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When I was a little girl, I was barefoot 99% of the time. I didn’t like shoes and preferred to feel the grass and earth beneath my feet. Until I stepped on a bee. I cannot tell you how many bee stings I had in my early days but none since then. Odd, isn’t it? I still went barefoot a lot.

When I was a teenager, I learned the pain of having a broken heart, of deception and betrayal, and was confused about trust. That lesson would come into play over and over as my life unfolded. Odd, isn’t it? I still walked barefoot yet looked closely where my feet stepped.

When I was a young adult, my world came crashing down on top of me. My own body betrayed me and I had a close encounter with death as, unbeknownst to me, my kidneys completely shut down. Odd, isn’t it? I listen to my body now and still go barefoot but with even more caution.

When I grew older, I learned that if I didn’t trust myself I would never trust anyone else. I learned that if I were not brutally honest with myself, others would keep lying and betraying as a reflection of what I needed to pay attention to and clear from my life. I learned to honor and respect myself and use my intuition to help me steer clear of those with not-so-good intentions. I have stepped away from some people I had developed close relationships with. I would step out in blind trust and feel the bee sting once more but not on the bottom of my foot. These stings went straight to the heart.

Dear Angels, how do we move forward in life without becoming callous and guarded in our relationships with others in light of past experiences that were hurtful?

Dear Ones, we wish to bring to your mind the image of a lone wolf. The wolf is a beautiful and powerful animal. It is, however, a pack animal. A wolf in solitude is usually on a mission. It has either left the pack due to a disagreement with the alpha male or it just feels the call to mate and start its own pack. The pack is an important part of its existence and success in the wild. The lone wolf is acutely aware of its flaws, its strengths and its potential. When it walks away from the safety of the pack, it knows the road ahead can be treacherous. It knows what it is capable of and certainly what others are capable of. Those you interact with in your human experience are your pack. Sometimes you become more self-aware of potential betrayal, hazards and patterns among members of your pack. These things are helpful for you to know where to place your feet, either close by or further away. Remember, Dear Ones, that the lone wolf does not make his decision without much contemplation. Many times the motivation is self-preservation and the desire for a more peaceful existence. We would say to you love yourself, honor your intuition and observe diligently. There is no need to take another person’s inventory or submit yourself to their need to control. If what you are feeling in your relationship with another is out of alignment with your soul’s footprint, then it may be time to step in another direction. That is your true north compass, not any experience or hurt from your past.

As the angels guided and taught me this important lesson, I was reminded of a conversation recently with a dear friend. She was asking about some of the relationships I had let go of over the last few years. I remember thinking, “Wow I’ve done quite a bit of shedding!” But more importantly, I have observed with eyes of compassion and honored myself in knowing when to hold on and when to let go. I still have not been stung by bees while walking barefoot but actually honor them and fight for their survival on this earth. Walk softly dear friends and leave the footprint of your soul lovingly on Mama Gaia.

Teri Angel is an angelspeaker – one who receives and delivers messages from the Divine. She is an author, teacher, peaceful warrior and creator of the movement Peas For Peace as part of the Peace On Earth Tour, a movement of loving our Mama Gaia. You can contact her at or visit the website for more information about how you can be involved in the movement and mission to bring in more peace, love and joy to our planet.

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