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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….

Always Expect the Unexpected!

If you personally know me or have read my book, you would know that my daily life’s adventures are anything but the “norm.” At times, I even say “WTF” and doubt the obvious. But then, I re-focus and know that this is how my world “rolls.”   So I get over it, get into the flow of life, and enjoy the ride. And quite honestly, I love it! I never know what to expect; but I trust it’s always for the greater good.  Furthermore, I know that my purpose is to share these inspirational stories with anyone who wants to listen. My intention is that they may offer a glimmer of hope, be a source of motivation or stimulate a laugh. And I’m finally at the stage in life when I don’t take things so personally (but, hey…I’m still work in progress.) My mom always told me that my big mouth may get me into trouble someday, and… she was correct! I loved that woman! :)}

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“My Daily MOJO”

Before I get out of bed in the morning, I do my best to remember to say, “God, please show me how/where you want me to be of service today”…and then I listen, and pay attention to where I’m being directed.   No matter what, I trust that I’ll be guided throughout the day. I also know, from personal experience, that whatever or whoever “shows up” is a reflection of me. And the Universe never ceases to amaze me.

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A few days ago, I walked into a coffee shop to eat, drink and write; and randomly sat next to a gentleman who was preparing for a job interview. We struck up a conversation and I began asking him questions that his future employer may ask, such as: “What can you do for me? What are your skill sets? Why should I hire you?”  I also mentioned that when he walks into his interview he needs to be confident and “KNOW his $h%T!!”  Own it!!  And try not to come from a place of ego and entitlement. To be driven by his soul and being of service to others. And through setting this intention, doors may open unlike anything his mind could have ever imagined.”  He replied, “Yes, ma’am” and gave me a big hug. I, then, ended the conversation with, “Be yourself and whatever happens, happens,” and walked out…

So today, I walked into a different coffee shop –and who was sitting there??? Yep! You guessed it! The same dude I met two days prior!! (I know…do- do- do- do.) I approached him to ask if he had gotten the job. He looked down, “Nope. They didn’t hire me. I have every qualification. I have the experience. They need to hire 75 people. I’m a hard worker. I love people. I just don’t understand what I did wrong. I needed this job so badly.”  And then he began going into his “story” of why he didn’t get the job and started coming up with reasons why they didn’t hire him.

And then these words fell out of my mouth. (I couldn’t help myself.)

I said, “Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.  If you are going to make up a story about why you didn’t get the position, it needs to sound a helluva lot better than the one I’m hearing right now! The truth is is that the “perfect” situation will come along at the right time. God didn’t want you to have that job or you would have gotten it!   And maybe, just maybe, He has something better in store for you. More money. Better work environment, etc.  And besides, this situation may be your lesson in patience—and a negative attitude isn’t going to get you anywhere.” He sat down and replied, “You’re right. God has a bigger, better plan for me.  I’m going to trust in that. “OK good”, I said.  And then I continued to spill coffee all over the table… (yeah, that was awesome)

One minute later (and I’m not exaggerating) his phone rang. It was someone he’d interviewed with over a month ago and they had finally gotten around to calling him to say, “He made the cut. He got the job!” I could barely believe my ears either, and yes, I was listening.

He got off the phone, looked at me and said, “They want me to be there at 11am today. This is unbelievable. I have no words. This is my dream job!” And I said, “Yep. There are no words. So count your blessings and get your butt there on time. “ I was so happy for him that I began crying!!

He asked, “Before I go, can we say a prayer together?” I said, “Absolutely! I’ll take every prayer that I can get!”

It was truly one of those experiences that I’ll never forget. This situation added more validation on how the unexpected can “show up” when you’re open to infinite possibilities and can get out of your own way. Fun stuff!! Namaste 🙂

“God gave us two hands. One to receive with, and the other one to Give.” ~ Billy Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Common Thread: A story between a man and his dog and how the power of love can heal a forgotten soul

 

Based on the In-Spirit-ational work that I get to do, I often hear extraordinary stories from clients who are looking for a bit of insight about their current situation. Many of the stories are unforgettable, heart-wrenching, and loving moments in time when I even say, “WOW! Holy Smokes!! Really??!!”

I wanted to share with you a story about a man and his dog. This is proof of how our beloved animals are not only reliable companions, but spiritual messengers and healers.  They invite us to take a deeper look into our own hearts and examine the energy we may be subconsciously projecting to the world around us.  Animals are highly sensitive creatures and have been given instincts for a reason. To keep them safe!!! Like you and me, we all want to feel safe, secure and unconditional love.

Animals have the uncanny ability to teach us how to better master ourselves through demonstrating acts such as: trust, detachment and unconditional love. Animals also have the tendency to mirror our deep- seated wounds, pain and unresolved hurts that may be standing in the way of living a life of inner freedom and happiness.  If you choose to take the time to truly connect with your four- legged friend, you may find the wisdom you are seeking; and insight on how to resolve a daunting situation.  When you are ready to become aware and listen to the spiritual messengers that are always guiding you in the direction of knowing yourself, you behold authentic power and the necessary ingredients to heal your life from the inside-out. It’s true. Anything is possible when you are willing to expand your mind, open your heart, and feel the source of unconditional love.

I share this story with you for various reasons. First of all, I am an animal lover. And secondly, my passion and purpose is to help others make successful choices and offer inspirational insights on how to move forward. [For obvious reasons, the names in this story have been changed to maintain the integrity and privacy for all who are concerned.]

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One afternoon, a gentleman named Darin came into my office for an intuitive consulting session for his 3 year old, 160 lbs., beautiful gray, great dane, Max. Max glowed with a kind, happy-go-lucky spirit and savored the attention from anyone who was willing to acknowledge his presence. He proved to be intelligent beyond his own good and quickly acquired the label of being a “high-maintenance problem child.” You see, Max had severe anxiety issues and hated to be left alone; even for a short period of time. For example: When Darin resigned Max to his doggie crate, (because he couldn’t be trusted otherwise) he would bark uncontrollably, and repeatedly spin in circles, until he would tip the crate over (with him in it) and break the door wide open. And then… veraciously proceeded to chew holes through the drywall, in hopes of burrowing his way to find his favorite human. It was no secret. This dog had been severely traumatized in numerous ways: including experiencing the underlying pain of lack of love and no stability. Throughout his journey, Max had continuously been tossed around from one family to the next, living in a total of 5 foster homes, until finally, one day, he was taken in by an owner who was willing to cater to his needs and give him a forever place to stay.

Undeniably, Max was shown unconditional love by his new owner. It came in the form of constant attention, daily walks, car rides and he was a regular client at doggie day care. But because Max’s behavior was getting to become costly: emotionally, physically and financially, Darin was at “odds” with what-to-do next. He thought that putting Max “to sleep” (euthanizing him) might be his only option for eliminating Max’s internal struggle and irrational behavior. Granted, this decision was not taken lightly, therefore; Darin was willing to give Max any chance he could before scheduling the final vet appointment.

The day Darin brought Max into my office to ask for inspired advice, my stomach twisted and turned when I heard about this dilemma.  I wanted so badly to say something that would inevitably change Max’s destiny, but I was unsure of what that would be.

As we sat, conversing about the obvious, I was rubbing Max’s belly—and my intuition “hit” me like a ton of bricks! The real reason why Darin was sitting in front of me wasn’t because of Max! Max was only the catalyst to get Darin into my office. The issue remained with Darin —and Max was sent to help his human friend heal various aspects of his life. Max was unintentionally shedding “light” (no pun intended) on his owner’s unresolved issues. The underlying pain of never belonging and abandonment Darin had faced throughout his entire life was finally being brought to the surface. Make no mistake, this unresolved issue was yearning to be thoroughly addressed, healed and released. It was all part of the Divine plan.

When I talked with Darin about the intuitive insight I received about their relationship, his eyes began to swell and tears began streaming down his face. He was experiencing the pain that had been suppressed for years, and now he was being  given the opportunity to heal the past in the present moment.

I’ve often heard those who have rescued homeless animals say, “ I was the one who was actually being saved,” …and after hearing this statement, it seems to hold true in this instance, as well. The significance between this man and his dog seemed almost unreal.

So, as this life coaching session was coming to a close, Darin asked what should the next steps be to help Max find peace considering the circumstances.  And my advice was, “With all your heart, empathize and have compassion for Max. And while you are doing this, empathize and have compassion for the boy within you. The one who was once neglected years ago. This experience is being brought to your consciousness so that you can heal yourself; and heal Max at the same time.”   I also offered this suggestion, “Give Max one more week. And if the situation doesn’t change, then follow your heart when determining Max’s fate.” Darin replied, “Okay, and walked out.”

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Fast- forward two days.

Every week I volunteer for hospice. But before we begin with the day’s activities, a few of us discuss the highlights of the week.  (PS. There are no coincidences in life).

As we were sharing our thoughts, one woman said, “I have a story,” and everyone’s ears perked up to listen! She said, “My neighbor owns a doggie day care and had the strangest thing happen to her today.  One of her favorite clients, this beautiful gray, great dane was standing at the top of a staircase, but missed taking the first step; and unfortunately tumbled to his death. He shattered the bones in his hind legs and the fractures were unrepairable. They were forced to put him down, immediately. The owner was devastated and said, ‘I have just lost my best friend and one of the greatest teachers in my life.’ “

Yes. This is Max’s story and how these extraordinary circumstances prevented Darin from having to make the unbearable decision of putting him “to sleep.”

Honestly, I could barely believe the story myself.   What were the chances of me hearing about my client, who literally came into my office 2 days prior in a completely unrelated environment!?? I was shocked and speechless. But at that precise moment, an expanded view of the “bigger picture” became obvious to me. Max’s desire to leave his physical body was irrefutable. In addition, he no longer wanted to cause his master further stress, heartache or pain. So, Max decided to take it upon himself and place his destiny into his own paws.

Needless to say, the following day, I received a phone call from Darin verifying the information I’d already known to be true about the death of Max.

In the end, Max remained a forever loyal companion as he demonstrated in this message so clearly: No relationship in life is ever a one-way street. We are ALL here to guide, inspire and empower each other (and the lives of furry critters) in the best way we know how.   And the Divine blessing was that Darin and Max were given the opportunity of being brought together in order to heal similar wounds; and given the wherewithal to recognize the meaning behind the gift of giving and receiving unconditional love. You, too, can heal your life and be of assistance to those around you. Anything is possible when you add a big dose of LOVE! Love can and will heal any man, woman or pet’s heart with a little bit of effort and a lot of soul.

P.S. If you enjoyed this story, please help me share this message with your friends and family.  Forward, Like, share, tweet, pin, or “send it through the airwaves.”

Namaste, Angela 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple Step for Infusing your Life with a Little Bit of Magic

I’ve always been fascinated with the classical fairy tale of Cinderella.  Maybe it’s because as a 6th grader, I was chosen to play the lead role of being Cinderella in the school play; or perhaps it’s because I love the idea of enchanted castles and being swept away by prince charming.   Regardless of whether or not these moments in time do come true—love, hope and happiness is the stuff dreams are made of. 

 Over the weekend, I decided to sit through the latest rendition of this magical tale.  As I was being drawn into the life of a princess and the thought of never never land,  I heard “this” inspiring message that moves beyond living happily ever after.   

 You see, when Cinderella was a young girl, her mother passed away.  But prior to her death, she gave her daughter instructions on how to live her life.  She said, “Have courage and be kind.” 

 WOW! Imagine that! Have courage and be kind—Powerful words for building a magical kingdom based upon grace.

Courage is a necessary virtue when staring directly into the eyes of fear or embarking on an unpredictable venture.  The act of “being” courageous furthers your quest of internal exploration in gaining a deeper understanding of Self; and challenges you to heal unresolved hurts and move beyond limited perceptions with curiosity and an open-heart.  Courage is the binding agent that fortifies your vision with optimism, while remaining diligent when doing the task at hand.  

 As the famous quote states, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Lord Chesterfield

 It takes courage to apply unwavering strength in rising above today’s obstacles and making a life change.  It takes courage to be kind to people who may not have earned such a loving gesture.  And it takes courage to stand up and speak your truth, while setting an example for those who seem to need it the most.

 So, as your life candidly unfolds while traveling down your path in the pursuit of happiness—remember to demonstrate courage and to be kind. Deciding to BE BOLD when confronting your greatest challenge is a courageous action–hardly established by those with the faint of heart.  

With the inner knowing that you are a spiritual being having a human (and charming) experience, it’s possible to walk in faith; roar with courage; and have the awareness that each encounter is a stepping stone for uncovering the gift of being your Highest Self.  The simplest form of generosity may be the force of nature needed to transform another’s pit of darkness into a beacon of light; and in return, it may be the guiding factor in fulfilling your personal destiny. The choice is yours.  Exemplify magnificence in every situation; and trust that anything is feasible when you BELIEVE  in just a little bit of magic. 🙂 

Inspirational Message ~ “In the midst of fear, step into Faith”

If you happen to find yourself getting caught up in the fear of the unknown, remind yourself to slow down, take a deep breath and feel the rhythm of your heart.  

 Your heart knows the truth.  The truth that you have everything you need.  YOU are whole, wise and wealthy beyond measure.

 Stop. Center yourself and allow the beat of your “drum” to guide you in a clear direction when taking the next step.  You don’t need to know the “big picture” of what your life is suppose to BE, but you will know how to take the next step in divine time.  

 Quiet your mind. Breathe deeply and BE grateful for what you have today.  

 

Freedom, Inner Happiness & Peace begins with YOU!

If I can offer one piece of inspirational  advice about what I’ve learned on my personal journey seeking inner happiness and peace; I’d offer these words of encouragement: “Know Thyself.”  What is your modus operandi?  How do you behave when no one else is looking?  What are the consistent thoughts the pervade through your mind? Are you willing to STAND UP for what you believe in?

What you believe to be true about yourself and life in general, the external world will begin to magnify your ideals.  Therefore;  if you desire to transform your life then it’s essential to “dig deep” into your heart of heart’s, and from the core of who you are, graciously begin to uncover the sabotaging behaviors that may be impeding a vibrant future. Without a doubt, the emotional baggage you’ve harbored for years has a way of rising to the surface when you least expect it; and before you know it,  you’ve manifested your “new” reality. This is a pivotal point in your life because standing on this precipice of change is when you can transpose the inner chaos into a powerful beacon of light. You are a spiritual being having a human experience and your mission is to love and accept ALL OF YOU —excluding NO THING, and manifest the life you desire.

There is the fine art to mastering yourself. No one ever said this process would be easy; so you’ll have to “pull yourself up by your boot straps” and move forward with integrity, kindness, and gratitude.  The negative, critical mind chatter will have to cease and you begin to approach your life that will embrace the path of healing.

So when you are ready to climb into your emotional closet and set yourself free from perpetual judgments and self-limiting beliefs—you’ll be well on your way to knowing happiness and inner peace.  As the Universal Law states, “As within, so without.”

Without hesitation, your “job” to soul-fully living your life’s purpose is to create opportunities of abundance while capitalizing on your strengths and embracing your weaknesses so that you can move forth with deep appreciation for life’s experiences. Take the knowledge you have gained from previous situations and translate the lessons learned into wisdom. Continue on your journey in dignity and grace; focusing on making wise and conscious choices, everyday.

Understand this: The energy you emanate has a rippling effect on those around you. When you “lighten the load” on your heart, and begin to notice the many faces of miracles that are surrounding you—you’ll be amazed on how your life has shifted while empowering and changing the world around you.

Namaste 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Inspired note from Spirit

“Self confidence, self-esteem, strength, and courage is NOT given to anyone. It is earned through self-reflection, growing-up, confronting your own inner demons..and taking ownership of healing YOUR life. True success is attained through realising your own Divinity; rising above the false sense of Self, and demonstrating compassion to those who need it the most. Life isn’t easy…but you can choose on how you are going to “show up” for yourself, as well as, for others.”