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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!!??? 🙂

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 Life of Freedom. Step into your Personal Power through Healing.

If I can share a piece of inspirational advice about personal transformation, 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 consistent thoughts pervade through your mind?

What you believe is to be the truth about yourself (and life in general) the external world will magnify your ideals and attract to you your belief system.  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 your being, graciously begin to uncover the sabotaging thoughts and 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. But this is the moment your soul has been waiting for! This is the time for transformation and a pivotal point in your life to heal from within!! You are standing on the precipice of change and are being called to 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.

There is a fine art to mastering yourself—and no one ever said this transformational process would be easy. You’ll have to desire change through pulling yourself up by the boot straps and move forward with integrity, compassion and gratitude for all that you’ve encountered.  The negative, critical mind chatter will have to cease and from this point, you’ll slowly begin embracing the path of healing your life.

So when you are ready to climb into your “nicely-packed” 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.”

Understand this: The energy that emanates from your heart creates a ripple effect and impacts those around you. When you “lighten the load” of emotional heartache and start to notice how miracles appear to help you heal your soul, you’ll be well on your way to owning your personal Power and creating a life that you Love!

If you would like help transforming through your spiritual and emotional blocks, please connect with me through my website and Let’s do it!!

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.”

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 🙂