Encouragement for the New Year

A few weeks ago, I had an experience which felt the opposite of encouraging.  Even though I expected encouragement, I received what sounded like the opposite, at least strongly on one point.  There was one affirmation that I heard in comments made to me, but the negativity was so strong, it took me back.

Now, I know the persons involved were well-intentioned and do care deeply about my wellbeing.  So, I had to reflect on whether the point they were making was right, in the context in which it seemed off-the-mark, or if it was a re-direction of my way of doing something that the Universe needed to signal me, or if it was just as harshly critical of me as it sounded when delivered.

What came to me was the realization that the Universe meant it as encouragement, even if I had to shift my focus a bit.  It then occurred to me that the Universe means for all of our experiences in life to be encouraging, even when they do not look, feel, or sound like encouragement.

Often enough, life seems to send us what looks, feels, and/or sounds like discouragement, but that is never the true message that the Universe, as an extension of the Divine, intends to send us.  This message became very clear to me as a result of the above experience.  What my intuition clarified is that the Universe is always encouraging us, no matter what the world seems to be delivering in our faces.

Even if the world is raising its voice with a resounding “no,” or we experience doors closing, or someone tells us we’re crazy or that we should give up, none of those is exactly what the Universe is saying.  Oh, the Universe might be saying we need to shift a bit, or that we do need to try to do something a little differently, but the Universe never sends the message of discouragement to our hearts and souls.  That would not be Love.

The Divine always sees the beauty of our souls, and encourages that, and yes – we all have stunningly beautiful souls.  When our plans are more ego-driven than soul-driven, we might receive some negative feedback, and it might hurt.  It might be the Universe giving us some guidance to shift what we are doing, but never to give up, for the Divine knows how much potential our souls have for doing good in the world (almost always a lot of potential for doing good!)

Generally, the Universe is still sending us the message:  Don’t Give Up!  The Divine may be telling us that we need to get stronger in our message, not weaker.  The Universe may be preparing us for facing other obstacles or other nay-sayers who would discourage us. The Divine just may be giving us practice so we will keep our own drive and momentum going by believing in ourselves even when others don’t.

Yes, that is the secret:  we need to believe in ourselves.  Hard as it may seem for some of us, we do need to believe in ourselves and our life purpose and our potential for creating good in life.  Never Give Up!

This is the Universe messaging you that you are amazing and you are capable of doing so much good in the world.  This is the Universe telling you to follow your dreams and let your heart sing and your feet dance, or whatever floats your boat!

Actually, everything in life is encouraging you to pursue your dreams, even when a lot of other people just don’t get it.  Your dreams are your dreams, and if your dreams can make the world a better place by using your best gifts, then maybe you just need a little shift or a lot more courage and hard work.

But don’t give up on your dreams, for that would be like giving up on yourself.  Dreams are a Gift from Heaven to make the world a joyful place, starting with the joy in our own hearts and minds.

In 2018, may you find the courage and tenacity to pursue your dreams, and may you never give up until you are finding and sharing the love and joy that are the natural birthright of our souls.   Happy 2018!

Love and Light,

Carol Anandi



About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: carol.dodson.richardson@gmail.com to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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