Counting Blessings Before They Are Hatched

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling very optimistic about 2024. Just last week, I received another hopeful sign. While walking from my car to my front door, I noticed a large round object next to the sidewalk. At first, I thought someone had left a rock in the grass, but when I got closer, I could see a geometric pattern on the surface. It was a little turtle that had completely retreated into its shell.

When I stood still for a moment, her head poked out and she continued with her task at hand. I couldn’t believe my luck. This is the second time this year I’ve been in the right place at the right time to witness a mama turtle laying eggs!

You may recall I wrote about this in April on the 12th anniversary of my mother’s passing. (Click here if you missed that story.) Over the years, I’ve had several connections involving my mother and turtles, so I took this as her sign that she was with me. That day in April was the start of what became a very challenging spring, and it gave me great comfort to feel my mother’s presence. What are the odds that mama turtle would lay her eggs on that day at the exact moment I looked out my window?

And now, as we approach the end of 2023, it happened again! I was returning home from my morning walk right when another mama turtle chose to lay her eggs mere steps from my front door. You may call it a coincidence, but I choose to see it as another message from my mom.

It seems significant that this happened on the Tuesday after Christmas. Had this been any other Tuesday, the landscaping crew would have been on the property wielding noisy lawnmowers and leaf blowers. That certainly would have scared the turtle away, but since Monday was a holiday, they adjusted their schedule and came on Wednesday instead.

It’s also odd that no one else was around during this time. On days when school is out, kids are usually running or riding bikes along that sidewalk. On this day, it was eerily quiet. As far as I know, I’m the only one who passed by. It’s as if the stars aligned perfectly so that she would not be disturbed and I would encounter her. 

After taking a few photos and a short video of this divinely timed miracle, I went inside to take a shower. When I returned, the mama turtle had finished laying her eggs and was now covering them up with her back flippers. How she managed to do this without looking, I’ll never know. Her work was impeccable!

When I returned from lunch about an hour later, she was gone leaving no evidence that she had ever been there. Had I not seen her earlier, I would not have noticed the small patch of mud where she laid her eggs. It was packed perfectly flush with the rest of the terrain. The next day, I felt inspired to place a few small rose quartz crystals around the perimeter of her nest and say a prayer of protection over those little eggs.  

Neither the timing nor the metaphor of this experience was lost on me. Thanks for this hopeful message, Mom! You’re not supposed to count chickens before they hatch, but I’m counting these blessings before the turtle eggs hatch. I believe our dreams and desires have been incubating like those turtle eggs, and I affirm that many blessings will hatch in 2024 for all of us! 

If you would like to start the new year off with a blessing, please consider giving yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching or a Private Family Constellations Session. You can learn more about these healing opportunities or book a session on my website

Or perhaps you feel inspired to join me for my first online Family Constellations workshop of 2024. On Sunday, January 7, we will “Welcome the New Year with Family Constellations.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a ticket. There are just a few spots left! I look forward to sharing more miracles with you in the coming year! 

Communication is not limited to the small range of channels the world recognizes.

A Course in Miracle ~ M-25.2:2

A Wink from the Angels

For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a book called The Crabby Angels Chronicles by Jacob Glass. It’s a fun book that offers spiritual guidance on everyday matters based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles. I’m finding it very enjoyable and helpful, but I should let you know one thing if you are considering buying the book. Once in a while, the author uses the “f-word,” and I’m not talking about “forgiveness.”

That language doesn’t bother me, but it may offend some readers. I think that’s why the author dubbed them “crabby angels.” They don’t shy away from the occasional use of profanity or being direct. I must admit it is effective in getting the reader’s attention! Occasional profanity aside, the book is loaded with practical tools and helpful suggestions to assist the reader on this journey called Life.

For example, the crabby angels offer a great suggestion in Chapter 133 titled “Give It to the Staff to Handle.” I’m guessing most of us have a “to-do” list. And if you’re like me, there may be things that have been on that list for weeks, or even months. These are tasks that seem difficult, tedious, or simply too much to take on right now. 

The angels invite us to create a separate “to-do” list for them. These less enjoyable items go on the angel to-do list so they can start working behind the scenes to get them done. 

They also recommend putting things over which we simply have no control on their list. (In truth, that’s pretty much everything, but that’s a discussion for another day!) Why not turn those over to them so we can free ourselves from worrying about them? The mind thinks worrying is a form of action, but it’s actually a distraction. It’s not helpful to invest precious time and mental energy thinking about an outcome we do not desire.

By the way, it doesn’t have to be an angel to-do list. You can imagine this list is for the Universe, God, your ancestors, or anything that feels right for you. The important thing is to separate the tasks that light you up from the ones that don’t.

It’s not that we don’t ever take action steps toward these items, but we release the heaviness of them by placing them on the other list. Then we simply watch what happens. That sounded good to me, so I created my angel to-do list that very morning. 

I dug out a small blank notebook from my desk drawer and wrote “Angel To-Do List” across the top of the first page. It didn’t take me long to jot down at least a dozen items. Looking at my to-do lists, I saw a few items that had been staring at me for quite a while! I actually have two to-do lists: one for my personal life and one for my work life. I gratefully gave the angels a few items from each!  

It may sound silly, but I started feeling lighter almost immediately after composing the angel to-do list. But wait. It got better.  

After breakfast, I went out to my car to drive to Sarasota Bay for my morning walk. Something caught my attention as I opened the driver’s side door. There, right in front of my face, was a delicate white feather stuck to the roof of my car! 

You can explain it away as a random feather from a passing bird, but this is the first time I’ve seen a feather stuck to my roof like that. I prefer to see it as a not-so-subtle wink from my angels letting me know they received their assignments and they are on the job! 

And to make sure I got the message, that feather stuck to my roof all the way from the parking lot to the gas station a few miles away. I couldn’t believe it was still there when I filled my fuel tank. My angels really wanted me to know they weren’t going anywhere!

That was a few days ago, and I am still feeling lighter. Plus, I have had some breakthroughs. Delegating the bigger, more challenging things to the angels apparently unlocked something in me. I found the time and the inspiration to tackle a few of the items that had been lingering on my to-do list for months. What an unexpected blessing during this busy time of year!  

As for the items I placed on the angel to-do list, I have faith that energy has been set in motion. My only job is to stay present and follow guidance that feels loving and peaceful. I look forward to watching things unfold in miraculous ways. When I get out of the way, they usually do. 

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? Are there things on that list that have been taunting you for weeks or months? Maybe it’s time to create a to-do list for your angelic staff. What do you have to lose except stress and worry?

I would be honored to help you in that endeavor with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a private Family Constellations Session. There’s no better time than now to give yourself the gift of peace. Both Spiritual Coaching and Family Constellations Sessions allow you to see things from a different perspective, thus allowing you to release that which no longer serves. For more information or to book a session, please look around my website. I look forward to working with you.

During this Season of Light, may you remember that your angels and ancestors are cheering you on to experience more peace, love, and joy!

Angels light the way, so that all darkness vanishes, and you are standing in a light so bright and clear that you can understand all things you see.

A Course in Miracles ~ W-131.13:2

Turtle Power Miracle

Several years ago, I wrote about a time when I encountered a mama sea turtle laying eggs on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It was unusual for me to be at the beach late at night, but a stubborn headache and an impulse that fresh salt air might help clear my head led me to take a moonlit beach walk. It worked!

Mother’s Day was coming up, and I had been thinking a lot about my mom that day. One of the things on her “bucket list” was seeing a nest of sea turtles hatching. The best I could do was take her to see the DisneyNature film Oceans where a camera crew captured the event. Although I didn’t see any hatchlings that night, seeing that mama sea turtle working so hard to prepare a nest for her offspring felt like a loving, nurturing message from my mother. There were more synchronicities that day. If you’re curious, you can read the full story by clicking this link.

Well, she did it again. This week marked the 12th anniversary of my mother’s passing. On the actual anniversary of her death, I had an unusually stressful morning. I won’t go into details about that morning now, but I will say it was one of those times when my mother’s presence would have been extremely comforting. 

As I was preparing lunch, something caught my eye outside my window. Did I see dirt flying around the spot where my favorite tree once stood? When I looked closer, I realized there was a turtle digging a hole with her powerful front flippers. At first, I could only see her head and neck poking above the brown earth. Eventually, she emerged and began moving her rear end from side to side. I assumed she was depositing eggs. Once she finished, she began swishing dirt back into the hole until she was satisfied her eggs were covered. Her mission complete, she slowly made her way to the edge of the pond where she dove triumphantly back into the water. I shot a one-minute video if you care to watch Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve seen many turtles swimming in the pond outside my window. I’ve observed them swimming under the fountain where the dancing water droplets return to the water’s surface. I wonder if it feels good on their head and flippers. But never have I seen one of these turtles on land, and I’ve certainly never seen one laying eggs! The fact that this event happened on the anniversary of my mom’s passing truly felt like a message from above. I think it was her way of showing me that she is still present and watching over me, especially on days when I miss her the most. You may consider it a mere coincidence, but I prefer to see events like this as winks from the Universe reminding me that love is always present if I look for it. 

Could you use some assistance in seeing life’s events and circumstances from a miraculous perspective? I would be honored to share what has worked for me and how my life has changed since I began studying A Course in Miracles and facilitating Family Constellations. Perhaps now is the time to give yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching or a private Family Constellations Session. Look around my website to learn more about these powerful opportunities. You can also book a session with my automated scheduler. I look forward to creating miracles with you! 

Until next time, keep your eyes open for miracle messengers in Mother Nature. It sure is a fun way to experience life! 

Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-1.I.6:1-2

An Abundance of Turquoise Tranquility

Like most people, I still have days where events in the world combined with circumstances in my personal life leave me feeling less than peaceful. When I am in that state of mind, of course, I will find myself in less than peaceful situations. That happened last Friday on my drive to the beach for my morning walk. There was an unusually large amount of cars on the road that day, and many of the drivers were aggressive and impatient. Two of those drivers honked their horns at me. Apparently, they felt strongly that I should get out of their way, even though there was nowhere for me to go. Ironically, the activity that was supposed to start my day with peace was doing just the opposite!

I was beyond grateful when I finally arrived at the beach parking lot even though it was much later than usual. Once I got out of my car, I took several deep breaths of salt air and allowed the turquoise water to calm my soul. I stretched in preparation for the walk and let my body expand and return to peace. Except for the traffic, it was a perfect morning for a walk. The sun was shining in a bright blue sky and temperatures were in the mid-70s. As usual, I felt rejuvenated after my walk. I love moving my body for an hour next to the rolling turquoise waves. In fact, the colors were so gorgeous that day, I felt inspired to take a short video with my phone and post it on Instagram with the caption “Enjoy Some Turquoise Tranquility!”

When I returned to my car, I couldn’t believe my eyes. A turquoise van with a peace dove painted on the hood had parked next to me. What synchronicity! I had literally just posted the words “Turquoise Tranquility” on social media and here was another embodiment of that phrase sitting right next to my car. Now I wish I had taken a picture of that van. Little did I know, it would be the first of an abundance of turquoise tranquility messages!

As I headed home across the bridge, I couldn’t help but notice that several walkers and runners were wearing turquoise shirts. Okay. Maybe that’s not so unusual in a beach town. Then I saw a turquoise convertible sports car coming across the bridge in the other direction. Interesting. After crossing the bridge, I spotted a solitary person on the balcony of a high-rise wearing another turquoise shirt. Across the street from the high-rise, I noticed a bright turquoise sign pointing patrons to the entrance of a restaurant. A few minutes later, I had to laugh when I pulled up next to a bright turquoise Ford pickup truck at a stoplight. I don’t know about you, but the pickup trucks I usually see on the road are black, white, silver, or red. Not turquoise! I’m glad we were stopped so I could snap a photo of that truck!

One more turquoise sports car caught my attention across the intersection at another stoplight near my home. When I pulled into my apartment complex, I sat in my car for a moment and laughed with gratitude at this series of not-so-subtle messages. Sure. You could make an argument that I was hyper-focused on that color, so that’s why I saw it everywhere. But I prefer to think that Spirit, the Universe, my Higher Self, or whatever you want to call it, wanted to make sure I didn’t miss this message. Turquoise tranquility is all around me if I only have eyes to see it. Message received! I’ll do my best to look for it even on stressful days. 

If you would like to learn some tools and techniques to help you return to peace during these stressful times, please consider giving yourself the gift of a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a Private Family Constellations Session. Both can be done from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Look around my website for more information and to book a session

Until next time, may you notice an abundance of signs reminding you that peace is closer than you think. 

In quietness it rises up to greet your open eyes, and fill your heart with deep tranquility as ancient truths, forever newly born, arise in your awareness. 

A Course in Miracles ~ W-122.8:3

The Rainbow Connection

It’s hard not to feel hopeful when stripes of color magically appear in the sky after the grayness of a rainstorm. Rainbows have a way of connecting us to something intrinsically optimistic in ourselves. I think that’s the “Rainbow Connection” Kermit the Frog famously sang about in The Muppet Movie back in 1979. Rainbows always seem to reveal themselves at the perfect time, reminding me that all is well. 

For instance, when I met up with friends for dinner on my very first night in Sarasota, Florida, a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky behind the restaurant. My heart swelled with joy when I saw it. It felt like the Universe assuring me that this is where I belong and great things are about to happen. And since then, they certainly have. 

That’s why I shouldn’t be surprised that one appeared last week on 11/11 after an unexpected afternoon rain shower. I spotted a dash of rainbow colors shimmering in the pond outside my living room window. When I went outside to investigate, I discovered a full rainbow brilliantly illuminated from end to end across the sky. It took my breath away! 

Once again, the timing was perfect. I had just finished a powerful and very healing FaceTime conversation that went better than I could have expected. The appearance of that gorgeous rainbow felt like a sign that everything was going to be okay. The fact that this happened on 11/11, a day we set aside to remember we are all one, was not lost on me. Not only was the rainbow telling me all was well, it was also showing me another spiritual truth. When we extend love from heart to heart, we have the experience of being one human family. Now that’s what I call a Rainbow Connection! 

Are you having a difficult time staying hopeful in these challenging times? It would be my great honor to help you find your Rainbow Connection to the part of you that knows all is well no matter what it looks like on the outside. We can do this with a series of Spiritual Coaching sessions or by reconnecting you with the support of your ancestors in a private or group Family Constellations Session. With today’s technology, you can take advantage of all of these opportunities from anywhere in the world. Please look around my website for more information about upcoming workshops, or send me an email to book a session. Gift certificates are also available for all of my services.

Until next time, may you be blessed with Rainbow Connections and clear signs that all is well…

Love transfers to love without any interference, for the two are one… Gradually you learn to apply it to everyone and everything, for its applicability is universal.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-12.VI.6:4,6

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