About Bouncing Back from the Real Estate Crash

I received a tender email recently from one of my readers. Some stories I hear are very sacred and I have to be careful and respectful about what is made public, but through this one, I want you to see that answers to prayer are very real. It’s my hope that by sharing this, you can feel increased hope and faith that your prayers can be answered too.

She wrote:

“We experienced some huge financial losses with the real estate crash. We were left with about $1 million of debt to family and friends who were in secondary loan positions on a failed real estate project. I have received several [impressions] over the last 10 years… that we would help people throughout the world financially. It seems like we’ve been headed in the opposite direction of [that promise].

“About 30 days ago I started asking different questions of Heavenly Father. I asked Him to teach me the laws of abundance and to show me what I needed to do in our real estate business and in our other business to have the wealth that He promised. Within days I was led to the Jackrabbit Factor and Hidden Treasures. I see now that they were brought to me as a direct answer to my prayers. Even as I write this, the Spirit is testifying with so much power in my heart that He led me to these principles as a result of my asking.

“I cannot thank you enough for being a vessel for Him to teach me and thousands of others these principles. I can see that Heavenly Father desires to bless us so much more than we even begin to recognize. The power of asking and the power of gratitude is so amazing! Last week Heavenly Father told me to begin a gratitude journal. He told me to write 10 things in the morning and 10 things at night. That has blessed me so amazingly! I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude. I am beginning to see the power of gratitude in receiving the abundance that is all around us.

“About 10 days ago I told Heavenly Father that we needed $5000 as soon as possible. I wrote it down in my journal and I asked Him what I needed to do to receive it. The impression came that I needed to follow the laws of thought that you have taught me. I thought the money would come a certain way and it didn’t.

“About a week later a woman called from a postcard we sent out that said we wanted to buy her house. She said that her mother had died 18 months ago and she just wanted to walk away from the house owing nothing. We figured it out and it needed about $7000 of fix up and we would make about $18,000 profit. I told my husband that I was going to borrow $12,000 on the house, $7k for the fix up and $5k for profit taken up front. He agreed that that was a good idea.

“I bought the house the day after we first saw it with zero out-of-pocket. She signed over the house and just let us take over the payments. We borrowed the $12,000 the day after that. The morning that I received the $12,000 I was looking at my journal and saw where I had written the $5000 goal. The Spirit witnessed to me that this deal that we had just done was a direct result or answer to my plea for $5000. I never thought that the $5000 would come from this source but He showed me that I don’t have to know how it’s going to come, just that it will come.

“Thank you again so very very very much for generously sharing the things you learned.”

This is why I share my books for free. If you haven’t read them yet, you can request them here: The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can and Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters.

Power, Strength, Endurance

ScripturesI attended a meeting at church with my junior high/high school aged children on Sunday night and was inspired by the message they received.

I’ve noticed that I can get weary easily. I run, run, run throughout the day to get everything done, and by 4 or 5 pm I’m depleted. I drag myself to the kitchen to make dinner, and have nothing left of myself for the family, sometimes until the next morning.

So when the speaker began talking about something that would give the youth power, strength, and endurance to face (and conquer) all that challenges their sense of identity as children of God, and puts at risk their ability to enjoy true happiness in spite of their difficulties, I listened, for my own sake.

He reminded us of the power that comes from studying the scriptures. Not just reading here and there to say you did, but to really search them, make them a priority. He said that missionaries who dedicate two years of their life to serving God have incredible stamina, extra strength, and tenacious endurance, because they get up early and study the scriptures for an hour every day.

However, there are some sad statistics indicating that when missionaries return home, within 2 weeks, 8 out of 10 of them find themselves neck-deep in pornography, and within a year, 1 out of 3 of them find themselves without faith.

Faith is the fuel of life. It is the source of true happiness. To believe in God even if you can’t see him is to find happiness when life is difficult, to find joy in spite of difficulty. Life is hard for all of us… but those who find faith also find joy anyway.

So how do these missionaries lose ground so quickly? He said that when they come home, they get back with friends and family and stay up late into the night sharing stories from their mission, miracles they witnessed, faith-promoting experiences that would surely change their life forever.

Then in the morning, the voice in their head says, “You served an honorable mission, I’m so proud of you… you deserve a little break.” So they sleep in, and then stay up late again the next night, visiting with more friends and family, sharing more faith-promoting stories, and then sleeping in the next day.

These fine young missionaries haven’t slept in a single day for two years, and now they’re enjoying a little break… after all, they deserve it, right?

But in the morning, they wake late and don’t have time to study their scriptures for an hour like they’ve done for the previous two years. They are not replenishing the oil in their lamp, and within two weeks, it’s gone. So when they find themselves playing a game on the computer (or surfing Facebook perhaps), and pornography pops up, they don’t have the strength to click off.

The contrast of feelings is overwhelming. The heaviness and loss of self control they feel is completely the opposite of the joy and freedom they experienced on their mission. Some wake up at that point and do the hard things to put their life back on track, but some don’t, and within a year have totally lost sight of who they are and how to live strong and happy.

The source of that strength they felt for the two years prior was the Word of God.

So as I listened to the speaker, I realized that I have been feeling weary because I have not made scripture study the priority that it has been at other times in my life. I might read every day, but it hasn’t been first thing in the morning. I can see the wisdom of making an intentional study at the beginning of the day, to provide the strength, the oil for my lamp, that I will need for the following 16 hours. No wonder I’ve been running out of stamina after only about 8.

So I began again yesterday, waking early, eager to study the scriptures first. And the inspiration I received has helped me and my family turn a corner, I think. It feels good. I had all the strength I needed until I eventually hit the sack at 11. I felt like I was my better self practically the whole day.

I need this strength. Life is hard and beats us down on a daily basis. But I’ve just re-discovered the power, strength, and endurance that comes from feasting on the Word of God.

(My scripture of choice was Isaiah, for Christ said, “search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah” – I’m telling you what, that’s no small task, but even the effort alone has provided the oil for my lamp that I needed that day.)

Getting Organized: after 9 years, finally naming our school

regents-logoI attended a wonderful meeting last week with experts on the subject of homeschooling through high school. Many people who decide to homeschool panic when their youth reach about age 14. This is because they are hyper-concerned about being able to meet all of their students’ academic and social needs.

At the meeting I learned how to create a transcript for my homeschooled children, and why I’m allowed to. This is particularly important to me right now, because my 16 year-old daughter is signing up for her first college class (online) and the University needs her transcript to process her application. They asked for a transcript, even knowing she is homeschooled. When I told him I didn’t really have one, he explained that they simply want to see a list of the subjects she has studied, and how well she has performed.

My goodness, it’s so easy to overcomplicate things. Even after 9 years of being unplugged, the more I learn about homeschooling, the more I realize how simple it is.

The idea of a transcript is to simply describe what our students have learned in a language that the colleges will understand. That’s it! As the administrator of our homeschool, I just have to think about what my children have been doing in terms of estimated hours spent, and evaluate the quality of their work and issue the grades.

So, how do you quantify their educational experience when it hasn’t really been tracked, and when the time spent on each subject is not scheduled or measured?

(We haven’t been measuring their work by grades, because as far as I’m concerned, all of their academic work is simply unfinished until it’s good enough for an A. I don’t say, “Okay, that’s a D… moving on.” No, it’s just unfinished until it’s an A, even if it sits unfinished for a year. If it really needs to be done, it will eventually get done, and it will be done well.)

To answer the question, “How do you quantify their educational experience?” I found some posted guidelines for evaluating credit for a course. You’ll see that the Homeschool Legal Defense Association explains that that if a child has spent between 120-180 hours on any one given subject, it can count as a high school credit, particularly if it covers material at the high school level.

As for the transcript, here is an outline from one University (not a homeschooler’s blog) that describes under what conditions a homeschool transcript would be considered official.

They even provided a template, instructions, and guidance on how to create the transcript. Keep in mind that each University will have its own guidelines and requirements, and many of them probably do not have posted instructions specifically for homeschoolers. But it’s catching on. Universities and community colleges are learning that homeschoolers are valuable in many ways, and are thus providing more resources, programs, and guidance for this growing sector.

Case in point: take a look at this – it just might blow your mind

Anyway, it’s been fun and enlightening to start gathering the list of the things our kids have studied for their official high school transcript. The list is much longer than I thought it would be. I feel like we’ve just been living life and exploring whatever interests us. 

So here are a few examples of how I am applying what I’ve learned this week. Besides counting up their hours and accomplishments in their core academic subjects:

~ I’m going to give Kayli (16) and Jared (15) an elective credit for Drama because they each spent over 200 hours to practice, prepare, and perform in an outdoor theatrical pageant a few summers ago in New York. The production consisted of nearly 800 cast members, and since the majority of them were teenagers and adults, I feel it is reasonable to say that it provided at least a  high school level experience.

~ Jared could legitimately have tons of Computer Science credit, because he will have easily logged 180 hours – in just the last 2 months. For what he’s done over the last 3 years, I could even break it down into a number of different courses, such as 1/2 credit for Programming in Flash (because of the 52 weeks he spent with a private tutor to learn it), 1/2 credit for an online class in Application Design and Marketing (which he will be completing through an online course soon), and a full credit each for Intro to Computers and Intro to Computer Network Administration (because of the more than 15,000 hours he has dedicated to learning the ins and outs of the Computer World.) 

15,000 hours is much more time than is necessary for a high school diploma, because it would only be considered an elective, and he doesn’t need that many electives. Still, it’s fun to calculate and quantify his educational experience. It’s also made me realize that much of what he has already done with computers would exceed the education he might have received at a technical college. He might not have the classroom time, but what technical college student has 15,000 hours available to dedicate to a computer class?

Back to the transcript…

~ There is even something called Career Technical Experience (CTE) that I am adding to Kayli’s transcript, which gives high school credit for relevant, real-world learning opportunities. She has spent between 300-400 hours assembling automated online marketing campaigns for over 300 small businesses in the last 2 years, so I am going to give her a Business Marketing credit on her transcript. Even if it’s just an elective, this helps to highlight that accomplishment.

~ Something else I will be able to add to Kayli’s transcript will come from that BYU Idaho Medical Terminology class that begins next month. By completing that course, she will get a high school science credit AND college credit. (Since she has not yet graduated from high school, it is called dual-enrollment.) 

But here’s the main reason for my post tonight:

At the top of her transcript, I needed to put a school name. Not to pretend that we’re something that we’re not, but because the colleges WANT us to make it easy for them to understand what our students’ experience has been. They WANT us to present their credentials in the language to which they are accustomed. They WANT me to decide when I consider my students graduated – I’m the one who decides that. I don’t need to ask any other official of any other organization if they think she’s ready to advance – as the administrator, guidance counsellor, program / staff coordinator, and instructor, that’s my job. It’s nice to know the college recognizes me as such, and that they want and trust my honest evaluation of her as a potential incoming student.

So after 9 years of providing K-12 Private Instruction, we finally have a name. It feels great to be taking our establishment to a more organized level:

Take a look HERE

I’m not going to spend a lot of time updating or maintaining our school website; I’m just excited to finally have an official presence in case an admissions clerk needs to learn more about the school we’ve named on our official transcript.

Plagiarism?

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I received a nastigram in my email this morning, accusing me of plagiarism in my book Hidden Treasures. I thought you might find the interaction interesting, so I’ll share it below:

Subject: Plagiarize Much?

Hidden Treasures:

Lessons:
1-­‐Law of Perpetual Transmutation
2-­‐Law of Relativity
3-­‐Law of Vibration
4-­‐Law of Polarity
5-­‐Law of Rhythm
6-­‐Law of Cause and Effect
7-­‐Law of Gender and Gestation
Bonus: Vacuum Law of Prosperity

……….

The Kybalion:

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.
III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.
V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

……….

A quick search of your document reveals no mention of the source material. Clearly, crediting your sources (an action which demonstrates gratitude) comes in at a distant second to your own self aggrandizement.

This is not meant to cast aspersion, as I am as ego bound, mortal, and fallible as anyone else.

It simply means, based on this (in)action, I must now consider you as a person of dubious integrity.

(Isn’t it interesting how quick humans can be at passing judgment based on a “quick search of a document”?)

Here is my reply to the accusation:

Thank you for your email. I do very clearly state [in my book] that this is not my information, and I do explain where I obtained it, which was from Bob Proctor. I had never heard of the Kybalion, nor have I ever been aware of the Seven Hermetic Principles. I also state that Bob Proctor will be the first to tell you that he didn’t create the information himself either.

From my ebook p 21-22: “So what are some of these “laws of our being,” anyway? This book will discuss the following seven laws. These are the names by which I learned them. Although I have seen them called different things, these are the terms I will use:

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation
The Law of Relativity
The Law of Vibration
The Law of Polarity
The Law of Rhythm
The Law of Cause and Effect
The Law of Gender/Gestation

While I learned these ideas from Bob Proctor, founder of Life Success Productions, he will be the first to tell you that they weren’t his original ideas either. Having been a VP of Sales for the Nightingale-Conant Corporation many years ago, he drew from his thirty years of study and reduced the best of the best ideas to their simplest and most precise form. Following is my own spiritual angle on a few of his philosophies.”

I have often wondered where the ideas all began, as there are many, many teachers who have passed the information along. I’m not sure even that The Kybalion is the first place it was said. Could be, but I don’t know. I can only cite the sources that I’m aware of, and that is what I have already done.

Thank you for the reference!

Warm regards,

Leslie

His reply:

No offense was intended, I merely chose harsh words to insure I grabbed your attention.

And mine:

No need, I usually read all of my mail, and respond to most of it already :)

And his:

For your reference. (Then he attached a copy of his other source)

And mine:

Awesome, thank you!

It would be interesting to know the true original source if there really is one. The Kybalion talks about these secrets that have been passed down, so even it doesn’t appear to be the true original.

I have sometimes wondered why my teachers didn’t “cite” sources more, and came to the conclusion that the ideas are so ancient, and they have spread so wide and far, and it has been taught and described by so many authors, that the ideas themselves have been public domain for centuries.

Interestingly, I’ve even had the experience of writing something that feels like a new original thought (because it didn’t come from anything I had read or heard), only to find out that someone else had experienced the same “download” and wrote about it as well.

I’m convinced that true principles are given to people directly from God, and nobody can claim original ownership of the idea. In this case, I certainly don’t attempt to :)

And his:

Speaking as one Mormon [or Christian] to another, they don’t cite their sources because they don’t want to be burned at the stake!  Those of us in the know are constantly chuckling at [another teacher's] material, because it comes directly from ritual magic…

Also, let me take this opportunity to apologize for my original tone.  I generally take the extreme position for maximum contrast and learning.  Yes, it makes me a bit of an a**, but it also stirs things up, so I’m OK with it.

Okay I just want to say that I’m grateful that I learned the principles from Bob Proctor, because he presented it in a way that kept my mind open long enough to grasp them without prejudice. He shared them as true principles, which I now know that they are. And if they are indeed true, then they are from God. But yes, we need to be careful – and I think this analogy will help you understand why:

The law of attraction is a power that allows us to CO-create with God. But it is very much like PRO-creation, in that deep and enduring pain can result if the power is utilized in the wrong time, place, or circumstances.

There IS a right and worthy way, and a proper time and place. But there is also a wrong and unworthy way, and inappropriate times and places.

The power of both Co-creation and Pro-creation is divine, but it’s how and when we use it that determines whether it is either good or evil.

So just because occultists have used it doesn’t make the power evil, and just because Christian people use it, it doesn’t make the power good. The power just is. Whether it produces good or evil is up to the individual who applies it.

I’ve learned that the most right and worthy use of CO-creation is when we are trying to accomplish something that God has asked us to do, which at the time may seem impossible. We are to discover the ‘way prepared that we may accomplish’ whatever we’ve been directed to do. This can include temporal concerns like getting out of debt or creating a successful business, but it also includes finding healing from emotional and physical troubles. In every case, it most certainly includes action on our part and ‘seeing’ it done with an eye of faith before we begin the process.

Related: Human Empowerment in Perspective

What about the claim that the information comes from ‘ritual magic’? I responded:

Also, about [the other teacher] – that’s very interesting! I’ve spent a lot of time with him as he mentored me several years ago. I can tell you firsthand that he is one of these people who gets his own download quite regularly. If the things he shares are “directly from ritual magic” then I would attribute that to the fact that truth is truth, and truth seekers will find it, or ‘tap into it’ directly, even without reading each other’s materials.

As Brigham Young said, “The Gospel that I have embraced comprehends all truth. “How much of it is true?” All of it. “How much does it embrace?” All the truth that there is in the heavens, on the earth, under the earth; and if there is any truth in hell, this doctrine claims it.”

In fact, Brigham Young said this so many times in so many ways, he must have meant it! Here’s another one:

“What does the word ‘Mormon’ mean? In the strict sense, and as it was translated by the ancients, it means ‘more good,’” LDS Church leader Brigham Young said in 1871. “‘Mormonism’ embraces all the truth that there is in heaven and on the earth; and if there is any in hell it belongs to us. Every truth in the sciences and in the arts, and all the knowledge that God has given to man,” he continued, was incorporated in “what the world calls ‘Mormonism.’”

And another one:

“It is our duty and calling, as ministers of the same salvation and Gospel, to gather every item of truth and reject every error. Whether a truth be found with professed infidels, or with the Universalists, or the Church of Rome, or the Methodists, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Quakers, the Shakers, or any other of the various and numerous different sects and parties, all of whom have more or less truth, it is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their Elder Brother, being at their head) to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach, … to the sciences, and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and bring it to Zion.”

And another one:

“I want to say to my friends that we believe in all good. If you can find a truth in heaven, earth or hell, it belongs to our doctrine. We believe it; it is ours; we claim it.”

And as I explain it in one of my other blog posts: “People sometimes fear information related to the law of attraction because it dances dangerously close to greed, selfishness, instant gratification, or even witchery.  True principles will always have their counterfeit or misuse. When people know more about the counterfeit versions than they do the true and correct principles, the resemblance between the two can be enough to make them run the other way.”

Related: the day I found out I was on a list of people who have gone to the devil. 

Anyway, back to plagiarism. I would think it amiss for I, or any other author who captures the principles in print to claim ‘ownership’ of them. Nobody can ‘own’ a principle – they are transcendent and eternal. We may claim ownership of the ‘way’ we describe it, but there can be no real ownership of the principle itself.

Looking at Life with New Eyes

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The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is given. Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been feeling pulled in that direction, I understand your fear. Maybe this video describes you too, particularly at timestamp 3:06, when something is put before you that causes you to look at your current struggle with new eyes.

For more about why I homeschool and how I found the courage to take the leap, CLICK HERE.

Specific Prayers Answered

Cristie Gardnerby Guest Blogger Cristie Gardner

For years, I have written my goals down: the characteristics I wanted to develop, the possessions I wanted to acquire, the projects and adventures I wanted to accomplish. But at times I felt that I was flailing around in darkness, trying to see my dreams come true; not knowing how to make them happen.

Then in 2009, I read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters.

My spirit and mind caught fire. I shared the book with my husband, and together we compiled a booklet that tied all of Leslie’s powerful insights and stories to scriptural confirmation. We assembled quotes from powerful spiritual leaders, took pages and paragraphs from favorite books and personal journals, and then we had our compilation spiral bound.

That Christmas, we bought copies of Hidden Treasures for each of our eight children, and more for other family members. We gave them their copies of Hidden Treasures, along with our booklet, and we had a “home study” course, right during our fall family reunion in San Diego. Along with trips to the beach, we savored the stories in Hidden Treasures. We discussed the principles in the book. We labored over what true laws are and what soft laws are, and we came to recognize the powerful truths in Leslie’s book. It changed our lives, individually and as a family.

One example: our son and daughter in law had a very old car, and knew they needed a new one, but they didn’t think they could afford it. After we discussed the principles in Hidden Treasures, they put their heads together and decided exactly what kind of car they wanted (including the blue color). It had to be large enough for Brittany to take her cello to performances, and big enough to have seats for their two little girls. They wanted a new car with low mileage, and they wanted to get lots of miles to the gallon. They thought that perhaps their desires would best be met with a Passat, but were completely open to what kind of vehicle would work. They wanted a moon roof, They had a certain amount that they could pay, and they wrote that down.

Within a few days of our home study course, Matt and Brittany went to a car dealership to look at available options. As they were leaving, the fellow from the dealership called out to them. “Hey, I forgot we have one model from last year–a Volkswagen Jetta that hasn’t been driven much, and we’re willing to drop the price way down.” The price he named was exactly the price they had written in their description. The color was the exact color. It even had a moon roof! It was their car. Later, they tearfully told us how creating the vision of what they wanted spiritually, and then writing it down and doing all they could to bring it about, followed the laws that brought about the blessings.

I had a similar experience when our eighth child Nathaniel was born. Our little minivan no longer had seats enough for the new baby. We needed a van with 11 seats–10 for us and one extra for the inevitable friend to come along. My husband Stan was a scoutmaster, so we needed room for sleeping bags and backpacks. I wanted a late model car, and I decided, if it didn’t matter in heaven’s eyes, I wanted a gray exterior with burgundy interior. We had $9000 to spend, no more, and we did not want to finance it and have payments. I knelt down and prayed, very specifically, and I shared my list with my Heavenly Father.

That afternoon, a local paper was delivered to our door. I scanned it briefly, which I normally don’t do at all. There in the classifieds was an ad that caught my eye…”late model, seats 11. $8995.” I called the dealer and asked for more details. “It is one of those 15 passenger vans,” he said, “but it’s missing the back seat, so it can accommodate 11 passengers. There’s a ton of room in the back for your luggage. It has some miles on it, but it gets great mileage and the previous owners used it almost exclusively on the highway.” I asked him (scarcely able to breathe) what the color was. “Oh, he said, “it’s grey on the outside and kind of that dark red–I’m not sure what you call that–on the inside.” I told him we would be there that afternoon to buy the car. He was puzzled. “Don’t you want a mechanic to look it over?” Nope, I assured him. I knew it was our car. And it was a magnificent car for our needs at the time.

I shared that story later with some friends in a church meeting. One of the ladies had tried for four years to sell their old pickup truck. She went home and wrote down specifically what she wanted to get from the truck, and then prayed with great faith for it to sell. Before the end of the day, their phone rang with a question from a person interested in looking at the truck (and they had not had a call in four year!). The truck was sold by that evening.

How many blessings do we fail to receive because we fail to ask? And how many blessings do we deny ourselves when we fail to recognize the blessings we have already been given–the already answered prayers?

I cringe when I read a message from a friend, complaining about this or that and lamenting that God has dumped a bunch of burdens on her, and how much more can she be expected to bear? We all need to understand more fully how God’s laws of gratitude and abundance operate.

Since then, I have come to recognize even more how God prospers us when we follow His laws. The answers have not just come with cars. They have certainly come in houses, appliances, furniture, books, toys, clothing, and moves to new locations. But the prosperity I’m referring to doesn’t always mean financial prosperity. God’s prosperity can mean greater health; it can mean a trusted relationship or great marriage. It can mean air to breathe. It can mean food to eat and clothes to wear. It can mean employment, or ideas to increase our salary, It can mean strong, united children. It can mean having a spirit of love and service prevail in our home. It can mean understanding why we are experiencing a certain challenge, and it can be the peace and strength that come when we face that challenge with faith and consequently triumph.

We have come to recognize that we have a Heavenly Parent who lovingly looks upon us and hears us, and desires to bless us with all that is for our good. We have come to recognize that money is but an illusion, and true wealth lies in our answered prayers, our healing, our strong marriages and happy families. It lies in our gratitude and in our faith and in our understanding. Most of all, it lies in our becoming all that we can become while on this magnificent journey that we call life.

Cristie Gardner is a graduate of Leslie’s ThoughtsAlive Mentor Training Program and the Family Time and Money Freedom Course. She’s a certified Genius Bootcamp facilitator. She’s also a Law of Attraction coach and is passionate about teaching. You can reach Cristie at 1miraclezone@gmail.com

Together, Cristie and her husband have raised their eight fantastic children and they combine their talents to help the world get healthier from the inside.

Anxiety, depression, and addiction

I had a very interesting conversation with my good friend Peggy Matheson. We’ve known each other for years and they recently had our family over for dinner a few weeks ago while we were traveling through Utah.

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It’s been a fun experience, getting to know Peggy and her husband David, especially because… (okay this might embarrass her, but…) I had first seen her in a movie twenty years ago, and then in a stage play at Sundance Summer Theater, and then in another really amazing movie more recently, and I just think that it’s all very cool that I get to be her friend ;)

But all that aside, we talked a lot about wellness. Mental, spiritual, physical, financial… and I was impressed by some information that they had found, which has made a HUGE impact on their wellness, and the wellness of many others they know.

As you know, I teach that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But Peggy makes a really great point:

“If someone’s mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can they ever change their thoughts or their life?”  

She’s found an answer to this question, and since I’m a big advocate of tools and resources that can help people overcome tough challenges, I wanted to share her comments with you. She explains it this way:

Because I was feeling so good, the thought took me by surprise. “You’re not good enough.” This was a familiar thought, but typically it came amid a confounding internal barrage of shame and negativity. But on that day, looking in my bathroom mirror, it didn’t resonate with anything inside me. It seemed to be happening outside my head—external and almost foreign. And I was able to let it go so easily!

That’s when I knew the supplement I’d been taking, EMPowerplus™ Q96, was working. And I also realized that the attention, focus, and energy problems, which fed my negative thought patterns, were happening because my brain was malnourished! But let’s go back to where this started.

Several months earlier, I’d met a woman whose 6-year-old son had struggled in school because of attention and mood issues. She’d found a vitamin and mineral supplement that changed his mood and behavior and he was now coming home with smiley faces on his reports instead of frowns! I had friends whose kids struggled with ADHD, so I was curious.

Then she told me the history behind this supplement. In 1996, a man named Tony Stephan lost his wife to suicide. She’d struggled with bipolar disorder for years, but eventually the pain became too great. Then he discovered that two of his children were heading down the same path.

Tony was desperate to save his children when he made a discovery that he considered divine providence. He learned that a very specific formula of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids caused his children’s symptoms to go away! This was absolutely unheard of in the world of psychiatry. But in the 18 years since his discovery, research has verified what he found: mental illness can be caused by brain malnutrition.

The woman gave me a sample of EMPowerplus™ Q96, which I took home to my psychotherapist husband. He started taking it and found it quelled his stress and anxiety. In fact, he hadn’t felt so peaceful and calm in many years. And it silenced his brain chatter too. He fondly remembers the first time he got back into bed following a middle-of-the-night bathroom break and realized his mind was completely silent. “Aahhh… zzzzz.”

I recognized pretty quickly that something miraculous was going on here. My husband was also amazed. But, being a psychotherapist, he was skeptical. He had to read the research, try it with clients, and see for himself. It took him a while, but now he’s convinced we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illness.

I started taking it too. Not only did it calm me down and clear up my thinking, like what I experienced in my bathroom, but it also got rid of my mid-day energy slump and brain fog! It’s amazing how much better life can be when your brain is fed properly.

Then we started meeting others whose lives had been changed by the supplement. Some described subtle improvements—feeling more positive or energetic. Others told us how it literally saved them from depression, suicide, terrible mood swings, addiction, brain injuries, and more. We became passionate.

[As mentioned before... ] Leslie teaches in the FTMF program that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But if my mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can I ever change my thoughts or my life? This is why I’ve become such an advocate for EMPowerplus™ Q96. It changes lives by feeding the brain and freeing the mind.

Thanks Peggy, for sharing your story.

So, if you want to free your mind, click here to learn more, and find out if Q96 is what you’re looking for.

Disclaimer: Comments and testimonials expressed herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. QSciences does not claim to treat or cure any diseases. Do not alter or discontinue any current medical treatment based on information from these pages. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.

It really is a Spiritual Journey

For anyone who is worried that the principles I share might take them away from their relationship with God, I just want to share one of the most authentic, heartfelt messages of gratitude I have ever received, which recently came to my mailbox:

Dear Leslie,

You have no idea how you’ve been used and are still being used by God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit for my restoration….deep from within the recesses of my mind.

I am in the midst of His restoration and you’ve been used through Portal to Genius book to ignite the process.

I am very emotional, vulnerable, trusting, sensitive, broken, restored, cleansed, renewed in spirit mind and body all at the same time.

I’m feeling led to let you know what is busy happening to me. It is glorious, painful, exciting, excruciating, exhilarating all at the same time and I am saying YES LORD to this restoration.

The time of the enemy is up and being eradicated from my mind where his been stealing, killing and trying to destroy….praise Jesus, God and His Spirit all is about to end!

Satan’s works are being brought to LIGHT especially how he has been strategically busy with his works, deception and death in my life, my mind/thoughts/habits etc/ Praise to the triune God for exposing this!

The process of intentional mind renewal is beginning and I commit to it.

Be blessed Leslie!

Lots of love, GG

Thank you GG, for taking the time to write me.

And for the rest of my readers, remember this… when you read my books, you’ll realize that it really is a spiritual battle we fight to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, and it’s a journey that really is meant to bring you closer to God.

So if you know someone who is struggling, and has perhaps lost faith in God, or lost hope for a brighter future, invite them to begin their new, hopeful journey with the FREE download of Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters.

Remember the Headboard Story?

I thought I had told the story in Hidden Treasures, but I guess I was wrong! Can anyone remember where I shared the story of the chunky headboard? Let me know in the comments below, and then I’ll update my Facebook post (snapshot shown below) to share the resource with my Facebook readers…

 

So again, if you can help me remember where I tell the headboard story, leave your comments in the box below. And if you’re not connected with me on Facebook, Click Here and get connected!

Going Independent

One of my readers sent an email recently that I thought I’d share with you… especially if you’ve ever had a dream of going independent with the thing you love to do.

laura-da-silvaI want to tell you the difference your workshop, and The JackRabbit Factor, made in my life!

In 2012 I attended the Parenting Conference held in Utah. You were doing a workshop on “Stress Free Parenting” and it changed my life! My story in a nutshell and I hope it makes sense!

At the time I was working for DCFS [Department of Child and Family Services] and had a good income and steady job, as did my husband. However, after attending your workshop I thought, “Why am I still at DCFS? This isn’t where I wanted to go career wise!”

So I accepted a job offer to work for a woman in private practice (I’m a mental health therapist). Even though it was HARD to work for her (her style and my style don’t go well together) I was determined to accomplish my goal of becoming a play therapist through the hours I was able to get there.

I got pregnant and decided to have the goal accomplished by the time my baby came into the world. I accomplished this goal and now have my own private practice – I’m where I wanted to be.

If it weren’t for your workshop, and the JackRabbit Factor, I would probably be at DCFS still (don’t get me wrong I LOVED my job but it wasn’t what I wanted overall). I needed the push!

I recommend the book to almost ALL of my clients and yet still baffled when they don’t take the rabbit I am offering them! I am baffled when people just keep doing the same thing over and over when it’s not what they want. I’m glad I’m not on that path and that I’m out catching rabbits ;)

Thank you a million times over!

Laura da Silva, CMHC, RPT-S
www.dasilvacounseling.com
(801) 859-1857
123 E. Main St
Sandy, UT 84070

I think it’s really great to know there’s yet another therapist out there now who understands the principles in The Jackrabbit Factor, who has used them successfully first-hand, and who can attest to their effectiveness in helping others achieve their goals.

Congratulations, Laura! Way to go!!