Posts Tagged 'Angels'

In previous posts, the Angels addressed hallmarks by which to recognize true guidance from that advice thoughtfully provided by your very own ego.  These hallmarks are useful for the times when you are awake and conscious.  As you are asleep, an entire new world opens up before you, a world in which your ego is totally out of the picture and you are able to grasp and assimilate a variety of information.  Your only requirement is to be mindful and alert on awakening.

What is mindful dreaming?  This is the ability to be aware of those dreams which have a message for you from your Guides and Angels.  This ability, like all states relating to your native intuition, can be developed through practice, practice, practice. 

What is the importance of developing mindful dreaming?  Mindful dreaming allows you to identify those dreams which contain important information for you from the Heavenly realm.  Most of our dream content is irrelevant.  When you are able to distinguish between your types of dreams, you can begin benefitting from the messages sent to you in them.

Example from my personal experience:  I have three different types of dreams.  The totally unimportant are what I call the “garden-variety” dreams, which are nothing more than my processing stressful events from the previous day, or sometimes a jumble of images from my previous day’s activities.  Nightmares come from this category of dreams.  If I am overheated in bed, as when I am under too many blankets, I have the most vivid, bloody dreams imaginable, with people firing guns at me and my being able to actually feel the bullets piercing my back—with attendant emotions of horror and terror; or angry men chopping my limbs off with axes while I scream in pain and terror.  Although there is usually a great emotional component to this type of dream, the dreams, themselves, have no informational value.  

The second category of dreams that I have are what I call informational dreams, i.e., they let me know the status of my relationship to others around me.  For example, several of my love relationships had been rather rocky, but the men were not honest with me.  In several dreams, I learned just exactly how they felt, their motivations, and what to expect from their interactions with me in the future.  Scarily, all of it came true. 

Lastly, my most important dreams actually come with a little “tag”, which lets me know to pay close attention to this one.  These dreams are all prophetic and all of them occur just immediately before I wake up, so that I have no choice but to mull over them and to receive the Heavenly message.  I have taken to recording some of these dreams because of their huge import and because of the way in which they were sent to me.

How does one develop mindful dreaming?  Upon awakening, search your mind for your dreams.  If you have had several that you can remember, compare and contrast them.  Look at the events presented, the emotional content, your thoughts and feelings while in the dream, as well as your thoughts and feelings now that you are examining the dream.  Do any of them feel as though they may be more than “just a dream”?  Are any of them giving you answers to a thorny problem which you have not been able to resolve?  Are any of them pointing the way out of a stressful situation?  Talk about your dreams with someone of like mind who may be able to shed light on them.  Be actively involved in sorting through, evaluating, and critiquing your dreams.  After a short time, you will be surprised to discover that you are able to distinguish your types of dreams, thereby recognizing those dreams which have important messages for you.

I would like to share two short dreams with you of the third variety mentioned above, the dreams that occur just before awakening and that come with a “tag”.  The first deals with, of all things, my ancient wooden floors.  Just after I acquired the house (built in 1790) in a divorce, I began interior work on the peeling ceilings, peeling wallpaper, and peeling paint.  The beautiful hardwood floors, which were original to the house, also had layers of lead paint on them.  I had in mind to hire someone to remove the old paint, sand the floors, and bring them into the 21st century.  No one would remove the paint because of the lead.  That left moi to do the job, all 1200 square feet of the upstairs, down the stairs, into each and every closet, and the front hall.  Gamely, I set about doing  just that.  What a nightmare!  The paint stripper I used took off the lead paint, but underneath was another layer, a brown one, that was untouched by the stripper.  Luckily (guided?), through research on the internet, I found that this layer dissolved in denatured alcohol.  After one day, though, I was very nearly overcome with despair at the amount of work involved, the fumes, the mess, and the sheer size of the project.  With heavy heart, I lay down to sleep, dreading awakening to the monumental task before me.  Just before waking, there flashed before me a full-color view of the upstairs floors, stripped, sanded, and varnished, gleaming pumpkin-orange (as aged yellow pine looks when done correctly), worthy of publication in a magazine devoted to historical houses.  Immediately on waking, with this vivid picture before me, I knew that the floors would be done and they would be done by me.  My attitude completely changed.  From dreading this horrendous task, I now reveled in it.  On the rare occasion when I became bogged down with the immensity of the task, I replayed that vivid picture of the completed floors and knew the task would be completed.  It took me 4 months, 27 gallons of Strip-eze, and 7.5 gallons of denatured alcohol to finish the task, but you should see my floors now!  That dream was sent to me to keep me on track and to give me the certainty that I could and would complete the task.

The second short dream took place just before awakening on January 21, 2008 and has not yet manifested.  I share with you the information as I wrote it down in my notebook:  I was lying on a surface (bed? couch?) with a young man lying across me.  He had a full head of sandy hair, was of medium height, very well-muscled (thick, bulging muscles).  He was naked from the waist up and I did not see his face.  “I’ll see you in a few years,” he said, “I’m a junior now.”  “In high school?” I asked, then laughed heartily, noting distinctly the huge age difference between us and thinking “yeah, right!  You’ll see me in a few years, right!”  Keeping his head down, he just repeated with certainty/inevitability, “I’ll see you in a few years.”  Poof.  End of dream, and I woke up, perplexed.  The feeling was that he was in a learning situation and needed to mature/ripen more before he was ready to meet me.  He had already progressed to a respectable degree, which was why he was so proud when he told me that he was a junior.  The way he said it was “I’m (already) a junior”—pride of accomplishment evident in his manner of speaking.  So, dear readers, time will tell.  I can only state that in the past, all of the dreams like this have manifested as dreamt.

Pay attention to your dreams and you, too, will find the message of hope and help contained in them.

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The topic of what to do with your free will and how to reconcile it with the guidance you receive is such a source of conflict for so many people that it deserves additional comments, according to my Angels.  Has not nearly everyone a sad story entitled, “I knew what I should do, but I didn’t follow my gut feelings”? 

From knowing that we’re marrying the wrong person—as we’re walking down the aisle, no less— to leaving our umbrellas at home, to— enter failure to follow gut feelings— here, we have all been there, done that, and have obtained multiple T-shirts.  So what keeps preventing us from following that still, small voice?  Some of it is fear:  fear of the unknown, fear of what others will say about us,  fear of the “devil”,  fear of the consequences.  Some of it is pride:  even though I have heard clear guidance, my way is better.  Some of it is incomplete information:  your Guides:  “take your umbrella”;  you:  “but it’s sunny outside right now” and then ten minutes later you’re in a downpour because you didn’t see that huge black cloud five miles away, heading for you at top speed, but your Guides saw it.

Why should we follow guidance, anyway?  The most obvious answer is, because your life is better when you follow guidance than when you don’t.  Ignoring guidance means that you get yourself into a mess from which you must then extricate yourself (usually messily) and then you have to backtrack to the point before the mess and begin again.  Whew!  That’s a lot of effort for having said “no” to guidance.  A fine example of this last statement is that of knowing you’re marrying the wrong person, but doing it anyway.  Without a doubt that marriage will end in divorce, but not after much, perhaps years, of unhappiness.  There may be children involved.  Relatives will have taken sides.  Finances will be entangled.  Divorce lawyers will suck you dry.  Recriminations, tears, horror stories abound when these marriages unravel.  In the final analysis it would have saved everyone oceans of tears and heartache to have called off the wedding and faced ridicule/derision/lack of approval at the time, rather than having to face it (and more) at a later date. 

This example is not meant to frighten anyone into following guidance, rather, it attempts to point out the extreme importance of following it.  The advantage is obvious:  since your Guides and Angels have your best interests at heart, always, it makes sense to follow their advice.  Following their advice helps you to be happy and content.  Not following it brings more pain and a sense of having wasted years of life that would have been better spent.  Trust me, I am speaking to this through the hard voice of experience.

What can you do about it?  Practice trusting.  In small steps.  Slow down.  When you get a clear message, stop your headlong rush and pay attention.  When you get that clear message and you automatically think, “no, I’m going to do something different” stop, replay the message in your head, then abandon your own idea of what to do and follow guidance.  Practice, practice, practice.  Keep your ego in check.  It hasn’t helped you in the past, what makes you think it will help you in the present?  Pay attention to your feelings as you follow your guidance and most importantly, after you have followed it.  What was the result?  Did you have a positive outcome?  Contrast that with what would have happened had you followed your own idea.  Were you better or worse off for having followed guidance?  All of this helps you to develop trust that your Guides and Angels are truly out for your best interests and helps you help them help you.

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Today’s idea addresses that thorn in all of our sides, guidance vs. free will.

We, as humans, are endowed with free will, a wonderful gift from the Universe which allows us to decide our course of action in any given situation.  Like any beautiful tool, free will can be used for good or ill.  It can enhance our decision-making or create a nightmare of our life, depending how it is used.  Aligned with guidance, free will literally brings Heaven to earth for us; consistently aligned with ego, it can give us a living Hell. 

We, as humans, are also conscious enough to have access to divine guidance, an access which we can strengthen through constant practice.  When this channel is open, even partially, we are afforded heavenly wisdom whose only purpose is to enrich our lives and enable us to keep to our purpose here on Earth.  With two such powerful tools at our disposal, what prevents us from living to our fullest?  Let us explore this question.

Despite being fully aware of internal messages, how many times have we ignored those very clear messages from our Angels? As a small example, we receive an internal message to take our umbrella with us as we go out the door. The sun is shining and we think the idea is ridiculous, so we leave the bumbershoot at home. Within 10 minutes there is a cloudburst and we are soaked to the skin. Sound familiar?  Many of us have had this experience at one time or another.

Much can also be learned from our fellow travelers on this planet, the insects. Have you ever watched a fly on a window? The fly crawls on the glass, obviously trying to get outside. It keeps crawling up the glass, going as high as it can, attempting to exit the window. A kind-hearted soul might open the window, thinking to help the fly leave. The fly will ignore the opening and continue to crawl up the glass in its attempt to escape. If that same kind-hearted soul now attempts to “herd” the fly to the opening with a piece of paper, for example, the fly will buzz about in confusion, then settle back onto the glass, crawl up it, and totally ignore the open window, which is its escape route to the outside world. As we watch the hapless efforts of that unfortunate fly, we are struck by its single-mindedness, its determination, and its commitment to an avenue which not only will not accomplish its goal, which is escape to the outside world, but will contribute to its death. Our hearts go out to it, but that fly is so convinced of the correctness of  its perception that it will ignore any and all attempts to deter it from its determined path.  Often, in exasperation, I have caught flies in a glass jar and literally transported them out the door, where they happily fly off to their destinies, perhaps a little perplexed at how they happened to be suddenly outside.

In each of these examples, a clear way was presented for optimum effect.  With the umbrella scenario, taking that umbrella along would have enriched life by prevention of being drenched.  In the insect example, paying attention to the open window would result in the fly being outside, which was its own intent anyway.  Yet, neither example gave a satisfactory outcome.  In each case, the being involved had a definite opinion of the situation and a definite opinion of how to accomplish an end result.  The umbrella person only saw a sunny sky, not the rain coming.  The fly was determined to escape by going up the glass, not by going out the window.  If either of them could have pried their thoughts away from their own good opinions, they could have been open to a greater picture and thus had success in their undertakings.

So how, indeed, can we reconcile our free will with that of following guidance?  How can we move past this barrier to allowing guidance to manage our lives?  Through practicing trust.  Understanding that we are not separate from guidance.  Understanding that we really desire to do that which is requested of us.  Finally using our free will in the way in which it was intended:  to freely decide to merge with Heavenly guidance and follow the best advice the Universe can present to us:  free advice, freely given, specifically taylored to our specific needs by our own Angels!  How can anyone argue with that?

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