Saturday, June 24, 2006

Avoid Judgement

I have been working hard to stand in higher truth even when it is hard. Last Sunday when wildfires broke out in Sedona on the very spot I hiked one week prior, it wasn't easy. The fire was started by a careless person who ignored the laws and left a campfire to smolder. It has burned over 3000 acres so far, among them some of my most beloved hiking trails. Oaks, ponderosa pines, and maples are burning, not to mention the loss of animals, and the scarred landscape, threatened houses and businesses... and yet... the angels tell me to Love, Love, and Love more. I caught myself wanting to slide into judgment of the person who started it. I still don't think it was right. And yet the angels told me to see as God sees. To accept without judgment. To know that while I certainly don't support such actions I must avoid "casting stones."

Its hard sometimes to refrain from judgement. Its so easy to think we would "never" do something like that and yet the angels reminded me of when I was a child and how my brother and I shot "bottle rockets" back when they were still legal, at the house of a neighbor who had yelled at us. I had conveniently forgotten. We were lucky we didn't start any catastrophic fires back then. My parents would have stopped me had they known. "None of you," the angels told me, "is separate from another." "You have all had brilliant moments and acts of sheer carelessness." There but for the grace of God go I, I thought. I released my judgment and focused my attention and prayers on asking for rain to come quickly, winds to be favorable, and grace to help everyone get through it. The energy was far better spent in a positive direction than it would have been if wasted on judgment.

So when you find you are tempted to judge, no matter how awful the action of the other, remember, we've all done things that aren't perfect, and our energy is far better spent focused on what we DO want in our lives than what we don't.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Living in the Moment

I no sooner released my message last week about not rushing when I was hit with an onslaught of work! I'm changing list servers and had a lot of work to do as a result of that, and also found out lulu.com doesn't do two-cd sets, so I ended up making my own for the aura hygiene class. Anyway, it was a busy week and I was forced to really remember what I preach! I breathed deeply, relaxed, and trusted. It worked! Things are falling into greater order again, and I took a much needed break this weekend and refreshed my spirit in spite of it all.

I feel so blessed these days. I have been practicing living each moment fully, being patient about getting my goals accomplished, and praying with gratitude for my life. I have a tendency to want to get things accomplished NOW, and having to pace myself to finish these books is forcing me to slow down, to trust the process, and to enjoy life along the way. I can't believe I lived for so many years forcing myself to adhere to artificial deadlines and trying to make sure I was always on top of everything. In my past, the more I got done, the more there was to do. In my present, that is true as well, but somehow it doesn't bother me. As the angels once said, "You have eternity Ann. You really ought to learn to enjoy each moment... eternity is a long time!" Its true! We live on after death and we'll always have goals, even in heaven! So we may as well learn to slow down, cherish the moments, be true to ourselves, and TRUST that everything that is of real value in our lives will get accomplished.

I'll get these books done, and you'll get your dreams accomplished too if we take them one step at a time. Go easy on yourself this week. Ditch useless artificial deadlines and ask yourself what you really cherish in life. Amazing how the same life takes on a different character when we change our focus like this.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Slowing down is speeding up

The angels are right. It is amazing what can happen since I've slowed down. Now that may sound insane. I still stay up late hours, work an awful lot, and fit huge amounts into my life. But after I broke my foot in 2004, I stopped rushing. I learned to catch myself when I was getting in a frenzy, stop, breathe, and ask myself what was really important. Tonight is no exception. I'm working hard to upgrade my email program so you will be able to get pretty html emails if your system supports it. Of course, learning a new program is taking a bit of time and designing a pretty new newsletter is as well, so I caught myself starting to panic. I have a packed day on Friday and drive to visit Jim Friday night. There is not going to be anytime to eat if I don't get this done tonight! And so I surrender, and breathe and realize that if this email goes out as it has for years, its not a big deal. Most likely you won't get the pretty email till next week... and so I surrender. It was a deadline I made up anyway.

There are deadlines we don't make up. Here in the United States if you don't pay your taxes by April 15th, there are penalties. And so we must meet those deadlines at times. But I've learned that if I intend that I get all important things done in my life when they really need to be done, it happens, somehow. I am given the grace, strength, energy, or desire to accomplish what I must.

See if you can catch yourself in the act of rushing this week. Stop. Breathe. Ask what is important to your soul. Then watch and see how much you actually get accomplished :)