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Beat It

"A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others." Chin-Ning Chu.

I returned today from Sedona, having gone there to support a dear friend who I call my adopted daughter. She has been an inspiration to me in her spiritual growth since I met her years ago. As I drove through the mountains on the way back I asked for guidance for my own life’s challenges. We had sat in a very spiritual place meditating and praying earlier in the day and I was given several images to work with, one of which was the eagle. I have always been fascinated by eagles. They are so majestic and confident. In research I found some fascinating facts. I listened to an eagle calling out and was very surprised that it was almost timid sounding, not majestic at all. Hmmm, what else did I not know? They are not too picky about where they get their meals. They are known to dumpster dive and even take fish from other birds and sometimes even humans. Okay, wonder if they say thank you as they fly away with someone else’s catch? When hearing the phrase “eagle eye” I always thought it referred only to the fact that they can see up to four or five times further than the human eyes. I learned that the eagle can look at different things with each eye. Well, that would certainly come in handy for some parents and teachers, right? And then I found out something amazing which I think was what Spirit was showing me today. The eagle really prefers not to fight! That’s right, they choose to fly (walk away) instead of engage. They will do so if it is absolutely necessary but prefer to just deal with the situation by withdrawing themselves. I could really relate to this as my guides have been advising me to deal with certain situations in this manner. To make sure I really got the message, I had a song pop into my head on the drive home. Beat It by Michael Jackson was relentless. MJ has been coming to me for about a week now trying to get my attention and I have said I am open to receive the message but had not … until today. Just to make sure I understood that this particular song contained the message, I opened the door to where I am staying currently in Arizona and blaring from the TV was the song “Beat It.” I started laughing and said “you have got to be kidding me!” My friend ShaRon looked up in a questioning way and I couldn’t stop laughing. I told her what happened and that the song followed me all the way to her home and inside! I’ve heard the song probably thousands of times before and never knew anything about it. Michael wrote the song himself and even financed the video to it, which included actual gang members. The main message in the song focuses on avoiding violence by deliberately walking away from a fight. It shows the power of the voices in our heads – one which encourages a peaceful ending by withdrawing and the other which looks at being seen as weak if we don’t stand up and fight.

Dear Angels, it is a very difficult thing to fight the battle inside of us as we struggle with what we intuitively feel is the best solution for ourselves yet we focus on how others see us when we make our decisions. Any words of wisdom regarding this?

Dear Ones, in your life experience you learn early on that other people’s approval and attention are important to you. Feeling accepted can be a lifelong struggle. As you grow and have more experiences, you begin to focus more on how much you are okay with your decisions than on the approval of others and yet there is a part of you that still seeks that approval. If you do the inner work and become more familiar with your own beliefs and values, you will honor your own opinion and the outside opinions become less important in your decision-making. Choose your battles as life can hand you a myriad of them. Some things are transitory and easier to walk away from. These are learning experiences to guide you when something more difficult comes along. If you get comfortable saying no to a fight, then you are well on your way to being a peaceful warrior who knows that the best way to diffuse a situation is to make it a non-thing. Your time here on earth goes by so quickly. You are the one and the only one who can decide how you will choose to live your days, in conflict or in peace.

Dear Angels, thank you. I choose peace. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to stay true to me and honor what my spirit is guiding me to do.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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