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Speak Up

“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.” Maya Angelou

Have you ever found yourself swallowing your words, biting your tongue to stop yourself from saying something or maybe agreeing to something that you really do not agree with? There are many reasons people do this. Sometimes it is a combination of personal traits, past experiences, and societal pressures. Personally, I have exhibited such behavior due to all of the above. Many times it is just easier to not say anything rather than create a conflict. Maya Angelou stopped speaking for five years after the man that she named as her rapist was killed. As a young child she felt that she played a part in his death by speaking and so she stopped using her voice. Imagine if she had never started speaking again. What a loss that would have been for all of us to not have the writings and teachings of this amazing woman. Each one of us, however, is just as important as we decide to speak our words. There is no hierarchy except the one we create. We put people up on a pedestal and keep them there until they fall off or we push them off when they no longer meet our expectations. Seeing each other as equal is an important lesson in our soul journey.

Dear Angels, as a child living in a large household, I was always told to be quiet. It was best to not be seen or heard as there were consequences that were not pleasant if I did not comply. This carried forth into my later years and relationships. I found myself biting my tongue and swallowing my words just to keep the peace and not create conflict. Similar to Ms. Angelou’s experience, stopped speaking up for myself until I found my authentic voice.

Dear Ones, through mindfulness, self-awareness, and spiritual practice, you can navigate the delicate dance of speaking your truth. When you are coming from a place of heart-centered love, you will find the words to say and the way to speak them that is compassionate and strong at the same time. Always remember that criticism and judgment have no place in the way you treat others. It is not your job to change anyone. This does not mean that you should not speak up for yourself if someone or some situation is creating stress or harm. Discernment is key to understanding when to speak up for yourself and when to embrace silence. It's essential to recognize that self-expression can be a means of fulfilling your purpose and contributing positively to the world.

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

Today, I promise to always use my authentic voice.

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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