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Faith vs. Hope

With the New year upon us, I can't help but fall into the cliché pattern of craving and imagining new beginnings and a fresh start. I don't often make New Year resolutions because I feel like they carry an energy of negative pressure and inevitable letdown, behind them. I prefer to wait until after the first week when the dust settles to set clear and specific goals with an Intention Statement for the year to come! As you may or may not know, intention setting is a huge part of my wellness lifestyle as well as coaching style. Intentions are what keep us focused on the "why" behind the goals we set and when we write them down in a particular format and read them aloud each day, they bring focused attention in a way that keeps us deeply connected and on track. I often like to have multiple Intention Statements. One for the overall year, one for my life's purpose and passion, one for a specific timeline or even as often as each morning to set the tone for how I will move throughout my day. What I love about the power of an Intention Statement is that once I do the work of sorting through my motives, values, dreams, goals, passions and connect to a purpose, I then am liberated to release the how and when it will manifest into my state of being. That is where faith takes over.

Faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

In an incredibly moving speech, Jim Carrey made, he said, "Take a chance on faith, not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don't believe in hope; hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire, and faith leaps over it.”

Something about that struck me and every time I hear it, touches a deep truth within me.

Those two words have such similar meanings but if you are like me, the way a word feels and sits vibrationally, can make a huge difference. Whenever I have the awareness, I enjoy playing with and choosing higher vibration words.

“Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power.”

Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words, formed beautiful, symmetrical crystalline structures with brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns while water exposed to negative words and intentions formed disorganized, asymmetrical structures. Imagine what this means when our bodies are around 60% water!!! I truly believe that we all have the ability to change our lives with the power of thoughts, words and followed up with inspired actions.

From Jamal D. Simmons, Vibration of Words:

"Words are sounds that carry energy. All sounds have a natural power through their own frequency. When we speak, our words vibrate from low to high frequencies because they hold vibration. The weight, sound, and appearance of words have the power to affect us positively or negatively."

-What if the next time there was something we felt passionately about, we had faith that it was already ours and on its way to us, instead of hoping we could someday experience it?

-What if we understood that life is happening through us and not to us, so our perspective and the words we think and say, have the ability to allow rather than resist every desire we hold deep in our souls?

-What if we just had complete faith that everything is working out exactly how it is supposed to?

-How would the good times feel? Reaffirming, without the fear that it could all slip away in a moment?

-How would the tough times feel? A little easier to digest if we knew that, no matter how challenging any situation is, it is allowing us the opportunity to get to know a deeper layer of ourselves that we might not have been able to connect with, to become one moment closer to becoming our highest, most authentic self?

That would feel pretty good right? Or at least better.

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.

I invite you to choose one topic in your life where, at this very moment, that you "hope" will go the way you want and try writing down a proclamation statement from the energy and mindset of having "faith" that it already has worked out and the layers of the process are unfolding, unbeknownst to you, at this very instant. Read your statement out loud to yourself in the mirror, feel the deep emotion and gratitude as you embody it as truth, consistently for 7 days and witness yourself as you let the magic reveal itself.

Let's leap into 2024 with the Faith and Courage to move the self-imposed mountains that have been holding us back long enough, from the life we came here to live!!!

Happy Manifesting, and a Joyful 2024 filled with fulfillment, purpose and passion!!

All the Love,


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