Happy 2017

Good Morning World! Happy 2017

I realized I didn’t much blog last year, at all! I did however write a book. I sent it off to several publishers just before mercury went retrograde in December 2016, fingers crossed I’ll be a published author soon.

My year definitely started off with an unusual twist. I usually spend the first day setting up my vision board for the new year. Last year I created a beautiful PowerPoint presentation that I transformed into a screensaver that changed every 15 seconds so I could watch it each morning and run through my affirmations while tapping them into my consciousness via my thymus.

This year I fell ill just as the new year was approaching and I was too sick to dedicate much time and energy to my visions. However, I did attempt to start several times but just couldn’t follow through. On January 2nd, I was taken away by ambulance because my throat closed and I couldn’t breathe. I lay in the hospital for hours, unable to sleep with the constant chatter of nurses, doctors and other sick patients. In my room the constant noise of machines spitting up of reports, beeping when my breathing changed, blood pressure pump starting up every 15 minutes, heart monitor, etc. was not conducive to sleep.

I lay there trying to block out the obtrusive florescent lighting and crazy sounds. I began thinking of my health, I’m a fairly healthy person, heck I’m in the business of keeping people healthy. I hike daily for one to one and a half hours in an old growth forest filled with copious amounts of oxygen. I came to the conclusion I was simply cleansing and purging from the year. 2016 was a challenging year, not only for me but for many of us.

I sold my house, ended a twelve-year relationship and moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone on Vancouver Island. I followed my guidance and ended up here in Nanaimo, BC. In fact, I completed several relationships, some with family that broke my heart, some with friends that also broke my heart and some with students, again heart breaking. As I write, I realize just heart breaking 2016 was for me and I am suddenly overwhelmed by my strength and endurance. Listening to that little voice and following our divine plan is not always easy, but I know something awesome will come of it all.

So, yes, I have lots of cleansing to do. I woke up today feeling alive, spiritually alive for the first time since I moved here in August. I have been loving being in nature every day and in constant gratitude, but something just didn’t click. It was like I lost my mojo. I was still following spiritual practice but not whole heartedly.

I started today by sitting in bed with a awesome dark roast cup of coffee in one hand and my journal in the other. Maggie my little schnoodle lay curled up at the end of the bed, opening an eye and looking at me now and then. I pondered what to do and decided to activate my Merkabah. I decided to take several holograms out into the time space continuum for clearing and healing. I chose a focus (my book getting published) and saw what turned up. The holograms that showed up surprised me; Success, Fame, Acknowledgement, Financial Freedom and Creativity. I brought them to the time space continuum and cleaned them up, next to Cosmic Consciousness and filled with them gold, then off to Source and added to each what they asked for.

Success wanted to be connected to the other holograms, Fame wanted influence to assist the masses, Acknowledgement wanted rewards of sorts, Financial Freedom wanted ability to assist and contribute and Creativity wanted to be inspired by Source to assist the collective consciousness to move forward. I filled them all with what they required and brought them back to my physical body. Then I just sat there just thinking, “Huh”.

Next, I decided to pull a card from my deck, WISDOM OF THE HIDDEN REALMS – by Colette Baron-Reid & Jena Della Grottaglia … to decide what my focus for the month should be. I got the Ice Queen.

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“Ice Queen  ~  28  ~

ideas preserved, non-action, entitlement

The Ice Queen has come to block your movement for your highest good.  Let your ideas be preserved until later.  You can thaw them out and use them at another time when they will best serve.

The realm of the Ice Queen is the place of nonaction, and now is a perfect time to take a look at how far you’ve come and to ask yourself for a reclarification of your highest goals.

Not all plans can be accomplished at this moment.  In fact, putting them on ice allows for the perfect timing later on.  Don’t be too hasty in trying to reach your goal.  An even better one will present itself if you surrender and spend the winter with the Ice Queen.

Perhaps too, you are trying to do too many things at once.  This is a good occasion to choose only one thing to focus on and let the Ice Queen put the others in the deep freeze until a more appropriate time.  She’ll let you know when it’s time to let them thaw.”

Wow, it suddenly dawned on me. I try to do too much! Like in a big, huge way too much. Take last years’ vision board for instance, it was 33 pages. I must be insane, make no wonder my life went into turmoil! How can one person expect to do or change so many things and have life purr along without consequence? So, I stopped, and chose to focus on what I had just done, my Merkabah activations. I will continue with them throughout January.

I hopped out of bed, thrilled with myself for not adding too much to my plate and began preparing some food. I do tend to eat strange things for breakfast so if this might sound weird. I chose a bunch of spinach and a half of left over chicken breast from yesterday. I just put the spinach in the pan right from the sink after rinsing it so I didn’t need oil. Once it was half cooked I sliced up my chicken placed it on top and added some miso gravy. I chose a smaller plate than normal and instead of putting it all onto the dish, I took two thirds.

As I sat down, I could tell a shift had occurred. I decided to become the observer and watch. I began with a prayer of gratitude than began to eat. I made a conscious choice to put my fork down after each bite. I made eating a meditation, I felt my food. The texture, the taste, the sensation of my body accepting this nutritious meal. I took my time, chewed and finished each mouthful completely before shoveling in the next bite. No distractions, no TV, no music, no reading, just me and my food. In that moment, I made the commitment to eat all my meals like this from now on. No more shoveling food in to fill the hunger between clients or activities, no more eating on the run, no more reading at the dinner table, just me honouring the food and its healing effects on my body.

There is a minimum of eight levels of consciousness required for this choice alone.

  • Give gratitude while preparing food
  • Take only 2/3 of what is prepared
  • Make a prayer of thanks to the elementals beings who provided the food (vegetables, fruits or animals)
  • Remove all distractions, TV or reading/writing
  • Take a bite and chew it, feel it and taste it, then finish it (3 things)
  • Take another bite and do the same until complete

Then there was my second epiphany for the morning regarding doing too much. If my only vision for the year was say, health, what would that include? Well there’s the element of food which includes healthy choices, cooking styles, preparation and how to eat healthy. Then there’s activity, fitting in time, which type of activities support your body type, regularity and taking care of your post work out body with stretching and body rolling. Then there’s supplementation, making sure your nutritionally sound and taking the appropriate supplements for your body type based on your food and activities. Then there’s getting out and having fun and being fulfilled, that is critical to our health. What about balance?

My God, making one choice, just to be healthy includes changing our consciousness about literally dozens of things!!! No wonder so many people fail their new year’s resolutions. I’m pretty sure my vision board this year will only have a 3 items on it for 2017. Those alone will morph into dozens of positive modifications … yup, I’m sure glad the Ice Queen showed up this morning.

I’d like to end my first blog of the year with a video for you all, blessings…carol

 

“The Power” and the Tipping Point

This year when I was making my Christmas Card I realized I haven’t written much at all and figured I better get something on paper; or the computer.

I listened to the audio book “The Power” at the beginning of the year and set an intention to be more positive than fear based or negative and to reach a 55% tipping point of love. I set out by looking for my triggers, the small thought processes that most of us don’t consider and well, it didn’t take long for me to identify a few. If you are looking to reset your feelings and energy level, “The Power” will help you do just that.

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So somehow bitching about some of the challenges we face and focusing on the conspiracies behind high gas prices, the cost of new homes in the Vancouver lower mainland or our plummeting dollar just holds so much negativity it’s not worth going there.

I decided to share some of the solutions I came up with that might help you do some shifting of your own. Listening to the book, reminded me of things that I already know, but it also got me excited about creating shifts and experimenting with the concepts. Those of you who know me, realize I don’t just read something and believe. I am a “prove it” kind of gal. My life is usually has several experiments going on at once. It’s how I learn, prove theories, grow, adapt my work and improve.

The first thing I did was create a vision board that had affirmations and photos that I put on my desktop. The slides change every  seconds which is just long enough for me to say the affirmation and feel what I am creating.

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So I began to observe. Trying to remain in a state of love 24/7 is quite challenging in our time. The pace of everyday life is faster and with that comes more triggers. As I observed myself and my thoughts in certain situations, I realized that standing in line-ups generated a ton of negative thoughts. Not bad ones, but negative all the same. The idea of reaching a greater tipping point of love is to be love. I found myself thinking things like:

  • “I always choose the slow line.”
  • “Doesn’t anyone work, why are they all shopping now?”
  • Judging what I consider to be others poor food choices.
  • Focusing on screaming children and wondering how much sugar they were jacked up on.
  • Wondering what took people so long to pack their groceries.
  • …and….and….

So it hit me, yikes this is all so negative and judging, WHAT…I needed a new strategy.

  1. So now when I am forced to stand in line, I do several things. I begin going through my gratitude list, starting with the fact that I have the time and money and privilege to be in a store buying what I need or want.
  2. I smile and begin sending love and blessings to those around me.
  3. I chat to those little screaming tikes and get them laughing, giving the parent a break.
  4. I practice random acts of kindness if possible.
  5. I send grace and blessings to those who appear to be in need.

Turns out my shopping experiences are much more pleasant and I meet some pretty interesting people now.

There are 3 quotes from “The Power” that correspond with what I’m doing and they are:

  • “Life isn’t happening to you; life is responding to you.”
  • “Many people don’t know about the power of good feelings, and so their feelings are reactions or responses to what happens to them. They have put their feelings on automatic pilot, instead of deliberately taking charge of them.”
  • “Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.”

One of my other triggers is driving, and I do believe that to be one for many of us, lol. It’s that same thing for me about time, and business. I live in one of the fastest going cities in Canada; last time I read the statistics, Surrey acquires 1800 new residents a month, yes that’s right, a month! And you got it, they are all not as good drivers as me, hahaha. knowing the driving experience can thrust me into a negative spiral is 3/4 of the battle. Now when I get in my can I repeat these words, “I have time, I can enjoy a relaxing experience in my car.” I let people in line, I focus on kindness for new drivers, after all I was one too, I sing, I do my affirmations and I get where I’m going in record time feeling terrific. I’m still not perfect, but I’m at least 70% better.

Let’s see, another area I chose to change was how I felt about paying for things. Instead of focusing on, “I shouldn’t buy this, I don’t really need it, I should save my money, I can’t afford this, blah, blah, blah.”

I choose to say, “I have more than enough money for the things I desire and I make great buying choices.” and “I am grateful that money flows to me from so many places, sources and people.”  And…now it does!

So remember, one of the secrets of having the life you want is by tipping the scale toward love and away from negativity. When anything good happens to you in your day, give thanks. It doesn’t matter how small it is, say thank you.

These are just a few examples of what I changed up, there are more of course; in conclusion, I would have to say that my experiment on tipping the scales more toward love was successful and made an obvious difference in my life.

Carol Lefevre

Happy Christmas and World Holiday Harmony

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I believe in a spiritual world, one whose inner

most truth we draw breath from.

I believe in a majestic world, full of magnificence

and boundlessness, an outburst of possibility

drifting on an undercurrent of matter, toward

nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.

I believe in a world where I Am that I Am,

a living God and self-actualized Master

who radiates Divine Love.

I believe we can co-create this in a world,

For everyone; Together, Spirit, You and I…

Love Always and Always with Love,

Carol Lefevre

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Happy Holidays, Blessings and Wishes for 2016

Mesothelioma and Lung Leavin’ Day

I must admit that when I was asked by Cameron Von St. James, Husband of Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James if I would participate in Lung Leavin’ Day I wasn’t sure how or what to blog. I certainly could feel empathy for Heather, Cameron and daughter Lily Rose.

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I have had several clients who have had cancer and have been at their bed sides. It certainly is not an easy challenge for anyone, whether you are the victim of this cruel disease or the care giver of a loved one with the disease.

I have been blessed to be cancer free to date and after being diagnosed with Hep C and experiencing the treatment, I do have some idea of how ill, depressed and painful certain treatments can be. Several of my friends have family or close ties who have had lung cancer several times, some are continuing their battle today.

After doing a little research on Mesothelioma Cancer I discovered that it is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. The lungs are very delicate organs, they fuel us with oxygen, the body’s life-sustaining gas. The lungs process air, and are the only internal organs that are constantly exposed to the external environment. This means that anything you breathe in can affect your lungs. Germs, tobacco smoke and other harmful substances can cause damage to your airways and threaten the lungs ability to work properly, and let me tell you, there are some real nasty toxins in our environment today.

Mesothelioma can be a difficult malignancy to diagnose because the symptoms of the disease closely resemble other respiratory conditions. To make matters more complicated, these symptoms are also associated with other types of lung cancer.

My neighbour passed away of lung cancer 3 years ago now. Unfortunately it was detected too late for him. A common dilemma encountered by so many lung cancer victims is that the disease mimics so many other illnesses. Doctors will usually pass off early symptoms as allergies, possible bronchitis or even asthma first. Testing for these issues takes precious time the patient may not have, as in the case of my neighbour Barry. He had to undergo so many tests before they finally decided to test for cancer, by that time it was too late for him. Anyone who is having constant congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughs should follow up with a doctor. Trust me, sometimes that nagging tickle and little cough can be something more.

In my years of doing bio-energetic analysis for clients, I have found asbestos to be in a wide variety of individuals. According to the allopathic community, “there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.” Fortunately for my clients Hanna Kroeger created a homeopathic remedy to remove this dangerous toxin. Again, the issue is finding it and getting to it on time.

Asbestos is a dangerous and toxic chemical that can still be found in many places. Someone could simply doing a simple repair in the basement of their home and unknowingly set it airborne and voila, a few months later, mesothelioma!

Scary right? I found this list on a great website:

Common Home Building Products That May Contain Asbestos

Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:

  • STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly.
  • RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and ADHESIVES used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
  • CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation.
  • DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use.
  • SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling, or scraping the material.
  • PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
  • ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut.
  • ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as FIREPROOF GLOVES, STOVE-TOP PADS, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and certain HAIRDRYERS.
  • AUTOMOBILE BRAKE PADS AND LININGS, CLUTCH FACINGS, and GASKETS.

Where to Look for Asbestos Hazards in the Home

  • Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
  • Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
  • Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
  • Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
  • Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
  • Walls and floors around wood burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets.
  • Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  • Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

From another perspective…

In the West we tend to think of illness as being only in the body. If we look at illness holistically and metaphysically, when an illness manifests itself in the physical body, we are actually seeing a dysfunction in the Mind and Spirit. The energetic bodies of Mind and Emotions can manifest in the body.

The concept that we create our own reality is more widespread than ever before. In our parent’s generation and before, this concept was known only to a few. Those few were mainly mystics and shamans. Now discoveries and experiments in quantum physics prove the truth of this concept. Mystics, shamans and some quantum physicists know that we create our reality by our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions.

We are actually more powerful than we can even imagine. For most of us, though, our experience tells us something entirely different. We feel that we are at the mercy of an outward reality, the victims of circumstances beyond our control. We work harder and harder, thinking that if only we have more money, more time, the right pill, the right family, more love, or a better job that we will finally be whole and happy. We try to change and control the circumstances and people around us in order to feel empowered.

Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. She was able to put her personal philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

She has since written several books, her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.

Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.

Louise Hay’s list of the common illnesses and diseases and suggests the possible metaphysical cause.

Cancer:  Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.

Lung: The ability to take in life. Depression. Grief. Not feeling worthy of living life fully.

In closing I would like to encourage you all to participate in Lung Leavin’ Day which will be celebrated for the entire month of February.

Blessings of much Health, Vitality and Love,

Rev. Carol Lefevre  B. Msc.

Recapitulation

Recapitulation is a method of recovering the power and energy that we have lost or given away to people, places, and things. This technique recognizes that we have luminous energy “filaments” or aka cords extending from ourselves to others. These connections or aka cords form when we direct our attention and energy outward toward something or someone else. They are also formed when others place their attention and energy on us. Such connections often involve some mutual intent or agreement between ourselves and others. It is the objective then to recognize and inventory these energy connections, decide which ones to keep or cultivate, and which ones are not in our best interest. We can then manage our energy connections, stop parasitic energy drains and recover stagnant energy, freeing our energy bodies and becoming more fluid and mobile.

Recapitulation is the process of calling back energy we have exhausted from past, thoughts, actions or deeds. This process is a self-directed discipline or technique that enables an us to reclaim and repair damage to our energy bodies. It can include the damage and energy drain that comes from soul loss or soul fragmentation, mental complexities, emotional attachments, addictions, entities in our energy field; living or deceased and psychic attacks. To recapitulate entails recalling the people we have had experiences with, the places we have been, and the emotions, thoughts and feelings associated which each. We begin from present day and travel back down out timeline to our earliest memory.

Recapitulation it is not a cure all, it is a process that heals and extinguishes hot spots in our emotional bodies. The great thing about recapitulation is that it is practiced on your own. Taking responsibly for one’s own healing is, empowering for most of us. Recapitulation can benefit everyone and is based on energy work rather than analysis or talk therapy. I find that this process combines well with other healing modalities such as shamanic soul retrieval, emotional release work, Reiki, etc.

This recapitulation process was initially described in The Eagle’s Gift by Carlos Castaneda and later refined by Victor Sanchez.

The technique below was derived from those described by these authors and new information I channeled, so as with anything new modifications have been made based on my guidance.

The Recapitulation Lists

The first step is to make a list. The list is primarily of the meaningful events of your life. It is intended to direct one to remember and relive past events, to help us recover hidden memories and to help us discern what the significant events of our life really are. A few of the types of events to include in the list includes:

  • Agreements or commitments that you made with yourself, family or friends that you did or did not keep and you still hold a strong memory of them
  • Agreements or commitments that you made with your religion or God
  • Every sexual experience you’ve ever had
  • Events and situations in which you felt shame or embarrassment
  • Items or people you have lost and can’t get over
  • Thoughts, feelings or memories that you hide from others
  • Situations when you sabotaged or betrayed yourself
  • Times or events where you have been cruel to animals, plants or people
  • Negative people that you want out of your life
  • Events the you recall compromising a part of yourself
  • Events that caused you fear
  • Situation or relationships which resulted in emotional pain
  • Times you felt strong emotions such as abandonment, loneliness or rejection
  • Negative situations that you want out of your life
  • Major illnesses that you have suffered and still have emotional ties to
  • Time that make you angry, frustrated and resentful
  • Legal issues you have faced that didn’t go your way

Healthy relationships with friends, family members and others are not something that you need to retrieve energy from or sever the ties with. However, vows, oaths and promises all bind our intent, so from that point on, our actions, feelings and thoughts are consistently directed toward fulfilling or maintaining those commitments regardless of whether or not we remember having made them. As children, we often make vows and become bound to them even though we no longer remember making them. These impulsive pledges of childish devotion and eternal love can cost us our freedom in the present. If you are like me and have that special someone you wanted to be friends forever with, this could be something to recapitulate especially if you decided to become blood brothers or sisters with them. Unless we deliberately retrieve our energy and our original intent and them, that energy can never rise freely to be expressed in the present.

You are not looking to recapitulate trivial details, we all have enough to do without worrying about small insignificant events . You are looking for events and experiences that hold a lot of unresolved energy. Remember that the purpose of living on this plane is to gain experience, make choices, learn from choices and acquire wisdom and understanding. Recapitulation is not supposed to replace or be a substitute for our process, it is meant to be used as a healing process, to correct the effects of injuries to our energetic body.

When you recapitulate you may feel the long stretchy fibers that extend out from your solar plexus. These are the conductors that will allow the energy to return to your being. In order to recapture our strength and unity, we have to recapture this energy that we sent out into the world. You will begin to feel the energy oozing back into your body instantly. Some people can get dizzy or nauseous at times, this soon stabilizes.

Things you should know:

  1. If you receive an insight or memory that is not in the sequence of 5 year cycles, go ahead and recapitulate that memory next, it’s important to follow the energy streams that your receive.
  2. For women, it is extremely important that you start by recapitulating all men you’ve ever had a sexual encounter with. For women, this is where the bulk of our energy is caught. Men leave specific energy lines plugged into the body of a woman. These energy lines are designed to sip our energy. Women feed men energetically through the filaments they leave behind at an etheric level. This is one of the reasons men return again and again to the same woman, to maintain their source of energetic sustenance. This is true even is the sexual experience wasn’t intercourse.

Recapitulation Instructions:

  1. Create a circle around yourself using crystals or candles to define an energetic boundary for your process. Make yourself comfortable by sitting comfortably in a chair or on a pillow.
  2. Start by making a list of people , places or situations during the past 5 years that you have been giving energy too, or vivid memories and feelings you have about them.
  3. To begin, do and “I AM Presence” connection and the Karmic Board and your guides to assist you in reclaiming yourself.
  4. If you know how to activate your Merkabah, this will amplify the technique, and it can be done regardless of whether or not you are familiar with this tool.
  5. Extend your little and index fingers, then make a circle by touching your thumb to the tips of the remaining fingers. This will act as a signal to attract the attention of life-force and allow it to enter the body through the energy lines in the finger tips. ApanaMudra-hand
  6. Visualize or feel the memory you are about to recapitulate as clearly as possible. Put yourself slightly above the experience. Imagine gathering all your energy from the experience into a ball.
  7. Turn your head to the left, inhale threw your nose as with the thought intention: I CALL MY SPIRIT BACK. The energy ball will flow into you at that instant.
  8. Exhale out your mouth as you turn your head to the right and release any emotions or thoughts associated with the experience, such as anger, rage, guilt. Your thought intention is: I RELEASE YOU WITH LOVE & FORGIVENESS.
  9. Repeat this process until your energy has returned to you fully and it is cleared of all negativity.
  10. When you feel complete, face center, inhaled, hold your breath and make a quick turn of the head left to right with the thought intention: SO BE IT, IT IS DONE. Return to center, exhale, this will break the ties, contracts and agreements completely.
  11. Repeat Numbers 2-6 until your list is complete.
  12. Make a list of the next 5 years and start the process again. Continue until you get to your earliest memories.

During your recapitulation work, other memories or events will surface. Although they may not be in chronological order, go ahead and clear them if they turn up. Sometimes one memory or feeling can have strong aka cords in another timeline or be attached to another event.

I started by doing  five years at a time each week. I got up early to do it first thing in the morning. I found that as I did it other events or circumstances would pop into my head, so I recommend keeping a pen and paper with you to remember them all.

This is a process that takes time and commitment. I promise that if you invest in getting your spirit back  your vitality, life force and creativity will all return to you and your life will be soooo much more rewarding and present.

Enjoy the journey,

Carol

 

Luxury Living with a Modest Investment

Our Experience

I wanted to share with you the experience I had living in a condo vs a manufactured home. I moved into John’s condo and lived there for almost 3 years. Until the last year, I was perfectly fine with it. It wasn’t the cozy 864 square feet that got to me as much as what was happening outside the complex that got to me.

I thought that all of the exterior stuff was someone else’s responsibility.  If the roof was damaged or leaked during a thunderstorm, we didn’t have the responsibility of repairing it ourselves.

It didn’t take long for me to become disillusioned with condo living. I soon discovered the “cons” especially when it came to forking out money for the repairs I didn’t think we needed to worry about.

The building we lived in had no real curb appeal.  It made me think  it would be nice to create a garden in the front or back of our own home. As a condo owner, your have no ownership of any specific outside area so it can be frustrating.  I just wanted my own backyard, my own patio, where I could sit in the sun, plant some flowers and do whatever I wanted.

We had two small bedrooms and before I moved in one was used for storage and John had his office in the living room. It was too cramped so we decided to rent a storage locker, and make the second bedroom into a shared office space, which worked out well.

Having to go back and forth to the storage locker weekly became an issue…ugh

Our space didn’t really have any room for projects, arts, crafts, that sort of thing and if we wanted to do something it meant using a small dining room table or the balcony, which was a no, no for strata.

God, I just wanted our own garage…and workshop…or storage space.

In the condo we constantly were triggered by people throwing out the trash and overflowing the dumpster, the recycle was a complete nightmare. I often joked that I should go stand by the bin and give recycling lessons on what could in fact go in the recycle, lol

It might sounds bizarre, but when you live in a house, you have the convenience of organizing and controlling your own garbage cans. You put the right items in the correct bins and then once a week, you roll your garbage cans out to the end of the driveway, voila.

People really didn’t get or care how easy it was to wipe their feet at the front door before dragging mud and who knows what through the lobby, down the hallways and into the elevators. My goodness I got so tired of hearing myself complaining about things other people were doing. I felt so negative.

I never realized how great it was having mail delivered to the door until we moved here, another “con” was having to go downstairs to get my mail.

We had a wacky neighbour who would knock on our door at all hours of the night, “why?” you ask…”not sure”

In a condo you are in closer proximity to your neighbours. They could be smokers so when you open your sliding door to the balcony to enjoy your day the smell comes into your suite. Other times your neighbour could have a dog that sits on his balcony, barking and howling all night.

And…make no mistake, for those of you who think condos are more secure, break-ins occur regardless of security and often.

And…

And…the list goes on, but here’s the real kicker folks; for John, purchasing his unit was the best thing he did, so he thought!  When the engineers came in and did an evaluation, and announced that our repairs would be $5.5 MILLION, yup…MILLION, the reality hit him like a blunt instrument over the head head. The truth is that his condo purchase ended up being the worst decision he could have ever made! Not only had it cost him two roofs, now we were on the hook for $55,000.00…for our share of the renovations.

If there was a condition called “ condo remorse.” John and I certainly suffered from it. We did not want to take out another mortgage just to pay the renovations needed for a building that was about to have a 3rd roof in 19 years. We just want others to know how costly and damaging neighbours and stratas can be to your bank account and quality of life. The strata and restoration crews can squander your money, time and inconvenience you with each and every incident. In the end we sold the condo and took a $20,000.00 loss in the value due to the engineers report. Some would say we were lucky to have sold.

We have friends who live not far from where we were, in a condo. They insisted we were crazy to sell and that the value of our home would go up. When we heard their strata was going to have an engineers report done, we shared our experience and wisdom with them. Unfortunately  they didn’t heed our warning, so guess who’s paying over 40,000.00 for their share of renovations now?

I just read this in an article on the Global BC site called “Vancouver’s housing prices 2nd most unaffordable in the world” By Peter Meiszner

The article states, “The average house price in Metro Vancouver is $670,300, which would require 80 per cent of the average median household income to service the mortgage. That’s more than 2.5 times the 32 per cent guideline set out by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.”

That being the case, we found the perfect solution for us. We bought a manufactured home in a mobile park. It took some looking, there’s lots out there but most of them haven’t been maintained well. Some are dark and dingy, some are old and smelly, some just have a bad layout and some are just too ugly for words.

When we found ours, we paid  more but it is like a dream come true for both of us. It is 400 sq. feet bigger than the condo, and has approximately 1000 sq. feet of storage space…yahoo, no more running back and forth to that darn storage locker.

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I love our ever so large soaker tub that fits two comfortably, the condo had a small tub with those stupid glass doors. I hated them and rarely took a bath because of them.

OMG, and we have two bathrooms, it really makes a difference!

OMG and the en-suite has two sinks, with cabinets on each side and even more under the sinks. Pure luxury from our tiny little condo bathroom.

We chose to make the second bedroom an office, so now we each have our own space to work. My office doubles as a meditation space and guest room when needed. It’s big enough to comfortably put up a queen size bed for guests. We bought an OBUS Forme® that is sooooo comfortable. It sits on its own collapsible bed frame that has a bed skirt and everything.

OMG and we have a huge covered deck, with loads of flowers and we BBQ almost every day, all year round. I truly am pleased and grateful for our beautiful home.

There are soooo many things I love about this place (this link will show you pictures)

  • Gigantic Open Concept Living Room
  • Gorgeous En-suite
  • Master Bedroom…two closets, one is a walk-in
  • Two bathrooms
  • My bathtub
  • Gigantic Kitchen with Island I can do my art projects on
  • Cupboard space beyond
  • Back Yard
  • Storage and more storage…
  • The Pool is clean without too much chlorine
  • The Park has tons of trees, is pretty and is walking distance to everything you need
  • Good Community Spirit

And most of all, it was affordable. It is so like being in a house and everyone who comes here is very impressed when they see what the inside is like.

We adore our home, take pride in all we’ve done to create a beautiful living space and environment. It is unfortunate that we are leaving BC, but sometimes sacrifices need to be made. We are already looking at other manufactured homes to move into. I can only hope that we find something comparable to ours…so far it isn’t looking good, but we are pretty good manifestors so fingers crossed.

Carol Lefevre

Here’s our For Sale Ad and link:

Are you a Slave to the size of your Home, Mortgage or Rent?

We were…and found secure Peaceful Living without stressful financial sacrifice when we moved to this impressive mobile property in this highly desired area of Surrey. Just $204,000.00 for a rare and excellent opportunity:

  • Want to keep more of your money?
  • Want some outside space/yard/garden/workshop/pool?
  • Want to have a valuable asset?
  • Want more autonomy in regards to your space?

Then this just might be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Property Description:

1248 Square Feet livable space PLUS 10′ x 8′ storage/laundry, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, 14′ x 14′ covered deck, over 1000′ sq. ft crawl space suitable for storage

Exceptionally well maintained and tastefully renovated double wide home in one of the most upscaled manufactured parks in the area. This home has a large, bright open-concept living room/dining room/kitchen separated only with small wall, as well as vaulted ceilings, large double paned windows & corner gas fireplace, comfortable dining room with a built in hutch. Astounding, spacious kitchen with skylight, very big island, tons of counter space, cabinets and attractive grey laminate flooring. Updated bathrooms, en-suite complete with soaker tub, separate shower, skylight & a crazy amount of cabinet space. Large master bedroom has 2 closets, one is a walk-in. Other bedroom has nice grey laminate flooring and its own entrance.  Ceiling fans throughout, 5 appliances and air conditioner in good working order, considerably large carpeted and covered 14′ x 14′ deck which is great for entertaining, laundry/storage off deck with covered access has lots of heavy shelving, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, easy care and manicured yard, large carport with a driveway that can fit 2 additional vehicles. Quiet location and secure grounds. Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to all other amenities. Small pets welcome. One of a kind opportunity. Rarely available on the market in such a quiet & well kept community.

Upgrades incl: new laminate floors in kitchen and one bedroom, kitchen appliances, home security system, new sinks/taps/shower/lighting in Master bathroom, new kitchen counter top and fresh paint. You’ll love this home!

This 27 years old home has:

  • Living Room 23′ x 17’4
  • Kitchen  11’3 x 10’3
  • Dining Room  11’3 x 7′
  • Master Bedroom  15’8 x 11’7
  • Huge en-suite 5 piece bathroom
  • Bedroom 11’3 x 10’7
  • 3 piece bathroom
  • Den 8′ x 5′
  • Covered Deck 14′ x 14′
  • Storage/laundry 10′ x 8′
  • Garden shed 8′ x 4′
  • Crawl space 24′ x 50′

Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to:

  • Newton Wave Pool and Recreation Center
  • Superstore/Costco/Save-On Foods
  • Several Banks
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Produce Stores
  • Canadian Tire
  • Dollar Store
  • Craft Stores
  • Platinum Fitness
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Liquor Stores
  • Health Food Stores
  • and much more…