My dear friends, we love you so very much.
This year many of you are taking a look at your holiday gift giving in a slightly different light. And while some of you bemoan the economy and say, "Look what I can no longer afford. I cannot give in the ways I used to give," we see that you always have beauty, truth, light, and love to share the world and those you love. These gifts reside within you and can never be taken away. They are not dependent upon human economies, nor do they ever run dry.
And so, dear ones, during this holiday season, focus upon the economy of God.
As you think about giving presents to one another, think also about giving your Presence. We do not mean you have to be physically present with someone, although that is always a gift! Simple ask yourself, "How can I give of my heart, my kindness, my words, my talents, my spirit?" "What do I have, inside of me, that I can contribute to this person's life?" And certainly dear ones, if you can and if you like, you can buy each other gifts, but if you do so, do so consciously, in a way that honors what you have and what you don't, and in a way that honors the receiver as well. Do not spend beyond your means because giving in this fashion stresses you and creates a vibration that simply affirms lack. Instead, spend with what you have for the simplest gifts, given with thoughtful and conscious intent mean ever so much more than others bought just for the sake of "something to give."
If you do not know what to purchase or do for someone, sit quietly, breathe, and ask your angels to inspire you. Imagine you can converse with that person's soul and ask them, "What would you like? What would touch your heart," and then wait for the first thought or idea that pops into your head. In this fashion, giving a gift becomes an act of connection, a beautiful moment of your soul touching and honoring their spirit. It is a sharing of energy, and an act of real love. And while this may take a little extra thought than just running out to buy something, it will be far more rewarding for you as well. For it is in giving that you receive, and when you give from the heart, you feel within you the true abundance that can never be taken away, nor will ever be reflected by your bank account - no matter how much or how little you have.
You are all abundant beings. It is your love, your kindness, your spirit, your gifts, and your talents that are most appreciated in this world... and these are the gifts that have eternal value.
So this year by all means, share your presents, but also dear ones, share your Presence with one another.
God bless you! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message From Ann
I love the angel message today. It is so true. I have forgotten most of the material gifts I've given over the years, but I remember the ones that came from the heart. The homemade macadamia nut butter warmed hearts and tummies one year. The handmade bath goodies are always welcomed. Homemade jams and jellies add a little sweetness to life. One year I did a photo book for my parents who had travelled so they could recall their beautiful memories. Last year several friends got "Elfed" when I snuck my homemade Christmas wreaths onto their doors with those 3M sticky hooks! Ring and run and off we went leaving Christmas cheer behind :)! Another year I gave friends the gift of a meal a month since I love to cook. It hardly cost a thing but it made their busy lives easier. And so every year I try to sit and think about what can be truly used, eaten, experienced, or appreciated, because we all have enough stuff and I would rather give memories and smaller things that mean more.
Some of the most memorable presents I've received are similarly thoughtful. One friend gave me a very beautiful red and gold glass Christmas ornament that reflected her elegant and beautiful personality and matched my tree. Another gave me a sunny pot of Calla lilly bulbs that reflected her bright and cheery personality and my love of flowers . A dear client who could rival Martha Stewart brought me the best roast chicken and potatoes I have ever eaten. Another client who was very tight gave me a gift card for $5 for a burger joint that I like, and I blessed this soul with every bite taken. A beautiful tea cup given to me by another dear lady continues to be a beloved possession as I sip my morning tea, and a massage from one of my close friends sent me to heaven. It is not the magnitude of what we give that counts, but rather the heart and the thought we put into it.
Somehow I have always known this. When I was little, my family and I would open our gifts on Christmas Eve, saving Christmas morning for the gifts that Santa Claus's left. I LOVED to give, so much so, that when the last present was opened, I would run down into the basement and wrap up bags of beans or other pantry items, so I could give my mom & dad more presents! And while this was SO silly, in little girl logic, my folks got to unwrap more surprsies! I am certain their smiles came from the laughter in their hearts at seeing their kid gift them with their own possessions! Nonetheless, it was and still is, the thought that counted!
So this year, don't worry about giving "enough." Instead give from the heart, from the thoughtfulness inside of you, taking into account the person's interests and desires. And as for gifts for those who "have it all" give experiences, your talents, a home cooked meal, an outing with them for a day, a letter sharing with them all you love about them, a gift of a donation on behalf of their spirit... you get the idea. More stuff is not better. More love always is :)
Share your beautiful light, heart, and talents this year and you will feel the joy of BEing You!
And for those of you who like giving homemade goodies, check out the recipe for Spiced Pecans which are SO easy to make and always loved :)
Love and hugs and happy holiday Season!