Archive for May, 2012
My first therapist, in 1970’s New York City, was an Analyst, or more specifically a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Big words that meant he subscribed rigidly to Freudian therapy. Sigmund Freud, the ‘father of Psychoanalysis’, originally developed this traditional therapeutic method, which mainly deals with exploring the subconscious mind and aims to explore repressed impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts.
My Analyst sat in a big leather chair in a dimly-lit room, while I lay on a matching leather couch talking, for the entire 50-minute session. He occasionally said, “Uhmmm”…and then eventually, “Time’s up. See you next week.” Read the rest of this entry »
“Hello…hello..?” Ever feel like you’re talking to a brick wall in your relationships? It could be when you are communicating with your child, your spouse or even a parent. It can be so frustrating to have to repeat yourself over and over.
In today’s world we are inundated with technology that causes a lot of the disconnectedness we experience in society. People’s attentions get fixated on things that are not of any real value or meaningfulness. Some of the ridiculous shows they put on television at night just leaves me with my jaw hitting the floor! How can we be that fixated on all this negative stuff? It’s disheartening. I sometimes wonder what life would be like if we focused on things that were of love, peace and just simple happiness. Read the rest of this entry »
Fear is a reaction to something or someone that we perceive as being dangerous, threatening or painful. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing, as it helps us avoid dangerous situations, like touching a hot surface, or swimming in rapidly-moving water.
Fear can also be related to the loss of a loved one. If, for example, a person is between the ages of birth to 18 years and dependent upon a parent to meet basic needs, this fear can become very deep-rooted. The same is true if you are older and suffered one or more significant losses.
We can also become frightened before speaking to a large group of people, or when boarding an airplane or just thinking about it, or seeing a clown or a dangerous animal. Each person has a set of induced fears. Read the rest of this entry »
For most of my childhood I lived in a rural farming area surrounded by lots of woods and wildlife. And I was always so very drawn to the birds in our region in particular. The Eagles, Owls, Geese, Blue Heron, Swans, Finches, Swallows, Robins, and most of all the Hummingbirds, fascinated me so very much. Even in the cities I lived later in my life there were always Hummingbirds. They have been part of my existence since I can remember.
But, it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s, when I spoke with a Shaman that I understood why. The Hummingbird is my Animal Totem and it represents Joy. And now I know why I have always been so drawn to them. There has been so much sorrow, violence and abuse in most of my life; it was only in staying connected to Joy that have I survived it all. The emotion and mental state of Joy has a kind of power that transcends all things that may break our bodies and our hearts. Read the rest of this entry »
Our fears can cause us to miss out on a lot of experiences and opportunities. Don’t let your fears rob you of your life. At the same time don’t mistake your not wanting to entertain certain people, or put yourself in certain situations, as a sign of fear. Give that up right now!
There is a huge difference between not doing something out of fear and simply not wanting to do something, because you just know it is not the right thing to do for you and it is not serving the greatest good in your life.
It is important to protect our energy field from negative, draining people. It can actually be unhealthy for us to force ourselves to do things we don’t want to do. We need to move through life with caution. Paying attention to our internal guidance system or intuition can help with this. To me that is God taking to me from within. I listen to my inner guidance all the time and it saves me a lot of time and energy. It also keeps me from saying, “Shoot, if only I would have listened to that inner voice!” Read the rest of this entry »
There are those who believe we may be facing extinction as a species – if we don’t change our ways. This idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem. The mass extinction of entire plant or animal families is something that has happened on several specific occasions in history.
The most well-known of these extinction events is the end of the ‘golden age of the reptiles’, when most of the dinosaur species disappeared. The small percentage that survived ultimately became the bird species that today still roam our planet. I have often wondered about the fascination children all over the world seem to have with dinosaurs. It is a subject that is a source of great enthusiasm for both boys and girls. Could it be that they intuitively remember the past, that the traumatic events of that time remains ingrained in our DNA to this very day? Read the rest of this entry »
As any pet owner knows, we work to make sure our ‘babies’ are safely housed with a warm blanket and plenty of food. At least, this is how it is for me. My animals are my children and provide me with the most unconditional love and support I could ever ask for.
Pets are little people with fur. My Tinkerbell will be the first to tell you, in her ‘Auntie Mame’ sort of way, that she is only here because she loves her mommy so much. My boy Cricket would say that he likes to lie next to me when I am not feeling so good and he tries to take the pain away. And my Polly Pocket gets sick when I get sick. I have to muster up and climb myself out of bed so that my tiny Chihuahua won’t slip into a major depression! Read the rest of this entry »
When I do a tea cup reading I allow my thoughts to run freely and my imagination becomes my intuition, as I interpret the symbols in those tea leaves for the client.
There are written guidelines as to what various shapes can symbolize, but I tend to let my imagination do the talking. Symbols can include animals, people, and all kinds of objects. Symbols grouped together create a theme, and of course the actual tea leaves often spell out letters of the alphabet and even omens.
Reading the pattern of used tea leaves is used mainly in the West now and became popular in Victorian times as a parlor game, although it is said to stem back to Ancient Greece, the Middle East and Asia, and not only with Gypsy fortune-tellers. Read the rest of this entry »