Archive for February, 2015

Renewing Your Mind: Dreams

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Soon I’ll be creating new content hubs on my About.com Angels and Miracles site about a fascinating topic: dreams. There’s so much that excites me about what we can learn about our minds (and our faith) from learning about our dreams!

I’ve often gotten creative inspiration for my writing in dreams. That’s just one of a myriad of benefits of dreaming.

Sometimes we even hear from God or his messengers (angels) in our dreams. Sacred texts like the Bible contain many famous stories about people receiving divine messages while dreaming, such as Jacob’s dream of a ladder between Earth and heaven, with angels ascending and descending on it. People today often report receiving inspirational messages through dreams, as well — such as messages delivered by guardian angels.

Have you ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams? If so, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others by having me post it on the About.com site. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Clairsentience

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

One time when my husband Russ was on a business trip to Mexico, he nearly drowned. I was thousands of miles away at the time — taking our daughter to the dentist here in the United States — when all of a sudden I was inexplicably overcome with a feeling that Russ was in serious danger. I felt a wet sensation on my skin when no water was nearby. Then I sensed a strong urge to pray for Russ’ safety. So I did pray for him, silently, standing in the middle of the dentist’s office.

That evening when I spoke with Russ by phone, I told him what had happened and asked him if he’d been in danger during the day. It turned out that he had a team outing on jet skis out in the ocean that afternoon (which I hadn’t known about) and he had accidentally fallen off his jet ski. Then he had been pulled down under the water by a panicking coworker who had also fallen off and grabbed onto him for help.

When we adjusted for the time zone differences, it turned out that at precisely the time that happened to Russ, I had that clairsentient experience. Clairsentience (which means “clear feeling”) is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP) that involves receiving spiritual knowledge in your mind through either your emotions and/or your sense of touch.

How about you? If you’ve had a clairsentient experience that 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: Clairgustance

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

While driving during a heavy snowstorm, I pulled over to the side of the road to let an ambulance through and got stuck in a ditch as a result. Several kindhearted people helped me try to push my car free while snow pelted our faces and cars skidded past us. Stress piled up in my mind as fast as snow piled up on the ground where we stood. So I did what I always do in a stressful crisis: pray.

A sense of peace washed over me afterward, but something else happened that caught my attention. I experienced a distinctive taste in my mouth — white grape juice mixed with vanilla wafer cookies — which brought back comforting memories of the summer days in my childhood when I enjoyed that snack at my great-grandmother’s house. It was just what I needed to snap out of the stress and think clearly about a new strategy for pushing the car, which ended up working. After I got back on the road, thanked the other drivers, and made it safely home, I couldn’t stop thinking about that taste in my mouth. Where had it come from? I had no juice to drink or cookies to eat, yet it tasted as if I had just been drinking and eating at my late great-grandmother’s house, where all seemed carefree.

Tasting something that’s not physically there is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP) called clairgustance. You can develop a sensitivity to such messages if God wants to send any to you, but you’ll probably be taken by surprise if you do have a clairgustant experience, since they’re rather rare. That’s the only one I can remember experiencing in my life, and I still wonder whether the taste came from God answering my prayer, from my great-grandmother sending me a message in response to my prayer to God, or simply from my own mind trying to deal with overwhelming stress by bringing up a comforting memory.

How about you? If you’ve had a clairgustant 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: Clairalience

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Part of my recent series about extrasensory perception (ESP) for About.com includes the phenomenon of clairalience, which involves smelling a fragrance that comes from a spiritual source rather than a physical one. Like all forms of ESP, clairalient messages are perceived in the mind. You can increase your ability to perceive to such messages if God wants to send any to you.

One of the most common types of clairalient messages is a scent that reminds you of someone you’ve loved who has passed away. Scents are powerful memory triggers. Another type of clairalient message involves smelling the sweet fragrance of roses during prayer when no actual roses are around. I’ve had that happen to me a few times when I was praying, and I believe it was a gift from the Holy Spirit to encourage me.

How about you? If you’ve had a clairalient 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