Saturday, August 12, 2017

Experiencing Oneness

At first, realizing we are characters within the Divine mind can be horribly offensive to the ego. It is human nature to want to feel special, important, "better than," more capable, more correct, and so on. The notion that we are all One love in different forms sometimes makes an individual feel less "real" or less "important." In reality we are all real. We are all important.

As you experience the truth of our Unity – that we exist within God and God is within us – something beautiful begins to happen.
You begin to know that you are never alone or without guidance. You never have to solve your challenges by yourself. You are loved more than you can possibly imagine. Suddenly everyone is family. Suddenly, as the ego surrenders to the greater Truth of its unity with the Divine, you realize everyone else is you. You feel safer, more loved, more capable of creating change in your life.

The angels like to say, "We are as waves upon the ocean, seemingly separate only at the surface, but connected but a depth of love beyond comprehension. You can only imagine we are separate."
I have had many experiences of this Oneness. In "Ann & the Angels, Series 7" I was teaching people to slip into these blissful realities while simultaneously knowing themselves as a unique and precious individual. I kept slipping into this Presence in the studio. It felt delicious beyond words. It was sometimes hard to speak in front of the camera and the studio was filled with light.

The real magic, however, happened in the airport on the way home. I felt only the Presence of the Divine looking through my eyes at itself in the thousands of people traveling, greeting, rushing, smiling, hugging, scowling, stressing... no exception. I felt the Presence of God looking through my eyes at itself in everyone else. Whether someone smiled or scowled, I felt only the euphoric bliss of unconditional love. My Ann-self became an observer, swimming in a magical world of connection.

Last weekend I was at the International Association for Near Death Studies conference, speaking as part of a panel. I had the privilege of hearing famous authors, doctors and scientists studying human consciousness, and nursers pioneering whole new nursing philosophies based on caring.

I got to meet scores of people who had died, gone into the light and come back to tell. In so many cases, they spoke of the feelings of being one with, or deeply connected with all of life in their experience beyond death. Often the feelings of love and connection were so strong they didn't want to return to the limited experience of being in a human body. Nonetheless, they knew they must because their message about our unity and the constant presence of Love felt so important to share.

Here are a few ideas to help you shift into the blissful experience of Oneness, and to experience the love that is around us and in us at all times...

1. Either go to a beautiful place in nature or find a beautiful photo of nature on the Internet. Allow yourself to become "lost" in it
As you witness the beauty and majesty of nature – a sunset, a sunrise, the vastness of the ever-undulating ocean, or the sweet repose of a forest, you begin to return to your natural state of being. You begin to feel a part of something larger – an organism within an ecosystem.

You begin to feel the Presence of something very loving that created such beauty. You begin, as you witness the cyclical nature of nature, to feel eternity. 

Just "be" with this beautiful scene. Just observe loosely, in a relaxed way. Let yourself "melt" into it for a few minutes. See how you feel.


2. Look into the eyes of the innocent - either a child, a dog, a precious soul - either in the physical or in a photo... or even your own in the mirror.

The eyes are the windows to the soul. As you quiet your mind and look either into your own eyes, or the eyes of another, something in you recognizes a presence that goes far beyond body, brain, or mind. The longer you are able to look in the eyes of another with a quiet mind, the more deeply you go into the mystery.

What looks through your eyes is looking back at you... just in a different form. 

3.Listen to some inspiring music or chant a mantra and let yourself melt into it.

In ancient cultures, the shaman healers listened to a drumbeat and melted into it to enter other dimensions. In Hindu traditions there are mantras chanted over and over that induce a similar effect. In Christian traditions the monks chanted for hours to lose themselves in God.

I listen to Robin Miller's "Dreams of Heaven" and float into these spaces.

Choose some music that inspires you and see if you can just allow your mind to drift with it, turning yourself into pure light, energy, or whatever it begins to present to you. Melt into the experience. It will transport you beyond the ordinary. 

I know these are deep topics, and it is all to easy to want "practical" solutions to life's challenges. I am an ex-electrical engineer who grew up within a scientific paradigm, and I love practical solutions!  

The father I delve into the mystery however, the more I understand that the most practical thing we can do, is reconnect with love – one moment at a time. As we attune ourselves with love, we hear our guidance and feel good about ourselves. Challenges are elegantly solved. Opportunities present themselves and what we call "miracles" become a natural way of life.

I love you all so much. Thank you for being on this journey with me.
Ann 

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Expand into light

Have you ever done something the "hard way" for years and then realized, at long last, there was a much easier way?

... like banging jar lids on the counter and struggling with them until I discovered these little rubber pads that stick and help you unscrew the lid!

.... or typing cryptic commands in an old DOS computer (for those of you old enough to remember!) until I discovered the absolute joy of an "intuitive user interface" on my first Macintosh!
... struggling to peel ginger with a vegetable peeler until mom told me I could scrape the skin off with the edge of a spoon.

... or sitting at my desk for years with poor posture until I realized all I had to do was call in my two favorite carpenters in heaven (Jesus and grandpa) to help me find a solution!

There are so many cases in life where we just do what we do, the way we know how to do it... until we get fed up with doing things the hard way... or someone shows us a much easier way to go.

It was like that with managing difficult energies for me. I feared negative energies and tried to protect myself from them. I got upset at negative people, or at myself for not being able to "fix" them. I battled demons who came in with some clients. I ranted about injustices. 

The angels patiently indulged my way of handling dense energy until I finally was willing to surrender to an easier method – "Just allow the light that you are to expand within you, Ann. That will fix everything."

As always, they were right. Allowing the light to expand withing is quick, easy, fun, and feels good. I now use this technique all the time. It protects me from negativity. It strengthens me. It gives me energy when I feel depleted. Best of all, it just plain feels amazing! The more you do it, the more you feel it.

Here are a few ways you can use the simple exercise of expanding the light within to improve your life in every day life situations:

1. Protection against negative people
When you're around someone whining, complaining, or angry, it is easy to get drained if you shift your energy into pity, or begin to fear or resist them.

Instead imagine a spark of light in the center of your chest, exapnding, filling you with light. Imagine the light spills past the boundaries of your body and encompasses them too. You are sharing Divine love. You are giving them a "hug from God."

They will almost always settle down or leave! In any case, you will be rooted in Divine love rather than in their negativity. You won't get drained because the light is coming from the Infinite, not from your personality's reservoir.

2. Clear a room

When your home lacks luster, or when you're waiting in line at the post office, in a hotel room, in a crowd, or in a waiting room you might want to clear or refresh the energy around you. 

Simply imagine that spark of light in the center of your chest. Imagine you are allowing it to expand. It fills you, spills past the boundaries of your body and begins to fill the room, seeping into the furniture, the walls, the floor, the ceiling, etc... You can even imagine this light filling your house. Again, this light is coming through you not from your personal reservoir. You will feel uplifted.

3.Heal yourself or others

Imagine that spark of light in the center of your chest. Imagine you are allowing it to expand. It fills you, waking up all the healthy cells, bringing light into the darker areas of the aura, and gently cleansing you with energy. You are bringing radiant health into each cell. You are focusing on your healed, whole, and healthy self. 

To help another, imagine that light withing them, expanding, filling and waking up all healthy cells, bringing light into dark areas of their aura. You are focusing on their healed, whole, and healthy self. 

Play with this exercise of allowing the light to expand this week. Get creative. It really works. I love hearing how you use it too! 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

You're already there

September 3, 1993 my entire life changed. I had a dream a month before that I was spiraling up a mountain on a dirt road with my husband at the time. I left him to wander into a jungle to the interior of the mountain. In the dense foliage I met a tiny woman who asked me one question, "Are you willing to give up life as you know it?" I must have said yes. I awakened to find exactly three rose petals under my tail bone. The rose wreath was on a far wall. There was not breeze, no fan, no nothing. I still have those petals.

That was the day I went to the mailbox and received a brochure for a conference featuring alternative healers, shamans, and therapists. It was sponsored by an organization that offered continuing education for therapists. I had not signed up for their mailing list. In fact, I didn't know any therapists. There was no earthly reason I received that brochure.

I became excited by the prospect of meeting people who did things I had only read about. Shamanism and energy work intrigued me.  I registered for the conference, eeling that my entire life was about to change.

It was there at the conference that I first felt energy. A woman put her hand on my shoulder and lightning went through me. Another woman, who became my first teacher, touched me and I shook for an hour. "Why am I shaking?" I asked. "Your entire life is about to change," she responded. I begged her to teach me, signed up for her class as soon as I could, and took more as soon as she would allow me. She paced me, made me learn patience, allowing, and surrender. She taught me that although we can force energy to move, it is far easier to allow it to flow through our experience. 

As the years went by I continued to practice surrender. As I surrendered to my heart, I gradually becoming reacquainted with my real self. I surrendered my life as I knew it. I learned to allow the energy to flow through me to benefit others. I learned to channel. Lately as I've learned to surrender to the gaze, I realize that the energy was there all along and I was only surrendering to the experience of it.

What we call "healing" is only a surrender to the wholeness that was already there. What we call "releasing" is only a surrender to the perfection. What we call "expanding" is really just expanding our awareness into the realities that are awaiting our exploration. 

Although I knew this, and have experienced the value of surrendering to the light for years, it has been a huge shift in my reality to experience it more deeply. There is nothing to become. There is nothing to strive for. There is only resistance to release, and a willingness to allow the joy, health, and happiness that is already there waiting, to become part of our conscious experience.

Here are a few pointers to help you surrender into a happier reality

1. Open the doorway of the heart on a daily basis
Do the meditation in the angel message above. In reality we are not opening something shut. We are opening our awareness, expanding our experience into a reality that is just there and waiting for us. We are "tuning" into a frequency of love that is already there. 

We use imagery and metaphor like doorways and opening because this is what our mind understands. However we are just really shifting our awareness to what is already there.

2. On a daily basis, take a few minutes to imagine you are "already there"

Have you ever seen those Russian dolls, where one fits inside the other, and another fits inside that one. If not Google them to get an image.  

Imagine the "you" that you know now is the outside doll. 

Just inside of that there is a whole, healed, healthy, happy, abundant you that has everything you want or need.  

Imagine what that the inner doll – expands to merge with the outer doll. The healthy you expands to merge with and inform the unwell you. The abundant you expands to merge with and inform the not so abundant you. The love and loving you expands to merge with and inform the you that feels unloved or unloving. The "you" that you want to be lives within. It is coming to the surface, 

We are not striving to become what we want. We are striving to bring who we want to be to the surface, so we can attract what we want externally.


3.Give thanks for what you have not yet experienced... but want to

Imagine you have what you want, or are who you want to be. Give thanks. Give thanks for your healed body if it is sick. Give thanks for your abundance even if it isn't here yet. Give thanks for healed relationships, and new abilities. Imagine your future self is giving thanks for what has already transpired. 

This will "tune" you into that experience and start to shift your energies into the experience you want.




We are like radios capable of tuning into any reality, experiencing what we tune into.
 The radio doesn't have to become anything. The stations are already broadcasting. Health, wholeness, love, anything exists as energy right now. The more we "tune" into it, no matter how we achieve that, the more we experience that reality. I'm having fun with this lately and love hearing how you are too!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Easier classes

Sometimes, our toughest classes lead to our greatest joy... 

Learning to love someone who hated me and attacked me viscously in spirit the past few years strengthened my soul but it had weakened my body. I had twisted intestines, skin cancer, shingles, and a variety of other unpleasant reminders not to indulge in my own fears. One by one, these healed, but up until a few months ago I was still waking every morning up shaking in fear. The attacks stopped awhile ago but I was still having ptsd-like symptoms.

So, I'd wake up, breathe, do yoga and within a few minutes I had reclaimed peace and calm in the present moment. Nonetheless the constant adrenal stress got me. I decided to go on a mission to master my mind so I could reclaim the vibrant health I used to enjoy before I dove into the tougher lessons.

I give thanks often, but I started giving thanks for everything. I am almost always positive, but I made it a point to catch every negative thought and replace it with better ones. I started focusing relentlessly on my health! I felt fantastic! Celebrating life, joy, and victory I was feeling the best I've been in ages, radiantly healthy, joyful, in love with life and everyone in it, and manifesting like crazy... when I found a very hard lump the size of a golf ball in a place lumps should not be. 

This was my graduation.

I saw two possible futures – the one the world would dictate, and the one my soul knew was possible. I saw only one lesson no matter which "class" I chose – to eventually embrace the truth of my wholeness and well-being.

Class #1 involved embracing human belief systems, falling into fear, getting medical procedures, and "healing." Class #2 involved embracing higher truth and thinking no other thoughts than wholeness, acknowledging that we are as much energy as flesh and bone, and seeing only the "reality" that lies beneath all illusions. I chose class #2.

I chose to focus only on my whole and healed self. I chose to acknowledge higher truth – that this was old energy that was simply revealing itself because I was ready to handle it. I chose to believe it would be gone almost instantly. For once, I did not give in to fear at all. I knew I had trained my mind to focus on what I wanted and this was my golden opportunity to put it to work.

I knew (not wished, but knew) that I was made of light and already whole within. I knew my energy could shift and my body could shift in an instant. I've witnessed enough miracles. I knew this "lump" was just old sadness I had to "get off my chest." This was an old illusion I'd harbored for too long – one that said the masculine vibration didn't nurture the feminine. I had already changed those energies within me. Now the body had to follow. I just had to focus.

I pictured vibrant light emanating from me, and saw this lump of dense energy spiraling into wisps of smoke and dissolving from the surface of my skin. I went to bed knowing I would receive help in my sleep, thinking the humorous thought that if Jesus could resurrect an entire body in three days, certainly this mistaken energy could be out in that time!

I burnt like an furnace was inside of me, all night long. I kept waking up drenched in sweat. I felt prickly, staticy energy pouring out of me. The lump was nearly gone by morning. Through my dear friend Summer Bacon, at her open session the next day the angels confirmed I had indeed allowed for a "miracle." Three days later it was gone.

We get to choose our lessons with our focus. Focus on fear and that path is well-traveled in this world. Focus on bliss and although the road is sometimes unpaved, what a joy to travel that one! More and more I'm aware of the subtle resistances to joy and well being, and the ever increasing flood of desire for it. It is getting so much easier to acknowledge the joyful desires, and as a result the lessons are so much more joyful!

Here are a few pointers to help you release fear and resistance:

1. When you are afraid, admit it. Don't be ashamed of it. Ask humans or heaven for help.

There's a tendency in spiritual crowds to be ashamed of fear. When we look at it rationally, most of the time we know we "shouldn't" be afraid, that everything is ultimately OK, and that much of our fears are ridiculous. Nonetheless, they don't let go easy. Allow yourself to ask for help. If you don't have friends you can laugh with, then sit, breathe, and receive the angels help.

Alternately, if you are physically inclined, dance, hike, or exercise. Shake your hands and arms like a dog shaking water off its back! Fear is a constrictive energy and any sort of exercise, dance, or motion will help move it out of your body!

2. Look for the subtle resistance to what you want

Ask yourself, "If life handed me what I wanted tomorrow, what would have to change in me? What would change in my life? How would my relationships change? What would I be focused on instead?" Try to imagine yourself in a reality where you already have what you want... and imagine all the changes as well until you are perfectly comfortable with them. This helps release subtle unconscious resistance

3. Focus relentlessly on a joyful existence.

If you're sick, focus regularly on what it felt like or would feel like to be radiantly healthy. When I had trouble with skin conditions I focused constantly on what it would feel like to have pure, healthy skin, and now it is true.

If you're feeling financial lack, give thanks for your abundance. I've had a lot of bills this year but I take every chance I get to acknowledge abundance and they keep getting paid. Thank you God for the abundant air! Thank you for abundant food! That you for the rich wealth of colors in the yard! Thank you for the abundantly beauty all around me... The vibration of gratitude IS abundant.

If you're feeling worried about someone you love imagine them healthy, happy, in a wonderful life. We can energetically "curse" people with worry, but we can also "bless them" by envisioning them healthy and happy.


This is deep work. Choosing our "classes" more consciously is not always easy, but there is such joy when you can own your own mind, release fears and resistance, and allow the universe to love you the way it really wants to!

I wish you a blessed and beautiful week of embracing your soul's freedom!