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Powerful Tools for the New Year

Posted on January 13, 2017

Powerful Tools for the New Year

Happy new year! How’s your year going so far?

I’m seeing more clients these past couple of weeks wanting to reset  and refocus—letting go of the past year and thinking about how they want to open up to the new year.

While of course I absolutely love seeing clients transform throughout the year, there’s something special about the energy at the beginning and ending of the year, and these are some of my favorite times to work with clients.

For Reflection & Planning

Some of you have told me you started filling out Leonie’s fabulous Create Your Shining Year workbooks and/or using the 5-Minute Journal to change negative thinking.

I recently finished Susannah Conway’s free 5-day e-course: Find Your Word of the Year (my word is SPACE and I had fun creating a Pinterest board for my word to inspire me and help me embody this energy throughout the year.

And I’m in the process of filling out Susannah’s Unraveling the Year Ahead e-book (this is shorter and less detailed than Leonie’s workbooks, but it’s free.

One of the questions in the e-book is:

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

Close your eyes and take a deep breath to settle into yourself and then spend a few minutes answering this question.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’m looking forward to:

Working and learning with clients and Reiki students; hanging out and laughing with my husband; exploring the Hudson Valley (hello Pam!); finding a new place to live; celebrating my parents’ 50th anniversary; traveling (maybe to the outer Hebrides—hello Nicola! or Iceland); going to Jacob’s Pillow and seeing dance with my in-laws; starting new creative projects—learning to paint, taking photos; reading The Artist’s Way; writing poems and sending them to journals; learning more from the immensely lovable Master Sha; deepening my meditation practice; getting together with friends more often; going to Block Island (hello Katie!) and trying janzu aqua therapy again; continuing to study and get sessions with Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, and my beloved Pingo; reading novels; sitting on the deck; cooking more; seeing how my practice evolves; taking yoga and bar classes; AND having more fun

Making Progress

Any goals or projects included in what you’re looking forward to in 2018? Perhaps you think about making progress in your daily Reiki or meditation practice?

Here’s an inspiring quote:

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress.

Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet. But as you keep walking, you get wet little by little.

If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, “Oh, this pace is terrible!” But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language. You cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over, you will master it.
–Shunryu Suzuki

It’s such a good reminder for our daily Reiki or meditation practice, though it also applies to other goals or projects. Reiki teacher Frans Stiene shared this quote and it puts the idea of “progress” in perspective, doesn’t it?

Sometimes I see clients or students and they want to make dramatic, immediate changes all at once in their life (believe me, I can relate to this desire!). But often, this isn’t sustainable. Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.

Click to tweet: “Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.”

And this is where the importance of daily Reiki self care/meditation comes in. Three minutes of practice every day will be so much more powerful over the course of a year than an intensive hour once every six months.

How can you apply this to your life? What’s the next smallest step you can take to make a sustainable change in the new year?

Here’s to connecting with you in 2018—whether it’s through a class, a session, or online. Can’t wait to hear what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead and I’m honored to support you through the process.


Plan, Create & Grow

Posted on January 12, 2016

2016 Shining Year Workbooks Leonie workbooks (1)

I’ve been busy making plans for the year ahead and getting organized. This is my third year using the Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar: it’s a powerful and inspiring tool to help you focus on accomplishing your dreams and goals in a heart-centered way.

This is my #1 planning tool; I don’t know what I did without it.

It’s a workbook. One for you to write in and fill out. (hard copy or e-book, whichever you prefer)

There’s two versions: the LIFE + BUSINESS versions. (I use both.)

Above is a photo of my lovely friend Pam–we met last week to finish filling them out. It’s great to meet with a friend to help you stay accountable; we meet quarterly to check in on our progress and brainstorm future plans.

Create an Amazing Year Workbook

Need help transforming 2016 into an incredible year for your life or biz?

These workbooks/calendars can help you set goals (and have fun) for the year in all areas of your life:

  •     financial
  •     health
  •     relationships
  •     creativity
  •     career
  •     education
  •     family


If you’re an entrepreneur it will help you create an easy, awesome business plan for 2016 including:

  •     income goals
  •     income streams (i.e. products and services)
  •     your business mission statement
  •     marketing goals
  •     staffing goals
  •     customer service goals
  •     social media goals
  •     and a lot more


Only buy the workbooks (for under $10–you can’t beat that) and use them if you want to be:

  •     happier
  •     more abundant
  •     creatively fulfilled
  •     totally on purpose


Sounds good, right? I’ve received so much positive feedback from people who are using it. Check it out.

Here’s to a fabulous 2016!

P.S. Did you miss the post: 5 easy tools to help you start the new year right?




Building a Powerful Practice [Successful strategies for your wellness business]

Posted on December 18, 2015

Building a Powerful Practice Deborah Flanagan

I just published a book–Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business. Yikes! It took 3 years but at long last it’s finally done.

How This Book Can Help You

The process of creating and building a wellness business can be baffling, and is rarely covered in training courses.

In my book I share insights gleaned from my own experiences as I built my practice from the ground up, plus advice from other accomplished practitioners and teachers from a range of modalities including Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, Joanna Crespo, Melissa Tiers, Sarah & Shawn Carson, Pam Herrick, and Maria Rodriguez. Lots of wisdom from this group!

This guide shows you how to:
–make a career transition
–find clients in person and online
–market to your ideal client base (even if you think you don’t like marketing!)
–handle the financial aspects of your practice
–build your confidence and avoid burnout

I also created a free online Business Starter Kit with practical and easy-to-use templates you can follow to manage client data, build an electronic mailing list, and keep track of income and expenses.

Whether you’re just starting out or want to expand your existing practice, this book is the blueprint. It’s ideal for wellness practitioners of any flavor–massage, Reiki, reflexology, hypnosis, acupuncture, Shiatsu, astrology, polarity, cranial sacral, etc.

You can read more about it and buy it here. And if you know someone who might find this book helpful please help spread the word. (It also makes a great gift!)

P.S. I would be honored if you would leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thank you and I hope you find it useful. Here’s to your successful practice!

P.S.S. Watch the video about what prompted me to write this book.



4 Powerful Ways to Start the New Year

Posted on January 5, 2015

4 Powerful Ways to Start the New Year

I’ve been traveling visiting family over the holidays. It was wonderful spending time with them (especially in the balmy winter weather of Florida–in sharp contrast to the winter wonderland of the Hudson Valley pictured above), but now that the New Year’s confetti has settled, I’m starting to ease into 2015. How about you?

Here are 4 powerful ways I’ve found to help you start the new year right.

1. Try Hypnosis:
So often we think we need more willpower or discipline to overcome a bad habit, let go of a fear, or make a big life change. Find out why that’s not true in this article I wrote on how hypnosis can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

2. Use the 2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar:
In case you missed it, I wrote about my #1 planning tool, and I’ve received lots of positive feedback from people who already started using it. Check it out.

3. Take a Reiki I Class:
If you’re looking for an empowering, easy way to take care of yourself, the next Reiki I class starts Tuesday, February 3rd. Read more about what you’ll discover.

4. Create a Gratitude Jar:
This has become an annual tradition. I love reading and remembering all the highlights from throughout the year.

Here’s to a fabulous 2015!

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