Retro-Posts consist of content that I wrote in the past, earlier on in my journey. You may notice that some of my ideas, concepts and understandings have evolved and deepened over time ~ I have decided that it is important to be completely open about my path, and take pride in the learning I have done along the way. I hope that it empowers some of you to recognize the need to allow yourself to shed all that no longer serves you, and be open to changing your perceptions, and growing into and out of each stage in the process of self-exploration and self-realization. I have learned to appreciate this spiritual adventure, and look forward to further transformation as I move into the future ~ care to join me?
First and foremost ~ repeating questions to your Angels/Guides over and over again is considered obsession, and will not only block your progress, but could send you backwards on your path. Trust, gratitude and surrender are key to every prayer, hope and intention. Asking for updates at appropriate intervals (i.e. every month or two) is perfectly acceptable, as is seeking guidance when situations change, or you come to a decision. Otherwise, be sure to maintain a positive vision of what you would like to see later on down your path, and be grateful for everything that IS in the present moment.
To further that thought, avoid placing restrictions upon your "team", by grasping for control; telling them what you want, when you want it, how it is to be delivered and on what conditions creates mistrust in your relationship with them, and limits their ability to assist you. This sets you up for disappointment, as Angels tend to be quite thrifty, creating miracles in ways that you never thought imaginable. Because they can in no way interfere with your free-will, they must follow your direction when you give it to them. Therefore, if you stipulate all aspects of what you want or need, they have no choice but to use ONLY that method to attain it, regardless of whether or not it will actually come to fruition by the means in question. Always remember that they have a much clearer, more love-filled view of your situation, and they need you to trust that they will always work toward your highest good.
Asking for timelines (information about the future) is another area of divination that should be approached only when you understand "how it works". When asking for predictions, your Angels and Guides can give you a completely accurate account of what lies ahead based on your situation right here, right now. The tricky part is that your situation changes every second, so your future can change just as quickly. Every action, thought and decision will shape your path, and it is your responsibility to consciously create the one you want by holding positive intentions, having an understanding of (and utilizing) the Law of Attraction, and by trusting that when you ask for something, you will eventually get it, if and when the time is right. Keep in mind that sometimes when we ask for things, we outgrow the idea before it comes to fruition. (Remember that really great toy you wanted as a child? Wouldn't do you much good now, would it?)
Finally, the last piece of guidance I have to share is to let go of ALL expectations, and the concept should be abolished from our consciousness. Being expectant of something is similar to being greedy, which will get you absolutely nowhere. In this context, expectation means that you actively build your life around the idea that you will get exactly what you asked for. When this happens, we are, technically, living our life around something that does not exist, even though it may exist in the future - remember that the only reality is right now. This is where it's important to take a minute and ground ourselves in this very moment, and build our dreams upon what IS, not what could be.
Expectation is also counter-productive when we base our actions, opinions and behaviors upon the belief that we will get exactly as we want. It doesn't matter how many wonderful things you do, how much love you give, or how much you donate to charity, expecting to be "reimbursed" is not a Love-based state. This can be likened to a child who is being bribed with candy so that they will clean their room; it is not an honest effort, nor is it a fulfilling or educational experience that they appreciate - they are doing it for the sole purpose of getting a reward in the end. As most people understand, this is enough to stop your Angels in their tracks until you learn to appreciate what they have already brought you, without asking for more. Adopt an attitude of gratitude, and you will be on the right track of releasing expectations. This is a widespread lesson for most (if not all) members of western society. Karma will always balance herself, and she gets to decide when and how.