The kaleidoscope is a metaphor for reality. The mind is the center point on the ‘scope, and the mind chooses what passes through that center. Whatever passes through the center is then reflected through the entire available view, just as whatever thought passes through your mind is reflected through your entire reality.
The mind will never see the big picture, because it has a very limited perspective of a single point. Whatever shape it chooses, it chooses based on a linear perspective of time. It wants so bad to create the big picture pattern, but it can never see the pattern. So it chooses shapes to the best of it’s ability with limited perspective.
Consciousness sees the bigger picture, the entire kaleidoscope view. When you zoom out to become consciousness, instead of just your mind, you get a sense of the overall pattern of things, how they’re all connected. But if you stay mind-identified, you will try and try and try to pick the right shape to make the big-picture pattern you want, but with a time-based linear perspective, you will never be able to see the patterns you’re creating.
The mind wants to choose the right shape to make the big picture pattern, but mostly it just wants to keep passing through shapes. The trick is to zoom out and see the big picture and know that the mind cannot logically select the proper shape to create the big-picture pattern. Only broader consciousness can do that.
The mind may try to force the shapes it thinks will create the pattern. It will select the same shape over and over, trying to make it work, but forcing a logically selected shape (i.e., experience) will only cloud and dim the big picture. We must surrender the task of choosing experiences to the broader perspective of consciousness. We must surrender our need to logically decide what’s best for us and let the flow provide us with the shapes or experiences we need to create the big picture pattern we want.
When a shape passes through the center of the kaleidoscope, it happens Now. But shapes that have previously passed through the center are still being reflected through the big picture view. What shape passes through the center Now affects the shapes that have already passed through the center. This is a way to understand how what thoughts or experiences the mind chooses right now affect the past and future. The current shape moves the other shapes not currently passing through the center. Our present thoughts affect our past and future.
Using your mind to decide what to do will always produce weak results because the mind cannot see the big picture. The mind is the single point of perspective that allows us to experience reality in the way we do, but it is just a single point. Our lives are the big picture kaleidoscope view, which we are capable of seeing when we step outside of our minds to the perspective of broader consciousness.
My point is this: allow the flow to determine what shapes pass through your mind. Whatever desires, experiences, or thoughts come to you, say yes to them. The flow is giving them to you because the flow sees the bigger picture pattern, and knows exactly what shape to give you next to create the pattern you want to live. Don’t let your mind trick you into believing it knows what’s best for you. Your rules, limiting beliefs and resolutions are only resisting the gifts the flow provides. Say yes to whatever passes through the center of your kaleidoscope and watch the exact pattern you desire unfold, more perfect and beautiful than you ever imagined.
Choose to feel good first.
Your mind won’t believe it.
It will tell you those tools and processes won’t work. They won’t feel as good as a drink, or a drug, or a drivethru.
Remember the last time life was running smoothly. What was different?
You decided to care about how you felt.
You told your mind to shut the fuck up.
Once you learn the lesson for yourself, you’ll forget.
But you’ll remember again, and this time it’s easier.
You’ll go higher, further, deeper.
When you get so low that you’re afraid for your health, or your safety, or your life,
just laugh. It’s not that serious. I promise.
Your laugh is your ticket to the ride back up.
When you feel good, milk it. Milk it, milk it, milk it.
Remember every detail. Paint pictures. Pray harder than ever before.
You’ll be so grateful you have a bookmarked place to return to.
When you start blaming caffeine, or weed, or your job for your bad mood,
remember that when you feel good, none of those things matter.
You can have it all.
Take a picture of your good feelings. Write them down.
When you feel bad enough, you’ll remember about your bookmarks.
How did I feel good again?
Eventually you’ll prove to yourself again and again,
feeling good is the only way to get what you want.
Feel good no matter what. Feel good no matter what.
When you catch that good feeling, memorize it.
Write about it. Be it. Bask in the feeling of feeling good
even though you’re broke. Even though you’re broken.
And what you want will come,
and you won’t care,
because you already have everything you need inside.
The other day, I asked the universe to deliver me a Burning Man world. I just wanted it to be ok for me to sit still and bask in visual hallucinations. I wanted to enjoy just being, while gazing at the ever changing beauty of the Now. Is that so much to ask?! Haha… well, the universe hooked it up as usual.
Yesterday Kelly and I had some time to live before work. As we excitedly browsed strip malls far from our own neighborhood, the flow pulled us into a little store called Kids-N-Cats. Within we found an assortment of treasures, stash boxes and toys. Our one purchase: a Jumbo Glitter Wand Kaleidoscope (similar to this one).
As I gazed through the test model in the store, I knew my desire had manifested. I stared into the tube, transfixed, until we had to leave. Then for another several minutes in the car. Then another 10 once we got home. Then more. Then more. I was addicted!
Kaleidoscope gazing is a form of visual meditation that can pull one instantly into the Now. After my little gazing sessions, when I close my eyes, I can still see the flowing patterns. I’ve never found an easier way to stop thinking, because the view is just too beautiful to be concerned with much else.
Whenever you feel bad or get your feelings hurt, just look into a kaleidoscope and count to ten and you’ll feel better. It’s like a magick wand. It helps you release resistant thoughts, allowing what you want to flow to you.
Kaleidoscope gazing as a cure for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Last night as I looked through the ‘scope with my “good” eye, I physically felt an imbalance—my “bad” eye was basically screaming “let me try it!” I held it up to my right eye, which normally can’t focus on much, and gasped as I began to comprehend what I was seeing. What my left eye makes out as clear shapes of glitter and confetti, my right eye interpreted as fractals. It was as if my right eye was finally seeing the proper “depth” it was tuned to. It made me realize that my developmental “problem” was really just a manifestation of the thought pattern “this reality isn’t deep enough!”
My eye hungrily drank in the flowing fractals, ecstatic to finally see something. I relaxed and basked in the manifestation I’d been wanting for 29 years. And guess what happened? The longer I looked, the clearer the actual shapes in the ‘scope became. My eye was getting stronger by the moment. I can still hardly believe it, but I think I finally found a way to combine the vision of my “normal” eye with the vision of my “screwy” eye (as they called it in middle school!). I never imagined my desire for a “Burning Man world” would manifest in such a monumental manner.
A metaphor for life
Life itself is a kaleidoscope—every moment is beautiful, but you can never hold onto one. It is always flowing, always surprising, and always perfect. Every tiny sparkle and movement is infinitely reflected in dazzling patterns stretching as far as the eye can see. Kaleidoscopes are just another fractal of the universe itself; it’s amazing what simplicity can teach. Thank you, universe.
Below is a brief video of the view through the ‘scope, though it doesn’t come close to the real thing! I highly recommend trying it out for yourself. If you are a “visual” person, this is the magick wand for you. Check it out on Amazon, and if you’d like to support the School of Life Design, please use my affiliate link to make your purchase :]
Last week Kelly and I launched the Life Story visualization tool, a one page PDF download that you can cut and fold into a 16 page booklet. The tool is designed to help you create new thought patterns to help you reach your goals.
Not everyone has the time, desire, or resources to print, cut and fold these books themselves, so we created a sexy gift pack of Life Story books to share with our friends. We tucked five booklets into a resealable package (complete with QR code!), making a powerful introductory set for novices and advanced life designers alike.
Make a gift for a friend
If you purchased a Life Story PDF, these gift packs are a great way to take advantage of your PDF download. Print, cut and fold a set for your friend and design your own packaging to create an inspiring and inexpensive present (peep my Pinterest for more packaging ideas). It’s a great way to start conversations about life design too!
Buy a set from us!
We got so excited about these adorable packages that we had to offer some for sale. Save time and printer ink by having us do all the work. Each pack is $10, with FREE shipping (on international orders too)!
What others are saying
We’ve received such positive feedback about these story books–the best being that they actually work!
Used the life story books to manifest an easy, stress free time with a difficult assignment and I have to say it worked perfectly… ~Annie Goddard
LOA and origami all in the one package! LOVE the inventiveness of the design. It’s brilliant to turn a digital download into something physical. I think there’s also something in the physicality that adds to the intention that you bring in creating the story too. And it’s cute. ~James
Creative, playful and profound! ~ Kirsten Olson
Got mine, loving it so far! ~Adrienne O.
I just bought it! I love the layout of everything! So colorful and well designed. ~Sara Kate Ladybug Whittemore
Brill!!!! I love it!! This is like/reminds me of a super-version of those custom-made story books (like Cinderella, for example) where you can insert your child’s (or your) face into the story!! Awesome! What a great way to manifest! ~Betty Verbeke
Give the gift of a magickal 2012 to someone you love. Help them manifest what they truly want for the holidays!
If you had to place a monetary value on how you feel, what would it be?
If your weight was based on your mood, how much would you weigh?
If you got Facebook likes for your mood, how many likes would you have right now?
Many of us, myself included, fall into the trap of valuing ourselves based on how much money we have, how much we weigh, or how popular we are. Intellectually we know that our lives are invaluable and that we are already perfect just by being alive, but we can’t help but want more.
A better gauge of one’s value is mood, because your mood attracts your thoughts which create your reality. Good moods attract good ideas. Bad moods attract bad ideas. Yes, you are perfect and invaluable as you are. But we’re here to enjoy life, so why not measure how good we feel, how much fun we’re having, and how much love we’re feeling?
What if you were compensated financially for your mood measurement? Would you take more care to feel good? What if you lost weight the better you felt? What if your popularity was based on the love you project?
As you may have guessed, the above “what ifs” are all true. Your mood does determine your wealth, health, and social circle. There may not be a specific mood-to-money ratio, but I’m certain we can come up with a close approximation.
Mood to Money conversion table
For this example, I’ve attached Abraham-Hicks emotional guidance scale to monetary values. Imagine a monthly salary based on the above scale. Your pay is determined by your average mood throughout the month. This scale definitely motivates me to feel good!
Mood to Facebook likes conversion table
|1,000 Likes||Positive Expectation/Belief|
Imagine getting Facebook likes based on your mood. When you feel good, you’re doing nice things like creating, giving, sharing, laughing, and playing. Of course you’d get a lot of likes. But anger, jealousy, and fear based actions and thoughts would likely not attract any likes at all.
Mood to Weight conversion table
|115 lbs||Positive Expectation/Belief|
No matter what you actually weigh, you can feel the feeling of weighing something different. Compare “I feel light as air!” to “My heart is heavy.” The vibration you project can be a high, light frequency, or a low, heavy frequency. What weight do you feel like most of the time?
Practice feeling the numbers you want
I’ve been asking myself throughout the day, “what is my mood worth right now?” When I was feeling a negative emotion, a negative number popped in my head. So I’ve been working on ways to feel higher numbers. What does a $100,000 mood feel like? To me, it feels like being at the top of my creative game. I can access that feeling pretty easily when I focus.
How many Facebook likes would your mood garner right now? Are you doing nice things for people, creating your best work, smiling at strangers? This visualization helps me remember to feel generous and kind.
How much does your mood weigh right now? When I’m in a good mood, not thinking about calories and diet and fat and sizes, I can honestly say I feel like I weigh way less than I actually do. I guarantee practicing the mood of your ideal weight is the fastest way to get there.
I created these conversion tables to illustrate how closely connected mood and manifestation are. Combining a traditional value system (money, weight or likes) with an untraditional value system (mood) helps bridge the gap from the things we want to the moods that will attract those things. If your salary depends on your mood, how does that change your thoughts, habits and behaviors?
One simple premise I live by is that thoughts create. If you believe that thoughts create, all you have to do to get what you want is think accordingly. But have you ever wondered how exactly to do that? What are the thoughts I should think to make my dream come true?
People into the law of attraction will tell you that it’s as easy as telling a new story about your life. But how the eff do you tell a new story? It can be overwhelming to organize your thoughts into new patterns.
Mental coach Jim Fannin teaches people to achieve their dreams by telling them one thing: “Play a movie in your head of you achieving your big goal.” But how do you come up with that movie?
Today I’m launching a solution that will help you craft the new story you want to live. It’s called Life Story, and it’s a one page 8.5 × 11″ PDF download that you cut and fold into a cute 16 page book.
The way Life Story works is quick and easy. First, you identify what you want. This could be anything from “I want to make a new friend today” to “I want to be self-employed in 2012.” Big or small, the goal doesn’t matter.
Begin by stating what you want in past tense, which starts installing the thought pattern you desire. “This is the story of how I became self-employed in 2012.”
Then you find one example of something that would make you believe you’re on your way to your dream. “The first sign the trick was working was when several people commissioned my work.”
Next, find an example manifestation that would pretty much seal the deal on your goal. “What truly tipped the scales and made me believe in my own power was the month I made more money from my own work than at my day job.”
Since the scales have been tipped, all you have to do is relax and let the manifestation come to you. You know you’ve reached your goal, and “the icing on the cake was singing joyfully on the way out of the office on my last day of work.”
Don’t forget the the most fun part—make a cover for your book too!
Why it works
The reason Life Story works so well is because it gives you a simple 3-part story to recall instead of whatever random negative thoughts you may have been having in the past. Having a basic framework for the story you want to live puts you in the feeling place of having what you want, and allows the universe to fill in the details.
What you are doing at the core with Life Story is sending the signal of already having what you want. Telling your story the way you want to hear it is a way to be it and then see it. When your dominant thought pattern is “I already live the life of my dreams,” your reality has no choice but to reflect that.
How do I get one?
Continue to the Life Story website to learn more, or click the button below to purchase.
Thinking about what I’m grateful for is an easy way to shake a bad mood or make a good mood last longer. It reminds me that most things in my life are going really well. I always write a few paragraphs of gratitude when I wake up, and often continue throughout the day.
Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to type sentences, or I’d rather do something more visual. In grad school at the University of Texas, I learned how to use mind maps to see connections that writing in paragraph form can’t display. Start with a single word or theme to map, then add nodes of all the things the theme makes you think of. As you add to the map, patterns emerge. You begin to see how some words are bigger than others. The natural unfolding of word placement is meaningful as well. A mind map can be very revealing of the way you think, and it can show you where your strengths are.
Mapping gratitude creates a specific image that can be much easier to recall than a paragraph. Pulling up the memory of your mind map is a way to practice the feeling of gratitude without thinking in sentences. When I picture the mind map I made today, I feel relief. I have a giant pile of words connected to inspiration (my favorite feeling!), my health is big and strong, and I can see how much thoughts are connected to feelings. I could add to the map forever, or I could do a new one every day. I love that a gratitude mind map is a picture of happiness!
One of the biggest hurdles in life design is releasing negative thoughts. Negative thoughts feel bad, attract more negativity into your life, and sometimes seem too powerful to overcome. All you have to do to feel good and manifest good-feeling experiences is let go of your negative thoughts. But how??
One method is to replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts. But if you feel bad, positive thoughts can sound cheesy or unbelievable. Another method is to repeat a single mantra over and over to stop the flow of negativity. This can be quite effective, but sometimes words just don’t hold the power you need.
My favorite method is to use a visual mantra, or an image I can hold steady in my mind. Negative thoughts feel like my guts rising to my head, twisting around a solid beam in my brain. It’s like tangled seaweed or gripping octopus legs or a trapped air puppet. It literally feels gut-wrenching to think negative thoughts. The beam turns, pulling the tentacles tighter and tighter.
When I want to release my negative thoughts, I pull up that visual and picture the tentacles releasing, sinking back into my middle where they belong. My head clears, and the beam spins freely, giving me a feeling of blissful, thought-free knowing. My guts stop clenching, and the thoughts are gone. I picture this scene over and over and over, as long as I need to feel better.
I now know enough from life experience to understand that no negative thought is worth holding onto. Not a single worry, fear, or concern is worth the bad feeling. So I can use my visual mantra with any negative thought, and I remember to pull up the scene a lot more easily than a mantra of words.
What do negative thoughts look like to you? Can you envision releasing them? Does a visual mantra help you let go?
You can now buy the Quiet Your Mind and Follow Your Emotions poster featuring the image at the top!
Fiddling with your thinking operating system (OS) is a lot like learning to run a Linux server where you type all your commands instead of using a mouse and graphics. You “talk” to your system verbally. When you start trying to change your thinking OS from negative or default over to positive, it can be hard to know how to start. “Do I just say things in my head to change my thoughts?” Yes–that is a big part of it. But since we are such visual people and there’s nothing to look at, it’s easy to get distracted from directing our thoughts with words by the more obtrusive visual and physical reality going on around us.
The cool thing about operating systems is that you don’t have to talk to the system in code with your keyboard alone. There are Graphical User Interface (GUI) operating systems that represent files and actions with graphics on a monitor. Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX are GUI operating systems. When you have something to look at to help you know what you’re doing, computing gets easier.
A GUI helps you know what your options are by presenting them visually, whereas a command line interface doesn’t give you any options–just a blank space to fill in as you wish. In life design, many of us aim to operate our consciousness with command line because it’s direct, limitless and instant. But while we’re learning to operate our consciousness, a graphical system to show us our options and teach us the language can really help.
FUNFILE Thought Planner: a Graphical Interface to your Thinking Operating System
Welcome to my latest project, the FUNFILE! The FUNFILE is a Filofax-esque thought planner. Designed to remind you that your life is just an average of the thoughts you think, the FUNFILE helps you direct your thoughts to create the life you want.
Inspired by Gala Darling’s Filofax love affair, super-adorable Lisa Frank stationery and uplifting Hay House products, I made a FUNFILE prototype to keep my favorite positive thinking tools organized, accessible, and too cute to put down! Now that I’ve made it, I want to have the book with me at all times–it’s magick!
The FUNFILE is a modular system of templates and worksheets in a cute little half-size binder.
- Worksheets! The main reason I made the FUNFILE was to keep all my worksheets neat, tidy and in one place so I can work on them anywhere I go. 20 sheets each of The Gathering Momentum, Daily Self Love, Financial Abundance, What’s Your Solution? and Dream Journal worksheets all have their very own sections that you can refill as needed!
- Stickers! I LOVE STICKERS and have been dying to make some of my own! The stickers included in the FUNFILE are uplifting, colorful and SO CUTE! They’re guaranteed to brighten any flat surface in your immediate vicinity!
- Calendar! Although I don’t do much in the way of “scheduling” my days, I love keeping a calendar of fun possibilities. I pencil in events like “beach!” or “road trip!” and more often than not those plans materialize effortlessly.
- Blank pages! The back of each worksheet page is blank to provide area to draw, doodle, and mind map. There’s nothing like a blank page to get you in the artistic groove!
- More grids, lists, worksheets and templates are in the works to keep your thoughts happy and your creativity flowing. Think of future FUNFILE sections as upgrades to your thinking operating system!
How it works
A positive operating system is all you need to live the life you want. What you think about, you bring about. When you consciously choose good-feeling thoughts, you bring about good-feeling experiences. When you think about what you want, instead of what you don’t want, what you want has no choice but to come.
Your positive thinking muscles are just like your physical muscles–they get bigger with use. The FUNFILE is a tool to help you practice choosing good-feeling thoughts all day, every day. With a little time and focus, your conscious thought patterns will produce amazing results.
The FUNFILE is a Graphical User Interface to your mind. The FUNFILE prompts you to think positive thoughts, and then allows you to see your thoughts on paper. Instead of keeping track of everything in your head with self-talk (the command line connection), writing your thoughts helps you focus and be very deliberate in your thought processes.
How do I get one?!
I made the FUNFILE so I could use it. A fresh interface to my thoughts is exactly what I need to take my conscious creation to the next level. If you’re a consciousness power user, this tool is for you!!
Here’s how to get a FUNFILE for yourself.
Purchase FUNFILE PDF templates and print your own FUNFILE
$5 PDF – download a PDF of each module included in the FUNFILE and print, cut and bind your own thought planner. Instructions included! (Attention forum members! Download your FUNFILE PDF here for free!)
**Don’t forget to click “Return to jessica mullen design” after paying to start the file download!**
The FUNFILE thought planner is a continually evolving graphical thinking interface. The binder format allows for easy upgrades when new worksheets and templates are released, so this interface will continue to serve you for a long time to come. New digital download modules are coming soon!
Create your own thought planner!
I made the FUNFILE with my preferences in mind. Would you design your own thought planner differently? Feel free to use my worksheets or other resources on this site to make your own unique solution. I’d love to see what you come up with!
A personal power symbol is a visual representation of your higher self. Your higher self is who you are striving to become, your source energy, the perfect version of you, and your guide through life. Your personal power symbol is unique to you and can help you create dramatic changes in your life.
A personal power symbol can be used in many ways:
- A logo for yourself or business
- A point of focus during meditation
- A visual trigger to help you practice the feeling of being who you want to be
- An inspiration to stay positive and reach your goals
- A reminder of who you know you really are
I am now offering personal power symbol readings. In a personal power symbol reading, I connect with your source energy and receive direct visual inspiration. I translate what I see into a drawing, and then into a digitized image for you to use as you wish.
Similar to a tarot reading, a personal power symbol reading will be different each time you receive one, because your higher self is constantly changing. You can come back and get another one any time.
- A high resolution scan of the original symbol drawing (JPG), which looks like this:
- A vector file of the symbol in black and white (EPS), which looks like this:
- A color animated gif of your symbol (GIF), which looks like the image at the top of this post. Colors, styles and shapes will vary!
All files will be packed up in a tidy little zip file. A link to the zip file will be emailed to you within 3 days, and usually much sooner!
Let’s get started!
To purchase your own $50 personal power symbol reading, just click the Paypal button below. I don’t need any information about you other than your name to do an accurate reading, but before you click purchase, focus your energy on what you want to get out of it. That will be plenty to guide the reading.
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below and we’ll sort them out! Finally, a little bit of fine print about the reading process:
- All symbols enter the public domain upon creation, meaning no one owns the copyright. The symbol may flitter around the Internet as it wishes!
- I may choose to publish your symbol on my site, but I won’t include your name unless you want me to.
- Readings are not refundable nor open to revisions. Feel free to purchase as many as you wish!
- If you’d like to give a reading as a gift, just leave a note in your order with the person’s name.