Recently, I went for a beautiful hike, happy to be alive, well, and out in nature again. Driving home the sky was stunning in its contrast. Grey, ominous storm clouds were swirling behind me and torrential rain was pouring from the heavens. Sunny blue skies and beautiful puffy white clouds were in the direction I was going. I smiled and thought it was a beautiful metaphor for my life!

Working with angels has taught me that we always have choice. We can focus on either the storms or the beauty in our lives.

Take my recent adventure with the mouth infection. I initially felt that it was a horrible interruption in my otherwise very happy life! It was a scary, painful, nasty, unwelcome event.

However, I work with angels! I live in a reality where truth is hard to escape and the sun of God’s love shines brightly, even in the storms of my life. I knew I brought this on with a kamikaze style desire for quick growth! In fact, my exact prayer three days before was, “Dear God, if anything is blocking me from channeling your love and healing then get it out by the roots!” Really. (Believe me, I’m now repeating “joyful/gentle, joyful/gentle, joyful/gentle” with any prayer for growth now!!)

There in the midst of one of my really unpleasant storms, I saw the light. I saw the beauty of the time spent connecting deeply with God. I saw the grace being offered me as I faced my fears. I got loved, gifted, guided, and assisted… even by my wonderful dentist whose conservative approach gave me time to heal naturally and prevent a root canal!

So many times in my life, the angels have showed me how to shift my thoughts to feel better, to see life in a sunnier way, and to be in a space which allows for greater help and guidance. When my computer crashed they helped me see how wonderfully it was helping me get organized, take down-time, and prepare for an eventual new one. Years ago, when my car broke down during a busy time, they showed me how I could sit for a day at the shop and get tons of work done without interruptions.

When a friend dumped a load of anger on me a few decades ago and I was hurt and seething mad, they pointed out that I had prayed for this person to share their feelings with me, and although in a very unpleasant way, this individual was finally starting to “clear their pipes.” Well then… It was true, although at the time I wasn’t quite ready for that amount of sunshine!

Sometimes it’s easy to hear the heavenly perspective, and sometimes not. Sometimes I want truth. Other times I have wanted to be a spiritual child, throw a tantrum, and get sympathy. The angels do hold me, hug me, acknowledge the challenges in this school called earth. They’ve loved me when I needed to rant and rave, but then they went right back to offering me thoughts and perspectives that felt better as soon as I was ready!

Over the years, I’ve come to dearly appreciate this wisdom. When I don’t feel good, I stop and look at the thoughts that are creating the bad feelings. I try to shift them little by little towards thoughts that feel better.

Here are some pointers to help shift your thoughts to the sunnier side of life…

1. Start to notice thoughts that don’t make you feel good

It is all too common to think that the outer world makes us feel good and bad, but in truth it is our reaction to it – the thoughts we think in response – that make us feel bad or good.

Pay attention to your thoughts for just a few hours. Notice which ones make you feel good and which ones make you feel bad. Awareness is the key before we can change.

2. Experiment with thoughts that feel better

If you were shopping for pants and you tried on a pair that was too tight, you wouldn’t buy them, wear them, and suffer! You’d peel them off and try to find a better pair. However, somehow we were all trained to suffer through thoughts that “don’t fit” our soul!

The moment you notice a thought that doesn’t make you feel good, “Try on” a different one. Stop worrying about whether or not the thoughts are TRUE, and instead create ones that FEEL BETTER.

True thoughts that feel bad are just as worthless as fancy designer jeans that don’t fit!

For example, maybe someone was a jerk to you. You might be thinking to yourself, “I can’t believe they said that! I can’t believe the audacity! I can’t believe they’d think that was OK…” and so forth.

These thoughts may be valid, but they don’t make you feel good! Try on a different thought, “Well they certainly aren’t evolved and may not be able to do better, but at least I have a choice about whether or not I go back for more! I’m growing in self-love! I don’t need to be around people who can’t be kind.” That feels a little better.

If you’re in a more evolved frame of mind, you might shift to “Father forgive them they know not what they do.” Suddenly you see their behavior had nothing to do with you and you feel relieved that you didn’t deserve it. You feel bigger than the fight, and more loving. You feel more like you.

Or, if you’re feeling positively enlightened try, “Dear God bless their hurting soul for I know only pain can cause such unkindness. Free me from judgment and uplift their soul.” Love feels amazing, if you can get to that point.

You can’t fake it, however. Do your best. The trick is to make sure you choose thoughts that make YOU feel better.

It isn’t about them, or the outer world. You are learning to master your inner world 🙂

3. Consciously look for, or share, the good in life

Be a “good detector!”

Set your inner radar to look for things that are beautiful, uplifting, kind, etc. Seriously seek them out. When you’re in line at the grocery store, look for people who look kind. Smile at others. Ignore the scowling souls.

Look for beauty wherever you are. Someone designed and lovingly put thought into absolutely everything in our material world other than nature! The one GREAT LOVE designed nature! Ponder the love behind all you see, and look for the beauty.

then, if you’re truly in the right mood, BE a beacon of light, goodness, truth, beauty, and inspiration! If you’re not, don’t judge yourself. Instead Practice seeing it and seeking it!

“Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened. ”

We are, in a way, the parents to our inner children. We are the lovers to the parts of ourselves that are in need of validation and care. We are the divine expression of love to any hurting parts and pieces of our spirit within.

We are nothing less than love trying to remember and enjoy itself in a myriad of different forms, and we get back to that truth, one better-feeling thought at a time.

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