Money. It's just paper...

A Book, A Coffee Cup or Money?

Money. It's just paper...

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Pitts

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”~Douglas Adams

Is there something you see in the picture that holds more value to you than the other things? Which would you rather have? A Book? A coffee cup? Money?

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day I came across this picture taken by my friend Jonathan Pitts with the words “Today, through my travels, I’ve got Dollars, Euros, and Pounds at the same time. Because of that I’m reminded that they’re just paper.”

A profound statement to be sure. Although he was referring to the ‘currency’ from different countries it struck me that ALL of the items pictured are made of paper and it is merely how we think about those items that gives them value.

If you could pick just one of the items pictured which one would you pick? While we most certainly (at least I sincerely hope we) value books, surely we don’t value a coffee cup the same way. While we might think highly of both the book or coffee cup if given a choice of all three items we would, more than likely, choose the money.

Why wouldn’t we? It has the most value right? I should also ask, which currency you chose because all of them have different values.  Unless you trade currency or are a world traveler or banker, you probably picked the one that has the most value to YOU.

As of today we would have to pay $1.09 USD to buy one Euro and $1.29 USD to buy one British Pound. The British Pound is more valuable according to currency markets. You did pick the British Pound right? Value is a funny thing when we realize it’s simply a piece of paper that we, as a society or country, have assigned a value.

At one time cattle and salt were extremely valuable. They were the currency of their time. Can you imagine if your employer told you they were going to give you a cow or pay you in salt instead of a paycheck? You’d be looking for another job post-haste.

As you can see, what we value is fluid, based on our collective agreement. How we think about and judge money is what gives it value. There are those who think about money as the end all, be all and spend a great deal of time trying to attain great wealth. There are those who reject money because of what it represents to them. There are those obsessed with it and those who couldn’t care less about it.

Many people carry a great deal of judgement about money. The reality is that it is not good or bad and yet we give up a great deal of our space to what we perceive as an almighty, powerful piece of paper. In and of itself, as Jonathan pointed out, money is “just paper.”

I’m not suggesting that money doesn’t have value or that we don’t need it in today’s society to live. We certainly need it according to societal norms. This, however, is simple food for thought as I get to the real point about value as it relates to our self-worth. You knew I’d get to the point sooner or later!

Is your self-worth connected or attached to money?

Does your perceived value (self-worth) go up or down depending on how much you have in the bank? Are you a book full of talent, knowledge and stories waiting for others to see your value before you see it yourself? Are you an empty paper cup waiting for someone to fill you up?

It’s fascinating how much of our space and power we give over to those things in the physical world. If we equate our value with income or how much we have in the bank we are looking outside of ourselves. In effect we are allowing some collective agreement to dictate our value.

What if instead of attaching our self-worth to money we turned our attention within to discover our REAL value? What would it be like if we determined our value and self-worth by connecting with who we truly are instead of attaching it to pieces of paper?

All the items pictured are “just paper” and their value is fluid. It is our judgment which gives them varying degrees of value. If your self-worth is attached to anything other than the magnificent being that you are, cut the cord, take back your power and connect with that which has real value. YOU!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Debra Taitel is a gifted Clairvoyant Visionary, Energy Healer, Author, and Intuitive Business Consultant providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. In addition to her clairvoyant readings, business consulting and healing work Debra also offers one to one personal empowerment sessions and leads meditation workshops to help people heal and awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts.

Letting go is not about accepting defeat

Letting Go Isn’t About Accepting Defeat….

Letting go is not about accepting defeatHave you ever tried to let go and found yourself stuck in an endless loop of blame or continually asking “why, why, why” then wondering why you’re having difficulty letting go?

If you’re looking to make sense of things or waiting for an apology it simply may not happen. The fact is, it may never make sense and you may never get the apology you deserve.

Why is it so hard to let some things (or people) go?

Letting go has absolutely nothing to do with accepting defeat. It has nothing to do with failing. It’s difficult to let go when you are in resistance and if you truly break it down, trying to make sense of something is a form of resistance. Waiting for an apology or the truth or waiting for anything else you are waiting for, keeps you stuck waiting.

Maybe it’s time to open your heart, mind and soul to the lesson learned. Maybe it’s time to release the resistance and live again. You do have a choice in how you allow people to treat you. Maybe it’s time you forgive and love yourself.

Maybe it’s time to connect with God’s love. A love that “will bring people into your life that will love you, respect you, fight for you, show gratitude for your love and want to be a part of your life mission.”

“You might not get the apology you deserve. You might not get answers to explain the actions of others. You might not get truth that makes sense to you. You might not get people to understand what you went through because of them. You might not get communication.

You might not get maturity. You might not get mercy or even common decency. You might not get respect or the chance to explain your side of the story. However, you do get to choose how people treat you. God loves you enough to bring people into your life who won’t hurt you, abuse you, betray you, lie and gossip about you, psycho analyze you, break your heart or make you an option or choice.

He will bring people into your life that will love you, respect you, fight for you, show gratitude for your love and want to be a part of your life mission. The best part of this is you don’t have to convince them of your worth. They want to be there. They know your value. They know your struggles. They are in touch with their own faults and understand you struggle just like everyone else.

They won’t hold you to a greater standard then they do themselves. They care about you and don’t want to see you cry, feel discouraged or give up on this life. When you know the power of who you are and what you have to accomplish you will scratch your head in disbelief that you allowed other people to dictate who you are based on little knowledge of what God knows about you and your life purpose. Letting go isn’t about accepting defeat or acknowledging you were wrong. Sometimes letting go is realizing that God has something better in store for you.” ~Shannon L. Alder

“Sometimes letting go is realizing that God has something better in store for you.” Open your heart, mind and soul to that something better!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Debra is a gifted Clairvoyant Reader, Energy Healer, Author, and Intuitive Business Consultant providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. In addition to her clairvoyant readings, business consulting and healing work Debra also offers one to one personal empowerment sessions and leads meditation workshops to help people heal and awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts.

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Your Life As a Labor of Love

LifeWhatever tasks or jobs you do you have a part to play in this world and the best way to serve the world is by being yourself and considering everything you do as a contribution to society and the world at large.

In essence your life is labor of love as you radiate your passion and unique gifts to all you come in contact with and even those you’ve never met. The contribution you make, no matter your task, has value beyond measure!

In the United States, Labor Day is the first Monday in September and marks the symbolic end of summer. It is celebrated with barbeques and families get together as we prepare for fall, NFL and college football but did you know that Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers?  It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.  Have you ever considered that everything you do at some level affects others and is indeed a contribution to the strength, prosperity and well-being of others?

“There is honor in all work, in all tasks, but take it one step further. Make what you do a labor of love. Then your work will truly touch and change the world in the way you desire. The work you do, whatever your chosen field, will be the work that heals.”~Journey to the Heart Melody Beattie

Whether you are a factory worker, waiter, actor, doctor, lawyer or stay at home Mom or Dad, whatever your task, there is value and you can change and heal the world when you consciously decide to steep all that you do in love. Take this Labor Day (even if you’re not in the US) to honor all that you contribute to the whole.

Your strength gives others permission to be strong. Your prosperity gives others permission to prosper and caring for yourself gives you energy to care for others. Your life as a labor of love contributes to love in the world and it is your choice to share your gifts with the world by simply being yourself and honoring your contribution.

The most valuable gift you give to the world is living a life filled with passion, joy and love. No matter your task, do what you love, love what you do and be your unique self to inspire others to do the same. “The work you do, whatever your chosen field, will be the work that heals”. ~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Prosperity is Abundance in Action!

Destiny“A  man [woman] is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous  being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious  adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man [woman] with his  surroundings.”~James  Allen

You may have a tremendous amount of abundance but are you living in the flow of it? There is much talk about abundance but rarely a discussion on prosperity. What’s the difference you may ask? The difference lies in the movement and flow of the energy. In other words, abundance is how abundant you are. Prosperity is that abundance in action!

Prosperity is the state of flourishing, thriving, good fortune and / or successful social status. Prosperity often encompasses wealth but also includes others factors which are independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.”~ Wikipedia

Sometimes just one small “adjustment” can make the difference between living 100% of your true prosperity and merely dreaming and noticing your abundance. That adjustment is getting into harmony with your inner and outer worlds so you can move forward and make decisions to create and be in a flow of prosperity. Flourishing and thriving is movement not a stagnant state of being. If you are abundant but not flourishing and thriving, it may be time to have a look to see if there’s anything possibly blocking your way.

I recently recorded a meditation  to guide you through looking at your prosperity flow and teaching you how to clear it using psychic techniques and your awareness. It was interesting because when I started the process of writing and recording it I got hit with so much energy that I came down with a fever of 102 for two days. Now I haven’t had a fever (or a cold for that matter) in over 18 years. This lead me down a path of looking for myself why this was such a “hot button” for me. Literally!

I started noticing those places within me (and you can do this for yourself as well) where I felt abundant but was indeed stuck and stagnant. I was grateful, thankful and acknowledged my abundance and yet it was not flowing. I was not flourishing and thriving nor did I have space to be in the flow. How could it be? That’s when I started looking at the flow of energy and was frankly astonished to find that I was quietly in full gratitude for my abundance but wasn’t flowing in prosperity because of energy in my space I was holding on to.

I also noticed that I was not able to “have” what I already have even though I am grateful for it. Step one; Clear out the energies, concepts and anything that says I don’t deserve prosperity! Step two; Raise my havingness for all that I have and MORE! Step Three; Get into the flow and let go of trying to control the outcome!

Flourishing and thriving is growing and expanding your space. You can’t prosper if for whatever reason you are not growing, don’t feel like you deserve it or can’t have it. Are you flourishing and thriving? If not get into harmony with your inner and outer worlds. Prosperity is being in the flow of health, wealth, and happiness. Get into your flow! ~Shine Your Light Debbie

Interested in a guided meditation to help YOU Open Doors to Prosperity? CLICK HERE!  You can also add a little flower power to your world with a meditation and flower essence bundle CLICK HERE for an amazing offer!

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How would you spend 525,600?

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Say I were to give you $525,600 per year for the rest of your life. That’s $1440 per day! I’m sure you can think of many ways to spend it but the catch is you can’t spend any of it on yourself! Altruism aside, how would you feel if you were given that amount of money and couldn’t spend any of it…not one dime, on yourself.

To be sure that’s a lot of money and you might get a little angry if I dropped a sack filled with money on your doorstep every year yet none of it was for you. Wouldn’t it be great if we ALL had $525,600 per year, every year for the rest of our lives! The things we could do, places we could go, the things we could see & experience. If you could use it for yourself would you place value on every $1 and use it to enhance not only your life but the lives of those you hold dear?

Certainly with that kind of money coming in every year your life would change. You’d probably relax, take time to focus on those things and people who are important to you. You’d spend your time and energy on things that make you happy now instead of worrying about the future. Now follow along with me here. What if the ‘currency’ I’m really talking about is your TIME and how you value yourself? Do you value your time and energy as much as the value you place on money? Play along with me here for a few moments! 🙂

Every year you have 525,600 valuable minutes. That’s 1440 minutes per day and it renews every year. I wish I could say there is ‘roll-over’ time but that’s it! It’s finite. There is no ‘do over’. Once you’ve ‘spent’ your time it’s done, over, finito. Similar to spending money don’t you think? Every minute has value. What you spend your time and energy focusing on has value just as you have great value. Do you spend some of your precious minutes on YOU? If not it’s very much like the ‘catch’ I mentioned in the beginning of this…you are not placing value on yourself!

So how do you spend your 1440 minutes each day? What could you create with the valuable time you spend thinking about the past or worrying about the future? How many minutes do you spend nurturing your spirit? How many valuable minutes do you string together for beautiful moments in your life?

Noticing where you put your time and energy is the first step toward valuing each moment. With awareness you have a choice about how you’d like to spend your minutes. You can choose to spend time creating wonderful experiences and living life or unable to move forward and stuck in the past. You can choose to love or hate. You can choose to spend your time and energy worrying or creating something new. Whatever you choose, remember that once you’ve spent it, it’s gone and merely a memory. Why not choose to Live On Purpose? 🙂

In the movie “RENT” the song “Seasons of Love” says it best. ‘525,600 moments so dear…how do you measure a year….’ There is value to who and what you spend time loving. There is value to where you place your time and energy. Be sure to spend time on your most valuable resource….YOU!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Investing in your Future…

Investments, particularly in this day and age, are important for our future. What you invest in today shapes and creates a foundation to build upon. Where you invest your energy is no different! The creation of your future depends upon where you choose to invest your energy now and you alone hold the key!

There are alot of people, places and things that vie for our attention but are any of those really something you’d like to invest in? Your energy is a valuable resource. If you compare it to and think of it like money or stock, is your energy invested in YOU or something outside of you? Is it invested in the things you are passionate about or in what you’d like to create or in loving yourself? You carefully choose your monetary investments based on growth and payoff. Are you also choosing to invest your time and energy based on the same criteria?

Although in spirit there is no time or space, time is energy! What do you spend time on; Those things which are important to you or things that are important to others? Investing your time and energy into your well-being, your mental, physical and spiritual health, pays BIG dividends and your energy is a renewable resource. Putting your time, energy and attention into nurturing your creations doesn’t take away from the energy you have to create with. In fact a wonderful by-product is that when you are enjoying something, you’ll have MORE energy!

Investing in YOU is free and you don’t need someone else to help you manage it! There is no other person who can make the decision about where, what or how you invest. It’s all up to you! It’s important to remember that you can’t really make a mistake with this. If the investment you made isn’t paying off as you would like it to, you can instantly and at any time change where, what and how you are investing your time and energy!

If you spend a lot of time dwelling on what you don’t have, that’s investing in what you don’t have! If you spend time worrying about things you have no control over, that’s where your energy goes! Each time your attention, time and energy is invested in something other than those areas you’d like to have growth & expansion, spiritually uplifting and empowering payoffs or self-love it becomes a detriment and you have less of it invested in YOU.

Invest in yourself and live a rich life! What would you like to invest in? It’s your choice! Invest wisely my friends!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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This blog was inspired by the following quote from my FB friend, Addiction & Recovery Coach David Roppo:  “If you buy someone’s love, surely, at some point, you will experience buyer’s remorse. If you invest in self-love, not only will you get what you paid for, but your stock will go through the roof!”

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Hurry Up and Wait!

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“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.” ~Dr. Seuss

We wait ‘for our ship to come in’, to meet our soul mate, for things to calm down, for our children to grow up, for our yearly bonus, for the returned phone call or email, for the bus, or for someone else to make a decision so we can make ours. We wait for the economy to get better, or to find the better job or for our vacation days.  Funny thing about all this waiting is that we’re all in a hurry yet find ourselves waiting!

Waiting is an interesting concept to explore. In terms of your energy, it implies your energy is in the future or dependant on something (or someone) that’s outside of you before you can move forward. While you are waiting, for whatever reason, your energy, creativity and that part of your awareness is not  available to you in the present.  In fact, while you are waiting it is possible that your creativity stops altogether!

Take a moment to consider how much of your energy and creativity is caught up in waiting for something else to happen. It may only be in one area of your life you are waiting but it still takes away from how much energy you have to create in other areas as well. Becoming conscious of how much of your energy is not here and now in the present is great information because then you can call it back thus having MORE energy to create with! 🙂

There is great value to having your energy and ability to create. Think of it in terms of having monetary value. How much of your money is out there that you don’t have access to in the present? Wouldn’t you like to use it now for something? Your energy and creativity are so valuable that there is no monetary comparison. YOU are PRICELESS! There is  no need to spend your time, attention and energy waiting when all creating happens in the present.

Having conscious awareness of those areas in your life where your energy is tied up and waiting allows you to shift where it is and bring it back to you. So… What are you waiting for? Call back your energy! No time like the present to get that juicy creativity flowing again!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Debra is a gifted clairvoyant reader, spiritual healer and intuitive coach providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. Based in Chicago, Debra also leads meditation workshops that help people awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts. To schedule a session or for more information on readings and workshops please visit her website or send an email request to Debra@SpiritLightInsight.com .