Saturday, January 25, 2014

Finding balance in a balanced way

Years ago I thought living in balance meant I had to pack in a little of every activity that I loved. I worked full time, had big birthday parties at my house each month for friends, got a massage and did my nails regularly, hiked, meditated, and so on. While this sounds on like a lovely life, it was too much! I was cramming more in my schedule than my body, mind, and soul authentically craved and I was exhausting myself. I was thinking about how to create balance in my life rather than feeling my way into balance in each moment. I knew I was off-center. I would answer one more email when I really wanted to go to bed. I would do one more activity with friends when I really wanted to sit at home in silence. The guidance was there but I didn't want to give anything up. I was severely out of balance.

I went to see am a Karunamayi (a woman from India who transmits amazing energy) and asked for a blessing for balance. Three days later. I injured myself and was forced to cancel all social engagements, cut back on work, and rest more than I had in ages. It changed my life. Every now and then I get off balance and life sets me back on track. I pray for that kind of help.

After the holidays I knew my mornings were too hurried and I knew that I needed to adjust my diet to feel more energized. I didn't know exactly how to get back in balance and I didn't want to figure it out all by myself. So I did as I always do and prayed. "Dear God, Dear Archangel Raphael, help me find help with my diet and a way to make my mornings energizing and relaxing, even with all I have to do." A few minutes later, a dear reader wrote to me offering me her seven day Ayurvedic cleanse. Even though I had to add several more activities in my mornings as part of this cleanse (self massage, yoga, exercise, breathing) I realized my body was craving such care. I prioritize my mornings now around such care and mysteriously everything else gets done!

So if you feel off, overloaded, or bored with life, pray. Ask God and the angels to guide you. And then, as always, when you get the guidance via suggestions or ideas that inspire you and sound exciting or interesting, act! I could have attempted (again!) to mentally figure out how to be balanced, but at the moment I prayed, I desired help. Sure enough, help arrived! (A big thank you to Adena Rose who answered that prayer! She is an incredible ayurvedic practitioner whose programs are gentle, flexible, and kind to to both body and soul!) I could have received her offer and ignored the work involved, but everything in my body was saying, "Yes, please do this." Magically the universe echoed back to me my willingness to accept help, ease, and grace, by making an incredibly busy week flow easily, gently, with help, assistance, and more grace!

So this week, be really honest with yourself. What is it you are wanting now? Rejuvenation? Time Alone? Time with others? Better food? Help figuring it all out? Wait until the desires arrive naturally. If you know what to do, do it. If not, pray and ask for help. The universe loves to answer prayers rooted in such love. Balance is not so hard after all when we create it one moment to the next :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Imagine...

When I was a little girl, I was told I had a vivid imagination. This has served me well throughout the course of my life! No matter what life looks like, when I remember to do so, I can use my imagination to put myself in a much kinder reality, and soon begin attracting the very same. When I was teaching a manifesting class years ago I decided to create a spiritual journey to some exotic location. I imagined what it would feel like to get on the airplane and explore new territory. I didn't have a specific destination in mind, just a feeling of adventure. Within weeks I found a trip to a shaman seminar in Mexico. I couldn't afford it so I figured God had better in mind. I continued to go on my inner journeys. A shaman I had met years ago called to tell me he was leading a trip to Peru. I didn't know how I'd afford that either but it sounded fun. I prayed. The day I had to let him know if I could go, I got a letter - some very old stock I had bought years ago had gone up just enough to pay for the trip! Sure enough my outer world, mirrored my inner creations.

Over Christmas when I broke a toe, again I used focus and imagination to help heal it quicker than usual. I printed out a picture of healthy foot bones and imagined them every day in my foot. I went into my imagination and hiked, danced, and felt wonderful, all the while resting on the couch as I was supposed to do. The rest not only led to a great mystical experience on New Year's eve but also the visualizations helped me heal in record time. After only a month I can do yoga again, and soon I should be able to fit in normal shoes and go hiking! I am already feeling that in my inner world.

I take time regularly to stop and look at my life and see what needs changing, upgrading, or attention. I first spend the inner time imagining my life as I want it to look and feel, and then soon after reality starts to follow. I wanted to feel more vitality in my body so I started imagining what it would feel like to be a yoga person - aligned, strong, flexible, and living a healthy and balanced life. I asked Archangel Raphael, the healer to guide me to anything he felt would energize me and make me healthier this year. Within the hour a dear soul on this mailing list wrote to offer me her beautiful one week ayurvedic cleanse program that involves a healthy diet, self care, gentle, easy yoga, breathing, and meditation! I loved it (the link is below). After week I feel fantastic and have developed a healthy new morning routine.

So go within this week. Visit your future in which dreams come true and bask in the feelings. Summon those feelings inside of you as often as you can. People tell me all the time that I don't live in the real world. That might be true, depending on how you look at life. However, I live in a much better reality - one that I am constantly creating!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Believe when you cannot yet see

One of my resolutions this year was to have an easier time channeling the newsletter. I typically do it a week or more ahead and sometimes as I sit down to channel in the middle of a busy office day, it takes awhile to slow down, recalibrate myself to tune into the angels, and then to figure out what I'm going to say. " I need an easier way to do this," I prayed. It suddenly occurred to me to run to the computer the minute I woke up on my office day and channel straight out of a sound sleep. Sure enough, that was so much easier! It is easier to tune in and to write from the heart before my head gets going. I prayed. I believed. I got guidance. I acted.

There are many things I want to achieve this year, but instead of diving right into the first project, I've been living in my heart, trusting the process of life, and knowing all is in Divine Order. I'm excited about the prospect of doing an internet TV show this year, and yet all my plans to work on it so far, have been disrupted. So I'm patiently waiting for right timing, which thankfully, I do feel coming soon! Nothing will happen until I get the work done! In the past that would have driven me crazy. I would have been pushing myself. Now I trust. I know that in the not too distant future inspiration is going to hit me and I will lock myself in my office and create several episodes of the new show. Until then, it seems more important to get sleep, eat well, exercise a little each day, and do my spiritual practices. I understand the logic. From a balanced body, mind, and soul, I can share the information and energy with integrity.

There are other dreams for my life that I have no clue how to create. Bigger dreams. I just envision these as part of my future, and happily choose to enjoy my "now." God will tell me what to do and when, or I'll receive even better than I can imagine.

As the angels say, we must risk our success rather than guaranteeing our disappointment. I believed for years that there was a way I could get the angels' love and wisdom out in public, but in a way that allowed me to do it while living a balanced life. I had no idea how that would be possible. Eighteen years ago when I had that thought the first time, there were only a few ways to get information out to the public on a regular basis and they did not resonate with me at the time. So I waited and waited. The internet got more popular. The angels guided me to do this newsletter. Now I'm being guided in more expanded ways! At the time I originally had the intent, the technology that will allow me to share more did not even exist.

So believe in your dreams. Believe in your miracles. Believe even when you cannot see and have no idea. And then when the inspiration hits you, jump into action.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Visit to Heaven

The Best New Year's Ever... A Visit to Heaven

Some of you have read part of this on Facebook but I'll start at the beginning. As most of you who read this know, I broke a toe ten days before Christmas. I love the holidays and I didn't let it slow down me down too much. As a result, by the time the Christmas festivities were over I was physically exhausted!

At first I was frustrated! I had such grand plans and so many things I wanted to accomplish during my vacation, but my body was screaming, "REST!" So I surrendered to the perfection of the moment, as the angels have always taught me. I went back to eating like a saint, slept 12 hours a night, and rested on the couch in silence or while watching positive programs all day. After a few days of this I graduated to playing in my craft room - something I find incredibly relaxing and something I had not made time to do most of the year. By the end of my vacation, very little work got accomplished but I feel amazing. I am more rested than I have been in years, and I've reconnected with the creative side of myself which is something I deeply desired to achieve this year!

By the time New Year's Eve came around, I was feeling excited about 2014! Dr. Peebles, the angel channeled by my friend Summer Bacon, has been guiding many of us for the last nine months in a rebirthing experience in her Seasons of the Soul series. Each month he led us in meditations about what it might be like to be a baby developing in the womb of the Divine Mother, and each month he suggested simple but powerful spiritual exercises. There was a promise of new birth and new life at the end of this work, precisely at midnight on New Year's eve. I am sure all the rest and relaxation was preparing me for the most amazing New Year's Eve I have ever experienced...

I decided to spend the night on my own, in silence and prayer, which is something I often do on special occasions. Fifteen minutes before the new year, I stood outside in the cool damp grass, praying in total silence, with only the stars glistening overhead, and the rustle of birds in the trees. I felt like the universe was running through my very being. The more I prayed, the more love I felt streaming through me. I prayed for everyone I know, for all of you, and for the entire earth, her creatures and anyone or anything in need. I could barely breathe the energy was so beautiful.

I finally got cold and went inside. I sat and meditated while playing beautiful music. Suddenly I was lifted out of body and taken to heaven where a line of clients I have known over the years, who have died, showed up and one by one, hugged me and greeted me. By this time I was bawling tears of joy. Next were my angels, my relatives, my dogs, Jesus, and so many others. The love kept escalating and getting bigger and bigger.

And as Josh Groben's "Ave Maria" blasted in my "real human world" the clock turned to midnight, and suddenly I felt in heaven a phenomenal sensation of floating in one giant golden energy of communion where everyone's good wishes were felt by everyone else. Flower petals showered from the heavens over the entire group as the waves of golden energy washed over us all. It seemed to go on forever, and ever. I lost the ability to think in words, to do anything but feel, and feel, and feel more deeply than I have ever felt. At one point I saw the bright light and went more deeply into it until I felt it running through my body once again.

Finally I opened my eyes. I called friends, turned on the "Rocking New Year's Eve" and danced for the sheer joy of being alive. When people tell me how sad they are that they have to spend New Year's Alone, I gently remind them of a truth I have come to know so deeply.. we are never, ever, ever alone. I often choose to be by myself so I can become silent and feel more connected with the unseen realms.

Happy New Year to all of you! I love you so much. I honor your bright and beautiful souls, your challenges, and your joys, knowing we are all one in this beautiful light of God's love. No matter what challenges or joys, we are still that beautiful light. My prayer for all of us this year is that we may all experience that light more deeply, with more joy, and more awareness. God bless you and yours!

And remember... All is in perfection whether it looks that way or not. There is always a beautiful unfolding of our lives in progress - one that, at times, is hard to even imagine.

Have a blessed & beautiful week!
I look forward to another beautiful year with all of you!
Ann