Saturday, September 16, 2017

Living inside out

I once asked the angels how to calm the anxiety I was feeling at the time.Their answer made me laugh. "Remind yourself you're not in control of the world! A meteorite could come through your roof any minute!" Within months, meteorites were falling through roofs in other countries. The angels made their point.

I started to work diligently on mastering my mind and my inner world rather than trying to control my outer.
At first, I practiced in simple situations. In traffic I'd catch myself becoming fearful and impatient until I reminded myself, "You're not in control. Just change your inner world." I started to pray for the happiness of everyone in traffic, and within minutes traffic moved.

When someone was unkind I used to get angry. They need to change! It wasn't OK to treat me that way! How could they? Now I ask a different question, "How can I improve my inner world? How can I look at this in a way that feels better to me?" Perhaps I view them as an upset child. Perhaps I remind myself their behavior has nothing to do with me. As I shift, many times they've shifted too.

As Hurricane Irma approached, she looked disastrous. There was nothing any of us could do externally to calm that storm. All we could do is go within, find the peace amidst our own storms of concern and abide prayerfully in that space. I joined the countless others praying and sitting in silent Presence.

By calming the inner storms of chaos, worry, and fear, and praying to minimize the disaster, humanity did indeed calm that storm. Your prayers and loving energy made a difference. While millions of lives and homes are still deeply –  and in some cases tragically – affected it was far calmer and kinder than anticipated.

If, collectively, we can calm hurricanes, certainly we can manage our inner world to calm the storms of stress in our own lives.

Here are a few pointers to work with your inner world to shift the outer...

1. When someone's behavior bothers you...

Breathe deeply. Say to yourself:
  • Everyone has their own story. 
    Everyone has their own reasons. 
    Everyone has their own lessons. 
     
  • I don't have to understand them. 
    They don't have to understand me. 
    Their behavior has nothing to do with me. 
     
  • I am not responsible for their behavior or their happiness. 
    I am only responsible for my own joy. 
Then, ask yourself, "How can I think about this situation in a way that feels better?" Miracles are possible when you stop waiting for others to change and take charge of your own happiness.

2. When you feel stressed because you don't know the outcome of a situation...

Suppose you want a job, a new home, for your child to be safe – something you want but cannot control in any sort of normal way. You can worry, or you can create. 
Every time you feel worry, try to re-focus on what the desired outcome would feel like. Speak words of "gratitude in advance." Think of it as building mental muscle. Keep diligently shifting your thoughts and feelings from worry to creating until you feel 100% confident you will receive "this or better."

Instead of guessing the outcome, you determine the outcome by mastering your thoughts and manifesting "this or better." 

3. When you are stressed for no good reason...

Sometimes you have been under stress so long that the stress remains even after the traumatic life situation is gone. In this case, there are many things you can do physically to calm the adrenals such as taking certain supplements, or doing restorative yoga.

You can also learn or engage in various techniques to help reprogram your inner world, such as Gary Craig's Optimal EFT (Gary is a wonderful teacher/healer and has a free book on his site called "The Unseen Therapist" that teaches you a very simple but effective practice of self-healing. My assistant, Daniela is also studying a technique called EMDR that helps people reprogram after trauma. I'll let you know when she's certified.

On your own, you can remind yourself, over and over, "I am relaxing into the arms of the Divine. The creator of universes is looking out for me. In this energy, I am safe. I am safe. I am safe." As your repeat this, simultaneously, imagine that you are safe and relaxed. Ask your body, "What does it feel like to be safe and relax?". Let the body answer, not the mind.
You are reprogramming your inner world to relax into the arms of God.
 

The more we focus on mastering our inner world, the less we are buffeted by the outer... and the more we can create loving influence in our world and in the lives of others. I haven't mastered my mind completely of course, but every time I point it in the right direction life shifts in miraculous fashion!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Spiritual Assistance

Mid week I started having "the third eye call." It feels like someone is pressing their thumb on my third eye, and my physical eyelids become so heavy can barely stay awake. I can't easily fight it.

I laid down and Immediate felt myself sucked out of body. Sometimes I remember where I've been. Other times I come back with a sense of it. It seems to happen more frequently a few days before a disaster. The angels told me I help them "transition" souls who are leaving. Only once did I actually remember vividly.

Coming back is a challenge. I feel the weight of my body and have a hard time keeping my eyes open. It takes awhile to remember what day or time it wasI felt swirling sensations in my body and knew we were in for another hurricane. That is when a client told me about Irma. 
I rarely watch TV but I turned on the news just in time to watch hurricane coverage, hear about the 8.1earthquake off the coast of Mexico and read about the epic solar flares this week. My heart sank watching all the suffering.

The angels, as always, drew my attention to stories of love that were coming in rapidly – people helping total strangers, people who had survived talking about their gratitude, and so many who were sending assistance.

It is easy to feel helpless when we witness the suffering of our fellow human beings. They are family. We care. We put ourselves in their shoes and wonder what we'd do. We thank God if we are not. We wish we could help.

We donate, volunteer and do what we can at the human level.

We can also help to ease human suffering, calm the fears of those in dire conditions, and share love, by working in the spiritual realms.

If you can and if you're guided, contribute what you can in the human realms. Here are also a few ways to assist in the spiritual realms this week:

1. Pray

This seems obvious, but prayers must have conviction and feeling behind them in order to ripple out strongly into the cosmos. We are not children imploring a parent for mercy. We are powerful creators sending signals out to the universe and the Divine, much as the nerves send signals to the body. We are sending an energetic command to the universe. Pray powerfully...

"Dear God, Dear Angels, bless and protect all those being affected by disasters, natural or man made. Guide them out of harm's way. Help them hear you. Comfort, console, and carry them through this."

2. Visualize

Together, with faith, focus, and feeling, we could calm the storms. Our collective vibration creates them. Our collective peace can calm them.

Imagine earth being stable, hurricanes dissipating, fires being rained upon gently, people livingin peace and calm, and of course, peace in your own life.


3. Be the Angel

Sit down. Become peaceful, perhaps through breathing or by listening to beautiful music. Ask your angels to connect you in spirit, to someone who is in need of love.

Ask if the individual is male or female? Young or old? You can ask what part of the world are they in. What is their situation. Some of you will see visions. Some will just know. Some will get a feeling. Some will hear words. Trust.

Now imagine you stand next to this soul in the invisible realms as an angel. You whisper to their soul, "You are loved. God is with you. You are not alone," and whatever else comes to mind. You are speaking to them, kindly entangled for that moment in the quantum field. Gently return your focus to the room when you're done.

Periodically I feel a beautiful comforting presence come over me. I know it is someone sending me love. We can be this for souls we may never meet. It is very real.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

The eclipse and the energy

I knew earth was in for some changes when I started to heat up like an oven just before the eclipse a few weeks ago. I had planned to meditate through it but my reminder alarm hadn’t gone off and I was too engrossed in my work to notice. Luckily the internal clock was more accurate.

I dropped everything, shut my eyes, and dove inward. The angel who comes through my friend Summer Bacon had recommended that we experience the eclipse within ourselves – the coming together of dark and light. I focused on that intent and within seconds was drawn into a visionary experience.

Strands of dark and light were being pulled from the cosmos into the center of my soul, combining in one massive sphere of light. It looked like a sun, spinning, and sparkling with love. As I watched the diverse energies dissolving into the “One,” I heard a booming voice. “I AM."

Humorously I thought to myself, "Why does God always sound male?” Within seconds, I heard the most comforting, strong, yet nurturing voice say gently, “I AM.” I smiled. I’ve heard that voice so many times.

I started spiraling inward into this light. I felt my awareness merge with it. I felt all that I was being accepted by it. I dissolved into it, maintaining my awareness as “Ann” but also knowing myself as part of this light. Indescribable bliss filled my being. I understood.

The eclipse marked a time on earth where we must own and love all that we are. There can be no more pretending we are something, when we are not. No more stuffing feelings. No more being “OK” with things that aren’t, and no more saying we "OK" with things, when we actually want change.

Inauthenticity is becoming excruciatingly painful. Being honest with ourselves about our own feelings, is opening us to a glorious flow.

The energies of this eclipse cut loose a huge torrent of spiritual and emotional energy that is flooding our hearts and minds, washing anything we've repressed up to the surface of our conscious awareness.

People have been uncharacteristically light... or cranky. Hopeful or despondent. These past few weeks I've seen a massive intensification of emotional energy.

And then comes Hurricane Harvey, flooding Texas and flooding human hearts. I know people there. I'm praying, picturing them safe, and of course contributing as guided.

We are the calm and the storm. We are the pent up energy that gets released in a cosmic event, and the peace that follows. We contain the floods of tears waiting to be released and the raging winds that resist change. The cosmos lives within us. We are all part of each other and all responsible, at least vibrationally for the state of the world around us.

While we must help each other at the human level, as we are guided, it is equally important that we begin to accept everything within ourselves – our strengths and weaknesses, our joy and our sadness, our blessings and our anger, so the earth does not have to release these pent up emotions for us.

While we don't want to hold onto the denser emotions, it is important to acknowledge them, grow from them, and find the love beneath.  It’s time, the angels say, to free ourselves from our self-imposed barriers to love.

Here are some tips for loving it all within you:

1. Write a love letter to yourself, as if you were someone else. Spell out all the beautiful things you see inside of you.
Seriously, pretend you are in love with yourself. Write a love letter. No one ever needs to see it. Own how wonderful you are.

2. Write a letter of encouragement.
  • Pick a feeling inside of yourself that you consider to be negative.
  • Pretend your best friend was beating themselves up for these qualities.
  • Write a letter of encouragement to the friend, imagining that you are being completely, unconditionally love and accepting of their feelings, and at the same time, trying to helping them accept themselves more.

Example 1: If your best friend said, "I'm a horrible person. I want to be loving but I'm still angry at my ex," you might say, "Of course you are. He/she was so unkind to you. You're human. Anger is your soul's way of telling you to grow. You'll work through it. Look how you've learned to be kinder to yourself."

Example 2: If your best friend said, "I hate my body! I'm ugly. I'm fat. No one will love me." You might say, "I understand you don't feel good about yourself, and that's human but you're so beautiful inside and out. Look how many people you help. Look how many already love you. This is temporary. I understand your feelings, but I love you and all I see is your beautiful soul. Tell me how I can support you."

Example 3: If your best friend said, "Everyone thinks I'm so good at my business but I feel like a fake! I'm never confident. I'm scared all the time. You might say, "Look how much you risked to follow your own path! Of course you're scared. It's normal. Psychologists call it the impostor syndrome. You'll get more confident as you go on. It's OK to feel this way." 


3. Now read the letter of encouragement to yourself

Allow yourself to receive the love and acceptance you'd give another.

We can weather the shifting energies with grace. A little loving self-acceptance, for all that lies within, makes a dramatic difference in the quality of life these days. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Guilt free

I did a reading a few weeks ago for a dear client who is leaving this earth very soon. She wanted to be prepared. As we discussed the dying process and the journey into heaven, the angels interrupted with a tenderness and love that almost brought me to my knees...

"You have not failed," they told her. They acknowledged how hard her life had been, how many betrayals she had experienced, the abuse, the unkindness, etc. They acknowledged her tender caring heart and how hard it had been for her to be human. 

They reminded her gently that her desire before coming to earth was to learn to love herself in spite of all odds
 and she had indeed learned to accept her own feelings. The emotional pain that had festered over the years had turned into a cancer. Her body was dying, but they reminded her, "Your spirit is bright." "You have not failed." I was overtaken with the magnitude of their love.

She needed the message. I realized after her session that most of us need the reminder too.  We have been born and bred in cultures that readily employ guilt as a method to control one another. I used to feel guilty because Eve ate the apple. I felt guilty every time I couldn't please someone. I felt guilty when I did something for myself, knowing others were in need. I even felt guilty at times when I chose to continue eating my dinner when I could feel someone longing for me to get up and check emails. It was insane.

Years ago, when the angels challenged me to see how guilt had infiltrated my consciousness and polluted my experience of life, I was shocked to see how deeply its unkind tentacles reached into my reality.

I started to systematically eliminate the "guilt habit" from my consciousness. Magically people started to treat me more kindly. Abundance flowed with greater ease. I felt free and joyous. Guilt is a poison to the soul. The good news is that its damage is never permanent and we can, through our own dedication, cure it.

"You have never failed."

I pray that the words of the angels echo in the heart of this dear client of mine and echo in the depths of all human hearts.
 Hearing and feeling the love behind those words changed me, drove me deeper into self love, and made me even stronger in my ability to be authentic.

You cannot fail. Just be yourself. You are perfect exactly the way you are... even as we all expand into greater awareness.

Here are a few pointers to help you live guilt-free and remember that you have never failed:


1. Imagine everything you say to yourself, you are saying to a child
My two year old niece recently hoisted herself on the kitchen counter and shared a tub of butter with the dog! She didn't feel guilty at all and she didn't get sick!

You were born pure and perfect. This innocent child still lives within you. Find a picture of yourself when you were young. Look at it every day. Send the child so much love.

Imagine this child stands next to you and everything you say to yourself this week, you also say to this innocent child. 

Guard the words aimed at yourself and this child. Make them loving and kind.

2. Reframe your guilt trips...

Throughout the week make a list of everything that makes you feel guilty. It might be, "I feel guilty about resting. I feel guilty because I left work early. I feel guilty because I ate an extra cookie." Include anything and everything that trips your guilt trigger.

Near the end of the week take each one and reframe it. Start out with "I am brilliant..." "I am brilliant because I rested. I am brilliant because I listened to my guidance and left work early and beat traffic home. I am brilliant to grant myself a little extra sweetness and create incentive to exercise a little bit more." 

See the positive side of your guilt-trip triggers.


3. Own your sucesses

Pick a day. Right before bed, list all the loving things you did, said, or thought that day, about yourself, the world, and others. They can be large or small.

"I helped a friend. I admitted how much I've grown. I appreciated my lawn. I savored my food. I didn't lose my temper with that drive in traffic. I loved myself enough to get upset at that driver because I want more kindness. I kissed my dog. I "liked" a Facebook post..." List all things great and small. 

The mind tries to negate our "small" successes, but as the angels like to say, "Love is love. Any love is the only love."

I wish you a guilt-free week and a guilt-free life filled with amazing grace :)