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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Delay in Moving Became a Life-Saving Personal Oracle


Luck?
Synchronicity?
Invisible Moving Sidewalk?

All of the above!


INSIDE EDITION described little Yuri Milligan as a “lucky little toddler” and indeed he was.  Thanks to Konrad and Jennifer Lightner who were carrying their box springs to a U Haul when they noticed a little boy throwing toys out of a third story window, and then lean out of the window as if he we was trying to retrieve the toys. They called out to warn him to stay inside but the little boy continued to edge his way out of the window. Quick-thinking Conrad positioned the box springs under the window as Jennifer ran to call 911. Konrad explained to INSIDE EDITION, "I threw the mattress (under the window) and got ready for him. When he was about to fall I tried to cushion his fall into the box spring."

When little Yuri did fall it was into Konrad’s arms. 

At the end of the on air report when host Deborah Norville mentioned that the couple had been delayed for 30 minutes while they tried to get the mattress in the elevator I though, ahh … an Invisible Moving Sidewalk!


What is an Invisible Moving Sidewalk, you ask!

I coined the term to describe a series of synchronistic events that are designed to carry you to a specific destination. Think people movers in large airports. Except these sidewalks can be life-altering, and in this case possibly life-saving.

To decode how the universe sprung into action to protect little Yuri from what was about to happen let’s break the events down using the formula for how personal oracles operate.

Need + Delivery System + Message/Action = Personal Oracle

The NEED was Yuri’s three-year-old Yuri was unaware that his behavior was dangerous.

The DELIVERY SYSTEM was a couple trying to move box springs to a U-Haul.  Note that the elevator’s synchronistic delay that placed them precisely where they were needed.

The MESSAGE/ACTION was Little Yuri’s safe landing.

We all have experiences that make us feel as if they are orchestrated by hidden hands. The key is noticing them and then sharing them with others.

The more we share our personal oracle experiences the more we realize that what some call supernatural is quite simply the natural design of the universe, and together we expand the boundaries of conventional reality.

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work and then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.
If you are looking for a community of kindred spirits check out her new website www.personaloraclecafes.com and then join in. Also new and coming soon, CLOUD-SPEAK PERSONAL ORACLE BOOK AND CARDS. We will let you know when they are available.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Prophetic Dreams: Personal Oracle Gifts

Today's post was originally published in Inner Self Newsletter, a wonderful publication that posts articles about intuition and awareness, parenting and pets, health and healing, dream interpretation, horoscopes, and more. And subscriptions are free!


Prophetic Dreams: Crinkles in Time Giving Advance Warning?

Prophetic Dreams: A Crinkle In Time Giving Advance Warning?
In the wake of disasters, multiple reports of prophetic dreams and oracles often surface. Immediately after the Titanic sank, dozens of people reported canceling their trip because of dreams that foretold of the sinking. It makes you wonder how many others had a similar warning but ignored it and paid the price.
A mother, a father, and their five children were all fast asleep when frantic screams jarred the parents wide awake. “Daddy’s dead, Daddy’s dead, Daddy’s dead!” The parents rushed down the hall to comfort their hysterical son. The father picked up the four-year-old and held him close, patting him and whispering, “Everything’s okay. Daddy’s right here.”
In the morning the boy was still upset. As they went through the familiar routine of getting all of the children fed and ready for the day, the parents realized they couldn’t just drop the little guy off at day care as usual. They decided to alter their routine. The mother would take the older children to school, and the father would take their son to day care. The father phoned his office to let people know he’d be late for a scheduled meeting and then drove his son to preschool.

Case #1: Paying Attention to Prophetic Dreams

The father and son met with the boy’s teacher to discuss what had occurred the night before. After making sure that the boy was calm and settled in his normal routine, the father clicked back into work mode and set off, late for his meeting at the Twin Towers in New York City. On the way, he checked for voice messages. There was one. He expected it to be an update about his nine o’clock meeting. Instead he heard his wife’s frantic voice pleading, “Don’t go into the city. Please don’t. And tell me you’re not there. Please, tell me you’re not there. Turn around and come back home.”
A sick feeling overcame him. Something felt terribly wrong. She was practically crying. Then he heard her say, “An airplane just exploded into the Twin Towers.”
The date was September 11, 2001. Thanks to their son’s prophetic dream and their decision to prioritize their son’s needs, the father never made it to his meeting, but drove back to their home in New Jersey unharmed.

Case #2: Taking Action on Prophetic Dreams

Prophetic Dreams: A Crinkle In Time Giving Advance Warning?By taking action on a prophetic dream, this woman kept her property safe. The dream took place on some property Sheila owns in another state. A trailer sits on the property. In her dream, the trailer door was wide open, and all of the neighbors were milling in and out at random, throwing beer cans and trash all around.
Sheila says that it was one of those dreams that you watch from outside the dream box; you’re not in the cast of characters.
The dream was unsettling. Sheila hadn’t visited the property for some time since it was an eight-hour drive each way, but the message of the dream kept nagging at her. She decided to make a road trip to check on her property. Sure enough, when she arrived, the door was wide open and her trailer was trashed. Thanks to the dream, she was able to secure the trailer and avoid further problems.

Prophetic Dreams: A Crinkle In Time Giving Advance Warning?

Perhaps you’ve had your own prophetic dreams. I’ll always remember one I had when my daughter Julie was about three. In the dream I walk to the edge of a swimming pool and look down into the water. There, at the bottom of the pool, is Julie’s lifeless body clad in her pink-and-white-checked swimsuit. I awoke filled with dread, and from that moment on, I never could relax when Julie and I were around a swimming pool.
I heaved a sigh of relief when she grew out of that little pink swimsuit and then dismissed the dream as irrelevant. I never gave any more thought to the idea of this dream being prophetic until I was working on this chapter. Then I realized that the image of Julie’s dead body at the bottom of a swimming pool made me watch her even closer.
Of course, I will never know for sure, but I’m beginning to wonder if the dream was a crinkle in time, giving me advance warning of a possibility that was out there. If that is true, perhaps the dream and the caution it generated in me saved Julie’s life.

What About You?

Have you ever had what seemed to be a prophetic dream and later dismissed it as irrelevant because you adjusted your behavior accordingly?
©2013 by Ann Bolinger-McQuade. 
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, 
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of 
Penguin Group (USA).  www.us.PenguinGroup.com.


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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work and then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.
If you are looking for a community of kindred spirits check out her new website www.personaloraclecafes.com and then join in. Also new and coming soon, CLOUD-SPEAK PERSONAL ORACLE BOOK AND CARDS. We will let you know when they are available.
Friday, March 14, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books


If you’re in the Tucson area this weekend, I hope you’ll stop by the Tucson Festival of Books located on the University of Arizona campus and say hello! I’m honored to be returning as one of the 400 authors who  have been invited to participate in panels, presentations and book signings.


TFOB is the 4th largest book festival in the US and draws over 100,000 people of all ages and interests to the campus for two days of fascinating and fun-filled activities. Peruse their website to find your favorite authors and see what appeals to you and your family.


The Festival has something for everyone – author panels talking about every genre of writing; countless exhibitors with book related wares; a food court with snacks from cotton candy to delicious bar-b-que; a culinary stage with renown chefs, a circus, Science City, and more.  The children’s activity center is always a delight – did somebody say face painting?

Thanks to the interactive map on their extremely efficient website I’ve already located where both of my events will be held.

·      Saturday, March 15
            1:00 – 2:00 pm
            Panel: From Book Proposal to Published Book

I’ll be presenting on this panel with my amazing agent Claire Gerus and new friend Armen Bacon, author of Griefland, “an intimate portraint of love, loss and unlikely frienship.” Our moderator will be local lawyer Jim Whitehill. A booksigning will follow.

Panel topic:  What is the process of publishing a book? For those publishing by traditional methods, it starts with a book proposal that attracts the players needed to secure a publishing deal. But that’s just the beginning of the publishing process – a process that’s also useful for self-publishers to understand.

·      Sunday, March 16
            1:00 – 2:00 pm
            Workshop: Writing for the Spiritual Market

In the first half of this program, I will be sharing what made EVERYDAY ORACLES Decoding The Divine Messages That Are All Around Us a best seller. I also will introduce personal oracle cafes (www.personaloraclecafes.com) and pass out prototypes of my new CLOUD-SPEAK PERSONAL ORACLE CARDS.
In the second half, Dr. Kermie Wohlenhaus, the gifted author of How to Talk and Actually Listen to Your Guardian Angel, will share her insight on her work, and if there is time after the Q and A she will lead us in a little intuitive development.
Workshop topic: Hundreds of spiritual books have been perennial bestsellers. What has made them so? Learn from two published authors of spiritual books what works and doesn’t work for this market.

I hope to see you at one or both events!

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work and then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.
If you are looking for a community of kindred spirits check out her new website www.personaloraclecafes.com and then join in. Also new and coming soon, CLOUD-SPEAK PERSONAL ORACLE BOOK AND CARDS. We will let you know when they are available.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Academy Awards: Ancestral Messages and Hummingbird Metaphors


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big fan of the Academy Awards. So you can imagine my joy when I stumble across celebrities associated with this event who share their significant personal oracle experiences as a matter of course.

The first time I noticed this happen was in 2006 when one of my favorite actors took the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Actor for his powerful portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker stood at the podium, appearing calm and grounded. He closed his eyes and bowed his head and then remained perfectly silent for quite some time, as if letting this extraordinary moment settle into the very heart of his being. Finally he spoke. “I can feel the breath on my neck and the tingling in my body. For me it is like my ancestors speaking to me.”


A few days ago I was reading an interview with Ellen Degeneres, host of the 2014 Oscars, in People Magazine, where she said “the most helpful folks in my life have been animals.” Her relationship with animals began as a child when she saved the life of a mockingbird that had fallen out of its nest in a tree. The other children began teasing it and poking it with sticks. Ellen rescued the little mockingbird, then took it home and nurtured it. When it was full grown she returned it to the same tree and released it. 

After Ellen’s sitcom was cancelled in 1998 she noticed a hummingbird in a fountain that looked like it was dead. When she reached in to remove it, she saw that it was still alive. She held it up to the sun and it began to flap its wings and then flew straight up and then back out into the world. Ellen interpreted it as a metaphor for her life. “That just when you think you should give up there is a hand that comes and gets you and goes, Nope, you’re going to be okay.”


Whether it’s our ancestors making their presence felt to support us, a hummingbird signaling that we are going to be okay or every other message imaginable, these signs appear all around us everyday.

It is easy to slip into an illusion of separateness until something occurs to remind us that being isolated and alone is an illusion.

All we have to do is tune in and notice those hidden hands of universal support that are always there for us.


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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com - She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cheers to Hearts: The Universal Symbol of Love



To end of this month’s tribute to love we celebrate with a grand finale of hearts to honor this universal symbol of love.
Thanks to all who shared your photos and what they symbolized to you.

From Lee
Prickly cactus heart -
Her message: Know when to protect your heart.




Also from Lee taken during a Divisedero hike -         
The message: Keep on keeping on.




From Kerri
Sidewalk oracle during a walk through the Waldo fire burn area -
The message: A reminder that there is still much love in our world, even in the place of such fear and destruction!  




From Kathy
The mysterious bookcase heart –




The message:
I sit on my bed daily and read my email. In front of me is a large bookcase filed with things I enjoy seeing, this is my time of reflection everyday.

I am aware ....I know I am responsible ......that there is a connection between my inner world and my outer world they ebb and flow in perfect harmony, and in times of stress they clang about in chaos.

In the clanging times I am unhappy I forget I have guidance, that I have been loved, am loved, will always be loved.

One day when I was particularly unloving towards myself, the world, the universe, and almost any living thing, I looked up and a beam of light was on the bookcase and projecting rays onto the shelf edge in a heart-shape.

I could not figure out the source, yes, a widow does exist to the left, it is curtained, and has blinds, and to this day I do not know how that beam of light projected to that particular place high on the shelf.

It has never appeared again. It lightened my mood and sent me out into the day, trusting in my heart someone is loving me, guiding me....even if the source is hidden.


And what better way to end our tribute than
this popular red heart.





I love the way this simple red wooden heart presses against the boundaries of what we think can happen.

Thanks to a woman who wants to be referred to as an anonymous fan from Ontario, Canada, we are treated to another amazing submission from my website.

Lets begin with her original message:

Hi Ann,
I caught your show on Coast to Coast while I was driving. So interesting!!! I kept my car running just to hear it!

I too had an experience of finding a heart, in the grass...

I remember seeing this sort of frozen red wooden heart once, stuck in the grass during late winter when I was going through a particular trying time. I got out of the car on a cold day, there it was. My eyes were drawn to it, a heart in the grass, a child’s puzzle piece, frozen there over the winter. And as the snow had started to melt it was uncovered.

I remember thinking very strongly the message to me was “you are loved”
...loved by God, universe, spirit, whatever it may be.

I took a photo of it, as I could not believe it. Then I pried it out of the ground and kept it.

I find this heart whenever I need it.

Strange.

The other day I found it on a towel in my bedroom. I did not put it there. . . for sure!

It's clearly a "personal oracle" of love that shows up when I need to feel loved by God/spirit/the universe.

I've found it in the grass (on that damp, cold late winter day), 
….in my jewelry box (I go in it every day and it was never there before)
….in the back of my SUV
….on a towel
….on my coffee table downstairs  
and a couple of other places I can't recall right now.

I definitely had not put it any of those places and actually thought I lost it or might have thrown it out by mistake.

I also have a photo of my husband's deceased brother that turns up like that. 
Very strange.
It's the last Christmas photo with his son.
I find it everywhere at times.

Also when my mother passed away, I found a black and white photo of her hugging tightly my best friend who passed away when she was 12 and I was 11.
They were both smiling at the camera and in some type of outdoor green space.
I had NEVER come across that photo ever before.
Somehow I knew it was of them having a reunion...wherever they were in the next life! That photo was definitely a keeper!

Thanks to this fan in Ontario for sharing her thought provoking experiences.

Occurrences such as these may be more common than you would think. The first person who read this commented, “So I’m not the only one things like this happen to…”

Personal oracles not only come in every form imaginable, they operate outside the neatly defined margins we consider to be the norm.  

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.comAnn will respond personally.And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Love Notes From Beyond: John Lennon's "Woman"




Today we are revisiting Dianne and Eugene’s love connection that continues to navigate it’s way through the veils that separate the world of the living and the world of spirit.

The italicized paragraph was published in EVERYDAY ORACLES Decoding The Divine Messages that are all around us.

Dianne was driving along thinking about her late husband when she noticed their song; John Lennon’s “Woman” was playing on the radio. What a coincidence, she thought. She was remembering the way Eugene would sing the chorus to her and expand the word love, “I looove you, oh yeah, now and forever.” At that very moment she noticed the license plate on the car in the next lane. It read B L V N L V. It was no coincidence. She knew he was letting her know that he was close by.

As years passed the pain of his loss was not as severe. She was proud of herself for the way she was moving on and creating a good life without Eugene. Still she welcomed a warm sensation that she experienced on certain occasions that she interpreted as evidence of their remaining connection, though it was nothing she could put a handle on.

All of her adult life she’d made altars to honor her ancestors for the Day of the Dead holiday. When Eugene passed she added a candle for him that she placed near his picture and then took special care to include the specific foods that she knew he liked. This went on for 5 years until one year when she decided to switch all of her candles to the battery operated candles that were gaining in popularity.  As she placed 6 new candles from the same package on her mantel, under the picture that honored each ancestor, Eugene, she noted the maximum cell life of the battery was 3 weeks at 24/7 usage. November moved to December and she watched as one by one the light in the candles stopped burning. Each time a candle went dark she heaved a quiet sigh of relief when she discovered that Eugene’s candle was still alight. She was almost afraid to hope it was a sign from Eugene – she had no idea how he could do it. Her analytical mind chimed in to remind her that he had worked in Silicone Valley, and technology was his area of expertise …  Eugene’s candle continued long after the other candles went dark. His energy shined bright through all of the holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Finally 10 ½ weeks after it was turned on, Eugene’s candle finally went dark.

During this time Dianne became intrigued with the steadfastness of his presence and decided to see if Eugene would signal her in other ways as well. She bought a silver E and wore it on a chain around her neck. That’s when she started noticing the letter E showing up in the most unexpected places. There were trucks with a giant two-foot single E painted on them. Oh so many single clouds in the shape of an E. And one day the clouds were actually spelling out his name: a perfect capital E, a small case u followed by a less-than-perfect g, but the remaining letters, e-n-e were as perfect as the first two letters of his name. There was no mistaking what was going on this time.  How she wished she had a smart phone to photograph each event!

The last time Dianne contacted me she reported that the secret coded messages from Eugene continue. “They always seem to arrive when I need them the most. And if I want him to send me a sign I just ask.”

Thank you again Dianne for continuing to share your personal oracles.

The more we share our personal oracle experiences the more we realize that what some call supernatural is quite simply the natural design of the universe – and together we expand the boundaries of conventional reality.

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love Notes: Personal Oracles for a Father from His Daughter


What better time than Valentine week to share heart-warming messages to a father from his deceased daughter. So I’d like to share some of the ways my English husband’s daughter Suzanne continues to deliver love notes to her father.

Kenneth had no idea what was occurring when he noticed a song playing over in his mind. We were traveling from the mainland to a hospital in Hawaii to be by Suzanne’s side.  When we landed we learned we were too late. Suzanne had passed around 9:30 that morning.

Dazed and devastated, we checked into a hotel in Waikiki and then walked down to the beach. Finally we stopped to have something to eat. I didn’t even register on the popular songs that were playing in the background until Kenneth reached out and held my hand in his.  Ann, this song was playing in my mind on the flight over,” he said.

I listened. Cindy Lauper was singing;

            If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me.

            Time after time.

            If you fall I will catch you – I’ll be waiting.

            Time after time


Kenneth started trying to remember what time it was when he heard that song playing in his mind. In the end he came to the conclusion that it was around the time his daughter passed.

A few months later we were at a pizzeria talking about family surnames names and the unique strength of connection they represent, especially in the English culture. This time I noticed Suzanne’s song, “Time after Time,” started playing in the background. Suzanne had chosen another very specific moment to let us know she was close by. Her message was clear. She was reminding her father, just as she did by keeping her maiden name when she married, how proud she was to be a McQuade.

That fall as Kenneth’s birthday approached, I realized it would be the first year he wouldn’t be receiving anything in the mail from her. It was never about the gift. Suzanne had earned a reputation with everyone: her gifts were always first to arrive and were chosen with very special care.  I hadn’t shared this thought with anyone, even Kenneth, so you can imagine my surprise at what happened a few days before his birthday.

A co-worker and I were working on a project when out of the blue she asked, “Did Kenneth’s daughter call him DADDY?”  Not only did she call him Daddy, her cards were profusely decorated with drawings of child- like hearts!

The co-worker paused.  “I usually don’t get messages like this, but Kenneth’s daughter wants me to deliver a message from her. She says, ‘Happy Birthday, Daddy!’”

How like Suzanne to be early and reliable!

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.