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Category Archives: Living in light

Seeing Beyond the Surface

1truthThis morning I was contemplating some of the things I see and sense as an intuitive. Though I try to focus on the positive, the other side of things can feel overwhelming.   I find myself trying to create awareness and watching my words at the same time. I know not everyone is able to hear all of what I know. There is a part of me that would rather shut it off but I’ve asked God to direct my path and I am trying to obediently follow that wherever it goes. After sitting with the feelings this creates for me, I sat in meditation and asked for a message to share with you. So many of the messages are for me as well. Our connection on that spiritual level means there is a Universal raising of consciousness within all of us. Those that are strong enough will dig deeper for more truth to raise their consciousness now.  The rest will follow when they are ready.

If you contemplate today’s message seriously, try not let surface matters like money, material things, petty conflicts etc., distract you from taking a deeper look at what God wants you to know about your life, those around you and the world.   We are moving into a time of greater change. Being spiritually aware and grounded in faith  will help you through that change where you might otherwise find yourself more affected by chaotic energies.

Message from the Universe: See not what you want to see— see the truth. If you are not properly armed with the facts, you can not make informed decisions. Look beyond what is on the surface. Information is vital to positive change.
© September 13, 2014, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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Our Existence

ExistenceThis morning in meditation I heard the words, “you know why you are here.”   Sometimes we are here in our earthly bodies and we enjoy our experience.  At other times, we might feel like we are going through the motions of life without direction or aim.  Yet, if we stop and think about it all, we know why we are here.   Somewhere in our core, our heart is hearing a call from God to fulfill our purpose.  Each and every one of us have a job to complete while we are here but many of us get distracted by life and forget.  The chaos around us can pull us off our path until something happens to help us “remember” who we are and what we are about.

Distracting us from our path is easy.  We have so many gadgets and so many material goals in life, we can often forget what is really important.   If Satan exists, He is there tempting us with “stuff” every moment of our lives.  Once we get those “things”, we often look for the bigger and better version.  Though we think we are pursing happiness, being distracted takes us further away from our inner peace.  How distracted are we? Where do we place our priorities?  Do we think of God and what he wants us to do?  Do we think of how we can help other people?  Do we spend time praying and asking God to bring peace to our world?  Do we give back? Is it in our consciousness every day that we have things we can do to help, even if they are small gestures?

Truthfully, we are all here to help and it is apparent that  the world really needs it.  As a whole, we don’t take very good care of the planet or of each other.   There is no shortage of things for us to do to help.   We are needed in abundance.  When people ask, “What is my purpose?”  The answer is to help whatever way we can.  It may be a vocation or it just may be our way of life.   There isn’t always a defined answer but it can become more defined the more we work toward giving back to God.  The more we do, the more the opportunities for helping will open up to us.

Remember, our existence here is about us.  It is not about “you”.  The more we think of how we can help others, the more we become content with being whoever we are.  We begin to develop a new sense of self.  We get the benefits of being strongly connected to God and of living a God centered life.   We have focus and we know each day is an opportunity to fulfill what we are supposed to do while we are here.  We know this already but sometimes we forget.  Now is a good time to remember.

Each day ask God to plan your day for you.  Ask Him where you can be of help.  Then be conscious of the opportunities in front of you.   Are you being asked to listen to someone who needs support?  Are you being ask to pray for God’s angels to help others?  Are you being asked to use your skills to do something greater?  Ask and the answers will come.  As with most things, it is important to stay in today and do what is put in front of you.  The rest will develop naturally as it is intended to be.© May 4, 2014, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

 

 

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Faith

faith3Beginning my path, I did not know where it would take me.  From the time I was a child, I had a strong spiritual connection.  It was something that “happened” to me more than it was something I participated in.  The strongest aspect of my intuition is my empathic ability.  I learned early to sense if someone was safe or not.  The ability to feel someone’s energy and to know their intentions is a pretty strong ability I experience.   Just as easily, I can sense people’s gifts and their light energy.  Sensing energy can be a pitfall.  It can create mental confusion and stress if you are not adept at clearing it and shielding from it.   Many people have a natural empathic ability and they are not always aware if the pain they experience is something that belongs to them  or if they picked it up from another person.  Feeling pain can be a block to staying connected to God’s light and love.  At the same time, it is His light and love that frees us from all the negative energy around us.

I once knew a special person who was taught conflicting messages about God.  God was used as part of any discipline he experienced and he became confused about whether God is loving or punishing. The actions of his parent caused that sense of confusion.   Many human acts are often blamed on God and then people associate the negative that happens in the world with Him.  They wonder how “it” could happen if He exists or they think He does not love them if they experience it.   Certain things are inevitable in our life experience.  We will experience death and loss as a natural progression of things.   Sometimes we are called home and sometimes our spirit wants to go back there.  We learn our lessons here and we become free of our physical constrictions so that we can return to God and live in spirit.  The rest is often a result of the actions of people who choose to live a life separate from God.  God allows us free will and choice.  When we choose to seek His love and protection,  we are often shielded from much of the negativity that would otherwise come our way.

Being a seeker means learning to take time to sit, pray and ask for His help and protection.  Staying connected to God requires taking action toward learning about Him and choosing Him to be a part of your life.  It is easier to stay connected if we seek help and healing for any past pain or difficulties we experience.  We have a clearer and more stable connection to Him if we feel a greater sense of love verses pain.  Sometimes all that is required is to ask in prayer that our emotions be healed and that He help us feel His love.

As I write this, I am reminded of how we are all just students learning.  I am trying to allow myself to be lead on this path in whatever way God wants.  I constantly seek His help in relationships, in work and in life.  I feel like the longer I am on this spiritual path, the more the ups and downs of life fine tune me into what He wants me to be.  It is a daily leap of faith and surrender.  Sometimes there is fear and sometimes there is exhilaration.   On those days I take the leap, I feel like a child jumping into the safe hands of my father.   © December 29, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

 

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Hard Conversations

conversationsI was reminded yesterday of hard conversations.   Hard conversations are usually the most important.   They are filled with meaning and love.  They take us to the heart of who we are and what we really believe and want from those around us.  We often don’t want to have hard conversations and many people avoid them.  Fear can keep us from broaching things that need to and should be said.   When we have  those conversations, we talk from our spirit and become our most authentic and empowered.

I once read a book called the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.  It mentioned a very important belief of living life like each day is your last so that you may live with no regrets. This is mainly because how we live affects our afterlife.  If we recognize that belief as true, that means it is important to go within and self-analyze.  Self-analysis is a form of checks and balances which allow us to live knowing we have been loving, forgiving and that we have done our best.  In our society, we often live busy lives and taking time to self-analyze can be hard to do.  We also have learned to try to seek “things” that will make us feel good rather than to look inside of ourselves to find peace within.  To protect our egos we often:  avoid hard conversations, hold on to resentments, use our defensiveness as a shield, live materialistically  and more.   It is sometimes not until we have been confronted with mortality that we begin our inner journey.  It is when those important questions arise that we more deeply look at ourselves and our purpose here.  Questions like, “If I die tomorrow, how will others remember me?” or “If I die tomorrow, will I go to Heaven?”  or “Did they know how much I loved them?”

The word “ego” really represents how we “ease God out.”  We begin thinking we are in control and living accordingly.  It can feel harder to self-analyze and to live from your spiritual center but it brings with it a more peaceful life.  It helps us to focus on what is really important.  It helps us to spend our time here wisely and from a place of love.  If we truly allow God “in”, we are allowing Good Orderly Direction to guide our lives.

Each of us is special and has a purpose here to fulfill.  Some of us do not even realize we are already living that purpose.  Each time we are there for someone else or share our faith, we impact others in a positive way.  With the crime and struggles we see in our society today, it is important to use our spiritual strength to create positive change.  Society breaking down is a sign of ego based living and result of pushing God out.   Our individual actions either contribute to that breakdown or fight against it.  We are all connected and we are each capable of creating positive change through things we do or say.   We each have a purpose and a responsibility in that whether big or small.

In meditation, I had a hard conversation.  I asked Jesus for some guidance.  My ego was hurt and I wanted to hear from Him some platitude or other.  As loving a spirit as he is,  I heard hard words.  He in no way wanted to stroke my ego.  He lovingly put me in my place.  He allowed me to release my selfish thinking much the same way we parent our children.  He told me that I needed to let go of what my ego wanted because he had expectations of me.   That I have a job to do and to basically move on from trivial things.   My idea that I could indulge in a little self-pity went out the window and I moved on.   Along with that, I released  my part in the problem and got focused on what I’m supposed to do.   Though I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, I am grateful to be able to leave behind any negative thinking I was holding onto.

In doing readings, I am blessed. I have lots of hard conversations with people.  I see people in their most vulnerable and real state.  I’m given the opportunity to meet them there and I pray that the words that come out of my mouth are the most loving and authentic I am capable of being.   We each have the opportunity to be that for others if we remain open to listening and experiencing a deep connection with each person we meet.  When we do, it helps us far more than we are likely to help the other person.  We receive healing as we allow our own needs to take a back seat and we become reminded of what is important.  Life, Love, compassion and connection are just a few of the things we are privileged to experience and they are far more valuable in character building than any “thing” we could strive to attain.

Be open to hard conversations.  God may expect you to either be the recipient, the listener or the person speaking.  Look at them as an opportunity to grow and to make a positive impact.   Recognize opportunities that allow you to: make an amends,  to help  someone with direction or to share feelings.   Whatever the conversation is, be loving and be real.   When you struggle with what to say, ask God to speak through you.  Face each situation lovingly and from a perspective that leaves you free of regret.   Look at those moments as the gift they are.  We each get the opportunity to touch the lives of others and in so doing; we become changed as well. © November 22, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

 

 

 

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The Changing Season of our Lives

Seasons3Change is an ever present energy we have to learn to cope with.  Sometimes we feel the change in positive ways.  We experience the excitement of new beginnings like in Spring.   We may bask in our abundance like we do in Summer when we our days are filled with light and nature thrives all around us.  During the times that we begin to shed things that do not work for us, we are experiencing Fall.  We harvest what we can and move on from the rest.  Those times that we grieve and pull into ourselves we are experiencing an emotional Winter that often feels barren of light and hope.   Though they may all be a necessary part of our life experience, it is important to know those emotional phases may come and go in the same way nature naturally shifts through each phase growth.   We will shift from each change we experience and adapt as we go.  If we hold our spiritual center, our landscape may not look the same for us when all is said and done but we will learn that our spirit contains has an amazing ability to heal itself.   If you are experiencing an emotional Winter or what feels like a “storm” in your life, remember to surround yourself with light, to be easy on yourself and allow the energy around you to shift naturally.  Pulling into yourself in a healthy way, is good for your spirit and allows it to recharge and heal.©  November 6, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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When Angels Sing

angels4I first want to start this post by letting you know I’m not a very musically inclined person.  I listen to the top 40 but can’t remember the names of songs or lyrics.  I have some sort of mental block when it comes to music.  When I’m doing readings I sometimes hear angels singing in the background which indicates to me the loved one I am talking to is in a beautiful place.  At other times,  I will hear bits of lyrics in my head.  They can be very random but what I pay attention to is the line or phrase I hear most prominently.  The song itself may carry greater meaning so I always tell people to look it up.  There is usually a message within the lyrics from loved ones either confirming where they are, how they feel or conveying a something they want you to know.

The last two days I have been singing Ava Maria in my head.  When I looked up the meaning of the song it is the Hail Mary prayer put into song.   For Catholics, we recognize that Mother Mary is a loving spirit who often intervenes for us when we are in need.  She often appears to me when I am reading for another Catholic person and I am often able to see their connection to that belief system through her.   My interpretation of hearing that song is that I am to recognize she is watching over me in the same way she does for many others.

As I composed this message in my head, another song started going through my mind.  It was Whitney Houston’s song, I Will Always Love You.  When my father passed,  I saw him in meditation and one of the first things I heard was that song.  A while later my friend Karen died and she came to me in a dream.  Karen gave me a hug and sang that same song to me.  They wanted to reassure me of their love.  The reassurance was there again this morning in that song and it is music to my heart.

If you hear a song in your head or songs pop up on the radio that remind you of your loved ones, it is likely a sign from them that they are around.  They communicate in a multiple of ways and music is one of the easier ways for them to convey messages.  When you hear a song with special meaning, try to acknowledge the message and the meaning behind it.  Your loved ones will be encouraged to continue sending music to your ears to help sooth the  wounds in your heart.  ©October 9, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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Spiritual Oppression

healing2A topic I don’t speak about often is that of spiritual oppression.   I like to keep my topics focused on the more positive aspects of God and how we can all heal with his love and help.  However, that is an incomplete picture to present to the world when there is so much suffering affecting so many people.   Being intuitive, I see both the loving aspects of God and the negative aspects of other energies impacting the lives of people all around me.    If we view that suffering from what we see on the surface, we see a lot of dysfunction, addiction, mental illness, crime and more.  We can look at each individual and say, “They have a lot of problems.”  We only see the individuals behavior and not any underlying spiritual factors at work.      From a psychic perspective, it is more apparent that we need to look beyond what we see on the surface and recognize that a large portion of people are actually being oppressed in a way that prevents them from being the loving productive people they are meant to be.

What is spiritual oppression?  It is the presence of negative spirits in the lives of people for the purpose of disrupting harmony and creating conflict.    Spiritual oppression is characterized by symptoms that manifest as: addiction, anxiety, mental illness, unexplainable physical illness, bad luck, compulsions, suicidal thoughts, fears, insomnia, nightmares,  uncontrollable anger and more.   Many people may also experience the manifestation of sights and sounds related to paranormal activity, physical symptoms related to uncontrollable twitching or involuntary body movements and voices.  Sometimes it is just the feeling that you have an emotional weight upon you that prevents you from feeling light and happy.  The level and severity of the oppression can vary but left unhealed, it can grow in strength and in impact on the lives of those suffering from it.  Though there are activities people can participate in that attract negative entities, they are around in our environment and can seemingly attack a person for no reason at all.

My purpose in discussing this topic is to create awareness so we can utilize our spiritual  tools in a united way to create healing.   It is important to know that positive spirits are just as abundant.  They are there to help us if we seek their help.  When we call upon the presence of God or God’s angels, we are in fact reducing the power and ability of anything negative to have an affect on those we love.   A few minutes of prayer each day can create healing.  It is important to know that inviting in God’s loving presence and help is essential to healing any condition or situation involving spiritual oppression.  Always remember,  God’s light and love are far stronger than any negative energies or presence.     I’m inviting you today to pray with me for those that are suffering and for God to intervene in a positive way to prevent crisis in the world.  When we join together, our prayers are multiplied and the healing begins.   ©September 29, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

 

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The Way of the Tumble Weed

tumble weedIn meditation my guides showed me a tumble weed blowing through a ghost town.  Me: Where are you going with this one?  Guides: Superfluous. Superfluous means obsolete or not needed.   We know that ghost towns are places that are abandoned  because the economy or resources could no longer support them.  Tumble weeds by nature are able to travel  quickly and easily with the flow of the wind.  They deposit their seeds where ever they can and grow new tumble weeds in environments that help them flourish.  So, my translation of what I was shown is that sometimes we hang on to things or situations that need to be released.  There may be parts of our lives that are no longer useful and that may be holding us back from our growth.  As we release those parts, we may even have a barren feeling as a result of “losing” a way of life or being that we are used to.  As we allow ourselves to be carried by the flow of the Universe, we will land in a place emotionally and spiritually that supports us and helps us flourish.  The message: examine those parts of your life that need to be released.  Allow yourself to explore the potentials available to you and trust you will eventually land in a place that allows you to feel firmly routed and stable.  As you release old ways and things that you no longer need, you will gain an inner sense of lightness and spiritual freedom.  You will also gain trust in your ability to adapt in all life situations.   ©September 19, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light tunnelThis morning in meditation I got an image of a cave with a light from the outside at the end of the cave.  I knew immediately what the light was referencing.  Yesterday a friend called me in despair.   She has been someone who has lived spiritually her whole life but she was in fear and not feeling her connection to God.  We all have those times that it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the spot we are walking in feels particularly dark.  Even Mother Teresa had difficulty feeling her connection to God.  Despite that lack of connection, she continued to move forward in her spiritual work and many were not aware of how deeply she suffered.

 As we walk this journey through life, we need to keep in mind what we know about tunnels.  Usually with tunnels we have only two directions to go.  We can go deeper into the its depth or walk toward the entrance and out into the light.  The direction we walk is up to us.  We are not always going to feel our connection to God; however, if we keep walking in the right direction we will eventually get to the place we want to be.  At those times when we don’t feel the love of the Universe, we may not always understand the purpose for our pain and we may even feel like giving up.  It is those  times that we need to continue the walk forward and know that God is always near.  We may not feel Him but we need to walk forward anyway, sometimes on blind faith.   “Darkness” may try to block our connection to God but it can’t prevent us from reaching out to Him.    Remember that when we don’t know what else to do, all we have to do is reach in prayer and wait for the the “light” to bring things into focus. ©September 11, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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Tranquility from Grace

Grace Grace is a state of being bestowed to us by God’s unmerited favor.  In truth, all we have to do to open ourselves to God’s Grace is seek Him in our lives and allow His unconditional love to flow to and from us.  Early in my life I asked a priest about Hell and he told me that “Hell is what is is like to be separated from God.”  In separation from Him, we often experience inner turmoil and discontent.  That pain is a suffering that can be healed with God’s Grace.  No matter what our mistakes or transgressions, God loves us unconditionally.  His Grace can heal us and release us from those certain emotional dark spots we encounter in our lives.   The closer we stay to Him, the more Grace we experience.  When you believe in Him, His Grace gets reflected in both your inner world and your outer reality. ©  September 9, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC

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