Renewing Your Mind: The Mind’s Eye

May 20th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

So much exists that we can’t usually see with our physical eyes. I often think about that when I write about angels, because they’re constantly at work all around us, yet only show up in visible ways in order to accomplish purposes. Many energy waves (such as radio waves) are constantly traveling through the air around us, and subatomic particles are always in matter surrounding us, yet we can’t see those parts of God’s creation without technological devices to reveal them to us.

Renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dali believed that we can see much more of reality through our mind’s eyes than through our physical eyes. Dali painted angels and subatomic particles, as well as many other wonderful images from his creative mind. Often, those images came to Dali in dreams. Dali preferred looking at the world through his mind’s eye, because he believed that it showed him a greater view of reality than what people often think of as “reality” (what can be seen with physical eyes). “One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams,” Dali even said.

What images have come into your mind’s eye lately, and what do they symbolize for you? If you have a story to share about a  clairvoyant vision or miraculous dream, consider emailing me a brief report about it to post on the About.com Angels and Miracles site to inspire others. You can reach me at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Prayer and Peace

May 13th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

The best way to experience peace of mind is to pray.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the connection between prayer and peace, since I’ve recently written articles about the Virgin Mary’s miraculous apparitions at Medjugorje. In her messages there, Mary emphasizes the importance of prayer, saying that it’s only through prayer that people can find true peace — within their souls, and in the world around them.

One time when I especially needed peace — after my mom’s death, when I was carrying out her wishes to scatter her ashes off the coast of Ireland — I had prayed a lot prior to arriving at the Dollymount Strand beach outside of Dublin. By the time I arrived, I felt a strong sense of peace. Then I was delighted to discover that that beach I’d chosen through an Internet search back home in the USA had a feature I hadn’t known about until I was there in person: a tall statue of Mary (“Our Lady Star of the Sea”) on the promontory that jutted out into the sea. My heavenly mother was watching over the memorial event for my earthly mother! I experienced more peace than I could have imagined when I set my mom’s ashes free in the water.

God often answers our prayers for peace above and beyond what we can imagine or ask for, as it says in the Bible: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

No matter what kind of peace of mind you need in any situation, prayer will lead you toward it!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Out of Your Body (But not Your Mind!)

May 6th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

I’ve had a lot of fun lately researching the fascinating phenomenon of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) for my About.com Angels and Miracles site. OBEs happen when people’s souls leave their physical bodies temporarily. That may happen during intense prayer or meditation, while dreaming, or in a near-death experience.

While I haven’t had an OBE myself, I know three people who have: two had an OBE while they were deep in prayer, and one had an OBE as part of a near-death experience during surgery. Each of these people are completely sane and rational individuals, whom I trust. I know that they’re not of their minds; they simply went out of their bodies. Yet when I first heard their OBE stories, I struggled with believing that such an experience could really happen. It sounded too “out there” for me.

The more I’ve learned about OBEs, however, the more convinced I am that sometimes they do actually happen — and for good purposes — when God chooses to allow them. During OBEs, people report, they’re guided by the power of their thoughts. Whatever they think about determines what they experience, to a great extent. Sometimes they may even travel to another dimension during an OBE to learn lessens that strengthen their minds by strengthening their faith.

What do you think about OBEs? Have you ever experienced one? If so, consider sharing your story to inspire others by writing a brief account of it and emailing it to me at aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to post on the About.com site!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Symbols

April 29th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Our dreams and visions speak to us in the language of symbols, since symbols can communicate profound meanings simply, helping us understand our deepest thoughts and feelings. Interpreting symbols involves figuring out two types of associations: both their universal symbolic meanings and what they represent to us personally through our unique connections to them.

As I continue to cover angelic dreams and miraculous dreams for About.com, I’m learning lots of fascinating information about symbols, such as what different colors and numbers mean. Recently, I visited The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida as part of my research for an upcoming series on shapes in dreams. The museum is dedicated to the work of famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who said that his dreams provided the inspiration for his renowned symbolic paintings.

When we receive inspiration from God (or his messengers, the angels) it often comes in the form of symbols designed to help our minds best comprehend what’s happening. For instance, angels often appear to people with wings, even though they don’t actually have wings (they’re purely spirits who can choose to manifest physically in any form) because many people have become culturally conditioned to expect angels to have wings.

What symbols have shown up in your mind lately — either while you’re awake, or while you’re asleep and dreaming — and what do you think they’re trying to tell you?

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Nightmares

April 22nd, 2015 by whitneyhopler

In my most frequent nightmare, I’m back in high school as an adult, embarrassed about the fact that I’m too old to be there (in reality, I have a daughter in high school now!). Recurring nightmares like this are usually the mind’s way of drawing attention to pain that needs to be healed. In my case, the nightmare occurs whenever I’m experiencing a lot of frustration about a situation in my waking life — whenever I feel like I’m being held back from fulfilling my full potential. My mind shows me being literally held back in life, unable to graduate and move forward as I’d like to do.

This nightmare perplexed me for a long time. But ever since I’ve come to understand its meaning, I’ve worked on trying to overcome various frustrations in my waking life and doing whatever I can to achieve my goals.

Some nightmares are deceptive, yet others contain important truths. All nightmares involve bad feelings, but bad dreams can contain good messages that help you discover more about God’s purposes for your life.

What nightmares have you had lately — and what do you think they’re trying to teach you?

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Colorful Dreams

April 15th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Recently, I experienced a dream in which I saw everything through a brown filter. It seemed like I was looking through mud during the entire dream, which involved trying to meet my sister Courtney at an amusement park. No matter how hard Courtney and I tried to get together, something would happen to prevent it. We called each other on brown cell phones to make new plans, only to have those fall through. In the end, I wandered alone around the park — which was completely brown — skipping the rides and wondering when I’d get to see Courtney again.

My dream was all about frustration, and I learned while doing research on color meanings in dreams that brown often symbolizes frustration about something when it predominates a dream. That helped me make sense of the dream. I was indeed struggling with frustration about how difficult it was to get together with Courtney lately; our schedules weren’t matching up as often as I wished I could see her. In my dream, I pictured us back at an amusement park we used to visit together as kids — only now we were adults with obligations that prevented us from meeting there, despite our desire to have more fun together.

Learning about what the brown represented helped me interpret the dream and bring the issue to my attention in my waking life. What colors have stood out in your dreams lately? Check out my About.com site for new articles about colors and dream interpretation.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Dreams of the Future

April 8th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever dreamed about something happening in your life before it actually happened?

Dreams that contain premonitions of the future are called prophetic or precognitive dreams. I’m covering them on my About.com site about angels and miracles right now; hope you enjoy the new content.

While I don’t recall experiencing any prophetic dreams so far in my life, I have had several experiences of receiving premonitions about the future while I’ve been awake. Waking experiences like that fall under the category of extrasensory perception.

The most astounding premonition I’ve received involved meeting my husband. One day I was reading my local newspaper and noticed an announcement for a festival to take place on the upcoming weekend. Suddenly a clear thought came into my mind and I heard a voice speaking to me internally, telling me that I should go to the festival and that I would meet a man there who I would end up marrying. Since I wasn’t looking for someone to marry and wasn’t even interested in the festival’s theme, I thought that was funny. Yet, oddly, I felt compelled to go — and while I was there, I did indeed meet the man who would later become my husband!

Have you ever gotten a premonition about the future that later happened just as predicted? If so, consider sharing your story to inspire others by sending it in for me to post on the About.com site!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Hope

April 1st, 2015 by whitneyhopler

There’s one attitude that has more power than any other to renew your mind: hope. If you’re hopeful, you’re likely to open your mind to other positive attitudes. Hope is the foundation of everything that makes the mind healthy.

As a Christian, I believe in the power of hope that was unleashed during the first Easter, when Jesus Christ was resurrected. Easter will be here soon. So I hope you enjoy the articles on my About.com site about Easter, such as “What is the Easter Miracle of the Resurrection” and “Angels at Jesus Christ’s Resurrection on Easter”.

I’ve just written a new article about the power of hope for Crosswalk.com, called “Will You Dare to be Hopeful When Life Seems Hopeless?”. It describes some lessons I’ve learned about hope in my personal life — and the more I’ve learned about hope, the more my mind has been renewed.

Here’s to more hope in your life, too!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Numbers in Dreams

March 25th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

If you dream about numbers, it’s likely that those numbers have some sort of significance in your waking life. They may symbolize something that’s key for you to figure out in order to understand your dream’s message.

A while ago, I had a recurring dream that featured the house numbers from a former address of mine: 2028. Those were the numbers of my home during a particularly stressful time of my childhood (after my parents had divorced and remarried, and I moved with my mom and sister to another state). The fact that my old house number kept popping up in my dreams inspired me to pray about what it might mean. It turned out that I had some unresolved feelings relating to my childhood during the time I lived there. After I paid attention to those feelings and processed them with God’s help, I found the healing that I needed.

I’ve posted a series of articles on my About.com site about the spiritual significance of numbers in dreams. Hope you find those articles helpful as you interpret the meanings of numbers in your own dreams!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Asleep or Awake?

March 18th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever been asleep, yet thought you were awake? How about awake, but thinking that you’re sleeping?

The transitions between the various states of sleep and wakefulness can be fascinating times. I’m always interested when my cousin, who works as a nurse anesthetist, describes the different levels of sleeping and waking. Our minds are active throughout whichever state we’re in at any given time.

On my About.com site, I’m continuing to cover angels and miracles in dreams, and I’ve recently posted two articles that show how the boundaries between being asleep and being awake can be blurred. In one, “Archangel Michael Apparition in Dream at Healing Shrine,” the person who met an angel was asleep but thought he was awake — only to wake up with physical evidence of the encounter he had while sleeping. In another, “Bible Angels: An Angel Helps Peter Escape from Prison,” the Apostle Peter thought he was asleep when he met an angel, but then discovered that he was actually awake.

Hope you enjoy! And if you’ve ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to post it on the About.com site for readers.

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney