Five Things I Definitely Believe in

1. That there is a creative intelligence behind everything, which helps us through life

When I was about 14 I became very aware of this, having purchased a pack of Tarot cards.  I found that I had the strange ability to choose one Tarot card, and then mix it up thoroughly among all the others, not knowing where it was.  And then I’d consistently be able to pick it out among the 78 Tarot cards about a dozen times in a row, after mixing the cards up thoroughly each time.  I just knew which card was the original one.  It wasn’t a gift or a magic trick, but collaboration between me and the Tarot. I didn’t even know what it was that was helping me to choose the right card.  One of my old high school friends reminded me of this not so long ago and we remarked on how freaky it was.

Later on, I found that the pendulum could perform the same doubt-busting tricks.  One time I was able to do an impossible multiplication sum using the pendulum and a chart of numbers.  It seems the creative intelligence can do maths. I found I was able to pinpoint for clients the month and year of events in their lives, using a pendulum. Divination techniques are great for getting validation of this kind if you are open to it. The more convinced you become, the more you see daily, irrefutable evidence of the creative intelligence.

I’ve had a client get an Akashic Record reading with me, and then skeptical, get a reading with another practitioner, only to be told exactly the same things, on all the points we covered. I know because I’ve had an email asking me if I emailed the reading to a fellow practitioner which of course I didn’t! (…all readings are confidential.)

Whether people believe the creative intelligence exists in our human brains, in God, in Spirit Guides and angels, or even in fairies at the bottom of the garden, I don’t think that matters too much. I do know this: it exists and it’s helpful. And it’s available to everyone.

2. That there is an afterlife

I personally believe in an afterlife because of personal experience. I’ve channeled unusual messages from deceased spirits concerning matters that were known only to the deceased and the intended recipient of the message.  The only sensible conclusion I can reach, from the things I’ve experienced, is that there is an afterlife.  I understand that the only way some people can have this faith would be to go through something similar.

3. That we are never given more than we can handle

When I was doing my degree, I learned an interesting phrase in Spanish, that stuck with me over the years (unlike the other stuff I learned): ‘Dios aprieta pero no ahoga’. It means: ‘God squeezes but doesn’t choke.’ I believe we can find the strength to meet whatever challenges come up for us, and those that we can’t meet with some kind of strength, won’t happen.

4. That meaning is a luxury

Life can be frightening and painful at times.  Years after something bad has happened, we can still search for the meaning of the event; or the silver lining.  Sometimes one may not be forthcoming for years and years, and sometimes the meaning is not forthcoming while you’re incarnated.

5. Sugar is bad!

Pimples, insomnia, hyperactivity. Enough said.

Can you tell me one thing you definitely believe in?

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  1. Lindsay

    I love your sense of humour!

    I definitely believe in a lot of things…(including your 5!)

    I believe that the more we pay attention to synchronicities, the more they come into our lives. Same with gratitude – if you practice gratitude, your cup runneth over.

    Love this article!

  2. Lisa@practicallyintuitive

    Great post, Anna!

    Here’s my list:

    * I believe things happen for a reason. We may not know the reason (now or ever) but there is a Divine Intelligence at work.

    * I believe we are fully and completely responsible for what shows up in our life: the good, the bad, whatever. We are responsible for it.

    * I belive in an afterlife, too. I’ve always believed that and am not vested in proving it to anyone. It’s for each to decide for themselves what they believe.

    * I believe there are things in this world (and in other worlds) that we can only begin to imagine. There’s so much more to life than what we can see from our perspective.

    (I think I’ll “borrow” your idea for my own blog post soon. It’s a good one and helps those with whom we work to know us just a bit better!)

  3. Julie | A Clear Sign

    I love #4 and wish it wasn’t true! I would love to have all of the answers, wouldn’t you?

    To Lisa’s point, I would like to have an explanation for all of the things that show up that we are responsible for, when they make absolutely no apparent sense when viewed with the knowledge from this lifetime. Do you see me shaking my fist over here 🙂

    Well here’s one thing I don’t know is true but I am hoing for it – a life review between lives. Perhaps then some illumination on the things I just mentioned will be given (and then I can forget all about them the next go round).

  4. Nathan

    I don’t believe in the afterlife, in a common mean of this word. But I do believe that dead is not the end, but only a transition. It has something to do with my Buddhist practices :).

    I believe that everyone can achieve happiness and success in his or hers life, and that’s why I do what I do.

    And I believe in synchronicity in every single aspect of our life. Everything that happens, happens for a reason.

  5. Tim

    Hi Anna.
    Love what you’ve written. It’s so encouraging to share and exchange beliefs and sentiment among people who understand and carry a similiar sense of the divine/eternal nature of the soul and the universe.

    I believe (just have trouble remembering!) that if I just let go of my grip on life, relax and allow the inner divinity to manifest and lead me, I’ll always be where I need to be and all of life becomes a conscious journey of enlightenment.

    I also believe there’s no end to that journey! What an exciting adventure.

    Many blessings.

  6. Todd | Channelingmyself

    Amen to that! Although I do have to have my sugar, at least in the form of agave.

  7. Kenya

    Anna–Thank you for this post!

    I defintely believe in the higher realm and how we are truly connected with it. I have performed readings where I really didn’t understand the message, but the person on the end knew right away! These things I didn’t really know when I was younger, but as time went on…I’ve started seeing how real it is. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to actually know everything, but to just know that it is all handled when you TRUST…

  8. Lisa

    I believe that no matter what circumstance or hardship hope is always alive…sometimes it’s waiting for you around the corner you just have to walk a little further.

    I also believe there are angels. Earth angels that work there wings off on this earth and the ones in spirit forms.
    There have been many cases where I thought they weren’t real and they would send a sign or comforting message through another.

    I also believe when you don’t know what else to do you have to release it. Stop thinking about, stop praying, stop trying..just surrender. It seems to work out or you don’t care as much anymore. Detachment is key.

    I loved all of what you said Anna.

  9. Rhonda

    I believe in dowsing as well. However lately I have had problems with my pendulum giving wanky answers. Yes one moment no the next. It does that with nearly every question now. I’ve programmed it per A letter to Robin and also your way Anna. Any tips for when this occurs? Thanks!

  10. Anna

    Hiya Lindsay, I agree with your two. Gratitude yes, I used to find it was hard to be grateful sometimes. easier to find things to be grateful about after something bad has happened! (like an earthquake 🙂 ) Made me grateful for power, steady ground and running water.

  11. Anna

    Hi Lisa, Yes, all those make sense to me, too! ESPECIALLY that things happen for a reason. I kind of forgot to include that one simply because it has been part of my belief system for ages.

  12. Anna

    Hi Julie – I certainly would love to have all of the answers! (and have them now.) #4 does bug me sometimes. And I find that #4 is pretty much the only reason why clients might not get an answer to a question they ask…that the meaning isn’t meant to forthcoming yet.

  13. Anna

    Nathan- I also don’t believe that anyone comes here just to suffer! In my experience there is some kind of happiness and success to be had for everyone.

  14. Anna

    Tim – glad you liked this!

    Todd – I used to have agave. Stevia is my sweetener of choice 🙂

  15. Angela W.

    Thank you for this list–especially #4 (you cannot imagine the hours I could have saved if I’d accepted this sooner in my life!). Here are my six (sorry, just couldn’t figure out which one to eliminate):

    *Stumbling is not falling.
    *The love and concern and care and compassion I give to trees, clouds, water, and the air, is received, appreciated, and returned at least a hundredfold.
    *That my life will change when I leave this body, but not end; that others no longer with me have passed on but that death, of any kind, is not to be feared.
    *That there is a world of rich and joyful possibility awaiting me.
    *That what is safe may not be familiar, and the familiar may not be safe.
    *That there is time enough for everything, but not a moment more.

  16. Justin | Spiritual Development

    I believe that we are all connected in a cosmic soup. The experience of being human was to give us the illusion of being separate.

    What we do for another we do for ourselves.

  17. Namaste

    When I was in my early twenties, my intuition told me that the purpose of life was to have fun. I was stunned. At the time I was a traditional, hard charging entrepreneur. I was all about work, and NOT about fun. Over the years I’ve thought a lot about my intuition’s statement, try as I might, I’ve never been able to come up with anything to refute it, that felt right. So here is the answer to your question…

    I believe that this life is a vacation, a physical one. I believe we all show up here for one purpose, and one purpose only, to have fun. Some people like relaxing vacations, and lead fun relaxing lives. Some people like challenging vacations, and thus live a fun challenging life. Some people actually like things like horror films, and interestingly live lives that reflect that like. In closing, because of my belief I don’t see anything wrong with this planet, I think it’s perfect. There is enough room for us all to have whatever kind of vacation we want…

  18. Sol | Some Insight Required

    Sigh. Sugar.

    Yeah, sugar is bad. It rots our brain, too, you know? Too bad everyone loves cookies.

    On a more serious note, I agree with what you’ve written.
    We are never given more than we can handle, not in this life or the next. The points about afterlife and creative intelligence is kind of obvious by now, too!

    Seizing the day with all that’s offered: The good and the bad, the clear and the haze.

  19. Ethan Womack

    I like number three…

    And I believe in symmetry.

    There is honestly a true sense of duality in everything. Light/dark, good/evil, black/white, and especially in concepts. While certainly, the duality of truth and lies exists, there is a place of understanding, that neither of the two are the true meaning… These things cancel each other out, because they themselves, (These dualistic concepts, persons, places, and things… These nouns if you will) are but mere shadows of the reality of this 3rd dimension we physically experience, but the fourth is coming in, and in that fourth, is nothing but an understanding of the concepts of the laws that govern the three-D world.

  20. Ferlin

    In no particular order:

    1. There is no ‘God’ in the conventional sense of the word, but a “force” or whathaveyou that is all loving and kind, if those meanings apply.

    2. Guides. They make sense. Spiritual and definitely human ones, sometimes animals too 🙂

    3. Lessons, lessons, lessons in life. I’m apparently an ardent student. Dreamt recently I told my guides to let me learn to “be a better teacher and a BETTER STUDENT! :D” caps as I was that enthusiastic about learning.

    4. All that you have done before, willfully and guided, moved you forth to where you are. Not a strictly cause and effect thing, rather a sense of fate. This I truly, truly have come to believe.

  21. Joey

    Excellent article! There is one truth I’ve discovered in my examining past experiences as well as other people’s experiences and that is to embrace irony.

    Like with my job as a computer programmer, I am able to be real productive by working slow. I have seen coworkers who work “fast” but they barely get anything done.

    And those who constantly complain about issues have issues themselves. An example would be Hitler, he was adamant about a master race but he himself had psychological and physical issues that would have excluded him from the master race.

    Or the police officers that issue speeding tickets; they have to speed in order to catch the speeders.

    So from this I have learned if you want to pursue whatever, seek the opposite and ironic direction in order to be successful.

  22. Anna

    Rhonda – I occasionally come across someone who seems to have trouble with the pendulum. In those cases, I always recommend to people not to ask very emotionally loaded questions to begin with, as if you’re very attached to the answer, you can affect the answer the pendulum was going to give you. Even experienced dowsers can have problems with emotionally loaded questions.

    I also never ask the same question twice. Once you start doing that, you’re bringing the energy of doubt into it!

    I can’t think of any other suggestions right now.

  23. Anna

    Joey – that’s a really insightful comment you left, and it made me chuckle.

  24. Jaime

    I believe firmly in two things.

    Life is a balancing act!
    we cannot ignore one side of our life in favor of another without falling off.

    – on a side note, falling is inevitable and should not discourage you from trying again.

  25. Anna

    On #4 (meaning), a reader sent me a lovely quote on that in response to this article:

    Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you.If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.

    John Gardner

  26. Anna

    Angela W, Kenya, Lisa, Namaste, Justin, Sol, Ethan & Ferlin – thank you all for your comments! I enjoyed reading them.

  27. Eoin Meegan

    I really believe that we get help from superior beings. I know I have and that they’ve been helping me long before I started out on my own personal journey of discovery. I also believe that Everything is Perfect. I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant, but perfect means it’s the way it’s meant to be in this moment, and our lives are unfolding moment by moment until the full picture emerges. That’s why when we fight against life we are only resisting what is. And that in my mind always causes suffering. Like you said Anna it can be years later before we see the silver lining, but it’s always there. Psychic ability is a great thing, only when it’s used for good of course. Is there any other kind?

  28. Anne

    I love your 5 things! Your point about the Tarot and pendulum has really helped me turn a corner. I have spent far too much time questioning and wondering how. That is such a foolish thing for me to do concerning spiritual matters! I certainly don’t understand electricity or how faxes are transmitted, I just know it works. Thank you for such a wonderfully light yet poignant post!

    • Anna

      Hi Anne,

      Glad you found this helpful!

  29. Elaine

    Life is Meaning-less. You give your experiences the meaning you want to give them in order for you to learn what you feel you want to learn, that is supposing you want to learn anything at all. It is all an illusion. Treating it as such is empowering.


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