Hi everyone, you may of notice little being posted at the moment and have some bad news for readers of Scruffyhippo's blog.
Scruffyhippo was taken into hospital last week suffering with a heart attack and it has taken us all by surprise as he was always busy and very active with a lot of time for everyone.
He is now stable and is due back out today but he has already told me that he will be absent from the internet for a time while he recovers.
I will myself be checking for comments, but in the mean time have opened the comments for the regulars, if you have already left comments in the last week and they have not yet been added, bear with me as I am myself quite new to this and end up having to ask Scruffyhippo dozens of questions.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Hi everyone, you may of notice little being posted at the moment and have some bad news for readers of Scruffyhippo's blog.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
To start this series of articles from the beginning go to Part 1
So far we have talked about some basics about the psychic world and in a way hopefully made it sound quite simple, well really it is, I believe we are all psychic, or at least have the potential to use out psychic side.
You just need to be shown how, it’s a bit like getting something for the first time and again I will use the computer as an example.
Not long back I updated my paint shop programme to version 8 from version 4, now I got it from someone that no longer needed it and as always the books were not part of what I was given, I loaded the programme and it asked me ‘did I want to over write the existing version’ I clicked yes.
When I opened it for the first time there was very little I recognised, it had completely changed, so over the next few days I had to play around with it and learn how things worked (and what didn’t) I was frustrating to try and do things when your not sure how to do it, but when you get the hang of it you end up really pleased with yourself and impressed when you discover new applications it can do and how easy other thing are that used to take ages.
So it’s the same with what ever we do, if you learn how something works and your own limitations, then it gets easier, once you know how to ’switch on’ or use your psychic application then doing actual psychic ‘stuff’ is just a matter of practice, it really is that easy.
Working with your psychic side has certain aspects attached to it that make it work, and understanding these principles helps you understand what is going on when you switch on or tune in, and our energy field plays a great part in that, the aura.
Here is another exercise you can try but you may need at least three other participants,
Sit in a chair facing away from the other volunteers and ask one of them to stand behind you and lightly lay their hand s on your shoulders, ask them not to speak so you have no idea which one it is standing there behind you, then with your eyes closed just say the first things that come to mind, you may get images flashing through your head or feelings that don’t seem to be yours, you may sense names, places objects or colours, just go with it relax and say the first things that you are experiencing, don’t think about it, because once your mind kicks in you will lose the intuitive flow.
After a while you can try to guess who is behind you, you may just ‘know, it’s a women and has fair hair, and that is fine, now see if your are right, and ask the person that was standing there for some feedback and if anything you said made sense to them, again it doesn’t matter if it sound like garbage to you, it’s not for you, as long as the person standing behind you understands what you have said then you have succeeded.
Look out for Part 5
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
To start this series of articles from the beginning go to Part 1
Being psychic, doesn’t necessarily mean, you do readings for people, there is far more to it than just that, readings are a tiny part, or an offshoot if you prefer.
Psychometry is another aspect of psychic work, although not all psychics do this, it’s useful for readings, but can also enlighten an owner of a ring for instance as to the previous owners, I do what I call 'House Psychometry', where I will go to a house that I have no knowledge of and describe the changes taken place over the years to the fabric of the building or even what was there before it, this works in conjunction with residual or retentive energies, (I touched on this in Part 1) that is the energy retained by an object or building, by touching the walls of the house etc, you get a better connection with it, I have been lucky enough to do this at Stonehenge and touch the stones without to many people around, I learnt who built it and why, and it seems all the experts are telling us all the wrong history of the place, this will be the subject of a article I will be writing in the future as it will cause a bit of an uproar.
Pre-cognition, is something that comes across as something many people experience and don’t really know what it is. Pre-cognition is the ability to see future events before they happen, I have had dozens of e-mails on this subject from people that have experienced this for the first time, so I will explain what is here, I do experience this but only a few seconds before the event, a bit like déjà vu, the sense that your are experiencing something that has happened before, but pre-cognition is the other way round, you get a sense of something about to happen then it does, I get this if I drive to fast then I see cars pulling out of turnings just before they actually do, this is not a conscious effort but more of an inbuilt safety device, and to an extent after thinking about it many people agree they have also experienced this too.
But Pre-cognition can happen hours, days or even weeks and months before an event actually occurs, and some have seen disasters unfold long before they happen.
To many it’s frightening to say the least, to some a useful predictive tool to plan the future, as some only have these visions about their own circumstances.
There’s not much you can do if you have these experiences, if you start telling people you think the number 190 bus is going to crash into the river on Tuesday, most will be looking at restraining white jackets for a while, although well known psychics that can use and control this form of visions can use it to help others.
As I have said I don’t really get this much, so find it hard to explain in depth, those I have had contact with that do tell me it was the first thing they have ever done and from there learnt about other aspects of psychic mechanics.
Many people of wealth have offered money for a psychic to prove what they can do, but they think every psychic is the same and talk about psi-power and telekinesis, which is another subject completely…….
Go to Part 4 for more
Saturday, 29 September 2007
If you haven't read Part 1 then read that first, otherwise this will make little sense.
What is it like to be psychic? Part 2
So how does a psychic hit the switch? You may very well of seen psychics on TV or even at live events and many work differently, some close their eyes to switch on some don’t, I actually look straight in the eyes of a recipient and connect that way.
You computer does far more than you think and sometimes all it needs is enabling and you have a new programme or application you never thought you had, some applications require additional software to switch it on, and the psychic side of all of us is the same, it’s there, we just have to find our ‘switch’ or the added software to enable our switch, in my case, as I have said, I work with the eyes but work far easier using images such as cards.
There are many parts to the psychic side of all of us, many you can try at home, but not all psychic are good at all aspects, I’m terrible at psychometric detection, or psychometry, which is working out what a hidden object is in a box, although pictures in a sealed envelope I’m ok with, I can pick up on the energy of, say someone’s ring they wear and tell you about that person, I can also do house psychometry, that is pick up on the past energy in a house and what it looked like before and who lived or died there.
Psychometry is something you can try, get a friend to put an object in a box or in a bag and before you are given it, sit for a while and clear you mind, ask your friend to hand you the box and as you handle it give out your first impressions, don’t think about it, because as soon as you do, your mind gets in the way and you will get it wrong, just first impressions, then you will be more likely correct, or try a picture in a n envelope, don’t use really detailed one’s to start with, keep it simple, then you will surprised with the results.
Going with your first impressions is the main key to any psychic practice, and believing it, I have had many people say to me “it’s just my imagination” but look at it this way, your brain is also your operating system same as XP windows, your imagination is part of that system and acts a bit like a browser, it can retrieve stored data to your screen (memories) and it can show you web pages (communication from the outside world), it can download other programmes (learning new things) and it can help you write your blog page (conversation and recalling memories to others) where else would any stored data or communications come from? Your imagination is an important tool without it your brain can’t work on a human level, without you browser you computer is next to useless……….
Go to Part 3
Thursday, 27 September 2007
What is it like to be psychic?
Well before I can answer that question, first I should try to explain what psychic is….
Like a lot of words, the meanings get twisted and changed about by different people and different countries, everyone has there own idea what something is or what something means, so I think first we need to set the record straight.
I could look up the meaning in the wiki pages but all I end up doing is using someone else’s words, so here goes; psychic is nothing spooky, we all have the built in hardware and software to use our psychic ability, it’s similar to our intuitive level, slightly more tuned but the same, we all use our intuition every day women more so than men, that’s because the female intuition is better tuned than the male counter part.
Intuition is where you use that gut feeling to act upon something, either that you ‘know’ is right or that you ‘know’ to be wrong, we’ve all used it or even acted against it and regretted it afterwards, many psychics work on what is known as a clairsentient level, that is ‘to feel or sense’ again intuitively, I work on what is known as a clairvoyant level, that is ‘to see’, in other words I get images, symbols and pictures in my head, so for instance I could look at someone and ‘see’ a blue stone set ring, that could mean a few things and this is where the hard bit comes in is the interpretation of what you get, it could mean they have just been given or bought a ring like that, it could mean they have lost a ring like that or it could mean none of the above and they have just painted their front room blue, so now I hear you asking, where do the images come from, ok this is a tricky one because no one really knows (although they may say they do) but my understanding of it is this; some years back (about 20 years in fact) I used to record a lot of music on cassette tapes (you remember those) and up to a few years back still had them, when I played them back after many years the data on them had faded and the music was not very clear.
You record everything you do and what you think, say or even dream, you record it into your electro magnetic field better known as your aura, it’s all there from birth, although the older memories and thoughts and feelings are harder to pick up on as the energy holding them fades although always there, a bit like the cassette tapes.
What a psychic does in act as the tape player and plugs in to those energy signals, which is why the more recent ones normally come out in psychic readings and intuitive card readings, to get deeper requires time and can even be done at a distance without knowing a thing about the person, you may of heard of something called retentive energies on so called TV programmes dealing with the subject of hauntings or mediums, this is actually true, buildings have an electro magnetic field as does every other living and material thing in existence, so even the house you live in retains some of your emotions, be it love or anger................
Go To Part 2
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Well after much heart searching and deliberation, I have decided to move this blog, so in the near future Scruffyhippo's Blog will be on Wordpress with a new look.
Since I re-done the main website I really wanted to have the blog looking the same but with blogger that's impossible and I am now learning how to create a wordpress theme from scratch.
It should be no big deal as I have learnt my basic php coding on phpbb forums and created the website theme based on the forums, the pictures below will give you an idea what the blog will look like once it's all done, a cleaner and brighter look.
This is the current Home page
This is the forums theme
In the mean time I will still be posting here so keep an eye out for more unique articles
Thursday, 20 September 2007
I have seen hundreds of so called spirit pictures, most of them are no more than dust or mist or even totally planned fakes, many I have been sent which at the first look can be explained.
The one below I took myself several years ago and when it was taken there was nothing there.
Now I'm not going to say what I see or what anybody else has seen in this picture, that's for you to decide, if I give you an idea then you may see what I have suggested, so what do you see?
If this picture is hard to make out try the full size one on This Link
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I started to do the post I wanted here for tonight and I sort of got carried away and have been writing for 2 hours and still not finished it, so I may save it for the weekend :)
So instead browsing through my word files to see what I could use, I came across the words I wrote for my wedding, adapted from something I found years ago, now I know the groom doesn't normally do a speech other than the usual thankyou's etc but I did, and the following was aimed squarely at my new bride.
Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds.
We were each other's distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell.
We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other.
We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree.
I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours.
Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love.
When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life's endless circle.
Beloved partner, keeper of my heart's odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us.
I thank your patience.
Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more.
We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say,
in this time,
in this place,
in this way - I love you.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
YOU MAY NEED A NEW PSYCHIC IF...
* He keeps shaking his black crystal ball and says, "try again later."
* Looks suspiciously like that guy who fixed your car last week.
* His idea of an "out of body experience" involves whipped cream and women's clothing.
* His spoon bending requires two pairs of pliers.
* Sign in window: "Enter at your own risk”
* During card-reading, asks if you want to "stick" or "twist."
* Insists that your astrological sign is "The Armadillo."
* Psychics Magazine rates her just below fortune cookies, just above your mum.
* Shakes her crystal ball, then predicts a large snowstorm.
Yes I know some of them are old one's but they still make me smile
If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy This One
Monday, 17 September 2007
Simply Tarot by Amanda Hall
This is the first of many card reviews I have planned over time, and this one has been chosen first as it one we bought for the workshops.
I first saw this one a few weeks back being used by one of our students in a tarot workshop and at first thought it was a really colourful version of the rider waite deck, well in fact in a way it is, but that said felt it was something we should have as a workshop set.
I checked the internet shops, Amazon and a few other places with no luck so gave up on the idea not knowing the pack details, then out of the blue on of our centres members found some on Ebay of all places, in fact the seller said they could get more than one set.
So he ordered me some too, the arrived at the centre Thurday night packed in a box with a book and a DVD.
After unpacking the cards and looking though them, the thing that struck me the most was how similar they were to the rider waite cards, but far better, the images were more like pictures and photo's than drawings with far more colour and detail.
As a tarot student from years back I started with rider waite but after my initial learning I changed to the Aquarian Tarot and have used them ever since, these on the other hand if they had been around 25 years ago, I could of happily used them.
For a beginner with tarot, you couldn't go far wrong with this set, the book is simple and explains each card without going into great detail, the trouble with many books when you are just starting out is far to much information to absorb at once.
The down side is the spreads in this book seem somewhat daunting for a first time student as Amanda has used far more cards than strictly needed for a basic spread, although I can see why, the more cards you have the more information you can give out in your reading.
The spread below is taken from the book showing a 26 card celtic cross (I use 10) so the detail is greater for a first timer with a layout such as this
If you do try out this set, before you watch the DVD, read the book cover to cover and get used to the cards, the DVD is very fast paced and, to be honest if I was a beginner would of lost the plot quite early on, I do think the dvd could of been at a slower pace making it a far better and useful learning tool, everything on the dvd is in the book away so at least if you have read the book the film will just back up what you have learnt already.
Amanda Hall's Website
The publisher is Hinkler Books, ISBN Number 1-7415-7535-4 published in 2005
Amanda Hall is a clairvoyant from Australia and has been teaching tarot herself since the early eighties, and although I don't agree with all her meanings on the cards the set is a good starting point to the world of tarot.
Friday, 14 September 2007
Ok you have seen me do these before so I have a new one for you.
Are you from the 98% of the population or the remaining 2% follow our quiz to find out
(You may want to write this down)
Think of a number between 1 and 10?
Multiply that number by 9.
If the number is a two digit number, add the digits together.
Now subtract 5.
Determine which letter of the alphabet corresponds with the number you ended up with (example; 1=a 2=b 3=c etc)
Think of a country thats starts with that letter?
Remember the LAST letter of that countries name and think of an animal that starts with the last letter of the country you picked.
Remember the LAST letter of that animals name.
Think of a fruit that starts with that letter.........
OK you got your list?.... If you have click on the answer link below, if not do the list first, you will be surprised by the answer
If you liked this one try This One
Monday, 10 September 2007
Since the beginning of last week, I have deliberated over these awards, it was a hard choice who should benefit from these awards as there are so many blogs out there.
I decided to look at one's that I use or read and have useful content as well as well presented with owners that are committed to doing their best for their blog, the other criteria I set was for blogs with no previous awards that I could see of, why? because when I got them, I was not only honoured to receive them but also, as said elsewhere, it gave me a re-newed sense of what I was doing was worthwhile.
So without further ado, in no particular order, first the Guys.
There are loads of blogs I could of given this award but had to narrow it down to two, therefore the 'Awesome Guy Blogger' award goes to Martin Reed of http://www.communityspark.com/ this blog is one I visit and comment on regularly, this guy knows his stuff when it comes to blogs and forums, and how to build a community, alot of his posts I have put into practice and follow his instruction frequently.
The second one goes to Dane Morgan of http://blogstrokes.com/ his blog is mainly to do with Wordpress, which I use on my other blogs, again I follow this and have learnt so much.
Well done Guys and keep up the good work.
Next it's the girls turn, now this was even harder, I tried to narrow it down to two but it just wasn't going to happen, so we have three.
Firstly we have the lovely Roswilla aka Patricia Kelly of http://roswila-tarot.blogspot.com/, who runs what I consider one of the most enlightening and informative tarot blogs there is, she also runs two others ( the links are on the one listed here.
Next comes two relatively new ones but again the posts I have been reading shows great things to come, they are Karen W's http://www.listenfromwithin.com/ and Julia Stonestreet Smith with her http://leoninetimes.blogspot.com/ both different, both promise to be blogs I will be following.
Well done Girls, hope this is the start of many awards :)
And lastly the special 'Nice Matters' award, I felt that at this time I could only award this once, although no doubt in the future there may be another round of awards to give out :)
This goes to Pat and Daniel at http://purpleladycentre.blogspot.com/ , Pat & Daniel run live workshops as well as four blogs, a very busy group, I will be meeting Pat soon as we will asking them to run a workshop for our centre later this year.
Well done Pat, and may the light always be with you :)
For those named in this post please copy your award image and display on your blog with pride :)
What some of the award winners have said;.......
leoninetimes First Award
Karens First award
Blog Strokes First Award.
Friday, 7 September 2007
I have been asked many times can the spiritual journey be a shared thing? And the easy answer to this is yes, but that’s exactly what many people do, this doesn’t always mean you would share it with a partner, as many people share with their own group of friends in a development circle or workshop or at a spiritual centre.
But ultimately it can be and often is a lonely journey, your own path is just that, your own path.
Most groups of enlightened people are also very solitary people, what they experience it very rarely shared.
Even in groups we can only teach the basics and given you an insight into how it works with different people, but the eventual discovery is yours alone.
I am going to pose a question and bearing in mind the implications and the ultimate experience that you would go though before you answer.
I am one that would give up many things for the ultimate experience but where do you set the limits.
Ok here goes;
One night while walking home in the dusk light you hear a noise from across the fields, you walk off into that direction and the trees are lit with a pinkish tinge, as you walk closer you are aware of something pulsing in the trees.
Your intrigued, and want to find out more.
There in the clearing just beyond the trees is a large craft not of this world, you have no fear but only interest and still you walk closer.
A figure reveals himself (you assume it’s a he) and offers out his hand, with this you offer yours………
After a while you are joined by two more and with little effort speak the same language as you, they tell you they have come from across the galaxy from a planet that has two suns and has everything they ever need.
You are offered the chance to go with them and discover untold places in a far off galaxy, the ultimate experience…..
But there are two things, firstly you would have to go now as they need to leave the earths atmosphere, and two they can’t bring you back.
What would you do? Stay or go !................
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
You may of noticed that in the last week this blog has received two awards, they have been proudly pinned up on the right >>>>>
I must admit I was totally shocked to get them as I never win anything, well, until now that is :)
It made everything I do here worthwhile and has given me a renewed passion to give more on this blog.
In light of those awards the rules seem to be that now I have been awarded them it falls to me to pass them on so I am actively looking for 4 bloggers, 2 guys to pass on the 'awesome guy blogger award' and 2 girls to pass on the ' rockin Girl blogger award' and that's not all I will be looking for one blogger that I can pass on the 'Nice Matters' award.
As if that wasn't enough work, I have updated an award we have been handing out for the last 3 years on the main website psychicvisions.org to include blog websites.
Now this is not handed out lightly, in fact in the last three years I have only awarded this 12 times, they are dated and coded so others cannot copy them and use them. (to see one in use go to our home page at psychicvisions.org ).
How do you get one? you can't, but you can be nominated, or you can nominate your favourite website or weblog.
Only one each month will ever be awarded.
To see more on this very special award
Click Here to view page
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
I was recently tagged by Purple Lady , who writes a blog called purpleladycentre with something called a "Fab Four Meme". Basically it means I write four things that are about myself in various different categories, so here it is.
4: Things about me you wouldn’t know;
I have just married for the third time ( 4th of August actually).
I have lived in 4 different counties in the UK, London, Kent, Cornwall and Essex.
I don’t know what I look like without a beard.
I am allergic to cats
4 Favourite films in my collection;
Matrix (all three)
Lord of the rings
4 Television shows I watch:
4 Favorite Foods:
Pizza with pepperoni
Peanut butter and banana sandwich
4; Things I do first when I log on
Check my website forums
Check in here
4 Things I would never do;
Have a tattoo
Hurt someone else
Eat frogs or snails
Lie about my age
4 Favorite colours;
4 Great Bloggers that I am tagging with the Fab Four Meme, well I’m not but what I am going to do is award four blogs with the ‘awesome guy award’ in the next 4 days so stay tuned.
Monday, 3 September 2007
I’ve been doing a lot of reading again recently, not on the internet I may add but reading books, the last few weekends I have been paying a visit to the local boot sales as they are known here, you know people sale all their old toot for a few pennies and I have been buying up books.
Not that I really need anymore, my book collection would challenge the local book shop for shear numbers, ok it’s not quite that bad, but you get my drift, it amazes me what people sell, for next to nothing, last week I bought a computer programme that runs a full astrology chart you can print off complete with book in it’s box for £1.00…..one miserly pound, it’s works too, anyway I’m rambling a bit so back to the reading.
I tend to absorb a lot of information from different sources and after recently visiting blogs such as Bob Johnson’s site (see link in sidebar) and his recent post about the sun, has got me thinking about this tiny planet we call home, as well as reading books on history, myths and many un-related topics inspired this post tonight.
Sometimes I get frustrated that I know very little if anything, especially with so much still to learn, so what is it we actually know?, most we have learnt from either out schooling or from books or even from having a passion on a particular subject, but mostly it’s someone else’s opinion or someone else’s ideas, how much of it do we question?
Much of what we assume we know comes from way back as I found out reading some old books last night, and how we think things are new ideas or new ways of thinking such as the so called lost lands of Atlantis and Lemuria.
Lemuria in particular in the last few years has seen this place gain more interest and websites than ever before, but a book I picked up last night blew open where this name came from, not from some channelling of a higher spirit from a place of that name or from long lost crystals only recently found in Peru ( by recent I mean the last 10 years or so) also reported to be from the people of Lemeria, but from a reference to an article back in 1880 on Atlantis, and it seems at the time while searching for the fabled Atlantis, reports of another large landmass surfaced, which has been inspired by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which sought to explain, among other things, why certain species of plants and animals are located where they are. Noting that Lemurs (small predecessors of the monkey) were abundant in this area of interest, An English zoologist Philip Sclater, called this lost land Lemuria (after the Lemurs).
Ok you could say it had to be called something, that’s true for ease of reference it should, but it’s all the stuff that has come up recently that, in my eyes is called into question, but what do I know?
Charles Darwin’s theory is only one theory, that we come from fish! Or could it be we really did come from Adam and Eve?
I remember reading something back in the 70’s about the human race coming from other planets, and this planet was once like a prison colony, so if you were a intergalactic thug you were stuck here, out in the middle of nowhere!....interesting theory, it went on to say (really straining the brain to remember that far back) it would explain all the different races on this planet, I’ve been told many times, I must be from another planet, I wonder how close to the truth they are.
But what do I know?
Personally I go with what feels right for me at the time, I am open minded and willing to change my mind or point of view if something comes along that ‘feels’ or fits better, then always review what I think, being stayed or narrow minded in one’s belief or way of thinking is too limiting, freedom of thought should always be maintained.
So what do I know?...I know that your own opinion and thoughts on any subject is worth far more than anything else, what YOU think IS important.
Six months ago today on Wednesday January 3rd, I started this blog, so by way of a celebration I have dug out my First Post for you
Sunday, 2 September 2007
I did a post a few days ago called Finding your true path Today I will give an insight into what this question meant and hopefully give a few of you a look at who you are.
Whichever way you look at this question and whatever answer you have given isn’t wrong, there is no wrong answer, what the question gives you is an insight into your own spiritual path, lets remind ourselves of the question; If you are given two boxes and asked to choose either one, which should you pick?…… they are both the same size and colour and look identical……. So you pick one….. you open the box and find it contains some money, do you think wow that’s great and go off happy or do you wonder what was in the other box?
The money could well be symbolic of whatever you value most in life or whatever you aspire to, the question could well be put many other ways such as; if you had one wish what would it be? The first thing that would run through your mind is all things you have ever wanted to do, all the things that you would of liked but could never afford, it would be a hard decision.
Ok so you have picked a box, are you happy with your choice? Or do you wonder what the other box contained?
Lets see what some of the readers said;
(The answers below are based on the way you answered)
Anna Lozyk Romeo said…
Peter, thanks for this very educational post. Most of the time I answer something else, but I will try to be the first one. I just take the money and be happy. I think and I hope money is just representation. Sometimes its better to take what you got and make best of it. Suppose the second box had more money, then what, I will be asking myself why I did not choose the second -...Anna :)
Anna, you are right but not knowing what’s in the second box doesn’t seem to bother you too much, this in itself makes you a happy person and content with what you do have and receive, anything else is a bonus.
If I am given the two boxes and specifically asked to choose one, I will pick one and stay happy with it. I would think about the second box but for a moment because I am human.
Me, your answer is similar to Anna’s but also honest enough to admit to your own shortcomings and a sign of not only being human but also realistic.
Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...
I would do both. Take the money and while I'm spending some and saving some, wonder what was in the other box.
Nature Nut, you have given an honest answer too, you admit you would wonder about the other box, but then you question things in life too, that’s no bad thing, I do the same, although you would be happy with the contents of the box you have chosen, your inquisitiveness would get the better of you, I to can be that way, I always strive to be better and am my own worst critic.
Two Feathers said...
I would spend the rest of my life wondering what was in that other box. I might even spend all of my money getting a hold of that other box so that I could see what was in it.
Partly, I suppose, because I would wonder if there was something even better that I had missed out on, and partly out of curiosity... was it a rock? was it a dead man's hand? was it a ring? was it THE ring? was it diamonds? was it a frog? was it cobwebs? was it happiness?
Two Feathers, You made me smile, that’s shows you really are looking for the answers to everything, and why not? Only by questioning everything may we get a glance of what it’s all about.
GO! Smell the flowers said...
We would try our best to be in the moment and accept what was in the box for to compare and wonder about the other box would lead to resentment or jealousy.
Take what comes. Right?
Flowers, yes right, but as I have said there are no wrong answers, but again this shows you are a content person you are and in many ways excepts your place on this earth and what you can do in return, you ask for very little and in return get abundance.
I'd swap the box for the other one. It isn't that I'd be dissatisfied with whatever is in the one I got, but rather that the curiosity of not knowing what was in the other box would haunt me forever.
Marisa, you are a bit like Two Feathers, although in this case only you would give up what you have for something else, even though you may lose out you are prepared to go forward and discover the truth, good move, but although it may lose you what you have, you have gained the knowledge you may otherwise not had.
Life is full of choices, but is that choice always the right one to make? it's hard to say until it's been done, but remember one thing we have to make that choice to move on forward in life and if it's wrong, we learn by it.
Thankyou to all the above readers for their participation in this post :)
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Friday, 31 August 2007
Today is blog Day 2007, and the idea behind it is each blog owner that participates list their 5 favourite blogs, my 5 are one's I visit nearly every day.
1. The first is one I have been visiting since the beginning of the year and is run by a very knowledgable lady roswila-tarot.blogspot.com
2. This one I think is also brilliant and is run by anna, it's a photo blog and she got me hooked on her moon pictures myonlyphoto.blogspot.com
3. This one is quite new to me but all the same I drop in regular, the posts I have read are very well written listenfromwithin.com
4. Another I pay a visit each day, and again some very interesting posts and information I would not of otherwise had compassionate-news.blogspot.com
5. And finally, this one I have started reading recently too, very interesting posts and worth a look melissathemedium.blogspot.com
So there you go, five blogs you may not of seen or visited yet, five in my top 10 I visit, so enjoy.
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
If one thing came up more than any other over the last few months is people asking about what their true path is.
And also many seem to have re-occurring cycles in their lives, almost the same things happening over and over again.
Over the last month since our summer camp I have delved deeply into a new cycle of learning, and have taken on board working out who I am and why I am here, it’s not an easy task, but……
By looking at yourself and learning from your past you can make the future the way it should be
If we are to continually learn and grow, there are two necessary conditions: gratitude and detachment. The gratitude is being thankful for whatever is in your life, good and bad, for it is there as a teacher. Some situations feel like a punishment and make you question why they're happening to you.
What did you do to deserve this in your life? It's not so much about deserving it, but rather to recognize patterns that are continually repeated. Once you learn the lesson inherent in the situations, these patterns will cease to exist.
The detachment is there to remove the emotional attachment you feel for the person or situation and to be able to more objectively view the situation.
This does not mean you no longer care for the person; just look at your relationship almost as an outsider. In this way, you are more likely to see the lesson than if you are reacting emotionally. These are not easy lessons to learn, and they require much practice. It may take a while. But the effort is extremely worthwhile. Different aspects and experiences converge to create an overall picture of who you are and what your place is in the world. Once you find yourself in the proper context, life no longer feels like a struggle. Not to say that no more struggles will occur.
Conflict is inevitable, both internally and externally. It is our reactions to these struggles that define us as a person. By understanding ourselves, we can increase trust in the decisions we make and the paths we choose to follow. Each of us must find their own way of connecting to the Universe. I encourage you to read about a variety of spiritual paths and journeys and see what feels right to you. It may be that the combination of several will create what you seek. By virtue of the fact that you are seeking an answer to this type of question indicates that you have already begun your spiritual journey and, in fact, have always been on a spiritual quest.
Setbacks will occur periodically, no matter how far down the path you may find yourself. They are put in your way to teach lessons and gain knowledge about yourself and to test your strength and resolve. You may choose to view setbacks as unnerving scenarios that are depressing and anxiety provoking, or as exciting opportunities to overcome adversity and be a much stronger person as a result. It is up to you which path you follow.
As a final thought on this for today;
If you are given two boxes and asked to choose either one, which should you pick?…… they are both the same size and colour and look identical……. So you pick one….. you open the box and find it contains some money, do you think wow thats great and go off happy or do you wonder what was in the other box?
I will post what your answer means after a few have responded to the questions, in the mean time see if you can work it out for yourselves.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves. There are four categories of these brainwaves, ranging from the most activity to the least activity. When the brain is active, it generates beta waves. These beta waves are of relatively low amplitude, and are the fastest of the four different brainwaves. The frequency of beta waves ranges from 15 to 40 cycles a second. Beta waves are characteristics of a strongly engaged mind. A person in active conversation would be in beta. A person making a speech, or a teacher, would be in beta when they are engaged in their work.
The next brainwave category in order of frequency is alpha. Where beta represented arousal, alpha represents non-arousal. Alpha brainwaves are slower, and higher in amplitude. Their frequency ranges from 9 to 14 cycles per second. A person who has completed a task and sits down to rest is often in an alpha state. A person who takes time out to reflect or meditate is usually in an alpha state. In fact any rest including going to bed will reduce the waves to alpha waves.
The next state, theta brainwaves, are typically of even greater amplitude and slower frequency. This frequency range is normally between 5 and 8 cycles a second. A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state.
This can also occur in the shower or bath or even while shaving or brushing your hair. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideas that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state, this is also the stage you encounter for a moment when you awake in the morning or start to drift off to sleep.
Also deeper meditation can induce this state.
The final brainwave state is delta. Here the brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency. They typically centre around a range of 1.5 to 4 cycles per second. They never go down to zero because that would mean that you were brain dead. But, deep dreamless sleep would take you down to the lowest frequency. Typically, cycles a second.
When we go to bed and read for a few minutes before attempting sleep, we are likely to be in low beta. When we put the book down, turn off the lights and close our eyes, our brainwaves will descend from beta, to alpha, to theta, this stage you are likely to get what seems like random images flash through your mind or sounds that may even wake you back to a higher level of brain wave and finally, when we fall asleep, to delta, a level with no boundaries, where we can encounter outside contact (contact from our loved one in the spirit world) or even travel on the astral level, but that’s another story.
It is a well known fact that humans dream in 90 minute cycles. When the delta brainwave frequencies increase into the frequency of theta brainwaves, active dreaming takes place and often becomes more experiential to the person. Typically, when this occurs there is rapid eye movement, which is characteristic of active dreaming. This is called REM, and is a well known phenomenon.
When an individual awakes from a deep sleep in preparation for getting up, their brainwave frequencies will increase through the different specific stages of brainwave activity. That is, they will increase from delta to theta and then to alpha and finally, when the alarm goes off, into beta. If that individual hits the snooze alarm button they will drop in frequency to a non-aroused state, or even into theta, or sometimes fall back to sleep in delta. During this awakening cycle it is possible for individuals to stay in the theta state for an extended period of say, five to 15 minutes--which would allow them to have a free flow of ideas and even pick up on a dream where they left off.
These brain waves or vibational levels can be controlled, intentionally and un-intentionally, many psychics and mediums do this and some are not really sure how although many have found with practice and control, they can induce a state of waking theta levels, this can be felt sometimes as a light headed feeling, ( A bit like just waking up).
All in all our dreams can tell us many things and answer many questions we may have, our loved one’s have been known to contact us via our dreams.
Pay attention to your dreams, if you struggle to remember them after you rise, keep a dream diary, or a small note pad by your bed and take notes.
I have always said the best person to interpret dreams are the dreamers themselves, but any question welcomed here or on our main website forums.
Good luck and sweet dreams.
Friday, 24 August 2007
Process of Mediumship
As a psychic, the process of mediumship intruges me, now I don't actually call myself a medium, I use the term psychic clairvoyant, now as a psychic, a psychic works with the person or aura where as a medium works with the energy of people who have moved on to the next world, the spirit world, it's a bit like picking up the phone without dialing a number and hoping someone is on the other end in other words we have little to no control on the outcome of each session.
Each reading is unique and has it's own special and personal ear markings.
No , mediumship reading is alike and you will not experience it in the same way even twice.Mediums are as almost as varied as their readings. Each carrying their own unique style into the work.But there are some constants in mediumship that you should be made aware of.
VALIDATION : True mediumship seeks validation from the spirits that come through.There are many ways for a spirit to validate who they are to you. You, being the person that is receiving the reading and desiring the contact.
In mediumship circles the person or persons being read for are know as the sitter or sitters . You, as the sitter have a very special job during a reading .
By your personal knowledge or through the personal knowledge of others known to the spirit you can validate or invalidate certain information that comes forth as the result of a medium reading .
Some of this information can be validated during the course of a reading.
While some information may require validation after the reading with friends or other family members whom are privy to this certain info.
Here are some examples of ways in which a spirit may try to validate who they are :
Sometimes the medium will get the names very clearly or just the initial, why? Because not all mediums hear, some ‘sense’ the information, some are shown, the signal is a bit like morse code or a series of dashes the dashes being the information coming through the gaps the missing info or quite spots.
Also the spirit's personality traits may be described.
Most spirits are willing to show how they passed to the medium, how? Either by giving the medium a sense of the area that hurt before they passed or by showing them with pictures and symbols, or by telling them.
Often spirits will give important dates of reference to further validate themselves.They have been known to mention other family members. Sometimes calling them by name .They have also been known to mention a recent event even if small in your current life or other family members lives to show awareness of the here and now and their spiritual presence at the event.
They have been known to show past events.
They have even been known show their favourite flower , book , song or any favourite from their life or even yours.
And just to surprise us. They have even been known to find some really unique way of validating themselves that we probably have not even thought of yet.
All in all . the spirit may choose to use any of the above methods or even none of them. But they will find a way to validate themselves. Sometimes a sitter will hold out for a specific validation that they asked the spirit for in advance.
Sometimes this method works but also a lot of times it doesn't .
That is why it is very important not to place any preconceived expectations on the reading .
If you get your special validation great and if you do not , just know that it is not always possible. It is a good idea during a medium reading to take notes or even tape record the reading, but this is down to an individual as to if this is allowed.
Because you will want some kind of record of information received. And you will not want to depend on memory to help you sort out the information later .
One reason is because medium readings can have a over whelming effect initially and you would most likely forget more than you remembered. A medium reading is and always should be considered a special event in a person's life.
Just remember it’s not like being a rock star or an actor, who have spent age learning their lines or rehearsing their music, when a medium starts a reading be it in public or private, they start with nothing! and only have the trust in spirit and themselves that something will happen, no more and no less.
A psychic can switch it on, without fail, every time, working mediums have my utmost respect.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Life can seem so short when you want to do many things, at 49 years of age my list is still as long as it was when I was 29, so I compiled a short list of the things I would like to do in this life time below.
These are the 10 things in no particular order.
1. I've never really travelled much so would love to do Egypt and a trip to Kenya.
2. Learn to fly a helicopter, (I took flying lessons and can fly a plane already).
3. Learn to swim and go scuba diving, (49 and swim like a brick with holes in).
4. Swim with dolphins, (this of course depends on 3)
5. Publish a book, (have written down a few ideas and started one but thats it).
6. Find the meaning of life, (ok this may not happen, but I'm working on it).
7. Have enough space to keep at least a dozen retired Greyhounds.
8. See a volcano in action.
9. Try fresh lobster.
10.Drive a decent car that doesn't always seem to break down or need repairing.
A meme is an idea, project, statement or even a question that is posted by one blog and responded to by other blogs. Although the term encompasses much of the natural flow of communication in the Blogosphere, there are active bloggers and blog sites that are dedicated to the creation of memes on a regular basis, so a meme involves 'tagging' someone else to do a post on your given subject, in this case '10 Things I would like to do before I die' .
This is our first and for this I tag Lisa. See lisa's entries Here
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
If the sun is the most important of the celestial bodies for the inhabitants of the earth, the Moon is undoubtedly the most mysterious. As opposed to the life-giving properties and warmth of the sun, the Moon is said to give out a mystical power, and to rule over growth, the hidden processes of nature, the hollow spaces of the earth, and the movements of all the fluid elements within and upon the earth’s surface.
I find the moon a very spiritual light it can change everything around you in it's glow.
A fellow blogger has some brilliant pictures of the moon phases, take a look and see what you think :)
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Numerology is a massive subject and could justify and weblog on it's own, in fact I have a entire section on My Website just on Numerology, but did you know you could also have an unlucky car registration! or even an unlucky phone number!
That said my slant on things says there is no such thing as luck or unlucky for that matter only challenges, but when I found out about this I went and checked my car number plate, sure enough it came out as unlucky,.... now since I have had this car (about 6 months) I have has nothing but trouble with it, and has cost me to repair it, so much so I am now looking at replacing it, and guess what I will be checking the number of the new one BEFORE I buy it.
So what numbers are unlucky?
OK here is a brief run down;
No registration or phone numbers are completely unlucky. However there are some that add up to some numbers that are not as fortunate as others.
Perhaps the worst number 4, This number represents hardship, poverty and struggle.
In terms of a material difficultly, the next worst number to have would probably be a 6 as that indicates a life saddled with responsibility, this is certianly true with my cars number, I feel responsible to keep it going (yes it adds up to 6).
Not as bad, but not that lucky either is a number that adds up to a 5.
9 is probably the least unluckiest number for number values, however a great number of personal challenges on the way to finding the right way (or Car)
Lucky numbers are; 1, 2, 3, 8, 11 and 22
Now how do you work this out? there is a simple chart you can use
Here this is the main 'KEY' to Numerology, try it see what happens, and most of all let me know your result.
Friday, 17 August 2007
This is the second part of the 78 card spread following on from my Last post. I hope my sketch is clear enough
The rough guide to positions is as follows; (taken from'A Handbook for the Journeyman by Eileen Connolly') Rahdue's Wheel contains three wheels of 12 cards each (36 cards), six solidifiers (6 cards), two blocks of nine cards each (18 cards), two pillars of nine cards each (18 cards). The circles are contained within each other, and each looks like a clock face.
Sunday, 12 August 2007
For some years I have known of a tarot spread that involves all 78 cards called the 'Tree of Life' spread although never really got much further, after a bit of research I found a book explaining the spread and it is known as 'Rahdue's Wheel'. I have layed out the cards in the following picture and as you can see takes up a lot of space.
The next post will explain the layout order and the meaning of each position.
The layout could take hours to read fully and is not for the faint hearted, for some time I have been looking for a spread to use for life path readings and this could be it.
Monday, 2 July 2007
Due to re-building my main website at http://www.psychicvisions.org/ I haven't had time to post here as well, I have now finished about 50% of the pages onto the new template and now the new forum is open for registrations again.
I am having a rest from the blog, to give more time to the website and the many pages I want to write for it, so to keep an eye what I'm doing go to the website on the link above.
Angeleyes will still be doing readings by request, but now only on our main website for the moment.
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
I have been finding it hard to get on here a keep the posts up to date with all my other commitments and websites, http://www.psychicvisions.org has been causing some problems for a while now and the forums have been running to slow, so I decided to put a new forum on my other server.
Now with 180 odd members on the old forums the migration to the new one has begun, but now I need to update the rest of the website because it no longer matches the forums !!!!.
This is a massive undertaking and could take a while as I have to build a style sheet to match the forums then create a htm template for all the site pages, 100's of them !!!
Anyone out there that can build a css quickly from a phpbb template let me know could save me some time.
Angeleyes has agreed to keep doing readings for here for the time being but little else will be posted unless I get the time.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Yet another new thread of topics during my many searches on the net and in real life, I have come across many pictures of so called 'ghosts' so I have decided to post some here over time under the title real or fake.
I can normally tell which are which but at this point if I say to much will give away the clues, so here's the first one.........real or fake?
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Watch for a miracle. Coincidences are divinely inspired moments
designed to remind us that a higher power is guiding our lives.
You are a person who loves the out doors. At one with nature.
You like walking through the woods were you find great peace and tranquillity.
I feel there has been some kind of a blockage in your path. Some thing that has slowed you down and that has prevented you getting on with your life.
You have so many ideas but are unable to put them in to action. You are being held back.
You are someone who works with your hands and you use your hands to express yourself.
I am hearing the nursery rhyme, oranges and lemons, there is a significance to this song ( a connection ).
March is a vary important month for you. With birthdays and celebrations.
You are busy writing something at the moment which is important to you.
The name grace is important to you
And I feel a gentlemen’s watch is very important to you.
You suffer with back aches as well, just below waist level (lumbar reign). This is also causing you to slow down, blockage,
You are trying to hard to move on. Slow down. You are taking one steep forward and three back.
Meditate more and the answers will come. Stop trying to answer all the questions at once.
Take one at a time.
You are being shown the answers , but they have become so jumbled up, you have missed them.
Slow right down and as the card say’s, watch for a miracle.
You will know when you are being given the answer as coincidences will happen.
Keep your eyes wide open and be aware of what is going on around you.
Know you are being guided and helped by the angels.
With love & light
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Monday, 23 April 2007
You may of noticed a lack of articles in the last few weeks, but all of a sudden I got really busy with many things.
It started off with my first few reiki students on the Saturday before easter which went really well, only to lose my full time job on Tuesday (didn't see that coming) well actually I did, sort of ... walked out :)
With that and the circles we are running time seemed to vanish before my eyes, Easter came and went, and started working again, back to my own jobs (carpenter by trade) which of course takes up even more time, which sort of brings us up to date.
In that time have started another website for the Reiki http://www.2worldsholistic.co.uk and taking many bookings for courses already.
On top of all that is all the wedding arrangments for 4th of August (Yes I am getting married) and now the Psychic Visions Summer Event is looming and final bookings need to be sorted for that to, it's a wonder I get on here at all!!!
Add to that the new online workshops, reading nights and circle we will be doing on the Psychic Visions Website I could do with a few more hours in the day.
But I love it ........ it's a buzz being busy, and helping teach others as well as learning much myself, if I think about it theres not much I would change ( except maybe the speed the clock goes round)
I did say on the last Reading of the Week that A funny thing happened when I was copying that reading for the site.... well I myself took all of the reading, yep must of been meant for me too, rare that I get one, most people that know me don't like reading for a tarot teacher so have to go out of the area to get a unbiased reading ( may have to ask the talented Roswila for a reading one day) anyway enough gabble for now.
Sunday, 22 April 2007
A long pause, and then……silence……..
Somewhere in the distance is the faint sound of a dog howling, you struggle to make out your surroundings but the light is fading fast.
Each cautious step you take forward echoes around you like a steel sheet hitting concrete.
You shudder as a cold tingle goes down your back and take a few more steps in the now almost darkness.
Your still coming to terms with being here, the last thing you remember is eating your lunch on the park bench on a sunny midmorning, but you don’t seem to remember how you got here.
You can hear the sound of dripping water somewhere around you but again the echo makes it sound in a dozen different places.
The air is cold and you wrap your arms around you stepping forward into the gloom.
The next step makes a splash as you step into a puddle, as does the next, your caution overtakes you coldness and you now hold out your arms and hands in front of you feeling your way forward, totally disoriented you take each step hoping there is something to stand on.
Something just moved! To the left of you…….. You stop.
Straining to hear in the silence all you here is the drip echoing…..nothing.
You take another step…..There it is again…….
Your anxiety starts to build into fear and you strain to make out what it is in the darkness, your eyes start playing tricks on you as one second you think you see a dog shape and the next second it looks like a man. You want to run but the fear of falling stops you.
You freeze on the spot waiting for your worst nightmare to happen………
Something has changed! The dripping has stopped, now there is just silence…….. a silence so quiet it’s deafening.. .................
What is it that make us scared in the dark? why does it effect us and add the fear factor?
Friday, 20 April 2007
It's been a while since I posted anything here, mainly because I cleared my computer cookies and had forgot my sign in details.
And to be honest have been really busy since before Easter to compile anything either, I was prompted this morning after receiving a reading from Angeleyes, and as alwyas have posted it below for you all, as you all know the reading is for someone out there that will find this post either now or maybe next week or even in a years time, whenever it is if it means something to you , then it was meant for you..
A funny thing happened when I was copying this reading for the site........... Will tell you tomorrow :)
Be still. A daily practice of silence
Bears gifts – a heightened sensitivity to beauty,
Deep inner peace and a profound feeling of connectedness
To all living things.
This person has come to a point in their lives where they seem to be standing still.
They can’t seem to move on in life and everything has become stagnated.
They are trying so hard to find the answer to so many questions, but to no avail.
Time seems to go by so quickly (every day) and yet so slowly. (Finding the answer).
You wish you had a crystal ball to look in to, to give you some direction.
The answers you are seeking are their but you are trying to hard to find them.
Take a deep breath, allow yourself time to relax, switch of your mind, meditate, and the answers will come.
Take one question at a time, don’t analyse the out come, if you were to go ahead and put your thoughts into action, let it sort it self out. If it is meant to be that way it will happen.
You are being guided on this path, both by the angels and spirit.
You have a cherub with you, and I am being told there is new life on its way around you.
This baby will bring so much joy to so many people.
But you are to remember, children are our teachers, listen to them, guide them on this earth, and spirit will reward you with knowledge, understanding and true love for what’s around you & in you.
I am hearing the month of August being called and get the feeling lots of things /changes happening. A lot of excitement to.
The name Hayley is being called and I am being made aware of a wedding dress.
As a person you love nature and being out doors. You believe in all nature spirits. And I am hearing the word kindred spirit.
You have someone close to you that shares the same interests as yourself. Likes & dislikes. You are very close and walk the same path.
Healing is just one of your loves in life.
You are a down to earth person. Who likes the simple things in life?
You never ask for much, just enough to get by on.
As far as past life’s go, you have been here many times before.
In this life time you will have earned your wings to fly.
You help so many people, just by the words that you speak you just don’t value yourself and give yourself the credit you deserve.
Good luck, and just remember the path you take will be the right one.
With love & light
Your card reading was taken from
Cheryl Richardson, Grace cards
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I have decided that the best comments on any posts will be made part of the artical rather than just leave them as comments, Thankyou Running Deer for your input and really do see you going to great heights.
Running Deer said...
Hi Scruffy and Angeleyes. I was interested in the reading. I can take about 95% of what came through. I have been seriously thinking of starting daily meditation and I think this confirms that I should start ASAP. Although I am not standing still at the moment my mediumship side is really taking off. The new life on the way is my wifes daughter (my stepdaughter) is expecting her third child in AUGUST, the only month in which we dont have a birthday.
Our friends in Southsea, Hants has a son who is a couture wedding dress designer and although they are divorced his first wifes name was Hayley.
Also my brother is getting married for the second time in September. I love being outdoors and I hate being inside, I love walking in the woods and I love Danbury Lakes and my wife is the same, we also like the New Forest, Yorkshire moors and Exmoor and Dartmoor. And also my wife is interested in the Psychic/Spiritual side of things. Healing is a love of my life, I have my Reiki Masters coming up in September and cant wait for it to happen.
As for myself, just lately when I do my oracle, healing, or tarot cards, quite a lot of the times I keep getting 'Believe in yourself' and 'Trust what you do' and that I am a very special......but how many people can really say they would say that about themselves if asked, not many. But now I am starting to believe a lot more in my abilities and think that I am worthy of working with Spirit, because they have told me so.
God bless both of you and keep up the good work that you both do.
21 April 2007 11:25
Friday, 13 April 2007
In the early centuries of Christianity, followers would write up fabulous accounts of the lives of their heroes. This enhanced George’s reputation but left the details of his life very blurred.
What we believe to be the truth is that George was born in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey in the 3rd century; that his parents were Christians; and that when his father died, George’s mother returned to her native Palestine, taking George with her. George became a soldier in the Roman army and rose to the rank of Tribune. The Emperor of the day, Diocletian (245-313 CE), began a campaign against Christians at the very beginning of the 4th century. In about 303 CE George is said to have objected to this persecution and resigned his military post in protest. George tore up the Emperor’s order against Christians. This infuriated Diocletian, and George was imprisoned and tortured, but he refused to deny his faith. Eventually he was dragged through the streets of Diospolis (now Lydda) in Palestine and beheaded. It’s said that Diocletian’s wife was so impressed by George’s resilience that she became a Christian and that she too was executed for her faith.
In the stories George is said to have been tortured in a number of gruesome and hideous ways. He was forced to swallow poison; crushed between two spiked wheels; boiled in a cauldron of molten lead. None of these attempts killed him and his wounds were healed in the night by Christ himself. George was told his life would be spared if he would offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. The people assembled to see him do so but instead George prayed to the Christian God. Immediately, fire came down from heaven, an earthquake shook the ground, and priests, idols, and the temple buildings were destroyed. However, by this time it was God’s will that St. George should die for his faith, and he was beheaded without further trouble. Stories of this nature abounded about pagan and Christian figures in the early Middle Ages. People would have expected their heroes to have undergone such experiences and in an age when many things seemed mystical, few were sceptical about such stories.
I have encountered 2 versions of this legend.
1: “The Legend in which George slays a fierce dragon, symbolising evil, and rescues an innocent maiden from death is thought to have appeared as late as the 12th century and may have origins in the story of Perseus, who defended the virgin Andromeda against the monstrous Medusa.”
2: “A pagan town in Libya was victimised by a dragon (representing the devil), which the inhabitants first attempted to placate by offerings of sheep, and then by the sacrifice of various members of their community. The daughter of the king (representing the Church) was chosen by lot and was taken out to await the coming of the monster, but George arrived, killed the dragon, and converted the community to Christianity.”
St George and England
The earliest known British reference to Saint George occurs in an account by St. Adamnan, the 7th century Abbot of lona. He’s believed to have heard the story from Arcuif, a French bishop who had travelled to Jerusalem and other holy places in Palestine. The saint is also mentioned in the writings of the Venerable Bede. George's reputation grew with the returning crusaders. A miracle appearance when it is claimed that he appeared to lead crusaders into battle, is recorded in stone over the south door of a church at Fordington in Dorset. This still exists and is the earliest known church in England to be dedicated to St. George. The Council of Oxford in 1222 named 23rd April Saint George’s Day.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
By Julie Steenhuysen Reuters - Wednesday, April 11
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The same rules that make Earth plants green may make non-Earth plants yellow, red or green -- but likely not blue, NASA scientists said on Wednesday.
They said their findings -- which look at how plants absorb and reflect different types of light -- may help narrow the search for life on planets beyond our solar system.
And, as a bonus, they may have answered a basic question about life on Earth.
"We've uncovered maybe the best explanation of why plants are green," said Nancy Kiang, a NASA biometeorologist who led the study, which appears in the journal Astrobiology.
Understanding plant colours on other planets is important as scientists prepare for new information to be generated from giant space telescopes planned by NASA and the European Space Agency to study Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars.
"We can guess the plausible range of colours they might be," said Vikki Meadows, an astrobiologist the California Institute of Technology who heads NASA's Virtual Planetary Laboratory.
Meadows and a host of scientists from different disciplines first studied how light is absorbed and reflected by plants and some bacteria on Earth.
That led to computer model for predicting the colour of plants on other planets and new insights about plants on Earth.
Chlorophyll in plants takes light from the sun and converts it into energy through a process called photosynthesis.
Scientists have long known that most plants on Earth absorb more blue and red light and less green light, but they have not understood why.
It turns out that more red light reaches plants on Earth, and blue light is the easiest to absorb. So plants make most efficient use of these two, and that leaves green light as largely superfluous.
"They don't absorb the green because they have more than enough light from blue and red. They just don't need green," Kiang said.
As a result, plants reflect away relatively more green light, which is why plants appear green.
"It turns out plants are actually using the best light there is," Kiang said.
On other planets, where other colours of the light spectrum might dominate, the plants might soak up more green or even more blue light and reflect back whatever is not needed for energy.
The scientists believe the same rules will apply on Earth-like planets in other solar systems.
"It turns out that photosynthesis is one of those things that is likely to be common. If we look for life on other planets, we will try to look for signs of photosynthesis," Meadows said.