Your Special Imprint Moves and Shakes


It is nice to share the qualities that make you unique. There is a trend to soften individuality and for everyone to act as though nothing makes one man stand out from another. This is a noble concept when we are called to follow orders and pull together manpower in circumstances where the number of bodies needed will bring about a unified desire. But any shift towards submerging one’s talents can rebound into a sense of going unacknowledged and undervalued. 

The reaction can be mistaken as an act of defiance. Where we once recognized the qualities of another, we now have rules and social standards pressuring us to suppress giving credit to another for whom he is. But this homogenized outlook motivates people to say, “This is who I am and what makes me different because of my background” with greater clarity.  

Just like every other person on the planet, you were born with unique qualities. Before we linked our characteristics to our family backgrounds and personal experiences, what made each of us the way we were? Why were we linked to our settings? 

The elements that make up each of us relates to the way we express ourselves. Your personal imprint on the planet is shaped by the aspect of God from which your soul was sparked. While oftentimes the Almighty is depicted as a wise old man with caring eyes to show the Fatherly aspect, the Creator serves as several roles, including the spark of life. 

In this spark, is energy. Different forms of energy exists. Each of us came about from a spark of energy, but not all of us came from the same flavor. 

It is like venturing into the Twinings Tea shop in London. Initially, the charming carvings attracted my attention. Then, the mingling of scents drew me inward where a tea boxes lined the shelves and each connecting room offered surprisingly beautiful teapots and teacups. By the time I reached the belly of the enterprise, I understood the significance of Twinings’ role in the international tea trade. I felt a connection with the founders even though I never met them.  

The tea shared its signature flavor by releasing its scents. In the same way we enter a shop of concoctions, each of us creates a signature by how we express ourselves. At our core is an initial spark. It grew and expanded into our complex lives.

I can purchase a box of tea, and walk out the door with it. The scent creates a trail. The decorations on the box remind me of my visiting the store. An extension of the expression of God reaches into you along an energy ray of light that is unseen much of the time. The complexities of mankind reflect the Holy Source’s vast range of aspects like a color chart at a paint store. 

You might sometimes catch of glimpse of these light rays. While in college studying fine arts, I had a professor who painted oils on canvas. She could see auras in colorful lights. I’d never heard of such a thing and soon discovered books with instructions on how to see energy surrounding people’s figures. 

A few years passed, and I took a road trip up the South’s east coast. In Savannah, I visited a historic cemetery where I noticed numerous men had been in the same organization as my ancestors who I had been researching at the time. I photographed the plaques and tombstones so that I could cross reference how well the men might have known each other.

One image stood out. In it was a grid of light rays in the silhouette of a human figure. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I was convinced an imprint of the man’s energy existed at the site. The imprint must have been established by an emotion strong enough to leave a residue long after the majority of his personal expression left the Earth plane. 

The remnant of this man’s expression inspired me to write my fantasy manuscript, Spirit Prisoners of Evangabella. My newfound confirmation in how energy continues to express a person after he is moved on allowed me to develop beyond intentionally finding people’s auras. I began seeing rich shades of lights around me, which I likewise incorporated into the quest element of my protagonist’s quest,  as inspiration for everyone to discover the hidden world interacting with us.

The color of light is formed by the frequency of a vibration. The frequency is the expression of the initial spark of life. Energy emanates from all objects. You can catch glimpses off whatever it is you are focused on. The energy of objects and people around you alters the current wavelengths of your immediate frequency. 

Where a red angel ray fades into pink before transitioning into orange, even without seeing the presence of a higher influence, you can sense what type of character or expression of Divine Love is revealed. Although the variations of shades and combinations of gifts are endless, the characteristics in man provide information as to which area of the Divine Love’s expression is contributing at this time. 

All around you, the world is moving and shaking. No matter how much influence surrounds you, the initial spark remains at your core being. No one else has the exact same spark, and no amount of generalizing can make you less noticeable. You are seasoned with personal experiences and a background worthy of being remembered. 

Love Your Body, Heal Your Mind

Ever had a moment where you felt an opposition to your body? I’ve enjoyed conversations with family, friends and, even strangers, where someone expressed negative opinions about illnesses, injuries and body images. It leaves me to wonder why as a species we have such emotional responses to the behavior of our bodies.

We blame the media for projecting images of skinny people living adventurous live styles for the moments we feel self-conscious. But is the human mind so limited in processing images and self-perceptions that looking upon a thin person deprives us of personal joy? 

Now, the media is compassionate to our fragile mindsets and politely casts heavyset actors in health food commercials and as lead characters in romances. But, then again, is the human ego so naive to believe one body type is superior to another?

Not if you’ve ever had health issues. I exercise, eat like a monk in the Himalayas, and yet, I’ve received test scores outside the range of ideal performance. Viewing a heavyset person selling leafy salads delivered to my home doesn’t inspire me to buy into the concept that the shapes and performances of our bodies are a direct result of what we consume and how we treat them. It certainly doesn’t inspire me to exchange lettuce for the wide range of fruits and hearty portions of vegetables I consume each day. 

The actors portraying characters in commercials and onscreen don’t establish my ideal body type. I doubt they do for you, as well. More likely, the theories shared within your local community plays a key factor in the body images of those around you. 

Most people are focused on their own weight and health. Certainly, if you have a friend who is disappointed in her thighs, she tends to notice when someone else has thighs like the ones she wants. That isn’t the same as deciding you’re a failure because someone else succeeds. 

We are made in a Holy Image and therefore have an innate ability to perceive each other’s spiritual attributes. 1 Samuel 16:7 provides, the Lord sees not look on the outward appearance, but looks on the heart. By knowing one another as the perfect spirit, we find love when we look to another.

For every skinny person who feels overweight, there is a large-boned person who feels fabulous. For each person who watches his diet to avoid a health issue, there is another who puts forth no effort, appears to be unhealthy but never seems to suffer. If you ask for opinions about what is ideal, you will receive a range of descriptions with regard to health and image.

According to 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, you are God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwells inside you. “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is Holy, and you are that temple.” When you are in opposition to your body, you destroy a temple placed in your custody.

The issue of body consciousness is about how you relate to your body and its way of expressing your mindset. The body seems to behave on its own. It develops unanticipated characteristics. While we make an intention to treat our bodies with respect, and to cherish them the way we do a temple, we find ourselves at crossroads as to how sacred a temple can be without essentially being treated as an idol, a pagan god. 

These conflicting emotions stem from adversarial thoughts we carry toward our bodies. If we are given a negative medical prognosis, we tend to attack our shells. We pump ourselves full of chemicals and pesticide quality nutrients in an effort to overpower our physical selves. When we outshine an ailment, we applaud ourselves or having the intellect to devise a drug or remedy, yet is it necessary? 

In truth, yes, at this age and time. We are at a place, as a global community, where we operate under physical laws requiring each of us to take responsibility for the state of our bodily affairs. During another era, we neglected ourselves of nutrients, yet managed to remain vigorous and healthy. For instance, Huguenots were imprisoned for a lifetime. They were locked inside dark boxes, and denied sunlight. They ate one bread per day, and still, they survived for decades. 

Whenever I decide to let go of a few pounds, I muster through three days of reestablishing my eating habits by reminding myself man doesn’t require three square meals per day. He can go several days without food and water, and be perfectly fine. Cavemen, even settlers, couldn’t access fruits and veggies all year. Even when stored, food rots.

The key is to connect with our bodies the same way we establish a bond with a pet, family member, or friend. We turn to another when feeling discouraged. In seeking a solution to our needs, we crave for another to fill our emptiness. When sick, we long for a cohesiveness with another to restore our energy. We seek a healing comfort outside ourselves because we sense an inability to rise to that level of affection toward ourselves. 

We need to offer affection to those in need. When you are depleted and ill, your reserves save for self-recovery. The same intensity of love you put forth in caring for your pet and those you sympathize with should be turned inward. Send love and comfort to yourself. 

If you love your body, you heal your mind. The moment you feel inadequate or ill, consider new ways to love yourself, and the rehabilitation will flow.

Archangel for Each Friday

image of an angel in white robes

 

With every Friday I find the grace of God in the form of true love.

Archangel Anael ignites romance with the serenity of a white dove.  

His affection inspires virtue with harmony for an abundant life,

As the angel most often invoked he gives inner peace to deter strife. 

Archangel Anael overcomes shyness, granting confidence to those redeemed,

Within a fiery chariot he carries me and all others highly esteemed.  

My long-term career acquires status as through him I’m recognized, 

For my creativity improving the world beyond what I ever realized.   

The prophet Enoch reached heaven upon Archangel Anael’s upward heave,

And if I practice patience, the glorious gift of passion I also will receive.

When he visits, artists and musicians find solace for their inspiration,

Because the beauty from the grace of God spreads everywhere in creation.

One Man, a Heavenly Dream

image of the Lorraine Hotel at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. museum

Photo: Lorraine Hotel, Memphis by J. Wilder Bill

It takes one voice to bring Heaven to the globe we share. As much as we carve out territories and erect picket fences, containing space is impossible. One voice carries truth in every direction and to all walks of life.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. woke from his last dream in Memphis, Tennessee, the Delta where my dreams began. As I sit a thousand miles away, there is little notice of this national holiday but at the place of his assassination on the anniversary of his death, folks from all across the country make a sojourn to the Lorraine Hotel.

It’s a royal affair with the pilgrims wearing their finest feathered hats, elaborate dresses, and fur coats. Every walk of life drives with their headlights on. Folks who don’t typically have a reason to talk wave and honk to each other as they pass. For decades, a woman lived in a cardboard box outside the hotel, making a statement.

Dr. King’s early death symbolizes a dream cut short from ripening into completion. While his poetry gives African Americans the confidence to be accepted by their peers, his message does not deliver them beyond a limited concept of equality.

Glancing through the United States Census Bureau reports, I see the steady 23% climb from the 1960s to the present in the number of African Americans who earn a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Yet, according to the Bureau, African Americans earn the lowest annual income. I get it, their people are suppressed because they don’t have the privileges others enjoy. But what exactly does that mean?

A large majority of millionaires, according to Statista, are of Caucasian descent. Oftentimes, first generation immigrants of non Western European ancestry consider themselves to be white.

Forbes lists more than 10% of millionaires in the U.S. as first generation immigrates. As a matter of fact, it’s not just African Americans who miss out. Immigrants become entrepreneurs at double the rate of residents born in the U.S. The Bureau reports 8% of the millionaire population are African Americans, born and raised in on their turf.

The successes or failures a person experiences is a reflection of his mindset – the image he has about himself. Self image creates road blocks that can be eliminated by his perceiving himself as capable of reaching certain goals and filling a chosen image.

If someone doesn’t find a value in opportunities, his self perceived image will override his ability to take that next step toward his goal. The New York Post provides that minorities accepted into colleges under an affirmative action program are less likely to graduate. California eradicated its affirmative action plan in 1996, and the percentage of minorities who stayed in college and earned their degrees doubled.

An article by the Technology Innovation Management Review stresses the significance in how a person perceives the value of what he receives. An individual might desire the value of attending college, or even the more basic needs of receiving food and shelter. His perceived value is his expectation of what the product, service or education will provide to him – how it will change his life. A critical element of the value is the “emotional payoff and achievement of a goal or desire.”

Receiving something for free or without having to provide anything in return causes the recipient to asses the product, service or shelter, as having a lower value. Having a thing that has no value leaves the recipient feeling unfulfilled, and essentially lowers his self confidence.

Not only the results of receiving the item or service provide a value. The recipient needs the fulfillment of providing something in exchange for the product, service or education in order to determine what its value is, in order to gain a sense of achievement in meeting that goal of earning the item or service. The value is determined before and after receiving.

How many gifts have you discarded? How often have you loaned something to a relative or friend, only to have it returned damaged or never returned, at all?

The next step in achieving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream is for our education system to incorporate self esteem courses beginning in elementary school. While Dr. King is an inspiration to today’s leaders in continuing his social progress, today’s speakers are spreading the same message he shared over forty years ago. The social climate has changed, and the cause to generate progress is not at the same road block. With a different issue at hand, the solution has changed, as well.

Dr. King’s spoken dreams are realized. We have this day to recognize the good in where our society is in the present moment. Still, this holiday signifies our time for a new approach. If Dr. King had lived to a ripe age, his message would have shifted to meet our current level of humanitarian growth in our global goal to assimilate Heaven on Earth.

It is right for minorities to apply the thoughts and visualizations with an intention to view themselves as achieving their goals independently. They have the capacity and strengths and talents to accomplish their dreams. They deserve the confidence gained through the fulfillment of an achievement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived the life of a man with the confidence to share his image, and to believe in African Americans receiving the benefit of his confidence.