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EXPECT THE EXTRAORDINARY – #Review and #Author Interview on Angelic Messages and the Spirit of Horses

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-11-52-37-amExpect the EXTRAORDINARY by Sue Pighini is a fascinating look at how her encounters with angels, extraordinary people, and the world of horses changed the way she lived her life, and can change the way you live yours too.

Sue first heard the voice of an angel telling her how to save her life when she was struck by lightning, next when she was being held up at gunpoint, and third, when she needed to stop and seek treatment for what turned out to be a melanoma. She not only followed the advice that led to her surviving in all three cases, but she realized why she was being saved – to share the message that we are not alone.

After surviving cancer, Sue Pighini changed her life’s direction, leaving the corporate world to explore a spiritual path. She became a life coach and helps others find the courage to change and live the life of their dreams.

Especially interesting is how Sue became an Eagala Equine Specialist and offers horses to partner with humans for healing of emotional and physical challenges at her Livin’ the Dream Ranch. Sue’s personal relationship with Skye, her mare mentor, led me to a much deeper understanding and respect for the higher nature, intelligence and spirit of horses.

This book contains all the wisdom Sue has amassed, from her own experiences as well as from other inspiring life stories, master teachings, and animal messengers, to help us all get out of our “comfort zone” and fuel our passion for living an authentic life. Sue offers Ten Sacred Insights to help you listen to your own spiritual guidance and to better understand your life’s purpose and how you can go forward on your own path to personal freedom.

Here, Sue Pighini, answers my questions about Expect the EXTRAORDINARY:

1) What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired originally to help my client base/my audiences to understand that we are never alone. We just need to tap into our angelic guides by gently asking them to be by our side when we need/want to connect to a higher power.

2) What message would you like readers to take away from the book?

That life is more than just the physical. We are spiritual beings FIRST having a physical experience. That we each have choices for change – we just need to be fearless in our pursuit of whatever we deeply desire.

3) Why do you think fear is such a part of our lives – what are we essentially afraid of?

Fear is all about the unknown. If we tap into our hearts, we will connect with our angelic realm and they will guide us to the exact path we want to be on. We humans are often more afraid of living than dying.

Know that each one of us have the power to live life exactly as we desire if we JUST TAKE SOME CHANCES FOR CHANGE.

4) How does an angel connection help overcome our fears?

When we connect to a power that is greater than ourselves – our soul/higher power, animal angels, divine angelic beings – we know that we will be protected. We therefore just need to listen to our deep intuition (which resides in our hearts) to get a feel of whether something is good for us or not.

5) What do you think is the best way to connect with angels?

I connect today by going inside to my heart and asking whatever question I may have. These wonderful angelic beings reside right next to us, usually over our right shoulder. Their essence lives in our hearts.

6) Did you believe in angels before the first time you had an angelic intervention?

I knew nothing about angels before I was struck by lightning and had a near death experience. The angelic presence that saved my life came to me audibly because “her” voice was so insistent and very ancient in “her” choice of words.

7) Can you explain how you saw angelic presences in the world of horses?

Horses, as with all animals, are pure energy – no ego. Their world is black and white, and they expect you to be as truthful in your path in life as they are. Horses teach us to be all we can be as empowered humans. When you are in the presence of a 1,200-pound animal, you learn to be very present in your focus at that moment. You are learning all about your authentic self.

8) What tool do you think is most important to get on a Path of Passion?

 The most important advice I have given all of my clients/audiences is to take chances in life. True self-knowledge of what you can accomplish comes from living on the edge, at least a little.

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Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life and The Chakra Energy Diet


Proof of Heaven, Proof of Love?

Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 6.04.28 AMProof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., takes us on a journey with him out of normal consciousness. As he lay in a coma, he journeyed “beyond this world” where he recalls that he met angelic beings and the Divine source of the universe itself.

The fact that Eben Alexander, M.D., is a neuroscientist and had a near-death experience (NDE) while miraculously recovering from bacterial meningitis, has made his book a best-seller as well as brought up much discussion on NDEs and the feeling of oneness and happiness that are usually experienced in this state.

I’ve already read rebuttals, such as from Steven Novella on the Neurologica blog that, “Alexander claims there is no scientific explanation for his experiences, but… they occurred while his brain function was either on the way down or on the way back up, or both, not while there was little to no brain activity. During this time he would have been in an altered state of consciousness, with different parts of his cortex functioning to different degrees. This state is analogous to certain drug-induced mental states, or those induced by hypoxia and well documented, and there is even some overlap with the normal dream state.”

I’m interested in the science vs. faith issue and feel they can be compatible. I don’t believe science can actually explain what happened to Dr. Alexander during his NDE – such as being guided by a biological sister he had never met during his life as an adopted child. I am fascinated by the revelations he had while in his NDE, where he experienced above all else, LOVE.

He writes that he learned, “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything.” He writes that he found this the most single important emotional AND scientific truth in the universe.

Dr. Alexander claims that our brain is a barrier to our higher knowledge. Shamans and medicine men have long used mind-altering drugs to draw back the curtain of the rational mind to connect with spirit and the energy of the universe, love. They do this for healing purposes, and I found Dr. Alexander’s book healing as well.

I wish everyone could experience the unconditional love and acceptance that he experienced on his journey. It’s available to us all – meditation and prayer are recommended ways to experience this oneness. Opening the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra in my experience have also allowed people to feel at one and in tune with higher consciousness and “knowing.”

Science still has much to discover about the mechanism of consciousness. There are still profound mysteries surrounding the spiritual or divine realm, our experience of reality, and whether there is a God. Dr. Alexander writes an intriguing story of his experiences before, during and after his coma and NDE, all ending with the beautiful message that we are connected as One through our divine link with God.

I found it a very interesting read, and basically embrace his message, whether or not NDEs can be scientifically validated. I’m passing the book on to my mother who is still mourning the loss of my father. Who doesn’t want the comfort of believing that our souls go on and experience wonder and beauty in the next life?

I applaud Dr. Alexander for sharing his story at the risk of criticism from his colleagues and the scientific community in general. It is well-written and inspirational, two very important criteria for me when judging a book.

For those interested in more info or sharing their own NDEs, Dr. Alexander has set up as a resource to foster cooperation between science and spirituality.

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, and Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life

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