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Monday, September 8, 2014

Life direction, social media, and addiction

 We have a contribution today by a writer named Jennifer Worth who sent me these wise words, which I'm happily posting for all: Thanks Jennifer!
       

Living Pure and Avoiding Negative External Influences
Now, more than ever, with social media being what it is, social mobility being it’s easiest and with the ‘now’ culture of today, it’s all too simple, and perhaps understandable to become swept along with this, and lose your personal life direction. More and more we are being asked, whether consciously or not, to move away from our spiritual self and into the realm of what is expected by society and those around us. Superfluous to say then that you are at a great advantage if you can still be a step removed from this and retain your sense of self, and the ability to not be consumed by those around you and those expectations, which attempt to draw you away from inner harmony. This is a very brief look into what some of these external influences are, and how you can avoid those, which attempt to draw you away from the path you wish to be travelling on.
‘Now’ Culture
The developed world as it is today has a huge focus on having everything now. There is often no patience to wait and to save for what it is you desire, and with fancy credit offerings it is easier than ever to become swept away with this. A catalyst to this desire to have everything now is advertisement, which is constantly there and unavoidable. The mixture of attractive advertisement and easy funding from credit companies, are not necessarily negative by themselves, however the combination of this and society pressures, which are forever increasing all culminate into a potential negative impact, which can greatly affect both you and your family. Debt management has become ever more important, and the need to be bailed out has unfortunately had to take on a huge priority. It is, however, far more productive if possible to focus on the self and your needs and wants to avoid confusing these with social requirements and influences.
Social Influences
As aforementioned, social media has tied the link between us and our peers to an extent that has never before been seen. Now it is all too simple to hop online and discover what those around you, and around the globe, are up to. Be that positive activities or negatives ones, the result is still the same that it is all too easy to begin to compare yourself with others. Of course, this is a natural thought process and to compare and be compared is surely an innate action, but when it is being forced towards us in ways which are as accessible as the phones in our hands, it really is no wonder that more and more we are merging with the ideals and views of those in our vicinity. Our vicinity, which now extends beyond our neighborhoods and towns to that of the whole world. This becomes particularly troubling when you are trying to change your thought patterns and distance yourself from others who have more negative ways of thinking. Therefore when once upon a time our lives and choices would be affected by those we grew up around, those we went to school with and our family members, this has spread to a much wider sphere, and the limits of this are quite simply endless. This is all well and good if you are in contact with soulful people who all have the best of best intentions, but unfortunately this is not a very realistic picture, and we are all likely to come into contact with negatives influences to differing degrees.
Addiction
Addiction in itself is one of life’s major negative influences—whereby we feel the need consume or partake in a certain activity, even if we know it to be wrong. If you are trying to escape certain negativity, particularly in a peer-pressuring sphere then it can be even harder to escape the temptation which surrounds addiction, no matter what capacity. A drug user looking to abstain from addiction will find this infinitely harder when in the same social media circles as others who are happily partaking in the same, and can ultimately be that catalyst to falling into old ways and negative traps. Social media reinforces the idea that if you’re friends are doing it then it can’t be bad, no matter the law’s stance. We are in a constant state of contact, leaving the time for self-awareness and self-focus often falling to the wayside. This essentially means it is now harder than ever to leave negative influences, as they are in essence more present with today’s technologies. Having said this, if you are consciously trying to alter a certain way of thinking that is particularly prominent in a certain group of friends to leave your addiction behind, it is definitely worthwhile, however hard it may be, to step away from the false social bubble created by media, which is so seemingly unavoidable today.
In essence to stay true to your inner being, and to take on a more happy, content lifestyle it is most certainly necessary to perhaps avoid those influences which detract away from that.
    



Monday, May 26, 2014

Using your psychic and intuitive abilities in astrology


Using Your Intuitive, Psychic, and Counseling Abilities in a Reading

 (Excerpted from "Lifting the Veil; Becoming Your Own Best Astrologer" on amazon.com in paperback and Kindle)

 

A lot of astrology is based on an intuitive understanding of the chart that happens after the astrologer has taken the chart apart—like a puzzle—and puts it back together again. The first part of the preparation is the left brain rational note taking on what is seen, and the second part is the pondering, the synthesizing, and the allowing of images to arise….

 

So what happens to me is that after pondering a chart for a couple of hours before a reading, I usually get an “aha” about the client’s questions, and the planetary symbolism comes together into a little epiphany. Not huge. I do mean little.

But I wait till there’s a nugget of something there that feels very right, and it’s my hope that in our session together we can swim down together into the symbolic underworld and pull out what you, the client needs to hear. And I’ve found that the more my clients know of astrology, the better, because we’re speaking the same language.

 

And again…you can do the same: spend a few hours with your own chart, take notes, come back to it later, and see if you can swim in those realms and find treasure…or at least the answer to your question(s).

 

Most of us don’t know how intuitive or psychic we may be, but I believe we all have some of this ability. (… a little “private information” about me—I’ve been testing this idea lately by going to classes at a Spiritualist Church in Santa Barbara…and I’m coming away believing that most of us are more psychic than we allow ourselves to be.) It seems to be a matter of quieting the mind, asking Spirit for guidance, and allowing images and feelings to arise. We can prepare ourselves for this, but we can’t command the information to flow. It’s a gift of grace. The chart anchors us like a map, as we explore the terrain of these realms.

 

There is room for the intuitive and psychic realm to enter into a reading although you may not wish to say it, as the client has asked for an astrology reading, not a psychic reading. I use the impressions that arise intuitively to ask my client questions. I won’t jump to conclusions, but I will ask questions related to that intuitive feeling I have. Sometimes it’s correct, sometimes only partially correct. I think it’s a natural tool that most astrologers use whether they realize it or not.

 

If you have done the work on the chart—analyzing it—take a few moments to sit with it and allow impressions to arise. Listen to what the client is asking from you—even what he or she has not written. Listen to your psyche and make a few notes about what you sense so that this can become part of the reading too.

As for the counseling, well, we can all use good listening skills and counseling techniques, such as repeating back to the client what they’ve just said so that they understand that you’ve really heard them. Clients need to know that you are following their train of thought and that you “get it.” And sometimes that just takes a pause, and perhaps a request for more information, or to ask them how they feel about what was just said. Many counselors like to go back into the client’s history to remember the first moments some complex or wound occurred, but we don’t often have time for that in one counseling session, except for a brief mention of past transits that may have triggered something that is now repeated…and that can be significant. For example, I have a friend who almost always gets a skin rash or skin irritation around the time when she has Uranus transits. So she’s come to almost expect it. Perhaps this isn’t a good thing, but she accepts it more easily because she’s noticed that when the transit has passed, so has the rash.

 

However when we use our intuitive, psychic or counseling skills there’s still one very important point to remember: free will choices. Do you remember me mentioning the equation: “Fate + Free Will=Destiny”?  Assuming too much is a mistake many astrologers make; we see signs in certain houses and signs and aspects and we don’t ask or don’t listen well enough to know how the client is living out those tendencies that are seen in their birth chart. Their choices—their free will choices—if used wisely will over-ride any negativity in the chart.  (excerpted from "Lifting the Veil; Becoming Your Own Best Astrologer" on amazon.com)