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The Power of Experiencing Lifebook in High School
17Oct 2017
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Written by Lifebook Member Carola B.

I could not have started Lifebook at a better time.

I went through the program in August before starting my senior year in high school, and it brought me great clarity — not only in what I wanted in my education and career, but unexpected categories like emotional and social life — to help me through this milestone school year, and beyond.

Before Lifebook I was just “winging it” through life, not really knowing what I wanted or living consciously, wasting time on trivial matters and people that did not help me and that I did not enjoy. You know, being a silly kid.

Now I know what I want in every aspect of my life and I can visualize these dreams actually manifesting. This newfound clarity is the most life-changing and exciting experience. I can picture things the way I want them and work towards these images in my mind every day because I have the confidence that my life will turn out the way I choose.

I have become very productive. Many people have actually commented on how driven I seem these days, and I know this inspiration has stemmed from Lifebook and the excitement that surrounds having my life more “figured out.”

I know what I want to study and do in my career now, and I know what kind of friendships and romantic relationships I want, and this has made me more aware of who belongs in my life and who does not.

Lifebook’s VIP Bootcamp got me organized on how to accomplish what I want, and my “Stop Doing List” in particular has really changed how I think (along with the concept that we are completely in control of our destinies). At the top of my Stop Doing List is “I will STOP thinking of trivial matters and people who do not enrich my life.” This has changed my life completely.

I feel as if I am not wasting my time now and am focusing on quality people and tasks instead of boring, toxic things that drain me. This concept has given me closure with breakups and losing friends, as well as giving away objects I do not love or use anymore. I feel free. I am a minimalist now and have chosen to enjoy experiences over objects. The world is my oyster, and I realize I want to travel after meeting people at Lifebook. I even made a list of places I want to visit by the time I’m 30 and I look at it from time to time.

The concept of being able to actively choose which emotions I want feel is very empowering, and I have chosen confidence and happiness over stress and regret of the past.

This submission has been lightly edited for length and/or clarity.

7 Ways to Stay Motivated While Crushing Your Debt
17Oct 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Setting the intention to get out of debt is great… but is it enough?

Plenty of us have declared with passionate motivation, “Starting today, I will no longer charge anything to credit, I will increase my monthly payments for every bill that I owe, and I will crush my debt within the next year!!”

Then, over the course of a few weeks or months, we slowly lose our motivation and fall back into old habits.

Sound familiar??

Whether it’s credit cards, student loans, or a home mortgage — eliminating debt takes time, patience, loads of discipline, and perhaps most of all, consistent motivation.

Only by staying motivated can we win the goal.

Here are 7 ways to stay motivated and crush your debt, once and for all:

1. Take Responsibility

The first step on any journey is recognizing that you alone are responsible. No one is coming to your rescue (especially when it comes to paying off your debt), and the situation will never, ever improve by itself. You alone have the power to create the changes you wish to see. Remember this each time you experience the impulse to quit.

2. Get Crystal Clear

Before you can begin, you must get crystal clear on exactly what your debt goal is, WHY it’s important, and how you’re going to tackle it. In perfect Lifebook fashion, you’ve got to get your PVPS in order (Premise, Vision, Purpose and Strategy).

This level of crystal clarity will ensure that you not only have a plan, but that you can easily adjust course if need be, instead of giving up and sliding back into old patterns if things don’t work out 100% like you planned they would.

3. Stop Using Your Credit Cards. FOR REAL.

Most of us continue to use our credit cards, even as we’re trying to get out of debt. And it’s pretty easy to justify having them in case of an emergency. But the truth is — if you have credit handy, you will end up using it.

If we’re truly committed to staying motivated and getting out of debt for good, we have to stop charging to credit. Just put down the crack pipe! Learn to save and plan for emergencies without the use of credit, and make the commitment to going 100% credit-free.

4. Develop New Habits

Along with eliminating the use of credit, you must also develop new habits that will serve your on your quest toward debt-freedom. Clearly you can’t continue enabling the same old habits that got you into debt in the first place, right?

It’s time to start developing new habits such as using cash only, budgeting ALL of your expenses, not spending your money before you’ve earned it, eating out less, repairing/reusing items instead of buying new, etc.

Changing your habits not only changes your actions and behaviors… it rewires your brain and re-patterns how you perceive and experience your world.

5. Keep Your Goal In Sight DAILY

In order to maintain that daily dose of motivation, you have to keep your goal clearly in your sight… every single day. Out of sight, out of mind. If you get clear and make a plan, and then wait until the 1st of the month until you think about it again, chances are you’re going to lose your steam pretty quickly.

Keep your goal front and center, by adopting some simple daily habits, such as; reading debt-free affirmations, saying a debt-free prayer, listening to a financial audiobook or podcast, watching videos, reading articles and books, finding small places to save money, making small but responsible financial decisions, etc.

6. Find an Accountability Partner

An accountability partner will encourage and support you along the journey and, if you choose someone who has already tackled their debt, they can symbolize a beacon of hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

Debt is often heavily tied to shame, and social transparency can be a powerful antidote and tool for empowerment. Finding someone you can count on to encourage you and hold you accountable to your daily, weekly, and monthly goals can be the number one difference between your success and your failure.

7. Celebrate Every Win

The journey toward debt freedom can feel long, arduous, and incredibly boring at first. But over time, as your hard work begins to build on itself and show noticeable signs of improvement, it can create an unparalleled momentum and sense of motivation. You just have to get over the hump.

To do this, it’s important to continually remember your WHY, and notice (and celebrate!) each and every milestone you hit. Take a moment of gratitude EVERY time you chip away at your debt, make a responsible financial decision, save a little money, use cash instead of credit, notice a positive new habit taking root… any and every chance to honor your progress is a powerful opportunity to stay motivated and ultimately achieve your goal… to be 100% DEBT FREE!

Are you already out of debt, or on your way? Do you have any strategies or habits you’ve put in place that you’ve found particularly powerful?

Please share your wisdom with the Lifebook Community by commenting at the bottom of the post!

Here’s to creating financial freedom and achieving our extraordinary financial life visions!

13 Amazing Places to Live (or Travel) on $1500 Per Month
02Oct 2017
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The world is full of affordable destinations where your dollar goes further (much, much further!) than it does in the US.

Countless expats and wanderlusters around the world have discovered that there are many exotic destinations overseas where just a little bit of their hometown dollar goes a long, long way.

Here are some of our favorites, chosen for their breathtaking beauty, adventure, happiness levels, quality of life, and of course – value! More…

The Other Person is Never the Problem
19Sep 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
-Rumi

Everything that upsets us about others can lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves, if we choose it.

No matter how much they irritate us, don’t share our same beliefs, or don’t do things the way we like, we are ultimately responsible for how we choose to respond (and for the consequences those responses have on our lives).

And this doesn’t only mean our external, verbal responses. It means our inner responses — the mental, emotional, energetic reactions that are triggered in the deepest parts of our being, and the destruction (or growth) these responses can cause in our lives.

An awakened human being realizes that the other person is never the problem.

Something powerfully transformational happens when you take this truth to heart and apply it to absolutely everything in your life.

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How to Be a Powerful Ally for Your Children
28Aug 2017
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s”
–Joseph Campbell

Since the dawn of time, parents have wanted the best for their kids. They are our link to the future beyond our own time here on earth. But more importantly, we feel a connection with our kids, a visceral bond. When they’re happy, we feel delight; when they hurt, we feel pain. When they succeed, we feel proud; when they fail, we feel the loss.

It’s natural to want good things for our kids. We want them to grow into strong, good people; we want them to have work they love that enables them to live well; we want them to find good friends and a wonderful mate with whom they can grow a wonderful, loving life. We want them to succeed.

There’s an expression of this natural sentiment, though, growing across a larger spectrum of our population, and it troubles me.

There are certain colleges that are supposedly the doorway to success, and those colleges are very difficult to get into; not necessarily because they provide the best preparation, but simply because so very many people are vying for so few openings.

…then there are certain High Schools that are the doorway to getting into those colleges; certain Jr. High Schools and Elementary Schools that are the doorway to those High Schools. There are even places where there are top pre-schools and kindergartens that you must attend if you are going to get into the top elementary school. More…

A Homeschool Manifesto: Why we choose life as our school
22Aug 2017
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By Patrick and Jessi Kohlhagen

As we enter into our 4th year as a homeschool family, we are often asked why we’ve chosen to homeschool.

This question always leaves us smiling.

Because, while we can definitely offer a short and sweet answer, it could never do justice to the true and sacred meaning behind our choice to school our own children.

In honor of Parenting month at Lifebook, we’d like to share the deeper truth behind why we’ve chosen homeschool as our family lifestyle.

And while it still may not fully capture the essence of our purpose, we hope it inspires those looking to take on a deeper commitment to family education and holistic lifestyle, in whatever form that might take.

We hope you enjoy 😉

Our Homeschool Manifesto (why we’ve chosen life as our school):

1. Life is incredibly brief. We’re making the most of it, together.

One of our greatest family values is togetherness. There is truly nowhere else we would rather be than exploring the world together, living, laughing and learning.

Life is incredibly short. Before we know it, it’s over, and we will no longer be here for our children. We believe that the single most important thing in life is to spend as much time as possible with the people we love, doing the things that we love – and we’ve designed our entire lifestyle with that in mind.

2. We believe that WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for our children’s education.

It’s up to US to teach our kids what they need to know to live happy, fulfilling, successful, adventurous, vibrant lives. We are our children’s greatest teachers. One of the most impactful educations they will ever receive is simply watching how we live our lives – the way we speak to each other, how we care for our bodies, the information we choose to consume, the things we give our energy to, the choices we make, and the actions we take every single day.

We’ve chosen to live our lives (and raise our kids) consciously and deliberately. We’ve chosen to be fully responsible.

3. We value FREEDOM and FLEXIBILITY.

We want the freedom to live our lives as WE choose — based on our unique and ever changing values, standards, wants and needs.

With homeschool, we’ve chosen a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility — spontaneity and adventure.

We get to learn what we want, how we want, when and where we want, and we get to do it together. We can shape our daily plans based on how we feel. We have the ultimate freedom to choose, which liberates our ability to think clearly and live passionately.

Whether we’re traveling the world, exploring our interests, hiking the mountains, camping remotely, surfing the web, or reading together at our dining room table — every day is different and exciting… a learning adventure waiting to unfold.

4. We want to be COURAGEOUSLY DYNAMIC.

We want to raise children who embrace change, and seek it out… Kids who have a clear vision of who they want to become and aren’t afraid to take leaps toward that vision. Kids who grow in every direction and know the value of leaning into their resistances and out of their comfort zones.

We want our kids to deeply explore who they are and never stop seeking their truest nature. We want them to continuously examine and challenge their strengths AND weaknesses, to explore and share them openly, to relentlessly improve upon them, and to cater their educations and careers around their unique talents, abilities, passions and callings on this planet.

Above all else, we never want them to stop cultivating and strengthening the relationship they have with themselves.

Homeschool encourages each of us (including us as parents!) to never stop learning, growing and trying new things – even when it’s uncomfortable. We live for challenges, which help us become stronger, more capable, more dynamically evolved human beings.

5. We DON’T want to condition our kids for the “real world.”

We don’t want to condition our children for the rat race that so many of us have come to know and despise. We don’t want to train them to obey authority without question and to regurgitate information so they can get into college simply for the sake of college, rack up massive debt, and end up in a 9-5 grind that they hate — where the brightest hope they have for their future is retirement.

We want to teach them how to live well — How to put happiness as an absolutely foundational priority — and how to model their entire lives around doing what they love, so that every day is a joy. The only way we can truly teach this is to live it, together.

Instead of shaping our kids to fit into an outdated world that’s handed down to them, we want to teach them how to create a new one — how to create the world they were born to belong to.

Homeschool gives us the freedom, confidence and creativity we need to dare to live differently everyday.

6. We focus on building CHARACTER.

What we know matters, but who we are matters more. Our character shapes our lives, and we want our kids to shape theirs consciously.

We want to teach them what courage feels like. We want them to embody grit and perseverance. We want them to know their rights as human beings, and not allow anyone to violate them. We want to nurture and grow their kindness, compassion and intuition. We want to show them the way of their spirits and teach them to hear and follow the wisdom of their inner voice. We want our kids to have perpetually great attitudes. We want our kids to be grateful, positive, uplifted human beings. We want them to understand that self-discipline is the key to freedom, and that everything worth doing takes effort, and we want them to experience the sweet rewards of simple labor and a job well done.

But above all, we want our kids to make good choices. We want them to understand that their incredible power to CHOOSE is their greatest freedom and their greatest strength, if they wield it well. We want to show them how to do just that, every day.

7. We want to foster deep-rooted SELF-RELIANCE.

Our children know that each day, they are not only building their education – they are building their LIVES. Homeschool allows our kids to experience more freedom and (as a result) more responsibility, which is hugely empowering for them.

They’re learning and practicing real-life skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Their education moves beyond just academics, and into whole-life wisdom… how to care for their bodies and use them in a sustainable way, how to keep a healthy emotional environment, how to practice important character traits, experience a spiritual connection with the world within and around them, interact with different people of all ages and walks of life, and explore who they want to become.

A huge part of our homeschool “curriculum” are simple, classic values from the past that we believe are crucial elements in shaping responsible, self-reliant, considerate humans… skills such as cooking, cleaning up after yourself, hosting, taking care of objects and putting them where they belong, fixing broken things instead of disposing of them and buying new, gardening and nurturing our fellow plant and animal friends, caring for children younger than themselves, respecting elders and recognizing the power of our words.

8. We teach them HOW TO THINK, not what to think.

With the exponential growth of technology, entire industries are becoming obsolete. Knowledge alone isn’t enough for the future our kids will live in — we need imaginative thinkers, artists, seers and feelers, creatives who can think for themselves — not simply recite information (after all, that’s what computers are for).

We want to foster in our children that which makes them human.

We want to foster an absolute love of learning. We want to encourage them to explore and pursue their passions, and to let those passions shape their environment and their lives.

We want them to never stop asking questions, seeking answers, and finding solutions to life challenges through creative experimentation. We want to teach them to distill the lesson and discover the beauty hidden within absolutely every life experience.

9. We want our kids to seek their TRUTH.

Homeschool encourages kids to ask questions, challenge conventional thinking, and experiment with different ways of doing things.

With homeschool, our kids get to consider EVERY angle to a situation, and decide what makes the most sense to them, based on the facts they’re presented with. This philosophy transcends mere academic education and touches every part of their lives.

We’re teaching them to have the confidence to listen to and follow their own inner voice… even if it means going against the norm… even if it means going against what WE believe, as their parents (within reason).

We don’t want our children to blindly follow something that doesn’t make sense to them. Above all, we want them to honor themselves, have the courage to stand up for what they believe is right, and nurture their ability to express that.

10. We want the WORLD to be their CLASSROOM.

We want our children to learn from everyone they come in contact with, and positively impact everyone they meet– from the grocery checkout clerk to the family at our neighboring campsite, from the elderly man at the library to their newborn baby cousins. We want them to explore every opportunity to find something, observe something, absorb something.

We want our children’s social lives to be filled with all kinds of people from all walks of life. We want them involved in the community, and learning with other children from all different grades.

We value age blending vs age segregation, especially when it comes to learning. Kids learn so much from older children, and from having to take care of and help guide younger children. Multi-age learning is the oldest and most natural form of learning in human history, and we believe that having a network of people involved in our children’s education and social lives — a tribe with a common purpose – is one of the secrets to successful homeschooling.

Above all, we want our homeschool curriculum to be eclectic, adaptable and immersive, changing and growing as our family changes and grows, custom-tailored to their personal needs and interests, and based on the firsthand experiences and places we are exploring together.

11. We want to CREATE BIG MAGIC.

In our family, we believe in LIFE MAGIC. We’ve experienced first hand the power of dreaming big, living wide open and following the light. We believe that we can create anything, if we do the inner work of fine-tuning ourselves to our vision’s frequency.

Albert Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match your energy to the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Together with our kids, we live in the light, and strengthen its brightness and clarity everyday through meditation, breathwork, song and dance, communion with nature, dreamwork, understanding and following the signs of the universe, honoring and metabolizing our emotions, and initiating rituals, ceremonies and celebrations for every possible occasion.

Each of these practices helps widen the opening of our lives to allow more light to enter and more energy to flow. And BIG MAGIC is created as a result.

We want to find what lights us up — what makes us feel alive and whole — and to infuse our world with it. We want to teach our kids how to turn ideas into reality. We want to train them in the magic of creation. We want the things that INSPIRE them to ENTIRE them.

(That gorgeous last line comes compliments of a beloved family friend / band, Troubled Hubble).

12. We want to live with MINDFULNESS and GRATITUDE.

It’s very important to us that we create an abundance of time and space in our lives to honor, celebrate and enjoy the world around us… to move a little more slowly and breathe a little more deeply… to find beauty and joy in the small, seemingly insignificant details of life, and to cultivate deep happiness and gratitude for all that we have and share together as a family EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Choosing to homeschool is choosing a very specific way of life. It slows everything down, and shifts us into what matters most. It changes how we parent, learn, play, eat, love, care for our bodies, nurture our souls, and do our work. It provides the space we need to recognize how lucky we really are, and make every action we take an expression of gratitude and beauty.

“May your life be like a wildflower,
growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.”
– Native American Proverb

13. We want our kids to be good ANIMALS.

We hold tremendous value for the physical world we exist within… from the body we inhabit to the soil we walk upon.

We want to raise humans who are part of the solution to the world’s problems – who don’t take more than they need and who use every bit of what they are given. We want to show them the incredible truth behind “waste not want not,” and how to find greater abundance and freedom with less materialism and more sustainable solutions.

We want to be devoted to our bodies – to listen to them, nourish them, and honor them. We want to PLAY. We want to keep our emotional energy in harmony. We want our spirituality to be rooted deeply in the dirt and stretched far into the sky.

We want to be well trained in the knowledge of plant and animal life, to be at home and unafraid in the wilderness, capable of survival, and most of all – conditioned to roam freely and enjoy the beauty of our planet.

But most of all, we want to remember that nature provides a kind of happiness, peace and balance that can’t be found anywhere else. We value its worth far beyond mere usefulness for human ends, and we strive everyday to act in unwavering accordance.

14. Homeschool makes us better parents, and BETTER HUMAN BEINGS.

“When one teaches, two learn.” Robert Heinlein

Homeschool teaches us so much about how to live, how to never stop learning, how to love more openly, and how to trust more deeply in ourselves and our life choices. It continually inspires virtues such as patience, kindness, compassion, determination, discipline, wonder and adventure. It makes us significantly more well-rounded and interesting people and it makes our lives light-years more FUN.

Most importantly, being a homeschool family fulfills us deeply and blesses each of us with an immense sense of gratitude and amazement for our lives. It gives us the biggest sense of purpose imaginable. And it inspires us (and trains us) to be the absolute best we can be every single day.

6 Ways Partner Meditation Will Deepen Your Intimacy
31Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Let’s face it… it’s incredibly easy for couples to get out of tune with each other.

All it takes is a busy schedule, a stressful day, or a resistant response, and suddenly you can feel like you’re a million miles apart.

The good news is there are countless strategies for nurturing your love relationship and keeping each other close. And one of the most powerful strategies of all is partner meditation.

Partner meditation provides an incredible way for you and your beloved to tune in to one another.

By taking a few minutes to meditate with your partner each day, you can strengthen your connection, deepen your intimacy, and get to know each other on a whole new level.

And it doesn’t take thousands of dollars, hours of time and energy, or days of planning.

All it requires are a few minutes of simple silence and gentle presence.

Ready to discover the power for yourself?

Here are 6 Ways Partner Meditation Will Transform Your Love Relationship:

Heightened Intuition

Meditation has countless positive benefits, but one of the most powerful of all is the deepening of awareness. As we become more aware, we tune into the subtler fluctuations occurring all around us. When couples meditate together, they develop a more refined sense of intuition, which allows them to see and feel the subtler layers in their exchanges. This puts them more in tune with each other and ultimately leads to a deeper felt sense of who their loved one is deep down, and what their needs are in any given moment.

Physical and Energetic Attunement

When we meditate with others, we bring our bodies physically close together, we share a common intention, and we drop into a deeper space within. In this space, our brain waves and energetic frequencies begin to harmonize. This helps to integrate and balance our mental, physical, emotional and energetic bodies with our partner, to create a greater sense of balance, unity and harmony.

More Compassionate Understanding

Meditation can drop us into deep states of inner peace, where we can experience unparalleled feelings of relaxation, openness and ease. From this inner place, compassionate understanding becomes so much easier than if we are feeling tense, closed, or defensive. As meditation helps us access the subtler layers at work beneath the surface of our interactions, we have greater clarity and insight into where our partner is coming from and what it is that they truly need in the moment. We are less prone to judging and condemning them, and more likely to seek a compassionate, understanding and caring approach.

Better Listening and Receiving

Meditation is in many ways about listening, receiving, accepting. It is a practice where the “doing” side of ourselves (thinking, planning, efforting) gets set aside, and we become receptive antennas for tuning into the greater flow within and all around us. In this way, meditation develops our capacity to receive — to truly take in, be present with, and accept something exactly as it is — without reaction, evaluation or improvement. As a result, we can show up more fully when our partner needs us most, and make them feel truly seen and heard.

Improved Communication

Meditation cultivates the qualities of unity, harmony, balance and truth. For this reason, it is an excellent tool to call upon in moments of heated tension or argument. Turning inward and allowing ourselves to truly sit with our feelings, without indulging our knee-jerk reactions to them, can be a truly illuminating practice, and one that can mean the difference between a draining blowout fight and an honest, heartfelt conversation that actually evolves a relationship. So next time you find yourself in an escalating argument with your partner, meditate together in silence for a few moments, and then try communicating in stillness with your eyes closed.

Greater Truthfulness

True nature is alive in each of us, but it exists behind the curtain of our everyday patterns, programmed behaviors, thoughts, and conditioning. Meditation helps us clear away these distractions, bringing us in direct contact with our Truth. This simply means that when we sit in meditation, we allow ourselves to see what’s really here right now. Whether they’re thoughts, emotions, reactions, or anything else, meditation opens our awareness and cultivates our capacity to be present with what is – without denying it, indulging it, or changing it. As we develop our awareness of Truth within ourselves, we can bring this skill to our love relationship, allowing us to clearly and objectively bear witness to our experiences and ultimately transcend them by finding a higher common ground where we can do the greater work of transforming our fears, sorrows and negativities into LOVE.

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How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
24Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.

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Your Lifebook Design Session – How to Prepare and FAQs
24Jul 2017
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Welcome to Lifebook and congratulations on making a decision that will positively impact the rest of your life!  The information on this page will help you get the most out of your Lifebook Design Session.

4 Simple Steps to Prepare for an Extraordinary Experience:

1) Make Your Travel Arrangements
2) The Lifebook Intra-Spect Assessment
3) Concierge Questionnaire
4) Computer and photos prep

STEP 1:  Make Your Travel Arrangements

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIMES

The Lifebook Lounge is located at 37w756 Woodgate Rd, St. Charles, IL 60175.

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*Please review our turn-by-turn directions before starting your trip since there are two Woodgate Roads in the area, and your GPS may take you to the wrong one.

Please arrive in Chicago by the Wednesday evening prior to your Session, since we start first thing Thursday morning.

If flying, your departure flight should be booked at 6:00PM or after on Sunday.

FLIGHTS

O’Hare airport (ORD) is the closest.  Approximately 45 – 60 minutes away depending on traffic/time of day.  Midway airport (MDW) is another option.   Approximately 60 – 75 minutes away depending on traffic/time of day.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

There are two local hotels that are within 5 miles from the Lifebook Lounge.   (*Note – availability is limited, please reserve your room as soon as possible.)

You can book either of these properties by calling them or using an online travel site to find the best rate:

The Fairfield Inn

– 2096 Bricher Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
– Call 630-845-5500

The Herrington Inn

– 15 South River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
– Call 630-208-7433

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

  • We recommend renting a car to get you to and from the airport, and from your hotel to the event space each day.
  • Note: Ubers and taxis are not widely available in the St. Charles area and may have long wait times.

STEP 2:  Complete the Lifebook Intra-Spect Assessment

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to take the Intra-Spect Assessment today! (Please allow 20 minutes)

As soon as you complete the Assessment, you’ll be directed to your customized Report of Findings that will help you prepare to get the most out of your Lifebook Session.

You’ll gain clarity on where you are in each of the 12 categories of your life. You’ll be able to identify where you need more focus and balance and, based on your results, we’ll make specific recommendations that will propel you toward the life of your dreams.

The Intra-Spect Assessment will also serve as a tool to measure your personal development over time.  You’ll be able to quantifiably prove to yourself that you are learning, growing and moving in the right direction.

STEP 3:  Complete the Concierge Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to complete this Pre-Session Questionnaire so we can get to know you better and provide an exceptional experience for you:

Access Your Survey Here

STEP 4:  Prepare to Create Your Personal Lifebook

COMPUTER

Please be prepared to bring a laptop computer with Microsoft Word installed on it.

Note – Mac Pages does not support the Lifebook Chapter templates.

* If you do not have your own laptop or MS Word, we have Surface Notebooks available to use during the Session. Please contact concierge@mylifebook.com as soon as possible to reserve one if necessary.

In addition to your printed Lifebook, you’ll receive an electronic version of the chapter files so you can update and edit them after your Session.

PHOTOS

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You can customize your Lifebook and give it a powerful emotional charge by adding personal photos.  Start selecting and organizing a collection of photos on the laptop you’re bringing or on a memory stick.

At a minimum, we recommend choosing 12 horizontal photos for the cover page of each of the 12 Lifebook Categories:

  1.     Health and Fitness
  2.     Intellectual Life
  3.     Emotional Life
  4.     Character
  5.     Spiritual Life
  6.     Love Relationship
  7.     Parenting
  8.     Social Life
  9.     Financial Life
  10.     Career
  11.     Quality of Life
  12.     Life Vision

Here are some additional tips, but you are free to personalize your Lifebook in any way that you like.

  • Photos of yourself will be helpful in many of the Personal Life categories, such as Health and Fitness, Intellectual Life, Emotional Life, Character and Spiritual Life.
  • Pictures of yourself with your lover, family and friends are perfect for your Relationship Categories.
  • Nature photos or pictures of anything that inspires and motivates you can be great for a number of categories.
  • You may also want to include photographs of the environments you love, places you’ve traveled or want to travel, and the things and experiences you want in your life.

If you don’t have many digital photos, don’t worry! We’ll provide you with high quality stock images and beautiful Chapter templates to get you started.

Keep in mind that you’ll be able to continue editing your Lifebook Chapters and can re-print pages after your Session. Your Lifebook is a dynamic workbook that changes as your life changes.

OTHER HELPFUL INFO – Session Agenda, Food, Dress

Our 5-star member service team will welcome you to experience four fascinating days of profound personal discovery.  We take care of every detail so you can focus on nothing but YOU!

Here is an overview of the Session Agenda:

Wednesday

Arrival into Chicago

Thursday:  7:45 AM  – 6:30 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

The first day of the program kicks off with everything you’ll need to be set up for a successful Lifebook Design Session.  You’ll have an introduction to our proven process and training on the chapter templates.  You will begin exploring the Personal Life section of your Lifebook.

Friday:  8:00 AM  – 6:45 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

On day two you will wrap up the Personal Life section of your Lifebook and dive into the Relationship Section.

Saturday:  8:00 AM  – 6:30 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

On day three you will explore the Business Life section of your Lifebook and start to define what Quality of Life really means to you.

Sunday:  8:00 AM  – 3:00 PM

Doors open at 7:30 AM

In the morning you’ll finish writing the first draft of your personal Lifebook.  We will spend the remainder of the day focused on the next steps of your journey – how to successfully integrate what you’ve learned into your lifestyle.  At the end of the day, you’ll receive the blueprint for your ideal life: your Lifebook, and we’ll celebrate together!

Food and Dress

A light breakfast and a gourmet lunch are served daily.  Healthy snacks, coffee, tea and refreshing juice blends will be available throughout the day.

Feel free to dress in a style that is comfortable for you.  Casual or a little dressier – jeans, pants, skirts or dresses will all be fine.  We do recommend wearing layers so that you can easily adjust if the room feels warm or cool for you.

Other questions?  Contact us at concierge@mylifebook.com or call (800) 460-3255.

How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
18Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.