Archive for May, 2015

Renewing Your Mind: Dreaming the Right Dreams

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The popular inspirational saying “You can do anything you want to do” is well-meaning, but untrue. Too often, we chase dreams that seem at first like they’re good ideas, only to find that they aren’t the right dreams for us. So I believe that a key step toward making our dreams come true is discovering what dreams we should focus on first. That’s part of the message of my young adult novel Dream Factory, which is set in Hollywood, California during the classic “old movie” days — the 1930s.

Aspiring actors and actresses in the novel dream of making it big in the motion picture industry that was known as the world’s “dream factory.” When they struggle to see some of their dreams become reality, they find themselves in a different kind of dream factory – one in which God and his angels challenge them to transform their dreams. If you’re a young adult, or have a special young adult in your life, I hope you’ll consider Dream Factory for your reading list (or gift list) this summer!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: The Mind’s Eye

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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!)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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