Increased Income and Energy through Purging

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If you are thinking of downsizing or just want to purge items you may have lying around your home, you can earn a bit of cash. You may even feel lighter with a sense of relief.

Regardless of how much stuff we have, we can all benefit from decluttering our lives and homes. According to Psychology Today and Web MD, people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage. The mess causes stress. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either.

The things or objects we have in our life can bring joy or help in living a happy life.  By getting into the energy flow of releasing the items that you no longer need or use may free you up to attract those items which may better serve you. Plus, you even earn extra cash in the process.

Below are several ways to help you in your purging journey.


Pricing Your Items

Before trying to sell your items you will want to do a bit of research to see what the price of an available similar item – both new and used prices. We have listed shopping sites to compare prices below.

The condition of the item matters. A general rule is that well maintained used items will typically sell for 25% to 50% of its original value. Antiques and collectibles will vary in pricing based on timing (seasons) and market interest.


Yard Sale

Yard sales are cash in hand immediately, if you have many items to purge and want to sell quickly, a yard sale is a good option. However, it takes a bit of preparation. Some cities require that you have a permit to run a garage sale. Check with a clerk at your city or town hall to find out if you need one.

You will want to pick a date – Saturday mornings are most popular. Friday and Sunday are viable options too. Weather can be a big factor on a successful yard sale. If possible, select a date when the weather is moderate.

Make sure you have plenty of ones and fives in order to provide change. Be sure to keep any extra money in the house during the garage sale. You don’t want too much of cash outside.

There are many local sites you can advertise your yard sale such as your local paper, Craigslist, NextDoor, and Facebook Marketplace. Post the listing a few days prior to the sale to get optimal exposure. At a minimum you will want to create or buy signs to put along the street and at nearby intersections.


Selling Individual Items Online

Here are a few of the major online auction and sales sites. Some sites charge fees and others are free.

eBay

EBay lets you auction and sell a wide range of goods. You will most likely be shipping the item, and that may reduce your profits. We have found that smaller or lighter items work best on this site, especially collectables.

For most items, you pay eBay 10% of the final sale price of the item. This includes shipping costs but not taxes.

You can also upgrade and promote your eBay listing in various ways for extra fees. We recommend to stick with the no fee listing to keep cost down. Be sure to include quality pictures of the item, including any manufacture labels for authenticity.

We use “Buy It Now”, which is a fixed price, and add a “Best Offer” options. The “Buy It Now” is the highest price that you have valued the item. For the Best Offer, include an “Automatically decline offers lower than” the price that you would be willing to sell the item. This will help minimize people trying to low ball you and you can counter offer when someone you now know has an interest in the item.


Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, Letgo, and Craigslist

These websites and apps don’t take a cut of your sales. Yet you are responsible for connecting with your buyer, meeting up in person and making the exchange. It’s definitely a different style than the online auctions and sales. If you’re not comfortable handling all the logistics yourself and then meeting up with a stranger, you should probably stick to online only.

These sites are excellent for selling larger, heavier items (such as furniture) locally so there isn’t the expense of trying to ship them.

Depending on what you’re selling, you can arrange to meet your buyer in a public place (local police station, library, post office or grocery store are good places for such sales) or have a friend hang around while you make the sale.

Simplicity is the key here: no packing, shipping or fees. But unlike many online-only sales sites, these marketplaces don’t have any guarantees or protections if your buyer turns out to be a flake.

Be sure to agree to a price before arranging pickup. If during pickup they try to renegotiate (assuming nothing has changed), stick to your original price and walk away if necessary. Most people will stick with the price they originally agreed since they made the effort to meet you.

From recent experience, Facebook Marketplace and NextDoor have had excellent results. Craigslist is one of the oldest sites and has a good following. Letgo is an up and coming app with an easy interface.


Dealing With Items That Don’t Sell

It is likely you will have items that did not sell. With less effort you can just put it all on the curb with a free sign. Another option is taking the leftover items to a local charity that has a thrift store. Search for non-profit thrift stores in your area.

Make an itemized list of everything you have with its original value. Once you drop it at a donation center, ask for a receipt. File this away to use for a tax deduction for charitable donations on your income taxes.


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What’s True For You Will Make You Lighter

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Photo by Judith Loniak Photography

All of our lives, people are telling us what’s true, what’s not true, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do, what’s a good choice, what’s a bad choice… On and on it goes. In the midst of all of the points of view that others try to impel, it can be challenging to know what’s true for you.

A tool that will help silence the other voices and access YOUR knowing is called light and heavy. In this video, Dr. Dain Heer shows you exactly how to use this tool.

Remember

“What is true for you will always makes you feel lighter and a lie will make you feel heavier.”

Use this when tool you’re making choices. Is this choice light? Or is it heavy? Choose what’s light.

Use it when talking to people. Is what they’re saying light? Or is it heavy? If it’s heavy, it’s not true for you so don’t buy it.

If you were to only follow what’s light for you for the next 6 months, I wonder what changes would occur in your world?

But don’t try it… You might have too much fun!

If you would like to know even more about the light and heavy tool, you can watch this fun video conversation with Gary and Dain.


Access Consciousness offers pragmatic tools to change things in your life that you haven’t been able to change until now.

The aim of Access is to create a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged. Are you ready to expand the level of choices and possibilities that are available to you?



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The Power of a Question: Are You Ready?!

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A Question Always Empowers

Are you ready for change? Are you ready for limitless, infinite possibility? Or at least a little bit more possibility?

If you said yes, or even maybe, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There IS a magic wand. And, that magic wand really works.

The magic wand that will assist you in changing anything quickly and dynamically is… drum roll please… ASKING QUESTIONS!

  • Questions open the door to all possibilities.
  • Questions change the energy of what you have decided is unchangeable.
  • Questions invite something new and something greater into your world.

“A question always empowers. An answer always disempowers.” – Gary Douglas

A great question to start with is

HOW DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?

Here’s a short, 2 minute audio clip where Dr. Dain Heer explains how to use this question to create change:

 

All day every day, no matter what is occurring, ask, “How does it get any better than this?!” Ask and watch magic show up!

If you would like more than just a teaser on asking questions, watch this short video as Access co-creators Gary Douglas and Dain Heer talk about questions and how to use them in life.

How DOES it get any better than this?!


Access Consciousness offers pragmatic tools to change things in your life that you haven’t been able to change until now.

The aim of Access is to create a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged. Are you ready to expand the level of choices and possibilities that are available to you?



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A Meditation for Prosperous Living

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The Center for Spiritual Living Asheville has developed a class called the Summer Prosperity Series which it offers annually during the summer. The 2019 class is currently in progress and can be accessed for free from their website www.cslasheville.org.

An integral part of this class is what they call “My Treatment For Prosperity,” an affirmative prayer to attract Prosperity into your life.

Prosperity Builder Meditation

We have adapted this prayer into a mediation that you can repeat regularly. The prayer is repeated three times and you are encouraged to participate by saying the words along with the recording.

Inspired by https://cslasheville.org
Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

Prosperity Prayer

We have also created this one minute recording of the Prosperity Prayer which can be repeated throughout the day.

Inspired by https://cslasheville.org
Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

We recommend beginning and ending each day by reading the prayer aloud.

I know that God is the source of all supply
and that money is God in action.

I know that my good is here now.

I am so rich and so full that I have an abundance
of money to spare and to share, today and always.

I know that true Prosperity includes perfect health,
perfect wealth and perfect happiness.

These words which I speak in faith,
now activates Universal Law,
and I accept the results!

I bless all that I have now and I bless the increase.

I bless everyone in my life that supports me in this journey
and I know that we now prosper together

in every way.

I give thanks for this Good.

And so it is!

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Clear is Kind. Unclear is Unkind.

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Adapted from Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

We started our interviews with senior leaders with one question: What, if anything, about the way people are leading today needs to change in order for leaders to be successful in a complex, rapidly changing environment where we’re faced with seemingly intractable challenges and an insatiable demand for innovation?

There was one answer across the interviews: We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures.

To better understand, we followed up by asking, Why courage? and What’s getting in the way of building more daring cultures? Of the ten behaviors and cultural issues that leaders identified as barriers to courage, there was one issue that leaders ranked as the greatest concern: Avoiding tough conversations, including giving honest, productive feedback.

Some leaders attributed this to a lack of courage, others to a lack of skills, and, shockingly, more than half talked about a cultural norm of “nice and polite” that’s leveraged as an excuse to avoid tough conversations.


Brené BrownBrené Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work who has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and CNN. Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of most watched talks on TED.com. Her most recent TED talk, “Listening to Shame,” was released in March 2012.



Whatever the reason, there was saturation across the data that the consequences of avoiding tough conversations or tapping out of a difficult rumble as soon as it gets uncomfortable include:

  1. Diminishing trust and engagement;
  2. Increases in problematic behavior, including passive-aggressive behavior, talking behind people’s backs, pervasive backchannel communication (or “the meeting after the meeting”), gossip, and the “dirty yes” (when I say yes to your face and then go behind your back); and
  3. Decreasing performance due to a lack of clarity and shared purpose.

Over the past several years, my team and I have learned something about clarity and the importance of hard conversations that has changed everything from the way we talk to each other to the way we negotiate with external partners. It’s simple but transformative: Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.

I first heard this saying two decades ago in a 12-step meeting, but I was on slogan overload at the time and didn’t even think about it again until I saw the data about how most of us avoid clarity because we tell ourselves that we’re being kind, when what we’re actually doing is being unkind and unfair.

Feeding people half-truths or bullshit to make them feel better (which is almost always about making ourselves feel more comfortable) is unkind.

Not getting clear with a colleague about your expectations because it feels too hard, yet holding them accountable or blaming them for not delivering is unkind.

Talking about people rather than to them is unkind.
This lesson has so wildly transformed my life that we live by it at home. If Ellen is trying to figure out how to handle a college roommate issue or Charlie needs to talk to a friend about something . . . clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.

When we have to show up for a hard conversation we call it “a rumble.” For us, this is more than just a weird West Side Story way to say, “Let’s have a real conversation, even if it’s tough.” It’s become a serious intention and a behavioral cue or reminder.

A rumble is a discussion, conversation, or meeting defined by a commitment to lean into vulnerability, to stay curious and generous, to stick with the messy middle of problem identification and solving, to take a break and circle back when necessary, to be fearless in owning our parts, and, as psychologist Harriet Lerner teaches, to listen with the same passion with which we want to be heard.

More than anything else, when someone says, “Let’s rumble,” it cues me to show up with an open heart and mind so we can serve the work and each other, not our egos. Armoring up and protecting our egos rarely leads to productive, kind, and respectful conversations.

You can purchase a copy of Dare to Lead here.

 

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Universe, Show Me Something Beautiful Today

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Photo by Judith Loniak Photography

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling heavy? Or maybe, your day starts off just fine, but as you are going along, that heaviness starts creeping in?

Remember, questions are the key to changing everything. So when that all too familiar heavy feeling shows up, ask:

UNIVERSE, SHOW ME SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL TODAY.

 

Here’s a video from Dain Heer on what using this tool creates for him and how it can work for you too!

Every molecule in the universe is seeking to contribute to you. I wonder what beautiful, inspirational and miraculous things YOU will see and receive when you ask, “Universe, show me something beautiful!

Grateful for YOU.


Access Consciousness offers pragmatic tools to change things in your life that you haven’t been able to change until now.

The aim of Access is to create a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged. Are you ready to expand the level of choices and possibilities that are available to you?



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Drumming the Four Elements: A Meditative Drumming Practice for Connecting to Nature

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Which of the four elements in nature would you like to call into your life.

You could engage the grounded influence of earth or the changing power of wind…

You could nourish yourself in the cleansing elements of water or ignite the passion and transformation of fire

Through the meditative practice of drumming, you can connect with and embody the power of nature’s elements by anchoring your rhythm in a distinct sound.

In this 3-minute video, Christine Stevens demonstrates the distinct sounds of the four elements on the frame drum — and how you can evoke the power of these elements through the sacred practice of drumming.

As you shift your paradigm from playing the drum as “music” to making music with a drum as a spiritual practice, you’ll begin to forge a deepening connection with nature and invite creativity, sacredness, and meaning into your life.

Don’t miss these highlights:

  • (0:01) — How the four elements have a sacred connection to the drum sounds
  • (0:52) — Learn to drum out the distinct sounds of nature: air (cha), earth (doum), water (kah), and fire (tak)
  • (1:18) — How the consciousness part of drumming is to think “What element do I need?”
  • (1:31) — How you can anchor your pattern of drumming in the elements you want to draw into your life
  • (1:50) — The quality of speaking through the drum with an intimate demonstration by Christine Stevens

Watch and enjoy Christine Stevens’ joyful demonstration of the ancient and meditative practice of drumming!


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Consciousness When Added to Anything Can Change It

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Consciousness is the one thing that when added to anything can change it.

~ Dain Heer


Daily Affirmation

All of life comes to me with Ease, Joy and Glory

Say this affirmation 10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening and anytime during the day when things seem out of wack.
This is something really easy you could do ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening to change your life…

It takes just a couple minutes to do.

Artwork provided by Judith Loniak Photography
Music provided by BenSound.com
Affirmation originated by: Access Consciousness


Access Consciousness is a different point of view about life. It allows you to change anything you cannot change and create everything you desire in a different and easier way. The aim of Access is to create a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged. Are you ready to expand the level of choices and possibilities that are available to you?


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Making Peace With Money

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Enjoy this Peace Talk Radio podcast where host Suzanne Kryder talks with Lynne Twist, author of “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Life” and financial advisor and author Brent Kessel who wrote “It’s Not About The Money: Unlock your Money Type to Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance.”

So much conflict comes up in our lives over money. Are there ways of thinking about money that might bring us more peace of mind? Can our philanthropy really make a difference for ourselves and our society?

Global Vision of Equity and Sustainability for All

Meditations on Money
Only $3.99

In part one of the program, we visit with Lynne Twist, who’s had a long career as a global activist, fundraiser, speaker, and mentor. She works to end world hunger, empower women, nurture children and youth, promote economic integrity and spiritual authenticity, and preserve the earth’s natural heritage through the Hunger Project, Pachamama Alliance, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and State of the World Forum. She has raised hundreds of millions of dollars and trained thousands of fundraisers to be more effective in their work.

LYNNE TWIST
Lynne Twist is a global activist, author, and teacher, who has devoted her life to sustainability and economic integrity. An original staff member of The Hunger Project, she is author of The Soul of Money (W.W. Norton, 2003) and president and founder of The Soul of Money Institute.


Understand Your Relationship with Money

Clearing the Blocks to Money Mastery
Only $5.99

In the second part of our program, we talk with Brent Kessel, one of the top 250 financial advisors in the U.S. according to Worth Magazine. If you go to his website www.BrentKessel.com, you can take a quiz to determine your money type. There are eight types. Most people are mixtures of each but once Brent finds out which types you are, he can help you understand your relationship with money and address any conflict you might have over it. Kessel has also studied meditation with many of the worlds’ most revered teachers.

BRENT KESSEL
Brent Kessel, CFP, who was named one of the top wealth advisors in US, is cofounder of Abacus Wealth Partners. He has taught financial workshops in the US and Europe for over 12 years. He is the author of It’s Not About the Money, one of Kiplinger’s Top Five Business Books of the Year, and has appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal and on CBS and ABC News programs.

He lives with his family near Los Angeles, where he continues to deepen his decades-long yoga practice.


 


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How to Get Your Really Truly Free Credit Reports

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Avoid Fakes

You’ve seen the commercials, e-mails andwebpites advertising “Free Credit Report” But are they really free? Consumer complaints say no. Many reported having to supply a credit card, being charged for credit monitoring subscriptions they didn’t want, and in some cases not ever receiving the report they ordered.

Now you’ll really be able to get your credit report for free. As amendment to the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months, from www.annualcreditreport.com.

 

Submit Verification

You’ll need to provide your name, address, social security number and date of birth to order your report. To verify your identity, you may need to provide some information that only you would know, like the amount of your monthly mortgage payment or information about some other item that might appear on your credit report.

You may order your reports from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies at the same time, or you can order one free copy from each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months.

Monitor Regularly

You may choose to stagger receiving your reports throughout the year, in order to monitor your credit year-round for free. Credit scores are not included in the free reports. A “reasonable fee” will still be charged to obtain a credit score.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nations’s consumer protection agency, has prepared a very thorough brochure. Your Access to free Credit Reports, explaining your rights and how to order a free annual credit report. You can access the brochure here.

Credit Report Dispute Form

The SAMPLE LETTER Credit report dispute guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information and tools you can use if you believe that your credit report contains information that is inaccurate or incomplete, and you would like to submit a dispute of that information to the credit reporting company.

It is important to dispute inaccurate information with both the credit reporting company that created the report and the company that first reported the inaccurate information, often
called the furnishing company. While this packet provides information about disputing inaccurate information with a credit reporting company, you can find information about disputing inaccurate information with a furnishing company at files.


 


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