Money and God: Discovering the Beliefs that Block You

Money and God: Discovering the Beliefs that Block You

This morning I was thinking about money and God and was wondering where I was blocked in this area? You see, I recently left an eighteen-year career in real estate to follow my dream of being an author, teacher, and speaker of spiritual concepts.  The past week I’ve been feeling fear and constriction rise up around money, questions that circled in my head and haunted my dreams.

This anxious energy said, “So now how do you think you are going to be able to support the lifestyle you’ve been accustomed to? Where will the money come from now that you are out of real estate? Maybe you need to downsize in order to survive.” I even dreamed that I was trying to save my commission on a real estate deal that was in jeopardy of being stolen from another agent. I screamed into the telephone, “This commission belongs to me!” I felt an anxiety course through my body even as I slept.

The next morning, I wrote the sincere question as a prayer in my journal, “Show me where I am blocked in my beliefs around money and help me to shift them.”

Within moments came the download and it looked like this:

1) You have been looking in the wrong place for your Source.

You see, as I pulled back from real estate over the past year, I started running the story that now it was time for my husband to take over paying the bills. I didn’t know how he was going to do so since losing his job, but I knew I was tired of carrying the responsibility both emotionally and physically. Wrapped in this belief were little resentments that I held were a part of me blaming him for the extra stress I felt being the breadwinner and the physical crash that came later which I used as an excuse to stop working myself.

He is not your source. I AM.

2) You believe that you need to bust your ass to be successful.

Right. I still held to the old masculine paradigm that helped me build a successful real estate business that said I needed to work like a dog, run myself ragged, be there for everyone, any time, all the time. I thought that my level of stress equaled my level of success.

I have indeed been struggling with resisting the pull to start “building my business” and doing all the things that it requires, like growing my platform, teaching classes and working with new counseling clients. Instead, I have chosen to follow my inner guidance and focus on finishing my memoir, which I’d been judging as a bit self-indulgent and possibly a great waste of time if it’s not a massive genre-breaking bestseller! Such pressure…!

Stop grasping for the shore and surrender to the flow, I’ve got you.

3) Stop seeing others’ success as taking something away from you.

Recently my sister told me that she was planning a trip to Paris next summer and although happy for her, I also felt awash with envy. Traveling around the world has always been a passion of mine, and something that had until recently, been in my reach. I wondered if now that neither my husband nor I were making a steady income, would this desire die unfulfilled in me?

That which you see outside yourself is a reflection of an aspect of your reality. When one in your circle succeeds, celebrate with abandon as this means that it is closer to being made manifest in yours.”

4) If I follow my dreams I will be abandoned by God and live in poverty.

When I was a child, my parents drastically changed our lifestyle and moved from the city to the woods where we homesteaded and lived off the land. They were following an inner directive that they experienced as the voice of God. They trusted that divine guidance to make this lifestyle shift and in return, my dad lost his job and we spiraled into poverty…in the woods…where I hated living. 

As a child, I began investing in the false belief that if I followed my dreams, I too would be lost in poverty. Now here I was following my own inner guidance and dreams and drastically shifting my own life. Would I suffer the same end as my parents?

This was the subconscious root of my issues around money. Yet, somehow, simply shining the light of my awareness on this old misguided belief freed it up inside and I can let that old fear go.

You can trust me. I will never punish you for following our dreams. Your fulfillment lies in your ability to listen to divine guidance and follow it. I will never lead you astray.

I hope by sharing my journey that it inspires you to have the courage to ask the hard questions too and begin clearing the stagnation out of your life along with me. For it is in asking that we receive, seeking that we find and knocking on the door of The Divine that our path will be opened unto us.

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Upleveling The Law of Attraction

Upleveling The Law of Attraction

Upleveling the Law of Attraction

By now we are all familiar with The Law of Attraction. Well, I was having a conversation with a friend about the changes I have been making in my business life. Pulling back from my 18-year real estate career and stepping forward in a new direction.

“Do you have a vision of what you want it all to look like? Can you see the end and visualize what you want?” he asked.

“Well, mostly…” I replied.

“What do you mean, he said, growing more animated as he spoke, that’s what all these books you are reading are saying you have to do in order to be successful! You have to have a clear vision of what you want to manifest in the world and see it all right down to the minute details in order for it to work!” He sounded genuinely concerned for me, as he had been watching me push through my fears and struggle with resistances over the past few months as I make this personal shift.

He is not the first person I have had the conversation about manifesting your dreams with The Law of Attraction. I’ve spoken to business coaches, philosophical friends and spiritual advisors who have recommended the same method: Visualizing in detail and strengthening that visualization with feeling and gratitude in order to get what I want out of life.

Something in this Law of Attraction seems out of order. I don’t know about you, but I certainly have done my darndest to manifest like a mofo and when I got want I wanted, found it to be just another “effing growth opportunity”. I really have zero interest in having my ego manifest anything at all anymore.

 I operate from a different paradigm. My Law of Attraction resides in Receptive Surrender to Inspired Action (more on this topic in a future blog).

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that I sit in lotus position and OM my way through life. I absolutely believe in having dreams, feeling the emotions of success and gratitude for something not yet realized in order to draw it forward. And yet, the words of Paramansa Yogananda come to mind when he said that the highest form of prayer is “God, as you wish”. I have adopted his mantra as my secret to “The Secret” and complete my meditations and visualizations with these sage words of surrender.  

My intention for my life today is simply to remove anything that stands in the way of my soul’s highest potential, because that is what I desire most. I know that my reality is a mirror of my current level of consciousness. I get that my reactions to how life is unfolding draws more of the same to me and I know intimately well how to “work my process”.  So now I try to catch myself when my ego tries to create an identity around what I do or tries putting structure on the flow that is Life itself. I know this is happening because I begin to feel an uneasy pressure and anxiousness that tells me I am lagging behind, have to catch up, need to get done, need to get it right…be good enough.

I believe that encoded in each of our souls’ is a seed of potential that is so magnificent and perfectly tailored, that it is a fool’s game to try to manifest anything… because we already are THAT! It’s just been obscured by all the stories we buy into about who we are and what our purpose is supposed to be.  All we have to do is surrender to the Divine flow that is Life, God, Goddess, The Divine itself …and I believe that’s where the “peace that passeth understanding”, our Soul’s Purpose, and our greatest joy, reside.

Manifest with the Law of Attraction? Maybe not so fast. Dream big, create those to-do lists, vision boards, and ideal scenes, but at the end of the day, let it all go, take a deep breath and surrender to the energy of ‘God as you wish”. Trust your Soul and let that divine connection take you to your own promised land already encoded right inside of you!

Laura Vida, The Interior Alchemist, is a Feng Shui Master, Geomancer, Interior Designer, and International Top Selling Realtor and holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Laura is devoted to helping her clients create lasting change by offering a higher perspective on healing in order to align with ones souls purpose more fully. She can be reached at Laura@LauraVida.com or reach out for a free 30 minute discovery session by visiting www.lauravida.com

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The Path of Soul-Centered Coaching

The Path of Soul-Centered Coaching

The Path of Soul-Centered Coaching

What does it look like to work with me? My work with clients is two-fold. I access the home and make note of the areas of blocked energy. I look at the corresponding areas of the body and life situations they represent. Then I work with my clients through Soul-Centered coaching and we begin to unwind the unconscious stories and limiting beliefs that have taken hold in their hearts and start to heal those through radical self-forgiveness and heartfelt reprogramming.

Once the internal process is realigned, then we are ready to address the home, the external. Furniture can be moved, bushes trimmed, lights added, vibrant art or soothing water features and yes, even the traditional cures of crystals and wind chimes can have a place. The difference is that now, the external changes become empowered touchstones reminding us of the internal lessons learned. The more frequently we see these external reminders, the more new neural pathways are created. This allows us to reinforce the new changes we wish to make a part of our permanent reality. We literally become the alchemical process and “as within, so without” becomes our mantra as we live in conscious alignment with our soul’s purpose as creative beings evolving and expressing at the highest level possible throughout our lives!

The Interior Alchemy: Soul Centered Coaching Process:

  1. Identify the area of your life that feels stuck or is currently challenging.
  2. Uncover the limiting beliefs, judgments, and stories you have built around the challenges by asking yourself: “What have I made this mean about them, the situation or myself? How have I judged them, the situation or myself?”
  3. Work the Process with Spiritual Psychology counseling techniques to release the limiting beliefs and replace them with what is actually TRUE by asking yourself: “Why have I drawn this into my life? Why has this happened for me? What could my Soul be trying to teach me in this situation?”
  4. Affirm the higher Truth of the other, the situation and/or yourself.
  5. Map the challenging areas of your life using the Bagua in your space.
  6. Activate your interiors with modern Feng Shui techniques, to anchor and reinforce your intentions. 
  7. Add gratitude to raise the vibration.

Interior Alchemy is an integrative process. You can deeply benefit from applying either part (soul-centered coaching and feng shui) or make a more powerful transformation through their combination. It all depends on your personal needs. I can help you clarify which is best for your situation.

Laura Vida, The Interior Alchemist, is a Feng Shui Master, Geomancer, Interior Designer, and International Top Selling Realtor and holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Laura is devoted to helping her clients create lasting change by offering a higher perspective on healing in order to align with ones souls purpose more fully. She can be reached at Laura@LauraVida.com or reach out for a free 30-minute discovery session by visiting www.lauravida.com and learning more about how we can work together.

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Interior Alchemy: A Soul-Centered Approach to the Art of Feng Shui

Interior Alchemy: A Soul-Centered Approach to the Art of Feng Shui

Interior Alchemy – A Soul-Centered Approach to the Art of Feng Shui

Have you ever had a feng shui consultation and experienced dramatic shifts in your life, only to find yourself in a similar place months or years later and wondering why? As a seasoned feng shui practitioner of over two decades, I’m offering you an explanation and a solution to creating lasting empowered change in your life.

The Ancient Alchemist, Hermes Trismegistus

The ancient alchemist, Hermes Trismegistus taught, “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul” as the key to transmuting base metal into gold, a metaphor for the potential of a Soul’s journey. This principle points to the truth that there is always a mirroring between our beliefs and our reality and conversely, our reality and our thoughts about it.

It is my belief that we are no longer living solely in a “cause and effect” reality. The causal theory supports transformation, a shift in the way something shows up in the world. Similar to a getting a make over, you look different and therefore you begin to feel more confident and start to act differently. Your life begins to change to reflect the new feelings you have about yourself, yet underneath it all, you are still the same person and at some point, another layer will rise to the surface wanting to be transformed as well, all part of the Soul’s growth.

I offer that we are now being called to a deeper level of manifestation based on transmutation. Transmutation is a full metamorphosis where the energy at the core of our being is no longer obscured by our limiting beliefs. However, transformation is the first step toward transmutation, a necessary step, as it allows us to peel away and release what no longer serves us. Once removed, what remains is the true essence of the soul. No longer merely transformed in appearance, but the potential for transmuted through a process of inner alchemy exists. This is akin to the butterfly leaving the cocoon or in alchemy, the lead being changed to gold. Both are metals similar in their essence, but the gold expressing a much higher, lighter frequency. I offer that this process is also available to individuals, so we are free to express in alignment with our soul’s highest purpose. I believe that this potential is the whole meaning and gift of life!

What is our Souls Purpose?

We make the mistake of looking for our soul’s purpose by thinking that it is something we are supposed to do with our lives. When in fact, it is not a career or even a job. Rather it is a way of being in the world. By slowing down and taking responsibility for what we are drawing into our lives and then actively “taking dominion over our consciousness” by becoming aware of our responses because our response is what attracts more of the same. When we consciously choose our response to life (instead of just blindly reacting), we literally alter our way of being in the world and what is mirrored back to us is congruent with who we truly are, a limitless energetic being, divinely connected!

Life is a process of evolution and ultimately, our soul’s purpose is to continuously evolve through our own creating. However, we have to become aware of the level we are choosing to create from, (blindly reacting or consciously responding to life) in order to become conscious participants in what we are creating for ourselves. This involves radical self-forgiveness and letting go of blame and victimhood. If you want to know what level you are creating from, take a look at your life and see what it is reflecting back to you. Are you satisfied or are there areas of continual repetitive challenge?

When our natural radiance is muted by blame, victimhood, irrational beliefs and our natural radiance obscured by the false stories we tell ourselves, our reality will match the vibration we are emanating. If deep down you don’t believe you are lovable (and you may not even be aware that you are operating at this belief) you won’t be able to attract a loving relationship no matter how many people you meet or even crystals and wind chimes you hang! With the proper tools to gently remove these caustic layers eating away at the pure radiance of our soul’s essence, you will begin to radiate more brightly. Just as the Hermetic Alchemical principle, states, “as within so without”, you will become golden, attracting a life of higher vibration, fulfillment and personal meaning. The power is in your hands and choice is yours alone.

How Does this Relate to Feng Shui?

Feng shui, the way it has become popular to practice in the West, rests in the theory of cause and effect to create change; for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For example, I add a water fountain at my entrance and I make money or I hang a crystal in my bedroom and I find a romantic relationship.

Over the years, I have witnessed powerful movement in my client’s lives. Some got the career change they longed for, others the money for a new home they couldn’t figure out how to afford. I celebrated with my clients as they entered brand new supportive relationships and healed long-standing health challenges seemingly overnight! Imagine my surprise when a year or two later, I was called back for an additional consultation because they were finding themselves in a similar life circumstance as before but now with the new job becoming demanding, a new health challenge emerging or the new relationship now draining. I had to ask myself why this was happening?

Enter Spiritual Psychology

Just like what I learned about transformation versus transmutation, I began to suspect that if we were still running limiting beliefs about ourselves in our subconscious, the positive effects of feng shui adjustments would not last. The external changes appear to work at first because they have the power to transform energy, but like a boomerang turning course mid-stream, the energy can only go so far before our own beliefs and stories about ourselves call the old energy back home.

Feeling driven to look at the root cause for creating healing change, it wasn’t until after diving into the study of Spiritual Psychology and combining these skills with feng shui principles, which I call Soul-Centered Coaching, did I discover the key to unleashing true lasting change. When I began including the psyche in my feng shui consults, not only did transformation of a space take place, but transmutation of a soul. We lifted the opaque layers of unconscious patterns built up over the years…and evenlifetimes.Now,any adjustments made in the external space became empowered touchstones, capable of creating new neural pathways in the brain because they were constant reminders of the intention that was set. For example, when we see the wind chime we purposefully hung in the tree outside, it reminds us each and every time we hear or see it that we are calling in the beneficial chi to aid in our intention. This was the key to anchoring change in present reality. Game changer!

Soul-Centered Coaching offers that the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we deserve directly create our experience of life. It offers us a higher perspective to view our life and see how all that is happening to us is really happening for us. This involves a process of taking responsibility for our emotional states and reactions and working through challenges with forgiveness until we can unravel the story of victimization and transmute the heavy lead of our outdated stories into the pure gold of wisdom and meaning. Once realized, we begin expressing in a new way because we start asking the question, “what is my soul trying to teach me in this challenge”?

Putting It All Together

Our homes read as an external map of our internal beliefs. Everything we place in our home holds energy that sends vibrations out to The Universe looking for a return of its match. Do you have a habit of hanging art too high? That can symbolize goals that are out of reach. The windows are akin to your eyes and represent your ability to visualize your life or if dirty and obscured by overgrown landscape, can block your ability to see situations clearly. The relationships are endless and offer a symbolic map to what you believe about life.

We can change our exterior environment with esoteric feng shui remedies, transcendental cures and visualizations, and just like “cause and effect” the energy of the space will have shifted. I once had a client who suffered from severe TMJ until I figured out that the issue was that the front door of her old farmhouse had been sealed shut. This was a serious problem as the front door is the “mouth of chi” and being sealed shut was blocking positive energy from entering the home and also jamming her jaw physically. Once the “mouth of chi” was opened again, the cure was reflected in her own body and her jaw healed. Seemingly miraculous, these dramatic changes were commonplace in my practice.

Going Deeper

Now the paradigm has shifted and to create lasting change a deeper practice is needed. No longer finding solutions in traditional feng shui cures tied to cyclic laws of cause and effect, I created “Interior Alchemy” as a means to transform not only our spaces but rather to transmute our internal beliefs in order to align them with our interior spaces to create lasting effects.

Going to a level deeper with my “front door sealed shut” client, we looked into her psyche and uncovered areas where her voice had been stifled in the past and worked the principles of Spiritual Psychology. We also discovered where she had been holding back words that need to be spoken and looked at how she spoke to herself internally. First, we worked inside to heal the beliefs and reprogram her stories and then anchored the awakened intentions in the interior of the home. Now, not only did her jaw heal, but she also began a new career in counseling, using her words to help heal others. Her change was not just in appearance, a transformation, but rather a transmutation had taken place from the level of soul alignment and expression. This is the power of Interior Alchemy!

Interior Alchemy is an integrative process. You can deeply benefit from applying either part (soul-centered coaching and feng shui) or make a more powerful transformation through their combination. It all depends on your personal needs. I can help you clarify which is best for your situation.

Laura Vida, The Interior Alchemist, is a Feng Shui Master, Geomancer, Interior Designer, and International Top Selling Realtor and holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Laura is devoted to helping her clients create lasting change by offering a higher perspective on healing in order to align with ones souls purpose more fully. She can be reached at Laura@LauraVida.com or reach out for a free 30 minute discovery session by visiting www.lauravida.com

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