My dear friends, we love you so very much,
There is, deep within human hearts, a deep desire for unity. Deep down, you all have a desire to connect in a loving and meaningful way. At times it seems like a dream to find this union with all the diverse and conflicting opinions upon your planet earth. However, unity never requires sameness, never requires similarity, and has never even asked for agreement.
As children, you were fascinated by differences. You loved meeting people who looked different or acted differently. You were curious. You learned something new with every new encounter. When someone believed something different than you, you asked with genuine interest, “Why?” You listened, decided if the other perspective resonated with you, and then either engaged in the dialogue further or walked away. You were students of life, learning about others and yourselves at the same time.
Somewhere along the way however, you metaphorically “ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” and you began to evaluate the different perspectives as right and wrong.
You began to judge others and you began to judge yourselves. You began to argue, to try to convince others to agree, and many of you began to attempt to change yourselves to "fit in." You were never meant to "fit in" in the sense of being the same. You were meant instead, like a piece of a puzzle, to take your place as a unique and precious part of creation.
So rather than fearing or judging the differences in yourself and others, explore them. Rather than arguing with anyone, simply own your own point of view, and seek to understand that of others. Agree to disagree and if someone cannot allow you the same, walk away. Let your silence speak more powerfully than your words.
It is because of your differences that the human race continues to function, evolve, and grow. Your differences help you examine new perspectives. Your differences expose you to thoughts and ideas that you might never have considered. Your differences cause you to look deeper for what you have in common and to discover how you can all benefit from one another's strengths.
If all the cells in the human body were the same, you would not be you. There is great unity in their diversity as they cooperate to create the miracle that you are. Likewise, there can be great unity among humanity if each of you simply finds your place and point of view and allows others to do the same.
God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message From Ann
I grew up in a family of strongly opinionated and strong-willed people – me included. There were often conflicting points of view... and that used to bother and frustrate us all. I'm certainly not the person anyone (including me) thought I would turn out to be.
In years gone by, I spent many upsetting conversations trying to convince my family to believe as I did, to enjoy the healing modalities I did, and to accept my points of view. I spent many more frustrating trying to be accepted for my beliefs without being able to prove them. My dad is a physicist. My mom has done accounting and office work. My brother is of a religious persuasion and was concerned about my soul. In my younger days, we had some mighty arguments. In retrospect I know we all just wanted to be accepted and understood.
Over the years the angels have helped me accept myself so thoroughly that I was able to give up my need for validation, approval, and acceptance. As a result, have no need to push my beliefs on anyone. I've also realized I have no need to please anyone by trying to be anything other than who I am. We all get along beautifully now. We all take a much greater interest in one another.
My dad, a brilliant physicist and college professor, now listens to my stories of life working with those on the other side. When I recently went home for a visit, he gave me a tour the research lab where he and his students are studying cold fusion. My mom and I now talk about recipes, my nieces, jokes, and angels. My brother, who once feared for my soul, is a wonderful dad who shares his heart and home with us. I feel as if we've graduated. In fact, I just returned a few weeks ago from one of the most loving and beautiful visits in my adult life – truly a victory celebration of unity in the diversity!
Here are a few pointers to find / feel more unity this week:
1. Seek to understand
Rather than judging another perspective, seek to understand. Ask, "Why do you feel that way? I'm interested." Don't jump to conclusions or make assumptions. When we grant others understanding, they frequently return the favor. If they don't at least you'll understand them more deeply.
2. Give acknowledgment when you don't have agreement
If you don't agree with someone at least acknowledge their perspective. "Oh, I see what you mean." The angels beg us not to try to change others but rather allow ourselves and them the courtesy of simply being acknowledged.
I talk to people everywhere. Sometimes someone will go on and on about a belief that I simply don't share. I just say, "Oh I see what you mean," and that is enough.
3. Enjoy the differences
Enjoy cultural diversity. Savor the flavor in life! If you find someone's perspective absurd to you, laugh about it. What is absurd to you serves a purpose for someone else.
I can't wait for the day when we all return to that innocent state of being where we are naturally and simply curious about the differences. Variety is truly the spice of life!
Love you all!