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Feast of Gratitude – Happy Thanksgiving!

First Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims celebrated the First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving FeastSomewhere in my files at home, I have paperwork that my Cahoon ancestry stretches back to the Mayflower. Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island is also in our family tree. We also have membership in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

I’m not trying to brag here. But I am proud of my heritage as a member of the founding families of America. On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks and honor those that came before us. We honor those brave men and women who were pilgrims coming to this country for the first time and surviving the journey behind them and the one in front of them. Many did not survive. And of course, others did –or we wouldn’t be having turkey this time of year, along with the feast of gratitude, remembrance and celebration.

Thanksgiving is also special to me because my birthday is around this time and every seven years it falls on this fourth Thursday of the month of November. The next time it falls on my birthday will be in 2015.

Thanksgiving traditionally is a time for friends and family to come together and feast on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables, such as candied yams and peas, along with desserts of pecan and pumpkin pies. The holiday also offers parades such as Macy’s thanksgiving parade which ushers in the Christmas season and a host of football games. Black Friday in recent years has become more and more popular with stores and shoppers – it’s the day when retailers make the most money and sets the tone for the make-it or break-it season of retailer profitability. Many shoppers consider Black Friday a second holiday in and of itself –although it’s not really an official holiday! (Thank goodness!)

Thanksgiving Day was celebrated first by the Massachusetts Colony pilgrims in 1723 to celebrate the end of long and hard drought. Almost fifty years later, President George Washington declared it a national holiday in 1789 and it became an annual holiday throughout the United States in 1863.

When I get together with my family this Thanksgiving, we do eat turkey and stuff ourselves. My sister is the cook in the family and uses my mother’s recipes. All I can say is Yum!! We have our own traditions of course, which includes going to the movies and then celebrating my nephew’s and my birthdays with a trip to a fancy restaurant. A good time of celebration filled with laughter, family, strong drink and good cheer. Indeed, I do appreciate this time of year and am so grateful for all my blessings.

Here’s to you and your family—wishing you all the very best this Thanksgiving season.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon and the Divine Guidance Team
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole Being


Part 5 of Things That Go Bump in the Night will appear next Wednesday!



Appreciation is Appreciated

Angel Book by CahoonA Tale of Birthdays, Books and Thanksgiving

Do you appreciate your friends?
Have you told them or shown them this lately?
What can you do to be a better friend?

It’s not easy being a writer.  People think writers live a glamorous life. It sounds like great fun sitting around thinking up stuff to write about, whether it’s murder mystery, a cookbook, a history book, or a political thriller or romance.   And it can be.  I’ve always found research for a book to be a fascinating occupation of time and effort. Whether it was in the library, before the internet, or now on the internet, research can be fun.  Stitching together a romance novel or comedy novel can also be fun.  Hours of labor and love go into books and as a published author, I know the amount of sweat, blood and tears go into producing a book.  A book someone might want to buy.

But what if you held a party and no one came?  Don’t laugh… or cry.  It happened to me: on my 16th birthday no less!  (Don’t worry I’m over it now—it’s been 40 years!).  I sent out invitations and no one came.  I had to call them all up and ask if they were coming.  2 out of about 6 or 7 came. (I can’t remember frankly which—remember it was 40 years ago!)  Two people and they had to be reminded!  Geez!!  Of course at the time, I felt bad—what kid wouldn’t?  And it apparently still haunts me…a little. 

So what does my 16th birthday party have to do with books?  Well, I’m a published author.  You can find my book, “Communicating with Angels” on Amazon.com.  Yep, just type in Blake Cahoon and you can still buy the book.  It’s a slim yet color-filled book on angels.  It was based on workbooks I used to teach angels classes awhile back.  It was published in 2009.

When it first came out, I was very excited.  I told all my friends and my family about the book—thinking of course they would do the kind thing and buy the book (only $12.99 at the time, now discounted down to $11.99).  Wouldn’t you buy their book if a friend wrote and published it?  How about your sister or brother?  Would you buy their book?  Especially if it was cheap?

I hope you would. This is what it means to be a good sibling or friend.  I’ve bought my friends’ books to be supportive of their work.  To acknowledge the effort and labor it went in to creating the work.  That is what friends do, right?

Did my friends or family buy my book?  Nope.  They did not.  Some finally did, after much prompting from me.   But I finally gave a copy of the book to my family and to a few really good friends.  Some read it (it was only 69 pages and the type was big for gods sweet sake!!) and some did not.  (Yes, sis, I’m talking to you—but you never read my blog so I’m safe.) 

My point here is not for you to feel sorry for myself.  Although if you want to buy the book it is available on Amazon.com.   (Give me a nice review, why don’t you?  Nobody else has!  The book looks so lonely without any nice reviews.) 

It’s to point out that if you want to be a friend to others – do something nice for them if they do something they are proud of.  Whether it’s writing a book or being nominated for something or just winning a local spelling bee, make a fuss about it.  They would appreciate it!  Even if they humbly say that it wasn’t anything.  Just be appreciative and kind anyway. 

How good a friend are you?  Do something nice for your friends today—at least one of them.  Especially if they wrote a book and you haven’t bought or reviewed yet.

Do I remember my 16th birthday?  Yep.  Do I remember my book’s release in 2009? Yep.  I’ve got another birthday rolling around next week, so I’m in that kind of remembering mood—no, really you don’t have to even say Happy Birthday.  At this point, I’m not counting birthdays. 

But I do count on my friends—even when they let me down.  And of course, family is family.  I know I let down some of my friends down recently (none are writers, so I’m safe there.  Whew!) and I wouldn’t want them to hold it against  me.  Next week is also Thanksgiving.  So give thanks to having friends and family.  Even when they don’t buy or read your book.

Maybe they will when I publish my next book.  After all, it’s not easy being a writer.  Pass the stuffing, won’t you?

Love and Light and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Blake Cahoon, Spiritual Writer & Teacher, Published Author and Channel
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
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Giving Thanks
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Thanksgiving in America means giving thanks, along with huge dinners with family and friends. It is a traditional time to remember our forefathers and foremothers who founded this country and to offer appreciation and gratitude to them and to all that is good in our lives.

We here at Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being are grateful and appreciative for so many things including those that support us, those who guide us and those who follow us. This is our founding year and we are very grateful for those who provide us with a strong foundation going forward. We look forward to serving you with divine wisdom in the years to come.

Words don’t often come to us when we are expressing thanks — our gratitude and appreciation may run too deep. To help with this, we came across an article that may help properly express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all that have allow us to be here now and in the future.

Here are some quotes to help you in this holiday season to properly say Thank You to all who need and want to hear it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!


Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon and the Divine Guidance Team
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being

Blake will celebrate Thanksgiving with her family in Chicago this year. Her birthday and her nephew’s birthday are around the same time, so there is much celebration and appreciation to go around. Happy Turkey Day All!

Appreciate What You Have

I have learned to appreciate what I have. Several years ago, I almost lost my beloved cat, Merlin. He wandered off one night and was gone for 3 very long, very worrisome days for me. He is fixed and he never had done this before. We sometimes get coyotes in my area and while all my cats are watchful for them and stay close to home, one never knows what dangers lurk in dark woods. Typically my cats faithfully come home.

That Tuesday, my Merlin didn’t return home, when he was supposed to. He didn’t come home the next morning either, nor that night. Nor the next morning, where I was now in a panic. All this time, I was also having to deal with ordinary life, but I was very distracted. All my angels and spirit guides told me it would be OK; as did my various animal communication friends. And finally after 4 days of worry and walking the neighborhood calling his name, and posting signs and visiting shelters, etc., Merlin came home–a bit skinnier, but none the worse for wear. And my world was again happy and joyous and back in balance.

Last night, however, he came home very late and that night, six years ago, popped back in my mind, as I was letting him the back door at 2 a.m. And I remember then, what I remember today –that I was so appreciative of my angels and spirit guides to guide him home and put my mind at ease.

Tomorrow is another Fourth of July. We live in a wonderful country where thousands of global citizens seek to live in every year because ours is a country full of freedoms. And after last night and now this week being such a patriotic week, the Melanie song lyric about the big yellow taxi comes to mine: “…don’t it ever seems to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone….big yellow taxi came by last night and took away my old man….”.

So my question is: What don’t we realize that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone? What does it take to truly appreciate what we do have?

It took me for my beloved Merlin to get lost for days, to make me really appreciate having him in my life. His purr delights me and he can sleep by my side for hours comforting me with his mere presence. Every day I practice my gratitude and appreciate all that I have in this great country of ours.

And on this patriotic week of the Fourth of July–the week we gained our independence, I am very appreciative of my life as it currently is–free to be who and what I truly am– a loving creative extension of Source energy. And I can do that because I live in a country which allows me the freedom and resources to be that free and freedom-loving individual.

Our world in 2012 has shown us much strive and change. We are truly undergoing what I call and spirit guides call The Shift. So much is changing and yet, with faith, I can appreciate these changes because in the end, I know that the Divine Guidance provided to me will prevail and manifest into something wonderful.

This week I celebrate with the rest of the United States our national Independence Day holiday. I do so with appreciation and love and an open heart. I celebrate with friends and family all that this country stands for and is about. I appreciate my health and technology that allows me to type this message to the rest of the world.

Look around you this week and appreciate what you have. Maybe it’s not everything you want right now–but I bet that if you lost what you do have, you’d appreciate it then. Don’t wait until that time–appreciate it to today–so you don’t have to say: “…that we don’t know what we’ve got til it’s gone….”.

Give thanks…appreciate…be grateful…and let the universe know that you hold joy for the things you do have in your life…and watch more come to you as a result…

Happy Fourth Everyone and God Bless America.

With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Co-Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being