The things I notice might be things that other people dismiss. But I’ve decided to take them personally, which is part of this practice.
For instance, we’re on vacation at the beach this week. Every morning about 7:30 I walk to the ocean by myself and sit and enjoy just sitting, watching the waves, the sand crabs, and whatever comes my way. The waves come in, go out, stand out, then merge again into the larger body of water. They’re a fantastic representation of the concept of flow.
During my morning beach time this week, I’ve seen dolphins – which I love. And every day, there have been more. That delights me!
I know I have a choice to think, “How nice. Dolphins. They’re plentiful this time of year.” Or, I can take it a step further and say, “Thank you, Angels, for bringing me this delightful gift of seeing a lot of dolphins, which I love.” I choose to take it personally, just as if someone had given me a gift. Because it is.
Two days ago, I was having fun watching dragonflies zoom around me as I walked to the beach. I sent out a thought invitation to the dragonflies to come closer and visit as I sat on the sand. Within about a minute, a green-spotted dragonfly landed on my wrist and stayed for about 10 minutes. I admired the dragonfly, thanked him or her, and enjoyed the little gift of personal attention that I received. By the way, that’s the only time the whole week that a dragonfly came that close, or landed on me or anyone in my family.
Think of it this way – if you really could use a little pick-me-up present, and then someone gives you one, you don’t ignore it or dismiss it, do you? You express your delight, and say thank you. Otherwise, the giver might not be so inclined to bring you want you ask for next time, because it sure seems like you didn’t really receive the gift – and it seems that maybe you’re not so open to receiving after all.
If I ask for something, I figure I should be totally open to receiving it, rather than not really expecting anything, or even, too distracted to notice when I do. In fact, I’m not really “asking” as much as stating that I’m open to receiving. Asking comes from a place of lack or want. I am not interested in receiving more lack or want! I’m open to receiving a flow of blessings, wonderful surprises, and abundance from the Universe. I’m ready to offer the kind of assistance that’s best for those who come to me for guidance, learning, or a Reiki session. I’m grateful to share the gifts and ideas I have to help make life better for others. That’s how I live in the flow, as the ocean waves have been reminding me all week.
It’s like a game, and it makes life more fun to play it this way.
I know people who see their life the opposite way. Something bad happens and they say that the Universe hates them, or that’s what they get for trying, or something similarly self-defeating. They go around expecting the next shoe to drop, and so, guess what, it does. And then they feel justified, like the world just confirmed they are right about the way they understand their life. And, yep, they are. Why? Because they expected crap, and they got crap. That doesn’t mean that they deserve any more crap than I do. But it does mean that the more you expect something, the more likely it is to happen, because you put all this mental energy into seeing the worst, and then put emotional energy (which is actually fear) into expecting the worst, so the Universe responds by manifesting what’s expected.
Turn that around by expecting the best, and anticipating it with gratitude, and a little excitement, and notice what happens. Try practicing living in the flow, and taking the gifts that come personally.
If something happens that you don’t want, or don’t like, that’s not a personal affront. Instead, it’s a chance to be open to something better, an opportunity to learn, reflect, or motivation to try something new. It’s a gift of another kind.
The waves come in, and go out. The tide moves the entire ocean further and back again. The tiny and massive ocean life are immersed in the motion of the flow. And for this week, so are we. My intention is to bring this lesson, and the energy of the ocean experience, back with me when we leave for home on Saturday.
Last month, I went to a training in Controlled Remote Viewing. CRV is a technique that was developed and used by the military to get information about classified things by using the intuition in a very controlled, structured way. It’s also been known as “psychic spying.” I was trained in CRV with a group that was interested in its applications for healing.
I learned basic CRV, yes. But the real lesson that came from the training is much more meaningful to me. Here’s what I have realized:
1) All of the information about everything -really EVERYTHING- that there is to know about everything is here, right around us.
2) We can find out everything we want to know by learning to ask and learning to translate the information we receive.
3) Scanning someone’s energy, psychic channeling, giving tarot or card readings, CRV, tuning in—these are all methods of asking for information and receiving that information.
4) Translating is how we bring the information we want to know into our conscious mind through our intuition. (From the right brain to the left).
5) There are many ways of learning to sense and translate this information into understandable answers. All we need to do is decide which method to learn and practice.
When I work with Reiki, I use my hands. My intuition gives me messages through my tactile senses – called being clairsentient – which comes in the form of physical sensations of tingles, warmth, prickles, etc. Each sensation has a meaning, and through experience, I’m learning to understand what each one means. For example, one sort of tingle means a person is experiencing grief. One sort of prickle means there is pain in the area. Moving my hand over someone while Reiki is flowing allows me to receive these messages via my tingles – and I translate the messages into meaning that I can understand and discuss with my Reiki client. The tingles are the language of my intuition, and I’m learning it as a baby learns to talk -by being immersed in it and learning to discern the different nuances and attach meaning to them.
When I’m scanning someone’s energy, I’m asking for information about the state of the person’s energy. Where is there pain, blockages, overactivity, etc.? This information comes to me, I translate it, and can dialogue with my client about what I sense. I feel the sensations change during the session and I know that the recipient has received what was needed for this session.
CRV is a process of asking for information too. There is a Target, which represents the information the viewer wants to receive details about. The viewer doesn’t know much, if anything about the Target at the start, and so all information received via the intuition is written down, and through the process of relaxing, tuning in, and writing, lots of information comes forth about the target. It’s a very structured way of doing the same thing – asking for information and bringing it onto the paper. It’s not psychic training – it’s learning a language. They call it a martial art. But it’s still the same idea – the information is out there and we can retrieve it.
Try asking a question at the start of the day, and ask for the answer to become apparent to you by the end of the day. Don’t ask the BIG question – don’t ask for The Meaning of Life, for example – but something simple as “Should we have chicken or fish for dinner?” and don’t forget to add that you’d like to have signs showing you the best answer by the late afternoon. Then just go about your day. At some point, you’ll notice something. Either a chicken or a fish reference will pop into your mind or experience. For example, a chicken restaurant commercial will come on the radio as soon as you turn it on. Or someone with a fish symbol on his car will be driving directly in front of you. And you’ll notice. That’s the important part. This is just another way of asking for specific information and receiving it. (And it’s fun!)
I teach my students to learn to identify and then tune in to their clairs – their own naturally strong way of receiving intuitive information. Because it’s here.
It’s all here.
My main goal is to be the best resource I can for my students. I want to know things, yes, but most important, I want to be able to teach from experience. This is my highest goal, because it’s not about giving instruction, it’s about being able to teach authentically. I have learned that anything that I can do, I can teach to others. That’s because I know that any abilities I may have are those I learned – I am not one of those “naturally psychic” or “highly intuitive” people from childhood. I didn’t “suddenly discover psychic abilities” like many, either. I’m coming from the place of a muggle (to use a well-known literary reference) – someone who didn’t know anything before, and learned everything I know deliberately and on purpose. The advantage that this gives me as a teacher is that I have been very aware of how I learned the things I can do, and so I can guide others to the same outcome via my path. As part of my teaching skills, (some of which are my natural “talents” if you will), I am able to see ways to help people get from here to there. Have a goal? I can put together steps for you to reach it, and explain them clearly to you.
But back to the topic.
I’ve been feeling that I need to know more to be a better resource – not just know-intellectually, but know-experientially. A funny thing happens when I feel guided. Guidance doesn’t come to the surface of my conscious mind on a straight path. It tends to manifest itself through my actions until I become aware of what I’m doing and think it over.
So I realized that I’ve been buying books lately. In the past month, whenever I’m at a book store, I’m walking out with three or four. At one of the expos I went to, I saw a book I wanted, and I took a picture of it on my phone, and later ordered it through Alibris.com (a discount online book store), along with another book. My bookshelf has gained about 10 new friends, all about psychic experiences, intuition, grounding, Higher Beings, Angels, and energy healing. “Oh,” I thought, “I need to learn more.”
But it’s not just book learning I need. I need to get a handle on what I’m capable of, so I can be a better teacher and stronger lightworker altogether. I need a teacher.
So I started thinking about what I need from a teacher. Do I need to take a class? Do I need to go to a workshop? Do I need tutoring? I came to the conclusion that I need a teacher who will take me one-on-one, for a weekend or a long day, sit me down, present me with a task, and say “do this” with a little instruction. I learn by doing. I try things, they work, I realize I can do them. I need someone who will show me what I can do by simply expecting me to do it. And there are so many things I think I could do if I only knew a little bit more about how, and had someone to take me through it.
I’ve thought that I can interpret angel cards well. But every time I think of buying a deck of angel cards or the like, I feel overwhelmed and unsure. I’ve had the feeling that I could sense the energy of objects, but I’ve never done that before and don’t know exactly how. I’ve thought that I’d like to hear guidance and angels and earthbound spirits more clearly, but I need a little push in order to fine tune my connection. And probably more stuff that I’m not even aware that I can do, that I’d like to know how to try.
So I figured out what I need. Then I asked the Universe to show me who should teach me, and indicated that I’d be willing to travel if that were needed. Then I dropped it and waited. I’ve learned not to “oatmeal the Universe.” That’s a little phrase I coined based on what one of my kids sometimes does to me. “Mom, can you make me some oatmeal?” “Okay, honey.” I get started making oatmeal. She interrupts, “Mom! Are you making me some oatmeal?” “Yes, dear, I’m getting it.” I continue to prepare the oatmeal. “Mom? Can I have raisins?” “Yes, honey, I know you like raisins.” “Mom? Is it ready yet?” “No, not yet.” “Mom? Can I have cinnamon?” “Yes, dear, I’m getting the cinnamon…” By now, I wish she would just quiet down and let me do what she asked me to do without interrupting me a dozen times while I’m getting it for her. If she’d look, she’d see that I’m setting up her place settings, getting the ingredients into the bowl, stirring and preparing what she asked for. She doesn’t have to keep asking me. It’s being done.
This translates to me continuing to ask the Universe over and over again for what I want, what I need, please please please, blahblahblah while the Universe is, the entire time, putting things into place for my highest good, and if I would just shut up and look around, I might notice that things seem to be getting there. The little details that indicate that something is happening would be more obvious if I would just quiet down, observe, and be patient. Don’t oatmeal the Universe. It’s a nice little reminder for me. Go ahead and adopt it if you feel it would work for you too.
Last night, my mentor, friend, and teacher, Connie, emailed me. In the middle of our email conversation, she suddenly wrote, “I hope you don’t mind me saying, you are at the point where you need some further instruction in order to prosper both inside & outside family & the business” and she invited me to her house in Columbus for a day and overnight so she could help me move forward. We chose a date. I feel answered.
I love it when that happens.
Oh, and regarding the books I bought, two things:
1. A friend reminded me recently that having all those books and no time to read them isn’t a waste. Just picking up a book and turning to a page and reading where my eye falls can be the right advice at the right time.
2. I’m going to soon add a section to my website called “Alice Recommends” where I’ll list and link to products, services, and programs that I fully endorse for their value, all of which will have been useful to me at some point in my own growth. A number of these books, as well as some of the most amazing teachers I’ve met and learned from, will be featured on this list for you to choose from also if you’re drawn to them.
So again, I am thankful for the opportunity to recognize my guidance, follow it, and excited to find out what will happen next. May this work for you too. I’m glad for the chance to share my experiences with you all, in hopes that they can be of help to you.
Thanks for reading and being along for the journey.