Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Biography Esther Hicks was born 1948 in Coalville, Utah. In 1980 she married Jerry Hicks, then a successful Amway distributor and former acrobat at a circus in Cuba, musician, MC, and comedian. She has one daughter, Tracy, by her former marriage. Jerry Hicks died on 18 November 2011. Outline of Abraham–Hicks' teachings According to Esther and Jerry Hicks, Abraham is a group of entities that are "interpreted" by Esther Hicks. Abraham has described themselves as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension.” They have also said, “We are that which you are. You are the leading edge of that which we are. We are that which is at the heart of all religions.” Abraham has said through Esther that whenever one feels moments of great love, exhilaration, or pure joy, that is the energy of Source, and that is who Abraham “is”. "Jerry and Esther never used the word channeling," Abraham clarifies. "It is used when applied to them, but they have never used it, because it means many things of which they are not, you see." "You could leave the channeling out of it. Call it inspiration; that's all it is. You don't call the basketball player a channeler, but he is; he's an extension of Source Energy. You don't call the surgeon a channeler, but he is. You don't call the musician, the magnificent master musician, you don't call him a channeler, but he is. He's channeling the broader essence of who he is into the specifics of what he is about." Esther herself calls Abraham "infinite intelligence," and to Jerry they are "the purest form of love I've ever experienced." Her teachings (referred to as Abraham–Hicks teachings) are based on this experience. The basic tenets of the teachings include that people create their own reality through their thoughts, that emotions are constantly guiding people toward where they want to go, and that life is supposed to be fun. The essence of Abraham–Hicks' teachings since 1986 has been presented as follows: Individuals are physical extensions of the non-physical. People are in their bodies because they chose to be. The basis of life is freedom; the purpose of life is joy. People are creators; they create with their thoughts. Whatever people can imagine is theirs to be, or do, or have. Individuals choose their creations as they choose their thoughts. Emotions indicate what people are creating. The Universe adores people; it knows their broadest intentions. Individuals should relax into their natural well-being, and know that all is well. Life is not meant to be a struggle, but a process of allowing. People are creators of "thoughtways" on their unique "paths of joy". Actions and money are by-products of focusing on joy. Individuals may depart their body without illness or pain. People cannot die; their lives are everlasting. A large part of Hicks' work centers around the Law of Attraction, a concept written about in the early 1900s by William Walker Atkinson (1862–1932), in his book Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World. Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Home Prices Show Biggest Rise in 6 Years Home prices are accelerating in most local markets. CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, says average home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states. Home prices also rose 0.4 percent in December from the previous month: a healthy increase given that sales usually slow over the winter months. Steady increases in prices are helping fuel the housing recovery. They’re encouraging some people to sell homes and enticing some would-be buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further. Higher prices can also make homeowners feel wealthier. That can encourage more consumer spending. CoreLogic says January home prices, including distressed sales, are expected to rise by nearly 8 percent on a year-over year basis from January 2012, and fall by 1 percent compared with December, reflecting a seasonal winter slowdown. Excluding distressed sales such as foreclosures and bank short sales, the average home price index is expected to rise more than 8.5 percent compared with the year before. “December marked 10 consecutive months of year-over-year home price improvements, and the strongest growth since the height of the last housing boom,” says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “We expect home price growth to continue in January.” By Richard Davies 8 Ways to get your home ready for Spring Change Outdoor Bulbs Clean all light fixtures, and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy-saving CFL bulbs. Give Your Door Some Love Restore the luster of your door by polishing the hinges and knobs with Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish. Paint or stain the door with a color that stands out, yet also complements the trim and siding. Put out a clean, new welcome mat -- and make sure the doorbell works. Repair the Walkway Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt. Plant Foliage and Shrubbery Strategically placed plants can conceal unattractive aspects of your house or yard. Place large pots or hanging baskets around the stoop or porch. Bushes or hedges can hide air-conditioning units or propane tanks, and flower beds and window boxes will stylize a stark facade. Freshen Up Furniture Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing. And get your outdoor space ready for summer! Keep It Clean Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports. Clear Gutters This can save you a lot of money on repair costs. Inspect your downspouts and gutters just before the spring rains start to be sure they’re clear of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on. Clogging usually occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Since this elbow is relatively easy to remove, take it off and inspect for clogging. Interested in learning more about what is happening with the housing market in your area? Give us a call! We would be happy to talk about what houses are selling for, current market inventory, and where we think this market is heading. Contact us today, we will be happy to hear about your home and talk about how we may be able to help. Call me! Lisa E 810-357-8404 Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Looking for an awesome lo-cal/lo-fat easter dessert recipe? 1) Buy one box of angel food cake (add water and bake) 2) Follow bundt pan baking instructions 3) Cool 4) Remove from pan and slice in half horizontally 5) Open one can of fruit cocktail and pour juice over lower half of cake 6) Take lite cool whip and spread over the lower half 7) Spread 1/2 of the can of fruit on that lower half and sprinkle with chopped pecans 8) Spread another layer of lite cool whip on that lower half 9) Take top half of cake and place it back on lower half 10)Spread with remaining tub of lite cool whip 11)Sprinkle remaining pecans on top 12)Garnish outside circle with rest of fruit 13)Let sit in fridge about 30 min and serve chilled! Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Friday, February 15, 2013
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Warrior Moms by Jean MacLeod I didn't sign up to be a Warrior Mom. It was awarded to me by default: I showed up to mother a baby. In the early days of our adoption, I clanked around in oversize Armor that hung heavy and slow. It took me awhile to realize that it had been designed for me to grow into... I'd been outfitted as a Warrior Mom but didn't understand what I was fighting. It was with fear and steel that I dealt with awful knowledge: I was fighting for the love and affection of a baby who no longer trusted. Making a child's world right is all-consuming and never-ending. I figured out why I wore Armor: it held me up at the end of the day. So many invisible dragons to slay! I battled for my baby and I battled to be her mother. I took rejection-- arrows glancing off metal-- and came back for more. I demanded a place in the life of my daughter and I learned to share her with her past. I became a Warrior Mom and ditched the Armor, but kept the shield. Not for me, but to protect the child that became mine through sweat and tears and years of no sleep! Who knew this Mom could tilt at windmills angry feelings and powerful ghosts? I don't cook, can't sew, won't craft but I learned I could fight and I don't give up. Sometimes it takes a Warrior Mom to claim a child who has gone past love. Untapped, under-appreciated, a Mother's Will is Mighty. It can make love spring from metal And change Armor to open arms. Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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By M Kipp: What if, from another point of view, your darkest moment was actually your greatest gift? When we talk about SPIRITUAL growth, we are dwelling within a realm that does not sync up with human reason. Human reason and intelligence have been evolving over the ages, but they are still not developed enough to properly decode and decipher the true nature of reality. We tend to think logically, in mostly "if, then" statements. If I'm a good person, then good things will happen to me. If I follow all the rules, then I will be rewarded. If something bad happened to me, then there must be something wrong with me. If I experience pain, then what's happening is bad. If I experience pleasure, then what's happening is good. But the problem is: human logic, understanding and our point of view are extremely limited. If we truly understood this, we wouldn't be so quick to apply meaning to the events of our lives. Just because we feel good or bad in the moment doesn't mean what's happening is good or bad. When I was doing drugs and drinking alcohol, in the moment I felt good, unaware of the long-term effects of my actions. While I'm working out, it hurts like hell, but there is massive long-term reward. The nature of The Uni-verse is often counterintuitive. What's bad is actually good and what's good is actually bad. This isn't a blanket Uni-versal truth, but it is something I would love for you to consider. Also, it's important to mention that even the dance between good and bad is perfect. We need opposites to learn, to grow and to evolve through. I would love for you to consider that the worst things in your life, seen from a new perspective, are actually your greatest gifts! I know it sounds impossible, but what if you were sent major pain, not only to learn from it, but to help others, too? Through the lens of human reason, horrible things happen. Through the lens of Uni-versal understanding, horrible things happen as a path for us to collectively wake up, one person, one light bulb moment, at a time. What gift would you like to claim for your darkest hour? What treasure is in the cave of your fear waiting to be seen? How can you show up with even more Love in your heart and give it to yourself and all those you meet? What new and empowering meaning can you express and start to live in your life? The choice is yours. Who you are is more powerful than any story you tell about your life, yet the story you tell about your life is what you get to experience. Choose wisely. Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Energetic Cords: Are They Making You Sick? February 10, 2013 by Donna Gates The digestive system is complex. Not only does it process food into nutrients that we can use, but it does so much more! For example, a large mass of lymph tissue sits just beneath the intestines. This, along with the bacteria in the digestive tract, profoundly affects the strength and buoyancy of the immune system. Neurons that think, remember, and learn weave in and out of the tissue that lines the digestive tract. The digestive tract also has cells that both produce and receive brain chemicals, which affect our sense of emotional well-being. Depression and anxiety are common in those with long-term digestive troubles. When it comes to smooth digestion, a healthy immune system, and even a mind that is free from worry, rarely do we look beyond the physical body. However, the human body is not just physical matter—it is energetic as well. It turns out that just as energy circulates within the body, it can also move from person to person. Sometimes we “give” energy away. Or we feel especially energized and vibrant around certain people. This feeling of energetic exchange is natural and involves a line, or cord, of energy from one being to another. The problem with energetic cords is that most of us are unaware of them—we end up giving more than we have, or taking on more than we should. Often, these energetic cords arise from or plug into an energy center that is called the solar plexus. Feelings of guilt and worry are a form of energetic cording. Obsessive thoughts about another person also indicate an energetic cord. Guilt, worry, and obsessive thoughts all involve the energy of the solar plexus and can affect digestive health and immune system balance. Rather than trying to figure out how the cords arose, simply acknowledge your role in their formation. Even if you feel drained and tired around someone (a sign of energetic cording), some part of you agreed and allowed that cord to form. When it comes to energy, so often we want to distinguish ourselves from others. In other words, “This is my energy” and “That is your energy.” Instead of trying to protect ourselves from others and nourishing fear, obsession, and worry—practice self-Love. Self-Love is one of the best ways to restore balance to the solar plexus. Interestingly, a meditation in self-Love can also bring harmony to the digestive system and it can often help to regulate an inflammatory response in the body—something that we see in many autoimmune diseases. Release Your Energetic Cords If you feel that you need to cut energetic cords, spend a few quiet moments alone. 1. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, deepen your inhale and your exhale. 2. Next, place your right hand on the center of your chest while inhaling golden light. 3. Exhale, and imagine golden light streaming out through the area between your shoulder blades. 4. After several minutes or even several seconds, you may feel a release and an opening. Your breath may deepen. 5. Move this light to your solar plexus, the area just above your navel and below the diaphragm. Continue breathing deeply, expanding and exhaling light. 6. As you move through your day, continue using light to expand the fields of energy in your body. Practice self-Love. You may find that you have an easier time digesting life and digesting the food on your plate! Love, Donna Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
"According to A Course in Miracles, there are only two basic emotions: one is fear, the other is love. You may fear the disapproval of others. Take that risk and you'll discover that you receive more approval when you don't seek it than when you do. You may fear the unknown. Take that risk as well. Wander in there, asking yourself, "What is the worst thing that can happen if this doesn't work out?" The truth is that you will just move beyond it. You're not going to starve to death or be tortured if it doesn't work out... Fear knocked at the door. Love answered and no one was there." - Wayne Dyer, page 29 from his book "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace." Dyer is a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
"Deliver me from all evildoers that talk nothing but sickness and failure. Grant me the companionship of men who think success and men who work for it. Loan me associates who cheerfully face the problems of a day and try hard to overcome them. Relieve me of all cynics and critics. Give me good health and the strength to be of real service to the world, and I'll get all that's good for me, and will give what's left to those who want it." - William Feather Lisa Ekanger Your Hometown Realtor!
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