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Conscious Inklings Blog. IDEAS, INSIGHTS & INK-SPIRATION. / transform

How our outer world reflects our inner world...literally.

How our outer world reflects our inner world...literally.

Mirror, mirror...what do you have to teach me?

We often hear that our world, and our relationships, mirror back to us how we're acting and behaving. Oftentimes, people think that this simply means what's being reflected back is our treatment of others…what some people think of as Karma, so to speak. While this may also be identified, this isn't the primary mechanism of how this "law" works.

With a deeper look, we see that our world, and relationships, actually reflect back HOW WE TREAT OURSELVES. So, if we don't value ourselves, the world reflects back situations where we won't feel valued. If we see ourselves as stupid, the world reflects back situations where we will feel stupid. If we run away from our emotions, this is the behavior we'll experience from others. Our thoughts, actions and behaviors are fueled by the beliefs we have about ourselves, and our world.

We actually create (subconsciously) a reality that brings forth situations that trigger the feelings we're used to having. Think about it. We end up feeling the same feelings over and over and over.

The people, situations, and scenery may be different, but the underlying storyline stays the same.

This may seem cruel and unusual karmic punishment. But, in truth, it's actually grace in action. This mechanism allows us to see vividly where our wounds and patterns are, where we're off the mark, where we're not in alignment with our true selves. It gives us the opportunity to learn, heal and make new choices that reflect the truth of who we really are.

So, if you're not sure of all the subtle, and not so subtle, ways you're treating yourself, and the beliefs you employ, just notice how the world is treating you. Then notice how you're treating yourself the exact same way. If you’d like to change these patterns, make a commitment to treat yourself in the way you'd like to be treated from the outside world.

Breathe. Be gentle. Have compassion for yourself. A lot of emotions may come up. Perfect. This will give you an opportunity to practice self love...the one and only, all-purpose healing elixir.

Frank Gjata,

Founder, Conscious Ink

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The Permission Slip You've Been Waiting For

The Permission Slip You've Been Waiting For

If you've been waiting for a sign that it's time to do that thing you've been meaning to do but haven't gotten around to, well, this is it. 

You see, everyone comes with their own built in special aptitudes and gifts to share with the world. If you haven't yet uncovered where your own talents lie, look for those things that come so naturally to you that you don't even give them second thought. Our greatest internal gems are often hiding in places that are obvious to everyone except for us. 

So many of us are reluctant to accept these gifts that are innate to us and to in turn share these gifts with the world, because doing so might seem impractical or inconvenient. We may also be unknowingly waiting for some person or external event or circumstance to give us permission to act upon these callings. We say that we'll create that product when the economy picks up or we'll write that book when we feel more qualified to do so. 

The catch to waiting for the perfect external person, place or thing to give us the permission to do what we came here to do is that, more often than not, this permission slip never comes. Thereby we pose the risk of going to the grave with these gifts still inside of us, left unopened. 

When we bypass the permission slip that we believe we need to move in the direction of our dreams and get started now, we step into our power. If you must, grant yourself permission and go for it. The important thing is that you get started.

Amanda,
Conscious Ink Staffer 

Amanda Brown is a wellness blogger and a member of the Conscious Ink Team at our home office in Bend, OR. She is passionate about helping people find peace with where they are at while pursuing their best, most fulfilling lives. For more of her work, you can head over to her blog at www.liminalwellness.com.
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Wanderlust: A Journey Back To You

Wanderlust: A Journey Back To You


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
-Steve Jobs

We humans are quite keen on knowing where we are headed at all times. It gives us a sense of certainty. Something tangible to hold onto, like a road map that guarantees if you take all of the right turns you will arrive at your destination. The problem is that life does not work like this. Life is not a straight-line trajectory- it ebbs and flows. Often times you have to wander off-trail to figure out who you are, what it is that you want and bring these desires to fruition.

I have always been a wanderer myself- quick to abandon a promising, secure path the moment it proves to not be a fulfilling choice for me. My family and friends were particularly worried when I dropped out of high school 3 months into my freshman year. Although this is the path that is seen as necessary in our society, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more waiting for me outside the classroom.

From wandering off of the societally appropriate path, I was able to get in touch with myself and achieve what I previously thought was out of reach. Over the course of 4 years I traveled across the country, hiked through the Sierras and managed to complete my Associate’s Degree at 18, when my high school class was just graduating. This all came from listening to my intuition and letting it guide me, even when it felt insanely impractical to do so.

All too often our desperate need to know where the next step will lead blocks the guidance our intuition provides for us. Intuition is like that high school boyfriend your parents didn’t care for. It shows up, windblown hair and leather pants, daring you to hop on the back of its’ motorcycle. Every bone in your body is screaming for you to hop on, but your mind is like erm, Amanda, you have Biology at 12. And this is how you miss out on the thrill of a journey intuition paved out for you.

Wandering is an essential part of listening to your intuition.

Your intuition will lead you down awry paths that may not always make practical sense but feel right in your gut. Onlookers will likely take your swerve off-track as a sign of you being lost in life but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Following your intuition only brings you closer to yourself. In reality you are not lost, you are actually closer to finding yourself than ever before.

With that being said, I urge you to tune into that gut feeling lying beneath all of the well-laid plans. When you get the impulse to flee from the perfect path you’ve carved out for yourself, know that there is no harm in wandering off course.

Often times it is the dirt road with the overgrown bushes that leads you back to who you really are.

 

Amanda Brown

Conscious Ink Staffer

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Self Love- How we treat ourselves.

Self Love- How we treat ourselves.

MIRROR, MIRROR…WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO TEACH ME?

Mirror, mirror...what do you have to teach me? We often hear that our world, and our relationships, mirror back to us how we're acting and behaving. Oftentimes, people think that this simply means what's being reflected back is how we treat others. What some people think of Karma, so to speak. While this may also be identified, this isn't the primary mechanism of how this "law" works.

If we look more closely, we may find that our world, and relationships, reflect back HOW WE TREAT OURSELVES. So, if we don't value ourselves, the world reflects back situations where we won't feel valued. If we see ourselves as inept, the world reflects back situations where we will feel inept. If we run away from our emotions, this is the behavior we'll experience from others. Our thoughts, actions and behaviors are fueled by the beliefs we have about ourselves, and our world.

We actually create (subconsciously) a reality that brings forth situations that trigger the feelings we're used to having. Think about it. We end up feeling the same feelings over and over and over.

The people, situations, and scenery may be different, but the underlying storyline stays the same.

This may seem like cruel and unusual karmic punishment. But, in truth, it's actually grace in action. This mechanism allows us to see where we're off the mark, where we're not in alignment with our true selves. It allows us the opportunity to learn, heal and make new choices that reflect the truth of who we really are.

So, if you're not sure of all the subtle, and not so subtle, ways you're treating yourself, just notice how the world is treating you. Notice how you may be treating yourself the exact same way. Then, if you'd like to change these patterns,  make a commitment to treat yourself in the way you'd like to be treated.

Breathe. Be gentle. Have compassion for yourself. A lot of emotions may come up. Perfect. This will give you an opportunity to practice self love...the one and only, all-purpose healing elixir.

Much love~

Frank Gjata

Founder, Conscious Ink

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I AM: decisions and declarations

I AM: decisions and declarations

Everyday we claim our titles, our choices, our paths. Everyday we make 35,000 decisions -- choices that can seem as inconsequential as we choose to add an extra slice of tomato to our sandwiches or how we tie our shoelaces. But among those many decisions, those big and small choices, we also decide WHO AM I.

We choose to be compassionate or judgmental.

We choose to cling tight or surrender.

We choose to be kind or be cold.

These are choices we make as we drive down the street, see our coworkers in the hall, greet our families at the door or kiss our kids (or fur babies) goodnight. Our thoughts and actions shape who we are and who we are becoming. It is by living consciously, by intentionally choosing those thoughts and actions do we become radically empowered in creating the trajectory and momentum of our lives.

Conscious Ink was created to empower the world to own their truth. The manifestation tattoos are a simple tool of awareness and empowerment to serve our daily reawakening and our daily reminder to choose wisely.

How can you be GRACE today?

How can you be INSPIRATION today?

How can you be HOPE today?

How can you be HEALED today?

How can you be POWERFUL today?


First, you must look in the mirror and claim it.


I am...bold.

...brilliant.

...hope.

...strong.

...powerful.



Decide it. Declare it.


Look into your eyes and see the truth. Be witness to your great, glorious, sometimes messy, always evolving I AM.  


We are honored to be choosing, growing, claiming, evolving with you.

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Behind the Ink: “I can begin again…”

Behind the Ink: “I can begin again…”

“It looked like a death sentence,” says Collins King about the moment she got up at 3am to reflect on her cancer diagnosis. But fast forward nearly a decade and now she is celebrating 7 years cancer-free! “I'll be 7 years out in November 2017 for Triple Negative Breast can-sur. I don't even spell it out and give it merit.“

But after chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, at 53, Collins started having body issues. Then Collins saw Conscious Ink tattoos  pop up in her Facebook newsfeed. Collins had decided to start a workout regiment. She wanted something positive on her skin that was visible to keep her on track, keep her positive and so she began wearing a Manifestation Tattoo on her right wrist every day before a workout.

You are loved.

Love your body.

Empowerment.

These were the words that she wore to remind her of her own strength. “Every time I look down at that tattoo, I am reminded that I can begin again.”

Collins can’t have tattoos (needles) in her arm and these tattoos allowed her the beauty and purpose of a tattoo without the actual ink, needles or permanence.

“I love wearing them and when my friends ask, ‘did you get ink?’ I say ‘temporary on the skin, indelible on the soul’ to them.”

In the end, it comes down to the words we choose for ourselves.

Collins says that if she could leave a single message to the world, it would be:

“Life is a Journey, not a destination. Go with God. Oh,and of course cancer sucks!”

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We are honored to be a part of our Inkers journey towards healing.

Have you struggled with an illness? How did you overcome it? What mantra would you claim (or have you claimed) for strength for the journey?


Share your story of healing with our Conscious Ink family. Our collective stories are powerful when we allow them to rise.



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Temporary Tattoos: A Tool for Permanent Transformation?

Temporary Tattoos: A Tool for Permanent Transformation?

Let’s be honest, in our fast-paced world with endless to-do lists, we need all the help we can get to stay grounded, and focused on our well-meaning intentions. But temporary tattoos, really? Most of us are already familiar with the most popular self-help rituals, like meditation, yoga, and walks in nature. These are all wonderful, and have proven to be effective. The problem is that more times than not, soon after we’re done with repeating our 1000th mantra, luxuriating in savasana pose, or communing with nature, we quickly can find ourselves back in our old routines, and may find ourselves cursing that inconsiderate “idiot” in front of us in traffic!

Wouldn’t it be great to have something…a practice… that would help us in those out-of-control moments, when we’ve simply lost our center? Well, one way to keep our intentions top of mind is to also keep them “top of body” with a Manifestation Temporary Tattoo by Conscious Ink. It’s this precise purpose that life-coach founder Frank Gjata created these unique, unexpected, and effective tools.

With over 300 positive words, inspiring phrases, and empowering affirmations, it’s easy to find the perfect message to support you with whatever you’d like to manifest into your life.

Plus, these Conscious Ink Manifestation Temporary Tattoos can perform magic even if when you’re not consciously noticing the inspiring messages. According to Dr. Emoto & his groundbreaking research on water, even water molecules are affected by thoughts, words, and feelings. Since our bodies are 70% water, just imagine the influence that thoughts, words and feelings have on us!

So, there you have it, it’s time to get inked up for good! Log onto our online Conscious Ink Store and pick out the temporary tattoo that speaks to you... you might find that it’s the tattoo that picks you. (We think that’s a good thing.) Happy manifesting to you!
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Why Inspirational Temporary Tattoos? Beyond Skin-Deep Intentions

Why Inspirational Temporary Tattoos? Beyond Skin-Deep Intentions

You may be asking yourself, "Conscious Ink... why are you here?".  Ah, the great existential question! We're here to raise consciousness, one body at a time! You. Me. And maybe even Dupree (A movie reference) :-). We don't consider ourselves a temporary tattoo company. We consider ourselves a consciousness company that utilizes inspirational temporary tattoos to support people on their journey. Our mission goes so much farther beneath the skin. Read on for more!

A Deeper Intention
Of course, our Manifestation Temporary Tattoos can be used just for fun...but they can also be used to create an environment of intention, and deliberativeness. They force you to ask the questions, "What is it that I need?", "How could I best support myself in this moment?". Instead of letting circumstances rule you, our Manifestation Temporary Tattoos can help you take control of your life. They are applied to the surface of the skin, but can very much reach your soul.
A temporary reminder becomes a permanent habit
Once your new intention has been set as a physical reminder, the real process begins. You've probably heard that a good habit takes 21 days or so to set in, right? Thats why we offer Manifestation Tattoos in Power Packs, so you can create a new pattern in your life. Manifest your specific intention all month long and watch your intention turn into reality.
Subconscious encouragement
You know all of those sticky notes you place on you desk as reminders? Or (ladies) the encouraging words you write in lipstick on your mirror at home? After awhile your eyes get used to their presence and its almost as if it was never placed there. Similarly, temporary tattoos can have the same effect. However, the intimacy of placing the reminder on your physical body creates a subconscious encouragement that lasts goes much deeper, and can last much longer. You get healthy brain habit training without you even registering!
Situational needs and  situational support
Things in life come and go like waves crashing on the beach shore. Things that once consumed your thinking and your reality pass and become distant memories.  Many permanent tattoos have something personal deeply connected to them. Sometimes, years (or maybe even just months!) after putting that permanent reminder on your skin, the necessity for its presence isn't as crucial. Our Manifestation Tattoos are meant to be used as support for your ever-changing life circumstances and needs.

 

So there you have it. Conscious Ink Manifestation Inspirational Temporary Tattoos are much, much more than body art. Convinced yet? Head over to our Conscious Ink Store and try them out yourself!


Many blessings,

The Conscious Ink Fam

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How to Best Apply a Temporary Tattoo

How to Best Apply a Temporary Tattoo

So you went and got yourself a Manifestation Temporary Tattoo from Conscious Ink? Sweet! As you know, our Inspirational long lasting temporary tattoos are no ordinary tats... besides being 100% magically motivating, they're safe, non-toxic, and made in the USA. Here is how to keep manifesting your intentions as long as possible..
  • Always clean the intended area of skin before applying.
  • Removing any lotions, oils, or just daily sweat and grime from the area will give the ink a strong foundation to cling to! A little rubbing alcohol works great to prepare the skin.
  • Remove transparent cover of tattoo.
  • Place on area of body that doesn't get too much wear and tear.
  • Lay single sheet of paper towel over top of temporary tattoo
  • Absorbant! :)
  • Completely soak paper towel with a spray bottle of water
  • Let the magic begin!
  • Hold soaked paper towel to temporary tattoo for 30 seconds with good pressure.
  • Be sure the back of the temporary tattoo is completely soaked all the way to the corners
  • Peel one corner slowly and check to see if ink has stuck to skin before peeling completely
Voila! You've just Manifested a long lasting intention!
Check out our Conscious Ink Store for all the Manifestation Temporary  Tattoos your heart can desire.


Many Blessings,

The Conscious Ink Fam
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Inspirational Tattoos for Women: More Than Meets the Eye

Inspirational Tattoos for Women: More Than Meets the Eye

Life can be overwhelming and sometimes... sucky! Here are 3 reasons why our inspirational temporary tattoos can help feed your mind with positive vibes!
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Get Frank! Right. Now.

Get Frank! Right. Now.

Frank Gjata: Yes! The simple act of acknowledging is so very powerful. This has become the foundation of my work as a coach/facilitator.
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