Saturday, October 29, 2016

See beneath the mask

The more I gaze and the more I work with angels, the more I am able to see the beauty in people's souls, no matter what they bring to the surface. I walked through the airport after filming series 7 of "Ann & the Angels" last spring just marveling at the fact that one light and one love animated all these people running around – some happy, some sad, and yet all made of the very same. I felt Love itself looking through my eyes at itself in hundreds of different shapes and sizes. There was no possibility of feeling alone in that light :)

More recently I got to go to Los Angeles to see a premier of a movie about Braco and to see him gaze. I sat in a theater with hundreds of people and once again witnessed everyone turning into the One beautiful sea of white light that sources us all. I had the sense of being family amidst strangers. It was lovely!

The more we acknowledge this light in ourselves, the more we can love ourselves, no matter what is going on. The more we can see it in others, the more we feel the bond of our shared human experience... and the less we take bad behaviors personally. We're all the same, just different expressions of Light and Love in 7 billion different "costumes." Some remember, some forget, but we can choose to live in the peace of remembering.

Here are a few tips to make this awareness more practical...

1. Imagine earth is one big costume party
As human beings we are Divine love in costume. See if you can regard everyone this week with a sense of wonder, curiosity, etc. Why did they dress that way? Why did they choose to be male/female, tall/short, etc. Why are they angry or happy? Just look at them with wonder, knowing there is One light clothed in so many different forms. So much energy is freed up witin us when we no longer have to judge but can just regard everyone with wonder.

2.Practice "Namaste" 

Many of you have heard the phrase "Namaste" which means "The Divine in me honors the Divine in you." See if you can imagine the light within you looking through your eyes, witnessing itself beneath the surface of everyone else's human "costume!" Imagine that light inside of everyone you see this week, no matter how brilliant or dim. It feels wonderful!

3. If Someone is Upsetting, Focus on their light, not their darkness...

If someone is upsetting, try not to judge them or take their behavior personally. Instead try to observe them, as a child would, with a sense of wonder. "I wonder why they act as they do?"

If you don't want to be around them leave, by all means, but see if you can imagine the spark of light within them, at their heart area, and imagine it expanding to fill them. Even at a distance you can imagine their light, rather than focusing on their darkness.

4. Remember YOU are this love and light too!

Look in the mirror. Look in your own eyes. Ask to see the Divine light inside of you. How can you ever criticize that? The rest is just a costume.

Enjoy the many costumes that Divine love wears this week, and celebrate that light inside of yourself. Have a Happy Halloween if you celebrate that too! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Vibrational opportunities

It was an old habit for me to have a little frustrated reaction when faced with what I considered to be a "distraction." I have so many things I want to accomplish in a given day, and so many more in this one lifetime! However, the angels have taught me to trust that everything, no matter how unrelated to my dreams it might seem, is there to support me in achieving them.
So, for example, when I want to get home but get stuck in a traffic jam, how does that support my dreams? Maybe I am avoiding an accident. Maybe I'm getting out of a rushed and hurried vibe and learning to surrender more so I can allow God and the angels to work more clearly in my life. Maybe I'm reading something, listening to something, or practicing my visualizations in the car. Maybe I'm letting spiritual energy flow through me to everyone in traffic and thus opening my own channel even more... so I can gaze more strongly for others. Maybe I'm getting slowed down to run into someone helpful later... There are a million reasons why that traffic jam – that seems to be a distraction – might be just the thing I need in that moment. 

When I was queuing up these newsletters last week, I had quite a few distractions. I had promised to meet a friend for coffee at noon and had hoped to get three newsletters done early that morning. They take an hour or two each, sometimes more. Instead I felt like exercising. Then I noticed things that needed attention in the yard. I forgot I had to do the laundry, put the dishes away, etc. In the past I would have been very frustrated and felt terribly "behind." However, there is no "behind" in the present! SO I surrendered, got my house and yard in order, met my friend, and the newsletters poured through easily because I was so open and relaxed later that day!

Even funnier, a few weeks ago I decided to create a wonderful, beautiful day outdoors with friends riding the chair lift on Mt. Humphreys, then going for a hike. It appeared to be a distraction when the sunny day started to be darkened by ominous dark grey storm clouds. We used that as an opportunity to manifest the weather we wanted! 

Being quite full of ourselves, we got our tickets and lined up for the lift as I was doing one of my favorite hiking affirmations... "I am the sun that parts the clouds!" A man got off the lift shivering in front of us! "It was raining, freezing, and hailing at the top!" he told us. We saw the sun breaking through the clouds. Sure enough our positive energy cleared the clouds over our own heads and gave us the incredible view in this week's photo... complete with a heart made of blue sky!

So this week, here are a few tips to see your "distractions" as "opportunities"...

1. Print a copy of the Serenity Prayer and put it where you can see it. Keep a copy in your purse, wallet, and car. Repeat Often.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

In surrendering to what we cannot change we find peace.

2.When you feel something is a distraction, ask yourself, How might this be an "opportunity" to get me in the right vibration to manifest my dreams?

Suppose you are finally planning to take time to rest, and suddenly someone needs your attention. Can you list at least five ways that this might be an "opportunity" to get your energy in the right space to allow you to rest more often?

• Perhaps this is showing you where you need kind boundaries.
• Perhaps this is giving you an opportunity to say "no."
• Perhaps you will feel great and rest without guilt after helping this person.
• Perhaps this is helping you learn to surrender and thus adopt a more restful attitude in general.
• Perhaps this motivates you to turn the phone off or go on vacation more often in order to have time to yourself.

Suppose you are in a new a relationship and the person you thought you connected with, suddenly has something come up and cannot see you for a few weeks. How might this is be an"opportunity" to get your energy in the right space to enjoy a loving relationship?

• Perhaps it is an opportunity to see where you can give yourself more of what you want from the other, thus creating a more mature form of love
• Perhaps it is an opportunity to heal an old feeling of abandonment
• Perhaps it is an opportunity to be more compassionate and see the innocence in another
• Perhaps it is a red flat that this relationship is not what you want
• Perhaps it is time to visit with friends and others whom you love...

You get the idea... there is always a vibrational opportunity that is attempting to help you with your creations.

This week, every time you feel something is a distraction use it as an opportunity to get your vibration in harmony with what you seek to create!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Easy changes

I'm constantly in a process of change! I have a simple rule in my life. If something doesn't make me happy, I get rid of it, or start to change it.That applies to stuff, activities, and my very own beliefs.

For example I have a yearning to clean out the closets these days, but not much time to do it. So instead I take one small step a day. I try on one outfit I've not worn in awhile and if I don't immediately like it, I set it aside to donate. Granted, this is a slow process, but it feels good. It creates movement.

I've had to look at my activities too. I've slowly let my time in nature slide away. Now that the weather is nice, however, I've re-prioritized and reorganized so I can get outside once again. My hikes give me the energy to accomplish even the things I set aside more quickly.

I've even been examining my beliefs to see what needs to change. For example, I've had a belief that it is normal to go through a "detox" reaction after dramatically increasing my energy flow. I learned that from many spiritual teachers over the years, have witnessed many others who have the same reaction and assumed "that's just the way it is."  However, since our beliefs filter pure love into our experienced reality, I'm trying out new ones... "I don't have to detox! I just shift in a joyful way." Reality is starting to mirror this new belief. After some big energy work a few weeks ago my throat started to get scratchy and I felt a cold trying to come in. In the past I would have said, "Oh... Sigh... Another detox." This time I said to my body, "We're not doing that any more. We shift in joy now." The cold never took hold. It left without a trace in less than 24 hours.

Every day I'm making small choice, small changes, and small shifts in my thinking to create a life that is even more joyful, and authentic. You can too!

Here are a few tips to make easy changes this week... 

1. Examine Your Stuff as You Use it

Does the squeaky door bother you? Does an outfit no longer look good? Does the junk drawer in the kitchen drive you crazy? If some "thing" in your life is no longer serving you fix it, ask for help with it, or get rid of it. If you can't afford to change now, start asking your angels for help!

I once realized that I had been suffering through a "cord drawer" in my office that made me nuts. It was such a simple thing but every time I opened that drawer, I groaned and my energy went down. So I asked the angels for a solution. Two days later I was in a store and saw cheap jewelry organizers... on sale! Now all my little USB cords sit in pretty little compartments where I can easily find them. This is such a simple thing, but every time our energy goes down instead of us, we can start to make changes. 

2. Examine Your Activities

Do your daily activities bring you joy or drag you down? What can you change there? I know you can't immediately quit your job or make your kids walk to school, but you can get clever and make even the un-fun things a bit more enjoyable. I brought comforts of home to work with me when I was in a corporate job. When stuck in a traffic jam the other day with friends, instead of moaning, we sang and joked. If you have a long commute, you listen to good music, educational programs or digital books. If you hate cleaning house, turn on some good music. If you're part of an organization you no longer enjoy, make plans to transition out of it... Start shifting to be more authentic.

3. Examine Your Beliefs

Do you catch yourself repeating disempowering beliefs over and over? Try out new ones! Books have been written on the power of our beliefs to create our reality. The things we tell ourselves become our "truths" and are mirrored all over our lives... which just reinforces them even more! Do you believe you are sick? Try telling yourself, "Every day I'm getting healthier." Do something healthy for yourself every day so its true. Are you feeling broke? Try counting your blessings and look for abundance... What we focus on is what we experience more of... so try out new, more empowering beliefs. We wouldn't wear an outfit that doesn't serve us, but we do "wear our beliefs" quite literally in the circumstances of our lives.

This week, try to create small, positive movement and change in your life. You are never stuck. If the only thing you can change is your mind, go for that... Any loving movement is good movement, as it opens you up to the flow of love in the universe that is always trying to help!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Tips for self love

I am teaching Magical Self Love today and by the time you read this I'll be happily plugging myself into an energy that is so beautiful and big that it is hard to imagine at times that this lives inside of us!
If a drop of water had a human mind it might have a hard time comprehending that it is born of the same as the mighty rivers and the vast ocean, and yet it is! The rivers and the ocean live in that drop and it lives in them.  Likewise, the vastness, beauty, and power of God live inside of us. I feel this many days. Some days I must seek it out. Other days I really have to work to get my way back to truth. In all cases, however, returning to this truth shifts my entire reality.

I remember a time when I had twisted intestines. It was excruciating, and it was born of a lack of self love. I had been fearful and hadn't asked for comfort. I had been judging myself... and I knotted up inside. The cure? You guessed it. In addition to the physical things I had to do... self love. I looked in the mirror... I released the notion that I was my body. I released the notion that I had failed at my spiritual growth. I reaffirmed..."The light of God lives within me!" I waited till I saw the spark in my eyes. Relief coursed through me and the healing began.

Another time I had been hard on myself and I was struck with all sorts of bills. Clients were late paying, and I was pretty lean to say the least. I didn't know what to do but the angels reminded me. Back to self love. I looked in the mirror and prayed to see the truth in my eyes. It took awhile. I released the notion that I "should" be doing better. I released self-criticism. I released the lies that any circumstance could ever change my essential being. I waited, watched, and breathed. Suddenly I saw the lights inside. I felt the love rising up within me. Within days, people started paying me again. Things in the house stopped breaking. 

When we shift inside, we shift outside. Self Love IS magical! 

Here are a few more tips to make that shift to self love this week... 

1. Say, "I love myself" over and over and over.

Seriously. You may not believe it, but even loving words will start to cleanse and transform your energy field. Keep it up as often as you can. 

2.Find a picture of yourself as a little child. Tell him or her how much you love him or her.

Having a visual representation of the innocence that lives within you is helpful if you are hard on yourself. Its far more difficult to criticize yourself when you realize you are criticizing that sweet child within.

3. Ask yourself... "If I loved myself, how would I treat myself? What changes would I make?" 

Commit to at least one.

Self love, as the angels discussed last week, is acknowledging the Divine light within you. It is not always warm and fuzzy and it takes unlearning old habits and learning new ones to put it into practice. But it is the most practical skill you can learn if you want to live a happier, sweeter, and more empowered life!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Self love transforms lives

I'm passionate about sharing self love because it changed my life. I thought I loved myself when I was younger, but I realized I loved the superficial - my job, my marriage, my looks. I didn't know who or what I was and when all that was stripped away in my late twenties/early thirties, I experienced not only an identity crisis, but a seriously long period of self-hatred. As a result, I attracted plenty of people to help put me down, verbally abuse me, and beat me up with their behaviors. I knew I had to change.

I started doing nice things for myself. That worked to a degree. But then I had a pretty serious injury a little over a decade ago and was grounded. This time I had to go within. I had to find who and what was inside of me to love when I could barely do anything for anyone else, let alone for myself. It was then I started to see myself as the angels do... and it changed my life. 

I no longer felt the need to please everyone. I started to put my own priorities first and was able to help others more. Within a year I was dating a man who became a dear friend and remains so to this day. I wrote books, spoke at conferences, and started to love not only myself, but my whole life, in a whole new way.

This is why I teach self love. I've seen its miracles firsthand, not only in my own life, but in the lives of friends, students, and clients. It is not just a "feel good" thing because you can love yourself even when you don't feel good. Its not just about being kind to yourself – that is a consequence. It is not about being better than anyone else, and it is the farthest thing from being selfish. It is, simply, living in a deep space of spiritual truth.

Here are a few tips to help you embrace that space of self love this week... 

1. Look into your own eyes in the mirror every day...

As you look into your own eyes, say to yourself, whether you believe it or not, "I love myself. I love myself. I love myself. Breathe through resistance and blockages that will almost certainly come up. Just keep it up till you feel a softening.

2.Stop the self-criticism

I know this is a hard one! When I was unlearning old, bad, self-critical habits, the angels sent me the mirror... to apologize to myself!

Now if I catch myself in a self-criticism, I actually say to myself, "I'm so sorry honey..." and then something positive! Imagine a child came running up to you and said, "Someone called me ugly!!!" You would likely say, "Oh honey, I'm sorry! You're beautiful!" Do that for yourself when yourself call you ugly, a failure, stupid, etc... Be kind to you!

3. Realize self-love is an act of worshiping the Divinity within

Ask yourself... How would I treat myself if I knew that the Divine was having an experience of life on earth through me?
When you embrace the deeper mystical truth that the Divine lives in you as surely as the ocean lives in each wave, you start to treat yourself, and others, with greater reverence and respect. You – the physical human you – are a temple for spirit. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself... and you are loving God. 

I wish you all a beautiful week of Self-love as an act of worshiping the Divine within! If you need more assistance getting to that point, you can reread newsletter archives, come to the playshopwatch the self-love Series of Ann & the Angels Online as unlimited video on demand, or listen via CD/download! I try to make this as accessible as possible.