What is Stress Doing to You?


If you’ve been paying attention to health media over the past 20 years, no doubt you’ve heard the message that “Stress Kills” – it weakens the immune system and is the common denominator in all disease. Lots is being done to help us relieve stress, but here’s a solution you probably never considered…

Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing Shawn Achor of GoodThinkInc.com speaking about The Happiness Advantage. If you haven’t seen Shawn’s hilarious TEDx talk from 2011, take a few minutes to watch it…you’ll laugh and likely relieve some stress, too:

When we choose to feel happier, there are many beneficial results: Our brains are flooded with happiness hormones (like Dopamine and Serotonin, and the hormones they control), we are more relaxed, and more likely to make better decisions.

What does this have to do with stress? Visiting Achor’s site after the webinar, I stumbled across a mention of a study that showed when people were taught to view stress as a “good thing”, it changed how their bodies responded to stress! Yes, something as simple as reframing ‘stress’ into a positive experience, one we would want to look for and appreciate, was enough to cause some people to truly thrive.

In perfect timing, psychologist Kelly McGonigal had more to say about this phenomenon recently, also via TED:

So, it turns out that what stress is doing to you has more to do with how you VIEW stress than the actual source or experience of stress! If you look for ways to find that stress is beneficial and helpful in your life, then you will become more resilient and better able to manage stress. Does this finding surprise you?

From a Law of Attraction point of view, your beliefs control how you experience the world—or more accurately, how the world is mirrored back to you to support your existing beliefs about the world.

Take a moment to ask yourself how you might be able to view stress differently, and share your thoughts below.

Share the Power of Affirmations

Below are sharable graphics to remind you how to tap into the power of affirmations…each sharing a key idea to get the most from working with affirmations as you retrain the neural pathways in the brain.

I haven’t posted in a while because nothing has inspired me to share. That was, until today, when I felt inspired to put these all together in one place for easy sharing!

Each graphic also links to the free Six Steps to Powerful Affirmations eCourse so you can share that link with the graphics that speak to you.

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How have you harnessed the power of affirmations? Thank you for sharing these graphics and sharing your affirmation experiences below in the comments.

4 Easy Ways to Connect with AffirmingSpirit

First, I want to say how much I truly appreciate all of you who subscribed to the AffirmingSpirit Updates newslettter mailing list. Thank you for each and every email that you have read, and for all the positive comments sent to me over the years. Those positive comments have meant the world to me and keep me doing this work!
A few changes
Secondly, I want you to know about some important changes.
I find the mailing list only promotes one-way conversations and I only thrive on two-way conversations. So, after a great deal of heart-felt thought, I have made the decision to close down the AffirmingSpirit Updates newsletter mailing list. If you signed up for this list, the last email will be sent April 5, 2013 to notify you of this change.
The Really Good News is…
F.r.e.e Six Steps to Powerful Affirmations eCourse is now an instant download with no sign up required!

I created this f.r.e.e eCourse to help people learn how to create really powerful personal affirmations. If you haven’t noticed, instead of sending 6 consecutive daily emails that walk you through the process of creating your own affirmations, I’ve converted the eCourse to an instant PDF download that does not require an email signup.
Call me crazy, but I am giving it away for free so more people can download and enjoy the benefits. Just click on the “Discover Six Steps to Powerful Affirmations” button to go to the download page. While you are on that page, you can also download two free audio files to further support you in your journey. Share this eCourse page link with any of your friends who would appreciate the free eCourse and audios.

If you want to stay in touch with me or be part of deeper discussions and two-way conversations, here are 4 easy ways you can do that…

Subscribe to the AffirmingSpirit Blog (via email)
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Join the conversations on the AffirmingSpirit Blog comments
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If you are active on Twitter, follow @AffirmingSpirit
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In the meantime, thank you so much for being an AffirmingSpirit! I look forward to connecting with more of you through this blog and social media. Much love to you all!

Many blessings,


Nancy Barry-Jansson

ANNOUNCING: Quantum MasterMind for Solopreneurs

Since 1994, I have run my own successful business providing creative services to high tech corporations in Silicon Valley, the U.S. and Scandinavia. For 15 years prior to starting my business, and ever since, I have been on a personal quest to learn all I could about metaphysics and the laws of the universe. I began to see a direct connection between my metaphysical lessons and my business success.

Sign up for Quantum MasterMindNow, I’m combining my 30 years of metaphysics expertise, 15 years of business success, with my passion for helping others by facilitating Quantum MasterMind groups. Whether you are struggling in this new economy or not, a Quantum MasterMind will help you grow your business much faster than you could do alone in the most cost and time-effective way possible!

During the month of July, I’m offering 12 free preview calls so that 240 solopreneurs can experience a Quantum MasterMind firsthand. These calls start on Tuesday July 14th through Thursday July 30th. Limit one free call per person.


While the preview calls have completed, you are invited to learn more about Quantum MasterMind for Solopreneurs <click.

On a limited basis, I do have some slots available for folks who would like to attend one call to see if it’s a good fit for them. If you’d like to try one, visit this page, scroll to bottom and click on the Feedback | Questions link to send me an email request.

Nominated for June 2009 Diva of the Month by Foundation Coaching

WOW! I just found out that I was nominated as the June 2009 Diva of the Month by FoundationCoaching.com. I feel very honored to be included with such a great group of inspiring, motivating, and powerful women.

Previous Divas include Corrie Woods, Laura Rubinstein, Jill Bertelli,  Jeannette Maw, and Sheryl Brown. You can see why I feel so honored to be included in this list! Thank you, Lori, for considering and nominating me for this honor.

What’s a Diva?
Diva is the Italian term is used to describe a woman of rare, outstanding talent. The basic sense of the term is “Goddess” or “fine lady” and it derives from the Latin ‘divus’ meaning ‘divine’. 

Foundation Coaching’s Main Site focus is on Divas from the “helping” professions such as coaches, therapists, counselors, etc. The Divas are nominated by Twitter’s @ThePassionDiva, aka Author, Mentor and Publisher, Lori Lynn Smith.

Please read more and comment about the June Diva of the Month nomination at the site’s feature page.

Energy Lessons: Taking Responsibility for Our Experiences

Everyone is talking about the change they have felt, not only in the economy but even in the mass consciousness around them. Science is now recognizing what the ancient sages taught about the power of our consciousness.

We are all receiving important energy lessons: Now it is time for each person to realize their own personal power and responsibility in creating whatever experiences they are having whether they are ‘labeled’ good or otherwise. The days of blaming others for our choices is gone.

The past few months, I have been seeing what happens to people when they choose to live on auto-pilot, allow others to make decisions for them, or project their issues on other people. Chances are, you’ve seen the same thing and know what I’m talking about. People can complain and blame all they want, but it’s a waste of energy. The way you feel and what you experience are entirely YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Why? Because we each have a choice how to think, feel, believe, and interpret what we experience. No one can make an adult think or feel differently than they choose, unless that adult has chosen to give away their power to another person then play victim, and blame the one they gave their power to. No matter how you look at life, those who take responsibility for how they think, feel, and believe, then consciously listen to their own internal guidance, and follow the action steps that feel right for them, are the ones who seem to miraculously side-step every kind of disaster. You might call them lucky. I call them responsible.

Personal Responsibility
The current economic state is giving us a great opportunity to step up and take responsibility by focusing on growing our own personal economies.

Yes, that’s right! Each of us is responsible for our own personal economy…flowing money into to it…and circulating money out of it back into the world. When we are in a state of peace, knowing that the Universe is supporting us in all ways, we begin to shift from judgments of right/wrong, good/bad, positive/negative. We shift into a recognition that everything is unfolding in a perfect way. When we feel it unfolding in a way that doesn’t please us, we know that it is mirroring back to us where we need to shift our thoughts to release what isn’t working for us…so we can then embrace a better solution.

Epiphany in a Parking Lot
Despite the fact that I do all my holiday shopping early, the Friday before Christmas I had to go to the busiest mall in Silicon Valley…during rush hour. And I needed to do it between two appointments. Yeah, I know. Just the thought of it boggled my mind, but there was no getting around it. So, after meditating on Friday morning, I envisioned myself getting there easily, finding the perfect parking spot, getting what I needed quickly, and getting to my next appointment right on time.

When I got to the mall, and entered the parking lot…everything came to a standstill. People trying to get out of the parking lot could not because the traffic lights were red, and those entering couldn’t move around because those wanting to get out of the lot couldn’t (get out). It was a scenario for a perfect holiday nightmare.

Undaunted, I remembered my vision and how great it felt. Immediately, upon recalling the vision, I was guided to drive down another aisle where there were no cars waiting. When I came around the corner, I found myself at the end of a long line of cars trying to get out of the lot. This is a point at which many people would have given up, but I knew better.

While waiting I was consciously choosing to focus on the perfect spot that was waiting for me, trusting and knowing it would reveal itself. All of sudden, I saw the white backup lights on a car down the parking aisle to the left of me. The other cars weren’t interested because they were leaving. I turned down that aisle and parked my car in the space just left vacant. As I parked, I realized…this spot was right outside the main entrance I needed to access the store I would be visiting! I had gotten a perfect parking spot, just as I had visualized, while literally hundreds of other shoppers were stuck in the parking lot maze.

As I walked into the store, I wondered…should I be feeling badly for all those people still stuck in the parking lot, when I easily found a place to park?

In the U.S., we believe in rewarding people who take responsible action. Not only had I spent some time envisioning what I wanted, but when I got to the mall parking lot, I continued to send energy to that positive belief despite what I was seeing around me. As a result, I was rewarded by being at the *exact* right place to get a great parking spot. Everyone else had the same opportunity (to envision what they wanted), whether they believe it or not. However, I was the one who envisioned and followed my intuition to take action. I took responsibility for what I wanted when others chose to put their energy elsewhere. Therefore, it makes no sense for me to feel sorry for others who had the same opportunity that I had…but chose not to take the necessary action or who gave up too early.

After I found what I was shopping for, and returned to the lot about 10 minutes later, I realized that getting out of the parking lot might be difficult. I realized, again, that I needed to take (mental) action. I chose to imagine what I wanted to happen and focus on how that would feel: I would easily get out of the lot, and make my next appointment in perfect timing. As I got into my car, and backed up, I maintained this focus.

As if the Universe was directing traffic just for me, I was able to get out of the lot in less than 5 minutes and indeed got to my next appointment at the specified time. I chuckled when the person I was meeting said, “I just saw the clock change to the time of our appointment, and when I looked up, there you were!” That’s right. Just like I had envisioned it!

Where do you need to take responsibility in your life? Have you already taken responsibility and living the rewards? Share your experiences below.

AffirmingSpirit 2008 Affirmation Study

July 31st was officially the last day of the AffirmingSpirit 2008 Affirmation Study. This is the first study I have ever done and the first time I ever officially ofoffered coaching for the creation of affirmations. What an amazing experience! It has also been an incredibly life changing for myself as well as the participants.

For years, my coach has been telling me that I am a natural coach and should also consider being a writer. Writing has always come easy to me, but it took conceiving of the study and implementing it for me to discover my coaching and intuition skills.

Miraculously, I found myself able to guide the participants in the study and watch their lives blossom as a result. I realize now that I’ve had these skills for years, but honed them as a self-employed illustrator and presentation designer. Many times, my clients weren’t exactly sure of what they really wanted, but by talking to them I could hear what they really wanted but hadn’t been able to articulate, then use that information to intuit and create a final result that the the client truly loved.

On Saturday, August 2, 2008, I spoke with Melissa Jean Quiter during our Co=Creation Cafe call, sharing details about the study, the participants, and some of the success stories. Every participant experienced positive results, but some had such incredible experiences that, even as someone very well versed in the topic of Law of Attraction and Affirmations, I was astounded!

You can listen to the conversation I had with Melissa in mp3 format by visiting my Co=Creation Cafe Archive section of the site. After listening, visit the Co=Creation Cafe blog to continue the conversation by posting your questions and comments.

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