Psychic residue from past lives create our reality! Latent tendencies and Boggarts

Latent tendencies interpret fast moving protons and neurons and project reality
Latent tendencies interpret fast moving protons and neurons and project reality

This whole ground consciousness and latencies or latent imprints is totally fascinating.  That information comes from deeper study of  Tibetan Buddhism which is really, in my humble terms, the study of the mind and the nature of reality.  They say that the imprints are not the experience itself, but more like dormant seeds.

I think about wildflowers when I think of dormant seeds that are not receiving the right conditions to bloom.  And yet, when they do (especially in the northeastern part of the country where I currently reside), they do not last long.  The summer sun and rain bring the conditions for the blooms and then in the fall and winter, they are dormant again.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

I think the comparison to wildflowers is an okay or and adequate association in that these imprints are positive, negative or neutral depending upon whether they originated from a positive, negative or neutral thought or action.

Some things grow in summer but do not contain flowers—some contain thorns or brambles. As weeds and wildflowers grow, so go our own imprints–positive, negative or neutral.  And we are creating new imprints all the time–reality.

I really like comparing psychological, spiritual, philosophical aspects of ourselves to nature.  The natural world is a fertile ground for this type of relating.

Anyway, we are told by the Tibetan teacher (s) (the Rinpoche) that these seeds or imprints are activated with experiences in the here and now.  Those everyday types of experiences in life are then activated like the Sun and water and soil conditions activate the wildflowers in the summer.

And here’s the kicker!

These activated imprints are what give us the impression of solid reality (it is all energy vibrations and reflections in actuality and a quantum physicist will agree that a table or a wall is nothing more than very faSt moving neutrons, electrons, protons.  Horray for physics!  Anyway…

Back to latencies…. these are associated with external sensory experiences and give rise to the belief in dualism.  What that means is a belief that I am separate from other or interpreting everything in terms of “I” and “other”.  It is these sensory experiences provided by the dormant seeds come to bloom (so-to-speak) that give rise to a sense of individual ego or separation from All That Is.  And then we create actions based on that belief in dualism that create more and this is how we go round and round in the world of illusion.

There are those who believe that if there is a self that it is a conceptual stream of consciousness that receives these latencies and projects them as external phenomena.

Just consider that a moment as you contemplate your reality!  your life!  A stream of consciousness projecting latencies!  And in every moment we are creating more latencies based on how we respond to any ‘now’ moment!  Mind blowing!  🙂

Well, it has to be extremely more complicated than this;  but what if it’s not?

Sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, body) receive input and then process and transmit it to the brain–and when reading the word ‘input’, think energy vibrations.  The mental consciousness receives something like, “red, round, moving to the left, sharp edges” and then interprets it.

When you think that this has been going on in our stream of consciousness for eons of lifetimes, consider the amount of latent tendencies we have stored which create our reality as we experience it!

No wonder we have developed a belief that external objects are solid and real…  and no wonder we perceive what the latent tendencies tell us,  which is that the external phenomenon is solid and real rather than empty.

Psychic residue containing diverse thoughts rooted in past lives creates the forms.  The mind is transitory (fleeing, passing through, temporary, brief, in flux and in movement)–such is our life .  And eternal reality is actually nonexistent.

Conventional Reality vs Ultimate Reality

But then again, conventionally it is, meaning that conventional reality does exist.  Especially when you think of explaining to your landlord or mortgage holder that your external reality does not it exist and therefore you don’t need to pay your rent or mortgage!

We have all agreed upon this reality due to these latencies and karmic actions and therefore conventional reality exists but ultimately, as just explained, it does not.  So it’s a paradox that the Buddhists call “The Two Truths”.

One reason I believe all of this is that of my personal experience of it  in meditation is just as  has been as described by the Buddhist teachings and long before I read the Buddhist teachings–so, therefore,  I know the truth of  this via my own meditative experience.  Not intellectually.

There is what the Buddhist call shamatha meditation and this will show you the true nature of reality as one turns to look at one’s mind directly.

Well, enough for now.  Understanding these latencies and even just a wee bit can help a good deal in relieving ourselves or releasing our grasp on our attachment s and aversions.

Contemplate this and fear dissolves and aversions become laughable and attachments,  too,  seem ridiculous.

And the last word in the paragraph above reminds me of the brilliance of the scene in the Harry Potter movie (The Prisoner of Azkaban)  when the witches and wizards in-training worked with the spell to transform the Boggarts.  The word of the spell used was “Riddikulus”.

(A Boggart, by the way, is a shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of the viewer’s worst fear.)

The image to the left is the result of a wizard student projecting an image of his grandmother onto a Boggart ,transforming the professor he fears into a comical image of his grandmother.

Learning about the mind and nature of reality from the Buddhist perspective helps us to transform our own Boggarts realizing they are no more than mind projecting  latent tendencies… what transforms a Boggart after all is humor, laughter!  (according to author J.K. Rowling anyway)

So, keep it Light!

Aspiration:   May this post help someone in cyber world who comes upon it at a time of need to help ease suffering, enhance happiness and renew their sense of freedom and true liberation!  

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Peaceful Reflection in Post Aversion and more on karmic tendencies

Not all apartments here are created equal, nor are all karmic imprints the same!
Not all apartments here are created equal, nor are all karmic imprints the same!

This post is me being bare-to-the-bones honest.  Sharing what I’m learning on this journey.  You may remember the posts since last year have reflected my struggle with… well,  straight to the point shall we?

Not all apartments are created equally, nor do all humans carry the same karmic imprints and tendencies in consciousness.

My inner question over many months involved knowing on deep levels that every irritating sound (or even smell; well, maybe especially smell) was illusion and my response of intense aversion to it was of course of my own making.

The sounds is ‘me’ and the smells are ‘me’ but at the same time in conventional reality obviously coming from the source of the downstairs neighbors.  For months on end, I realized this and argue with self, “…but it is so real (the loud voices the curry/garlic stink),… so real for something that is an illusion!

How could this be me when everything that remains of me that is still sane indicates the opposite?  

I knew the truth of it but the aversion was so strong that the reality of it increased in proportion and the whole thing kept feeding itself.  By the way, since moving I’ve learned that the apartment building itself where this experienced hell-realm is located is cheap construction and the townhouse I’m in now has very good soundproofing. Our neighbor to the right (this is a 2-level townhouse) consists of 3 people and a dog and we never hear a word, nor do the 3 of us living in this townhouse even hear one another’s TV or words from room-to-room or from upper-to-lower level.  So life is much more pleasant as far as that goes.   Not all apartments and townhouses in this complex are equal.

The other apartment  situation may have been karmic but it provided me the stimulus to ask more deeply about the nature of reality and the nature of mind.  I would never, ever wish to repeat it but I do see how the experience benefited my evolution.  

I knew deeply then as I always have in my core being that the external sounds, smell, appearances were empty and coming from the mind but the aversion was so strong… it was very confusing and I resisted it desperately causing myself compounded suffering.

The thing is when we look at something in meditation, we see the appearance of it in the mind.  Sounds, smells, all senses are this way.  The mind interprets everything and assigns meaning or judgment to it…  “i.e. this is pleasant, this is horrible, etc.”

And when we try to find the consciousness that see’s and interprets the energy, when we try to find the visual consciousness or the auditory consciousness or the olfactory/sense of smell consciousness that is doing the looking or receiving the smell, we cannot find it.   Mostly because it is constantly changing and in Buddhist terms it is “empty”.

Being a psychic this is known to me and seen in my work–energy is constantly changing and what we perceive is not the true nature of things, it is only our own perceptions which are deeply ingrained patterns (see last blog post)… latent karmic imprints.  

I have to admit here that there is difficulty in explaining in this written word what I know and what  am learning here now, post-aversion, in my continued  reflection and further study of  Tibetan Buddhism.  It’s complicated on one hand and so simple on the other!  All the Libra energy in me can hold the paradox but my Mercury in Scorpio feels it and has trouble with the words.

I realize even more clearly now that the sounds and smells [from my boisterous and cooking Indian downstairs neighbors and the guitar-singing neighbor who followed] were all simply energies which hit my senses that these sense consciousnesses had absolutely no opinion of those sounds or smells.

And further, and more importantly, I realize with more clarity that  it was my mind that  was giving it whatever meaning it had back then which was that of extreme aversion.

For another person with different karmic imprints, the situation would perhaps even been pleasant (although that’s hard to imagine) or at least the aversion may not have been as strong.

Why would it differ?  All those latent karmic imprints and tendencies were awakened and it seemed very difficult to have control over my intense aversions.  I am not making excuses, I’m demonstrating, hopefully, how something pleasant or unpleasant (attractions/aversions) may differ with person-to-person based on the karmic tendencies in ground consciousness [see last blog post].

Back then, I kept thinking [getting the thought]–this smell is ‘me’ and their yelling in Hindi is ‘me’ but (at the same time) how can that possibly be?    Karmic habituation of interpreting certain energy a certain way is part of the answer.

I don’t have all the answers but it’s all getting clearer now that I am in a new setting where peaceful reflection is possible.

(I share this in the hope that it may serve or be helpful in some way to another out in cyber world who may be experiencing any type of difficulty or confusion.  May we all be brought to clarity and contented happiness and freedom from all suffering and causes of suffering.) 

 

Giving Up Concern for this Life–Can We? Enlightenment Practice #4 of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

Vajrasattva
Vajrasattva

I asked a vajra teacher, a Lama that I’ve been communicating with, for a 2nd best book to continue my sort of self-made dharma lessons on The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.   Oh, maybe vajra teacher is incorrect phrasing according to custom.   I think the word for spiritual teacher in Tibetan Buddhism is vajracary or vajrasattva is probably more technically correct but I can’t say for sure being an American who is trying to pick up where haven left off from previous incarnations—not that I could prove this.  Which actually brings me to the 2nd best book since the 1st best was $150 (totally out of the budget).

I asked a Lama of the Karmapa lineage and was referred to a book by the 17th Karmapa (who I have heard speak on TV and really admired) called ‘Traveling the Path of Compassion’, a book on the 37 Practices, which I’m now reading.

I just finished a passage written by the Karmapa on Practice #4 which was cool because he wrote about death (specifically, there’s no death) and reincarnation—he gently points out how it is almost impossible to feel that a loved one who has died is totally gone and never present in some way!  “Most people”, he writes, “have a feeling that a loved one who has passed away is still somehow still available.”

He says death is not nothingness.   Nor is it a blank state; it is the time when we transfer our light to another way of being.  We are, he says, not a candle that is finished when the flame goes out but instead a torch, a light shining everywhere that can be transferred one bright flame to the next.

Well, I had to include that here and write about that first before I start to write what I’m REALLY writing about today!  HA!  So here we go—the real reason I’m writing today!  And it still relates to Practice #4 which is about attachments.

The teaching is about being attached to this life and of course if you practice the dharma or said another way if you subscribe to the Buddhist philosophy of life and therefore relate to and start to apply the teachings to your own life (in order to increase happiness and decrease suffering first for self and then for others) then what you do in Buddhist language is that you “practice the dharma”.  Which in this case the word dharma means “the teachings” –but the word also translates to “phenomenon” and I’ll write on the correlation there another time.  Getting back to the practice of dharma, he says that we have to release attachments to life if we are going to call ourselves a Buddhist and in particular a Bodhisattva…. [paraphrased].

BODHISATTVA, WHAT?

By the way the word bodhi translates into “understanding the nature of things” or “enlightenment” –the root word “budh” means ‘to awake, become aware, notice, know or understand).   Sattva in sanskrit means purity and reality.  One could say bodhi means enlightened and sattva means existence.  So, a Bodhisattva is one who lives an enlightened existence.  And the 37 practices was written in the 13th-14th century by a highly respected and devotedly compassionate monk instructing others on how to live an enlightened existence.  That could be one way to put it which I think would be a fairly correct interpretation based on what I’ve read and surmised and I offer it to the reader with the highest intentions.

Anyway, the point that I wish to make here is that I was reading a passage written by the 17th Karmapa on the 4th Practice of a Bodhisattva in which he refers to those who turn to the dharma when in a crisis of some sort and the rest of the time their main attraction is to life and the world or the world’s entertainments.  He says that we consider our worldly possessions crucial to our lives and the very source of our happiness.

Personally, I see people who hang to each other in that same way, seeing the ‘other’ as the very source of their happiness as well.  And as he points out, even if we do not think these things consciously, they are at the background of our minds—our unconscious attitudes hold to worldly things as if our happiness depends on them.

Personally, I am guilty of this fault but am, through effort now, working to keep the dharma teachings working at all times in the background instead of my attachments and aversions running the show.  It’s a process!  There are slippery patches and tricky spots but I’m taking those and really more consciously working with them—sometimes I go unconscious and fall back into  the old habitually created karmic patterns.  (There’s an actual word for that; it sounds like “bach-tah” but I cannot seem to find the proper spelling and definition…sigh! I looked thru the glossaries of 3 Buddhists text I have here on the shelf and consulted a number of online Buddhists dictionaries! )  Well, there’s another  lesson in practice #4, letting go and non attachment!  (I’ve been highly obsessed and attached to finding that word for a good while now! ugh! letting go!)

Yeah, so anyway there’s a word for those patterns and I’ve just turned all my writing time into google time instead trying to find that right word and in giving up now must conclude this writing!

Here’s the note from the universe this morning that somewhat resembles what I’ve been trying to convey here to some extent—using life challenges to reach non-attachment and therefore happiness is what I’m trying to say and the thing below that showed up in my email says it better than I could in 10 pages of writing which is why I’m including it.  And with this, will have to wish you a good day—my time is up!

NOTE FROM THE UNIVERSE IN MY EMAIL BOX TODAY WHICH CORRESPONDS TO MY CURRENT BUDDHIST STUDIES:

(www.tut.com)

It’s not that your life totally rocks, Joy, except for a few tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

But that your life totally rocks, in large part, because of the tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

Stranger than fiction,
The Universe

By the way Enlightenment Practice #4 of the 37 Practices reads this way:

Everyone will part from relatives and old friends;

The wealth of long labor will be left behind;

The guest, the consciousness, leaves its lodging, the body behind:

To give up concern for this life is the practice of a bodhisattva.

Oh, and by the way, (in addition to my own personal experiences and the work that I do as a medium), I’ll take the 17th Karmapa’s word on the afterlife and reincarnation since he’s the official incarnation of the 16th Karmapa’s previous life… well, you know what I mean.  He passed the tests involved in determining the lineage continuation–he was the 16th Karmapa in his last life, and now he’s back as the 17th Karmapa!  So I supposed that if anybody should know about this reincarnation stuff, it’d be him.  Or I’d like to think so; and we have to trust, eh?

Fantastic Listening Walking Meditation and THE HERMIT

In my last blog post there were references to times when we can make a problem where none exists.  A few days later, I heard a Tibetan Lama give a dharma teaching about the need to give the ego mind a job—a part time job—something to do. Otherwise, since the ego-mind needs to stay employed, it gives itself a job.  It creates a problem to solve where there ‘is’ no problem in the first place.

I could really relate to that simple teaching.  This is sometimes why I like listening to the Tibetan monks—they speak broken English many times but that sort of forces them to slow down and speak in very easy to understand simply ways that are really quite profoundly beautiful actually.

Chanting, of course, is giving the mind a job, but this particular monk spoke about using sound.

I wanted to share a really cool meditation that I did with that suggestion while walking, but first I wanted to write a little bit more about how the ego mind will create problems where none exist.  It can also be what is called unnecessary worry and it follows patterns many times.  I recently watched documentary movie “What the Bleep do we Know” again.  I no longer have cable TV, so I had that movie on my Netflix list.  Of course, I saw it back when it first came out which I believe was 2003 or 2004, somewhere along there.  But watching it again on the heels of the recent dharma teaching and last week’s blog about making a problem where none exist really added that piece about neuron and patterns.

These recent messages from the universe from my experience, the movie and the dharma teaching are all fitting together very well for me and it’s been really synchronistic and personally helpful.

Here’s an example of how that kind of thing about the mind making problems where there are none based on old patterned thinking or wounds can out-picture—another example involving someone else.  A person wants an appointment and instead of just asking for a day and time that works for their schedule and nailing down the day and time, they write 4 or 5 emails sheepishly asking about scheduling a session.  They receive a reply to each question and then end up not making an appointment because of some perception that they have that they are being in some way mistreated.  And all of that is in their imagination and coming from an old way of responding based on a wound possibly but it is at the very least making a problem where there is none.   The person they accuse of mistreating them is mystified and astounded because each question was answered directly without any type of mistreatment whatsoever.

The ego-mind needs more to focus upon; otherwise, it gets itself into trouble by finding a problem where none exists.  All the neurons from past wounds start to fire and the person ends up seeing what is not there actually.

Well, I really wanted to write a few lines about this walk that I took yesterday.  It was a beautiful, sunny spring day.  Instead of plugging my mp3 player’s earbuds into my ear, I chose to walk without music or without an astrology lesson blasting in my ear either.

After I got started, I thought to try the sound meditation that I heard in the dharma talk by the monk who said to give the ego-mind a part-time job to listen to sounds!

Okay, I thought, let’s give it a try.  I already knew that my mind would likely wander but with practice over the years, it wanders less than when I first started to officially meditate back in the 80’s.

I loved the way the monk said that each time the mind wanders it is like a drip of water falling into a bucket when you catch it and bring it back –in this case, bringing it back to the object of focus which I decided was going to be sound.  He said you may end up with a full or overflowing bucket or barrel for as many drips as times that you have to bring your mind back.  The idea is not to fight with it or beat your self up about it.

Now, this is not the first time I’ve written about meditation in my blog or newsletters!  If I’ve written about that last paragraph once, I’ve written it hundreds of times… many times associating the object of focus as the breath or an object held in the mind such as the image of a flower or even an object in the meditation room, such as a candle flame or a statue.

But this meditation with sound while walking was a little bit different and very enjoyable yesterday.  I thought if I write about it that others may like to try it too.

There were many sounds in the area where I was walking and my mind was very busy with its part-time job chasing after one sound and then next and no other thought or distraction interfered so that I could relax and be fully present.

There was the sound of someone’s lawn mower off in the distance, bird’s chirping close by, the sound of lug nuts going on and off tires from the garage across the way, children’s voices off  in the distance, a loud muffler from a truck driving by, the sound of the creek rushing over the big rocks… all kinds of sounds!  It was like I was everywhere at once yet also very focused and present at the same time.

Once in a while, I realized my mind began to create a story or have a memory and I called it back to the sounds and realized that there goes another drip in the bucket and smiled about it.

I thought it was a great walking meditation in which I was very aware of awareness.  It was quite like I’d imagine the mind of god to be if the mind of god was there listening to the sounds too.

I just pulled a tarot card remembering how I recently mentioned that I am returning the tarot in my blog writing.  I asked what message from higher mind may come from this topic of walking sound meditation.  I smile now seeing that I’ve drawn the card of THE HERMIT.

On this particular card [image above], we see an older man and younger man—the same person who is older and younger.  The older man IS the younger man who knows himself.

The Hermit is the higher consciousness that waits at the peak of our own spirituality.

It is about making contact with the original staff of life which illuminates our inner purpose and earthly goals.

Intuitively, what I am getting the message of THE HERMIT to be (in answer to the question for guidance about my walking sound meditation) is that the inner and outer world is one and the same.  I was experiencing the sounds of the outer world within me during my walk and being in attunement or at-one with life.

I also think that just being fully present (as I was during most of my walk) is being in communication with that cosmic mind or non-local consciousness and that we are receiving energy and information that maybe our lower mind doesn’t realize.  It is busy doing its part-time job that we gave it, listening for and to the sounds.

Being fully present actually is communing with Life which is the communication with The Divine.  You know you’ve done it because you feel more peaceful and happier than before when it’s happening!

Divination the Tibetan Way – Dough Ball Divination & Money Worries

I struggled with it half the day.  The truth is that I tend struggle with $money$ issues when I let myself think about them.  My usual method is not to think about them.  It seems to work out much better this way, all things considered.

That reminds me… I made a tweet today about fear–with me, you see, fear and money limitation have seemed to go hand in hand.  My tweet was, ” The only way to overcome fear is to look directly at it… move right through it. Look it in the face and it will cease to trouble you.” And that’s from personal experience!  And applies to any kind of fear…  trust me.

The other thing that helps me  is astrology.  My birth chart validated my other approach with these struggles.  Here’s what I mean.  Many years back, I decided to adopt a new belief system.  I don’t share it with many people–it’s more or less one of those inside jobs if you know what I mean.  It goes like this.  I work for The Universe and I let The Universe take care of my bills. (If you’d rather say God instead of The Universe, suit yourself; but you get the idea.)  To drive the point home and to remind myself of my belief, whenever a bill came in, I’d intentionally put it beneath a few spiritual statues (Angel and Buddha) and say, “There ya’ go–here’s another one for ya’.”  And then I simply put it out of my mind completely, and in this ‘learn-as-you-go” method, it worked!   And the more I energized that belief, it seemed to ground within me more and more,  becoming a natural feeling.  I work for The Divine and The Divine takes care of my bills and all of my other needs–end of story.  Well, you may ask what this has to do with Tibetan Dough Ball Divination.  I’m getting there.

I have to tell you about the astrology part first.  That whole belief system that I just mentioned is pretty clearly seen in my birth chart.  That alleviates any second guessing about my belief, should I become weak or falter.  It gives me strength to remember that my natal North Node in Taurus is  in my 10th house (Career) with Sun/Neptune/Moon in Libra in the 2nd (money; self-reliance) house.  Well, I can readily see that to go too much further with astro-babble, I’d have to write a book to explain all the connections.  It’s just  that Mars/Pluto/Saturn  in the 12th points to the 6th house polarity of bringing spirituality to the earth doing service/work (Pluto’s Polarity Point).  My past life SN Scorpio conjunct Mercury/Jupiter indicates that I’ve worked in these areas before but have failed to do the work publicly and in a way that I can provide for my survival needs. ( I tend to think that past lives have been either in a monastery setting or maybe an institutional environment where I didn’t have to deal with money and survival needs, never learning to be self-sufficient in that way.)  And with Neptune hanging out there with Sun and Moon in the 2nd, my sense is that my prior life or lives were in spiritual settings, which  seems validated by the 12th house planets, giving the double-confirmation.

OK, so long story short… I’m supposed to be doing this work doing and charging money for it.  I need to, as much as I’d rather avoid the money/survival part.   My North Node in the 10th in Taurus says that I need to!  I failed to do that in the past… I’ve a few “skipped steps” (as they’re called in Evolutionary Astrology).   And to recover those, I have to use my spiritual and psychic past to do work that is 6th house-ish… spiritual service work.  This  helps me to be self-sufficient financially/materially also.  That evolutionary intent of the soul is blatantly clear in my birth chart.  So, let’s just say my life is a co-creator type thing with The Divine–so is yours!  This whole idea of  ‘do spiritual work and  while you’re at it, become self-reliant so you can grow and evolve’ is mostly to help others (that 6th house of service polarity to 12th house Pluto).   It’s actually a bit more complicated astrology-wise than that; but let’s stop while we still might be ahead.

If you followed that bit above, then you probably know some astrology.  Hope I didn’t lose you there.  Anyway, there I was the other day with a dilemma about money.  You’ve no idea how many times I wished to go back to that past life where I didn’t have to worry about this survival stuff and could just ‘do the work’!  Actually, a few times in this current life, I’ve actually considered that.  I thought of becoming some sort of  Nun!  But as we all do–deep inside–I knew it wasn’t supposed to be that way this time around.  One of my challenges is to take the emotion out of  issues with money and survival needs and simply think of money as energy–period.  And as energy does, it flows and moves and my goal is to try to move with it and relax!

Okay.  So after I’d dealt with that whole bit again–reviewing my natal chart and remembering my belief,  I’m still faced with a decision.  You see, it’s only a simple thing really.  I have some audios that I’m editing which contain instructional psychic class material.  What to do with them?  If I make them available free on the podcast page, that doesn’t seem fair to students who paid for the online class.  I finally resolved that I must ask a fee for them for that reason.  But how much?  All day long I had numbers in my head and couldn’t settle on a  single one.  There’s no hurry to make the decision since I still have more editing work to do on them, but it kept gnawing at me to settle on some dollar amount.

Dough Balls used in Tibetan Divination

Suddenly, I remembered the divination method that I’d seen the Tibetans use.  Balls of dough are placed in a bowl after ceremonial work is completed. And choices of the answer to a question are written on papers and placed inside–one in each ball of dough.  They weigh the dough and measure the balls so that they are all the same.   Once they’re all in the bowl, the lama (or oracle) creates a centrifugal force by rolling them along the edge of the bowl, faster and faster until one falls out.  Obviously then, that one ball of dough is opened to reveal the answer on the paper.    This method is practised mainly in the monasteries or by individual lamas when an important decisions needs to be made, such as in the search for the reincarnation of very high lamas. A number of possible answers to the enquiry, such as the names of likely candidates for a reincarnation, are written on slips of paper.  For a period of three days monks remain in the temple reciting prayers day and night. During that time no one is allowed to touch the bowl. On the fourth day, before all those present the cover of the bowl is removed. A prominent lama rolls the dough balls round in the bowl before the sacred object until one of them falls out. That is the ball containing the answer.

In all deference and honor to the lamas, the Buddha and Tibet… I didn’t happen to have any dough balls and wanted to settle this so that the rest of my day could happen 

Dalai Lama of Tibet

without distraction.  I think the Dalai Lama would say it’s alright to wing it!    It was affecting my ability to concentrate.  So in the most spiritual and honorable way, the method was adjusted slightly based on the aforementioned factors.  On the papers I put the various dollar amounts that were under consideration.

Please don’t laugh at this next line and again, apologies to the lamas and everyone, but I took out a small frying pan from the cupboard, held it by the handle and placed the folded papers inside.  The handle helped a good deal with the centrifugal motion and sure enough one paper jumped out.   Worked great!!  And actually I thought it was the prefect number!  The Boss and I agree– Done deal.
Now I have to finish blogging and get back to audio editing… although I think I’ve had enough for one day! I’ve been working on my website and audio editing nearly all weekend.   I’m the web master, accountant, appointment maker, teacher, newsletter and blog author, tweeter, astrologer, and psychic… flying solo here,  juggling the whole affair on my own.  Oops… did I actually just write that? I work for The Universe, remember?   And we have an awesome  partnership going on.  You’ve got that same partnership!   As HGTV’s Candice Olson would say, “How Divine!”

PS — I’m still loven’ that dough ball divination method!  I’ve seen it done so many times while watching DVD’s on Tibet…