Kindness Matters

40496329_580710779014538_5597924824438538240_nWhat is kindness?  This is a question I will be answering to be considered as part of an organization focused on bringing more kindness into our world.  As I first looked at the question, my reaction was “well, duh, everybody knows what it is.”  I then paused to really consider that response.  Does everyone really know what kindness is?  If that is truly the case, then are we just choosing who to be kind to and when to do so?  If we understand that speaking warmly to others instead of being critical and judgmental is part of being kind, why is there so much bitterness and bullying?  When faced with these questions, we become perfect blamethrowers.  It was our upbringing (or lack thereof), peer pressure, just my personality, rejection, and on and on the list could go of potential reasons to not be kind to others.  What is really the issue here and how do we get back to a place where values and integrity matter?  How many children need to suffer and become scarred adults before we realize the magnitude of the problem and that it really has a very simple solution?

Holding a door for someone is a sign of respect and an act of kindness.  Smiling at others, making eye contact and acknowledging them is also an act of kindness.  I could list many small random acts that can be done in the course of a day.  Yes, these will make a difference to the recipient as well as to the giver.  It creates a glow inside and that is where the change must come from.  We can’t sit around and wait for someone else to do it.  Speak to your neighbor, call your parents (and/or your children), turn off your cellphones and have a dinner conversation.  Let’s take our world back one kind act at a time.  Let’s give the children of today something real to emulate.  Mister Rogers had it right when he said, “There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”  What are you leaving? #IChooseKindness

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Open Sesame

In “fantasy” some things work like magic, such as “open sesame” in which this phrase opens up a hidden treasure.  Is this really so farfetched an idea?  If you believe in the Law of Attraction among other laws of the universe, you understand the power of the human mind in conceiving, believing and receiving.  Unfortunately, many do not understand the inner workings which is where the power lies.  To achieve the seemingly magical results, the treasure has to be visualized in the mind and then felt in the heart as if it is already real.  Ali Baba did not say “open sesame” and then break down the door!  Too often we think we have to help the process along.  We must perform some ritual or make a sacrifice for the magic to happen when in reality, we need to just “let it be.”

Today, ask yourself “what am I trying to control?”  Are there things you desire but are limiting them because you feel a need to break down doors or use a lasso to pull them to you?  In the fantasy story, Ali Baba did not count his treasure, he measured it.  How do you “measure” your treasure?  Everything is energy; thus, the more energy we have the “richer” we are.  Draw the energy to you by simply understanding how it works – like attracts like.  Take time to clear your energy field of any low vibrations such as negative thoughts, worry, anxiety, etc.  Fill your mind with powerful words and phrases, I Am affirmations, and gratitude.  Know in your mind and heart that you are worthy of everything good and wonderful that you can dream of.  Bob Proctor teaches us that “if you can see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.”  Take that extra step today by feeling it in your heart that is already yours.  That is the magic ingredient.  Now go about your day with an “open sesame” mindset and let the magic begin!  I love you!

Sojourn Into Transformation

spiritimageI have reached the end of my sojourn that was a month-long process for me.  I have visited family and friends, met many new friends and have been able to give real hugs to some friends who were only virtual friends before this trip.  I have seen snow and beautiful countryside scenery and then entered into one of the most peaceful serene places on earth and immersed myself in its healing energy.  I am not returning home as the same person I was when I left.  So much has changed that it would be impossible to put it into words.  It’s the is-ness experience to the fullest degree possible.  “Is-ness” is living in the Now moment; choosing to surrender completely to what is happening. I consciously made it mine, allowing the unfolding of the event to be whatever it would “be” without the burden of my expectations.  This does not mean that I had no desire concerning the outcome of the experience but my desire took a backseat to the flow of energy that happened with the experience.  With every experience that happened on this journey, I allowed it without attachment to the outcome.  I said “yes” to the is-ness.  I let go of personal attachments easily and without regrets.  It takes great courage to do this, to step out of your comfort zone; yet, I do not feel courageous.  I feel empowered, spiritually expanded and physically renewed.

I feel I can now say yes to whatever is out there for me to experience. I have experienced being open to the flow of the “is-ness” and choosing to do so has transformed my entire life.  This experience was made possible because of one person who believed in me, who wanted only the best possible outcome for my experience.  Her love and support was given without personal agenda but rather with compassion and in response to urgings from her higher self and spirit guides.  Many thanks to my dear friend Jeryl Anne.  I know we have a lot of work to do together and I am super-excited for that!

How do I thank you for all you have done

For loving me unconditionally

For believing in me fully

How do I thank you for sharing life’s adventures with me?

 

Simply by loving me loving you  – unconditionally

 

UNCONQUERABLE

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Facing personal demons is no fun, especially late at night or first thing when arising in the morning.  It is my belief that life should be fun, should be enjoyed to its full extent and capability; thus, when buttons are pushed and tears flow it is time to reflect on that which has not been released from my human psyche or from a soul level.  This verse from the poem Invictus is a go-to of mine:

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

My decisions lead me to choices, i.e., actions, that not only affect me but those in my life and those in generations that will come after me.  My life is not inconsequential.  It does have meaning and value and just how much value it has depends on my own sense of self-worth.  If I choose to give my power away and give in to feelings of unworthiness, that is on me.  It is my choice alone, no one else’s.  If I stand up for myself, using my authentic voice, that again is my choice alone.  The voice of my father rings in my ears from so many years ago before his passing from this earth plane:  “Never let anyone walk all over you.”  Interpretation:  Know your worth…set your boundaries.

I love you.  Namaste

Surrender

quotes-Grab-onto-those-clouThat tug of war that is going on inside you is creating chaos and confusion.  Take a step away from the situation at hand and you will soon see the fruitlessness of the effort you are expending to try to maintain control.  You want so badly to be right, to be the victor, that you have lost sight of what is important and who you are hurting in the process of winning.  Sit for a moment and imagine that you are on top of the highest mountain looking down into the valley.  There is no one there but you and you have everything you need with you to survive.  Watch as the clouds slowly drift by you.  Breathe in the tranquility.  Now ask yourself, would it matter if my mountain were not the highest mountain in the world?  Can I be happy and fulfilled here on this beautiful mountain as I am surrounded by peace?  When you surrender to where you are at this particular moment without comparing that experience with any other, without contemplating if the grass is greener somewhere else or the view more spectacular, then you have achieved true freedom.  How you perceive things in your world is how they will appear to you.  If you always see your mountain as lower than someone else’s, then it will be and the feeling of lack is what will surround you instead of the beautiful tranquility that is waiting there to be discovered.  Grab onto those clouds and surrender to each now moment as it arrives.  The peace that will surround you will feel like a warm comfortable blanket; and you will know that in letting go you have won the inner battle.

Channeled 10-18-17

Oneness

Oneness whole lifeWhen you are in your alone time, those quiet moments where you shut out the world and quieten your mind, and begin to slowly open your heart, you become closest to who you really are.  As the flame slowly ignites, you feel its warmth and your breath falls into a rhythm, a beat that matches the frequency of the planet.  You feel the energy start to expand with the warmth, urging it to lift you higher to that realm where there is only the matched vibration to yours, the realm of pure love.  It is in that place of knowing the Oneness that you relax into the flow of who you are among the swirling mass of spirit.  You are drawn into the vortex of it, spinning and floating, surrendering to the moment.  This experience, this merging of energies with no agenda, no boundaries, no limits is the most freeing moment you have experienced since coming into physical form.  Here on this dimension, you feel no separation.  Your soul has merged with every other soul and together you form into Oneness.  You remember what it was like there.  You have been seeking this your whole life.  Allow the energy to swirl around, through and from you.  Remember as you do so and know that it is the true you.  You are so loved.

Channeled message 10/17/17

 

Know Yourself, Love Yourself and Change Your World

p02vf969Taking a break from outside distractions and spending the day with myself showed me a few things.  Yes, there was the impulse to reach for the mouse and with a few clicks be instantly connected to the hustle and bustle of social media.  There was also the impulse to pick up my phone and check messages.  I had huge arguments with myself that all started with but … things like “but what about the groups I administrate” and “but I always do this…”  Yes, the struggle is real.  We get so wrapped up in our ego monkey mind and letting it control what we do and when we do it that it gives us no time to be with ourselves.  We know who is on vacation and where, what others are eating, who got a new animal or lost a beloved pet all the while neglecting to schedule our own vacation or plan our meals or pay attention to our own furbabies … or just stop to smell the roses.

So, I smelled some roses today figuratively.  I took time to assess the direction I was going and how my life was progressing.  Barbara Marx Hubbard states “Ask to know what you are born to do. Follow the compass of joy.”  I took time to enjoy nature and became more centered through connecting with Mother Earth.  I listened to some very spiritually connected people making a whole lot of sense and had my soul fed.  I played with both my inner child and my two furbabies.  I took time to listen to a friend who was struggling and gave her my full attention, unimpeded by the distraction of the computer.  I laughed at myself.  I had fun being with me!  I looked in the mirror and asked “what do you want?”  I am so used to asking other people that and listening to their answers and yet when I asked that person in the mirror it was like a totally unique experience.  Suddenly, there was a gleam in my eyes.  I found myself intrigued that I was actually standing there waiting for the answer.  Wow.  What do I want?  It was an AHA moment.

Interestingly, after that interlude, I realized something very profound about desire.  When we are in the mode of wanting something, i.e., our desire, our focus is on that.  We are so intent on having to have it and then when it does materialize we relax from that intensity.  We “breathe” again.  There is happiness, bliss, joy.  What if we took the desire out of the mix?  What if our focus became that state of happiness, bliss and joy?  I’m not saying don’t want anything or strive for more of whatever your dreams are.  Instead, place the focus on the feeling of already having your desire.  Knowing what you want is only the first step, not the entire enchilada, although for some it becomes an obsession.  Once the “that” is established, then go within yourself and find the emotions connected with the fulfillment of that desire and let that be where your attention stays.  Whatever your “that” is, absorb it as a part of yourself.  You are the creator of your own reality; thus, you can make the statement, “I am that, I am” for whatever your “that” is.  In fact, doing this exercise with everything in your world, including people, will be a mind-blowing experience!

When you take time to really know yourself and all your wants/desires, your likes and dislikes, your idiosyncrasies, then you can begin to fall in love with yourself.  When you fall in love with yourself, you are going to want the best possible life for yourself.  That, my friends, will be the motivation for making your world a better place to live.  I am so grateful for all of you!  I love you.  Namaste