Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nature at Her Best

(The Rose Garden at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens)

With the beautiful springlike weather Sunday, a trip to the Botanical Gardens in Norfolk was a real treat. The rose garden was still in bloom. Angels love roses and their fragrance heavenly. If you haven't been yet, it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon communing with the beauty of Mother Nature. The Zohar tells us that every flower, every blade of grass has its angel encouraging it to grow.



The 155 acres are filled with thousands of plants and have more than 30 theme gardens spread across the area. The grounds are so lovely, you can feel a holy hush as you walk the trails to the Butterfly Garden, The Enchanted Forest with many story book houses, Avenue of the Statues, (DaVinci included), the Healing Garden and the Eagle's nest, just to name a few. There is also a tram if your feet get too tired or you may prefer to take the boat tour.

We ate sandwiches at the Garden Cafe on the flagstone terrace under the shade of a tree with a view of the magnificent lotus pond. Several cardinals came to enjoy our breadcrumbs.

Here's the website if you get inspired to visit. www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
Enjoy your day with your Angels.

Karen

Friday, August 27, 2010

33 Trapped Chilean Miners

Yesterday when we unveiled our car, I spotted a little frog on the driver's window, brown instead of green. The message again-- to Fully Rely on God. Maybe he's maturing, no longer green, in his faith to trust God. He was trapped under the car tarp, but was set free at the right hour.

Today my thoughts and prayers are with the Chilean miners trapped below the earth with only a 6" portal on the world, from a half a mile vantage point. In all that darkness, it is comforting to know that they are not alone. There is Light. The Angels are with them and their families and the rescue workers. It is as though they are in a womb waiting to give birth to something new. In quiet contemplation, transformation comes and we become more aware that we are not who we think we are.

Their "initiation" puts everything in perspective as their lives are temporarily put on hold. It makes me think about how I am going to spend my day.

Many blessings,

Karen

Thursday, August 26, 2010

One Year Anniversary of Angels for You Blog

When I started this Angel blog in August last year, it happened on a whim. I stumbled upon how to build a blog on Google. The process was so easy, the template was finished in a half hour. The difficult part would be finding things to write about, but the Angels were guiding me with lots of wonderful ideas and inspiration. It became like an advent calendar, as I wondered each day what would be behind the "door."

Thank you for stopping by and for all your kind comments. I'm as committed as ever to keep on blogging. Angels are for you 24/7 so please remember to thank them for their love and guidance.
And know that you are never alone, your guardian angel is watching over you always.

Angelic blessings,

Karen

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Froggy Hitchhiker

When I pulled the cover off the car this morning, what a surprise to find this little hitchhiker hoping for a ride. (F)ully (R)ely (O)n (G)od. is what frog stands for. He wasn't so anxious to let go and jump off on a leaf, but finally took a leap, landing under the car. We waited until sure he was on his merry way.

God speaks in many ways. You may want to pay attention to what crosses your path today.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Karen

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Staying Connected...

A short but powerful practice for connecting with your Guardian Angel (also known as your Holy Christ Self or Higher Self) is to begin to pause often during the day and invite the feelings of your Guardian Angel to flow through you. The more you remember to commune with your Higher Consciousness, the more peace you'll have.

Enjoy your day with your Angels.

Karen

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There's Nothin' Like A Good Soak

We had a heavy thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, with torrential rains. When the skies finally cleared, I was hoping to see a rainbow after so much turbulence. I went to the window to look out. Instead of a rainbow this beautiful turtle was stretching his neck in the grass as if to say, "There's nothing like a good soak."

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Karen

P.S. A symbol of the turtle is an invitation for the blessings of both heaven and earth.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Then there were two...

While sitting in the shade of the apple tree, enjoying a  rare cool summer afternoon, my attention was drawn to the cement birdbath in the garden.  Something new was on it.  A strange long cylinder was on the pedestal. Where did it come from?

Soon I had the answer. A black-bluish wasp crawled out of the opening.  I watched it fly away, then return shortly and crawl back inside the cylinder tunnel.

A mud dauber!  I'd seen them build their cement-like nests in the rundown chicken house on Grandma's farm that had been our play house.

As I watched her work, I marveled how this tiny winged one could find her way around this big universe. She knew exactly where to go to get what she needed and how to return home again. She kept up her routine for quite some time. I was so fascinated by the deliberateness of her activity, I wondered about the message.

A search on the web revealed she lays only one larvae in her nest. She collects spiders and insects and attaches them to the larvae to feed it until it has grown to an adult. From the size of her condo, she was expecting a really BIG heir to emerge in the spring.

I watched her realizing all those trips to and fro were to the "grocery" store. Her nest was finished, a handsome one at that. Soon she will plug up the hole. Her mission complete. It's up to the next generation to repeat the cycle, to perpetuate life.

I found a fascinating article written in 1949 by George D. Shafer who after years of study, believes the female has a nervous system that enables her to remember, to learn, and to show individuality. He, too, had an affinity for the mud dauber wasp.

Yesterday morning while feeding the birds, I was surprised to find a new nest beside the first. Twins!

Nature is amazing and I am learning firsthand, that out of nothing, something can suddenly appear that can change your life forever.

Many blessings,

Karen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In Oneness


Lying in bed this morning, I wondered what to blog about? The sea came to mind. I needed to go down to the ocean today. Later, when I opened an old journal, I found this handwritten note on a scrap of paper.

"Just as a drop of the ocean contains every element of the whole body, yet has not the power to do the ocean's work, except as part of and one with the whole ocean just so the soul of man is a drop or portion of this central light, containing every element of force you see projected in the various points of love, strength, understanding." (Edgar Cayce Reading 900-254)

This point was beautifully illustrated when I checked my email this morning. A friend sent a rescue story about a female humpback whale that had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her -- a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. W hen she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

Have a good day with your Angels.

Karen

Monday, August 16, 2010

Vibrations

"The words "ascending" and "descending," "higher" and "lower" are more descriptive rates of vibration than they are of motion through space. " The Bridge to Freedom, Book 3

As hot as it's been lately, I remember this summer day at Mount Rose, California, gazing out at the snow. Another way to keep cool in the heat of emotional issues is offered in Law of Life, Book 1 by A.D.K. Luk.

"When you feel anything not of happiness at the solar plexus, feel the Violet Flame flash up quickly and come out of the heart as a golden flame; and blaze it through the other person or condition which is the cause of distress. If it is a mental thing that bothers you, blaze it up through the head. Then feel the fullness of your I Am Presence (Guardian Angel, Higher Self)."

What you think, you create. Where your attention is there you are and you are becoming that which you focus on. Attention is the power of light in action. There is nothing that can change your life like the attention. As you connect by your attention to things in the outer world, you make it a part of your world. It is good to remember that nothing can enter your world but what you invite. How? By your attention, by discussion.

When you feel not sure, you have allowed the attention to be divided between appearances and your I AM Presence. One's power of attention will reverse energy. You change the vibratory action of your body. The higher the thought, the higher the consciousness.

Enjoy your day and focus on what you want, not what you don't want. With your attention on your Higher Self, you can't help but attract happiness.

Blessings,

Karen

Friday, August 13, 2010

All Your Atoms...

I found this wonderful healing visualization in Book 1, Law of Life, by A.D.K. Luk. The results are pretty amazing.
"An enjoyable practice one can enter into is to picture every atom a beautiful little being,
a replica of one's own God presence. The action of them is to mimic or become that upon which their attention is focused. Feel each one a little separate being, alive and joyous with the light of the Presence. When one can really "feel" that, it gives one a joyous feeling and a new interest in life. It is a good remedy for loneliness. Then the atoms take on the quality of the I AM Presence instead of any discordant qualities in which one may be surrounded."

Wishing you a joyful day with your Angels.

Karen

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pay Attention to Detail

A mouse has been appearing this week. She is getting rather plump feeding on the bird seed. Her home is in the green shed in the meditation garden. This morning she was especially brave, coming out with the birds and the squirrels to eat her breakfast. A young female cardinal, a squirrel, and the mouse were enjoying the seed. Seeing them close and together in a row. Elliot said, "That would make a great picture. They're all different yet all One."

Did I really want to take a picture of a mouse? I thought to myself. Mouse is taboo, even though they are intelligent and a member of the rodent family, like a cute chipmunk or a rascally squirrel--but a mouse? I felt bad for discriminating against this little creature made by God like all the rest. The mouse is holy because the Light of God is within her, too. I thought about races of people persecuted in the past because they came into the world wearing a different "costume".

I watched as the mouse innocently nibbled on the seed, not knowing she was different from the others. Her needs were the same. Water, food, shelter, a haven in the storm. I tried to see her with the eyes of love. "I love you with the love of the Christ," I said, remembering a lesson in The Christ Highway. But that subtle uneasy feeling in my solar plexus stayed, maybe stirring a feeling of not being true to myself in fear of being judged. After all, I've been tossing out seed for quite some time now, catching a glimpse of her, now and then.

Then I remembered Mickey, the Disney icon inspired by a mouse in Walt Disney's "shed" of a studio. That mouse brought the whole idea of The Magic Kingdom into existence just by peeking out, taking a risk, and being who he really is. There are so many expressions that define a mouse--timid as a mouse, quiet as a mouse. My own character traits at times. So this little creature of God gave me a lot of food for thought this morning. And as mouse often teaches, pay attention to detail--take a closer look. And so I did.

"Surrounding me is all life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought." (A Course in Miracles)

Angelic blessings,

Karen

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Proudly Serving You

Each man (woman or child) has a guardian angel appointed to him. --Thomas Aquinas

That's what the Angels do, proudly serve. Angels are here to show us our own expansive capabilities. They are messengers that remind us that we haven't been forgotten. Angels are ready to extend a hand to lift us up. They raise the soul out of its cage of 3-D limitations, winging our consciousness higher to that heavenly realm where we truly reside, made in God's own image.

Wherever there is Love, an angel is close by. Angels truly anchor a bit of heaven into all of our relationships, when we invite them into our lives.

Whatever you find yourself doing today, remember Angels believe in You.

Karen

Monday, August 9, 2010

Heart and Hands: An Angel Message



I couldn't sleep.  My poison ivy.  I  grabbed a book on healing and read that the Chinese believe that our hands are an extension of the Heart.  Since the Heart is considered to be the seat of the Mind, it is understandable that gentle and harmonious gestures would reflect a peaceful heart. Likewise, a disturbed Heart (Mind) would be the underlying cause of aggressive, agitated and uncontrolled hand movements.
I remembered how our hands are like angel wings. If you take your hands, palms down, thumbs together, fingers close together, and spread the thumb out, you can see they do resemble wings. (Pic)
I put my hands to loving use the next morning. I got up early and spread the birdseed.  I enjoyed watching them eat while I worked the pressure points on my hands. Suddenly, the garden became unusually still.  The birds and small animals quickly vanished.
Then I saw Junior, my Bambi. His antlers had grown taller. He stood by the old apple tree so I couldn't get a clear view of him. I caught glimpses of his mouth or his antlers as he appeared by the tree trunk. His presence is a lot like God's. You know He's always there, but you only catch a glimpse when you look.
In my morning meditation, I thought about the many ways to use my hands, without any thought of gratitude.
I opened my A Course in Miracles book at random. "The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him. ...Christ's hand holds all His brothers in Himself. He gives them vision for their sightless eyes, and sings to them of Heaven...He reaches through them, holding out His hand, that everyone may bless all living things and see their holiness."
I love that passage, "...that everyone may bless all living things and see their holiness."

Enjoy your day with the Angels,

Rae Karen

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Pair of Cloud Wings

Stopping on the Jersey Turnpike, the sky was so beautiful, we ate our lunch on the patio. Sparrows and a cute little chipmunk enjoyed the bread crumbs. Too bad, the camera was in the car.

One of my favorite hymns is His Eye Is On The Sparrow. It's so comforting to remember that we are always in His Presence no matter where we are.

Angelic blessings,

Karen

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Blessing in Disguise



I wanted to capture the swans on camera, but they were a good distance away. A man who looked like a young Sidney Poiter approached me on the boardwalk. "They'll come closer," he said, reaching into a big plastic bag, he pulled out a bagel and pinched off a piece tossing it in the Peconic River. Sure enough many swans came swimming toward us.

It was one of those perfect sunlit mornings as we enjoyed watching him feed the beautiful swans. He opened his bag filled with bagels that a friend had given to him. "This is all I have," he said. Later, I was guided to offer him a "donation" for his sharing. He looked so surprised when I handed him the money, his eyes lit up and his face became radiant in gratitude. Elliot told him, "You feed the birds and God takes care of you." He smiled and nodded as I reminded him of his angels who are always with him.

Both the Bible and the Edgar Cayce readings remind us to not be forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Enjoy your day with the Angels,

Karen

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Geddy Up!

I love horses! We drove by this field one morning on Hwy 25 heading to see Elliot's Dad. Whoah! I wanted to stop as we had passed them the day before when the sky was all misty and the fields took on a golden hue. I wasn't sure where I'd seen them but I intended to get a photo. As we zoomed by, I caught a glimpse of the horses. Elliot stopped on the shoulder a good distance down the road and I hiked back to take a picture. The lighting wasn't as cool as the day before, but at least I'd found the herd.

After snapping a few shots, I was walking back to the car, traffic whizzing by me as I stayed on the grass. To my surprise, a cab stopped down the road on the shoulder, hoping to give me a ride. The funny thing was the whole time we were in Riverhead we had not seen a taxi. I returned to our car with a great feeling that no matter where I am, my needs will be met. Angels are watching over me.

Remember your Angels today in gratitude. They love it.

Karen

P.S. In Animal-Speak, horses are symbolic of travel, power, and freedom. Horse brings with it new journeys. It will teach you how to ride into new directions to awaken and discover your own freedom and power. Hi-ho Silver.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Purrrrrrrrfectly Heavenly Bed


I missed blogging in New York. Stepping out of the routine of every day living, the Angels can get creative and have fun with us. Opening up to a new flow, life becomes an adventure. I had a good laugh the first night on the road. I was so looking forward to sleeping in later, without the soft pad of little paws on my face before sunrise. Our sweet cat, Angel, was home and well cared for. Climbing into bed with that thought, Elliot pointed out a small sign on the headboard above me. A sleeping cat with the words:

"Gentle Sleep from Heaven Bed."

We had a good laugh! Angel's energy was with us at bedtime. We both missed that lovable furry ball nestling at our feet.

To my surprise, I woke up before dawn the next morning. A sign that perhaps this is my natural rhythm and not so much the desires of my feline friend. Hmmmmmmmm...

Wishing you a joyful day with your Angels.

Karen

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Help at the Pump!



Yesterday on our way home from New York, we stopped for gas in Seaford, Delaware at a Tru Blu Station. Elliot had just commented on high gas prices as we pulled up to the pump. What a surprise to see this praying mantis waiting patiently by the nozzle. No doubt praying for cheaper gas, too!

In Animal-Speak, the message of the mantis is "Power through Stillness." A great hunter because of its ability for stillness, waiting motionless, blending into its surroundings until the most opportune time to suddenly reach out and grasp it's prey.

If every bug, bird, insect, etc. is on a mission, this one obviously was there for a reason. Maybe a reminder to slow down and stay true blue to our Divine Self, rather than running ourselves ragged, trying to make things happen with the ego.




Wishing you a joyful day with your Angels.

Karen