Relationship Inspiration from the great Marianne Williamson

In case you don’t know Marianne Williamson, she’s a internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. As Valentine’s day is fast approaching her words on relationships speak wonderful truth…
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According to A Course in Miracles, relationships are “laboratories of the Holy Spirit.” They can be the Spirit’s garden of love, but they can also be the ego’s lair of fear. And most of us have experienced both at some point in our lives.

Love is not just a passive something that the conscious person “hopes to find” someday. It is also an emotional skill set, a consistent way of being as opposed to an occasional stroke of good luck.

The universe is the handwriting of God, moving with mysterious intention toward the fulfillment of love’s desire within every interaction and circumstance. When our hearts and minds are open — when we are forgiving and compassionate — the light of the universe moves through us to harmonize and uplift all beings. Yet when our hearts and minds are closed — when our accumulated layers of pain and mistrust shut down our capacity to love as we wish to be loved — then chaos prevails and suffering ensues. That is how powerful we are; conscious or subconsciously, we drive the drama of how our relationships unfold.

 
All my best,

ALL NEW!!! Help us select our new truffle flavors and WIN!

It’s that time of the year again. Fall has hit (well not Los Angeles but the rest of the country!) and soon it will be Halloween followed by Thanksgiving. And it’s when we at Intentional Chocolate, come out with our intentional truffles. This year we will be offering not only our 4 pack but also 2 packs of truffles! And with a new artisan handmade truffles you cannot go wrong with these holiday gifts!

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But we want to know what four types you all are interested in having. We’ve narrowed it to 7, now we need you to help us choose. We will choose 3 of you who response to us either here or on Facebook by receiving a 2 pack of our truffles!

So here are the choices:

 

Bonus Day at Global Giving! 30% of your donation is MATCHED!

Please consider donating to Heal One World. This wonderful project helps to provide preventative healthcare for those in need. For as little as $10 you can help someone get treatment. Visit the link below:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/heal-one-world-inner-city-preventative-healthcare/

 

Heal One World was formed to help connect people in need particularly children and adults with chronic illnesses

with preventative health care, non-traditional/complementary modalities, natural non-invasive treatments, and guidance in learning self-help techniques that are generally not covered by insurance. The access to this help is offered on a sliding scale, free or donation basis. The non-profit organization holds classes on a free or sliding scale basis that provide self-help and self-healing techniques in the Pico Blvd. studio. Heal One World also arranges and promotes clinics where low cost treatment can be found, as well as maintains a database of providers who are interested in helping those in need. The focus is on long-term well being of body, spirit and mind. Heal One World offers people in need a forum to ask questions and state their issues, and then helps them find the best provider to help them reach their goal of health.B1

The Dreamhealer on Intention

At Intentional Chocolate we are always looking to expand our circle of intentional friends. Adam McLeod is one such friend. As an “Intentionalist” (our term for those who work with intention) he brings a scientific framework to healing with intentions. He combines the subtle energy that he connects with as a healer and cutting-edge bio-sciences he knows as a molecular biologist.

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Adam, also known as the Dreamhealer (after the first book he wrote at 16!), shared his wisdom of intention as a universal healing tool with me. He spoke about how intention works on multiple levels, from the intra-personal to a global level such as providing healing energy for natural disasters.

I was intrigued by the latter as I tend to feel helpless during times of natural disasters and its affects. To have a tool that I could use to help, even in the smallest way, was exciting. Since the Fukushima disaster is still a pressing issue, I asked him how he uses visualization in these events. He said what he likes to do is get very focused and clear. Then he visualizes how the disaster is currently affecting the Earth, in this case he would envision the radiation affecting the water.  Then with focused intention he would imagine the radiation being absorbed and the toxins clearing from the planet leaving the planet renewed.

What is at work in this visualization is subtle energy. This energy connects us all at a cellular and molecular level. With our intentions we are shifting these molecules even at small levels. Think of the Dr. Emoto tests, how positive energy changed the molecules in water to that of beautiful crystals. This is the same practice. For me being able to donate some of my energy to help, even the slightest bit, was gratifying.

This ability to heal with intention is something Adam has been practicing since he was a teenager. At 16, Adam’s mother suffered from stabbing pains in her head. During one painful session something motivated Adam to place his hands on her head. When he did this, with his eyes closed, he saw what he describes as murky dark cloud. He proceeded to envision a positive structuring of the energy and within minutes his mother stopped having pain. She has been free of this pain since that time.

This experience and other remarkable incidents of healing lead Adam to study molecular biology at college. He was craving a scientific basis of understanding for the events that he has witnessed. The profound thing he said was that there is so much existing research proving that intention and visualization work.

On Adam’s blog, he mentions a study done by Dr. Lipton (brucelipton.com). Dr. Lipton said “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience. What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”

As a powerful tool, Adam sees the daily practice of intention important. Feeling the most connected to source at nighttime, he spends about 5-10 minutes nightly envisioning his perfect tomorrow. How would that day transpire? How would it look, feel and taste? In this way he is creating coherent energy for the next day, setting it up to flow. This is an important part of Adam’s tool kit, one he teaches to others to keep themselves mentally healthy.

As a healer, part of his job isn’t just about being able to cure the patient’s ailments but to actually give them tools for self-healing. His philosophy to all – it’s about finding your own path and your own tool kit. He believes firmly it’s about exploring your options and creating what works best for you. As we are all different people with different genetics and coherent patterns we all need a variety of tools to work with.

Even though we are all different individuals, positive and directed energy does work. “What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that wish is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing” – Prelude to Chemistry: An outline of Alchemy. Adam believes in the connection between microcosm and macrocosm. He says “ The inner work is vastly important. Everything is so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one event from another. Our intentions influence things far beyond our conscious awareness.”
So by setting intention, whichever way works for you, you will have a direct impact on your being and the world. So go on, set an intention! If you have trouble finding your own method try the nine steps for setting intention on the IC website or your article.

We celebrate and thank Adam for being a Dreamhealer and spreading the word on Intention. For the last 10 years Adam has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world showing audiences how to tap into their own innate healing abilities. You can attend one of his seminars by visiting his site at http://www.dreamhealer.com/

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IC will be at Sundance Film Festival!

Having been to Sundance a couple of years ago, I am well aware of the festivities that go on there all day and all night without much break in between. This leaves you drained of all energy but some how you manage to go on. Well this year, making it’s second appearance after an awesome response, you can hit up the Zen Den. Zen Den is an oasis for rejuvenation and transformation. Not only showing social conscious films but also offering daily wellness classes with amazing instructors from LA and Utah, healing therapies such as cranial-sacral, Feldenkrais, healing touch, zero balancing and lymphatic drainage and more…

Part of the more is where Intentional Chocolate comes in. Through the first week that Zen Den is at Sundance they will be conducting free Intentional Chocolate Tasting Meditations! Yes we said FREE! So stop by, get centered and bliss out with some chocolate we know you will need it!

Utah_SundanceENJOY the festival! And check out the grid to find out where the Zen Den is located.

Intentionally Giving Back

INTENTIONAL GIVEBACK

Intentional Chocolate strives to live up to its title of being an intentional company. A big part of intention is connection to the community and doing well for others. As part of this giveback we connect with other intentional organizations monthly and at times for longer periods to help promote their cause and message by exposing our customers to them. We also donate 15% of our net profits to them during the time we work with them.

HOW WE CHOOSE OUR CAUSES

As there are numerous amazing and intentional causes it is hard to choose just one to giveback to.  We instead rotate our time and energy to different causes throughout the year. A lot of what we look at is if our company aligns with the charities focus and that the collaboration makes sense for both. We also want to make sure we have enough resources and ability to promote the organization at hand so as to help them spread the word the best we can.

CURRENT CAUSE:  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

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Why DBSA and IC?

DBSA and IC line up with their core value of envisioning wellness within the world. It’s a great time to connect over the Valentine’s Day holiday, as it’s a time of connection through love. Chocolate is a food of love and actually contains the love molecule – PEA. Studies have shown that regular consumption of cocoa has been found to improve cognitive function and mood because cocoa contains polyphenols. Polyphenols can increase the blood flow to the brain and boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and endorphin, all of which contribute to feelings of feeling good. IC adds their special ingredient – intention and the end result is a delicious gourmet bit of well-being.

To help DBSA support groups, on top of donating 15% of net profits, IC is also giving chocolate tasting meditation kits to the support groups.

About DBSA

Their vision

DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Their Mission

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Who they are

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

What Makes DBSA Unique

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

How to Support The Cause Directly

http://www.dbsalliance.org

 

PAST CHARITIES

On our blog: https://intentionalchocolate-blog.com/some-of-our-favorite-people/

 

 

 

We are brand new and want to share gifts with you!

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We felt it was time to give our site a new do! So come over and check out what we’ve done with the place. It’s spiffed up and easier to use. So come check it out and let us know what you think, we are pretty sure you’ll like it!

Some great new pieces have been added to the site:

Fun new Video Content
Chocolate Meditation Tasting preview tracks
Great Press on IC
Easier layout

We are also giving away Hot Chocolate!

This yummy hot chocolate is a rough grind of the dark intentional chocolate with added spice blend perfect for thick creamy warm cocoa. A $29 value!

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And entering is EASY! Today through the weekend, enter to win by following our blog, liking our blog site or adding your name to our email list on the front page of our site, http://www.intentionalchocolate.com or do all three for more of a chance to win! So pass this along to others and they too can join in the fun.

Winner is chosen on Monday with 5 runner ups who receive 20% discount codes for bags of chocolate! So enter now.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” – Helen Keller