My friend forwarded this wonderful youtube video from Guideposts TV. Listening to the moving testimony of an orthopedic surgeon who had a near death experience is uplifting and reassuring as she poignantly describes the incredible love she felt and the amazing angels and light beings who ministered to her.
Sometimes it may seem as though someone is hopelessly entangled in a great many false beliefs: fear, sickness, guilt and discouragement bind him. Freedom seems to avail itself to everyone but him and struggle as he may, it eludes him completely. I recently read a story that helped to illustrate this point. Two friends had gone swimming in the ocean. When a considerable distance from the beach, one became enmeshed in seaweed that severely hampered his ability to move. So entangled did he become that he feared for his life. He struggled with the weed to kick it from him, desperately trying to free himself, but to no avail. The harder he fought, the more determined did it cling around him. Becoming fearful, he shouted to his companion for help. His friend advised him to stop struggling and stay calm, to just float, letting the waves carry away the obstruction. He tried this plan and found that it worked, for quite soon all the seaweed had washed away.
This experience reminded me of how often fear causes one to become more and more involved in difficulties. How fear urges to fight, wrestle and wrangle...only to find ourselves even more entangled in erroneous beliefs. Tired and discouraged, at last the divinely inspired angel message comes: "Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must have her perfect work." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) In confidence and quietness, we are able to allow the pure stream of right thinking to wash away our bonds. This is the way to freedom.
In need of a blog, the angels guided me to an old journal this morning. I found these helpful notes taken several years ago from a book, The Law of Life. My emotional body is riding high these days, so I was thankful for the reminder.
What you think you create. Where your attention is there you are--and you are becoming that. What you meditate upon you become. Attention is power of light in action. There is no thing that can change your life like attention. As you connect by your attention to things in the outer world, you make it a part of your world. Nothing can enter your world but what you invite. How? By your attention, by discussion.
Whenever you feel not sure, you have allowed your attention to become divided between appearances and the Presence of God. Your power of attention will reverse energy. Determine not to allow your attention to go to what is past.
Every time your attention starts to wander, start pouring out love and blessings.
"I know no human appearance has any power except the life energy I feed into it by attention."
You are never bound by conditions. You are bound by your own feelings. Watch what feeling is operating in you. Your world is just as far as your feeling extends. A powerful charged belief in your feeling world will be there embodiment after embodiment.
This morning I found it odd to be skipping my meditation and going out in the yard instead. I've found that when angels guide us, we often find ourselves doing things differently and wondering why. The early morning sun was so wonderful, I just stood in the warmth of its rays. Afterwards I bent down to do some weeding. After pulling up one big clump, I was so surprised to find this beautiful little morning glory in bloom. I almost yanked it up, too. I'd planted the seeds in early spring, hoping the flowers would scale the fence, but nothing happened. They were a no show and soon forgotten.
The blue trumpet shaped flower with its heart-shaped leaf seemed to be so deliberate, that I looked up the symbolism in Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews. Morning glory indicates old ways of doing things no longer work. Break old habits. It's time to embrace new creative fun energy. Be spontaneous, follow your heart and express yourself. The flower also reminds us that we will be able to draw upon and use our inner resources with great success in the coming weeks. A message for each of us.
I am so thankful to the Angels for all their help. Flowers are so beautiful and bring love to the heart.
The sign on this store reminded me of the ego. It always has an "issue" or two. You probably can't tell from the photo, but "what's yours?" is written on the bottom of the sign. A dear friend laughingly refers to her problems as issues, so I took it to pass along to her for fun.
Last night I found an old journal and came across an entry from a radio program on Psalm 73. It's the answer to why we often ask the question: How come those who don't know God seem to prosper so and I suffer from challenge after challenge? Why are they rewarded and not me?
The minister explained how the first section of the Psalm had 17 references to "them." Why are we looking at them, and not at God? He said, "That's the problem, you see. We've forgotten God and are looking out in the world, judging that God does not love us, comparing us to them.
In the next section, the Psalmist looks at himself. How he suffers so and is in great pain. This happens until he goes into the Presence of God, then he can understand why things were the way they were. He had been like a beast before coming into God's presence; digging and always trying to keep up with the Jones. More...more...dig faster..faster like a dog digging for a bone.
By the end of the Psalms, he is grateful that God is his portion. If God is his portion then everything God has is his! "For it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord God and made him my refuge that I may tell of all Your works."
This Psalm is one of comparisons. And whenever we are making a comparison of any kind, we have moved away from the presence of God, and are thinking with the ego. The ego analyzes everything, but the Spirit accepts the Truth. God is our portion. With that in mind, who has issues?
I love the serenity of this little garden angel. This week our Miracles Group was studying the lesson, "I can see peace instead of this." (This meaning whatever the situation or person is that is disturbing you). I had forgotten all about this lesson and found it most helpful. Instead of stewing about an unpleasant issue, I can choose to put my energy toward a willingness to see peace. When I pause long enough to silently say, "I can see peace instead of this," I notice a shift happens in my breathing. A letting go and letting in of the peace of God.
The Angels of Nature taught me a powerful lesson on surrendering and letting go. It happened when I received a beautiful Rose of Sharon bush; a special gift from a friend on Mother's Day. So tall, green and leafy, with dozens of pretty pink blossoms, I proudly showcased it in the front yard. Over the months, it began to show signs of lack. The leaves sagged from the heat and extra watering and TLC didn't seem to make a difference.
Reluctantly, I dug it up and moved it to the meditation garden in the back yard. The strong winds and heavy rains came and blew away most of its leaves, until at best, it looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, spindly and frail. I said a little prayer and then forgot about it.
Then yesterday, I was amazed to see this single blossom opened wide in victory, having come through the "storms." Later, I discovered a lady bug resting on its leaves, an omen of good luck.
This transformation taught me to have more faith. Just when I think a situation or something is a lost cause, appearing hopeless, not to despair. It can suddenly spring back to life in a joyful rebound, for behind the scenes, a miracle had been in the making unbeknowst to me.
The Angels of Nature were "beaming" a message on the air waves yesterday. With all the recent rain, a heart-shaped vine had made its way up the trellis and onto our neighbor's roof, crowning the top of his satellite dish. I had to smile at the tender reminder to watch what we're putting "out there." Are we broadcasting love or fear?
Enjoy your day with the Angels and stay tuned for their loving presence.
Yesterday I worked in the yard creating a new path around the old camphor tree. It involved moving some of the garden statues. This morning when I looked out the window, not sure what to blog about, I saw this little fellow posing in the sunlight on the tip of an angel's wing. I had to smile, remembering lizard symbolizes detachment from material appearances, and walking by faith not by sight. Wonderful things are happening and the angels remind us to keep our thoughts On High, open to receiving their divine direction and joy.
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of night.
Yesterday this quotation, by one of my favorite poets, turned up on an old notepad. It seemed like a perfect match with this Virginia Beach sunrise taken years ago. The angels help to lighten our way in the dark hours of our personal storms. When I stop and still my restless mind, I feel their loving presence assuring me that all is well. These are times of major shifts but we do "live and move and breathe in an atmosphere of divine love." The key is to stay above it and not get sucked into the illusion.
This morning my attention was drawn to a little lizard basking in the warmth of our garden statue, Iris, who sits upon a large iris. The lizard is associated with dreamtime. When lizard appears it is time to listen to our own intuition instead of another's. The lizard has the ability to pick up on the subtlest movements and it can remain still so as to mislead its own prey for protection. I was thankful this one waited long enough for me to get my camera.
Another characteristic of lizard is an ability to detach its long tail to escape to freedom if predator catches it by tail. A message that sometimes it is necessary to separate ourselves or part of ourselves from others to be able to do the things we desire to do. "It may even indicate a need to explore new realms and follow your own impulses before you get swallowed up in what is not beneficial for you." (Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews)
As for the iris, it is a flower that reminds us to maintain hope for a new birth and new peace will soon be at hand. Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. The faeries of this flower manifest in all of the colors of the rainbow. They stimulate great inspiration.