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Arrow Crab by Cathy Ulrich

Arrow Crab by Cathy Ulrich

kangoo street art
pig picture theme for christmas
northern lights over old woman bay
conversations with the crone

flickr small world final
pessimistic painting
awareness of energy intention and physical body
letting go of a wish photos

what it mean when women said thx for stopping by?
what do boat life savers look like on ships?
how to put leaf cluster on pumpkin pie?
I would love to get together with you again sometime

bumper sticker about law of karma
attraction law, find my dear husband
disrespect car sticker to immigrants bc
how to fix ur married life by law of magnet attraction

marvelous underwater herbs
scuba diving love poems
multiple underwater fish
seafood on christmas eve

More Snow

Yesterday, we got our first snow of the season here in Colorado. After being Freshly Pressed on Wednesday and Thursday, I was still joyfully replying to comments on the awarded post, and wanted to write a short poem and put up a picture before leaving for a full day of clients at the office. So I cheated and used a photo from a huge snowstorm last October.

I did confess my transgression in the comments, but my friend Clare asked me to post what my beautiful environment looks like now. By the time I got home last night, it was dark and all the snow had melted.

This morning, I was greeted by more snow and bright sunshine so here’s what I shot just a few minutes ago:

Having grown up in the South where snow is a rarity, the first Autumn storm is always a delight. For an avid skier, it means the slopes will soon be calling.

Peter and I met skiing twenty years ago (yes, on the lift) and we still share our passion. Here’s the post about that story if you’re interested. We buy a season pass and try to go up every Friday to one of our ski areas about two and a half hours away. We usually leave the house around 6 am, get to mountain about 8:30, ski like Banshees for five or six hours, have a late lunch and then head home before Friday afternoon rush hour in Denver. It’s a long day, but worth the effort for us.

Skiing is great exercise, but also a way to get outside in the winter, enjoy the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains and expose ourselves to much needed sunshine and fresh air. It keeps the cabin fever away and also keeps us in great shape.

So here are my questions for you: Have you ever tried skiing or snowboarding and if so, what is your favorite experience? If not, ever wanted to try it? Where do you like to ski or ride? If it’s a passion, why?

Best,

Cathy

The Most Profound Question

I’ve been wanting to share this video for some time. For those of you who know about Abraham-Hicks, this needs no introduction.

For those of you who don’t, here’s a brief one: Esther Hicks has been channeling Abraham for many years now. She and Abraham have been featured prominently in “What the Bleep Do We Know?” The essence of the teachings in “The Secret” came from Abraham-Hicks (although, unfortunately, they were not given due credit). Their collaboration has produced many, many books focused on The Law of Attraction, but this video is such a vibration raiser that I make a point to go look at it at least every few months.

Enjoy!

I Channel Hikes…

Red Tailed Hawk

I have an innate ability to find great hikes. Granted, I live in one of the most stunning places on earth – Colorado. But I seem to be able to look at a trail map or hiking book and pick the perfect terrain, distance and views given a small amount of information. I set my intention for what I want to experience on a hike and then let my intuition take over. And yesterday, I discovered that I could  manifest new trails.

Peter and I decided to go up to one our favorite parks – Red Mountain Open Space. Just 25 miles north of Fort Collins, this land was once part of a large ranch bordering Colorado and Wyoming in the area called the Laramie Foothills. When the land went up for sale several years ago, three municipalities – Larimer County, The City of Fort Collins and The City of Cheyenne – raised the funds to purchase it and turn it into Open Space Lands. The three adjacent parks host many miles of connected hiking/biking/horseback riding trails and the terrain in each park displays its own personality and flavor. Red Mountain is owned by Larimer County.

Peter and I have been to Red Mountain several times and love the area, but there was one place in the park that I so wanted to see, and there was no way to get up there other than bushwhacking – which is a no-no. So last year we hiked other places, including the park next door – Soapstone Prairie (which by the way houses a famous archaeological site containing artifacts that date back 12,000 years!).

When we got to the trailhead at Red Mountain – we checked the information postings and noticed there was a new map of the area – and guess what? In the year that we had been away, the rangers had built a new trail right up into the canyon that I so wanted to visit! Named the K-Lynn Cameron Trail, it meanders west into a series of sandstone canyons and up onto a ridge overlooking the entire open space.

Here’s a trail map of the area.

While we ate a decadent picnic of fried chicken and cole slaw at the trailhead, a Larimer Park Ranger rode by on his horse, Diesel. We saw him several times on the trail. Here he is herding cattle away from the creek. Larimer rents some of the space to neighboring ranches for grazing and it’s not unusual to walk right by a herd on the trail.

You can see why it’s called Red Mountain.

When we crossed Sand Creek and headed west on the K-Lynn Cameron trail, we encountered the ruins of an old homestead. We see these scattered all over Colorado. Can you imagine what life would have been like here in the Winter?

Here I am almost at the top of the canyon overlooking the valley. This is the spot I’ve been longing to visit, but couldn’t until this year when the trail was finished.

And here are a few shots of Box Elder Canyon, our last stop before heading back to the car.

Yesterday was one of those magical days when I got to appreciate the beauty of the land here in Northern Colorado. I had to pinch myself to believe that I got to hike into a place that I had been so wanting to see for several years. But then again, I guess on some level, I created it! Thank you to my LargeSelf and all those who participated!

Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Bumper Sticker Philosophy

I love great bumper stickers. I love to drive up behind a car and see what saying someone thought important or funny enough to stick on the back of their car. Don’t you find yourself wondering about the person driving that car? I do. I find I’m curious about their interests, their philosophies, prejudices? Mind you, I don’t put bumper stickers on my cute little periwinkle blue, two-seater, Chrysler Crossfire. But if I had an old clunker, there are some “keepers” that I’d be tempted to plaster there. This is one of them:

So, here’s my take on Karma and Dogma:

  • Often called the Law of Cause and Effect, Karma is the vibration that we emit habitually through our thoughts and beliefs
  • Our habitual vibration acts as a magnet to attract to us experiences that match our beliefs and thoughts
  • While karma is often thought to be the effect of actions taken (cause), those less-than-optimal actions result from beliefs (fears mostly) that would show up as “bad” karma
  • Good karma also shows up as an outpicturing of thoughts and beliefs. Love, kindness, positive energy
  • Karma is not some reward or punishment for past deeds. It is simply the reflection of a vibration which can be changed at any time.
  • Dogma is typically a set of beliefs imposed by others and accepted without question.
  • Dogmatic adherence to beliefs can definitely manifest as cause and effect – aka Karma

So, to become more conscious and to rise above any pattern of Karma here are a few suggestions:

  • Question your beliefs. Look at where they came from and decide whether they still serve you.
  • Disrespect reality! It is just the outpicturing of your beliefs up to now.
  • Choose your thoughts and beliefs wisely.
  • Learn from your mistakes and in the process be gentle with yourself.
  • Stop telling yourself scary stories from the past. The story keeps you stuck in the belief in “reality” and your beliefs about yourself.

Yes, while I do think there is a basic law whether you call it Cause and Effect or the Law of Attraction, it is simply a reflection of your beliefs, thoughts and vibration.  And know this: you can change your vibration and therefore your karma in a single moment…

Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Be Where Your Body Is

Last week, during our monthly Energy Healing Course call, Lisa shared her recent experiences with our physical energy healing process. Swallowing back a few tears, she told us of a new awakening. After years of spiritual practice, Lisa suddenly realized last month that she was still mostly fixed in a mental/intellectual pattern of self-judgement. The shift happened when she began focusing more on her body through the physical healing techniques she’s learning in the course.

I teach a kinesthetic approach to intuition and healing, and Lisa related that her new abilities to feel physical sensations brings her more into her body and out of her intellectual mind. Suddenly she realizes that she’s a Divine being in a Divine body. Many of her old perceptions of herself and her life are no long longer important and the physical sensations that she’s experiencing are leading her into new levels of enlightenment.

Lisa’s revelations brought me back to something I’ve known for many years, but it had become so much a part of my own being, my own way of working and healing, that I had literally taken it for granted. Her message is this: our bodies are our direct route to the Divine. Blessed with a huge array of receptors specifically tuned to feel and interpret vibration, when we can quiet the mind and feel – physically feel – the information of the Universe opens to us in ways that cannot be described in words.

Many spiritual traditions incorporate body-centered practices as a way of quieting the mind and bringing the spirit into the present moment. Walking meditation, focusing on the breath, bell or chime ringing, candle gazing, hatha yoga, tai chi – all of these practices help to move us from our intellectual mind into our bodies and in that space, we truly feel the vibrations of our existence.

So – what better way of being body centered than through the process of practicing physical healing? I often say to my clients that I’m incredibly blessed to get to be fully present for twenty-one hours a week (the number of sessions that I typically do). To do my best work, I listen actively, I use my eyes to read the structural patterns in the body, and I use my hands to feel for energy imbalances as well as physical restrictions through palpation. It’s that place of the curious and objective observer (senser) that allows me to glean information, interpret it and act – all the while including my own thoughts, feelings and intuition in the mix.

This isn’t to say, that everyone needs to be a healer in order to be enlightened or happy. But in our world where many spend most of their day in front of a computer screen, simply allowing oneself to feel from a body-centered place, even while typing at a keyboard can bring us back to the present moment.

One of my favorite sayings is this: Be where your body is. If you’re typing on the computer, allow yourself to feel your fingertips touching the keys. If you’re eating lunch, sit down and feel as you take a bite – the texture, taste, temperature, visual appeal of the food. And if you’re doing healing – notice your client and yourself in the interaction. How are they breathing – how are you breathing? How do your hands feel as you touch them or scan their energy field? How does your body feel as you move during the session?

And what other ways can you tune into this marvelous array of sensory receptors in your body to bring you into the present moment and the Divine in your daily life?

Much Love,

Cathy

P.S. – Thank you, Lisa for the inspiration for this post. You have reminded me of something I do all the time, but it has become so ingrained that I forgot to mention it! Love you! Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World – Disneyland Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons – some rights reserved by Sam Howzit

How many times have I heard this phrase? And how many times will I hear it again? I often equate “It’s a small world” with synchronicities, especially those events that link us humans to each other in fun and inspirational ways. I’m talking about those seemingly miraculous events that I can’t explain in any way other than through the effects of the Law of Attraction or through the intervention of the Divine (same thing).

One of the things I love about blogging is the wonderful people I’ve met through this process – blooming friendships through the exchange of ideas, feelings, photos, readings, poems, humor. Short comments are always welcome and as I find my favorite blogs, I make more comments of support, agreement, delight, and those who have agreed with me do the same. It’s surprisingly rich and rewarding and has expanded my horizons in ways that I never expected.

This week I was struck by another “coincidence” that touched my heart and brought tears of gratitude to my eyes. I’ve been conversing through comments with Gina V. at Professions for PEACE and over the short few months that we’ve been exchanging ideas, we have developed a lovely friendship. Gina commented on one of my recent posts about the wildfire that is still burning near my home in Northern Colorado. Her revelation blew me away! Her brother is a helicopter pilot who works as a firefighter – traveling throughout the Southwest helping to put out wildfires and he’s here in Fort Collins now!

The local news this week has shifted some of its focus from the day-to-day reports of acreage burned to more factual stories about firefighting. In one of their reports, they talked about the contributions of the helicopter force. It seems that, in this particular fire, the helicopters have played a huge role in helping to contain the fire. They’re small, agile and can quickly pump water from nearby lakes and return to drop it on the fire for repeated runs. And the exciting news is that the fire is now 50% contained!

I’m so grateful for all of the firefighters and their efforts to protect my community and more specifically, my own home. And the connection to this one firefighter through the blogosphere is a powerful reminder that we are all one, all connected through this web of energy that we cannot see. Thank you, Gina’s brother, and thank you, Gina for your friendship and support. And thank you to all of you who read this blog and click “like” or comment. Who knows what synchronicities we’ll discover as time goes on?

What recent synchronicities have you enjoyed? Or what have you noticed recently that caused you to say, “It’s a small world?” Feel free to share below!

With Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Law of Attraction Stories

Today, Molly Player at Stories and Truth honored me by reposting my two part post about how I met my dear husband Peter. She has dedicated her WordPress site to stories about the Law of Attraction and was actually the impetus for my writing this story in the first place.

You can find the complete story here and the following is her introduction. Enjoy!

In February of this year, I wrote down the following sentence in my prayer journal:

“I have the ability to write books quickly, exactly as they should be the first time.”

Four days after writing that affirmation, I got inspired with a new story idea. I sat down and started writing and I finished an entire 20,000-word story in one week.

It was the first time in my life I have ever written something of such substantial length so quickly.

I remember the night that I completed it. My husband and I went to a dance club and I felt so good. I just danced and danced and didn’t care what anyone thought of me or how I looked because I’d just, that day, accomplished something that I was so proud of, and so quickly.

I was in awe of God and of this thing we call the law of attraction.

But there was more… Read Wednesday’s post for part two of this saga!

Blessings to you,

Mollie Player

Meeting Peter – A Story or The Law of Attraction at Work – Part Two

Here is the conclusion of “Meeting Peter.” If you haven’t read the first part, you might want to do it now. Just click here.

Part Two

The next morning, as Becky and I were sitting in our condo watching “The Today Show” and eating breakfast, the phone rang. Becky picked it up. “Hello?” Her eyes then fixed on me with a big grin. “Oh, hello Peter. Sure, here she is.”

Me: “Hello?”

Him: “Hi. I just wanted you to know that I had a great time yesterday. I would love to see you again before you go back to Florida. Any chance you could spend an extra day here? I could meet you on Saturday in Denver when Becky flies out and take you back to the airport on Sunday.”

Me: “Uuuh. Not sure. Let me think about it. Can I let you know tomorrow?”

Him: “Sure. I leave for work around 8:30. I’ll look forward to your call.”

I thought about Peter off and on all that day. I wasn’t sure what to do. I really liked him, but to use an old euphemism, “I didn’t know him from Adam.” My sense was that he was a great guy, but I didn’t know. As I went to sleep that night, I decided to turn it over to the Divine and I knew that some answer would come to me…

I was awakened and practically knocked out of bed by a LOUD voice in my head saying “Call Continental!” Now, dear reader, do realize that I am not typically clairaudient. And I don’t hear things that aren’t there. So this voice definitely got my attention. I said: “Okay, so I’ll call Continental.”

Becky was already up and in the living room eating breakfast. “I know you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind, but I’m going to call Continental and see if I can change my flight to Sunday,” I said sheepishly.

“You won’t be able to change it,” she said. “I tried to change my flight after I got my tickets so I could spend an extra night with my friend Evelyn in Denver. They said that, since it was issued on a group rate, I would have to buy a one-way ticket for four hundred dollars.”

“Well, I’m going to call them anyway. If it’s a pain to change or it costs a lot, I’ll just take it as a sign that I’m not supposed to stay.” So I called…

Me: “Hello, I’m flying from Denver through Cleveland to Miami on Saturday. Leaving at 10:00 AM, Arriving Miami at 11:00 PM. Is there any possibility of changing that flight to return on Sunday?”

Continental Airlines: “I see that this is a group rate ticket. Let me transfer you to the group desk.”

Continental Group Agent:”Hmm. Let me see what I can do…Oh, there’s a nonstop flight from Denver, leaving at 10:00 AM arriving Miami at 4:00 PM. It will cost $25 to change it and there’s one seat left. Would you like it?”

And as, they say, “the rest is history.” That was twenty years ago, last month. Peter and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary last month. We are still in love and very happy.

Actually, there are many, many more seemingly magical parts to the story:

  • The guy at the front desk of the condo, conspiring with Peter to find me when the business card that I had given him showed my restored maiden name on it and my travel agent had booked the trip in my married name (before airline security got so tight.)
  • The same guy, who was apparently at the condo desk from Sunday afternoon (Peter got off I-70 and placed the first of three calls, before they could actually find me) to Monday morning. While Becky and I were standing at the desk looking at the ski grooming report, he looked at us and said smugly: “Well I guess we finally got that call through to you, didn’t we?”  We had no idea what he was talking about – I found out about all the calls from Peter much later. We never saw him before that morning nor after, and we were there a week.
  • United Airlines dropping their rates by 50% one hour before I called to book a ticket to visit Peter in Denver. We were able to book round trip flights  every three weeks all that summer to see each other. The day after we booked our tickets, United was getting ten thousand calls an hour.
  • Peter had also been working with a therapist to get clarity about his relationships, thereby raising his vibration to attract his rightful partner.

So what do you think? Law of Attraction in action or dozens of coincidences? I’m thinking the former…

The way I see it, Peter and I were both magnets for each other and God, the Universe, our LargeSelves, whatever you want to call it, couldn’t help but find a way to bring us together. I still laugh when I remember Peter saying “If we don’t figure this thing out, we’ll both be struck by lightening simultaneously!” I don’t think that would have happened, but we would also have missed out on many years of love and wonderful times together. Thank you, Law of Attraction. I’ll be forever grateful.

Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

Meeting Peter – A Story in Two Parts or The Law of Attraction at Work

Part One

A Brief Introduction

After my last post about the Law of Attraction, Molly Player (How to Get Happy) commented that she would love to read of one of my stories about my experiences with the “Law.” Thanks, Mollie!  Since the “Law” is always working, it’s a little complicated to discuss a single story, but I do think that there are times when we’re more aware of it than others. We’re always pointing our magnet towards that on which we focus our thoughts…But here is one of my favorite stories.

After the Divorce

About three years after my divorce, I went on a ski trip to Vail with my sister, Becky. I had been living in Miami for 13 years, and after the end of my marriage, I decided it was time to leave Florida. It never felt like home. I was drawn to the West. I loved Colorado, but was also attracted to Northern Arizona and New Mexico. I owned a private Physical Therapy practice in Miami and my plan had been to put my practice up for sale after I got back from that ski trip with Becky. Once it was sold, I planned to use some of the proceeds to travel and pick a place to live.

As far as relationships went, I was content to be single. After the divorce I dated several men – all short-term encounters, all ending mostly badly. After the last one ended I realized that they were basically all the same person – unavailable emotionally, critical of me, abusive in their own way –  just in different bodies – my husband and further back than that, my Dad. (Hint: Law of Attraction was working here big time!). I knew that I was attracting something to myself, but didn’t know how to change it, so I decided to try counseling. I found a wonderful therapist who helped me identify and change my beliefs about myself and the men in my life. My therapist, Angela, showed me how to raise my vibration to the point where I was happy with myself and, while it would be nice to share my life with a partner, I didn’t need one to be happy. So after about 18 months of therapy, I was in that space when Becky and I went skiing.

Our First Day Skiing in Vail

On our first day out, we were standing at the base of the ski area looking up the mountain and wondering where to start. A resort volunteer noticed our confused expressions. Vail is HUGE and it was our first time skiing in Colorado. He suggested that we pick an easy run higher up the mountain since it was spring and the snow would be better, so we looked at a map and picked a run at the top of the mountain on the opposite side of the resort. We rode three lifts to get there! We never questioned why we were doing this. We just both, somehow, decided that that was where we needed to go.

On our very first run down (are you ready for this?) Lost Boy, I became aware of two guys skiing near us. The tall one was wearing a gray and blue ski outfit. He was obviously a very good skier, while his friend was less adept. Their progress was similar to mine and Becky’s. I’m quite a bit faster than she is, so I ski down the hill and then wait for her to catch up. Then I go again. Stopping to wait for Becky, I noticed the tall guy was stopping near me to wait for his friend and as we progressed down the hill, he would stop a little closer, and then a little closer still. It felt like he was checking me out. This went on for a couple of runs. When we got to the bottom after our second run, they were waiting for us and asked if we wanted to ride the lift up together.

We ended up skiing with Peter and Ken all day. Peter, the tall one, was single, Ken married. I loved Peter’s sense of humor and his kind, gentle manner. Towards the end of the day, a bizarre snow thunderstorm hit. We had to wait at the bottom of the ski lift for some time until it was safe to get on the lift (because of lightening). Once we got to the top of the mountain, we were told to take the shortest route down and get off the mountain.

Peter stayed in back and made sure that we all made it safely down, which was the on the opposite side of Vail from the condo where Becky and I were staying. So after an apres ski beer, Peter gave us a ride back to the condo. When we parted, we exchanged business cards. He said he had really enjoyed the day and would love to get together again, sometime. I really liked him but didn’t have any expectations of hearing from him. And that was okay…

To read part two click here

Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012