By Leona Thomas
I woke up this morning knowing I needed to sleep in a good room with plenty of natural daylight, air conditioning and a balcony. Only room 104 would do.
I had asked yesterday about the room so I knew the occupant was checking out today. I also knew the hotel doesn't allow people to pre-book the room. They are allocated when you pay at reception.
Room 104 is the best single room here yet they are all the same price. I knew I must book early to get it but the cash was not yet in my bank.
What could I do?
To be truthful, anxiety was present although I knew it was not helping me to get the room.
So I prayed for help and I packed my stuff up. Something told me not to take my shower yet. Sure enough, 5 minutes later the cash had arrived in my bank account.
Downstairs at the check in desk things did not go quite according to plan.
The man at the desk told me that room 104 was already booked! Immediately in my head I said, "Angels help me please!" It was only 10.30am and check out is 12 noon, check in is 3pm.
I reminded him that the person was checking out today. Again in my head I asked the angels to help me.
"I promised the room to somebody else," he said.
"Have they paid already?"
"But you told me you cannot reserve a room for somebody before they pay. It is against the rules of this hotel."
"You want 104?"
"Yes. Do you want me to pay on my card?"
Finally he made the booking for me and took the payment from my debit card. I prefer to get cash from the ATM (bank machine) but I didn't trust him to keep my room for the 10 minutes it would take me to go get the cash!
So now it is 2pm and I am in room 104. It is one hour before official check in and I am in this room because I listened to my guidance and then I held focus on what I wanted. And I made sure to ask the Angels to help me too.
Today is definitely a Magic Monday!
I feel blessed.
By Leona Thomas
Sedona, Arizona 2008
The red rocks of Sedona are always calling to my soul but one day, as I walked from my friend's house, I heard a spirit voice announce, "There's someone waiting to meet you!"
I looked at the wall up ahead and wondered if something was lurking on the other side, a snake perhaps...
But no, I passed the wall without incident and continued towards the red rocks. I wondered if I had been mistaken.
But then a woman sprinted out of the parking lot and stopped in front of me. Her face was bright red and she was struggling to breathe. Although she was dressed for running she was clearly out of condition!
"My husband's in there!" She gasped and then she added, "My doctor says I'm not allowed to run!"
I began questioning her and discovered that they had been startled by a noise from the undergrowth and had assumed it was just a rabbit.
But it turned out to be an adult coyote.
She had managed to escape with her life but her husband was still back there somewhere and she was very worried for his safety.
I told her to never run away from an animal with 4 legs. They are always faster than us.
Then we watched as her husband casually strolled out of the car park and crossed over to where we were standing. He was unharmed and unhurried although presumably he had permission to run anywhere he liked!
The woman was very worried when I told her I was still going to go across to the red rocks. She grabbed my arm and said, "I hope we don't read about you in the newspaper tomorrow..."
I waved goodbye and began walking up the access road into the national park. There was nothing unusual happening.
Until suddenly a full grown adult coyote stepped out of the bushes on the left side of the service road and began to saunter across the road less than 10 metres ahead of me.
I was surprised and so excited that I forgot to stop walking!
I continued my steady pace forward.
When the coyote made it to the middle of the road he stopped and slowly turned his head to look at me. He remained in that position as I continued to close in on him... finally he moved his head to face forward again and continued walking slowly to the other side of the road and disappeared amongst the rocks and bushes.
"Oh my God! I just saw a wild coyote!" I spoke excitedly to myself.
Then, to my absolute amazement, I had a full deja vu moment as a second adult coyote stepped out from the shrubs at the left side of the road. By this time I was about 5 metres away and still walking forwards.
This second coyote sauntered across the road, stopped in the middle and turned its head slowly and just stood there watching me. I was getting very close now. I was just a few metres away and I began to feel a prickle of fear. But it didn't occur to me to stop walking!
Again, the second coyote eventually tired of watching me and turned his head again so he could see where he was going. He sauntered across the rest of the road and followed his friend into the bushes.
I didn't know if I should be scared of coyotes because we don't have them in England and they looked so strange that they reminded me of the characters Thingmy 1 and Thingmy 2 from the Cat In The Hat books! I have no idea why I didn't just stop walking and stay a safe distance away.
But I do believe that they came to meet me. I mean, one might have been a coincidence but two of them? Both behaving like that?!
The bigger question was:
"Why on earth did they want to meet me???"
I hope running lady wasn't disappointed to find no mention of me in her newspaper the next day.
It's a shame really... being eaten alive by a wild animal is quite commonplace but being casually inspected at close quarters by two wild animals, the second living out a full action replay of the first... Now that would have been an interesting news story!
By Leona Thomas
I successfully completed a 40-hour Vision Quest in Northern Ontario, Canada in 2005. It was my first experience of spiritual fasting and it had a profound effect through my being alone in nature for so long.
We were a group of 20 participants together on a wilderness island for a 10-day spiritual experience.
The Vision Quest challenged me most when we had to row across a very deep lake to reach the mainland. I don't swim well and am terrified of deep water after nearly drowning when I was 10 years old.
We all successfully arrived on the mainland and parked our canoes upside down as instructed. Then we split up. Nobody should be able to see each other once we got started for our Vision Quest.
Most people were apprehensive at the idea of being alone in nature with just themselves for company for 40 hours. But I love nature and I also enjoy being alone so I was fine.
Although we were not allowed to eat or drink anything for 40 hours I could see the shore of Lake Temagami and knew that I could get fresh water if I needed it.
I found my spot and made a circle out of stones. This would be my home for 40 hours. I would step out only to toilet.
I remember there was drumming from the island in the evening and I could hear the drum was speaking to me. Each drumbeat was a word. English was somehow being transmitted through that drum to me!
I also had made a little altar and my singing bowl was sitting on it.
Chipmunks made a lot of noise as they ran through the dead leaves. At night it always sounded louder...
On the second day I watched in amusement as a chipmunk ran full pelt towards my altar and then realised his mistake at the last moment. He managed to stop running but his front two feet were already on the cloth. Then he turned and ran back in the opposite direction!
Eventually the 40 hours were over. We heard the signal to pack up and go to our canoes
Unfortunately I could not leave immediately as one of the retreat organisers had asked me to make a ceremony for a broken object. Once the ritual was complete I packed and made my way to the canoe.
The ground was hilly and I was quite high up. I approached a short gully and had an instinct to throw my day pack across and then jump over after it.
I watched in horror as the bag hit the ground and began to roll. In just a few seconds it had gathered up speed and was bouncing down the hill!
I gave chase but there were tree roots and rocks everywhere so I had to be careful.
Finally the bag stopped about 1 metre from the edge of the lake. I caught up with it and stood looking back up the steep hill. I was cursing under my breath, complaining, 'Are you kidding me? Now I am going to be so late getting to the canoe!'
But, before I could take a single step to begin climbing back up that hill, I heard a voice from behind me
I turned around and found myself looking at my canoe!
My 2 friends had decided to come looking for me. And my Spirit team knew it. So they used the runaway bag to lead me to an easy rendezvous with the canoe at its new location!
Many wonderful things unfolded during that magical 10-day holiday but that runaway bag was a neat trick! Follow your guidance Even if it looks crazy because you never know what is coming next...
By Leona Thomas
If I visit Delhi in India I always stay with my wonderful friend in Majnu Ka Tilla. I love my friend but his home is basic.
The main room is the bedroom by night and the lounge by day. You can choose to sit on one of 2 large mattresses or the floor. The kitchen is small and the bathroom is out of the house altogether. It seems to house a million mosquitos. There is a definite knack for closing the door from the outside too...
The thing about having one main living space is that my friend and I would be together a lot. We get on really well but often we would be together for up to 22 hours in a day.
One weekend I woke up with cravings. I bought coca cola and chocolate. There were many trips to the corner shop. Sometime chocolate, sometimes biscuits, always coca cola. Finally on Sunday it occurred to me that I was feeling quite stressed.
Which was strange, as nothing had happened to give me any stress!
My friend was calm enough although I noticed he seemed to be smoking more cigarettes than normal.. so it wasn't until Sunday evening that I finally thought to ask him if anything had happened to upset him.
He told me that on Friday night he had discovered that a very large sum of money had been stolen from him. It had been given to someone for safekeeping but it was now gone. And he had no idea what he could do. He had been worrying all weekend but he hadn't said anything to me.
And I had been stuffing sugar in my mouth all weekend - my classic stress response.
It was my friend's stress but because we were living and sleeping in the same room his stress energy was all around me. And I felt it as if it was my own.
As soon as I realised he had the problem I stopped getting the stress symptoms!
Immediately I felt fine again.
My friend never did recover the stolen money. But I was able to stay relaxed now that I had realised the source of my discomfort was actually my friend and not me!