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A ritual for…
Use the power of crystals
to ensure your dreams
for 2022 come true
Iron pyrite brings confidence and
removes feelings of inadequacy.
Hold this crystal in your right hand,
take three deep breaths and imagine all
your dreams for the new year have
already come to fruition.
Say to yourself:
‘I am a powerful manifestor.
All my dreams come true.’
Tiger’s eye or orange calcite
TIME FOR YOU
3 ways to
Wash your crystals under running
water (check this is safe to do
first, as salt-based crystals are
water soluble). Give them a good
wash, as though you’re giving
the gemstones a pamper. As you
do so, visualise the crystals being
clean and sparkling with positive
energy. Say, ‘Rise and shine
my crystal friend.’
Haematite will anchor and ground you to the Earth.
Hold this crystal in either hand, take three deep,
cleansing breaths and visualise tree roots growing
out from your feet into the Earth.
Say to yourself:
‘I am grounded. I am safe.’
Smoky quartz or black obsidian
If you don’t own the crystals
mentioned in this ritual, just cut out
their pictures from this page, or off
the internet, and use them instead.
Rose quartz encourages
Hold this crystal in either hand,
take three deep breaths and
bring to mind all you are
grateful for right now.
Say to yourself:
‘I am grateful for the abundance
I already have.’
Rhodonite or amethyst
Rutilated quartz illuminates and releases
Hold a piece of this crystal in your left hand,
take three deep breaths and visualise the
events of the past year you wish to release.
Say to yourself:
‘I release the past and anything that
doesn’t serve me.’
Citrine or peridot
Light a sage smudge stick. Circle
it nine times anti-clockwise over
your crystals, saying, ‘Be free of
unwanted energy.’ Visualise any
residual energy clearing from the
crystals. Now work the smudge
stick nine times in a clockwise
direction. With each rotation say,
‘Sparkle bright, my crystal helpers’.
On a full Moon, leave your
crystals on a windowsill. Say,
‘Little crystals, by the light of the
Moon, you’ll be cleansed and
charged very soon.’ Visualise the
moonlight working its magic.
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Everything you need to know about
discovering what abundance means to
you – and how to attract it into your life
As we welcome in the new year, with
it comes the opportunity to make it
an abundant one. But before you
go about attracting abundance,
it’s important to know what ‘wealthy’ truly
means to you, explains life coach and mentor
Emma Mumford. And she speaks from
experience, after having her own epiphany in
terms of her interpretation of wealth.
‘In 2019, when I wrote my second book
Positively Wealthy, I’d manifested everything
from the vision board I’d created in 2016.
‘After successfully using the Law of Attraction
to manifest all of my dreams, I sat there
expecting to feel different, to feel fulfilment
and, although I felt extremely grateful, none
of these things filled the void within me.
‘I realised it was because all the incredible
things I’d manifested made me happy, yes –
but they weren’t my true version of wealth,
rather what society had made me believe
was wealth. So, I started to really dive into
what my true version of wealth was so I could
cultivate this. I looked at every area of my life
and asked myself, ‘How positively wealthy do
I feel?’ and rated it out of 10 (1 being not very
wealthy and 10 being very wealthy).
‘By doing this, I could see where the inner
work needed to be done to fill the void in me,
and what I needed to manifest to become
positively wealthy in these areas. Wealth will
mean different things to different people
and it’s so important you don’t let outside
influences cloud your manifestations and goals.
‘A great question to ask yourself and journal
on is, ‘Is this manifestation in alignment with
my version of wealth or is it someone else’s
goal?’ Too often, I see people striving for goals
and ambitions they feel they need to manifest,
rather than listening to themselves and their
own true positively wealthy calling.’
Here Emma helps you find your version of
wealthy and effortlessly manifest your dreams.
When working with the Law of Attraction,
the more consistent and specific you are when
focusing on what you want, the more the
universe can hear you.
There are many great ways to ask for what
you desire. You can create a vision board using
photos and words to display how you would
like your life to look, write a list of goals, or
you could write an intention in the form
Sit in meditation, focus on one
of your desires and tune in to
the emotion around it. What word
or feeling do you get? Does it have
a colour? Tune in to that energy.
When your desire arrives, you’ll
know it’s right if it feels like the
emotion you’ve been
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of an affirmation, either saying it out loud or
visualising it in your mind.
You only need to ask once for the universe
to hear your desire. Challenge yourself to get
creative and detailed with your asking. If you
want to manifest your dream home, really
consider what that would look like to you –
how many bedrooms, what kind of garden…
‘Dream lists are a fantastic way to manifest
– and one of my favourite ways!’ says Emma.
‘All you need to do is write down, in detail,
what you would like your dream house,
relationship, career, friendship, holiday,
whatever, to look like. Keep your list safe so
you can look back on it, see what’s manifested,
and sit in a sense of gratitude.’
This is about believing the universe can
deliver your desire, and you have the ability
to co-create with the universe.
It’s so important to remember this is a
50/50 process where we go 50% of the way
and the universe goes 50% of the way, and
we meet in the middle. This is also the stage
where it’s important to be aware of any
limiting beliefs or fears that come up for you.
As you set out your desires, you may notice
negative self-talk cropping up or feelings of
not being worthy.
‘This is all feedback from your soul and
helps you identify what stands between you
and your desire,’ says Emma. ‘Doing the inner
work is so important with manifesting so you
become a positive vibrational match to your
desire and can attract it into your reality.’
‘This is a new step I’ve added into my
manifesting process,’ reveals Emma. ‘Trusting
means a couple of different things: trusting in
the Divine timing of your life and trusting in
the universe’s process, too.’
There comes a ‘waiting period’ after the first
two steps – ask and believe – which actually
isn’t a waiting period at all. But, Emma says,
need to ask
once for the
A vision board
helps you see how
you’d like your
life to look
so many people hit a standstill with their
manifestations because they aren’t doing this
step – trust. Or the next – letting go.
‘If you want to manifest a new career, you’d
better get updating that CV, applying for jobs,
and even planning your interview outfit,’ says
Emma. ‘All of these are great ways to act as if
you already have your desire right now, because
you trusted the manifesting process, and are
taking action to meet the universe halfway.
By taking this step you’ll soon start to see the
universe bringing opportunities and people
into your life to align you with your desire.’
Remember the universe is a gigantic mirror,
so if you’re feeling attached, needy or lacking
in life, guess what’s being mirrored back to you!
‘One of the best things I’ve learned along
my journey is ‘needing nothing attracts
everything’ and your manifestation will always
show up when you need it the least,’ says
Emma. ‘Why? Because when you are in the
present moment, feeling good, and enjoying
life you become an energetic match to your
desire and allow the universe to step in and
meet you halfway.’
Letting go is so important as often we try
to control the timing and outcome of things,
which doesn’t allow the space for the universe
to co-create with us.
Letting go is about becoming OK with both
outcomes – plan A, your desire being realised;
and plan B, it not being realised – and finding
peace with both of those while still keeping
your initial desire strong in your mind. Also,
keep in mind that you want what is meant
for you, or something better for the highest
good of all. Letting go and surrendering is a
powerful process that, when done right, brings
your desires to you – and fast.
This is the last and best step because your
manifestation is here!
Make sure to truly celebrate when your
desire does turn up because expressing
gratitude to the universe is an important step.
‘It’s easy to fall into a manifestation
checklist where you tick one thing off and then
move on to the next. This never works and
you’ll find yourself in a big, unfulfilled heap
like I did. So, take the time to be present with
your desire, express your gratitude and feel
happy because it’s here!’ says Emma.
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life coach and mentor, bestselling
author, Law of Attraction YouTuber, host of
Spiritual Queen’s Badass podcast, and
speaker. Emma’s work helps women turn
their dream life into an abundant reality
using the Law of Attraction and spirituality.
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Your desires, delivered!
Take Emma Mumford‘s quiz and discover the
best way to make manifesting work for you
Which area of your life do you
find the most difficult to manifest
your goals in?
Which of these do you feel
✪ You’re always comparing yourself
to others, which gets in the way
of you doing anything to
change your circumstances
✪ Burnout, a lack of energy
✪ Disconnected from
yourself and not
Which of these
books do you like
the sound of
✪ Ask & It Is Given by Esther
and Jerry Hicks
✪ Positively Wealthy by Emma
✪ Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
You’re a manifesting queen
Consistency is key. The universe is
calling on you to be consistent in an
area of your life that needs it – get things
clear and step into your manifesting
shoes. You are being asked to embrace
your purpose and who you want to be.
What message do you have within you
to share with the world? How can your
desires positively impact the collective,
too? It’s time to fearlessly manifest the
life you have always dreamed of.
What do you fear the most?
✪ A life without purpose
✪ A life without self-love
✪ A life without money
HOW DID YOU SCORE?
You’re a positively
You are being called to focus on what
makes you truly feel like a positively
wealthy queen. Your purpose and
career are in check; now it’s time to
explore who you really are and what
your personal purpose is. Do you feel
fulfilled in your personal life? Slow
down and look at how you can nurture
self-love, self-care and your time this
year to create the space for your desires.
How are you
feeling about 2022?
✪ Good, but I never seem to make much
progress. I need some consistency
✪ I’m working hard but I’m exhausted after
last year. All work and no play
✪ Eurgh, another year of this… Maybe 2023
will be better
Imagine you’ve manifested
£10,000 for a holiday.
✪ Fly business class to
✪ Head for the sun, sea,
and a beautiful spa –
✪ Think you’d better save
the cash instead
What’s your biggest
wish for 2022?
✪ A promotion or new
✪ To look after myself
✪ To get out of debt and
in the green
You’re an abundance queen
It’s time to focus on your abundance
mindset. You’re being called to look
at what abundance means to you
and how you can cultivate a positive
relationship with money and your
finances. This year, make abundance
your goal and work on looking at what
currently stands between you and
abundance. How can you flow more
with money and receive abundance
in all areas of your life?
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Astrologer Francesca Oddie takes a detailed look at the
seven planets used in astrology. This month, THE SUN
Find your bliss
To understand what drives you and the behaviours and characteristics you will embody on
your life journey, look to your Sun sign. It will help you understand more about your happiness,
direction and calling, underpinning everything you do and the person you are becoming
Aries are drawn
to any kind of
field that involves moving fast, being
decisive and allows them to win.
Leo is an
business owners and love to take the
limelight on stage.
ruled by Jupiter,
here to encourage others to expand
their vision and believe in themselves.
When I first became an
astrologer and studied the
subject in depth, I realised that
while the zodiac signs are a
vital reference point, they only
make sense when we have a
deep understanding of the planets.
Some planets are visible with the naked eye,
and somehow feel closer to us than the stars. It
makes sense, therefore, that their movements
impact on our personalities. Over the next
seven weeks I’m going to walk you through the
planets and encourage you to get to know them.
Each planet is connected to a god or
goddess from Greek and Roman mythology.
The stories connected to each planet are rich
in imagery, information and ideas that will
inspire you to know yourself more intimately.
Then there’s your horoscope – a map of the
sky at the moment you were born, sometimes
called a birth or natal chart. It shows you which
planets were visible above the horizon, and
which were hidden from view. As we explore
each planet, you’ll gain an understanding of
how the different facets of your personality are
influenced by your horoscope. It’s so exciting
to understand our inner conflicts, drives and
compulsions articulated in our birth chart.
I’m going to talk about the Sun first because
he’s the ‘big daddy’, the one we all know and
simply can’t miss. When the Sun is out, you
know about it as his warmth and light is
unmistakable. The Sun is our vital force. It
drives us into action, defines our life purpose
and is central to our horoscope.
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Shedding light on your Sun sign
The symbol, or ‘glyph’ to use
the correct term, of the
Sun is a circle with a dot
in the middle. This is
symbolic of our eternal
self. The soul that
continues from life to
life but within this circle
is earthbound and must
seek its purpose.
The Sun is our vital energy. It
describes the direction that will bring us
personal fulfilment and your Sun sign
(also known more commonly as your
star sign) is one of the main things in
your birth chart that defines your
purpose. The word purpose is broad.
I’m not just talking about your career;
this is about your whole identity.
Questions I often ask clients who are
lost and can’t find their purpose are,
‘what do you Google? What occupies
your thoughts? What do you want to
know more about?’
Your focus is on the thing you love
and so it may appear everyone is into it.
Because of this, many people dismiss
their passion as being too common and
obvious. Yet the clues are always there
and sometimes we overcomplicate life,
missing what is staring us in the face.
Just as you literally can’t miss the Sun,
so it will be the same for you
and your purpose.
Another question to
ask yourself is, ‘when did
I feel most alive and
exhilarated?’ Go back to
that moment. My answer
would be when I was 23
and living in Rome, working
at the Vatican Museums.
Learning and teaching groups
of people in an entertaining way made
me so excited because it’s perfect for
me. I’m still doing it now! However,
between the ages of 25 and 29 I lost
that part of myself, yet in a way ‘the lost
years’ are useful because they provide
the contrast we need in order to
understand who we are.
and anything that
senses, the human
body and beauty,
including modelling and makeup artistry.
cyclist, lorry driver,
process of getting
things, services or
information from A to B.
baker, chef, caring
nursing or looking
Those born under
the sign of Cancer
are drawn to
anything that involves nurturing others and
ensures you to feel needed.
working with pets,
a PA, anything
or detailed work.
Virgo makes an
accountant, here to help people thrive.
front of house
charmers. Libra is
represented by the
scales and this
links to law. Libra is
here to deliver harmony to every situation.
Scorpios can put
their mind to anything that requires
absolute focus and concentration.
reaching the top.
ambitious and wants to be in charge.
and truth are the
key words; from
there, do anything that matters to you.
You dive into life’s mysteries
and show us how it’s done.
psychic, any form
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Ask your inner child
For a good indicator of your calling, think back to
school and remember what you were best at. The
simplicity of childhood play can be very revealing
and shows us what brings us the most joy!
Coming up in
✓ FEBRUARY Moon
Understand your primary
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Meaning behind the myth
What lessons can we learn from Apollo, the Sun god?
Knowing the Sun symbolises our goals and life purpose is one thing. However,
knowing all about the Sun god Apollo, his life story and the challenges he
faced, takes our understanding to the next level. Myth is evocative and opens
the doors of our intuition and perception.
Many images of Apollo show a hero, his bow and arrow drawn, looking
straight ahead at where he is going. This image shows us how focused, virile
and potent our solar energy can be when put to the correct use.
Apollo was an illegitimate son of Zeus, the product of one of many of
his affairs. His mother, Leto, was afraid to give birth to him because Zeus’
possessive wife Hera had threatened anyone who assisted in the birth.
The unborn Apollo told his mother what to do and his birth was blessed
and auspicious – everything on the island of Delos, where he was born,
turned to gold.
This is the story of a ‘golden boy’ who is successful, multi-talented, has many
friends, some enemies too, but suffers difficult relationships with women.
The lesson in this myth for all of us is that when we are too focused on doing
what we want, and are always looking ahead, our relationships may suffer.
✓ MARCH Mercury
✓ APRIL Venus
Learn more about what
you value in yourself
✓ MAY Mars
Reveal what sparks a fire
✓ JUNE Jupiter
Find out more about your
✓ JULY Saturn
Learn how to navigate
around your blocks
SUN-day is the day
we rejoice. In the
Western world, it’s
the day we come
back to ourselves
and have time to do
the things we
love to do.
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When asked recently what inspired me on
my eco journey, I realised I’d always been
a bit of an ‘eco girl’ at heart.
As a child, I loved visiting the bottle
bank and throwing the glass bottles into
the containers – smash! (Hands up, who else loved
doing that too?)
As well as recycling, we collected old paper and
envelopes and used them for our drawings and
notepads. One birthday, my mum made the Barbie
double bed I craved, out of an old cereal box, covered
with material, and featuring dowels as the posts. So,
I guess the eco seed was always there and my mum
really led the way in terms of being less wasteful.
It continued through school, where I was a member
of Earth Action, collected paper from every room to
be recycled, and organised an Endangered Species
Awareness Week. Early in my work career, I helped
organise a workplace Carbon Reduction Summit.
And I’ve always tried to use eco products at home,
buy less plastic and generally have as light an impact
on the world as possible.
But my eco living lifestyle really cranked up a notch
three years ago, after my family moved back from America where we’d
lived for three years owing to my husband’s job, and I was able to
expand my business into eco products.
Over the past three years, I’ve
Microwaves are so
much more energy
efficient than putting
the conventional oven
on. It’s always quicker
and its smaller size
means the heat is more
focused on whatever is
continued to learn – about plastic
pollution and recycling; what zero
waste means and whether it’s even
possible; the importance of
biodiversity; and a LOT about
As a family, we’ve gone 100%
renewable – our electricity tariff is
100% renewable, our gas is 100%
carbon neutral (green gas and offset),
plus we pay a little extra per month to
plant trees. On top of this, in January
last year we had solar panels
Introducing sustainable living expert
Elena Cimelli, here to help us make
a difference to the health of our world
I’m in my early forties,
and live in London
with my husband Al,
two daughters, aged
12 and nine, two cats,
Tilly and Molly,
and two gerbils!
I run an online eco
store called The
which I set up in 2018,
selling eco and zero
waste products. I also
run eco courses.
My mission is to
educate, inspire action
and provide hope
on all things eco and
show how each one of
us can really make
installed. By choosing 300%
100% renewable more greenhouse gas
emissions are saved by
eating a plant-based
you can take a big
diet than by
chunk out of your
We also eat much less
meat and dairy – about four
vegan meals a week, one or two vegetarian, and one
or two meat or fish.
The urgent need for us to act, as individuals, as a
collective, as corporations and as governments, is why
I’m so passionate about the environment and eco
living. We have a small window in which to act, and
I want to inspire as many people to do so as possible.
Trust me though, I don’t judge. Everyone is
different – different levels of income, different levels
of eco awareness, contrasting amounts of free time,
various levels of work and family commitments.
The good news is that there is a LOT we can do to
have a positive impact. I love the quote, ‘It’s only one
straw, said eight billion people.’ If we all start being
more environmentally conscious each time we make
a choice, it will soon add up.
My family set itself a challenge in September last year when the kids
went back to school. That challenge was to buy nothing new until
2022. We wanted to create less unnecessary waste, use things that
already existed and have a much lighter eco footprint. Can I tempt you
to perhaps try this as a new year’s resolution? Maybe start with a
month? That way, it’ll feel less daunting.
Each issue, I hope to introduce you to a new area of eco living and
inspire you to make changes that together will really make a difference.
And you don’t need to try to do it all in one go – just make one
change. And do that until it becomes a habit. Only then, think about
Happy New Year! With love, hope
and eco action, Elena x
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Be your own
Wellness expert and author Diana Cole
shares her 14-step technique to feeling
better by banishing fear, grief or doubt
When Diana Cole was a girl, her
dad taught her an incredible
lesson – we all have the
power to heal ourselves.
‘One time, I crushed my hand in a door and
my dad took away the pain. I was intrigued
and wanted to know more,’ says Diana.
‘As I got older, I was always going to my
dad with little issues, some small, some not
so small, and he would always go back to
“you have the power to heal yourself. Raise
your own vibration and protect your energy.”
‘I’ve used what he taught me throughout
my life and I thought it was really important
for me to share this ability we all have to feel
better. That’s really what healing is. It’s a way
to cure the grief, anguish, fear or doubt we
come up against through life.’
Diana’s dad showed her how to create a
ball of energy between her hands which she
could then move down through her chakras,
attracting healing along the way.
Over time she added her own twist – a
chant – to amplify the healing energy further
by setting the intention to heal herself and
activate the energy in her body.
Here Diana shares her 14 steps to healing
yourself. Read through the entire process
first before starting your session. Commit
to doing the 14 steps every day for five days.
After carrying out the exercises, consider your
general mood each day, and on the fifth day.
Did you know?
It’s believed the soul enters and leaves
the body through the third eye chakra.
With your hands 6-12 inches apart, begin to
create a spinning ball of energy between your
palms. Take a few minutes to get it going until
you can feel a tickling sensation on your palms.
Repeat the following chant five times while
continuing to spin your healing ball.
Allow your mind to be as still as possible.
Simply let outside thoughts, ideas, or words
float away so they don’t dilute the power of
‘I am absolute goodness. Beauty is all
around me. Everything is working
in my favour. I am happy.’
After 2-3 minutes, it’s time to
begin the healing process –
to push the ball of energy and
the empowering words you
have just chanted into your
body in order to energetically
raise your vibration and elevate
This healing energy ball will
enter your body through your chakras.
Continue to spin the energy ball, positioning
your hands directly over your head, your
crown chakra, while repeating the chant over
and over. Keep your focus for 1-2 minutes.
Move the ball down to your eye area and hold
the energy there.
Feel it between your hands and pulse your
hands together, as if you are squeezing the ball
slightly. Do this for 30 seconds.
Still holding the pulsing ball of energy
between your hands, place your thumbs on
Hold your hands out in
front of you, palms facing.
Wave one hand up and
down in front of the other,
6-10 inches away. Notice you
can feel the movement, like
a tickle, on the still hand.
You can energetically feel
just between your
eyebrows. This is
your third eye chakra.
In this position, push the healing energy
into your entire being. Let the energy flow
from the healing ball to your third eye.
Imagine a white beam of energy being
transferred from your hands, through your
thumbs, and directly into your third eye.
Carry on repeating the chant but speak
more slowly this time. Do this for 1-3 minutes.
Continue the chant slowly as you begin to spin
the ball again and hover it over your neck
area – your throat chakra.
Pulsate and push the ball towards your
neck, but be mindful not to ‘crush’ your ball.
Keep it strongly intact as you begin to push it
towards your throat. Do this for 1-3 minutes.
Pull the energy ball away from you and spin
it again, this time letting it grow larger than
before. Continue to repeat the chant slowly.
Hover this healing energy ball over your chest.
Pulse it again to feel it between your hands,
and then lay both hands on your chest – your
Imagine the white healing light of the ball
going into your heart chakra, with the truth of
the chant being absorbed by your body. Feel
your warm healing hands on your chest.
Continue repeating the chant slowly. Do this
for 1-3 minutes.
It is possible to find a place of
connection that is as beneficial as
meditation without changing what
you’re doing. If you have moments
when you’re alone and feel joy, wonder
or gratitude, it is in these moments
that you are connecting with all there
is. It’s the process of connecting
with everything that
feeds your spirit.
Now move both hands down underneath
your rib cage – this is the site of your solar
plexus chakra – and continue to slowly repeat
Again, imagine that ball of warm, white,
healing energy from your hands entering and
filling your body. Hold your hands here for
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
Move both hands down
over your belly button,
your sacral chakra, and
continue the chant
slowly as you imagine
your body through
your hands. Stay here
for 1-3 minutes.
Move both hands down
to just above your pubic bone,
your root chakra, and slowly
continue the chant as you imagine
white healing energy entering your body. Hold
it here for 1-3 minutes.
Now place both hands together, palm to palm,
and with your eyes closed, take a deep breath –
in through your nose, out through your mouth
– and feel the warmth of your hands together.
Breathe in healing. Exhale pain, doubt
Imagine a white light surrounding your
hands, then your whole body. Imagine a large
ball of healing light, bigger than you, swirling
around you. Imagine this white light shooting
up to the sky, while simultaneously seeing a
beam of white light being returned to you,
enveloping you in its healing radiance.
In closing, repeat the following chant for
‘Thank you for healing my body, my mind,
and my spirit. I feel healthy and vital.
I am love and I am loved.’
Go about your day as a healing ball of light
energy. Everywhere you go and everyone
you meet will be positively touched by your
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Diana’s secrets to living well
♥ Find time in your day, every day, to be still, quiet and worry-free.
♥ Act kindly to yourself and others. Feel kindness towards yourself and others. Speak
kindly to yourself and others.
♥ Improve the conversations you have with yourself.
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grants my wishes’
I trained as a
With love and children in my life, my
2021 letter focused on my career. I hoped
to find a teaching assistant’s job with hours
that would fit around my family. Three
months later, I landed the perfect job.
It might sound like I always manifest
what’s on my list, but that’s not the case. I did
my yoga teacher training in September 2017,
and had visions of travelling and teaching
yoga, but that didn’t work out. Instead, I fell
pregnant, and I couldn’t be happier.
I think sometimes the universe takes an
executive decision and delivers what’s best for
you. Part of the process of writing the wish
letters is to ask, but then let go of any preconceived
outcome. This year, why don’t you
put pen to paper and try it for yourself?
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Pemberton-Platt is available on Amazon
Lucy Pemberton-Platt has a special New Year’s Day ritual
that’s brought her money, career success – and lasting love
Pen in hand, I settled down to
write the familiar words on the
beautiful paper in my journal.
I’ve been writing a wish letter to the
universe – filled with all the lovely dreams
I want to realise over the coming 12 months
– on January 1st, every year since 2009,
when I first read about manifesting.
As soon as I’ve written each letter, I read
it through, pop it in an envelope, address
the envelope to myself, stick a stamp on it
and head for the postbox. Posting my wish
letters back to myself makes them feel more
real, fuels their energy and power.
And when they plop through my letterbox,
I put them in a keepsake box. I like to read
them months later and savour a sense of
gratitude for what’s been manifested.
In my very first wish letter, I asked to
manifest £10,000 because to me it felt like
a realistic amount, not too fantastical, and
in The Secret, a book all about the Law of
Attraction, author Rhonda Byrne suggests
asking for a ‘believable sum’.
Not long afterwards, I landed a job contract
at an international school in Dubai, teaching
five year olds. Out of the blue, I was given an
unexpected bonus of… £10,000!
In 2010, I focused my letter on travelling to
America and listed all the places I wanted
to visit – San Francisco, LA and New York.
I also wished to meet the American spiritual
author Susan Jeffers who wrote Feel the Fear
and Do It Anyway.
To help the universe along, I wrote to Susan
and explained how inspirational I found her
book and asked if I could meet her in person.
I never expected her to say yes – but she invited
me for a one-to-one at her home in Santa
Monica, California. It was especially kind as her
health wasn’t good at the time. It felt surreal!
The whole experience was amazing. Susan
also granted me a licence to teach her ‘Feel
Walking in the
park with Darcy
‘I think the
the Fear and do it Anyway’ course in the UK.
I was already trained in neuro-linguistic
programming (NLP), counselling and
coaching and to progress my career in this
way with this wonderful woman’s help was
truly an honour.
And guess what, I used that manifested
£10,000 to pay for the US trip visiting the
places on my wish list, including Central
Park and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Finding my soul match
In my wish letter in 2014, I asked the
universe to help me find the focus to write
a self-help book. That September, I selfpublished
The Break-Up Cure.
With that box ticked, it wasn’t long
before I was seeking a new challenge
and the following year, I got a new job in
London teaching maths and English for a
private education company.
For a time, I was happy enough, but
come January 2016 I knew exactly what to
write in my wish letter – that London isn’t
quite what I thought it would be, although
I’m grateful for the work, but I would like
to move to Manchester to be nearer my
family and the countryside, and make a new
circle of kind friends.
Come the autumn, I’d been offered a transfer
to Manchester. Not only that, but it was a
promotion that came with a bigger salary.
The following January, I was feeling content
with my work situation; it was my personal
life that needed some attention.
I feel ready to find my soul match, I wrote in
my wish letter. I’ve been single on and off for
10 years and want to settle down.
As I’ve never had any expectations about
how my wish letter dreams will come to
fruition, or their timing, when Joel, an old
school friend, messaged me on Facebook
out of the blue in August 2017 I didn’t
immediately think ‘romance’.
Indie and me
However, when he asked me out on a date,
I simply thought ‘why not’. I trusted the
Delivering what’s best
Within two months, Joel and I were making
plans for our future and by December 2017,
I was happily pregnant.
With a baby on the way, my 2018 letter
focused on having a healthy pregnancy and
finding a new home for our growing family.
We viewed the perfect property in December
2018. Sometimes it can take time for things to
become a reality!
The house was worth the wait. The property
had failed to sell at auction and as a result the
price had been dropped to within our budget.
What’s more, it was only a road away from
my mum and in an area we loved – all details
that were in my wish letter. We got the keys in
March 2019 and moved in five months later,
after renovation work had been carried out.
Meanwhile, in my wish letter that same
year, I had already asked for a sibling for
Darcy, who’s now three. I fell pregnant again
the first time we tried and Indie, now 18
months old, was born in March 2020.
Write your wish letter
Lucy shares her top tips for writing to the universe
♥ Choose some nice
paper and a lovely pen.
♥ Go somewhere you
love, like a coffee shop or
a favourite room in your
house, and enjoy the
process of writing about
everything you’re grateful
for currently in your life.
Then, write a list of all the
things you would like the
universe to help you
manifest over the next
♥ Open your letter with
‘Dear Universe’ and start
writing as if you’re
speaking to a best friend.
Be open about your
hopes, fears and dreams.
Keep writing until you’ve
said all you want to say.
♥ Once you’ve finished,
read the letter back once,
and then, without delay,
‘Be open about
Tr y it
put it in an envelope,
address it c/o yourself and
♥ When the letter arrives
put it in a safe place to
read at a later date. Often
you need a bit of time for
things to start to manifest.
If you’re too attached to
the outcome, you forget
the most important part of
the process – the journey.
♥ Keep your wish letters
in a bundle tied with pretty
ribbon and in a place that’s
special to you.
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Time to Pause…
Wide angle seated
‘This pose suits the dark days of January when we spend
more time indoors seated. It is a wonderful release
for the lower back and hamstrings,’
says yoga teacher Emma Conally-Barklem
This pose encourages
a lengthening of the spine
with a focus on calming
relaxation as the body and
mind are lulled gradually
towards a surrendering
Wide angle seated forward
bend with bolster
This Yin variation of the pose encourages a
gentle release with the support of a bolster.
It opens out the Yin meridian line of the
inner thighs to aid stress relief and is ideal for
winter when energy levels are low.
Deep wide angle seated
This variation offers a deep release of the
hamstrings and encourages active surrender
with a focus on a longer exhale. This facilitates
a gradual softening into a release which, in
turn, relieves any ‘tightness’ of the mind.
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