Category Archives: Love YOURSELF

Back to the Basics….

If you’ve been feeling a sense of stress permeating the air, I want to say that you’re not alone.

Just the other day, before I got out of bed, I was having one of my many conversations with God and he asked me, “Is everything on the ICloud? and Do you need to email yourself anything?”

Sure, my first thought was, “that’s an odd message,” but I followed my strict instuctions, and then began my day of seeing clients, and then stopping by Barnes and Noble to finish preparing for the workshop that I’m hosting this weekend.

Well as it turns out, someone was watching me/my car while I was in the bookstore. Because after I left the bookstore, I walked out to my car and placed my computer bag on the floor behind the driver’s seat, disguising it with my yoga bag. I, then, proceeded to go for a brief walk to get a breath of fresh air. I was only away from my car about 10 minutes or so, but within that short period of time, someone took it upon themself to break into my car to steal just my laptop. They knew exactly where it was, and where I was!!

To top it off, the individual(s) were so clever that they left zero evidence my car had been vandalized. It wasn’t until I had gotten home and grabbed my computer bag that I noticed that something was missing.

To be honest, I wasn’t that shocked. In fact, I couldn’t even really be that upset…because God told me to “back-up” my information. I had been warned.

So with that, I want to inspire all of you to continue to connect and listen to your intuition. It will guide you. It may not show you the “big” picture, but it will give you the next step on how to live your life.

It wasn’t about YOU: An Inspired Conversation with God

Today’s Inspirational Message

As I was headed on my way out the door this morning to a martial arts class taught by the amazing and extremely talented Theresa Byrne and Chris Natske, I encountered a brief conversation with God.

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God: Take your headphones with you.

Me: No. I don’t have time to look for them.

I leave the house.

And as I’m backing out of my driveway…

God: Go get the headphones, now.

Me: Ok, fine.

Following my instructions, I ran back into the house and grabbed my headphones. (I have a few pairs)

Went to my awesome class and learned some pretty cool moves …

And then….

Went to visit Trigger …

So there is a 14-yr old girl who helps care for the horses ….and she has a piece of my heart. She’s had it a little “rough” in life, in and out of foster homes, so whenever I have the opportunity to say something that can either inspire, teach or maybe just an ear to listen, I’m there. I make it a point to tell her that horses are awesome communicators and will give great advice if she can listen to the whispers. I also mentioned once that if she’s having a hard day, to sit with the horses and just begin talking about whatever is on her mind.
So today when I saw her she said, “I sat with Harley (sick horse) yesterday for about 30 minutes and we talked about the pros and cons of life.” (Mind you, Harley was set to be euthanized a few days ago; but somehow, someway that didn’t happen and is making a full recovery)

Me: “Cool. Have you ever watched horses communicate within the herd?”

Her: “No. I don’t know how. No one has ever taught me.”

Me: “Well, I can share with you what I know but also watch utube. Sometimes you can get great information.”

Her: “My headphones broke.”

Me: “Here you go… take these.”

So on my way home:

God: It wasn’t about you. It’s about being there for someone else.

Me: Got it.

Namaste:)

The “To-do” List–The 4 Steps that Transformed my Life

“If you want to make God laugh tell Him about your plans” ~ Woody Allen

I often share this particular story about one of the most difficult times in my life when I’m teaching a workshop or speaking at a live event. This experience isn’t something I’m proud of, but it was the catalyst that has landed me to where I am today—as a spiritual teacher, best-selling author, speaker and one of the happiest people I know. Looking back on this situation with the wisdom I’ve acquired since then, I could’ve handled this ordeal quite a bit differently—-and hindsight is always 20/20. So as my journey continues towards understanding how the spiritual laws of the Universe continue to govern our existence, I can honestly say that a Higher Power is generous when providing valuable experiences required to awaken our hearts, connect with our internal wisdom and heal our soul if we choose to do so.

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As long as you’re breathing, you’re perpetually learning, growing, healing and expanding into a deeper Consciousness.  Each path is unique— and within your personal journey into discovering who you are, your heart and soul will be provided with unwavering strength and the courage to live your highest expression when you fully allow Guidance to lead you on a moment to moment basis. Your life will either expand or contract based upon the consistency of your thoughts and the choices you’ll make. As a wise teacher once mentioned to me when I was seeking spiritual solutions amid utter confusion, “Take advice that works for you and leave the rest. This is your life.”

What’s your Story??

We all have a “story” and there is value in your story because your story has assembled the life you’re living today; whether it be good, bad or the ugly. So in relying my personal thoughts, and with the utmost respect and humility, “You may not have been dealt the ideal ‘hand of cards’ throughout your life, but you do get to choose how you wish to play them from this day forward.” You can either use your history as a stepping stone to cultivate your success or you can permit your past to greatly influence your relationships, your career and your overall state of emotional health and well-being. History has the tendency to repeat itself; and unless you take the time to reflect, contemplate and heal; yes heal THYSELF, chances are, you will unconsciously fall back into habitual patterns of self-sabotage. It’s one thing to become cognizant of your behaviors and it’s another to connect with the seat of your soul and heal your life. “To know yourself is to heal Thyself.”

 

My Story: It’s time to “wake up!”

As I was unconsciously moving through the motions of life; unbeknownst to me, the Universe had other plans….

“I was driven to the edge of self-destruction only to awaken to the realization that the key to happiness, peace and success exists in who I decide to become.”

For 3 1/2 years, I was in a relationship with someone who was my greatest teacher. I learned everything that I wanted within a partnership and everything I didn’t. And then the day came when my soul was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and my life warranted a Divine intervention.

No doubt about it, I was forced to confront mastering the lesson of “Letting Go”—of EVERYTHING. I had NO THING in the external world that proved I was or would be successful, ever again. My circumstances were: the loss of my business, my pets, (except Trigger, my horse) and my relationship–all of which died (literally and figuratively) within a few months of each other and I was forced to practice a central concept in the Buddhist philosophy known as detachment.

As I was getting into the bathtub one morning my eyes caught my body’s reflection in mirror….and I stopped. I hesitated because it dawned on me that the image I was witnessing felt as if I was looking at a complete stranger. That’s right. It was my face, but somehow, someway, I wondered “Who is that person?” It was apparent that I’d forgotten who I was, what I stood for and how to speak my truth until…..

While sitting in the tub I began to feel a roaring fire beginning to brew in the pit of my stomach. My gut was twisting and turning and within minutes I felt myself being launched out of the water. It felt as if I were being pushed and the words that I had suppressed for years required a voice. I was on a mission to say something, not knowing what, but found myself marching upstairs to have a conversation with my boyfriend (now my ex.) I looked at him and said, “I’m leaving.” Short and simple, right? And he replied, “Great. I’ll help you pack your bags.” (Please allow me to add, this “grand finale” happened after years of endless arguments, tears and heartache. We were both finally aware that our relationship wasn’t meant to “go the distance” and our time was up!)

With my car packed and $10 bucks to my name, I drove away from my house and thought to myself, “Where in the hell am I going to go now?” Sure, I could have chosen to make a few phone calls and ask for help from family and friends, but this time I needed to figure out these  “issues” on my own and refocus on my priorities; but first, re-identify what those were!

I was mad. Mad at myself. Mad at my partner, but more importantly, I was mad at God because I felt like He no longer loved me. I’m not going to lie. I threw a temper tantrum and began to cuss and swear like nobody’s business as I was driving towards the city park to pitch a tent and spend the night. Did this life altering choice mean I’d be living “homeless” for a day, a month or a year, perhaps? I didn’t know—- but I was willing to take my chances and pay the consequences.

As the reality of being “homeless” began to set in….

I started to cry uncontrollably…

I pulled my car over to the side of the road ..…

The tears continued…

And then…

The energy in the car began to change. It felt as if the world had stopped spinning. Perfect stillness. The “essence” was soothing, dense and extremely Present—and a sense of peace rushed over my entire body…

I re-started my car and proceeded to drive forward….

A few seconds later…

A powerful Force took control of my steering wheel….

And within minutes, I found myself parked in front of a house that looked familiar, but unsure of whose it was.…

I walked to the front door and knocked…

A woman answered. And to my surprise it was my very first client in my healing business who had always told me, “If I ever needed a place to hang my hat, I’d always be welcome in her home.”

So there I was, in her house, and beginning my life over again…(for the 3rd time)

Sitting in a room with two twin beds I began having a conversation with God. I asked, “What can I do to change my life?”

And these instructions were undeniably conveyed:

1. You are going to take total responsibly for healing yourself and your life.
2. You are going to make peace with your past. You are going to see everyone as your teacher    and consciously apply the wisdom you’ve gained from each experience.
3. You are going to be grateful for your life.
4. And then, you are going to write a book and share your experiences.

Ugh…right???

I replied, “I’ll do it, but I need proof that I’m actually on the ‘right’ path. So here’s my request:”

1.To have my book placed on the shelves in the local book stores and Mile Hi Church.
2. To be on the bestsellers list.
3. To get Dr. Wayne Dyer’s endorsement.

So from “this” place of total surrender and a willingness to listen and act, I was able to consciously rebuild my life from the ground -up and the inside- out.

Did the process of working on myself and writing a book happen overnight? Heck no! It was a course in demonstrating Love, compassion, forgiveness, and kindness to myself and others; and then I was given the opportunity to press the “RINSE & REPEAT” button and do it over again and again!

To this day, I’ve finally come to the understanding that the cycle of healing never ceases, but the process may become less arduous when putting your ego aside and allowing God to lead.

During my healing transformation, I spent a lot of time being alone and became discerning on how I shared my time and energy. I allowed myself to “work” through the myriad of emotions that demanded attention; and from that point I was made well aware that filling any void with a quick fix was nonsense.

I began to change my life through facing my fears and shedding the light on every single one of those suckers! It was no secret that the emotions hidden deep within my subconscious mind were keeping me distant from the “things” that I truly desired for myself—-happiness, peace and inner freedom. Truth be told, there wasn’t anything fun about confronting myself in the mirror, but since then, the rewards (internally & externally) have been priceless— AND my “3 goals” have been accomplished.

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So now, when a client comes into my office and says, “How do I change my life? My world is falling apart. My relationship is over. My business isn’t working,” whatever their story is— my response is, “Great. You are finally at a place in your life when you’re willing to listen to the sacred voice within your soul and honor yourself. Let’s get to work on healing YOU!”

So if you shall ever find yourself in the place of feeling “stuck” and/or hopeless and without a clue on where to begin, remember ….

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein

Stop. Chill out. Command your mind to be silent. Breathe. It’s nearly impossible to hear Wisdom in the midst of chaos. And then…from a “space of calm,” ask for Guidance.

Trust that the Light will shine upon your next step…..

Be willing to take the next step…..

Namaste,

Angela:)

P.S. My new goals: (And being flexible with how I achieve them:))

  1. Publish children’s books: #TriggerTails …
  2. Complete my 2nd “inspirational” book…
  3. Continue to feel GOOD and BE Happy!!

BTW….Did I mention I want to meet Oprah, also!!??? 🙂

Angels & Animals: Guidance through Grace

When you deliberately ask for a “little or a lot” of help from Grace, you’re creating space in your life for the Miraculous to appear. Based upon my extraordinary experiences, when choosing to invite acts of the Divine to orchestrate possibilities beyond your level of thinking, you will be required you to suspend all feelings of fear, doubt and disbelief.

There isn’t a specific way to ask for Divine guidance—it’s an intimate conversation between you and God that begins within the truth of your heart in which manifests itself into tangible evidence—and all in Divine timing. You will also be required to give up the desire to control external circumstances and be willing to discipline yourself to witness Grace in motion.

Regardless if your personal preference for calling upon Spiritual assistance is elicited from: God, archangels, guardian angels, spirit guides, or loved ones from the other side, trust the source of healing energy that’s bestowed upon you is a gift from God. NO THING or NO ONE is excluded from Divine healing and guidance; ever, as all forms of creation are significantly held within the arms of which it was created.

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Years ago, I had a blue Persian cat named Essa. (Stories about her are also in my book) She was quite the lady. She was mostly blind and deaf, but loved being pampered; and she was in my life to teach me numerous lessons.

Anyway, this story took place over Christmas break. My brother spent the holiday at my house, but when he left to return home, apparently, Essa darted out the door without him noticing.

When I came home later that afternoon, Essa was no where to be found. I didn’t have much time to look for her, as I was on my lunch break but figured she’d be back that evening because she’d be hungry.

Well…that didn’t happen. And 3 days later, she still hadn’t returned.

After relentlessly scouring the streets for her whereabouts I surrendered to the fact that she probably wasn’t coming home.

As I often do, when I find myself stumbling through life seeking answers during times of uncertainly, I sit down and get silent. I know myself well enough to know that I seldom receive solutions to my dilemmas when I work my brain into a frenzy of rational thinking. I allow Wisdom to arise through me as I immerse myself in the feeling of gratitude and surrender to, “Thy will be done,” —-and I follow the instructions that I’m being given as well as utilizing common sense.

9pm, and in my last attempt to find her…..

Create a “Lost” flyer to paste on the community mailboxes. While I was busy designing the sign, I also remembered that I’d read somewhere that if you call upon “the angels” and more specifically, Archangel Raphael (God’s healing messenger for healing and animals) well….anything can happen.

Hey! At this point, I had nothing to lose. I was open for anything but expected nothing…..

With duct tape in hand to make darn sure my sign was going to securely stick to the metal boxes, I took one step out the front door …and Essa, nonchalantly, came walking in.

My response: Speechless. Dumbfounded. Awe-mazement! And spoke many words of gratitude.

Angels amongst us….

“You’ll see it when you believe it” ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

End of story….

Love never Dies: How our Loved ones Connect with us from the other side

** IN-Spirit-ational Story**

While I was on my walk this morning, the thought occurred to ask permission from a dear friend if it was okay with her if I shared her story on my FB page in a public forum. And her response, verbatim, “Absolutely ok with me!!!! I know how difficult this journey is so if it helps someone else…that is a gift that I can share.”

So my intention is that this experience may offer a sense of peace and solitude for those who may need healing and hope … along with the understanding that it may also “ruffle a few tail-feathers” and challenge particular belief systems. Either way, I trust in Divine timing and know that NO ONE is ever alone on this journey. With respect, Angela

**names have been changed

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A few months ago, *Mary’s 30 year old son suddenly passed away, in which, led her into my office for additional insight on death and transformation. Mary also wanted to know if her son was “ok” and mentioned that she would be traveling to spread his ashes over this past weekend (didn’t tell me where) and wanted to know if he would give her a sign that he was present. And my response was, “Yes. You will see a starfish with 3 rhinestones. He wants you to know that he is happy, healthy and is surrounded by Unconditional Love. All is well.” Moments later, she left my office …..

The following day she sent me this picture and message via text…..(photo available on my Facebook page)

“A beautiful day. *Michael was here as we celebrated. Within minutes of stepping off the plane I spotted the starfish!!!! As you said! Three rhinestones. We shared, cried and laughed. Michael is happy. Michael is home. You have helped me so much.”

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Love never dies; it only transforms. Everyone, whether you are aware of it or not, is on a path to discover who you are at the core of your Being. Trust in the process and connect to the Source from which you were created. YOU are a Divine creation and the power to change your life is only a breath away….

Namaste 🙂

A Message about Miracles

 I wanted to share with you a conversation I had with God last week.  I know that when I receive intuitive messages for myself, I also need to share these words of inspiration with others.  (My disclaimer:  Spirit is right to the point when I ask for guidance.  If the message seems a little harsh, well, it is, because that’s how I needed to hear it).

 Last week,  I said, “God, I need a miracle. I desire to take my business to the next level and sell more books. What do I need to do?”  And this was the reply:

 Message #1

”If you choose NOT to “see” the miracle in everything and everyone, YOU are missing the point.  Miracles and blessings are everywhere! If your ego needs to “see” a miracle, go outside and LOOK at a tree.  Notice it’s magnificence. Imagine how many storms it had to weather in order to become the structure that it is today.  Become aware. Look into the eyes of child or animal and feel their innocence.  Take a moment–feel your own heartbeat. That’s a miracle!”

 Message #2

Get over yourself.  Become miracle minded. Instead of asking for a miracle, BE A MIRACLE!  Everywhere you go, look for ways to BE a miracle in somebody’s  life.  Period.

 My mission:

I began to look for ways on how I could positively impact anything (a friend, neighbor, stranger, an animal, or the environment).  My goal was to serve, unconditionally–either through helping an entrepreneur promote their business, giving a compliment, a smile, holding a door, picking up litter, or simply by holding space for a complete stranger, without judgment or criticism,  being in a state of peace and expressing love.

 Guess what happened….

 On Thursday, my book hit the best-sellers list on Amazon.  Sure, that was really exciting and I’m eternally grateful.  But, in all honesty, the best part of this exercise wasn’t about me or my book.  It was about the joy I felt in my heart when I was on a mission to BE A MIRACLE for somebody else!  It was so much fun!!!

 Starting today, I challenge you to BE miracle minded.  Be the miracle you are seeking in your own life!  Start small.  Do it for one-day, a week or a month.  Journal about your experiences.  Notice how your outside world begins to change with a slight shift in your consciousness.  

 With much love and gratitude,

Angela 

P.S.  If you know someone who may benefit from this message, please forward it.  It just may be what they needed to hear….

Spring Forward!

It’s  that time of year, again.  Spring!  The season bringing renewal, growth,  and expansion.  So, if you are ready for a new adventure to “blossom” and a great beginning to unfold, then become consciously aware of the sabotaging beliefs and thoughts that may be polluting your mind and impeding your SHINE.   

If you are willing to take a good look throughout your history, you may notice a common thread of undesirable behaviors that are continuously fueling your life’s story.  It will take A LOT of courage and a certain amount of risk when confronting patterns that are no longer serving you… changing them…and then LIVING it!

However, on the other side of doing “the work” is a profound appreciation you’ll gain for yourself and others.   You may even open the door; shedding the “light” on a possibility that wasn’t available until you’ve made it a priority to emotionally “Free” yourself and nourish your soul.      

 Cheers to planting healthy seeds,

Angela 🙂 

 

The Body’s “Secret” Language

Do you know that your body’s innate wisdom is constantly providing you with valuable insights regarding your well-being? Yes!  Your body is a highly intelligent and intuitive vehicle that is constantly communicating with you; signaling whether or not you are making wise choices before taking a leap of faith. 

 This is a simple exercise you can utilize when wanting to gain clarity through connecting with your body’s wisdom concerning a particular situation in areas such as: health, travel, relationships, career choices, plus many others. In most situations, it’s imperative to ask in order to receive…and then be willing to act on the “ah-ha   moments” or the “subtle signs” that are begging for attention.

 EXERCISE

Close your eyes and imagine yourself actively “in” the new environment, or perhaps, standing next to the person you feel an attraction towards. Whatever the case, submerse yourself “in” that situation. Then take a deep breath and ask yourself,  “Is this ____________(fill in the blank) in my highest and best good?” Immediately, become aware of your initial  “gut” reaction.  What sensation is happening in your belly? Are you energized and feeling excited or is your stomach doing flip-flops in a not-so-good kind of way?  Do you feel like something is “off” but you just can’t put your finger on it?  Do your eyes feel tired?  These are examples of the various ways your body may be speaking to you.  Take note:  If it doesn’t feel good and your energy is being depleted, it may be wise to re-think your options.   

These are a few ideas on how the body chooses to grab your attention, but ultimately, your perception of your body’s language is up to you.  Value yourself.  Your time, energy and body are sacred.  Never sacrifice the best version of who you are to accommodate someone else’s happiness or waste precious time in an environment that will eventually make you sick. You are an infinite being with unlimited potential.  Surrounded yourself with healthy individuals who feed your Spirit, support, and inspire you to continuously learn and grow in this journey called life.  

 

 

2014! Let it Shine!

Boom!  2014 is off and running! And if you’re like many of us, chances are, you began the New Year with a to-do list a mile long on how to turn your desires, dreams and intentions into reality.

And then, before you know it, the sizzle begins to fizzle and you may find yourself  unmotivated and discouraged…… producing NO RESULTS.

So how do you maintain a positive mindset when you’re lacking energy in pursuit of  those high hopes? 

 The answer can be quite simple.  Be honest!  Ask yourself: “What do I really really want? What am I committed to accomplishing?” Because what you choose to make as a priority, you will find a way to make it happen.          Period.

 You can be, do and have anything in life but it will demand hard work and taking total responsibility for your behavior.   Setting goals are easy.  Remaining focused, optimistic and being prepared to make the necessary lifestyle changes can be the challenge.

 The bottom line is: If you’re enthusiastic about making 2014 the best year yet, then be prepared to hold yourself accountable and become acutely aware of your thoughts, words and actions.  These are the ingredients in which shapes your destiny.

 A BIG HUUUUUGGGGJ

Angela