When All Seems Bleak…

American robin

Snowfall. A world in white. Looks just like winter—but somehow it FEELS like spring. The robins agree: they are back, singing their hearts out in the snow.

Just as in spring the weather will sometimes revert to winter conditions, sometimes situations in life appear to be worse than they are. (This often happens during times of transition when you are making a shift towards something better.) The wise animal inside you knows the truth about where you are in your journey, and the appropriate actions to take.

Sometimes at times like these it’s better to consult the gut than the mind. What is really happening? Is this really a good time to hunker down and hibernate, or migrate elsewhere? (Maybe it is, maybe not.) Or would it feel better to rustle up some yummy worms, build your nest, or simply open your heart and sing?

Myself, I’m hitting the ski trail today. That white stuff won’t last forever, after all!

Photo credit: Greg Reese

On Freedom (channeled message from ascended master El Morya)

Freedom. Does your soul crave it? Mine does.

I don’t know of anyone else who considers Humans a spirit animal, but why not? We are of the earth just like any creature.

Every animal has what I think of as its super powers: those qualities and abilities that really set it apart and help it to survive and thrive. For Humanity, I’d say our super powers are these: Cleverness, Creativity, Compassion and Love (when we’re at our best)…and Freedom.

Maybe other animals have free will choice to step out of alignment with divine will, I don’t know. But as far as I know, we’re the only one on this planet to have acted on it.

But that also means we have the free will choice to step back into alignment, and within that, to use our amazing powers of creativity to literally create miracles.

(Don’t believe in miracles? The word “miracle” simply means “something wonderous.” Miracles are just science we don’t understand. What would a cave man have thought of a cell phone?)

The ascended master El Morya has been teaching me stuff about freedom lately. (Or trying to, anyway: I can be a little dense sometimes.) Here is some of the wisdom he relayed to me:

El Morya on Freedom

El MoryaBelieve me when I say, you are free. Ask your soul. Ask it what it wants. It will tell you. Believe it, and believe that as soon as you decide, as soon as you make the choice to allow yourself the freedom your soul desires, the way will be laid open for you, because your soul’s will is aligned with the will of God.

You must be clear on this. To become clear, you must learn to know yourself. And to know yourself, you must be willing to love yourself for who you are. Compassion is necessary. Objectivity is necessary. Love is imperative.

You must look at yourself without judgement and admit the truth of who you are. And release attachment to projected images of your self generated by a frightened and discontented ego. To release the shame, release the guilt, release the sense of obligation.

You must look at yourself as though at a wild animal, a being in its natural state: This is what it is, this is what it needs to survive and thrive, and when it is placed in its right environment it naturally contributes to the health and workings of the All.

But you are more than a wild animal, you are a conscious being with the power to choose and to create your own reality, your own environment, your own destiny.

Will you choose to create a world and an environment that pinches and restricts and worries you? [Channeler’s note: No self-respecting wild animal would choose that!]  That is what you have created in the past, and you are at this moment still experiencing the effects of this decision.

Understand that what you are experiencing now is the energetic manifestation of the state of your mind, your consciousness, in the past…Now you are experiencing a shift in consciousness from several months back. If you choose to maintain the momentum of this shift, you will continue to see improvements in your material existence corresponding to the cleansing and the learning that you have been doing at the spiritual level.

It happens quicker or slower in different areas of your life, depending on how adept you are, how far you have progressed in each area and according to your soul’s purpose as well as accumulated karma in each area. In some areas you are relatively clear, so your prayers and requests are easily granted. In other areas where you have had major accumulations of karma and lessons to learn, you will experience the shift over a longer period of time.   Yet like the breaking of a dam, these can at some point shift very quickly.

It happens in the mind first, then on the material plane: you will experience the shifts in the material to bring you the freedom you desire as long as you remain steady on your spiritual path.

But Clarity demands self-love. Do you not see that you have been withholding Love? You have been denying yourself your gift and pleasure. Do you not see that you need not judge your gifts? That when you truly give of yourself to God, when you entrust us to assist you, that we will not fail you?

You are loved, we love you so very much.You are a child of God and a true creator spirit. Allow yourself to spread your wings, you eagle child…you are bigger than you have ever believed and even now as you are starting to lift yourself out of the cavern in which you have kept yourself locked for so many lifetimes, even now as you just begin to lift your eyes to the sky, you don’t even begin to comprehend the depth of love there is for you and the immense presence that is your soul.

Allow yourself to be. Remember who you are. You are an angelic being of immense wisdom, love, and light. Allow her [your soul] to shine. Allow her to be. Allow her to do.

And if you need help, ask.

Ask for a softening of that which binds you. Ask above all for forgiveness. Forgive your self. You have done nothing wrong. You like all humans have fallen into forgetfulness, forgetting who you are, forgetting you are a divine being, a brilliant and beautiful child of Light. But there is no shame in that circumstance—it is simply the nature of humanity and there is a reason for it.

So forgive yourself. And love yourself. And if you need help, ask for it. We are here.

So what I’m taking from this at the moment is, if you really want to be free, be honest with yourself. Be frankly, nakedly honest about who you are and what you need. Be willing to give yourself the environment you need to thrive. And don’t be ashamed to take it. Because when we have what we really need, that’s when we are free to give the most.

“Skunk saved me!” (True spirit animal story)

skunk spirit animal oracle card A client of mine (I’ll call her Jane) shared this with me this week. I thought it was a cool true spirit animal story, and with her permission I’d like to share it with you, too:

Jane stepped into her local car dealership last Saturday with the intention of just test driving a specific vehicle. 

“But you know how they are,” she wrote me. “They held me captive ‘till I bought a car. 

“I was not happy. It wasn’t the right car. I was so mad at myself. I spent too much, I didn’t feel right about the deal, and I was also sad because I wasted my day off getting suckered into it.

But as I’m tossing and turning in the night and trying to relax, guess who shows up? Skunk. He kind of scampers on to the frame of my mind’s eye out of the right hand corner. Immediately I grabbed my tablet and looked up the meaning of skunk.

‘Back Off!’  is the message I got from it. ‘Stop trying so hard. Relax and let the situation resolve itself.’

“It also said, ‘you don’t have to ‘make a stink.’ You have the confidence to right a wrong with a calm heart.’

“Isn’t that great? It’s sure what I needed to hear. I relaxed and immediately felt myself slip back into alignment.”

Long story short, Jane returned to the dealership the next day and calmly canceled the deal.  “Thanks, Skunk spirit!” she wrote. And, “Thanks for bringing the critters into my life. Their wisdom and companionship is really a help and a comfort.”

When spirit animals show up for you (and they will), pay attention—they really are here to help us out! 🙂

Angelic Protection Technique for Lonely Hearts

heart angel wings

Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh, yes. The day we celebrate Love.

True Love shared with another nourishes and raises both of you to new levels of fulfillment, joy, and purpose.

But then there is the relentless, desperate, consuming aspect of love. The pain we feel when the person we love doesn’t share our feelings. Or when they return our love with hurtfulness or indifference. Or when our feelings of love for the person cross the bounds of what is appropriate for the relationship—but still, our heart bleeds with longing.

When Love Hurts…

This kind of “love” can consume us. If it goes on too long, it can lead to numbness, depression, and loss of self. In extreme cases a person really can die of a broken heart.

My angels recently showed me a simple protection technique for lonely hearts. Whether you are in a relationship or not, it can help ease any pain you might be feeling connected with love.

It starts with a realization:

  • There is true love, or divine love. This love is unconditional, and always healing.
  • Then, there is “human” love (for lack of a better word). This is the love that leads to attachment and, if not met with divine love, will lead to pain.
  • This “human love” is not truly love. Rather, it is a crying out for true love. You can also think of it as love that has been warped or misdirected through fear and separation consciousness so that it creates pain instead of healing.
  • Most of the time, because we are human, the love we feel for another will include a combination of divine and human love.

So here is the suggestion:

When you become aware of discomfort in love—whether it be a sense of longing, loneliness, pain, or hurt—try this:

1. Visualize the love you feel for the other person as rays of pink or golden light.
2. As those rays reach the person, allow them to divide. See some of the rays surrounding the person and blessing them with divine love.
3. Then, see the other rays bending back and coming to you. These were the “human love” rays you sent.
4. As these human love rays return to your heart, a transmutation process takes place, cleansing them and returning them to their true state of divine love.
5. Open your heart and allow yourself receive this divine love into your being. You will likely feel a surge of well-being, joy, and inner peace.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and if you try this technique please let me know how it works for you!

Butterfly Power Animal Meaning: Transformation & Spiritual Awakening

"Blue Morpho" Butterfly Power Animal art

A few weeks back I offered to relay some insights into the spiritual meaning of Butterfly, and a bunch my followers said, “yes, please!” It took longer to put together than I had anticipated. But as it happens, the timing (I posted to YouTube just before the Winter Solstice) feels perfect.

I have to admit, the holiday season is not my favorite time of year. It’s dark, and where I live in the UP of Michigan it can get brutally cold. (For instance, I just got back from walking my dog in -10° weather – brrr!)

But what I do LOVE about it is the promise it brings: More Light and more Life about to enter the world!

Butterflies have a number of symbolic meanings. Chief among them is that of transformation.

And specifically, spiritual transformation—just like the Winter Solstice season!

And that is the aspect of Butterfly I was guided to focus on in this video. I won’t give it all away, except to say I’m not surprised it took Butterfly a while to come forward: a big part of her message is to bring awareness to the PROCESS of awakening as a progression that unfolds over time.

Because if you’re like me, it’s easy to get impatient. You have a vision, and you want it to happen NOW. And it gets frustrating when it doesn’t—especially when you work so hard to bring your dreams into fruition only to find yourself again and again seemingly back on square one and feeling like your life is just a series of startings-over.

The Butterfly animal guide reminds us that transformation happens in stages, and these stages take time.

Each stage also has its own lessons to learn. But, each stage prepares us for the next one, until eventually we really are able to joyously take flight on those beautiful wings we’ve worked so hard to grow.

If the Butterfly power animal resonates with you, and especially if you or others you know are on the verge of or in the midst of a spiritual transformation, I encourage you to take a listen. Butterfly is as wise as she is beautiful; I gained a lot of insight into the process of awakening and how to move through it with grace by listening to what she has to teach. I hope you do, too.

Enjoy, and if you like what you hear, be sure to like the video, share, and subscribe to my channel!

Much love, many blessings, and have a happy and blessed Yule!

Christie

P.S. Just a heads up: Butterfly had so much to say that the video ended up a bit on the long side: a little over 30 minutes. Please don’t let that stop you, or feel time pressured. Your heart will tell you if you’re meant to hear the whole thing (and there is a LOT of juicy stuff in there!) If you are, just pull it up on your phone and listen in while you’re doing something else like your daily walk or doing the dishes. Even if you get distracted and have to run through it a few times, the parts you’re meant to hear will eventually sink in, effortlessly and without costing you any extra time.
P. P.S. The spiritual meaning of Butterfly also includes Vision, Freedom, and Joy. Just for fun, I’ll be doing a FREE teleseminar this Thursday called “Creating Your Butterfly Vision for Lasting Transformation in 2018.” You are totally invited! Just sign up to my newsletter before 1:00 PM on Dec. 28, 2017 and keep an eye out for login instructions.
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