Machine or Reader

Good morning all,

While Lyn and I work to update and enhance our site I have had to do a great deal of re-reading articles.  I came upon one that I wrote about a year ago entitled “Man versus Machine”.  At first I was not going to list it in the new archives because I admittedly was rather abrupt in some places, but I changed my mind because I feel the main points are still relevant.  However, I wanted to add a more balanced look at the ways that you can receive a reading in this rushed world that is bursting in technology.  So lets look at the pros and the cons of getting a reading via a random generating machine.

Pros

  • Does not cost much– Much? Oops, perhaps I should have said anything.  There are literally   hundreds of freebies out there when it comes to random card generators.  You can use them on the net or download one to use at your own leisure.  To add to the thrill you can get them with your favourite deck built in and with the capability to do a number of spreads.

  • Can get an answer within seconds – There is literally no down time.  No more waiting to book time with your reader.

  • Anonymity factor– No one but you has to know that you are getting a reading.

  • Can get a reading 24/7– A generator has no need to sleep or take holidays.  Therefore you can always trust it to be ready to take your requests (provided of course that there is not a power cut for whatever reason).

Cons

  • Interpretation is up to you solely– Though normally this is a good thing when you are in your right mind, please remember that often you will choose to consult the Tarot when situations have you stressed to the max.  This is rarely, if ever, a good time to confront your position all by yourself.
  • A machine has no experience or training– When you are in a stuck state and you are clueless as what to do, you need an objective person to guide you to options that you are to overwrought to see.  This requires a person with experience and training.
  • A machine gives a one dimensional answer and cannot help you to see how it can be creatively applied to your situation– This means that you could get a stock answer that does not have a thing to do with your situation.
  • A machine cannot give feedback- You must decide what to do without being able to bounce ideas off of someone.

Bottom line to me now is this, “Both Machines and Readers have an important role to play.  However, the person electing to get a reading must think carefully before s/he chooses which would most effectively meet her/his needs.  I believe the most important question should be, “Am I in a state of mind that I can interpret the advice from the Divine?”  Answer with care brothers and sisters, or you may find yourself in unnecessary pain.

Namaste

Paul

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Relationship not tools

Hello all,

Lyn and I are back from a lovely weekend in Salisbury.  We spent Sunday exploring the chapel there.  I have been several times, but the place is so beautiful that I cannot stay away from it.

Today I wanted to share a few words on divination tools.  I am quite often amused to hear someone saying that one tool is better than another when it comes to the art of divination.  Though I would expect this kind of cod swallop from unethical salespeople that want to sell their product, I would expect better from people that are actually ethical practitioners of the ancient art.  Unfortunately, it appears that a good number of very sincere practitioners innocently believe what they have been told by either unethical or truly ignorant individuals.

The truth is that one tool is not better than another.  Divination depends on the relationship of the questioner with the Divine.  If no relationship exists then the predictions are poor.  It is honestly that simple.  Let me stress this point again:  whether you use a practitioner of the ancient arts to divine for you or you do so for yourself, the information that is revealed will only be reliable if there is a relationship with the Divine.

So choose the tool that jives with you personally (whether that is because of culture, beauty, beliefs….etc) and after being sure that there is a link with the Divine learn the mysteries that S/he will reveal.

Namaste,

Paul

More thoughts on “I am”

Good morning all,

 I have some more thoughts on what I only had the chance to touch on the other day.  When I shared with Lyn that I was going to write a continuation of yesterdays piece, she gave me a very Cheshire grin and asked me if I would call it “I Am Again”.  Now is that support or what?

 While I was catching a spreckle of telly to unwind by the other day I caught a commercial where all of these different ladies are coming out in various looks and saying, “I am….”.  They filled in the end of the sentence with various words.  I never pay any attention to commercials and I only got the “I am” part to this one.  So please note that I am not endorsing the product=)  I am still clueless to what it was.  My hats off to the writers though…they took the greatest concept in this existence and ran with it.

I implore you to look in the mirror each day and say, “I am…..” (fill in the space with a positive fact about yourself) then watch how it will resonate throughout your entire being and affect your day.  Master this art and you will become a true magician.  You will find that circumstances will play to your expectations because you know who you are.

Namaste,

 Paul

I am

I was raised by parents who taught me that I could do anything I wanted to.  I simply accepted and internalised this teaching.  And because I believed it, it was so.  I never lacked confidence and I always seemed to land on my feet, that is until someone very close to me in my early twenties told me that I was fooling myself.  And because this person was so close and meant so much to me, I believed her.

The amazing thing was my life did a complete ‘360’ turn.  My confidence vanished, I questioned my dreams, and it always seemed I got the worse end of any situation.  I became depressed.

My life continued in this manner until one day, five years later, I had enough.  Something had to give;  life like this was simply not acceptable.

I began a journey into myself to attempt to rediscover what I had lost.  The answer might be obvious to you, but it was not to me at the time.  I had given my power to another.  What I had lost was my faith.

At first I was angry at myself for being weak, but now I see my mistake was a common one.  In my search for acceptance from a loved one, I forgot that an individual need only be accepted by self and the Divine  to soar.  Anyone who causes disruption in this union is a person that one would do better to stay away from.  They are a power thief that will only bring you down.

Remember always these two word; I AM.  Say them when you are tempted to give your power to someone when your emotions have taken over.  Be uniquely you!  Thrive and radiate love.

Namaste,

Paul

I’ve missed the magick…

I have always considered myself unlucky with plants (and goldfish for that matter) and I would moan, groan and cringe when someone brought up the subject of gardening. Don’t get me wrong here, I love plants and flowers. I really do.  I just considered it boring – I liked the end result but didn’t care much for the effort of gardening.

This year, that has all changed for me.

For the first time I planted some bedding plants and with my husband we water the plants daily (well, ok, its’ mainly my husband).  I have squealed with childish glee at seeing them bloom and have great sorrow at my Sweet Williams which are yet to bud.

The real magick has been a gift.  I’ve been blessed with people giving me plants.  A gardener has given me miniture orange trees which he has grown himself. When I looked at the tiny plants in their pots, I finally got it.  I understood what gardening was all about.

It’s not about beautiful lawns and immaculate gardens.  The gift is nurturing, love and making the world a better place 🙂

Supermarket psychics

There was a review in one of the national papers this week on the Psychic Sisters of Selfridges. Apparently you can now get a reading done as you shop for your cosmetics, clothings and other posh things in Selfridges.

What does this leap in commercialism mean to us non-Oxford Street psychics I wonder?

I think I’m pleased!

It’s about time that people with genuine psychic gifts get their chance to bring openess and understanding to an art which has been over stereotyped as the cringeworthy gypsy fortune teller with a crystal ball and head dress. Strangely enough, modern day psychics are modern day people.

Yet on the other hand…

If shops are going to be having psychic centres for drop in clients, then it pushes the smaller (and dare I say perhaps more accurate) psychics into the postion of either joining the shopping revolution or missing out on helping others and paying the bills.

Also, you have to ask yourself how much energy can one person put into a reading when they are fully booked in a busy, hot store. Where’s the personal touch in that?

So I remain divided and sit back to watch with interest at the high street psychic shopping.

Lyn

I do not have the time

Good morning all,

Today my ramblings are on time. 

How often have you had a person say that they cannot do “x” because they do not have the time?  We as a society have learned to accept this sort of statement without giving it a second thought.  I contend today that accepting this statement at face value is  just another way for us to avoid the things that we do not wish to do (either on a conscious or an unconscious level).

Think of it like this.  There is no definition for any unit of time.  If the sun did not rise and set each day and our bodies did not demand food, water, and rest, we would have nothing to begin to measure the units that we identify as time.  Someone at some point created the units that we live by every single second.

I am not trying to be confusing.  The point I am trying to make is: if time standards can be created by man, then they can also be destroyed and re-created to encompass all that each man desires.  Therefore we must be honest and answer, “I choose not to do “x” because it is not important to me for whatever reason (usually this tends to be because something else holds priority) rather than “I do not have the time”.

So next time you feel this statement try to glibly slide from your mouth, ask yourself why you do not wish to do whatever it is.  Of course this is not for the faint of heart, because it will force you to take a realistic look at yourself and realise that both time and life (another generalised concept) is what you make it with each decision (small or great).

Namaste,

Paul