Friday, February 16, 2018

What do we want to be? What kinds of stories do we want to tell?

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. 

And given that many of us are living longer now, there is still more time to grow up and develop in ways we never imagined before.

What a good day this is to be alive!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Feminine Energy for 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

2018: Focusing on the Power of Partnerships

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

You are the Gift, You are the Light

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

Partnership with Inner and Outer Lights

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. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Magic of Gratitude

Every day, I have a little quiet time with myself and my spirit guides to thank them for all the good things I am enjoying in my life. I thank them for a good night's sleep, for good food to eat, for my car running, for my phone and computer working. I thank them for helping to keep me healthy. I thank them for a good place to live.  
I give thanks for all the wonderful people spirit has brought into my life as clients and as friends. I give thanks for family. I give thanks for all my teachers.  
Think about your spirit guides as friends. They walk with us all the time, and they are the ones giving us that friendly elbow in our gut. That gut instinct that we all have is spirit giving us advice on our best choices in life.  
I also ask them every day if they have any advice for me or if there is anything I need to know.  
Think of them this way. If you have friends who only call you when they want something, you become less eager to take their calls. Think of our spirit guides in the same way. There is always a give and take between friends. We always leave the channels open for two way communication.  
Do you notice how good it feels to express gratitude? Doesn't it make you feel wealthy? Yes, we always have things to be thankful for. Knowing this and expressing it, we affirm that we live in an abundant universe and that we have blessings from spirit every day.   
Have you noticed that when you express gratitude to everyone you deal with every day that the whole flow of energy increases around you and adds to the joy of your day? Simple kindness to everyone we meet adds to our overall sense of well being. Try it and see what you notice. 
My connection to spirit prompted me to take a vow to help whoever comes to me, and I know that I can do this, not only because I have learned techniques from my teachers but also because I know that my spirit guides work with me to help me take care of each person by providing them the healing and guidance they need. Spirit has increased my abilities and increases the results for my clients. 
That is why during sessions I may say things I did not know I was going to say and that the healing experience for the person requesting it is truly profound. By working with spirit good exchanges of energies and good results are always present.
I have requested that spirit guide more of those people to me who want to work with me on a regular basis to help them evolve to their next level of consciousness, to progress in their life and achieve their desires, to learn and to grow. I really enjoy working with clients in this way because it also confirms that my work is worthwhile and that I am doing something good with my life by doing this.  
As we help others, what is required is that we open our hearts more, and in so doing, we also benefit from the healing that spirit helps bring through us. When we express gratitude, our hearts get bigger. Do you feel it?
Now this week comes what has always been one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. What a wonderful thing that we officially have one day a year to express our gratitude. In the same way that we have holidays to honor those we know who have died, we also acknowledge those thoughts on other days too. So too for gratitude. It is an every day state of mind, and we have a beautiful holiday to celebrate it.  
This is a time to gather together with family and friends to celebrate our connections over the simple sharing of a good meal and time together for storytelling, games or whatever ways we choose to celebrate this joy. Back when I worked for a company that moved me around the country and I found myself in cities where I had no friends or relatives, we would have what we called orphan dinners on Thanksgiving, where we would get together with co-workers who were also from out of town and everyone brought something to the feast.  
What a perfect keynote for this time of year and to continue our journey of love. I do not think that it is good that some merchants are trying to turn this wonderful holiday into just another shopping day. Shopping can be done on other days. I think that it is best to keep the spirit of this day one of gratitude and sharing the joy of living.   
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. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Death, Near Death and More Love

Encountering death, even in passing, touches that deepest part of us where the love that is at our core takes note of how it can express itself, whether it is our last moment or a reprieve that may last years.

I have noticed that, and perhaps you have too, when you meet someone who died and came back, or those who had a close brush with death either through accident, serious illness or violent crime.

Two of my clients were in Las Vegas when that awful massacre happened. They were paying attention to their spirit guides and fortunately avoided being in the midst of the gunfire. 

They had traveled from Colorado to Vegas and had tickets to go to the country music concert, but that day, they just had a feeling that they didn't want to go and decided to go to a show at the MGM instead. They did not hear a whisper in their ear from a guardian angel. They just had a feeling that this is what they should do. 

Ironically, they were with a group of 30 friends, and 20 of them had that same feeling. I cannot answer your obvious other question about the others. I do know that while the family members of those who were shot are asking "Why did this happen to my family member or friend?" while the survivors are asking "Why am I still alive?"

The answer to this question is unique to each individual. And this brings to mind the answer that I heard many times at the convention of people who have had near death experiences. They all recalled wondering at the visions and feelings they experienced while dead, but then they heard a voice that told them it was not their time yet and felt a push that brought them back. 

What I notice about the people who have had the near death experiences is that they have a sense of love and purpose about them as they go about their lives after that. 

Similarly, many of the survivors of the recent mass shooting will give more thought to what they are doing and make changes so that they can focus their attention on living out their lives from this day forward in a way that is meaningful and significant to them. 

The effects on the families and friends of those who have died will vary greatly. 

To help bring comfort and focus to survivors is a theme of our biggest holiday at this time of year, known as Halloween, All Souls, Samhain and Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). 

Therese Schroeder-Sheker, who has played the harp and sang at the bedsides of thousands of dying people and their family members once noted that the music not only helps the dying person have a smoother transition, it is also for the benefit of those who are still here. 

This sentiment fits perfectly with the spirit of the holiday at the end of the month. We take time to remember those who we know who died this year, and these can include those with whom we had a close personal relationship, pets, and those who touched our lives through their work, such as favorite authors, artists, musicians, actors and others. All of them made lasting impressions on us, influenced us, and generated feelings of love within us.

As we look at their photos, tell stories about them, share a favorite meal of theirs as a way to say good bye and good journey into the next realm, we are giving them a loving send off.

Reflecting on these people and their lives we consider what part they played in ours and how they influenced us, and this may influence our life changing decisions and the path we set our selves upon from here forward.

Any brush with death or near death is a spiritually transformative experience during which mortality poses the question of what will we do if we get to live longer? For those who have survived such experiences, much love is stimulated, partly out of gratitude for surviving, and also out of a renewed sense that we should express our love and humanity at every opportunity and make them priorities. The resulting warmth and vitality in the auras, chakras and energy fields of those people enlivens them in a way that is above and beyond normal. And why shouldn't love and gratitude be the new normal?

It is often through death that we have a greater appreciation for life because, of course we all know that one day we will die, the important question is what we will be doing between now and then. 

Many years ago, a novel by Thornton Wilder, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" focused on this exact question. The theme was that a bridge collapsed killing several people, was there any reason why they all died on that day and the novel investigates each life. The novel ends with the Abbess's observation: "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."

Another great perspective will be found at the Longmont Museum, which for the 17th year of putting on a Day of the Dead Celebration and exhibition which anyone can visit for free from October 14 - November 7. It is the largest Dia de lost Muertos celebration in the state. I always find this exhibition to be worthwhile. There is a lot of heartfelt creativity which may prompt you to do your own ritual, making an altar to remember those who have crossed over since last fall. 

There is another thought about death that I feel is a good perspective.

"Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, 'I haven't touched you yet."
~ Carlos CastaƱeda, Journey to Ixtlan

So in a very real sense, I feel that it is good that we have this day of the year where we pause to acknowledge our losses, then draw on this wisdom and these feelings to inform our path forward. It seems fitting and in sync with the season that as trees let go of their leaves and reveal their skeletons, that we are mirroring that activity within.

The year is in its coldest, darkest quarter and this is a magnificent time to do our inner journeys and inner work in earnest as we focus and set our priorities and set foot on the path we are choosing to move forward on. For those of us who have survived close brushes with death, we savor each day and express our love freely. It is always a good day to tell someone that you love them. We do not know how many days we have left, so let us make each one as good as we can. Express that love now, while we are here. 

I love all of you who my spirit guides bring to me. I know that you are here because I can help you and I am very happy to be working with my guides to serve you. What a wonderful day to be alive!