Do Affirmations and Gratitude Really Work? There’s Only One Way to Tell!

Call us the skeptical mystics. We like to see tangible proof. We spend our days working with subtle energies that most people can’t see. And, we are constantly pinching ourselves to make sure we’re not dreaming. So, to prove we’re not just loony, Doug and I are going to put our gratitude in writing for a month and share with you the tangible results of our quest.

It would Rock our Worlds to have you Join Us!

There’s plenty of proof that that the flow of life is dependent upon vibration. DNA changes as a result of vibrational communication and interpretation. I’ve done distance Reiki sessions where clients claim to have felt things moving inside their bodies at the exact time that I focus on flushing out tumors or repairing tissues. Then, I get calls about how pain has disappeared or allergies are simply gone.

Heart Math tells us that the vibration that comes from our hearts is the strongest one our bodies emit, and that it has the power to create much healing. The vibration of gratitude comes from our hearts. I noticed that when I create vision boards, desires manifest pretty quickly if I focus on my gratitude while pasting pics.

This is not enough proof for us. We have tons of faith that this all works. But we want to know more and share more with you. One of our favorite things to do with new clients is spend five minutes on gratitude, because when we do that — they nearly always see tangible results right after our session.

Our lives have been BLISSED for sure. We seem to get everything that we ask for. A rather silly example is how we get furniture for our new apartments. We have a manifestation routine that goes a little something like this: We look at our empty apartment and say out loud what we imagine in each spot. Then, we spend about 2 weeks collecting the exact same items from alleys and thrift stores. Nice things too. You’d never know that most of our apartments have been furnished for free. We visualized a free brown leather couch in Chicago that we hated to part with when we left. But, we gave it to a friend on the faith that we’d find a new one in Santa Monica. And, of course we did. Right in our own alley.

We are so grateful to be taken care of by the Universe like this. And, we feel it’s our responsibility to continuously share with you how easily vibrations can be changed to work out better for you. You can change the vibrations of guilt and worry into love and gratitude and experience life completely differently.

Today, there are some things that we want in our lives. And, I got the message that as I evolve as a healer my energy becomes more and more clear. I’ll only be really happy if I spend most of my time focussed on high vibrations like gratitude. So, we’re going to post our gratitude journals here for a month, and spill the beans on what we see happening in return.

As for those “things” that we want? We’re looking for more financial stability, and growth of our business. We would also like to take more classes to continue our alternative health education.

So, without further ado…

Gina’s Gratitude List:
My soft blanket and waking-up inspired
Fresh air
Dougie’s adorable sleepy face
Laughing at the trumpets playing outside our window and the cute Mexican children shouting their Spanish welcome song from the school across the street.
Doug’s early-morning joke fest
The little doggie who sneaks onto our balcony like we can’t see her
The opportunity to get a delicious new apartment today
Hearing Spanish spoken with an Italian accent
Free breakfast
Sweet email messages
Homeschool fun!

Doug’s Gratitude List:

Playing with my son
Knowing my wife
Great friends
Great teachers
The ability to travel
Helping people
Sunrises and sunsets
New experiences

We’ll be spending time throughout the day focussing on the cool stuff on our lists and doing other things that makes us grateful. And we’ll share that with you too. Join us! Let us know how gratitude has worked for you. Tell us what’s floating your boat right now, Let’s make some positive ripples!

Love Love Love Gina and Doug XOXOOX

Keep up with each day’s results here!

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Gratitude Journal Experiment: Day 16- Gratitude Journaling Results

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Being grateful doesn’t mean that you are always smiling, or are always happy with your outcome. It’s about understanding your outcomes, and working towards finding the purpose in the guy behind you honking his horn like you’re deaf. There is always a reason for the way things happen and every experience is a chance for you to learn something new.

If a situation seems dire, then reflect on it and figure out what purpose it is teaching you. Find your bliss and gratitude in appreciating every moment, even if it doesn’t seem to be beneficial.

So, here’s the family list of the day.

Doug’s Gratitude List:
Mail
UFO videos
Fermented foods
Smoothies
The sound of the ocean
Scratches
Dougie’s eyes
Ceiling fans

Dougie’s Gratitude List:
Buzz lightyear
Goat racing
Cars collection talking toys
Route 66

Gina’s Gratitude List:
Doug
Opening my mind
Amazing clients
Kissing Dougie’s cheeks
Holding Dougie’s hand
Energy healing
Angels
Watching my Dougs loving each other

The Results
We have really been slowing down our days and finding more time to take care of ourselves. Life is great. Be grateful.

Gratitude Journal Experiment Days 12-15: Forget Manifestation! This is God at Work –Gratitude Journaling Results

 

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We’ve done it again. Surprised ourselves with how eternally good life can be when we slow down and smell the flowers. And the coffee.

I’ve always been happy. I just used to think that to be happy I had to have something to make me happy — you know, like a nice friend, a chocolate cake, a cuddly blanket, sweet kisses from a sweet dude…. Stuff like that.

And, even though 7 years ago, I learned that loving myself was an option thanks to a very dear friend who had herself just discovered the phenomenon — I continue to sink deeper into the depths of that pleasure.

We started this gratitude blog, so that we could train ourselves to live more in that heart vibration. We know that our hearts vibrate so much stronger than our minds that the frequency can even heal DNA. We know that when we really align our thoughts and actions with what’s right in our hearts, we often manifest amazing “things” and experiences. Naturally, we figured that journaling our experience would help us prove that gratitude does WORK. But we’re not new age mumbo-jumbo blowers. We don’t believe we have full control. We believe we are connected co-creators, and that just because we may desire a million dollars, we’re not going to manifest it by simply being super grateful. It’s certainly not impossible. It’s completely probable –if the million bucks is exactly what we need to fulfill our purpose.

It seems that by beginning with the things or concepts that make us happy in the moment, we discover the deeper sense of happiness within… Or, we in fact CREATE a deeper sense of happiness that isn’t reliant on stuff or experiences.

We’ve been able to manifest a great number of “things” thanks to our clear connection with spirit. We are absolutely always taken care of in the best ways. This has been the case for me even since I was a small child. If I need a quarter, I find a quarter. If I’m craving ice cream, someone hands me a cone. I truly never want painfully for what I don’t have. I’ve intuitively summoned help from people during the middle of the night, found free furniture that was shown to me in visions, known exactly where to travel, who to talk to… Stuff like that.

That said, we went through some tough piles of dung recently. As we move on our spiritual path, we’ve been challenged with connecting our own spirits and bodies. We’ve had some physical limitations that I’ll talk about in another post. Many things that seem real and concrete in the social, outside world like money, food, establishments, schools, politics and Rules about the “norm” have revealed their falseness to us. It is as if we are being spiritually led to not buy into them, yet we have to play the game a little for natural physical survival. Well, I got to meet my angry side again, and so did the fam…. So that was interesting. We’ve all had some mood swings.

But, we’ve remained grateful and realistic. When these feelings come up, we usually wind up laughing at them in a matter of minutes. But because we still had some remnants of those old paradigm rules for happiness, we’d stuffed down the less savory emotions. So, Doug allows me to get all angry, and I allow him to say “Fuck” and we give Dougie his space to cry. Then we all have a laugh.

I thank the Gratitude Experiment for allowing us all to slow down and make this release possible.

Here’s our lists for Today:

Dougie’s Gratitude List:
Mater!
Hudson
Woody
Buzz
Sally
Lightning McQueen
Flo
Luigi
Chick
Filmoore

Doug’s Gratitude List:
Forests
Porch swings
Swimming with fish
Fruit trees
Electric cars
The smell of coffee
Breakfast at night
Purpose

Gina’s Gratitude List:
Reading Doug’s writing
Spending the day with my gorgeous son
Wise animals
Portals, visions, and dreams
Understanding
Support from all over
Forgiveness (sending and receiving)
Fresh coconuts

The Results
So, let’s talk more about some concrete things that have happened for us in the last few days.
We took a jungle walk and discovered a swim-able beach haven that’s virtually secluded. It has a mediation hut built from palm trees, and the air is magnificently clean. This discovery came after me putting out the intention to help Dougie receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The rest of the weekend flowed like a testimonial for “the Secret. I asked for a health food store in town, and suddenly a brand new one opened its doors. I asked for a kombucha scoby and was told that nobody here does that. Then, of course I met a woman who gave me… Not only a scoby and free bottle of home-made kombucha, but also some veggie culture starter. Wow! I thought… If I only had coconut kefir starter. Wouldn’t you know, she had some…. But she couldn’t give me any. So, I took a walk and met another woman who happened to be reading the Body Ecology book. Naturally, I calmed my enthusiasm, and in 2 minutes had her bringing me milk and water kefir grains, home made yogurt, coconut water kefir, and placing an order for Body Ecology starters and supplements. Now, it looks like I may soon be teaching a gut health class in Sayulita.

We like it so much here that we’ve stalled our plans for Ecuador a little. We were taking a walk talking about whether we should go to Ecuador at all, when we met Amy– someone who lived in Quito Ecuador for 6 months and highly recommends it. Sign?

Today, we were gifted with raw coconuts right from the tree too!

If you follow the stars, you know that Venus is in retrograde right now, which leaves many of us trying to filter out that which we don’t need in order to integrate the rest more harmoniously. We are doing lots of this here in Bliss Land. And we decided to spend less time online and more time living. I think this is going to make us even happier!

Check out our gratitude journal progression. And, hey — if you get inspired, join us and share too!
Yours in Bliss
Gina, Doug and Dougie

 

Moving Forward: 2012 Earth Healing Affirmations

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Don’t stress. Don’t worry. Don’t spend time thinking that you aren’t deserving. Don’t hold yourself back when you know you should do something. Forget that whole “life is to short” idea, and revel in the fact that you are simply alive now and every minute should mean potential. Potential to grow and achieve. Potential to reach for your stars.

Life is not too short. We are all here to do what we are here to do. Time in this reality is moving, and I’m am not saying that it isn’t precious, but really it’s all about potential. Time is a commodity that you can not acquire. All you can hope for is the potential to do what you are supposed to do here.

If you have ever had an opportunity lost due to inactivity on your part, then you might feel like life is short. You might feel like your opportune time passed you by and you simply missed it, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I know plenty of people that hold onto those ideas and really beat themselves up about them. The fact is that no opportunity is ever gone. Life changes. We all grow. Take your lost opportunities and refile them in the smart lesson learned category from now on.

What do you have to lose by letting go of your past frustrations and moving forward with each new precious minute living, knowing that you are stronger and smarter than you were before your last life lesson? You have time. You have as much time as it takes to accomplish what you need to do in life. People will say that you can get struck by lightning or hit by a bus, so live to the fullest, but what is missing in that statement is that even such occurrences are potential and meant to happen. Don’t live in fear that your time is running out, just use every minute towards your advantage.

Don’t stress. Don’t worry. You are meant to be here. You are meant to grow and achieve everything that you want in life. If you aren’t receiving enough from your situation then it’s time to refocus and figure out what you want from this world. You are ready to move forward. “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Gratitude Journal Experiment: Day 11- Gratitude Journaling Results

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We have been practicing the gratitude agenda for over a week now. It’s been useful on a daily basis to keep reminding ourselves about the wonder that the world offers us. It seems like such a small thing, but it adds up at the end of the day. There have been times in my life when I can remember spending ample amounts of time on simply avoiding issues and making it through the work week. It’s so counter-productive to spend time worrying.

The Gratitude Journal is a reminder to keep your head in the direction of bliss. If you are reading these posts, then please take the time to set up your own journal. At the very least, reflect on what you are doing during the day and make sure that you are seeing the bright side of your situation. I know that there are times that are trying, and you might find it hard to see the positive, but I can guarantee you that if you can break through those moments with a healthy outlook that you will be rewarded as we have.

So, let’s get to the fam’s list o’ the day.

Doug’s Gratitude List:
Drive-in theaters
Camp fires
Cobblestone streets
Going out to eat
Gina’s nose
Birthdays
Dougie’s Curious George doll

Curious George’s Gratitude List:
Dougie
Dougie
Dougie
Dougie
Bananas
Dougie

Dougie’s Gratitude List:
Buzz Lightyear
Hot dogs
Car va va va va vroom

Gina’s Gratitude List:
Kissing Dougie’s cheeks
Kissing Doug
Being me
Hugging Dogs
Horses in the street
Releasing

The Results
Today was relaxed and productive. We visited new places and received some tasty samples. I was invited into a home business and given some fresh homemade treats. We even met some Californians out here in no man’s land, and they invited us out for breakfast. Taking one step at a time, making sure to pet the puppies and smell the flowers with our full attention, we had a lot of cool experiences. Looking forward to tomorrow and making more out of our travels.

Gratitude Journal Experiment: Day 9- Gratitude Journaling Results

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We eased into the day. One minute of bliss at a time. Took a walk through the jungle and marveled at the plethora of wildlife and magical life that inhabit its majesty. What a world we live in. Overly descriptive, but true.

How often do we find the time to stop and enjoy all of the beauty that surrounds us? No matter what your situation has to offer, there are always sunrises and sunsets. Good people to line the path your day might take. Little surprises to remind you that this life is ever-changing and unexpected at its core. You never know what tomorrow will bring, so take in every moment like you mean it.

Doug’s Gratitude List:

Nature
Mistakes that make me laugh
Bees
Hugs
Dougie’s singing
Choice
Community gardens

Dougie’s Gratitude List:

GPS
Cow racing
Moo

Gina’s Gratitude List:

Chocolate
Music for every mood
Learning and reading
Seeing baby pics of myself
Making story boards with Dougie
Puppies
Baby chicks following their mama
Elephants, spirals and om symbols on our new apartment decor
Fresh air
A clean apartment (yay)
A banana tree below
A place for smoothies and conversation
So many accents
Writing Love Letters
A new month

The Results

In the past day we have received new clients and found cool places to enjoy life. There has been more nature around us and a better sense of our surroundings. Answers have been coming to us in a calm and efficient manner, which has paid off positively. In the fateful words of Ice Cube “Got to say it was a good day.”

Check out our other Gratitude Journal posts and join us. We’d love to hear what your grateful for.

Gratitude Journal Experiment: Days 6, 7, and 8- Gratitude Journaling Results

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Another day of gratitude begins. This weekend seemed to start off a bit sluggish, with many decisions to make quickly. It wasn’t the way that we usually like to get going. We hashed over ideas for a while and then decided to let the answers come to us.

Gina sat at the ocean. Dougie and I took a stroll. Somewhere in that process the answers came to us freely. And, without any worry we had worked out our issues.

This might seem like a trivial coincidence. But, when positivity is happening every time we let go and enjoy life, it’s the type of occurrence that begs attention. People will tell you that life is what you make of it. Really dissect that statement and think about it. Life is what you make of it. Your thoughts dictate your day. A person who is happy, genuinely happy, will always find ways of making their day better than someone who is dwelling on negativity.

So without further ado, here are a list of grateful’s to kick off your own thought process:

Doug’s Gratitude List:

Wrestling with Dougie
Massages
Tea with friends
Long stretches
Local hangouts
Pie with coconut ice cream
Laughter

Dougie’s Gratitude List

Making robots
A machine robot
WALL.E
EVE
Race cars with stickers
Thx

Gina’s Gratitude List
My husband’s patience
My husband’s motivational support
A new home
The smell of my childhood in my new kitchen
Tons of sleep
Soul connections

The Results

Well, as you know we were having some problems at our apartment. It simply didn’t feel like home. The whole thing seemed to turn around in a flash after Gina spent 15 minutes watching the ocean. We found a fairy-tale looking apartment in a little surf village full of organic food, yoga studios, nature, gong baths and wonderful people. And we are paying 200 dollars less that what we paid in our last place in Puerto Vallarta.

We’ve also made many new connections with wonderful people and we think we will be living and working here in Sayulita, MX for a few months while Gina works on her novel, and we get Blissed Life going to the next level.

Join us in our Experiment! Check out our gratitude blogs and add your own!
Until Later,

Gina, Doug and Dougie

Gratitude Experiment Day Five: Gratitude Journal Results

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Friday is 5 Day Here in Bliss Land! We’ve been recording our thankfulness now for 5 days, and we’re all feeling pretty good. Here’s the lists:

Gina’s Gratitude List

Kindness from new friends
Chances
Accents
Besos
Lots of lessons
The coconut man who cuts my coconuts
Chaos
Time outside
Helping people who need me
Being appreciated

Doug’s Gratitude List
Vibrams
Palm trees
Coconut kefir
Music
Books
Dolphins
Jokes
My BFF
LOL
Dougies new teeth

Dougie’s Gratitude List
United States
Rockets

The Results
One really cool thing is that the 3 of us seem to be really flowing together even more than usual. Of course, we spend lots of time together anyway and rarely argue. But, now we seem to be taking more needed personal time, and coming together more consciously. We’re paying closer attention to our individual needs and paying closer to attention to one another’s needs too. That was unexpected but very needed.

As far as our business goals, we couldn’t be happier. We’re getting more and more readers from all over the world and we feel very productive.

The weekend’s here now. So, we’re gonna relax into this gratitude vibe and see how we can ride that wave even longer. Well have more on this for you Monday!

Gina, Doug and Dougie

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Gratitude Experiment Day 4: Holy Blisst! –Gratitude Journal Results

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It’s day 4 of our gratitude journaling experiment and Thank the Angels, we’ve hit some major breakthroughs. You see, we were really inspired to start this little project because we know we have the power to improve things for ourselves–but we were a little bummed.

We began our Bliss Tour with the intentions of living more sustainably, adventuring out into culturally rainbowlicious places, and having more time with Mama Earth. And, even though we made the decision to sell our first BlIss Mobile after she broke down in Amarillo, TX– our new plan to hit Central and South America via Mexico sounded very exciting and also a great way to save money for a new house on wheels.

Buhhhhhhhhhht, dang! It’s been tough to get healthy foods here in Mexico. Were living in our third city in 3 months, and last week we hit a low point. All were really wanted were some conscious local friends to chat conspiracy over green juice with, ya know?

All we really wanted was to be able to afford the extra dough it costs to eat healthier here.

All we really wanted was for our plumbing to quit exploding and for heaven’s sake— to have some real contact with nature (new post coming on our actual experiences in Mexico with pics).

So, 4 days ago we decided to put all of our eggs in the gratitude basket, so to speak, and quit our whining about what we don’t have. Clearly, the fresh green coconuts that I get every day outside my door can help me sustain a decent gratitude glow. Clearly there are plenty of good things about Mexico, even if it isn’t our dream destination.

I can’t wait longer to share the results, so here you go:

This morning, we were invited out to breakfast by a new friend, and introduced to a few local healers who just so happened to be part of a Quantum Healing Expo. I got a free biofeedback session that was really soothing. It was awesome to swap stories and talk about things we are interested in.

Then, you’ll never believe this. I’m not one for zoos really. But I love animals and crave time with them. I got to sit face to face with a tiger, and just enjoy his warm company. His name was Diego, and a tiny fence with holes separated us. I wanted to pet him, but I didn’t. It was nice to just relax with him. He had quite a healing effect on me. Then, the boys and I strolled back to our side of town and had a delicious vegetarian buffet, met more smiling people, and now we are sitting at a Spanish Tapas joint with live music– and Dougie just manifested a his favorite French song just by mentioning it to us. I’m linking the song here. We are so grateful for all of these new goodies in our lives. Here goes our individual lists.

Gina’s Gratitude List
Love
Reiki for taking away my neck pain
The sound of birds chirping
Looking into the tigers eyes
Time to breathe and rest
A whole day in the sunshine
Interesting people
So many beautiful gems
Water
Angels
Friends
My hubby’s silly jokes
The Shaman
So many opportunities

Doug’s Gratitude List
Superfoods
Good advice
Free energy
Teams
Warm strolls at night
Variety
Tigers
My nieces positive feedback
Watching dogs swim
Dougies videos

Dougie’s Gratitude List
Fun
I will get movies on the I pad
Cooking

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Gratitude Experiment Day 3: Gratitude Journaling Results

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Hello Day 3 of our Gratitude Experiment. the Dougs and I are taking extra time to focus on and share our gratitude journals with you to see if we can come up with any tangible connections of goodness that can be attributed to these vibes.

Gratitude comes from our heart chakras, and geniuses continue to prove that our heart chakras emit the strongest vibration in our bodies. stringer than the ones emitted by our brains. And, since DNA can be morphed based on vibrational communication, well we believe that the heart vibe of gratitude has the humongous power of granting all of us all the great stuff that makes life more BLISSED.

We’ve already seen (since embracing this lifestyle years ago) that we can now handle the “hard times” with so much more ease, and the good times have become more abundant too.

Part of the reason we came here to Earth this time is to help show you just how simple it can be to understand the workings of vibration in your life. So, here’s our gratitude lists for today, and what we’ve noticed since yesterday.

Join us if you like. Share what you are grateful for and increase this vibration exponentially! If you’re inspired to send us your gratitude stories, we can publish those too.

Gina’s Gratitude List

The sun on my skin
Morning cuddles with my Love Muffin
Finding my Essential Oil Spray
Downloads from the Universe in the Shower
Clearer visions
Krishna Das
Doug bringing me lunch
Holding my boy
Productive-ness
Texts from friends who were missed
Opportunities
Being sprung back to where I’m supposed to be
Waking up in a bed, having food and drink and a place to be comfortable
Freedom to choose what’s right for me
Getting creative with the guys
Ideas ideas ideas

 

Doug’s Gratitude List

The ocean
Family
The Internet
Seeing old friends
Meeting new people
Warmth of the sun
Yoga
Time for smelling flowers
Intuition

Dougie’s Gratitude List

Friends
Making 3d books
Kids movies in Spanish

Yesterday’s Results

We decided to take a really calm day yesterday. We talked about what we would do if all of our business goals had been met, and I said I would sleep for 10 days. So, in the spirit of not waiting to do what my body needs to do, I slept for about 10 hours. It was glorious. The Doug’s did homeschool and watched movies and when I awoke, we went out and grabbed some fresh food for dinner– coconuts, mangoes, bananas and rice and beans. Hey, when in Mexico… Right?

The most noticeable results for the Big Doug and me are our state of calm and increase of psychic connection. We both feel a lot more clear about our intuitions and are having amazing dreams. I’ll share some dreams in upcoming posts.

Our Business goals continue to grow like sprouting seedlings of Love. We are being read in so many countries daily and receiving the best compliments from our clients. We love what we do and are sure it’s the right choice for us. Were hoping that getting more in alignment wi the essence f who we are will help us in our jobs of spreading consciousness, and in effect make our jobs easier.

Oh what a beautiful ride!

Let us know of you want to share your own stories.

Love!

Gina and the Dougs

Keep up with each day’s results here!

PS. Today’s pic is inspired by the fact that today Dougie washed dishes while I sat on the bed and wrote. When I got up to see what an awesome job he did (all the dishes were clean), here was a pan full of crayons on the stove that he as planning to cook. The kid floats my boat!

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