Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kids Seeing Sparkles

I've heard of kids seeing sparkles—in fact, I've seen them and I'm adult! I intuitively thought that these sparkling lights (sometimes seen as streaks or trails) are elemental beings such as fairies, gnomes, elves, and such. I wrote about them in "Sid's Fairy" as one of the twelve stories in The Sid Series ~ Collection of Holistic Stories for Children. You may purchase the full-color printed book on Amazon for $15.95. Also available for Kindle Reader $6.99. Purchase the electronic for Sony reader, iPad, and other devises on SmashWords.com.

Melissa Leath is our featured guest blogger today. She has some insight on these sparkles we're talking about.

I get so many great questions, either while lecturing and conducting workshops, or through phone conversations and emails. They are so important to everyone, that I've decided to share some of them that could be of benefit to everyone.

The following is the answer to a question send to me from a woman searching the internet for information about what her young daughter was seeing: Sparkles.

I thought this article would be a great way for many people to gain from one person's question. By presenting the question along with the answer I provided, I have chosen to change names and some circumstances just to keep anonymity. The woman who contacted me, "Karen" has given permission to share this information with you. And I send my heartfelt thanks and best wishes to her and her sweet family.

Karen found me on Google while trying to research "sparkles" that her 7-year-old sees. Her daughter has been seeing "sparkles" since she first told Karen about them when she was only two. She was trying to catch them . . . jumping up, etc with her hand opening and closing.

Karen asked her daughter asked her various questions regarding the sparkles. She sees thousands of them in all different colors, all the time. Day, night, light, dark, etc. All the time.

Her daughter is amazed that no one else can see them. She assumed for a few years that everyone could. Her siblings are teenagers and she doesn't talk about them as freely with them, since they are skeptical about her seeing the sparkles. Her eyes/vision were tested and they were fine. Karen asked her pediatrician and he said she was playing - kind of an imaginary friend.

There are no "bad" ones, except she doesn't seem to like the small black one she sometimes sees. She said they are just round and look like sparkles. They don't talk, they aren't "people".

Karen asked me to explain to me what she could be seeing. Is this good or bad for her? Are they auras? They seem to be in rooms, but not "on" people. Not stronger or lighter on people, just around...everywhere.

Here is my answer to her:

Thank you so much for connecting with me. I certainly hope I can bring some resolve to you.

First of all, I feel you are very blessed to have a daughter who is open and sharing with the things she sees or witnesses. I know she is eight now, but as a two year old, she could not possibly make up something like that. Her natural responses to the phenomena is proof enough to me that it is real.

But besides that, I have known other children who see or hear or feel things other than the normal physical things we are comfortable experiencing. It is important to realize that we are all spirits. We are spirits who are really living in a physical body, experiencing the earth plane, or third dimension. Then you start to open to other possibilities. We actually are limited in many ways by our physical bodies!

Have you ever tried to walk through an open door, only to bump into the side of the frame with your hip or shoulder? That is because the true self (spirit being) saw no limitation. But the physical body really is limited by the physical doorway.

Your daughter is not seeing limitation. She sees things of a spiritual-realm nature. It is natural and normal. It exists, whether we see with our physically limited eyes or not. There is a story about the time when there were only natives living in the Americas...long before it was United States. There were men from Europe who were searching for other lands in their ships. They came to the eastern coast of America. The Indians who lived there did not see the ships because there mind had never witnessed anything that represented such a thing. It was totally foreign to them. The brain could not register the vision of the ships.

Several days passed and the leader started to notice ripples in the water . . . slowly then began to see what had always been there - the ships.

Our children these days are coming into the world totally aware of the spirit realm. They see no limitation. We must be alright with that, because it shows how wonderfully our human race is evolving!

My daughter was born in 1974. She was raised in an openly spiritual environment. We taught her about communication with angels, spirit guides and loved ones who have passed away. When she was about 30 years old she reminded me that she could see things in the dark atmosphere of night. She described it as looking at a television set when the network picture was not on . . . gray fuzzy stuff. Only she saw it anytime at night, not when she was looking at television.

When she focused on it, the fuzz started to move and change, then take form. It would shift into animals and scenes that she recognized. Sometimes it was fearful to see, because she didn't understand some of the things visible to her. They looked scary, like monsters.

It took a long time for me to understand what in the world she was talking about. Even when she explained it in terms I could understand, I still didn't get it. (And I'm a spiritual medium! ) So for your husband and other older children to question the validity of the experiences, I totally understand. They just don't "get it".

But that's okay. It isn't important for them to understand. Your daughter knows you believe it, and that is enough.I believe she is seeing ethereal energy. It is not people's auras per se, but the same stuff that they are made of. It is just an unorganized form of that energy: pure and simple. Quite a blessing.

As she grows, she may begin to see it change and take form too. I hope she is able to continue to describe these sparkles to you, especially as they take form. She may be the one to write the book on these experiences.

I hope I have settled some things in your mind.

Melissa Leath, Life! Visionary, has been a spiritual mentor and teacher for 30 years, and is author of Psychic Integrity, Ethics and Morals of Modern-Day Mystics. She shares topics of self-empowerment such as psychic/mediumship development, meditation, emotional-heart work, and spiritual path.


Rev. Melissa Leath is a Metaphysical and Personal Growth Counselor/Teacher and Lecturer. She is a licensed/ordained minister and has been certified as medium for 30 years. Being a published author, she has also written Meditation, Plain and Simple Workbook andOutrageous Living: Tips & Secrets to Thriving in the 21st Century (with her husband Charles) and is a regular columnist for DreamWeaver Magazine. She is in much demand for her inspirational Guided Meditations, and has recorded a Guided Meditation CD, called Soul of the Universe.


Leath has lectured, given workshops and private reading/consultations internationally for over 30 years. She has become a very much sought after presenter because of her ability to share information with an audience or group. For more information: http://www.PsychicIntegrity.com or http://www.123SpiritualGrowth.com You may call her at 937-323-5346 for Private Life! Consultation or to schedule her for a presentation. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Melissa_Leath

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Developing Intuition To Succeed

By Sheri McConnell

Since early 2001, I have been living a dream--a vision--that surfaced from using my intuition. By tuning into my inner guidance, I was able to build a national organization for women writers in just over 4 years that currently has over 11,000 newsletter subscribers and over 2,700 members (as of 2005). When I first came up with the idea to start the National Association of Women Writers (NAWW), I was a suburban mother of three small children who had a somewhat bold dream to connect and support other women writers like myself.

Intuition can be defined as a quick and ready insight. This insight can steer you on a correct path, warn you of danger, and/or connect you to your creativity. In Shakti Gawain's book, Developing Intuition, she describes how "the most successful people are often very intuitive. Consciously or unconsciously, they follow their gut feelings. Following intuition puts us in the flow--a very alive, productive, and desirable state."

Developing your intuition allows you the ability to not have to look to others to give you strength or to teach you what they know. Using your intuition allows you the ability to look internally, find the answers and the strength to be bold and act on your inner guidance.

Accessing your intuition is like many other creative activities you might engage. As you string together words or put paint on a canvas, you must listen and pay attention to these mental insights. They allow you to keep moving forward. The more you trust these insights, the more your craft will improve. Of course, you must add liberal amounts of perseverance and some organizational skills as well, but the end results will pay off as you see your dreams and goals come to fruition.

Following are five suggestions for developing and accessing your intuition so that you may find, follow, and fulfill your dream! Continually use these techniques to make decisions and reach goals.

ONE: REFLECT ON LESSONS ALREADY LEARNED

You must reflect to process information. In February 2000, I had just given birth to my third child and finished my MA in Organizational Management. At 30 years old, I was at a crossroad and in a position to finally pursue a career I loved. I just had to figure out what it was. For seven months I read about and researched different subjects that I was interested in, such as women's issues, writing, and business startups. I journaled a great deal during this time, reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. I came to understand through this process that I wanted to use my social work experience, my love of writing, and my organizational management skills. While intuition led me during those months to make these decisions, journaling helped me to document the insights and focus along the way.

TWO: GET BACK TO NATURE

Developing your intuition requires the absence of chaos. It is impossible to fully listen to this inner guidance with all the interruptions that occur in our lives. To tune in to your intuition, to succeed, you have to get away from the chaos. For me, I jog or walk outside at least 30 minutes each day. Nature provides me with just the right sounds and scenery for my intuitive senses to come alive. I make this activity a priority in my life because this quiet time calms my soul, supports my creativity, and gives me the mental space I need to tune into my inner yearnings. I have used my "getting back to nature" time for over five years to make crucial business decisions and to figure out many pivotal solutions to roadblocks in my personal and business lives. Nature is the perfect prescription for anything that ails you. Experiencing the solitude that nature provides is a form of meditation that calms the soul and purges the stress from your life.

THREE: TRUST YOURSELF

Understand that most people usually act on impulses and societal cues. Those who slow down and pay attention to their own inner guidance find that they can think clearly and make difficult decisions. When my close friends and family were not supportive of my new dream, they would often say negative things. They honestly weren't trying to be mean spirited, but simply could not visualize how I could possibly succeed at building an organization from scratch with three small children to care for. Past lessons taught me I was on the right path. I had done enough research and my strengthened intuition faithfully guided me through the difficult times. Another benefit of learning to trust yourself is that you will also nurture your self-confidence and build your self-esteem in the process.

FOUR: BLOCK OUT NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND PEOPLE

Once you begin to trust yourself, you will inevitably have to start blocking out the negativity of others. Some of this negativity will come from loved ones. It is human nature for people to negate things and events they do not understand or have no personal experience with. Change causes stress and many people subconsciously dismiss new ideas because it makes them feel more comfortable to do so. One of the most important steps you will have to take to reach any goal is to be able to block out and/or redirect negativity. You have to trust yourself to be able to do this. The time you spend in nature will help you to purge the toxic feedback from others out of your mind and out of your life. Everyone that was close to me did not understand nor share in my dream in the beginning. Only after they started to see my dream materialize did they begin to support it. That is why it is essential to block out or at least filter the negativity. Understanding the cause of these behaviors and reactions makes it easier to dismiss them and to follow your own (more in tune) thoughts instead.

FIVE: ACT

The last and most important suggestion I can give you for developing intuition is to be bold and to act on the inner cues that are being sent to you as mental/emotional/spiritual signals or urges. Developing intuition is a cyclical process and, like any other innate talent, you must act on it to further develop it. Often we are drawn to people, subjects, and events through our intuition. I was drawn to establish the NAWW because I like to help people as evidenced by my obtaining a bachelor degree in social work. I have always used writing as a tool to heal and express myself. And lastly, I have always been an entrepreneur--even in the first grade when I made my own address books and sold them at school for 10 cents each. When my intuitive side sent the messages of what to do to start the NAWW, I listened. I acted by researching my competition (other writing associations), by asking my customers (my women writer colleagues) what they wanted, and by building a website and starting the official weekly newsletter. I acted quickly. In less than two months from the moment I conceived the idea of the National Association of Women Writers, the website and newsletter were born. My "baby" continues to grow and mature at a healthy rate.

When you continually use these five suggestions to develop your intuition and to test your inner guidance, you will find that it will become easier to make decisions and to live peacefully with those decisions. Your life won't automatically become problem-free, but you will begin trusting in the ultimate outcome of events as working in your favor for the future. By filtering through the physical and subliminal cues inside and all around you, you will learn to develop your intuition and succeed.

Want To Use This Article In Your Ezine or Website? You have my permission, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Sheri McConnell is the CEO of Sheri McConnell Companies, Inc. and the president and founder of two global organizations, the Smart Women's Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning (formerly the National Assn of Women Writers-2001) and the Global Institute of Associations-GIA. You can visit Sheri, access her free article archive, and grab lots of free stuff at http://www.smartwomeninstitute.com/ or http://www.giaconnect.com/. Sheri lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, their four children, a weenie dog, and three hermit crabs.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Crocheting Crazy!

It’s that time of year when all I want to do is play and create! And, I’ve done plenty of that recently. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to play with three of my grandsons over Thanksgiving weekend.


Plus, I’ve crocheted more than thirty hats for family members;










and since I had yarn leftover, I made Brobee and Muno dolls (let me know if you love Yo Gabba Gabba and the Dancey Dance Bunch), . . .



a backpack for Liam, my toddler grandsons. I'm working on one for Jonas now.

 











Checkbook covers, makeup bags, Santa hats, elf hats, I've made so many items, I've opened a store on Etsy.com! Check it out!