We are a product of our childhood and upbringing. Both of my parents and grandparents were Catholic, and I attended Catholic schools most of my life. Although much of the dogma was boring and uninteresting, the concepts of the Catholic teaching included heaven and hell, purgatory, venial and mortal sins. I haven’t used those words in 50 years in a conversation, and although some are not advanced by the Church today, they are imprinted in my soul.
There is one concept, that still is present in my mind that I learned as a Catholic. That is guardian angels. We were taught that we all had guardian angels, whose sole job was to look out for us, and to keep us from danger. That concept was very appealing to a child, when I found aspects of life and childhood frightening and intimidating.
For my entire life, I have believed in guardian angels, and that I have one, or more. I also completely believe that there have been circumstances in my life, where I escaped tragedy, took the road less travelled, or made choices for unknown reasons. Often, it has a hunch, intuition, or just a simple nudge for an unexplained reason. A guardian angel is a protector and guardian.
At 66, I still believe that. I acknowledge and address angels, I ask for guidance, and I heed warnings and hints. I have often attributed this to luck, but I don’t really know. I still feel that guardian angels look out for me and I can think of hundreds of examples in my life where I believe that has been demonstrated. And, it doesn’t matter to me what other people think about my belief in guardian angels. It works for me because this life can be hard and scary, and it is good to feel like someone is looking out for you. Guardian angels will be part of my life until it is over. Somethings you just can’t unlearn.
I have a friend who is seriously into astrology and she believes that the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies have an influence on humans and the world. She has a lot of material, including books, charts and all the cards from Doreen Virtue. Although I don’t ascribe to all of her beliefs, I do love cards that provide an inspirational or motivating message every day.
My favorite cards are Healing With The Angels by Doreen Virtue. This deck of cards has 44 angel cards, and each one has a theme, i.e. Celebration, Body Care, Balance and Harmony. It gives me a theme for the day–mediations, journaling and focus for the day can be centered around the theme. I like guidance and these messages help me keep my thoughts on track and on purpose.
What do you use for inspiration each day?