Saturday, December 26, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a blessed and peaceful holiday. As I write this it is Christmas day. In all the holiday busy-ness, I forgot to write it earlier! At first I thought to myself, "Oh no! I have to work on Christmas!" but soon the perfection of the moment dawned upon me. Here I am filled to the brim with the love of the season. I enjoyed a beautiful time with people who are dear to me, ate until I thought I'd burst, laughed until my sides hurt, and shared beautiful conversation. I've written my cards, sent my presents, and stood today in a depth of silent Presence, giving my one lasting gift to the world – surrendering to the love that longs to flow through us all. It was such a beautiful feeling to feel the love of God pouring through my being to those I know... and those I don't.

If I could wish upon the Christmas star, I'd wish for every soul on earth to know they are never alone, are deeply and dearly loved, and always cherished in the heavens. I have felt that love and it is unconditional - there for all of us. We don't earn it, merit it, or even need to seek for it. It is already and always there, waiting for us to become the empty waiting manger, the willing heart open and ready to receive. It is always in our depths waiting to rise up and share itself with the world. It can never be taken from us. It is never withdrawn. It is never "offline." It burns brightly inside of us, just waiting to be revealed.

A few years ago on New Year's eve, I was "praying in" the New Year. I had been standing outside in the chilly night air wrapped in fleece blankets, in silence, communing with the earth and the stars, feeling the presence of life around me, when I realized it was almost midnight. I went inside, sat down, and prayers began to arise from deep within. I prayed for myself, my loved ones, and for the whole world. While lost in that state of ecstatic love, blasting Josh Groban's rendition of the "Ave Maria," on my computer. I popped into heaven... I literally left my body and found myself among family and friends who had long ago departed this earth. I felt the love of the heavens engulf me. This is a love so profound that it accepts everything in you, celebrates every little fragment of your mind, body, and soul, and dances in your heart with a desire to share. I was only there a few minutes in normal time, but it felt like eternity.

So this holiday I wish for all of you, the experience of this love, the love that is yours simply because you exist. Perhaps sometime during the holiday, you can turn on some beautiful music, breathe deeply and to open your heart to receive the gifts that heaven wishes to pour upon you. The angels really are there, and they really are just waiting to love you even more deeply and dearly, every time we open to receive.

I wish for you a happy and holy holiday, and a new Year of knowing you are never alone – that love lives and abides within you and is there for you in every moment, with every breath. Happy New Year! May 2016 be a year of illumination, love, peace, and joy.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Love is the eternal gift

Happy Holy Holidays to you! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa and forgive me for not mentioning all the other wonderful holidays we, as a human race celebrate. I love this season. I love that people allow me to love them more and to bake for them, gift them, and surprise them. I love that people in the stores smile back when I smile with pure joy while I'm running my errands. For just a few weeks instead of "Ann & the Angels" I become "Anta Claus & the Elves!" It has been a joke for years.

I give because it delights me to do so. I smile thinking of the smiles that my little creations will bring. I could care less if a person tosses what I make, regifts it, or passes it along. I only wish for them to receive the love, for it is the light of joy that I long to share with the world. There is such a beauty in the light of Divine love, in that the more we give ourselves, and the more we are able to receive... the more this love longs to pour through us into the lives of others – "randomly," beautifully, and just when needed.

I was in the grocery store the other day and overheard a lady saying she had trouble making chili and really wanted to learn how. Without thinking I was offering to email her my recipes. Things like this just come out of my mouth! I can't help but help when I hear the need. We had a moment of Christmas camaraderie and then went our merry ways. I went home and emailed her recipes, which hopefully will fill her holidays with yummy goodness. A moment of love exchanged can create a ripple effect we will never see while we are alive.

I recently received a very sweet thank you note from a woman I've never met. I admire her work and have helped spread the world, just a little, but she took the time to tell me it mattered. No expensive gift is worth more than that... to know we can touch a heart. Her words and her heart touched mine right back.

This is why we are alive - to realize we are all one in the great big love that creates us. When we help another, share with another, or simply love another, we give on behalf of all creation. When we receive some help, a gift, or some love, we receive on behalf of all creation. So whether or not you exchange gifts, always remember, that the greatest gift of all, the only lasting gift we can ever exchange, is our love. And in these exchanges, small or large, lasting or fleeing, for just a moment... we touch the Divine.

Happy Holy Holidays. May you feel the presence of love every day of your life.
I love you all.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Savor your moments

I am SO excited! I recently finished filming Series 6 of Ann & the Angels - "Abundance with the Angels - Living with the Currency of Love." The energy that went into it is delightful. I lived the material thoroughly for 11 weeks, then after fixing my Thanksgiving dinner for friends and getting the house decorated for Christmas, I finally felt inspired to get it all structured and on paper. Good thing - I had only one week to create 12 episodes, 12 outfits, and pack before going out to film! During that same time I also spent a day gazing, worked full time, and had several other commitments.

It seemed impossible to my limited human mind!

However, as the saying goes, "All things are possible with God," and I knew that if God had not motivated me to begin putting these episodes into a structure, there was a good reason! I soon realized that I had embraced "abundance" in terms of having bills paid, and having stuff I needed miraculously flow into my life in ways I could not even imagine! However, I had yet to embrace having an "abundance" of time! I was always feeling as if there were never enough hours in the day to do all I wanted and needed to do! So I challenged myself to embrace all the principles that I am teaching in regards to money, but to apply the same principles to my time.

I focused on appreciating all the time I did have! Time on earth. Time to eat. Time to sleep enough. And then I got more present than I have ever been! I focused intensely, and only, on the task at hand. I eliminated distractions. I stopped running to the kitchen to snack every time I reached a spot where I didn't know how to proceed! I kept affirming, "I have all the time I need to get this done smoothly and gracefully." Guess what... I did. I thought I was going to have to stay up all night, one night, but got so focused and present I was able to get enough sleep to feel rested. Somehow, miraculously, I ended up with both a series... and outfits (!) in time to go film. I couldn't be happier with the outcome!

Arriving at the airport in California, I saw a big banner advertising an event. In huge red letters it said SPARK OF LOVE! I smiled, knowing I'd passed my own tests! Filming went without a problem. Memorizing episodes was easy. Even my hair behaved! I have never packed so much in and yet felt so unrushed! The angel energy in the room was so strong I was nearly reduced to tears on several occasions. There was just so much love. At one point, I actually felt viewers in the future having an "ah ha" moment. More tears... It touches my heart to touch hearts.

So here I am home again, working full time, packing clients in morning till night to prepare for time off during the holidays, and yet feeling unrushed, happy, and in the holiday mood. Presence truly is a present we give ourselves first,and what a delight it is!

So this week, try to breathe. Focus on what you are doing with all your heart... and you may just find as I did, that we really do have an abundance of time, when we savor our moments, and fill them with love, rather than rushing just to get through our days.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Love knows how

I love the holidays. I love to give all year, and I love to share love in any form. In spite of preparing to film my next series I've been crafting in the kitchen these days, making homemade bath and beauty potions for friends, cooking simple treats, and a variety of other fun things. The Christmas cards haven't even been a thought yet, but I trust they'll get done after some really awesome meditation where I feel full to overflowing! I try to make my entire life a labor of love.

I have no idea, as usual, how I'm going to pack in all I want to do, and film the next series! But then again I never have any idea how I'm going to accomplish all that gets done! God does thankfully. I just trust in love to guide me. I promised myself that I would start early in committing series 6 to paper, but the calling wasn't there. Instead I was too busy happily living it to take the time to get in sorted out into episodes until about a month ago. I felt such joy doing it at that time I knew the time was right. Happily, like all the other series before it, the energy of what I'm teaching it goes into it since I've been living it. Love knows what it is doing with our lives.

Love knows how to guide us to easily and joyfully get or make presents for those we love. Love knows how to make time to have friends over. Love knows when I'll write out my Christmas cards (I do not!). Love knows when it will trigger me to sit still, play "Silent Night" and marvel like a child at the lights on the tree. Love knows all these things. And Love knows how many clients to schedule, and when so I can both serve these dear souls, and pay my bills. Love knows who needs what from me, in a way that is authentic to me giving too. Love coordinates all of our lives.

So this season, trust in Love's guidance. Trust that you don't "have to" do as much as you think you do... Instead check out the authenticity of any activity by saying, "I want to... I love to..." and if its true your heart will leap forward and draw you into inspired action.