Hugh Traulsen on Manifesting Your Future

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Hugh Traulsen and COPD “Every day is a new life to a wise man.” Hugh Traulsen of Virginia uses these words as a guiding principle. Nearly a decade ago, Hugh experienced a lung attack and was told by a pulmonologist he only had six months to live. The shocking news made him re-evaluate his purpose and mission in life.

“When I was diagnosed I saw it as a blessing because I was forced to leave the workforce and I had to decide what I was going to do with my life,” says Hugh. From that moment on, Hugh committed himself to sharing his message of positivity and, “…changing the world from my dining room table.” So how does he achieve his goal? Hugh’s says he does so by encouraging individuals to find and share their own personal gifts.

“I am a senior citizen, I’m disabled, I’m in the veteran’s healthcare system, I’m pretty much homebound, but that does not limit me as long as I have a telephone. I don’t even own a computer. It’s again, not about me, but about me empowering you, to help you to find your own strengths and to bring them forth and in a way that will bless others.”

When asked about the personal tools he has used to manage COPD, Hugh told us that the first step was dropping fear. “People are afraid of stepping into the unknown, but that is where the breakthroughs happen. That’s where, when you let go and let God, the miracles happen.” He went on to explain that what one fears, one will attract, so it is important for everyone to focus on what they want to manifest in their lives.

To do this, one must be aware of his/her own thought patterns. Hugh stated that connecting with nature regularly helps him practice mindfulness. “Nature is my meditation,” Hugh said. He takes daily walks around his community and rewards himself by sitting on an outdoor bench to enjoy nature. Several years ago, he was surprised by an unusual visitor.

“A butterfly came and landed right in front of me. It was brown with orange and white markings on it. It stayed for about 20 minutes, periodically opening and closing its wings. Then it moved another 3 feet, opened its wings and left them open. That’s when I started getting a message. When we hit a bump in the road, we close our wings like a butterfly or go into a shell. Or, we can learn to open up, let go and let God; then we can handle things. I got up to walk away I noticed my Bermuda shorts were brown with orange markings, the same color as the butterfly. These are miracles that are around us all the time if we just open up to it. Nature is full of them.”

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