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I love this quote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” (by L.M. Montgomery, ‘Anne of Green Gables’). October is the prettiest and perhaps the most magical month of year. As the leaves die, they explode into breathtaking color, while the light and heat of Summer slips into the cool dark of Autumn. This darkness is enhanced by spider webs in crooks and crannies everywhere. Squirrels are busy gathering nuts for the winter and the robins disappear. As we approach Halloween, it’s an all-in celebration of spirit and of those who’ve passed through the veil.
Among this month’s articles, I feature an interview with local Medium Jennifer Lloyd, who communicates with the dead. Her work is remarkable and has brought comfort and healing to many grieving souls. She is hosting a weekend retreat to ‘raise your vibe’ – in Oshkosh in November. (See page 20 for details.)
‘Angel Talk’ is about four real life ghost sightings I’ve had. On page 6 are four of several noted haunted places in Wisconsin. Steve Freier reviews the book, ‘Survival of the Soul and Its Evolution After Death’ and Meredith offers an eye-opening perspective of life before birth.
Adding to the mystique-filled issue is, ‘Crow: Omen of Change’ by Lynne Austin; Amy Wilinski’s ‘Bear Medicine’ and my Red Bird story as a special Halloween treat for you to discover your own animal spirit guide. Enjoy this issue that notes the end of the life-cycle and perhaps the restart?
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September 2017 Issue
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‘They’ weren’t kidding that 2017 would be a wild ride! It is unprecedented what we’re experiencing – from the Solar Eclipse in August, to the floods and fury produced by Harvey. Whether or not we were in direct line of these events, we were all affected by them. If you’ve been in any spiritual practice for any length of time, you likely know the principle that we are all connected. Like dropping a pebble in a pond, the ripples go out and out, impacting all things in the pond. And so it is with us. The Earth is our pond. What happens in one area happens to all areas. You can choose denial and bury your head in the sand, but darkness, in any of its forms, is a call to prayer. I used to do everything I could think of first and if none of that worked, I would pray. But, after going around that mountain too many times, I finally learned that the first thing I/we need to do is pray! This issue is all about prayer.
This reminds me of my work with clients in my intuitive interior design field who have said to me, “I’ve tried everything I could think of (for help with my problem), and now I’m trying Feng Shui.” My question is, why not do the correct thing in the first place? And why don’t we pray about our situations first? Need a prayer partner? See Joyce Meyer Ministries announcement on page 11, and please join in the Annual Unity World Prayer Day is being celebrated by people around the globe, this year on 9-14-17. It is a good reminder of the power of prayer! (See page 18 for more information.)
Let’s all step up to the Light and pray for Peace, Love and Healing – for ourselves and for the world. Years ago (before enlightenment, I say smiling), I used to think, “Is that all I can do is pray?” And now, after listening to the angels’ advice all these years, I’ve come to know that prayer is the most beneficial thing we can do as human beings. Like Dorothy’s fairy godmother in the Wizard of Oz said to her, “You had the power all along, dear.” Let’s please come together and use it.
It’s always rather funny to me that I can plan things like the themes for these monthly issues, then during the process of creating it, the angels nudge me into a different direction. I am reminded once again that this is their magazine. I just follow what they want it to say. It’s that way with everyday life too, isn’t it? How I end up where I do from where I started can befuddle me, but when I look back, I see where I’ve been guided and ‘their’ plan is much better than mine would have been. I continue to realize that this is their show and I am just along for the ride.
This month is all about prayerfulness and ideas for changing our thinking to create more of what we really want. Birds can bring us messages, as well as those other ‘winged ones’ – the angels. Fold 1000 paper cranes (p. 18) and see how peaceful you become. I think my favorite idea of all is to get in the habit of blessing everything (p. 10).
Enjoy reading this issue and please send me your results of trying the various suggestions. I want to know what happens.
Creativity and children go hand-in-hand. I recall art class days were the best days in school because we got to play and make art. What fun! Whenever I’m in that mode of creative play–whether it’s writing this magazine, designing a home, or gathering fabrics for a quilt or craft project, its time well-spent feeding my spirit. Cultivating the qualities of childlike joy and openness as adults is super important. Being creative in whatever form that takes for you is like being a child at play again, no matter your age. We are creative beings and we are here on Earth to do or create something awesome that only we are uniquely called to do. If you don’t think you are creative, listen to your inner voice to remind you of that which you loved doing as a child, and do it again!
This month we are featuring the ‘child-like’ beings known as the elves and fairies, or ‘the wee folk’ as they refer to themselves. We read about them in the fairy tales as children and I’m sharing their ideas of how we can (finally) acknowledge them and work together, Angel Talk, page 4.
If you had a childhood you’d rather not remember, Kathleen Jacoby offers a way to have a happy childhood after all by reclaiming your inner child, page 6. To encourage playfulness, read about her, ‘Plumplets,’ page 15. Other articles include how to create good fortune by choosing the right words, from affirmation goddess, Louise Hay, page 12. Ideas to protect your creative life, from Meredith Young-Sowers, page 16. Dana Claudat chimes in with how to expand your creative genius, page 18; and Bev Brunelle shares how changing your focus creates new possibilities, page 19.
I hope the ideas in this issue will ignite your creative spark! Have a safe, happy and a wildly creative July!