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Divine Wisdom From Michele Livingston

by Michele Livingston

Dear Michele,

Please explain to me the "spiritual aspects" of a natural disaster like the recent earthquake in Haiti, where thousands of humans were wiped out, plus many more missing. Did God cause this to happen? Did those people’s souls choose to exit because their mission was fulfilled or was it just fate–an unfortunate situation? Bob

Dear Bob,

Thank you for a very thought-provoking question that I’m sure many others ask themselves. I prayed and also communed with my spirit guides for your answer. As you know, natural disasters have always occurred–in fact the actual creation of the earth would today be considered a natural disaster! God does not cause natural disasters (like earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.), the "shift" in the global poles and the inner core of our planet cause such events. When God created the planets and universe, he/she did so with love–for God is love. There will always be two polarities. There is love and fear, light and darkness, good deeds and bad deeds, miracles and tragedies. God does not "own" the world; it was created to exist "on its own," being overseen by God. Angels can at times intervene through God’s grace or through an individual’s (or group’s) prayers. The heavenly realm (fourth dimension) is filled with peace, joy, love and light. In that realm there are no disasters because it is not a physical world. The third dimension that we inhabit is a training ground, so to speak. We are all interconnected as souls and (at a soul level) we choose our date of birth and time to pass, with God’s will. The many souls who left in the earthquake will help each other get adjusted in the fourth dimension. Also, angels of transition and human deceased souls wait at the portal to herald over all these souls. God does not "punish" by wiping out mass groups of people. They are merely caught in a disaster. These negative occurrences also bring people and nations together, bringing out the compassion in all of us.

It seems after each tragedy–whether it’s the destruction of lives in terrorist attacks like the World Trade Center towers or in natural disasters like hurricanes, fires, tsunamis or the most recent earthquake–people are united and help one another. Please pray for the families left behind, but also pray for the souls who have passed. Most go directly to the light, but because a few are still in a state of shock, they tend to cling to the earth-plane, sometimes spiritually looking for their remaining loved ones. It is also important to make every day count! These tragedies open our eyes to our own mortality and teach us how precious life is. In essence, the soul journey is about knowing self, communing with the creator, helping and enlightening one’s fellow man–for out of every tragedy comes God’s grace.

Dear Michele,

I really need help to forgive my step-dad. My real father died when I was only 3 and my mom remarried on impulse to a seemingly cruel man. I don’t think he ever really loved me or accepted me as his son, let alone his stepson. He would physically and verbally abuse me, locking me in a dark closet as punishment for what sometimes seemed like hours. I am now 40 and have been to numerous counselors, therapists and psychologists. They’ve helped me to understand why my stepfather acted as he did, but I still am very angry and can’t seem to release the thought of his abuse. I try to read your column as much as I can, and I think I remember you giving another reader something to say to release negative anger and to forgive others. Can you please tell me what it is?

Thanks for your wisdom,


Dear Mike,

I understand how difficult it would be to release negative emotions in this case. Just the fact that you are aware of the cause of your anger and are trying to release it is a step in the right direction. The "forgiveness exercise" you mentioned is in my book, Messages from Beyond. Let me give it to you in a nutshell. Forgiveness is synonymous with love, and karmicly cuts any negative cords that we have with another human being. Take about half an hour each evening before you fall asleep. Take a few deep breaths. You do not have to relive every horrifying experience of the abuse, just simply visualize your stepdad’s face before you–in your mind’s eye. Surround his face with a circle of pure white light. Say to him (mind to mind and soul to soul), "I release any negative or angry thoughts regarding you. I send you compassion and forgiveness." Then simply say, "I forgive you, I love you and I release you to the universe." It might be difficult, and if you still feel angry after the first night, keep trying the exercise. Most people are released from the negative grips of anger by the end of a week – seven nights. When your heart feels lighter and happier, you know you are starting to heal and on your way to creating a whole and loving destiny for yourself.






Readers can prearrange one-on-one phone sessions or in person readings with Michele. She also presents "Messages from Beyond" seminars throughout the northeastern USA, and she has authored five books that are available on-line at her website or by calling 717-737-3888.

In this column she answers questions from selected readers about angels, loved ones who have passed, spirit guides and many other interesting subjects. Only first names are used in this column to protect the privacy of clients. All questions submitted may be used at Michele’s discretion for inclusion in this column and other publications by Michele Livingston. Questions may be sent to Michele at Divine Inspirations, P.O. Box 383, Camp Hill, PA 17001 or e-mailed to Michele@MicheleLivingston.com.  To learn more about Michele and her work, please visit her web site at www.MicheleLivingston.com.

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