Change 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
We don’t always feel our connection to God. Sometimes the chaos around us can cause us to feel separate from Him. It is those times that we can go within to seek that connection in order to turn things in a positive direction. Simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, envision light all around you and say “God”. Then ask Him to help you feel His love. Sit with that intention for a moment and see what happens. Continue to ask until you sense Him. It may happen right away or it may take time. We get more results when we are dedicated to practicing going within. © November 4, 2013 Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC
I 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
A 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
People come into our lives for a reason and a season. Sometimes their time with us is long and for others it is short. We have the gift of connecting with those we love without knowing how long we will get to keep the connection. Cherish the moments you have and when they are gone, you will have those loving memories to help you through. Even those times that were hard will carry new meaning for you because of the love underlying your relationship. Always remember, that love between you never dies and they will always feel how much you care. Your love is the link that keeps you connected even as they move on to the other side. ©September 21, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC
Our reality is always touching Heaven’s. For many, the idea of heaven and other dimensions in the Universe is a question and still needs to be explored. It can be easy to let doubt block you from having a spiritual connection to your loved ones. When we lose people we love, our grief and anger can also create a barrier to perceiving our loved ones and recognizing our connection to God. For those that want to connect, it is important to be open to seeking a connection through dedication and practice. Those connections are most often experienced through meditation, prayer, dreams and through spiritual experiences. When you start to deepen your spiritual connection, you realize your loved ones are not as separate as you may have thought. Connecting to God and your loved one can happen in many ways and in multiple layers. When you allow yourself to be open to that connection, you recognize that your loved ones are not as far away as you thought because their reality is always touching ours. © September 20, 2013, Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC
In 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
This 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
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