Intuition is a wonderful thing. We all have it, though most of us ignore it. It’s that little voice in our head that says keep going, turn right, this doesn’t feel right. I wonder how many people paid attention to that little intuition voice yesterday and didn’t go to Boston, didn’t run that race because there was something just not right about it. When we meet someone new there is a 10 second evaluation period, in that 10 seconds my spirit knows if I like that person or not. Sometimes I just smile and walk away after meeting folks that my intuition says are not good for me. Yes it is rude but so is wasting my time on someone that is just using me.
My intuition has served me well over the past 55 years. It has chosen some of the best people to be my friends, and loves. The times I regret the most are the times I didn’t listen to my inner voice. I knew it was going to turn out badly but I wanted the ride anyway. Is that wisdom, probably not, was it fun, yes, until it wasn’t.
My apprentices go through a training period to learn how to listen to that inner voice. We play a driving game, for 15 minutes you go in whatever direction you like the best in that moment. If you feel you need to turn you turn, if you need to go straight you go straight. At the end of 15 minutes you stop and see where your inner voice has led you. Get out of your vehicle if it is safe to do so. Walk around for 15 minutes and see what is near you. If there are people check them out if it feels safe talk to them. Most times at the end of your 30 minute game you have discovered a new place that makes you feel good or has spiritual power for you. Every now and then you meet a new friend that you would have overlooked had you not followed your inner voice. You can do this in a Mall too! Same rules, except you walk.
Have you ever heard your name called and stopped to see who is calling you, only to find no one is there? That is your inner voice, guardian angel, accessorial spirit, or spirit guide delaying you so you don’t get into trouble. Those few seconds change the course of your life by being too late for an accident or something worse. Intuition is a wonderful thing if we can make it a part of our lives, being able to hear it or identify the feelings it gives us.
Pay attention to that inner voice, it could mean the difference of running that Boston Marathon or taking it easy and working in your garden instead. Yesterday is just as important as today, those responsible for that act of terrorism are still out there. We can’t let fear hold us back we have to be strong, confident and listen to that inner voice that wants to guide us safely through our life time.
May those hurt by the terrorist act yesterday be blessed. May they heal and become whole once more. May those who passed away go to a better place.
I love those easy days, when you can get up late and there are no consequences. There are many of my friends and clients that don’t have easy days. They stress over money, jobs, relationships the list goes on and on. I always say Worry is a wasted emotion, it doesn’t make you jump higher, or run faster, or store more food for the winter. Yet we all do it at one time or another, seems like worry is hardwired into our brain. Spirit has always taken care of me, always there to catch me when I fall, always there to lean on if I need it. As a result I don’t worry anymore.
What is this thing I call spirit? When I look at the world around me my 184 IQ says this is by design. The orbits of the planets, the atom that so looks like a small solar system, the rings that a rain drop makes in a puddle of water. The cycle of life and seasons, the way the body repairs itself, has such diversity and yet still the same. That can’t be an accident, the double helix of DNA, the code of life all of that in something so small you need an electron microscope to see it. There is a divine energy to everything, as everything has a spirit, rocks, trees, cars, animals even you have a spirit. Some of us call it a soul. That spark of life within us, it lives on past the body. I call upon that spirit of everything to cooperate with me, though as a shaman I do command spirits when it is the right time to do so.
I was walking with an Apprentice graduate of mine yesterday. I had asked her to make sure we had some sun for our walk, of course we did. Now around Puget Sound the weather is usually cold, wet and windy. We had some of that too, but mostly sunny. She had focused her will and intent to move some storm clouds east, we stopped and rested on a bench. I looked at her storm cloud and it was going east though it seemed it wanted to go north east a bit. This huge dark grey storm cloud was moving east just because she wanted it to. I love that.
Life is like that storm cloud, we can just ask it (spirit) to cooperate with us. Drop our worries, and fears, pick up our smile and confidence, just cause we want to!
May our lives be all we want and need. May worry and fear be memories we leave behind us as we make our dreams real.
My world is filled with Psychic Fairs, Expos, and scheduling individual appointments. My work as a Non-Traditional Shaman is spiritual work; however, there is a necessary business side to that in order to live. I was doing a fair a bit west of Seattle. Even though I hesitated for 4 months before I actually participated. I started this doing this fair in 2007 (Guess I just wasn’t listening to my inner voice very well…) However, there was something about this fair that wasn’t quite right, but I told myself it was a new way to advertise and went ahead anyway.
The “deal” was the problem: The person who coordinated the fair (paid only a nominal advertising fee to run a paragraph advertisement and rent for the space) charged me and the other Readers 50% of each client’s payment for service. Not only that, she set my rate much lower than usual. I felt like I was devaluing myself. True, I agreed to this “sharecropper” status. Even worse, when I started marketing my DVD I agreed to another $25 fee, as I was technically a Vendor as well as a Reader. The person who put on the fair automatically made $25 more than I did every time I simply walked into the fair. As if that was not bad enough, all the while taking advantage of my personal advertising and name recognition in the area and not even listening to my request to change the system.
Yes, I am stubborn and outspoken (I have been criticized for the “sharecropper” terminology), but sometimes this works for me. Therefore, with very few regular fairs in my area, I had little choice in the matter if I wanted routine income. So, I put up with these state of affairs for about five months, otherwise the options were: Do these fairs or no fairs that month. Finally, I listened to my inner voice and stopped going. Something had to change.
Right about the same time, my dear friend had also started doing a fair put on by one of the spiritual publications in our area. Go figure- the person who put on that fair also subscribed to the same model (why people think its ok to take financial advantage of psychics because someone else does) makes no sense to me. My friend was upset at the way she was being treated, like a non-important person, whose ideas were insignificant. She was so upset, she didn’t want to do the fair any more however, she didn’t have another source of income for that weekend. I said, “We are just going to have to have our own fair.”
As a diamond is formed from coal, under intense pressure, our Magical Pathways Fair was born in much the same way. We hatched a plan to go to four locations and ask about renting the space for our fairs. In 24 hours we had four locations for our fairs. Now since Terri and I had both felt we had no say in the fairs we had participated in, it was important to us that each person in our fair have a voice. As a Co-Op, each of us owns the Magical Pathways Fair. Each of us is responsible for advertising (together we comprise a 1/3 page advertisement), each of us helps with setup, and each of us gathers Readers to our fairs. As with all good things, they take on a life of their own. In just four days we had 20 readers who wanted to participate.
Now the Co-Op efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the other fair coordinators. In fact, one of our members was sending our group’s private emails to them. Oddly, they didn’t contact me directly even though they had my phone number and email address from the emails (though they did say things directly to me in the email that wasn’t addressed to me). I later saw that they said they felt “slapped in the face” and “punched in the gut.” Since I had not sent them these emails but instead simply coordinated a fair with my friend, my response was, “Whoever is sending this information to them is sending them negative energy, as they feel slapped and punched. That negative energy has a way of sticking to a person, perhaps they should stop that.”
I share this because it’s important to know that doing your own fair creates challenges for others and they will respond in kind. For the folks around here who ran local fairs before we started Magical Pathways, it seems they felt a tad guilty and wanted a sort of hold harmless agreement. My use of “sharecropper” terminology inflamed a few to the point that there was a page and a half of response floating around for a while… I would have thought that someone who puts on a spiritual fair would have the moxie to contact me directly if what I said/did bothers them. Instead, this person actually tried to defend taking 50% of the Readers’ fees and setting the Readers’ prices- likening themselves to “realtors” and saying that we were really paying for a service (which by the way is typically 4% rather than 50%). They also contacted our advertisers and tried to discourage them from advertising our fair. Oh my.
It’s true, I use a steamroller when I create a path to get where I’m going. If you’re going to go do a thing, why be timid when you do it? Do it big. I see our Co-Op fairs as being a blow for psychic freedom. Psychics are a gift from the universe to our communities and should be respected and taken care of, not taken advantage of. A month after Terri and I promoted Magical Pathways on our show, blogtalkradio.com/walkswiththunder, we had an inquiry from New Jersey and New York asking about putting on a fair like ours over there. Again, good things take a life of their own!
Terri C and I offered to share all our information with them and be associated with them. We shared a few phone calls, looked over the process they had, fixed a few little problems, and advised them to remove a problem member who was slowing the whole process down to a glacial crawl (had they followed that person’s advice they would maybe had a fair by October even though it was late April). After cutting away the micro-manager, they now have a Magical Pathways Fair scheduled in June. That Group from New Jersey inspired another group in Sacramento and they too have a fair scheduled to start in June. And so on and so on…
Here’s a recipe to start your own Magical Pathways Co-Op:
1. Gather a need for more “fair” Fairs.
2. Mix Tarot Readers, Psychics, Energy Healers.
3. Vigorously sprinkle with financial equality and shared decision making.
4. Add 3T frugal advertising.
5. Stir 1c. (heaping) of creativity.
6. Pour in 8oz. of confidence.
7. Blend well and check for lumps that slow down the process. Remove lumps right away, or they may delay or abort a great outcome.
8. Add 7 large, warrior Thunder spirits to give it some backbone and kick some blocks out of the way, it’s what they do for me.
Our Fairs are like a Diamond in the rough. My vision for our Magical Pathways CoOp is to go Nation/worldwide in a good way. Each of our associate CoOp groups working with each other- throwing off the financial oppressors and (Can ya hear the national anthem here?) striking a blow for psychic freedom everywhere! We have a web site for our fairs http://www.myspace.com/magicalpathways.
If you like the idea of having your own CoOp send us an email, give us a call. We would love to help you get started! It’s easier than they want you to know…
Walks With Thunder
Sounds easy sometimes- to just let things happen as they should. And yet… we want to jump in and “help” things along for ourselves and those we love. I do that. In fact I’ve always thought I should step-in when someone I love needs a hand with relationships, healing, and life in general. But the miracles happen when I just let the old ego and agenda of self fall away- come what may…
A dear friend of mine told me, “Just bless the situation for the best outcome for everyone and let it be.” At the time I wanted to say “Easy for you to say!” I thought about the advice though- it sounded strangely like that releasing technique I teach for addictions, habits, negative self-talk, etc. Having a warrior spirit, when family or friends are wronged I instinctively get out my spiritual war gear and get ready to kick some serious behind. But the Angels have been telling me Not so fast… “Choose love in every thing.” Talk about not easy! I have been doing my best to switch gears and choose love, even in those difficult moments where I feel I should come to the rescue. When I can choose to respond with kindness (or love) instead of power and command, I am practicing love. It’s a conscious shift for me… I’m a work in progress.
My apprentices have noticed this difference- some of them are used to the warrior spirit kicking butt or calling in Grandfather and Thunder Spirits’ discipline, so they see it as a sign of weakness… I say it’s a sign of power to consciously choose love, though this should not be confused with indecision (been there). In fact, to choose love is powerful and good for everyone. I admit- being a warrior is the only choice when you’re faced with irrational, unreasonable, emotionally unstable, or just plain mean people… Yeah baby, my lightning bolts are ready!
The folks that listen to my blog talk radio show have noticed too, saying Walks With Thunder seems softer now, more approachable… It’s true- most of the time. I don’t do so much of that discipline stuff anymore- the Angels have begun to change me. It’s a time of self-discovery and spiritual re-invention for me. I admit, for a while there my mind was going north while my spirit headed south… My usually confident self was confused and it was difficult to make a decisions. I found myself in the Land of Waffling (that’s that place of indecision I warned you about earlier).
Looking at my own life as though it were someone else’s put everything into perspective- to let go of my feelings and personal interests and remind me that this work is not about me. The free energy I tap into heals folks in 5 minutes or less and sticks around to keep them healed- it’s not my omnipotent power, I’m just the conduit. This transition in my life is an important reminder to get out of my own darn way, cut that which does not serve me, look at my life from the outside, and take time to listen to Spirit… It’s all good. And you know, those same apprentices now say that Walks With Thunder is back!
May you be blessed to make the decisions that make sense in your life- to let go of the judgments that you perceive others hold for you so that you stop saying “should,” “can’t,” “won’t,” “never,” and “always.” May love for yourself and others bless you with clarity of Spirit.
Walks With Thunder
Just the day before 9/11 I was at our beach house on Hood Canal in Washington. About 8 PM or so I saw a fireball in the sky to the east. Then a few minutes later another fireball in the east. This puzzled me as I had no idea what it meant. The next day 9-11 I saw those same fire balls on the world trade center buildings. (more…)
Freedom, Liberty and Justice: A Basic Native American Right
Yes, I know that is in the American Constitution too. Have you ever seen those shirts and posters that say “Fighting Terrorism since 1492” and then there is a picture of Sitting Bull in his war paint? It’s a statement from a people who hold negative feelings. It was not that long ago that African Americans and Indians had to use the back door not the front, that we could not walk as equals in America because our skin was not pink. Our people, the old ones and some middle aged ones, still remember this. They hold hatred for the White people they feel took our way of life and our land. (more…)