Wednesday, December 12, 2018

12 Angel Muses to Ignite Your Creativity and Writing

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An old traditional saying believes, "An angel guides every act of creation."

From November 1 to January 15, some 29 holidays--everything from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa--are observed and celebrated by seven of the world's major religions.

Angels play major roles and often reflect and inspire the holidays' or celebrations' images and symbolism. The word inspiration comes from the Latin and means, “filled with spirit.” Inspiration goes beyond imagination as a “divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” 

Creation fires up your life with new ideas which then translate into forms.

Do you believe that creativity comes from the spirit? 
Whatever you believe or don’t think so, consider expanding and opening up your thinking that Divine Downloads can more easily flow by connecting with angels as muses.

You can view angels as abstract energies or embodied in physical representations. Choose whatever works best to inspire and ignite your creativity and writing-- especially if you feel blocked or that you’re swimming in pea soup with open eyes!

Since 2011 after hosting and designing two successful angel telesummits, my relationships with angels continues to expand and bless me in countless ways. 

It’s comforting and grounding that my first actions each morning include calling upon them --especially Archangel Gabriel--to start my Divine Dialogue Writing Practice. My first outer act is to later share their inspiration on social media.

Let's meet these 12 Angel Muses!

Archangel Rafael, Angel of December and whose name means "Whom God Heals." He rules over the Zodiacal sign of Virgo.

December can be a landmine for emotions. It's a time that calls for healing in many forms and for many memories or current events. Whether physical, energetic, or spiritual, Archangel Raphael helps you on all levels. 

To connect with any archangel or angel energy as you create or write, please consider:
* Calling upon the angel by name to guide you with visions, signs, and messages. "Ask and is it given."

* Paying close attention to your surroundings after you ask. These signs will come in different forms such as songs, words in a passing conversation, and those unexpected things that pop up out of the blue. Feathers and pennies also often appear as "signs."

* Recording your dreams by keeping a pad of paper with a pen, or a phone/recorder, next to your bed. Then, upon waking, highlight your emotional impressions and details that will help you recall the full dream later. Upon deciphering your slumber movie, you will see the message unfold.

Your Guardian Angel
Growing up, did you have a Guardian Angel picture like this in your bedroom?  I did. Want to know a secret? I still have similar images and statues surrounding me while sleeping!

This angelic relationship may be your earliest muse. Perhaps your Guardian Angel prayers included help with sleeping, a test, project, or even a relationship while growing up—and even now. What’s the name of your Guardian Angel? If you don’t know, consider meditation to ask for her/his name to come to you. 

Knowing your Guardian Angel's name makes the relationship all the more personal and powerful.

Your Three Birth Angels
According to some angelologists and also in the Talmudic tradition, it is believed that you are born from Divinity.  

You arrive in an earth suit with three angelic pieces
Your Birth and Heart Angels (based on your birth date) and your Intellect Angel, based on the time you arrived.

Knowing your Birth Angels' names is exciting and comforting. They each reflect specific attributes and inversions of your personality and abilities to provide a unique, Divine lens to view life; this lens also offers perspectives to emotional and physical challenges and how to better deal with them in positive ways! (I enjoy  revealing this sacred and helpful information to clients and friends!)

The Annunciation with Archangel Gabriel sharing news of Jesus's birth to Mary.
According to A Dictionary of Angels, these are the angels of the week:

Monday-Archangel Gabriel, "God is my Strength"
Use citrine and copper to connect with his/her energies. Considered the muse for writers, authors, poets, speakers, and all messengers, Archangel Gabriel is found in several religious texts including the Christian’s Old Testament, the Muslim’s Koran, and the Jewish Talmud.

Tuesday-Archangel Camael, “He Who Sees God”
His name personifies Divine justice, strength, courage, and war in Christian and Jewish mythology and angelology. Archangel Camael often appears in the guise of a leopard.  

Wednesday-Archangel Rafael, “God’s Master Physician” or “Whom God Heals” 
Use emerald or malachite to connect with his healing energy. In Hebrew, the word "rophe" means to "to heal." According to Beliefnet, Archangel Rafael "aids in restoring and maintaining harmony and peace.  He is also the patron of travelers...and clears away fears and stressors that may be adversely affecting your health..."

Thursday-Archangel Zadkiel, “Righteousness of God” 

Use lapis lazuli to connect with his energy. Zadkiel is also called the Patron Angel of all who forgives.  Rabbinical tradition considers him to be the angel of mercy.

Friday-Archangel Haniel, “Glory of God”
Use moonstone to connect with her energy. Susan Gregg of Angels on Your Shoulders writes that she can help you "make new friends; create an outrageous love life; enhance any artistic endeavors, heighten your intuition, enliven your healing rituals (especially at new and full moon times) and; bring balance into all areas of your life."

Saturday-Archangel Tzaphiel, “Knowledge of God” 
Wear blue to connect with her energy. "She is often depicted holding a golden chalice which symbolizes the cup of knowledge and is known as the angel of compassion and understanding. This archangel also helps people learn how to love others with the unconditional love God has for them, resolve conflicts,  forgive, and develop compassion that motivates people to serve others in need,” according to Whitney Hopler.

Sunday-Archangel Michael, “He Who is Like God”

Use sugilite to connect with his energy. Michael is considered to be "the Prince of the Archangels and of the Angelic Hosts, the Defender of the Faith, the Angel of Deliverance. He is also the sponsor of the police departments an law enforcement agencies around the world. Archangel Michael has figured as the greatest and most revered of angels in many scriptures and spiritual traditions. In Muslim lore, he is the angel of nature who provides both food and knowledge to man." -The Summit Lighthouse.

Two and four-footed Angels

Again, you may or may not believe in the angels of the non-physical realm. 

But surely you believe in "human angels"--people you know or even complete strangers who bless you with H.U.G.S. >Happy Unexpected God Surprises. They appear at the most unusual moments which are often labeled as being "amazing" or "funny" or "synchronous."

And then there's the animal kingdom who bring us the same H.U.G.S. with unconditional love.

Learn more about the Angel Muses with these three resources:
* Birth Angel Intuitive Session(s)--Schedule your session with me now!
 Your Special Invite to connect and explore how
Writing Medicine (click here)
could bring value to you, a business or organization.

The official Facebook celebration and "delivery" is set for March 20, 2019, the Spring Equinox. It's an auspicious startup time to share Writing Medicine's message--and to find a home in the libraries of friends, families, and cities.

.Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

5 Ideas for Gifting the Miracle of Unwrapped Presents

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What are you gifting this holy season of love and light?
Over the years, family and friends taught me the value of giving and receiving “unwrapped pressies” to yourself and others.

The reasons are many to give unwrapped pressies as they...

* Don't involve the exchange of money
* Can be given anytime, anywhere to anyone 
* Save on wrapping and postage costs
* Always connect the head to the heart 

If you haven’t mindfully engaged in this practice, you’re invited to become a Changel--someone who lets go of the familiar way of gift giving and embraces the changes of the unknown with trust and open-heartedness. Your new mantle blends the best of two words, change + angel. Sure, shopping for and giving gifts may be what you did before--and how about doing something different this year?

Here are five ideas for gifting the miracle of unwrapped presents:

Rewind: Two years on December 6, 2016, Saint Nicholas Day, the “Miracle Mindset” issue of Aspire Magazine arrived in inboxes everywhere!  Please enjoy these excerpts from my feature story, “Four Secret Gifts from the Three Wise Women for Birthing Miracles.”

Three of the five, secret unwrapped gifts include:

1. “From the Wise Maiden-Woman on the wings of Sparrow is the first secret gift: Open your heart to everything and everyone as being a miracle.
Rewind and consider once again experiencing your world with "childlike wonder.”

2. “From the Wise Mother-Woman on the wings of Eagle is the second secret gift: Create sacred space, a room at the inner inn. 
You do this by writing an "AAA List -- Always Advance Appreciation List.”

3. "From the Wise Crone-Woman on the wings of Owl is the third secret gift: Be mindful of how your expectation for miracles now appears. 
You expand on the two first secret gifts to expect and see only H.U.G.S. or Happy Unexpected God Surprises. Miracles that once seemed like only rare events, now appear as your daily norm.” 
Art: Shiloh Sophia
Additional “unwrapped pressie” ideas include:
4. Write a love letter. 
My dear friend, Joy Siren, said, “If I WERE to write a (Christmas) letter it would most likely be all about the party I was writing to (as opposed to being about me). I'd let them know how much I appreciate them and why...and I'd ask about specific things in their life, how they're enjoying their journey, what's been making their toes wiggle lately...that sort of thing." 

5. Radiate love during meditation or a walking meditation. 
Make a list of everyone you love or like, and also a list of people you don’t love or like. I use the Pink Heart Meditation: First, put your hand on your heart. Breathe. Then see a pink ribbon in figure 8's being woven around your heart, crossing to the center of the person in mind, circling their heart, and returning to your heart. Repeat 8x. 
Then, get ready for miracles!
Embrace change as something fresh and fun! 
As you welcome change, you are able to make the best choices at each moment. 

Congratulations on your new role as a Changel who gifts unwrapped pressies!

Shout Outs!
Celebrating the success of friends and...

Celebrating Jeanine Blackwell's new The Expert Called You Show. Watch last week’s episode to learn the other two “must-haves” to create a point of difference for what you do. I've taken Jeanine's dynamic Create Six-Figure Courses and can't say enough about her expertise and NOLA humor!


A Special Invite Coming this week from me for...

The official Facebook celebration and "delivery" is set for March 20, 2019, the Spring Equinox. It's an auspicious startup time to share Writing Medicine's message--and to find a home in the libraries of friends, families, and cities.

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

What will you birth in December's delivery room?

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"A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes alive." ~ Norman Cousens

How will you deliver your ideas in December?
You're now moving from November's sacred space of gratitude into joyful expectations of new projects. New dreams. New beginnings. 

Consider a combination of being and doing as December is the final gestation period to enjoy...
Quiet solace.
Quiet pauses of patience.
Quiet walks with Mother Nature.
Quiet time writing Christmas or holiday cards.
Quiet hours of baking and "testing" your samples.
Quiet moments of brooding.
Quiet spaces of star gazing.

All these activities prepare you to celebrate a creative pregnancy with successful births--ones that POP! as your new ideas, words, projects, events, collaborations, online courses, and hope. Perhaps you're thinking of creating a blog, memoir, poem, story, play--or even writing a book.
What names will you give these dreams that seek to be birthed?
Throughout 2017, I was happily birthing two writing retreats, one in Florida and another in Bali. Then in September, Hurricane Irma's destruction impacted the physical and inner landscapes of her residents, animals, and wildlife. It took several more months to recover than expected; the retreats were placed back on the "library shelf." All creative juices evaporated followed by emotional fatigue. Still, the dreams of the retreats live and breathe within...and one day, when they're ready, will appear.

Instead, the book that makes my "history come alive" and gestating for 13 years with the genesis of my spiritual writing process--the Divine Dialogue Writing System--sought all my energies and the light of expression. 

And the name is...
Writing Medicine: The Must-Have Guide for Your Hero's Journey to Inner Healing--now seen here with her first ultrasound to excitedly share with friends and family. 
Would welcome a virtual cuppa with you to chat and see where the healing message of Writing Medicine might add value to your podcast, webinar, event, and/or blog--or someone you know. Message me?

The official Facebook celebration and "delivery" is set for March 20, 2019, the Spring Equinox. It's an auspicious startup time to share Writing Medicine's message--and to find a home in the libraries of friends, families, and cities.
Like a holiday fruitcake, this time is filled with emotions protruding as sheer joy and absolute panic--and thinking you're going nuts! For those who've experienced physical pregnancy, you understand. For me, my only child Nazlie was adopted--born of my heart and not my body. So, this "birthing" is new territory to navigate.

And if you're in the same emotional waters, perhaps you can find courage and comfort as  I have...

There's something soul-soothing about trusting that the moon and stars always show up.
The constellations illuminate your home sky They dazzle like rhinestones on a navy blue velvet dress. Mother Nature is indeed one talented seamstress!

Think about it. The stars appear every night regardless of what's happened in the world. Nightly news never reports, "The stars came out (or didn't come out) tonight!" Best of all, this light show costs nothing. No power bill ever arrives.

When you see the ancient December night sky, be reminded of a pregnant teenager.
Thousands of years ago, she traveled as a young girl nine months pregnant on a donkey under the stars. She and husband Joseph journeyed to an unknown and unwelcoming place to an uncertain destiny. Their child is considered significant by many--the Messiah, a guru, great teacher, holy man, and miracle worker. Jesus's story is told in the Bible, the most read book of all time. 

With the stars guiding you, may you also birth all your December dreams!

Who knows, once delivered they might become gifts that change the world.
Please share the names of your dreams in the comments.

Shout Outs! 
to some of Writing Medicine's "midwives"
Joy Siren, Genteel Arts Philanthropist at Whimsicalitea
and Juan Padron, Venezuela, Book Cover Designer
This inspiring book brought colorful richness to Writing Medicine!

This book was my roadmap that kept me from getting lost!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

5 Family Gratitude Rituals to Increase Joyance

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"Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving is first thanks, then giving." ~Unknown

There are many reasons to be grateful all year long, and especially in November, the official month of gratitude. Consider making the practice of gratitude not only doing--writing lists, practicing rituals, creating gratitude projects—but an ongoing, everyday practice of being.

Adopting gratitude rituals for yourself and/or family supports the intention of being more grateful by their very nature. 

Rituals can transform you and yours as they:
- Change any ordinary task to an extraordinary event by focusing on the sacredness and specialness of the activity.

- Color, by pausing, your life with expanded peace, power, and joyance.

- Increase awareness by focusing on all that’s good to expand opportunities for more good to enter your “inner” and outer doors.

- Offer a moment of illusion or reassurance that there’s order in a chaotic day, week, or world.

- Create a casual impact on your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Here are five of my favorite gratitude rituals:

#1 Write or say your G-List--Gratitude List. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance--my favorite book--introduced this then-novel idea on the Oprah show in the early 80s. Oprah enthusiastically appreciated the approach and started her own gratitude journal; later she shared the practice many times with her global audience. Now, writing a gratitude list is perhaps not so novel.

To shift the experience of only writing a list, set the stage by lighting a white, soy candle and perhaps some quality incense to lift your prayers up literally and symbolically. Play music that soothes and energizes. Start with an opening prayer.

#2 Write or say your AAA List--Always Advance Appreciation. You might be a member of AAA, the American Automobile Association. As part of their services, they offer to create a "TripTik"--a map detailing the directions to your final destination.

Likewise, your AAA List maps out a dynamic day for you to follow in advance. Source gets your spiritual orders and is happy to deliver. 

Visualize the day ahead and mentally walk through it.

“Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." -Matthew 7: 7-8  

If there’s no time to write, then say your list out loud while getting ready for the day, with your family while cooking breakfast, driving to school or work--or maybe waiting in line or for an appointment.

These two gratitude lists are the bookend activities to the Divine Dialogue Writing System; the idea and metaphor of the "AAA List" came during one of my daily writing sessions.

#3 Gather in a Gratitude Circle. While seated around the Thanksgiving table, many families will invite each person to share what they’re grateful for. To make this a family ritual, consider repeating the experience at a daily meal or once a week.

The family leader (or any member) might suggest a gratitude topic each time to keep the “circle” fun, exciting, and meaningful. Examples might include giving thanks for a specific person in the circle, teachers, helpful professions, books, stories, animals, memories, movies, messages, relatives, ancestors, appliances, trees, bugs, and the topics go on forever…

#4 Create a Gratitude “Door." It’s said that gratitude opens the doors to more of what you give thanks for—it’s expansive energy attracts positivity. This is an ongoing ritual that you can set a sacred appointment to keep at the end of the day or once a week. This "door" moves your gratitude to larger, visual expression. 

Use a door, wall, window, upper cabinet, refrigerator, or any flat surface on which to place post-it notes—written thank you's for who or what you’re grateful for. You can clear the post-it notes whenever your “gratitude door” is full and you’re ready to start again!

#5 Craft a Gratitude Mandala. This gratitude ritual engages the head, heart, and hands. Consider creating one alone and/or as a family project. Again, set sacred space with a candle, incense, and music before starting the project.

This is an easy and excellent follow-up to your Thanksgiving meal or to any gratitude circle.

Follow these six simple steps:
1) Draw a circle using a plate on construction paper
2) In the center write the words, “I AM Grateful for...”
3) Write your replies in lines like rays of sunshine! Enhance by using glitter or metallic pens to express the riches of body, mind, and spirit.
4) Create in silence.
5) When complete, share the gratitude mandala by speaking the “I AM Grateful For” statements out loud.
6) Display where you and everyone can see and appreciate the positive energies radiating outward to bless your home space and life!

Gratitude rituals are a simple, sure-fire way to access the powerful energy of appreciation in your life. Expect to see the results throughout your day and weeks. Be sure to add your blessings to your G-List and/or include in your other gratitude rituals. Your blessings will just keep growing and flowing…

From the blog, what gratitude rituals might you try and why? What do you already use to access your appreciation? Please share below.
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