#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Do you believe in angels?

I do.
And even with all the angel books and general angel “stuff” available today–journals, candles, figurines, cards, etc.–I think angels are still underestimated.
Angels, I have discovered, work in teams.
They like projects.
They have wonderful ideas, and know how to get them up and running. What good are fabulous ideas, after all, if you don’t DO anything with them?
They’re a fun bunch to hang out with, too. There’s something to that hackneyed saying about how they can fly because they take themselves lightly. Might it behoove us to do the same?
I like to think of angels in this context:
I imagine myself in a boardroom, similar to the one on “The Apprentice.” (I do have better hair than the Donald but, then, almost everybody does!) The angels are not ‘apprentices’, but an able and energetic team, every one of them qualified to run any company, any time, anywhere. Yes, I can ask them to help with specific tasks, but I also need to be open to their suggestions and ideas. They want to help, but too often they are like Secret Service agents when the President doesn’t want them getting underfoot. They spend a lot of time in their shirtsleeves, playing Pinnochle in the White House kitchen!
If you think this idea is crazy, you haven’t read “Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill. It’s the Master Mind concept, in which Hill recommended assembling a team of imaginary advisors and consulting with them on problems, objectives, and goals. It is most effective before sleep. Why? Because when we sleep, our conscious mind, that assiduous gatekeeper, is not in charge. Now, a gatekeeper is a good thing, because we don’t want just any old sludge getting in to gum up the system, do we? The problem is that the conscious mind is a little TOO careful, a lot of the time. It filters things through old beliefs and perceptions and even superstitions that our best selves have long since outgrown. It’s sort of like putting a first-grader in charge of a classroom entrance at Harvard. The conscious mind is habit-ridden, and it would rather stick with crayons than risk learning to use a supercomputer, for example. This is partly laziness, and partly just plain old, ordinary inertia.
I’m beginning a formal experiment in working with an Angel Advisory Board, and I will report regularly on this blog, honestly and with examples.
As a postscript, I’ve completed the 30 Day Tarot experiment I told you about, based on Mark McElroy’s wonderful book, “What’s in the Cards for You?” I’ve acquired a fabulous new tool for generating story ideas, insights, and the like. I have learned to see how the cards can tell a story, in a series of pictures, and I would not trade any of my discoveries for a brand new Jag.
Now, if the thought of using cards gives you the heebie-jeebies, well, that’s a sure sign of an overzealous gatekeeper. Old tapes are playing. Examine them, using your journal, and ask yourself if you’ve outgrown them. Tarot cards are not the tools of the devil. (The devil gets way too much press, in my opinion. In fact, he’s the archetype for Excuses.)
At some point, we are going to start going through the Tarot, card by card, perhaps on a weekly basis.
Tune in tomorrow for a PO Box where you can send feedback and request a free “McKettrick’s Choice” bookmark, personally autographed by moi. One to a customer, while they last, and you have to send an SASE.

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