Archive for February, 2011

Yesterday’s post (February 27, 2011 Heaven knows best) gave us an excellent example of the experience of someone whose path had changed from her old job. It showed how her Angels had tried to alert her to her new position and what had happened when she made the decision not to accept their direction. Today’s post continues that same thought, again bringing home how much we can get in our own way when it comes to Angelic messages.

Another friend, Paula, like Daphne, had received a sweet, sweet job offer at another company. At her old company, which she frankly described as dysfunctional, Paula was well-regarded, but, as with many companies, had interpersonal and financial challenges. In this new company, Paula, as with Daphne, was offered more money—$100/week more; a kindly, fair, considerate supervisor; a congenial work environment; less stress. In addition, the person presenting the offer told her that Paula had been specifically chosen because of her maturity and experience, which would be an asset to the corporation.

Wouldn’t anyone accept such Heaven on earth? Not Paula. She interviewed, then went into intellectual mode, in a clear quandary as to her next step, apparently unable or unwilling to hear or accept her Angels’ crystal clear message. She talked with some of her friends and solicited their opinion. She said that she prayed and fasted, asking to be shown the path when it was glaringly apparent before her. In the end, after much tortured soul-searching, she declined Heaven’s offer.

In hearing of this, her Angels went into commando mode, setting me on her with a vengeance. I was pushed to call her and then they talked to her through me. Instead of listening, she threw words at me, seeming to have come to a conclusion that her Angels wished her to stay in her old position. They tried to explain through me that her work was done at her old job and new people were waiting for her to interact with them for their continued growth. This made no impression on her. I actually apologized for being so forceful, letting her know that these words were only coming through me and were not my own. For me, I fully realize that people’s lives are theirs to live and their decisions are theirs to make, without my interference. In every way, I tried to convince her that it was her very interested Angels who prompted me to contact her and who were now literally haranguing her.

Her Angels tried every tack they could to help her understand the importance of her decision. They spoke sweetly to her. They spoke sharply to her. They employed her own scriptural words with her. They sat quietly and listened while she rambled on, but they were unremitting in their insistence that she move to her new position. After nearly an hour, her solid veneer began to crack. She finally admitted the real reasons why she had declined the offer. First, she was afraid that she had been chosen for the position to serve as a mentor in an area in which she was not comfortable. She was afraid that she would be found wanting and so be judged harshly by her fellow employees. Secondly, she admitted to me and to herself that, exactly like Daphne, she was comfortable in her old job, despite the dysfunctionality, and did not want to start something new. She, like Daphne, looked only to her own wants and desires and did not consider that she has a larger role to play than to comfortably amble through life, collecting a paycheck and avoiding perceived unpleasantness.

With these admissions out in the open, for her to plainly see, speak, and feel, the Angels lightened up. They discussed with her the baselessnes of her fears. They sought to give her personal strength in speaking to her in phrases and images with which she was comfortable, telling her to “put on the armor of God”, to be invincible to the slights of others. Again they sought to appeal to her higher Self, pointing out to her the importance to the world of her accepting this new position. In the end, she was still not as convinced as was Daphne, but she was listening. Since this story has not yet been resolved, I only pray that Heaven does not bring out the stick, because it will be a complete shock to poor Paula.

Looking to what we can learn for our own lives from this example, we can clearly see that fear and the “comfort factor” are large factors in decision-making. We are afraid to trust our Angels to our future, thinking that if we do not control it and cannot see down the road, the future will not go well. We are uncomfortable with not knowing, when all is on a “need to know” basis. Our Angels will keep us safe and let us know all we need to know as we need to know it.

Also very much to the point, it is all too easy to become comfortable with our routines, no matter how deleterious and stultifying to our personal growth. Ignoring our Angels’ clearly transmitted messages, we look to our own petty wants and desires, allowing vast riches in all areas to pass us by. If we could only look up from our tiny opinions for a brief second and attempt to look at a bigger picture, we would clearly see that Heaven’s wishes are exactly our wishes. If we could look just a little farther up the road, we would see that the one we are on either comes to a complete dead-end in a filthy garbage heap or drops off sheerly into depths of despair and hopelessness. If we could pry our fingers off our own personal opinions and listen to a wiser voice, we would agree wholeheartedly that our present course is complete and a new road awaits us.

Luckily, the situation is not hopeless. We can train ourselves to rise above ourselves by diligent effort. Our Angels are always available for help and guidance as they speak to us directly or through others. Practice listening to a voice other than your own. Practice following those little hunches and gut feelings that seem so trivial and inconsequential. Practice getting out of your way by saying, “Your will be done; make my will yours”, then acting as if you actually believed this statement. Practice every day at every opportunity so that you may find your true path to the Light.

In my travels around the globe, many occasions are presented to me to talk about Angels and the guidance they provide to each of us at every minute of our lives in this earthly dimension. Many people acknowledge being in contact with their own Guides and Angels. Others, however, ask me how to be certain that any particular message is coming from guidance, rather than from their own hopes, dreams, and desires. The experience of my friend, Daphne, serves to illustrate one method used by Angels to increase our awareness, convincing us not only of the clarity of their message but also of its genuineness.

Daphne had been employed at a particular job for the past 12 years. The work was physically taxing, the wages were average, and the working environment challenging. Despite her many complaints throughout the years, Daphne was fairly content in her position. Not long ago, a woman of her acquaintance sought her out to offer her a job that sounded like a dream: Daphne would be able to use her mental skills, including her skill with personal interactions; she would receive a substantial raise; the working environment, while challenging, would offer her support both for her talents and for her personality. This was an “intuition-friendly” situation, where the owner both understood and appreciated the gift of intuition.

As Daphne told me of this offer, Heaven’s scent was clearly all over it. Daphne, herself, however, was not so certain. She hemmed. She hawed. She avoided. Weeks went by. The offer was presented again, this time with an interview with the owner and other high-ranking personnel. They offered her an even sweeter deal. Again, to my senses, the message was crystal clear: leave your old job, take this new one, because you have reaped all the rewards your old work environment has to offer and now must continue your destiny elsewhere. Daphne was not so certain. She told me that she really didn’t mind her old job (although she had complained to me over many years about various aspects of it, not the least of which was the stultifying work environment) and that she wasn’t all that sure about this new job. Leaving her to make her own decisions, I refrained from asking her whether she needed to have her head examined, ignoring this obvious gift from Heaven.

A few days later, Daphne called me to tell me that the Universe has a sense of humor. She told me that she had reported to work on Monday to find that her workload had increased by 1/3. That meant that she had much heavier physical work than usual, not trivial at her age. By Tuesday, her workload had increased by another 1/3, making her even more tired. By Wednesday, she had twice as much to do as usual, with very heavy lifting involved. Quietly I asked her whether she now understood her Angels’ message. She laughed and said she understood very well and was somewhat amazed at how the Universe had so effectively communicated with her. As of this writing, her plans are to accept the offered new position and continue with her destiny in a more congenial environment, with higher pay, and new opportunities to expand her skills.

What can we learn from this example? For one, Heaven is insistent. When it’s time to move on, it’s time to move on. No procrastination, no whining about how comfortable you are in your position, no oozing around the issue by non-action. Daphne was going to just avoid making a decision about this new position and thereby allow it to by-pass her. She allowed weeks to go by without contacting persons involved in the offer. Heaven came after her again in the form of an interview with the owner, no less! and even sweeter deals. Even with this, Daphne had no plans to move. Heaven had used the carrot on Daphne, now it was time to use the stick. Increasing her workload brought home squarely to her what she could expect in the future from her old job. Luckily for her, Daphne was finally willing to accede to Heaven’s wishes and made the decision to leave her old job. From hard, personal experience, one does not want to be on the receiving end of Heaven’s stick.

We can marvel at Heaven’s creativity in this example, as well. Daphne’s destiny has ended at her old job. She has a new one coming up. It is imperative that she arrive at her destiny soon. To this end, her Angels present this new job offer through a close personal friend. Even by then, I could smell Heaven, but Daphne chooses to be uncertain because she is comfortable with her routine, despite her many dissatisfactions with it. Too many times we become comfortable with our old routines and are reluctant to move from them. Importantly, not many of us are convinced that Heaven does, indeed, have plans for us that go above and beyond merely paying the mortgage and vegging out in front of the tube. Our expertise is required in a new environment both for our continued learning as well as for that of the people with whom we will interact. All of Heaven is waiting for us to make the decision to accept our new life. This is important stuff, people, and you are vital to the awakening of world consciousness, no matter how small your circle. So, Heaven presented a deal to Daphne: a new job. Then, when she did not respond, the deal became sweeter. With no response still, Heaven increased the attraction. With no response still from Daphne, Heaven now became serious, presenting her with an ever-increasing work load. The next step might have seen Daphne fired, out the door, on trumped-up charges that accomplished what a sweet deal had not.

From my personal experience, this progression is fairly typical of Angel messages. A gentle nudge is felt, seen, heard, sensed. Sweet promises are made. Sweeter promises are shown. Since Heaven does not wait forever for some of us foot-draggers, it has no compunctions about using a nice, heavy stick on us, showing us just exactly what is in store for us unless we pay heed to Heaven’s call. Let us be smart, my dear Readers. Let us practice constant awareness and vigilant attention so that we can play our part wholeheartedly in living our lives to the full in the richness intended for us by our Angels.