My dear friends, we love you so very much,
Breathe… Next time you have the chance, look at the vast sky above you and remind yourself that you are blanketed in love. You are walking upon an earth that loves you. You are surrounded by skies that protect your beautiful planet, give you oxygen to breathe, blow away the debris, and warm you.
Listen... there are soothing sounds all around you. Inhale deeply… see if you can, like the animals distinguish various scents in nature next time you go outside. Touch something with awareness and truly feels it presence interacting with yours. Feel the smoothness of a cup of coffee or tea. Inhale the aroma. Taste it slowly and deliberately.
The world is rich with love dear ones. All around you are sights, sounds, smells, and textures waiting to give you delight. You live in a sensory paradise upon your planet earth. And while yes, we know there are many unpleasant things to focus upon, sometimes unthinkably painful things as well, we gently remind you that there is such beauty, such grace, such joy, and pleasure to be found in your home upon the earth.
You may have much more serious concerns in your life - an aging parent, a troubled child, difficulties with the bills, betrayals, etc., but even in spite of those challenges, you can embrace “stolen moments” of joy. You can say to yourself, “Well here I am in a painful or difficult situation in life, but I am still loved. The creator loves me so much that I have been gifted with an entire world filled with simple delights. Let me enjoy them as best I can.” If you have a stomach ache dear ones you would much rather drink mint tea than something that will upset it. If you have a problem in life, allow yourself to fill your soul with the things that kindly soothe you.
Embrace the love that is offered. Look for it. Notice it, and allow yourself to enjoy it. Let the warmth of the sun touch your face and feel its kiss. Allow the sounds of the birds to sing to your heart. Touch the grass or the bark of a tree, or even your drinking glass and marvel at the absolute miracle of touch.
No matter what life challenges or lessons you face, love is there, in so many diverse forms, waiting for you to receive it.
God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message From Ann
So many of us wait for the "big things" in life before we allow ourselves true joy. When the bills are paid, we'll be happy. When we get a new job. When we find a relationship. When we have "X" in the bank. When our body is healed. When our kids / spouses / parents / coworkers treat us better, or treat themselves better. There are a million reasons for putting off happiness, many of them very socially acceptable and very understandable.
However the angels have taught me a different way to live - to seek happiness in every small moment that we can, and to ask myself, "How can I love myself more right now?" or if I am feeling full and able, "How can I share more love with the world at this very moment?"
I've been working really hard with this Internet show and I love it! However I also know I need to keep in balance so last weekend I scheduled a few days off. I went up to Sedona to see my friend Summer Bacon channel. I visited friends, and I was SO excited to wake up Saturday morning for my annual hike to see the fall color in the forest! I look forward to this day every year, and even more so to the glorious pictures I am able to capture. It is a photographer's paradise!
Life had other plans! I woke up Saturday and it was pouring rain in Sedona. I had a moment of discouragement but quickly shifted my thoughts. I focused on the beauty of the rain and prayed for the weather to clear while enjoying the crisp, damp autumn air. I got in the car while it was still raining, intending as I drove that the skies would clear. Sure enough, as I pulled into the parking lot of the trail, the rain stopped. Even without the sunshine I knew it would be wonderful! I was so excited. Overcast days create a different kind of softer beauty.
Two feet into the hike I turned my camera on and discovered it had suddenly stopped working. No amount of resets worked. The battery was fine. The memory card was fine. The electronics had simply malfunctioned. I started feeling very sad, but suddenly remembered that one of my angels had given me the thought to toss my very old camera into the backpack. It works... sometimes. So even though 3 mega-pixels feels somewhat primitive by today's standards, I decided to be happy that I had a camera that was functioning at least part time! Having released my expectations for a glorious sunny day and a working camera, I was able to enjoy the beauty of the forest that was still dripping dry, and scented with mother nature's perfume of wet pine and moist earth.
More seriously, I pulled my back in early August chopping up a tree that a storm blew over. For ten weeks following, I had little to no feeling in my left hand at best, and most times it was in screaming pain. I had to sleep sitting up so I could stand it for several weeks. And while I channel miracle healings for others I wasn't quite able to find that energy for myself.
Nonetheless, life didn't stop. I focused on every good thing I could focus on, and in those moments when I felt love, I didn't feel pain. When I focused on my clients I didn't feel pain. When I focused on the beauty of nature I didn't feel pain. When I took an 8 mile hike I felt a little but not nearly so much. And miraculously, one day after I decided I was ready for a miracle, I gazed and allowed the energy to run through me like a river, and had the sudden inclination to stretch and twist a certain peculiar way. My back popped back into place, and instantly there was relief!
So even when things aren't right in your life, or when life does not meet your expectations, love is everywhere. There are wonderful things to enjoy in every moment, even when we have to search for them. Why is it a splinter can ruin our day and yet the sunshine and brilliant fall foliage does not fill us with such absolute delight that we remain ecstatic? I think we have been trained to focus on what is not working. As we retrain ourselves to focus on what is beautiful, good, and true, we find the joy that is there all along. We realize that the entire universe is making love to us!... Not in some human sense, but rather in the sense that glorious Life itself offers us its best for the taking.
So while it may not be easy to shift your focus, try it. I think of it as exercising my mind. This week see if you can do your best to acknowledge your feelings first, because we must give love even to those sad and upset parts of ourselves, but then, instead of wallowing in our pain and problems, seek out the silver lining; seek out the good; seek out the simple pleasures.
The scent of a beautiful rose once turned my entire life around during a very dark time. It reminded me of all that was beautiful on this earth. And in that instant, a doorway opened up for God to reach in and work with my heart.
Your portal to love might be a cup of coffee, a sunset, a smile on a child, a dog, the feel of grass under your feet, dark chocolate, a delicious pumpkin soup, the chill in the air... love is everywhere. Consciously allow yourself to slow down and enjoy life's pleasures this week, even if they seem tiny and insignificant. No loving moment is ever wasted, the angels remind us. In fact these moments are pure gold.
Love you all! Have a blessed week.