Habanero, Choffee, Manifesting Gifts From the Universe and Open Hearts


Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Eating, Meditation, Spirituality, Things I've Learned | Posted on 02-10-2014


Last week was definitely an interesting one for me. Lots of learning through books and videos!

Also, I wanted to mention that my husband and I are gearing up to do a stair climbing fundraiser for the American Lung Association on February 22.  They ask us to each raise a minimum of $100 in order to participate. While I’ve reached my goal through promoting it on Facebook, my husband (who’s not into self promotion like I am) could still use some donations. If you’ve got a few bucks you don’t mind parting with for a good cause, please consider donating to this worthy cause through my husband’s link here.

Back to what I learned last week:

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

  • Dried habanero is hot as hell!
  • Interesting that some people will “like” or “retweet” or “favorite” a post asking for donations, without actually donating themselves.
  • I heard Dr. Barry Sears on an interview discussing the idea that the world needs to figure out how to create “fast and easy” healthy foods (what he calls processed foods 2.0) to allow us to retake control of our genetic future. That made a lot of sense to me. However, when I visited his website, I saw that he’s already hawking such foods. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it would have been nice, IMO, had he disclosed this fact in the interview. And in fact, when viewing the nutrition facts for his frozen pasta meals, while I’m certainly no expert, they don’t look all that healthy to me. It’s strange, as what he’s selling doesn’t seem to fit at all with the information on what to eat that he was discussing in the interview.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

  • I didn’t just learn this today, but I think I’m finally convinced of it: Fats are actually good for you, not bad (natural ones that is, certainly not transfats). It’s the easily digestible carbs that make you fat and sick. (I still eat carbs, but I’ve minimized them greatly.)

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

  • Holy shit! The power of intention and manifestation is real, as well as easily accessible. I am blown away.Let me explain:I just started reading Pam Grout’s book “E-Squared.”
    E-Squared by Pam Grout


    It’s a book of simple experiments anyone can do themselves to prove that there is a field of infinite possibilities to be accessed just by intending them. The first experiment was to have this field of possibilities (what she calls the “FP”) make itself known and prove that it can provide what you ask it to. The idea was to ask to receive some sort of unexpected gift or blessing within 48 hours, and to make it glaringly obvious that whatever it was, it was indeed your manifested gift. I put out that intention yesterday at 4:53 PM. About 7 hours later, when my husband came home, he told me that one of our friends had given him a bottle of wine to give me to see if I liked it! Note that nobody had any idea about my intention for a gift or even that I was reading this particular book. The guy who gave us the wine had never done something like that before, nor was there any particular reason why he did. In fact, when my husband told me about it, I kept asking “why?” But no particular reason was given! We don’t just receive gifts for no reason, especially from casual friends. And the fact that the first thing my husband did when he came home was to specifically find me and tell me about the gift made it abundantly clear to me that my simple intention had manifested. This is a life changer. I can’t wait to see what the next experiment is!

  • I have no local friends! I was filling out an application to volunteer for a local town organization and it asked for 2 references that I’ve known for at least a year, and I was coming up blank 🙁

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

  • Sweetening your Choffee with the juice of an orange makes it taste pretty darn good! If you haven’t yet heard of Choffee, it is sort of like coffee, but it’s made with ground cacao beans rather than coffee beans. And chocolate is supposedly really good for you and your metabolism, so this is a great way to get it into you without all that sugar and other stuff you might get by eating a chocolate bar. (Please note that the link to the Choffee website is my friend Lee’s distributor link.)

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014


Latest Bead Bracelet!

  • A new bead stitch!
  • Lost another half an inch on my belly! That’s 5 inches since the end of June when I first started measuring.
  • I’ve been watching Jonathan Fields’ fantastic interviews through his “Good Life Project” and stumbled across one (a two-parter actually) with Rae Hoffman whom I know through the SEO world and have been on conference panels with.  She has a very humbling story about finding the blessing in the unthinkable:

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

  • I need a good 10-20 mins. of fresh air at least every other day.
  • Learning about some new, interesting people through the previously mentioned Good Life Project interviews. Today I watched one with Susan Piver who I never heard of before.  I am very impressed with her so far.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

  • I’m about to do something I never thought I’d do (which I suppose goes along nicely with what I’m all about lately). While exploring Susan Piver’s website some more, I noticed an online program she’s holding which is starting in a few days called “21 Day Open Heart Immersion.” Now, I’ve seen hundreds of online courses being offered on all of the “guru” websites I’ve been visiting lately. It seems to be the way they all make money these days. For the most part, I haven’t had any interest. In fact, I mostly look down upon them as they remind me too much of all the silly SEO or affiliate marketing online courses I’ve seen advertised over the years. But somehow this one is speaking to me. Everything I’ve been learning about spiritually points to the fact that it’s love that makes the world go ’round. Remember the cupid’s heart photo that my phone took all by itself early on in  my transformational journey? (It’s also at the top of my newsletter sign-up page as the cover photo on my Facebook page.)  You’d think at my age I’d have a good handle on how to have an open heart, but it’s it’s always been a weak area for me.  I’m pretty closed off when it comes to giving, taking and expressing love. In fact, I often feel like I don’t even know what it love means. As I was wavering on whether I should take the plunge and sign up for the program, I decided to message Susan on Facebook to ask her if she thought I’d be a good candidate. Her response was:
    “I can’t tell you if the Immersion program will answer any of your questions about love, but I can say that it will help deepen your relationship to the questions. Sometimes I think that is the best we can ask!”

    I think at this point that’s good enough for me. It fits very well with what I’m all about right now, that is, trying to learn as much as I can about myself and about life. Plus, I figure if I join this immersion program, even if it does nothing else, it’ll give me some good blog post fodder! I’m justifying paying for it by the fact that I just downgraded my $379/month dedicated server to a $49/month VPN. The difference in the first month, interestingly enough, will more than covers the cost of the program. (Spending money lately for me has been making me feel unnecessarily guilty because I’m not bringing any in at the moment.)


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