Sunday, November 30, 2008

A little holiday inspiration!

When I was a little child, we received Advent Calendars on
December 1st. Each day leading up to Christmas, we opened a
little door which had a surprise behind it.

I thought it would be fun to share this with you so I've created
one online. Each day you click on the door corresponding to
the number of the day (1 on the 1st; 2 on the 2nd, etc.) where
you'll find a thought and prayer for each day - definitely
angel inspired.

The calendar is here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The million eyes of God

A few weeks ago I was in a group meditation. Usually I just go into a deep and relaxing space of no thoughts, and just floating around in the oneness. Every now and then I'm treated to a new experience. This time Jesus showed up in front of me. "Look into My eyes," I heard God say as I stared into Jesus's eyes. Then all of the sudden a thousand faces whirled around me and thousands of voices, ALL GOD's voice, but expressed through each of these people said, "Look into my eyes."

God was saying this - Look into my eyes. Look into my eyes in the form of a black woman, a native american man, a Chinese child, the boyfriend who was hard on you, your mother, your father, your dog, the pigeons in the yard... it just went on and on. And as I looked into the eyes of each soul in this vision, I saw God in His many different forms appearing to me. I saw how every day we look into the eyes of God both in souls who realize they are part of His creation, and in so many who are not aware of the fact. I saw again that there is no lack of God's light in anyone - some soul's just forget. I tried to anchor this feeling, this phrase, and this understanding in my awareness so I could carry it forward into my life.

What would our lives be like if we truly took the time and made the effort to see God's light in the eyes of everyone we ran into? What if WE knew each soul to be an expression of God's creation, whether the other person did or not? I think it would be an amazing world. People wouldn't rush each other in traffic, growl at store clerks during the holidays, or dread seeing family members who were unaware. People would just look at each other and even see the cantankerous ones as the ones who just forgot - innocent but ignorant.

This is my latest endeavor - to practice this and to try to see God in everyone's eyes. It isn't always easy but it sure is fun. It reminds me of my first grade friend's little brother. He asked her, "Is God Everywhere?" "Yes," my friend replied. "Is he even in this here water of mine," the little guy asked. "Yes," again came the reply. The little guy put his hand over the water glass, like you would do if you caught a bug, and said in a very loud voice, "I GOT YOU GOD!"

When you try to see God in everyone, you DO have fun because you feel like a child saying, "Oh there you are God," and "There you are again." "There You are are all around me." Sometimes the greatest blessings are too obvious to see.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Give thanks for it all

Its easy to give thanks for the wonderful and delightful things in life, but the true test is when we can give thanks even for the hard stuff. I knew something was up when my stomach started acting nuts earlier last week and I passed a car with the license plate 4GIVEN. "Yes! I said, I'm for giving! I like to give!!" I heard the angels laughing... "It says FORGIVEN Ann," they said gently helping me understand the message. "You have forgiven everyone in your past who hurt you - inclucing yourself. You did it!" I was on top of the world, but still knew something was up. My stomach felt odd and my body never lies.

Sure enough a few hours later I ran into a former boyfriend who had been the most difficult person I ever spent time with. I helped him trigger and release his childhood anger as the angels promised I would, and in return I finally learned to let go of trying to 'save' or 'fix' another. I learned not to take things personally. I truly HAD forgiven both of us. And although we still don't mix any better than oil and water, we're on friendly terms. And best of all, I am able to look back and find gratitude for that relationship as well as the other challenging souls who have been on my path. I am who I am because of it all. Both the light and dark, the joy and pain, have shaped me as surely as the sun and the storms shape our beautiful planet earth. And just like stones polished by sand and sea, I'm strong, but much softer around the edges now.

The energy is extremely intense these days. It is like draino - there is so much fear that if you have a little you get sucked in. There is so much love that if you focus on that you can create miracles. There is such a desire for change, the anxiety and anticipation are like opposite sides of a sine wave, oscillating in our hearts. It is dredging up all that has lain dormant within people - both the secret dreams, and the old upsets, the talents and gifts we didn't know we had, and our deepest fears. And so, it is very important to take time to SLOW down, maintain our spirits and focus on all the good there is.

If fear grabs you remember what you DO have. Give thanks for the simplest miracles. A bright yellow dandelion growing out of a crack in the sidewalk reminds us that joy can be found in spite of all obstacles. A feather in our path reminds us we are surrounded by angels. A penny on the pavement is God's way of reminding us He is watching over us. I give thanks all day every day. I give thanks for my food, for the home I live in, for the ability to help others, for the people on TV who inspire and uplift me, for the clients who are working so hard in their own lives, for my family, friends, and even the difficult souls who have helped me learn to love myself and others more.

And I want to give thanks for all of you this Thanksgiving week. You inspire me, give me reason to keep going at times when its hard, and make me want to always grow and better myself so I can share some inspiration back. We are all one in this journey here upon the earth. Every single one of us experiences the same lessons in different ways, the same emotions at different times, and the same hopes and dreams for our earth. You are the abundance in my life and I am blessed to be connected with you all. It is because of people like you that I believe our world is heading towards a grand and glorious existence in the future.

God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and have a lovely week.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Give thank, have faith

As many of you know I've been feeling pretty good lately. But life is still life. I've had an inordinately crazy string of unexpected maintenance items this month and have been handling them very well. However, before 10am on Monday, after two more repairs and a need for a third, I had a moment of freak-out as I watched the money roll out the door. Truly, I'm human. The heart was pounding, the insanity was setting in... but I realized quickly that was nuts. This didn't feel good!

So I did what I always do when I get spiritually insane. I sit, breathe and ask God to remind me of truth. As I breathed slowly and deeply I prayed. "God you've always taken care of me and you always will. Get these mutant thoughts out of my head." And little by little humor returned, truth came back, and I realized that what the angels said to one client applies to all of us - There is no limit on the miracles God has in store for us when we get out of the way!

We are all human! We all have our moments of getting sucked into fear and the financial fear on this planet right now is like a black hole that is all too easy to step into. I refuse to do it. Feeling faithful feels too good. Getting sucked into fear feels miserable. And the results with faith are much better.

So give thanks for what you have and I for one give thanks for all of you, the beauty of the leaves this year, and the fact that Arizona has cooled down and feels like Fall :)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

You matter

Election day seemed so peaceful. There were so many worries about what was to come, whether or not people would get ugly in line, etc. and yet, instead people lined up so peacefully for the most part, that CNN wrote a whole article about it, stating that people united in a 'we' mentality rather than a 'me' perspective. I think it is because when we have such passion to express ourselves we once again feel the country we started out to be. We feel a bit like Americans again because our voice counts. And your voice does count - whether it be in an election or just the kind word you share with a stranger. Your expression when voiced with love is God's expression in the world.

YOU matter to God.

Instead of fearing what changes might come in our world, realize that we'll handle them when we get there. Instead of trying to second guess the future, and 'protect' yourself, live in the present and you'll know what to do and when. Instead of putting faith in others to rule your destiny, put your faith in God's ability to care for you no matter what. This is what the angels have taught me and it works, in all things from finances, to health, to getting good parking spaces.

As long as we look to the outside world, or to others for our happiness, its a gamble. And while it is in our nature to grow and evolve, I think the trick to enjoying life is to be present, here and now, giving thanks for what we do have, taking responsibility for what we can, and giving the rest of our future hopes and dreams over to God. He'll let you know when its time to take action. If you pray for it, you won't miss the signals when God says its time to act.

For example, I've been praying the last four years to feel good in my body. After my foot fiasco in 2004 (never do kung fu moves your instructor tells you not to do!), one side of my body has been stronger than the other. This has led to almost constant physical pain that I just got accustomed to having. I have not woken up one day in the past four years without stiffness and yet I've been profoundly grateful for the fact that my foot healed, the nerve damage was not permanent, and I'm generally healthy. I was enjoying each day and certainly wanted even more health.

The guidance first addressed the emotional issues that had me get off balance to begin with. While the broken foot taught me to DO less and BE more, I had to reinforce those patterns of balance over and over again. I got really serious about taking care of myself in August when I discovered some rather large lymphatic lumps growing where lumps shouldn't be. The lumps went away within a week after I got the message, but the lesson was drilled into my brain 100% - no more neglecting my own well being. Got it! God sometimes uses rather drastic measures to get our attention. The broken foot happened because I wasn't listening to all the warning signs. This time I was.

At the beginning of October I got really serious about wanting to get rid of this pain. I decided to stop focusing on the pain and start focusing on feeling healthy and fit. I prayed and started to envision perfect well being. The urge to stretch became very strong so I started getting up 20 minutes early to stretch in the mornings. I started craving what I call "the Dr. Peebles cocktail* that balances your pH and sends healthy oils deep into the tissues. I started to get the urge to sit and breathe deeply in the evenings for several minutes at a time to release the static I pick up as a result of my job. I got some guidance to take certain other concoctions that work for me. And the urge to hike returned as well so every few weeks I'm getting out to do that. I feel GREAT! I have no pain, no stiffness. I am getting strong and flexible again and as a side benefit I've started losing a little excess weight. Its just miraculous, but when you get serious and intentional and committed to your own well being and your own dreams, you find yourself swimming in a universal flow that supports them. As long as I was focused on the pain and whining, I was in that flow - not such a great current to be swimming around in!

So this week, truly embrace the changes you want to see in your life. Own them as if the universe is yours to command and at your service because the angels ARE at your service if the desires are sincere. And act when the urges and impulses come. Change CAN be fun. It might be a challenge, or a bit of work, but when you're working on your own goals and dreams, its worth the effort.

And as for the global changes, don't fear them. You only have to focus on your life, your family, your own expression of spirit, and your own well being. If you DO that your cup will be full and you'll be able to assist others and be an anchor of peace in the world. The outside world will always shift and change, but if you find your center in God, then you'll weather the changes with grace.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Joy from the inside out

I have been turning the news off a lot lately. However the other day I turned it on only to witness total mayhem in the newsroom as the news anchor got really riled up about the economic downturn, the decline of the stock market, etc. Instead of being drawn into the drama, I felt excited and still very happy. Those weren't the emotions I expected to feel. I sat down and meditated and asked the angels what was up with that! I had just payed off one bill and got surprised with several more over the span of three days for unexpected maintenance items. My retirement account from my old engineering days is bottoming out along with everyone else's - but still, I felt JOY. My brain didn't get it.

So, out of curiosity, I sat down and asked my angels where this euphoria was coming from. They answered immediately. "You are embracing truth, and your soul is very excited about that fact. God is your source and supply, and you are not worshipping false Gods. This is real freedom. This is what it means to be in the world but not of it." I felt exhilirated.

To not get sucked into the world's chaos IS freedom. To trust in God is real security. To know that surrendering my life to God also means that all is in right order is wonderful. I've run into a lot of people who have done their spiritual homework lately who are going through the same thing. They tell me that they're not worried, but think they SHOULD be. They ask me if they are living in the clouds or in denial, but to the ones that have worked on faith, live with prayer, been responsible in the physical world, aren't beating themselves up, and believe higher power cares, the angels say again and again, "You are living in truth."

It is possible to be in the world but not of it. It is possible to care and yet know that everyone is where God needs them to be according to the design of their life and the lessons required. It is possible to love deeply and yet not get enmeshed in drama. It takes a lot of practice and I'm certainly not perfect at it, but every day lived with the understanding that God loves us all very deeply, is a very good day.

This week, assume the BEST for your life, not the worst. Assume God does care about your needs. Assume you are loved... and see what shifts, both inside and out.