Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hanging By A Thread

Watching Elliot put up a trellis by the front door this morning, I was surprised when a small green worm appeared out of no where, riding the breeze above our heads. He seemed to have dropped down low enough to get our attention. I wondered what it meant?

Hanging by a thread, is what came to mind.

It was amazing how his thread was so fine it was invisible but yet strong enough to support his weight. He worked with determination, wiggling his way higher weaving strands as he climbed upwards. I could see how he had been programmed with everything necessary to make the journey. And that it was all within him. With action and trust, he was doing it. He was in charge, weaving his destiny inch by inch. This little visitor got me to thinking about how our ego often talks us out of stepping out in faith because we don't have what it takes. Convinced if we only had more of this or that, we could make a go of it. But in truth with the indwelling Christ we are blessed with all that we need to fulfill our purpose in Him.

Wishing you a joyful day with your Angels.

Karen

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mercury Retrograde


I wasn't sure what to write about today. I happened to look down at the clock on the computer. It was 11:11. Things seem to be breaking down with in the areas of communication and transportation which is typical of mercury retrograde. It's a time to rewrite, revisit, repair, reschedule, replace, renew... Yesterday my PC went on the fritz casting me off line so today I'm trying out my laptop. The 11:11 is a message that the angels are near and all is well.

Strange things began going on with my car, too. Like I couldn't get the key out of the trunk lock and the hood kept popping up. Luckily it happened after unloading the groceries at home and not at the store parking lot. I called AAA and got a temporary fix until a part can be ordered. And another little mystery is how the key won't open the driver's side for me so I get in on the passenger's side and scoot behind the wheel. It's funny how the key works every time for my husband but not for me. These are all just petty little annoyances in the scheme of things. But just as if to compound my point... right in the middle of writing this, I was whisked out of the blog while Windows did an automatic update! I had to laugh at the timing. Communications, fughgetabout it.

On May 11th mercury goes direct again, until then you may want to keep calling on the Angels of Communication and transportation for help. In the meantime, the Nature Angels are still blessing our car.

Enjoy the day with your Angels,

Karen

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

(artwork www.doverpublications.com)

When I went to my car this morning, it was covered with beautiful pink cherry blossoms from a nearby tree. Feeling honored, I thanked Mother Earth for all of her beauty as I brushed some of the delicate petals off the hood. To my surprise, while driving down the road, pink blossoms cascaded off the roof leaving a colorful trail behind me. At the drive-thru, the teller commented on how much she liked my car with all the blossoms. Thank you Mother Earth for blessing us all the time.

Angelic Blessings,

Karen

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Acres of Buttercups!

(photo by me)

Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, "GROW! GROW!"

--THE TALMUD

Yesterday my son, David, and I were taking a shortcut to Subway for lunch. Driving down New Bridge Road, we passed this beautiful field of wild buttercups blooming in acres surrounding an old abandoned farm house. Buttercups have always been a favorite of mine since childhood when I would pick one and hold it up under my friend's chin to see if she liked butter. If she did, there would be a golden glow. Our lawn was always colorful with buttercups, clover, and dandelions.

In Nature-Speak, Ted Andrews writes that buttercup is unique as it will grow in every part of the garden. This is part of its message. With proper self-worth, we can succeed in every environment. It is named for the buttery color of its bloom. The buttercup has an energy which can awaken a new sense of self-worth. The individual will come to know his or her special gifts and how to apply them in life. "Take it to heart. Buttercup heralds a time of healing and understanding. This expressive flower reminds us to be more expressive ourselves. The power of your words will have a great impact now. "

After reading Ted's message, I could see why the buttercups were plentiful in the field. The old farmhouse had lost its self worth, empty and standing alone.

Here's another picture I took of a buttercup lawn on Atlantic Avenue. The old building had been abandoned, but the buttercup angels were pouring out joy. I drove home, got my angel statue and took this picture. It was the first buttercup lawn I'd seen since a kid, renewing the child in me.

Wishing you a happy day with your angels, Karen

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Nature Angels

Outside the open window, the morning air is awash with angels. -- Richard Wilbur

We are the recipients of gracious blessings and gifts that come to us through the favors of nature. The Angels of Nature keep the earth green and fertile. I've always appreciated the trees wherever I have lived. Just seeing them from the window was always very comforting. At that time, I didn't realize that every tree, flower, or bush as its own nature angel or spirit (deva).


Several years ago, I decided to take up gardening and began with a small flowerbed in the front yard. At the time we were living on busy Atlantic Avenue and I longed for a quieter place of being. Something amazing happened when I decided to create the garden not only for me but for all the people who walked by to also enjoy the beauty of the flowers. I called on the Angel of the Garden for help because I never had much luck in getting anything to grow. Not knowing anything about gardening, I found my hands working as if they had a mind of their own. The universe opened up. All kinds of supplies came my way. Rocks. Daisies. Hostas. Bulbs. Neighbors gifted me with extras from their yard. Before long, the garden looked like a work of art that had been around for many years. With that success, I tackled the back yard and got the same results. I began to see first hand that I was gifted with angelic assistance in harmonizing and appreciating nature.


Working in the soil, helped me stay in the moment as I seemed to have opened an invisible door to another realm of wonder and healing.

Angelic blessings,



Karen

Friday, April 16, 2010

Invoking the Four Archangels

(Va Beach sunrise)

I've been practicing an invocation for several years that I read about in the Zohar. It's a wonderful way to surround yourself with the Archangels. To invoke is simply to recognize their presence. I sit still, with eyes closed and begin by silently calling on Archangel Michael to be on my right side. (His name is Who is Like God.) I pause to feel his presence.

Next, I invoke Archangel Gabriel to be on my left side. (His name is God is my Strength) I pause to feel his presence.

Then in front of me, I invoke Archangel Uriel, (His name is Fire of God). I pause to feel his presence.

Then I invoke Archangel Raphael to be at my back. (His name is Shining One Who Heals).

I crown the prayer, by invoking the shekinah, the divine feminine of Creation to be above me.

I have learned a lot about the angels from The Zohar, The Book of Splendor. It contains the mystical interpretation of the first five books of the Bible. I was surprised the symbols for the four archangels are depicted as:

Archangel Michael as the lion.
Archangel Gabriel as the ox.
Archangel Uriel as the eagle.
Archangel Raphael as man.

"When a person opens his lips during the weekdays at the evening prayer, an eagle descends to carry the prayer of the night upon its wings. This eagle is called Uriel.

During the morning prayer, the lion descends to receive the prayer with its arms and wings--every living creature has four wings. This is the Angel Michael.

During the afternoon prayer, the ox descends to receive the prayer with its horns and wings. This is the Angel Gabriel." (The Zohar, Vol. 1)

With so much happening in the world today, we can all use prayer, not only for ourselves and loved ones, but for the world.

Angelic blessings,


Karen




Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tuning into the Angelic Host

(Va Beach Sunrise)

Life takes on a new reality when we live with the truth that Angels abide in our presence. Just because our eyes cannot see our celestial friends, doesn't make the angels any less real. We know the nuclear field exists. Yet, our eyes are not designed to see atoms and molecules. But they are real. Maybe the idea that Angels are in our midst feels like it's too good to be true and so we dismiss the thought as whimsical at best. But Angels can appear in many ways. A sudden inspiration, a fragrance, goosebumps, a light touch, or even as a person. Sometimes, they are undulating waves of loving, peaceful energy that enfold us with such a presence that we feel comforted and blessed. Our circumstances may not have changed, but we have through their radiation.

At this time especially, the angels are encouraging us to remember them and invite them into our daily lives so they may manifest in our consciousness as we go about our day. Each day we are blessed with a gift of 24 hours. These precious hours are ours to use. Once spent, they never return again. Humanity is moving farther away from the Divine Self within, spending more and more time hooked into technology, driven by high speed internet, cell phones, texting, TVs. Constantly bombarded with an information explosion, it's hard to find a restaurant without a TV blaring. All this has a place in the world but there needs to be a balance. Stilling the mind and listening for the Voice within, is key to living life to our fullest potential.

It's important to pay attention to where we keep our attention during the day. Is it on things that enslave us or desecrate the blessings we desire? Just imagine what you may experience if you contemplate the Angelic Host for an hour each day? Give it a try as you go about your daily affairs, invite the angels to be with you to guide and protect you along the way. For just a second, send your love and gratitude to them and before long, you will experience the radiation of their love for you. The more you can put this into practice, the more amazing the results. The Angelic Host wants to be the loving messengers they are intended to be, but often we are so distracted we miss the gentle nudges prodding us to rise in consciousness and be the light in the darkness.


Angelic blessings,


Karen

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ribbet! Ribbet!

(tree frog photo from web)

After dinner last night, I took the trash outside. I opened the large blue recycling container and tossed the bag in. Something green caught my eye. A cute little tree frog was clinging to the inside wall two-thirds of the way up the can. He was almost free, but the lid had been shut.

I was so happy I took the trash out. I could help set him free. I grabbed a short stick and tried to coach him. "Let go and climb aboard," but he was too afraid.
And then he did it.
He took an action that made things worse. He jumped down inside the can and disappeared underneath the bags.

Now what? I couldn't just close the lid and leave him there. And if I left the lid off, some other critters may come and have a picnic in the trash. I had to do something. With the container being so deep, my arm couldn't reach far enough to move the bags. As luck would have it, nearby I found a a perfect stick, long enough with a twig to hook the bags.

Not wanting to crush the little guy, I called on the angels for help. Then I began lifting the first bag with my stick. To my surprise, he was clinging to that bag! It was almost too easy to be true. In answer to my prayer, he rode it to the top, just like an elevator. Gently I set the bag on the ground. His little fingers were like suction cups because, again, he wouldn't let go. With a little prodding, the reluctant rescuee was freed by the old walnut tree.


Sometimes we may feel like our life has been trashed. We find ourselves stuck in a mess with no likely means of escape. The frog is a good messenger. As I have written before, F.R.O.G. is the acronym for Fully Rely On God. We are never alone. God has sent his angels to guide and protect us in all of our ways.

Angelic blessings,
Karen

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time Out with the Angels

A friend gifted me with this artwork when I was getting ready to start a new chapter of my life. I had been working for the Federal government for over twenty years. A picture being worth a thousand words, it seemed to speak of taking a rest. What needed a rest the most was my mind. The Angels encourage us to sit and rest from our earthly thoughts. When we allow for a moment's repose, to be still and listen, inspiration comes. It is always with us, that still quiet Voice, but often not so readily heard above the incessantly loud chatter of the ego. The ego is a distraction trying to figure out the future or reliving the past. When we are in our ego mind we are really in a dead space. The eternal now is where we want to be, enjoying and observing each moment as it comes. It's okay not to know all the answers. The questions must be lived one day at a time, allowing the answer to unfold. The best way for that to happen is to get out of our own way and let God be God. And to remember we are never alone, no matter how distracted we become.

Bless the Lord, ye his angels,
that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto
the voice of his word.
Psalm 103


Angelic blessings,

Karen

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker: An Angel Message


"For he shall give his angels charge over thee to guide and protect thee in all thy ways."
--PSALM 91
Growing up, our family's street address was on Rickenbacher Avenue. I never wondered about the origin of the name. Several years ago in Billy Graham's book, Angels, I read the fascinating story of a pilot during World War II named Eddie Rickenbacker.  He had experienced divine help to save him and his crew when their B-17 ran out of fuel and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

"For weeks nothing was heard of him. The newspapers reported his disappearance and across the country thousands of people prayed. Mayor LaGuardia asked the whole city of New York to pray for him. Then he returned. The Sunday papers headlined the news, and in an article, Captain Rickenbacker himself told what had happened.
"And this part I would hesitate to tell," he wrote, "except that there were six witnesses who saw it with me. A gull came out of nowhere, and lighted on my head -- I reached up my hand very gently--I killed him and then we divided him equally among us. We ate every bit, even the little bones. Nothing ever tasted so good."
This rescue gull saved the lives of Rickenbacker and his starving companions.
Years later Billy Graham asked Captain Rickenbacker to tell him the story personally because it was through this experience that he came to know Christ. He said, "I have no explanation except that God sent one of His angels to rescue us."
Angels are real.  God's messengers, His representatives coming to comfort, save, protect, and guide.
Enjoy your day with the Angels.
Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Apple Blossom Time

Each day, each hour, every instant, I am
choosing what I want to look upon,
the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses
to what I want to be the truth for me.
--A Course in Miracles

The old apple tree at the side of the house is wearing her springtime gown. Yesterday's tight pink buds blossomed into white delicate flowers. The feminine face in the tree I wrote about last fall is now hidden by her fragrant branches. This morning I sat under the tree, basking in her beauty. Above me, I watched the bees busy at work. And I wondered when I had overcome my fear of them? Tending to the sweet nectar, they didn't notice me. I could see how this beautiful tree was so giving by just being what she is, a fruit tree. Letting things be as they are. Nature is so amazing. Without the flowers, there would be no bees. Without the bees, there would be no fruit. We are all part of this grand scheme of Life.

Wonder why we humans often have such a hard time just being who we really are? Sharing our gifts freely without fear of judgment.

Angelic blessings,

Karen

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Everybody

The Angels of Laughter put this on my path. I thought you may enjoy it, too.

There is a story about four men named: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, and Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody, when actually Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Don't forget to invite your Angels to help you as you move through your day.

Angelic blessings,

Karen

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Angel in the Garden

The evening before his crucifixion Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He had taken Peter, James, and John with Him to provide encouragement, but instead they fell asleep. The Son of man was all alone as he prayed, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. " (Luke 22:42) In his book, Angels, by Billy Graham, we learn that "at that crucial moment an angel came to assist Him. The Greek word for strengthening is eniskuo, which means to make strong inwardly."

May you feel the presence of your angels comforting you always.

Karen

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Don't Force Things

(me playing in a chicken coop with a kitty)

I came across this message from Emett Fox in an old newsletter. Dr. Fox was an outstanding spiritual teacher whose books have helped millions.

"Never force things. Never bring heavy pressure to bear in a given direction. Never make up your mind that a certain thing must be done, or that it must be done now. All this sort of thing is dangerous, and is likely to land you in trouble instead of improving matters. It is really using will power, and is unscientific and unspiritual. It is looking to the without, whereas spiritual demonstration looks to the within. It is what engineers call centripetal action, and spiritual demonstration is always centrifugal.

What you really want is harmony and true expression at every point in your life. The actual way in which this comes does not matter so long as you get the thing itself. When you encounter a firm resistance anywhere, it usually means that you are on the wrong road and had better retreat and try another. Mental or material pushing will only get you farther down the wrong road, and it gives you a longer distance to retrace.

Claim that God works in you, and that when He works He always succeeds; that He knows the best way and is inspiring you to take it; that He meets no resistance for He works with joy; and that you and your life are part of that."
Isn't that a wonderful reminder to keep our focus on God? We can relax and let God be God, following His inner promptings. If we all were a little more like angels, earth would be a little more like heaven.
Many blessings,
Karen