Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A New Day's Touch of Thankfulness: An Angel Message

At breakfast, Elliot had just made a comment on how Spirit is moving everyone about, when this delightful gobbler strolled by the window.  Turkey is a sign of thanksgiving and gratitude.

In his book, Angels of Grace, Anselm Gruen writes:  The Angel of Gratitude would like to bring a new taste into your life.  It would like to teach you to look at everything with new eyes, grateful eyes.  Then you can be thankful for the new day, that you have your health and can get up and see the sun rise.  You are grateful for the breath that is in your body.  You are grateful for nature's good gifts.  You are aware.  Gratitude makes your heart open and joyful.  You are not obsessed with the things that might annoy you.  You do not begin the morning grumbling..."

The  word "thank" comes from the word "think."  The Angel of Gratitude would like to teach you to think right (on the bright side) and be aware.  If you begin to think, you can thankfully recognize all that has been given you in your life."

Try to work with the Angel of Gratitude in the coming week.  You will see everything in a new light.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A Rare Bloom: An Angel Message

This morning while out for a walk, what a surprise to see a lone cactus wearing a bright yellow bloom.  Standing tall by the fence, I could almost hear her cheerful call, See me!  I did it! I bloomed!

The only flower lighting up the large field next door, she was hard to miss.

 A cactus rose! I smiled, remembering  that yellow is a color of faith, and it takes faith and lots of patience to bloom in the desert, but it happens.   Right now it feels like humanity is in the desert, an arid time of spiritual testing and endurance.  A time for faith.  But these extreme circumstances can be used to build our spiritual muscle and help us to grow into a greater awareness of our true being if we let them.  The good news is that we are not alone.  Unseen, but not unnoticed, celestial help is with us strengthening us to sustain, day by day.

This afternoon, I returned to take a photo of the flowering cactus.  The sun had warmed her buttery petals and she had opened wide to share her gifts.  Bees were flitting around her blossom as I leaned over the fence to take a picture. 

One industrious bee had buried himself deep into the flowery nectar, making the most of the sunshine and bounty.  Bees represent doing the impossible-- like flying with such big bodies.     

To my surprise, while I was taking the photos, a car pulled into the long drive.  Not having any visitors since we arrived, I was surprised by its sudden appearance. 

 A young woman driver, removed her face mask, and called out asking me if I was Mary, assuming I was waiting for her.  Turns out, she had taken a wrong turn.  I gave her directions, and silently prayed for the angels to watch over her as she drove away.

Later, on-line, I looked up the symbolism of the cactus. 

The yellow cactus flower popped up.

 It  symbolizes warmth, protection and endurance.  This flower is a symbol of maternal love because it can endure and thrive in harsh conditions like a mother's unconditional love.  It also represents an endurance and strength to survive in new environments and situations.   Something we're all learning together right now, to adapt and be flexible.

I smiled after reading about the maternal symbolism of the yellow cactus, -- and the young woman had called out, Mary from her car.  Synchronicity was at play.  

My earthly mother Mary has been a guardian angel  watching over me since 2014. 

A joyful rush of grace moved through me.  I could feel my mother's loving touch.  The veil is thin now, our departed loved ones are with us.

Angels are watching over keep having faith. 

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Out for a Stroll: An Angel Message

Although we are officially housebound, some special visitors stroll by to keep us company at lunch time.  The sandhill crane babies are about a month old now, and are growing tall.  It's fun to watch them learning to run, wobbling on their spindly long legs.  It takes practice to keep balanced. 

Nature is abundant.  And, the crane always brings a message of new life and creativity.  Right now  the world is like a caterpillar wrapped up in a cocoon, dreaming of becoming a beautiful butterfly with wings that will soon take flight.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, April 3, 2020

Guess Who Showed Up At Breakfast? An Angel Message

Angel messages that suddenly turn up in nature always bring an element of surprise.  They come when you least expect it, when you are not looking, but simply being.  In that moment, it is as though a pin has popped the bubble of illusion, breaking the mesmerism of how you think life is.  Wide-eyed you the spontaneity, and loving touch of it all. 

Around 8:30 this morning a rare treat appeared as Elliot and I were about to sit down at the table in the sun-room to enjoy a bowl of warm oatmeal. 

I could hardly believe my eyes.  There he was, so close, I held my breath, not wanting to dispel the moment.   A beautiful tom turkey at our window.  A wonderful messenger, he faced us with a heartfelt greeting, spreading his sunlit feathers.    Thankfully, he posed long enough for me to grab my phone for a photo to share with you. 

I heard him let out  a loud gobble as he strutted around to the side yard.   I watched from the window.  Again, he posed, fanning his tail feathers, just like a peacock.

His happy visit brought joyful tears.  The timing was amazing.  You can't make these things happen.  Recently, I learned it is turkey season.  I'd been praying for the safety of the Tom Turkeys who are at risk,-- seeing a real live turkey and a frozen one at the grocery store has changed my perception. 

There he was unafraid, out in the open, doing his turkey thing, fully giving of himself.

In the book Animal Messenger, I learned the symbolism of turkey:

"The turkey tells you to give yourself, unquestioningly and boundlessly.  Give yourself up, give in to life.  Immerse yourself to the fullest in your life's narrative.  Now is not the time for you to set boundaries and modify the events and relationships you live through, but to let them happen.  In external self-abandonment, discover internal self-development.  It will be a great experience for you, your fellow humans, and your environment.

...The more you give of yourself, the more you let go of restrictive ideas about yourself, and by these means you can discover strengths, qualities, and possibilities that may have been long buried or lying idle.  Give yourself entirely and you will see that life begins to adjust to you, so that you can always experience things wholly and authentically. "   

Enjoy your day expressing yourself like Tom Turkey.  Give! Give! Give!  Your love, your creativity, your joy, your smile.  Spread your wings, keep pushing the Light!

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

(Animal Messengers, An A-Z Guide to Signs and Omens in the Natural World by Regula Meyer)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

His Helping Hand: An Angel Message

Dear Friends,
While unpacking my desk this morning, I discovered a long forgotten prayer card tucked away in an old journal.  Over twenty years ago, when my life was in a state of trusting day by day, this card came to me in an unusual way.  I had stopped by a printing shop in Atlanta to have a color copy of Jesus knocking at the door printed.  A reminder that Christ is forever knocking on the door of my consciousness, hoping for a chance to enter in and give me peace.

To my surprise, the shop owner had a stack of prayer cards on the counter, a free offering.  The woman's picture on the card was full of worry, and I could relate as I had no idea what the future may hold  for me.  Having quit the security of my government job, and making a major move to another state,  I had humbly yielded to what was beyond my control.

So finding this card today seemed significant, a gentle reminder that brings peace and assurance that at this hour of uncertainty our  time is in His loving hands.  God is All in all.  God is Love.  

Do not look forward to the changes
and chances of this life in fear,
rather look to them with full hope that,
as they arise, God will deliver
you out of them.
He has taken care of you before.

Do hold fast to His dear hand,
and He will lead you safely through
all things; and, when you cannot stand,
He will bear you up in His arms.

Do not look to what may happen tomorrow...
the same everlasting Father who cares for
you today will take care of you tomorrow
and everyday.  Either He will shield you
from suffering, or He will give you
unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all
anxious thoughts and imaginings.

Author unknown

Angels abide in your presence, may you find peace in the stillness today as you seek the kingdom within.

Love and peace,

Rae Karen

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Angel of Depth

Dear Friends,

I hope you are able to find peace in your circumstances by going within and listening to your inner being.  Living fully in each moment in gratitude is a way to overcome any fear.  One day at a time, enjoying the simple things that come your way, for at our core being we are eternal.

Life as we know it shifted abruptly, leaving us all to cope in isolation without the external distractions.  It's as though we are having a time-out to re-evaluate our priorities.  The angels guide to use this time in stillness and contemplation for good spiritual growth. Be an outpouring of peace and love by keeping your prayers and consciousness on high by going deeper.

During our recent move, a loose angel card fell out of a moving box. 

It was the Angel of Depth.

The last thing I wanted to do was to go deep.  There was so much to do with the move, so I just set her aside.   Of course, she surfaced quickly in our new home. 
This morning, I began to see an angel blog taking shape. 

Earlier this week, I had unpacked the photo of a humpback breaching, called Back flip and propped  it up on the counter by the kitchen sink, without any conscious thought. But when the Angel of Depth resurfaced here, my attention was drawn to the powerful whale and how she swims deep in the sea of consciousness, singing her own song of Oneness, but can make a dynamic leap into the light when the time is right.

So for today, I'm going to swim deep, stay mindful in prayer and meditation, and not get caught up in the tide of human emotion.  God's Love fills all space and is forever.  There is nothing to fear...

I'll close with a good chuckle.  Without the washer and dryer installed as yet, our towel supply is low. Last night inspiration came to get out my long forgotten straw beach bag.  I pulled out a big blue towel.  After bathing at bedtime,  I thoughtlessly hung it over the towel rack.

Early this morning a touch of fear was trying to creep in.  I walked into the bathroom, and was caught by surprise.  Without any thought, I'd hung the towel in such a way as to display a large happy ANGEL FISH.   I'd only used the towel once or twice, and forgot all about the powerful image.

I felt a slight rush of angelic humor.

It may seem like a little thing, but in that instant I could see how I am more conscious than I realize, doing things without thinking, that will ultimately bring me a surprising message of joy and peace.  An angelfish!  Imagine that!  As you know from previous blogs, fish symbolism has been playing a big role in having more faith in the unseen. 

Curious, I looked up the symbolism on-line. 

Angelfish signifies that you should be brave and courageous enough to face all kinds of situations that reveal themselves in life... by navigating smoothly through the various currents in the ocean of life with the help of your intuition and imagination."

 And, most of all, our loving guardian angels.

I love the reminders that we are never alone.  Please draw close to God and His angels today.  It will make a world of difference.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Friends through Thick and Thin: An Angel Message

Timing was good this morning as Elliot and I left the house.  Down the rural road, the postman had parked and was sorting mail in his truck. 

With a handful of postcards, I crossed the road to greet him.  For a minute, it felt as though I had traveled back in time as I caught sight of a gathering of cows laying down in the pasture, resting in the shadow of the trees.  Several large bovines had teamed up with little white cowbirds, who like sentinels, stood by to keep the pests away.  An angel message to work together in love to watch over and protect each other today.

Angels are God's thoughts winging their way into our consciousness, helping us to find peace and happiness in the midst of turmoil.  What a comfort to know that we can never truly be separated from the love of God, no matter what.

The angels encourage us to reach out and bless someone today, in prayer, thought, or deed. 

Enjoy your day with the angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Leap: An Angel Message

You have been in our thoughts and prayers during this time of unprecedented transformation.  Elliot and I moved to Lake Helen on March 17th, a favorite little town we loved to visit weekly and picnic by the lake.  Through angel guidance earlier this month, an amazing opportunity presented itself out of the blue, so we took a leap eight miles down the road to a lovely place in nature.  Cows, horses,-- an abundance of wildlife is here.  

The first morning, what a delightful surprise when our friendly neighbors came by.  More than a half-dozen wild turkeys were gobbling and grazing in the field next door.  Tom Turkey stopped long enough for me to grab my phone in time to catch him fanning his tail feathers!  I love it!  Turkey represents thanksgiving and abundance, and so I was grateful for this unusual treat.  With no internet service at the time, nature's email showed up daily, parading by our sun room window.

A family of sandhill cranes strolled by with two fuzzy babies.
The babies shown here blend in with well with the grasses, and are camouflaged, those little golden brown fuzzy birds.  A message of new birth, so hang on, and expect the best.

 Psalm 91 is a powerful prayer of protection, so claim what it says, and stay strong.  Love is greater than fear.  And during this time of global transformation, how blessed to be in the presence of unseen heavenly hosts.  The contagion is fear, not the trust in God and keep having faith that more is going on than meets the eye.  Perfect love casts out fear.

And, a final touch from nature lumbered across the lawn on Saturday morning.  A large turtle, a message to slow down, be patient, and remember who won the race.  Divine Love is the victor.
Slowly Elliot and I are getting settled.  With no gas for the stove as yet, I've been cooking oatmeal in the electric rice maker.  Works better than on the stove!   And my old electric wok is cooking up lots of fresh veggies, served with rice.   Angel thoughts pop in on how to eke by until the service is turned it all is workable, day by day.

That's where I keep my focus, one day at a time in gratitude.  So thankful that you are here and blessed by God and His angels as we work together to hold the Light of Truth during this global transformation.

Love and peace and joy to you and your family. 

Thank you, Christ Jesus and all of the Heavenly Host for the infinite loving service you are providing humanity as we make a quantum leap in consciousness by going within at this hour. 

Rae Karen

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wake up, Alice! An Angel Message

Earlier this week, Elliot and I stopped by Sunflower Park for a photo of the pocket watch from Alice in Wonderland.

Angel thoughts can appear as a recurring theme on your path, in amazing and creative ways that make you stop and wonder, what is going on?  An infinite  life force is always conspiring on our behalf that goes far beyond our five senses.

Nine years ago, Alice in Wonderland  symbolism played a hand when our life was about to move in a new direction.

Out of the blue, characters from Lewis Carroll's adventure popped up in unlikely places, that grabbed our attention. 

On a return road trip home early one morning, the drive-thru was backed up at our local McDonald's--a place we passed by often but never went inside.  Not in the mood to go home and make oatmeal, we had decided to grab an egg muffin breakfast on the run. When we sleepily stepped inside the golden arches, what a wake-up surprise.  Alice in Wonderland was featured in a big way.  The motif included the inner workings of a giant  clock, with large hands ticking away on the ceiling.   The late harried rabbit was featured on a pedestal encased in glass.  Time was the center piece, the daily grind.

Then in 2011, on a winter trip to Florida, the angels guided us to Sunflower Park in the heart of downtown DeLand.  To our surprise, a giant pocket watch with a plaque was a permanent display in the quaint little park. "I'm late.  I'm late for a very important date."   His admonition always brought me a touch of guilt--like I'd forgotten an important meeting.

That winter while house-hunting to see what may be available, in one place, Alice and Wonderland was  featured on the back splash tiles above a kitchen sink.  Not that the house was a right fit, but something was up. 

Back in Virginia, the rabbit hole adventure continued to play out.  At the public library, I ran in to run our books, on the way out, I grabbed a magazine off the free rack.  The cover had this painting of the Pentecost and a featured article, "You Will Receive the Power."
Jean Restout II Penetecost Painting, 1732

 On the ride home, I wondered why I'd grabbed a Catholic magazine, but to my surprise another article, BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE, referred to Alice in Wonderland. The synchronicity, the language of angels, brought a smile as I read:

"At one point in the story, Alice says: "There's no use trying, one can't believe impossible things." But the Queen disagrees, saying: "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." The article went on to say that it is the Holy Spirit who helps us to grasp and believe truths that are impossible for us to accept on the basis of logic alone.

I knew this was true whenever  I had stopped and asked the Holy Spirit to judge things for me because I don't truly know the meaning of anything.  Time and again, this yielding would bring peace and the bigger picture would be revealed in such a way as not to put me in greater fear.

With all the Wonderland clues, we watched the Disney movie.  The ending stood out in particular. Young Alice is tired of the magic of Wonderland, and wants to go back home. The angry Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards are coming after Alice.

 Her only hope is to make it to the door up ahead.

Alice frantically grabs the knob and turns it hard, but the door is locked!

 "I must go home!"  Alice cries, fearful that she is doomed.

To her surprise, the doorknob speaks,  "But, you are already home."  He tells her.

Doubtful, Alice looks through the keyhole.

To her amazement, it's true!  There she is asleep in the shade of the old tree!

Alice knows what she must do!  Shouting through the keyhole, she tries to awaken her sleeping self. "ALICE! WAKE UP!"

The card soldiers are gaining ground. 

"ALICE! WAKE UP!"  Again she shouts.

In the next scene, Alice opens her eyes and finds herself in a safe place that she never left, except in her dream.  The trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland wasn't real, it was only a dream.

I like that imagery.  Whatever fears may be chasing me down, I must see them as an opportunity to wake up to the truth about me.  The Holy Spirit is the answer to the dream of separation from our loving Creator.  He will help you to awaken and have a happy dream.

"Let me see this differently."

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Corona, the Sun's Halo: An Angel Message

In meditation this week, I was praying for more understanding regarding the fear infodemic news surrounding the corona virus.  

An angel thought reminded me that the word corona is a definition for a halo around the sun. 

 In spiritual truth, light is, and nothing can put out the light.  Yes, it can be covered up with clouds of fear and doubt, but the light still shines.  Just like our life-giving sun always shines. Only the Earth's rotation divides day into night.  Grateful thoughts turned to God's Love, and how we are made in the image and likeness of God, spirit-formed.  I was praying for all to turn toward the light within, that eternal spark that can never go out.

What happened next caught me by surprise.  A peacefulness enfolded me and a cosmic image of a sunflower appeared in my mind's eye.  

The flower's sturdy thick stalk, reaching up for the light,  had carried it far beyond the fearful din of the world. It looked bedraggled, its frayed yellow petals had yet to open wide in the grayness before dawn. But the sunflower had made it, with bowed head.  The light had prevailed!  I was suddenly filled with hope and joy.

Thoughts are things so think on the bright side.

A little research on the sunflower added more clarity.  This plant has dynamic energy, and represents community, all working together in unity.  The sunflower is not one large blossom as it appears to be, but its face consists of a cluster of small 5-pointed stars. 

Sunflowers bring happiness.  They always face the sun. At sunrise, the flower swings around to the east to greet a new day.   When a sunflower appears, it is a reminder to keep our eyes on the higher light in all that we do.  Opportunities will appear for us to find happiness with our inner sun. 

In a random search for a galactic sunflower, imagine my surprise to discover a Hubble/NASA photo of a Sunflower Galaxy.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

sunflower photo - wikimedia
sunflower ref - Nature Speak, Ted Andrews

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Dance of Life: An Angel Message

Yesterday, while exploring a new area in nature, Elliot and I met up with a rare and happy sight.  A  joyful sign of new birth.  A favorite bird couple, the red-headed, long-legged sandhill crane appeared with their little fuzzy chicks, only a few days old.  

Sandhills are usually protective of their newborn, and so it was a treat to see the little tots abide in their father's shadow. 

Their unlikely appearance on our path seemed significant.  I learned something interesting.  Cranes are well known for their mating dance.  The two birds face each other, coil, and then vertically spring up with an exuberant leap sometimes higher than 15-feet.  With their red heads held high, in mid-air, they flap their wide wings four or five times before coming back down. This giant ballerina leap is the heart of the crane dancing.  Such enthusiasm is contagious, and other cranes may join in the dance of spring.  

When a crane appears, it is usually a time for us to come out and live, join in the dance of life.  Life is meant to be danced and celebrated, not feared.  "Secret and noble guardianship surrounds you and your activities now."

Enjoy your day with the Angels.  What messages are winging their way to you today?

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Crane ref:  Animal-Wise by Ted Andrews

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Make No Bones About It! - An Angel Message

It's funny how an angel message can wing its way into your awareness in a very unusual and amusing way.  Elliot and I knew something was up while recently vacationing at the beach.  We like to begin each day by reading aloud a chapter from the Bible.  While I was reading Acts 13,  Elliot saw a flock of seagulls soar close to our 3rd floor balcony.  He heard a distinct CLUNK.  Later we found a special delivery outside our slider door.   A chicken bone!

Curious about the meaning, I learned on-line, that a chicken bone is a sign that something good is going to happen for sure.  That was good news.   

As I was writing in my journal about the unusual seagull delivery, "Make no bones about it," came to mind.   Again, I looked to the web for clarity.  "To make no bones about it is to say clearly what you think or feel about something, however unpleasant or awkward.  To say something in a way that leaves no doubt or to have no objection to it."

Seagulls represent "responsible behavior and communication."  They have an intricate code of behavior, and have developed a regular signal for all of their ritual activities.  They use a combo of calls and gestures.  The appearance of a gull may indicate lessons or abilities in proper behavior, courtesy, and communication.  It may reflect that you need the lessons or that you may become a teacher of such.  It may also reflect new learning in the subtleties of communication. 

Writing the angel blog just now, the message of the seagull and chicken bone became clear.  Don't chicken out, but speak courteously and clearly what you mean to say.  Let your yay be yay.  And, your nay be nay.

I'm so thankful for these angel messages that come at just the right time.  What are the angels trying to convey to you today?  It's fun to stay open to receive.  

Make no bones about it.  :-D  The angels are real and ready to help and guide our way to upward thought, to communication with God.  

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen 

Seagull reference:  Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews