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The Gift of Risk

What do you think of when you contemplate RISK? Gambling at the crap tables? Starting a new business in an economic downturn? Jumping over a chasm?

These are all pretty extreme versions of risk, but we actually face risk in almost every daily decision we make. Which unfortunately is why many people are stuck on neutral in their lives, because they are so risk averse.

How do you define risk? It is when one must evaluate a new opportunity in light of standing steadfast on previous ground…it is taking a leap into the unknown when you can safely stay where all the factors are known and familiar. What must a person give-up to gain anew?  

But what most people do not realize is that risk is really a gift. It is an opportunity to rise to a new level, to have and demonstrate courage, to sharpen our decision-making skills, to explore new vistas with eyes open, to gain self-confidence when one has chosen well, to force us to confront limiting beliefs, to truly face what we are capable of. In other words, risk is an exceptional tool of spiritual growth. 

Yes, risk can be scary, but it can also be a doorway to vast new personal and financial blessings. Accepting the right risks can mean new fortune, new love, new freedom, new expression, new joy and more. 

On the other hand there is a risk in not taking the risk. If you never say yes to taking your future in your own hands because you fear not having a paycheck, what might you lose? If you don’t ask her to marry you because you fear commitment or constraint, what then happens when she accepts another proposal?

So how does one know what risks to take and which to forego?

  1. When the Calculated Risk Adds Up Right–When you have thoroughly evaluated the upside and downside vs. what you would be sacrificing or changing. If your upside outweighs all else, take the risk.
  2. When The Only Thing Holding You Back is Fear—If the opportunity has great promise and you’re waffling because of “what if…” and you’re envisioning all the scary reasons that things could go wrong–than turn it around and ask: “What if I didn’t have any fear about this, would I do it?” If once you’ve eliminate all the “made-up” scenarios, instead looked at the reality, and the opportunity is still strong, than do it! Fear should not be the reason holding you back from advancing. 
  3. When You Have the Capital to Invest—If you have enough to invest safely—whether that is your time, money, expertise, emotional capacity—than why not? Leverage what you have for something potentially greater.
  4. When It’s Time to Burn the Ships—If you have refused to move forward because it’s safe where you are or you always want to have an “out”, it’s time to burn the ships. Without risk, there is no reward. Life can be very debilitating when you’re in a rut. Take the risk and get out of the rut.
  5. When What You’re Going to Could Be Better Than Where You’ve Been—Sometimes you just have to take a risk because it can’t get any worse than where you are. Risk in this case represents movement and progress because you’re not really making a sacrifice. You can only go up from here.
  6. When Your Intuition, Instinct or Internal Voice Urges You Onward—Ah…a very important reason to say yes to the risk. Your divine connection is telling you there is a purpose for your soul in moving forward. Listen carefully in your quiet state, and hear what messages you are being given. Contrarily, if your inner voice tells you not to advance, do NOT ignore it. Wait till the next opportunity comes along. 
  7. When It Feels Right—There is a feeling that often tells you when you are on the right path. It simply “feels” right. You have a sense of expansion and openness. Project yourself ahead into the opportunity and see how you feel—is it expansive or is it constrictive? This should help guide your decision as to whether to take the risk. 
  8. When Your Passion is Engaged—If you are excited about the opportunity because it involves something that you love, or it springboards you creatively, than clearly the Universe is going to help support you in the new endeavor. It is no guarantee of success, of course, because other factors may be at play, but your passion and love will energetically go a long way toward aligning the forces for success.
  9. When All the Synchronicities are Lining Up in Your Favor—This is guidance that is leading you to make the change that this risk represents. If the Universe is already showing its support, isn’t it time you climbed on board?
  10. Consciously Create the Opportunity with Vision and Love—Put your efforts toward using your extraordinary powers of Conscious Creation to manifest the success of the venture or decision, and minimize any of the risk. See it succeeding with no roadblocks, obstacles or downsides. Then step into that new reality.

Note from Jackie

Are you an Aural or a Visual? Each of us has a preference. We never consciously made this choice. It’s how we are wired. Think about how you learn best—from hearing information or advice from someone, perhaps a teacher or friend, from a CD? Or do you absorb it better if you read it, see it on a board or write something down?

I’m a visual. I need to see my trainer demonstrate what he wants from me. I memorize by viewing a name written or recalling information from a written page. (It’s much harder for me to remember someone’s name when I haven’t seen it written on a name badge or on paper.) I recall where I left an object by calling up a visual memory of it. My strongest skill is writing. When I listen to CDs it’s for entertainment–music or novels, not information–because I don’t absorb information well through my audio system.

My brother, on the other hand, is an aural. A musician, he learned to play the bass guitar by listening to music and hearing others play. Read music? Nope, not his style. He learned best from the teachers who captured his imagination verbally. He’s a natural storyteller and a great science teacher because he inspires and entertains his students in the classroom. He remembers what he hears far better than I do.

There seems to be nothing specific that determines whether you will be an aural or a visual, but if you are aware of this trait, you can take advantage of it both in maximizing your own growth, perception and memory skills, and in how you provide information to others. Best not to try to get an aural person to read a book; instead buy him or her the CD version for a birthday. By becoming more aware of your learning input system, you can improve your own Conscious Creation skills (visual vs. aural cues in your creative process) and help others to change their life for the better.

In light and love,


Manifest Message

Thankfulness is rewarded in turn with more things for which to be thankful.  The purpose of being thankful, however, should not be to gain more, but to simply be appreciative for the blessings we are given.

by Jackie Lapin, "The Art of Conscious Creation"
For more wisdom from "The Art of Conscious Creation" please visit
www.manifestbooks.com, where this book is available.

Quote for the day

“Life never stops us—it just gives us a reason to come up with a better idea.” –Sonia Choquette


Book Review

21 Distinctions of Wealth, Attract the Abundance You Deserve by Peggy McColl 

Peggy is a genius at giving people highly practical exercises that anchor the manifesting process. In this book, she focuses on the various ways of attracting wealth. This is an enormously practice book, and each of the 21 “Distinctions” is accompanied by powerful affirmations. This book is a must for anyone who is growing a library of useful manifesting guides!   

You can find this book at www.Manifestbooks.com

Conscious Creation Tip

Golden Hour! 

I love to walk. When I get out into nature and smell the grasses and flowers, listen to the birds, watch the squirrels, it lifts my spirits and relaxes me. My favorite time to go is in the two hours before the sun sets, at the end of the day when I can let go of the stress of the day and enjoy that "golden hour" of sunlight. Do you have a favorite time of day? Is there something you love to do during that time? Indulge yourself! Find the joy in both the beauty of the moment and the activity you love. 

God Has My Back

I recently read in a magazine that Natalie Cole said: “I know that God has had my back, even when I was screwing up.” 

And I thought, “How profound! What a simple, comforting thought!” GOD HAS MY BACK! 

Even for people who have trouble with the concept of “trust and surrender,” God Has My Back is a very simple and elegant way to realize that they are not alone and that they have an amazing support system in place to rely upon.   

It’s a great way to realize that even in the worst of circumstances, God’s hand is guiding you out of the morass, and pointing you to the light. 

Just think about the times when you might have experienced this support system at work: 

  • When you were guided away from an ultimately dangerous or risky situation
  • When money showed up when you needed it most
  • When someone came to you with just the helping hand or the information you required
  • When got a “feeling” or “heard a voice in your head” that moved you toward or away from some action that ultimately turned out to be for your benefit
  • When you were miraculously healed or were directed to a doctor, healer or practitioner that helped you heal
  • When a new client or new job just showed up at the perfect time in the perfect way
  • When you met your lover or partner through the most unlikely of means
  • When you were “in the right place at the right time”
  • When you surely looked like you were headed for disaster and suddenly escaped  

God Has My Back! 

What a wonderful thought! Even when I make a grievous mistake or am unkind or do self destructive things, God still has my back. And even if I am slapped with the consequences of my bad behavior, that’s still God looking out for me, teaching me that I must be more thoughtful, conscious and compassionate.  

What a relief! I am not alone and I have powerful protector! Whether you are a dynamic leader who feels like everything must fall to you and you are alone on the precipice, or someone who feels weak and battered by life– with God at Your Back, you can relax! When you relax, you  become more intuitive, more confident, less pressured to make decisions that could be ill considered. Your frequency rises. You manifest more effectively. Your life is easier. 

Just imagine going through life feeling that God is always there to nudge you in the right direction or pick up you up when you fall. How would that change the way you feel about your life? Would it make life easier, more comfortable, less harrowing, more encouraging, more hopeful, less strenuous, less taxing, more forgiving?  What would change in your attitude if you were always aware that

God Has Your Back!

Whether we know it or feel it, each of us deserves salvation in our lives—and by that I mean deliverance from unhappiness and unpleasant experience. Sometimes we can be the architect of our salvation and sometimes we just need a little help. If God Has Your Back, than you know that salvation is possible…that you can find a way–or that you will be guided to the way–out of misery and pain. 

And you know what, if you know in your heart that you have this great protection, than you can call up on it. Whether that is through prayer, meditation, conscious creation or other ways that you can reach out to the divine Universal source, you can speed up your rescue by asking for assistance. 

So don’t forget God Always Has Your Back! You can take that to the bank!


Notes from Jackie

Are you an A.M. Bright Light or Nocturnal? I think I mentioned in my last newsletter that I am a morning person. That’s when I am most alert, filled with energy, creative, enthused, most attuned with the Universe and powerful. Throughout the day, these faculties slowly wane until 8 p.m. when I’m largely spent. Don’t ask me to undertake anything that requires clear thinking or lots of energy after 8 p.m. because, intention aside, it may not be my best effort. On the other hand, many people I know don’t even get going until 4 p.m. in the afternoon and they do their best work at midnight or later! So the point is to play to your strengths. Set up your day and schedule your appointments to fit your Circadian rhythm. Don’t try to force important activities into times when you are typically not at your best. Schedule to maximize your energy and sharpness when you need these at peak level. Clearly, you will want to eat right, exercise and take supplements to support you energy level and clear-headedness throughout the day, but even then, you’ll find yourself at your best for certain activities in specific time frames. For instance, I always try to schedule my most demanding business tasks or my writing early in the day when I’m sharpest. I also try to schedule business meetings in the AM when I’m fresh. My workouts are now at 5 p.m. after I’ve completed my intellectual responsibilities for the day. This gives me an added burst of energy at the end of the workday, without having to exercise my mind. Instead, I let my body do the work. Reading is more passive so I save this for 6-8 p.m. By consciously choosing your timing of specific activities, you will find yourself more energized overall because you will accomplish more and have less resistance or friction in the your flow. Find you Circadian sweet spot and exploit it!      

In love and light, 



“You will never be given a desire without the power to achieve it!” — Barbel Mohr and Clemens

Book Review

Make Your Dreams Come True by Pamala Oslie

I loved this book! It is such a wonderful and direct guide to overcoming your negative beliefs. It’s divided into four sections, The Power of Belief, Discovering Your Beliefs, Changing Your Beliefs and Creating New Beliefs. If you’ve been bedeviled by the process of changing those deeply held notions that are running and maybe ruining your life, this book is a terrific aid. More than any other book I’ve encountered this one focuses on HOW TO eradicate and replace that negative program with positive programming. It’s definitely on my recommended list.

You can find this book at www.Manifestbooks.com

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