Saturday, February 25, 2017

What 3 Spiritual Tools Could You Not Live Without?

This was a good question posed by Leisa at the Tarot Alchemist, and I did a video response to it, but I also wanted to pose and answer it in my blog for discussion. 

My answer is my collection of decks (Tarot, Oracle and Lenormand) and all of my divination tools, my crystals and my singing bowl collection. 

So, what are yours? You can be as specific as you want, either category like I did or specific choices like a particular deck, crystal, etc. Please, comment below or do a video like I did! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Do Your Compare Yourself To Other Readers?

It's easy to doubt yourself as a reader, especially if you listen to someone else's reading and think they knocked it out of the park better than you could, or a sitter tells you that So-And-So gave them the most amazing reading of their life a couple of years ago when they were out of town and they've never found another reader that good. 

When I was reading on the psychic reader line, I got a lot of "well five other readers told me...and know you're telling me this, we'll see who's right." Or, "everyone keeps telling me that, but it never happens". Oh yes, those things will make you question yourself at times! But I learned to trust the message I got. (See this post for the reason the latter can happen.)

However, one thing I've learned is to never compare myself to other readers. I currently live in an area where there are a lot of us and have many fellow professional readers as friends. We even refer people to each other if someone is looking for something specific that another one of us specializes in, like animal communication readings, and we do readings for each other...sometimes just for fun. For a while I also ran a Meetup group for Tarot and Oracle readers, and as part of the meetings we'd do readings for each other to stretch our skills and experience different styles of reading, as well as to get newbies comfortable with their own skills since no books were allowed to be consulted.

Because of all of this, what I've learned is that we all see something different when we look at the cards, and everyone has a different style or even a different way of interpreting. For example, one fellow professional told me that she doesn't even know the book meanings for the cards, they just talk to her--literally. There are also different types of readers, because there are those who are truly psychics and mediums (as I suspect of the women mentioned) who use the cards as a tool to comfort their clients, and there are those (like me) who use the cards for our own comfort in tapping into our gifts...and every shade in between. 

So, don't worry if you see someone in a conversation thread or a video get a different interpretation of a card or spread than you do or feel you would, trust that whatever YOU get is the right message at the right time. It's my belief that Spirit sends us the right people, whether sitter or reader, at the right time to deliver what needs to be said at that time...and that there's no wrong message. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Count Your Blessings

I started a new job a few weeks ago after five years of working from home on a psychic hotline. I had burned out on that and so I searched for a full time job, found one I loved and then realized that I was allergic to it. Go figure, my allergy to wool that makes my skin itch if I wear it also makes it so that I can't breathe if my lungs wear the wool fiber dust produced in copious amounts in a store that sells Persian rugs. Sigh. So, when I was healed and could search again, all that I could find was a job doing customer service in a call center...and all I've done since starting is to complain.

I've been complaining about the job, the rules, the hours, the training, the trainer, my fellow students, the hours I'll be working after training...everything about it. As usual, Spirit decided to surround me with messages, LOL!

The biggest was this one: 

"Most people do not realize that as they continue to find things to complain about, they disallow their own physical well-being. Many do not realize that before they were complaining about an aching body or a chronic disease, they were complaining about many other things first. It does not matter if the object of your complain is about someone you are angry with, behavior in others that you believe is wrong, or something wrong with your own physical body. Complaining is complaining, and it disallows improvement." --Abraham

Funny, but since I've started my job there, my physical complaints have also grown. Yep...Spirit gave me a smack me upside the head!  So, I still don't like it, but I keep hoping that it will get better as I actually start the job. I also keep reminding myself of the positives. Have I totally stopped complaining? Nope, I'm still stuck in the human condition...but I have been catching myself and turning it around, and when I find my thoughts turning negative, I work to find the positives. 

This job will allow us to get caught up on things, and then Steve and I can take some training courses we've been wanting to take. We'll have the money for some extras and even for a vacation. We can do the rest of the work on this house to prepare it for the market so that when we're ready we can sell it and move northeast. 

If I stop complaining and count my blessings, I can breathe and I'm in less pain physically and emotionally. The more I count my blessings, the more blessings I'll have, and I know that from experience. It's Law of Attraction 101, "What you focus on is what you get." So what blessings do you have in your life, and what would you like more of in your life? 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Living in the Moment

You see this advice all of the time, along with memes about it and advice from all of the self-help gurus, about how important it is not to live in the past or the future, rather that we need to live in the present, the here and now. However, being human means we carry memories of our past and have dreams for our futures, so that's not always so easy to do. Maybe that's why there are all of those reminders around. 😉

Sometimes it can be harder than others. Just a few days ago (2/2/17) was the 10 year anniversary of the day I married my late husband, and the 9 year anniversary of the day I scattered his ashes. From the time we changed from being friends to dating, we only had two years and three weeks...such a short time. We only legally married to get him on my insurance and get treatment for him because we knew he was sick and we had a guess that it was cancer. We were right, and he was Stage IV with laryngeal cancer by the time we got him to a doctor...probably by the time we got married...and eight months later he was gone. I'm remarried, have been for over six years now, but it was still a hard day for me because one thing I'll tell you is love never dies, but you do live on and can even love again.

That day was a catalyst for me, though. I thanked him and let him know that I'm very grateful for the time we had together, and that after 20 years of being a lone wolf, he let me in so that I was there for him during that time. (We realized once he was diagnosed that it was the sore throat that began the week after we started dating.) Nothing happens by accident. Then I let it go. I realized that I can't spend the rest of this year thinking about a decade ago. 

Today my 83 year old father is going to the hospital because he's been sick all week and now he feels there's fluid in his lungs, and I can't go see him because he lives over 14 hours away. Part of me is scared because my dad is rarely sick, and it's even more rare for him to go to the hospital. I know what can happen, but I can't dwell on that. I also know he's in great health for his age and wants to live for at least another 12 years. He's active and takes good care of himself...all should be well, so I'm staying in today and looking forward to my next trip home to see him and the rest of my family.

I need to live in the here and now, appreciate all that I've been through, remember it all fondly, and live in full appreciation of today. Breathe it in, enjoy it, savor it no matter what is happening, because we really don't know what tomorrow brings and we can't dwell on it. We can't turn the clock back and we can't move it forward.

Yes, dream of the future and the things you want to achieve, build and accomplish because that gives us something to work and build toward today. Those are the carrots you can dangle in front of you on a bad day at work or at home. But appreciate the moments that you're living in now because those are what builds your tomorrows--even the bad ones because we learn and gain strength from those.