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26 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 SAVVY SELF-CARE best practices The Secret Formula for Accelerating Manifestation By Heath and Nicole Reed What do you want to create, experience, or accomplish this new year? We've seen how New Year's resolutions generally fall by the wayside within a couple weeks or months. In lieu of unmet resolutions, we'd like to share something more effective than "resolutions": manifestations! One of our favorite and bliss-inducing pathways to manifestation occurs along the road of self-care. The best part is you don't have to be a self-care enthusiast to join along. The very same tools we're sharing in relation to self-care can be applied to any area of life where you'd like to create a big magic. FROM HARD WORK TO EASY PLAY The keys to accelerating easy manifestation require practices that nurture a sense of trust, reliability, and kindness. There are certainly many pathways to manifestation, like the prevalent and tired stories we learned from our parents or the surrounding culture that "you have to work hard to get what you want" or "I will sleep when I die" or the "no pain, no gain" mentality. Sure, we succeeded, but we were also exhausted and sometimes hurt. There has to be another way. We wanted a new choice, and that's when we discovered we can also succeed in creating more of what we want with "easy play." We now regularly choose the road less traveled, and it's filled with ease and flow! We continue to be challenged, and life happens, but we recommit to easy play by getting curious and favoring questions like, "How can this be easier and simpler, and have less moving parts?" And it's working! Would you be willing to let go of old belief systems that no longer work or serve your best interest? We invite you to let go of the push-pull friction of hard work and absorb from our experience a lifestyle of easy play. "The most important question you'll ever answer in your life is this: Is this a friendly universe?" —Albert Einstein THE FRIENDLY CLAUSE Try this easy play approach right now. Choose an intention and then add the "friendly clause" to your declaration, such as "I commit to experiencing (healing, abundance, love, etc.) in friendly and gentle ways." By adding the friendly clause, you establish the environment where your intentions can be lived into. True, we can learn from trial and tribulation, attempting to move heaven and earth— or we can establish a friendly clause as we create. Notice the difference in your body, your breath, and how you are feeling as you combine your intention with the friendly clause. It is our commitment to give exquisite loving attention to ourselves in ways that are simple, easy, and fun. BUILDING TRUST While the practice of friendliness enhances our joy factor, dedication and commitment are what create long-term palpable changes. We commit to making self-care a daily practice. Every time we practice, we build a track record of trust. As a result, we then get to amplify out into the world that we can trust and rely on ourselves to do the things we say we're going to do. For both of us, this is relieving and rewarding. We find that the same feelings of trust and reliability we are nurturing within ourselves are then carried through into all our relationships. We become trustworthy, trusting, and reliable. We also build our inner and outer confidence (derived from the Latin con- and fidere, meaning "with trust"). It's been our experience that trust is not something that happens automatically in relationships, even in our relationship with our self. Rather, trust is something that must be earned and cultivated over time. And we realize building self-reliance is a personal journey for each of us. Do

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