Friday, March 16, 2018
It's Showtime! What new discoveries are you looking to make? Who are the old friends you want to see again?
We are heading into the busy show season again, and so all of you who come to see me for a reading when the show is one that is convenient for you, this weekend in Denver at the Merchandise Mart kicks it off again. And by June, I will have participated in every major show from Casper to Pueblo.
I always enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. This show was the first big metaphysical show I was in after I moved to Colorado.
Back then, I still had a corporate day job and I was on a waiting list for a year and a half because all the spots in this show were taken. So I called the organizer a few days before the show and asked him where I was on the list and he told me that there were several people still ahead of me.
So I decided that it was time for me to get in and I had a talk with my spirit guides, and strongly and repeatedly pictured myself getting into the show, meeting lots of people and doing well.
This show has always run Friday through Sunday, so on Friday morning, I called in sick to my corporate job and affirmed that I was ready to work the fair and that this is what I would be doing all weekend. I was absolutely ready to change my life, and had no reservations about my choice.
And 2 hours later, the show organizer called me and asked me "Are you ready to work the fair today? We open in 3 hours." "Yes, I would love to." I answered. "I just have to put my stuff in the car and drive down there. I can be there in an hour."
What happened was that someone who had bought a booth cancelled at the last minute, so in that show, I was not listed in the program and no one knew I would be there. Since this was the first big fair I was in and had recently moved her from Atlanta where my practice was well known, but here I was one of the new faces. Yet, I just set up, greeted everyone who walked by my booth and pretty soon I got busy and was busy all weekend. People could just sense that I would do a good job for them, and they chose to sit at my table for a reading. And that was more than 10 years ago. I have worked the shows ever since.
That helped make my transition from my day job into doing this as my full time career.
Many of you have come to see me for private sessions since then and I love and appreciate all of you. It has been an incredible journey.
These shows were created as a way of celebrating all the positive changes we are embracing and considering making and the amazing discoveries we have made on our paths. The format of brief readings that we do at the shows are so that everyone can have an opportunity to meet several people and see who they resonate with and find professionals who they would like to learn from or work with to get their feet solidly on their path and make their way to their next landmark in their lives, their next level of achievement, next level of consciousness.
I decided to share this story with you about how I got started doing these shows because it is an uplifting example of what happens when you use positive thinking to redirect the energies in your life and how important it is to work with your spirit guides. I work with my spirit guides every day, and I can say without reservation that they help me achieve all the successes I have in my life and they are working with me every day to provide good service to every person who comes to see me, whether it is for 20 minutes at a show or for a series of reiki or tarot classes or private sessions, or whatever else they need.
The deal I made with my spirit guides is very simple and direct. I told them that I will help whoever comes to me, for whatever they need, and I will always welcome their help in doing this. I openly admit that everything I do, I do with their help.
So this weekend, I look forward to seeing all of you, and in the weeks between shows, my schedule is open to work with you individually.
If there is a kind of session or technique you would like to try, maybe this time you want to try past lives, runes, dream interpretations, numerology, or reiki as well as or instead of, tarot. If there is something that you would like to learn, ask me. That is how I learned. I asked my spirit guides and I asked other people to teach me.
Life is good. And I am happy to be here now, and participating in it with all of you.
To every one of you who has been a part of my life, I love you.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
It is kind of an odd cycle that we are in right now with 2 full moons again this month, following February which had none and January which had 2.
Full moons are a simple, yet powerful way of keeping in touch with the cycles of nature.
Different cultures have different names for them, and the ones I use have these three themes coming next. Tonight's full moon is the Chaste, the next will be the Seed and then the Hare.
Thematically, the pattern we are following is that we clean our space, then plant the seeds that we want to have grow in our lives this year, and then fertilize our plantings.
If you have a farm or garden, the pattern is literal, although out here in Colorado, we do not plant until after Mother's Day because of the frequency of late winter storms, compared to when I lived in Atlanta and we always planted by the time of the Spring Equinox, which is in March.
Now I know that a lot of you do not have a farm or garden, however, we can use the analogy of our selves as our garden.
We all have things that we want to grow in our lives this year, so if you take it metaphorically, think about this. Do you want to grow a new relationship this year? A new career direction? A new set of workout habits? New eating habits? A new place to live? All of these, and more, are developments that we are already working on.
If you are in an existing relationship and you want to make it better, or you love the career you are in and want to branch out in a new direction or strengthen the position you are in, that would be akin to caring for a perennial. Those plants we mulch over and prune so that the branches that come back this year are stronger and more productive.
Then there are the annuals. Think about courses that you want to take in order to learn something new so that you can develop a new creative interest or hobby, or be able to get into different kinds of work. I have known people who took a half year off of work so that they could hike the Appalachian Trail. Another old friend saved up so that he could fly to London to study playing the dumbek with Hossam Ramzy, the great Egyptian drummer, who you may have heard playing in Loreena McKennitt's band, among others. I once took a year off just to write a book. Others have changed the course of their lives to start organic farms or food trucks.
What do you want to plant in the garden of your life this year?
Seasons change, our ideas change over time. What we want to plant in our gardens evolves as well. I did not always grow comfrey, but now I do every year because I love working with this healing herb and I finally found a place in my sister's garden where it winters over well.
What about those inner drives, those desires you have put on the back burner? Often people say to me "I have been thinking about learning tarot or reiki for a long time, but never seem to have time for it. So this year, I am going to make time for it."
The full moons are a perfect time to relect on the good things that have happened to us this month and express our gratitude for it. And at the same time, it is a perfect time to express our intentions for what we want to have happen next.
In ritual terms, there is a three day window for celebrating the full moons. This consists of the day before, day of, and day after. This is because technically, in astrological and astronomical terms, the precise time of the rising could fall at times when it is not convenient for us to do ritual, but certainly you can see the moon moving into fullness in the sky.
So think about the cycles coming up. We clear the way, we plant, we fertilize and nurture.
Following this same train of thought, we often need to follow a greater trajectory on a longer path to bring our changes from thought into action, from dreams into reality. That is why some people choose a path of mentorship rather than a single visit or a short course. We often benefit from having a guide help us navigate our path from where we are to where we want to go.
So if you view yourself as a garden, what would you like to plant, nurture and harvest this year? Clearing the ground can be akin to clearing a time every week to tend to that garden.
Are you ready to do the planting to grow this year's garden? When you blossom, what do you dream of becoming?
There is a lot of love in gardening. Traditional herbalists believe that when you tend to medicinal plants as they are growing, they give you back more healing energy when you need them.
In other words, the love you put into gardening yourself is returned many times as you harvest and use what you have planted.
How is your garden growing? What would you like it to grow? Who could not use more love in their life? Are you ready to turn your thoughts into actions? Are you ready to clear the way and plant the seeds for growth?
Friday, February 16, 2018
When I was in grammar school and relatives and friends of the family would ask "What do you want to be when you grow up?" the question always stumped me. After all, at that time the only things immediately of interest to me were Boy Scouts and baseball. Then when my dad put a basketball hoop on the back of the garage, that became a new interest. I delivered newspapers, first a weekly neighborhood paper, later a daily. I became real good at throwing a newspaper from a rolling bicycle. I wasn't interested in girls yet. So when adults would come at me with that bamboozling question, I found myself making up answers as I went.
My parents cultivated the habit in us early about using the public library which developed a love of reading and learning. That has stayed with me to this day. When something catches my attention, I look it up. Now that we have the internet it is even easier. And even though we have the great convenience of the internet, I still like using the library. Learning to love to read led to writing. And eventually I became a professional writer. And that, in turn, led me to become a writer for metaphysical, literary, business and arts magazines. And that, in turn, opened the way for me to meet many great healers, psychics, musicians, artists, authors and interesting people I never would have met otherwise.
The first musical instrument I took up was the accordion, at my parents insistence. They were hoping that I would learn to play polkas, but that didn't really appeal to me. I did not care much for the pop music when I was young. Instead, I became enamoured of classical music and took up violin. Back in those days, the prevailing theory was that a student needed to do scales and finger exercises for a long time before you ever get a chance to play songs. So I got impatient with that and quit. Next I picked up the harmonica and learned to play just by listening to recordings and playing along with them, then guitar came the same way. For a number of years, getting together to play guitar and sing with other people became a great way to meet people and socialize.
Years later, I switched from that to hand drums when I became totally mesmerized by the energies that could be raised in drumming circles. Getting together with other people to drum became a great way to meet people and socialize. Add to that the visual of drumming for dancers and you have a really special combination of energies. I learned by playing with other people and also took lessons with a variety of teachers. Each time I changed instruments, new worlds opened up to me. The pleasure of making music combined with making new friends is always a good combo.
When I was a kid, one of the other things I did was collect rocks. It was another way of appreciating the world by just noticing what was interesting wherever I was walking and picking things up, taking them home and then looking them up to see what they were and what they were used for. I made displays with rocks for science fairs. Imagine my great surprise many years later when I discovered that people were using rocks for healing, massage, meditation and other things. I began to see the world in a whole new way. All of a sudden the way I saw rocks changed.
One of our family traditions was always to play cards and tell stories after holiday dinners and special occasions and just for fun many evenings. Imagine my surprise when years later I discovered that people can do readings with cards. I had no idea. Once again, I saw something very familiar in a whole new light. Surprisingly, mom recently told me that grandma used to go to a local woman who used playing cards to read with. Interesting that she never mentioned that until I was reading cards. I guess we have to be inspired to tell stories. And as we share them, other things pop back into mind.
That brings up another thought. My dad took me for my first visit to a chiropractor when I was about 11. I had somehow twisted my neck playing ball and did not have full rotation all of a sudden. When the chiropractor took my head in his hands and gave it a twist, something popped and magically, I was back to normal. Back in those days, nobody I knew was getting massages regularly, but today, massage and chiropractic are part of my regular health maintenance. Once again, things changed.
One of the other great things that arose from curiosity was reiki. I kept hearing people talk about it, and I wondered. Can people really help each other heal and feel better just by a light touch or no touch? That sounded strange to me, so I asked someone to teach me. Now I do both healing and teaching of this wonderful method. But when I first heard about it, I didn't know if somebody was pulling my leg.
I guess you could say I am grown up now, but who I am and what I do are constantly evolving. And I know that a lot of you reading this are evolving too. Like me, some of you used to work in other businesses and then later in life learned to do these other things that people used to think of as weird. Isn't it fun being weird? I love it!
Not just being weird for the sake of being weird, but finding different ways to live and appreciate life. Finding new and different ways to be of service to each other.
One thing we know to be true is that it is natural for people to help each other. Love is expressed in different ways with different people.
In case you are wondering why I chose to tell these stories today, I have to say that I was moved by many of the testimonials and reviews clients have been writing for me. You can see some of them below. Others are on primarily on Google or secondarily on Yelp.
You see, even though I had no clue what I wanted to be when I was a kid, today I can say that I am happy to be who I am, doing what I am doing, living where I am living, knowing the people I know.
And not just when I was a kid, but if you would have asked me 30 years ago if I thought I would be doing this in the future, I would have asked you what you were talking about.
Which brings me to one more beautiful point. With some of my older clients, I have to explain terminology sometimes because it is new to them. Words like chakras, auras, karma, reincarnation, spirit guides, and spiritual energies. These were not words that many of us were raised with. I am very pleased than many of my younger clients are already familiar with these ideas. The younger people are a pleasure to work with, and the world is evolving in a good way with them, because they know things that I did not know when I was in my 20s or younger.
What a good day this is to be alive!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
As we have discussed, 2018 is a 2 year, and so partnership and planning are powerful energies that are happening this year.
A perspective on this you may not have considered is that partnership with our spirit guides is also a powerful component this year.
In the tarot, the Priestess is the #2 card. The pictures here are different artists renderings of the Priestess from some of my favorite decks. Three above are from Tarot of Dreams, Tarot of the Old Path and Victorian Romantic Tarot. Three below are from Intuitive Tarot, Wildwood Tarot and Renaissance Tarot.
When we consider the meanings assigned to the Priestess, we get a vision of how exactly we can develop closer ties to our spirit guides and work with feminine energy this year.
One concept before we go further, and that is that every person contains some masculine and some feminine energies. So for example, when we are being aggressive in business, making a hard sell, driving a hard bargain, viewing others as competitors, rapidly expanding territory, we are using masculine energies.
When we are nurturing, being cooperative, calling on our intuition, gently eliciting support for a goal, being kind, empathic, and fluid in our positions and perspectives, we are using feminine energies.
So you see, a woman can use masculine energy and a man can use feminine energy. At different times, we go back and forth with this.
Tarot as a teaching tool has been with us and evolving since 14th century Italy. One of the fascinating and attractive aspects of it is that so many different artists have drawn the pictures differently, and many more are still making new drawings.
Think of a deck like a coffee table picture book which you can just sit and look at sometimes to find inspiration and enlightenment. As a self teaching tool, you can use it to shift your frame of reference from a device for fortune telling to one for fortune creating.
What are principles, ideas, and concepts that the Priestess can help remind us about? What are some lessons we can get from this image?
For one, the priestess is all about inner guidance. She really uses her intuition to help her make decisions. She is about trusting your feelings in making choices and decisions.
She can signal quieting yourself to becoming more connected with the divine. By doing this, a person can become more self confident.
By focusing on visions, she becomes a seer, like the Oracles of Delphi, who revealed prophecy after inhaling and staring into the mists arising from the earth. How often do we get inspired, creative thoughts when we are simply out in nature, either walking or just sitting a relaxing and opening our minds to take it all in.
The priestess also knows mysteries and secrets. She knows the truths in a clearer way than they way they are often stated in books and scriptures. She intuitively knows how to do or say things that bring about healing.
She is a powerful woman who needs a powerful partner, and having a woman of this quality in your life is likely a soulmate experience.
A priestess also possesses a magnetic sexual appeal as she knows how to combine her sexual energies with spiritual energies. These two together are a very potent mix that elevates a relationship with her to a powerful energetic experience.
As such, these traits symbolize aspects of reconciliation and reunion both with our selves and with others.
That is why some artists draw her as one who is very comfortable interacting with all aspects of nature, including animals, weather, plants, and recognizing the spirit in all living things.
Then some draw her as more of a seer and magical person who resides in a temple and bestows gifts of love, healing, wisdom and insight upon those who come to call on her and ask for her advice.
Some images may be more appealing than others because we all have different tastes in art. And some may also appeal to us more than others because these represent more of what we want in our life.
So consider all the ways that this priestess energy, feminine energy can help us partner with spirit and other people to help us create more of the life we want this year.
If you were to see yourself calling on priestess energy, what would you be doing? If you were shifting your view of situations, events and relationships to a priestess perspective, what would you see differently? If you were using priestess energy to get things done, how would they work differently?
In all of these ways, you begin to use the images in the tarot deck are tools to teach ourselves and learn important life lessons, and in so doing, we act in ways that becoming fortune creating. We are not doing fortune telling. When we use our energies in the divine feminine kind of way, we set about making life better for ourselves and all of the others in our lives.
So if you are a man reading this, how would you treat women differently if you recognized these energies in them?
And if you are a woman reading this, how would you use these energies to treat the men in your life differently?
Priestess energies with be prominent all this year. How can we use them to make this a better year? Partner with the priestess. Partner with spirit guides. Perhaps a priestess is one of your spirit guides.
What will you create in your life now, recognizing, calling on and using all these priestess energies? How can you use them to create a great 2018? What a year it can be!
Monday, January 1, 2018
In numerology, this is a 2 year, which means that there will be a focus on the power of partnerships and actively planning for our next step.
The significance of this is simple yet powerful. I use a simple system of numerology. You may see articles by other people who say that this is an 11 year. I am a fan of Occam's razor. I think that simplest is best, so I keep reducing numbers to single digits and work within a framework of 1 to 9. 10 is a 1. Occam's razor, if you are not familiar with it, is simply a principle that says that if there is more than one explanation for a prediction that the simpler one is better.
When I say partnerships people's minds quickly jump to romantic, and of course that is one of the important connections in all of our lives.
Now open your view to include all the other important partnerships. We have business partners, study partners, workout partners, dance partners, hobby partners, sports partners, travel partners, roommates, neighbors, preferred vendors, regular clients, teachers, mentors, and others, like personal friends who may partner with us in one or more ways.
During 2018, some of our old partners may drop off the radar and new ones will enter the picture, while some will remain the same.
And it is these people who will help us achieve our goals. Whether our goals are big or small, they can be instrumental in helping us get there.
Among friends, partnership does not always mean that they are doing something with us, but that they at least give us moral support and encouragement. Example. You decide to try something new and the skeptical friend goes puts down your idea. The better friend will say good for you! That sounds interesting. And sometimes they say, "How would you like me to do that with you or go with you?"
These relationships can accelerate our progress. If we are consistent with our workout partners or study partners for example, we can start seeing results right now in 2018. The sooner we activate these partnerships, the sooner we bring about positive change in our lives, and we can enjoy the benefits of higher levels of achievement.
In this year of partnership, our theme is all about alignment. Being in alignment with people who share our goals and visions gives us encouragement, which strengthens our motivation. As we associate with people who share our goals we increase the vibrations we are broadcasting out into the universe and that increases our magnetism and helps bring about results by facilitating stronger connections. The synergy of two people working together produces a stronger energy, a third force, that is more powerful than two individuals working separately. That is a meaning of the Lovers card in tarot, where there is usually an angel between the two figures.
So think about how you want to proceed and who can help you.
We can all make progress this year. Change is never ending, and that is why we periodically need to realign with our partners or change partners.
Big changes like divorce, separation, career change, moving to a new home, health challenges, and spiritual evolution, all make new partnerships necessary and these changes can be swift.
As we focus a clear vision of what we want to have happen in our lives, we draw in partners to help bring this into reality.
What are your visions for 2018? Who will help you realize them?
Friday, December 15, 2017
At this time of year, when there is so much focus on shopping and buying gifts, it is easy to forget that the greatest gift we can give each other is that of ourselves. The light that shines from within us helps illuminate our own path plus that of our friends, family and all those with whom we interact in the course of our daily lives.
We give each other gifts every day of light and love when we show respect and consideration for one another. When we open our hearts and give of ourselves, this is the gift that is most appreciated and most remembered.
Being a part of each other's lives and helping each other make progress and achieve our goals is the real gift.
And it is powerfully important to remember that making progress and achieving goals begins with the light we let shine every day. Simply being kind to whoever we encounter can make all the difference in someone else's day.
Those random acts of kindness that we do for people we do not even know put us in the frame of mind to do more. So when a friend asks us for help, and we respond enthusiastically, we share in their joy when they succeed.
Part of our consciousness in being the gift is knowing that when we help each other, the world works better for all of us.
And when we help each other by sharing knowledge, ideas and and techniques, we help light the path for ourselves and others so that we can see more clearly and be more sure footed on our path.
I know that sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement to help another person's light grow brighter. Many times I have heard people say things about themselves, like I would really like to write, make art, play music or something, but I do not know if I am just wasting my time. I do not know if I am any good. The truth is that when we are doing anything creative, including every day acts like cooking, we are connecting with spirit. We are always the first one to benefit from these actions and those we share these with are the second ones to benefit.
Sometimes when people say that they would like to do a different kind of work and then they get into that, they are sharing their light. When we volunteer to help one another, whether it is just one on one or as part of an organization, we add our light to the world.
All of these actions open us up so that we are able to shine our light even more brightly and raise the vibrations for everyone. The more we open our hearts, the more we light the way, with every thought, with every word, with every action. Remember, where our thoughts go, our energy goes.
When we get together with family and friends, sharing in holiday festivities, we are sharing light.
What makes this time of year special is not just the lights on trees and houses, as beautiful as they are.
The love and joy in your heart and the kindness and beauty in your spirit are the gift you bring with you wherever you go.
You are the gift. You are the light that illuminates not just this season, but every day that you live, for every person you encounter.
And the more we remember this, the more we light up the world for each other. Remember, it is not the things that you have or the things that you bring. It is you. You are the light. You are the gift. You are the joy. You are the love. The light of the spirit emanates from your feelings. Notice it, from this very second, from this moment, and every day of your life. The more you open up to let your light shine, the brighter your future becomes. When you light up the present, you are the present. And don't we all appreciate that?
I am always happy to hear from you, whether you would like to make an appointment for a session or you just want to let me know how you are doing. I love it when you keep in touch.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
As we clean up and decorate for the holidays, this is a time of renewal and creating a new vision for our lives. December is a perfect time to review, to let go of that which needs to be cleared out and new openings created for the light to shine on our lives. Light is essential for vision, and clear vision opens our perception to new sources of light.
How so? As we wind up our calendar year, we review what we have done during the past year and give thought to the people and events we want to continue to have in our life during the coming year.
When we go through a cupboard, closet, cabinet or other storage space, it is amazing how often we find things that we no longer use, even though at an earlier time, we used these things a lot. These are telltale signs of how much our life has changed. And sometimes we may not have had this clear realization without the physical effort. So in cleaning, we are able to make room for what we plan to do next.
During cleaning, it is common to find things that we bought duplicates of because we could not find the first item, so now we have two of them. Seeing this also sharpens our vision. In the same way, as we go through our books or clothing we come face to face with the realization that some of the things we would still say are important to us we have not acted on or used in a few years. When this is the case, then we need to decide whether we will use these things again or clear them out and simply being faced with this decision presents us with the opportunity for growth.
In the same way that we need to let go of clothing that no longer fits, we let go of thoughts, ideas, practices and habits that no longer fit.
This is our opportunity to start fresh, to open the way for new light to illuminate the next stage of our path. This self examination is valuable.
As we decorate our space for the holidays, we are welcoming in the return of the light, both literally and symbolically. What can we do next that will shed the greatest light on our path? Yes, we welcome old and new friends in for the holidays, and at the same time as we review what we have done this past year, we look forward to what we really feel inspired to do during this next year.
2017 was a year of new beginnings for us, and 2018 will be a year during which the partnerships we will form and those we have formed will help us move forward in life.
New partnerships can be powerful allies. When we are learning new concepts and practices, study partners, practice partners, workout partners and romantic partners, that often provides valuable reinforcement and encouragement.
The energy of the year ahead will emphasize our partnerships. If we have been wanting a new one, this will be a good year to form one.
It is always good to express gratitude for the partnerships we have had and make note of the lessons we have learned from them. Doing this will help us build even stronger and more efficient partnerships next time.
So as we bask in the beauty of all the seasonal lights, think of all the ways we can light up our lives more. What can we do different or better from this day forward? How can we light up our lives so that there is more joy and enlightenment both for ourselves and our partners?
I am always happy to hear from you, whether you would like to make an appointment for a session or you just want to let me know how you are doing. I love it when you keep in touch.