$50 and $.50 Continued…

A few days after receiving my reading about the strange $50, I was at the thrift store with my kids who were looking for items to create their Halloween costumes. While they were busy perusing the treasure trove of possibilities, I wandered around as well. I came across a tiny bookshelf in the glassware section–a different floor, even, than their normal large book section. Curious, I bent down to check out the books and was surprised to find a book that I had been reading from the library, wishing all along I had my own copy for my personal reference.

That book, by the way, is “Anatomy of Spirit,” by Caroline Myss. I had devoured the first few chapters and already then wished for my own copy so I could highlight important insights and otherwise mark it up. But then she gets into some heavy work on each of the chakras and I was having a harder time getting through those chapters all the while running out of time on my library loan. Earlier that morning I’d received the dreaded, items are due back soon email thus creating my current “wish” for my own personal copy.

Fast forward back to the thrift shop that afternoon and of course you know that the first book I spotted was “Anatomy of Spirit.” I pulled that out as a little “sign” and smiled and thanked the universe:). Then I saw another book I’d read, but had loaned out, but never received back, and another that I’d wanted to share with a friend, but wasn’t willing to give up my own copy, and yet another that was a great read that I’d given away. As I contemplated buying all four books, I tried to find the prices on the inside cover because this thrift shop is either bizarrely expensive or I’m still living in the 1970’s. I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but as I started to put the other three books back on the shelf, I “just happened” to notice a sign above the book case saying each of these books was…drumroll please…yep, you guessed it, 50 cents! Wow, wow, my heart soared, this stuff is so fun!

Did I mention that I’d found two quarters, ie, 50 cents, at the gym that morning as well? Yep! True…

You Are a Bad Ass

Yeah, I thought that might get your attention. I wish I’d thought of that blog title myself, but I lifted it from Jen Sincero’s fantastic book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

I’ve read loads of similar books, but for some reason this one stands out so I wanted to recommend it here. I hope to listen to this yearly or whenever I am feeling stagnant and need some inspiration to get in the groove again. Note: this is a great audio book if you can manage that format since the author reads it with the same conversational tone as if you’re sitting in the room with her.

Sincero is a clear and compelling story teller so this is actually a fun, as well as educational, read. This book probably wouldn’t fall under the “spiritual” category, but it certainly covers many of those principals, perhaps just using different terminology. Frankly, sometimes “spiritual” books can be so philosophical and big picture, that they can be a turn off to some folks. Sincero, however, is witty and clear so it is easy to remember and implement her suggestions (admonitions?) immediately. This book would be a great start for anyone looking for some tangible tasks and/or results.

I could not get enough of this book and will be asking my husband to read it for my next gifting holiday:). Ms. Sincero, if you find this blog review somehow, I implore you to write an ever so slightly less colorful version for kids–I’d make my whole family sit down and listen!

If you get it or have read it, let me know if you did or didn’t like it as much as I did. In the meantime, know that it’s true, You Are a Bad Ass! No go get ’em!

$50.00 and $.50 Part 1

About a month ago, I was getting gas. The pump was moving so incredibly slowly that, while I’d love say, I was all zen and enjoying the present moment and just waiting patiently, I wasn’t. I was the opposite–irritated, impatient, and probably ungrounded to boot. I said to myself, “This is ridiculous. I’m going to stop this at $50.” Just then I noticed the pump slowing down even further and it stopped at exactly $50.00 even. “Wow, that was wild,” I thought.

The very next week we were heading out of town, so I decided to fill up in preparation even though the tank registered more than 1/4 full. This time the pump was going extraordinarily fast. I thought for a nano second, “wouldn’t that be hilarious if it stopped at $50 again?” But of course pushed that thought out instantly since there was about the same chance of that happening as winning the lottery.

You already know what happens next. Yep, it stopped at $50 on the dot! I was so filled with wonder and joy that I laughed out loud, incredulous at the “coincidence.” Of course, there are no coincidences so I just took it as a fun wink from the universe–a wink about what I had no idea, but I figured it meant something.

Two weeks later, I kid you not, I was pumping gas again. I can’t honestly say whether or not I was thinking about the $50 this time. I do remember that I was sitting in the car listening to my book du jour when I heard the pump click off. You can only imagine my total and complete astonishment when it was $50 exactly a third time and in less than a month! Now I was truly freaking out, in a good way, but still utterly perplexed. What are the chances?

Now I definitely had to get some outside perspective on what this meant so I asked one of my psychic friends to take a look. This friend is a big muckety-muck at an international firm so we exchange looks over email to accommodate our different schedules. Since it is convenient for me to cut and past it, I’ll share part of what she emailed…

50 is a personal test.  You are testing your creation system to make sure you are indeed creating your life (something you don’t really trust at times or want to believe at times because dis-empowerment is easier. So you find ways to have the world play back your ability to create in little ways, reoccurring numbers, synchronicity, etc.  Not significant because it is all from you, reflecting out in the world.  My message here: YES you are a creator.  It works.  Play big and trust yourself.  Do not model for the world, your loved ones your fear in creating!

I told this story to my oldest son on the way to school the next day and he replied, “mom, your credit card probably maxes out at $50 for gas.” Ugh,” I thought disappointed. That could very well be the explanation, especially since my purse had been stolen within the year. I had so wanted to believe it was my way of reminding myself that I’m a creator.

To my great delight, the next time I pumped gas, it went all the way up to $61 and change. What my friend had seen felt right and true to me so I was relieved that these “coincidences” couldn’t be explained away otherwise. You’d think I’d trust this process more since this is what I do for others, but you know the saying about the cobbler’s kids not having any shoes to wear… What a great reminder for me (all of us) to own my ability to consciously create and a nice knock on the head to sit down and meditate more, since you can’t create what you don’t know you want and meditation is the fastest way to get clear.

This post is too long already so I’ll continue the story in the next one. Until then, get out there and create big! Let’s inspire each other with how big we can play:)!