Archive for January, 2011

In looking over the posts channeled by your Angels over the past year, I am struck by how many of these posts concern the subject of attitude and belief. The overall message is: that which you believe manifests in your life. To examine your belief system, look about you at your environment, for it is there that you see the fruits of your creation. To change your fruits, change your beliefs (see Archives).

In regard to belief, many of my loyal readers know that I am still struggling with changing my attitudes and beliefs in certain areas, with spotty success. Just last Monday, on 1/11/11, my own Angels sent me a very positive message, which I wish to share with you. As always with my Angels, their message has a large element of teaching and learning connected with it, making it of general interest.

On that day, 1/11/11, I had driven to a particular department store to return some fleece sheets given me as a Christmas present by my sister, Sue. These sheets had been labeled “Full”, but when I put them on the bed, found them to be “Queen”. Too big for the bed and for my pillows, they were nevertheless so warm and cozy that I was not readily willing to part with them. After some discussion with Sue, she persuaded me to return them, saying that she would send me the correct size. So, on that Monday, I rode to the store with the intention of returning those comfy fleece sheets.

The store offered me the choice of an exchange or store credit. Surprised that they had fleece sheets (I had looked for them the year before and could not find them), on a whim I asked where they were located. “On a kiosk near the Men’s Department”, said the clerk. Taking my store credit with me, I strolled through the store on my way to an exit. Although I had no plans to pick up the “Full” sheets, curiosity got the best of me and I began looking for the Men’s Dept. and the kiosk on which the alleged sheets allegedly were displayed. Found the Men’s Dept. Found the kiosk. Found the fleece sheets. Found the “Full” sized sheets. Found the packaging to be smaller than the “Queen” size and considered picking up a set, but didn’t because my sister had said that she would send me replacements.

Turning my back on the sheets, I began walking toward the exit, which was in a direct line with the sheet kiosk. In no special hurry, I meandered past a rack full of hanging stuff, some long, some short, some fluffy, some smooth—all so nondescript that nothing caught my attention except the sheer quantity of it. For some unknown reason, I stopped at the sight of all this stuff, none of which had the slightest interest for me, yet which held me fast. Almost in a trance, I walked around the rack to the other side. I could not have told you why I did so, since that, too was filled with quantities of hanging stuff. In this trance, I walked slowly to nearly the midpoint of the display, my gaze at about 3-4 feet above the floor. At this position, my gaze found a huge, wooden plaque, approximately 18 inches wide by at least 6 inches tall, made of rough, brown wood. Slowly my eyes moved upward to encounter the phrase, “You Can Achieve It”. Jolted, I continued my gaze upward and found the phrase, “If You Believe It”.

I stared, dumbfounded. The phrase, “You Can Achieve It” was in direct answer to my unspoken question of whether I could achieve my stated goal, which I had just the day before given up. I had actually mentally said good-bye to the man who seemed my ideal mate, thinking that he would never be attracted to or interested in me. Now here was my Angels’ message straight from Heaven, written in English, in huge white letters on a huge, brown, ugly, wooden plaque, so big that I couldn’t possibly miss it.

I stared at this wooden plaque, taking the message in, first reading it top to bottom and then bottom to top. Slowly, slowly, as my reasoning faculties returned, I became aware that my Angels were sending me the most powerful message to date that they had ever sent. They were going to a lot of trouble to tell me that yes, indeed, I am able to achieve my desire for my ideal mate and yes, they have every intention of sending me my heart’s desire. There is a hold-up, however, and that hold-up is me. Specifically, the hold-up is my inability to believe that he would be interested in coming into my life. They were telling me that I am able to achieve my desire: the first words I encountered were “You Can Achieve It”—in direct answer to my continuing question of whether my desire was even possible. They were also telling me that in order to achieve my desire, I must do my part, which is to believe that this can come into my life.

My Angels were deadly serious. They are willing to send him to me; they are waiting to send him to me; they are wanting to send him to me, but they cannot, because I have been unable to muster sufficient belief that this dream can actually happen to me. [Remember that sufficient belief is that amount of belief which is the size of a grain of mustard (see June 6, 2010 Belief: the missing link)]. All of this realization washed over me in a profound spirit of conviction. I realized that my Angels were my friends and truly desire to aid me, but they can only go so far. It now becomes my responsibility to fulfill my part of the bargain, which is to believe with my whole heart, body, and soul. Interestingly, I had no goosebumps, no shivers, no thrills, just a deep, solid knowing the content and extent of their message. Playtime’s over, boys and girls, time to get serious.

In some shock that my dream will actually materialize, I spent the next day mulling over the Angel message and digging out from the two feet of snow that Mother Nature had so generously dumped on us. On 1/13/11, on my way to work, I examined closely the idea of belief and how I had been skirting this issue, giving lip-service to it, but not really believing that I could have my ideal mate. I examined closely my attitudes and beliefs. What were my sticking points? What did I not believe? What could I believe? In what form could I believe it? What would it take for me to believe it? How could I actually convince myself to believe it?

With Angelic guidance, I was able to sort through my hopes, fears, and terrors, trying to find a way to believe that someone could find me attractive. I decided that I could believe that I can be cute. Not glamorous, but cute. Perky and cute. I can believe that I am able to be charming. I can believe that I have a delightful and unpredictable sense of humor. I can believe that this combination of cuteness and charm and humor can be used by the Holy Spirit to provide an attractive aura around me, which my future ideal mate will find irresistible. And in thinking along these line, I realized that I have a high IQte. This last had me laughing out loud, which brought me to the next realization: someone with a high IQte is approachable, which is in itself attractive.

After this intense soul-searching and honest appraisal of my strengths, I am able to believe wholeheartedly that they, along with the magic of the Holy Spirit, will bring my ideal mate into my life. This was hard work, having to face my terrors, but how could I turn my back on my willing Angels? How could I turn away their generous gift of an ideal mate, which they are ready to hand to me if I will only do my part? Am I so lazy that I will use the excuse of “it’s too hard”, or “it’s too scary”, or “I’m not worth it”, or other such nonsense? Hardly. I’ll rise to the occasion if it’s the last thing I do, especially for the promise of my ideal mate.

I sincerely hope that you can find strength, hope, and comfort in this little example of Angelic aid and guidance. Perhaps you, too, have some secret desire that you wish fulfilled but believe that you cannot achieve because of specious reasons (and they are all specious). Decide on your dream. Search out those blocks to your belief. Find ways to believe, ways that ring true for you that will allow this dream into your life. Your Angels are more than willing to meet you halfway.

In the last post (January 3, 2011 time enough), your Angels explored the concept of time in the human struggle to meet all of the demands placed on us by both earthly and other dimensional responsibilities. In that post, your Angels showed how viewing time differently can result in more efficient living. They now present a corollary to the time question, for those of us who feel to be overburdened with work.

Our goal-oriented society expects rewards and accolades for achieving a goal. The folk saying goes, “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game”. That saying really means, “winning is everything; losing is nothing; and no one cares how you play the game”. We are trained since childhood to reach for goals: that grade of “A” on the report card; being picked for the team; getting into the college of our choice; making a respectable salary; buying our dream house; having the most friends on Facebook, and so on. We strive, strive, strive to attain that which we do not have in the hopes of greater happiness and contentment. Achieving all of our dreams can be an awful lot of work and we can feel unduly burdened by some of the difficulties which we encounter on our way to our dreams.

Your Angels respectfully suggest that, as with time, viewing differently the work we do daily can ease that overburdened feeling, thus erasing any concomitant resentment. From our earthly societal point of view, the finished product of our work, our goal, is the entire point of work. From the spiritual dimension, however, the process of work, rather than the finished product, is of utmost importance. It is as we strive toward our goal, problem-solving, working in cooperation with others, finding ways to cooperate with these others, coming up with creative solutions to our roadblocks, backing up and then forging ahead again, that we grow in grace, wisdom, and experience. I remember well one excellent example of striving advocated by Edgar Cayce, also called the Sleeping Prophet, which I did not understand at the time, but which has stayed with me. Now, understanding that not the goal but the process is important, I am able, finally, to understand the message he was sending to his questioner.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) had been brought up in the South in a conservative Christian home. He had a modest, simple upbringing and was himself a modest, simple man until one day he fell asleep and began diagnosing people’s medical conditions. He advised specific cures, and with these cures, healed disease states usually given up as hopeless by the current medical professionals. After many years of giving only medical information, he began to give what he called “Life Readings” which truly rocked his and his subjects’ worlds. In one of these cases, a woman had come to him complaining that her husband and children just couldn’t seem to get along. She requested help in bringing harmony and love to her warring family. Edgar Cayce gave her no such help. All he told her was that yes, he sees that she has been striving to bring love and harmony into the family, that yes, she has had little to no success thus far, but that she was absolutely doing the right thing. He encouraged her to continue to do as she had done, striving as before to bring peace to the home. He had no further advice for her and ended the session. After reading that I was left with a feeling of abandonment. She had asked for a solution to her problem, a way to reach her goal, and all he told her was to keep doing what she had been doing. With my goal-oriented, American-influenced efficiency, this seemed like no answer at all. What does he mean, keep doing what she has been doing? What she has been doing has not been working (she has not reached her goal) and it seems like she has been wasting her time because she has not reached her goal (efficiency, people, above all, efficiency, because time is money!).

Now, understanding that it is in the process of work that we grow toward our maximum potential, it is clear that Edgar Cayce was encouraging her to use this process to bring the love, peace, and harmony to her family that she so dearly desired. Through creative thinking; through striving to work out interpersonal differences; through kindness, patience, and long-suffering; through small steps made at small intervals, she could reach her goal, but she had to give up the idea of the goal being paramount. Next, she had to give up the idea that somehow she was a failure at creating harmony because she had not reached her goal. Indeed, never once had Cayce chastened her, berating her for failing at her stated goal of bringing peace and harmony to the family life. Instead, he fairly nearly congratulated her on her efforts thus far, encouraging her to continue them, because she was on the right track.

Just as with this example, we can learn to shift our awareness away from our goals and center it on the process we are employing. We can also remind ourselves that in the Spirit dimension, time is not money, since in the Spirit dimension neither time nor money exist. It’s OK that hubby has not taken out the garbage for 10 years straight without you having had to remind him. You are learning to be creative in your requests, you are engaging him in positive, responsible behaviors, and you are learning to keep your temper, thus growing in patience, kindness, and long-suffering. It’s not your concern that he will rot in Hell because he’s a wastrel who won’t pull his share of the load. You are doing the right thing, continuing to grow in awareness and spiritual power.

So, let us not seek to lighten our load by wishing for an early retirement or to win the Mega Millions, or even to attract a sugar daddy. Give thanks that you are still young and strong and that you have this wonderful opportunity before you to grow in love. Orison Swett Marden has a wonderful outlook on the subject of striving, and I quote from his book, He Can Who Thinks He Can:

“We are so constituted that we make our greatest efforts and do our best work while struggling to attain that for which the heart longs. It is practically impossible for most people to make their utmost exertions without imperative necessity for it. It is the constant necessity to improve our condition that has urged us onward and developed the stamina and sterling character of the whole race. History abounds in stories of failures… who started with wealth; and, on the other, it is illuminated with examples of those who owe everything to the spur of necessity.” p. 238

“We did not always see, at the time, that what we got incidentally on the way up from poverty was infinitely better and more precious than the thing we were aiming for—a living, a competence; that the development of a strong man/woman in the mighty struggle with necessity was a thousand times more valuable than the living, the money, or the property gained.” pp. 242-243

Not long ago, I was ranting and raving to my Angels about how few resources I seem to have at my disposal, given the monumental tasks they have laid out for me. In particular, I seem to be extremely short on time. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done on a regular basis, not to mention taking time for the many unexpected things that come up from day to day.

While it is tempting to elaborate about my many burdens, each of you, doubtless, has just as many demands—if not more—for your time, as well. All philosophy aside for a moment, I confess to feeling quite put out with all that is expected of me. Yes, I am whining, and sometimes I actually rant and rave. “There is no time!” I wail to entities who exist in a dimension devoid of time. “I need more time!” I cry to timeless beings.

After one particularly large stormcloud of negativity, my Angels quietly showed me where to find so much time that there is seemingly time to burn. It lies in the little areas of time between time and it lies in understanding that much of what we need to accomplish takes less time than it takes to whine about it. Let us take washing dishes as an example. The sink is full of dirty dishes and the plants are gasping for water. You absolutely must leave for work in 20 minutes. It seems that the choices are either wash the dishes or water the plants. It turns out that this is not an either/or question. There is actually time for both things, with a little efficiency and some quick action. Washing the dishes takes, at most, 15 minutes. Watering the plants takes, at most, 10 minutes. Neither task takes hours. In fact, you can run the water for the dishes while you are watering the plants, so that the entire affair probably will take, at most, 15 minutes. Voila! The kitchen is clean, the plants succulent, and you are a happy camper, with 5 minutes to spare.

The most striking example I can present to you, though, of actually having more time than seemingly is present, is a particular Saturday morning after my rant session about having no time. I had returned home at 1:00 a.m. and had gone to bed quickly. Arising at 9:30 a.m., I washed, dried my hair, dressed, did my morning devotions, and was out the door by 11:00 a.m. I picked up the mail, drove 8 miles to town, paid my mortgage, and shopped for Christmas baking and cooking, returning home by 12:30 p.m. With all of this under my belt, I still had an entire hour before I had to leave for work. In that hour, I had a leisurely breakfast, complete with a restorative cup of coffee and dessert. Now I still had 30 minutes! It almost seemed as if time had become dilated after my hearty rant! In that time, I straightened up in the kitchen and picked up some of the inevitable clutter that occurs with a busy household. I left the house at 1:30 p.m., having accomplished more in a short period of time than I thought possible.

Since then, I am acutely aware of how much time we can waste. Perhaps we waste it by dreading a particular task. I remember dreading a task for six straight months. Then, one day, I decided to tackle it. The entire task was finished in less than three days. I had wasted 6 good months dreading a task which I accomplished in its entirety in less than three days. Mind-boggling! Perhaps we waste time by thinking that we have no time. If you find yourself in this situation, notice how long it takes you to do the dishes, for example, or the laundry, or anything else, provided that you do the task without interruptions. If a task is, indeed, multi-faceted and extremely large, allocate 15 minutes a day to it. Faithfully devote 15 minutes each day. Set the microwave timer. Stay at it until the 15 minutes is up. Do this every day. Before you know it, your office will be cleaned up and so will your basement.

Whatever your particular dilemma with time, your Angels assure you that you have time enough, if you are clever in looking for it. Some keys to productive time management are avoidance of procrastination, consistent effort, remaining with a task until it is completed, and rest periods to reward yourself for having persisted in your efforts.

Both your Angels and I wish you the best for the coming year. May it be productive, now that you have a new handle on Time.