Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sit, Breath, Receive

This message came two weeks ago. I had just finished up writing the newsletter for the 21st when I heard the angels saying we were going to do this one as well. And so it flowed easily, and I trust that by the time this reaches you we will all understand their timing and their reasoning so much more.

The angels have said many times that this year is one of contrasts and yet for those who are doing the spiritual work it can be an amazing year of forward motion, and greater grace and ease as we allow God to work in our lives more strongly. I have been constantly reminding myself to incorporate joy into every little corner of my life. When I work on the computer, I put on good music and have a great cup of tea oar coffee. When I'm editing my sound files I bring the portable outside and sit on the patio, because tedious work is so much easier when surrounded by beauty and chirping birds. When I am with clients, I focus on all the love in my heart so I can better connect with the angels.

Still the angels have to remind me to do the simplest thing of all - Sit, Breathe, and Receive! It is a message they've been putting in this newsletter on and off for years. I do it frequently, but still I know they want to pour even more love into my life so this serves as a great reminder. It doesn't take anything but a few minutes to get a download of love. It really IS there inside us all the time but we do have to take a few minutes to have the experience. And so as soon as I finish this I'm going to make more time. It is blissful. The more you do this tiny little exercise, the more you feel it. At first you may feel nothing. Then you may feel peace. Keep it up and you may feel expanded, loving, joyous, and inspired. After all there is nothing like feeling loved to make you want to experience and share more in life!

One of my favorite little prayers that some of you have heard before is kind of funny:

Fill me, thrill me, spill me dear God!

That sums it up! It is a very short formula for a very happy life :) So take a few minutes this week to periodically stop, sit, breathe, and receive. Why not fuel up throughout your day! It costs nothing, takes very little time, and has huge dividends in your life :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Patience

The week before my class I had many opportunities to practice patience. My car started rattling so I had to take it into the shop. She has 197,000 miles on her and is doing well but every now and then something creaks. And so instead of getting upset because I had a gazillion things to do, I packed my portable pc, my snacks, my ipod, and headed off to the shop. While sitting and waiting for the diagnosis, I got a LOT of class material organized, listened to uplifting music, and got a good meditation in. Thankfully a hose was flipping around and tightening it was a simple and inexpensive repair. God knew I would take more "quiet time" in the lobby of the repair place than I would at home! And so instead of fuming about the "interruption" as I would have done in the past, I was able to see, and take advantage of the love.

The lessons weren't over yet! I got home, sat at my big computer to work on the class again, and got myself a carbonated probiotic drink from the fridge. The lid stuck and so I tapped it without thought on the table and unscrewed the top. I didn't realize that the probiotic drink was under such pressure. A hissing noise began to roar as the top blew off and this wonderful beverage BLEW all over my desk, computer, keyboard, and office. OOH! I ran for the cleaning supplies and got it all up very quickly, but much to my dismay my computer keyboard was ruined! Another "interruption." By this time I sensed I was in the middle of a lesson in trust... again... so I just called up Best Buy and had them reserve me another keyboard. No use crying over exploded Kombucha drink!

At best buy I waited patiently in the customer service line wondering if anyone interesting was around. The man in front of me was scowling and grumpy. The woman behind me looked antsy as if she had a million better things to do than wait in line. She was clearly in a bad mood. I started to feel anxious to get out of that pool of negative energy when the angels got in my head and reminded me... BE the LIGHT in the darkness. I smiled. Just then the woman behind me pushed her cart forward and ran over my foot! "Ouch!" I screamed involuntarily. She woke up from her state of mind and apologized profusely. "It's ok," I said, "I'll live!" She proceeded to tell me about her bad day. "Well," I replied, "At least we're on stable ground and we're not under water like those folks in all the natural disasters." I saw this shift in perspective cross her mind. "That's true," she said. "I guess our problems are small compared to that." "This will pass," I reassured her. "Everything passes." You're right, she said. We started joking about things. She was much happier.

In looking back I saw God's wisdom. Maybe my day was "interrupted." Maybe I did have a few additional expenses. And yet, look at all the good that came from these "interruptions." I got my class nearly finished. I brightened up someone's day which not only made her feel better but made me feel wonderful because I got to "be" the angel that day. The store clerk's day was better because the entire line was lightened up and so instead of grumpy customers he got nicer ones. And perhaps I'll never know what happened after that.

Patience was not something I was born with. I had to learn it. I had to learn that when I do not get what I want now, something better is coming, or there is just a better timing to the arrival of what I want. I have seen clients desperate for money who do not yet manage their money wisely. When they learn right stewardship, the money comes. I have seen people desperately impatient for relationships and yet when they start loving their lives, magically the relationship comes. What we give ourselves internally we finally will inevitably receive externally... all in wondrous timing.

Try exercising a tiny bit more patience this week and see how much more joy can be experienced now.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Trusting God

Years ago the angels told me I didn't trust God. "What do you mean?" I asked. I thought I trusted God."Well I guess I trust God in MOST areas of my life," I said upon further thought. "You either trust God in all areas or you don't trust God," they replied. They are right. Either you trust God loves you and cares about you, or you don't. And if you don't, that doesn't mean God cares any less, it just means you won't feel the love. The sky is blue whether or not the clouds hide it.

Trusting God's love means trusting that if you do what is joyous and happy for yourself in each moment, the kindest thing you can choose - for yourself - given each situation, then the universe as it is designed, can mirror that love back to you, make your life easier, and amplify the guidance you are already receiving.

Take today's class. It popped in my head last year as I listened to Robin Miller's song, "Dancing with Angels." I realized I hadn't' taught an angel class in ages. The thought excited me and I jumped on it. Within a few days I had ads made up, the web site updated, and the newsletters ready to go. I was excited, passionate about teaching this and felt this amazing rush of energy. It is like this when I follow my heart - things flow easily for me, and help the people involved in the endeavor enjoy it as well.

Trusting God means that if you have an urge to stop for a cup of coffee on the way home you do it, and it will either uplift you and change your vibration, or it will help you run into an old friend, or give you an opportunity to chat with someone that can answer a question. Trusting God means knowing that while you can offer all the love and wisdom you have to another, ultimately their lesson and their path are between them and God. Trusting God means knowing that you your needs will be taken care of as long as you take care of yourself to the best of your ability. Trust God means trusting your own ability to make good decisions, your own ability to be honest with yourself, and your own ability to say what is really in your heart at any given moment. Time to be silent and check in with your heart is absolutely essential when you want to live this way. You can't come from the head alone. You have to stop, breathe, and say, "What do I really want in this mo ment?" "What do I want to say and how can I say it kindly? What do I want to do given the resources I have right now?" Then do it, say it, be it. That is honoring the movement of God.

Trust is not blind, but built upon experience. So try trusting God this week. Pick something you don't know how to solve, or something you want to create. Do only what you feel like doing and know to do. Then leaves the rest up to God and see what happens. Don't go looking for signs or straining to get answers. Just live your life and see what shows up. The more I learn to live this way, the easier and happier life gets. It does involve unlearning a lot of the ways of the world, but in the end, I'd rather learn beliefs and behaviors that work, rather than sticking to comfy old ones that don't :)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Feeling abundant

I will never forget how terrified I was years ago when, at the age of 33 my marriage was breaking up. I had married a wonderful man a year after college when neither of us had a clue who we were. We were both really good people just doing what we were "supposed" to do. We were both engineers, religious, and "dinky" - double income no kids yet. It wasn't until several years later that I began my spiritual explorations, felt my calling, and in short time became an alien to my very grounded and normal husband. We felt the gap between our goals and dreams widening, and yet we still cared so when we finally admitted we were going in different directions it was hard for both of us. We were scared. We felt like we failed. We bought a home divorce kit at B. Dalton's and sat at the kitchen table dividing our stuff up while crying with fear. Neither one of us wanted to hurt the other. There was no hatred here, just an acknowledgment that we lo ved each other and cared but we weren't in love at all. In fact when we were first married, I don't think either of us really knew what love was. It was a nice feeling, but you can't really love another until you know and love yourselves. We had grown. We both wanted more. The "more" just occurred on different pathways.

I thanked God that we could separate so kindly and yet at the same time, I was also terrified. I had just quit engineering and was beginning my career as an angel communicator by serving as "psychic in the window" of a local bookstore on two of the slowest days of the week. Although we divided our assets fairly, moving out of the home I had loved, decorated, and cared for was hard. Leaving my two dogs behind at the time was hard. I gave my husband the house because I knew it would make the transition easier on him and the dogs, and I knew I could manifest more. He gave me some savings to start my new life out. I moved out of a beautiful spacious home into a two bedroom apartment, cried my heart out, and started my new life.

"Ann," I'll never forget this message from the angels, "Everything you have ever created exists inside of you now. All you have to do is choose what you wish to bring to the surface once again. Enjoy your life. Embrace this new adventure. Be where you are and make the best of it, and watch what happens." I listened to their advice. I decorated my new apartment, embraced my new psychic career, began teaching classes, and slowly began to feel more abundant than I had in ages. This abundance didn't come from money at all. I had made a LOT more in engineering. I had a bigger home when I was married. I was able to do whatever I wanted then, and now I had to think about money, and yet I was FREE to be ME! I was enjoying my life. I was doing what I loved. I was getting up in the morning without the agony of trying to fit someone else's view of who I should be and without putting pressure on myself to do the same. Suddenly my small apartment felt liberating - there was less to care for. Suddenly my smaller salary didn't matter, because I was happy. Suddenly I realized that the angels were oh so right, abundance and money are two different discussions. And with this new found happiness, my career started to blossom.

And so even today, no matter how much or little I have in the bank I appreciate all the small things in my life. I give thanks for the flowers in my yard. I try to savor my breakfast while reading something inspiring in the mornings or simply sitting on the patio listening to the birds. It only takes ten minutes! And yet my soul is filled. I feel connected with animals, people, angels, God, and most importantly myself.

Feeling abundant doesn't take much more time, or more money - it does however take a little thought, a lot of self care, and sometimes a rearranging of priorities to make sure you are doing some of the things you love no matter how small the scale. Try it this week. Add a little more joy, a little more love, a little more meaning to the smallest aspects of your life and see how it makes you feel! Try connecting to the people around you a little deeper, even if only with a smile and a look into their eyes. The rewards will make you feel rich!