Michelle Stevens launched her blog thesoulsagenda.com in 2012 to share the guidance, wisdom and support that she has received over the years from her spirit guides. Now, she has collected together these empowering messages into a book, The Soul's Agenda, so we caught up with her to find out more.
Can you tell us a little bit more about The Soul’s Agenda?
Imagine walking through your life with someone walking beside you who already knew the way to exactly where it is that you were trying to go. And who at every turn, and at every crossroads, nudged you just a little bit to make sure that you were always headed in the right direction. That is the best way that I can think of to describe how this book works.
My guides have been with me, talking to me since I was 8 years old. And I spent most of my life becoming extraordinarily good at not listening to them. But when I got very sick in my 20’s, and every other distraction aside from my illness disappeared from my life, and all I had left was a very broken body and a voice in my head, I started to remember how to listen again. And as soon as I did, I started to heal. Every day messages were being shared with me, and day by day, as I listened to them, my body stopped deteriorating, my pain began to diminish, my strength returned, and, for the first time in my life, I discovered who I really was and just how much I was really capable of. I learned just how remarkable, powerful, strong, resilient and loved I really was and how to trust and take full responsibility for my life.
The messages in this book are the messages that healed me (and many others since its publishing), that nourished me, that opened my eyes, and guided me over and over again back onto my path, out of the shadows and into the light. They are not cryptic, dogmatic, religious, or complex, and they don’t require you to have a belief in anything other than yourself. And if you don’t yet have that, don’t worry. Long before you reach the end, you will.
What are your goals and intentions as a writer?
I started writing down the messages I was receiving from my guides a lot of years ago. I have more notebooks full of their wisdom than I care to count. In May 2012, at the urging, or rather instance of a very good friend (Thank you Anthony), I launched a daily blog called TheSoulsAgenda.com to begin sharing what was being shared with me. Since then, I still post a new message on the blog pretty much every day, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Words are a powerful tool and an even more potent medicine. For as long as I am fortunate enough to be able to hear them flow through me, I will continue to write them down and share them.
In addition to my work as a channeler, I also started an advertising agency and do a great deal of creative writing in that role. I use language to help small businesses grow and help established companies expand. With my help, all of my clients make meaningful connections and contributions to the world through the work that they do. And in my role as a soon-to-be Social Psychologist (I am nearly finished with my graduate degree), my plan is to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the impact of spirituality on personal, cultural, and universal growth.
Can you tell me a little about your awareness of the presence of spirit guides in your life?
The first time I heard my guides talking to me I was walking from my house to the school bus when I was a little girl. Back then I was convinced that I was having conversations with the trees. And because no one else I knew was telling me about conversations that they were having with the trees, I kept these little tête-à-têtes to myself. From the very first time it happened, I can remember that the interaction felt as easy, natural, and comforting to me as if my best friend walking beside me had suddenly reached down and taken my hand into theirs. And to be honest, after all of these years, it still feels pretty much the same way to me now.
For the uninitiated, what do you tell people to encourage them to listen to their inner self?
When I start working with someone new, the first thing I usually do is try to understand what their current belief system is, how they see they world, who they think they are, and what they think they are doing here. I have learned that my concept of “inner self” is not always the same as everyone else’s, or anyone else’s for that matter actually. If someone is trying to embrace a new way of thinking I want to help them start right where they are. And that does not require them to first understand a new language or to see the world the way I do before they can begin. Once I have an understanding of what they believe in or don’t believe in, then I have a starting point for where the conversation can begin.
Who inspires you?
When I see someone living their life bravely, boldly, confidently, with trust, connected to spirit, whether they know it or not, or whether that connection lasts a minute, an hour, or a lifetime, I can’t help but be inspired. When I see that connection, I allow it to excite me, elevate me, and inspire me to be braver, bolder, more trusting, confident and connected myself. When I see a light shining brightly in someone, I can’t help but be drawn to them, like a moth to a flame.
Somedays, if I am in need of a quick fix, I know I can reliably turn to my favorite poet, my favorite Aunt, or one of my best friends, for a reminder of what that connection looks like. But usually, I don’t have to look too much farther than the people standing around me. In them, I can always see so many different levels of connection and disconnection, and both are very helpful reminders of what I want to invite more of into my life and what I want to avoid.
What is your idea of happiness?
For me, happiness is a connection with my source. And that connection can happen directly, through my relationships, through nature, through meditation, writing, books, art, food, music, poetry, kisses from a snuggly puppy, anything. Anything that inspires me to open myself up and allow myself to connect directly with source is pure bliss.
What empowers you in your daily work and life?
I am empowered by all of the reminders that I get every day that confirms that I am the creator of my world, that my thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions are powerful and all have an impact on everything that happens to me. Just the other day I was talking to my friend passionately and in great detail about a sudden craving that I was having for something extra crispy from Kentucky Fried Chicken (which I have not had in years oh by the way). And when I walked out of my apartment door the next day, around lunchtime, my neighbor was coming in the front door with what else in his hands? An extra-large bucket of extra crispy chicken from KFC and he immediately invited me to come and have lunch with him. For me, that simple reminder is just as empowering as any sudden healing I’ve ever experienced or witnessed, or abundance that has shown up just in the nick of time. We are powerful creators, and we all are participating in the creation of our world all the time. And whether we choose to create a bucket of chicken, or a connection with the right person, resource, or set of circumstances at just the right time, or more joy, love, tolerance, and compassion, that is totally and completely up to us!
What is your next project?
I am currently working on participating in more speaking engagements in and around the New York area. I have also been asked to write a spiritual advice column that I am really looking forward to, and I have been offered an opportunity to host my own radio show. I will, of course, continue to post on my blog daily, and I will be finishing up the necessary coursework to complete my Masters in Social Psychology. Another channelled book is also in the works, but being that I am human and can technically only do so much within a 24-hour day without giving up my daily walks and yoga practice which I LOVE, I have no estimated time frame yet for when that will be complete.