Home Retreat Meditations – Shikantaza

dewdropSitting Zazen and Considering the Teachings of Dogen

This is about Buddhism and meditation.  It’s Super Bowl day and there’s a jazzercise type party on the basketball courts at the gym. I grab for another kleenex. It’s also Family Gameday at my daughter’s house. And the expectorant cough medicine seems to be loosening up chest congestion. A head-chest cold causing a week of missed workouts at the gym is one thing but a forced retreat today when there are places to go, people to see and things to do . . .  darn.  A need for equanimity and another opportunity presents for practice.

So zazen on the cushion again today on and off when the body tells me to stop and rest, I do so on the meditation cushion Zazen to Shikantaza or Shamatha to Vipassana, whatever — its alert Continue reading

New Year Divination with Nine of Cups with Knight of Wands

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Tarot Guidance Divination  for the New Year

I am thinking of the approaching New Year as would not be an unexpected thing to do on the 28th of December.  I pulled two tarot cards at random with the intention of receiving some guidance through divination:  Nine of Cups and Knight of Wands.  What strikes me abut this card combo relates to taking a moment to bask in the light of achievements for the year in review.  There are no other humans on this card nor are there any houses or cities within view.  There is an aloneness.  People throughout the year may have Continue reading

Five of Pentacles and The Moon Tarot Reading

 

5 of Pentacles The Moon
Why these two cards today?

Five of Pentacles and The Moon

Here’s a laugh or at least an irony.  I just walked back from the front door after looking out to see what that loud rumbling is disturbing an otherwise quiet Sunday morning around here.  Summary:  polite person leaves the car with loud muffler running in the parking lot unattended.  Humph!  Some humans!  Honestly!

While walking back to my desk satisfied that the offending noise was identified, there was a moment of considering why I drew these particular cards — together they speak of a real “bummer” which is not how my own rather pleasant life is flowing at the moment.

Maybe these cards are identifying and addressing my momentary irritation with the thunderous muffler with a car attached to it.  Come to think of it, looking at that photo on the card, the young female who walked away from the fortissimo flatulent motor doesn’t even live here.  She must be visiting the lady who does who is of the same heritage.  Wow and like the image on the card, maybe she had no place else to go.  Suddenly, feeling ashamed at my rush to judgment, maybe she was there to escape (The Moon) a fearful situation (Moon again) and came to visit her friend.

I will admit that sometimes still my longing for the solitude and quiet of my mountain home is still very strong.  My instinctive (The Moon) reaction to boisterous humans and their cars (not to mention traffic here) is also too alive and well.   But the message for me in these cards is that solitude and quiet are to be found within (5 of Pentacles) and the tendency to escape (The Moon) can be used as awareness for further spiritual, consciousness evolution.

Weekly Horoscope – Transits for August 22, 2016

This week’s Main Players:   Mars conjunct Saturn and Mercury conjunct Jupiter

Weekly Horoscope

Mars conjunct Saturn August 22 – 26, 2016

Youth/Mars and Adult/Saturn.  This is back to school time in most places and the skies align with the sign of impulsive, immature Mars meeting closely with stable, mature Saturn.  Both signs are in Sagittarius which is generally thought to be the sign related to optimism, growth and also education.  As above, so below.  It seems pretty clear to me!  We would all sense the effect of this transit through the first 7 to 10 days of September.

Generally, we would all, in some way, likely be considering some new philosophy or belief (Sag) and some way to apply it to some new discipline or work (Saturn).  It may feel exciting and we may feel great passion about it (Mars).

In every sense, this is a positive aspect, unless you have been much too unruly and out of control–the “Lord of Karma” i.e. Saturn will be implementing the law of cause and effect.  You will receive what you deserve one way or another.

Sustained growth through patient endeavors — that’s one theme for the week!  If you are able to Continue reading

Angels in Everyday Life Show Up in Divine Timing

angel whispers2Do you think that sometimes an angel whispers in someone’s ear, inspiring them to encourage someone at the right moment?  Have you ever been inspired by those divine forces?

Well. there I was yesterday after fighting off all kinds of resistance and procrastination.  I’ve gained  5 pounds over the month, so sayeth the scale which had been purposefully avoided! I needed every ounce of energy to stay focused on moving — yes, again!  Same phone number and nearly the same address too.  You see, a heavy smoker moved into the apartment next to me–and it was a hellish 6 months (including wheezing and coughing) until another unit opened up.  In fact, I should thank the smoker now that I look back because I ended up in the best unit here — in my opinion anyway.  But there was a lot of frustration and expense and consequent knee injuries.  I was pushing my body harder at the gym because I was (sounds crazy now) trying to keep myself from the detrimental effects of 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.  I was stressed out and pushing harder in my workouts let me release my intense feelings, but also caused me to re-injure my knee.

I’ve been here before with this knee.  I think there’s a meniscus issue there that’s long standing from which I have recovered numerous times.  The time before this one involved jumping waves at the beach and walking on the uneven surfaces of the sand.  The following day we walked around the ‘Broadway at the Beach’ — a Myrtle Beach park with rides and attractions that involved a good deal of walking.  I was in pain!  My knee screamed at me toward the end of that day.  But I recovered.  I’ve recovered numerous times and will again—yet, this time it’s taking a good deal longer!

Anyway, about the angel that showed up.  Well, who knows if we’re talking angel really but have you ever noticed that just when Continue reading

Psychic Predictions for New Year 2016

NEW YEAR’S PSYCHIC PREDICTIONS FOR 2016

First the collective and then the individual influences appear below.  I’ve separated out the individual influences according to Sun sign.  If your date of birth is on the cusp of two signs, read both signs.

UNIVERSAL INFLUENCE (for ALL) 

One trend in the psyche of the collective will relate to relating to people of common interests.  Technology that supports this collective desire will increase.  We may see more “Facebook” or “Twitter” et al types of Internet offerings.  The collective as a whole is gravitating toward a time when telepathic communication is more active and being woven into technology.  I’ve been seeing in my New Year’s predictions for years now – the human mind and computer mind merging for purposes that extend beyond game technology.
There will be Keep on reading!

Long distance Hiker Emma (Grandma) Gatewood’s Soul Astrology Chart – Post #1

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Time of birth is Unknown ~ Chart is cast natural houses; 0° ARIES Rising

Time of birth is unknown according to her granddaughter (per Bette Lou Higgins, author of a book about Grandma Gatewood and an upcoming PBS Special called Trail Magic).  Therefore, I have cast a chart with the natural houses, 0° ARIES Rising.  It shouldn’t be too difficult to rectify this chart sometime in the future which will be my next project as time permits.

Grandma Gatewood hiked the 2,000+ miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine for the first time at age 67. Then she did it twice more and after that the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail followed by many other hikes!

Her life was phenomenal and by all accounts Continue reading

What is the Mind and Where is it When We Leave the Physical Body? (Or where do we go when we die?)

What is the Mind and Where is it When We Leave the Physical Body?

(Or where do we go when we die?)

Where do we go?
Where do we go?

As a psychic and a medium, is it any wonder that these types of inquiries are natural for me?  What really ‘is’ mind?  And where is it when we leave the physical body? What about death?  Where do we go when we die? Do we keep consciousness?  I’ve spoken with or better said connected with the consciousness of loved ones on the other side who are communicating in tandem with their loved one’s here—current exchanges so that I don’t need a lot of convincing that there is something of us that remains connected.  It’s not easy to make those connections and they are fleeting or quick and then gone light lightening in the sky but there have been enough of those flashes over the years that I no longer need convincing because the client validates those quick impressions that are received during a reading.  But that’s not exactly the point that I want to make with this blog post.

It’s just that a moment ago I came across some information in an email that puts into words that which I described (or tried to) in my last blog post concerning mind and consciousness.  I lost consciousness due to a severe infection of kidney which is very untypical for me.  (I am in excellent health, verified again via various test in the hospital where I was treated when I did faint– passed out as they say.)  I passed out of the every day level of consciousness and into Continue reading