A Journey Into My Heart

I really wasn’t sure what I was in for when I signed up for a Sacred Bean Cacao Ceremony.  All I knew was that it made me feel excited, it was connected to the Mayans, and I would be drinking a cacao drink~~ it sounded like a great evening for me.

And let me say, it went beyond my expectations, even though I had none to begin with, for how the evening would play out.

Peter, our shaman for the evening has been working with the cacao bean for years, and was told, prior to even knowing what these ceremonies were all about, that he would be doing them.  And I can see why.  His energy is calm, and knowledgeable and he holds a wisdom in his aura about what each person will experience.

The evening started off with some scientific backing as to why this stuff works.  Basically, it enlarges your heart; it opens you up to feeling your heart center, and removing any blockages.  This strain of cacao bean is the only one that is able to do that, as it is not processed, or heated past a certain point that takes it’s properties.

Peter let us all choose our own cacao bean.  As soon as I had mine in my hand, I felt my energy begin to shift.  I rubbed it, I held it, and I wanted to taste a bit of it.  We had been told that they can be quite bitter (especially compared to what we are used to) and so I hesitated in tasting mine.  The bean looks no different than I would expect it to~~ small, smooth, very little smell, however it was much smoother and lighter than I would have thought.

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As our ceremony began, we called in the energies from the West, North, East and South.  As we activated the West, I fingered my bean, and thought how I would like to taste it.  A piece literally crumbled into my fingers, and so I put it in my mouth, and was pleasantly surprised at the taste.  I found it to be almost tasteless but enough sweetness to make it enjoyable… and that’s where my journey began.

As we went from each direction, I had animal spirits coming forward…

a lion (As such, lions symbolizes emotions that are difficult to manage, such a anger or fear.) 

 a wolf (Wolves are wild animals that are not easily domesticated and when they appear as spirit guides, they could be an invitation to look at what supports your authentic self and the true expression of yourself. The wolf totem is a reminder to keep your spirit alive and trust your instincts to find the way that will best suit you.)

and a bear (The spirit of the bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. When the bear shows up as a spirit guide in your life, it’s perhaps time to stand for your beliefs or your truth. This power animal will provide for support and strength.  The bear is also a guide to take leadership in your life or in other people’s lives. This animal is feared and admired for its strength. Its presence inspires respect. Its strength and powerful stature will inspire you to step into a leadership role in your life and take action without fear.  Interestingly, in Siberia, the name used to designate women shaman is the same as the word “bear”. In Northern America, in the Inuit tradition, the bear spirit animal is also connected to the shamanic tradition and women.

As we went to the higher world, I had a woman’s face in a star show up and smile at me, and as we invited in our ancestors, another woman, this one much older, wiser, and familiar came forward.  She smiled at me and her eyes crinkled…. she was so joyful.  At this point I was overcome with emotion… pure gratitude for those who were coming forward for me.

At the beginning of the session, we were invited to play in whatever way Spirit led us to do.  We were given markers, pencil crayons, oil pastels and paper.  There were instruments of all different kinds to make music with, crystals to hold onto, and smudging materials to cleanse ourselves with if we chose.

I drew and wrote a lot.  Spirit continued to come forward with many messages for me.  I started off with my hands tied behind my back, my heart closed to anything and everything that the Universe had to offer me.   The song, ‘Sweet Caroline’ started humming in my head, and I keep thinking of the ‘Bon, bon, bon!’ that everyone loves to join in on.  What I realized in my journey into my heart, was that this closed off heart, the one that is afraid to love fully, to connect deeply with others, simply needed to reach out, to connect with others, to break the chains that have been binding me (the chains being there because I created them)  It seems I have spent many lifetimes alone, as connecting with others would only bring hurt.  This time around I have filled my life with so many, and yet, don’t always feel the connection…. because I won’t allow it to happen (with myself either)

As we continued to journey forward, I found myself being transformed like a butterfly, stepping into my power, and embracing my full feminine divine.  I was reminded of the wisdom that I carry within me, and the wisdom that the feminine divine within me carries as well.  I (like all of us) am a Creator in my world.  I am able to create that which I am wanting to see, into my life.  The only thing that will stop me, is myself, if I allow it.

As my journey came to an end, I was greeted with an Owl, sitting at a desk.  He had a book for me, that was locked, and then handed me the key, and told me that the book was now mine to use and implement whenever I was guided to.  The book was a Book of Wisdom.  As I came home and read what the animal message for Own is, it only makes sense that Owl showed up.

( The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life.) 

This was the perfect gift to end the ceremony and I felt as though my journey was completed.  I received answers that I needed to hear, while also shedding layers of fears, hurts, angers and disappointments that I no longer wished to carry with me.

 

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Every person that attended, had a unique experience… some drawing, some dancing, some chanting and singing, some playing music~~ but one thing that remained the same was the childlike joy and wonderment that we all felt at the end.

If you haven’t had a chance to do a Sacred Bean Ceremony yet, I highly suggest you do~~ you won’t be disappointed with the love you receive.

 

Until next time,

xoCatherine

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

 

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Expect The Best Life by Expecting Nothing at All!

Imagine this:  You wake up one morning, and decide, ‘I’m going to have a good day.  I will have a positive attitude, and I will be happy until I go to bed.”  Half an hour later, a fight with a teenager has put you in a tailspin, and you’re not feeling very positive at all.  But how did that happen?  You woke up with the intention to be positive…. so why didn’t it work?

Expectation.

We all have it.  We expect to get the job we want.  We expect for our spouse to act or react a certain way.  We expect that certain behaviors will get us the rewards that we desire.  And isn’t that what ‘The Secret’, The Law of Abundance, and the Law of Attraction are all about?  Expecting great results, and then seeing them?

I had this happen just three days ago.  I woke up in a great mood, I had a plan of serenity set out for the day.  I was going to be calm, peaceful and ‘zen’; it was where my mind was at.  And then only half an hour later, I was a screaming monster, as my teenage son got under my skin (the way that he knows how) and I asked myself, ‘What is the lesson in all of this?’

It took me a few days of stewing, complaining, rewinding and replaying our fight.  It was a dumb one (as they usually are) and he pushed all the right buttons (as he usually does) to get me to react (as I usually do).  What pissed me off about it this time around that hadn’t happened before, was that it took me right off my idea of what my day was going to look like.

Arguing with a self-absorbed teen is not a positive day.  Or was it?

You see, so often, we get caught up in this idea of what is good, and what is bad.  We don’t see things as just being..  We label them.  We categorize them.  We judge them.  And we expect them to bring along certain results.

I have a sign in my house that says ‘It is what it is’.  My mom has made fun of how often I say this.  The car breaks down.  It is what it is.  The kids are sick.  It is what it is.  I would not let these things bother me, because there was nothing I could do to change them, but I had realized over the years that by just accepting them, and dealing with them (and knowing that they couldn’t ruin my day) I was able to work through them, and always found a positive spin on them.

But this moment with my teenager, my first thought was not, ‘It is what it is’.  My first thought was ‘How dare he take my day away from me!?’.  I called my sister, I posted on facebook.  I didn’t allow the moment that happened an hour ago to stay where it was… I continued to carry it with me.  He, I blamed, had ruined my day.

But…

Actually, It was me.  I ruined my day.  The moment I decided to attach that moment… that argument to the rest of my day; the moment I decided to say this is ruining xyz, rather than stating this is what it is; the moment I lost control of my own boundaries, and my own ideas of what was good and what was bad…. that’s how I ruined my day.

We all have our own power.  We all get to choose what is going to affect us and what is not going to affect us.  We get to choose how we will end each moment… whether we will let it go, or continue to carry it with us.  We get to choose how we will label each situation… is it good, or is it bad, or is it simply what it is?  A situation, in a small moment in time, that we can’t erase, that we can’t take back.

When we allow ourselves to let go of the expectation, we leave no room for disappointment.  We may go in with an awareness to any situation (I am aware that my resume is kick ass, so I have a great chance at getting the job) but we don’t need to have the expectation (I expect that I will get this job, because of my resume, and if I don’t, everything in my life is a failure).  We may have an awareness that someone is a liar, so then we are not disappointed when they do lie to us.

The next time you find yourself in a situation that has you feeling anything other than neutral, tell yourself to let go of your expectations of the results, and simply just see it as it is.  You will notice that your attachment becomes lessened as you bring your awareness to the neutrality of each situation that we encounter.  Not good, not bad, just as it is.

 

Until next time,

xoCatherine

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

Stepping Into Nothing-ness

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Ahhh, the dog days of summer.   I am sitting on my back deck, listening to the kids splash in our 3ft pool,  I have my laptop in front of me, a book beside me, and a cold glass of water to drink.   This is what my summer has looked like… my feet up, and simply relaxing.  Sure, I have times when ‘things’ need to get done~~ the laundry, washing the floors, playing personal taxi cab service~~ but for these 2 months of summer, I have taken time off, to hang with my kids, and to simply just ‘be’.

In the hustle bustle of life, I often forget to allow myself to just ‘Be’.  There’s a mountain of things that need to be done~~ laundry, dishes, floors washed, emails read, client bookings~~ I could go on forever.

But this summer, I have decided (and more or less guided by Spirit) that it would be important for me to take a time out… to let myself lay around a bit, and just enjoy my time.  At first I thought it was because my youngest was starting school, and it’s my last summer with him before he turns into a big boy.

And with only three weeks of summer vacation gone by, I know that it’s a bit true, but even more true, is that my Soul needed this.  My Soul needed me to turn down the volume of the ‘to do list’, and just rest a bit.

In her book, ‘Soul Vows’, Janet Conner states “God spoke the world into existence for 6 days, and then exhaled and rested on the 7th.  But we humans, with our endless to-do lists and bottomless sense of self importance, keep ourselves in full go mode all day long, all week long, all year long.  And then, we wonder why we’re weary right down to our Souls.  I think God has it right, take a rest already’. 

I read these words last week for the first time, when I was feeling as though I should be doing work, and yet I couldn’t be, because the kids were home.  And as I read them, I realized just how important this gift was that I gave myself.

In hindsight, I can say, I have actually gotten a lot more accomplished by doing ‘nothing’ than I have when I have had a full schedule.  I have begun a large portion of a book that was in my mind for some time, as I was able to connect with spirit in my ‘nothing-ness’, and hear what needed to be written.  I was able to get a large chunk of a class I will be teaching in the fall written, when I normally procrastinate until the last minute.

In my ‘nothing-ness’ Spirit has been able to reach me in new ways, speak to me in the silence, and help me continue my work in a state of Being rather than Doing.

And as an added bonus, I have been able to spend more time with my children, playing, colouring, running, walking, swimming, driving them to different destinations~~ all with a clear mind and no ‘set schedule’ of what needs to be done.

Have you had a chance to slip into nothing-ness yet?  I hope you join me, and find the peace that lies there waiting.

 

Until next time,

 

xoCatherine

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To The Boy Who Called My Daughter Fat

My 11 year old daughter came home last month, crying, because you told her she was fat and ugly.  With her blonde hair, blue eyes, 5’4″, 100lb frame, she sobbed in my arms.  And it’s not because there is any truth in your words~~ she is far from fat, and far from being ugly.  No, what you did, by calling her fat, by calling her ugly, was open the door to a whole new world, that my little girl never knew before.  That she would be judged on the way she looked.  That someone could make her feel as though she didn’t matter, her feelings didn’t matter, her love didn’t count.  Because you called her fat.

I remember those days.  I was in grade 6 the first time a boy called me fat.  In fact he told me that I should try and sit in the shade because my lard would start to melt if I were to sit in the sun.  I was 12.  I sat under the trees and cried.  That was the first incident.

The following year, puberty set in.  I grew boobs that I tried to hide (but couldn’t as I seemed to go to a D cup overnight) and my hips got wider.  I grew what people called ‘baby fat’.   I was at that awkward pre-teen age… not comfortable in my own skin as it was changing so rapidly.

At summer camp, I overheard a boy telling his friends that I was the ugliest dog (woof woof) that he had ever seen.  By this time, thoughts of my ‘fatness’ were becoming increasingly greater, and being told now that I was ugly as well, broke my heart a little bit more.

In grade 8, I decided to start to diet.  I wanted to be liked, to be included.  I would have boyfriends now and again, but if we broke up, I was suddenly Fat.  Ugly.

Half way through the year, I tried starving myself.  It didn’t work too well.  I liked food too much.  So then I decided to stick my finger down my throat.  This only lasted a few days before my parents caught on to what I was doing and had me stop.

I went to counselling then.  I spoke to a lady who made me close my eyes and walk towards a beautiful stream.  All the while, I wanted to scream, ‘This isn’t going to make me skinny!  This isn’t going to make me loved!’.  I quit going after that.

High school I thought may be different.  Boys are more mature then, right?  It turned out not.  I was still fat, so why would they mature?

My depression grew, my body shaming/body hating grew.  Time after time, if I had a crush on someone I would be teased that I would never ‘get him’ because I was ‘too fat’.  When a boy gave me attention, I would let him do whatever he wanted, because in my mind, I must be okay enough for him.

When I got into my first long term relationship, my boyfriend told me that I was fine enough, but if I was to get any fatter he would have to leave me.

Do you see a pattern here?

I am not trying to get any sympathy.  In fact, my own struggles with body image, self esteem have gone from sadness, to anger, to revenge to empowerment.  I, too, have been caught up in the moment of wanting to be cool, to be liked, and called others’ fat, ugly, etc, and then hated myself for months for doing so.

You see, young man who called my daughter fat, what you have done, is followed in the footsteps of every man/woman/child before you, who believes that the way we look (whether that be up to the standards or not) should define who we are as a person.  That the way our bodies have been created, in all of their perfection, is somehow wrong.

And what have you done to my daughter?

You crushed her a little at first.  But, given the fact that I have been down this road before of being hated on for my body, I was able to talk to her.  I was able to point out to her all of the beautiful things her body can do (she’s athletic, a fast runner, a great gymnast, she can dance, and swim, and walk~~ she has no limitations, unless she gives them to herself) and all of the great things her body will do (have first kisses, explore the world, have babies, etc).

We were able to have a heart to heart talk about bullying, about being proud of the skin you’re in, and about loving the hell out of our bodies.  We were able to do some healing together, and move from tears to giggles.

I don’t know the hurt that you have gone through, young man.  I don’t know where you get your societal beliefs of what a woman’s body should look like.  I can only pray, that your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter, never have to look in the mirror and hate the way they look, starve themselves to be thin, or cry themselves to sleep because of the standards that you, and the society around you has placed on them.

My daughter will be fine.  She’s a tough one.  Just like her mother.  And she will raise a daughter of her own, who I hope never hears the same judgement on her own body.  Some day it will change.  It has to.  Otherwise, what are we actually learning from the history that continues to repeat itself?

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Side of a ‘Healer’

Imagine this.  Your life has been disrupted.  You found out you have a disease.  Or there was a death in the family.  A divorce.  Childhood abuse is coming forward as an adult.  And you are looking for help.  You are vulnerable and afraid.  You need someone who will help you work through these emotions, someone who has a strength that you have forgotten you possess; someone you can trust, and tell your fears to.  Where do you go?  Who do you seek?

This is the first time I have talked about an experience I had last summer on a public forum.  I have spoken to girlfriends, and some healer colleagues of mine about my experience, and now I want to share it with you.

On a trip to the grocery store, a man waved at me from his vehicle.  I gave a half wave, not recognizing who he was and parked my vehicle.  As I walked into the store, he pulled up beside me, and asked if I was married.  I replied yes, and he said, yah, I knew it.  Can you give me a moment of your time.  I have some things from Spirit to share with you.

Being a healer, a psychic, I was kind of excited.  I was going to have my own little ‘Theresa Caputo’ moment, a reading from a perfect stranger.  I followed him to his car.  He was a good looking man~~ dressed in white spiritual garb (flowing clothes) with a rose quartz around his neck.  More crystals hung from his sun visor, and he had a guitar in his front seat.  He told me he was on his way back home after doing a spiritual retreat.

Claiming that he didn’t have enough room in his own vehicle, he asked if we could move to my vehicle so he could give me a reading.  A few alarms went off in my head, but I thought what could possibly go wrong?  He is a spiritual man, as I am a spiritual woman.

When we got into my vehicle, he started telling me some personal stuff about my relationship with my husband.  He was quite accurate, and I found myself relaxing, thinking ‘this is good’.  He then brought up my trust issues.   They stem from childhood sexual abuse, and reoccurring patterns that have come into adulthood.

He claimed that the only way for me to trust, would be to touch him in the most intimate place a man has.  I paused for a second and then put my hand on his heart chakra.  This annoyed him, and he said again, ‘If you want to learn to trust, you MUST touch me in the most intimate place a man has’.  He pointed to his crotch.  I told him ‘No’.  After some more pressure, and my continually saying ‘No’, he asked me ‘Why I didn’t want to move forward through my trust issues’.

I told him if my Guides wanted me to learn my lesson, they would find another way to bring the lesson forward to me.  And then asked him to get out of the vehicle.  He slammed his fist into the dashboard and got out.

I breathed a sigh of relief… I was safe, and the situation could have been worst than what it was.

Why am I bringing this up?

Because this could have been you.  Or anyone, really.  And you may not have been strong enough to say no.  I know I wasn’t strong enough to walk away when he first approached me.  And I know that I am not the first woman to fall prey to a ‘spiritual man’ claiming to be able to ‘heal’ through sexual measures.

This is the dark side of the healer.  The one who represents themselves as being able to help others, but only preys on their vulnerabilities.  The ones who tell you they will cure your cancer for X amount of dollars.  The ones who say that they have gifts that no one else does, and so you must perform XYZ with them, in order to be healed of all of your problems.

While healing energy treatments can play an important role in one’s self care, for physical, spiritual and emotional wellness, it is not the cure.  Healing comes from within, and a healer is only there to ‘facilitate the healing’, meaning the energy is flowing through them, into you (through hands-on energy transfer, on a fully clothed body).  Everyone has their own healing abilities within them, and therefore, none of us ‘need’ anyone to ‘heal’ us, regardless of what some may claim.

Just as there is a balance of light and dark in the skies, and within ourselves, so too, is there light and dark among the healing world.

A ‘true healer’ will never pressure you to go further than you want to go.  They want to help you, in a way that is comfortable to you.  They may give you suggestions on healing treatments to try, different ideas to think about, etc. BUT they will leave the ball in your court as to how much they are willing to do.  Yes, they will ask to be paid for their time, however, most will work with you if you can’t afford their services.  They may also suggest other healers in your area that would be able to help with your issues, to give you more choices.

A ‘dark healer’ will pressure you, even when you get uncomfortable.  They may ask for large sums of money to perform healing on you, that they claim, only they can do.  They may get angry or berate you if you choose not to go through with their services, or they may pressure you to believe they are the only choice.

If you are looking for a healer, for what ever you are going through, I ask you (perhaps beg you) to follow your heart and your intuition to guide you to the perfect fit for you; to find a healer who is compassionate, understanding and caring, and has your highest good at heart.

Until next time,

xoCatherine

For more information on the healing services that I provide, please visit my website at http://www.journeyhealers.com

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

 

 

 

Let That Sh*t Go (or Trifold Dimensions)

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to learn a new modality, Trifold Dimensions.  The Trifold, as I like to call it, is a hands on energy technique, based on the Access Consciousness Body foundations and helps with releasing shock and trauma from a person’s body, at a cellular level.  And I have to say, I am actually really impressed with this technique.

Being a healer, who is certified in many different techniques, I have been witness to some awesome healings, clarity, and understanding that these techniques can bring.  With the Trifold however, the healing is happening in a different and deeper way.

First off, let’s talk about what shock and trauma actually are.  Most think that shock or trauma are caused when we go through catastrophic events, such as a death, car accident, abusive relationship, or divorce.  However, trauma and shock can be the simpler things in life as well, such as getting an unexpected high bill, or as a child, being told no to that cookie before supper.  Because we have different ways of reacting to situations based on our own emotional and mental abilities, a child being told no can be just as traumatic for them as an adult losing their job.

When this trauma happens, it creates a new energetic pattern within the body, that we hold on to.  So say, you were the child who was told no to that cookie, and you threw a temper tantrum.  Your mom, who is trying to make supper, yells, and states no again.  This only upsets you more, and you start to cry harder.  Your mom is unable to calm you down, nor does she have the patience for it.   An energetic pattern has been set.

As you get older, every time you ask for something and are told ‘no’, you react the same way you did at 2.  Because the feelings that you had were not addressed, and caused trauma at the time, you always revert back to being a 2 year old being told no.

Now this of course would be an extreme case, but shows an easy glimpse into how these shocks and traumas of our lives can begin to play out into patterns that we hold onto, and ruts that we can get stuck in.

During a Trifold Dimensions treatment, you are able to access these patterns and the trauma that is associated with them.  During my own, I was able to see the patterns of my own anger that had stemmed from a child who was sexually abused.  Every time I witness someone doing something that is against the law (whether a child sneaking a snack or breaking basic rules, a driver not following the rules of the road, etc) I am fuming angry.  During the Trifold that I received, I realized that my anger stemmed from my molestor, who also didn’t follow the rules.  Knowing this, I have been able to release a lot of the anger that had built up through the years, towards him, and anyone I viewed to be ‘just like him’.

For my clients, I have witnessed healing from sexual assault, abandonment, abuse, betrayal, and feeling unloved.  The healing that is taking place is taking away years of hurt, anger, and confusion, and replacing it with understanding, love and compassion.

If you have been feeling stuck in a rut, stuck in the same energetic patterns, or just wanting to let that sh*t go, a Trifold Dimensions treatment may be exactly what you need.

It’s never too late to start over again… take a chance today to let that sh*t go.

To book your own Trifold Dimensions treatment, click here.

 

Until next time,

 

xoCatherine

 

 

 

My Guides Said So, That’s Why

Spirit Guides.  Animal Totems.  Angels.  Ascended Masters.  In a world when one is often feeling alone, these helpers from the Spiritual world can help us to connect, understand and move forward with life’s toughest decisions and experiences. However, learning to listen to these messages, takes time, training and an awareness of an unseen world.  Read on to learn how you can tell your Spirit Guides are trying to get your attention. 

 

1.  UNUSUAL AND UNFORGETTABLE ENCOUNTERS

I had written an article on my personal facebook page, and was recommended to send it to the local newspaper.  I did, and heard back a few hours later that they wanted to publish it in the weekend edition of the paper.  The editor wanted to know my background.  I told him I was a stay at home mom.  He said, ‘Okay, but what schooling do you have?  You’re a great writer’.  I told him again of my stay at home mom status.  He replied again that I had a real talent and should consider a career in writing.

What he didn’t know was that I was working on my first book, and I was scared as hell at the thought of putting it out into the ‘real world’.  Later that week, I was expressing my fears to my husband, as we were waiting for the bus.  We got on the bus, and at the next stop, an alcohol-perfumed, homeless looking man stepped on.  He sat behind me, and started to talk to me about the importance of writers in our world.  He told me that everyone has a story to share, and that if, given the chance, everyone would write their story down, the world would be a better place, as we could each learn something from one another from our own experiences.  I felt as though he was speaking to my soul, and yet, the stench of alcohol coming off of him made me second guess that he was a Spirit Helper.  He stepped off the bus, singing American Pie, the whole way.

About 9 months later, I received my first copy of my first book in the mail.  I ran out to the van to take it to my husband’s work and show him.  As I turned on the van, American Pie started playing on the radio.  I was swept back to the time when I was afraid of putting my words out there, and knew, then and there, that my alcohol-perfumed homeless looking man, was a Spiritual helper, whether he was aware or not.

Two years later, while at an I Can Do It Conference in Toronto, Doreen Virtue took the stage and started speaking about how angels, namely Archangel Michael, often appears as a homeless person, to seem more ‘human like’ to get the messages needed across, or to lend a helping hand.  This reconfirmed my encounter, and again, I was elated with joy.  She then spoke of how spiritual encounters with angels will often drop feathers to let you know they were an angel.  As I left the building, two angel feathers dropped from the sky right in front of me.

2. SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE THE SIGNS!

When you’re Guides are trying to connect with you, you will begin to see signs, everywhere you go.  These signs can come in the way of numbers (think 11:11), words displayed at the right moment, a song on the radio, an animal encounter, or even when eavesdropping on a conversation in the mall.  When they are trying to get a hold of you, they go through every means possible to get your attention.

3. A BLUNT KNOWING

Sometimes, when we are really needing it, our Guides will just tell us something, abruptly and bluntly.

When my youngest was three weeks old, my husband and I were driving home from a health show, with our youngest in the back.  As we approached the intersection by our home, I heard a loud ‘STOP!’, even though the light was green.  I stopped, and watched a woman zoom through her red light.  Had I not stopped, I would have been hit, and most likely crushed, only a few houses from our home.

This happens quite often, where people recounting near death experiences have heard messages, or received visions that have deterred them from meeting their end.  Listen when these moments happen.

4. GUT FEELINGS

Have you ever had that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something bad was going to happen?  Or maybe, you just knew you were about to find the perfect job, or perfect mate.  It may even be something pointless, like knowing who is calling, or who has knocked on the door. These gut feelings are often indicators from our Guides that we are on the right path.

When I was a child, we were at a community event at the local arena.  As I sat at the table with my parents, I noticed a small child, younger than 3, playing on the cement steps.  I got a feeling immediately that he was going to fall, and so I kept looking over at him.  At one point, my mom asked me what I was looking at, and I told her, ‘The boy is going to fall’.

It was less than five minutes later, that he did fall, from the top step to the bottom.  Because I had been watching, I was able to get there first and pick him up, covered in blood.  His mother ran over shortly after, and got him the help he needed.

5. ARRANGING AND NUDGING

There was an article floating around on the internet a few year ago, about a bunch of people who woke up and had bad mornings~~ one overslept, one got a blister on their foot from their new shoes, one who’s child got sick, etc.  These same people also escaped the horrific events of 9/11 because of these nuisances that they experienced.

When our Guides are trying to deter our path to something less painful, they will rearrange our lives.  Perhaps you forgot your lunch, so you go back home.  You may be grumpy (how inconvenient!), and yet, realize 5 minutes later while driving down the road, that had you not gone back, you may have been involved in the car accident that just happened.  Perhaps you have plans to go out one night, and are unable to because you are feeling unwell.  The phone rings later, and an old coworker has called to let you know of the perfect position.

We never know what’s happening in the Spirit world, or why our lives are being arranged the way that they are.  Trust that your Guides are taking care of you, and giving you exactly what you need at the right time, even if it doesn’t always feels like it.

 

The more you connect in with your Guides, the easier the relationship becomes, and the easier it is to understand the messages that they are sending to you.  When you are listening to your Guides, you will be able to see that life isn’t against you, you aren’t alone, and that things can really work in your favor if you’re willing for them to.

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Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and one granddaughter. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com

 

Until next time,

xoCatherine