Saturday, October 14, 2017

Remodeling in the flow

I never thought I'd find myself standing on the bathroom vanity wearing hiking boots, old jeans, a purple winter jacket, and heavy work gloves.The vanity was thoroughly padded per the instructions of my deceased Grandpa who, along with Jesus (my other favorite carpenter in heaven) was instructing me on how to remove two very large mirrors... I hadn't planned to do that at 9pm after work one night, but the urge hit strongly.

First a little back story - Three weeks ago I taught my signature class, Love is the River: Learning to Live in the Flow of Divine Grace. I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to share an entirely different way of life than the one we were taught to embrace – a way of life that involves being present, surrendering to one's heart in the moment, and trusting in the flow of life that you set in motion through your wishes and desires.

So when it came time, after ten years to do some work on the bathrooms I decided humorously that I was going to "remodel in the flow of grace!" No drama. No schedules. No pretending I was in control! I envisioned it unfolding easily, gave up my need to know how it was all going to work, and simply started doing what felt right when it did.

A few days prior to my adventure, I got the urge to stop in the cabinet shop. Good thing! It ends up they were planning to deliver new cabinets within a week and hadn't told me. I had to get the old ones taken out or reschedule till after Thanksgiving. That didn't feel right, so I called my dear contractors who agreed to come by if they could manage to get an hour free. I was amazed that they considered it, given their schedule.

I kept the delivery dated and gave the problem to God... hence the guidance to remove mirrors a few nights later. So there I was, a 5'2" female standing on counters that Grandpa had instructed me to pad well, dressed in hiking boots, jeans, and a winter coat for padding, taping, decaulking, and removing two 42" x 72" mirrors, with step by step instructions from heaven!

Somehow I managed. Gingerly, I scooted them onto two step ladders that Grandpa told me to place strategically and then managed to lift them to safety. (I looked like an ant carrying a leaf!) Next, Grandpa told me to rip out the caulk around the cabinets. The rest was beyond me, so I waited and trusted...

Sure enough the next day the contractors called. They had a little time to spare. Pleasantly surprised that the cabinets and plumbing behind them were all that was left, the job was quickly done... just in time for my new delivery!

I could go on and on with stories about how the timing of everything has been insanely perfect as I continue to just do what feels right when it does. In between all this, I've gone out of town one weekend, am spending a week with family, had out of town company, and am working full time! I'm doing my fall hikes, cooking, and living pretty much normally in spite of the mess. I still plan on cooking for my company for Thanksgiving whether or not the job is done.

Even things that are usually hard and complicated don't have to be. In fact, life flows gracefully when we don't try to control it so tightly but rather work on controlling our thoughts, focusing on the positive desires, trusting and enjoying the journey!

Can you imagine if we had to figure out how to run the universe? Thank God, we don't!

We don't have to figure out how to run our lives either. We just have to stay focused and faithful, and act when guided...
 

Here are a few more words on how to do just that:

1. Stay focused

If you want something you want it. Focus on it a few minutes a day. See it. Feel it. Anticipate it is coming even if you don't have a clue how. Don't talk yourself out of your dreams. Focus and know, they're coming – not because you have proof but because you know how the universe works.

2. Stay faithful

It is human to doubt what we cannot yet see. However, as you know, faith is believing in things unseen. While doubts will almost certainly sprout up, and try to talk you out of your own dreams, you can talk back.

I tell my doubts, "Sorry! I'm creating! When I don't know how, God does."

3. Act when guided

If you find yourself agonizing over what to do next, how to solve a problem or create a dream, stop. Ask yourself only one question, "What do I feel like doing now?" Do it if you can. OR alternately you can ask your angels, "What do I do next?" If you feel/hear nothing, there's nothing to do now. It really is that simple. Enjoy the adventure of life.
 

The angels once said, "Ann, we want to pour oceans of love into your lives. Your hands are on the faucet! Will you allow a trickle, or rivers of grace?" Let the universe do its job by trusting, acting when inspired, and knowing you will get where you want to go.

Love you all!
Ann

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Trust your feelings

The earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods don't surprise me. Neither do the volcanoes. I feel these things in my body and soul as emotional energies, usually a few weeks in advance, and I see the waves of people feeling them as well. The world is shaken, stirred, and now blowing up in various ways. Even Mother Earth is venting to release the pressure.

My in-box is full of emotional storms. I wake up to emails talking about death, bleeding hearts, hatred, unforgiveness, suicide, and despair, all from dear souls who are simply going through some very tough times. My heart goes to each and every one. I do my best to be compassionate and share the wisdom I’ve been given.

I have to be careful however, to maintain my own joy, or I start getting sucked into the pain. In that space, I’m of no use to anyone. If I see the world as broken, I support its brokenness. If however, I can simultaneously witness the pain with compassion while focusing on the the ever-present perfection trying to emerge, then I can truly help to elevate souls.

So when I started getting cranky last week, and seeing “stories” rather than “souls,” I knew it was time for some time alone. It is a rare thing when I don’t want to serve, but last week all I wanted to do was run away from the world’s pain. So I did. I know better than to ignore my own heart. I turned off my emails and headed for the hills.

On a beautiful, crisp, blue-skied, sunny Sunday I loaded up the car and hit the open road. The farther I drove, the clearer I felt. I had no commitments, and no schedule. Windows unrolled, hair waving in the wind, country music blasting on the radio, it was just me, God, and the angels. I felt like I could breathe again.

I parked, tossed the camera in the backpack and wandered into the forest in silence. There in nature’s cathedral, among towering aspens and ancient pines, with grasses up to my knees and ferns up to my waist, I reconnected with my own soul. Using my backpack as a pillow, I laid down on a massive boulder surrounded by ferns and trees reaching skyward. Their leaves fluttered. Their trunks bent and swayed in the wind. Sunlight dappled warm shine on my face while chilly breezes danced across my skin.

In the ever present now, I drifted into sweet slumber to the sound of chirping birds, ravens crying overhead, and the roaring whoosh of wind through the trees. The last thing I remember is the smell of baked grasses and Christmasy pine…

Some time later, I awakened to the plunk, plunk, plunk of golden aspen leaves raining down upon me. It was a long time before I could move. I had melted into all-that-is. I felt invigorated, inspired, and deeply passionately in love with life… just in time to come back and help people deal with death, divorce, suicide, the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, and the volcanic emotions arising within so many that mirror Mother earth’s current venting.

It is only in being present to, and honoring our feelings that we can return to joy. It is only in our joy that we can truly be the light and beacon of hope that this world requires. 

Here are a few pointers to help you weather the torrents of emotion that might be rising up from within:

1. Honor your feelings... All of them

The angels can’t stress this enough. Every feeling is coming from Love that wants to rise up within you. Like a volcano however, if the emotional pressure builds up for two long, we are likely to erupt at some point in time.

If you are angry, ask yourself, “How can I better care for myself? What do I need to change? How can I be part of the solution?” The answer might be as simple as getting enough rest, exercise, and good food. The answer might be the need to change an attitude. The answer might be suggesting you get to work helping others. If you’re sad, ask, “How can I comfort myself in a healthy way? How can I create change?” Remain open. Trust the answer.

Listen to your feelings. Don’t run from them. They have valuable messages for you.

2. Don’t judge yourself

It is so easy, as spiritual people, to judge ourselves when we’re not in a great space. Instead, relax. Be compassionate with yourself. You’re human. Rather than wasting time judging, just tell yourself, 

I’m sad/angry/jealous… and that is OK.
Let’s see what this feeling is attempting to say
.

The minute you own the e-motion, you allow it to be in-motion and it starts to move through you.

3. Remember, honoring your feelings makes you a contribution

Because I had taken care of myself this weekend, when I heard of the horrific shootings in Las Vegas, I was able to bear witness to the pain without being engulfed by it. I was able to immediately go into Silent Presence, pray, and send love. Had I not honored my feelings I would have fallen into the world’s despair and been useless.

Instead, I know the deceased are celebrating their homecoming in heaven, knowing a deeper love than we can ever imagine and wishing that for us. The murderer is lost in darkness, being watched by angels who are waiting for him to find the light so they can cast out his demons of despair. The countless souls who remain in grief and pain are lovingly tended by angels and, if willing, are going to see immense growth and change in their lives. You never value life so dearly as when you know you might not have it. I know that from personal experience.

As I stumbled on a website littered with sad and disturbing photos, I was also brought to tears by the best in humanity – a man who literally laid down his life to save his wife, and many others who willingly jumped to cover those closest to them. The Christ showed up in human hearts in the midst of such tragedy. The love is there even in the darkness. I could never have held this focus had I not honored my feelings this weekend.

When you listen to the love beneath your feelings, you are more able to see and share love with the world. 

This week, love yourself through your own pains, fears, tears, anger, sadness, and any other state that feels less than loving.  Always and forever, Love is trying to surface.

Love you all!
Ann

PS - My friend Summer Bacon who channels a dear angel emailed this free channeling about the senseless acts we witness, just as I was finishing up my newsletter. Listen here.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cells and souls

Late in the evening, over an herb crusted salmon dinner, I began to read Bruce Lipton’s book “The Biology of Belief.” It has been on the market over ten years, but as the saying goes timing is everything. Candles flickered on the table. Robin Miller’s “Dreams of Heaven” played softly in the background.

There in my own little piece of paradise I came to an entirely new appreciation of the miracle that lives inside my own body. I fell madly in love with my cells.

If cells were souls, I later learned each of us would house at least the population of 4000 earths. 30 trillion cells is a conservative estimate. Many are saying we have more now. Each one is like a little person. It has a “skin.” It digests, excretes, and metabolizes. It reproduces. It moves towards what nourishes itself and away from what doesn’t. Sound familiar? The only thing cells don’t do is make unhealthy choices or hang onto suffering! They’re programmed to stay alive and well. We, on the other hand, have free will.

I marveled at the kingdoms within our own body! The kingdom of the lungs takes in air, sends it to the kingdom of circulation which brings it to vitalize each cell and releases what is not useful. The kingdom of digestion takes in the outside world, filters what is useful and releases what is not. The kingdom of our skin takes in what is useful and filters out what is not. As above so below. Each system in the body is open to life, but designed to allow in what it can use to be healthy and filter out what doesn’t serve.

We’re that way too. We’re designed, not to shut ourselves down to life, people, and ideologies, but rather to remain open to all of the above and simply discern or filter out what doesn't serve us.

Shutting down to life hurts. I’ve done it. Every time I’ve shut down, stuffed my feelings, wanted to clam up and close down, I’ve created illness. When I breathe life in, allow myself my own my feelings, and simply discern / filter or let go of what doesn’t work, then I feel fantastic.

We don’t stay healthy by closing ourselves down to life and one another.We stay healthy and happy by knowing who we are enough to discern and filter life - What gets let in and what gets released?

Indiscriminately shutting ourselves down leads to disease, pain, suffering, and ultimately death as surely as if we decided not to eat at all because we didn't like certain foods.

Learning to open up to life and discern leads to vitality, joy, and a life as long as our soul has planned. People don’t die of old age. They die of being “tired of life and shutting down to its life-giving flow.”

I intend to keep opening up to the flow of life, allowing it to nourish me, heal me, and bring me new joyous opportunities. You can too!

Here are some pointers this week to stay open to life this week while keeping only what you want in your experience:

1. Learn to discern

If something feels right to you now, it is right, right now. If it doesn't feel right, right now, it isn't right now. It is important to note that discernment is about "now." Today I may crave vegetables. Tomorrow I may want meat. Today I may want nothing to do with a person who has been unkind. Years later perhaps we both will grow. Today I don't feel like watching the news. Some days, suddenly I do. There is purpose to everything.

If you listen to your own heart and your own feelings you will always know what is right for you, right now.

2. Unclarity means "No, not now."

If you are unsure what to do, or unsure whether or not something is good for you, wait for further guidance.

For example, you might want to run errands but you don't feel like moving right now. Five minutes later the cloud lifts and you feel like going. You may just have avoided an accident by waiting for clarity.

I was unsure about a house that I liked, even though it wasn't perfect. I couldn't decide if I should put an offer on it and try to afford it. Instead, I waited and got the home I love now.

Better to miss an opportunity than to jump into one that doesn't feel clearly right. In the words of a dear client, with a delightful southern accent, "Oh! It's either a 'hail' yes or a 'hail' no!"

3. If you make a choice you regret, start to fix it immediately by getting back in the present. What feels right, right now?

It is easy to hang onto the past, even if it is a choice you made yesterday. There is far greater power and joy in getting present once again, allowing life to flow into you and seeing what feel right now.

For example, I purchased an online class that looked wonderful. I loved the instructor. It felt right. After watching a few segments I realized I didn't need it. My old patterns would have had me shut down, take the loss, and beat myself up – all things that close us down to the flow. Instead I sat and breathed, remembered I could get a refund. I quickly applied for one. It was in my account the next day, no harm done.

In high school I got a job that sounded fun, but after the first day I was in tears. I realized very quickly it wasn't for me. I went home, told my parents I needed a new job and quit. A better job opened up soon after.

A dear friend who had a contracting job signed a contract to get her kitchen remodelled. She was layed off the next day. Cancelling her kitchen remodel didn't feel right even though it made sense, so she waited. Three days later she had a new job!

Never bind yourself to an unloving choice. Just breathe in new life, release the old as you exhale and see what feels right now. 

I hope you have a beautiful week, breathing in life, and releasing all that doesn't serve with each exhale.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Be a Soul Whisperer

I was hiking earlier this year out in the desert. My mind was clear. My heart was happy. I was silent in the deepest levels of my being. Suddenly I heard my soul start talking to the soul of one of our world leaders. “If you want to be great, you can be. You have that power. Promote peace. Go down in history as one who truly created a better world, not one who created more division. Please use your power wisely.” It came out of nowhere and was not coming from my conscious mind. This happens every now and then.

I forgot the incident until I recently attended a friend’s channeling session. Summer Bacon is an amazing mystic. She too stood up and talked about how from the depths of her soul she found herself talking to another world leader’s soul – a different one that appears to be filled with hate. She found her spirit saying something very similar.

At our deepest levels we are all “Soul Whisperers.”

I first understood this years ago. A person with whom I had a very good relationship started dating a girl of a different religious persuasion and within weeks became very judgmental with me. I found myself repeating over and over, as if to his soul, “Please! Judge not lest ye shall be judged!” Immediately he stopped making judgmental comments. I was in awe. Did he hear me? I now know that his soul did.

A few years later a friend was complaining about a boss who was being very unkind. I found myself speaking to the boss’s soul. “Your employees want to make you a success. Just support them please.” The boss started being nicer.

I was in traffic the other day behind a car going 15 miles per hour below the speed limit. A huge line of cars had formed behind this one. I lovingly whispered to the soul in the slower car, “If you wouldn’t mind pulling into the slow lane we’d all be so grateful.” Within a few minutes, this car moved over. “Thank you. Bless you.”

I could go on with stories such as these, but they make the point. We all have the power to lovingly connect and converse with other souls. We all have the power to whisper loving truth to one another.

We do not have the power to bully, manipulate, or coerce anyone in spirit, anymore than we could at the conversational level. Souls recognize truth. Souls recognize love.

We don’t have the power to make anyone change. We can only make loving requests. However, a vast majority of people respond to love.

So when you have a problem with someone who doesn’t listen at the human level, or someone you don’t personally know, try to whisper something kind to them… "You have the power to do better. Please let’s get along…” or whatever comes into your heart.

You never know. You may just change a life, or… change the course of history. 

Here are a few pointers to “make love not war” by being a Soul Whisperer this week:

1. Whisper to someone with whom you do not get along

Pick someone in your life that you find difficult to talk to, or someone with whom you’ve had to disconnect. Whisper to their soul. Imagine you are sending a message. Make it loving and kind.  “Please let’s get along.” “I believe can handle this in a mature way.” “I forgive you and wish you peace.”   If you can’t say something loving, pass on this for now.

You may or may not get validation from them that they received the message, but you will feel better, and you will attract better.

2. Whisper to someone who needs love

Do you have someone in your life you can’t reach?  Use Soul Whispering to bolster their confidence, help them heal, or assist them in general. “I believe in you.” “I see you as whole and healed.” “I have faith in you.”

Your loving energies will make a difference and may even seep into their human consciousness at some point in time. I’ve seen miracles happen when people choose to support others this way.

3. Extra credit - Whisper to someone in public whom you dislike - Be loving

Pick someone you don’t know and don’t care for.  Make some loving recommendation. “Please be kinder. Please be more honest. Please  I believe you can XYZ…”

Talk to the light within them. Tell them you see their light, you believe they have good intentions, etc…  If you can really do this you’ll feel amazing afterwards because love is what makes you feel most like you. 

Can you imagine if we were all to whisper lovingly to those who want war… “I believe you can find a peaceful solution. We want one please. Your soul will feel so much better…”

I wish you a peaceful and loving week, knowing you have the power to affect hearts and souls with your love, even when personality issues make it a challenge. As I type, I hear the angels whispering to all of us… “You are so very loved."