Daily Angel Oracle Card: Receiving, from the Sacred Rebels Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison
Receiving: “You are so loved. Your every need it witnessed and responded to by the universe. However, you sometimes forget this. You become swept up in the momentum of habitual consciousness, and you forget to take a moment to stop, breathe and be. In that moment you can receive the love of the universe that is receiving you. It will nourish you with contentment and energy.
You have not done this enough, so your soul is becoming parched and is drying out. Energy has been going out of you but there is not enough coming back in. It is time to bring something back in for you. To receive and be received. You are being offered a chance for restoration now, to feel nourished, cared for and loved. Accept it! You deserve it.
The healing process below will help you surrender any guilt or shame you feel for having needs in the first place. It will also help you to overcome any struggle that you have receiving and accepting, so that your needs can be met.
Do you know how much joy the universe gains from being able to give to you? When you delight in what you receive, when you openly embrace a gift and are so happy with it, the universe is fully received by you. In this space there is joyful communion between you and life, energy flows more freely and magic happens. When you demur saying you cannot accept, that it is too great a gift or that you are not worthy, you are impeding that flow. You are inhibiting the communion, the connection, the playful interaction between you and the universe. Enough with the false modesty and guilt! You are a radiant sun in human clothing. An exquisite life experience is your birthright. Enjoy it!
From that place of nourishment you will more effortlessly create, live and love with greater energy and thriving, pulsing passion. The earth rests each night so it can greet the sun again each morning with the spectacular living art of sunrise. Allow yourself to switch off, step away, close the laptop, switch off the phone, and just be with yourself for a little while. You will return and be more efficient and effective. Rest now, play now and work later. Forget your worries for a while. Switch off. Do something else. Let it all go and it will all flow.”
Healing Process: “Say aloud, ‘I release all false guilt and shame about having needs and all false beliefs about rest being wasteful or unnecessary. I accept healthy, productive, sacred rest and the gifts of happiness that it brings. I understand that rest and activity, balance, feed and nourish each other. There is sacred healing that happens through rest, which is very powerful. I accept and receive this now. Through unconditional love, this is now so.’
Then read this story aloud, as though you were lovingly reading it to yourself as a child. You may like to curl up comfortably on the sofa.
The great French Impressionist painter, Monet, sat in his garden on a warm afternoon. He was napping lightly on his garden bench, with the sunlight dappling gently through the straw hat resting over his face. It was soft and warm on his closed eyelids. He sighs contentedly.
A nosy neighbour poked his head over the fence, keen to know what the brilliant artist was up to now. ‘Sir, you are resting!’, the curious neighbour called out.
‘No,’ responded Monet, wriggling to get even more comfortable on his reclining garden chair, ‘I am working.’ He relaxed further as the mild breeze tickled the hair on his forearms.
Monet returned to his garden the next day. Consumed by the urge to translate his feelings onto the canvas, he painted with great energy and focus. He was inspired and the paint flowed. Again the nosy neighbour poked his head over the fence. He called out, ‘Sir, you are working.’
‘No,’ said the artist, barely pausing with his brush. ‘I am resting.’
When you are done, give yourself a hug and perhaps have a nap or a cup of tea, or do a little dance around your living room. Or paint, relax, go for a walk in the park or do a spot of window shopping. Just be, play, laugh and relax. Give yourself what you feel you need at this time. If you aren’t certain, that’s fine. Guess! And know that ht emore often you do this, the more skilled you will become in identifying and meeting your needs.”*
~ By Alana Fairchild
In a world of hustle and bustle, where we wholeheartedly throw ourselves into the rat race and overdo almost every aspect of our lives, this is a powerful message. SLOW DOWN!
The most important thing about heeding the Universe when it tells you to slow down, is listening and thus avoiding it slowing things down for you… usually in less comfortable ways. It could be a head cold, or a twisted ankle. Or it could be a lay off from work, a relationship ending, or a project falling through. We see these things as anything from inconvenience to disaster, but maybe the Universe just has other plans. Maybe it is saving us from ourselves. Maybe it is rerouting us like a GPS when we go the wrong way.
We get into routine and then we just keep adding stuff, overscheduling ourselves, draining our resources. We work through burnout, through pain and emotional distress because often we have to. We don’t stop until we have to; until the choice is taken from us.
So, see this as an invitation, a prompting and a nudge. Take the advice and catch up on some much needed rest after the hectic holiday season. Yes, it’s a new year and there are goals to be set and worked towards. Yes we are all busy creating what we wish to create. But we can do this while relaxing too. Remember that much of the work is done within the sanctity of the imagination. Take the time to rest and hone your visualization; practice your intention setting; and top up your positive emotional fuel.
Set aside some time just for you to relax and enjoy a hot sea salt bath with some sea salt, crystals, essential oils and relaxing music. Meditate. Journal. Contemplate. Star gaze. Listen to the ocean. Nap. Take a little break, you not only deserve it, you need it right now.