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.

Everybody Loves Me

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Last year, a student in one of my A Course in Miracles classes traveled to Central America for more than a week. By herself.

As she told people about the trip, she received a variety of responses, ranging from “Good for you, have a great time” to “Are you crazy? You’re going alone?”

Her physical safety was not an issue for her. She’s traveled farther and to more remote destinations than this by herself without problems. But this time she did decide to try something new.

For a week leading up to the trip, and each day she was traveling, she told herself the same message: “Everybody loves me.”

Three words. Powerful words. They put her in receiving mode. And they created a protective bubble of intention and energy that not only made her safe, but made her magnetic.

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She’d sit alone in a restaurant, and someone would always show up to talk. She’d ask directions on city streets and be led exactly where she needed to go. She had all the company she wanted and, on the one occasion where she questioned her safety, she reminded herself that everyone loves her, and all was well.

In Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, I write about the value of treating life as an extended journey to another country, a place where we get to joyfully discover diversity and new cultures. My fiend’s mantra is a great addition to that mode of living, to claim and reaffirm every day that, on this journey to a wildly exotic place, everyone loves us.

It’s also an interesting twist to the “Jesus loves me, this I know” lyrics many of us learned as children. If God loves us, and His son loves us, and we are all one, it follows that everyone does love us. The Christ energy in every human being loves the Christ energy in all others, despite the seemingly endless conflicts our ego minds create.

Is it selfish or self-centered to think that everyone loves you? Hardly. When I feel loved, I’m able to express my joy and loving nature to others in a way that’s not possible when I’m locked in insecurity or self-doubt.

Claiming that everyone loves me puts my mind in the right place, where I can extend love and everything that entails: abundance, peace of mind, playfulness, safety and well-being.

That’s the least selfish thing I can think of.

So, as you set your intentions for 2017, there’s no doubt that your thoughts will determine the quality of this year for you. They’ll make the difference between a year of success or failure in every aspect of your life.

If you need one thought to carry you through each day, you couldn’t do much better than “Everybody loves me.” Give it a try for a day or a week or a month, and start paying attention to what and who shows up in your life—no matter where you travel on your own personal journey.


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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Giving the Gift of Your True Self

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Years ago, one of my college roommates came to visit. We sat on my back porch to catch up on our lives, and she told me she’d been seeing a therapist about some early childhood issues.

One of the things her therapist told her created a miracle in her mind—a change in perception and a natural occurrence of love.

The therapist’s words were:

“You are a precious jewel. Treat yourself that way, and teach others to treat you that way, too.”

A precious jewel. This was stunning to both of us, since we’d both been divorced and were questioning how lovable we really were. The word “precious” would never have entered our minds. But now, here we were, presented with the radical idea that we had value and were worthy of being treasured.

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When I think back, I realize how easy it is to forget that truth, especially if we’re used to questioning our own worth.

But it IS truth for all of us. No matter what we think of ourselves or what we’ve been through, we are all precious jewels. Children of God. Sparks of the Divine. Worthy of giving and receiving love without question.

Our entire lives depend on remembering this one simple truth. Remembering means living with joy, confidence, generosity and forgiveness.

Forgetting means living with anxiety, fear, scarcity and guilt.

So how can we remember?

Fortunately, there are many ways to support the precious jewel within.

For one woman I know, it means eliminating all negative self-talk. She works in a male-oriented industry and realized that, if she wanted to be free of female bashing from her co-workers, she had to start with her own thoughts about herself.

For another, it means practicing all the basics of good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, doing yoga and eating foods that are vibrant and alive. She also listens to her own intuition about the trajectory of her life rather than letting herself buy into other people’s expectations.

For me, it means periodically unplugging from beliefs that don’t serve me. I do this by asking for my fear-based thoughts to be healed, and by sitting down each morning to listen to my spirit guides.

But I also do a visualization that might be helpful for you, too. Here’s how it goes:

Picture yourself in front of an old-fashioned switchboard—the kind where you’re wearing a headset, manually unplugging and plugging in lines to connect phone calls.

Now imagine that the switchboard has dozens of beliefs that no longer serve you.

For instance, “At my age, I’m going to start having health problems.”

“No matter how hard I work, we never have enough.”

“Life is hard, and I’d better prepare for the worst.”

“Our family never gets along. The holidays are going to be a pain again this year.”

Now see yourself unplugging from those beliefs, literally pulling out the cords. Express thanks for the ways these beliefs have contributed to who you are today, but respectfully let go.

As you do this, know that you are effectively unplugging from your fear-based thoughts. You may feel an energetic shift when you disconnect.

Now see another switchboard with beliefs that you want to plug into and do the process in reverse.

“I don’t live my life like anyone else. I live it like me.”

“My physical body is vital and healthy.”

“I experience the abundant flow of the universe in all areas of my life.”

“I am a precious jewel, and I see the treasure in everyone I meet.”

When you’re finished, write down the beliefs you’ve adopted so you can affirm them every day. Then thank your guides and Spirit for supporting you.

The key is to do this and other spiritual practices daily so you continue to remember the truth, because your life literally depends on it.

Remember that the precious jewel you are is the best gift you can give yourself and the world this holiday season.

So be self-loving. Be merry. And most of all, be light.

Happy holidays!


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

by Debra Landwehr Engle

We often turn to spiritual guidance when we’re in crisis. A loved one is ill, we’re worried about money, or a string of life challenges leaves us stressed about the future. When we’re desperate enough, we ask for help.

But what if you asked every day? What if, in fact, you conversed with your spirit guides, building a relationship just as you would with an important person in your life? What would you learn? What kind of assistance would they give you then?

The fact is, the more you develop an ongoing relationship with your spirit guides, the more you’ll receive clear and customized guidance with everyday situations, making your life easier and more joyful.

Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

Here are three ways your spirit guides can help you.

They’ll advise you on decisions big and small.

Sometimes we judge our problems to be insignificant and unworthy of our guides’ attention. Do they really care what you fix for dinner or which movie you watch this weekend? Yes, they do. To your guides, nothing is irrelevant, because every decision impacts your life experience in some way or another. Make a habit of asking. You’ll be surprised at the input you receive. And best of all, your guides always have your best interest in mind, so they’ll never steer you wrong.

They’re a great creative resource.

My husband Bob is a contractor and the most down-to-earth guy in the world. He often turns to his guides for advice on practical solutions. For instance, when he was renovating an enormous old barn, he needed a way to jack up one side of the structure without destroying the hayloft above. He asked his guides for ideas before he went to sleep one night and, when he woke up in the morning, the answer was there in his mind, waiting.

They’ll remind you that you’re never alone.

In a world where loneliness can be epidemic, your guides are a constant and reassuring presence—again, not just on your worst days, but every moment of every Talk to them while you’re making breakfast, commuting to work, waiting in the grocery store line and brushing your teeth. Whenever I sit down to talk to my guides, they tell me, “We are here with you always.” That’s true for you, too, and it’s one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever receive.


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

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The Only Little Prayer You Need | Let Your Spirit Guides Speak