On Meditations and Reiki…

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Welcome to the latest Reiki blog hop where Joy Vernon asked us to:

Write out instructions for how to do whatever basic meditation or first meditation you teach in your classes or first learned to do.

Well… following instructions is not always my forte and certainly when teaching meditation, I have found that people who struggle with the concept of meditation can get more confuddled if given instructions. We live in an often stressful world and I think it’s easy to slip into seeing meditation as being a goal to achieve and by extension, something to fail at…

There are as many ways to meditate as leaves on a tree and my personal opinion is that if the thought of one technique stresses you out, then ditch it and find something else that will work for you. When I was first introduced to meditation, I found the situation to be farcical and tantamount to being trapped in a bad sitcom. An instructor asked the group to raise their hands if they had a daily meditation practice. Hands shot up in all direction and then followed a game of top trumps as people tried to out zen one another… I chewed the insides of my cheeks to try and contain the laughter that wanted to erupt as I heard the boasts around me. Oh… I meditate for an hour a day… Another voice smugly declared that they were now up to 90 mins a day… Another voice delivered a counter bid of an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening… I stared at the ceiling desperate to avoid making any eye contact as I was on the brink of a blooper reel type corpsing of maniacal laughter…the whole absurdity of being in this room with people who an hour or so before had been discussing the art of non-competitive practice…

The instructor landed on me… Tell me Karen, how do you meditate?

I confessed that I didn’t as I found it all quite boring…

I was then asked – do you do anything to clear your mind?

I thought about it and thought it was probably a dumb answer but said it anyway… Well… I go into the garden and when I first go out, I can hear all the noise from the traffic but I try to tweak my ear to the birdsong until all I can hear is chirping and the traffic noise disappears…

The instructor asked – do you think it’s possible that that could be described as a form or meditation?

I conceded that it may be possible…

I still do that many years later, I also thanks to my resident hedgehogs sit and listen to see where the rustles come from and let my eyes adjust to the dark until I see them clearly walking around… But mostly if I’m going to actively meditate then I do it with art as there’s something about using my hands that grounds me into being wholly present in the moment.

What does this have to do with Reiki? Ok… Reiki is practiced in a meditative frame of mind and I don’t think really that it matters that much how you get to that place… Let me explain with some art…

Inside the swirling mind, if you know where to go, there’s this sweet spot like the eye of the storm…

If you try too hard to find this place, or to slow your thoughts to silence, then they’ll just swirl faster and you might be fooled into thinking the sweet spot doesn’t exist… or that it’s only attainable to the special few…

Don’t worry… it is there for you… At first you might experience it for a fleeting split of a second… hold it… somewhere in your brain, a connection is made and a path laid down… you can find it again…

There’s no need to force yourself to sit for hours and will this into place… a brief pause often returned to will begin to take on a life of its own… the split seconds will grow longer of their own accord… This is your place to go to whenever you want… Learn to recognise how it feels and you will learn how to tap into that feeling wherever and whenever you are, no matter what you are doing…

And this has an interesting side effect… as you find the quite space in your mind, then over time that feeling/energy ripples out across your life and into the paths of others… Peace starts within but the effects are contagious…

And that pretty much is my ‘instruction’ for Reiki meditation… Click on my neighbour’s links to see their guidance.

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How to Practice and Share Reiki When Ill

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: How to Practice and Share Reiki When Ill
Joy Vernon put forward this latest topic and it opened up quite a discussion within the Reiki Blog Hop group…
I think most people can decide quite easily whether to practise Reiki when a physical problem is present. Personally, I am quite blessed in the health department and it’s extremely rare for me to be physically ill. My eldest son has pointed that out on many occasions, usually when he comes down with flu and self-pity and he will ask – how come since you took up Reiki, you don’t get ill? I’m not so convinced of the correlation and I put it down to the combination of acquiring a pretty robust immune system over the years of raising snot-nosed kids alongside working in air-conditioned buildings filled with the general public who aren’t too fussy who they sneeze on… On the rare occasion that I am contagious or physically debilitated and unable to function then my diary does tend to magically clear itself for the length of time that I need to recover. So, on the whole, it’s not something that I have to think about too often but my main thoughts there are, if you are ill then, it’s a good time to dose up on your own self-healing practice… I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets complacent with that… But also, being contagious does not stop you from practising Reiki as you do not have to be physically present, so there are various ways to apply distant healing if you have the energy and inclination to send Reiki to somebody else.
I do have an ongoing back problem and that has caused me to modify my practice on occasion. At its worst, I have referred clients to other people but that was more down to the nature of the general problems of being a mobile therapist and not wanting to drag a couch around. I kept seeing the clients who had their own couches and rather than standing for the whole session, I would place a chair nearby so I could sit down if needed. Though I find that if I have back pain and I am working on someone else, then the pain will disappear whilst working and often I will feel heat and healing coming into where I need it, alongside the Reiki that comes through and goes to the person on the couch.
But when we are working Reiki, we know that there is more to health than the physical level and when you ask about illness in terms of mental health or emotional and spiritual wellbeing, well that’s when you may as well be asking how long is a piece of string…
When it comes to mental health, then I’m not qualified to comment on that, though I have many thoughts on that subject, none of which ever fully resolve as defining, in general, doesn’t really allow for the nuances of individuals… I could easily fractal out in all directions on this issue so in an attempt to follow just one coherent thought, I laid down some cards… What should I address here?

Rainbow Oracle – Kim Roberts & Lucy Byatt

Uncertainty… Ok, if you are uncertain as to whether or not you should be practising Reiki, then I would suggest taking a step back and seeing if you can ground and centre yourself. I think on mental and emotional levels, it not so much about how ‘well’ you are but about how aware you are of where you are at. Nobody has their shit together in all areas at all times… the question really is, can you put those things on hold in order to deliver a quality service?

As a slightly off tangent example… Ok, so I recognise that people are people and everybody has their own struggles going on BUT… if I am dealing with someone in a professional capacity then I have very little tolerance for poor performance… When I went to a parent’s evening and came away knowing all the ins and outs of a teacher’s child’s illness and all of her childcare problems, I made a complaint. Don’t get me wrong, on a personal level, I empathised but I went there to discuss my child and came away with zero input and my opinion was that that teacher should not have been working in that state of mind…

On the other end of the scale, I know people with fairly extreme mental health problems, who are self-aware and manage their health in a way that their work is not at all affected…

Spiritual Sensitivity… Ok, lots of Reiki practitioners speak at length of the need to protect their energies… often I feel that people are only considering half of the equation… I’m not going to argue that you don’t want to be picking up other people’s dodgy energy… BUT… also consider that your client, by very nature of coming for Reiki is likely to be spiritually sensitive… so, there is a very good chance, that if you are not on the ball and focused in the moment, then your client could very well end up feeling bummed out because they have picked up that you are distracted…

Many moons ago, I stopped going to a Reiki practitioner as I suddenly felt very angry mid-session and I heard a very loud sentence in my head… after the session, I repeated the sentence to them and watched the colour drain from their face to be replaced by a look of horror as they asked me how I knew about the argument they had had that morning…

Self Love… well this brings to mind a couple of old adages… prevention is better than cure and you can’t give from an empty cup…

So, I guess my answer to the question of how to practise and share Reiki when ill, is to know how and when to prioritise your own needs for healing, which I guess is another whole topic in itself… but ultimately, how you do that is entirely up to you to decide… I know what works and doesn’t work for me but there’s no such thing as one size fits all… you’ll have to tailor your own fitness 🙂

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Anyone Can Play Guitarot…

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Welcome aboard the tarot blog hop musical express, directed by Jay Cassels who invited us to get our Gleek on. I do remember the exact notes but I’m fairly certain that artistic license and ad-libbing was pre-approved and so although I can on occasion just about carry a tune in a bucket, I’ll spare you the trilling and spilling of my mediocre singing and invite you to come winging through my variations on a theme.

Music and tarot are very intertwined in my mind and it is not unknown for me to burst into spontaneous song or pull a musical prank… (I may or may not write about that another day) Ok… let’s get back into the right key… I have lots of favourite types of people to read for but high up there in the top of the charts are Musicians…

There’s a fluidity in thinking with Musicians and they are all too easily lured into play…

I’ve often found that Musicians seem to innately know what the cards are saying even if they’ve never seen a deck before but then I guess that many Musicians over the years have infused their art with esoteric musings so any Musician with eclectic tastes has absorbed the occult by osmosis…

But when it comes to tarot reading then they are usually willing to freestyle and enjoy the noble art of busking, they are up for metaphorical musing and noodling and in no way adverse to trying out a few new licks and riffs…

Below is a reading that I did to look at business ideas.  We opened up the Orbifold and it seemed the most natural thing in the world to get the guitar player in front of me to transpose the composition to guitarot…

tarot, tarot spread, business planning

The whole musical language itself lends to an easy analogy and so questions flowed out…

How many strings are there to your business? How do you want to pitch? What’s the tone? What volume is best? etc… etc…

Sometimes the Musicians around me start up the movement and set the beat… Below is the latest composition Mr S has bullied me into commissioned from me… He’s recently bought a ???? oooh???? blimey!!! ah… I really ought to know the name of this… he’s been banging on about it for months and months… but names and models of guitars get lost in the same part of my wasteland area of brain where details about cars go to die… anywho… he’s bought this guitar that is in kit form and it is sitting waiting to be customised. He’s been humming (he’s always humming…) and ahhing about making any decisions but insisting that I should do the artwork for him. That had been going on for weeks until he asked me why it’s not done yet and I told him it’s because he’s still not made his mind up! At which point he says – Why are you waiting for me? Why don’t you just pull some cards out…

So cards were pulled and at last, he smiles as rough initial drafts are sketched out and approved as being exactly to his liking…

But…  dc al coda…back to the Orbifold…

Now the thing I like about the Orbifold is that is so sleek and unfussy and so elegantly designed… At a glance it looks simplistic and bordering on a tad oversimplified maybe but LOOK… look at those borders!!! There’s a whole symphony going on there…

And it occurs to me that when something appears to be so simply designed then it is because every mark and notation is carefully chosen and placed for a reason… There is nothing there by accident, everything is scribed carefully by the composer to lay in wait for the conductor’s hand to provoke a response in the players who in turn will stir an audience…

Then I discovered a magical musical game…

Orbifold Overtures

For this game, you will need one Orbifold deck and as many Musicians as you can get your hands on. If you haven’t already got this deck, then it is worth buying purely for this experiment. I have tried this numerous times now with various unsuspecting victims and it never fails to amuse me…

It’s very simple, there is little work for you to do…

You find your musician

You take out a handful of cards

You line up the borders

Then you say… Oooh… Look at this… Hmmm… if that were a song, what would it sound like?

My experience to date is that they will initially look a little pensive but in less than 3 seconds you will see their eyes light up and they will start tapping and rhythm and skat out a tune

Let me know if you try it?

It’s even more interesting when you show the same cards to different musicians at different times and they all sing the same song…

If you’ve enjoyed this musical interlude and you’re wanting an encore then pick a link and hit it 🙂

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Reiki for Beginners…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: Reiki Recommendations for beginners

 

Joy Vernon posed the question – “What do you recommend to beginners interested in Reiki?” This can be from the point of view of a teacher and how they start beginners out, or from the point of view of a student and what you found most helpful in getting started or wished you had known at the beginning.

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When you start to learn anything new, then there are going to be lots of questions that pop up… When it comes to Reiki, then I think it is important for a student to consider how they want to get the answers to their questions…

I guess, my first piece of advice would be to find a teacher you are drawn to and then ask them how they teach and what is involved. There are many styles of Reiki and ultimately your choice will be your personal preference. No system is any better or any worse than any other and in the long-term, if you go down the Reiki path, you will find that you develop your own ways of doing things. There are as many ways of teaching as there are teachers so speak to teachers but I’m willing to bet that a key thing that all good teachers have in common is that they want you to find the right person and so they are happy to answer your questions to help you decide who to learn with… I do believe that a good teacher will signpost you to someone else if they feel that that teacher would be a better fit for you.

So, before you approach a teacher, think about how you like to learn and the environment that you want to be in. Think about the class size that you would be comfortable in, do you even want to be in a group or would you prefer 1:1 tuition. I think one of the things I wish I had known at the beginning was that there is much talk of Reiki Circles and I wish I had realised that being in a circle did not actually equate to standing in a circle and being with people… Being in a circle can be having lots of 1:1 connections with a network of people you meet but you do not all have to be in the same place at the same time… My circle is more of a web and not everybody on that web has yet met…

Think about your reasons for wanting to learn… for example if you are looking to go into business then it may be a good idea to see a teacher who is business minded and who can help you with that aspect as well… If you are focused on a spiritual journey then yes, the right teacher may just appear but exercise a little caution if there is too much talk of synchronicity… especially if it starts to sound like cliched patter… There are people out there who are solely interested in your money… a few questions will quickly reveal these people… In my opinion, there is a bigger risk of landing in a pitfall with a teacher who coaxes your into being taught by them for free… Yes. of course, there are people who teach for free because that is where their heart is truly at but there are also those who teach for free because they like to feel needed… they like to feel that they save people…

It is a potential minefield to find the right teacher as price offers no measure nor guarantee of quality plus what works well for one student does not always work well for another. I know many practitioners who have gone off and set up a good client base after a weekend of fast-track training… equally I know many who have come away from fast-track feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience, stepping back from the whole thing then returning to learn slowly and from scratch the whole thing so that they can build their confidence to work with others…

Personally, I prefer to teach one to one so the pace and content can be tailored to that particular student’s aims and objectives… My aim is to have my student leave feeling confident to work at the level they chose to work at.

My general approach is to have a lengthy chat with a potential student to discuss different ways to do things… Then I advise them to go away, think about it and also ask a few other teachers…

If they return, then I do tend to advise that they stay away from the books at this point and start by looking at their general lifestyle and how life is going for them. Books are there to be read but there are so many, that I think it’s best to see what questions naturally arise before opening the books. I think also, Reiki is by its nature very experiential so it can be disappointing to read about how others see visions etc… I think my least favourite question from a student is when they say something like X says that when you do this, this should happen, I don’t get that? Am I doing it wrong? When it comes to Reiki, comparison and competition are not your friends! You have to learn to feel and trust for yourself…

Most things are fluid with Reiki with no real hard definitions of this is right… The points that I do stress as being right and wrong are the mundane but very important matters of personal safety, getting insurance, being aware of where you place your hands so you don’t accidentally end up getting people mumbling #metoo when they leave your premises never to return again…

The other main concept that I like to stress and debate is the healing/curing dichotomy but I think I may leave that for another day as we wanted to think about beginners and so I want to boil it down to two points to think about…

  1. Take time to know yourself…
  2. Take time to get to know your teacher…

And on that note, I will signpost you towards the links and you can go learn more about Jay and Joy, both with their own ways and both people who I consider to be important elements of my Reiki Circle that is in no way round, today it’s a triangle… but we’re certainly never square yet these people are good to have in your corner 🙂

 

By the Power of Three…

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Welcome to the latest Tarot blog hop wrangle by Aisling the Bard

We are calling this Hop “Brighid’s Blue Moon”. This festival is a “trifecta”, a combination of three significant events on a single date. February 1st is “Imbolc”, meaning “In the Belly”, the festival dedicated to Brighid of the Three Fires, who brings life back to Land, Sea, and Sky after winter’s doldrums have passed. But on Imbolc Eve, the day before the festival, we will see a Full Moon, which is also a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon in a calendar month. Therefore, we are celebrating a “Solilune”, a combination of a Solar and Lunar Festival, and it’s dedicated to a Deity who Herself is represented in Her Celtic realm by three Elemental locations, Land, Sea, and Sky, and three characteristics of the Inner Flame, Poesy, Smithcraft, and Healing, as well as shedding her beneficent influence on three areas of human life, Body, Mind, and Spirit . This day also represents a Secret Gift of Spirit, the Blue Moon, representing those things that are rare and precious–after all, they only happen “Once in a Blue Moon”. 
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Somewhere around four years ago, a conversation with a colleague turned into the start of a new project, many lengthy conversations sat in fields and notebooks daubed with scribbles and free association ramblings that birthed into images for a potential oracle deck… The project has sat in stasis for the last 18months or so as life for each of us took its twists and turns… a project almost forgotten until a few weeks ago when it started to tug at my sleeve like an attention seeking toddler… so if you’ll indulge me, (and excuse the low res images) then I will use my as yet unnamed work in progress deck to travel through Aisling’s spread, as it is demanding to come back and draw breath in 2018…
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The Foundation for the Year to Come…
Moving from left to right…
The first image is one of the few that got named and is called Blindsight. The image reminded me of retinal scans and the patterns that you see when you scrunch your eyes up tight but also the way that sometimes even with your eyes closed, you can get a feelsense of what surrounds you. I showed this picture to someone recently and they spontaneously told me a story of when they had been driving in the middle of nowhere in the full darkness of night and their headlights failed… One of the passengers was blind and she guided them all back home, never missing a turn… So I guess the body is a miraculous thing and it will take you where you need to go, even if you cannot see the path ahead…
The second image brings to mind the Ace of Swords… here it feels to suggest cold sharp cutting and editing… I think that the benefit of having a project go into stasis (even though it feels woeful at the time) is that it gives an air of detachment so you can cull out the ideas that when fresh felt so precious but with new eyes later down the line well hmmm… that’s gotta die!!! Conversely, some things that felt a bit naff when fresh seem to find a new gravitas…
The third image… well that has very many W.I.P. names, all of which are inappropriate puns around cocks and roosters… but the overall gist of this image is to greet each new dawn with gusto!
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The Construction…
What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?
Oh super! A choppy voyage ahead! But what is life without a challenge? Again, I feel that this is about heading somewhere even if you don’t know what you’re heading into… what’s the quote? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best?
From what will I need protection on this journey?
This card has a working title of ‘Grit… Oyster… Pearl’… oftentimes it’s beneficial to have negative motivators… those things that get under your skin and annoy you into action… Over the last year, I had a lousy time with a ‘piece of grit’ and it lead to a costly mistake… I tolerated a situation that I knew was crap thinking I could learn something from it… I guess I learned that sometimes you have to just walk away… So looking at the previous image… yup a choppy time ahead so I will have enough on my plate without having to deal with other people’s grit tossing… The Ace of Swordish above may help me to nip these things in the bud…
What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?
When I drew this image it seemed to appear from an unknown place… when I showed it to my colleague, she immediately recognised it as being from her dream from the night before… So energies from spirit… dreams and visions… Energies of my own, now when I look at this, I see a potter’s wheel… and I feel that the message is to centre myself correctly…
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The Surprise!
For this first card, I’m going to dip into my notes and share the poem? prose? that landed whilst I was working on the image…
It matters not what ye call me, I am Mercurial spirit and when I travel I travel beyond the speed of sound and leave your words floating in my wake… I’ve been known by many names by men and Gods alike… I sweep the skies… I catch dreams lost into the ether and bring them back down to ground…Nudged towards their mortal keepers… I keep the flight paths clear for Gods to move unhindered…
The middle image… this is another imaged plucked out of my colleague’s mind, much to her amazement and delight… A surprise? No… not really… more a nod to the universal interconnectedness of all things and that nothing exists in isolation… With respect to completing our project…maybe the realisation that the destination we think we are looking for was already consolidated at the conception…
The final image… I am smiling as in the context of this spread, she does feel to bring Brighid’s blessings… but I’m going to dip back into my notebook…
A bard – moving people with the unseen but heard magical forces of her music…
And on a final note, the words that she then lead me to…

A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.”

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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Reiki Guides and Other Asides…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: GUIDED BY REIKI?
Jay Cassels set the theme for this hop, he offered the following prompt:
How do you approach/answer or discuss the topic of Reiki Guides, is it something that you’ve encountered, do you believe that as masters or as students that we are guided when it comes to Reiki?
 When I decided to start teaching Reiki, I made a decision right from the off that I would only teach one to one… that I wouldn’t overtly advertise and that the people who I’m supposed to work with will find their way to me and that has been a decision that I have stuck by and have no plans to change in the foreseeable future…
Upon reflection, I think one of the main reasons for this choice was the subject of guides… the other main reason is that I like to have time to fully gauge someone’s level of understanding and background experiences… When I’ve been on the student ends of things, I’ve had too many experiences that I don’t want to inflict on other people… so when the subject of guides comes up with my students, they’re not overly surprised when I start to list all the things I don’t like about  the subject… things like when the dynamic of a room full of people takes a weird turn as some odd version of top trumps breaks out… someone proudly announcing that their guide is present gets interrupted by someone else saying that 2 of their guides are there… ah well… only 6 of mine came today, 3 of them brought gifts from Atlantis… I may or may not be embroidering a few poetic licenses here for the sake of storytelling… likewise I may or may not be embellishing the truth when I tell you that someone once stood in front of me and in all deadly seriousness told me that their Reiki guides were Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, and Michael Jackson…  Wow! That sounds incredible, but it’s not that impressive really when you realise, no… not that MJ… this MJ  is a deceased pet cat…
I mock slightly, but you know what – good for you! If that’s what you believe and you can use that to make the world a better place without causing harm to others, then you go knock yourself out… call your guides what you like.
The issue I have is with the one-upping… or the attitude of “I art more spiritual than thou” doubly so, if the best use you can put your guide to is saving you a parking space outside the supermarket door… I was brought up forced to eat meals and leave no waste because there were starving children in Africa…
Another issue I have is with sheer stupidity and taking leave of common sense… thankfully not from personal experience but witnessed first hand… let’s just say. if you ever start seeing golden flashes repeatedly in one eye, then get to the optician and confirm it’s not a detached retina rather than listen to your medically unqualified Master who advises you show gratitude for the clear signals your guide is sending…
So basically, I guess my approach is to roast the idea… because in finding humour, then it’s easier to drift into exchanging ideas openly, recognising that all beliefs have an inherent level of ideas that others would find crazy…  At the end of the day. it comes down to personal choice and personally, I tend to be falling on the side of thinking that your guides should be kept private… I’m not entirely sure why people need to talk about their guides with other people… I’m not entirely sure why saying you work with a guide would qualify your work as being any better than someone’s work who says they work do not work with a guide…
I was in a workshop recently and I wish I could tell you what it was about but unfortunately, the exercise was so confusingly explained that I have no idea other than it was something about connecting to guides… I queried the teacher, who reacted in a rather interesting way by saying that they didn’t know what I asking and that no-one was forcing me to stay in the room, so if I didn’t want to do the exercise then feel free to go… I told them that I wanted to do the exercise but that I was not clear on the aims or objectives or when/how this practice would be useful…  They shouted –
DO YOUR OWN THING!
Then marched off… There was a hushed silence that fell upon the room and all eyes were on me… A smile spread across my face… Ah! Yeah… fine, I’m an old hand at doing my own thing, now I get it! I picked up my pencil and doodled away… so… I know no more about guides than when I walked in here but hey ho that was an excellent demo on how not to teach… I thought long and hard about this odd reaction and I’m inclined to think that this person did understand my question but didn’t have an answer to it…
My belief is that when students ask questions, is it because they want to broaden their understanding… it’s not always about getting definite answers but about exploring ideas… and as a teacher, it’s ok to simply say – I don’t have an answer to that…
As a teacher, I don’t want you to slavishly follow my word… I want you to think and experience things for yourself… When I’m asked if I work with guides, well my answer is that for the sake of convenience I say that I do not work with guides…. but yeah… I have guides and I have no real interest in knowing their names… my intention that I set with guides is akin to the intention I set with people and all experiences in life… that the right things turn up, at the right time, in the way that it will be most useful to learn from them… When I try to nail down the details of guides, it only opens more questions… maybe they exist… or maybe they are the ramblings and outpourings of a bicameral mind attributing the inner workings of the brain to an external existence and connection to a sense of divinity…
Or briefly put and in a non-shouty and loving way…
Do your own thing…
Go study, explore, experiment… don’t stay in the echo chamber of ‘like-minded’ people… take your lessons where you find them… There is no great gain in devoting your time to trying to find guides if you blind yourself to the abundance of guidance that comes from day to day living… and if you are still seeking guidance then you could do far worse than return to the basics…

Be kind to others…
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Tarot… Dealing With Right Tools…

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Respect The Tarot

Welcome to the latest Tarot Blog Hop wrangled by Morgan Drake Eckstein…

When it comes to respecting the Tarot, I must admit to generally erring into healthy disrespect with a side order of irreverence and for the sake of my sanity, I’m going swerve expanding any further on that as over the years I’ve had my fill of humourless nut jobs trying to set me straight…  When it comes to punters then trust me… I’ve met more than my fair share of loons… likewise decks with strange aversions to mixing with Joe Average… and the whole lot I mentally file under the following…

When it comes to actual ritual then I’ve never been hard and fast with that as I’ve often read on the hoof and I read in all manner of places so I figure it’s not a good idea to get too precious about my actual workspace… I can pull a good Diva impression when feeling impish and spriteful but on the whole being flexible gets the next booking… So… I didn’t really think I had a ritual but the ever observant Mr S pulled me up on that one… I was hand on door latch leaving for a gig when he called out to me…

Stop! You haven’t done your thing!

What thing? I asked…

That thing you always do before a gig… you know… where you walk around the room mumbling and grumbling about you’re not in the mood and then you chunter on about how this is going to be the day you finally get busted and that people will work out that you’re not a tarot reader at all… you’re just some woman who makes up stories…

OH! Yeah!! That ritual! YUP! I’m so going to get busted today!! My cover will be blown!!

So… I think on it a bit further and I guess I do have a few of my own rituals/quirks/gig survival tactics…

OK… so first off as already covered is the bumble bee waggle dance and jig of despair… which I guess is mostly about shaking my self out of my extreme introvert mode to ramping myself up to being on demand witty and charming and looking like an effortless extrovert…

Then there’s the important part… singing in the car… again, this gets me out of my rut and into my groove but also, more importantly, it warms up my voice… My voice is my money maker… I can wing it without cards… If needed I can chuck out some palmistry or even get folks to empty their pockets or handbags to do a reading…but if I lose my voice then I’m pretty much screwed… The main question I get asked is  – How the F*** do you manage to speak for so long?

The secret… vocal warm ups… plenty of water and always a sneaky stash of Vocal Zone lozenges in my bag just in case things feel a bit off…

Then of course… I wouldn’t be seen dead without my nails being done… That’s partly due to 12 years of nail inspection as a Croupier… There is ZERO tolerance on dirty nails!!! but mostly because I like the mindfulness of application and it puts me into work mode…

Then we have THE BAG!!

This comes gigging with me for several reasons…

  • Contains stash of bottled water and Vocal Zone lozenges 🙂
  • It amuses me beyond measure when I arrive and people assume I’m carrying an instrument and say – Oh! You must be with the band!
  • I’ve never lost my keys but I get constant anxiety that I will lose my car keys and get stranded… so my case has a handy combination lock on it so I can pack away my valuables without fretting that things may go AWOL whilst I’m busy…
  • I’m a short arse and often for some strange reason, I get to places and they’ve set me up with a really high bar stool… so I can use my case as a handy stool to keep my feet on and steady my balance…

The Crystal Ball!

Though it’s not a crystal ball at all… it’s part of a sound and light machine… Again it has multiple uses…

  • It’s a good weight so useful to keep my table cloth pinned to the table… whether outside in a breeze or when you get one of those people who can’t stand up without dragging your cloth with them…
  • It fascinates small children and I pass it over and ask them to have a good look inside and tell me what they can see but not to tell me until I’ve finished talking to their Mum/Dad
  • I’m a complete air head for remembering whether or not people have paid me… I know I should decide an order to do things but some people pay before and some want to pay after, so now I pin the cash under the ball and avoid the awkward few moments of trying to recall whether or not I’ve been paid… Then as the person leaves the table the cash gets put away ready to start afresh…

And last but not least…

 OMG!!!

Lo Scarabeo! Thank YOU! Thank YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Best free gift EVER!!!

An endless supply of free widgets to fix wonky table legs!!!

There is nothing that annoys and irks my Virgo more than a table that refuses to sit still…

Yay!!! Wonky be gone!! 🙂

Right! Mrs Sealey has left the building…

Go visit my (hopefully) more stable mates…

🙂

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