The Big Picture

8 Quick Ways to Lift Your Spirits and Raise Your Vibration

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to consciously lift our spirits, raise our vibration, and find peace amid the chaos. After all, we can only contribute to the world in positive ways if we ourselves don’t fall into despair.

Here are eight SIMPLE ways to brighten your mood, lighten your outlook, and quickly reconnect with Who You Really Are, which is a soul who came here to bring Light to the world.

You can these techniques anywhere: while sitting on a bus, in traffic, at the gym, or wherever you find yourself with a few extra moments to spare. Try one today, and let me know how it goes!

 

1. Send blessings to strangers.

This is my favorite, and something I like to do while I’m driving. I’ll look out at the sea of cars and mentally bless all the people in them, choosing to seem them all as worthy souls on a difficult human journey. I sweep my eyes from car to car—or from person to person in a crowd—and say, in my mind, Bless you, bless you, bless you. It immediately lifts my mood and makes me feel great. Plus it makes driving SO much more enjoyable!

 

2. Pray for someone else.

This is a great one for when we’re feeling low for whatever reason, especially when life feels kind of crummy. Just think of someone who is having a tough time—whether it’s a friend who is sick or struggling, a group of total strangers halfway across the world, or the people in the accident that’s holding up traffic—and say a prayer for their well being, or safety, or healing. Not only does this help them on an energetic level, but it will also lift your spirits by connecting you with your soul’s essential nature of generosity and Oneness with others.

 

3. Do a small, kind thing.

It’s cliché, but it’s true: little acts of kindness can make all the difference. Whether it’s holding the door for someone, paying for a stranger’s coffee, donating to a good cause, or just making eye contact and offering a real smile, one small gesture can turn the whole day around both for you and for someone else.

Right around the time the travel ban was first announced, I happened to cross paths with a young, hijab-wearing Muslim mother in the produce section at Trader Joe’s. She had the most beautiful little boy, sitting quietly in his stroller, and I told her so. For a moment afterward, she and I just held each other’s gaze and smiled. It was a tiny thing, but it moved me deeply and lifted my spirits. I hope it did the same for her.

 

4. Make a gratitude list.

Another cliché, but so powerful. You don’t even have to write anything down. Just mentally list ten things you’re grateful for. Halfway through, your mood will start to lift. That’s because gratitude is a higher state of consciousness, and automatically shifts you into a more soul-based perspective, which is a happier place to be.

 

5. Make your list longer.

Stuck in traffic or at the DMV? Return to your gratitude list, but this time go beyond the usual suspects. See how long you can make it. The more things you start to add, the more you’ll start to appreciate just how many things we have to be thankful for. Clean water. Shoes. Sunshine. Glasses. A phone. Dry socks. A working heart. A working mind. As you add to your list, notice what happens to your mood and your state of mind.

 

6. Practice being grateful for something hard.

Hardships, as we all know, can contain hidden gifts, and once we begin to really see that, our lives are transformed. Want to really lift your spirits? Think of something difficult in your life or in the world, and say a little thank you for it. You don’t have to mean it, or like that thing, or agree that it’s good on a human level. All you have to do, in saying your inner thank you, is open yourself up to the possibility that there is more going on than meets the eye. The Universe will rejoice, and you will feel a major bump in your energy.

 

7. Find some beauty.

Was that last one too tough? Then try this one. Just look for something beautiful around you and take a moment to truly acknowledge it. A child’s face, a leafy tree, a cloud, a piece of music, anything will work. Stop, breathe it in, and feel the elevation in your mood and spirit.

 

8. Say “Hi” to the Divine.

Just like they say in AA, your Higher Power can be whatever you feel comfortable with. Whether it’s nature, the Universe, Spirit Guides, or God, there’s something out there supporting us, and when we acknowledge that, when we reach out in greeting to the Divine around and within us, something amazing happens. We start to feel warmer inside, and less alone, and we may start to perceive a subtle sense of magic or meaning growing day by day. This might take time, and it’s different for everyone, but I strongly encourage you to say “hi” to the Divine as you conceptualize it, and see what happens.

 

If you try any of these, please leave a comment and let me know how it went! I’d LOVE to hear!

And if you’re needing more help, looking for personalized spiritual support, or just want to receive helpful, loving messages from your Guides, consider booking an intuitive reading session with me! I’d love to connect with you and assist you on your journey!

 

Much LOVE to you,

Thea

You are Needed: A Message in Advance of the Eclipse

A few days ago, a week before the total eclipse and just days after the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA, I asked my Guides what I could write that would be helpful to my friends, clients and readers. Here is what they shared.

As you read, remember that the Guides are referring to human beings from the vantage point of the soul and from the perspective of evolution, not from the ground level, so to speak. Their viewpoint can be jarring to us at times, can sound too dispassionate or “neutral” to our ears. It can be helpful to remember that from their dimension of unity, the realm of Both/And, it all looks much different than it does to us, and the timeline they are concerned with is much longer.

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Rejoice, because great waves of Love are coming to envelop the earth. Make yourselves ready to receive them, for the benefit of All. Open your hearts. Make yourselves vessels to receive the Light, the Light of the Lord, the Light of the World, the Light of Goodness, the Light of All. It goes by many names but there is only One meaning. Advancement. Evolution. Ascension into higher realms, higher states of Being.

You are needed. You are necessary. Anchor the Light of the future onto the Earth, with your selves and your Selves. Open up your bodies, open up your hearts, trust what is coming.

Trust that it will transform the Darkness that you see below, all that is unfolding. Trust that that Darkness, the hate and fear and chaos that you see unfolding in the news and in the world, is but a bridge to the Light. In order to be healed, the Darkness first must show itself, must admit to its existence. And that is what’s happening now.

So do not “hate” it, as much you may feel that you do, as much as you may feel thrown into fear and anger, as heartbroken as you may be. Instead, bless it. Bless the chaos, in that it is the path out of chaos, the path to healing. Bless those souls who are bravely representing the worst in humanity, for they too, in their hatred and bigotry, are teaching us all a valuable lesson. Even the world leaders you may abhor deserve your blessings, on a soul level, for they are playing a critical role in the evolution of the species and of the planet right now.

The drama you are seeing is no mistake. It is a grand drama and you all have a role to play. And in the short term, that role is to anchor in the energy, the frequency, that is arriving with the eclipse. Your role is a vital one, and for it you are deeply honored in the Higher Realms.

Namaste, Amen.

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or on my Big Picture Guidance Facebook page. And if you’re looking for more personal support and guidance, you can book an intuitive reading with me here.
Much LOVE,

Thea

Crazy Energies, Chaotic World Events, and the Upcoming Eclipse: 5 Important Things to Know Right Now!

Have you been feeling like THIS guy lately? There are a bunch of good reasons for that.

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All summer, I’ve been feeling the need to write about three different topics: the intense energies swirling around right now, the political upheaval in the world and how to deal with it, and the August 21 solar eclipse, what it means,  and how to prepare. I was planning to explore them separately, but once I sat down to write, I realized they’re all interconnected.

So I created this one handy list for you, entitled:

 

THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

 

Here you go!

 

  1. You’re not making it up–there really IS some crazy energetic stuff going on right now.

 

If you’ve been feeling an unusual level of anxiety, exhaustion, excitement, or agitation lately, you’re not alone. I’ve been aware of a kind of uncomfortable “buzz” for a few months now, and it’s intensifying as we approach the eclipse on August 21. On a Facebook group for Empaths that I belong to, person after person is reporting unusually high anxiety, difficulty sleeping, emotional intensity, and more. Even friends who aren’t especially tuned in to this kind of thing have been wondering aloud why they’re suddenly feeling so tired all the time.

 

Intuitives and channelers everywhere are explaining it this way—that as a planet, we are in the midst of an energy acceleration, an evolutionary leap, and that high frequency energies are being poured down on us like never before, for a very particular purpose (I’ll get to that in a minute). So it’s actually a VERY good thing.

 

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or smooth. We’re all having to adjust physically and energetically to these new frequencies, whether we realize it or not, and there is no one right way to react. It may change for you from day to day. You may start having more vivid or meaningful dreams, or sleep may become difficult. You may find yourself overcome with a sudden urge to clean out all your closets and get rid of things, or a deep desire to clean up your diet, or a need to take a daily nap. You may find yourself going from emotional highs to lows and back with no warning, becoming more impatient with your loved ones, or feeling extra sensitive or loving or powerful or blissful or just plain uncomfortable. There is no one right response.

 

Actually, there IS a best response, and that’s to stay present and listen. Which brings me to #2.

 

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  1. Try your best to stay grounded and practice self-care.

 

The temptation might be to just ignore how weird you’re feeling and plow forward with your life the way you always have. Or to distract yourself with entertainment or technology, or to fall into despair or outrage over the latest headlines (see #3 for more on that subject).

 

But the BEST way to respond to all that’s going on right now—energetically and in the world—is to slow down, listen, and trust the wisdom of your intuition. What is your body and spirit asking for? Do you need to rest? Do you need a good cry? Time in nature? Good food? Exercise? Stillness? A hug? Time with your pet or your child, or time alone? Some quiet so you can meditate?

 

Then give that to yourself. Don’t be alarmed by the quick changes or shifts in what you need or how you feel from moment to moment. I myself have been careening from the need to clean out the closets (yes, that was me), to the need to clean up my diet (also me), to a desire for extra space and quiet, emotional release, and more sleep.

 

Even if you don’t have time to address all those changing needs, even small things can help. Sending down a grounding cord from the base of your spine and setting up the mirrored shield daily can do wonders (my clients will know these techniques from my energy clearing visualization). Meditating for five minutes in the car before or after work. Walking on the earth with bare feet. Lying down in grass, or sitting under a tree. Smudging your house or your body with sage. Taking a leisurely bath or shower, to wash away what you don’t need emotionally or energetically. Any of these things can help shift the energy from anxiety or agitation to a more grounded and even blissful feeling of awareness and acceleration.

 

Also, try to be extra kind and forgiving of yourself and others right now. If tensions with loved ones are higher than normal, try to breathe through it. My husband and I have been snapping at each other for no real reason of late, and it’s helped us to remind ourselves that we’re just responding to new energies and to try to let it go.

 

Then there’s the toll that world events have been taking on all of us, which has an impact, too. That leads me to #3.

 

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  1. Remember that the political chaos is part of the shift—and it’s all happening for a reason.

 

I’m not saying that any of us should feel OK about the awful stuff we’re seeing in the news right now. There are brutal, deeply disturbing things happening seemingly every day, from the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia to the escalation of nuclear tensions with North Korea to deportations to climate denial on a grand scale—it can be difficult to keep one’s head above water, emotionally or spiritually, in such a moment.

 

But it’s worth trying to take a step back and get the Big Picture. It is my understanding, based on my own intuitive work and the teachings of many others, that what we are witnessing in the world right now is the further pulling back of the veil of destructive forces that have always been there so that they may be fully healed. Humanity’s shadow is being forced to the surface, all across the globe, in order to make way for more Light.

 

This has happened before, certainly, at other historical moments. But right now it’s happening in a new way, in preparation for a big evolutionary leap. The website Era of Peace has had a lot of interesting stuff to say about this idea, in case you’d like to read more.

 

As individuals and as a planet, we can’t heal that which we can’t or won’t see. In order to transform, we have to know our shadow in all its ugliness. That means coming face to face, if we haven’t before, with the realities of racism, violence, greed, hatred, misogyny, selfishness, abuse of power, deceit—and rejecting all of it. Saying, and knowing, that it’s not Who We Are, as individuals or as a planet.

 

THIS is what’s happening now, bit by bit, person by person, all around the world. And we are all a part of it. So as depressed or outraged or scared as you might feel at times reading the news or just being aware of the heaviness in the world, remember that you are here to lift it up, not to fall down into it.

 

Whether it means taking a break from the news, or taking positive action to make a change, or being extra kind to a stranger, or reminding yourself that there’s a larger drama unfolding here, try to keep your perspective and emotional state elevated. Be like the members of the clergy who linked arms in Charlottesville on Saturday, facing down a row or armed militiamen, singing, “This Little Light of Mine.” Let your light shine, because the world needs it desperately right now.

 

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  1. You can use the power of the eclipse to make a difference.

 

According to Allison Coe in her excellent video on the subject (she’s an intuitive and QHHT practitioner in Portland, OR), the total solar eclipse that’s coming on August 21 brings with it an additional, even more powerful wave of high frequency energy, and it’s an amazing opportunity for each of us to help accelerate the evolution that’s happening across the globe.

 

No matter where you are on Monday, August 21, she says, during those few minutes when the sun is blocked in the path of totality (it doesn’t matter if you can see it where you live or not), take a few minutes to be fully present. Meditate if you can. Imagine drawing the energy of Divine Love into your heart, and into your entire body. As you do this, imagine making yourself a kind of lightning rod or a vessel, consciously anchoring the new frequencies to the earth. This is a very, very powerful action that just might change your life, and may well help us all make a quantum leap into the loving future we want.

 

In case this seems strange to you, I can only say that I understand, and yet that it’s an idea borne out in my own work. In readings, I am often told that a client’s primary purpose is to anchor higher frequency energies. This can be disconcerting for clients, since many of us assume our life “purpose” must mean a job, or some more “real” and concrete action in the world. In reality, our purpose may have more to do with raising and maintaining our own vibration so that we may help anchor and ground higher energies and thus serve the evolution of the planet as a whole.

 

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  1. There are things you can and should do BEFORE the eclipse, starting by August 17!

 

Again, thanks to Allison Coe’s video, I’m able to pass along some tips for preparing for the eclipse. She suggests that four or five days before—on Thursday, August 17, say—we try to live as “cleanly” and presently as possible. That means unplugging from news, entertainment, unnecessary technology, and distractions. Slowing down. To the extent that our lives permit, we  should eat well and cleanly, meditate if possible, spend time in nature if we can. All of this will help each of us be more open and available to the energies that will come pouring down at about 10 AM PT.

 

In the next few days, I’ll share more about what my own Guides had to say about the eclipse—but I wanted to get these 5 important pieces of information out for you ASAP so you can start to prepare!

 

In the meantime, I’m available, as always, for intuitive readings by phone and email!  To get reassuring wisdom just for you from the Guides, go ahead and book a session, or just find out more.

 

Thanks for reading, much LOVE to you all, and may we each do what we can to LIFT UP this beautiful planet together!

 

<3 Thea

Who are the Guides?

 

It’s a question I get a lot. Who, or what, are the Guides?

When I first started receiving guided writing over twenty years ago, I wondered the same thing. Who was it that was talking to me? It had to be “someone,” right?

Channeling as a concept was not new to me. I was a fan of Pat Rodegast’s beautiful Emmanuel books. I’d heard about Esther Hicks and Abraham, the Seth materials, and A Course in Miracles. I knew of mediums who spoke aloud, brought through energies with a different name, voice, or accent, and I was aware of others who claimed to transmit messages from particular angels, saints, or holy figures from history. All of this seemed quite plausible to me, and fascinating.

I never expected to do such a thing myself. But when I did, when it became clear that the writing I was doing was from somewhere beyond me—and once I got comfortable with that idea, which took me a while—I just assumed there would be a “who.” A name. An identity. An “I,” of sorts.

But there never was. In fact, when I asked for specifics, I felt a kind of gentle cosmic headshake and then a patient silence. Like, No, sweetheart. Not going to go there.

Deep down that felt right. Because I never felt the sense of a separate entity, a “someone” with an “identity” or a gender.

Instead, I sensed a benevolent force, a nameless collective energy, inseparable from myself somehow but beyond my conscious awareness and much greater than me. It felt like a link to Soul, or Higher Self, where I am inseparable from you and we are all connected to everything.

A “We” more than an “I.” A clear, patient, incredibly loving We.

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I couldn’t help myself, though. I wanted to know more. I asked again, “Who are you?”

This is the answer I got.

We are your multidimensional selves. Your friends. Your partners in Light.

(Back then I didn’t use so many capitals. Now I suspect it would come through a bit differently: Your multidimensional Selves. Your Friends. Your partners in Light. More about the all-important capitals in a future post.)

Their humble definition, which I have thought about for years, sums it up perfectly. Their energy is a We, not an I. It is a part of me, and yet far beyond what I am aware of in this dimension. It is also connected to You. It is a deeply respectful, co-operative energy that seeks to lift us all up into the Light. It is an energy we all have around and within us, but we don’t always know how to access.

For ease’s sake, I call this energy the Guides. It just feels right: the lack of specificity, the collective quality, the elevated and universal feel.

“They” don’t seem to mind. (:

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I remain particularly moved, over the years, by the Guides’ profound compassion, dignity, humility, and respect. Although these “Friends” are deeply wise and unfailingly kind, they do not wish to put themselves above us. They have a deep respect for what it means to be human and for the challenges of the human journey. More than anything else, they want us to elevate ourselves, to recognize ourselves for who we really are. Or as they would put it, Who We Really Are.

Sometimes my husband and I refer to them as The Guys, especially when we want privacy. “Don’t forget what the Guys said,” I’ll text him, being sure to capitalize the “G,” out of respect.

When we call them that, I can feel an inner smile. Because they don’t mind. They are here for us. It makes them happy when we see them not as our masters, not as the source of all our answers—though they have incredible wisdom to share—but more than anything else, as our partners and beloved Friends.

They want to Love us, and for us to Know that we are Loved and accompanied at all times. That we are never alone.

And thanks to them, and All That Is, we never are.

What the Guides Said First, or How it All Started, Part 2

Last week I told the beginning of the story of how I got started doing intuitive work. Here’s what happened next.

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What the Guides Actually Said

When we left off, twenty-five year old me had just prayed for a way out of my suffering (the blocked, miserable writer sort) and I had received a surprising answer in the form of words forming insistently in my head.

Those words seemed to have a message for me, and they wanted to be written down.

I filled notebook page after notebook page with mysterious declarative phrases.

Listen and let go.

Eradicate fear.

Do not ask for what you want. Accept what you receive. It is better, it is what’s meant for you. There is a larger plan.

I was excited but also confused, and a little freaked out.

What did it mean? Listen to what? Let go of what?

I had wanted the answer to my prayer–if I got one at all–to be practical. I wanted to hear how to have the life I pictured, the one where I had a published short story collection and a glowing review in The New York Times.

(Talk about pearls before swine! Sorry, Guides. Of course they did and do not hold my youthful stubbornness against me. They are nothing if not patient and understanding. That’s one of the great things about having friends in Spirit, in general. They are so very forgiving of our all-too-human traits. Thank you, thank you!)

And in truth, despite my petulance, deep down I could feel something important happening. I felt a tingle in my spine when I read the words back. I knew they held truth. Even if I didn’t quite get it, or didn’t quite like it.

 

Words that Changed My Life

Over a period of months, as I let the wisdom sink in, I found myself gradually loosening my hold on the short stories I wanted to write and the rigid timeline that went with them. I started writing poems, and songs, and, yes, journal entries, some of them exploring the grief that still bubbled up in me.

I got out of my head. I dropped my agenda. I stopped trying to control the future.

It all got so much easier. A sense of ease started to take root in my life. A sense of quiet magic, of being led.

Over the next few years, as I kept listening to wisdom of the Guides—which is how I came to call the source of the words forming in my head—everything continued to change for the better. I decided to quit my teaching job and move to a cabin in the woods. I adopted a rescue dog. I wrote and wrote like crazy, all different kinds of things, with no real need to know where any of it was going.

The old impatience and desperation cropped up from time to time, but now I had language with which to respond.

Listen and let go. Eradicate fear.

I started dating a guy I knew who kept showing up in my nighttime dreams, even though my brain insisted I wasn’t ready for a relationship and also that he wasn’t my type. Accept what you receive. There is a larger plan. We’ve been married for 20 years.

I started a graduate program in poetry, which my heart called out for even though my brain protested that fiction was “cool.” I started publishing my work.

And I eventually followed the urge to teach creative writing using the principles the Guides had given me. I watched my students tap into their own deep creativity, find their authentic voices with ease, and embrace who they really were as writers, just as I had learned to do. It felt amazing. I didn’t care anymore about that imaginary book of short stories or a New York Times review. I was doing the work I felt meant to do.

 

Not Ready to Go Public

I still wasn’t ready to talk to anyone about the guided writing I was doing or the source of wisdom I was tapping into. I didn’t quite understand it myself. I kept it on the down-low, seeing it mainly as a private way to solve my own problems and free my writing. Like having my own personal creativity coach. (Thanks, Guides, or as my husband and I like to call them, the Guys!)

It would take many more years and bumps in the road for me to truly understand the power of guided writing, to broaden its scope, and to have the courage to share it with others.

That would require a whole new level of listening and letting go.


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How it All Started, Part 1

When people hear about my intuitive work, the main thing they ask is how I got started. How did I know I could access Higher wisdom through writing?

Intuitive work is a bit out of the realm of the ordinary. It doesn’t always fit with our everyday understanding of the world or with the way things are supposed to work, according to our rational minds anyway.

And yet, when most of us hear stories that point to a deeper reality–prophetic dreams, signs from dead loved ones, gut feelings that turns out to be eerily accurate–we tend to sit up and pay attention. Because we’ve almost all had moments from our own lives that felt that way.

Times when we just knew something. Times when a coincidence couldn’t be explained away. Moments when we felt–or just knew–there was something more. 

Such windows to the unseen world can unfold in surprisingly ordinary ways. Mine certainly did.

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I was about twenty-five, living in San Francisco and working as a public school English teacher. When I wasn’t teaching, I was sitting at my lonely desk in my apartment, trying to figure out how to become a writer. Like many strong-willed and impractical young writers, I had an ambitious plan and a timeline. I was to craft a collection of beautiful, important short stories as quickly as possible so I could realize my dream of becoming an under-30 literary sensation.

I couldn’t understand why it was going so poorly. Or why I was so miserable.

(For the writers who are reading this, we’ll just pause for a minute so you can catch your breath from laughing. Better now?)

What I didn’t know at the time was that I was way too impatient and much too inexperienced to succeed in my plan. Not to mention the fact that I was not a natural fiction writer.

I had other problems, too. One was the inconvenient fact that every time I turned inward—really listened to myself—I felt an upwelling of intense emotion I couldn’t name. Instead of working on my stories, I ended up crying, or journalling about why I was crying and how frustrated I was. It was miserable, and it went on for a long time.

It was during one of those miserable moments that I decided to give up. To surrender. I’d always had a belief in God, or the Universe, or a Higher Power, so to turn inward in that way wasn’t strange to me. It was weird that I felt brought to my knees over writing, but whatever. I was desperate.

So I put down my pen and prayed. Tell me what to do, I pleaded, closing my eyes and turning my face upward.

I didn’t necessarily think anything was going to happen, but it felt good to stop struggling. To admit I needed help.

It was a few moments later, just sitting in silence, when I began to hear unfamiliar words forming in my head.

“Hear” is not quite the right word. I didn’t hear sounds, or an audible voice, or some other entity speaking. It was more like certain words just appeared in my mind. I sensed them. They were there, and I wrote them down. The words had their own momentum, their own forward movement, one word or phrase appearing after the next.

At first, it wasn’t all that different from being in the creative flow, that delicious state when the words just come on their own. That’s what I thought was happening, and that was fine with me. It felt good to get words on paper. At least I was not stuck and suffering.

In fact, for the first time in a long time, I felt opened up. Free. Broken out of the prison of my mind and the pain of my heart.

So I let the words flow, page after page, and after a while, I reread what I had written. It was then I began to realize something unusual was going on. Something other than free association. Something bigger than free writing.

These words were not mine. They didn’t sound like me. They were formal, almost eloquent, and wise. They were addressing me, and they had an insistence, a direction, a message to convey.

As though someone, or something, were answering my prayer. Just like I’d asked.

As though someone or something was telling me what to do.

It made me shiver a little bit, even as I questioned whether it was really real.

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In the next post, Part 2, I’ll tell you what that answer was, and what it set in motion! In the meantime, thanks for reading! Please leave a comment or share this with a friend to help me spread the word!

One Big Reason for Hope, or What the Guides Told Me Right After the Election

 

We are living through such an intense time right now. Many of us feel deeply unsettled by changes we see going on around us, by the deep divisions in our society, by the rise of fear, dishonesty, injustice, and chaos.

It’s hard to know how to respond, how to proceed in our ordinary lives. Even if we get active, speak out, and stay informed, it can all still feel pretty overwhelming, destabilizing, disheartening, and exhausting.

It’s hard to stay hopeful, or to know what to do.

 

photo credit: Sandhya Adnepos

 

Turning to the Guides

The day after the U.S. presidential election, the first thing I did was turn to the Guides.  I sat down at my desk, lit a candle, and vented my shock and dismay for a while on the page.

Then I took a deep breath. “It feels like a dark and scary time,” I wrote. “What do we need to know about this?”

Here’s some of what the Guides said:

You need to know that not all is as it appears. That within darkness or from darkness comes great Light. You may not see this now. It will take time. It may be hard to recognize. But rest assured, through this Darkness a great Light is being born.

The Light of consciousness. The Light of—yes—Hope. The Light of people coming together to fight ignorance and fear. Not with weapons but with words, and with Love. You will see a great Movement arise. You will be part of this Movement. You ARE part of this Movement.

Sometimes it takes a great Darkness to spur on the birth of an equally great, or greater, Light. That is the moment you as a nation are facing now, and it is not easy and it will take time.

Trust in the outcome even though you don’t yet see the path. We are with you, we are lighting your way every step of the way.

 

The Importance of Getting a Higher Perspective

Remember, this was November 9. It was months before the Women’s March, before the travel bans, before postcards or town halls or the word Resistance. I didn’t know in that moment what the Guides meant when they talked about a Movement–they were very deliberate in their use of the capital “M”–and in fact even now, I suspect their use of the term both includes and transcends the political sphere. That the Movement they speak of is, as much as anything, a movement of hearts.

But what their guidance reminded me, as always, is that there is a bigger picture, cosmically speaking.

That even on the darkest of days, there is solace and relief to be found in glimpsing our lives from the level of the soul.

And that’s something, it seems to me, we could all use right now. A sense of what in the hell (or Heaven) is going on, what it means, and why maybe, just maybe, despite the worry and dismay so many of us feel, everything is going to be OK.

That’s the perspective I bring, through the Guides, to my coaching clients, and also one I will explore here. I’ll also share more of what they said after the election in an upcoming post!

 

Not a Pollyanna Perspective

When I say “things are going to be OK,” I don’t mean perfect, or easy, or that anything is simple or easily resolved.

Because the Guides have a very different way of looking at human life, and human timelines, than we do. As you will see, they are interested in soul growth over lifetimes, and not so much in a lack of suffering in the short term. They are deeply compassionate toward our pain, but at the same time they understand that the pathos of human life is how we learn.

In this way, their perspective can take some getting used to. But once grasped, it can offer tremendous peace–and impetus for positive change.

I will share a whole lot more on their paradoxical perspectives in future posts, as well as the story of how I got started doing this work, and just what or who I mean when I refer to the Guides.

In the meantime, I wish you Love, Light, and the awareness of Divine support as we make our way forward in these uncertain times.