I was 8 months pregnant and had just left my job.
It was Christmas 2016.
I remember the thrill of freedom.
I remember the excitement in the air.
Yes, there were also pangs of doubts and fears trying to creep up, but I knew at that point how to ignore them until they went away.
I had a strong vision, and a loose plan.
I wasn't sure what I wanted, but I knew for sure what I didn't want.
I didn't want to work from 9 to 5 for someone else.
I didn't want to drop off my infant in daycare, and pick him up 8 hours later. I know that for many moms that's fine, but I knew without a doubt that it wasn't fine for me.
I didn't want to struggle through my days so that I could enjoy my weekends.
Or struggle through weeks and months, so that I could enjoy little "escapes" here and there.
I wanted to ENJOY EVERY DAY! I wanted to bring MY OWN ideas and inspirations to life! Outrageous, right?! How dare I be so greedy?
I was taught, like most of us were, that life wasn't easy.
That I had to sacrifice and work hard, in order to "earn" crumbs of happiness.
That life wasn't safe, so I needed a steady job, I needed stability and a boss that told me what to do and paid me, so that I would have retirement money in 30 or 40 years.
Great plan! All I needed to do was to suffer 5-6 days a week, let daycare workers or nannies raise my child, and make money for someone else's business.
My inner voice told me this couldn't be true. I didn't come to this life to make sacrifices and suffer. I came to EXPERIENCE...to GROW...and to ENJOY!
I always knew that deep inside, but it took me going through a whole process of Aligning with my Higher Self before I could take that leap and go after my dreams.
And I"m so grateful I took it!
Fast-Forward 3 years.
It's Christmas again.
I"m on a 2 month trip, working on-line while traveling with my family.
We go sight-seeing in the daytime, and I offer Hypnosis sessions in the evening.
Today we saw the Baháʼí Shrine in Haifa, Israel, and took pictures of it in the pouring rain while our son sang "Jingle Bells" over and over again in the car, to my mom.
I wake up inspired, create content from my heart, work on my projects, and then go to the beach.
I am raising my son. He is almost 3, and only a few months ago did he start pre-school two mornings a week, to socialize and have some fun. The rest of the time he is with one of us, with both of us, or if we want some couple-time, with my mom.
I get to help people. Like, actually help people find their ideal vocations, repair their relationships, improve their health, start a family, create abundance, and get rid of their emotional wounds.
I"m not saying this to brag. I"m saying this to let you know that I too didn't know HOW to transform my life, or even WHAT that new life would look like.
Are you hurting? If you are, please believe me when I tell you that next Christmas you could look back at THIS exact moment and realize it was the moment everything changed.
Are you unhappy right now with one or more aspects of your life? If you are that's because your Higher Self is signaling to you that there is SO MUCH more available for you too!
It might be nudging you lightly, or it might be shaking you firmly to get your attention.
Just don't ignore your inner voice, because it won't go away.
Don't wait for it to scream louder and to manifest more situations that will rid you (not always gently) of that which doesn't serve your highest good.
Take the power into your own hands.
You are the creator of your own reality, and you can create Deliberately, or you can create unconsciously. Creating Deliberately is much more fun. Trust me.
This year Christmas falls on the 8 days of Hanukkah, like it often does. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, symbolizes the Rebellion of the Israelites, the rededication of the temple, and the miracle of the small quantity of oil lasting for 8 days. I am extremely Spiritual, but not at all Religious, so although I don't follow religious interpretations and customs, I do often enjoy their symbolisms.
Back in 2016, when I took my big leap towards manifesting my dreams, Hanukkah began on Christmas eve. I remember thinking about my own private rebellion, standing up for myself and going against the safe choice of conforming to society's norms. I also thought about "miracles" and how the extraordinary happens when there is a great desire for a specific outcome, combined with great dedication to the cause.
So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and many wishes of HAPPINESS to you and to your family!
Abraham Hicks talks about the Emotional Guidance Scale a lot. This scale is a wonderful concept that helps us navigate painful emotions and reach high vibrational ones. I use the emotional scale often with my clients, and find that indeed it is a lot more manageable to climb a step up the scale, than it is to try and jump 5-6 steps at a time. This means that if someone is feeling depressed, that person needs to be guided up the scale and needs to experience the unworthiness, jealousy, anger, concerns, frustrations, etc., before beginning to experience hopefulness, enthusiasm, and joy.
Many of my clients report having gone to conventional therapists in order to deal with anxiety, depression, and other low-vibrational feelings. The therapist most often prescribe medication in order to blur these feelings, instead of organically leading the person up the scale, or giving tools that can be used over and over to spiral upward.
Using my unique Hypnotherapy methods, I guide people through all their feelings, in a way in which the negative emotions are not as powerful, allowing for the upward spiral. Under Hypnosis, the brain creates a grater connection between the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (DLPFC), which is responsible for the executive functions (planning, inhibitions, etc.), and the Insula, which is responsible for the somatic functions (processing pain and emotions, etc.). This means that under Hypnosis it is possible to process painful emotions but to feel them less deeply!
Also, under Hypnosis, the default mode network (DMN), largely responsible for a sense of self-awareness and episodic memory, and the executive control network (ECN), which controls cognition, are disconnected, allowing the individual to OBJECTIVELY observe themselves and others without judgment! This is a great tool to overcome shame, blame, guilt, and many more similar emotions.
One suggestion I would make to anybody who is feeling down, is to have compassion for yourself and to give yourself time and space to move through the negative feelings. Anger is a good sign. It means you moved up from despair. But don't stay there! Take one more step up, into frustration/ worry/ negativity. Then slowly move into acceptance, and be ok with accepting that which is not your preference. You will notice how soon enough you will feel some hope, some optimism. Later, some enthusiasm. Eventually- Joy!
Everything you want in your life, you want for one reason only. You believe that by having that thing/person/circumstance, you will feel better. But you can also train your vibration to be higher. You can feel better without the condition. Easier said than done, but there are many methods for feeling better, and the better you feel, the better reality is manifested by your own vibration.
You are the Creator of your reality, and the single most important tool in your possession is your ability to feel good, meaning to be of a high vibration. One example of raising your vibration is focusing on good-feeling thoughts, and not engaging in negative thoughts. Literally saying to yourself (or out loud if alone) "cancel! clear!" and moving away from negative thoughts. This means you give a lot more attention to what is working well in your life, and very little attention to what is not. You do take actions, obviously, but you take inspired actions, not actions originating from negative emotions.
This also means you focus on the positive aspects of yourself and of the people around you. Many of my married clients report that once they focus on the positives of their spouse, that spouse embodies more and more positive qualities when interacting with them. Same goes for your kids! Your relatives! Bosses! Co-workers! The Law of Attraction is Universal, and it states that whatever you focus on, that is what you attract more and more into your experience. So focus wisely!
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
1) I was born in Israel and spent my childhood between Israel and the USA. I love living in the USA (though I'm anxiously awaiting the end of the Trump era) so I immigrated here when I was 21.
2) I LOVE Ramen. Funny enough, so does my 2.5 year old boy. We go to Japanese restaurants and we both lose it. I dreamed for years about going to Japan and eating Ramen, and when I did I realized it was equally good to the Ramen in New Jersey.
3) Speaking of New Jersey, I LOVE New Jersey. Go ahead, judge me ;0) I think it's one of the most beautiful and diverse states, filled with lovely towns, beautiful country side, parks, amazing food, and great NYC views (and access).
4) My favorite color is Turquoise.
5) When I was a child (and a young adult) I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I still ADORE animals and am OBSESSED with dogs, especially the very large ones. My superpower is to decipher dog breeds, even if it's a mix of 2-3 unusual breeds.
6) Travel is one of my greatest passions. I have travelled to 31 countries, lived in 4 countries, and in 5 USA States. I plan to travel A LOT more in the future!
7) The picture in this post is from my 40th birthday. After we had to cancel our travel plans because the little one had the runs, I spent the day at the Spa while my wonderful husband changed diapers every two hours.
8) Halloween is my favorite holiday, though I am a big fan of Christmas.
9) I'm an ATV enthusiast.
10) I"m married to the former Motocross National champion of Ecuador, and he and our son are obsessed with anything with wheels.
11) My dad was the owner of our's city nationally successful soccer team, and when I was 15 my family and I joined them on their summer training in Romania. I love soccer.
12) I danced Classical Ballet for many years growing up, and I still love watching Ballet.
13) My favorite singer/ song-writer is Alejandro Sanz. If you don't know him, please look him up! He is AMAZING.
14) I cooked professionally for a while (for up to 60 people!) in a Spiritual Retreat. It was lots of fun mixed with some stress! I was told (and am still told) that I'm a very good cook, but my mom is the reigning queen of the kitchen! She's the best.
15) My Sun is in Libra (conjunct Venus and Mercury), My moon is in Scorpio (conjunct Uranus), and My Ascendent is in Gemini. For those of you who know Astrology, this says A LOT about me!
16) I played the Electrical Organ for years growing up, but I don't have much musical talent. Luckily, my son inherited his father's incredible musical ear, and from a young age he could carry a tune, make up lyrics for known songs, and invent new songs.
17) My favorite season is Fall, with Summer being a close second.
18) I"m an avid reader, and in addition to reading books suited for my age, I've been having way too much fun lately reading children's books to my son.
19) I"m one half Moroccan with Spanish roots, one quarter Polish, and one quarter Russian with Siberian Shaman ancestors.
20) My favorite fruit is Durian, aka "stinky fruit". I got hooked on it in Thailand and I now buy it frozen at the Korean Supermarket (for an exorbitant price). I can't wait to go to Ecuador and eat exotic fruit I"ve never heard of before.
21) When I was 10 I sat on a venomous scorpion. I was on a school night-time field trip in the dunes, and we all sat in a circle when I felt something moving underneath me. When I get up there was a panic among the kids (and adults), but luckily I wasn't stung in the butt.
22) Coffee is my beverage of choice. I limit myself to 2 cups a day, and to mostly half-caffs. In my book it is the beverage of the Gods. I research different coffees to find the best on, so if you have an amazing recommendation, please share. So far I am not able to recreate the wonderful drip-coffee with condensed milk I had in Vietnam, but I dream about it at night sometimes.
23) I enjoy greatly foreign movies. To me they are portals to other parts of the world and other ways of life, and for that they fascinate me.
24) I'm great at Math and I love it with a passion. When I had more free time I used to actually fill-out Calculus work-books like other people fill out cross-word books (or used to, before the era of smartphones and tablets.) When I was in school I used to solve Math problems I got stuck on while sleeping, then wake up and write everything down and relish on how my subconscious had the answers. It was an early sign of what was to come!
25) If I were an animal, I would probably be an eagle.
26) I have well over a hundred cousins, if you include second and third cousins. Wait, maybe you and I are related?
27) If I had to pick between living surrounded by forests, lakes, and mountains, or the sea, I would choose the former. In fact, I DID make that choice, and I only regret it briefly on some January days.
28) One of my favorite flowers is Peony. The book "The Language of flowers" spoiled that for me a little, but it was an amazing book non-the-less.
29) I am a level 2 scuba-diver and have dived in a boat-wreck and at night, as part of my certification. Thrilling experiences!
30) I have a collection of G-Shock watches. Well, a shared collection with my husband, as they are Unisex. Love them.
31) I don't like Broadway shows. At all. I went to a few, including "Wicked" which was highly acclaimed, but I don't like the singing in the middle of the performance, it literally annoys me.
32) My alcoholic beverage of choice is an extra-dirty vodka martini. But since I'm a light-weight I only take a few sips of it and switch over to a light beer. I also like white wine and occasionally have half a glass for dinner and pretend it's good for my heart (it's all in the mind, anyway ;0)
33) My home-town in Israel is right on the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by dunes. In fact, my mom's home-office has an incredible front-line view of the dunes. I promise to do some LIVE broadcasts from there next time I go for a visit.
34) I make my own essential oil combinations and bath and body products. As a Biotechnology major who took many Chem classes, I thought for a minute to work for the perfume industry, since I love both chemistry and perfumes. I'm glad I didn't, but I still enjoying creating my own perfumes and buying fancy home-made bath and body products.
35) I"m a Roller-Coaster and Water-Slide fanatic.
36) My nick-name is Sharonika (Sha-ro-ni-ka), with a Russian affection suffix. Really only my mom's side of the family (the Russian side, obviously) calls me that, but I always liked it. Everyone in the US mispronounces my name to sound like the American name Sharon (She-rin), as opposed to the Israeli one (Sha-ron).
37) I recently tried the Ecuadorian National dish, a relative of the Guinea Pig. It is an ancient food that goes back to the Inkas, and my husband's family (and probably most Ecuadorians) are obsessed with it. When relatives come from Ecuador they bring these cooked Guinea Pigs with them to share with loved ones. As a Foodie and an explorer of different cultures, I went for it. Tastes like chicken, but a little saltier with a note of herbs (they are only fed pure grass).
38) I love Ice cream flavors that are interesting, like Cappuccino with white chocolate fudge chunks or Strawberry Cheesecake. I'm definitely not a Vanilla person.
39) Confession- I loved the Gilmore Girls, and still Netflix that show on occasions when I need a pick-me-up.
40) I am very inventive and am currently working on taking an invention of mine to market. Wish me luck! Though either way I have more inventions up my sleeve, and am an idea person in general.
That's 40 fun facts! Now you know me better! Feel free to share a fun fact (or more) about yourself!
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
I used to live for summers. Well, also for some other times of the year which involved time off school or work, but mostly for summers. The reason for that was simple- I wasn't living my best life, so I escaped it mentally and emotionally by escaping it physically. Obviously vacations are wonderful, and if you are able to travel somewhere far and exciting- beyond wonderful. But for too many years I accepted an everyday life which wasn't very satisfying, while daydreaming about my next break from that life. I did, however, have a feeling that one day this would change, as I was not ready to accept a long term reality of being bored at my job or living in a city I no longer enjoyed. That is why today I am surprised over and over again whenever I hear people say that they will stick to a job they don't like until retirement, or that they are planning on moving to their dream location 15 years down the road.
Why is it that so many people don't allow themselves to manifest the life of their dreams?! Why is there a prevalent belief among people that life must be hard? And that you have to "pay your dues" before you can reap benefits? The answer is complex, and has to do with the conscious mind fixating on the familiar and the current visible situation, and with the subconscious mind harboring all kinds of fears and beliefs that do not serve us. The Law of attraction states that whatever we focus on expands. It's a Universal Law which never fails, much like gravity. You can test it for yourself, by simply focusing on something simple that you have no resistance to, like pink petals, or the number 55. Suddenly you will notice how whatever you call forth (and don't resist) is brought into your experience. Since we focus on the "what is" and not on the "what we want to be", we keep manifesting more of the same. For example, focusing on "I am bored at my job" will lead to another boring job. Whereas focusing on the aspects of the job which are satisfying will lead to positive shifts in the current job, or to another job which has even more satisfying aspects.
The subconscious mind holds the majority of the influence on our actions. That's right! Most of our actions are derived from our subconscious. So it isn't a surprise that as long as we haven't healed our subconscious mind we will continue to act in a way which does not lead to the results we want. For example, if we were told as children that life is a grind, and that our job is to "work", meaning to put effort into something that feels like duty and not like play, then we will end up at a job that feels draining, not imagining at times that there is another way of living.
I am happy to say that I no longer hate Mondays. I haven't hated them in years. I have the time-freedom I never imagined would be possible before retirement, and though I still love vacations, I actually enjoy my everyday life so much that I am excited to get back to it. How did I get "here" from "there"? I used the unique system I developed to direct both the conscious mind and the subconscious mind towards creating the reality I wanted. And it worked like magic!
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
Three-ingredient pancakes have become a staple in my home. My toddler no longer likes eggs lately, and by eating these pancakes he is getting a good dose of protein, Selenium, Vitamins D, B6, B12 and minerals such as Zinc, Iron and Copper. Bananas are nutritious as well, and a good source of Vitamin B6, Manganese, Vitamin C, Potassium, Dietary Fiber, protein, Magnesium, and Folate. This recipe is my adaptation to a recipe I found on-line one day, only instead of bananas, eggs, and granola, which are my three ingredients, the writer suggested bananas, eggs, and quick oats. Basically you mash 3 ripe bananas, add 3 eggs, then add 1 cup of granola. I use granola with honey and almond slivers, but of course you have to consider your family member's allergies and age-restriction (for example nuts and raw honey are risky for infants). I then like to add different little extras each time to mix it up, like a berry (especially raspberries), and chocolate or peanut butter chips (if not allergic). Once you mix everything you simply heat some frying oil (I like grape-seed oil) on a non-stick frying pan and add half a cup of your "batter". You cook on medium until bubbles appear and the pancake is firm enough to flip it without breaking it. Once you flip it you cook it a little more until it appears solid. You place it on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb the extra oil. If you have any pancakes left you can store them in the fridge in a sealed Tupperware for 2 days or so. Bon Appetit!
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
It is easy to stay focused on physical reality and to forget about vibrational reality, or the un-manifested reality. After all, we experience physical reality with our five senses , and also the people around us usually support our perceptions of physical reality. But the Universe does send us signs. All the time. Some are subtle and easy to ignore. Others are BIG and compelling. A few weeks ago my husband and I received a BIG sign.
It was a few nights before our road trip to New Hampshire, a road-trip we have been excited about for many weeks. I listened to an Abraham-Hicks recording while doing the dishes before going to bed, and they were talking about how the Universe sends you signs in the form of impulses to do something, and often uses lights to convey a message. I went to bed earlier than my husband did, and as I was laying down next to my sleeping toddler (yes, we co-sleep), I could see through the curtains that the outside light had turned on. The lights around our house have motion sensors so I went over to the window to see which animal was visiting us. Last time that light went on we got to see a chubby raccoon looking right up at us. We also receive visits from bears, deers, woodchucks, owls, rabbits, and many more animals. But this time I didn't see anything at all, so I went back to bed and quickly fell asleep.
After some time my husband woke me up all excited and kept saying "You won't believe what just happened!". Apparently just as the light came on he had an impulse to eat something (even though it was late), and he could see the outside light at an angle from the kitchen's window. He didn't see any animals and as he was eating he noticed that the light never turned off. The lights are on an automatic timer so when time was passing and the light wasn't turning off, my husband decided to go outside through the basement and turn the light off manually. As he walked back into the basement he noticed the light in the linen closet was on. He had installed in that closet a hanging light with a switch earlier that day. He opened the door to turn off the light and saw that a blanket had fallen from the top shelf, right on top of the hanging light-bulb, and smoke had started to come out of the blanket as it was burning. Had he not put out the beginning of that fire, all the linens in the closet would have caused the fire to grow quickly. Even though we have fire detectors, the bedroom where my son and I were sleeping is directly above that closet, and a fire would have caused a huge scare and serious damage to the house. Also, we would have had to cancel our trip to New Hampshire, and as you can see in the picture above, we visited some spectacular places during that trip.
Our Angels were definitely looking out for us and have turned on the outside light in order to bring my husband to the basement, and have also planted the impulse in my husband to walk over to the kitchen and see that light. The Universe doesn't usually speak to us in the form of a loud voice, because that would probably freak us out. It would have been scary to hear a voice saying "Fire in the linen closet, run downstairs!". So instead, we get signs, impulses, intuitions, and dreams. The more we align and respond to the Universe, the more signs we receive. Since the night of this big sign, I have been receiving more and more smaller signs, probably because of my gratitude and receptivity. I have found a black feather in the middle of a path (sign of higher protection), I have had a little white bird fly very close to me as I float in my pool in the forrest, and last week I had a premonition dream that my childhood best-friend gave birth, and in my dream I heard the name that was chosen for the baby. When I woke I ran to my phone, and sure enough I had a text message from my friend with the picture of her newborn, and when we spoke later that day she told me they named her Aria, just like in my dream. We all have stories about times when the Universe sent us messages, and I urge you all to be receptive and to expect the guidance of the Universe. You attract what you expect, so the Universe will have no other choice but to deliver.
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
Today I discovered a new aspect of Mantra. I have studied Mantras in the past and understood the theory that certain sounds and words have a high vibration, and invoke an effect. I was given an every-day Mantra by Amma, and also a purpose-specific Mantra by another teacher of mine. I chanted the purpose-specific Mantra with great intention and saw the effect very quickly. Purpose achieved! The general Mantra was a little trickier. I approached it like brushing my teeth. I was told that I should chant it daily 108 times, so I would squeeze it into my schedule and then check it off my to-do list. I didn't see an effect, not surprisingly considering my lack of concentrated intention. After only a week or two, I dropped the Mantra. I already had a meditation practice and a Yoga practice, but I haven't incorporated my Mantra into either of them, and therefor a habit was never formed.
Those of you who know me personally or professionally, know that I am a HUGE fan of Abraham-Hicks. I have been following their teachings for about a year or so, and they have inspired me more than any other teachings I have encountered. The group of teachers known as "Abraham" talks about the law of attraction in its pure, original form. The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on grows, whether wanted or unwanted. This means that our worries and fears manifest the exact circumstances we were afraid would take place, and it also means that when we focus on what is good in our lives we get more of the "goodness". This law is fantastic providing we are able to control the nature of our thoughts, but most people are quite incapable of doing so. There are different practices that help direct our thoughts towards a certain direction, and today I discovered how Mantra is a great tool for mastering the law of attraction.
When worries start to come up and negative thoughts begin to pester, you can purposely direct your attention to something that is working out well in your life, or anything that makes you happy; your pet, a vacation you are planning, a funny movie you just watched, etc. But I found that when something worrisome is coming up again and again it is hard to keep combating it with more and more positive thoughts. It can be exhausting to scan your mind for nice-feeling thoughts, and it is easy for the mind to wonder to unpleasant places while you scan it. This is where Mantra comes to play. If you have a high-vibration Mantra that you associate with a positive and meaningful message to yourself, you have an Ace up your sleeve. Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and a worry pops into your mind? Repeat your Mantra to yourself over and over until you fall back asleep. Are you ever driving and find yourself thinking a series of angry, complaining, self-pitying, envious, or guilt-fillled thoughts? Whip out your Mantra. You can even prepare a visual image, such as a huge red rose, and visualize it while repeating the Mantra. The brain can't do two things at once (though it may seem like it can when you quickly jump from one thing to another), so as long as you give your brain something positive to focus on, the negativity will go away.
Wayne Dyer said "Once you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change". In my experience, it is astonishing how you attract positive people and experiences into you life, once you adopt a positive mind set. It is not about being in denial or accepting unpleasant situations, it is ACTUALLY allowing all the abundance and well-being that you have energetically summoned to show up in your experience while not providing an avenue for negative occurrences to reach you. Try it! Decide that for one day you will bring up your Mantra whenever you have a negative thought. if you don't have a Mantra you can use "So Hum", I am that (meaning I am all creation). Add to that a visualization of something you deem beautiful and relaxing, such as a flower or a rainbow. Watch how you feel better throughout the day, and then try this practice for a week to see how life changes for you. I will try it with you and we can compare notes at a later time.
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
Preparing food, and more so consuming food, are huge passions of mine. So what types of food are most likely to appear in my blog?
Moroccan food because my dad’s family is from Morocco 🇲🇦
Polish food because my maternal grandfather is from Poland 🇵🇱
Russian food because my maternal grandmother is from Russia 🇷🇺
Israeli food because I’m from Israel 🇮🇱
Ecuadorian food because my husband is from Ecuador 🇪🇨
Italian food because my husband’s grandfather is from Italy 🇮🇹
Salvadorian food because I lived in El Salvador 🇸🇻
Indian food because I lived in India 🇮🇳
Vegetarian food because I was an Ashram cook 🥬
Kid-friendly food because I’m a mom 🍪
And miscellaneous recipes because my interest in food and different cultures spans the globe 🌎
I am not one of those people who have been cooking since they were three. My mom was (and is) a bit of a clean-freak so it never occurred to her to let me make a mess in the kitchen. I myself was not too curious about how all this delicious food she cooked actually came together, and between my mom's incredible cooking and that of my extended family and favorite restaurants, I never felt a need to prepare the food myself. Once I moved out of my parent's home at 18 and joined the Israeli Defense Force (a mandatory draft which is still active in my homeland), I still had almost no exposure to cooking, as soldiers were not allowed into the base's kitchen. My palate wasn't developed much in my two years of military service, eating the Israeli version of Spam (called "luf"), dry bread with a chocolate spread, and various snacks from the canteen. In addition, basic training did a number on my digestive system, providing me with only seven minutes to complete each meal. I remember coming home after basic training and my mom cooking a lovely dinner for my extended family who came to visit. As I began inhaling my food off my plate without looking up, my mom elbowed me and whispered "Sharoni no one is going to take your plate away, please slow down, everybody is staring". Oops. Once I finished my military service and began my studies at Tel-Aviv University, I still didn't learn how to cook. I was living in a rental apartment with my childhood best-friend, and between take-out dinners and my mom sending me back with containers filled with my favorite dishes (such as gnocchi pesto) every weekend when I visited , I still felt no need to cook.
Only when I transferred to a University in Florida did I begin a gradual journey towards learning how to cook. I was now far from my mother and my homeland, and in order to consume my favorite comfort foods I had to prepare them myself. That was about the same time I became a Vegetarian, so I was also motivated to recreate my dearly-missed favorite dishes with meat-substitutes. They say that need is the father of invention, and I needed to eat a plate of meatless Spaghetti Bolognese. The internet, my mom's advice via phone, and some creativity, all resulted in pretty successful dishes. As an avid traveler I always made sure to try all kinds of cuisines, and whenever I met someone from another country I would ask them to share with me a recipe of a typical dish. This resulted in my personal little cookbook containing some exotic and complicated recipes, along with some simple recipes. For example, when a Portuguese friend told me about her "French Onion Soup" recipe, I didn't realize at first that for her "French Onion" was actually Leek. Needless to say that soup was pretty much universal (leeks, potatoes, zucchini, carrots, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper) and didn't seem either Portuguese or French to me. However, both times I visited that friend and her family in Portugal I decided that Portuguese food was my absolute favorite of the European cuisines. It might not be as famous as the French or the Italian, but to me it was the winner.
I fell off the Vegetarian wagon on several occasions, usually for months at a time. But that's for another blog post. In 2007 when I became close with a group of mostly Indian Yogis back in Washington DC, I became enamored with Indian cuisine. I started cooking Indian dishes and eating at Indian restaurants frequently, and pretty soon my knowledge of that cuisine grew. I spent most of 2009 in India, and man was I in culinary heaven. I never wasted my time or calories on the "western" menu options, and went straight for the Idly and the Dahl. I knew the Hindi name of most fruits, vegetables, and spices, and when my mom visited me in India she was shocked to watch me eat very spicy Indian food (with my hands usually) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She herself alternated between "Vegetable noodle" and "Vegetable rice", the staple "Western" menu options. Here I must interject that Southern Indian cuisine is in my opinion among the top three best cuisines in the world. I love it. My mom, on the other hand, gave the local cuisine a try on one occasion, and this resulted in a canceled tour and some Imodium. Don't think for a minutes that I haven't swallowed my share of anti-diarrheal medicine during the year I spent in India, but that too is for another post.
Fast forward to 2010 when I moved to El Salvador. Everyone knows that Mexican food is delicious, with all it's tacos, burritos, and such. Among Latin cuisines, Peruvian food is also well known, and includes world-famous ceviches and chaulafan rice. But few people know that Salvadorian food is the bomb. Truly. When I visited El Salvador before deciding to live there for a while, I never expected my mind to be blown by the food. But it was. The seafood dishes are magical, the hearty chicken and meat dishes (I mentioned I am an on-again-off-again vegetarian) are like hugs from your grandmother (the nice one), and pupusas are the best invention since sliced bread. In El-Salvador I learned to cook Salvadorian food, and I also got to use incredibly fresh and delicious fruits and vegetable. They have produce there that seem like it was invented by fairies, such as Paterna, fava-bean-times-ten-like beans covered in a cotton-candy-like fuzz. No joke. My mom, once again un-wavering in her loyalty and love, came to visit me twice during the year and a half that I spent in El-Salvador. Though she fell in-love with the exotic fruits, and she scarfed-down the seafood like no-one's business, her exploration of pupusas resulted in yet another afternoon of canceled plans and Imodium. I guess not everyone can handle the rich cheese combined with the refried beans and washed down with a lager beer. But I sure can!
After El-Salvador, I felt confident enough to work as the assistant manager of a Spiritual retreat's kitchen. It was in that year that I truly expanded my culinary repertoire, and started not only cooking a variety of dishes, but also started cooking for large groups. I felt great satisfaction cooking a meal start-to-finish and witnessing the visitors and staff leaving happy and well-nourished. One of the advantages of the Culinary Arts is that the result of your effort is immediate: the dish. I felt a sense of accomplishment every time I completed a meal, a feeling I didn't have when I used to perform long, tedious, and often boring scientific experiments. Even as a school teacher there was always a feeling of moving towards a further goal- quizzes, mid-terms, finals- and only at the end of the year was there a feeling of completion. But with cooking the goal is achieved usually within a few hours, and then you get to enjoy your creation with others.
As a mom I am faced with new challenges when cooking. How can I appeal to a toddler's fickle, picky palate? How can I make quick dishes when hunger appears out of nowhere? How can I hide unliked ingredients in the dishes? Stay tuned for the answers to these questions, and for some toddler-friendly recipes which adults love too.
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
But hand-over-heart I can tell you that the oils I have been ordering for the past 10 months have made a great contribution to my family's quality of life. Coming from a scientific background and having a fascination with plant medicine (Bach remedies, Ayahuasca, etc.) I have greatly enjoyed studying the origins and effects of these oils, plus the stream of different lovely fragrances around my home has been a huge added bonus. So I will share here a few of my favorite oils/concoctions/product, and I will also share some of the products which I found disappointing. There are still many products I plan on trying, so stay tuned for future posts on this matter.
1) My #1 choice of essential oil- Copaiba. Copaiba has been used by healers in the Amazon for many years, and has an interesting scent in addition to many healing properties. Rubbing Copaiba on my toddler's aching gums (be sure to check the age specification) has helped his teething pains when no other remedy was effective. This reason alone makes it a treasure for moms. In addition, I used it on my own gums following a root canal and have felt the pain-relief first hand.
2) Thieves oil blend. Thieves is a combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. It is highly anti-microbial, and is called Thieves due to the fact that 15th century thieves rubbed it on themselves while robbing the belongings of people who had just dies from the plague, in order to avoid contracting the illness themselves. I found that diffusing it or wearing it topically has kept my family members healthy, even around sick people or around large crowds in enclosed spaces. I'm a fan!
3) Insect repellent (includes ticks, ants, mosquitos, and more). I follow a recipe from my Essential Oil Facebook group and make my own Insect repellent. I use a 15ml Cobalt Blue spray bottle (I buy them in bulk on Amazon), I add purified water (3 parts), Witch Hazel (1 part), and 10 drops of each: Lavender, Peppermint, Citronella, and Purification blend. It is possible to use a spray with only the peppermint oil added for repelling ants (this worked wonder in my house when we had an ant invasion). Most importantly, it isn't toxic so it's great to use around kids (for pet safety check the specifications of each oil).
4) For sleeping assistance I found that the following blends help my toddler sleep more soundly:
*Diffusing the Gentle baby blend- it smells amazing as it contains Jasmine, Geranium, and Rose, among other flowers.
*Applying topically the Peace and calming 2 blend mixed into a carrier oil. I place 4 drops in a 10ml Amber glass roller bottle, mixed with Sesame oil (but many other oils can be used). I apply the oil behind his ears and on this wrists, and he loves to sniff his wrists and exclaim "oil! Ahhhhh" with a huge smile on his face.
*Diffusing a mix of Lavender and Cedarwood. Cedarwood smells awful on its own, just a heads up.
*Diffusing the Kids blend SleepyIze, which contains Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Tangerine, among other flowers. It smells lovely and creates a peaceful ambiance.
5) For enhancing my Hypnotherapy sessions and workshops I love to use the Envision blend. It contains Black Spruce, Geranium, Orange, Lavender, Sage, and Rose. It stimulates intuitive abilities, creativity, and focus, while assisting in overcoming fears and blocks.
Products I wasn't a huge fan of include the Mirah hair oil (didn't see much of an effect) and following the recipe for DIY laundry detergent using the Thieves all purpose cleaner. To be fair, I have yet to find a good, natural DIY laundry detergent recipe, and also to be fair, I love the Thieves all purpose cleaner for all other purposes.
This concludes my mini-review of some of the Young Living Essential Oil products, but please feel free to write with any questions. Also, please contact me if you wish to order the starter kit or even just one or two products.
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
Abraham-Hicks says it is as easy to manifest a castle, as it is a button. It might not appear that way since the secret to manifesting is having no resistance, and we usually tend to have a lot of resistance when it comes to what we see as our “big dreams”. Very often our thoughts and resulting feelings regarding what we want are accompanied by contradicting thoughts and feelings. Henry Ford had said that "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't- you are right". He was someone who understood the Law of Attraction. This resistance to fulfilling our desires is equated by Abraham-Hicks to hooking up engines on opposite sides of a train, therefore canceling out any forward movement. A thought such as “I want a lot of money so that I can buy a big house, travel extensively, and not worry about being able to pay my bills” is usually followed by “I don’t deserve abundance, life is a struggle, I can only achieve a goal over time with hard work and sacrifice” etc. We weren't taught to believe that our dreams can easily manifest and that the world is abundant. We have the misconception that there is a shortage in resources and that our “piece of the pie” will come at the expense of the finite pie remaining for our fellow humans. There is so much more to the subject of manifestation than I could possibly write about in one blog post. I will come back to this topic in the future and I also suggest attending one of my Manifestation workshops and listening to YouTube videos by Abraham-Hicks on the topic.
Now coming back to Vision boards, though they are simple to create, the creation of effective ones requires thought and strategy. Here’s a little step-by-step guide to creating your Vision Board:
1) Make a list of what you want to manifest in the coming year and that you haven’t manifested as of yet. Leave for subsequent years whatever is not part of your immediate plans. For example, if you have the goal of going on a coast-to-coast two-month-long road- trip this year, I would leave the European two-month-long road- trip for next year.
2) Have faith that all is possible and that you are worthy of great joy and abundance, while you list the major desires you wish to manifest this year. You don’t have to settle on a small house, simple car, local trip, etc. Allow yourself to include in your list your dream house, your dream car, your dream travel destination, etc.
3) Once you listed your major desires, add your “smaller” wishes, such as a spa visit, going to a show, and purchasing something small which you had your eyes on. Throughout the year you will gain more confidence in your abilities to manifest as you witness the manifestation of smaller desires, and then bigger ones.
4) Add to your list things you have manifested and want more of, such as a spending time with family and going out with friends. Don’t forget to appreciate and include things you might take for granted, such as your health (you will match this with an image of healthy foods and/or exercise), nature (an image of animals/hiking trails/ your own backyard, and rest and relaxation (an image of your bath-tub surrounded by candles and petals/ your pool/ the sea). Another key to manifesting your desires is a sense of gratitude. The feeling of gratitude attracts into your experience more manifestations to be grateful for. Gratitude has a very different vibration than a feeling of longing for what we don’t have, or frustration over needs unfulfilled, or all other unsatisfying emotions. The Law of Attraction according to Abraham-Hicks states that whatever you focus on expands, the good along with the bad. So focus on the good in order to create more of it, and feel gratitude and joy over your desires that are yet to manifest, in order to attract those manifestations into your experience.
5) Once you have listed everything you want to put on your board, find the images that most closely resemble your desired outcomes. It is of course possible to use images from magazines, drawings, etc., but my personal preferred sources for images are images found on-line combined with prints of my own photographs. The amplitude of on-line images allows you to be extremely specific in your choice of images, and using your own images allows you to manifest more of what already exists in your own life. If using on-line images that have people representing you and your loved ones, try to find people who resemble you and them. For example, if you are a dark-haired woman and you want an image of yourself on a beautiful beach, pick one of a dark-haired woman from afar, from the back, etc. Be as specific as you can be, and witness how over the years you attract into your experience the exact manifestation you were focusing on. If you want something more abstract, such as a loving relationship, it is fine to use a less detailed image, such as an image of a couple in the distance holding hands and watching a sunset. Re-evaluate and add forgotten items during the days preceding the date you set as a goal, though you can always make a change during the year if something major shifts in your life.
6) Glue your images to a large board, writing the year on the top of the board, and leaving some space under it for adding images as the year goes by. Once you have created your Vision Board, hang it in a prominent yet private location, such as your bedroom. Make sure to look at its images frequently, feeling gratitude for the manifested desires, and joyful anticipation for the about-to-be-manifested desires. If you feel incredulous when looking at a specific image, or fear attached to the manifestation, explore those sentiments and if necessary remove those images from your board for the time being. When you look at the image, truly visualize yourself as having the experience or owning the desired belonging. Visualize the process of obtaining that goal as well as the outcome, simply daydream a scenario where you are able to purchase the car, get the raise, go on the trip, etc. With details! Many times such scenarios have happened to me in the exact way I imagined them happening. Other times the process was a surprise, but the desired outcome was expected. When the year is over, don't just "update" the board into a new one, but store it away and create a brand-new one. You can re-visit your old boards as time goes by and feel delighted as to all that you have manifested!
I have witnessed the effectiveness of Vision Boards first- hand, as I look back at my older boards and see the exact photo of my dream car which is now parked in my garage, a cartoon of a little smiley baby, similar but not as cute as the smiley baby now napping besides me, images of many local destinations which I have visited since choosing them for my boards, and many more similar examples. So go ahead and get ready for Manifestation Galore! And if you are determined to manifest your best life, and soon, contact me regarding my Signature "Your Dream Life Through Hypnosis" Program!
Blessings and good vibes from me to you,
Transformational Leader, Hypnotherapist,