Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cells and souls

Late in the evening, over an herb crusted salmon dinner, I began to read Bruce Lipton’s book “The Biology of Belief.” It has been on the market over ten years, but as the saying goes timing is everything. Candles flickered on the table. Robin Miller’s “Dreams of Heaven” played softly in the background.

There in my own little piece of paradise I came to an entirely new appreciation of the miracle that lives inside my own body. I fell madly in love with my cells.

If cells were souls, I later learned each of us would house at least the population of 4000 earths. 30 trillion cells is a conservative estimate. Many are saying we have more now. Each one is like a little person. It has a “skin.” It digests, excretes, and metabolizes. It reproduces. It moves towards what nourishes itself and away from what doesn’t. Sound familiar? The only thing cells don’t do is make unhealthy choices or hang onto suffering! They’re programmed to stay alive and well. We, on the other hand, have free will.

I marveled at the kingdoms within our own body! The kingdom of the lungs takes in air, sends it to the kingdom of circulation which brings it to vitalize each cell and releases what is not useful. The kingdom of digestion takes in the outside world, filters what is useful and releases what is not. The kingdom of our skin takes in what is useful and filters out what is not. As above so below. Each system in the body is open to life, but designed to allow in what it can use to be healthy and filter out what doesn’t serve.

We’re that way too. We’re designed, not to shut ourselves down to life, people, and ideologies, but rather to remain open to all of the above and simply discern or filter out what doesn't serve us.

Shutting down to life hurts. I’ve done it. Every time I’ve shut down, stuffed my feelings, wanted to clam up and close down, I’ve created illness. When I breathe life in, allow myself my own my feelings, and simply discern / filter or let go of what doesn’t work, then I feel fantastic.

We don’t stay healthy by closing ourselves down to life and one another.We stay healthy and happy by knowing who we are enough to discern and filter life - What gets let in and what gets released?

Indiscriminately shutting ourselves down leads to disease, pain, suffering, and ultimately death as surely as if we decided not to eat at all because we didn't like certain foods.

Learning to open up to life and discern leads to vitality, joy, and a life as long as our soul has planned. People don’t die of old age. They die of being “tired of life and shutting down to its life-giving flow.”

I intend to keep opening up to the flow of life, allowing it to nourish me, heal me, and bring me new joyous opportunities. You can too!

Here are some pointers this week to stay open to life this week while keeping only what you want in your experience:

1. Learn to discern

If something feels right to you now, it is right, right now. If it doesn't feel right, right now, it isn't right now. It is important to note that discernment is about "now." Today I may crave vegetables. Tomorrow I may want meat. Today I may want nothing to do with a person who has been unkind. Years later perhaps we both will grow. Today I don't feel like watching the news. Some days, suddenly I do. There is purpose to everything.

If you listen to your own heart and your own feelings you will always know what is right for you, right now.

2. Unclarity means "No, not now."

If you are unsure what to do, or unsure whether or not something is good for you, wait for further guidance.

For example, you might want to run errands but you don't feel like moving right now. Five minutes later the cloud lifts and you feel like going. You may just have avoided an accident by waiting for clarity.

I was unsure about a house that I liked, even though it wasn't perfect. I couldn't decide if I should put an offer on it and try to afford it. Instead, I waited and got the home I love now.

Better to miss an opportunity than to jump into one that doesn't feel clearly right. In the words of a dear client, with a delightful southern accent, "Oh! It's either a 'hail' yes or a 'hail' no!"

3. If you make a choice you regret, start to fix it immediately by getting back in the present. What feels right, right now?

It is easy to hang onto the past, even if it is a choice you made yesterday. There is far greater power and joy in getting present once again, allowing life to flow into you and seeing what feel right now.

For example, I purchased an online class that looked wonderful. I loved the instructor. It felt right. After watching a few segments I realized I didn't need it. My old patterns would have had me shut down, take the loss, and beat myself up – all things that close us down to the flow. Instead I sat and breathed, remembered I could get a refund. I quickly applied for one. It was in my account the next day, no harm done.

In high school I got a job that sounded fun, but after the first day I was in tears. I realized very quickly it wasn't for me. I went home, told my parents I needed a new job and quit. A better job opened up soon after.

A dear friend who had a contracting job signed a contract to get her kitchen remodelled. She was layed off the next day. Cancelling her kitchen remodel didn't feel right even though it made sense, so she waited. Three days later she had a new job!

Never bind yourself to an unloving choice. Just breathe in new life, release the old as you exhale and see what feels right now. 

I hope you have a beautiful week, breathing in life, and releasing all that doesn't serve with each exhale.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Be a Soul Whisperer

I was hiking earlier this year out in the desert. My mind was clear. My heart was happy. I was silent in the deepest levels of my being. Suddenly I heard my soul start talking to the soul of one of our world leaders. “If you want to be great, you can be. You have that power. Promote peace. Go down in history as one who truly created a better world, not one who created more division. Please use your power wisely.” It came out of nowhere and was not coming from my conscious mind. This happens every now and then.

I forgot the incident until I recently attended a friend’s channeling session. Summer Bacon is an amazing mystic. She too stood up and talked about how from the depths of her soul she found herself talking to another world leader’s soul – a different one that appears to be filled with hate. She found her spirit saying something very similar.

At our deepest levels we are all “Soul Whisperers.”

I first understood this years ago. A person with whom I had a very good relationship started dating a girl of a different religious persuasion and within weeks became very judgmental with me. I found myself repeating over and over, as if to his soul, “Please! Judge not lest ye shall be judged!” Immediately he stopped making judgmental comments. I was in awe. Did he hear me? I now know that his soul did.

A few years later a friend was complaining about a boss who was being very unkind. I found myself speaking to the boss’s soul. “Your employees want to make you a success. Just support them please.” The boss started being nicer.

I was in traffic the other day behind a car going 15 miles per hour below the speed limit. A huge line of cars had formed behind this one. I lovingly whispered to the soul in the slower car, “If you wouldn’t mind pulling into the slow lane we’d all be so grateful.” Within a few minutes, this car moved over. “Thank you. Bless you.”

I could go on with stories such as these, but they make the point. We all have the power to lovingly connect and converse with other souls. We all have the power to whisper loving truth to one another.

We do not have the power to bully, manipulate, or coerce anyone in spirit, anymore than we could at the conversational level. Souls recognize truth. Souls recognize love.

We don’t have the power to make anyone change. We can only make loving requests. However, a vast majority of people respond to love.

So when you have a problem with someone who doesn’t listen at the human level, or someone you don’t personally know, try to whisper something kind to them… "You have the power to do better. Please let’s get along…” or whatever comes into your heart.

You never know. You may just change a life, or… change the course of history. 

Here are a few pointers to “make love not war” by being a Soul Whisperer this week:

1. Whisper to someone with whom you do not get along

Pick someone in your life that you find difficult to talk to, or someone with whom you’ve had to disconnect. Whisper to their soul. Imagine you are sending a message. Make it loving and kind.  “Please let’s get along.” “I believe can handle this in a mature way.” “I forgive you and wish you peace.”   If you can’t say something loving, pass on this for now.

You may or may not get validation from them that they received the message, but you will feel better, and you will attract better.

2. Whisper to someone who needs love

Do you have someone in your life you can’t reach?  Use Soul Whispering to bolster their confidence, help them heal, or assist them in general. “I believe in you.” “I see you as whole and healed.” “I have faith in you.”

Your loving energies will make a difference and may even seep into their human consciousness at some point in time. I’ve seen miracles happen when people choose to support others this way.

3. Extra credit - Whisper to someone in public whom you dislike - Be loving

Pick someone you don’t know and don’t care for.  Make some loving recommendation. “Please be kinder. Please be more honest. Please  I believe you can XYZ…”

Talk to the light within them. Tell them you see their light, you believe they have good intentions, etc…  If you can really do this you’ll feel amazing afterwards because love is what makes you feel most like you. 

Can you imagine if we were all to whisper lovingly to those who want war… “I believe you can find a peaceful solution. We want one please. Your soul will feel so much better…”

I wish you a peaceful and loving week, knowing you have the power to affect hearts and souls with your love, even when personality issues make it a challenge. As I type, I hear the angels whispering to all of us… “You are so very loved."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Living inside out

I once asked the angels how to calm the anxiety I was feeling at the time.Their answer made me laugh. "Remind yourself you're not in control of the world! A meteorite could come through your roof any minute!" Within months, meteorites were falling through roofs in other countries. The angels made their point.

I started to work diligently on mastering my mind and my inner world rather than trying to control my outer.
At first, I practiced in simple situations. In traffic I'd catch myself becoming fearful and impatient until I reminded myself, "You're not in control. Just change your inner world." I started to pray for the happiness of everyone in traffic, and within minutes traffic moved.

When someone was unkind I used to get angry. They need to change! It wasn't OK to treat me that way! How could they? Now I ask a different question, "How can I improve my inner world? How can I look at this in a way that feels better to me?" Perhaps I view them as an upset child. Perhaps I remind myself their behavior has nothing to do with me. As I shift, many times they've shifted too.

As Hurricane Irma approached, she looked disastrous. There was nothing any of us could do externally to calm that storm. All we could do is go within, find the peace amidst our own storms of concern and abide prayerfully in that space. I joined the countless others praying and sitting in silent Presence.

By calming the inner storms of chaos, worry, and fear, and praying to minimize the disaster, humanity did indeed calm that storm. Your prayers and loving energy made a difference. While millions of lives and homes are still deeply –  and in some cases tragically – affected it was far calmer and kinder than anticipated.

If, collectively, we can calm hurricanes, certainly we can manage our inner world to calm the storms of stress in our own lives.

Here are a few pointers to work with your inner world to shift the outer...

1. When someone's behavior bothers you...

Breathe deeply. Say to yourself:
  • Everyone has their own story. 
    Everyone has their own reasons. 
    Everyone has their own lessons. 
     
  • I don't have to understand them. 
    They don't have to understand me. 
    Their behavior has nothing to do with me. 
     
  • I am not responsible for their behavior or their happiness. 
    I am only responsible for my own joy. 
Then, ask yourself, "How can I think about this situation in a way that feels better?" Miracles are possible when you stop waiting for others to change and take charge of your own happiness.

2. When you feel stressed because you don't know the outcome of a situation...

Suppose you want a job, a new home, for your child to be safe – something you want but cannot control in any sort of normal way. You can worry, or you can create. 
Every time you feel worry, try to re-focus on what the desired outcome would feel like. Speak words of "gratitude in advance." Think of it as building mental muscle. Keep diligently shifting your thoughts and feelings from worry to creating until you feel 100% confident you will receive "this or better."

Instead of guessing the outcome, you determine the outcome by mastering your thoughts and manifesting "this or better." 

3. When you are stressed for no good reason...

Sometimes you have been under stress so long that the stress remains even after the traumatic life situation is gone. In this case, there are many things you can do physically to calm the adrenals such as taking certain supplements, or doing restorative yoga.

You can also learn or engage in various techniques to help reprogram your inner world, such as Gary Craig's Optimal EFT (Gary is a wonderful teacher/healer and has a free book on his site called "The Unseen Therapist" that teaches you a very simple but effective practice of self-healing. My assistant, Daniela is also studying a technique called EMDR that helps people reprogram after trauma. I'll let you know when she's certified.

On your own, you can remind yourself, over and over, "I am relaxing into the arms of the Divine. The creator of universes is looking out for me. In this energy, I am safe. I am safe. I am safe." As your repeat this, simultaneously, imagine that you are safe and relaxed. Ask your body, "What does it feel like to be safe and relax?". Let the body answer, not the mind.
You are reprogramming your inner world to relax into the arms of God.
 

The more we focus on mastering our inner world, the less we are buffeted by the outer... and the more we can create loving influence in our world and in the lives of others. I haven't mastered my mind completely of course, but every time I point it in the right direction life shifts in miraculous fashion!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Spiritual Assistance

Mid week I started having "the third eye call." It feels like someone is pressing their thumb on my third eye, and my physical eyelids become so heavy can barely stay awake. I can't easily fight it.

I laid down and Immediate felt myself sucked out of body. Sometimes I remember where I've been. Other times I come back with a sense of it. It seems to happen more frequently a few days before a disaster. The angels told me I help them "transition" souls who are leaving. Only once did I actually remember vividly.

Coming back is a challenge. I feel the weight of my body and have a hard time keeping my eyes open. It takes awhile to remember what day or time it wasI felt swirling sensations in my body and knew we were in for another hurricane. That is when a client told me about Irma. 
I rarely watch TV but I turned on the news just in time to watch hurricane coverage, hear about the 8.1earthquake off the coast of Mexico and read about the epic solar flares this week. My heart sank watching all the suffering.

The angels, as always, drew my attention to stories of love that were coming in rapidly – people helping total strangers, people who had survived talking about their gratitude, and so many who were sending assistance.

It is easy to feel helpless when we witness the suffering of our fellow human beings. They are family. We care. We put ourselves in their shoes and wonder what we'd do. We thank God if we are not. We wish we could help.

We donate, volunteer and do what we can at the human level.

We can also help to ease human suffering, calm the fears of those in dire conditions, and share love, by working in the spiritual realms.

If you can and if you're guided, contribute what you can in the human realms. Here are also a few ways to assist in the spiritual realms this week:

1. Pray

This seems obvious, but prayers must have conviction and feeling behind them in order to ripple out strongly into the cosmos. We are not children imploring a parent for mercy. We are powerful creators sending signals out to the universe and the Divine, much as the nerves send signals to the body. We are sending an energetic command to the universe. Pray powerfully...

"Dear God, Dear Angels, bless and protect all those being affected by disasters, natural or man made. Guide them out of harm's way. Help them hear you. Comfort, console, and carry them through this."

2. Visualize

Together, with faith, focus, and feeling, we could calm the storms. Our collective vibration creates them. Our collective peace can calm them.

Imagine earth being stable, hurricanes dissipating, fires being rained upon gently, people livingin peace and calm, and of course, peace in your own life.


3. Be the Angel

Sit down. Become peaceful, perhaps through breathing or by listening to beautiful music. Ask your angels to connect you in spirit, to someone who is in need of love.

Ask if the individual is male or female? Young or old? You can ask what part of the world are they in. What is their situation. Some of you will see visions. Some will just know. Some will get a feeling. Some will hear words. Trust.

Now imagine you stand next to this soul in the invisible realms as an angel. You whisper to their soul, "You are loved. God is with you. You are not alone," and whatever else comes to mind. You are speaking to them, kindly entangled for that moment in the quantum field. Gently return your focus to the room when you're done.

Periodically I feel a beautiful comforting presence come over me. I know it is someone sending me love. We can be this for souls we may never meet. It is very real.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

The eclipse and the energy

I knew earth was in for some changes when I started to heat up like an oven just before the eclipse a few weeks ago. I had planned to meditate through it but my reminder alarm hadn’t gone off and I was too engrossed in my work to notice. Luckily the internal clock was more accurate.

I dropped everything, shut my eyes, and dove inward. The angel who comes through my friend Summer Bacon had recommended that we experience the eclipse within ourselves – the coming together of dark and light. I focused on that intent and within seconds was drawn into a visionary experience.

Strands of dark and light were being pulled from the cosmos into the center of my soul, combining in one massive sphere of light. It looked like a sun, spinning, and sparkling with love. As I watched the diverse energies dissolving into the “One,” I heard a booming voice. “I AM."

Humorously I thought to myself, "Why does God always sound male?” Within seconds, I heard the most comforting, strong, yet nurturing voice say gently, “I AM.” I smiled. I’ve heard that voice so many times.

I started spiraling inward into this light. I felt my awareness merge with it. I felt all that I was being accepted by it. I dissolved into it, maintaining my awareness as “Ann” but also knowing myself as part of this light. Indescribable bliss filled my being. I understood.

The eclipse marked a time on earth where we must own and love all that we are. There can be no more pretending we are something, when we are not. No more stuffing feelings. No more being “OK” with things that aren’t, and no more saying we "OK" with things, when we actually want change.

Inauthenticity is becoming excruciatingly painful. Being honest with ourselves about our own feelings, is opening us to a glorious flow.

The energies of this eclipse cut loose a huge torrent of spiritual and emotional energy that is flooding our hearts and minds, washing anything we've repressed up to the surface of our conscious awareness.

People have been uncharacteristically light... or cranky. Hopeful or despondent. These past few weeks I've seen a massive intensification of emotional energy.

And then comes Hurricane Harvey, flooding Texas and flooding human hearts. I know people there. I'm praying, picturing them safe, and of course contributing as guided.

We are the calm and the storm. We are the pent up energy that gets released in a cosmic event, and the peace that follows. We contain the floods of tears waiting to be released and the raging winds that resist change. The cosmos lives within us. We are all part of each other and all responsible, at least vibrationally for the state of the world around us.

While we must help each other at the human level, as we are guided, it is equally important that we begin to accept everything within ourselves – our strengths and weaknesses, our joy and our sadness, our blessings and our anger, so the earth does not have to release these pent up emotions for us.

While we don't want to hold onto the denser emotions, it is important to acknowledge them, grow from them, and find the love beneath.  It’s time, the angels say, to free ourselves from our self-imposed barriers to love.

Here are some tips for loving it all within you:

1. Write a love letter to yourself, as if you were someone else. Spell out all the beautiful things you see inside of you.
Seriously, pretend you are in love with yourself. Write a love letter. No one ever needs to see it. Own how wonderful you are.

2. Write a letter of encouragement.
  • Pick a feeling inside of yourself that you consider to be negative.
  • Pretend your best friend was beating themselves up for these qualities.
  • Write a letter of encouragement to the friend, imagining that you are being completely, unconditionally love and accepting of their feelings, and at the same time, trying to helping them accept themselves more.

Example 1: If your best friend said, "I'm a horrible person. I want to be loving but I'm still angry at my ex," you might say, "Of course you are. He/she was so unkind to you. You're human. Anger is your soul's way of telling you to grow. You'll work through it. Look how you've learned to be kinder to yourself."

Example 2: If your best friend said, "I hate my body! I'm ugly. I'm fat. No one will love me." You might say, "I understand you don't feel good about yourself, and that's human but you're so beautiful inside and out. Look how many people you help. Look how many already love you. This is temporary. I understand your feelings, but I love you and all I see is your beautiful soul. Tell me how I can support you."

Example 3: If your best friend said, "Everyone thinks I'm so good at my business but I feel like a fake! I'm never confident. I'm scared all the time. You might say, "Look how much you risked to follow your own path! Of course you're scared. It's normal. Psychologists call it the impostor syndrome. You'll get more confident as you go on. It's OK to feel this way." 


3. Now read the letter of encouragement to yourself

Allow yourself to receive the love and acceptance you'd give another.

We can weather the shifting energies with grace. A little loving self-acceptance, for all that lies within, makes a dramatic difference in the quality of life these days.