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On Being Open

When I was away at college, I received a terrifying call from my mother. She was screaming and crying so hysterically that the only thing I could make out was, “…he’s in the house!” My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach as my mind raced with thoughts of how I could save her from impending doom when I was so far away. My angst began to subside when I heard her say something about him eating the Chex Mix. Was this creepy crook taking a snack break? That’s when I realized that her awful assailant was actually a squirrel that had gotten in through an open window.

What is the lesson here?

Should my mother refrain from ever opening a window again?


The simple solution is to install a screen to keep the critters out and remove tasty treats that give them a reason to stay.

Similar to the fresh air that my mother was seeking by opening the window, there are opportunities that we want to invite into our lives. This might be love, prosperity, creativity, or new professional endeavors. But like the squirrel, other unwanted things like distractions, energy vampires, and toxic thoughts may enter that open space if we are not careful to put the proper boundaries in place. If these intruders still find a way to get in, we certainly don’t have to feed them with our energy, time, or attention, unless we want them to stay.

What have you been resisting opening yourself up to because you are afraid of what else might enter?

Here are a few strategies that will support your openness to receive while protecting you from undue harm.

Install Your Screen. Determine what filters or barriers you will put between you and what attempts to enter into your life. I use my core values for this. If a new opportunity, relationship, or project is not in alignment with my core values of Learning, Creativity, and Connection, then it is not meant for me. Your screen may be setting and honoring clear boundaries around how and where you spend your time and the type of energy you allow into your space.

Do Not disturb. As I sat to write this message for you, I was distracted by notifications coming through on my phone. One disturbing email or social media post such as a violent video can trigger us and hurl our entire day into an undesirable direction. When you are engaged in something that is important to you, literally and figuratively activate the “Do Not Disturb” feature. Do this with your smartphone and with your mental, emotional, and physical space.

Protective Covering. When I am enjoying a fine glass of one of my favorite beverages outdoors, I’ve learned that I am not the only one who loves such libations. My delightful experience is ruined when I find a bug floating in my drink. To avoid this, I take a proactive measure by putting a cover over my cup. Use your spiritual practice, mentors, or a team of trusted advisors to cover and protect you as you make exciting new moves in your personal and professional life.

This week I challenge you to open yourself up to that thing you really want but have been avoiding. Know that you will be safe when you are intentional about putting the proper protections in place.

Manifestation Affirmations

I am open to receive.

I am safe and protected.

I am covered by my community of care.

Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide

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