Sunday, June 26, 2011


October 6th, 2008 is a day I will never forget. My husband and I were packing to fly to Santa Monica, California to attend the wedding of a close friend. After years of what she termed as being, 'maritally challenged,' my friend had met a wonderful man and we were looking forward to witnessing their union.

However, on the eve of the trip, we turned on the television and with shock and disbelief, listened to a newscaster announcing that our bank had dramatically collapsed. It was surreal. Alongside the sickening awareness that our life savings were suddenly swallowed up, was the searing insight that I was looking into the face of my worst possible fear. As a child, I had inherited two things from my father, one a strong work ethic and two, the belief that,

"Money does not grow on trees and is hard to come by."

In the past, this kind of situation would have thrown me into complete turmoil and prompted an inner tsunami. However, after years of meditation practices and having learned to view everything as an aspect of my own consciousness, I knew what needed to be done.

First, I accepted the situation as a gift, immediately creating an intention to turn it into a positive, abundant experience.

Second, I wrote a statement in my journal declaring:

"Fine! If we have lost everything, then let this be a beautiful starting point. How do I wish to spend the remainder of my life? What is it that I have always wanted to do and never had the courage to initiate?"

Third, I began to work on the situation energetically.

When I sat quietly and asked:

"How does this financial situation manifest in terms of an image and a metaphor for my life?"

I saw a huge, dark pit, descending deep into the ground. It was potentially terrifying and I knew it had the power to suck me in, draining all my energy and resources. The title I gave it was:

"Bottomless Pit."

Now that I could 'see' it, I declared that I was choosing to respond positively and began directing light to the image, working on reducing the size of the opening. For days and weeks after, every time fear began surfacing in response to lack, I would visualize the hole becoming smaller and smaller until it was completely gone. In its place, rising up and out into the universe, was a strong web of light, like a vast tree, spreading golden limbs into infinity reflecting the truth that the universe gifts us with limitless resources if we believe we are the source of abundance, rather than believing in lack.

The gift of losing everything was amazing. I was finally forced to face my subconscious fears around lack and I had to access the courage to take ownership of what I most wanted to create in my life, centered around sharing my spiritual gifts, skills and talents. Since then, I have come to realize that when we have the courage to BE who we are, rather than hiding in fear, we become the embodiment of abundance and the universe can not help but respond in kind.

Excerpt of Lesson Two: 'From Turmoil to Transformation'-

in conjunction with Daily OM at:


  1. Like you, I have discovered from losing it all to value what I truly had that no one could take away. It forced me to count my blessings, and realize that yes, I still had blessings to count. Survival is a grand thing. I really enjoyed your post!! It struck a chord with me as I am sure it will with countless others.


  2. Wonderful conclusion, wish I could reach your level of wisdom, but I guess I need more time!

  3. Wonderful post, as always. I do believe that we manifest our world by how we envision it and that our attitudes absolutely dictate our happiness levels. We can choose abundance, so why would we not?

  4. when we have the courage to BE who we are, rather than hiding in fear, we become the embodiment of abundance and the universe can not help but respond in kind.

    I am a total believer in getting what you give and I love this line. Out of disparaging events emerge our most valuable attributes.

    Excellent post.

  5. Strong person, I'd still be crying. Hope that luck has shined on you since then.
    A Pirate Looks Past Sixty

  6. Thank you for sharing this life lesson. We need to "have the courage to BE who we are." That is perfect!

  7. I like your outlook on life. =D

    --Diana Jillian

  8. I'm so inspired how you took such an awful situation and turned it around. I admire your optimism and positive outlook. Good reminder to approach life that way.

  9. This is an awesome post. It's also a great reminder to not keep all of your eggs in one least that's what I thought when I read it (it reminded me to beef up my savings in my OTHER account in my OTHER bank, for just in case).

    I would have FREAKED if I was in your shoes, but it seems that you took the worst situation and made it so, so much better.

  10. yup........JUMP!!!!!! amazing when you shared your vision..i didn't see it as a pit..rather a real BIG ROOT SySTEM of faith : ) MUAH!

  11. This was an enlightening post. Thanks! I guess, one thing about losing everything is you're then forced to let go of "it." I can see how that indeed can be a blessing.

  12. I just wrote about how Gurumayi taught me that Lakshmi is within us all and with that we have the capability to manifest what we need...

    It sounds like you were given the grace to hold onto your faith in God and in yourselves knowing in the end that you were protected.

    Beautiful blog!

  13. That was an amazing story! Great attitude, I don't think I would have fared as well as you.

  14. Another great post Julie. Your blog is one of my favourites!