Faith

coco beach pier, fl
Coco Beach, Florida, November 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Faith is believing what you can’t see. Faith goes hand in hand with trust, peace, and freedom. To be truly free and have peace is to trust and have FAITH that God is taking care of you and you are exactly where you’re meant to be right now. The exact size, shape, job, relationship, situation…

To have full faith is akin to being a child and believing you are being taken care of.

Remember that feeling as a kid, you had no worries or cares. You knew your parents were taking care of you and you felt safe and loved. That’s where we need to go now, as adults. Have child-like innocence, once again. Have faith that God is taking care of everything and we’re free to feel safe and loved again.

Change comes from chaos.

It’s not easy, especially when we’re being bombarded by news of a declining economy and a recession looming above us, like a huge dark cloud. But change always comes from chaos. So, we have to go through some conflict, some chaos, some unsteady times, to come out the other side to change. Change is always a good thing. Keeps us fresh and growing. What good could possibly come from thousands of people loosing their jobs? Losing their homes? Well, for starters, people will slow down. Hopefully take time to look at their life, where they’ve been, where they are now and where they would like to be. They’ll see what’s truly important. Working long hours to make partner or get the corner office or make another $50,000 a year, will suddenly seem less important than making their son’s baseball game, watching their daughter’s ballet recital, eating supper with their family, spending quality time with their family, spending time with their spouse, getting to know and rekindle their relationship with their loved ones.

Remember the Mayan calendar and 2012. In order for us to achieve that new consciousness, we need to go through a lot of changes. They way we do business, the type of businesses we’re running. It’s all going to change. There will be more and more people working for themselves, being their own bosses, setting their own timelines. You’ll most likely notice a lot more “Mom and Pop” shops popping up and a lot less “box-type” stores.

Just for today…feel like a kid again. Sit on a swing, eat some cotton candy!

So try, just for today, to feel like a kid again. Go for a run in the park. Sit on a swing, eat some cotton candy! Do something fun and impulsive. Then take a moment to thank God for who you are and where you are. And thank him for making you feel so safe and loved. Then feel safe and loved! And have faith that everything is OK in your world.

I’m heading to Disney World in Orlando today. I’ve never been and I figure it’s high time. I feel like a little kid inside, excited about meeting Mickey Mouse and my favorite, Pluto! Of riding on all the amazing rides. Of feeling like a kid again and letting go of all the adult worries that drag us down! I can’t wait!

w.

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Living in the Light

portal view of bahamas lighthouse and sea gull
This photo was taken through the portal in my stateroom, Bahamas, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

The most common question I’m asked these days is “Wow, What have you done to yourself? You look awesome. Are you in love?” Well, that’s two questions and one comment! The short answer is: I found myself and yes, I’m in love, with me and my life. The long answer is, well… long. So, now would be a good time to get that glass of water, cup of tea, or whatever and settle in.

I didn’t respect me, lived my life for others

I’ve lived my whole life for others. It never mattered what I felt or wanted. I always put others first. I always felt they were more important and were more deserving than I. I felt unworthy. I was always hard on myself, neglected myself. I didn’t love me. I didn’t respect me. I was miserable. I hated my life. I kept looking outside for love and acceptance. I tried using food and shopping to feel fulfilled. No such luck. I just felt worse. It was a vicious circle. Health problems started creeping up. I felt like I was living under a massive dark cloud. What I wanted most in my life, was someone to love and accept me, even when I couldn’t love and accept me.

So what changed? I was lovingly woken up from the nightmare life I created for myself and given guidance, one step at a time, on how to get out from under the massive dark cloud and step into the light where I truly belong.

I credit Archangel Michael for waking me up, and, along with my guardian angels, Jesus and other ascended masters for showing me the light. I know it sounds corny, but trust me, I’m living proof. So have a little faith, ok. What have you got to loose? Except for more time living under the massive dark cloud. I know, I’ve been there and it’s so much nicer over here in the light!

I started getting these strong feelings to go to the local bookstore, specifically to the new age/occult section. Now, I was raised catholic and until recently, regularly attended Sunday Mass, even played the organ at Mass for thirteen years.  I know for a fact that good catholic girls don’t hang out in the new age/occult section of the local bookstore. So, where did that leave me? I’ve always been drawn to metaphysics, new age, and psychic phenomenon. Being catholic just didn’t mesh with my interest so I put it to the back of my mind. But, something, or someone, kept calling me to that section at the bookstore. So, I would go and stand in front of the books and just stare, hoping something would jump out at me or make some sort of sense as to why I was being drawn there. Then I saw it. A book about angels. Cool. I picked it up, found a seat on the windowsill and perused the book. I kept this up for weeks. Eventually I was drawn to angel oracle cards. OUCH! Don’t forget – I’m still a practicing catholic at this point and I was definitely walking a thin line. It took me about a month before I found the perfect deck of angel oracle cards. Saints and Angels angel oracle cards by Doreen Virtue. Saints and Angels. What could be wrong with them? So I bought them. I was hooked. I just loved the beautiful, loving, warm messages I received from the Saints and Angels. I bought more books, more oracle cards, more books and even more cards.

From the books, I learned about Hay House Radio. I started tuning in to listen to their shows. I learned about Louise Hay and bought her book “How to Heal your Life”, and her DVD of the same title. Amazing information. They should be teaching this stuff in school. If only I had known then, what I know now, how different my life would have been. Then again, if I didn’t live my life the way I did, I wouldn’t be who I am right now or where I am right now and I’m in a pretty good spot right now!

Suddenly… things made perfect sense.

I changed the way I viewed myself, the way I spoke about myself, the way I thought about myself, and the way I took care of myself. I began to appreciate who I am and what I have to offer myself and the world. That massive dark cloud above me began to move away. I started to look at myself, take a good hard look and an inventory of where I’ve been and what I’ve learned. I needed to determine what mistakes or lessons I hadn’t quite grasped yet so I could learn what I needed to so I could let them go and stop making them over and over. It felt like, once the cloud started to move away from me, I could see and understand things, which I didn’t or couldn’t before. Suddenly things made perfect sense, but they didn’t before? Almost overnight!

I was guided to a naturopath doctor who has helped me enormously. I was guided to change the food I eat, add more fruits and vegetables and a variety of other foods, some of which I never heard of before and certainly can’t pronounce. The naturopath suggested a detox to start. Hard stuff, but definitely worth it. I was drinking so much pop, eating foods with preservatives, fast foods, popping Motrin/Advil and Tylenol without even thinking about what it was doing to me. When the detox was over, I thought I was home free. Another detox followed with another dietary change. This continued on and on. It’s still on-going! It gets tiring but I know it’s working! Just look at me!

So, I was eating better than I ever had and exercising on a regular basis. Life was good. Or so I thought.

Things started falling apart… But I’m living in the light – things aren’t supposed to fall apart when you’re living in the light… or so I thought.

Then things started falling apart. Dad got sick. Real sick. He was healthy as a horse during the winter, but come May, he was in pretty bad shape. He was having trouble breathing. By the last weekend in May he was in obvious distress. The visits to the hospital started that weekend. By the end of June he was in for good. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in June or early July. He died on August 8, 2007. I was floored. I really thought…well I don’t know what I thought. That he would get better? That he would live another couple months in distress? I don’t know.

We had a beautiful funeral at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Ottawa, on Saturday, Aug 10. I remember standing on the stairs watching them put his casket in the hearse and waiting for the car to drive away. But it didn’t. And I could feel the emotions welling up in me and my heart breaking. I just couldn’t stand the feeling of standing there watching him being taken away. It was killing me inside. And I kept waiting, thinking “please hurry up, I can’t take much more of this”. Then I realized the car wasn’t going anywhere. I could hear the car trying to turn over, but it didn’t. The car wasn’t starting. It broke down there, right in front of the church. I burst out laughing! That was my Dad! He hated being the centre of attention and it would drive him crazy to have all of us standing there weeping as we watched him drive off. He would prefer to have us all laugh and go have a drink instead! I prefer his way!

Two weeks later, I had to put my seventeen year old cat, Frisky, to sleep. I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. But it was. I adopted a young cat from the humane society a couple of months later. Ginger. She was a real doll.

In October, my house was broken into. That really shook me. Where were the angels then? How could I be surrounded by them and loved by them and my home was broken into?

I was broken…I was raw…I was experiencing pain like I’ve never experienced before.

A week later, Ginger got underfoot, I tripped and stepped on her. She died on the way to the animal hospital. I was broken. I was raw. The feelings were so raw. I never experienced anything like this before. I was always so numb before, now, living in the light, I was experiencing pain like I’ve never experienced before.

I thought once I followed by true path (in the light) all would be rosy and perfect… this wasn’t rosy or perfect…

Mom drove us to the animal hospital. I left Ginger’s body there, filled out paperwork through a veil of tears. We sat in the parking lot and I remember shaking my head and saying repeatedly: “I don’t get it. What am I missing? I just don’t get it.” I thought once I followed my true path, all would be happy and rosy and perfect. This isn’t perfect or happy. I don’t get it. Mom was very worried about me and didn’t know quite what to do. I assured her I would get through this somehow. I just needed time to figure out what was going on.

I got home, hugged my other cat Miss Kitty, filled the tub with hot water, searched the cupboard for something hard and stiff to drink but all I found was Baily’s. I poured a large class of Baileys, sat in the tub and sobbed. Then I starting firing questions out to whomever was around to answer them. What am I missing? What am I supposed to learn from this. Couldn’t I have learned this without Ginger dying? I just don’t get it. Can someone explain this to me.

Answers were coming at me, as fast as I was throwing questions at them. I just wasn’t in the frame of mind to hear what they were saying so I shut it all out. The main difference from the way I handled Ginger’s death and the way I’ve handled everything else that has ever happened to me in my life was this: I asked, what am I supposed to learn from this? Not the usual: Why? Why me? Why is this happening to me. So, even though it was a very dark time for me, living in the light (even a small portion of the light for a small time) was enough for me to realize that there’s more to life than we realize. We really are here to learn something and every obstacle, issue, situation, is for a reason. I find that once we accept that we learn a lot faster and easier.

I don’t believe in coincidences…everything happens for a reason

I’ve always believed that there is a reason for everything. I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason. This drives a lot of people crazy and they question me about it, rather harshly at times. I don’t have all the answers. I have some, we all have some. But, it’s not up to us to know everything. This problem you’re living through right now, even though it seems like the biggest obstacle in your life and you don’t think you’ll ever be able to overcome it, it could be just a little pebble in the grander scheme of things. Maybe you have to go through this so you’ll change the way you think, or you’ll change the people you’re hanging out with. And because you change the people you’re hanging with, you’ll meet new people, which will lead you to meeting the most amazing person of your life, or your dream job… you just never know.

When a door closes a window opens…you need to make sure you’re ready and able to climb through that window

What’s that saying? When one door closes, another opens. If another door doesn’t open, then you can bet a window will and you need to make sure you’re fit and ready to climb through it.

God Bless!

w.

Peace

Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL
Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Peace.

When I hear this word I think of the prayer, peace be with you, peace be in you, peace be around you.

Peace. What does peace mean to you? Peace and quiet?

Peace for me means being grounded, in the moment, completely connected with myself and earth and heaven all at the same time. Some may find this hard to believe, but achieving peace is relatively easy. You just need to connect with yourself, find happiness and love from within then peace comes to you.

Don’t look outside for love, happiness and fulfillment… look INSIDE!

So many people look outside of themselves for love, happiness and fulfillment. They surround themselves with material things trying to fill a void they’re feeling within. Buying bigger houses, bigger TVs, trucks/cars. Some people turn to alcohol, drugs or food to fill that void. Everything they try only lasts a little while. Then they find themselves right back where they were. Lonely, like they’re missing something. What they’re missing is love and happiness and it can be found from within.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 and what some people in the New Age/Metaphysical world are calling the end of time. I’m no expert on this subject, but I do have some thoughts about it. I don’t believe the world is going to end. What I believe is the world we know today, will end. It’s changing already. As I mentioned earlier, so many people have been feeling a void within themselves and have been trying to fill that void with material things. More and more people are realizing that the material things aren’t doing the trick and they’re looking for more. Many are turning to organized religions or finding their own spirituality. They’re discovering what’s been missing all this time, was always within them. Call it God (I do) or a higher power, doesn’t mater what it’s called, just that you recognize there is more to this world than material stuff. What I see happening in 2012 is more and more people will turn away from the “me” consciousness and the “material” world and will become more focused on the spiritual world and on helping and serving others.

So what does this have to do with Peace or How do we find peace?

You find peace by focusing on service to God

You find peace by focusing on service to God. When we do this, we suddenly become awake to our spiritual gifts and what our purpose here on earth is. The more we focus on this, the more love and happiness fills us. The more love you feel for yourself, the more you’re able to love everyone around you. Loving yourself and others, brings happiness, which brings…PEACE!

How do you focus on serving God?
You can start with meditating. I know, I know. I’ve heard it before and most of it from myself. Meditating? Are you crazy? I don’t do that? I don’t have time for that. Trust me, meditating is the best way to connect with your higher power and to receive messages from the Divine. I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s easy, because it’s not. It takes practice and patience. We’ve been raised in a very fast-paced society where, taking five minutes a day to just sit still and listen, is a very difficult task. But trust me, it’s sooooo worth it.

First thing you need to do is open your heart and your mind.

You don’t need to sit cross-legged on a pillow on the floor, (unless you want to!) You can lie on the floor, on your bed, sit on a chair, doesn’t matter. What’s important is you’re comfortable. Begin with five minutes. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths. Pay attention to how you’re breathing. In and out, in and out. Can you hear or feel your heart beat? Listen to the beat of your heart. Feel your body. How does it feel? Heavy? Light? Tight muscles? Feel yourself in your body. Take another deep breath, wiggle your fingers and your toes, open your eyes and Congratulations! You just meditated!

Next time, make it longer and take it a step further. Thank God (or your higher power) for everything you’re grateful for in your life. The more gratitude you have, the more abundance you bring into your life. Now you’re ready to talk to God, your angels, Spirit Guides, whomever you wish! Just put your question out there and listen for the answer.

How can I best serve you God? What is my life-purpose? What do I need to do to find happiness? I don’t like my job, what career would best suit me so I can serve you? Is there a soul-mate out there for me? I’m having a hard time financially, what can I do to have an abundance of wealth in my life?

Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!

You’ll get guidance, usually right away, so be open to receiving it. If you’re doubting what you get, then ask the messenger to send you a sign in the physical world that is very clear and easy for you to understand, validating the messages you received. Then be open to the signs. One thing I’ve learned with the angels, spirit guides and ascended masters, is they don’t give you the whole plan up front. They give you bits and pieces a little at a time. Kind of like handing you pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and you’ve got to put it together, or shining a light on the next step on your path, but the rest of the path is still in the dark. Only one step at a time. So, if you get a message to go to a store, join a club, etc., then just do it, because you don’t know what the next step will be or what it will bring you. Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!

How do you love yourself?

You start by looking yourself in the mirror every morning and, looking yourself in the eye, you say, I love you (your name), I really really love you. You are worthy of love!

Trust me, it’s not easy and may take some time, but it is so worth it!!!

Louise Hay’s “You can Heal your Life” DVD is a great tool for brining more joy, love and happiness into your life.

If you’re interested in learning more about loving yourself and using affirmations, Louise Hay’s DVD “You can heal your life” is a great resource.

Love and light to you today and always!

w.

Freedom…Ask, Seek, Knock!

A local fisherman on the pier Kailua Kona, hi
A local fisherman on the pier – Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Freedom. What does it mean to you?

The definition from the Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary is:

1: the quality or state of being free: as

a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
c: the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous “freedom from care”
d: ease, facility “spoke the language with freedom”
e: the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken “answered with freedom”
f: improper familiarity
g: boldness of conception or execution h: unrestricted use “gave him the freedom of their home”

2 a: a political right
b: franchise, privilege

For some, freedom might mean being debt free, retiring at 55, living pain free, not being confined to a bed with an illness, living in a country where you can choose your religion without fear of persecution, or perhaps being able to speak your truth.

Let me ask you this: are you free?

Once again, it means something different to everyone. Let me ask you this: are you free? If not, why not? What is holding you back from achieving freedom in your life right now? What are you waiting for? For the bills to be paid, until you’re retired or you have more time?

Once you define what freedom means to you, then try working towards achieving it; one small step every day and, before you know it, you’ll have reached your goal!

What does freedom mean to me? No restrictions. Being able to come and go as I please. I’m working on this goal right now. Self-employment seems to be the answer for me to reach my freedom. I’m looking forward to it!

Because of free will, your angels can’t intervene in your life until you ask them to

Remember that you have angels around you all of the time and they’re just waiting to help you. Because of free will, they can’t intervene in your life until you ask them for help – unless, of course, your life is in mortal danger and it’s not your time to die. So ask for help. You want freedom? Ask for it.

One of my favourite passages in the bible is:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God…ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be open to you…

So, what are you waiting for?

Ask, Seek and Knock!