Archive for August, 2015

Renewing Your Mind: Saying Thoughts You Can’t Say

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

What can you do when you  need to say something, but feel like you can’t say it because other people will misunderstand and judge you for doing so?

Lately, my mind has been full of troubling thoughts about a family situation I’m going through in which I feel like I can’t say anything right, because several times when I’ve tried to communicate about it, some people have swooped down over my words and made all sorts of wrong assumptions, making the situation even more stressful with untrue allegations and unfair criticism.

At the same time as I’ve been going through this family struggle and trying to learn from it, I’ve been working on more articles about guardian angels for my Angels and Miracles site. Now I know why people who have developed friendships with their guardian angels treasure the fact that they can communicate purely with those angels about any topic, without misunderstandings and criticism. Unlike fallible human beings, angels can fully understand our thoughts, words, and actions since they can see the true state of our souls — and they are able to truly love us, in any situation.

I’m hoping to get to know my guardian angel better. How about you?



Renewing Your Mind: Does Emotional Energy Attach to Places?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Can the energy from people’s emotions expressed in specific places remain attached to those locations long afterward? That’s something I don’t claim to understand — but I certainly wonder about that, especially after an intriguing experience I had recently in Seattle, Washington.

While touring the city’s underground places in Pioneer Square, my tour guide told heartbreaking stories of suffering that had happened in the places through which we were walking. Then she challenged us to try taking digital photos of the area, saying that many previous visitors had noticed spirit orbs showing up in their photos there. I took her challenge, and was amazed to see that a clearly defined orb appeared in my photo.

What was it, really? I knew from my research and writing about angels that angels often appear in the form of orbs. The tour guide suggested, however, that the orbs showing up in visitors’ photos could be the ghosts of the people who suffered there — whose minds were troubled by emotional anguish before they died. But I don’t believe that myself, since I think ghosts are actually demons (fallen angels) rather than the spirits of people who have passed away. People don’t remain on Earth to haunt it; they go into the afterlife (either heaven or hell) right away, and any ghostly spirits who cause living people to be afraid are demonic in nature.

My hope is that the orb I captured in my photo was a holy angel who was drawn to the spiritual energy of all of the curious visitors opening their minds to consider the suffering that had taken place there and learn from it. But it could have been a fallen angel from the evil side of the spiritual realm who was attracted by the sensationalism of evil in that place.

Could the emotional energy of the pioneers themselves who had suffered there long ago still be hanging around the places where they had lived and died — even when their souls are in the afterlife? I don’t know; that’s an intriguing mystery.



Renewing Your Mind: Changing Your Mind

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

I believe in lifelong learning and am grateful that there’s always something new interesting and valuable to learn each day we’re alive. We get to change our minds about what we think about anything up until our lifetimes run out. But when the end comes, what we think about what matters most — faith — will have eternal consequences.

The article I wrote recently on Archangel Michael and guardian angels visiting dying people really impressed that reality on me. One of the authors I quoted in the piece, Anthony Destafano, has written: “At the moment of death, when our souls leave our bodies, all that will be left is the choice we’ve made. And that choice will be either for God, or against him. And it will be fixed — forever.”

I try to live with an open mind, but an open mind rests on the foundation of core beliefs that are thought through well. And the more I learn about God, the stronger that foundation of belief becomes for me. How about you?



Renewing Your Mind: Keeping Your Legacy in Mind

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Whenever I’m making significant decisions, I remind myself to consider each choice in light of how it will affect the legacy of my life overall. One day my life on Earth will be over — just as yours will, and the lives of everyone we know. It’s not fun to think about the end of our lives, but it’s important to do so, because every decision we make does have eternal consequences. The decisions we make now lead to attitudes and actions that move our lives in a certain direction and shape a distinct legacy for each of us.

I’ve been thinking about that lately as I’ve been working on articles about angels and dying, including the popular portrayal of Archangel Michael in art weighing people’s souls on Judgment Day. The emphasis with that is how their good and bad choices measure the legacy of their lives.

May we focus on what has eternal value as we make decisions today!