This is Changing My Life | Universal Intelligence, Law of Attraction, & Abraham Hicks

I'm starting a new series on YouTube called "This is Changing My Life." The first video in this series is focused on learning about universal intelligence and universal laws and what that has to do with creating the life I am most wanting.

The intention behind this post and video is to share something that has shifted my perspective regarding how the world works, and has given me a new sense of empowerment, in the hopes that it might also resonate with others. I want to provide you with an overview of my understanding of what I’ve been learning about as well as resources that can explain it more fully for anyone who is interested. 

It’s not a cult or a religion and I definitely am not pushing it on anyone, I’m simply sharing what’s been helping me in this life, as that’s what my channel is about.

I’m going to be talking about my understanding of how the universe works, the law of attraction, and our intuition and how all of this relates to making our dream lives reality. 

I’m going to explain everything in the best way I can based on how I currently understand it to be. 

I’m going to share with you the key concepts I’ve been learning about that I find most useful in understanding how it all works. Of course I can’t say this is 100% truth, but out of all of the theories and philosophies out there, this is really the only one that makes any sense to me. In addition, I feel like only good can come from putting these concepts to use. Looking back on my life experiences, it’s easy for me to see that this is how I’ve gotten what I’ve gotten. 

What We Are

From what I understand at this moment, we are a physical extension of a greater, nonphysical consciousness, or what is also sometimes called our inner being. We chose to come into this physical experience in order to expand, as we are part of the universe and the universe is eternally expanding. We are here in the physical to experience freedom and joy.

Emotions

Our emotions are what guide us through this physical experience. When we experience a positive emotion we know we are moving in the right direction as far as keeping up with our inner being, which has already become all that our physical selves aspire to become.

When we experience a negative emotion, our intuition is telling us we’re moving away from what we want. It is said that the way to become all that we are meant to become is to follow the river downstream and do what feels good and like relief, rather than to try to paddle upstream and effort our way through resistance to an outcome. 

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction says “that which is like unto itself is drawn.” We are magnets that are attracting that which we are feeling and thinking. In this way, through our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions, we are creating our own life experiences. When we are feeling poor, we cannot attract financial abundance. When we are feeling abundance, we cannot attract poverty.

Of course it’s natural to think how if you could create your own reality, you would not have created the negative aspects you’re experiencing or have experienced in the past. This is where some people like to say that the Law of Attraction is “victim blaming.” But like the law of gravity, it is always present whether or not you’re conscious of it. It’s possible to unintentionally create negative experiences and situations if you don’t know how you’re getting what you’re getting.

My favorite source for this information says, “Without exception, that which you give thought to, you begin to invite into your experience… If you stay focused on it long enough it absolutely, under all conditions, will be yours.” 

Whether you’re thinking about what you do want or what you don’t want, the universe only hears the thing, not if you do or don’t want it. Whether you’re thinking, “I don’t want to get sick,” or “I do want to get sick,” the universe only hears the sick part. If you’re thinking, “I want to have perfect physical health,” the universe hears the part about health. In addition, feeling the emotion of sickness is putting out a vibration to which sickness is attracted. Feeling the emotion of perfect physical health puts out the vibration to which wellness is attracted. 

We get what we think about, speak about, act about, and feel strong emotion about whether we want it or not. 

The Law of (Deliberate) Creation

Step 1: The wanting of it

Step 2: The allowing of it and expecting it

Nothing will come into your experience unless you invite it through emotional thought and great expectation.

Actions are an extension of your thoughts and feelings. They say to take action in joy to create the experiences you want.  This has to do with getting into alignment, which I’ll speak more on soon.

The Law of Allowing

Allowing others to be who they are and do what they do with love rather than tolerance or putting up with it, which still implies resistance is present.

Diversity of desires and experiences causes more universal expansion. Of course there is a lot of destructive action in this world taken out of fear, lack, anger, etc. When we focus on that we create more of it. When we focus on what we do want, we create more of that. 

Alignment

We’re in the optimal state for creating what we do want when we are experiencing joy and great positive emotion. This is also called being in alignment. It implies that we are aligned with our inner beings; thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting as if we already have what we are wanting, and thus matching the vibration of that which we are wanting. 

It is recommended to prioritize getting into alignment as often as you can in order to feel great, but to also be at the vibration necessary to bring what you want into your actual experience. It means feeling the positive emotions and thinking the thoughts you’d feel in the having of what you want, before you actually have it. 

Taking aligned action is much easier than struggling one’s way to a result. For example, it’s much easier for me to organize my thoughts and create this post when I am in a good headspace, feeling excited about the day and about life than it is when I am feeling tired, uninspired, and not into doing it. And of course the quality is better than it would be if I was forcing myself to get it done.

Everyone is different and has different desires and enjoys different things, so naturally getting into alignment will look different for each person. I’m still learning about what gets me into my highest alignment. So far I’ve found that listening to or watching videos about this topic gets me feeling empowered as does listening to high vibe music and following what feels good in the moment when I feel that it’s possible. I also feel empowered and inspired after watching or reading about a person who has created the life they are wanting. For some people, it might help to exercise or read or go for a walk or hang out with their cat or play some music, etc. 

I think I’ve been trying to get to this place through the work I’ve been doing with applying minimalism, using the journal, and focusing on values and habits.

Resources:

1. If you’ve watched the documentary The Secret or read the book of the same name by Rhonda Byrne, you would be familiar with some of these ideas. You might also notice that some of the more, let’s say, unconventional details have been left out of that material. 

The documentary and book are partly based on the teachings of Abraham Hicks. Abraham Hicks is my favorite source for this information. Abraham was originally in the movie The Secret, but was cut out for fear of the mainstream audience not being ready for it. 

So who is Abraham? Abraham Hicks is not a person. Abraham Hicks is the name of a nonphysical entity, a collection of consciousness, that gives blocks of thought to a woman named Esther Hicks, who translates it into words and expresses it for all of us to hear. Some people call this channelling. Can you see why Rhonda might have left this part out of The Secret

Oprah talked so much about The Secret on her television show back when it first came out. I just re-watched both episodes and there is definitely a lot of great information there. 

Episode 1

Episode 2

So Oprah talked a lot about the concepts but was also afraid to have Abraham on her television show for fear that the mainstream audience just wasn’t ready for it, so she interviewed Abraham speaking through Esther on Oprah Radio. Oprah calls Abraham “the secret behind The Secret.” 

Abraham call themselves Abraham because it’s the name of a teacher, and the last name is Hicks because they work with Esther Hicks and her late husband Jerry Hicks. To put it simply, basically Esther just quiets her mind and is able to access Abraham. 

Over the many years they’ve been speaking and giving lectures with Abraham, they have spoken on basically every topic you could ever wonder about; relationships, disabilities, career, health, etc. There are hours and hours of footage of Abraham on YouTube and hours and hours of audiobooks available on Audible. There are some free audio tracks of Abraham speaking on the general concepts on their website, which is linked here.

I am convinced that Abraham is who they say they are after watching so many videos and listening to so many of their books. There is no way any human can be so consistent and clear with the information given. I also just think about how weird life is in general and how everything in the universe is made of the same material so why not? And again, I see it play out this way in my own life and the lives of the ones most close to me. 

2. Another resource I’m going to mention is the podcast The Lively Show.

So it was the “The Lively Show” that made me reconsider my position on the Law of Attraction after the host, Jess, explained all the aforementioned details that made more sense to me than the surface level explanations I had seen on YouTube. 

Jess also has been applying these concepts in her own life for the past 19 months and just had an episode talking about how her life has been since doing so. I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen if you’re at all interested in what intentionally applying LOA might actually look like. 

3. Jen Sincero - Author of "You Are a Badass" and "You Are a Badass at Making Money"

4. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill 

5. YouTube Channel: Leeor Alexandra

6. YouTube Channel: Infinite Waters

7. YouTube Channel: Aaron Doughty

 

I hope that maybe even one of you have found this information to be helpful. If it doesn’t resonate with you, I don’t take it personally.  

I’d love to hear about your personal experiences with this universal law in the comments below if you have any! 

Money Update #3: Reaching My Financial Goals

The awesome website pmexplore.com was kind enough to share an article that I wrote about minimalism and food. Head over to pmexplore.com to check it out as well as dig into the other great stuff offered. 


This week I want to share with you where I am in terms of reaching the goals I set out for myself this month and more of what I’ve been learning.

I’m going to share with you each goal I set for myself and where I am in reaching that goal and my next steps.

1. How to streamline and minimize monthly expenses:

To streamline expenses, one of my goals for this week will be to set up automatic transfers to pay certain bills online.

To minimize expenses I will look into car insurance rates and reducing amount of money budgeted to categories like clothes and home decor. I hope to find what I need or want at second hand shops for less money as well.

I also will use the cash envelope system for food, gas, pet supplies, and fun stuff.

2. How to still have fun while saving money:

I am allowing myself some spending money each month for dining out or entertainment type stuff. I will use the cash envelope system and choose activities wisely.

It's helpful to remember that being conservative now will help me save up a full emergency fund which will then allow me to start saving for retirement and investing, which will set me up for a more comfortable future and retirement.

3. What I need to have a savings account for emergencies, for fun, and for retirement:

Emergency fund: I opened up another checking account through my bank which I can        withdraw from if need be, but it is not as easy to get this money out as it would be if it were in my standard checking account. I am and will continue to contribute to this fund on a weekly basis although the amount might vary month to month depending on what else is going on that month.

Fun: I mentioned last week that I opened a savings account to save money for a trip. After reading more of Dave Ramsey’s book, I think I should really save up a full emergency fund before contributing any precious savings money to a trip fund. So that’s what I’ll do. I just did my budget for October and I’m still giving myself some money to spend on fun stuff like restaurants and clothing.

Retirement: Dave also says to build the full emergency fund before starting to save for retirement. When it is time to start a retirement fund, I will do more research on the types of plans and accounts that are best for this. Dave gives us a lot of information in his book, “Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money” but it will mean much more when I’m actually ready to take the advice.

4. How, what, and why to invest.

As I just mentioned, I’m not quite at this point yet in my financial journey and when I have my full emergency fund I will take a closer look at this. 

 

To summarize, what I’m working on is spending less and saving more. In addition to spending less money, in order expedite the process of saving up the full emergency fund, I am considering picking up some extra work and have a couple things I’d like to sell. 

I’d love to hear about your financial goals and if you have any other strategies for expediting the emergency fund saving!

Megan

WTF FOOD IS HEALTHY?

This month, the month of August, I am focusing on health.

Healthy, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “having good health, not sick or injured.”

Today I want to talk about food and what I’ve learned about eating to have good health, and prevent sickness and injury.


What I’m going to share with you has helped my boyfriend and I improve our energy levels over the past 6-7 years as well as has changed our bodies. 

Me and Matt, 2010

Me and Matt, 2010

Matt today

Matt today

You can see what I look like today in the video version of this blog post! :) 

We do attribute these positive changes mostly to our food choices. We are not the most fit people I know, we could use some more exercise, but we feel good and have certainly changed for the better.


Figuring out what food is actually healthy sometimes makes me want to just give up and eat donuts all day. 

For example, is fat good or bad? Many people say the right kind is good, many people say all fat is ok, and many people say low fat is best.

The information we are bombarded with on a daily basis via mainstream media and not so mainstream media, like this blog post for example, can be so conflicting.

I'm writing to commiserate and share with you what I have learned about what healthy food means, what I like to eat, and the sources I trust to give me true, factual, and well-intentioned information on what is healthy, not healthy, and why.


Why does anyone care about what’s “healthy”?

I don’t know why you might care, but I can tell you why I do. 

I want to: 

  • feel my best
  • look my best
  • perform whatever I’m doing at my best
  • live in a way that is sustainable and nourishing to keep myself around on this earth for as long as possible, because despite its infinite imperfections, I kind of like it here and want to stick around to make some positive changes

There’s so much information out there, how do we know who we can trust?

According to a study done by a Penn State professor of nutrition with a PhD, only a fourth of medical schools offer even one course dedicated to nutrition. The abstract of the study states, “…many healthcare providers are not adequately trained to address lifestyle recommendations that include nutrition and physical activity behaviors in a manner that could mitigate disease development or progression.” 

What healthcare providers are trained to do is prescribe pills. I’m not saying doctors are bad people. Doctors become doctors, I think, mostly because they want to help people. 

However, I think it’s easy to become part of this system when entering the medical field. 

Dr. Greger writes in “How Not to Die” that as a medical student he “was offered countless steak dinners and fancy perks by Big Pharma representatives,” but never got a call from “Big Broccoli.” 

He also writes that huge budgets drive the promotion of the latest drugs, which you hear about on tv, but you’ll never see a commercial for sweet potatoes because there’s little profit motive connected to the “power of foods to affect your health and longevity.”  


When I look at a piece of information regarding what is supposedly healthy or unhealthy and try to decipher whether or not it is factual, I like to consider:

  • whether or not it could possibly make any sense

  • whether or not it is based on research

  • whether or not the research study was funded by a group who benefits from the findings of the research
  • and whether or not the party presenting the research findings might actually understand how to read and interpret the research findings correctly

When the information is coming from a singular person in the form of advice, I consider:

  • whether or not the person actually lives the way he or she is advocating

  • whether or not the person radiates health: is energetic, focused, and just overall walking the walk of health

When I do find sources that I trust to give me research-based factual information about health, I like to try to figure out where the information presented by those sources overlap. I like to find the commonalities. As I see it, the more agreement that exists by the sources I trust, the more likely it is that the information is true.


Two resources that I trust to give me the truest information they can possibly give:

  1. “The Blue Zones” book, sponsored by National Geographic, written by Dan Buettner

photo: Amazon.com

photo: Amazon.com

 

  • It looks at pockets of the world in which there is an abnormally high rate of people living past 100 years old (the pockets being the blue zones).
  • It considers all aspects of life as part of the picture, including food.

2. “How Not To Die” by Michael Greger, M.D.

photo: Amazon.com

photo: Amazon.com

  • Dr. Greger also runs the website NutritionFacts.org, which is a “nonprofit, science-based, public service providing free daily videos and articles on the latest in nutrition research.” Another resource I trust.
  •  “How Not To Die” is divided into two parts. Part I being how not to die from specific diseases and ailments in regards to prevention and even reversal through nutrition and lifestyle. Part II shares “Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen” foods we should eat each day for optimal health.
  • Almost every sentence in this book has a footnote referencing a research study, which can be found in the notes section in the back of the book.

What my sources say about what’s healthy and not to eat:

In terms of food and longevity, “The Blue Zones” recommends avoiding meat and processed foods.

Dr. Gregor also advocates a plant-based diet free of all animal products in conjunction with other lifestyle recommendations. 


Other more peripheral resources that conclude that a plant-centered diet is best for disease prevention and longevity include:

  1. “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

  2. “The Starch Solution” by John McDougall, M.D. & Mary McDougall

  3. “The 80/10/10 Diet” by Dr. Doug Graham

These resources have a lot of overlapping information as well as a good amount in common with “The Blue Zones” and Dr. Greger’s work.

Again, I like to see where my trustworthy sources overlap and go from there.

Every one of these sources agrees that plants are the way to go, however they don’t all agree on what types of plants to eat in what quantities.

Dr. Greger and “The Blue Zones” recommends eating all types of whole plant foods each day. “The Starch Solution,” recommends getting most of your calories from starches, like rice, beans, and potatoes. “The 80/10/10 Diet” recommends getting the majority of your calories from fruit. 

The issue of whether dietary fat is good or bad is something else not all of my sources agree on. There seems to be a consensus among these sources regarding animal product based fats, food in all animal products, which is that they shouldn’t be part of a human diet for health and longevity.

However, some of the sources say eating whole plant foods high in fat like avocado and nuts is healthy and fine. “The Blue Zones” highlights an island in Greece in which olive oil is a part of the diet, while Dr. Greger and the other sources I mentioned say any plant oil is not healthy because most of its nutrition has been removed and is basically empty calories. He says, “Even extra-virgin olive oil may impair your arteries’ ability to relax and dilate normally.”

Dr. Greger seems to think that the mediterranean diet is so full of fruits and veggies and legumes that it is beneficial despite the olive oil, rather than because of it. Dr. Greger and “The Blue Zones,” are also big advocates of eating nuts.

Some of my sources, like “The Starch Solution,” and “The 80/10/10 Diet” say to keep whole plant-based fats like avocados and nuts low, to 10% or less of our caloric intake. 

I follow people on YouTube who are eating low fat and oil free who seem to be thriving. I follow people who are eating lots of avocados and nuts and nut butters who seem to be thriving. I also follow people who include plant oils like coconut and olive oil who seem to be doing just fine.

It’s frustrating because all of them fit my description and idea of healthy people. The one thing they do have in common is that they do not include any animal products except for maybe some honey. 

Perhaps eating a plant-based diet is enough to help us feel and look healthy, despite what kinds of plant fats and how much of them we eat.


To conclude this video on what healthy food means, how I decide who I can trust, and what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Food is healthy when it gives you energy, not makes you lethargic or induces pain.
  2. I trust sources who use unbiased research to draw conclusions.
  3. Everyone should do his or her own research as well and take a good look at who is giving you advice.
  4. I’ve learned from my research that eating a diet of whole plant foods will allow me the energy and well-being I need to get shit done, feel good, and look my best. 

I’d love to hear about any resources you trust to give you honest and true information on healthy food. 

In my video and blog post next week I’ll be sharing with you my favorite healthy food YouTube channels so don’t forget to subscribe if you want to see those and if you want to see some more health-related videos this month. 

If you want to see what I’m eating, follow me on Instagram. I post pictures of my food quite frequently! You can find the link to my Instagram account down below. :)

 

 

Minimal & Safe Cleaning Supplies

Having a minimal and safe arsenal of cleaning supplies and routines is key to keeping the house manageable, enjoyable, clean, and healthy.

Here is my basket of cleaning supplies - I love it so much it is so beautiful 

Here is my basket of cleaning supplies - I love it so much it is so beautiful 

Store-bought cleaning products are costly, full of chemicals, and bad for our health. 

Alisa Vitti writes in "Woman Code," “The products you use to clean your bathroom and household are potential stressors on your health. New scientific research shows that many of the chemicals found in everyday house-cleaning products are bio-accumulative and very toxic, which means that once in your system, they stay in your system and allow for increased free radical damage, which makes you more vulnerable to autoimmune diseases and cancers.” 

She says, “Find your bleach products, Comet, Ajax, Windex, Lysol, air fresheners, Glade Plug-ins, cute toilet bowl cleaners, and talc-based baby powder. Throw them in a garbage bag and toss them out.” 

They’re not just bad for women. They’re bad for men, children, and pets as well. 

Robynne Chutkan writes in “The Microbiome Solution,” that store-bought antibacterial household cleaners are harmful to our microbiome, washing away essential skin bacteria

The major cleaning product companies will also have you believe that you need twenty different products to effectively clean your home. This is marketing at its best. 

There are a million and one easy and safe cleaning product recipes out there, but to keep a healthy, clean, and minimal home you really only need one or two.

I’m going to share with you the two recipes I have experience using, and then give you some resources to check out others.


Recipe 1: All-purpose cleaner made with half water + half white vinegar + optional essential oil

Fill a bottle (preferably glass, like the glass vinegar bottle I show in my video) halfway with distilled white vinegar.

Fill the rest of the bottle with water (filtered if you have it).

Add 5-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice if you desire. This can mask the vinegar smell a bit. 

Add a sprayer to the glass bottle. I used one from an old bottle of cleaning solution I had purchased at the store. It fit the glass vinegar bottle perfectly.

Just spray on any surface and wipe clean with a rag. I would just do some Googling to make sure you can use this on wood surfaces and floors. The recipe might need to be adjusted for that. 


Recipe 2: For scrubbing gunk made with baking soda + vinegar 

Take a box of baking soda.

Sprinkle some baking soda on the gunky area. (sinks, tubs, grimy refrigerators, etc.)

Pour some distilled white vinegar over the baking soda.

Watch the magic happen and get to work scrubbing with a rag or a scrub brush.

Repeat as necessary!


Some cleaning tools that might be helpful in addition to the cleaning recipes include:

  • rags
  • rag deposit for dirty rags
  • scrub brush
  • glass spray bottle 
  • basket or something to keep everything organized
  • broom or good vacuum for hard floor
  • something for tile floors - Swiffer type thing or just rags will do

Cool Resources

If you are looking for more recipes for safe homemade cleaning products, check out these:

1. “Make Your Place - Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills” by Raleigh Briggs

2. YouTube's Alli Cherry also has a great video about natural cleaners.  

 

What are your favorite cleaning products & resources?