Saturday, October 28, 2017

Conquering fear

I don't have anything against spiders. So when I was staying at a friend's house and a nice furry two-inch, eight-legged girl started crawling on the kitchen counter it surprised me that I got a bit startled. I calmed down, grabbed a container and began to talk to her. "Hi Honey. You're awfully big and you're scaring me. Do me a favor. Jump into this container and I'll get you out safely. We'll both be better off!"

I held the container about four inches beneath the counter top and lo and behold, she lowered herself in. Gently I carried her outside, opened the lid, and she hopped out looking directly at me with those two big eyes sticking out of furry posts on top of her head. I wonder what on earth she was thinking! I know what my friends were thinking. They call me "the bug whisperer!"

Happily spiders are not one of my phobias from another life. I used to have a fear of icy water. The angels told me it was because I drowned as a five year old on the Titanic! I had a fear of tight things around my neck. Apparently I was choked . I used to have a fear of storms. That came from being chained to a wall in one life and left in the elements. It amuses me that I now sit in total comfort writing to thousands of loving souls all over the world. I like to joke thatI've been roasted, toasted, sliced, and diced, and now my life is very nice! We are indeed eternal and indestructible souls!

This understanding is what gives me peace when I see such death and destruction on the news. I have huge compassion for what we go through, and yet I know that no matter how hard a life is, it is just a role in the giant masquerade ball we call life. Eventually we remember who we are as we transition back into the light.

We come to earth time and again until we remember that there is always love beneath the mask. And while we know this intellectually, until we embrace it 100% we all fall prey to fears from tie to time.

So, in honor of Halloween here are a few pointers to help you find your way out of fear, when "real" life appears scary.

1. Replace Fear with a Fantastic Fantasy

Most of you have heard that FEAR = "False Events Appear Real." Fear is rarely about what is happening right here, right now. It is instead a scary projection on the future. You might get rejected. You might not be able to pay the bills. You might get sick. If something is in front of you here and now, you just handle it even if you're having a biological fight/flight reaction.

So when you feel fear, remind yourself. I'm fine now. Things are manageable now. No one is hurting me this second. Now is doable. Next, think of the best possible outcome. Fear is basically a negative fantasy. Replace it with a better one.

2. Shake, Quake, or Bake

Seriously, sometimes viscerally dancing or shaking/quaking like a dog shaking water off its back after a bath is a great way to clear fear! So is exercise. If that fails "Bake" - sit in a warm place, wrap up in a warm blanket, or sip a warm drink. Physically warming your body helps release tension and relax fear.

3. Imagine how you would deal with what you fear

Fear makes you feel like you couldn't handle a situation. In reality you've handled every fearful thing you've had to face so far. Come up with at least 3 to 5 ways you'd handle your scary situation.

4. Try a regression or other hypnosis

If you think you have unreasonable past life fears as I did a past life regression hypnosis works wonders. Even if your fears are debilitating ones from this life, hypnosis and various other reprogramming techniques like EFT, EMDR, etc. are extremely helpful in changing habitual brain patterns.

Have a Happy Halloween if you celebrate it and don't forget that even the candy is a great metaphor... Anything scary can be counteracted with something sweet!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

You don't have to know how

It was an almighty revelation to me when the angels finally impressed up on me that the universe follows our direction whether we set it consciously or not. I grew up steeped in the belief that God had my life planned out and I was rewarded for following “His” plan, or punished if not. According to the angels, and the experience of many embracing a more accurate paradigm, it doesn’t quite work that way.

In reality we choose a destination or goal (either consciously or unconsciously) and then the Divine tries to guide us there in the most loving and joyful way possible – a way that is typically so elegant and beautiful that it is often beyond our wildest dreams.

Take one of my clients for example. He was doing very well at one point in his life and then he went through a tough phase where he wasn’t sure how to pay the bills. He ended up driving Uber and hoping for good tips. That’s when he started manifesting seriously. His goals were pretty “unrealistic” in human terms, given his current situation. He wanted to live on a large piece of property that could support horses and eventually start a charity.

He stayed in touch with his heart, even though appearances would have him doubt his dreams were possible. He worked diligently to get his mind in the right place, until he knew, without knowing how, that someday this life would come about. He spoke confidently about his future. I could tell his energy was lined up perfectly with his desires.

One month after months of working on his inner world, the little miracles started to show up in his life. A few weeks later, the big one arrived. Out of the blue, an old family friend he’d not heard from in years called. This angel had just “thought of him” when a local store in her town was about to shut down. Being an astute business woman she talked to the owner and conditionally orchestrated a deal where my client could take over the business for free, with no money up front, and pay it back in several years. Added to that she offered him a place to live on her large property! "By the way," she told him, “I know how to write grants if you ever want to set up a non-profit.” Way to go God! He is off to his new adventure, manifesting even more.

This is how life really works. We weren’t taught that. We were taught to believe only in what we know. How sad it would be if we did. I don’t know how to make rainbows, nor paint the trees with autumn colors. I don’t know how to pick or roast coffee, nor do I understand how my car works. I don’t even understand the half of it when it comes to how my own body works. Why, oh why then, do we believe we have to know how our dreams will come true?

This week, allow yourself to dream… then, here are a few pointers from my Manifesting in the Flow of Grace playshop to help you get your energy lined up with your desires.

1. Get juicy with your imagination

What would life look and feel like to have your dreams? What would have changed? Who would be in your life? Who would move along. Fill in as much as you can imagine. Details don't matter so just pick ones that make you feel good. The feeling is most important. How would you feel? Really get into it.

To the degree you can feel your dreams, you send out a strong signal. 

2. Look for examples of people who have what you want

If someone else can create the life you want, you can too. It has little to do with money, circumstance, etc. It has everything to do with their beliefs about what they can have. That is why they have attracted the money, help, and/or circumstances. The universe and the Divine have infinite resources. God is your benefactor and mentor... and may show up in many forms!

Seek out examples and learn from their mindset. Don't worry too much about how they got what they have. Focus more on their mindset .

3. Find ways to feel the feeling you ultimately want... now

If you want something in the future, it is always because you want the feeling it will give you. How can you feel that now? Get creative. Years ago a friend wanted a new car. She decided it would make her feel classier since her old one was pretty tired looking. In the short term, she cleaned up and detailed the old car with a paintbrush, knowing that when she was done with it it was likely turning to parts. She felt better already, classier, and more willing to go places. Sure enough she manifested a new one in a lot less time than she thought was possible.

Find the feeling and you're tuning your inner dial into the energy of what you want.

Miracles happen on a dime. We don't have to know how. We just have to keep our energy in the right space. Find that feeling this week and enjoy the journey!

Love you all!

PS - I can't keep this a secret! You are the first to hear ! 

I’ll be teaching Manifesting in the Flow of Grace on October 6, 2018 in Sedona, Arizona, and for the first time, for those of you who can’t attend live, we are going to live stream the class!!!! I’m so happy. I didn’t plan that either :) Save the date!

We'll also be doing Dancing with Angels live again on May 19, 2018 but that one won't be streamed.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Remodeling in the flow

I never thought I'd find myself standing on the bathroom vanity wearing hiking boots, old jeans, a purple winter jacket, and heavy work gloves.The vanity was thoroughly padded per the instructions of my deceased Grandpa who, along with Jesus (my other favorite carpenter in heaven) was instructing me on how to remove two very large mirrors... I hadn't planned to do that at 9pm after work one night, but the urge hit strongly.

First a little back story - Three weeks ago I taught my signature class, Love is the River: Learning to Live in the Flow of Divine Grace. I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to share an entirely different way of life than the one we were taught to embrace – a way of life that involves being present, surrendering to one's heart in the moment, and trusting in the flow of life that you set in motion through your wishes and desires.

So when it came time, after ten years to do some work on the bathrooms I decided humorously that I was going to "remodel in the flow of grace!" No drama. No schedules. No pretending I was in control! I envisioned it unfolding easily, gave up my need to know how it was all going to work, and simply started doing what felt right when it did.

A few days prior to my adventure, I got the urge to stop in the cabinet shop. Good thing! It ends up they were planning to deliver new cabinets within a week and hadn't told me. I had to get the old ones taken out or reschedule till after Thanksgiving. That didn't feel right, so I called my dear contractors who agreed to come by if they could manage to get an hour free. I was amazed that they considered it, given their schedule.

I kept the delivery dated and gave the problem to God... hence the guidance to remove mirrors a few nights later. So there I was, a 5'2" female standing on counters that Grandpa had instructed me to pad well, dressed in hiking boots, jeans, and a winter coat for padding, taping, decaulking, and removing two 42" x 72" mirrors, with step by step instructions from heaven!

Somehow I managed. Gingerly, I scooted them onto two step ladders that Grandpa told me to place strategically and then managed to lift them to safety. (I looked like an ant carrying a leaf!) Next, Grandpa told me to rip out the caulk around the cabinets. The rest was beyond me, so I waited and trusted...

Sure enough the next day the contractors called. They had a little time to spare. Pleasantly surprised that the cabinets and plumbing behind them were all that was left, the job was quickly done... just in time for my new delivery!

I could go on and on with stories about how the timing of everything has been insanely perfect as I continue to just do what feels right when it does. In between all this, I've gone out of town one weekend, am spending a week with family, had out of town company, and am working full time! I'm doing my fall hikes, cooking, and living pretty much normally in spite of the mess. I still plan on cooking for my company for Thanksgiving whether or not the job is done.

Even things that are usually hard and complicated don't have to be. In fact, life flows gracefully when we don't try to control it so tightly but rather work on controlling our thoughts, focusing on the positive desires, trusting and enjoying the journey!

Can you imagine if we had to figure out how to run the universe? Thank God, we don't!

We don't have to figure out how to run our lives either. We just have to stay focused and faithful, and act when guided...

Here are a few more words on how to do just that:

1. Stay focused

If you want something you want it. Focus on it a few minutes a day. See it. Feel it. Anticipate it is coming even if you don't have a clue how. Don't talk yourself out of your dreams. Focus and know, they're coming – not because you have proof but because you know how the universe works.

2. Stay faithful

It is human to doubt what we cannot yet see. However, as you know, faith is believing in things unseen. While doubts will almost certainly sprout up, and try to talk you out of your own dreams, you can talk back.

I tell my doubts, "Sorry! I'm creating! When I don't know how, God does."

3. Act when guided

If you find yourself agonizing over what to do next, how to solve a problem or create a dream, stop. Ask yourself only one question, "What do I feel like doing now?" Do it if you can. OR alternately you can ask your angels, "What do I do next?" If you feel/hear nothing, there's nothing to do now. It really is that simple. Enjoy the adventure of life.

The angels once said, "Ann, we want to pour oceans of love into your lives. Your hands are on the faucet! Will you allow a trickle, or rivers of grace?" Let the universe do its job by trusting, acting when inspired, and knowing you will get where you want to go.

Love you all!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Trust your feelings

The earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods don't surprise me. Neither do the volcanoes. I feel these things in my body and soul as emotional energies, usually a few weeks in advance, and I see the waves of people feeling them as well. The world is shaken, stirred, and now blowing up in various ways. Even Mother Earth is venting to release the pressure.

My in-box is full of emotional storms. I wake up to emails talking about death, bleeding hearts, hatred, unforgiveness, suicide, and despair, all from dear souls who are simply going through some very tough times. My heart goes to each and every one. I do my best to be compassionate and share the wisdom I’ve been given.

I have to be careful however, to maintain my own joy, or I start getting sucked into the pain. In that space, I’m of no use to anyone. If I see the world as broken, I support its brokenness. If however, I can simultaneously witness the pain with compassion while focusing on the the ever-present perfection trying to emerge, then I can truly help to elevate souls.

So when I started getting cranky last week, and seeing “stories” rather than “souls,” I knew it was time for some time alone. It is a rare thing when I don’t want to serve, but last week all I wanted to do was run away from the world’s pain. So I did. I know better than to ignore my own heart. I turned off my emails and headed for the hills.

On a beautiful, crisp, blue-skied, sunny Sunday I loaded up the car and hit the open road. The farther I drove, the clearer I felt. I had no commitments, and no schedule. Windows unrolled, hair waving in the wind, country music blasting on the radio, it was just me, God, and the angels. I felt like I could breathe again.

I parked, tossed the camera in the backpack and wandered into the forest in silence. There in nature’s cathedral, among towering aspens and ancient pines, with grasses up to my knees and ferns up to my waist, I reconnected with my own soul. Using my backpack as a pillow, I laid down on a massive boulder surrounded by ferns and trees reaching skyward. Their leaves fluttered. Their trunks bent and swayed in the wind. Sunlight dappled warm shine on my face while chilly breezes danced across my skin.

In the ever present now, I drifted into sweet slumber to the sound of chirping birds, ravens crying overhead, and the roaring whoosh of wind through the trees. The last thing I remember is the smell of baked grasses and Christmasy pine…

Some time later, I awakened to the plunk, plunk, plunk of golden aspen leaves raining down upon me. It was a long time before I could move. I had melted into all-that-is. I felt invigorated, inspired, and deeply passionately in love with life… just in time to come back and help people deal with death, divorce, suicide, the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, and the volcanic emotions arising within so many that mirror Mother earth’s current venting.

It is only in being present to, and honoring our feelings that we can return to joy. It is only in our joy that we can truly be the light and beacon of hope that this world requires. 

Here are a few pointers to help you weather the torrents of emotion that might be rising up from within:

1. Honor your feelings... All of them

The angels can’t stress this enough. Every feeling is coming from Love that wants to rise up within you. Like a volcano however, if the emotional pressure builds up for two long, we are likely to erupt at some point in time.

If you are angry, ask yourself, “How can I better care for myself? What do I need to change? How can I be part of the solution?” The answer might be as simple as getting enough rest, exercise, and good food. The answer might be the need to change an attitude. The answer might be suggesting you get to work helping others. If you’re sad, ask, “How can I comfort myself in a healthy way? How can I create change?” Remain open. Trust the answer.

Listen to your feelings. Don’t run from them. They have valuable messages for you.

2. Don’t judge yourself

It is so easy, as spiritual people, to judge ourselves when we’re not in a great space. Instead, relax. Be compassionate with yourself. You’re human. Rather than wasting time judging, just tell yourself, 

I’m sad/angry/jealous… and that is OK.
Let’s see what this feeling is attempting to say

The minute you own the e-motion, you allow it to be in-motion and it starts to move through you.

3. Remember, honoring your feelings makes you a contribution

Because I had taken care of myself this weekend, when I heard of the horrific shootings in Las Vegas, I was able to bear witness to the pain without being engulfed by it. I was able to immediately go into Silent Presence, pray, and send love. Had I not honored my feelings I would have fallen into the world’s despair and been useless.

Instead, I know the deceased are celebrating their homecoming in heaven, knowing a deeper love than we can ever imagine and wishing that for us. The murderer is lost in darkness, being watched by angels who are waiting for him to find the light so they can cast out his demons of despair. The countless souls who remain in grief and pain are lovingly tended by angels and, if willing, are going to see immense growth and change in their lives. You never value life so dearly as when you know you might not have it. I know that from personal experience.

As I stumbled on a website littered with sad and disturbing photos, I was also brought to tears by the best in humanity – a man who literally laid down his life to save his wife, and many others who willingly jumped to cover those closest to them. The Christ showed up in human hearts in the midst of such tragedy. The love is there even in the darkness. I could never have held this focus had I not honored my feelings this weekend.

When you listen to the love beneath your feelings, you are more able to see and share love with the world. 

This week, love yourself through your own pains, fears, tears, anger, sadness, and any other state that feels less than loving.  Always and forever, Love is trying to surface.

Love you all!

PS - My friend Summer Bacon who channels a dear angel emailed this free channeling about the senseless acts we witness, just as I was finishing up my newsletter. Listen here.