Working Towards Your Dream

by Sharon Hoffman

2016 for me seems to be a good year for working towards making your dreams a reality.  I know many people who are doing this, from writing a book to starting a healing business.  My dream is to sell my artwork.  I had previously been working on this, but had come to a dead end.  Then one day I picked a tarot card (for no particular reason) and it told me to seek guidance from an expert to help with my creative endeavour and that the expense would be worth it.  I thought I didn’t need help with my painting itself, but then I did realise I needed help promoting and marketing my work.  So I sat down to meditate (just sitting cross-legged which helps keep your spine straight and the energy flowing).  I asked Spirit who I needed to ask for help and the answer came back to me – Karen Downing!

So I have been working with Karen for the past 2 months on putting my artwork out there, including branding and promoting.  It has been very useful.  The first thing she told me was my artwork needs to be on bigger canvases, which once she said it, made complete sense.  She also suggested marketing towards a more affluent clientele, including aiming for a business market.  I had always struggled explaining my artwork, but after an hour of sitting staring at the computer (thinking business market) and picking my hair (a bad habit I am weaning myself off) I started writing descriptions and I finally felt that I understood my artwork! And the more I channelled explanations, the easier it got.  Recently I was able to understand one of my paintings that is very personal to me and is in my bedroom that looks like an eye.  I realised that in the painting Spirit is telling me to see the beauty within.  So now when I look at the painting I don’t just feel a connection, I hear Spirit telling me to see the beauty in myself (which being a critical Virgo I don’t always find the easiest thing to do!).

Seeing the Beauty Within

Recently I was set homework to put my work on Pinterest and Instagram.  As Karen was explaining what I needed to do, I could feel the energy in my solar plexus tightening more and more with fear!  However, when I did put my work on these sites, I realised how easy it was to do, and wondered what the fuss had been about (fear always seems to go that way).  As I have sessions, I can see the fear in me being chipped away at bit by bit.

Also we have covered past lives, including one where I prostituted myself to sell my artwork and was then hung when I rebelled and made a sculpture the church disagreed with.  I felt so sick hearing about this past life (I was releasing the past life energy and it lasted quite a while after the session too).  And also, I realised I did have a subconscious belief I was going to be killed if I put my work out.  So, I could see this was quite a barrier to promoting myself, lol.

Throughout the sessions energy work is going on too, and I usually have symptoms afterwards, for example last time I suddenly got a cold after and also I have lost my voice.  I don’t know what will happen at the end of the sessions, all I know is that I am chipping away at fear; I am moving in the right direction; and I am determined to the best I possibly can! I have to! I would recommend getting help making your dreams a reality, sometimes we need a bit of support!


**Note from Karen:  It was such a lovely surprise to receive this post in my email box last week. Sharon had written it for another website, and asked me for permission to share it there. Once I read it, I knew it also needed to be shared here. I have long stopped soliciting testimonials (I find they feel so contrived), so to receive this lovely email from Sharon, out of the blue, and for her to permit it to be shared so publicly was such a blessing. **

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Why Would You Order Dinner You Don’t Want?

Writing a book was something I had always wanted to do. However, the process felt so daunting and I really didn’t know where to begin. Then one day, I just started writing, and before I knew it, I had completed my first book in a little over a month!

The book, Creating Your Life Path: One Dream at a Time, began as a way to answer all of those questions about how to uncover your life purpose and bring it into fruition in your life today. It is a Self-Help book that is designed for anyone who wants to re-awaken their passion, and walk the path of living their life purpose.

My favorite section of the book would have to be the part where I explain the process of bringing something to fruition, by equating it with going out to dinner. We all have a tendency to make things so complex in our own life; this explanation provides a simple way to connect with the manifestation process. Here is an excerpt:

“Now that you have dreamed your dream, it is time to start creating! In order to create tangible steps for your life path to unfold, you will need to take your dreams through the manifestation process. So, how does the manifestation process work? There is a great deal of information out there on this subject and it sometimes can be very confusing, and even contradictory. Let’s break this process down to its simplest components, by thinking about it much like ordering your dinner from a restaurant.

Step 1: Decide on your Intentions

If you are in the mood for Italian food, but you decide to eat at a Mexican restaurant, then you cannot order the meal you really want. You should never settle for less than what you desire.”

In the book, I also describe in further detail the Spirit Mailbox I recently blogged about. By the time you’re done reading the book, you will not only be able to uncover your life purpose and passion, but also be able to use this simple formula to assist in the creation of your life path. That way, you won’t end up with a meal that you are not hungry for!