Saturday, October 15, 2016

Easy changes

I'm constantly in a process of change! I have a simple rule in my life. If something doesn't make me happy, I get rid of it, or start to change it.That applies to stuff, activities, and my very own beliefs.

For example I have a yearning to clean out the closets these days, but not much time to do it. So instead I take one small step a day. I try on one outfit I've not worn in awhile and if I don't immediately like it, I set it aside to donate. Granted, this is a slow process, but it feels good. It creates movement.

I've had to look at my activities too. I've slowly let my time in nature slide away. Now that the weather is nice, however, I've re-prioritized and reorganized so I can get outside once again. My hikes give me the energy to accomplish even the things I set aside more quickly.

I've even been examining my beliefs to see what needs to change. For example, I've had a belief that it is normal to go through a "detox" reaction after dramatically increasing my energy flow. I learned that from many spiritual teachers over the years, have witnessed many others who have the same reaction and assumed "that's just the way it is."  However, since our beliefs filter pure love into our experienced reality, I'm trying out new ones... "I don't have to detox! I just shift in a joyful way." Reality is starting to mirror this new belief. After some big energy work a few weeks ago my throat started to get scratchy and I felt a cold trying to come in. In the past I would have said, "Oh... Sigh... Another detox." This time I said to my body, "We're not doing that any more. We shift in joy now." The cold never took hold. It left without a trace in less than 24 hours.

Every day I'm making small choice, small changes, and small shifts in my thinking to create a life that is even more joyful, and authentic. You can too!

Here are a few tips to make easy changes this week... 

1. Examine Your Stuff as You Use it

Does the squeaky door bother you? Does an outfit no longer look good? Does the junk drawer in the kitchen drive you crazy? If some "thing" in your life is no longer serving you fix it, ask for help with it, or get rid of it. If you can't afford to change now, start asking your angels for help!

I once realized that I had been suffering through a "cord drawer" in my office that made me nuts. It was such a simple thing but every time I opened that drawer, I groaned and my energy went down. So I asked the angels for a solution. Two days later I was in a store and saw cheap jewelry organizers... on sale! Now all my little USB cords sit in pretty little compartments where I can easily find them. This is such a simple thing, but every time our energy goes down instead of us, we can start to make changes. 

2. Examine Your Activities

Do your daily activities bring you joy or drag you down? What can you change there? I know you can't immediately quit your job or make your kids walk to school, but you can get clever and make even the un-fun things a bit more enjoyable. I brought comforts of home to work with me when I was in a corporate job. When stuck in a traffic jam the other day with friends, instead of moaning, we sang and joked. If you have a long commute, you listen to good music, educational programs or digital books. If you hate cleaning house, turn on some good music. If you're part of an organization you no longer enjoy, make plans to transition out of it... Start shifting to be more authentic.

3. Examine Your Beliefs

Do you catch yourself repeating disempowering beliefs over and over? Try out new ones! Books have been written on the power of our beliefs to create our reality. The things we tell ourselves become our "truths" and are mirrored all over our lives... which just reinforces them even more! Do you believe you are sick? Try telling yourself, "Every day I'm getting healthier." Do something healthy for yourself every day so its true. Are you feeling broke? Try counting your blessings and look for abundance... What we focus on is what we experience more of... so try out new, more empowering beliefs. We wouldn't wear an outfit that doesn't serve us, but we do "wear our beliefs" quite literally in the circumstances of our lives.

This week, try to create small, positive movement and change in your life. You are never stuck. If the only thing you can change is your mind, go for that... Any loving movement is good movement, as it opens you up to the flow of love in the universe that is always trying to help!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Tips for self love

I am teaching Magical Self Love today and by the time you read this I'll be happily plugging myself into an energy that is so beautiful and big that it is hard to imagine at times that this lives inside of us!
If a drop of water had a human mind it might have a hard time comprehending that it is born of the same as the mighty rivers and the vast ocean, and yet it is! The rivers and the ocean live in that drop and it lives in them.  Likewise, the vastness, beauty, and power of God live inside of us. I feel this many days. Some days I must seek it out. Other days I really have to work to get my way back to truth. In all cases, however, returning to this truth shifts my entire reality.

I remember a time when I had twisted intestines. It was excruciating, and it was born of a lack of self love. I had been fearful and hadn't asked for comfort. I had been judging myself... and I knotted up inside. The cure? You guessed it. In addition to the physical things I had to do... self love. I looked in the mirror... I released the notion that I was my body. I released the notion that I had failed at my spiritual growth. I reaffirmed..."The light of God lives within me!" I waited till I saw the spark in my eyes. Relief coursed through me and the healing began.

Another time I had been hard on myself and I was struck with all sorts of bills. Clients were late paying, and I was pretty lean to say the least. I didn't know what to do but the angels reminded me. Back to self love. I looked in the mirror and prayed to see the truth in my eyes. It took awhile. I released the notion that I "should" be doing better. I released self-criticism. I released the lies that any circumstance could ever change my essential being. I waited, watched, and breathed. Suddenly I saw the lights inside. I felt the love rising up within me. Within days, people started paying me again. Things in the house stopped breaking. 

When we shift inside, we shift outside. Self Love IS magical! 

Here are a few more tips to make that shift to self love this week... 

1. Say, "I love myself" over and over and over.

Seriously. You may not believe it, but even loving words will start to cleanse and transform your energy field. Keep it up as often as you can. 

2.Find a picture of yourself as a little child. Tell him or her how much you love him or her.

Having a visual representation of the innocence that lives within you is helpful if you are hard on yourself. Its far more difficult to criticize yourself when you realize you are criticizing that sweet child within.

3. Ask yourself... "If I loved myself, how would I treat myself? What changes would I make?" 

Commit to at least one.

Self love, as the angels discussed last week, is acknowledging the Divine light within you. It is not always warm and fuzzy and it takes unlearning old habits and learning new ones to put it into practice. But it is the most practical skill you can learn if you want to live a happier, sweeter, and more empowered life!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Self love transforms lives

I'm passionate about sharing self love because it changed my life. I thought I loved myself when I was younger, but I realized I loved the superficial - my job, my marriage, my looks. I didn't know who or what I was and when all that was stripped away in my late twenties/early thirties, I experienced not only an identity crisis, but a seriously long period of self-hatred. As a result, I attracted plenty of people to help put me down, verbally abuse me, and beat me up with their behaviors. I knew I had to change.

I started doing nice things for myself. That worked to a degree. But then I had a pretty serious injury a little over a decade ago and was grounded. This time I had to go within. I had to find who and what was inside of me to love when I could barely do anything for anyone else, let alone for myself. It was then I started to see myself as the angels do... and it changed my life. 

I no longer felt the need to please everyone. I started to put my own priorities first and was able to help others more. Within a year I was dating a man who became a dear friend and remains so to this day. I wrote books, spoke at conferences, and started to love not only myself, but my whole life, in a whole new way.

This is why I teach self love. I've seen its miracles firsthand, not only in my own life, but in the lives of friends, students, and clients. It is not just a "feel good" thing because you can love yourself even when you don't feel good. Its not just about being kind to yourself – that is a consequence. It is not about being better than anyone else, and it is the farthest thing from being selfish. It is, simply, living in a deep space of spiritual truth.

Here are a few tips to help you embrace that space of self love this week... 

1. Look into your own eyes in the mirror every day...

As you look into your own eyes, say to yourself, whether you believe it or not, "I love myself. I love myself. I love myself. Breathe through resistance and blockages that will almost certainly come up. Just keep it up till you feel a softening.

2.Stop the self-criticism

I know this is a hard one! When I was unlearning old, bad, self-critical habits, the angels sent me the mirror... to apologize to myself!

Now if I catch myself in a self-criticism, I actually say to myself, "I'm so sorry honey..." and then something positive! Imagine a child came running up to you and said, "Someone called me ugly!!!" You would likely say, "Oh honey, I'm sorry! You're beautiful!" Do that for yourself when yourself call you ugly, a failure, stupid, etc... Be kind to you!

3. Realize self-love is an act of worshiping the Divinity within

Ask yourself... How would I treat myself if I knew that the Divine was having an experience of life on earth through me?
When you embrace the deeper mystical truth that the Divine lives in you as surely as the ocean lives in each wave, you start to treat yourself, and others, with greater reverence and respect. You – the physical human you – are a temple for spirit. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself... and you are loving God. 

I wish you all a beautiful week of Self-love as an act of worshiping the Divine within! If you need more assistance getting to that point, you can reread newsletter archives, come to the playshopwatch the self-love Series of Ann & the Angels Online as unlimited video on demand, or listen via CD/download! I try to make this as accessible as possible. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fear and the baby goat

A few weeks ago I was quaking in unreasonable, but nonetheless, very real fear. I had decided to remove a few fast growing little moles on my legs with an herbal salve. I didn't apply it correctly the first time and had to reapply. I was unprepared for the pain... and the fear that ensued.

I spent an entire night awake shaking as if I was being attacked. I knew it was ridiculous. I've had all sorts of different pains before and have just breathed through them and surrendered. This was different. I knew I was unearthing some deep old fear from another life. Intellectually, I knew I'd be OK and did everything in my power to return to truth. I asked the angels for help, watched soothing videos, talked to dear friends, and gazed for myself. Within a few days I was feeling much better. Without the fear, the pain wasn't so bad. The salve started doing its job. Nonetheless, every now and then the fear crept in, and I started shaking uncontrollably. If I hadn't gone through this process a few times I would have thought I was crazy... but after years of this work, I know better. 

Conveniently, my friend Summer Bacon – one of the clearest trance mediums of our time – was having an open session last weekend. While not everyone gets to ask a question, I called upon all the self-love I've mastered over the years and decided my name would be picked. It was... and the answer to my fears was hilarious!

I asked Dr. Peebles, the angel that comes through Summer to make sure the problem areas in my leg were going to heal. "Now that's interesting," he told me. "You're dealing with a lot of past life fear. You need to do a little forgiveness here." I readily agreed, knowing the fear was not from this life! "Well," he said, "you were stabbed in a vineyard and you were so terrified you never went back." I breathed a sigh of relief. The pain had felt as if I was being stabbed. We were getting closer to the real solution. "OK. Who do I have to forgive?" I asked, expecting the worse. 

After conferring with other guides of mine, he said, "Its not what you think. You see you were stabbed by a goat, a baby goat named Molly, and she is terribly sorry." I had my eyes closed as he answered and sure enough, there in spirit, I saw a precious little goat looking at me with the eyes of an angel, clearly apologizing for what must have been a very traumatic experience to me, as a little girl in a past life! 

What a relief! This cute little furry critter had inspired all this fear? She showed me her razor sharp horns, then looked a me again, ever so sweetly. I started to laugh. Ironically the problem areas in my leg were spaced about exactly as far apart as baby goat horns would be! Laughter rippled through the room as well. Instantly the fear disappeared. That night, the salve worked its magic on one of the areas and drew out a now-inactive set of little tumors, relieving me of the pain! The other one is healing now too, and I'm still laughing. I spent all day shutting my eyes and kissing sweet Molly – the cute little goat in spirit – to reassure her that there is nothing but love between us! 

Happily, many of you will never need be concerned with crazy past life adventures such as these! Nonetheless, there have been many times when perfectly normal fears hit me. In each case the angels' advice and assistance has truly worked wonders! When your inner energy is returned to love, your outer life can't help but follow along!

Here are a few tips to handle fears of any kind...

1. Ask yourself, "What is happening right now, within me, in this very moment." 

The answer will likely be that you are afraid. Get more specific. Find the fears to the degree that you can. Keep asking "What am I afraid of..." until you get down to the core. In my past life example, all I could find on my own was, "I am afraid of being attacked and in pain." I didn't know details. It wasn't rational. But it was honest. You might be afraid of losing your home, afraid you can't provide for someone you love, afraid of losing a job... keep going till you find the roots.

2.Next admit your fears to God and the angels, in private, and ask for comfort, reassurance and guidance

Be as a child here. Dear angels, I'm scared. I need your comfort, reassurance, and guidance. We have free will. We can try to solve everything on our own, or we can ask for help. Sit still while doing this. 

3. Breathe. Receive

After you have asked for help. Shut your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. Repeat, "I am loved. I am love." Breathe deeply again and again say, "I am loved. I am love." You can say this internally, or if you can, aloud. Do this over and over until you begin to begin to feel sweet relief.

5. Lastly, ask "What is my next step?"

Now that you've asked the angels to help calm the fears, you can hear more clearly. If you get a next step – a thought, feeling, image, etc., trust it. If not, try again the next day. Perhaps there is nothing yet to do. 

Fear plays games in our minds. It tries to project scary scenarios into the future. We believe it, until we stop, look within, ask for help, and receive. In the heart space of receiving comfort, reassurance, and guidance –  as innocently as a child – the fears dissolve.

No matter what the politics, the economy, the weather, or the health of our bodies and lives... love can transform anything in the light of its truth!