The Greatest Gift

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Many different cultures celebrate during this time of year and each festival recognizes its own traditions but along with most of those comes busyness and preparation. In my house and with my family, we celebrate Christmas.  When recently speaking to my youngest daughter about gifts, baking, decorating, cooking dinner for everyone, etc. she expressed what many feel:  “I wish I could just wake up on January 1 and it would all be over”. I know that many people feel this way as we try to juggle the many cultural and social expectations we have accumulated over the years to make this one day so special.  So many will go into debt, many will be alone, many have bad memories of this time of year and all of these things can steal the intended joy that we’d like to feel.  If I were to ask you what the greatest gift was that you could receive this season, what would that be?  Would it be material stuff or would it be something much deeper?

Unfortunately, asking that question to many would get the response of “stuff”.  Material things make our personalities happy but happiness is a very surface emotion.  Yes, we need some “stuff” in order to survive and be comfortable but what about the deeper emotion of joy?  How elusive has that been for you over the years?  Joy is a quality of our heart, where we find the emotions of love, compassion, acceptance, joy, peace and forgiveness.  I believe that most of us vacillate between both of these worlds and Christmas is the perfect example of this.  We want to have the “stuff” but we also want to have the close, intimate, loving connections with family, friends and other human beings.

Back to the greatest gift….if I could give you the greatest gift ever, from me, it wouldn’t be anything material.  It would be for you to see the real you; not the you that you see in the mirror and criticize every day by thinking you are somehow less than others…no, the real you…the one with so much potential, with so much light, beauty, uniqueness and joy to give.  I would give you safety, family, enough to eat and the knowing that you belong in this world.  I would give you freedom based creativity so you could paint, sing, write and live your world your way.  I would give you courage to walk straight into any fears you have so you could take back your power over them. I would give you the true feelings of love that are written in your heart instead of the struggles, sadness, fears and doubts that you have about you.  I would give you the experience of real, lasting joy instead of those parts of you cast in shadow that come in and take over so you stop looking.  I would give you intuition so that it would guide you in every instance of your earthly experience.  And lastly, I’d give you the gift of clarity so you could see this world for what it is, knowing that none of this is permanent and that we’re all going to end up back together again in our true home.

To me, these would be the greatest gifts to give but unfortunately, it’s not up to me; it’s up to you.  Only you can give all of these gifts to yourself.  As a healer, all I can do is to hold the highest vision for you, to love you, to remind you of all these things, to trust in your process and in your path and know that it’s all perfect for you. This Christmas, the most important things will be the family I’m with, the laughter, love, the memories and the unconditional giving.  Although there will be a few material gifts, I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than remembering who I really am and sharing the gifts of the heart with all of humanity that connects us all and makes us all family.  From my house to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Yule and anything else you celebrate.  As we put this year to sleep, let’s begin the new one with intentions of the heart and waking up to who we really are.

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The Gratitude Attitude

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We’ve heard so much in recent times about the importance of being in gratitude.  This is the emotion of appreciating what one has as opposed to focusing on what one doesn’t have. Unfortunately, in these times of materialistic things, of watching world events and getting caught up in the dramas we see on our TV’s and read in our newspapers, it can be very difficult to have the attitude of gratitude about anything.  The mainstream media tend to focus on telling us what’s wrong in the world and those stories greatly outweigh the feel good stories that are always surrounding us.  Getting into and staying in an attitude of gratitude has to be a conscious choice and a deliberate creation in your life.  Have you ever noticed that 100 people can give you great feedback about something but that if only one person has a negative comment we tend to focus and put our attention and energy into that one?  That’s the power of negative thought when it goes in and gets held in place by any unworthiness and victim energies we might be carrying.

Gratitude is a quality of the heart where the energies and emotions of compassion, forgiveness, the need to give, harmony, self-love, acceptance, joy, peace, beauty and authenticity is found.  We are able to deliberately cultivate gratitude by intentionally focusing on all the great and wonderful things in our life instead of continuing to feed into the negativity around us.  This can increase our well-being and from a “law of attraction” and energetic point of view, the more we focus on positivity and gratitude, the more of that we draw to ourselves.  It works the same with negativity as those who can only focus on the bad things in their lives and in the world will continue to draw more of that to themselves.

Here are a few techniques you can try if you are having a hard time feeling gratitude:

  • The first one would be to take a nice, deep breath and fill your lungs with air. Feel your heart beating and give thanks for simply being alive.
  • Focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want. By concentrating on the positive aspect instead of the negative one, we will raise our vibration and attract more of what we do want.  For example, if you’re sick, then concentrate on being healthy instead of not wanting to be sick anymore.  The words and thoughts we have are very powerful in our creation process.
  • Keep a journal about things that you are grateful for. Write down five or more great things that happen to you every day.  They can be as simple as a great meal, connecting with an old friend or getting through a difficult challenge.  Focus on the small things first and in time, you’ll find more and more things appearing in your life to write about.
  • Visit with someone who you appreciate and tell them how much you appreciate them. There’s nothing better than making someone else feel great about themselves and spreading positivity around to those who need some.  Feeling good about yourself is something to be grateful for.
  • Say “thank you” more throughout the day. There are so many small things that people do for us that get overlooked.  It might be something simple like someone holding the door for you, someone encouraging you or someone who listens to you.
  • Go for a walk in nature. Stop and smell the flowers.  Go barefoot in the grass.  Let the sun shine on your face.  Listen to the birds.  Feed the birds.  Focus on everything that your 5 senses are experiencing and find a few new things that you might have not noticed before.
  • Do something to make yourself feel good. Read a good book.  Get your hair done.  Bake some cookies and enjoy the smell.  Go get a massage.  Go to your favourite coffee place.  When you find yourself in a state of feeling good, give gratitude for that and appreciate the moment.

Consciously cultivating things to be grateful for is the first step towards embodying gratitude all the time.  The more you do it, the easier it will become and if you find yourself slipping back into negativity, make a conscious effort to rise above it and see the silver lining.  This can take a lot of practice and sometimes can require some inner healing work but it is very possible.  The more negativity we can drop from our lives, the more positivity will appear. Having that magic emotion of hope is the key to changing any situation into a positive one.

Until next time,

Blessings,

Wendy

To find out who we are, what we teach and for any upcoming events, please go to our website at http://www.awakeningangels.ca.

 

Self-Esteem- Learning To Love Yourself

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When it comes to self-worth, how would you rate yours and those around you?  Do you really understand what a wonderful, unique person you are and how much you are loved by others?  Many don’t and it can sometimes be difficult to identify this in ourselves and others.  Self-esteem simply put is the ability to love yourself and have confidence in your worth and abilities.  From an energetic perspective, self-worth is found in the 3rd chakra along with feelings of being powerful and sovereign.  Lack of self-esteem can lead people to become depressed, to fall short of their personal potentials and can lead us to tolerate abusive situations and relationships. A very good exercise is to listen to your own self-talk and see what your messages are in various situations.  If you hear messages that tell you that you aren’t perfect, acceptable, wonderful, a joy to be around and have everything to offer to the world then this most likely means you have low self-esteem.  If this is the case, try to identify who’s voice you’re hearing….chances are, it’s not even yours.

Self-esteem is formed from many sources that include all of our early life experiences and what we’re taught about ourselves, others and the world around us.  These messages form our beliefs that are either positive or negative (loving or fear based).  If we were constantly given negative messages, punished, neglected, abused, had difficulty in meeting our parents standards, didn’t fit in at home or school, were on the receiving end of someone else’s stress or distress or had little or no positive messages and reinforcements in our lives, then chances are we’re going to have negative self-talk which in turn can lead to low self-esteem.

On the other hand, if we have a loving, supportive family, were encouraged, accepted, had acknowledgment of our feelings, had loving boundaries and were allowed to have our own experiences instead of being told what to experience, then chances are our core beliefs about our- selves will be positive, thus producing high self-esteem.  Unfortunately, if those who raised us were also raised with poor self-esteem through their own negative programming, then it is usually passed down, generation after generation until someone breaks the cycle.

In order to change unworthiness, we must start to take a look at what is driving it and be willing to change our outlook on false, negative beliefs and messages that we perhaps grew up with.  You may begin by looking at your core beliefs one at a time and challenging them.  We can also begin to take note of all the positive things about ourselves and our life, even if they seem small and insignificant at the moment.  Keep a journal and each day allow yourself to write down 3 examples of positive qualities you have shown that day.  In time, you will build your self-esteem and begin to challenge the bigger negative, core beliefs you might be holding.

Doing self-work either through counselling, taking wellness classes, energy work and healing and learning how to change our attitude towards who we really are will definitely help to change both the perspective and the self-talk that is often responsible for low self-worth.  Surround yourself with positive, uplifting individuals as much as you can and cut people out of your life who you know bring your energy down.  If you know someone who is struggling with low self-esteem, it’s important to let them know that they’re not alone and that you’re there to listen to them.  A nice word, a compliment, a hug, anything that can give hope to a person will go a long way towards leading them out of a dark place and into the light.  Know that baby steps will turn into bigger ones and soon, you’ll find your self-talk becomes more positive which is the first step to reclaiming who you really are instead of who you’ve been taught to believe you are.

Until next time,

Blessings and Love,

Wendy

To find out more about who we are, what we teach and to view any upcoming classes and workshops, please visit our website at http://www.awakeningangels.ca.

Hearing Your Own True Voice

Have you ever said something to someone (probably your kids) and then realized that you heard someone else’s voice in your head as you were saying it?  Perhaps you were repeating something that your mother or father used to say to you?  Often, it is difficult to discern our own inner true voice over all the internal and external chatter that we all have.

We, from birth, have been influenced by many outside messages that tell us what we should be doing, who we should be, how to conform to what others expect from us and how to “get” material things that will help us keep up with the status quo that will ensure that we have a happy, normal life.  But what is normal to some is very abnormal to others, and what makes you happy can be very different from what makes me happy.  So, how do we disengage ourselves from the outside world and from all that inner programming to hear that inner voice that wants us to have joy, happiness and personal empowerment?  We must stop, take stock of our lives, see how we got to where we are and decide if it’s really where we want to be.  Thus begins the journey inward, into your heart space, where your one, true voice resides.

Disengaging from the outside world can be very difficult.  People love drama; they love gossip; they love blaming some outside force (government, religion, the system, etc.) for all the bad things that happen to them and they love to be distracted from what’s really going on inside.  This promotes the victim sub-personality that tells us that we don’t have to take any responsibility for anything including our own well-being, our own feelings and our own reactions to situations and to others that trigger us.  It’s so much easier to blame someone else for all those things in our life that go wrong rather than going inside, doing some exploring and finding out what parts of ourselves have been creating for us.  The victim doesn’t want us to go inside to discover that we are indeed worthy, powerful creators of our own world.  Most people are so attached to their story of being a victim and of being powerless that this has become their new comfortable place and one that they don’t want to move from.  Change does not come easily to many, especially in a world that supports the strong victim voice.

Becoming your true self isn’t an easy process.  There are many inner layers that must be looked at and explored to help us move out of the victim mindset.  What we have been taught to believe plays the biggest part of our healing journey.  A belief is a message that you kept getting over and over again as a child that gets reinforced by your parents, teachers, friends, environment, etc.  Therefore, if your messages while growing up were loving and supportive, you probably have great coping skills, and are a generally positive, happy person; but if those messages were fear based, were limiting or abusive in any way, then chances are you are struggling to really find peace and happiness in your life.  When you dig down another layer and discover how what we believe weakens or strengthens the plethora of sub-personalities that we have, you’ll begin to discover why you react and behave the way you do in certain situations in your life.

There is great value to all experiences in life, even those that we view as “bad”.  The victim sub-personality is actually part of us that we must acknowledge and learn from.  Its real purpose is to show us what we don’t want so we can then step into our true power.  When we are no longer stuck in victim energy, it’s easier to see the bigger picture of all our past and present situations and learn from them.  Being able to unburden ourselves from all those negative beliefs that were taught to us allows us to begin to tap into that true inner voice, the one that is authentic to you that holds all of your dreams, desires and the positive beliefs that you are powerful and can accomplish anything you wish.  This is life changing and this puts you into the drivers-seat of your own life.

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If you’d like to begin your own inner journey with us, we are offering our level 1 class this June and we still have seats available.  We are all angels who are in the process of awakening to our true selves which is why we’ve called our school “The Awakening Angels School for Healing, Enlightenment and Ascension Mastery”.  Our 4 and 5 day classes are life altering.  We are a group of enlightened, awakened beings who are here to help those who are interested in their own, personal healing process, no matter what you’re dealing with.  We will give you tools and help you develop skills so you can uncover the trueness within your heart and soul.  We also offer Certification in Energy Healing.  For more information of who we are and what we teach, please visit our website at www.awakeningangels.ca.  We would be pleased to begin journeying with you in June.  No experience necessary….we’ll teach you everything you need to know and help you heal yourself as you learn how to heal others.  Class space is limited so please register early to ensure a spot.

Now, listen to those voices inside your head, giving you every excuse why not to do this….and see if you can hear your own, true voice telling you that the time is now here for you to wake up to who you really are.

Love and Blessings,

Wendy

To find out more about what we do, who we are, what we teach and any upcoming workshops and classes, please visit our website at http://www.awakeningangels.ca.

The Election Hangover- A Higher Perspective

As I awoke this morning after the American election, I was confronted by news and Facebook comments from friends, family and complete strangers that displayed sadness, fear, grief and disgust at the new President Elect.   I try not to get dragged into drama, especially politics, but as I watched the election results last night with the rest of the world, sitting on the edge of my seat, I just kept saying over and over again “Let these results be for the best and highest good for all”.  Upon hearing the results this morning, I felt very calm, grounded and indeed hopeful that perhaps a shift in consciousness and awakening really is happening on this planet.  The people have voted for change instead of more of the same; except that change can be difficult, uncomfortable and fearful all at the same time.

Now, I have no intention of getting into a political debate about who was the better candidate, who said what, who did what, etc.  That will simply perpetuate more drama.  It’s been difficult over the last 2 years to watch all the mud-slinging, unkind, blaming, nasty and often childlike behaviour that has been exhibited by all the candidates and not get dragged into it.  I always try to take the 10,000 foot view and see things from the ‘whole picture’ perspective instead of taking sides.  Being a Canadian, my opinion never really mattered anyway, but honestly, Bernie was my guy.  I see in him someone who is completely in his heart and in humility, who really would unite.  He appealed to the love, compassion and unity in all of us and represented to most the kind of world we want to live in.  Donald and Hilary- well, they did just the opposite.  They woke up the fears, the darkness and all the insecurities that each of us also hold within.

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Bernie and Donald both ran on similar platforms, but their delivery of it was completely different.  Donald has run for change too but not in the heart centered way that Bernie did.  I heard several news reporters over the last 24 hours refer to these election results as “The Apocalypse”.   However, that word has always been given a bad rap.  It has always signified to many the end of the world as we know it.  As an awakened being, I know it as “the shift”.  The meaning of the word “apocalypse” actually means “a cataclysm in which evil forces are destroyed”, “the lifting of the veil or revelation of a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception.”  Look up the word in the dictionary and/or Wikipedia yourself and remember, we live in a world of duality where both light and dark exists.

With the election results in, most are reacting in a fear based way, believing that Donald will bring about the end; the truth is, he will undoubtedly bring about change, exposing the shadow side of government and corporations like we’ve never seen before.  Sometimes, you just need a bull to go into the proverbial china shop, tear things down, and expose the truth that has been hidden for so long so that the necessary rebuilding can then happen.  It is my deepest hope that Donald will help bring this about.  Only then will America and the world be ready to start rebuilding itself based upon the love, unity and humility that Bernie brought to the table and ignited in the masses.

To most people though, these results are a reflection of their deepest fears coming true…..change.  People don’t like change because it often means getting out of their own comfort zones to make that change happen.  I’m not here to debate what Hilary would or wouldn’t have done; but I believe she represented more of the same government that we’ve seen in the past and this clearly isn’t what America wants.  This election has played out between several candidates and has pushed every button we all have but it’s important to understand that what we’ve been watching happen outside of us is also a reflection of what’s inside of us as well.

Donald Trump has exposed his rawness, his prejudices, and all the unhealed parts of himself to the world and if any of “his stuff” has triggered you, take a good look inside at why and what it is.  All those things you don’t like about him are reflections of you that you don’t like either.   In the world of inner healing, we see this all the time.  People disown aspects of themselves that they don’t want to see, and now, with Trump coming into power, the negative reactions are because many don’t want to see their reflection in him.  They would have preferred more of the same to avoid this momentous opportunity to look inside.  Right now, people are looking for answers and how to react to this.  It’s important to allow yourself to feel everything that you’re feeling and then ask yourself “why?”  Once you become aware, then healing can start to happen.  I believe that if Hilary would have won, most of us would still be having the same doubts because they are ours and we must own them.

This world will be changing soon….it already is.  I am hopeful that it will be changing in many positive ways but in order for that to happen, we must stop sending such fear based, powerless, negative messages first to ourselves, then to others and especially now, to the new President Elect.  He’s not responsible for changing everything and making it all better…we are.  Group consciousness reacts and manifests from the group and if change is coming, perhaps we should be sending Donald Trump love, humility and unity thoughts instead of hate, separation and wounded ones.    That way, he can do his job of exposing the deep seated Shadows of corruption to the world and help us then create the world we all say we want.  We have the power within us and it has to be up to each one of us to embrace that or to give it away once more.

Love and Blessings,

Wendy

To find out more about who we are, what we teach and for upcoming workshops and classes, please visit our website at http://www.awakeningangels.ca

Healing and Reno’s- Both An Inside Job

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We recently had some renovations done in our home and for anyone who has ever had to live through these, you’ll know how disruptive they are.  You get thrown out of your comfort zone, having to move your environment around, put up with noise, dust and additional people hanging around in your personal space.  During this most recent upheaval, we had 3 different places in our home being plastered and painted, along with some drywall work, and we were basically relegated to our bedroom for privacy, quiet and no dust (although it did manage to seep through anyway).  Our bedroom reminded me of retreating into a cocoon of safety while all the work and noise was happening outside.

Now, we’ve been through renovations before.  I grew up with them being done at my parent’s house, as well as putting on a major addition while living in an old farm house when my kids were small.  That was a definite test of patience as we tried to make a game out it and pretended that we were actually camping for a few months.  Our most recent house had to be redone after a major roof leak back in 2008 that saw us actually having to move out for 3 months while it was completed.  To be honest, I’m tired of reno’s and all the upset they cause, knowing how dirty and dusty it’s going to be.  And so, as I surrendered to this latest round of repairs that had to be complete, took a deep breath and jumped in with both feet all ready for it.

As we went through this two week process and went through each stage that reno’s entail, I began to associate having outer renovations done to that of inner, self-healing work.  Even though we were altering our house, it has often been said that your house is a direct reflection of your inner self, with the outside environment being a reflection of your internal environment.  A cluttered house reflects a cluttered energy field; a clean house reflects free flowing internal energy, etc.  Often, if a house needs work, it’s a direct reflection of the self-work that needs to be done by those purchasing it.

When we moved into our current house and had disaster strike, we really took it personally because as healers, we knew this reflected back to us issues we needed to work on.  It was also the consciousness of the house trying to tell us something.  During the ripping out phase after our leak, we realized how badly the house had been put back together again after a fire years before and so, it was actually showing us where its healing needed to happen.  And so, this beautiful, elegant house has finally been restored to its original grandness after many years of work, and you got it….lots of reno’s.  And so, whether you’re talking about renovations or healing work, the steps, although being applied to different things, are exactly the same thing.  I really saw the connection this time around and had fun compiling this list:

  1. The first step is deciding that you don’t like something and you’d like to change it.
  2. You look around for people, ideas, different techniques and estimates to change said issue.
  3. Even though you’re dreading the process, you decide that it needs to be done and you surrender to the fact that there will be a big mess for a while but in the end, it will all be worth it.
  4. The mess begins by diving into it and ripping away and gutting that which you no longer want.
  5. After this first mess is cleared away, you begin to have a better, clearer idea of how to rebuild things the way you want them.
  6. Repairs get made to the immediate area and the rebuilding starts.
  7. During this time, you usually don’t want to entertain others because you’re out of your comfort zone, with fall out dust all around you and you don’t want anyone to see you in such a state.
  8. As the layers of the area get rebuilt, you start to have glimpses of hope that this was actually a very good decision and that it will all be worth it in the end.
  9. The finishing touches require many layers that will need to be sanded and shaped to your satisfaction.
  10. Upon completion, you find that all the stuff in said area that used to be there needs to be rearranged and some even thrown out because they no longer suit these new changes you’ve made. Often, bringing in completely new ideas can expand this old area into something you never thought of before.
  11. Final dusting of the environment may take some time as things settle down and often, a second or even third dusting is needed to complete the process.
  12. You feel better as everything gets back to normal and you have a new appreciation of both your environment and how you feel inside this new space.

Our renovations are now done and I am thankful that these external changes have so greatly affected our internal environment as well.  Reno’s and healing are hard but often need to happen so we can expand, change and in the end, be in a much better place.  Our own self-healing is a continual process but I’m hopeful that we’ve reached a plateau for now and will stay here for a while.

To find out more about what we do, who we are, what we teach and any upcoming workshops and classes, please visit our website at www.awakeningangels.ca