My dear friends, we love you so very much.
In each of your hearts dear ones there is a very sweet, sensitive, and vulnerable place - a place in which you trust life, are open to adventures, and believe in the goodness of the world. There is a place in which you know you are a magical creator, king or queen of your own world, and able to see what others label as make-believe. In this magical place dear ones you find the innocence of your childhood spirit, and the magnificence of your powerful soul.
Imagine for just one day that everyone you meet is a magical and beautiful soul. Inside everyone, no matter how hardened, how wounded, how angry, or how insensitive they are is a sweet, sensitive, and kind soul. Some souls display this part of themselves quite plainly on the surface. You are drawn to them. They inspire you, entertain you, motivate you, and gently coax you to open up and share your sweetest side as well. In other souls this part is buried deeply underneath layers of protective coating. Pain has convinced these souls to hide their beautiful, sweet, and sensitive spirit deep underneath layers of anger, intellect, or insensitivity. These are the souls that need your love, prayers, and compassion the most.
If you can imagine for one day that everyone you meet has a magical and beautiful soul, you will treat everyone differently. When you see those who are tired, you will know there is just a sleepy little child within, weary from life and the world, perhaps, and in need of a bit of kindness. When you see an angry or insensitive soul you will be able to know it has nothing to do with you and inside of them is just a child who is hurting and in need of your prayers. When you see a soul that is shut down, unconscious, and seemingly without a conscience, you will know there is also a depth of pain within and send them prayers as well.
You do not need to be around those who will not share their hearts, but you can pray for them dear friends. You can send them love, imagine their light within growing, and surround them with a soft blanket of the pink light of the heart. You can avoid taking their pain into your systems because you know they are not trying to hurt anyone but rather are hurt themselves. You can avoid trying to "Fix" them as well - have you ever tried to explain something to a child wailing in sadness, or screaming in anger. Far better to pick the child up, give them a hug, or at least a "time out." And so too, pick others up with your love and prayers.
In this week when so many of you celebrate a feast of St. Valentine's day we want you to know how very much we love each and every one of you. Love yourselves dear friends, for you are no less than the love of God molded into human form. Offer this love to others, if only through your prayers... for each soul upon the earth is made of the same stuff. Some remember, some forget, but all are worthy of compassion and loving prayers.
God bless you! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message From Ann
Thank you AGAIN for all the love you have been sending me. It feels wonderful. And happily so does the ever present soul of my dog who is showing me on a daily basis that there is a reason "God" and "Dog" are made of the very same three letters! Bruno taught me so much during the final year of his life. This sweet and gentle soul turned into such a cantankerous spirit. Thankfully most of the time I was able to see past the stubbornness, the hollering, and the tantrums and know that he was just a proud spirit who really hated dealing with the physical limitations of his aging body. At times I lost it but more often I was able to really be sweet to him and take care of him and give him huge overdoses of love, until, in stages, he surrendered to the process of his metamorphosis.
I'll never forget when he finally surrendered to allowing me to help him up, rather than howling in mad frustration and banging his head when he fell back down. He sat there one day, hollering at me, "Come get me," and when he saw me running down the hallway, he smiled and waited sweetly for my assistance. Helping him rather than watching him struggle, although physically challenging, was emotionally satisfying because I wanted to share my love. I wanted to assist him. I didn't want to be turned away. The closer we got to the end of his physical life, the more deeply we both surrendered to the situation at hand, and the sweeter and more deeply we fell in love.
Now that he is on the "other side" I no sooner think of him with love or humor, that my entire body heats up. I kept his paws warm when he was old and cold, and now when I shiver, I feel his energy warming up my hands. He liked to put the top of his head on my heart when he was in body. Now I feel his spirit putting his heart on the top of my head. It is as if, I am now the cherished pet and the one being cared for. This has truly been a remarkable two weeks and I'm looking forward to even more love and interaction as we both continue our soul's journey on other sides of the proverbial veil.
So when any being (furry or human!) is difficult and you must be around them, choose the only things that really work. Love yourself first and take care of yourself, set good boundaries when you can, and then realize that they are just scared, lonely, tired, angry, frustrated, or in need of acknowledgment and understanding. That doesn't mean you have to take on their pain, fix them, or martyr yourself. There were nights I was too tired to give in to my dog's tantrums and he had to sit where he landed and holler for a few hours while I got some sleep. There were times when he wanted his snacks NOW and I had other things to do first. He didn't like it, and I didn't particularly like being hollered at. However, it wasn't about me, and by taking care of myself first to the best of my ability, I was able to be more loving and caring for him as well.
Two days before he died, I went up north for some fresh air. I knew his ending on earth was near but I was desperately in need of a little time off. I had not planned any, and yet I woke up on a non-client day, the angels suggested very strongly I take a little time off. As I peeked out the curtains right before getting in the car, I clearly heard Bruno say to Lucy (my remaining girl dog), "We finally got rid of her!" They were smiling like two conspirators! As a result of my day off I was able to be fully present for him a space of unconditional love in all my spare time during his last two days on earth. It was after I finally took care of myself that he gave me permission to have the vet assist him to the other side. He was teaching me to remain in balance no matter what. I give thanks every day for his teachings, and I hope in sharing them with you, those of you taking care of others will also learn to care for yourselves as well. We can only "love our neighbors" as much as we choose to love ourselves :)
Have a blissful week,
Love and hugs,