Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gratitude tunes you to love

I exist in a state of gratitude. I get up thankful for a new day and go to bed grateful for my bed and blankets. I love the way the sunlight filters into the windows at different times of year, enjoy the sun, the rain, and everything in between. But when situations or people are challenging, that is where the angels have taught me to use free will to find something to be grateful for. It hasn't always been easy. As humans many of us were conditioned to complain, to see the negative far too easily and to ignore the positive.

A few years ago when I twisted my intestines and had to remain awake and upright for days at a time, with no sleep and no sitting or laying down, it was a challenge to be grateful. But honestly I was grateful for the fact that the angels had taught me about embracing the present or it would have been unbearable. When I was so tired that I fell asleep cooking the first meal I made after that ordeal, started a fire, and filled the house with smoke, I was grateful for both the fact that the angels woke me up and I stayed alive and the incredible job the insurance company did - restoring my house to better than it was before.

When people have been unkind to me in unthinkable ways I can't say I grateful in the moment, but I have learned to look back and see that I needed to learn to stop being a martyr, to embrace healthy boundaries, and to say "no" to those situations that robbed me of my God given joy and ability to focus on doing good in the world. Even those experiences I can now look back upon and give thanks for.

There is great power in embracing gratitude, not only for what is easy and good, but also for that which has challenged us. We lose our "victim-hood" and embrace our "truth" when we find gratitude. We learn that although the path has been paved with both joys and pains, we have learned, grown, and embraced a kinder reality. The bumpy, rocky, rapids of our lives can give way to streams of grace when give thanks for it all.

In the words of a Rascall Flatts song, that I absolute love (see video below):

Every long lost dream led me to where you are.
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars,
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms.
This much I know is true.
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you."

Gratitude is like turning the dial on the radio back to the station that broadcasts love into your life, and saying, "Yes indeed, Dear God, Bless the Broken Road that Led me Back to You!"

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Light or dark... we choose

I see patterns due to my work. When I get hundreds of emails from people telling me others in their lives are going crazy, hear about historical typhoons and devastating tornadoes, and start to experience uncharacteristic chaos attempting to infiltrate my life, I know something really big and good must be going on in terms of the light coming onto the planet.

I joke with friends that "Satan is on Viagra" again! And while I know that a lost and lonely fallen angel called Satan has no power over God's goodness, what I really mean is that the energies that do not know their connection with God's love, and therefore seek to create chaos and disruption, are being stirred up. People are being forced to face all that has been pushed down, ignored, and set aside. Situations in our world, our homes, and our lives that were dormant for a time are now things we must deal with. And in the end, great good will come of this.

Every time I move into a space of truth and higher light, these energies attempt to drag me back into old patterns and behaviors. Lately I have a humorous little mantra when chaos presents itself, "I'm not going down!" I go to the mirror, look for the light and love of God in my eyes and remind myself that God's love is the ONLY truth. Quickly, I am put back into a space of peace. I choose interpretations of life that are more powerful than the ones I was taught. I refuse to let the darkness possess me and ruin my joy.

When the car tire went flat I handled it. When the a/c broke, I called the great repair guys. When the outdoor plumping and pump leaked all over my back yard, I chose faith that God would provide and scheduled repairs. When the tile in the kitchen cracked, I did the same. When the glass bowl shattered all over my feet, I gave thanks that there was not one cut! When someone I care about wrote me in disappointment that I could not do what they wanted, I acknowledged their feelings and sent them love. When someone whose behaviors had been excruciatingly painful in my life years ago contacted me out of the blue, I sent them love and decided not to go back for more. In the past this would have inspired great fear, pain, and guilt. Now the angels simply said, "Its done," and I embraced that truth and let go. Filled once again with the love of God and a great passion for life I decided to put up my Christmas decorations. When the lights burnt out after putting up all the ornaments on the Christmas tree at midnight, I patiently undecorated the tree and restrung lights that worked.

I give thanks that I have a house that is standing, and pray for those who do not. I send love to those whose desires I cannot fulfill and yet finally feel no guilt whatsoever for living the life I am called to embrace. And as a result of looking for the light, choosing positive interpretations of life, and refusing to be sucked into the fear and chaos that do attempt to drag us down, the energy of God's love continues to flow through my heart in more positive and miraculous ways. We can be a much bigger contribution to this planet if we refuse to let the darkness drag us down.

Practically speaking, when you are weary, rest. When you feel so-called negative emotions, have a healthy rant in private, a deep cleansing cry, or find a positive outlet to release the pent up feelings. Then in the very next moment, remind yourself, there is SO much good! These emotions are coming up and out! Better out than in. Better to release anger in a healthy way than to have it eat at you and cause cancer when you are older. Better to cry the tears rather than to stuff them and have them pop out in thyroid problems or other tensions. Better to nurture and pamper your weary soul when it is weary than to push yourself to the point of burnout and upset.

So no matter what is being thrown at you lately, take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself. And realize that you have the almighty, God-given power of choice in each moment to either succumb to the darkness or to bring more light into your life and your heart.
I love you all. I am sending you all huge doses of love and light with this message, and asking God to please help this light rise up within you so strongly that you feel it in every area of your life. And if you are already there, pass it on to someone else in need of this love!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The most wonderful "bad" day!

By normal human standards, the day I channeled this newsletter could easily have been labeled a “bad” day. I had planned to do my newsletter, run errands, and have a few repairmen over for simple repairs. Instead I couldn't get the angels to give me their half of the newsletter at all. Nothing came when I sat down to channel, so I gave up and did some long-needed work around the house. An hour before the repair guys came, I went to run errands and discovered my car had a totally flat tire. While inflating it as best I could, I called the repairmen, who kindly re-scheduled, then drove to the tire repair place, praying for safety all the way. The tire guys were completely sweet and accommodating, and fixed the flat in record time. I was pretty happy with how I'd handled the situation.

I thought I was done with the day's surprises until one of the repairmen came in to give me his estimate. "I have bad news," he said. "Just news," I told myself, resolving to handle even this with grace. He proceeded to list all the things wrong and quoted me a price for repairs that in the past would have made me pass out or at least have serious heart palpitations. I dropped into my heart, felt the guidance, and simply said, "OK, lets schedule the repair." He looked at me, "Are you sure?" he asked. "Yes I replied. God will provide. I just asked Him." "OK," he replied, then continued. "You know I don't do many service calls anymore but you've been a good, positive client, and I'm going to come out and repair it myself. All the younger guys come to me to ask questions and since this is such a complicated repair I want it done right." "Thank you," I replied with great sincerity. Inwardly I prayed , "Thank you God." Had I hesitated to schedule the repair for fear of how I'd pay for it, someone less experienced would have been sent to do the work. Once again I felt the love of God - not the stress usually associated with big bills and less-than-desirable surprises.

I was still praying with gratitude when suddenly incredible warmth and streams of blissful energy started flowing through my heart and then through my entire body. I felt as if a river of love was pouring through and around every cell. As I opened my heart even further, the flow got so strong that I was nearly dizzy. It was blissful, breathtaking, and pleasurable beyond any energy I have ever felt. It flowed through me from the inside out and made me feel intensely alive. It felt like love, but way more than the love we human beings associate with love. It was part of my being, flowing through my being, and yet I felt I was also flowing through it. I have very few words to accurately describe the beauty of the experience. This continued for over four hours . At times I thought I would burst, but instead I surrendered more deeply, felt more flow, more warmth, and more bliss. After awhile I didn't even feel as if my body was solid. I felt myself as pure light.

At long last I begged God to slow it down. I was hungry and needed to cook dinner. I had forgotten all about the newsletter until the angels started dictating it to me so quickly I had to leave dinner in the oven and run to the computer to type it all in.

All this occurred because I have been choosing - over and over again - to interpret life in the light of truth. In recent months, I've fallen badly twice, had accidents, needed repairs, had flat tires, been the target of people's upsets, and more. In every case I've chosen, using free will to focus on the fact that God's love is present and available in any given situation, just waiting to be seen, recognized, and felt. Focusing on the love helped me heal my body, hear my guidance, handle the challenges, and best of all feel this love in ways I never dreamed or imagined. When I wrote Love is the River, I had no idea I'd feel the River of Love quite like this!

In my Magical Self Love class we do some powerful exercises that illustrate the point of today's newsletter - life happens and we are the ones who decide how it will be interpreted. I choose these days, to interpret reality through the filters of God’s love, provision, and care. You can too!

This week, try to focus on the love that is and always has been there for all of us. Look for it, imagine it if you must, and affirm it every where you see it. Living this way allows you to hear your heart, handle difficult situations more easily, and avoid attracting further negativity. It helps you see the proverbial "silver lining" in the clouds, because the sunshine of God's love is always there, just waiting to burn off the darkness when we choose to focus on the light.

Life happens…. Why not interpret it in a way that makes you feel amazing!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Bring your best to each moment

Hiking taught me to see things new in each moment. I have some favorite trails up north and although I have hiked them hundreds of times, each hike is different. The forest changes from week to week and even more so with the turning of the seasons. The skies are different. The temperature is different. Trees grow, fall, and decay over the years, and new life rises up from the forest floor. The trails I love are like old friends, somewhat the same, but constantly changing. When I take the time to focus on the forest as if I have never seen it before, wonder, magic, and new treasures are always there to be seen.
Likewise I strive to relate to the people in my life as if they too are similar to what they have been but constantly changing. I have learned not to cling to who a person was yesterday but rather to dance with who they are today. Friends who were once stable and are not now sometimes leave my life. Friends who once close, suddenly become so much closer as they open up to their own hearts. Sometimes I am delighted when people I thought I knew well reveal more of what is inside of them. You can never truly know another human being except in the moment. We are always changing.

I think, as human beings, we try to cling to what is good, and we tend to carry around the pain as well. And yet this is such a huge amount of work. Life becomes far simpler when we can say, "Here I am now. Let me make it the best moment I can. Let me bring my best self to this moment." And when I do not bring my best self, in the very next moment, I can choose again. The angels have said this many times - God does not keep score. We get to recreate ourselves any moment we choose.

Gazing with Braco has been an adventure in being present. No two experiences are ever the same. One moment I'm crying out a past life and the next I'm watching gold light stream all over the room. One moment I'm feeling my own internal resistance to allowing the energy to expand within me, and the next I'm One with the cosmos. I open up, surrender to the moment and just trust the process. I am approaching life like this more and more, as I continue to practice, and it is a blessed and beautiful experience.

So this week, if you find yourself in a moment you don't like, ask yourself, "How can I bring more love into the next moment? How can I bring a better me into the next moment?" Watch as your life begins to change!