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
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
When we feel sad, it is natural to want to stuff or hide our feelings. Remember, they come up to be released. We may need to release old grief about how we have been treated or grief about losing someone we love. It is important to recognize that grief comes from a variety of sources and experiences. Though it is not fun to address old feelings, leaving your feelings unresolved often results in anxieties and fears. It can also leave you more vulnerable to being hurt by others. If sadness comes up, take time to acknowledge the source of your grief. Then ask yourself when was the first time you felt a similar loss or feeling? Share your grief with God and ask Him to help you with it. Acknowledging your grief allows the healing process to begin. Though it isn’t fun to explore where your emotions are coming from, it is the fist step to healing and finding peace. © August 2013 Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC
Sometimes it may seem like we are just a cog in the wheel of life. We are so small in comparison to the Universe as a whole. The distractions of this world can make us forget that we are a part of something greater. Then something happens to show us how connected we are in spirit. That we are apart of everything and that in God’s eyes, we are important and we matter. Whatever our struggles might be, He is there in all things, both awesome and small. We may need reminding and we may even want “proof”. That is simply our nature. If we really look and allow our eyes to see, it is all around us. When we observe a beautiful sunrise, majestic mountains or a starry night; there is little doubt the Universe was created by something wondrous. Though all those things are beautiful, we only have to look within at our own inner light to connect with that same awesomeness. It is already inside of us because He is everywhere and in everything. © August 2013 Nancy Hickman, M.Ed., LLC
Love can be a difficult life lesson or it can be an experience that reflects the love of the Universe. In order to attract love, you have to believe deep within you that you deserve it. If you accept poor treatment or criticism, some part of you isn’t integrating the belief you deserve love. One way to reprogram your mind to expect love is to daily affirm: “Today I expect to be treated lovingly in words and actions.” Eventually, you will attract what you teach your mind to expect and it will feel natural to you. To change your outer world, it helps to get your inner beliefs into agreement with the transformation you want to create in your life.