Saturday, June 8, 2013

Being generous doesn't mean you're a sucker. It means you're kind.
Being honest doesn't mean  you're naive. It  means you're trustworthy.
Being a loving person doesn't make you a doormat. It means you're someone worthwhile.
Being nurturing doesn't make you weak. It means you're valuable.
Being independent doesn't make you a loner. It means you're a strong person who can stand alone if necessary.
Being open-minded doesn't mean you're weird. It means that you have the intelligence and a big enough heart to consider the opinions and ideas of others.

Just for today, find beauty in someone whom you would otherwise avoid.
Just for today, listen to someone whose opinion is different than your own.
Just for today, open your heart and remember to smile.

Monday, May 13, 2013


 Why Can't Psychics Win the Lottery?

One of the great arguments against the validity of psychic prediction is that psychics never win the lottery. How can their abilities be valid if they can’t predict winning numbers? As a psychic, I’ve struggled with that very issue myself. After all, I could use some extra cash just like everyone else.

Psychic phenomena are not an exact science. Precognition comes from signals that the brain receives and processes, much like a computer processes data. Each person’s brain works differently, and experiences and personality affect how our brains interpret what we see. For example, suppose you wake up thinking about a family member you haven’t seen in a long time. You have this nagging feeling that something is wrong, but you have no idea what it could be. Just as you climb out of bed to call her, the phone rings. Your Aunt tells you that your cousin was in a minor car accident that morning and that she has a few minor injuries, but is otherwise OK. Was it coincidence or something more? Your brain picked up the signal that something was wrong with a female that you were related to. But a big portion of the information was missing.  Why? Well, for starters, information carried from one person to another is not wired like a phone line. There is no direct signal and what does come through is filtered by your subconscious mind. Perhaps the original signal did contain information about a car crash, but you lost a friend in one last year, and “Car Crash” brought up painful emotions. Your brain, being the marvelous filter it is, deleted that information to protect your emotional state and make the information you received more acceptable.  Or, perhaps you simply weren’t awake enough to process the information that came through, so only part of it reached your waking consciousness.


So how does this apply to winning the lottery? Well, for starters, lottery numbers are extraordinarily random and so statistically challenging, that the human brain is simply not capable of processing that kind of information. It would be like trying to live-stream 1,000 television shows simultaneously through an old dial-up Internet connection. It’s simply not going to happen. Of those 1,000 shows, you may get a 30 second clip from one, IF you’re lucky.

But even IF your brain were talented enough to actually receive the numbers, there is always the issue of destiny. If you’re not destined to become wealthy, the numbers, no matter how talented you are, will not come to you. The universe, or God, or whatever you believe in, only ever provides you with what is meant for you. So if your path in life is to experience what it’s like to struggle and find meaning in the simpler things in life, then winning the lottery won’t be part of your path.


There are two other scenarios, which I’d like you to consider:

The first is that even if winning the lottery is potentially part of your future, if you don’t believe that you deserve the wealth, your mind will filter out the winning numbers because it will perceive them as a threat to your comfort level, despite how badly you may want it.


Here’s another option: Suppose you want to win the lottery. You truly believe you deserve the wealth, but still you can’t seem to conjure up the winning numbers. You do some soul-searching and realize that deep down inside, you are terrified of change. Winning the lottery would certainly change your life, so your brain filters out the numbers to protect your status quo.


Make sense? With so many variables, the likelihood of any psychic, no matter how talented they may be, predicting winning lottery numbers is next to nothing. I won’t venture to say it’s impossible, but statistically, you’d have a better chance of sprouting a set of superhuman wings and learning to fly.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Learning from Dreams

We all do it because if we didn't we would die. No, I'm not talking about breathing (though that is definitely something we have to do). I'm talking about dreaming. The mind requires several hours of sleep per night to function. Sleep requirements vary from person to person and depends upon age, pregnancy and other factors. 

Psychologists and Doctors have long wondered exactly why we dream. A common theory is that dreaming helps the mind to cope with every day stress. That does make a whole lot of sense. But what happens when dreams become precognitive? And how is it that we sometimes get messages in our dreams? No one really knows for sure. But what we DO know is that it is not only possible to learn from dreams, but over time, we can begin to see patterns of information that comes through and details that at first may not seem precognitive, but as time goes on becomes readily apparent. 

So how do we learn from dreams, exactly? The only way to really learn anything from dreams is to write them down and keep a running journal. Writing dreams down does several things. First, it helps you to remember them accurately. The more you write down, the harder your brain tries to recall the information. If you are consistent and write things down as soon as you wake up, your brain will begin to automatically "save" the details for recall. Eventually, your recall will improve significantly and it will become effortless. When I began having intense dreams back in 96, I took the advice of a long time mentor and began writing them down. When I look back now, it is obvious how recording my dreams over the years has allowed me to have much clearer and more accurate recall. It's kind of fun to see the progression from scattered details and bits of recall, to specific and complete conversations and details. Which brings me to my next point: Keeping a running journal will eventually show the patterns in your dreams and allow you to assign meanings to certain things. For example, over the years, every time I dreamed of a Tornado, some major change would occur in my life. Now, I know when I dream about a tornado, that something major is about to happen in my own life. 

Last but not least, if you want to learn from your dreams, then pay attention to them. Re-read your journal entries each week. Little bits of insight that you may not recognize or understand initially will often make sense later on. And remember, dreams can often take on aspects of the future, or connect to other people's lives. That room you've never seen before that showed up in your dream last night, may be a room that is in a house you live in in the future. It could also be a room in the house of someone you meet in the future. The only way to find out is to keep copious notes and study them often. 

How you study your dreams will determine what you get out of them. Like the scientist who keeps his composition book glued to him in the lab, the more detail and information you write down, the more information you will have to work with and ultimately, the more knowledge you will gain. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

There's an old adage that goes something like this: "Every person we meet, we meet for a reason" I don't know who the original author was, but I've spent many countless hours pondering that sentiment. More than a decade ago, I began meeting people I'd literally dreamed about long before I ever met them in person. To say that it was surreal would be a gross understatement. I wondered how it was possible, and whether there was some divine intervention playing out. After all, each of those people changed my life in some way. Then I wondered, if reality is a construct, is it possible that we are "intending" people into our lives? Is it possible that every person we meet "intended" to find us too? Or is it the lessons we learn from those interactions that we are "intending"? Perhaps we are like electrons, spiraling toward others whose energetic signatures match our own. Maybe those dreams are just precursors, little "Trailers" before the big movie that we are somehow able to pick up on. 

Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see how things play out in the future. I can't help but wonder if the people I'm dreaming about now will somehow appear in my future. I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, I've learned a valuable lesson about paying attention to the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle hints the Universe provides. When we pay attention, our understanding of our lives, our situations and our future increases exponentially and with that new understanding comes greater peace and deeper happiness. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

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How To Boost Your Psychic Ability

Whether you're looking to enhance your ability to divine the future, communicate with the deceased or tap your psi to heal others, there are a few basic steps you can take to increase your ability. Believe it or not, the first, and most important step you can take doesn't start with the mind. It starts with the vehicle through which the mind exists: The body. If the body is in a state of disrepair, or disharmony, it will not function optimally. Therefore, it is important that you keep your body healthy and strong so that it can provide the best foundation for your mind to grow. Think of the body as being the soil for the seeds of the mind to grow in. Nourish the soil, and the plants will grow. Neglect the soil, and the plants may still grow, but they won't grow to their full potential and will certainly produce far less desirable results. If you want a strong psi, your best bet is to start with a healthy, strong body. Since we're on the subject of healthy bodies, I would like to add that part of being healthy is being conscious about what goes into your body. You want to avoid toxins such as cigarette smoke, drugs and anything in excess. These things pollute and harm your body and quite simply, will get in the way of any serious psi endeavor. 

Proper nutrition, adequate rest and plenty of exercise are an important part of maintaining healthy body. But there are two things that many people overlook when considering the overall health of the mind/ body system: Hydration and Oxygenation. The body is an amazing complex electrical system, comprised of 80% water and billions of neurons and nerve cells that work together to create our complete sensory experience of the world. Our bodies are designed to mix just the right amount of water and oxygen to keep those electrical systems working their best. So it makes sense then, that we should keep our bodies adequately hydrated and oxygenated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a sure and easy way of staying hydrated. But how exactly does one "oxygenate" the body? Exercise and proper breathing both provide the best way to oxygenate the body properly. Exercise forces the body to take in more air, increasing oxygen throughout the body. Deep breathing techniques accomplish the same, but don't have the added bonus of burned calories, a strengthened and toned body and overall general fitness that simple deep breathing does. However, it does induce a deep state of relaxation which is definitely conducive to working with psi. A combination of both good exercise and time spent doing some simple deep breathing should yield some very satisfactory results.

Now that you've taken care of the body, it's time to turn your attention to the mind. The old cliche, "Practice makes Perfect" is absolutely true here. If you don't work on developing your skills, you won't progress. But where does one begin? At the beginning of course! The best way to start out is to work on meditation. Daily meditation (even if just for 10 minutes at a time) can reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety levels and train the brain to work in a more relaxed state, which is where psi stems from. To boost your ability, start with a minimum daily meditation practice and gradually increase the amount of time you meditate over time. This will not only help you gain control over your thoughts, but allow you to "program" yourself to enter into stillness whenever needed.  

Once you've gotten really good at meditating, it's time to get a little more involved. Begin by keeping a journal of all your "impressions" on things, both good and bad. So if you meet someone for the first time, record what you thought of them and any other impressions or information you may have gotten. Do the same for any deja'vu, gut feelings and dreams. Keeping a journal allows you to obtain greater insights into things you may have otherwise just dismissed and trains you to pay attention to those psi impressions, rather than just dismissing them. Once you've gotten good at your journal work, move on to divining. Develop a daily practice of using a form of divination, whether it is a Tarot deck, pendulum or a set of runes. Keep your   questions simple and to the point. Record your results. You'll find that as you practice, it will become almost secondary and you will eventually get to the point, where you can ask a question and not even need the tool for the answer. Remember that each tool is simply an extension of your mind, a link if you will between your subconscious and the information that is already available to you.

Last but not least, learn to listen. And by listen, I don't just mean with your ears. Learn to pay attention to the subtle hints that the universe often throws out at you. Some people call them synchronicities, others call them signs. But whatever they are called, those little random events that scream to you to pay attention, are there for a reason. And once you learn to read the patterns, a whole new world of understanding will open up. 

So take care of your body, watch your water and oxygen intake and spend time daily in practice and you will not only be able to increase your psi ability, but enrich your experience in daily life as well. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Speaking Up

Over the years, I've encountered the issue of when to divulge psychic information I get to people I don't know, and when to stay silent. This issue has caused me a lot of grief in the past, and there have been many times when I have said something, only to get myself in trouble or held things back only to feel resounding guilt later on for having stayed silent. I've decided recently, that since premonitions (impressions, whatever you wish to call them) are truly sacred messages, that I would adopt the practice of speaking up when the need arises. I can't help how someone responds to the information, but I can help how I present it. I've found  that how you present the information greatly depends upon WHO you are presenting it to. If you're approaching a total stranger, it's best to be very subtle. For example, if you have a premonition of someone falling down a flight of stairs, you may want to simply suggest they use the handrails when using the stairs in the future, instead of blurting out, "Hey, I had a premonition that you are going to fall down the stairs". Most folks will consider your words just friendly advice, and it may even help them out. If you're talking to someone you know very well and they are aware of your abilities, then perhaps a less subtle approach would be more appropriate, though be sure to remind yourself and the other person, that premonitions are only glimpses of potential events based upon a current reality and that they are not carved in stone. If we are to truly believe int he sacredness of the messages, then we should also accept that the message could be sent to create  different outcome. So if you "see" someone having an "accident" and you warn them, the accident may or may not occur based on other events and that their extra caution may be all it takes to prevent it.

By speaking up, you are allowing the sacredness of intuition to help others and guide them toward a (hopefully) brighter future. If someone reacts to your wisdom badly, just remember that each person is an individual and that some people just don't have room in their universal viewpoint to account for such things. Let it go. Their path is for them to walk. Just stay true to your own path and you'll find that the joys of the universe will open up even more fully. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Ten Tips to Make Your Life Better:

1. Choose friends who make you laugh, not cry.
2. Do something you love every day.
3. Never be afraid to start over. 
4. Speak your mind. 
5. Love unconditionally.
6. Don't judge others. Instead, try to see the lesson in their faults. There is always something to learn.
7. Treat your body like a temple. That way, there's always room to worship.
8. Connect with nature. She has much to teach.
9. Learn to forgive.
and last but not least, Love yourself. No one can do it better than you.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

February is notorious for depression. The dark days, post-holiday let down and lack of social interaction due to bad weather all contribute to the blues, yet depression is  one illness that often goes untreated. Sometimes, people are afraid to say anything for fear of being labeled "crazy". What they don't realize is that depression is actually a PHYSICAL illness, like a broken leg or a virus, that can have many different causes and can be treated very successfully once the cause is figured out. The good news is that you don't necessarily have to take medication. There are some ways to fight it naturally. Here are a few tips:

1. Get some sun! The number one cause of depression is lack of sunlight! The body uses natural sunlight to stimulate certain parts of the brain responsible for producing hormones, Melatonin and Endorphins, which help regulate sleep and mood. When you are indoors for extended periods of time, those hormone levels drop off and you end up feeling blue and may even experience difficulty sleeping. 30-60 minutes of continuous sunlight per day will help dramatically. The good news is you don't necessarily have to be outdoors to get that light. Placing your desk in front of a sunny window or using a "sun lamp" are two really good options.

2. Keep a journal. Writing your feelings down is a good way to vent and help you sort through the negative ones.

3. Get some exercise. Studies have shown that people who get regular exercise are less likely to be depressed. Exercise boosts endorphin levels which improve mood.

4. Make a collage. When you're depressed, you may lose interest in things you normally enjoy. Take a few minutes and clip pictures of things that normally interest you, either from old magazines or from on-line sites like Google images or Pinterest. Paste them onto a poster board of piece of paper (if you're using the on-line version, copy and paste them into a document, then print it) and post it somewhere visible, like on a bathroom mirror or refrigerator. The pictures will stimulate the brain and trick it into feeling good.

5. Talk it out. Many times, when we're depressed, we tend to isolate ourselves. The isolation then leads to feelings of loneliness, which makes the depression worse. Force yourself to pick up the phone or better yet, get out and talk to someone. You'd be amazed at how much it helps!

Normal depression can last from a few days to a few months. If you find that your depression is not going away, despite your best efforts, or if you start having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, please call your doctor right away. Remember, depression is a physical illness just like a virus that can have many different causes. A doctor can figure out what is causing it and get you back on track to feeling good.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Snowdrop is a wonderful symbol of hope and the coming of Spring. We are now just a little past the half-way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. This time of year, we start planning our gardens, cleaning out those plant pots and getting everything ready for the coming warmer months. Traditionally, spring cleaning begins now since no one wants to do that when it's nice out!

That being said, I like to take this time to think about things in my life that I no longer need and come up with a plan to get rid of them. I'm not talking about material things necessarily, though that definitely applies as well. I'm speaking more about bad habits, unhealthy relationships, and stagnant projects that no longer serve my growth. This year, I'm lucky. I don't have a whole lot to get rid of (except maybe those few pounds I gained around the holidays!) But in years past, I've made some major changes in my life around this time. New jobs, new places to live, and yes, even new relationships.

What can you change? What would you like to get rid of? Use the energy and magic of spring to revive your life!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

February 2 is a big day around the US. Not only is it Superbowl weekend, but it's also Groundhog day. But what some people don't know is that February 2 is a very special day for one other reason as well. It marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice (first day of winter) and the Spring Equinox (first day of spring.) On this day, winter is officially half over!! For thousands of years, it has been celebrated with festivals all over the Northern Hemisphere. Lighting Fires and drumming to wake up the earth are common practices. So this February 2. light a candle, do a little drumming or dancing and celebrate the coming arrival of spring!! Having something to celebrate is always a good thing. :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

On Death and Dying

I had an interesting question posed to me the other day and it got me thinking. If  you knew that today was your last day on Earth, would you do anything differently?  It's not as easy a question as it first sounds. My gut reaction was to say, "No.". But after thinking about it for a while, I wondered if there might be something I would do different. My answer turned to yes. I would make sure I told  everyone I know how I feel about them. I would tell them all of the things I love about them, you know, those little things we just adore about someone but never bother to say. Why is that anyway? It's like giving compliments has become a thing of the past. But I digress. I would try to do one thing, just one little thing to make a difference, no matter how small. Maybe I would do a little extra to help the environment or help a stranger with their groceries or write a letter to my Congressman(woman) to help make a change in my community. Things I WOULDN'T  do: I wouldn't stop trying. I wouldn't stop loving. I wouldn't stop taking chances and I absolutely would not put a pair of shoes on. 

I have to wonder though, why I would consider doing anything different at all. After all, we are all dying from the moment we are conceived and there are no guarantees that we might live beyond the very next breath we take. The person dying of cancer may die suddenly in a car crash. The healthy young boy down the hall may die tomorrow from a cerebral aneurysm. I could walk outside and have a meteorite drop on my head. OK.. that's a bit far out.. but who knows? Strange things happen all the time. My point is, that we all assume that we are going to live to be old and plan accordingly and when something happens that makes us think otherwise, we change how we view the world. A good friend of mine named Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She was devastated by the news and decided that she would never date again because she didn't want to deal with loving someone then leaving them. I told her that we are all dying every day and that none of us knows when our time is going to be up. It got her thinking. A few weeks later, she met Craig. It was love at first site and a year later, after much success with her cancer treatment, they got engaged. Through Rachel, I learned that every moment is a blessing and that we should never change how we view our lives because none of us can ever know when it will end. I think the phrase, "live like you are dying" is a good one because until we do, we aren't truly living.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My rant for today is simple:
Trust your instincts. Of instinct and intelligence, instinct is the smarter of the two.

Friday, January 4, 2013

"Sometimes, one must give up the world in order to gain a Universe." - Mary Caliendo

When we make resolutions, we almost always focus on our goal. We make changes, create new routines and push limits. But as we press forward, we often overlook our secret longings to hold onto old habits and patterns. We admonish ourselves for allowing those thoughts to enter our minds. And then we fail. It is not enough to want something. It is not enough to work for it. To truly succeed, we must allow ourselves the freedom to accept what was and yes, even grieve for, our old lives. After all, it was a part of what made us who we are today. So as we work towards our goals, remember that it to honor our path for what it was, is the surest way to succeed. We can't climb a mountain by starting at the summit. It's the camaraderie at base camp and the climb uphill that make the journey worthwhile. So while we let go of our comfy "base camp", remember that a beautiful summit view awaits us as the end of our climb.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Note About Rituals

 A new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start. But why? Why is it that we choose this one day a year to start over, empower ourselves to do new things and reach beyond our comfort levels? Wouldn't it be better to do it everyday? I think the answer lies in the power of ritual. Setting aside days that are significant and meaningful are an important part of our lives. From celebrating one's birthday, to observing an anniversary, we mark the things that mean the most and in doing so, create value and meaning in our lives. If we take this and scale it down, we can create small daily rituals that can have profound impacts on our lives. We can motivate, inspire, teach and comfort ourselves with just a few simple gestures. Here are a few small rituals that I've heard about (and some I've tried) from readers that have made big differences in their lives:

* "I like to light a candle every morning to invite light and wisdom into my life" - Darlene B.
* "As soon as I pour my coffee, I write down the things I want to accomplish that day and put it in my wallet. I check it throughout the day to make sure I'm on track" - Daniel R.
* "I say a prayer every morning before I get out of bed to have a good day" - Amber C.

So, whether you are looking for some guidance, to keep those resolutions or just to get better organized, bringing the energy of the new year into your daily life can be a wonderful, uplifting experience and help you create the changes you long for. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ten Tips For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Making resolutions is easy. Keeping them long-term can be a challenge, even for the most serious-minded folks. Here are a few tips to keep you going. Enjoy!
1. Make sure your goals are reasonable and attainable within the time frame you set. Goals such as "I'm going to lose 20 lbs in the next two weeks" are not only unreasonable, but could be dangerous to your health. 

2. Include your goals in your daily schedule and make them routine. For example, let's say your goal is to exercise more. Examine your schedule and find a slot that would be doable on a consistent basis. Things like 15 minutes before hitting the shower in the morning and a 15 minute power walk on your lunch break might be easier than trying to carve out a thirty minute chunk of time each day.

3. Make your goal your daily mantra. Write your goals down and each morning, as you get up, read them over. This will reinforce your commitment and keep the drive to achieve them fresh. I like to write mine down on an index card and laminate it. Then, I can hang it on the mirror in the bathroom and read it as I brush my teeth in the morning and at night before I go to bed.

4. Don't be hard on yourself. Making changes to any routine is going to take some getting used to. Setbacks are to be expected. So if you miss a day of exercise, smoke a cigarette when you're trying to quit or forget to put money in your savings account, don't beat yourself up about it. Instead, look at it as a challenge for you to get back on track and keep working toward your goals. Every day is a brand new start.  So start over and keep going! You will get there eventually

5. Remember that changes take time. As citizens of the 21'st Century, we have been taught that we must have everything and have it NOW. If you want to be successful, FORGET that sentiment. Changes take time. Sometimes a long time. Smoking cessation takes weeks for the nicotine to flush completely from your system.Savings take time to build and weight loss and fitness take months to really show. Be patient with yourself.

6. Keep a journal of your progress. Commercials use "Before and After" picture for good reason. Having a point of reference can be a valuable tool to keep yourself on track. In three weeks, when you're feeling like you've accomplished nothing, you can look back in your journal and see where you started and realize that even if you are only one miniscule step away from your starting point, you are still one step away and every step is one closer to attaining your goal. Keep going! 

7. Reward Yourself for each small victory. Every time you complete a small milestone (12 hours without a cigarette, 1 pound of weight loss, 10 dollars in savings,) be sure to reward yourself somehow. A nice hot bubble bath, a relaxing movie night, a new app for your phone, whatever works for you. Don't forget the long-term rewards too. If you're quitting smoking for example, put the money that you would have used on cigarettes in a savings account. At the end of the year, use that money to do something special. If you're losing weight, put a set amount of money aside (say a dollar) for each pound you lose. Then, when you've lost the weight, splurge and use the money to buy something you want or put it toward a nice night out with friends.

8. Be proactive! Your home is your sanctuary, so prepare it for your new lifestyle. Remove temptations (junk food, ashtrays, etc) and make small changes that will encourage you to keep on track. For example, if fitness is your goal, set aside a special "fitness" drawer in your dresser to hold your workout clothes and a small space (even a corner of your bedroom will work) to stretch and do simple exercises like push-ups or crunches. Create healthy menus for the week and if you have time on a Sunday, cook up meals and freeze them ahead so that you can have healthy, hearty meals even on those crazy nights you have to work late.

9. Share your Dreams! Sharing your goals with others and enlisting their support will help you stay on target. 

10.  Last but not least, Get Involved! Joining others who are working on the same goals as you are will help keep you motivated and working toward your goals. Fitness Clubs, Weight Watchers, and meet-up groups will help get you out of your old routine and make you "accountable" for your success. 

Have a safe and happy New Year!