Tuesday, May 17, 2016
This is a question I ask myself every day. And it is something that I ask my spirit guides every day. Throughout my life, curiosity has been a guiding light in my life. I always figure that if something keeps coming to my attention that there must be a reason for that. I figure that my spirit guides bring these things to my attention because they want me to check it out.
As a result of these prompts, some of what I learned I taught myself by reading books or experimenting and some things I found teachers to teach me.
Life becomes an adventure in this way. We explore paths that are unknown to us in search of elusive goals, but we are motivated because we know that there must be something worth while out there. And the variety is infinite. This question extends into all areas of life. What will I discover if I explore my ancestry? And there are times in life when we want to know the answers to these questions, and some times when we just don't care.
When I wanted to have the experience of hiking in the desert while the cactus were blooming, or when I went to art fairs just to look at art then maybe talk to the artists or buy a piece, I got to experience the world from another point of view.
When I went snorkeling and swam with the brightly colored fish among the coral reefs, it was a different experience of the world again.
One time when I was hiking in the mountains and a glider pilot was riding the currents of lift that he got on the border between the mountains and the desert, and he passed by so close that I could see the pilot and it was stunning to think that he was flying in a plane and I was walking but we were seeing eye to eye. Or times when I was cross country skiing and we were looking out over a cliff, and there was desert below. We were standing in snow, wearing warm clothes, with boots and skis on, but directly below was desert, sand, cactus and all.
To be on the edge of one world and able to see into another, my mind could jump back and forth, knowing how it was to be here and also knowing how it was to be there.
When I wanted to know if psychic abilities were real or not, it was like that again. To know how it is to be able to be here, and also to be able to know hot it feels to do that. A common concept that is often expressed about shamans and witches is that they are walkers in two worlds. They know how it is here, to use herbs, stones, sound and touch to heal and bring peace, and they know how it is to know things that spirit communicates to them and then pass those things on for the benefit of the person who is asking the question. What do I not know that I need to know?
Notice what happens when a person asks you if you would like to learn something, or try something new. Is your response along the lines of "no thanks I am not interested?" or is it "yes, I would like to know more." Follow your gut instinct with this. There are things we discover that enable us to see the world in a new way, giving us flashes of insight and appreciation. Instances like this can open the door to things that we didn't know we needed to know, but now that we do, we find all kinds of uses for it.
Every day I wake up, the first thing I do is to thank spirit for giving me another day. Then I ask them to tell me if there is anything I need to know right now. What comes to me in the moments after asking that question guides my choices and my actions.
I know that you have had pivotal moments in your life like this too. Whole new worlds opened up to me because I one day wondered if I could learn to drum? Can cards really tell a person anything? What are the runes all about? Does reiki really work? Is tai chi a way to strengthen you? Can herbs work as well as patent medicines? Can people's stories reveal levels of truth about their lives that they do not yet recognize themselves?
So many questions. So many interesting things to learn. So many fascinating people in this world. So many interesting things we can do with our lives.
What do I not know that I need to know?
Thursday, April 28, 2016
How many times when we are presented with a new opportunity have we hesitated before saying yes?
In my own life, there have been many times in my life when someone suggested I try something new and different and saying yes to something out of the ordinary opened up a whole new world for me.
A situation many of us have faced is in pursuing career opportunities. Because of our experience may be in a certain field, we may be expecting our opportunities to follow a certain path. In the past, that was the normal, reasonable expectation. Today it may not be. A person may ask if we would like to do something we had not thought of, and thus, a whole new opportunity is opened.
Way back when I was in college, one of my teachers was the vice president of one of the largest public relations firms in Chicago asked me if I would like to be an intern at his firm. I declined, telling him that my goal was to be a reporter. When I reflect back on that now, I smile and think how different my life would have been had I said yes to that.
Then I look back on other opportunities that presented themselves when I was working at a corporation and they offered me an opportunity to move around the country and work for them in different cities. Then I said yes, and it changed my life forever to experience living in different places for years at a time, having different responsibilities, meeting lots of new people.
Some of the changes were not obvious, because you see, in each place I was transferred, I had no friends or relatives, or any other connection, just a job. So in one place, looking for something to do, I joined Sierra Club and found new friends by going hiking on frequent weekend excursions into the mountains. That connection lasted through two different regional moves.
In another city, I found myself on weekends with nothing to do an no connections outside of work, so I looked at the free entertainment news weeklies and started to go to art fairs and art galleries to mingle with new people and expose myself to new art.
Then on another weekend, I saw an ad for a psychic fair. I had never been to one of those before and had no idea what went on at one of those, so I went to see what it was about. I got readings from a couple of people, including a tarot reader and an astrologer and was quite amazed at what they had to say. And that prompted my interest and inspired me to investigate further. A whole new world just opened up to me.
Subsequently, as my career evolved, I went back to my earlier path and became a professional freelance writer, doing things like writing brochures, ads, fliers, annual reports, letters and press releases for companies. I even worked for a while writing those on hold messages for companies. You know, those prerecorded things you hear when you call a business and they put you on hold.
Then there came a time when I wanted to put a little variety in my writing, so I wrote and published a book of poetry in combination with an artist I met at one of those art fairs. So I did a ton of public readings and performances and sold my books at performances and had them on sale in stores. I freelanced articles for all kinds of magazines that focused on art, literature and music. And then one day, the artist suggested that there was a metaphysical newspaper that needed writers. So just for the pure variety of it, I went and met with the publisher. She told me that she did need writers but that there were no paid positions available, that all the writers were volunteer contributors. So I agreed to write one article a month for the paper for free. That was in addition to the freelance business writing jobs I was doing.
It was an eye opening experience. I said yes to every assignment she gave me. I was sent out to interview a wild variety of healers, artists, musicians, famous authors, all kinds of people. Most of them I never heard of before I was sent to write about them, so every subject started with a clean slate. Eventually, I was offered the position of editor for the paper and was given a small salary and a commission for selling ads. That person got cancer and so the business folded.
So I went back to focusing on business writing until another woman who was a customer of the previous publication called me and said that the community really needed a new publication because there were all these people doing things, but no publication was paying any attention to them. She asked me to help her start a new paper, and my first answer was no, because my business was supporting me and I saw no reason to do something different. But she kept coming back and asking me questions about how to publish a periodical because I knew how to do that and she didn't. So, for free, I wrote up reports for her and explained to her how to do it. Then she came back to me again and asked me to help her do this. Finally I said yes, and my life changed in a big way, as I transitioned from being a business writer to the full time editor of a monthly metaphysical magazine. I learned more and more about psychics, alternative healing techniques, alternative spiritual paths, environmental issues and all kinds of things along those lines.
As the editor, I got invited to a lot of workshops, concerts, presentations and author interviews. Our publication co-sponsored major metaphysical fairs and it was all a big success. But I decided after seven years that I wanted to do something different, so I got a job in a small mountain town at a retreat center. But that was too isolated a place for me. Even a trip to the grocery meant a drive up and down the mountain, and there was not even a neighborhood bar where you could go and relax and have some fun. The place was so small that even getting an internet connection was a sketchy thing. You could only get TV if you had a satellite dish and only a couple of radio stations were available. So after a few months, I decided that I really need to live in a more populous environment, and went back to the city.
Then I as offered another opportunity by another woman who had a newsletter that she wanted to turn into a magazine. So she hired me to do that. And I got that running and after a few years wanted to take time off of that to write books. The books never got published, but now I was on a different path. I got married and divorced for the second time and then moved to Colorado because I have two sisters who live out here.
I worked in corporate for a few more years and then struck out on my own to make my full time living doing readings and healings and teaching people who want to learn things I know.
So I did get to be a reporter after all, after a very long interval since college. If you had asked me years ago where I would be later in life, I never would have guessed living in Colorado making a full time living this way. Saying yes to unusual opportunities opened many doors for me and changed my life in ways I would not have imagined.
So there were times I said no to new ideas, but the times I said yes opened my life in extraordinary ways. Think about this next time someone offers you an unusual opportunity. There is a power in saying yes that can open your life to magnificent adventures and experiences that can enrich you beyond your wildest dreams. If I had not said yes, I would not be here now. I am glad that I am.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Spring cleaning in our selves means letting go of what no longer serves us including old thoughts that no longer serve us, relationships that no longer serve us, looking for work that suits us better, clearing old debts or making progress on them, old hobbies or activities we are no longer really interested in, and clearing all these so that they can be replaced by positive thinking, new goals, inspired actions and better relationships.
Spring cleaning of things in the house relates to all these goals.
When we look around our residence, it should be filled with things that fill one of two criteria. What surrounds us should have value because it is something we use or it should be something that is just so beautiful that it adds aesthetic value to our space, so that in essence, our space always serves to support us, nurtures us and helps us recharge our batteries.
As part of doing this, we need to get rid of mementos and things that have emotional energies that pull our energies down rather than lifting them up. This could be a picture of an old relationship that is clearly over, but it could also be that arts & crafts project that we bought supplies for and started a few years ago and never finished. One spring, I noticed that some old sporting gear I never used any more. Every time I looked at it, I would think "I used to be a good ball player but I can't do that any more. So I put the gear in a yard sale and sold it to one of the next few people coming by.
Sometimes space can be refreshed by rearranging rooms, changing the flow of traffic and also making plenty of room for what we want to do next.
The extreme of course, is hoarding. I have seen some of these disasters first hand. Hoarders are afraid to let go of anything. Their lives are full of fear. Fear that they might need that stuff again sometime, although that never happens, so the house just gets congested, and the energy of the person and the place is congested.
So if we become more highly aware of who we are and what we want to do. That is why purging book and music collections can be much harder than other tasks. But as we go through phases in life, art one time we read a lot of one type of literature, then moved on to another. So keeping only what resonates most strongly with us, helps us focus and move forward. It also leaves room for new knowledge to come in.
Think of this whole process as giving you a fresh start. New energies, new ideas, new actions, devoting more time to what we feel is most important.
See yourself as a garden where some things get pruned, some get pulled out and some bloom and bring us great joy, strength and many healthy gifts. So maybe old thoughts & things you took out left room for a new focus of energy, and maybe giving more time to something we only did a little of lately. Now that area can grow, just like plants with room to expand. We are constantly adjusting and evolving, and now we ask ourselves the important questions. What do I want more of in my life? And what do I want less of in my life? And then the answers to those two simple questions reorients our schedules and activities to reflect these realizations.
The seeds we plant now bring more beauty into our near future. Today's garden started out as a dream, either ours or nature's.
I can help you with any of these tasks, what ever you want to let go of and what you want to bring in, it is a good time to tackle this seasonal challenge. Readings? Reiki? House Blessing? Aesthetic questions? Soulful questions? Help you with decluttering? Help you refocus your energies on your current goals?
Go ahead, ask me.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
We are always learning, evolving and developing as we grow, and our progress often reveals itself in layers over time, opening our understand of ourselves and our lives in surprising ways.
One of these revelations came to me through the earth itself, rocks, stones, crystals and other finds. And in a further exploration, gardening. We often discover our relation to the earth and to other people in a very direct manor, although that is not necessarily what we set out to do.
When I was a child, one of my favorite hobbies was collecting rocks. Why? It was simple, it was free and the colors, shapes, look and feel of them fascinated me. There was a lot of joy in this simple hobby. I could just be out walking and looking where I was walking, certain things caught my attention. It might be the way the light reflected off certain rocks, or the way that it fit in my hand, or perhaps the way that water would change the color of a piece.
It might be that some were just naturally heart shaped or arrowheads, fossils or another piece of stone that was chipped to a sharp edge on one side. Another time, it might have been a tooth from what I did not know. Some rocks had a glassy type finish, others were kind of sandy and crumbly, while others had distinct bands of color or spots that might have been a green blotch that appeared to have grown on it and hardened, like moss.
When people were going away on a trip and they would ask me if they could bring anything back for me, I would always ask for a rock. And they were always happy with such a simple request. So my collection grew.
As it did, I started reading books about rocks and finding out the scientific aspects of them, like which ones were formed by fire, water or the movement of the earth and what they were used for. In grammar school, I made displays for science fairs, and in this way gained a deeper understanding of my finds and an idea of how the earth came to be shaped by the elements and time.
Then as I grew up, other things like going to college, working and having a family took up my attention and my childhood hobby fell to the wayside.
Much later then, when I was the editor of the metaphysical magazines for metro Atlanta and a co-sponsor of metaphysical fairs, I was introduced to the idea of stones being used for various forms of healing, meditation and spiritual work, which was an entirely new concept for me. Having energy work done with stone layouts on me or around me demonstrated a whole new range of feeling that could come through stones.
I also participated in making sacred ritual circles out of stones and saw ancient sites where people raised huge stones to mark directions and elements. I helped raise standing stones that weighed thousands of pounds and took hundreds of people to raise using ropes and shovels.
Seeing ancient sites where people marked spaces that were perfectly aligned to events like solstices and equinoxes were another revelation to the role that rocks and stones played. I have also learned how to do readings by casting stones, which our ancient ancestors did before the invention of cards.
I have seen how the light from crystals can illuminate a space and make it more conducive to quiet, peaceful meditations and reflective energy. The concept of touchstones is related to this as well. People often carry a certain stone in their pocket or wear it on a necklace to remind them of something important.
I have also seen sights where indigenous people used stones to carve figures into other stones and how they have lasted for millennia.
So today I have stones in my home and they serve all these purposes, and it is always surprising to realize how my whole appreciation of the world we live in evolved from the childhood hobby to my current work as a healer and reader.
In this way, the tools have remained constant, but my understanding of them has evolved. As we remain open we discover many helpful things that are hidden in plain sight.
There are so many ways to be in touch with the energies around us and work with them to improve our lives. And we all have these opportunities to learn more and grow and see our lives from different perspectives.
We knew that some of these things had value even before we knew what that value was. Sometimes our awakening to it takes a while.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Then just recently, I was informed that the building I live in is being sold, so no leases were renewed. At this time, I do not know what may happen. One possibility is that a new owner will continue to rent to those of us who live here. Another possibility is that they will remodel the building and jack up the rents. Another possibility which has happened in the neighborhood is that they will buy it, tear it down and build something else. So I will be making changes but I am not sure exactly what or how yet. All I know at this time is that the building is for sale and that none of us have leases.
All this, and we are only in the third month of the year.
Big changes open the way for lots of possibilities. When I moved out here 10 years ago, I had nothing but my car and what was in it. I had to find a new place to live, new work, everything. All those changes took my life to the next level.
Each time we clear out a space in our life that leaves an opening for new developments and new energies. I did not want to end my relationship with my massage therapist, my tax consultant or my apartment building, but apparently, there are new developments and new relationships ready to happen. So right now I am looking at everything and asking myself what things I might clear out before moving, if I am moving. I look around to see who are the new people I wish to get my services from.
It is the reason I always keep my desk clean, because then there is always a place for new business. I keep my place clean so that there is always a comfortable place for guests to have a little refreshments and conversation.
In business, we also have opportunities to do things differently. Sometimes when one career path comes to an end, we find a new opportunity and it is even better. When we want a new relationship, we cannot still be holding on to an old relationship. In readings, people will sometimes say that their current relationship is not working well for them and has not been for a long time, but they want to wait to get a better offer before they move on. That's not how energy works because you will not get a better relationship until you are clear of the dysfunctional one.
Years ago my sign and business cards focused on my tarot services. After I changed that and showed the various services I had to offer such as reiki, past lives, dream interpretation, numerology, house blessings, mentoring, meditation and the other services, people started asked for more of them. As they began to see me differently, they began to see me as someone with several talents and several services they might want, not just one.
So the 9 year is definitely unfolding and opening the way for changes for me. Are you feeling it too?
What is coming to completion and making way for what is new?
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I just got back from the Colorado Caucus and the turnout was huge. At my caucus place they expected 1,000 people and 3,000 showed up. They say that 500-700 people could not get into the building. It was an elementary school and was maxed out according to fire regulations. From what I saw, it was definitely a Bernie majority, but the delegates are supposed to meet later this week for the final count. I do not like the caucus process. It was interesting, but I think essentially not fair. We should just have one person, one vote elections. For example, since my precinct was only allotted 2 delegates the bote was Bernie 45, Hillary 25, but each got one delegate because you cannot send less than one person and the vote could not justify sending 2 for Bernie. However, if it were a simple election, Bernie would have won by a landslide. I say do away with all the delegate nonsense. I will say that everyone was civil. No yelling and swearing and interesting to see neighbors in a different light and meet new people in the process.
A peculiar fact I discovered is that I live in a small apartment building with just 8 units. One of my neighbors was also at the caucus, and she and I were in two different precincts. I always thought that a precinct was a division of geography, like lines on a map so people on this side are in this one and on the other side, you are in another one. However, someone else told me that they knew of people who lived in the same house who were in two different precincts. I think that is weird. And I think that junking the caucus system with its delegates and simply going back to a mail in vote would be much more efficient and accurate. And hearing that other precincts had the same outcome with one delegate for each even though the margin of victory was 2 to 1, a simple vote probably would have shown Bernie winning Colorado by 40% rather than 17%. There were also people in other polling places that had turn away crowds, which tells me two things. One, that for physical events like this we need places bigger than an elementary school. Two, even though it was an interesting experience, it is not most fair and efficient. I hope the legislature goes back to a primary mail in vote rather than caucus again. Before I moved to Colorado, I remember standing in line at election time sometimes for 2 hours in a parking lot waiting for my turn to get inside the polling place and mark my votes on a machine. I do not wish to go back to that method. I think that the vote by mail method is best. That way I can take the time to look up ballot initiatives and candidates so that I can make my best choice. I believe that it is important to exercise our right to vote and take part in helping to make decisions.
Friday, January 29, 2016
People are always interested in love because who we love and what we do for a living are the two biggest decisions we get to make in life. One big holiday in February is Valentine's Day. Of course, everyone is aware of the huge array of ads to buy chocolates, flowers, greeting cards and an array of other themed items programmed to sell at this time of year, such as teddy bears and pajamas and who knows what else?
It is useful for us to consider for a moment a bigger picture about love. Of course, when the word love is mentioned, people always think about romantic love as in dating, relationships, marriage, living together and so on.
Our minds jump to this because it is important to us. Now take a moment to consider other aspects of love.
Are you doing work that you love? Do you love what you do? Are you happy with the way you make your money? If we can do that, there is another way we have love in our life and it affects us every day.
I believe that humans are hard wired to be about love. That is why when we hear about disasters, like hurricanes or earthquakes, we offer to help even though we do not even know anyone there.
On a more personal scale, how does love affect our relationships with friends? We enjoy being with them because we enjoy their company and when they ask for help, we ask them what kind of help they need. Why? Because we love them.
When those of us who do healing work, we are opening our hearts to those who come to us. This kind of love takes the form of empathy and compassion. The healing energy travels between us on a flow of open hearted transmission that helps bring healing to them.
When we put time, energy or money into causes we believe in, that is also a labor of love, as we influence the world in ways that we believe are important.
There is a metaphysical axiom that all things come from either love or fear. When we choose to do what enlivens us and animates us, lights us up, whether that is our work, a hobby, a sport or activity we enjoy, getting together with friends, any of those things, and more, we are acting from love. When people are jealous, angry, envious, greedy, deceitful, mean or cruel, those are all things motivated by fear.
So when we embrace a higher level of consciousness, we are embracing love in all aspects. When we act out of more loving attitudes and perspectives, we are happy to see others do well, and that includes family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, customers, clients, and strangers we encounter. It is a whole environment of love that we are choosing to live in.
It is only when we do that that we are able to evolve to a higher level. Constantly operating out of fear dooms us to a lower level of consciousness. When we operate from a higher perspective, we have greater vision. We are more capable of seeing the big picture and where we and others fit into it. As we do that, we create a more loving environment all around ourselves, and our lives and those of everyone we touch.
So yes, a good place to begin is in our relations with others, radiating from the closest ones to us and then radiating outward in ever expanding concentric circles. Picture that ripple in the water from where you threw that pebble in.
So as we wrap our mind around the annual Valentine's moods and actions, let us also envision ourselves and those we care about rising to a higher level where we are all living a life based on love.
Can you see your lover as one aspect in a love filled life? Are you ready to fill your life with love in all these other aspects?
Happy Valentine's to all of you!