Ways to Find Peace, Love and Joy in Winter Holidays

December 6th, 2013 → 4:18 pm @

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Bodhi Day, Saint Lucia’s Day, Winter Solstice, Dongzhi Festival, Yalda, Pancha Ganapati, Yule/Jul/Jule – winter celebrations are as old as man, and just as widespread. Every culture has its version of a ritual of renewal, celebrating the triumph of light over dark, the return of the sun, the rebirth of life after death. It’s the harvest cycle, the celestial cycle, and the life cycle all rolled up into beautiful metaphors which all of us celebrate, no matter what religions we call ourselves.

This year, I’d like to embrace all the different traditions of the holiday season.

We’ll leave behind resentment when someone wishes us a “Merry Christmas” if we’re not Christian, or “Happy Hanukkah” if we’re not Jewish, or “Happy Yule” if we’re not neo-pagan and just be thankful that someone is wishing us well this time of year.

We’ll give cards and gifts to those we love, because it’s always good to show our loved ones how we feel about them. You might even make your gift extra special by writing a letter of appreciation to your loved ones that they will treasure forever (it’s the best stocking stuffer money can’t buy!).

We’ll take time to celebrate the fact that every end is really a new beginning. Whether that means planting daffodil bulbs in your garden in preparation for Spring, or worshipping with others of your faith at church, or filling your home with lights (on trees, on menorahs, or with candles), is entirely up to you.

We’ll be our best selves. I’m sure you’ve noticed how people act so much nicer around the holidays when we focus more on giving and kindness. Use this season to jump start your own initiative into becoming a more giving person year-round, and let whatever holiday you celebrate be truly meaningful in an enduring way.

Merry Christmahanakwanzika!

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Putting the Giving – in Thanksgiving

November 6th, 2013 → 4:22 pm @

In Through the Eyes of Another, I talk about becoming aware of everyone you encounter and making each person’s life a little better – just because you’re in it! This Thanksgiving, I’d like to give you a challenge to call, email, or text those you won’t be spending the day with, telling them how much they mean to you. Thank and acknowledge how they have made your life better with sincere, heart-felt gratitude. And make sure to really listen and be with the people you are with, whether it’s around the holiday table or just sitting down for a pumpkin spice latte with them afterwards.

Last Thanksgiving, I started a new tradition. I asked my guests to write down their hopes and dreams for the following year on a piece of paper, and then put all of their responses in a “Hopes & Dreams” jar. It gave them something to look forward to in the year ahead, and helped them to focus on what they wanted in their lives. We’re going to open those responses this year to see if everyone’s dream came true.

Can you think of a way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful this year? Think of something new and exciting, and then do it. And please remember, Thanksgiving isn’t just about sitting around and eating. It’s about giving your undivided attention to family, friends, and loved ones, and really giving thanks for all of the many blessings in your life.

I love you! May you have the best Thanksgiving ever!

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Calling Upon the Angels to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

October 21st, 2013 → 3:03 pm @

If you feel negative in any situation, ask the angels to help you. Archangel Jophiel is the angel that can help you to change your negative thoughts into positive ones. After seeking her help, you will see that your thoughts will be so much more uplifting (and when you feel uplifted, you’ll be able to boost the energy of all those around you as well)! This inner peace will extend to your family, friends, neighbors, your city, state, country, the world – and even the entire universe.

You can also call upon Archangel Michael to protect and dispel any negativity around you. Ask him to surround the room you are in with as many angels as you need to get rid of any disruptive energy that has been sent your way. But don’t stop there! Next, ask Michael to surround the person who is infringing on your space with angels — sending him or her peace too! The only way to stop the ripple effect of negative energy is to begin a new ripple effect of positive energy. The other person won’t consciously know what you have done, but he or she will feel this love — and the urge to be unpleasant will cease.

Remember, positive energy thought forms have stronger and higher vibrations than negative ones, allowing them to override the negative. So, with the help of the angels, if you begin to change your own negative thoughts into positive ones, not only will you be raising your vibration, but you will also be raising the vibration of all around you as well.

Have a wonderful, peaceful day!

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Writing a Letter of Gratitude

September 17th, 2013 → 4:52 pm @

After we leave our bodies, we will experience a life review where we will see how we have affected all those we came in contact with, through their eyes. A common message I receive doing appointments is that both the living and deceased wished they told their loved ones how much they loved them, but now it is too late. That’s why I recommend us all to tell our family members and friends just how much we care – now, so that we don’t have any regrets later on. We can do all that in a gratitude letter.

Here are some questions to keep in mind when writing it:

  • How does this person make a difference in your life?
  • What do you admire about this person?
  • What are the greatest qualities this person has?
  • What are some past events that show the type of person he or she is?
  • Why are you proud of this person?

You may think your loved ones know how much you care, but they really don’t. Tell them how much you love them and why.  You will truly make their day!

Peace and Love be with you!

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How to Create a Sacred Space to Connect with Angels and Deceased Loved Ones

August 12th, 2013 → 3:58 pm @

Some spaces are more conducive to receiving messages than others. And, there are simple things you can do to make your meditative space better able to support your psychic and spiritual work. But, fundamentally, it all comes down to creating a wonderful, peaceful feeling in the room.

Feng Shui, the ancient Asian set of guidelines to creating a harmonious space, emphasizes de-cluttering as the best way to encourage the flow of cosmic energy. Begin with removing anything and everything extra from your meditation area. Surfaces should be mostly clear, except perhaps a sacred object, stone, or trickling fountain.

Remove clocks and television sets from your line of sight; the only electronics appropriate are ones that create peaceful, soothing music, or lighting.

You may also want to include one or more green, thriving plants so that there is living energy in the room.

Turn your attention to the walls, and be sure that all posters and pictures put you in a very peaceful state of mind.

I love using scents when I meditate, especially frankincense and myrrh oil or beautifully scented candles. It doesn’t matter what the fragrance is, just as long as it relaxes you and makes you feel good.

What color speaks to you? Lavender is one of my favorites for promoting a sense of peace and heightened senses. But yours may be green, blue, pink, or any other color.

Now, can you reach your meditation area easily? Or are you stepping around (or over!) certain objects or pieces of furniture. You want to clear the path to your area to encourage a clear mind.

When you create a sacred space, you will be raising the energy in the room to a higher vibration that will be more on par with the higher energy of the angels and deceased loved ones. This, in turn, will help to increase your ability to connect with these wonderful celestial beings of light!

Angel blessings to you!

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Our Loved Ones Retain Their Personality Even After They Die

July 26th, 2013 → 10:15 am @

grey bird - Google SearchOur deceased loved ones retain the same personality that they had when they were here. If they were funny, they are still funny; if they were loud, they are still loud! And such was the case with Marion.

I had a friend named Marion who passed away a few years ago. In life, she was very loud and funny. After she passed, I asked her to give me a sign to let me know she was okay. Little did I know just how fast she’d come around to let me know she was around me.

The very next weekend, as I was walking down the steps to place letters in my mailbox, a gray bird flew so quickly toward me that I thought she was going to crash right in to my chest! She eventually landed on my mailbox and watched me as I stuffed the envelopes inside.

Then she screamed, “Waaaa!” and looked directly into my eyes. The bird was desperately trying to get my attention, and I immediately knew it was Marion.

“Marion!” I started to cry. “Marion, oh my God, Marion!’

I had my cell phone in my pocket and immediately called my son, who was in the house, and shouted, “Hurry, come outside. Marion is here!”

He came outside with a puzzled look on his face and then saw the bird still screaming as it flew to a tree across the driveway.

If my neighbors had heard me, I’m sure they would have thought I had lost my mind! I was answering the bird out loud: “Marion, I love you. I’m so glad you’re okay!” After what seemed like an eternity, the bird finally flew away. I went inside, had a good cry, and thanked her for giving me this wonderful gift of letting me know she was okay.

Needless to say, I am thrilled that my beloved friend let me know she was near. There have been countless other times when Marion has made appearances to family and friends through messages and dreams, and she is still appearing as different birds at just the right time. I am ever so grateful that she is making sure I know she is still around and is very much at peace.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Good! – Receiving Messages from Your Angels and Deceased Loved Ones

July 3rd, 2013 → 7:42 pm @

Anyone can receive messages from angels and deceased loved ones. If you want to begin opening yourself up to these communications, I recommend starting with meditation to help open up your third eye. If you are not familiar with meditation, you may want to listen to a guided meditation tape. Or may wish to put on soothing music in the background – and then sit, relax, and clear your mind. During your quiet time, you may receive messages from your higher self, deceased loved ones, and the angels. However, the purpose of meditation is to quiet your mind and to prepare yourself spiritually so that you can receive messages at a later time.

After you finish your meditation, and while you’re still in a relaxed state, you may wish to pose a question with a yes or no answer. You’ll likely receive the answer to your question sometime during that day, or week, in one form or another.

If you meditate regularly, you should begin to receive messages from the angels and deceased loved ones. They may come at you in a number of ways. If you’re a visual person, pictures might pop into your mind’s eye – that’s clairvoyance. Or, you may hear messages – that’s clairaudience. You may also feel heat, cold, or sense an energy around you – that’s clairsentience. Or you may just have a gut feeling that they are there – that is claircognizance. However your messages come, acknowledge them, even if they don’t make sense to you at first.

When you begin connecting with the celestial realm, I recommend doing readings on others. This will help you to understand what is a true message and what is not. One time I was doing a reading for a woman, and I kept seeing an image of a walrus. I hesitated to mention it, thinking it couldn’t possibly make any sense, but when I did, the woman replied that her deceased husband was short, fat, bald, and had webbed feet.  We both had a good laugh with that one!

Sometimes, an image or a word will come through, but you may have to use your frame of reference to understand what it means. Communicating with angels and loved-ones is a 2-spirit process, and sometimes their messages may get filtered through your perceptions. I was giving a reading to a young woman years ago, and I kept seeing the old TV show Bonanza. She was far too young to even remember that show, and it didn’t mean anything to her. So I had to ask myself: What does Bonanza mean to me? Not much. In fact, the only character I remembered in that show was Hass. “Hass”, it turned out, was the name of the man who had put her boyfriend in jail. So when giving a reading, you make sure to be a little brave and say even the messages that you think don’t make any sense.

The angels and your deceased loved ones really are around you and want you to know that. When you are able to receive messages from them, they will be as relieved as you are! Good luck with it all, and don’t try too hard. Just allow it to happen.

Many blessings to you!

 

 

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Good Vibrations: Using Stones and Crystals

June 24th, 2013 → 2:10 pm @

If you’re interested in making contact with angels or deceased loved ones, you may want to get a little energy-boost. I’m not talking about putting on a pot of coffee – not even green tea. I’m talking about boosting your energy with rocks.

When I first started my practice, I used to carry a stone called a prehnite with me when I did readings. Not only does this beautiful light green stone carry vibrations of unconditional love, but it’s also said to help make the connection with Archangel Raphael. In addition, it aids in opening the third eye to enhance communication with angels and deceased loved ones. Another crystal I used was a phenakite, the highest vibrational stone of terrestrial origin (ie. it didn’t fall from space, like moldavite!). It also helps open the third eye and crown chakras, aiding in clairvoyance, spiritual communication, meditation, and astral travel.

Now, those are unusual stones to find, even in a well-stocked new-age store. There are other far more accessible stones that can also help you get in touch with the other side. I recommend amethyst for opening up communications with the heavens, and moldavite, which is great for healers, and works well to open the third eye, throat, and crown chakras.

For those of you who love blue (I know I do!), sky-blue celestite is particularly good for communicating with angels, and promoting harmony, peace and love. It also enhances creativity and understanding. Then there is angelite, which is one of my personal favorites. As the name implies, it helps to connect with angels and deceased loved ones, and is also a beautiful blue color.

When you’re looking for stones, go to a store that sells a variety of crystals and feel which ones you’re drawn to. Hold them in your hands, and I’m sure you’ll feel a connection to one or more! That’s your subconscious telling you what you need. Whenever I’m feeling tired or unmotivated, I feel strongly drawn towards citrine and carnelian – because they raise energy, creativity and motivation. But, when I need to calm down and drop into a relaxed state, I almost physically crave kyanite or tanzanite – which both decrease stress and increase serenity.

So, what vibrations do you need in your life? Go to your local new age store and see which stones resonate with you!

Angel blessings to you!

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Special Words From Your Deceased Loved Ones

May 10th, 2013 → 4:13 pm @

You don’t need to be a medium to connect meaningfully with your deceased loved ones and angels; they’re trying to communicate with you all the time! And, they try in many different ways, but very often through signs. This month, keep an eye out for words that appear to you. Whether they are on billboards you notice, bumper stickers on cars that cut you off, a book that flips open to a certain page, or even a song that comes on just when you turn on the radio, the other side puts these words in front of you for a reason.

One of my clients, now passed, is an expert at sending these types of messages. If you’ve read my first book The Rainbow Follows the Storm, you already know about Stormy; but for those of you who haven’t, here’s her story. I met Stormy near the end of her life, and even though she had been ill with diabetes for a long time, she was one of those rare people with incredible personal energy and strength of spirit. Before her passing, she promised me that she would contact me to let me know she was okay – and she has been, to this day. Stormy turns stereos on and even broadcasts certain songs, like “the blind can see” (her eyesight had been very bad near the end, and she wanted to tell me she could see again). At the very end of her life, Stormy decided she wanted to rename herself “Rainbow,” and on the anniversary of her death, I found a gift from another client in my mailbox. The gift was a basket of angel cards with beautiful sayings on them, and as I opened the plastic wrap, one card fell out of my hand and drifted to the floor. It said “Guardian angel, help me remember: The rainbow follows the storm.”

Signs from your loved ones come in many forms, and the more you learn to recognize them, the more you and your passed loved ones will find the peace that comes with knowing that love lives on.

Many Blessings to you!

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Angels Like to Play – Pay Attention

April 12th, 2013 → 9:27 pm @

We all have the ability to connect with angels and loved ones who have passed, and they are out there just waiting for us to acknowledge them. Angels give us signs all the time letting us know that they’re around us, but we have to be alert and pay attention to recognize them. One of the funniest ways they choose to get our attention is by playing with electricity.

Hey, who turned off the lights? Or turned them on…

Last week, I met with a woman named Dorothy to connect with her husband who had passed. In the reading, her husband said he had been the one opening and closing her garage door. Dorothy could hardly believe it, “At 2 a.m. sometimes, my garage door opens – that’s him?” It sure was!  And he wasn’t finished. Over the weekend, I had my boyfriend over at my house, and I heard my own garage door open by itself. I didn’t know how that happened. Then Dorothy’s husband came to me when I was meditating a few days later and told me he was the one who had done that as well. I called Dorothy to tell her about my unexpected visit from him, and she was amazed!

I really don’t know how angels manipulate electricity, but they do. They switch lights and televisions off and on, and make light bulbs flicker. Have you ever turned on the radio to the exact song you needed to hear? Those are angels – or your deceased loved ones – reaching out to you to say “hello,” “I’m here,” “I’m well.” If they’re not getting your attention, they’ll try any means to let you know they’re around you!

Maybe it’s because angels and loved ones are energy themselves. We are energy, and the energy of who we are continues after we die. That energy doesn’t begin or end – it just changes form. And, energy attracts and affects other energy – whether it’s emotional, spiritual, or PG&E.

So the next time your kitchen light flickers, it might be time to change the bulb, or it might be time to say hello to someone you haven’t seen in a while.

Many blessings to you!

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