My dear friends, we love you so very much.
Your earth is a place of great and beautiful diversity. You were never meant to be the same. You were never meant to all be in agreement. You were never meant to force your opinions upon one another, nor were you intended to conform to the desires of one another. Instead, each of one you, like a beautiful facet of the gem of God's love is intended to be a special, precious, and unique creation. Each one of you has your preferred way of being, your preferred way of looking, your preferred way of communicating, and your preferred way of flowing through life.
Some of you like to think ahead, and some of you, in your terms prefer to "wing it." This was so even before you touched upon the earth! As souls, some of you made intricate plans about your life and lessons, while others chose to come to the earth as simply a grand and glorious adventure! Some of you care deeply about who you would meet and marry, while others of you decided to figure it out as you went through your life. Some of you feel comfortable with predictable structure, while others crave freedom. Some of you like one political party, others stand by the opposite. If given the choice, some of you would eat the apple, and some of you the orange. And this is, dear ones, just fine, indeed perfect, beautiful, and breathtaking, in God's eyes, for it is through you that God comes to know the vastness of its own Love and Being.
So when you encounter another different from yourself, rather than arguing and trying to force your views upon them, explore! You are in new territory. You are like a baby looking at its own fingers and toes, wiggling them, trying to see what each one does and how it operates. You are looking at a different aspect of the love of God made manifest! Instead of trying to force this other person to match your views of reality, simply stare at them in wonder and fascination.
Why do they think the way they do? Why do they feel as they do? A magical thing happens dear ones as you allow others to be. Suddenly they are more inclined to allow you to be as well. And it not, move away, for you too have a right to think and feel exactly as you do, as well. A finger would not strive to be a toe, nor a toe a finger, because both are needed to operate the body! All of you are needed in this beautiful puzzle of life, and no matter how diverse your opinions or beliefs, there is not a human being upon the planet that is outside the great and beautiful puzzle of God's love.
God Bless You! We love you so very much... exactly as you are!
-- The Angels
Message from Ann
As I walk through the forest in the summer, I am always in awe of the hundreds of shades of green, and the diversity of the textures of the plants and leaves. It would be pretty boring if there were only one color or one type of plant. Instead I see a diverse ecosystem where everything from the towering pine to the rotting fallen tree on the forest floor serves a purpose and has a reason to be.
We are like that too, according to the angels and yet, at times, when you interact with someone whose way of being is different than your own, it can be a challenge to find that balance between allowing yourself to be who you are and allowing them to be who they are as well. If you can master this with someone who is not in agreement with you, that's really an achievement.
I thought I had achieved a degree of mastery in allowing myself and others to be and in truth I have, but the real test came last week when I spent a glorious week on an Alaskan cruise with my dear parents who celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this year. I was so excited to go and to see them, that I couldn't wait! So it was with some shock and upset that I remembered at times when we interacted that my dad and I, in spite of our many similarities, have a few glaring differences, that arise out of the necessity of our being.
He was a Captain in the navy reserves - a job that calls for barking orders and having others follow them immediately. He is by nature a leader. I am such a sensitive soul that words spoken harshly even if not aimed at me in anger often feel like a slap or a punch in the gut. So the first time my dad spoke strongly to me, I found myself, much to my great upset and embarrassment reacting in an angry and defensive way. He didn't mean a thing by it, but it still didn't feel good. I saw a lifelong pattern that I had of reacting to this and knew it had to stop.
So I did what the angels taught me to do. I took some quiet time and allowed myself my feelings in private. I prefer kinder conversation, but I had to come to grips with the fact that while we often had this between us there would be times when we would not. I knew there were times when we would not always make the same choices, even when walking from point A to point B.
I decided as the angels often say, that it is better to be loving than right, and really what is "right" anyway but "right for yourself" and "right for the other." So, not altogether gracefully, but eventually in a way that worked, I reminded myself that dad's way of speaking did not mean anything personal. I know he loves me very much and I focused on that.
I reminded myself that while my own way of being involves meandering according to my heart in the moment, his as a scientist involves doing things the logical way. I surrendered to the logic reminding myself that a loving interaction is ultimately what the heart wants more than anything. My ego had to take a back seat. It turned out to be a loving and beautiful trip.
So when your way of being is at odds with another you have many options. You can part ways. You can initiate a conversation if that is possible and come to a compromise, or you can simply let someone else be in charge for a short while. There is no clear right vs. wrong here, only a need to drop into your heart and pick the path that feels most right to you. It is a waste of time to try to change the essence of who you are or the essence of who another is. However you can if you like, alter your behavior without altering your heart. In some cases I would walk away from these behaviors, but in the case of my family, this is not what was deepest in my heart.
Love is ultimately who we are, and ultimately we can always be that :)
Have a blessed week,
I love you all,