I never really though about the Divine being grateful. Somehow the idea that God would appreciate me was bigger than the beliefs I was raised with. Nonetheless, the first time I shut my eyes, sat in silence, and asked to see myself through the eyes of God, I experienced a love and appreciation so profound it brought me to tears.
I felt drawn up and behind my human self into a vast and infinite presence. I knew myself as Ann and yet so much more. I was One with a consciousness that spanned universes and felt its love for the experience of this tiny being I called “me,” very much as if I could feel the deep, still ocean appreciating the dynamic experience of individuating as a wave. As “Ann” I felt embraced, treasured, and valued. It changed the way I see myself, even when I am in the depths of my own humanity.
So often I meet beautiful souls who are so hard on themselves, as I once was. We learn artificial, superficial standards of perfection and “holiness” and yet we are already perfect in our essence, already whole, in our being.
We may have an imperfect experience of love, yet we are a perfect love just having an experience.
So as we approach Thanksgiving, by all means give thanks for all you are grateful for, but also take time to sit and receive the love and appreciation of the Divine, the Angels, even our Mother Earth.
Even if no one is expressing appreciation for you at this moment, know you are valued anyway by a Presence far more vast than its individual forms.
I give thanks for you. I value you. You are the ones who motivate me to do all that I do. You are the ones I must stand in front of in all my humanity and profess our divinity. You are the ones I chose to incarnate and journey with upon this school called earth as we explore and expand our collective being...
Here are some pointers this week to help you feel the love and appreciation of those beautiful Beings that love you…
1. Ask to feel the Love and Appreciation of the Divine
Sit quietly. Breathe slowly and deeply. Imagine yourself expanding way beyond your body, up and out as if you are a genie coming out of a bottle, a presence expanding beyond the room, and even the earth itself. Imagine expanding and merging with the infinite.
Now imagine you are looking down upon the earth from the vast reaches of space and beyond, witnessing this infinite energy incarnate in your human body and personality. Sit quietly and ask to see yourself through the eyes of this Infinite Presence. Breathe. Receive the love.
2. Ask to feel the Love and Appreciation of the Angels
Sit quietly. Breathe. Open your heart. Ask one of your angels to step forward and fill you with their appreciation. As you breathe, keep imagining yourself opening the heart like a flower, to receive the sunshine. Intend to feel your angels’ love and appreciation. Breathe. Receive.
3. Ask to feel the Love and Appreciation of Mother Earth
This exercise is best done outside but you can do it in your imagination.
Stand upon the earth. Feel yourself deeply connected to her through the soles of your feet. Thank her for the bounty and gifts she gives you. Tell her you wish to feel her love and appreciation for you. Shut your eyes. Breathe. Feel her energy rising up from the soles of your feet and coursing through you. Open your heart and intend to feel her appreciation for you. Breathe. Open. Feel.
I love you all and I wish each and every one of you a precious and beautiful Thanksgiving whether you celebrate or not, whether you are with family or alone, for in truth, we are all in this together.
Love you all!