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. ūüôā

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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Spirit Animals vs. Angels: What’s the Difference?

“Spirit animals and angels, one ‘n’¬†the same or no?¬†I‚Äôd like to tune more into my angel if she isn‚Äôt shaking her head and going now what are you doing lol”

A good question from a curious¬†client! ūüėČ I’ll do my best to answer here, to the best of my knowledge and experience.

masculine feminine balance angelSpirit animals vs. angels: what’s the difference, if any?

Spirit animals and angels are both spirit beings.¬†And in my experience they are both positive spirit beings¬†(as opposed to spiritual entities with a negative or malevolent energy or intent.) Although I suppose it’s possible for an animal to get warped into something negative through the influence of some negative power, I’ve never come across it.

In my experience spirit animals range from neutral positive to actively benevolent. Angels are always purely benevolent.

The most obvious difference to me is that spirit animals are definitely ANIMAL. You can generally sense what kind of animal it is.

Angels, on the other hand, can show up in different ways. Often they appear in some sort of human form, whether it’s as a vision or in art. They can also show up as an orb of light, a feeling of warmth, unseen hands, etc. I think they take human form so often because it is so easy for us to relate to them in that form. It must make it easier for them to communicate with us that way!

Going a bit deeper, though, my sense is that spirit animals and angels have different origins.

Where do Spirit Animals come from?

I have a very strong sense that Spirit Animals are of the earth. They are creatures of Mother Earth and very much connected to Her.  You can think of a spirit animal as being the essence, or wisdom, of a particular species of animal. (Or sometimes the essence of a particular type of that animal, Spirit Buffalo with matlike a white wolf as opposed to a black wolf.)

As creatures of the earth, and as animals, they speak to our instinctual selves, our subconscious selves, our animal nature. (Or, depending on your background and beliefs, you might consider that they are a part or emanation of our own instinctual selves.)

In the shamanic tradition, the earth/nature/subconscious realm where power animals make their home is known as the Lower World.

Spirit animals teach us how to reconnect with our healthy, wild instincts. In this world of ours that is very important for coming back to a sane path of living, a sustainable path that will keep us long-term healthy both as individuals and as a society.

From whence do Angels come?

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Angels, on the other hand, come from above. That is, they are beings of the Upper World, or Heaven; Light, and pure consciousness.

Angels help us to expand our consciousness and grow and evolve spiritually towards ever higher consciousness and spiritual vibrations. It is their job and their pleasure to support us in our journey;¬†however angels won’t jump in where they aren’t invited. Once you open yourself to their assistance, though, you will likely experience extremely powerful changes in your life.

Communicating with your Angels and Spirit Animals

You can ask your angel to communicate with you. Just intend for his/her guidance on whatever topic and tell her you’re ready and willing to hear from her, and thank her for her presence. Then stay open to guidance. It could come in the form of a dream, or a sudden inspiration, download of wisdom, message, or synchronicity of some kind. It usually happens when you’re not expecting it! ūüôā

You can do the same with spirit animals. If you feel a connection with a particular animal, ask it what it would like to tell you. However spirit animals are more animal-like and may appear shy or even (rarely) hostile or sarcastic at first. I suggest doing things to honor your animal, such as wearing its image or offering tobacco. After a while if you are sincere and if it really is a match for you, it will likely come around and work with you.

Have you had both spirit animal and angel encounters? What do you feel are the biggest differences in working with them? Leave your reply below! 

 

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An angel to light the way for the New Year…

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015
Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Just wanted to share my latest angel painting. I did this one recently for my lovely British friend Lesley. She has been working with an angel practitioner who told her the name of her guardian angel: Andele.

Lesley told me she’s been in touch with Andele, but her primary “clair” sense is feeling, and she hasn’t had any visual experiences of her angel. She said she would like that very much, since she feels it will help her develop a deeper connection.

So I tuned in to Lesley and asked Andele to show herself in a form that would be understandable to us humans! ūüôā Very quickly, she did: a beautiful female angel grasping a torch, with long flowing golden hair and a “follow-me-and-let’s-have-some-fun” expression!

When I do angel art readings I also ask the angel what message they have for my client. (And, if the client doesn’t know already, I will ask for the angel’s name as well.) Here is what I channeled for Lesley:

The feeling I got from her is that she is calling you to wake up and get into action! (The name Andele even means “let’s go!”) She is so eager for you to start working more closely with her. She says “I promise it’ll be FUN!!” and wants to reassure you that building your business won’t feel like a lot of work and won’t compromise your freedom when you follow her lead. She says she might light a fire under you, though! And that you can be a guiding light to many, and your light will shine like a beacon, bringing hope and light into darkness. “Just follow me, already! I have so many secrets to share with you – what are you waiting for?” ūüôā

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My weird holiday season decision

red pepper watercolorStarting a cleanse? Right before the holidays?

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what I’m doing this year.

Don’t blame me, though. Blame my angels.

This fall, I was starting to experience some troubling physical problems. Like kidney pain. Fatigue. And leg and foot injuries.

So I asked my angels, and they said, “cut down on the meat.”

So I did. For 10 days I went nearly 100% vegan, and the kidney pain went nearly completely away.

But my angels weren’t done with me yet.

“Cut out the sugar,” they insisted.

“Nuts. Really? Do I have to?” I replied.

“Yes,” they said. So I did.

Now I don’t normally eat much sugar, but I had been indulging far more in the previous months. And I had still been eating a fair amount of honey and other natural sweeteners.

They told me to cut those out, too.

Have you ever tried to give up sugar, even for a short period? Then you probably know what an ordeal it can be.

I was expecting it to be tortuous. But to my surprise (and thanks to my angels, I’m sure) I’ve had almost zero cravings. The kidney pain is completely gone, and my energy is WAY up. And, even though I haven’t even been trying to lose weight, my extra pounds are starting to melt away!

Just from listening to my angels.

Now I do plan to have a bit of pumpkin pie tomorrow, maybe. But after that I’m feeling certain I’ll go back to my angel diet. Because seriously, taking care of myself feels so much better than the temporary pleasure of overloading my body on sweet treats.

Just a few words of encouragement. It’s so easy to put off taking good care of ourselves. Especially with the holidays approaching. But if you do find yourself guided to start doing it NOW, I encourage you to listen.

Your angels will support you, I promise!

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Thoughts on Paris

Angel of femininity and graceThe thing about attending conferences is that catching up with the real world can be a shock.¬†I didn’t even know about what happened in Paris until someone mentioned it on the airport shuttle on the way home from my events this past weekend.

Needless to say it was sobering.

My very first reaction was to tune out the rest of the conversation, close my eyes, and send love and light to the people of that beautiful city.

And as I did so, I sensed that I was not the only one. I could feel a tremendous tidal wave of love directed towards Paris from all over the earth. The city glowed like a beacon – truly a City of Light.

Then a strange thought came to me. It was, that somehow, the Earth needed healing in that spot. Needed it strong, and fast, and now. That the acts of violence happened in order to call attention to that place.

I hope this does not sound disrespectful to the people who died in Paris last week, or their families. The way I understand it, these people are not victims, but spiritual heroes.

It pains me to hear people reacting to the violence with thoughts of hate and revenge. I know it’s a natural reaction for many people but as they say in Unity, “thoughts kept in mind produce after their kind.” Hate only feeds hate. Fear feeds fear.

The key to change is to think the opposite. Only Love can conquer fear and hate, not more fear and hate.

And Love IS stronger than fear.

Whenever you read this, please join me right now in sending Love to Paris, or to wherever in the world you sense is hurting. Your doing so will be felt, and it does make a difference. Let’s not let the lives of all who passed in Paris last week be lost in vain.

Love & blessings,

Christie

P.S.The angel above is another in my new Angel Prints series. She is another one of my Angel Art Readings that was created for a specific person but has universal relevance. Her name is Helena, and one of her messages is to embrace both the light and the darkness in the world with grace and love.

This week, I am donating all profits from my Etsy shop to relief efforts in Paris. My spirit animal and angel posters and prints were all created to raise the vibration of Love in your home and the world. If you would like to help me spread this message of love in this way, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrightSpiritArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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