The Power of Prayer

Angel of ReceivingWhen I was a kid, I remember my father telling me, “Never underestimate the power of prayer.”

I remember thinking it a little odd, because at the time he claimed to be an atheist. (Although he would qualify it: “I’m a Christian atheist,” he would say.)

Maybe it was the very incongruity of it that made it stick in my mind. But stick it did, even though I didn’t understand it fully until years later.

You may or may not have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. I’ve been experiencing some profound shifts. I won’t go into them now, except to say that miracles happen.

Miracles DO happen.

And prayer DOES work.

Profoundly.

Never, EVER underestimate the power of prayer.

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Are you protected?

It’s a truly gorgeous Spring day today, so I feel a little funny about bringing this up, but it’s been on my mind lately and I was reminded of it again today, so it feels like it needs saying.

As much as we might like it to be, the world isn’t all love and light. Just like there are nasty bacteria, parasites and predators out there in Nature, so there are psychic energies that will take us down if they can. Anti-angels, if you will. Negative energies, evil spirits, whatever you want to call them. Some of them are downright vicious. And simply ignoring them or denying their true nature won’t necessarily get rid of them.

I’m not saying this lightly. I didn’t use to believe in such things, and I paid dearly for my naivete. Which is why I’m writing this. I will probably lose subscribers because of it, because a lot of people just don’t want to hear it. But so be it. Because it is SO important to be aware of these things and protect yourself from them.

What can you do?

1. Practice awareness. Negative energies can easily slip in when we’re not aware. Start really tuning in to what’s going on with your body and your emotions, and what’s going on around you. You can do that through non-judgemental observation and quieting your mind. Yoga can help with this, and meditation.

2. Cultivate discernment. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s really in your best interest. Get in the habit of asking your body. Your body doesn’t lie. If your “gut reaction” to something or someone is a tight or uncomfortable sensation, something’s probably not in alignment with your highest good.


3. Bring in protection
. Call in the Light, and angelic help daily. Archangel Michael is fabulous for this. Just ask him to surround you with protection. Your protector animal guides can help guard you from harm, too.
archangel michaelWhat NOT to do:

Don’t freak out. I’m not talking paranoia here. I’m talking basic protection and common sense. Like washing your hands after handling raw chicken. Or looking both ways before crossing the street. Or staying away from creepy people. Simple awareness goes a long way! 🙂

In the big, big picture, the dark stuff simply helps the light shine brighter. That’s its purpose, so there’s really no good or bad. But hey, in the little picture that we live in, it pays to be conscious of that stuff, and stay away from it. It’s so much more fun in the sun.

Christie

P.S. Do you follow Doreen Virtue? She addressed this topic very well this week on her weekly reading video. It’s worth checking out – you can view it here.

 

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7 Rules for Rocky Relationships

I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships lately. Because after all, it’s our connections, our relationships with the people and animals and everything else around us, that make life worth while, wouldn’t you agree?

But relationships aren’t always easy. And no wonder, because they are the vehicle through which we learn and grow. And growing can be painful, sometimes.

If you are a sensitive, empathic person, one of the biggest trip-ups of being in a relationship is that it’s really easy to get lost in it. You can get so identified and influenced by the other person and their emotions that it can be difficult to distinguish between your own feelings and needs and those of the other person.

To complicate things, a relationship is more than the sum of its parts. In other words, when you have a relationship between two people, in addition to Me and You, there is also an energetic entity that is the Relationship between the two of us.

Sometimes, your energies will be so vibrationally resonant that just being near the other person is energizing and healing.

And sometimes—even if you love each other—your individual energies may not mesh too well. When that happens, neither of you is likely to thrive.

If both you and the other person are relatively healthy, this may not be too bad. But if one or the other or both of you are unbalanced in any way, watch out. Because it WILL affect all aspects of your being. And it can become quite the ordeal.

That is why emotional self discipline and psychic protection are so important. Because if you’re not in control of your own mind, your own emotions, you can unconsciously wreak havoc on others. And they can wreak havoc on you. Even if you love each other.

If you are in a relationship that doesn’t feel quite right at some level, it’s critical to learn to distinguish between what’s yours and what’s theirs. Energetic cord cutting is a must; I highly suggest calling on Archangel Michael for help with this. (Or book a session with me* or another energy worker you trust to help you.)

But since the emotions that come up in a relationship situation can be so overpowering, it’s also helpful to be intellectually aware of what a healthy relationship actually looks like (or doesn’t).

Here are a few things to consider if you happen to be in a rocky relationship:

1. Spirit, Self, Others. Tune in first to higher guidance, then to your own heart, then to others’ emotions, and act accordingly. Doing it out of order is likely to throw you off track.

2. Pathos is a piss-poor substitute for passion. Learn to tell the difference.

3. A relationship that (intentionally or otherwise) results in isolation is not reflective of the Light.

4. Healthy relationships make your heart sing—a phenomenon that can’t be forced through guilt or wishful thinking.

5. Compromising one’s own integrity in a relationship is one of the most insidious forms of violence, harming not just self but everyone involved (and ultimately all of life.)

6. The body doesn’t lie. Check in with your physical reactions towards the other person – they are often more truthful than what your mind wants you to believe. (One caveat though – be aware that sexual attraction can mask all sorts of red flags. Stay in control.)

7. When a partnership is no longer a vehicle for growth, it’s acceptable and appropriate to dissolve it and allow all parties to move on to new opportunities and relationships more supportive of their highest potential. No blame, no guilt.

Finally, it can help to keep in mind that as healing happens within, so it reflects without. Whether your inner changes result in greatly improved and more loving relationships (as often happens), or you end up moving on, be assured that any balancing and strengthening you do for your inner self WILL affect your relationships, and as long as you do it in the spirit of Love, it WILL be for the highest good.

 

 

Feeling stuck in a relationship is no fun. (In fact it sucks.) Spirit animals can be super helpful allies in this department, because animals call it like it is. The awareness they bring can really help in untangling those binding relationship cords so you can finally experience healing and/or release in your relationships.

*This week only (through March 21, 2017), you can book a Spirit Animal reading and/or healing session at 14% off (since today is March 14th!) Just use coupon code lucky14 when you book your session here.

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The Light Within

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Angels are everywhere!

Weekend before last I took my daughter Aster down to Kenosha for a scholarship competition at Carthage College, her top college pick for next year. Which meant we got to visit and stay in Milwaukee for the weekend with my good friend Lisa. 🙂

For some reason the topic of crystal cleansing came up. Lisa asked us how you do it and I told her there’s a lot of ways but I just bless them, (Mostly because I’m too lazy and impatient to do some of the other methods like burying in salt, etc.) I bring in the light from above and just clear it out.

And then Aster said she does that too, but she doesn’t bring in light from above.

“The light’s already in the crystal,” she explained, “I just bring it outwards from center.”

And when she said that I realized that’s what I do too, after bringing it down into the crystal. But she got me thinking, this from above thing, maybe that’s just conventional thought. It’s handy in a way, very handy at times, but I think she’s right – Source is everywhere, right?

So that got me thinking. (“Always a dangerous thing,” as Aster would say!)

I’ve been exploring going into the body more, bringing the light down deep into the tissues, into the very cells and the spaces between. And I realized that there are little angels everywhere.

Each cell has its angel, and each part of each cell ad infinitum down to the very quarks and particles of matter that we are, each has its own little angel. You can imagine each one as a little spark of radiant light and when they all light up together it’s something amazing.

Really, we are truly luminous beings.

And if you think of it that way, if you step away from the above-below model, it’s much easier to conceive of the light being within, as yourself being one with the light. And easier to see the light in others, too.

What do you think?


Featured Artwork: “Angel of Illumination” by Christie Michelsen. 

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Warrior Bunny

Rabbit spirit animal Yes, I know it’s a little early for Easter. But this little bunny came forward for me recently and just really insisted that she has something important to say today.

When animals come into your life with that kind of presence, it pays to listen. I’ve found they always have an amazing message to convey.

Now, much of Rabbit spirit animal meaning has to do with sensitivity to the world around you, and with procreation, fertility, creativity and abundance. Rabbit is also a renowned Trickster animal. And of course it’s fabulous at running and hiding; the presence of Rabbit can indicate a need to address fear.

On the surface, bunnies don’t seem very Warrior-like, do they? They sure don’t look it! But if you really pay attention, Rabbit may surprise you.

Remember the Killer Bunny in Monty Python’s Holy Grail? The seemingly harmless and defenseless little white rabbit that sends King Arthur and his brave knights packing? Over the top, of course, but that silly scene actually contains a kernel of truth.

Rabbits are highly territorial creatures, and they will defend their space with surprising fierceness. In fact, new rabbit owners are often shocked at how aggressive these otherwise timid and sweet creatures can be.

Interestingly, female rabbits tend to be the most territorial. A female bunny’s territorial aggression has a lot to do with her primary concern – making babies and raising them safely. (The male helps by protecting her and her burrow.)

What I’m getting here is a clear Rabbit spirit animal message for creative people. Especially, creative people who tend towards having timid, quiet or sweet personalities.

Your creative work is core to who you are. And Rabbit’s lesson is to not be afraid to defend your right to do it.

If you are a creative person – and all of us are; remember creativity shows up in myriad ways, not just the arts – and your creativity is not allowed to express itself, the result is going to be one of two things (or sometimes both):

 1. You’ll start to feel eaten away, like a hollow core of your real self (this could also show up as migranes, eating disorders, and so on); and/or

2. You’ll act out your frustration (usually unconsciously) in ways that punish and/or isolate self and/or others. This can manifest as lashing out, giving the cold shoulder, nervous breakdowns, passive aggressive behavior, addictions, etc.

How best to defend your space? Let’s ask Rabbit.

Fighting is actually not Rabbit’s first line of defense in protecting her space. In fact, fighting and aggressive behavior are pretty energy-intensive activities which rob her creative energy. In addition, the raging emotions required of her in a fight put her at risk of engaging in careless behavior and being eaten by a predator. She would really rather not go there.

So, Rabbit takes great care to protect her space and warn others away from her burrow by marking her territory. Both male and female rabbits will mark their territorial boundaries by spraying urine and by rubbing rocks and plant stems with a scent gland under their chin.

Rabbit’s behavior points out the value of clearly and assertively communicating your sacred need for creative (or spiritual) time and/or space.

Now, of course I don’t advocate peeing all over your home to keep people out of your creative space. (Although it would probably work.) But actively communicating in a confident and assertive (rather than aggressive) way means you can remain the sweet, gentle person you are without losing it or having a nervous breakdown.

Have trouble with this? Strengthening the solar and throat chakras is key. But that’s a topic for another day! 🙂

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