Thursday, February 28, 2013

Planets Out of Orbit

There are a number of times in our lives when we may end up changing our patterns so much that we feel like a planet out of orbit. The disorientation causes us to see everything in a new light. How can this happen?

One of the biggest shifts can be when we have ended a relationship with someone who was significant to us. We might have even thought that this person was our soulmate, but then the relationship is over and we find ourselves scrambling to reorient our orbit. Perhaps there are things that we used to do that we no longer want to do, and other people whose friendship was more attached to the other person, so that goes away as well. After we have digested the lesson from that experience, we begin to get our bearings again when we recognize that there is another person who might be another soulmate, offering us a new experience that may help us elevate our sense of purpose, our aliveness and our sense of communication to a higher level.

Establishing a new orbit will take varying amounts of time for each of us, depending on any number of factors. Perhaps we knew that the relationship had been fading for a long time and we were expecting the final separation for some time. We examine what we have learned and then apply those lessons to our next relationship. There is more than one soulmate on this planet for every one of us. When we act on this knowledge, and expect the best for ourselves, there is always hope.

How much does our orbit change when we change careers. Where we go every day changes, the people we associate with changes. Subjects that were of interest to us change. What we do every day may change radically. The speed and depth of change in many businesses has caused many of us to completely redirect our business interests and endeavors.

Establishing a new orbit in this aspect will be related to the speed with which we reassess our priorities, our desires, our skills, abilities and our vision. Once we do that we are able to reset our orbit and reorient our world.

In the process of resetting our orbit, we will be drawn to tune into spirit more closely. Where answers used to be prompt because our orbit was on automatic pilot, the less we admit we know, the more we open up to spiritual guidance. Weird thoughts, ideas from out in left field, outside the box strategies, all become new windows for us to look through.

We use different tools and techniques to find ways to tune into spirit, and spirit helps us repair, and sometimes reinstall our guidance system. It is scary to look ahead right after a sudden shift, but then once we have a new direction, we need to keep in touch with spirit to keep ourselves on course. Self confidence takes root in our inner planes and we exude confidence that we will succeed in our journey. Once we have done what we need to do to consult with spirit and reset our course, the new orbit will become our new comfort zone. Each time we reset, we become more fluid in the process.

We are like planets that orbit in inner space as well as outer space.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Power of Free Will

When people come to me for readings, I always remind them of the importance of their use of free will in how their lives go.

I can see how the energy patterns are playing out in a person's life and what opportunities these may bring.

The two most popular areas of questions for most readers are the questions about love, relationships and business or career. This makes perfect sense, since these are the two biggest decisions we make in our lives. Who we choose to love and what we choose to do for a living are the big questions.

Readers can present possible outcomes from a neutral point of view, then the client makes their choice from among the possible outcomes.

All this stuff that some people see as "woo-woo" really is logical when you look at it. The reader might be the only objective input a person is getting and that makes it valuable as a second opinion. People who are your friends, relatives and co-workers all have opinions about you and vested interests in what you do. The reader, however, can just look at situations and present information they pick up.

This explains why a fresh perspective will either open your eyes to new possibilities or confirm choices you have already made. Many times when I mention something in a reading, such as looking for a new place to live, the person will confirm that they have either just moved recently or they are considering it. Another example is that when I ask a person if they are interested in a certain form of expression, they mention that they have been thinking about doing more of that for a while now. Or perhaps I see them setting about learning something new and they mention that they recently began studying something they have been wanting to learn more about.

These are just a few examples of things I pick up in readings and I often get to see joy on a person's face when they either recognize a new possibility or have their own feelings validated. This is one reason why this work is so satisfying.

It is also why skeptics sometimes discover something important when they experience a reading for the first time. And it is also why the thing that was once considered "far out" is more and more considered a sensible thing to do.

The Power of Curiosity

Some of us are just naturally curious. When we are reading something and come across a word that is unfamiliar to us, we look it up. When we hear about an interesting concept, we want to know more.

Curiosity is what inspires us to try something on the menu that we have not tried before when we go out to eat, and do things we have not done before. You don't have to be near death to have a bucket list.

Years ago when I was working for a corporation that moved me around the country for different work assignments, I would have to meet new people and try new things because I didn't know anyone in the places where they moved me. As a result, when I found myself in another new city, I looked in the alternative weekly and saw an ad for a psychic fair. I had no idea what those were like and I had nothing else to do, so I went and got readings for the first time in my life. And new worlds opened to me.

One thing led to another and I found myself interviewing people and writing articles for a metaphysical newspaper. I went to workshops and tried everything from dowsing to chanting to walking on fire. I learned about past lives and how to do reiki healing. I was in sweat lodges and went on herb walks. I learned to do rituals and helped raise standing stones. I found myself learning to drum and leading drumming circles. Then one day I was reading in psychic fairs.

Every bit of it began with simple curiosity. When I encountered something interesting, I wanted to know how it worked or if it would work for me. As a result my life changed dramatically from the way it used to be. Attitudes changed, goals changed, tastes changed, friends changed.

Have you experienced the power of curiosity in your life?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What About Soulmates?

When we meet someone special, we know it in our gut. We find that what we freely choose resonates powerfully with the other person. We do things that bond us together without trying to do so, because that is just the natural outcome of our choices. We feel so passionately, intimately connected to the other person that there is no question that we would do whatever we can to help that person and be with that person. Healing happens because we offer each other what we need, and we do it instinctively. We encourage each other to be the best that we can be and we enjoy seeing the other person blossom into their greatest potential. We don't have to do anything special to feel love and desire for the other person because that just comes naturally. We don't have to think about it because it just flows out of us and between us, and the energies intermingle. Getting along with the other person is not an effort, it is easy. When we start conversations, we are genuinely interested in what each other has to say. This is all way beyond simple attraction. The other person's presence resonates at a gut level. It is visceral and dynamic.

During our lifetime, we may have more than one soulmate, each of whom helps us learn one of the lessons we came here to learn. At different times in our life, we may be more open to learning than at another. At one time in our life, we might be ready for a powerful relationship, while at another juncture, we may not be ready. 

Some people believe that there is only one great match for each one of us in this world. I don't think that is true. I think that there are lots of people who might be our soulmate and as we navigate our way through life, we feel that powerful connection with a person and we both consciously choose to be in the relationship. 

If we believe in concepts like karma and reincarnation, then the point of that process is to let us come back and learn our important life lessons and balance the scales from past lives. Don't overlook the fact that we also get more than one opportunity to learn our lessons within one lifetime, our current lifetime. 

Naturally, at Valentine's Day, this is a subject that is on lots of people's minds. 

Where do you think you are with all this? Do you recognize your past or present soulmate relationships? Are you ready for another one? 

Monday, February 11, 2013

There Are No Bad Dreams

When someone says "I had a bad dream last night" what they really mean is that something about the dream really bothered them. But perhaps what they initially describe as bad is really a warning that, if heeded might avoid a problem or a difficult situation.

For example, if you dream that you are in a difficult situation or have been injured in some way, ask yourself where in your life might something be posing a problem for you. Look at the areas in your life, where you feel that your power is being taken away or your energy is being drained.

If you dream of a person who is being mean to you in a dream, where in real life are you dealing with such a person? Once you can answer this question then you can take action in your real life to resolve the situation.

If you dream of running from something, ask yourself what you are trying to get away from? What are you overwhelmed by? What are the things in your life that need to be resolved or cleaned up?

So if a dream brings to your attention a situation that needs to be resolved because it has been making you feel uneasy, this is not bad, it is simply a warning and if you heed the warning and take action, you will get a good result.

So there are no bad dreams. A more accurate way to say it is that there are dreams that make you feel uncomfortable, and that is not bad. Every situation and relationship in life is not comfortable, but if we are aware of what is happening, we can reorganize ourselves or realign ourselves so that we are in comfortable situations or relationships more times than not.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Value of Our Own Stories

What is the value of a story well told? That depends on who the reader is. Not all of us will write something that will win a literary prize or bestseller status.

However in recent years, people have realized the value of writing down family stories, as a way of letting the future generations know what it was like to come to this country or tell what it was like to live and work in the not so distant past.

There are younger people growing up who have no sense of just how much the world has changed in the time leading up to their birth. Just as many people born in the last 40 years struggle to imagine what it was like to grow up in a house without electricity or running water or even a neighborhood without a fast food burger franchise or video games.

Telling your own story can be a valuable experience to help you get perspective on your own life, and it can also open a window for illumination for those who follow. Even if the only people who read these stories are your own family members, they can serve a valuable purpose.

Have you ever taken the time to write your own life story?

Maybe tackling the whole thing might be too big a task, so try this approach. Think about some of the pivotal moments in your life. Events that changed your life, altered your path, shifted your perceptions. Focus on those and then let the story unwind about what happened, why it was significant and how your life changed from that point on.

Look back at various parts of your life that were either particularly bad or particularly good. Look back at your achievements and how you felt about them. What might that indicate for achievements still in front of you?

Taking a look at your own story can offer you valuable insight into what works for you and why, and maybe even what might be the best way forward for you.

Doing this exercise is not intended to produce a best selling book. It is simply intended to bring some clarity and joy to your own process of sorting things out and using the advantage of long range vision to more easily identify strengths, weaknesses, triumphs and missteps. Discovery, joy, resilience and creativity.

Once you have written your story or stories, you have a tool in your possession that will prove useful. The time invested will be well worth it. If it turns out to be something you want to offer for sale on the internet, fine. If you want to try and get it published, fine. If it goes on you own website or blog, fine.

A good story contains benefits for both the writer and the reader. If you would like someone to help you with your stories, I have years of experience as a writing teacher and editor. I can help you get the ball rolling and I can also look over what you have and give you feedback which could strengthen your process and encourage you to keep going to unearth the stories that are like gold to you, valuable to negotiate your way in the coin of the realm.

The perspective we have now on events that have happened in the past may present us with the keys to our future. Often we need the clarity of time an distance to help us see. Then that sight turns into vision and expands our horizons and lets us see ourselves in the big picture. The realizations we get from writing our own stories can be highly effective, because they are uniquely ours, and we have the ability to use them.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

From Lupercalia to Valentines


Today Valentine's Day seems to be not much more than a sales promotion event for companies that produce chocolates, flowers, greeting cards and other gimmicks like diamond jewelry, teddy bears and special pajamas. But the only gift that actually comes close to the original spirit of the times might be sexy lingerie.

Back in the days of the Roman Empire, February was the time for a holiday known as Lupercalia, a lusty holiday during which the followers of Pan would run wildly through the streets in animal skins with little scourges, the playful touch of which were said to make a woman more fertile. You can see the roots of today's bondage and discipline games in here, can't you?

February gets its name from the word for purification, and was the original month for spring cleaning. So with the spring cleaning also came the first stirrings of waking from the winter slumber and the lusty appetites of those who have awakened. Lupercalia derives from lupus the word for wolf, a reference to the myth of the origin of Rome, wherein the twins Romulus and Remus were suckled and raised by a she wolf and then went on to create Rome.

Women would bare their flesh in order to receive more playful strokes from the scourges. People would play the ancient equivalent of spin the bottle and there was a general air of lusty playfulness everywhere.

It does not take much imagination to see why such a holiday would be immensely popular. So, like they did with other holidays, the church laid a more genteel veneer over the old pagan holiday, and thus, Valentine's Day was born. According to church legend, Valentine became popular for performing marriages for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The day was first associated with romantic love by the author Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. The first Valentine's cards were produced in 18th century Britain.

So this is the story of how a day of lusty playfulness was turned into a day of dedication to love and faithful devotion. All of this was done with the same deft touch that turned Samhain into All Saints Day, Yule into Christmas and Ostara into Easter. A little smidgen of politics and religion, and voila! the lusty antics, laughter and opportunity for people to stop working to sprout and sport their wild hairs was suddenly tamped down.

So if you are feeling a bit randy on Valentine's weekend, consider it a bit of the roots of the old holiday peeking back through the veneer of chocolates and roses. Be creative and maybe you will get some other ideas for how you might like to celebrate it this year.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Down to Earth

Here is a perspective for your consideration.

Perhaps we are on Earth for a vacation from the body-less realms. This is the only way we get an experience of this place, and the experience of living in a body. We learn to manage and do things in the dense physical reality that distinguishes us from the world of spirit, where everything is ethereal, light and airy.

What if this is our paradise? What if the most delightful place that we will ever know is right here? Maybe some of those ideas we got about paradise being up there somewhere up there are all wrong. What if our whole understanding of this process of life, death and rebirth are all wrong? What if our understanding is all upside down?

Picture this. When you are out there somewhere, no more substantial than a breeze blowing across the plains, when your sense of yourself is intangible an undefinable at best, you are finally rewarded with an opportunity to be given a body and come here to experience what it is like to eat, drink, sleep, dream, have sex, work, play, dance and sing.

So when we die we go back to this in between zone where it is just misty and cloudy and we float around without any substance. Then we get reincarnated in these bodies to experience life again, savoring the experience and learning from our past mistakes.

Maybe the goal is not to go up there, but come back here.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Interpreting Your Dreams Through email

Dream Interpretation is one of the services I have been providing to people for a long time.

Many people keep dream journals or periodically make notes of dreams that seem significant to them.

Sometimes, however, people have difficulty trying to figure out what a dream may mean to them even though they can remember it vividly.

Dreams often follow patterns, which you will discover if you keep a journal and you see similar characters or situations appearing repeatedly.

One of the values of dream interpretation is that they can reveal underlying motivations that may explain why things are happening to us or why we find ourselves in certain situations.

Dreams often are also precognitive, which means that things that appear to us first in that state later happen in real life.


A new service I am offering is this. You can email your dream or dreams to me, and I will interpret them for you and email this back you. The price for this service is the same as a half hour reading, $50.

So far, the number of dreams that seems to work is either one long one or three shorter ones. I look forward to interpreting your dreams. I will also include follow up questions by email, if you feel that further clarification or comment is needed.

Making Progress in Healing

For more than a month, my leg has been healing from a fall I took on the ice while out walking. I am thinking of it as a sprain. I twisted my legs as I fell, and the left one seemed to get the worst of it. There never was any bruising or discoloring from the fall, it just hurt a lot. I was limping when I walked, and when I sat down for a while, the knee seemed to lock up so that when I went to stand and walk again, it took a few minutes to adjust.

When I was young, I had a many surgeries on that leg to correct the way the bones were formed when I was born. I remember this. I feel a surge of powerful energy run through me when I affirm that my leg will heal. So much work was done on it to make it right that I am summoning up powerful amounts of energy to heal it so that I have the normal range of motion again.

During this time, I have been treating it with liniment and salve, sometimes massaging it with a vibrator and then getting up and exercising some every day. I am also getting massages about once a week. Walking, swimming and dancing help to keep it flexible and rebuild muscles. Now I can walk without limping. Dancing was the most challenging activity to resume and each week it has gotten a little better. So now it is definitely healing although not back to normal yet, but I can feel the range of motion getting closer to normal every day. It still hurts and will lock up a bit, but not as bad as it was.

One of the most interesting developments is to notice how extra surges of healing energy shoot through my leg when I reaffirm that I will heal, with a very strong sense of will and intent connected to it.

How much of our healing can we effect in this way? The answer to that question is unknown, but it is certainly worth a try.