Hi Dear Friends,
"Trick or treat?" the angels ask us. Are we going to trick ourselves into believing people are the bodies, the personalities or their roles, or are we going to treat ourselves to seeing the soul... beneath these costumes? I'll share some moving stories of seeing "beneath the facade" and a few easy tips to connect with the soul beneath the role.
Love you all!
Message from the Angels
My dear friends, we love you so very much,
Today (October 31), many of you celebrate Halloween – a holiday where you make light of darkness, dress in costumes, share tricks or treats, and in general have fun with what might otherwise be considered very scary topics. Can you imagine that you are all souls in costume, that all darkness will indeed eventually be seen for the illusion it is, and that, through your free will, you alone have given yourself either tricks or treats!
You are Divine love in costume, cloaked in a body, wearing the mask of your personality, and playing a particular role. Your political candidates are divine love in a costume, cloaked in a body, wearing the mask of their personalities, and playing a unique role. The ones you love and the ones you can't stand are Divine love in a costume, cloaked in a body, wearing the mask of their personality, and playing a role as well.
Unfortunately most upon the earth have forgotten to identify with the light within. Instead you relate to yourselves and one another as the costume of the body, the mask of the personality, and the roles that you play for one another.
Your challenge is to remember that no matter what you look like, no matter what characters you play, no matter how your personalities differ, you are all united in the One love that breathes life into each and every one of you upon your planet earth.
When you whisper telepathically to a soul, "I remember who you are beneath the costume, the mask, and the role," you help them remember too. When you treat a person as if they are the costume, the mask, or the role, you help them identify more strongly with that facade.
What if, on Halloween, instead of saying, "Hi Bob! Hi Sue! Hi dear friend of family member! Hello, my dearest child," you believed in and reacted as if your dear ones were their costume, their mask and the roles they were playing? What if, instead of greeting your friends with love and humor, you started to fight the pirates, scream in horror at the skeletons, beg the superheroes for help, flirt with the barmaids, and bow to the princesses. Aptly enough, your friends in costume would, more seriously, embody their roles in response!
Likewise you have the power on earth to bear witness to the light within each soul or to trigger them to more heavily identify with their body, personality, or role. It is your choice. If you fight the pirates and the villains, they will become more pirate or villain-like! If instead you treat them as if they are a soul beneath a mask, they will act more kindly. If you beg your superheroes to help you, believing they have more strength, clout, and power than you do, they will likely assist, but you may just forget your own innate power in the interaction.
If you treat someone like the body-costume they wear, they will respond as such. If you treat someone as the personality they exhibit they will respond in kind. If you treat someone as the role they play, they are likely to oblige you by playing that role.
If instead you walk around witnessing the light of the Divine in each and every soul around you, regardless of body, personality, or role, your experience of life will be so much sweeter! You will draw out the loving essence of those wishing for it to be seen. You will naturally repel those who identify with the darker roles, and who aren't ready to be "seen" for the light that they truly are.
Trick or treat dear ones? Do you want to trick yourself into believing that those around you are the costume of their body, the mask of their personality, or the role the play? Or do you want to treat yourself to a greater truth – that beneath these facades, there is One love experiencing itself in many forms, many personalities, and many roles?
Give yourself this gift. Remind yourself there is a spark of light in every soul, beneath every facades. Allow yourself to imagine fanning the flames of this light with your prayers and your love. Relate to everyone as if you know the truth! You know who lives beneath the costume, the mask, and the role.
What if every day instead of saying, "Hello, Bob! Hello, Sue! Hello, dear friend or family member," you were to say instead, "Hello, God, dressed as Bob! Hello, God, dressed as Sue! Hello, God, dressed as my friend or family member!" I know who you really are, and guess what! I am Divine love too! I am wearing the costume of this body, the mask of this personality, and playing a role too. How beautiful we are in our diverse costumes. How amazing that we can interact in these roles. I love you. I love me. I know who we really are.
Get up each morning dear ones and look in the mirror. Greet the Divine within your own eyes with reverence. "Good morning dear God in the costume of this body. Good morning! Help me remember I am so much more than my body, my personality or my role, and help me see you beneath all others as well." Then, doing your best, go about your day imagining you are the loving Divine interacting with the loving Divine in all others. Some will remember. Some will forget. But nonetheless, you will treat yourself to a loving experience of interacting with the One who lives beneath all costumes, all masks, and all roles.
God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message from Ann...
Floyd was a cranky old man, a salty old cowboy who worked at a local nursery. He liked to make remarks just to see if he could get a rise out of you. Many people got offended by him or treated him like a disgusting old geezer. He took a shot at me one day, "You look pretty good for a 90 year old woman." I stopped, looked him in the eyes and made myself look for his Divine light. I smiled at the play of our roles. "You look pretty good yourself for a 100 year old man," I laughed. He came up and got sweet and shook my hand. "I like you!" he said. "You're not stuffy like a lot of them ladies who come in here." "Well I like you too," I said. "What's your story?" I was intrigued by this character, God in the form of a salty old, mouthy cowboy! I was amused.
He talked to me for over half an hour telling me about bar brawls he got in at an earlier age in towns still very much stuck in the old west. He told me about the time he got shot. And then he told me that he loved working with plants because they "were peaceful" and to my utter surprise he began to confide in me that he was a bit of an artist who made southwestern-style "jewelry ladders" "for the ladies" out of saguaro cactus ribs. Go figure! That was the last thing I expected to hear. He spoke of his craftsmanship, how he selected the right materials, and how he tried to make everyone unique. Suddenly Floyd transformed from this salty old mouthy cowboy, into an artist who cared about making use of a regal fallen cactus in a way that brought beauty and delight to others. God in costume indeed!
Many times I have met people who would be easy to judge by their body, personality, or role, but the angels have taught me to catch myself, to avoid making assumptions, and to ask questions, read, research, listen and get to know them better. They've had me pray to see people through God's eyes. In every case I've been astounded by seeing beneath the superficial facade of the body, personality, and role.
Years ago when I worked in a large corporation a young man started chatting with me as he came to repair the huge Xerox machine. I struck up a kind conversation with him as I waited. He was sweet, kind, and very respectful. Suddenly he looked me in the eye and said, seemingly out of the blue, "I killed someone when I was younger. I spent years in juvenile prison. Thank you for treating me kindly." I nearly cried on the spot as his soul spoke to me.
"What happened?" came out of my mouth. "You don't seem like you'd be capable of harming anyone." He looked down. He told me he had been abused. He'd gotten into drugs. He couldn't think straight and he let rage posses him. He regretted his action every moment of his life. And he told me he was grateful for his time in prison. He felt like he found a father figure who mentored him and taught him about God and helped him get his life on track. He knew he couldn't change his past but he said that every day of his life he promised God he'd do something good for someone. "There you go," he said, as he finished fixing the Xerox. I hope that helps you have a better day. He left and I never saw him again. Damn. I was floored. So much for my assumptions about anyone!
Time and again life has taught me to look beneath the masks, behind the appearance and beyond the role. I've been gifted, as a result, with seeing the extraordinary depth in people that many never get to know. I've been privileged to hear beautiful dreams in beautiful hearts. And I've been humbled by seeing my judgments rendered false and unkind. The Divine within me has helped me see the Divine within so many others, that my own life has been transformed by these seemingly simple interactions.
As we approach one of the most divisive elections we, in the US have ever seen, I think it is important to realize that we are Divine love, voting for Divine love in different costumes, wearing different masks, and playing different roles. Let us focus on the light within all, no matter what our preferences, and maybe just maybe, we can be the ones to empower the light to rise up within those who will play an important role in our history – no matter who that might be. The angels won't tell me which candidate will win. All they respond gently is, "God. God will win."
Here are a few pointers how to focus beneath the body, the personality, and the roles
1. Look in your own eyes
The eyes you see in the mirror as a newborn baby will be the same eyes you see in the mirror in old age. The body will change. The thoughts will change. The personality will evolve. Nonetheless, the soul behind those eyes will remain unchanged. You are so much more than what appears on the surface. Look deeply into your own eyes, in silence, until you feel a sense of connection with the essence of love that lies within.
2. Look deeply into others' eyes
We're all wearing face masks right now which forces us a bit more than usual to look into one another's eyes. Look deeply. Imagine your eyes are sending love, greeting the love deep within another's eyes. Smile with your eyes. Beam love with your eyes. Feel the light within you connecting with the light within the other.
3. Challenge yourself to get to know people more deeply
Strike up a conversation with someone you'd normally judge. Soon you'll be seeing beyond appearances. Ask someone in a role you are familiar with what they do for fun. You might be very surprised. Read a biography about someone you don't understand to see what made them play the role they do. See if you can find the passion or the love beneath their actions. Challenge yourself and your assumptions about people, and try to get to know them better. Inevitably we find our shared humanity.
We are conditioned to make assumptions about people based on body, personality and role, but there is so much more to each and every one of us. Digging for that gold, finding that essence beneath the form, and challenging ourselves to know ourselves more deeply is time well spent.
Beneath all of our masks, and costumes, and roles we are so much more. As we start relating to each other heart to heart and soul to soul, rather than body and personality and role to role, love is the inevitable force that will arise to give us a deeper, richer, and more meaningful experience of life and all our relationships.
Love you all!