about X thing or Y situation, from the state of the country to how matted their dog’s fur is now that the weather’s changed. Sometimes (eek) we’re even that person!

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What are you expecting?

by Crystal Belle

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“Whatever the mind is taught to expect, that it will build, produce, and bring forth for you.” -Catherine Ponder

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What Do You Expect From Life?

by Crystal Belle

Expect

Check this out:

“Quantum physics tells us that it is the act of observing an object that causes it to be there where and how we observe it.

An object does not exist independently of its observer! So, as you can see, your observation, your attention to something, and your intention, literally creates that thing.” -John Assaraf

It’s really, really important what we pay attention to. Our thoughts are literally creating our reality.

Literally. REALLY. ACTUALLY.

When I stop and meditate on that for awhile, it blows my mind. (Figuratively :)

Which reminds me of my favorite Peace Pilgrim quote: “If you knew how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

In my crazy diagonal thinking, I applied this to what we expect from life. Y’know, we’ve picked up some negative programming along the way, but all it takes is this moment, this thought, to unravel that.

Here’s a bit more on all that + some awesome things to expect:

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So tell me, thought leader, what do you expect from life? And in what ways are your expectations showing up for you?

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Is Desire Evil?

by Crystal Belle

Desire

 “Desire is God tapping at the door of your mind, trying to give you greater good.” -Dr. Emilie Cady

Desire is sacred.

Many of us have the idea that our desires are bad. We think we shouldn’t want what we want- be it a cookie or a city block. We want a little extra time in our day, and we shame ourselves for not accepting the good we already have. We want to get out of a dead-end job, but we feel guilty for not appreciating the steady paycheck.

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When Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

by Crystal Belle

CreativeSpiritualWomen.com

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”

― Louis L’Amour

If you’ve felt tired, frustrated, or unmotivated to pursue your dreams and live the greatest vision you have for yourself and your life, this will help. If you’ve felt like you’ve failed at trying to be “mindful”, and constantly find yourself living in the past or the future, well… this entire website will help, because helping people live mindfully is part of my life’s purpose.

Lately I’ve noticed two conflicting messages in the personal growth arena, and I can see in the people I talk to and coach that it’s tripping some of us up. When we inadvertently try to believe conflicting ideas, it can make us less motivated to move forward in a powerful, purposeful way- because we’re confused! We need real clarity before we can move forward and make a difference. So if you’re stuck, frustrated, not quite sure why you can’t get to where you’re going… read on. [Read more…]

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One day, Kim and her dear friend sat down to dinner at a nice restaurant on the beach. They were basking in the yellow-crimson-royal purple sunset while they scanned the menu. Kim decided on the fresh fish special, and her waiter applauded her good taste as he snapped his order book closed. She and her friend were lost in conversation for a few moments, then paused to watch the beautiful beach scene just beyond.

As Kim’s eyes gazed over the sands, she watched the gulls gliding gently over the water. A man running caught her eye. Wait. There’s something strange about that man. He’s wearing the same uniform as the waiters in the restaurant she’s sitting in. She focused on him. It actually looked like her waiter, the one that just took her order. In fact, she’s sure it’s him. He’s scanning the beach for something.

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What do you do that drives you crazy? What do you do that you hate? What do you do that you think, “Why do I keep doing that, what the heck?”

The closer I get to my True Calling, the crazier and more erratic my behavior becomes. I find myself about to do something my True Self can’t wait to do (writing, drawing, coaching) and my Ego goes, “HOLY CRAP, THERE’S WAY TOO MUCH AT STAKE HERE, ABORT! ABORT!”

But those behaviors are NOT bad. They’re not even destructive, unless I choose to think of them that way. Your body is doing what it needs to do to feel safe, to take care of itself, to preserve itself. And the ego is hardcore intertwined there, telling you that every little fear that pops up is valid and true and honest-to-goodness going to kill you (or make you suffer for years, smelly and crazy-haired sitting on a park bench in Canada in January, clutching the handle of your rusty shopping cart, 1,000 miles away from your children and everything you know and love). [Read more…]

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In the past few months I’ve: listed for sale and then sold our house, moved in with my in-laws, left my in-laws and moved into a 1-bedroom apartment, walked through countless houses and pieces of land, cooked 2-3 meals per day, took care of a toddler and a baby, and all the errands, play dates, walks and events associated with all of the above. And I’ve been (and felt) really, really “busy”. I’ve barely had time to review what’s really important to me. I’ve been just flying through each day, “getting through it”, mindlessly doing what needs to be done and waiting until it’s all over before I can be present and happy and here.

But I don’t want to live a mindless life.

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I’m really angry.

A friend of mine, Sally, is one of the most amazing writers I’ve ever read. Her poetry reduces me to tears. Her prose is like walking through a peony garden. Her reflections are as still and cool as a mountain pool.

Did you know that? Do you have any idea what a great writer she is? Of course not. Because 98.5% of what she’s written is unpublished, hidden in journals and text files on her computer.

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