I recently received a pink heart-shaped dish as a gift when I did an angel reading for someone. I was surprised and appreciative of its beauty, as it was the colour of rose quartz. I had a little vision of taking a picture of it being held in front of my heart, so I followed through and had my husband take several shots until I got the one I wanted.
Then I went to work at one of my favourite hobbies, photo editing, and added some effects to the picture. I ended up changing the colour of the bowl to a striking coral-pink and was very happy with the results. In the back of my mind was the Grinch-phrase about his heart growing three sizes that day, and I thought that was a nice sentiment.
The day after I made my photo, I went in for a routine mammogram. Women know that this procedure is slightly preferable to a PAP test and not quite as much fun as a dental appointment. After I had my “pictures” taken, the technician stepped out to show them to the radiologist. I waited. I waited a little more. Finally she came back and said there was something on my left breast and I was to go for a sonogram. Okay.
Soon I was having this second procedure done. I noticed the “Please don’t ask the technician for results” sign shortly after I’d asked the technician if she was able to see the results. I was told that a report would be at my doctor’s office within two days and that I could go home.
I left feeling reflective and curious. So apparently I had a cyst on my left side. Hmmm. Interesting. As I walked to my car, I wondered which angel I should call on. Immediately I thought about the photo I had just taken. Was it a coincidence that I portrayed myself with a deep pink heart over my left breast only the day before? Jophiel, the angel of beauty, had guided my hand and my mind in an experience of foreshadowing.
The ultrasound technician had said to me, “There is a lump there but don’t freak out.” I said, “Oh, it would take more than that to freak me out.” And that was true to my core. I felt no fear at all, just peace, calm and acceptance. I asked Archangel Jophiel to put her brilliant pink hands of light on me and I knew on a very deep level that no matter what happened, I was going to be okay.
I allowed my mind to wander, and imagined for a moment that I received a diagnosis of cancer. Many women do, including some of my closest friends. If I were to join that group, I decided, I would be okay. I imagined that I would continue to live my life, trust in the divine plan, and watch things unfold in front of me. I went home that evening and told no one about my day, not even my husband. I didn’t see any point in causing concern to my loved ones when I had no idea of the state of the cyst. I was in a very good mood and I remember laughing a lot.
In the morning, I called my doctor’s office and soon learned that the lump or cyst or whatever it was, was “benign”. I was told not to worry, but to schedule another mammogram in one year’s time.
What this experience taught me, or should I say confirmed for me is: there is no point in worrying and projecting, there is no need to create drama, there is always angelic assistance, and most important of all, I am okay. I am always okay.
If you study AA Jophiel, you will not find it written anywhere that she is there for women’s health issues, but for me, I know that is exactly what her purpose is. When I see the photo of my pink heart, I am reminded to ask Jophiel to continue to surround me with her warm beauty and feminine energy. Making personal connections and relationships with the angels is one of the most magical and fascinating experiences of all.
I feel confident that next year, when I go for my mammogram, there will be no trace of the cyst. If I am mistaken, then I will deal with things moment by moment, in love and trust. I will remember how Jophiel offered her help before I even knew I needed it!
For a more typical view of AA Jophiel’s gifts, see my November 2011 blog.
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There is an energy that is fresh and invigorating with each new year. We draw on this inspirational energy to reflect on the past, set new goals and make plans for the upcoming months. We usually call these our resolutions, or as my husband recently said (with Freudian undertones), New Year’s Revelations.
There are many approaches to this, and I would like to lay out some pragmatic ideas for achieving personal goals. The first is the SMART technique, which is very effective in defining exactly what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Let’s say you want to lose weight, as this is a common NYR. Grab a pen and paper, and start writing!
SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. A good clear goal encompasses all five of these elements.
Your overall objective is likely to feel healthier and look better and you believe that losing weight is a key. This is fine but it is a little vague. A specific amount, such as 10 pounds, is a clearer goal which will lead to your overall objective. This is also measurable, simply by standing on a scale every week or month and noting any changes. Your progress can be clearly measured over time.
Next, make sure your goal is achievable. This is where it is usually unhelpful to go overboard and state that your goal is to lose 100 pounds. That is overwhelming and can make you discouraged before you even start. Use small achievable mini-goals so you can celebrate your progress rather than stare helplessly at an impossible uphill climb.
Is your goal relevant? Are you thinking that you “should” lose weight rather than know it is in your best interests? Is your body image distorted (and chances are that it is if you are a woman)? This is another issue altogether!
Last of all, is it timely? If you are just leaving a relationship, got laid off and are going back to school after twenty-five years, you have a full plate and likely some stress and anxiety. This may not be the best time to focus on yet another thing. Make sure your goals work within the structure of your life. Most of us don’t seem to do as well with a drastic overhaul. Instead, make minor and doable changes.
I would like to add a couple of things to this basic model of goal-setting. First, build in rewards and positive reinforcement for your journey. This involves getting to know yourself well enough to know what motivates you and makes you feel nurtured and loved. I don’t recommend “having a hot fudge sundae” to celebrate the first five-pound loss, but “buy a new book” or “have a facial” might work.
The second thing is to set a timeline with built-in review dates. For instance, you may give yourself two months to lose the weight, but maybe a weekly weigh-in, journalling or some other way to check in with yourself will keep you in touch with your goal.
Lastly, you must reflect on the question: How? Once again, write it out using the SMART guidelines. You might lose weight by cutting out pop, eating more salad, more exercise, stopping junk food snacks. You have lots of ideas, right? Just make sure they meet the guidelines, by changing “eating more salad” to “eating salad for lunch four days a week”. Change “more exercise” to “walking to work three times a week”. These are specific, realistic, measurable activities. You should be easily able to answer whether you met the “how” part of the goal. You either did it, or you didn’t. If you cannot answer that, re-word it until you can.
And now for something completely different. I want to tell you about a little exercise I’ve been doing for about fifteen years.
Once again, you need a piece of paper and a pen. Fold the paper in half, then half again and continue until it’s too hard to fold. Unfold, and you will see 32 creased boxes (or 16 if you are not as persistent!).
In each box, write something you want for the new year. It might be “lose ten pounds”, and then you can go back to the above method to plan out that goal. Or it might be “go to Vegas”, “knit a scarf”, “clean out garage”. This list can be just about anything you think of.
As you can see, it’s a lot less formal than the SMART method. It is a simple and fun way to manifest more of what you want in your life. The challenge is to fill all the squares, and then to review it periodically, crossing off the ones you’ve done or adjusting others that no longer seem relevant or important. The key once again is to look at it once in a while and see how you are doing. This is a fun, low-key way to “get stuff done”.
And do have fun with your goals and changes. Have a broad umbrella objective of “Loving and Taking Good Care of Myself” or “Getting to Know What is Important to Me” and go from there. Let me know how you do!
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