I had an unusually pleasant week this week. I always like it when things just work out easily: schedules are met, things happen when they should, people arrive on time, and everything generally happens according to plan. When circumstances fall into place in an apparently orderly manner life seems to be going the way it should and we may generally get the feeling that “all is right with the world.”
Angels tell us that we intuitively know if we are in consonance with our life path when no major obstacles seem to hinder our plans and things just flow smoothly. When short or long-term plans unfold themselves unimpeded you know that it is the right time for it to happen. When I was a senior in high school I chose to enter U.P. simply because it seemed the most natural choice to make at that time for me. In all my innocence then, it never entered my mind to apply to any other university and I took the U.P. entrance exam without even considering that there was a distinct possibility that I may not be accepted. I got in, in short, and it was only much later that I realized that I had made a potentially stupid choice by not applying anywhere else. On hindsight my life path simply unfolded before me then and I instinctively followed it.
On the other hand, you know it may not be the right time for your plans if circumstances block your way. Feeling that I wanted to re-enter the academe then I enrolled in a graduate program in 1992. I was excited at first but midway through the first semester I felt that “it wasn’t right.” At first I simply thought I was just being lazy but I steadily lost interest in all my courses so I dropped out of the program. later, in 1999, I again felt that I wanted to go back and I did. I was accepted by the dean enthusiastically and without question which was a surprise to me as I was expecting my re-entry to be difficult because of the number of years lost. I found all my classes very interesting and in my first semester I was surprisingly offered a teaching position. I felt then that it was the right time for this chapter in my life to open.
Our life path may not always go the way we want it to. But if we remember Who We Are, as angels always urge us, we may be able to see that we are never off the path. We may just simply be too impatient to get where we want to be.
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We have all encountered, at one time or another, people who just naturally turn us off by their behavior. The person who is habitually irritable and snaps at something you may have innocently said, the pushy person who seems to dominate conversations always trying to steer them around to her latest ideas or activities, or the person who talks about other people constantly trying to make himself look good at the expense of others. We may have met such people at one time or another in our lives and our own natural response may be to either avoid that person, complain about him or her to others, to even to confront that person head on.
If we are to accept our angels’ suggestion to see others as more than just persons but as souls who have chosen to live a human life then we must also ask ourselves what makes a person behave in such a manner as to upset others. We must look behind the facade and gently inquire into the reasons for such behavior. Before we can do so, however, we must have the capacity to slow the pace of our own living so that we do not thoughtlessly respond in a similar manner.
Perhaps we should bear in mind that the human mind is similar to a computer which has to be programmed for it to function. This programming begins at birth and continues throughout our lives when we learn how to function in the world for survival, learning how to properly eat, sleep, behave in human society, earn a living, and care for others. But this programming also includes how to respond to situations that we often encounter in such a way that we protect our emotions from hurt. It is this last that prods us to be afraid of certain situations and react defensively. Thus it is this fear that drives us to behave in ways that turn others off and possibly respond in a similarly negative manner.
If we truly are to Remember Who We Are then we must also realize with loving compassion that those who turn us off are merely souls whose bodies’ minds have been unknowingly programmed to behave that way because of past experience, perhaps events even going back as far as childhood. In doing so we may begin to see, through the eyes of our guiding angels, what they may also see: souls who are merely trying to live and survive in this world in ways that they have imbibed though no fault of their own.
To see people in the way our angels see them is to look beyond the negative behavior and accept them with compassion as kindred souls here to learn and enjoy life as we do.
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My father-in-law died this morning of old age. His body had been shutting down for the past few days and everyone was more or less emotionally prepared. I was at my office when I was called home by my wife. driving home I asked the Angel of Records for an update on the situation and at once, in my mind’s eye, I saw Papa’s Book of Life slowly closing until it shut completely and the Angel placed the book back on among a vast array of other books.
Upon arriving at his bedside I could at once see the Angel of death, a magnificent and beautiful angel, shining like the sun, beside Papa. After a while I saw Papa emerge from the limp and frail body looking as if he was in his 20s. Papa was smiling and took the hand of the Angel of Death and they slowly faded from my sight. it was a comforting vision and I could not help but smile knowing Papa had gone Home safely.
I’ve often wondered it people would still fear death if they knew how peaceful and glorious it would be to finally shed your body, emerge into a Light-filled universe, and return Home. All of the horrors of death that our imaginations have been fed since we were children are, in truth, far from what truly awaits us. Imagine, we are to return Home finally after a long journey of adventure in this life. Imagine being finally free and leaving behind a life, complete with issues and memories, with joys and sorrows, with laughter and tears and returning and remembering a life we once knew but have temporarily forgotten. If they only how very wrong our notions of death are and how awe-inspiring our Homecoming truly is.
As we start this year let us endeavor to see our life path as a whole, trying to make sense of what our life is really all about instead of just reacting to circumstances daily. Perhaps in this way our own Homecoming will not be a horrid surprise but may be one we have long prepared for but will, instead, be a much-awaited joyful event. Let us always remember Who We Are, that are Spirit and that we are all coming Home one day.
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Over a New Year’s day lunch yesterday an elderly close relative sidled up to me and, in a whisper, requested for a message from her angel. A widow with grown-up children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, she spends here days in prayer and community service. At this point in her life she felt that she had accomplished everything she had to do in life and that now she was ready to die.
After a few moments her angel’s message that came forth was that, in order for her to be truly ready she must be prepared to let go of all that she desired, even death. She was taken aback because she believed that she no longer desired anything except to help others who needed her. Her angel gently added that she must be willing to let go of even that desire.
I reflected on this message when I got home because it seemed disconcerting that her angel seemed to imply that even desiring to help others should be of no more consequence to her. We are taught that the desire to be of service to others is a noble desire and should be cultivated yet her guiding angel was saying that it was necessary not to desire even that! I was reminded of the Buddha’s statement that the cause of all suffering is desire. Perhaps that was what her angel meant.
When we desire release from this world, or even just peace of heart for now, we may never truly have that peace until we train our mind to let go of desire. For anything and everything. This may seem preposterous and next to impossible because we believe we are ego-driven creatures for whom to follow our dreams is a great virtue, one that drives human progress. And yet angels say that to act in accordance with our dreams is one thing but the attachment to the desire for that dream is another. What do we truly want in our lives? Can we want it but not be attached to it? It is when we do not get what we want that we suffer because our ego has attached itself to that desire. Perhaps we should want but not be attached to our need for what we want.
After years of conversations with angels I have begun to understand that when we pray for a need it is always best to add the phrase, “or something better.” This indicates our willingness to let go, to be detached from the desire for the outcome. That little phrase frees our heart and from desire and, through repeated use, trains our mind to be detached from desire. The we become truly free of this earth and live in heaven even while we are here.
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