Archangel Raguel's name means, "Friend of God", and his principle role is to create harmony and order in relationships. He is one of the primary angels that I call upon for help and healing throughout my interactions with others. His energy appears to me as a stunning orb of turquoise light with the faint impression of giant expanded white wings. His color vibration reminds me of my visits to the ocean while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. When he appears, I know that his purpose is to support growth and transformation for everyone involved. As I call upon his angelic presence, positive shifts quickly occur between me and those I love. Raguel's essence emanates a divine love that brings me to a state of deep inner peace.
Here's a prayer to welcome Raguel's energy into your relationships:
Beloved Archangel Raguel,
I call upon your radiance now.
I ask that you adjust my inner light and vibration so that they're completely focused on aligning with the highest and healthiest relationships for my life.
I now willingly release any attachments to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.
I open my heart to new positive experiences.
Please guide my choices.
Please help me to see my life with clarity.
Please comfort me as I acknowledge my fears.
Please support me in knowing that I deserve the best that life and love have to offer me.
I am ready to feel safe and secure in my world.
And so it is ... Amen.
With Love & Light,
The high-spirited and humorous Dr. Cynthia Phelps joins Intuitive Living once again as the "Earth Angel Spotlight" this month with a thought provoking guest post, "What Color Are Your Glasses?" I feel delighted to reintroduce you to Cynthia's incredible healing work in the world. Enjoy! If you like what you read, please comment and share this post with your friends.
"You are in charge of the thoughts in your head and how they make you feel about the world and people around you.“
~ Dr. Cynthia Phelps
I learned a new word, pronoia. It’s the opposite of paranoia, where you think bad things are going to happen to you. Pronoia is when you think the world is conspiring to support you, and good things are going to happen to you.
Pronoia reminds me of what people call rose-colored glasses.
It got me thinking, rarely (if ever) have I heard “rose colored glasses” used in a positive light. It’s usually been spoken to me as a warning or admonition that I was being too positive and I better watch out because bad things were going to happen.
Why is our society so slanted against rose-colored glasses? Perhaps it’s leftover from the genes that have helped our species survive. Neuroscientists have defined a set of brain areas called the default mode network. This network is active when we are not purposefully controlling our attention.
The default mode network is a mental state where we are scanning the internal and external environment anticipating things that could harm us. You can imagine that if you were living in the jungle, or working in a dangerous situation, having an active default mode network would keep you out of harm's way, as it would alert you to any possible dangers, and turn your attention towards them.
But in present day society this default mode network does not always serve us. Often we are completely safe and out of harm's way, but our default mode network is still telling us “hey, that guy in the meeting doesn’t like you, he’s going to get you fired,” or “you are running out of money and your going to be destitute.” Often these messages are far more dramatic than the actual situations and can cause unneeded stress and anxiety.
When our default mode network picks up something it thinks is a threat, it treats it like a life-or-death situation. So we end up with adrenaline pumping through our systems for no good reason. Even worse, having an overactive default mode network can raise your levels of cortisol which causes many of the negative health effects of stress.
So back to rose colored glasses.
First a story. I had a client come to me because he was miserable and could not see the joy in his life anymore. He was is a difficult situation with an adult son living with him who had mental health and addiction issues. Society is happy to validate his sadness and frustration.
He was attracted to my work in self-compassion, yet, he was still very skeptical that there was anything that could make a difference after all the therapy, group meetings, and self-help books he had forged through.
When we first met, he said something along the lines of “So this self-compassion stuff is like you telling me to put on my rose-colored glasses, right?” I laughed and said “actually, it may be more about taking off your crap-colored glasses.” This gave him pause, and then made him laugh heartily.
We spent the rest of his session looking carefully at the thoughts he was generating about his son and situation and how we could shift them to be more self-compassionate as a way to get back to joy. Basically we were looking for where his default mode network was telling him stories about how bad things are and will be.
What I love about self compassion is that the process is not about taking negative thoughts and forcing them to be positive (putting on the rose colored glasses). The process is about noticing the difficult thoughts and seeing how they make you feel, and if they are causing suffering, to give yourself some love for that suffering.
Once you have shown yourself some compassion, then take a careful look at the thoughts causing your suffering. How can you create a replacement thought that is compassionate, honest and fosters a sense of well-being? These new compassionate thoughts can be referred to on a regular basis as a reminder to help you to take off the crap-colored glasses.
You are in charge of the thoughts in your head and how they make you feel about the world and people around you. It really does make a difference how you frame your thoughts. It can change your emotions and your behavior.
What I love about self compassion is that it’s a gentle way of shifting out of the default mode network and opening to the possibility that you can see the world and yourself in a new light.
At the very least, take off the crap-colored glasses.
About Cynthia Phelps, PhD - Founder, InnerAlly
Cynthia has a passion to help people improve their mental wellness through the practice of inner compassion. She founded InnerAlly a company that develops mobile technologies to help people practice compassion on a daily basis. Her background is in neuroscience with a focus in learning and behavior change. She has over 18 years of experience in developing tools to help people change their health behaviors. She is a Peer Recovery Coach and a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-compassion.
Dr Phelps is offering a life-changing course in how to practice self-compassion in San Antonio starting on Mondays at 6:00 to 8:30pm from September 17 - November 13, 2018. This 8 week program is based on groundbreaking research that has been shown to raise your levels of self-compassion so you can make the changes you want in your own life. Learn more here: CynthiaChelps.com/msc or by contacting her directly at 713-478-4018 or at Cynthia@InnerAlly.com
Copyright Cynthia Phelps 2018
It is in this healing sanctuary you can receive and send angelic energy and love. Please take a few moment to relax and allow yourself to feel centered. Now focus your entire awareness on the beautiful angel in the center of the waves. It is an angelic gateway. Imagine that your breath is carrying you through this vortex and back again as you visualize the waves moving with each breath.
To Receive Energy ...
Visualize waves of light coming toward you from the angel. As you do this, know that a shimmering life force—from the hundreds of people that are sending energy into this same image—is flowing into your heart center and into your body. Wave after wave of sparkling, vibrant energy is filling your entire being.
To Send Energy ...
Visualize waves surging towards the angel. As you do this imagine energy streaming through your heart center to the people that are here asking for support or healing. (This energizes you as well as the people that you are sending to. Know that all you give with an open and loving heart returns to you a thousand fold.)
Many Blessings to you!
Illustration credit : Steve A Roberts
Breathe in and out through the nose, and, even as you read, feel or sense or imagine that with every inhale you can draw divine light in through the entire surface of your body. Simply imagine that each slow, deep, inhaled breath is drawing divine light in through every cell of your body, that the whole outer surface of your skin opens to and receives divine light with each deep inhaled breath. And, even as you read, feel or sense or imagine that with every exhale you are shining divine light outward, like a burning flame, with every exhale the entire surface of your body releases divine light, radiates divine light. Continue breathing in through the skin, and radiating out through the skin, for a few minutes more, as your eyes softly close ...
Nature's remedy to the pressures of contemporary living are so potent that they can be accessed through the imagination, even if you're living in a busy city. The flower makes a fine subject matter for a healing visualization. Use a flower to invoke love, birth, unity, growth and connection.
This is your time. A time for total relaxation and inner stillness.
Scan your physical being for a moment to make sure that you are warm enough, and that you are seated comfortably. Rest your hands loosely in your lap and gently close your eyes.
Take a long slow, deep breath in, hold it for a moment, and then slowly exhale. Just allow any tension to melt away as you gradually relax more and more deeply with each breath. Take another long slow, deep breath in, hold it, and then blow out. Empty your lungs completely with your exhale. Take a third unhurried deep breath inward, holding it for a moment, and then let it go. You can already feel yourself drifting into a state of deep relaxation.
Continue to breathe slowly and gently as you bring your awareness to the top of your head. Just sense or imagine a feeling of serenity beginning to spread down from the top of your scalp ... feel the muscles in your forehead and temples loosen up. Allow your eye muscles to release. Let your cheeks and jaw soften and let go of all tension.
Now let this peaceful feeling flow down into your neck. Feel it loosening every muscle and every fiber of your being. With each breath you take, this relaxing feeling becomes deeper and warmer. It works its way into the muscles in your shoulder ... soothing and nurturing them. This peaceful feeling flows down from your shoulders and into your arms. It loosens the muscles in your upper arms ... your forearms ... your hands ... calming and relaxing them all the way to the tips of your fingers.
As your body lightens up, your mind lets go, and your thoughts begin to disappear. You are slipping further and further into a dreamlike state of inner stillness.
Now, bring your awareness to your chest and your stomach. Feel how this area of your body gently rises and falls as you breathe. A peaceful sensation flows throughout this area of your body, as healing energy moves through every muscle, joint, organ and cell. You can feel it freeing each molecule of tension.
Turn your attention to your upper back, and feel this serene sensation stream all the way down your spine. As it gradually works its way down your body, feel every muscle in your back relax and unwind.
Feel that your entire upper body has become loose and limp with peace. Sink into this consciousness. Relax more and more deeply with each breath.
Now feel your hips relax as the peaceful feeling starts to work its way through your lower body. Relax your buttocks ... the backs of your thighs ... the front of your thighs. Feel all these large, strong muscle groups becoming looser and more relaxed with each passing moment.
Soothing feelings of relaxation course down through your knees, and into your calves. Your ankles relax. Now your feet relax. Allow your entire lower body to relax completely and allow any remaining tension from anywhere in your body to pour out through the tips of your toes.
You are tranquil and at ease.
Imagine yourself as an exquisite flower bud, snugly closed, waiting for just the right conditions to be revealed, so that you may make your spectacular debut into the world. Picture yourself being nurtured by the tender drizzle of light rainfall. Feel the tantalizing pleasure surge through you, as the gentle and fortifying energy of the rainwater pours upon you in a cleansing shower, washing away anything that is unlike love.
Now, envision this nurtured bud being warmed by the mild rays of the morning sun. Experience the light of the brilliant sunbeams within you, radiating — settling into the area of your heart chakra to be absorbed and transformed into Divine Love. Circulate love and light within your heart center as you visualize your flower begin to unfold, each magnificent petal presenting itself like a gift of beauty reaching out to unify with the whole. See love everywhere, in every situation, and in every person. Revel in your radiance and splendor as you commit to eternally allowing your soul's light to flow and shine.
Beloved Angels and Divine Creator,
I open my heart to you and ask that you support me to fully and freely experience your presence in my life. Please lighten my path and direct my steps. Please guide me to clearly hear, feel, and understand my intuition. I am aware that you communicate to me through this channel, and I wholeheartedly desire to strengthen this connection to the wisdom of my true Self. Thank you for helping me to rise above any fear or lack of confidence that I may have that prevents me from recognizing my inner voice. Help me to feel safe and empowered as I learn to decipher the ways my intuition tries to speak to me so that I am able to honor red flags and avoid people and situations that do not serve my best interest. I know that this silent super power is a blessing that is always available to me. My finest work, most excellent moments, and profound bliss will occur when I'm grounded and centered, listening to and faithfully trusting myself, allowing my heart and soul to guide me. My highest good happens when I allow myself to fully, completely, and in love, be led by my intuition. I am ready to access this gift, angels, and to use it to create a happier and more balanced life.
And so it is ... Amen!
With Sparkles of Love and Light,
Illustration credit : Jason Mccreadie, 2014
Sit quietly and settle down. Take several deep breaths. Let go of whatever worries you have and be in this moment where there is only peace.
There is loveliness around you, paradise within you and you feel tranquil and calm. Nothing can overthrow this feeling. You are safe and secure in your peacefulness and choose this place, this space whenever you want stillness and relaxation.
Angels of Serenity, in the silence of this moment, I thank you for connecting me to the place within that is untouched by any form of turmoil or distress. Guide me to tune in to this inner reservoir of Divine Peace and allow serenity to soothe my soul as I rest in the fulfillment of God's love.
May I listen to the quiet and feel the peaceful presence of God inside me. In these sacred moments of conscious communion with the Divine, lead me to understand that I can reconnect with this inner peace at any time throughout the day.
I allow God's presence to unburden and sustain me. Wherever I am, I know that I am united in oneness with Spirit. I have an inner calm that strengthens my soul and comforts me.
Excerpt from Michelle Mullady's most recent book 365 Days of Angel Prayers -- an International Best-Seller that was named one of the "Best Books of 2014". Please visit http://www.michellemullady.com/shop.html to order your signed copies of the 2nd edition of this beautiful healing tool.
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Michelle Mullady is an internationally known spiritual teacher, best-selling motivational/inspirational author, master energy therapist, angel intuitive and transformational healing workshop leader. Through in-person and online consultations, workshops, events, radio appearances, and writing for 20 years, she helps others reclaim their physical energy and personal joy and find their life’s direction. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she operates her thriving private practice, Intuitive Living, dedicated to the highest healing and awakenings possible for each individual client.