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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Spiritual Guidance and Support: Ours for the Taking

By Ann Bolinger-McQuade
I would like to thank Lisa Tully for hosting me as a guest blogger, as part of the virtual book tour celebration for my book, EVERYDAY ORACLES – Decoding The Divine Messages That Are All Around Us. This post first appeared on her site http://www.spiritualquestadventures.com/.

The ancient wisdom of our ancestors offers clues that can help us recognize the spirit within the divine structure of our universe, which interacts with us unceasingly.
In China around 500 B.C., Confucius wrote:
My way is crossed by a single thread that connects everything.
Joseph Campbell interviewed an old Apache Storyteller who reminded us:
The plants, trees, clouds, rocks, fire, water are all alive.
            They watch us and see our needs.
            They see when we have nothing to protect us,
                     and it is then they reveal themselves and speak to us.
And this Ancient Hasidic saying delivers a similar message.
When you walk across the fields with your mind pure and holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals the sparks of their soul come out and cling to you and they are purified and become a holy fire in you.
The ensouled world the ancient ones describe is animated, interactive and designed to respond to our needs. These concepts move from the abstract into our everyday lives each time this energy is illuminated by personal oracles.
What is a personal oracle?
Personal oracles are those mysterious messages that show up in every form imaginable in response to a need that is occurring in our life at the moment.  Often mistaken for coincidences, these messages are actually perfectly orchestrated synchronicities that are tailor made to guide, support and even protect us all.
Formula for how personal oracles operate.
Need + delivery system + message = personal oracle
Lets start with an example of how personal oracles work through nature.
One day my neighbor Rhonda was taking her little dogs for their routine walk when a hummingbird flew directly in front of her face, stopped abruptly and hovered there. Rhonda stopped in her tracks. Shivers went up her spine. The message was clear. As she turned on her heels and headed for home the word DANGER began to sound repeatedly just outside of her left ear. She describes a voice. “It was as if someone was speaking directly to me.”
When she arrived home she noticed the light flashing on her answering machine. It was an urgent message from her neighbor across the street. “Stay inside. There is a pack of wild dogs in the area. They killed some our sheep and our dog that was laying on the porch beside the front door.”
OK. Lets consider the personal oracle formula and how it plays out in Rhonda’s story.

Need that engaged the universes support: Rhonda and her dogs were in danger.
The delivery system: A little hummingbird on a mission.
The message: Seek safety.
Synchronicities such as the one in the next story are easy to take for granted.
Mary’s personal oracle doesn’t involve danger, and the delivery system is something we all use everyday – a cell phone! But when we consider the events through the paradigm of personal oracles, we are reminded of what Confucius said about the single thread that connects everything.
Mary was struggling. The responsibility for writing the copy for the fund-raiser had fallen into her lap, and she was only a couple of hours away from the deadline for getting publicity to the paper. She had written dozens of these news releases, but this one just wasn’t coming together. It felt like something important was missing. Mary was thinking, If only I could talk to Dawn, she would polish it up in a second.  But her friend was in California and she didn’t have her cell number. That’s when the phone rang.
It was Dawn. She was traveling on the train from Burbank back to San Diego and was following an impulse to check to see if her new cell phone would work on the train.  When Mary quit squealing with glee, she explained what was going on and within five minutes they had wordsmithed the article into perfect form.
When we go about the business of living, we never know when a personal oracle is going to come to our rescue. We also never know what role we may be playing in someone else’s personal oracle!
Personal oracles resonate through every form imaginable – depending on what is available that will speak clearly to the individual in need.  There are conduits like Rhonda’s hummingbird and synchronicities like Dawn’s phone call to Mary. Other times signs and symbols relay secret messages our way. When we tune in and learn to decode what has been tailored to our needs, we notice animals, clouds, rock formations, even license plates that mirror timely message back to us.
Our personal oracles are portals into the hidden dimensions of our universe. They gently beckon us to venture out of the confines of conventional reality and embrace the wisdom of our ancestors who lived in concert with the universe. They reveal the guidance and support that has always been there for the taking.
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In her bestselling and award-winning 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 this website www.personaloracles.com. I will respond personally. And while you’re here, 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.

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