Every day hundreds of people in the UK fall for letters that contain predictions, promises of healing properties or threats of dire consequences if they do not pay up.
In one example uncovered by the Office of Fair Trading a mailing told consumers they were living in 'a zone which has been booby trapped by negative waves', and it offered a solution for a payment of £29.
Another mailing in the name of Maria Rosa claimed 'in the next few days you will have the very tidy sum of £169,000 in your possession'.
Extravagant and potentially misleading claims are also made about rituals the psychic will undertake or items, such as jewellery the 'psychic' sells which it is claimed will bring the recipient good luck and ward off evil forces, says the OFT.
A scammer using the name Serena sent thousands of letters claiming: 'Your life will be beautiful and you deserve it, thanks to the Parchment of the Sacred Olive Branch which will protect you and bring you happiness.'
The OFT says other allegedly lucky items sold by scammers include Esmerelda's Money creating Scarab of the Pharoes, Gabriel d'Angelo's Happiness Beamer, Maria Rosa's Bracelet of Ameno Lise and Marie Desperance's Golden Thread.
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The above article again goes to show no matter what it is, someone some where will try to make money from it with a scam, so why do people fall for it?
We had a member on the main site that had access to free readings and still went to another pay site to get a reading, fair enough I thought nothing like a second opinion and they were pleased with what they received anyway they were so pleased that they decided to buy a reading for a friend some months later, their friend contacted them and showed them the reading saying how pleased they were with it.......guess what........ it was the same reading as before, word for word.
It made them realise that not all readers are like those at psychicvisions.org so a lesson learnt.
Ok time to lay the cards on the table (excuse the pun) so what do you look for if you really do want a good reading or a good psychic?
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONSULTING A PSYCHIC OR TAROT READER
Don't consult the Psychic hotlines advertised in phone books, magazines and other places. Most of these people have scripts which they work from (I know I was asked to do it) and in many cases not even psychics . It is a complete waste of money.
Many e-mail tarot readings are copied and pasted from a collection already written, watch out for this one it's getting very common, most readings can take a while to write and send back, (normally at least 48 hours, maybe longer).
Try to get a Psychic or reader who comes highly recommended from someone else (that includes me) If you don't know them try sending e-mails asking some questions you have about them, genuine ones will answer any number of questions, only when your happy should you book a reading and pay.
Testimonials. These mean very little, anyone can write them
Be highly skeptical and don't tell any type of personal details up front.
Try not to react to anything the psychic says to you. A straight yes or no answer should be sufficient to keep them going. Always remember that body language will give almost anything about you away and if the psychic is not genuine they will easily pick up on this and keep feeding you lies. Keep still and watch what your eyebrows are doing.
Be wary of giving large amounts of money. You should only have to pay for one sitting.
If the psychic or reader advises that you return for any type of further reading, spell casting, curse detection or eradication do not return back as this is usually a trick to get more money.
No self respecting psychic or tarot reader would tell a client bad news, if you have been advised of death or any extreme bad news leave the sitting immediately and do not return.
The above won't stop all scam readings but will help you bypass some
Monday, 26 February 2007
Every day hundreds of people in the UK fall for letters that contain predictions, promises of healing properties or threats of dire consequences if they do not pay up.
Saturday, 24 February 2007
A few days ago I posted a short piece on synchronicity so now we get to see it in action.
Taking the point that everything has a reason and things happen at the time and place there are meant too, then the fact that you have found your way to this blog and this post happened for a reason!..... the reason..... well could be many things but today we are posting the first of our 'Card of the Week' readings based on a single card from a very good reader.
Once a week she will be doing a short reading on one card she draws from a pack of her choice, now if you see this today, next week or maybe you have found this post in a years time, then right now is meant for you.......in short synchronicity.
It maybe the reading itself may not be relevant to you but we will be posting the picture of each card too and maybe the image here may inspire you on this day.
Anyway thanks must go to 'Angeleyes' who provided this reading that follows and all subsequent readings.
Card of the week COURAGE
Take the leap
Your courage will see you through.
Your personal life has not been a bed of roses recently and I feel that you are putting on a brave face but deep inside you, you are crying with sadness and frustration, guilt and anxiety, as you don’t want to hurt anyone.
You have nothing to feel guilty about. You are the one who is important here, no one else.
Little things are not adding up in your relationship and they are beginning to bother you.
Although you have asked questions, the truth is never told, and you find yourself not knowing what to believe.
There has been deceit and lies told, and your trust in this person has gone, although you want to believe them but cant.
I feel this is not to do with an affair but more so with drugs.
They are more wrapped up in their world than with you.
And it seems to you that every time you make the decision to leave the relationship they come back very sorry, until the next time.
You are being guided, and will be given the strength to walk away.
I feel this partner fears you and what you’re capable of, but the only person who does not see this strength is you.
There is a whole new world out their waiting for you to come and explore.
Your future is a lot brighter than it is now, but only you can make it happen.
You have been given two lions for protection, courage and strength, use them to draw on their abilities and find yourself again.
With love & light
Angel eyes xxx
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Friday, 23 February 2007
Thought for today
Why do we want to become more aware?
If we remain unaware, we:
- repeat the past,
- remain stuck in relationships,
- live superficial, literal and one dimensional lives,
- lack experiences of love and beauty, and
- have limited connection to others and the universe.
With awareness, we are fully involved with life. Awareness is sensing deeply and sensitively for what really is. To do this, we need to approach the present as totally new. When we can be open and attentive in each moment, we begin to free ourselves from the conditioning of the past and the suffering that it so often brings.
"Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding."
-- Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn
"If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you."
-- Sheng Yen
Thursday, 22 February 2007
I don't believe in coincidence or luck, I believe everything has a reason for happening at that exact time and at the place it happens, even down to visiting blogs pages!
On that basis Synchronicity plays a large part in my life.
Synchronicities are people, places or events that your soul attracts into your life to help you evolve to higher consciousness or to place emphasis on something going on in your life. The more 'consciously aware' you become of how your soul manifests, the higher your frequency becomes and the faster you manifest positively. Each day your life encounters meaningful coincidences, synchronicities, that you have attracted, in other words created in the grid of your experiences in the physical. Souls create synchronicities, played out in the physical. It is why you are here. It is how our reality works
There are no accidents!
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Thought for today
A young man wanting to find truth goes to see a famous guru. 'Master, can you teach me meditation and truth?' he asks. The guru agrees, and the disciple immediately assumes the lotus posture, closing his eyes and breathing rhythmically to show what he knows.
The master doesn't say anything but picks up two stones from the ground and starts rubbing them against each other. Hearing the strange noise, the disciple opens his eyes and asks, 'Master, what are you doing?' The guru answers 'I'am rubbing these stones against each other to polish them into a mirror so I can look at myself.'
The disciple laughs, 'but master, if you don't mind my telling you: you'll never be able to make a mirror of these stones by rubbing them against each other. You can do that forever, and it won't work.'
'Similarly, my friend,' the master says, 'you can sit like that forever, but you'll never be meditating or understanding truth.'
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Thought for today
"We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." -- Omar Nelson Bradley
Every day, there are so many details to be managed. So many distractions. So many demands placed upon us. No wonder we end up allowing other people and circumstances to set the agendas for our lives.
It's understandable. Is it acceptable? NO!
Think about it. It's your life! It's all you've got. What are you making of it? What does the big picture look like for you? If your life were captured on film, would you (or anyone else) want to watch it?
If this question pierces your heart and mind, please MAKE THE TIME to reflect on what makes your life meaningful. Dream a little. What would you do if you could do anything at all? Connect with the longings of your heart and resolve to attend to them. Your meaningful dreams are worthy of being brought to life.
And don't sell yourself short! If you can conceive of something, you can achieve it. Call forth the power of your imagination to create a vision of what you most want your life to be. Feel yourself living that life in your imagination. Do something every single day to bring you closer to making your big picture a reality.
When you clearly know what you want from life, you have the foundation for saying "No" to those activities that pull you away from your dreams. Meaningful goals will give you the courage to make empowering decisions. They'll give you the ammunition to resist being swayed by the agendas of others.
You have choice in every moment. Choose what matters for you.
Every day, take just a few moments first thing in the morning to connect with your goals. Every day, as often as you remember, ask yourself, "What's most important for me to be doing right now?" And remember that what's most important is not usually what's most urgent.
So cast yourself as the hero of your own feature film. Make it as big and dramatic and powerful as you like. Wear the hats of producer, director and star. Be creative with this magical opportunity to express the uniqueness of who you are. Then watch yourself grow to fill this big picture of your life!
"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." -- Benjamin E. Mayes
"The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions." - Alan Cohen
Monday, 19 February 2007
I spent most of yesterday evening updating and re-designing our 'What's On' pages on the website and now including arts and craft events, due to requests sent in to the site.
To see what's on go to What's On UK
By the way if you have an event planned or coming up let me know about it and I will include it in the correct section, international events also welcome and page will be made on request.
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Yesterday was the second one of my Tarot one day workshops held at the Spiritualist Centre in Billericay Essex and again was really pleased with the interest and the turnout.
“How can you teach reading Tarot in one day” I hear you say!...... well in truth you can’t, but what you can do is give an introduction to what tarot is about and de-bunk the myths that have built up around tarot.
Traditionally when you decide to study tarot for the purposes of reading for others, most teachers / centres will teach you the meanings of all 78 cards, the spreads and how to associate the cards into a reading, (I know, I did it myself 26 years ago) this in itself can take up to 2 years before you can read professionally for others.
What I do is teach it intuitively, that is to use the images on the cards to invoke how the reader feels about that card or picture and what they may feel it means to the sitter (the one getting the reading).
I normally start off saying that there is no magical or mystical properties to the cards themselves, in fact they are just pieces of card with colourful pictures on them, that is only what the reader sees within them that gives any mystical or intuitive meaning at all.
Starting off with photos of something like trees or even abstract art and scribbles I prove to them you can ‘read’ almost any image and by the end of the day have them all doing a valid card reading.
Ok the above sounds like it simplifies the world of reading tarot cards, but who made it complicated in the first place? Many people give up when faced with 2 years of study and 78 cards to learn, but if they have a method of using their cards almost straight away then if they want to take the professional route then they can learn the traditional meanings after when it suits them, my method has worked with dozens of people at live workshops and in our website chat room classes, and if it brings a greater interest in working with tarot cards then I will continue using what now seems a tried and tested method of teaching a wonderful medium of divination.
16 people went away yesterday with a better understanding of how the cards work for them that to me makes it worth while.
Saturday, 17 February 2007
Thought for Today
Everything in life holds both a blessing and a curse. We deny this when we label the events of our lives as either good or bad. The following old Zen story illustrates this lesson most effectively.
A farmer had a horse but one day, the horse ran away and so the farmer and his son had to plough their fields themselves. Their neighbours said, "Oh, what bad luck that your horse ran away!" But the farmer replied, "Bad luck, good luck, who knows?"
The next week, the horse returned to the farm, bringing a herd of wild horses with him. "What wonderful luck!" cried the neighbours, but the farmer responded, "Good luck, bad luck, who knows?"
Then, the farmer's son was thrown as he tried to ride one of the wild horses, and he broke his leg. "Ah, such bad luck," sympathized the neighbours. Once again, the farmer responded, "Bad luck, good luck, who knows?"
A short time later, the ruler of the country recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home. "What good luck that your son was not forced into battle!" celebrated the neighbours. And the farmer remarked, "Good luck, bad luck, who knows?"
"Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken."
-- Jean Jacques Rousseau
Friday, 16 February 2007
On February 18th, the Chinese new year starts.
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One of my favourites had to be "If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel".
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HOW THE TWELVE SIGNS DEAL WITH NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES:
ARIES: "Who's in charge here? I'd like to see God right now, please. Am I dead? Gee, I never thought that could happen to me! Where can I get a crystal palace backlit with white light like that one?"
TAURUS: Leaving the body, Taurus realizes that he or she no longer has a stomach and immediately returns to the body (thud!), without seeing tunnels, light, God, etc., making Taurus skeptical for the rest of his or her life.
GEMINI: The key thing to the zodiacal twins isn't the experience itself, but how they can embellish it when telling the story (or writing about it). Since Geminis are comfortable in all worlds, except those without telephones, they usually bounce back to the body fairly rapidly-- and the mouth tends to work before the rest of the body comes back to life.
CANCER: Cancerians can live to be 125 years old, and they don't usually have near death experiences, but they can come awfully close to having a near life experience when they get brave and venture out of their house for "supplies."
LEO: "Nooooooo, I am NOT dead. I am not, I am not, I am not . . . Who are those guys in the white robes? What's that they're singing . . . ? They're off key. I can sing better than that! Where's the choir director? I need a microphone immediately. Unless it's Rolling Stone or Spin, hold my calls."
VIRGO: Working a marathon 60 hours straight, Virgo collapses and leaves the body. She moves through that delightfully clean and sparkling tunnel of light, occasionally reflecting upon possible improvements . . . but soon becomes so worried by the thought of her loved ones "managing" without her that she snaps back into the body like white lightning, sits up, and calmly pronounces herself alive, glancing at her watch.
LIBRA: Floating out of the body, then in, then out, then in, and finally out again . . . Libra sees a tunnel and a vibrant being of light at the other end. "Wow, is that Jesus ? Wait a minute, maybe it's Kwan Yin . That looks like something she'd wear." Never deciding whether to go through the tunnel (after all, what's death without someone to share it with?) Libra ends up back in the body by default, hounded by a mysterious compulsion to start a dating service for discarnate souls.
SCORPIO: Since most Scorpio's have nine lives, they tend to brainstorm different ways to trigger the near death experience. Once nearly dead, most can barely get to the end of the tunnel without meeting some being with whom they have astral sex. When asked whom they prefer to greet them on the other side, 75% name a favorite vampire, and Medusa is a strong contender.
SAGITTARIUS: Sag floats out of her body and has to laugh at the stupid way she bought the farm. After somehow BREAKING the tunnel of light, she absolutely refuses to return to the body, since she's been trying to get out of it for all these years (via clumsy accidents). Because Sag is immensely curious about whether the so-called organized religious have any validity at all, this stroke of luck leads to some amaaaaaazing lessons, until, alas, the astral folks tire of her and trick her into returning to Earth for the duration.
CAPRICORN: It might take Capricorn a little while to realize he is dead because there are special rooms set up to look like executive offices for newly-dead Goats. A sharp-looking, older gentleman-ghost comes in and gives Cap an instruction manual titled HOW TO PROFIT IN THE ASTRAL MARKETPLACE, plus a "job evaluation" type assessment of Cap's achievements and mistakes over the lifetime, followed by a pink slip (meaning the body revived). Caps tend to return to their bodies quickly, unable to tolerate non-physical existence for long.
AQUARIUS: Aquarius gets to the pearly gates, sees that heaven isn't run by consensus, and opts for hell, where at least there is an appealing anarchy and rules are made to be broken. Ironically, Aquarian near-death experiences tend to be extremely traditional, i.e., God the Father, St. Peter , the celestial choir and so on (another reason to rebel and opt for hell). Once in the underworld, they bedevil the hell out of Satan and his cronies with their loud and vigorous campaigns for progressive reforms, and are quickly expelled back to the body.
PISCES: For some reason, our Piscean friends barely notice their near death experiences. Instead, during a typical day at the office, many Pisceans report seeing beings with long-suffering expressions on their faces and who patiently tell the Piscean to go back to his or her body.
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Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Thought for Today
Look at your career, finances, relationships, growth, health and emotions. Where are you experiencing major challenges? Of these, which area most needs your attention at this time? Set an intention to face this struggle and resolve it. ATTENTION on your TENSION often releases it.
"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year."
-- John Foster Dulles
"We often spend so much time coping with problems along our path that we only have a dim or even inaccurate view of what's really important to us."
-- Peter Senge
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Valentine's Day is also known as the 'Eve of Roman Lupercalia'. This was a time of great celebration, a celebration of youthful love. Chance seemed to play a large part in this festival as sweethearts were chosen by a system similar to a lottery. Since Ancient Greek and Roman times this day has held a central focus in the folkloric calendar.
More recent traditions involve men and women exchanging cards which contained love dedications or even marriage proposals, each highly decorative, hand-made and personally designed. This tradition commenced in the Middle Ages. The sender then as now should never sign the card as it was considered to bring bad luck. Of course it also stifles any idea of guessing who might be in love with you. The idea of the secret admirer has long charmed both men and women alike.
Love divination games were very popular during the Victorian period for young lovers. There are many divination rituals and games. One of the most often used involved the potential lover writing the name of their favourite persons on a piece of paper and sealing it in clay which was then dropped into a bowl of water. The first clay to rise to the surface when opened would reveal the name of their future sweetheart or 'Valentine'. Sending a gift to the person was the next step towards revelation and happiness in love.
Many different flowers are also associated with this day, given as tokens of love. A European belief in the power of the saffron coloured crocus to attract attention of a lover is best done if worn in the buttonhole. Armed with this she is more likely to meet her future intended. In order to dream of a future husband on this night one European custom often followed was the placing of fresh Bay Leaves under the pillow the night before.
The type of flowers sent or decorating a card adds further meaning to a Valentine card and has come to be known as 'The Language of Flowers'. Some of the most well known Valentine flowers to be used to decorate the cards are highlighted below with an idea of the specific symbolism behind their inclusion, not all of which indicate love blossoming but also love on the wain.
Almond Blossom; As a symbol of hope, sweetness, delicacy.
Anenome; As a symbol of withered hopes, a dying love.
Forget-me-not; As a symbol of true love Lily; As a symbol of purity (white), gaiety or falsehood (yellow).
Periwinkle; As a symbol of early friendship (blue), happy memories (white).
Poppy; As a symbol of fantastic extravagance (scarlet), consolation (red). If the love is faithful placing a petal in the palm of the hand and hitting it with a fist should produce a popping sound.
Rose; As a symbol of love, pure and lovely (red rose buds), jealousy (yellow). This flower is dedicated to love.
Snowdrop; As a symbol of hope, consolation. The flower is thought mythologically to have been a snowflake which was transformed to comfort Adam and Eve after they had been expelled from the Garden of Eden.
Sunflower; As a symbol of the sun, and also haughtiness. Tulip; As a symbol of powerful love being declared (red), hopeless love (yellow). The heart burning symbolically like a flame.
Monday, 12 February 2007
Thought for today
Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.
For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.
The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.
"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."
-- Sigmund Freud
Sunday, 11 February 2007
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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Thought for today
A Greek myth can help us understand the freedom that comes with power of choice.
In the Underworld, Sisyphus was condemned to roll a large stone up a hill from which it always rolled down again. Realistically, he was trapped in an endless cycle of rolling the stone. When he perceived himself to be imprisoned by the curse, he was a victim.
At one point, however, he turned the tables -- he changed his mind and decided to CHOOSE to roll the stone up the hill. In doing so, he empowered himself and defused the curse.
"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."
-- Stephen Covey
"One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in a prison."
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Now don’t get me wrong I’m all for cutting down on the use of fossil fuels and improving my ecological footprint but is global warming really all our doing?
The general accepted date that the ice age finished was 11500 years ago, well what if the age isn’t finished!!....... there is still a lot of ice at the north and south poles, maybe finally when all the ice is gone that we can say the ice age has finally finished.
What actually denotes the end of the ice age? World temperature, the overall land mass covered by ice?.
No doubt there are different views on that as last summer (2006) the rules as to what makes a planet a planet changed, leaving us with only eight planets, Yep… Pluto doesn’t qualify!!! So who’s to say the ice age is done, a lot of whats been going on for years could just be a natural progression of the worlds cycle!
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
There are several hypotheses surrounding the origin of the Tarot, including the concept that it was an ancient Pagan system of prophecy, or an encoding of the mysteries of the universe. These fanciful myths are just that – myths. The Tarot was not created in Egypt, China, and especially not in Ireland or England; it was not developed as a key to universal energy by the Cabbalists, or by the Romany as a system of magical divination.
Quite simply, it was developed in Italy during the fifteenth century as a simple card game much like our modern Bridge, which involved taking trumps. It was based on a regular deck of playing cards (four suits each containing ten numbered cards and three court cards: page, knight and king). The Tarot added a queen card to the court cards in each suit, and twenty-two unique cards not assigned to any suit. The Tarot was derived from the regular playing deck, not the other way around as many people assume.
What we now call the “Major Arcana” was referred to as “the trumps” (interestingly, the Fool was not considered a trump card), while the Minor Arcana was termed “suit cards”. The original suits were known as "coins", "staves" or "batons", “cups” and “swords”, and the deck and the game were known as carte da trionfi (cards of triumph). A century later the name evolved to tarocchi (singular tarocco) to differentiate between the unique card deck and a new game of trumps introduced that could be played with ordinary playing cards.
This augmented deck of cards was used to play a new type of game which involved taking trumps, but with twenty-one of the special cards (remember, the Fool was not a trump outranking all the ordinary cards and acting as permanent trumps, which could be played regardless of what suit was led. The Fool could be played at any time without taking a trump. This game became known as the Game of Triumphs, and caught on as a popular pastime among the upper classes, particularly in northern Italy and then travelling to eastern France, and later to Germany. As the game travelled and new decks were created, illustration and design evolved to reflect the geographical and cultural systems it encountered, as did the names of the trump cards.
The original symbolism of the trump cards does not originate with Egyptian or Oriental culture; it is taken directly from Medieval and Renaissance European culture, most often reflecting Christian art.
The Tarot was not specifically connected with divination; playing cards of all kinds were used as a form of cartomancy. The earliest documentary evidence for Tarot being associated with fortune telling occurs in the eighteenth century, when specific divination decks (such as Mme Lenormand and the Grand Ettelia) were developed. The Tarot also began to be associated with the occult around this time.
Monday, 5 February 2007
Thought for today
When you get to the end of all light you know, and it's time to step into darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two thing will happen; either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly
This month I am going to focus on birthdays and the astrology signs for February which of course starts off with aquarius, If your birthday was from 21st Jan up to 19th Feb, this is for you.
The Sun's in your sign, aquarius. Happy birthday! The first event on the is the Full Moon in leo, on Feb 2nd, focusing on the needs and concerns of partners or close associates. Expect some excitement, interest, or an impulse for change with those close to you.
Mercury enters pisces, on Feb 2nd then turns retrograde on Feb 14th, charged by a near encounter with Uranus and the Lunar Nodes. There will be a revision of basic finance by dint of unexpected change with income or expenditure. There may be fiscal surprises. There may be changes with the people you're used to dealing with.
Sunday, 4 February 2007
Thought for today
It’s hard for some of us to believe that the world is served when we seek our own happiness. We’ve been taught that this is selfish.
If we stop to reflect on how we are in the world when we are happy, we can see how this serves. We have more vitality. We’re more loving and generous to others when our own needs are met.
What activities bring you greatest joy? Your unique gift to the world will be found in those pastimes you love the most.
"Spiritual growth is not made in reaction against, for all striving against imposed restrictions is imaginary. Spiritual growth is accomplished by inclination toward. We grow like the sunflower, following the light."
-- Joy Houghton
Saturday, 3 February 2007
British scientists say there is convincing evidence that a significant proportion of the population possess psychic powers. The British Association for the Advancement of Science was told an increasing number of experiments support the theory of a human "sixth sense" - an ability which may have its roots in our past, when the ability to sense the presence of a predator was a matter of life or death.
The view that people are capable of paranormal feats, such as premonitions, telepathy, and out-of-body experiences, is supported by new research by the Institute of Psychiatry, which suggests the human mind may exist outside the body like an invisible magnetic field. The research is being led by Dr Peter Fenwick, a neuro-psychiatrist at London University, who has just completed a survey of heart patients claiming to have had "near-death experiences" after their hearts had stopped beating. For More Click Here >>>
Friday, 2 February 2007
Animals have been around longer than mankind. Understanding your totem animal can help us discover our true self. The strengths and weaknesses of an animal totem are a mirror reflection of our inner being. We are all part of the tapestry of life and have gifts to share. Discovering your personal animal totems provides you with the insight necessary to align yourself with the Creative force.
How do you find out what your animal totem is?
There are many books on the subject and people far better than me on the subject, but I will tell how I have found mine.
I was first made aware of animal totems some years back by a shamen friend of mine and someone else who doesn't believe in luck and that everything happens for a reason, my first real totem animal (other than a Hippo) was a badger, now I don't know about you but I have never seen a real badger other than TV and road kill!, well one night in 2005 I had one come into the garden, pass me and head the the fallen plums on the grass, it looked round at me and carried on, the sauntered off without any worries, absolutely amazing sight and never forgot it so the badger became my totem animal.
Late last year I was pottering around the garden and could see rustling in the bushes so went to investegate, on looking I found a Woodpecker caught up in the brambles, again I was taken aback, I have never seen one before, I helped it untangle it's wings and off it went, I was suprised at the bright colours and how small they actually are, so the woodpecker became my totem animal.......so below have posted the woodpecker meaning.
Their flight patterns are unique. Woodpeckers fly up, coast down then fly upwards again. Those with this totem often find that their path in life wont always conform to society's standards and that their personal unique rhythm needs to be honoured. Woodpeckers teach us to honour our personal truth and move through life with perseverance and inner strength. By staying grounded in our pursuits our goals can be obtained.
In spring the loud calls of woodpeckers often augmented by drumming on hollow wood are the sounds of males holding territories. Woodpeckers defend their territory aggressively. Those with this medicine need to be in control of their personal environment and will not tolerate others trying to change it. Although personal space is very important for woodpecker medicine people control issues can sometimes be a problem and flexibility needs to be learned.
The woodpecker is known as the Earths drummer. Drumming is the heartbeat of mother earth and is associated with shamanism and the ability to move into other dimensions at will. For those with this totem the woodpecker represents self discovery. As they peck into and through trees and dead wood, hidden layers of ones psyche are revealed. Those with this medicine are good analysts and have strong mental capabilities. They make excellent psychiatrists and psychologists. Woodpeckers are active birds so caution is advised to maintain balance when reviewing any situation or issue. Too much analyzing can result in procrastination.
I haven't yet had a further new animal enter my life so assume the woodpecker is still current, animal totems change as we change, this is my view, someone else may see it differently.
If you have had an unusual animal encounter let me know and I will post your animal meaning too.
Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.
In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.