Monday, January 4, 2016

The Stone

"To a person that overcomes...I will give a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except the one that receives it." Revelation 2:17

I settled myself as comfortably as I could into my seat on the airplane. I was about to fly from my hometown of San Antonio to my home of Los Angeles after my holiday trip to be with family over Christmas and New Year's. I said a little prayer to the Universe to please have it be a safe flight with smooth takeoff and landing.

After a wonderfully smooth takeoff, I decided to pull out a book I'd purchased just before Thanksgiving: Imagine Heaven, by John Burke. Something about it had given me the impulse to buy it. I hadn't read much of it, but what I had read so far was fascinating and definitely made sense to me, based on my past experiences. {Read my entry about Meeting God}

I only read about 4 pages from where I'd left off, before I put the book away, curled up in a blanket, and took a rest against the window. But one of the passages from the book that I remembered due to it's uniqueness stuck with me, and would become so much more significant within just a few short hours.

"To everyone who is victorious...I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name, that no one understands except the one who receives it." Revelation 2:17 NLT

My friend was kind enough to pick me up from the airport and take me home. I took some of my things and headed up the stairs to unlock my apartment.

Upon reaching the door to my apartment, there, hanging ever so delicately from my door knob, was a tiny velvet bag, light-blue in color. I carefully removed the sachel from my doorknob, and entered my apartment to examine it further. There was no wording on the velvet bag, and no mention of who it was from. I opened the drawstrings, and found soft white tissue. I gently unwrapped the tissue, revealing a beautiful white stone, and upon it's surface, a lotus flower was beautifully engraved....

A lotus flower....often used in the spiritual realm to describe the struggle of the soul through challenges and hardships, unfolding into a graceful elegant bloom from the depths of murky waters. 
Ironically, it's a flower that, if I ever chose to get more tattoos, I wanted inked on my lower back with flowing petals near my root chakra, to represent the progressive growth and awakening up my spine along my other chakras, to a more beautiful higher conscious being.

I was overwhelmed with awe at this finding. To me it was more solid proof that there is massive mystery to the Universe and God. That all my research lately into Heaven and spirituality is pointing to a still undefined truth.... There is so much more to life than so many other people realize. If only they could become more conscious of it. 


I busied myself settling in after my long trip. I began to unpack a few things, all the while thinking deeply about the white stone and the quote I'd just read in the book. I felt dumbfounded with gratitude. My efforts are being acknowledged by realms and dimensions I still don't fully understand. 

Then, there was a knock at my door. It was a Fed Ex guy, holding a rather large box. I accepted it and examined the label. It was from one of my bestest longtime friends who lives in Dallas. I had no idea she was going to send me something. I grabbed my scissors and cut open the slits of the box, then dug through all the wrapping inside to reveal an ever-so-special second surprise within just minutes from the stone discovery. An angel teddy bear. I almost couldn't believe my eyes. I lifted the teddy bear's tshirt to find the tag, and upon seeing the words, "Build A Bear", I burst into tears.
You see, on my flight to San Antonio for Christmas, I had secretly thought in my heart and mind to myself how cool it would be to be like a kid and take myself to the Build-A-Bear store and buy a cute teddy bear. But I hadn't told a soul. In fact, I'd forgotten all about the fact that I'd thought it to myself just 2 weeks earlier. My friend Tiff, who is like a second sister to me, had sent me a secret Christmas wish. I immediately called her and left her a message to thank her.

Life and the Universe are mysterious. You CAN manifest the things you want, even secret desires. You never know WHEN (or if) they'll arrive, but when they do, it's surely an overwhelming happy time, knowing that the universe responded to your call.

Watch my LIVE talk shows at 1pm PDT on January 7th & 21st on (or watch the show later on the website if you can't watch it live) to see more on these stories and tips on manifesting your wants and needs. 

Mandelyn Reese
The LA Street Angel

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