In the world of holistic healers, we often think of prosperity as “our good” that we can manifest in the external world by focussing our thoughts, emotions and inner presence, as well as taking inspired actions. While this is an empowering perspective that’s true in an absolute sense, without awareness and the inclusion of a more relative understanding of prosperity, this perspective can keep us in spiritual bypass where we deny our humanness, our denser emotions and the inevitability of change and challenge in our lives. Or, it can keep us swinging in dualistic consciousness where we’re elated when “we manifest good things” in our lives and disappointed or discouraged when “we manifest bad things”. A deeper understanding of prosperity revolves around how we receive ALL life experiences – everything that life is serving
up — the “good”, the “bad” and the “neutral”.
Angela Marie Arnsby (or “Angie”, as she was known to family and friends), ultimately, mastered both the ability to manifest external prosperity in all its forms, as well as the ability to receive all life experiences, including the most troubling challenges, with acceptance and grace. She was the sister of a dear friend of mine, Teresa, who I met way back in Grade Nine.
Angie was a stunning beauty who, as another friend mentioned, never went through an “awkward” stage in her early teens, the way many of us do. She even looked good with braces on her teeth. In her early 20s, Angie represented my hometown, London, Ontario, in the Miss Canada Pageant and did some modelling, before embarking on her holistic healing career as a Registered Massage Therapist.
While still in her 20s, Angie became a co-founder/co-owner of The Health Network, a massage therapy clinic that evolved into a highly financially successful enterprise. The success of the clinic allowed her to, eventually, retire as a Massage Therapist and branch out on her path as a healer to become a Reiki Master and Yoga Teacher, resulting in the creation of another successful business, KarmaYoga Studio.
Angie was, also, an artist who enjoyed creating stained glass and pencil and paint artwork. She used her artistic skills to paint a mural at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, when she joined a volunteer team that went there to serve the children living at the orphanage.
Friends and family remember her as a kind, generous and loving spirit:
“Her energy and positive attitude always brightened my day.”
“She had a unique ability to engage people, to model for them a direction to a heightened sense of what really matters, to be genuine and express genuine emotions, to let little things go.”
“Ang seemed to find great joy in helping others grow and watching as people surprised themselves.”
“A truly lovely woman who left a very warm and glowing legacy of care and dedication to others.”
Angie had her human imperfections and limitations with which she contended — like we all do. Yet, at the end of the day, the soul qualities she expressed are what really stood out in her life … the true riches she manifested and the prosperity she has left behind for others. As Maya Angelou says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Late last year, Angie received the diagnosis that she had an aggressive, Stage IV cancer. This was not easy news for her or her family and friends to digest. She struggled with the diagnosis, sought potential pathways to healing and went through the uncertainty and inner upheaval that came with the situation. She felt fear, anger and distress. There was no way to bypass or gloss over what she was experiencing with spiritual practices or platitudes.
However, through Angie’s process of being present with or “receiving” everything that arose, no matter how uncomfortable, eventually, she shifted into the deepest level of prosperity consciousness. She found peace within herself and accepted what was unfolding, without reservation. In the words of her spiritual counsellor, “Angela’s clarity and courageous embracing of the most difficult task in life of all, that of facing her dying, will stay with me always.”
On March 17, 2013, Angela Marie Arnsby transitioned to the non-physical world at the age of 46. She left this world and continues on into the next as a Prosperous Healer in every sense. This excerpt from a prayer she requested to be included in her memorial pamphlet says it all:
“Whenever you are in need, I will come to you,
With my arms full of wisdom and light to open up your blocked paths,
to untangle your knots and to be your avenue to God.
And all I take with me as I leave is your love and the millions of memories
of all that we have shared. So I truly enter my new life as a millionaire.”
- Edward Hays, Psalm for Loved Ones, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim
(Ave Maria Press, 2008)
Rest in peace, Angela. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
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