Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer, a Time for Reflection

 


As we go about enjoying the summer time, taking a break from our normal routines to take vacations, go on picnics, enjoy outdoor festivals, enjoy outdoor sports like hiking, camping, going to baseball games and fireworks shows, this period of relaxation often provides fertile grounds for us to reflect on where we are in our life and what we would like to do next.

You see, it is often when we are just relaxed and enjoying the casual gatherings and outdoor activities that thoughts may come to us about how we might like to change our lives and what we might like to do differently. It is during these summer breaks that we might take time to read a book that presents us with new ideas, or have conversations with others about our dreams and visions for the future.

It is this dreamy, relaxed state that is really fertile for letting our mind wander. Visiting other places and experiencing new things and indulging ourselves in pleasant surroundings prompts thoughts about what we would like to do more of and how we might change our life to make this possible. As we mull over thoughts about career change, relationship change and other activities we want to include more often.

It is the period of reflection that cultivates these thoughts. So during this period of reflection, it can be extremely useful to have insightful conversations with others about these topics. And that, in turn, is what propels us into the serious season of fall when many follow through on these new ideas to seek new homes, new jobs, new fields of study and either renew or change relationships.

It is always good to engage in these kinds of reflections, conversations and planning when we are not in stressful situations and needing to reach a conclusion urgently because the changes that are happening are emanating from the decisions of others.

Making a bucket list is one way of approaching how to get more out of life and satisfy some of those ideas that have been on the back burner for a long time. But I notice that bucket lists often include some one time experiences, rather than major changes we desire that would make a difference every day, such as new studies or activities that would enhance every day, investigating career options or changes in relationships. In other words, changes we would implement every day to achieve greater satisfaction.

Summer time is a perfect time to think about this and discuss this so that we can formulate plans to take action. Someone who can listen objectively can be a great help in clarifying your vision. And this is often best done when not under the pressure of a deadline. So during this relaxed summer season, take the time to engage in creative thinking and visionary exploration. The rewards are abundant.



Moonwalking

My fair complexion burns too easily in the sunlight, so I am careful about that the same way as I am careful about eating very limited amounts of sugar. I have even been burned when wearing sunblock, so no more of those experiments for me. So I really enjoy moonwalks. I do that in my neighborhood most every night. I love just being out in the night air, looking up at the moon and stars, breathing the cooler air, savoring the quiet. Moments like these let ideas flow through my mind, offering fresh perspectives and sewing seeds to be developed. Usually, for example, I write these newsletters after I come back in from a bit of night air and a moonwalk. What a simple way to refresh and rejuvenate. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Awakening the Magic in Our Lives





How do we awaken the magic in our lives? The simplest definition of magic ever offered is this: Change according to will.

The word magic itself often conjures up images of stage entertainers pulling things out of hats and sleeves, making people appear and disappear from boxes and other mind boggling tricks. Of course, they use special props to make their feats seem miraculous. And it is entertaining.

But how do we experience magic in our lives? We can make things appear and disappear. We change things all the time, don't we? Jobs, careers, majors in school, places we live.

Magic comes into play when we set our intention to make a change but we are not certain how we will achieve it yet. Consciously, sometimes we know that we need to take a class or classes to learn a new skill in order to get a different job. This would be one way of using our will to make change.

The magical part that we do not know is how our intention alone can open doors for us. Here is an example. One time when I was looking for a new job, I called a person I knew who I had done some work for in the past. All I was asking him was if I could use him as a reference in my search. Instead, he offered me a job. It was something I did not know how to do, so he offered to teach me on the job, and I thought that was a great opportunity, so I took it. Looking for that kind of job was not even on my radar, but simply calling him and asking for help opened the door to change. It was a good experience.

Then there are times when our eyes are opened to magic by seeing things from a different perspective. You are familiar with the expressions "looking outside the square or looking outside the box." How can that apply? A simple example. Resumes show what we have done, not all the things we can do. How we present ourselves to others, verbally or in writing, can open their eyes to seeing us differently.

There is also a critical difference between what we know and believe. As we think about our life so far, there are things that we believe, and then there are things that we know from experience.

What do we know? What has brought us the greatest joy in our life? What have we done that we are most proud of? Who have been our greatest teachers? Who have been the most helpful people? Who have been our best friends? What are the things we would like to do more of? Answers to these questions are what we know. By asking and answering such questions, we draw from our acquired wisdom.

This process is a way for some to discover their life purpose. In other words, we discover what we are good at and what we want to do more of through a review of our life experiences. Recognizing these patterns opens the way for us to make change according to will.

It is also important to notice what keeps drawing our attention. What things keep coming to mind that we have not done but would like to do? This would be a version of what many would call their bucket list, although sometimes it seems that that term brings up lists of silly things. Not a thing wrong with silly things. As you know, I am a big fan of stand up comedy. But look at your situation a little differently. What things would you like to do that you have not made time for? What things do you think are important that you would like to help with? When something keeps coming to mind, it is your spirit guides sewing seeds for you to nurture and cultivate in the garden of your life.

How do we use magic in our relationships? First, we have to begin by simply setting an intention to create such a thing. Then we do not simply believe that it is possible, rather we recalibrate our thinking to include the fact that there certainly are people in this world who fit that description. Not just one, but many. We will never meet all of the people who could be a great partner because some of them live in parts of the world we never visit, but here, within the areas where we live, there are others who would love to meet us.

You see, one limiting belief that many buy into is that there is one perfect person for them and that if they blew that relationship they will never get another chance. Nonsense.

By setting our vision for that goal, we send out thoughts and words into the universe and ask our spirit guides to help us meet that good match, and we do not settle for less. We do not change our plans to accommodate someone else's goals. If someone else suggests a change that really resonates with you, then changing plans can be responding to what you consider to be a good opportunity. Changing plans just to be with someone else will probably turn out to be a disappointment if you are not loving what you do. Hold strong to the vision that we can make this positive change. A practical way to reinforce this is to keep doing the things that you love to do. Who else will you meet there? Other people who enjoy and value the same things you do.

You see, we are all capable of creating magic in our lives. Don't wait to get lucky. Act decisively. What are the things that you keep wanting to do, but never get around to? Set aside time in your schedule and do that, whether it is a creative endeavor or a sport or a hobby or simply an activity you enjoy. Do not sell yourself short.

Remember that old saying that luck is the place where opportunity meets hard work. We all have to power to change our vision for our life, to change the way we life our life. Remember the definition of magic. Change according to will. We may need to open our eyes to see things differently before we set new goals, and if you need help with that, help is available. Change is always possible. Do you will it?

If you do so, you may find how to make some things disappear while making other things appear. Every day is a new awakening.

Meditation Classes - Enjoyable, easy to use techniques 
Mondays at 7-9 pm July 10, 17, 24, 23, 31
at my home office
Try a variety of methods including mindfulness, chanting, drumming, visualization and guided meditation. See what works for you.

Tuition $200. Call or email to reserve your spot.  



Tarot Classes - Not Fortune Telling, Fortune Creating 
 Wednesdays at 7-9 pm, June 14, 28, July 5, 12
at my home office
During my 40+ years of reading and collecting cards, I have learned more about tarot than you will find in most basic instruction books.
Learn how to use this time tested tool to help you get more out of life. It is not fortune telling. It is fortune creating.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Our Stories, Past & Future




Have you given much thought to how our own stories guide us?

There are both the conscious stories we tell our selves about our life so far and what may be ahead. These stories of what may be ahead are shaped by our current attitudes and energies.

Let me offer a few examples to help illustrate.

One of my sisters had her own property management business for many years, but she recently sold it so that she could devote her life to creating art. She could have stayed in the property business, but she chose to sell it to one of her employees. She has always had a creative nature, and she always wanted to be an artist, and when she was looking over some of her old journals, she noticed how that fact had been part of her for a long time, so she decided that she would change her life right now and do that. I think that her work is beautiful and she will succeed, but more importantly, she is remaking her life so that she can live out her story, the story of what she has always dreamed of being.

This is an example of someone simply making a conscious choice and acting on it, and it is her acting on the story she has had inside her all this time.

During my years of reading for people, I have seen this same scenario in others. They may keep pushing some creative thought off to the back burner while they tend to their current career, relationship and life activities. 

Now, of course I realize that not everyone is in the same situation that she is in, but we can act on them at least in stages. For example, a few of my current clients are working on their writing while they hold other jobs. Their dream is to complete manuscripts and sell them. And I feel from what I have read of their work that it is possible. The step from creating your work to marketing it is a separate step, so their success in that manner remains to be seen. However, they at least have the satisfaction of having done something, and this feeling is valuable to each of them because it increases their sense of self, knowing that they can do something and they have expressed themselves in a way that they feel is important.

Other of my clients have other desires, such as painting, dancing, playing a musical instrument, singing, photography, pottery, sculpture or other forms. Sometimes that is what is revealed in a reading, and when it comes up, they realize that they can do something to pursue their dream and tell their story, one step at a time. For example, turning off the TV and going out dancing one night a week, or setting up a studio area where they can pursue their creativity while still holding other jobs. There is a profound joy in taking action. Acting on those other stories we have about ourselves reveals an important aspect of our life.

Sometimes people refer to this as finding their purpose in life. It is not as if their is a book somewhere where we look up our name and find out what we are supposed to be doing. We decide what we are to be doing. Desires that have been pushed to the back burner are part of us. When we bring them forward, our reality changes.

What we discover by doing so is that we have some talents, skills and abilities that we have allowed to remain dormant. If our gut feeling tells us that this is not something we still care about, we can erase that idea from the stories we will act on. But if we do a gut level check on ourselves and find that the desire to engage in another activity is strong, then we need to find a way to act on it.

So you see, sometimes my readings are not so much revealing something bizarre that a person would never have thought of. Rather, it can be a confirmation for them to go ahead and pursue it.

What are the stories we have been telling ourselves? That we are not really good enough to do something else? Or that we will do something different after we retire? Or that other people will think that we are silly for pursuing such visions? What we find when we pursue our visions is that we make new friends in the process who will help us stay on track.

Another method I use for helping people get a good look at their stories are through past lives. 

In my own case, I began investigating this simply out of curiosity. I was always curious why I was born with one leg not properly formed and an ability to write. Doctor were able to rebuild my leg through many surgeries so that I could have a normal life in that regard. But the desire and ability to write was not something that had anything to do with surgery. Through past life work, I discovered that I was born with a sign that this life was not to be about champion athletics, but about expressing visions. Discovering this did not make me change my life, it simply confirmed that I was on the right track.

When I have done past life sessions for others, they also have revelations about why some visions, ideas or desires are always coming back to them in fragmentary ways. These deeper realizations surface in ways that might seem random or fanciful to us, until we recall a past life where that was a major factor.

Past life recall helps us understand why we may have a fear or phobia in this life. After all, we are all born with differences in this area. And we may also marvel at the fact that talents, skills and abilities we have in this life may have been important to us in a previous life.

If, at this time, you think that all of this might be silly, you might find value in the process. No, it usually not possible to prove that a person lived a previous life, but if we simply look at the patterns in our life, there is a lesson there. And this lesson may help us alter the story that we tell ourselves about who we are and what we do. Knowing this can help change our life for the better. Examining our own stories can help us point a way to a happier future, beginning now. Whether you choose past lives, cards, runes, dreams, numerology, spiritual consulting or some other method, these are simply tools for helping us get more out of life. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hidden in Plain Sight




Important things often are hidden in plain sight. When we have those moments of enlightenment and we realize it, we learn to see the world around us in new ways. We are awakened to a new way of seeing, feeling and getting things done.

Example 1. We all see the night sky. But those who have studied the constellations and know the mythology, astrology and folklore associated with them see different things in the sky than we do, or than astronomers do. Two people look at the sky and they see very different things.

Example 2. When people come to visit and see a deck of playing cards, they think that we just like to play card games. But for a person who knows how to read them, this same deck can open portals for communication that no one else sees. And there is a long history of people using playing cards to do readings. After all, playing cards and tarot share the same origin.

Example 3. Being happy is a choice we make every day. The most important thing we control is our own mind. Where our thoughts go, our energy goes. The way we look at the world has everything to do with how our life goes. We do not have to wait for someone or something to make us happy. We can simply decide to be happy.

Example 4. Many of us can walk through a yard, field or forest and perhaps may admire the simple beauty of various plants, but a person who is familiar with plants can show us how to harvest and use them to help with healing as well as flavor our food, make a delicious cup of tea or make other useful household and magical items out of them.

Example 5. When I was a kid, I collected rocks and stones. I simply appreciated the beauty and the feel of them. As I studied, I knew which ones were formed by fire, water, movements of the earth, and which fragments may have been shaped by hand. I displayed them in science fairs. Later in life, others showed me how stones can be used for healing and divination. Suddenly there was a whole new way of seeing the rocks and stones I had enjoyed since childhood. And to this day, I feel that found objects make just as good a set of tools as buying polished stones.

Below you will notice that I am teaching a course in meditation and a course in runes. The meditation course is for a family in their home, so it is not open to the public. So maybe this is something you would like to do. If you and a few others would like to learn, I would travel to you. There are a variety of forms of meditation, and the desires and needs of the students can shape the content.




Now the runes are a whole different story. I have loved working with and studying the runes for decades. One of the things that really impresses me about them is that hundreds or thousands of artists have designed new card decks in recent decades. Quite a number are only sold on the artist's own website, so if you do not find that, you would never see them. Others that you may have seen on a website may be out of print and the only way to get one would be to buy from or trade with a collector.

Now the runes are a thousand years older than cards and yet every artist coming down the pike does not try to remodel them. There are only a couple of variant sets, which are also very ancient, and that speaks volumes to me about their intrinsic power.

There is an elegance and power to the runes that belies their simple appearance. Consider this. Only some of us are talented enough to make their own set of cards, but anyone can make their own set of runes.

The runes are always on my table when I go out to read, but most people choose cards. I think that the reason is simple. The runes are all symbols made of staves and chevrons because they were created before cursive writing. Since the art on cards is so visually stimulating people even glancing at them casually might say that one looks like their spouse or sibling, someone they work with or a friend and their mind starts traveling in that direction. Because the runes are so abstract, I feel that they propel me out there deeper and faster.

There are things that you can do with the runes that you cannot do with the cards. For example, you can channel their energies through your body. A martial arts master also showed me how martial arts are also encoded into the runes. In learning about them, you learn about mythology and folklore in addition to using them as a powerful tool to help you get more of what you want out of life. The runes can be put to work hidden in plain sight. For example, have you ever wondered why houses built of stucco and beams frequently have certain common designs on them? You know how ranchers make brands to mark their herds? There is a powerful way to combine runes that bear a resemblance to that, and these symbols can help us keep focused on our goals.

A person can pull one a day to meditate on. And the method of reading with them is called casting. It is not like shuffling a deck of cards and them picking a few. You take the entire set in your hands, activate them by shaking and mixing them and then you read the pattern in how they fall on the table. That pattern is as much part of the reading as the actual signs that are showing face up. They are tactile as well as visual.

Every once in a while someone expresses a real interest in them, so I decided to offer a course and see who is interested in learning how to use this beautiful, powerful set of tools.

Whenever we learn to see those things that are hidden in plain sight, we are awakened to a new way of being in the world.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lightening Up




The phrase "lightening up" has several meanings which have value for us. The most familiar refers to lightening up our attitudes, letting go of heavy emotional burdens. We feel heavy when we are burdened with serious issues and important changes.

There are several ways to address these issues. Having someone to listen to us and focus on what we are saying, perhaps offering help, but often we can lighten our load simply by having someone to talk to about our concerns can help us feel better.

When I am doing any kind of reading for a person, this is part of the process, and then by asking for help from our spirit guides, which I do every day, solutions may present themselves after the layers are peeled back. What may be revealed is that the initial concern expressed is not the core of the issue, but once the surface concerns are examined, the core issues can be addressed directly. The various kinds of coaching and consulting I offer is one way to delve in and remove burdensome weight so that a person can clearly see what needs to be done next.

One of my favorite simple home remedies for relieving stress is to turn on some comedy and laugh. Laughter raises vibrations because the genius of comedians is to offer us a different perspective to view our lives, situations and relationships. There has been medical research done to show that laughter can stimulate the body's own healing systems, healing cells, hormones, and so on to facilitate a relaxed flow of energy. In my opinion, the fastest acting comedy are the stand up comedians, as compared to sitcoms. A good stand up comedian, man or woman, works fast. When they are on stage alone, they have to be on, their sharpened wits moving at full speed. I have seen stand ups who can keep the audiences in stitches for an hour or two straight. To me that is the height of the form because it is simply that person with their wits, their expressions, their voices keeping the audiences entranced. There are no other actors, no background music, no plot, just one person with an audience. Live shows are fabulous, but if you are at home and just need a little lightening up, try Netflix. In their streaming videos, there are lots of stand ups. I try people I have never heard of as well as old favorites. That's a great way to discover new talent. And if you start to watch one and you don't like it, just turn it off and try another one.

Then after, you will also have some new jokes to tell when you get together with others. Years ago, I worked as a straight commission salesman and a guy I worked with was a big fan of stand up and he got me hooked. He was a great salesman and one of his methods was that he always had jokes to tell so that when he went to a meeting he could get the customer to lighten up before going into the sale, and that opened them up to listen to him. Even aside from sales, when you are working with a group of people on a committee, or your every day co-workers or just out with friends, telling a joke is a great way to break the ice. At a party, a person who can tell a joke adds levity to the gathering and gets people smiling.

Another aspect of lightening up is with energy work. You have probably heard some people refer to themselves as lightworkers. In a general way, this is about the energy work we do. Reiki is one of the best known, and there are many others, including pranic and tantric to yoga, tai chi, chi gong to shamanic work and other methods. By doing energy work, we can remove energy blockages and facilitate the free flow of good energy that help a person get unstuck and actually feel a lightness in their body, which can help ease physical pain, emotional discomfort, and bring mental clarity and spiritual peace and strength. Most of these are very comfortable and non-invasive, where you are awake and clothed, perhaps reclining on a massage table or a pad.

Lightworkers also use meditation, visualization and positive thinking as tools to help a person turn their life around. These methods can certainly help lighten a person's load by clearing off confusing, negative and limiting thoughts so that they can focus on a vision for the future, which begins in the present moment.

Music is another great method for lightening up. We all know how singing a favorite tune while working helps make the work flow easier and adds energy, making time seem to go by quickly.  

Another aspect of music is making it as a way of boosting energy. In many spiritual traditions, singing and chanting, especially call and response types can elevate a person's mood and energies. Singing in these ways is never about who has the best voice, rather it is all about everyone combining their voices to make music together. Playing drums, rattles and percussion in a circle with others is a magical method. I used to lead a lot of drumming circles and I saw bunches of strangers get together in a room or around a fire, and within minutes, people who never saw each other before would be playing together. Within moments, a group could be transformed, a group of individuals learning to work together to create something beautiful without much instruction. As one of my teachers used to say: "A person who has trouble with drumming has trouble with listening."

And then there is dancing. You can go to dances in bars or concert halls, you can go to community dances in dance halls where there is no drinking, just dancing. And like I suggested with stand up, you can just put on your favorite music in your home and dance until you work up a good sweat. If you are the only one there, you do not have to give one thought to what someone else thinks of your dancing style. Another teacher of dance was Gabrielle Roth who wrote about dance in books like "Maps to Ecstasy" and "Sweat Your Prayers." By the time you have danced for a half hour or more, your burdens will have lightened and you will feel a great wave of energy pulsing through you. It is a great form of exercise.

So you see, we lightworkers work in a number of ways. You can use psychic readings, past lives, tarot, runes, dream interpretations, numerology and other methods to see through the veils. And you can lighten your body, mind, and spirit with energy work. You can laugh, drum, sing and dance to bring more light into your life.

And the more you bring in light, the more you open the way for love. Remember that all our decisions come from either love or fear. Lightening helps release fear so that there is a pathway open to bring more love into your life. In this way, romantic love is only one aspect. There is also love and relationship with everyone else in our lives including family, friends, co-workers, associates, vendors, neighbors and all of the people we interact with every day.

So you can implement some of these ideas just as soon as you read this, and if you want to try some of the others, just ask me. I will be happy to help.




 



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives





These days, it is popular to talk about bucket lists. Frequently, these appear to be whimsical things that we want to try at least once, like parachute jumping. Which is why I am sometimes reluctant to use that term.

From the same perspective though, we all have some things that we say that we will do some time when we have more time. When talking with people I often hear them say things like "I love to paint but I never have time," "I love to write, but I never have time," "I love to play my musical instrument but I never have time any more," "I have these books on my shelf that I have been meaning to get to for a long time now," "I love to take long walks, but I never have time for that any more," "I love to go dancing but I just don't have time any more," "I would love to see more comedy shows, plays or concerts, but I just don't have time for that any more," "There are friends I have not seen in a long time, but I just don't have time any more."

All of these are quality of life activities that help us keep our work life balance. Making time for art, music, dancing, live entertainment, long walks, visiting with old friends, or just spending a quiet evening at home reading a good book are all things that help us get more out of life. They can also help us destress and decompress from demanding work schedules. I know. I have been there myself. Doing these things can help us get back to work more refreshed, ready to get going and dig in again. These days, many of us may be working more than one job or be doing mandatory overtime just to keep up.

So after a day like that, taking a break with any of the above mentioned activities will provide not only a good antidote, but also a fresh perspective. Taking a time out to do any of these and experiencing the pleasure of doing so again can cause us to ask important questions of ourselves, such as "How can I rearrange my schedule so that I can put this back in my life regularly?"

Other questions that we may be reflecting on may be about whether it would be best for us to find a different job or get into a different kind of work. 

If you have thought about getting into a different line of work, why not start researching all the ways that you might do that now? Considering your options when you have the luxury of considering it a research project is far superior than having to make a rush decision under pressure. 

Another aspect that can be helpful is this. People also say that one of these days they would like to learn more about tarot, runes, drumming, guided meditation or energy work, but there is no time.

However, working with these tools can help us make these other transitions. The clarity that can come from working with runes, tarot, guided meditation, drumming or energy awareness can facilitate or reinforce those things that we have been thinking about. The simple clarity of these tools can serve to reinforce our intuitions and our instincts.

You see all those things that we keep putting off create energy blockages for us. If we were ready to discard them, and no longer consider them a good choice, then that would clear the path for what we think is more important. The fact that we still have those thoughts in mind means that we are not ready to give up on them. So which of these thoughts do you want to clear out and which ones do you want to act on? What choices would make our life better from this day on?

And that, naturally brings us to another point, which is both simple and powerful. When we take a time out to consider those things that we no longer have time for, we need to ask ourselves whether we really want to have this in our lives again, or whether we are ready to let it go. Making the choice frees up our energy. We have all had activities or hobbies that we may have outgrown or lost our enthusiasm for, and that is not a bad thing. 

It is natural that our attentions and energies evolve just as we do. Some of our life activities have to be centered around what we do to make money, and then there are those other things we do just to relax, just for the creative spirit of it with no concept that this will be a revenue producing activity.  

Perhaps you have also noticed that when you are relaxing that that is precisely the time when some creative thoughts just float through your mind in a free flowing fashion and these can also relate to ideas about how you make money. 

Another aspect of this is that whenever we are creatively engaged, time just slips by, and that is because whenever we are focused on doing a task as well as it can be done that we have really traveled over into the realm of spirit. That very same process is how some people become inventors or come up with new business ideas.

People who are just clocking in are never the ones who come up with innovations and fresh ideas. These always come from those who really care about what they are doing. 

Notice also how we relate to people differently when we have spent time engaged with an activity we love. That dynamic seems to bring out courtesy, cooperation, appreciation and respect. 

The best time to give consideration to those things you want to change or do more of is before someone else forces a change on you. Consider your options when you have a clear mind and a desire to do so. 

If we keep on saying "I will do that when I have more time," ironically, we never seem to find that time and then we feel frustrated because we never get to it. 

Procrastination always leads to dissatisfaction and energy blockages. It is like that old saying the the best time to look for a new job is when you don't have to. Why? Because that gives you time to consider all angles without sudden pressure and with thoroughness and clarity. When we are between and short of money is when we make lesser choices and desperate choices. And in that respect, putting off a decision does not serve us well.

So what time is the right time to do those things that are always tucked away in part of our consciousness? Now. Now is the time to either act on those ideas or cleanse them out of your system so that they do not keep popping up and bugging you. Bugging you? Yes, when thoughts keep coming up and we simply keep shoving that thought to the side and not acting on it, we get annoyed with our self which increases tension. Making a free will choice now lightens our load and clears our path so that we can get to where we really want to go.


As a celebration of my 10 years in business here in Colorado, I have rolled back my prices to what they were 10 years ago to give all of you a fresh start this year. I appreciate knowing each and every one of you and thank you for the part you have played in helping my business grow during this last decade.

Yes, you can have my reading and healing services in private sessions at the rate of $60 per hour and $30 per half hour. That means tarot readings, rune readings, dream interpretations, numerology readings, reiki healing, energy clearing, guided meditation, visualization, mentoring, spiritual counseling, drumming, chanting, and other methods I may have forgotten to mention. (Parties, events, classes and group activities are still priced separately from private sessions.)

I am ready whenever you are.

Thank all of you for being part of my life. 
Life is good. I am happy to be here now. And I am always happy to hear from you.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

How Do We Affect Others?



 

How do we know how we affect others? Many times you have heard me say that I often feel that we live more than one life in this lifetime, and I know that many of you feel the same way too. Along the way, different people become part of our life for a while, then when we move on, we are involved in new activities with new circles of friends, co-workers, associates and peers.

Another example of this just came up for me yesterday. An old friend of mine from Atlanta, Akbar Imhotep, a professional storyteller, writer and poet who I have not seen in many years, looked me up and contacted me through email. How did he think to do that? A magazine that I helped create 17 years ago in Atlanta, Oracle 20/20, recently published an article of mine. The publisher of that magazine, Sherry Henderson, still sends me a copy every month and reads this newsletter. Akbar reads the magazine. He is a good man and an engaging performer, a talent that he has worked hard to achieve.

My point is that we often do not know how we affect the lives of others. We only get a glimpse once in a while. Some years back, another person, a writer and teacher from Chicago, wrote to me to let me know that my first poetry book made such an impression on him that he was inspired to write and become a teacher. And I never met this person, emphasizing the point that often we affect people in ways that we do not even realize and these people might be unknown to us, unless they contact us.

I met Akbar back when I used to make my living as a freelance business writer and decided to publish a second book of poetry just for fun, or perhaps it is accurate to say that I wanted to express some thoughts and feelings that were different than the brochures, articles, press releases, annual reports and ads that I was paid to write.

So as part of doing promotions, performances and public readings, I created events that also involved other writers, and got me more involved with writers groups, musicians and other artists.

The artist who illustrated my book, Donna Pinter, at one point suggested that I approach the local metaphysical paper to write articles for them. So I volunteered to write one article a month for free just for the variety of the experience and the editor mentored me in that writing. When my mentor died, the publisher asked if I would like to be the next editor, and I accepted and did that, but then the publisher got cancer and shut down the business. Later, readers of that paper approached me about starting a new publication. Writing for these publications is how I learned about metaphysics. My job involved meeting lots of people, interviewing them, reading their books, listening to their recordings, attending their events, checking out what they were doing and then publishing what I found out.

So that is how I went from being a freelance business writer and a self published poet to the editor of very influential magazines that also co-sponsored major events. The first magazine I created was Aquarius, which is now in its 24th year, and Oracle 20/20, which is now in its 17th year. It brings a smile to my face knowing that I created things that have lasted this long. And when I read Oracle 20/20 every month, I always find interesting articles.

While editing, I simultaneously spent 10 years teaching creative writing to adults  at a community arts center, and several years teaching metaphysics at The Inner Space/Hoot Owl Attic, which is a bookstore and school in the Atlanta area, comparable to Isis in Denver.

Every so often, when something comes up, like Akbar contacting me, I look back and think about what a different life that was, a whole chapter of activities and connections which were very vibrant then, but faded into fragmented memories now.

What is important about this is that we have a sign that we made some positive impression on another even way back then, and the significance may be something other than what we think it is. All this is part of our learning experience in this life.

Often, as we proceed with our lives, we wonder what our purpose is and what were the important things we did. Perhaps the answer we are getting is that there was not one thing that was most important. There is value in everything we have done.

In fact, I do not think that we have a purpose in life. That is a concept that people sometimes express, but I think that what is really happening is that we are here simply to enjoy the experience of living and make the most of it.

What I believe is that if we treat other people the way we would like to be treated, every day good things happen between ourselves and others. When we choose to do something or learn something just because we are interested in it our consciousness expands, our view of the world shifts in accord with our new experiences, and new opportunities open for us. 

Perhaps it is more accurate to say that we are simply spirits having human experiences. Being deeply appreciative of humor, I also like the author Kurt Vonnegut's idea that we on Earth are really just a zoo that exists for the entertainment of the critters and beings on other planets. You could certainly make a case for that, couldn't you?

All my life, I have been drawn to learn and do new things because my curiosity fuels my desire, and I feel that what is really behind all that is our spirit guides are pointing out directions for us to explore.

Consider this perspective. Some of those big positions we held, the promotions, the raises, the awards we got were not really the most important developments in our life. Maybe something else is.

There are people who have thanked me for readings or healings that I did for them long ago that I might not be able to remember clearly, but they tell me that those things really made a difference in their lives. How rewarding is that?

What do you want to do next with your life? How can I help?

I am ready whenever you are.

Thank all of you for being part of my life. 

Life is good. I am happy to be here now. And I am always happy to hear from you.