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by Michele Livingston

Dear Michele,

I know you answer a myriad of questions, so I thought I’d take a shot at this one. I was raised not to think of myself – only others. Therefore I have let my own needs go to please others and make them happy. Browbeating myself is what I do best! How can I be gentle with myself? I’ll be 47 next month and need to make up for alot of lost time. Can you help me to know how to love and be gentle with myself?

Thanks, Debbi J.

Well Debbi, at least you are aware that you have been neglecting your own needs for many years. That’s a good start! It is difficult for many to honor themselves with kindness and gentleness. For this answer then, I consulted my angels, called the "Light Beings" and this is what I received:

Many times in today’s world gentleness of self is overlooked. With rapid advancement and new technology the world is a very busy place, and sometimes one’s own needs are forgotten. Few take time to think about being gentle with themselves. To be gentle is also to be patient with others, seeing the best in them and lending a hand when it is necessary. Gentleness does not mean innocence or naivety. For example, a ruler of a country can be strong and wise, yet gentle. Gentleness also means tenderness.

Think of a perfect, fragrant rose with morning dew on its petals. Imagine smelling the sweetness and touching the exquisitely smooth and fragile petals. That rose personifies gentleness when it is perceived in this way. Therefore, to instill the ability to be gentle with self, see yourself as a child – amusing, energetic and vulnerable. Love and protect your inner child – get in touch with him or her. Go back to childhood and try to remember the good and endearing things you did for others and yourself – your "happy times." Take that happiness, joy and self-respect and focus on it. Bring back the beauty of your inner child to the forefront of your mind. Feel gentleness with self. It is easy for man to love nature, animals and other humans; but sometimes difficult to love himself. Many love others more than self, but there needs to be a balance. To love the Creator, your fellow man and yourself creates a triangle of balance. This is the secret of soul evolution and growth. It takes awareness and self-discipline to be gentle with yourself. You should love yourself – not in vanity or conceit, but in genuine and sincere appreciation of who you are. When a human soul can feel compassion for all of creation and himself, then there is unity with the universe and true soul progression. Be aware of this and strive to be gentle with yourself by loving and nurturing your inner child.

Remember, Debbi, to "treat" yourself often. It would be wise to once a month get a relaxing body massage, an aromatic facial or a beneficial reflexology treatment. Laugh often – go with a friend to a funny comedy movie. See humor in everyday events. Walk in nature and breathe in fresh clean air. Meditate often, to calm the mind and psyche. Pray often for spiritual peace, to enable yourself to commune with a Higher Power – what ever you believe that to be. Take a good warm mineral, soaking bath by including Epsom salts, baking soda and essential oils in the water. Create a "new look" for yourself – buy a beautiful new outfit, try a change in your hair color and have a manicure. Daily look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I deserve all good things! I will embrace my inner child. I love myself and will be kind and gentle with myself."

Make a point to get extra rest when you can. And of course, good nutrition is essential. Drink lots of purified or spring water. Get fiber into your system – fruits, salads and vegetables; and protein in the form of nuts, fish (with omega-3), chicken and lean red meat (in moderation). Be conscious of taking care of and nurturing yourself. Count your blessings daily! Strive to be happy in the moment. By concentrating on all of the things mentioned, you will be on the road to honoring, loving and being "gentle" with self.

Dear Michele,

I had a reading with you last month at the Dragonfly Healing House in Hummelstown, PA. I was the last person to have a reading and I have a few questions. First I found it odd that whom ever you said came through referred to me as Lynette. No one in my family, since the day I was born has called me Lynette, they refer to me with a totally different name.

Also, another issue I found interesting that was not mentioned is the fact that many years ago, I had actually died in an accident and survived, and that traumatic issue did not surface. Can you explain why?

Thanks, Lynette F.

Hi Lynette, it was a pleasure meeting you at Dragonfly. Your questions are valid. After seeing me work a few times, you understand that what comes through is for the person’s highest good and it’s what they need to hear the most at the time. Every individual is unique and different – every reading each time (even for the same individual) is slightly different. This process of relaying information from the other dimensions to you is complex. For example, some people’s understanding of the process and their energy is very open and the reading seems to flow; while others expect a certain departed loved one to come through and anticipate or hope they will say a specific thing.

I remember years ago at a seminar a client whispered to her friend (which the friend told me later), "I’ll only believe in life after death if my departed call me by my nickname!" –which luckily for her they did! Some on the other side only address you by your given name while others use nicknames. This whole sharing of enlightenment has to do with you as a personality and what issues you need to hear the most at the time, not just what you anticipate hearing.

As I explain in my introduction, I don’t know which soul will come through and I have no idea what they are going to say or even what it means (as it comes through so quickly). As I recall, at one point you broke down and sobbed – this is one of the confirmations that you needed to hear – and that touched your heart. Think of the analogy of you going to a party and trying to anticipate what you will talk about and how you can control and direct every conversation. It just doesn’t happen that way. You witnessed many other individuals receive valid information, and some were very emotional at some point, just as you were in your reading.

Remember, I’m only the "messenger" to receive and relay. My work brings truth and awareness to others about their spiritual journey. Whether they are your guides, your angels or departed, it really doesn’t matter whether they call you by your given name or nickname in the big scheme of things. Also, they (and you) already know about your near death experience, therefore they probably didn’t need to address it. My work is not about perfect accuracy, proving life exists in the next dimension, predicting the future or providing you with just what you want to hear. My work is about awareness of the spirit realms, enlightenment and opening you up to information from other existences. You are a curious seeker, Lynette, and I’m glad. Remember not to pre-judge or over analyze, but come with an open mind and heart. The information that was relayed at the time was for your highest good to hear and know. You’re a great person and I enjoyed your participation. Blessings, Michele

Michele Livingston is a spiritual clairvoyant and author who uses her special gifts to guide and counsel those seeking answers about their loved ones (both living and deceased), about their health and even about past lives.

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 her NEW book, Messages from Beyond: a Spiritual Guidebook, is 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. 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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