Renewing Your Mind: Clairaudience

January 28th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever had a clairaudient experience — a time when you received a spiritual message in the form of sounds? As part of my current series about extrasensory perception (ESP) for About.com, I’m covering clairaudience and the other types of ESP.

Clairaudience can involve hearing music, singing, or voices speaking a specific message to you in your mind, without any physical source of the sounds around you.

Some of the most famous clairaudient experiences in history involve Saint Joan of Arc, who reported hearing voices from the spiritual realm giving her what they said was God’s guidance, over a period of several years. I hope you enjoy my new articles about Joan and her relationship with Archangel Michael.

I’ve also posted a new article about how to perceive clairaudient messages.

If you’ve had a clairaudient experience and you’d like to share to inspire others through your story, email it to me at:

aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

and I’ll post it on the About.com site.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Clairvoyance

January 21st, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever had a clairvoyant experience — a time when you received a spiritual message in visual form? As part of my current series about extrasensory perception (ESP) for About.com, I’m covering clairvoyance and the other types of ESP. Clairvoyance happens in your mind whenever God gives you such a message during your dreams. When you’re awake, clairvoyance happens through visions that you see with your physical eyes rather than with your “mind’s eye.”

A close friend of mine had a remarkable clairvoyant experience years ago. Hers was of the later variety: a vision while awake. She’d been praying about having another child, which she wasn’t sure was possible for her and her husband. Suddenly she saw a clear image of a baby appear in the air in front of her, and along with the image, she got a strong sense of assurance that she and her husband would indeed have another child. The next year, they celebrated the birth of another daughter — who looked exactly like the image of the baby my friend had seen the year before in the vision!

It’s more common to experience clairvoyance in dreams. I’ve had a few clairvoyant dreams so far in my life, and so have others I know. How about you?

Hope you find this article about how to perceive clairvoyant messages useful.

If you’ve had a clairvoyant experience you’d like to share to inspire others through your story, email it to me at:

aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

and I’ll post it on the About.com site.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: A Famous Inventor’s Mind Experiments

January 14th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

Edison, one of the world’s most famous inventors, was fascinated with the human mind and interested in exploring the spiritual dimension. His work exploring physical science like chemistry, electricity, and machinery is well known. But Edison also worked to investigate the spiritual world by testing what the human mind can perceive beyond the boundaries of the physical senses.

Hope you enjoy this new article I’ve written called Beyond Limits: Thomas Edison and Extrasensory Perception (ESP)!

Renewing Your Mind: Extrasensory Perception (ESP)

January 7th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

This week on my About.com site, I’m starting to cover a fascinating phenomenon of the mind that some people say is miraculous: extrasensory perception (ESP).

I’ll be adding new articles about ESP soon, including those that focus on each of the different forms of this “sixth sense.” Please check them out and hope you enjoy!

Have you ever had an ESP experience? Consider sharing your story with others to inspire them! You can email me your story at aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to post on the About.com site in the “Your Miraculous Experiences” category of true reader reports.

Blessings,

Whitney

 

Renewing Your Mind: New Thoughts in the New Year

December 31st, 2014 by whitneyhopler

As 2015 approaches, many people are resolving to do a better job at something. Common New Year’s resolutions include:

* getting organized

* losing weight and becoming physically fit

* using time or money more wisely

* healing broken relationships with other people

Do you plan to work on any of these in the coming year? Achieving any of these goals begins with changing the way you think. Before you can change your actions, you have to change your attitudes — and that involves renewing your mind.

I hope this blog will be a useful tool for you in that process. Thanks for reading, and if you’re interested in how faith can help you transform your life, please visit my About.com Angels and Miracles site. If you have a true story about an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience you’d like to share to inspire others, please email it to me at aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to publish on the site.

Happy New Year,

Whitney

Share Your True Angel and Miracle Stories

December 30th, 2014 by whitneyhopler

Now that my About.com Angels and Miracles site is active again, I’m excited about reading and posting reader stories again about meeting angels and experiencing miracles (such as answered prayers).

If you have a true story about an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience you’d like to share to inspire others, please email it to me at aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to publish on the site.

Please include your name along with the details. Please keep in mind, as well, that by submitting your story, you agree to have it published on the About.com Angels and Miracles site, and you also agree that the story may be edited for clarity or brevity if necessary before being published.

Thanks for inspiring and encouraging others in our Angels and Miracles community by sharing your story! Reading real-life accounts of angels and miracles in action blesses many people — including me. Learning about readers’ stories is one of my favorite parts of producing the site.

Thanks,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Worry: Shalom Peace

December 24th, 2014 by whitneyhopler

Since my About.com site on angels and miracles has just been resurrected :>) and today is Christmas Eve, I’d like to direct you there to check out a new article that relates to the peace of mind we need to overcome worry. “Peace on Earth: Christmas Angels Delivering God’s Message of Peace” explores the various aspects of shalom peace — the kind of peace that angels proclaimed on the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

Shalom peace refers to complete well-being, with every part of creation existing in harmony with its creator and thriving as a result.

Merry Christmas!

Renewing Your Mind: Worry: Planning for Peace

December 17th, 2014 by whitneyhopler

This Christmas season is the busiest time of year for many people. When angels appeared in Bethlehem on the first Christmas to announce that Jesus Christ had come to Earth, they declared that it should be a time of peace. Now, we often stuff our schedules so full of Christmas activities that we’re stressed to the point of worrying how we’ll be able to do it all.

What we need this time of year is peace of mind.

One of the keys to experiencing that is wise planning. You can start planning well by reflecting on what you’re giving our attention to right now and whether or not each thing you’re focusing on is really worth occupying your mind and schedule. My recent Crosswalk.com article “Have Yourself an Uncomfortable Christmas” challenges you to ask certain questions to pull yourself out of your comfort zone and start focusing on what truly is most worthy of your attention.

Speaking of Christmas, my About.com site about angels and miracles will return later this month after being archived for a while. Thank you, wonderful readers, for continuing to visit the site even while it was archived. The page views have been so high that now it’s being activated once more, and I’ll be able to produce fresh content for it regularly! Since angels and miracles play such important roles in Christmas, the site features lots of Christmas content that I hope you’ll love.

How can you change how you plan your schedule to increase your peace of mind?

Renewing Your Mind: Worry: Closed and Open Doors

December 10th, 2014 by whitneyhopler

Has your life turned out as you expected? Neither has mine.

Lately, I’ve encountered some closed doors in various parts of my life — from career to family — that I would open if I had the power to do so. But since I can’t, I’m faced with a choice: Get stuck staring at the closed doors, or get moving in another direction where I can find open doors.

We all face that choice when opportunities we’d hoped for don’t materialize. Making the right choice — changing direction to look for other doors that may open for us — begins in our minds. It starts with moving away from closed doors rather than wasting time and energy worrying about the fact that we’re not able to do what we’d thought we wanted. Besides the fact that what’s on the other side of closed doors isn’t what’s best for us after all, worrying about them only distracts us from finding the doors we’re meant to open and walk through.

Visiting Hampton Court Palace in England this summer, I learned a lot about doors. The massive complex of buildings contains many different sections built for the courts of various kings and queens, starting with the notorious King Henry VIII. I expected the unexpected when I walked through doors there, because the rooms to which the doors led were all distinctively different. From the outside, the palace has architectural integrity, appearing as one unified whole.  It’s surrounded by carefully manicured gardens that give the whole outside appearance an orderly, symmetrical appearance. But walking through the inside, it seems like a hodgepodge of mismatched (though elegant) apartments.

The difference? Perspective.

Walking through our lives from the inside, we may not understand why certain doors close while others open, and our circumstances may look like a mess. But from the outside — a larger perspective — everything is connected well. I believe that God has the larger perspective on our lives, and we can gain that perspective ourselves whenever we seek his guidance for which direction we should walk.

So rather than worrying about closed doors, we can search for open doors. In the process, we can find peace no matter what circumstances we’re walking through at the moment. I’ll be writing much more about overcoming worry in upcoming blogs…

What closed doors are you facing in your life right now? How can you move away from them and search for open doors?

Renewing Your Mind: Mystery

December 3rd, 2014 by whitneyhopler

A church sign I saw recently made me think: “There are some questions that Google can’t answer.” Even though we live in the digital age, when we have access to more information than at any other time during history — mind-boggling amounts of data — we still haven’t come close to answering every question in life. As an information junkie who loves to research to learn about everything I can, I’m grateful for Google and other search engines that make that research possible. I admit that I get a thrilling sense of power from being able to look up facts quickly and easily. But I’m also grateful that I don’t know everything, and that I actually can’t know everything there is to know in this world. I’m glad that I still have to live with mystery.

Why?

Mystery inspires us to keep asking questions and searching for answers in life. It keeps us from growing complacent and arrogant as we would be if we knew it all. Because we don’t truly know it all, we’re motivated to keep learning and growing, which leads us toward new exciting adventures every day if we choose to be lifelong learners.

Humbling ourselves to embrace mystery and keep learning every day is key to the process of renewing our minds.  This is especially vital when it comes to exploring life’s most important questions (which are the least likely questions to be answered by a simple Google search!).

Sometimes even our own minds are mysterious to us. We may find ourselves thinking something and not know what triggered that thought, for example. As noble as it is to try to become more aware of our thoughts — as I’ve emphasized so far in this blog —  we can get stuck in too much analysis, going around in circles trying to figure out what simply won’t be revealed to us for now.

This is where faith comes in.

The Bible defines faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). As we enter the Christmas season, this is a great time to reflect on how some things truly are greater than what can be encompassed by a computer search or understood completely by our minds.

I  believe that much of what we’ll know one day in heaven is obscured by sin in this fallen world, as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

And what’s even better than knowing fully? It’s being fully known by the One who created us — minds and all — and loved by him completely and unconditionally!

What mysteries intrigue you the most, and why? How has a mystery in life inspired you to seek an answer to a question, and led to greater faith for you as a result?