The Waiting Game

By Debra Landwehr Engle

Recently, I’ve been mentoring a woman who is writing a book about healing from a traumatic injury. Over the past few months, we’ve been focused on writing techniques, and she’s made steady progress.

Then she sent me two chapters she’d written recently, and they blew everything else she’d written out of the park. Why?

Because they were inspired writing.

She had opened up to her guidance and written with the voice of Spirit, and it came out seamlessly. Intimate, powerful, compelling. This writing soared.

All because she got out of the way.

We talked about why this happened now rather than three months ago. And I told her that, with writing, just like so many things in life, we practice to get better. We need to get to a place of readiness, and that’s what she’d been doing.

Once she had the storytelling skills, Spirit could speak through her and trust that she would tell her story with depth and heart. And that’s exactly what she did. She had to do the work and then get out of the way. She had to wait for it.

Waiting.

This kind of waiting is not sitting and doing nothing. It’s using your time creatively, with intention, to get to know your guides and yourself.

For instance, after my book The Only Little Prayer You Need was published, I felt like I was supposed to be doing things. Setting up workshops, sending emails, doing, doing, doing.

But when I talked with my guides one day about my impatience, they showed me an image of a rabbit digging up seeds in a garden.

“This is you,” they said. “You’re the rabbit. If you keep going into the garden and digging up what you’ve planted, it can’t grow. This is a time for waiting. Let those seeds take root, and we’ll let you know when it’s time for action.”

A few weeks later, they did. But in the meantime, I had opportunities to trust, to ask for what I wanted and then detach with love, and to listen to my guides more closely.

Waiting seems hard because it’s not how our ego minds are wired. They’re like the rabbit, constantly taking action, digging, planning, fixing, controlling. And waiting, by definition, is none of those things.

So how do you make better use of your waiting time?

Think of something you’re waiting for—something significant, like having the right buyer make an offer on your house or getting the job you’ve dreamed of.

Now start a journal and call it While I Wait. Every day, sit down and talk to your guides about where you are, and let them guide you through the process. Ask them questions like these:

  • How can I grow during this time of waiting?
  • What can I focus on today?
  • What is getting stronger in me?
  • What do I need to practice?
  • How is everything contributing to my good?

Write about these questions daily. Spend at least 10 minutes so you can truly enter into a conversation and give it your full attention. Remember, this is transformation in action, so it deserves some time and focus.

Do this for a week and see what you learn. Then do it for another week, and then another. Gradually, you’ll see that what seems like waiting is actually active growth happening under the surface, the place where real change starts.

In time, you will be ready to receive exactly what you’re waiting for. And with the help of your guides, it will arrive at exactly the right time.

Debra Engle is the author of the award-winning Let You Spirit Guides Speak and The Only Little Prayer You Need.

Our July and August Titles Are Here!

Happy Reading!


Meditation, Plain & Simple

Lynne Lauren

This is a wise and helpful primer to the practice of meditation.  Lauren explains how simple it is to meditate and why it’s important to do so.  Meditation calms the mind and body in a natural way and helps one to focus, relax, and cope with life’s twists and turns. She provides a brief overview of various types of meditation along with 50 meditations and visualizations that can be used in different circumstances to reach particular goals.  This is the perfect introduction for anyone wishing to slow down, de-stress, and get more joy out of life.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


Psychic Ability, Plain & Simple

Ann Caulfield

Everyone is born with intuitive powers that range from normal to intense, but not everyone knows how to tap into them.  This book helps readers to discover and expand their psychic abilities.  Caulfield takes readers on an exciting journey that features stops at the most important psychic waystations: telepathy, dreams, chakras, dowsing, astral travel, scrying, and mental mediumship. This is a practical guide that makes all things psychic easy to understand and apply.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)

Getting Creative with Your Spirit Guides

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Have you ever wondered what creativity truly is?

What if we defined it as the art of living rather than the art of painting a portrait or writing a novel?

What if creativity isn’t an attribute that only certain people have, but a birthright of being human?

What if creativity isn’t something you do, but it’s who you are?

And what if your spirit guides are your creative partners every moment of your life?

When I was writing Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, my writing guide told me this:

“Creativity is not just a talent some people have. It is the intentional partnership between our world and yours, brought into human form by your willingness to listen.”

In other words, the more you listen, and the more you focus on spiritual guidance and act on it, the more you’ll be able to express your creativity in everything you do.

So when are you creative?

  • Any time there’s a problem and you manifest a solution, you’re creative.
  • Any time you help a friend see things a different way, you’re creative.
  • Every time you turn one thing into something else, you’re creative. (Case in point: transforming eggs, flour and sugar into a cake. It’s the alchemy of creation.)

Essentially, every time you breathe, you’re creative, since creativity is part of your DNA. So the question isn’t, “Am I creative?” Instead it’s, “How can I build an intentional partnership with my guides?”

There are endless ways to do that, but here’s one simple one to supersize your communication with your guides:

Do a vision board with your guides’ help. You may have created a vision board before, but it’s a more powerful exercise when you do it intentionally with your guides.

Get out a large piece of paper, several magazines, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Now ask your guides what they’d suggest as a focus for your vision board.

Typically, a vision board is a way of visualizing what you’d like to manifest. But it could also be used to answer a question, help resolve an issue or point you in a clear direction.

So close your eyes, sit quietly for a few moments, take in three deep breaths, and ask your guides: “What is the focus of this vision board?” Pay attention to any sensations, images, words or feelings you receive, and trust their guidance for you.

Once you’re clear about the purpose of the vision board, set all expectations aside and ask your guides to lead you to the pictures and words you need most right now. Then simply start flipping through magazines.

Every time you see an image or a word that speaks to you, cut it out and set it aside. Do this for a set period of time—for instance, 10 minutes. Then spend another 10 minutes gluing the pieces at random to your sheet of paper.

Now it’s time to interpret your vision board. Ask your guides for help with this step, too, so you can understand the deeper meaning of the words and images you chose. It’s important not to judge or dismiss anything you put on your vision board. Instead, listen for the meaning.

For instance, if you’re married and you put a picture of a bride on your vision board, ask why. Maybe you’re going to feel newly married again. Maybe someone in your life is getting married and you don’t know it yet.

Ask other questions, too. For instance…

  • “Why did this particular image speak so strongly to me?”
  • “I have lots of white space on my vision board. What does that mean?” Or, in contrast, “My vision board is packed full. What does that mean?”
  • “What’s the connecting thread of the words and images?”
  • “What’s the one thing you want me to know right now?”

This is the beauty of the intentional partnership with your guides. It will reveal to you information and perspectives that you could not have thought of on your own.

So the next time you question your whether you’re a creative being, remember that partnership. Then let your creativity, and your spirit guides, speak.


Debra Engle is the author of the award-winning Let You Spirit Guides Speak and The Only Little Prayer You Need.

Spiritual Bandwidth

by Janet Conner

Have you noticed that the next big idea that sends your life into a whole new orbit always drops out of nowhere? You’re not looking for it, not asking for it, not expecting anything, when suddenly, wham, it lands in your heart. And the top of your head pops off like a champagne cork.

I had one of those moments recently.

I had just finished a delightful conversation with Kathleen Deignan on The Soul-Directed Life talking about Thomas Merton, prayer, and finding the natural rhythm of your life. We even sang to one another.

As we were saying goodbye, Kathleen blurte17d, “You are an ecstatic!”

This got my attention because it was the second time ecstasy came calling. The first time, a friend in book group interrupted me as I was describing the intense experience of writing Find Your Soul’s Purpose. She said, “You need more balance in your life.” Without thinking, I blurted, “I don’t want balance. I want ecstasy.”

Hmm. Ecstasy. Blurted. Twice. Time to investigate.

First stop. The dictionary:

  • rapturous delight
  • overpowering emotion or exaltation
  • state of sudden intense feeling
  • frenzy of poetic inspiration
  • mental transport of rapture from the contemplation of divine things

Well, now. These are what I like, what I want, what excites me.

But what is an ecstatic? 

I wrote to Kathleen. You might want to read her answer slowly:

“By ecstatic I mean vibrating at a very high and insightful frequency as a way of being in this world. Most of us do not use hardly ANY of the spiritual band-width we have as gift, never really let ourselves move into these more spacious, expansive realms.

You feel like a woman who lives in the power-state of joy and surprise and wonder and gratitude—all of that.

That is what I meant when I said you are an ecstatic being.”

I was tickled by how she described me, but it was Spiritual Band-width that sent my champagne cork flying.

In all my interspiritual reading (over 100 books a year), I’ve never seen anyone use that term.

So what is this?
In a word: Transparent.
Spiritual band-width is the measure of your transparency to the Transcendent.

Every tradition points to becoming so transparent that you merge into the divine in sacred union.

  • Jesus is transparent when he says, “The Father and I are One.”
  • The ultimate Vedic truth is, “You are That.”
  • Li Po in 8th century China wrote, “We sit together the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.”

The spiritual band-width of these souls is so vast it encompasses the width and depth of the cosmos.

Which is great for them, but what about you and me?
We’re not there yet.

But, as we explore the fields of the soul, embodying the living presence of the Divine in our mystical prayer practices, we become a wee bit more transparent.

Bit by bit, prayer by prayer, silence by silence, our spiritual band-width expands and expands and expands.

Thanks to Kathleen Deignan, I see that I have been slowly expanding my spiritual band-width for years. And everything I write and every course I lead helps you expand your band-width, too.

I’m in awe. I’m in wonder. I’m in love.

And it’s only taken me 10 years, 7 books, 220 radio shows, countless hours of deep soul writing, deep soul reading, and deep soul mystical prayer practice to see what is happening when we explore the fields of the soul: we are expanding our spiritual band-width!

So the question that’s probably bubbling up right now is “How do I expand my spiritual band-width?

I took this inquiry into soul writing. This surfaced:

  • Sacred Desire
    Acknowledge and express your sacred desire to become more transparent to the Transcendent
  • Big Questions
    Ask big questions, quest-inducing questions, and follow where they lead
  • Mystical Prayer
    Develop mystical prayers that you love with your whole being
  • Show Up
    Live your prayer practices and your prayer practices will transform your life
  • White Space
    Give yourself silence and emptiness in which to hear the voice of the Transcendent
  • Big Ideas
    Spend time with the mystics; chew over ideas that astonish you
  • Soul Community
    Explore the fields of the soul in community. Spend time with real soul friends
  • Serve the Divine
    Be the presence of the divine in and through and as you–this is the essence of transparency
  • Unknowing
    Open to what you don’t know, don’t understand, can’t figure out
  • Trust
    Release the need for safety. Pursue love. In perfect paradox, you’ll find true safety

Looking at my list, I realized we do all that and more in my deep soul exploration books and courses. And the result, as Kathleen recognized, is gratitude, wonder, and joy–even ecstasy!


Janet Conner is a writer, speaker, teacher, retreat guide, and radio show host of The Soul-Directed Life radio show for Unity Online Radio. Each year she teaches five global telecourses in her trademark series Your Soul Wants Five Things, which offers spiritual tools and practices that help people meet their soul’s primary needs. She lives and writes in Ozona, Florida. Visit her online at www.janetconner.com.

The Egyptian Pendant That is Not Egyptian

By Steven & Evan Strong

In one of our most recent articles posted, we comprehensively dismissed the credentials of the six mainstream reasons as to why the Kariong Hieroglyphs are a recently constructed prank/hoax. The three sandstone walls, found deep in the bush at a very remote post, contain close to three hundred hieroglyphs and do look, at first glance, decidedly Egyptian. Officially decreed fake, with at least four different sets of people or one individual deemed responsible, no motive is given, profit suggested, in fact any and all of these pretenders only share one common feature: anonymity. No name, address, court charge, photograph, statuary declaration or video is produced as evidence, it is all down to what just doesn’t fit into current models of the human past in ancient times.

Photo by Evan Strong

It is a flimsy charade easily dispensed with, all that is needed is to look away from the pros and cons involved in assessing whether the glyphs on the walls are authentic, pause for a second and look down to the earth, as one wise Original woman did some thirty years ago when standing beside those same engravings.

Another Original Truth

The pendant found by highly respected Original Elder, Aunty Minnie Mace, lying in the earth floor between the Kariong hieroglyphs, was originally thought to be an Egyptian product. Aunty Minnie was accompanying the first non-Original person to record the glyphs and liaise with Egyptian experts, Ray Johnson, at a time when very few people knew they existed. While on site she felt drawn to what appeared to be a solid clump of hard earth, even though it had no right to be given special privileges, she told us she intuitively knew there was more to this object than what met the eye.

It took her half an hour to clean away the thick coat of dirt. Beneath the protective coat was a metal object with a complete circular clasp which presumably held a chain that was strung around the neck. Unfortunately, a younger member of the family wore a necklace displaying this ancient treasure at a dance and through misfortune or a poor sense of rhythm, contact was made and the upper edge of the clasp broke away. Understandably, as it was found beside what is acknowledged through cat-scan analysis to be an extremely ancient piece of human bone, and was positioned less than five metres from hieroglyphs that make reference to unexpected death and nearby interment of Nefer-Ti-Ru (son of Khufu), there was no reason not to expect that it was also of Egyptian origin.

We held to the belief it was Egyptian and saw no alternative on any horizon, until it was scientifically analysed about six months ago. The results have made it clear that this metal object was never made in Egypt. However, it doesn’t end there, as it doesn’t belong to anywhere else on this planet. This artefact was found to have two identifiable elements that make up 76% of the compound, Aluminium is the major element and accounts for 73% of the object and the other 3% is Copper. What is left over cannot be determined, the laboratory found 24% of what lay within is unknown. Because of this analysis there are two problems in attributing any Earthy origin, there is no Aluminium alloy manufactured anywhere on this planet, before or since, that has less than 85% Aluminium, and this is 12% below the minimum standard. This metal only came into common usage after World War 2 and there is no alloy yet made on this planet that has one quarter of the content unidentifiable and is much harder than any present combination.

Photo by Samarah Wood

Moreover, with no deposit of Bauxite in ancient or modern Egypt to mine, this piece of jewellery cannot be Egyptian and is most likely well ahead of its time. Is it evidence of earlier advanced technology spoken of in civilisations like Atlantis and Lemuria? Or, what if this compound contains material that came from other planets and constellations? That’s it, there is nothing left on the table if relying on conventional accounts explaining how humans evolved and spread their ‘seed.’ There are no other logical possibilities, it can’t be Egyptian and has no known precedent or composition which leaves us with one of two answers, looking way back into the ancient past or up into the night-time skies. From that station it is a simple matter of one of these locations has to be right. Either one makes no difference, that still means so much of what is assured to be factual about our gradual evolution from ‘cave-man’ ignorance by degrees leading on to the present day pinnacle in all the facets of humanity we see today, is fundamentally wrong.


Steven Strong is a secondary school teacher with a background in Aboriginal archaeology and education. He co-wrote two units of the Master of Aboriginal Studies program for Sydney University and the New South Wales Department of Education. Evan Strong has bachelor of social science degree with majors in psychology/archaeology-anthropology/sociology and counseling.