Monday, August 29, 2016

How to Live a Happy Life


Be grateful.  Every morning, when you wake up, say thank you.  When you’re grateful for what you have, you open the door to infinite blessings.  Life is a precious gift, and you’re meant to enjoy your time on this beautiful planet.  Not every soul is given the opportunity to become human.  You’ve won a Heavenly lottery!  Make the most of it!

Know that you’re always connected to the source of the universe, the Divine intelligence that has a plan for your life.  At your core, you’re a Divine spark of this intelligence, filled with love and light, and the ability to achieve whatever you’d like.  You’re always supported by the universe.  God, angels, ascended masters, spirit guides, and loved ones are all assisting you from the other side.  Never feel that you’re alone.  Release any fears and know that your Heavenly team is watching over you, guiding you, and empowering you.

Live with love in your heart.  Treat people with kindness and compassion.  That includes people you don’t particularly like.  Sometimes, those are the people who need your kindness the most.    

Practice self-love.  You, of all people, deserve your love.  Accept yourself as you are and nurture that being who is you.  You’re worthy of a happy life.  Until you can honestly love yourself and treat yourself with the respect you deserve, you'll never attract loving relationships into your life.

Live in the present moment.  Let the past go, and don’t worry about the future.  Have faith and trust that the universe has your back.

Let go of guilt.  Guilt is a useless emotion that serves no purpose except to torment you.  No amount of “woulda, coulda, shoulda” will change anything.  What’s done is done.  Stop focusing on guilt, and keep moving forward.

Change your perspective.  Instead of looking at what’s wrong with your life, choose to look at what’s right.  You’ll find that there’s actually a lot more in your favor than not.  According to the law of attraction, we attract the same energy that we put out, so whether your life is positive or negative, it’s a direct result of your own conscious and deliberate creation.  When you keep your thoughts positive, the universe will respond with positivity.  And, the more you can stay in that positive energy zone, the more your desired life will unfold in magical ways.

Forgive those for whom you hold resentment.  Holding on to resentment will eat away at your soul.  It does nothing to the person you haven’t forgiven, and it robs you of your own life.  Let it go.  You deserve to treat yourself better.  Break free of your self-imposed prison.

Focus less on what others are doing and more on what you’re doing.  Focusing on other’s accomplishments and making comparisons is a distraction and a waste of time.  There’s enough room for everyone to fulfill their purpose in life, to come up with their own original ideas, and to achieve success in their own unique way.  It doesn’t matter what others are doing.  It only matters what you’re doing.  That’s why it’s called YOUR life.

Stop trying to control people and situations that are out of your control.  The only thing within your control is you.  Everyone’s on their own journey and must learn their own lessons in their own time.  It’s not your job to teach them.  Learn your own lessons, and keep moving forward.

Pay no attention to people who gossip about you.  They’re insecure people with negative energy, and gossiping makes them feel better about themselves.  What people say behind your back has no significance unless you give it importance.  Let the gossipers do what they do best, and let your own reputation speak for itself.  Continue to be the kind and loving person you are, giving positive energy to others, and let the universe take care of the rest.

Try not to react emotionally.  It’s not easy, but it’s possible to lessen the severity of how you feel.  When you feel yourself reacting, take a deep breath and think, “Do I really need to get upset about this?  Or, would I rather stay in a feeling of peacefulness?”  We’re in a constant battle between our ego and our soul.  Our ego gets fired up, feels all those negative emotions, and wants to retaliate or beat us down.  Our soul wants only peace, love, and happiness.  Live from your soul as much as you can.

Don’t focus on lack.  Instead, focus on abundance.  According to the law of attraction, what you focus on is what you’ll attract.  Therefore, if you feel that you don’t have enough money, time, or anything else, that’s exactly what you’ll get.  The universe is sending you a constant stream of unlimited abundance.  All you need to do is believe it and receive it.

Take time to meditate.  When you clear your mind of the stresses of the day, you’ll find peace.  In silence, you’ll receive messages you need to hear.  When you shut out all external influences and get in touch with your soul, you’ll have a clear connection to Divine source energy and will receive guidance and solutions to your problems.

Do something that brings you joy.  Pursue an interest.  Take a class.  Follow your passion.  Listen to music.  Go outside in nature and play like a kid again.  Nourish your inner child.  There are always ways to make yourself feel better.

Help someone in need.  Volunteer.  Make someone’s day.  Nothing will make you feel better than giving from your heart.  We’re all here to be of service … to help and love one another.  This is how God planned it, but when our souls became human, we forgot this.  Remember the true purpose of your incarnation … to bring God’s love and light to the world … and to be happy. 

With love, light, and angel blessings,


Michelle

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Angel Numbers: Messages From the Angels


At a spiritual retreat in 2008, I learned about repetitive number sequences known as “angel numbers.”  I didn’t know it then, but that knowledge would change my life forever and set me on a path of working with the angels and teaching others what I had learned about this angelic form of communication.

Angel numbers are the most common way that angels communicate with us here in the physical world.  You may see these numbers on license plates, billboards, phone numbers, addresses, clocks, receipts, and more.  Usually, we tend to recognize these numbers in their “triple format” such as “444.”  The more the individual number is repeated, the more intensity there is to the angels’ messages.

I’ve been acknowledging angel numbers and following the angels’ guidance for eight years.  During this time, I’ve established such a strong connection with the angelic realm that I’ve been blessed with the gift of becoming a channel to deliver messages to others.  I’ve enthusiastically accepted my role as a sort of “angel ambassador” on Earth – an “Earth Angel” – here to be of healing service to others.  I love every chance I get to share this knowledge with those around me.

Fortunately, the people I’ve chosen to share this information with have been very receptive to what I’ve had to say.  No one has ever spoken negatively or looked at me like I was crazy when I’ve talked about angel numbers.  In fact, in most cases, people show genuine interest and ask me about the numbers they see on a regular basis and want to know what they mean.  Of course, I’m happy to oblige.  As I impart the information, they listen, smile, and sincerely appreciate the messages they receive. 

I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more about angel numbers (and angels in general) to start where I started with Doreen Virtue’s book, Healing with the Angels, which contains valuable information about how angels can assist you in every area of your life.  In the back of the book, there’s a chapter devoted entirely to angel numbers.  When I started believing in angels and asking them for help, my life dramatically improved, and I know yours can too.

Doreen’s chapter on angel numbers became so popular that she published a book completely dedicated to this fascinating subject called Angel Numbers 101.  If you want to cut to the chase, this handy, pocket-sized book explains the meanings of every number from 0 through 999.  There’s also a convenient app available to literally have the numbers at your fingertips.

Doreen’s books and workshops have been very inspirational in my life, and I respect and admire her for all she has done to help others.  I’m honored to have been one of her students and to share the journey with so many other angel intuitives who want to raise your awareness of angels and teach you how they can assist you on your soul’s journey.

Here are the basic meanings of triple numbers, 000 through 999:

000 – This endless circle with no beginning or end is a sign from God letting you know he is right there with you providing Divine reassurance that all is well.

111 - The universe wants to immediately manifest your thoughts, so this is a reminder to stay positive.  I like to say, “Make a wish!”  Focus your intention on your desires.

222 - Have faith and trust in Divine timing.  Any situations of concern are being resolved.

333 - You have one or more ascended masters (teachers who once lived on Earth, such as Jesus, Mother Mary, saints, etc.) protecting you and assisting you on your spiritual journey.

444 - You have angels everywhere around you!  You are completely loved, supported, and guided by many Heavenly beings and have nothing to fear.

555 - This signals a time of transformation.  Huge changes are coming your way, but like “111,” it’s also a reminder to keep your thoughts positive so you can attract the best possible outcome.

666 – Let go of any fears or worries about material needs and trust that God will take care of you.  To spiritually raise your vibration, stay in thoughts of gratitude.

777 – You’re on the right track in every area of your life.  Continue to take action on your Divine guidance, and move forward.  Keep up the good work!

888 – The universe is sending you unlimited abundance.  Trust that financial prosperity is yours.

999 – This represents the completion of a chapter in your life.  Get ready for a new beginning!  This is also a sign to lightworkers that it’s time to follow your passion to discover your Divine life purpose so you may serve others on your sacred mission.

Open yourself up to this amazing communication process, and have fun spotting signs from the angels!

With love, light, and angel blessings,

Michelle





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Messages from the Angels for Children


Life can be challenging for children, so it’s important that we give them every tool we can to help them deal with those challenges.  Teaching children to believe in a power greater than themselves will build their confidence and empower them to deal with life’s emotional ups and downs.  

As an angel intuitive, I’ve been guided to deliver these messages from the Angels to you so that you may, in turn, teach your children and grandchildren:

1. Children are always loved.  There is nothing your child can ever do to stop God or the Angels from loving him or her. 

2. Children are never alone.  Every child comes into the world with a Guardian Angel who God has assigned to love, protect, and guide them through life.  This Guardian Angel will never leave that child’s side and will accompany them when it’s time to return to Heaven.

3. Angels are always ready to help.  Because God gave human beings free will, Angels are not allowed to intervene in our lives unless we ask for help, so children must be taught to ask for help when they need it.  Let your child know that they have angelic support 24 hours a day with anything, big or small.

4. It’s easy to ask the Angels for help.  Teach your children that communicating with the Angels is like talking on a cell phone, but the connection to Heaven is so strong that they don’t need to hold a phone.  They don’t even need to talk aloud because the the Angels can hear their thoughts.  

5. When children are afraid, they can ask Archangel Michael to protect them with “white light.”  This is God’s white light.  Explain to them that all they need to do is to visualize a protective bubble of white light surrounding them and to trust that they will be safe.

6. Life is a gift from God, and it’s important to always be grateful for this gift.  When children are thankful, God will give them more to appreciate.  Every child should know that they are here for a very important purpose and that God gave them the talents and abilities they would need to fulfill that purpose.

7. Every child is special, no matter what they look like on the outside because it’s who they are on the inside that matters.  God created each of us from his love and light, and we are perfect just the way we are.  It doesn’t matter what others think of us as long as we love ourselves.  Teach them that when they are bullied, the bully’s comments are meaningless as long as they believe in themselves.  Teach them that no one can make them feel bad about themselves unless they let them, and there’s no reason to let them. 

8. Teach children about the power of their thoughts.  Let them know that their thoughts are like “magnets.”  If they think positive thoughts, it will lift their spirits and bring them happiness, but if they think negative thoughts, it will only attract more negativity.  Teach your child that it is always within their power to choose a positive thought over a negative one.

9. Remember that God is in charge.  Teach children to pray to God and trust that their prayers will be answered in God’s Divine timing.  They need to be open to how their prayers will be answered.  They must accept that sometimes bad things will happen, but there are reasons for this.  Bad times help us to learn and grow and become stronger.  They must trust that God knows what he’s doing. 

10. Angels will show children “signs” that they are with them.  This can come in the form of repetitive number sequences known as “Angel Numbers” such as 11:11 on a clock or triple numbers like 444 on a license plate.  Your child may find a feather or a coin in an unusual place, may see the form of an angel or wings in a cloud, or may hear the word Angel in a song.  Children may also see sparkles of light or colored orbs.  A child may have an imaginary friend who is actually an angel. 

I hope these angelic messages will instill a sense of comfort and assurance within you and your children.

With love, light, and Angel blessings,

Michelle

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Perfectionism, Writer's Block, and Weathering Storms

I’m a perfectionist.  In fact, I’ve been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember.  As they say of things like this, it’s both a blessing and a curse.  LOL  If you’re also a perfectionist, then you know that while it’s beneficial to be meticulous, especially in the creative genre, you can also drive yourself nuts with details to maintain the high standards you’ve set for yourself.  That’s why I’ve been absent from my blog for more than six months.  Well, that and a nasty case of writer’s block and having to ride out a few “storms.”  I’ve felt guilty about not posting, but it’s time to let go of the guilt and move forward.

The problem was that it seemed like each blog post was better than the last – and I don’t take credit for that – as the majority of the words I’d written had been channeled from the spiritual realm.  I’d read what I’d written and say to myself, “Where did that come from?  That’s really good!”  LOL After my last blog post in October, I wasn’t getting anything that lent itself to a lengthy discourse.  I didn’t know how I was going to top what I'd done or even equal it.  I would get little tidbits here and there, but when I’d try to elaborate, it wouldn’t go anywhere.  I was definitely not channeling.  LOL

I didn’t want just a few paragraphs.  I wanted at least a page.  I 'd set a standard for myself, and I wasn’t about to deter from at least equaling what I'd done previously, both in quantity and quality.  Every time I would think about blogging, I didn’t feel inspired.  I thought to myself, it’ll happen when it happens just like the other ones.  But it didn’t seem to happen.  No inspiring words or profound concepts were coming to me.  I’d lost it.  The momentum was gone.

So, I started other projects and told myself that I didn’t have time to devote to blogging.  The reality was part of me was just being lazy.  All the while, in the back of my mind, there was that guilt gnawing at me … “you need to do your blog, you need to do your blog.”  As the months went by, it became easier and easier NOT to do the blog.  I had vowed that I wouldn’t be one of those people who would let their blog lapse.  I went into it knowing that part of doing a blog was making sure that it was kept current.  I knew that a daily or weekly commitment wasn’t feasible to start out, but I felt confident that a monthly schedule wouldn't be a problem.

Well, as they say, life happens when you’re busy making other plans.  In addition to making excuses for not blogging, 2016 came in with a roar, and various things started to go wrong.  I needed to go through a few storms.  As they say, no storm lasts forever.  Sometimes, it seems like it might, but it never does.  Eventually, things settle down and calm prevails.

These are the lessons I’ve learned from this experience:

1     Perfectionism is a hard habit to break, but it’s possible to lighten up on yourself.  When you realize that you’re being irrationally unsatisfied with your work, step away from it and come back to it with “fresh eyes.”  Try to release feelings of needing it to be a certain way or not at all.  Don’t feel like you have to equal or surpass what you’ve done previously.  That’s like needlessly competing with yourself.  Be open-minded, and let it be whatever it is.  

2    Every writer gets writer’s block.  It goes with the territory.  The block will ultimately end, and you’ll be able to move forward, but you must pick yourself up and do it.  Get back onto that keyboard!  Never let one failed attempt define who you are.  You’re more than that.  Your words are needed, and only you can provide those words. 

3    Things aren’t always going to go as expected.  You must learn to be adaptable and maneuver around the detours on the winding road of life.  Accept that there may be obstacles on your path, and know that you'll ultimately move past those obstacles.  As you come out on the other side of each storm, it’ll get easier, and you’ll get stronger.  Weather the storms, and look for the rainbows!

With love, light, and Angel blessings!

Michelle





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Happy Birthday to Angels, Angels, Everywhere!



One year ago today, my first children’s picture book was published!  Putting a book on the market is no small task.  It takes a lot of research, dedication, hard work, passion, and, of course, financial resources to self-publish, but I had a dream in my heart and a desire to help children, and I wasn’t about to let anything stop me.  You see, there were times in the years leading up to my book’s publication that I felt like “something” was trying to stop me, not with Angels, Angels, Everywhere, but with another book.

In 2010, I had written my first manuscript, a beautiful story to help children with grief.  I felt a sense of urgency and wanted to get it into the marketplace as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, that sense of urgency would be its demise because chasing my dream with impatience, worries, and fear was putting negative energy into the project, and I was receiving negative energy in return.  As the law of attraction dictates, that negative energy was literally pushing the book away from manifestation.  I hit “roadblocks” at every turn in the process, so I ultimately had to give up on that book for the time being, but I didn’t give up on my dream of self-publishing.

You may have heard the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”  Well, that’s exactly what happened.  During the time that I was struggling with those “roadblocks,” the angels were providing me with three different manuscripts of lovely poetry about angels. 

In January of 2014, I had reached my wit's end and knew that I needed to move in a different direction.  Since I was a big fan of Hay House, I decided (or was guided) to contact their self-publishing division, Balboa Press, to look into doing a book with them.  I chose to publish the first of my “angel manuscripts.”  Although it was going to be expensive, I knew I had to do it.  You may have also heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money.”  I knew this was an investment in my future, and I felt great about it.  I had a new lease on life … something to be hopeful about again … knowing I would have a book in my hands later in the year.

I was definitely following Divine guidance because everything started to fall into place with pure synchronicity after I made the decision to go with Balboa Press.  I had complete creative control throughout the entire process, they selected the perfect illustrator, and I had my book in my hands in only nine months!  It was like having a baby without morning sickness or labor pains!  LOL  I was overjoyed to see my book for sale on the Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Balboa Press bookstore websites.  I was officially an author, and I was so proud of how my book turned out.

To market a book, you should have a social media presence, a website, and a blog, so I set up an Amazon author page and accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Writing a blog is something I never thought I’d do, but I actually love it.  And only a couple of years ago, I thought social media was a complete waste of time.  Now, I love that too!  I’m addicted to posting inspirational and motivational words, and I even learned how to create my own “quote boxes” or memes.

I was guided to an awesome website designer who works almost exclusively with authors.  Her name is Maddee James, and her website is xuni.com.  Her work is unlike anything I've seen, and I was blown away by what she created for me.  I’m so grateful to have found her.

Just a year after I had contacted Balboa Press, I found myself doing my first appearance at a local author event at the new library in my community.  I read to children, sold books, and was part of a panel discussion.  It was a great first experience with the public.  That appearance led to another opportunity to read my book at a local children’s play center.

Next, I started submitting my book for awards.  I was thrilled when I was notified that I was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards and even more thrilled when I won first place for poetry in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and received honorable mention in several categories including illustrations.

I was planning to send out a press release, but I was guided to Pump Up Your Book, an award-winning online book publicity company.  I signed up for a three-month, 45-stop virtual book tour and had a blast!  This summer, I did interviews, guest blog posts, had a Twitter party, and received many wonderful reviews.  The owner, Dorothy Thompson, is amazing!  She referred me to a book trailer producer who made me a fantastic marketing video.  I had creative control over everything, and he was a joy to work with.  I was having so much fun!  That was the way it was supposed to be … fun!

Along with the fun, there was a bit of sadness.  This year, I had to relinquish the company name and logo I had created for my original self-publishing venture.  I had hoped I would still have time to produce two books under my company name during the year, but with the marketing of Angels, Angels, Everywhere, I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to the creation of two other books.  With only a few months left to try to produce the books, I came to the realization that it wasn’t going to happen.  I had this epiphany in the very place that the majority of my “light bulb moments” occurred – on the freeway in traffic.  At the very moment that I decided I was okay with letting go of the company name and logo, I saw a truck that read “Michael’s.”  I just knew it was Archangel Michael validating that I had made the right decision.  I felt good about it.  I no longer had any attachment to the name or logo.  I had moved on.

One of the benefits of being a Balboa Press author is the opportunity to be a guest on the Hay House Radio show, “Bright New Voices:  The Balboa Press Hour.”  Hay House Publishing is the largest self-help publisher in the world, and they have millions of subscribers.  When I received an email stating that everyone who did a radio spot would be eligible for a chance to be a part of the Hay House World Summit in 2016, I didn’t hesitate.  On Friday, October 23, my interview aired for the first time.  It will be replayed one more time and then will be archived for on demand listening. 

This brings me to the present moment.  What will I do next?  I’m not quite sure yet.  You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

With love, light, and angel blessings,

Michelle  


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Top 10 Traits of Lightworkers


“Lightworkers” are souls who are working with Archangel Michael to bring God’s healing love and light to the world.  Lightworkers incarnate to be of Divine service to humanity, all living things on Earth, and the planet itself.

Lightworkers have been on Earth ever since the beginning of time, but those who are here now in this Golden Age of Enlightenment are assisting with the ascension of the Earth and its people from the third dimension to the fifth dimension of the collective God consciousness.

At the present time, lightworkers are awakening in masses to the truth of who they are and why they’re here.  They’ve developed their unique talents and spiritual gifts and are ready to share them with the world.  They’ve learned everything they need to know to fulfill their life purposes.

Do you think you might be a lightworker?  Take a look at these top 10 characteristics of lightworkers to see if any or all of them apply to you:

1)     You’re always helping people.  It’s your natural instinct to put others first.  You enjoy giving of yourself and “paying it forward” without expecting or wanting anything in return.

2)     You’re naturally kind, compassionate, and thoughtful.  People love to talk to you because they’re attracted to the love and light that you radiate.  Perfect strangers want to share their problems with you because they feel safe and comfortable in your energy.  Because you’re so nice and have trouble saying “no,” you may find that you’re taken advantage of by people known as “psychic vampires.”  They'll completely drain you of your light energy unless you set boundaries.  You must learn to put yourself first.  You can protect your energy and still be kind.

3)     You know you’re here for a higher purpose, but you may not know exactly what it is yet.  You may wonder, “Is this all I’m going to do with my life?  I really feel like there’s something else I’m meant to do.”  Follow your heart, be patient, and ask Archangel Michael for guidance.  Your life purpose will be revealed to you when your soul is ready.  You may still have lessons to learn.  Have faith, and trust the process.  Everything happens in Divine timing, and God definitely has a plan for your life.

4)     Because of your natural desire to help others, you’re drawn to occupations in the areas of medicine (including the veterinary field), psychology, social work, energy healing, human or animal rights advocacy, humanitarian organizations, environmental causes, motivational speaking, mentoring, teaching, or life coaching.  It’s likely that you’ve gone through your own healing process in preparation for your lightwork.

5)    You had a very difficult life as a child, as an adult, or both which has tested your spirit.  You've gone through challenges that have empowered you and strengthened your character.  The people who have had the most difficult lives are often the ones who will have the most positive impact on the world.  Everything happens for a reason.

6)     You’re an “empath,” which means that you’re very sensitive to the emotions of other people.  This goes way beyond feeling empathy.  You have the ability to literally feel another person’s mood or emotion so deeply that you may absorb it as your own!  For this reason, you should ask Archangel Michael to shield you with “white light” to protect your energy field.  When you have to interact with someone who’s experiencing a negative emotion, after you disengage from that person, ask Archangel Michael to “cut the etheric cord” from that person’s energy.  Because you’re so sensitive, crowds may make you feel agitated and overwhelmed.  As an empath, it's important that you find time for solitude so you can reconnect to source, ground yourself, and balance your energy. 

7)     One or more of your five senses is hypersensitive.  Since you’re acutely aware of the slightest sights and/or sounds, you may be bothered by loud noises and/or bright lights.   These amplified sensitivities mean that clairvoyance (clear seeing) and/or clairaudience (clear hearing) may come easily to you.  You may also have claircognizance (clear knowing) and/or clairsentience (clear feeling).  These hypersensitivities and "sixth senses" are gifts to be embraced.

8)     You’re easily irritated by inconsiderate people.  You find rude behavior intolerable and don’t understand why everyone can’t exhibit common courtesy.  This is just your ego reminding you that you’re still human.  It’s best to let these annoyances go because karma will take care of itself, and you need to keep moving forward with your life purpose.

9)     You’re creatively gifted and enjoy expressing yourself  through writing, composing music, art, photography, or performing.  Your talents are God-given, and they are meant to be shared with humanity to make the world a better place.

10) You’ve experienced a “spiritual awakening” that has led you to the realization that you truly are a multidimensional being -- not only the human body and mind, but also a soul whose energy resides in the universal collective consciousness.  This realization has empowered you to transform your fear-based thoughts into love-based thoughts which has raised your vibrational energy beyond the density of the Earth and has provided you with inner peace and happiness.

If you’ve found out that you’re a lightworker, answer your calling!  It’s time to share your love and light with the world and illuminate the path for others.

With love, light, and angel blessings,

Michelle

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our Beloved Bond with Our Pets ... Continued



In my last blog entry, I told you about the amazing bond I had with my first cat, Pookie, and how only a few days after her death, she showed me “signs from Heaven” to let me know that she was still with me. 

Now, I’d like to tell you about my second cat, Buddy, who showed me "signs from Heaven" on the very same day he left the physical world this past January.  He was a 16-year-old orange tabby who had a personality that was larger than life, even up until the end.  I wasn’t looking for a second cat, but Buddy found me at just two weeks of age.  He was so small and helpless … he fit in the palm of my hand.  I became his foster mom, and he became my bottle baby.  Needless to say, it was a bonding experience, and there was no way I was going to give him up after I’d fostered him because he'd found a place in my heart.

I knew Pookie wasn’t crazy about another cat moving in, but Buddy was there to stay.  Pookie was nine months old when Buddy arrived, so luckily, she hadn’t had me to herself for too long.  It ended up working out fine.  Buddy knew he was in “second place,” and we were a happy family of three.

Buddy was such a character.  He grew from a tiny kitten into a fairly large 20-pound cat.  He had big saucer eyes, an inquisitive face, and very unique vocalizations.  Buddy had a wide variety of meows.  There were times he’d actually say, “Meow,” and other times he’d sound like a dolphin.  He was very friendly and loved to play, even in his final days.  Buddy charmed everyone who came into the house, rubbing his chin on them and meowing his way into their hearts.

At the end of his life, Buddy weighed less than 8 pounds.  He still looked okay on the outside, but inside his kidneys were failing.  Unfortunately, Buddy was not a cat who willingly tolerated any treatments.  While he was sweet and loving at home, he turned into a hissing and growling monster at the vet’s office.  Those vet visits would be extremely stressful for both of us.

Buddy had been diagnosed with kidney disease in early 2014.  It’s a very common disease in older cats, and it causes them to become very dehydrated and lethargic.  Their kidneys gradually lose their ability to flush the toxins out of their bodies.  I had read that the “end stage” was gruesome so I wasn’t going to let it get to that point.  I wasn’t going to let Buddy suffer.  As long as he had a quality of life, I would do whatever I could to help him. 

The vet told me that cats could live with kidney disease for a year or more if they received regular subcutaneous fluid injections.  Since I knew Buddy wasn’t going to sit there while I stuck a needle in him, I figured his days were numbered, but the vet prescribed a powder called Epakitin to lower his phosphorus level, and it seemed to work like some sort of miracle cure!

For many months, with only a few visits to the vet, Buddy continued to have a good quality of life.  You never would have known anything was wrong with him.  He was doing just as well as my other cat who was receiving fluids every other day!  I firmly believe that the Epakitin powder kept Buddy alive for almost a year after his diagnosis.

There would be times I’d take him to the vet thinking it was the end, and he would be hospitalized for two to three days with IV fluids and would make a remarkable comeback.  As I mentioned, Buddy was hospitalized on several occasions.  The fluids would flush the toxins out of his system, and his blood work would return to normal.  While I hated to put him through the stress of the vet visits, it was worth it to have the additional time with him and to see him retain his quality of life.

In January, Buddy didn’t make a comeback from his hospitalization.  His blood work was virtually unchanged, the “miracle” powder wasn’t helping, and he didn't want to eat or drink.  I knew it was time to make that fateful call to the vet, and I reluctantly made his euthanasia appointment for the following day.  That night, I told Buddy about the “signs” he could show me, and I told him he was going to Heaven to be with Pookie.

The next morning, I put Buddy in the carrier for the last time. On the way to the vet, there was an unusual silence.  Buddy normally cried every time I took him to the vet, but this time he didn’t make a sound.  When I took him inside, it wasn’t long before the familiar Buddy came out … the growling started.  He was not going to go willingly.

The assistant suggested she take him back to give him a sedative, and I agreed.  I didn’t know they were going to give him THE sedative.  When she brought Buddy back into the room wrapped in a heated towel, he was out of it, but he was still breathing, and I knew he could hear me, so I told him how much I loved him, and I prayed to the angels to keep Buddy calm and to give him a smooth transition to Heaven.  I also asked Pookie and my parents to greet him, and I asked my mom to hold onto him for me.  It wasn’t long before the vet came in to administer the final shot.  I was ready, and I truly believe Buddy was ready.  He had fought a good fight, but the time had come.

After the vet said Buddy had passed, he told me to take as much time as I needed as he closed the door.  I leaned over the table covering Buddy’s lifeless body with my chest, and I softly cried.  I continued to tell Buddy how much I loved him, and I continued to pray to the angels.  I must’ve stayed in that position for at least 45 minutes, all the while talking to Buddy and praying to the angels while tears gently streamed down my face. 

When I got home, I decided to sit outside on my balcony near my hummingbird feeder.  I don’t normally ask for signs, but when I sat down, I asked aloud, “Buddy, will you bring me a hummingbird?”  No sooner had I gotten the words out of mouth when a hummingbird appeared!  I couldn’t believe it!  Then, I realized I didn’t have my phone with me, so I quickly went inside to get my phone so I could take a picture.  I love to document signs when I can, and I knew this wasn’t a coincidence.

I sat back down and said aloud, “Buddy, I want to get a picture of the hummingbird.  Can you bring it back?”  Again, immediately, the hummingbird showed up, but this time it didn’t go straight to the feeder.  It stopped in front of it and hovered.  It was looking right at me!  As it went to get a sip of nectar, I asked aloud, “Buddy, is that you?”  The hummingbird quickly flew onto the nearby tree and started a very loud chatter.  The chatter must’ve gone on for at least two minutes!  I just knew it was Buddy telling the other birds, “I did it, I did it!  I let my mom know I was still here!”  Not only did I get pictures of the hummingbird, but also I got video!  Although it was a sad day, I was absolutely ecstatic with delight at that moment!

To top it off,  I received a message from a close friend who’s psychically gifted, and she told me that she saw my mom holding Buddy, that Pookie was sitting next to her, and that my dad was standing next to my mom with his hand on her shoulder.  This was an unexpected and wonderful validation.  My heart was so filled with love.

The next morning, before I left for work, I asked aloud, “Buddy, will you show me the word “cat?”  About halfway through my commute, I saw a truck several lanes over that was towing a “Caterpillar” construction vehicle, and there on the side of the vehicle in big, bold letters was “C-A-T!”  I was even able to get a photo!  I exclaimed, “Thank you, Buddy!”

Since then, Buddy has shown me all the signs I’d told him about without me asking for them.  These signs have included the numbers associated with his birth and transition back to spirit, his name (which I’ve seen and heard on numerous occasions), our word, “always,” and pictures of orange tabby cats.

Again, I’m sharing this story with you to let you know that your loved ones, including your beloved pets, are still with you in spirit. We’re all part of one consciousness where love keeps us connected forever and always.

With love, light, and angel blessings,

Michelle