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Finding Guidance: Clues In The Midst Of Everyday Life

I have just returned from BookExpo America (BEA), the book industry’s annual event held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where I went to promote the debut of my book, Inner Architect: How to Build the Life You Were Designed to Live. I expected the experience to be one of value, learning, and building relationships. What I didn’t expect was to discover what occurred to me while I mentally noted the highlights of the event during our final day. As I focused on these highlights, I saw a common thread that weaved throughout the launch of my book that would have totally bypassed my consciousness had I not stopped to casually review. I believe this common thread provides a direction for me that I would not have taken seriously had the energy of life not have shoved it in my face.

I’d like to share my clues and my perception of the guidance they provide, and then invite you to look at recent, or not so recent, events in your life where there might be direction sitting there for you.

Clue #1: My company, inner architect, published the book using a standard off-set printer who specializes in the book industry. Upon our request for production samples, the printer we ultimately chose sent us two books published by Hay House. I didn’t think anything more about this at the time than the printer wanted to promote that they had a well known, prestigious client.

Clue #2: Louise Hay author and founder of Hay House, happened to be autographing books in the Hay House booth at BEA while my partner, Dean and I walked by. Dean took my bashful arm and led me to stand next to him in the line to meet Louise. When it was our turn to greet her, Dean introduced me and thanked her for the inspiration she provided to us to launch our publishing company. Once again, I didn’t take this for anything more than shear luck of being in the right place at the right time to meet Louise Hay, a woman I respect and honor for her contribution to the human development movement.

Clue #3: Later that day at BEA we stopped to talk with a man promoting international distribution services. We proudly showed him our new book and he responded with a comment about it being along the lines of what Hay House publishes. He went on to tell us that a company that had recently lost the Hay House account would likely welcome something to replace it. I felt encouraged by his comment, yet didn’t see the meaning in this exchange until I put all three of these clues together.

My interpretation of these clues: I was led to look at a woman who I deeply admire as a model for my own work in a way that I had never considered on my own.

What to take away from my experience:

  1. Look at the events that unfold in your life as having meaningful messages for you.
  2. Take the messages that you interpret seriously, even if they seem grander than visions you’ve created for yourself.
  3. Trust that these messages are meant to lead you in the direction where you will find the most fulfillment.
  4. Believe that you are capable in carrying out these messages and commit to doing the steps that will see it through.
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Innerarchitect.com: Content Rich New Format, Valuable Tools, Inspirational Tips

Inner Architect Founder and CEO Susan Hanshaw is not only an author, keynote speaker, and inspirational teacher–she can now add webmaster to her repertoire. The new and vastly improved www.innerarchitect.com website is a very easy to navigate resource and support platform for readers.

Website Redesign

The innerarchitect.com website redesign is in support of the debut of Susan’s book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” scheduled for June 2008 release.

Our Platform:

1. on our site: This is a quick reference table of contents which includes home, about us, books and products, upcoming events, media kit, contact us, and blog tabs for navigation ease

2. just released: This section contains the newly released book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” and it will act as a message board for upcoming projects

3. tips and how to’s: This section will provide articles filled with tips and guides for subjects like maintaining positive energy, the power of your mind, and tools to dismantle doubt. Fresh new articles will be made available so watch this section weekly

4. sign up: This allows you to sign up for Susan’s inspirational tips and thoughts which will be delivered to you on a weekly basis. A wonderful way to stay connected and thinking about positive energy

5. upcoming events: Here you will see a list of Susan’s speaking engagements, workshops, and seminars throughout the year. Plan to attend a workshop or speaking event

6. videos: Susan’s video series explores becoming an inner architect with tips and other timely discussion topics aimed at helping you improve

Instinct: Valuable “Intelligence” From Your Inner World

Because of our conditioning, instinct or intuition is often ignored as less than accurate due to our tendency to place more trust in what we know to be fact or physical evidence. Yet a vast amount of valuable intelligence is available from our own inner world.

“Intelligence” can be thought of as both information as well as smarts.

“Inner World” is our internal stream of thought, consciousness, and ongoing dialog.

Despite our conditioning and upbringings, we can choose to value our instincts by understanding their power, recognizing our own capability to hone our sense of intuition, and by using our instincts on a daily basis. In order to begin this process, it is important to understand some characteristics of intuition (aka instincts).

Common Characteristics of Intuition

  • A Sense of knowing something without knowing how you know it
  • Insights about your life that are “just there”
  • Persistent ideas that you don’t consciously focus on
  • Desires that you have that you didn’t consciously create
  • Dreams for your life that you would not dare to conjure up on your own
  • Insight that feels like it is coming from the depths of your being
  • A message or piece of knowledge that seems to come from out of nowhere
  • Out of the ordinary bodily sensations

3 Steps To Considering Purpose A Part Of Life

If you recognize that purpose is a part of life that requires that you believe that there is more going on than what you can see on the surface, then what steps do you take to begin to discover your purpose in life? The following steps give you a sound basis to begin your search.

3 Steps To Consider Purpose As A Part Of Life

1. Energy: Think of purpose as an energy that runs through everything in life–including you. Consider the concept of “gravity.” You can’t see it, yet it exists in all geographic areas at all times

2. Random: Remove the idea that your life is a random series of events. Things are connected

3. Reason: Accept the idea that there is a purposeful reason behind everything in life.

Discovering Your Passions: The Secret Of “Purpose” And The Role It Plays In Your Life

What is purpose and what is it’s role in a person’s life? Purpose is that “unique” something that each person has to offer,that will help benefit other people, during their lifetime. Our passionate interests are closely connected to our purpose. Unfortunately many people settle working in a career or living a life that is less than fulfilling or outright distasteful.

What is missing? Often the answer is the feeling that your life has no meaning or significance because you are not “giving back” and you are not feeling the excitement of passionate interest.

Mindset of Purpose: Understanding The Shift

*In order to live fully in your purpose, you must learn to perceive yourself and your significance in this world from a mindset of purpose. Are you utilizing your “gifts”? Are you helping people with your gifts? Do you feel that you make a difference in people’s lives through your passionate interests?

*The Shift requires you to change your perspective to a deeper level. Simply put recognizing purpose is a part of life that requires you to believe that there is more going on than what you can see on the surface

*Few people understand that the work that you love is the work you are really here, in this life on this planet, to do.

Manage The Power of Your Mind: Learn How To Manage Your Words

In becoming aware of the power of your mind we often believe our thoughts are the most powerful tools available to us. The area we often ignore are the words we choose in expressing ourselves to others as well as to the universe. If you begin to consider the following tip, it will help you manage the power of your mind in creating the reality that you desire.

Word Tip: Consider your words “audio” versions of your thoughts, give your words the same power as you do your thoughts, and consequently say what you really mean because the power of your words matches the power of your thoughts. Remember to utilize words for the reality you wish to create not to complain or identify dissatisfying aspects of your reality

3 Steps To Managing Your Words

1. Awareness: remember that your words can either nurture or stunt the development of your vision-reality. Manage them accordingly

2. Commitment: make the commitment to honor what it is you wish to create by choosing supportive and positive words

3. Follow Through: attempt to “think before you speak”; this is a great policy that will help to make sure your words are in alignment with what you wish to create. You will not be able to do this all of the time but try, before verbally communicating, to measure the power of your words

The Power of Your Mind: Supporting Your Reality One Thought At A Time

If you want to take control of your life, create your desired outcomes, and consciously be aware of the power you possess, then you must understand the power of your mind. According to a Quantum Physics theory, Albert Einstein and David Bohm, your mind is always influencing what you create in your outer (physical) world whether you are aware of it or not. Consequently we now understand that:

Everything that is created begins as an idea in your mind

The 4 Facts About The Power Of Your Mind

1. Energy: Everything that exists is made up of energy, including your thoughts, your words and your emotions

2. Interconnection: Scientists have described the universe as a single life form of interconnected energy that is in a continuous state of unfolding or change

3. Influential Thoughts: The energy of your thoughts, words, and emotions influences what unfolds

4. Transmission: The energy you transmit through your mind influences creation and change at every moment

Bohm’s View: A New Reality Is Born

“What I mean by “thought” is the whole thing – thought, felt, the body, the whole society sharing thoughts – it’s all one process. It is essential for me not to break that up, because it’s all one process; somebody else’s thoughts becomes my thoughts, and vice versa. Therefore it would be wrong and misleading to break it up into my thoughts, your thoughts, my feelings, these feelings, those feelings…”