Guest Post: Col McGunnigle

Boy, do we have a great line-up of guest posts coming!  Thank you, everyone, for your fabulous contributions!

This week’s guest post comes from our very own Col McGunnigle.  Check it out and see why I love her style so much!

“Where’s My Stuff?”

ColIn a world where we can be, do or have absolutely anything we want (you can! you can!) … when is it manifestation (rah rah!) and when is it materialism (yukky poo poo)?

I wondered that ever since I got my new car … this adorable little convertible … which prompted me to say, “Oooh, I LOVE this car!”

Which immediately sent shivers down my spine.

“I LOVE this car? I LOVE a car??”

Something about that didn’t seem quite right. Well, it took me all of a year (with a little help from Joe Nunziata) to figure it out.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is in the attachment.

Joe says, “Don’t go to an external (a car) for an internal (happiness).”  Just doesn’t work that way, folks!

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I too attached to the how?
    Are you micromanaging the universe? Get super-clear about what you want and then let go of how it will come about. Don’t keep scampering into the kitchen over and over again to tell the chef how to do his job or opening up the oven obsessing over whether it’s done yet. Put in your order and let go.
  • Do I think this thing is going to make me happy?
    Leads to over-the-horizon syndrome. Happiness is just over the horizon and you’re not happy ‘til you get there. Know what? When you get there you may notice … Hey! There’s ANOTHER horizon! And another. And another.
  • Do I value this thing over all others?
    Some nice little lady dings your beautiful new car and y’get all upset. Whoa! It’s a car, people! The poor lady is beside herself with apologies and she feels terrible. So which is more important, the car or the human being?
  • How do I feel?
    Once you toss something into your vibrational escrow, are you goin’ around feeling enthusiastic about it or bemoaning the fact that it’s not here yet? Cuz if you’re in bemoaning mode, I got news for ya … you’re keeping it away!

Manifestation is a result of your inner world. If you expect things outside of yourself to make you happy, it’s a carrot dangling in front of your nose. Running, running, running and never getting there! Funny thing is … if you look inside and get busy gettin’ happy, the external world begins to flow.

What are your thoughts on manifestation vs. materialism?  Share away below!

Col2About Col:

Colleen McGunnigle is a designer who creates inspiring imagery for people who’d like their spirit to shine through in their logo or on their web site, to instantly attract their ideal client. At Life by Muse, she shares the discoveries along her journey … insights, tips and tricks … with YOU! 

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  • October 2, 2009
  • Thanks again for sharing your delightful style with us, Col!
    I have to say, I think some clients get frustrated with how often they keep hearing my instruction to find ways to feel good and be happy NOW. Before the manifestation shows up.
    But this post explains exactly why that is not just effective, but crucial.
    PS – Col, let me know how to correct the error in that first bio link!

  • MissyB says:

    “Funny thing is … if you look inside and get busy gettin’ happy, the external world begins to flow.”
    That sums it all up really. Thanks – a wonderfully written and simple guest post.
    And as a quote from a kids programme once said – Izzy, Whizzy, Let’s get Busy !

  • Sara Exley says:

    Great post, Col!
    I think it all comes down to Allowing. When we’re in that vibration, we know that there will always be plenty of wonderful, fun, exhilarating things to experience and enjoy – be it material or experiential. Everything is spiritual. And no one thing we attract is the end-all, be-all of what we’re capable of. 🙂

  • janita says:

    Love the post:-)
    A awsome kiss from the universe:-)
    Running after the carrot is out of the question, if you ask me 🙂

  • Intuitive Girl says:

    I always think, ‘the way i feel right now is the way i always will feel. If i’m waiting for something, i’ll always be waiting.’ Such a true concept but difficult sometimes to put into practice.

  • Get Inside and get Busy Bein Happy! LOVE it Col 😀 I’ve been happying all day yest for no reason at all – that’s the BEST reason of all!

  • Tiffany says:

    Thank you sooooo much! This was exactly what I needed. I was thinking way too much about the “getting” that i was denying myself the feeling. It’s all about feeling good first, then getting there.

  • Judiesjuice says:

    Intuitive Girl, LOVE that!!

  • Col McGunnigle says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed my guest post everybody! And thank you Jeannette, for inviting me to write for your blog! It was a fun treat!
    One of the things I so admire about you Jeannette is your ability to attract a loyal following of insightful commenters! Look at all of these beautiful people!
    *Missy* Thank you! I will add your slogan to my mental toolbox! 🙂
    *Sara* great to remember- “Everything is spiritual … no one thing is the be-all end-all” … How perfect!
    *Janita* what a beautiful visual, a kiss from the universe! I adore that! I sometimes call things a “cosmic wink” … I like a kiss even better!
    *Intuitive Girl* wow … I never thought of that before! I think that will be wildly useful because it brings things immediately into focus!
    *Tia* my beautiful friend! I am so happy that you have been gettin’ busy gettin’ happy! “The most important thing is that we feel good” right? You go, girl! 🙂
    *Tiffany* I am so so so so happy that this was what you needed to hear right now! I love it when that happens! So tomorrow, it’s all about basking in the feeling, k?
    *Judie* Yes, yes! I agree! Brilliant, right? 🙂
    Hugs to you all and thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

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  • Erik says:

    This “no attachment” policy is really great. I think that this is a key to getting our wishes 🙂 since “attachment = resistance = pushing it away”.
    About the carrot: Do you know who put it there? It is YOU!
    The carrot is attached to a stick which is strapped on your back. Guess who put it there? YOU!
    So grab behind your back, unstrap the stick and have your carrot ;). Funny what we sometimes do out of resistance. For some, just watching the carrot dangle gives them more of a kick than having it.

  • Col says:

    (munching on my carrot) I love this, Erik! Beautifully said and incredibly true … We are the ones who put it there. Which is actually pretty empowering because if we put it there, we can remove it too! Yahoo! 😉
    Thank you for sharing your insights!

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