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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

First Thanksgiving
The pilgrims celebrated the First Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

How are you celebrating this holiday?
Will it be turkey again this year?
How are you appreciating your life?

One holiday season, I caught part of an old movie (Plymouth Adventure) that celebrated the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.  That ship ride apparently was a doozy.  Many perished on the trip here and with the first year.  The pilgrims were a brave bunch of folks and we have much to be grateful for as a result of their journey.  My Cahoon ancestry stretches back to the Mayflower; not sure which passenger anymore though.  I am proud of my heritage as a member of the founding families of America.

Thanksgiving Day was celebrated first by the Massachusetts Colony pilgrims in 1723 to celebrate the end of a 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.

On Thanksgiving Day, we still 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 who survived the journey.  We express gratefulness and appreciate for the year that is almost behind us and all the blessings the year has bestowed upon us.  Thanksgiving Day is uniquely American (Canada has their own Thanksgiving Day) and we celebrate with parades, feasts and football.

happy_thanksgivingI happy I get to visit family for this Thanksgiving; this year the day falls on my birthday so it’s a double holiday for me!   I anticipate eating lots of great food and having at a wonderful time.   I intent to have a good time of celebration filled with laughter, family, delicious food and good cheer.  Indeed, I do appreciate this time of year and am so grateful for all my blessings.

We here at The Angelic Path want to give thanks to all of you who have been reading our blogs, providing comments and attending our events, classes and taken advantage of our other services too.  We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for wonderful folks who allow us to serve with such blessing.  So here’s to you and your family—thank you and we wish you all the very best this holiday season.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

With Great Gratitude and Appreciation,

Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Spiritual Channel/Writer/Teacher
The Angelic Path
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bcahoon@TheAngelicPath.com
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Gratitude is Magic

Illuminated Engagments

Hello, fellow Earth Travelers!

I have finally been able to pick up the pen again (metaphorically speaking), and can once again write my weekly blog.  My goodness, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

So I went to the library the other day to pick some research books up on angels.  I’m writing a new book on angels (Connecting with Celestial Wisdom) and want to expand on my own knowledge.  In the midst of this research, I picked up another book: The Magic by Rhonda Byrnes, author of the international best seller, The Secret.

The Magic is sorta a sequel, but not quite.  Also it’s been out for several years now.  Essentially the book is about gratitude –how being grateful can bring about seemingly magical events in your life.  I like the book — it provides great interactive exercises and keen wisdom about the practice of gratitude, which is more than simply saying “thank you” and saying a blessing over food daily.  (And if you aren’t even doing these, you really need this book!)

I know I can improve my gratitude practices even more and plan to follow up on the many exercises in the book.

How are you being grateful on a daily basis?  Could you stand to have more gratitude in your life?

Simply saying thank you for events not yet happened can start the magic stirring.  Open yourself to an attitude of gratitude and see what shows up in your life!

Thank you to all who read my blog, books, etc.  You guys rock!!!  And I’m very grateful for having you in my life!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Love and Light Always,

Blake

Blake Cahoon, Spiritual Teacher, Writer and Channel
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Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
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Blake is always grateful for her angels, her fans, her friends and her family.  And for all who support and contribute to Illuminated Engagements!

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
www.IlluminatedEngagements.com
bcahoon@illuminatedengagements.com

(262)764-4141

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

 

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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!!!

http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Gratitude-Quotes-How-to-Say-Thank-You

Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon and the Divine Guidance Team
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
www.IlluminatedEngagements.com
bcahoon@illuminatedengagements.com
(847)246-3653

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
www.IlluminatedEngagements.com