Boni Lonnsburry is the Chief Visionary Officer of Inner Art Inc., an expert on conscious creation, and the author of three best-selling books, including The Map: To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True. The Map has won eight book awards, including the prestigious Nautilus Award and was named Best Law of Attraction Book of 2013 by Law of Attraction Leaders.
By applying the Universal Law of Attraction to her own life she transformed poverty, loneliness, and despair to abundance, love, and joy. And now she teaches others to do the same. Check out Boni’s newest book: The Map to Abundance: The No-Exceptions Guide to Creating Money, Success, and Bliss.
Kimberly: For our November cover, joining us today is Boni Lonnsburry. Boni is an expert in conscious creation, and she’s also the CEO of Inner Art Inc., and the best selling author of, The Map. The Map – To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True! So Boni, thank you so much for joining us today.
Boni: Oh, thank you for having me, Kimberly.
Kimberly: You have this amazing story. So many people can relate to your story, and I’d love for you to share it because, you went through this really hitting rock bottom, and you have now rebounded. You’re such an inspiration. I would love for you to share your story with our readers and watchers who don’t know much about you yet.
Boni: I was a very logical young woman and very agnostic. I really didn’t know if there was a God, I was just gonna reserve my judgment and opinion for. It ended up being many years when I awoke to my spirituality and discovered that we do create our own reality, everything in my world changed overnight. The concept that we are divine, and that in that divinity we’ve been given this gift to literally manifest our entire world, just still blows me away after all these years. But when I first heard about it, I couldn’t make it happen beyond a certain point.
So my first few things manifested really easily, as they do for many people because like, “Oh hey. Let’s look at this,” and pow, it happens and money drops in the bank account, and doors open. But then, it starts to get a little too real for some of us, and I found myself trying so hard to make it work, that my entire life spiraled into the toilet. And, I found myself in foreclosure, my home was in foreclosure. I had no job that was making any money, I was spending a lot of money trying to make money, but not making any money. My only source of money was alimony, and my children moved in with their dad, and he instantly moved them across the country. I was literally on the verge of bankruptcy, which I ended up declaring.
At that point, I had known about the law of attraction for going on 10 years then. So, I felt like this dismal failure, that this thing that I knew about and so many people didn’t, and I was trying so hard to make it work. Trying too hard to make it work, that everything just got worse, and worse, and worse, and worse. I finally said, “Screw it. Screw the stupid law of attraction. I don’t care. It’s just not working so, I’m just gonna give up my dream, I’m gonna give up thinking about it, and I’m just gonna focus on one thing.” That thing that I wanted to focus on was, “Feeling good, feeling happy, feeling connected.”
I stopped doing anything concerned with it and just decided that if I was gonna be a bag lady and be homeless, I would at least be a happy bag lady and a happy homeless person. That reset my emotional body. For those of you who aren’t really sure how this whole thing works, it’s my belief that the emotions are the causative factor of everything that we see, everything that we experience, everything that we feel. Once I did that, I allowed things to start getting easier. So then I thought, “Wow.” I got a job almost immediately. Within a week, I had a job as a temp so, I wasn’t making much money but, I still had some money, and it kind of made me excited about what else I might be able to make happen.
So, I started just playing with it and just spending 10 minutes every morning thinking about … Actually, I imagined myself at a table, at a bistro in the south of France, with my higher self, my subconscious mind, and my future self. The future self who had it all together, who had lots of money, who had lots of love, who had lots of everything in abundance in her world. I would just tell them about, “This is what I want my day to be like. By the way, I asked you for prosperity before but, you haven’t brought me any, so I’m gonna feel it for you, so you know what the feeling is that I want all day long, and want everything that happens to result in this feeling.”
I would just imagine opening up a bank statement, or opening up my bank account online and seeing just lots of zeros. Lots of zeros and commas. I didn’t put a number to it, but I put a feeling to it. That feeling was, “I don’t need to worry about money. There’s more than enough money. More than enough money.” Sure enough, as I started doing that, I asked for other things too, of course. Every morning, I asked to feel excited about my day, I asked to have fun, and I would feel the feelings for them. I asked to be doing something that helped people, that was meaningful, and brought something to someone.
Even the temp jobs that I got ended up being really interesting and fun to do, which was kind of trippy. Within a couple week, I had a full-time job offer, and that ended up being so much fun. Every day was a joy. I could work at home, and I was making good money, and I still wanted my own company though. So, I was working at that company, doing all kinds of things, from graphic design, to planning parties, to ghostwriting for the president of this 10 billion dollar company. So, that just got to be more and more fun.
Then one day, he came to me and said, “I want to start my own company, and it’s gonna be a marketing company, focused on what we do in-house for this mortgage company but for the entire country. Would you like to be the Vice President, and I’ll give you a piece of the company?” And I went, “Wow! You know what? This stuff maybe does work.” So I played with that, and that was even more fun. You know, start-up is always fun and always exciting, but six months later, he closed the door on the company and just focused on his mortgage company. I knew at that point, it wasn’t gonna be bad news, it was gonna be good news, somehow, someway.
Sure enough, the president of that little startup, came to me and said, “What if you and I started a company of our own,” and she had a job in his mortgage company, but she said, “You could run it from your home, and I’ll be the silent partner.” I’m like, “Okay. Except for, this company makes more money, and I have to live. I have to pay my rent, buy my groceries.” She said, “You know, there’s a couple people I think would hire you to write, and design things for them and do some marketing, just consulting.” So, she set me up with a couple part-time jobs.
Within six months, I had bought her out, the company was making enough profit for me to live from, and because I had just been out of bankruptcy, I did not want to leverage anything so, this company cost $50 to start, and I never put in another dime and never took out a loan until I bought printing equipment and a building to house it in. Within five years, it was grossing 5 million dollars a year in sales. So, I always knew I would teach this stuff, I didn’t know I’d have to go through a trial by fire to begin doing it.
I learned because I had to learn, and it was so much fun. It was so fun removing the obstacles, and opening up pathways to more, and more, and more abundance, and fun, and joy, and creativity. So now, I teach it full time.
Kimberly: I love that story because so many people are there or have been there, and then they give up, because they think, “Oh, this is too hard,” or, “Oh, this law of attraction doesn’t work.” And like you said, “It’s that feeling of peace,” one thing I know that people have a hard time with is sustaining that. People seem to manifest, and it goes away, and then they manifest, and it goes away. So, what is a good trick for making it sustainable, so that you are in this abundance all the time?
Boni: There’s really not a trick. That’s really just staying awake, staying conscious and realizing, when you start feeling not good, you are creating not good stuff. So, if something happens, say that things are going well and you’re really excited, and then things start going down, realize that either it’s just a fluctuation, like the waves come in and the waves go out, and it will take care of itself in a short period of time, or you have a belief that says, “It can’t be that good. It can’t be that profitable. I can’t be that abundant.” If you’re putting out positive energy, if you’re excited and moving forward in your dream with excitement, there’s nothing left but beliefs, and beliefs are 99% of peoples difficulty in manifest because they’re not conscious.
Because they’re in your self-conscious mind, and you may hold a belief that’s a total opposite of the belief that’s causing the difficulty, and so you think, “No. I believe I deserve it. I believe I’m willing.” You, the adult-you does but, maybe the child-you doesn’t. So, in The Map to Abundance, the new book that I wrote, I teach how to test for beliefs using your body, so that you can figure out exactly what belief needs to be changed, and change it. Reality does change.
Kimberly: That’s awesome. I think everyone’s gonna run out and get The Map to Abundance because I think that’s the biggest problem. I hear it all the time, “How do you keep it?”
Now, you’ve created this amazing company, Inner Art Inc., and in your business, where you teach as a spiritual entrepreneur, so many people have this issue with money. Not only do they have an issue with creating that money, even though they so desire it, but there’s also the issue of, “Oh, should I be charging for this if I have this knowledge? If you are teaching about the universe and the universe responds to us, then you should just be giving that away for free.” So, what is your philosophy on charging, and charging a nice energy exchange for your work, and what’s your recommendation to spiritual entrepreneurs for having a little wobble with that idea?
Boni: Again, look at the beliefs around that. Because a lot of us, probably all of us came across that particular objection and difficulty in our minds from day one. Because it’s kind of bred into us that we should not be okay charging for something that is of God, of light, of divine source. So, change the belief and then realize, “You know what? You’re creating it all. You’re creating the people that come to you, you’re creating what they pay you, you’re creating everything around it.” It’s all an illusion anyway, why not have a lot of illusion, right? Why should you say, “No,” to more abundance if it’s an illusion? Do you say, “No,” to more air? “No, I can only have a half a breath of air right now because I want to have enough air for everybody else.” No! You have an abundance of air, and you have an abundance of everything else that you want too because it’s your creation. So, go at it, have fun. Change the beliefs that say, “You can’t.”
Kimberly: That’s awesome! That’s so true, we get so caught up in what the reality is, and it’s like, “Guys, it’s not that big a deal. Just have as much fun as possible through the whole process.” Tell me a little bit about your creation of The Map to Abundance. The first book, The Map To Our Responsive Universe came out of all of your life experiences. What prompted you now to write the new book, The Map to Abundance?
Boni: It was always my plan Kimberly, to write the main book The Map, and then write books that really targeted different areas of life. I plan to continue to do that: The Map to Work You Love, The Map to Great Health, and Vitality and Agelessness, The Map to Joy. I wanted to do The Map to Abundance first because, if people can get secure financially, then they’re really free, and then they can go on to have what they love and create love in their life, great health. But abundance, money specifically, stops a lot of people from moving forward in other areas.
So I thought when I had this idea, that I would like these ancillary books around The Map, I thought, “Well, they’ll be just little books.” The Map was a nice good size, lot of information, and the rest of them will just be little tips and things, and how to create that particular thing. The Map to Abundance is almost twice as big as The Map is because abundance is really weighted in our society. There’s so much stuff that people have around it, and there’s so much stuff that people want you to have around it. Nobody cares if you create a great love life.
But people think that if they can get your money from you, then they’ll be more powerful. I’m talking corporations and people who don’t realize that, “Hey, it’s an illusion. Everybody can have as much as you got. You don’t have to take it from anybody, you don’t have to trick anybody out of it. You can just create it.” So, I really wanted it to be a book that broke apart all of those old mindsets about money and gave people a chance to look at all their beliefs in all the different areas and their behavior patterns, and take it apart and change it. So, it ended up being quite hefty.
Kimberly: And absolutely so needed. So, when creating a business, sometimes we go down a certain path and we’re like, “Oh if I have only done that differently…” As you’ve created your Inner Art Inc. and your coaching business, is there any advice that you would have for someone that’s sitting on the fence and thinking about starting their spiritual business, but they’re a little wobbly in the whole process? What recommendation would you have for them?
Boni: Well, just what you said before. It’s all about having fun. In The Map to Abundance, I wrote a lot of chapters about taking apart the energy that you put out to create more abundance. The next to last chapter is about, “Now I’ll tell you what really matters about abundance.” Abundance is the goodie bag that you take home from the party. That just comes. If your beliefs are in alignment, and that’s easy to do – to figure out your beliefs and change them, abundance will just flow to you like magic.
The real trick is having a blast every single day in your life and finding your passion, finding what excites you, and changing the beliefs that say, “You can’t do that thing that excites you!”; changing the beliefs that say, “You can’t have money coming in.” Inner Art has not been profitable in six years, and neither was Amazon in two decades for a few quarters. I’ve read an article that said, “Amazon was built for greatness, not for profits.” Now, they’re becoming very, very profitable. I mean, I have lots, and lots, and lots of money coming in, so it’s not like I don’t have the money or I don’t have abundance, I have an abundance of abundance!
I’m building Inner Art in a way that I want to build it for greatness, build it so that people all around the world have every tool they need to change their life in whatever way they want to change it. So, what I would have done differently is maybe had not taking it as seriously from the start, and just had more fun because, that’s what grew my marketing company to the company that it was, and I know that that’s key. But I wouldn’t change much really.
Kimberly: That’s great. That’s always good to look back and say, “Nope, I was good with that, and we’ll move forward and create new stuff.” With all this happening, and the abundance like you said, “You’re bringing it in, and you’re having fun with it.” Is there something that you do to keep yourself in alignment, and having this abundance and keeping that balance with knowing who you are internally and seeing everything come in? Is there a certain thing that you do to keep yourself in alignment every day?
Boni: I’m always connected to my higher self. I meditate, I spend a lot of time just in solitude and just thinking about what feels the most fun to do next. It’s become something that’s so natural in my life, that I don’t even think about having to do it because I just want to do it. I want to be connected, and I want to be guided, and I want to be excited, happy, and joyous. So pretty much, my life is all of that all the time now. But early on, I had to remind myself that it’s just as important to work on your business as it is to work in your business.
Working on it is always coming from a place deeper inside yourself then your conscious mind is so, that’s what necessitates connecting with your higher self, connecting with your future self, connecting with your soul, going into meditation, and finding out what they did, what your future self did. Your lightest, brightest future self, your happiest, most joyous, most abundant future self already knows how to do it. So, you don’t have to figure it out, just go talk to them.
Kimberly: I know, I do that every morning. Suddenly there’ll be something I’ll think of and I’ll be like, “Ooh, what’s the answer to that.” I’m like, “Wait a minute. Okay, just hand it over. Just hand it over.” I said, “Okay. Infinite intelligence, this is my question. Please deliver me the answer.” Then people ask, “Well, how does that happen and why are you so happy?” It just becomes such a natural process that is your life. Like you said, it’s not really that you’re doing anything specific anymore, it just is in that flow and it feels so amazing.
So, where can they find The Map to Abundance because I have a sneaking suspicion people are gonna be like, “Hand that over,” because I know people are stuck with it. So, where can they find you, and find out more about you, and how do they get the book?
Boni: Well, the book is available at Amazon, and will be available in most new age bookstores shortly. They can find out more about me and buy the book at my website, which is LiveALifeYouLove.com.
Kimberly: Boni, thank you so much for joining us. It has been such a pleasure, and thank you for sharing space, time, and energy with us.
Boni: Thank you, Kimberly. It’s been so much fun.