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

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.

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.
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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

Coincidences and Synchronicity – Leopard Spirit Massage Therapist

Leopard facebook header 600x222It’s all the time. Coincidence.  Synchronicity.  And it becomes nearly expected.  Life, through those harmonious connections, seems normal, right-on and routine.  I didn’t say anything to him about this.  After all, he thought astrology was astronomy and got the two words confused and when I explained he wasn’t sure about his own Sun Sign. But then, he was rather young, age 23 I was told the day before by the appointment secretary.  [I sometimes find it less intimidating to others when I answer their question about what I do for a living to say am an astrologer (rather than psychic) although I’d claim to be both. ]

He confessed that he’s a loner and doesn’t have all that many friends.  Oh, I’m talking about the massage guy.  I’m not someone who normally Continue reading

The Ghost of Zombie Cat

I’m re-blogging this Excellent Blog Post by ModernOracle. Love this quote, “”I’ve noticed a tendency for people to use spirituality and religion almost interchangeably. They aren’t. As I see it they are totally different, damn near opposite things.”

Modern Oracle Tarot

“There is more in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies” – William Shakespeare

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” Arthur C. Clarke

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost” – Ghostbusters

In the first Zombie Cat post we talked a little bit about the intersection of Tarot and science. Now lets shift gears yet again and add in the  “woo-woo”, fringe, and well, spiritual. Tarot intersects all of those things too.

Venn

When I’m not looking at the world as a giant Taoist Taijitu (yin/yang symbol) I tend to see a lot of things in terms of a Venn diagram. That’s why I chose a triquetra as the main symbol in my logo. This “trinity knot” is essentially an excerpt of a three circle Venn diagram which in turn symbolizes much of what I do here and in holistic health…mind/body/spirit or more traditionally mother/maiden/crone (for the stages of…

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Personal Tarot Traits – Four of Swords validates the Hush of May

Personal Tarot Traits – Relating Personal Daily Experiences to a Daily Tarot Card

4 of swordsYou remember that ’60’s song, “There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World” –??  Life sort of feels like THAT lately in a good way.  It relates to the 4 of Swords.  I’ve always wondered if this is the real Death card of Tarot in disguise.  So is he dead or just napping or perhaps meditating?  Either way, this card screams out “Take a breather!” and “Hush!”

Mercury has just turned retrograde (May 18, 20105), maybe the 4 of Swords is in alignment with that vibe.  Nevertheless, I was just sayen’ yesterday (in fact) how the energy is a bit funky–incommunicado; like everyone is on the far side of the Moon where we don’t get the transmissions.  It didn’t take long for me to connect the dots after drawing this card relating it to what I was just sayen’  about work this month.  I have looked for other connections as I reviewed my day yesterday and that’s the only connection there seems to be.  So I’ll go with it and write about it.

My work has been very slow so far this month; my email has been mostly spam in May and my voice mailbox has been unusually quiet too.  Used to be that this worried the heck outta’ me but I’ve gotten accustomed to these kinds of doldrums and tend to think of it as The Universe (or Divine Intelligence — you name it) giving me time off for good behavior.  AKA a vacation!  Being forced in some way to “take a breather”; to chill~ax.

In most cards depictions of the 4 of swords, the swords are seen being put aside.  Work/ action/ socialization is being put aside in favor of retreat, rest, recovery and/or recuperation and vacation in some way.

There is a need for being grounded — that’s another archetype of this card.  In the herbal tarot deck this is depicted so clearly as the human is laying on the ground with his head and shoulders against a rock; a very grounding image.

The other obvious message of this card is not to struggle against whatever is going on in the life now and be open to insight.

For me right now it is a reminder to be flexible with the ups and downs of life.  I get better at it all the time.

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching.  Folks are planning a long weekend  and with the weather warmer and vacation time just ’round the corner, kids about out of school, graduation time at hand for many, it’s just a switch in the focus of energy.

There’s a kind of hush…. in a good way.  It’s time for a breather for all of us and after very busy times,  it’s best to rest while one can (and enjoy it!) because “sure as shooten'” as the saying goes (without a doubt) the pace will pick up again; that’s how life goes!

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ADDENDUM – WHY AND WHEREFORE’S OF THESE TYPES OF POSTS

In the morning when I first awaken, I let guidance come in and do a waking dream for the day ahead. On one of these occasions recently I received a directive in the form of an idea laced with intensity. “Draw a card at the beginning of the day and reflect on its meaning and then revisit it at day’s end correlating the day’s experiences with the card.” That’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow so-to-speak. Doing so gives insight into the world of divination for the purpose of adding layers or additional traits to the tarot card meaning. This deeper understanding to the cards can be applied for use when doing future readings. It’s like letting Life Itself teach us the cards.