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G is for ‘Ghosts’. Do Ghosts Exist? An Interview with author and parapsychologist Callum E. Cooper.

Have you ever seen a ghost? Do you believe that ghosts really exist?…and if so, what exactly do we mean by a ‘ghost’?

In an interview with author and parapsychologist Callum E. Cooper, we explore what it is to believe, doubt, and personally experience the presence of ghosts and related paranormal phenomena from both ends of the spectrum of belief. Our interview is almost an hour long, so get yourself a cup of something hot and get comfy if you’re in it for the long haul!

Callum E. Cooper is currently based at the University of Northampton as a PhD researcher

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and lecturer of psychology. He is a member of the Society for Psychical Research, an Academic Member of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies and a Student Member of the Parapsychological Association. His fields of interest include parapsychology, the psychology of death, human beliefs, psychological research methods and Egyptology. Cooper holds the 2009 Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship (Parapsychology Foundation Inc) and was awarded the Alex Tanous Scholarship Award (Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research) twice over, first in 2011 and then again in 2012.

 

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F is for ‘Fate’. What is Fate? (A Twist of Fate.)

What is fate, exactly? What does it mean to experience a twist of fate? Do you believe that you have a fate, a path of destiny that is pre-determined and laid out before you?

…and the big question is….

If fate exists, does that mean that you don’t have free will?

These are not easy questions to answer. Although ‘fate’ is a term that is commonly used in spiritual discourse, it is also a very serious problem for philosophy, psychology and physics:

In philosophy, fate is know as determinism.

In psychology, your fate is choices that you will make based on your social circumstances, which include: the influence of your parents, your religion, social status and education. This is known as your ‘life script’.

In quantum physics, the fate of any particle is inextricably linked to the fate of another particle. This is known as ‘entanglement’. Fate behaves very strangely on the quantum level.(Think Schrodinger’s Cat)

In this post, I will be discussing if fate exists in a way that affects the lives of you and me, and if so, how does it work?

The main problem with fate is that there is definite evidence to suggest that we live in a pre-determined reality (see above, and also just lots of reports of weird synchronistic happenings generally!) yet as we live out or lives, we have the definite distinct impression that we are making choices freely and without any bossy, imaginary force telling us what to do. We seem to exhibit free will: coffee or herbal tea? get up at 7am, or 8am? To move house or not to move house? Call an old friend, or no? Your choices are being made by you, and so your life is shaped by these choices, and these choices alone, right?…Well, maybe.

I cannot offer you a hard and fast scientific formula for the existence of fate, however I have had several interesting experiences that have led me to believe that there are things that I am ‘supposed’ to do whilst alive on this planet, and I call that fate. I often get the sense that I am being led past certain milestones or markers in my life that are not only pre-determined, but are pre-determined towards some purpose. The ‘markers’ are always significant and life changing, they appear to be deliberate and often turn out to be essential to my soul’s development. I get the sense that the frequent synchronicities that I experience serve a function- they conspire with the forces of fate to lead me (by some cosmic invisible soul-map) to people, places, thoughts, actions and lessons that I cannot choose to miss or forget.

I’m sure this all sounds very far-fetched and unscientific, and it is really hard to explain rationally, yet if you have ever experienced a twist of fate or synchronistic intervention, then you’ll know what I mean! It is difficult to shake the feeling that you are being deliberately directed through life, once you have experienced this kind of phenomena. As empirical evidence, I’d like to share with you one of the many synchronistic events that has happened in my life, that has given me the sense that fate is watching over me…very closely.

When I was 23, my mother gave me a book called ‘Looking Back’ by James Arthur Findlay. She told me that J. Arthur Findlay was a man who had very interesting experiences with mediumship and Spirit communication, and had dedicated his life to the study of psychic and mediumistic phenomena. Right away this piqued my interest, being exactly the subject matter I enjoyed reading about. Arthur Findlay was so dedicated to the study and development of psychic and mediumistic abilities that, when he passed away, he left his stately home in Stansted, England, to be converted into a school for psychic studies. This school is now called The Arthur Findlay College for Psychic Studies.

At 23, I was already working as a psychic medium. I found the idea of the college really appealing- I wanted to go to learn from the best psychic and mediumistic teachers, and to build a strong mediumistic relationship with people in Spirit. I asked my mum if we could go, and I chose a week-long course that happened to co-incide with my birthday. My mum (the kind and generous woman that she is!) offered to pay for my visit and tuition at the college as a birthday gift. When our stay at the college was confirmed, I thought I had better learn something about the man whose former home I was going to be living and learning in. So I settled down one day, with the huge tome ‘Looking Back’ that my mum had given me, and I began to read. The book was about Arthur Findlay’s life and was very interesting…I was surprised to read that he hadn’t come from a Spiritual background at all! A third into the book, I turned a page and there was a black and white photo of a church. I stared at it for a long moment…the church seemed so familiar to me. I felt like I knew that church very well. I was so confused. I turned the page and read on, and I couldn’t believe what I read…

I grew up in a small town in Scotland called Beith, which has a population of 6,300 people. I lived there and went to school there my entire childhood. Imagine my shock and surprise when I read, in a caption below the photo of the church, that Arthur Findlay had also lived in Beith for much of his adult life, before moving 400 miles away to Stansted, England. It’s no wonder that the church in the photo looked so familiar…I had walked past that church every day of my childhood! The co-incidence was uncanny. So uncanny that I recognized the experience as not being co-incidence. It was fate. I went to Arthur Findlay College, and on the walls were some of Arthur Findlay’s letters, addressed to and from addresses in Beith. It was surreal. My time at the Arthur Findlay College was amazing. I learned so much that has shaped my understanding of mediumship. I learned so much that I have applied in developing my connection to the Spirit world, and the experiences I had there crystallized the feeling that I’d had for a number of years, that I was supposed to be a medium- that it was my fate. I passed that fate marker, just by being open enough to allow, and follow, the synchonicities that led me to the college. I have come to accept and trust that the same lanterns of fate continue to illuminate my journey through life.

It is because of experiences like this that I do believe that each and every one of us has a fate. But I also believe that we have free will too. So here’s the theory…

Ok, so we live in a deterministic reality. There are pre-determined experiences that you must go through, so that your soul may flourish and extend itself in the most meaningful way possible. Despite this pre-chosen destiny, you still have free will in the following ways:

1. You do not consciously know the fate markers that you have chosen to pass in your life, so you are making free will choices simply because you are unaware at the time of making the choice, that the choice is leading you to your fate.

2. You do not know how/by which path/ in which way you are going to get there. So your destination (your destiny) is pre-determined, but you have many, many free choices to make as to how you’re gonna get there. I call this blend of fate and free will ‘The Matrix of Fate’. Here are some of my possible ‘fates’ and how I may come to experience them, using my own free will.

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The colourful dots are some experiences that the force of fate has guided me towards. All roads lead to them or through them, so my experiencing them is inevitable. I make free choices as to how I achieve these fate markers, but achieve them I must- many of my choices lead me round in circles!

Unitl next week: Meditate on the ways in which fear and doubt are so unnecessary because you are safe in the knowledge that you cannot make a mistake about your fate. You can choose the long road to get to the milestone: but you cannot miss the milestone. Allow that knowledge to comfort you and know that you don’t have to try so hard to make your fate happen. Relax: It’s coming! It must.

I’m excited to read your experiences with fate. Do you believe in fate or do you think you make your own destiny? Comments, thoughts and questions are welcomed. If you enjoyed reading this post, please do share it! Thank you!

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E is for ‘Evidence’. Do Psychic Abilities Really Exist?

I have a theory about how our psychic abilities operate. I do not know for sure, but my 20,000 readings have given me data to work with, time to ponder, and experience upon which to reflect, and my theory is the sum of these parts. I’d particularly like to share with you my thoughts regarding why it is that some people seem to be psychic, and others not. And why the scientific community has had such difficulty in agreeing whether intuitive abilities exist, or not. I’m going to draw upon some of the popular comments that sceptics and skeptics have made, and suggest another way to investigate the problem of inconsistency when it comes to collecting evidence about psychic abilities. That is to pose the question: Why do some experiments yield significant results which confirm that intuitive abilities exist, whereas other experiments yield no such results?

As I write this, I remember one reading that I did that I felt gave great evidence for the existence of psychic abilities, life after death, and the capacity for physical humans to communicate with non-physical humans. I was reading for a woman, discussing her job, when suddenly, in my mind’s eye, I saw a man in his 40s with thick black hair standing next to her. He told me that he was the woman’s father and he told me to mention the number 5. He put his hand up and spread out his fingers, like you would if you were trying to express the number five to someone who is out of hearing range. Now, I have learned not to interfere or argue with these experiences and just do as I’m told, so I stopped what I was saying and told her, ‘Your Dad is standing next to you. He has thick black hair, he’s in his 40s and he said that it’s very important that I mention the number 5 to you.’ A silence hung in the air for a long moment- I had no idea what she was going to say next. She stared at me, wide-eyed and unblinking, and all the colour drained from her face. She swallowed hard and begun to reach for her bag with a shaky hand. I asked her if she was alright and that I hoped I hadn’t upset her- I thought she was going to get up and leave! She didn’t reply, but continued to fumble around in her bag, and before long, she pulled out a photograph and handed it to me silently, before covering her face with her hands. I took the photo from her, and there he was, with his mop of black hair standing with his family. ‘Turn it over,’ she said from behind her hands. I turned the photo over and on the back was written, ‘Dad if it’s really you then say the number 5.’ The digit 5 was circled several times in black biro. She was shocked, but she wasn’t half as shocked as I was!

Being a student of philosophy, I am compelled to interrogate ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ that amazing and meaningful experience happened. ‘That’s just one occasion’, the skeptics amongst you may say, but this is just one example of the kind of repetitive phenomena that I, and other psychics, have had the absolute joy, amazement and bewilderment to be a part of over and over again.

So what’s the problem? Surely this would make news headlines and would be considered irrefutable evidence for the existence of psychic abilities? Well…not so fast. Whatever science says goes, and so far, the scientific community cannot agree on what psychic phenomena is, or if it even exists. In my opinion, the reason that science has so much difficulty ‘proving’ psychic ability under test conditions is two-fold.

First, because scientists have gone way, way off track with what the nature of psychic ability actually is and so many experiments are not fit for purpose.

Second, because, like quantum physics, observation, expectation, prejudice and belief influence psychic transactions, and thus, the outcome of the experiments. This is why the answer is always ‘inconclusive’ after a large amount of data is gathered.

People all over the world are experiencing psychic phenomena every day, and it’s getting more and more common, and of greater and greater significance to people’s lives. The proof is in the empirical data. Sceptics, skeptics and scientists need to admit that their findings are inconclusive at best, and resist the urge to say ‘psychic phenomena does not exist and we are going to prove it’. This is begging the question at issue. People who have experienced psychic phenomena are not anti-science. We trusted science when it told us that penicillin worked, and we all gave the thumbs-up when physical science said they desperately needed to build a Hadron Collider. We want science to have the answer. On the matter of psychic phenomena, we are not trying to be stupid or difficult, it’s just that science cannot falsify my experiences!

I believe that the reason that psychic ability experiments yield inconclusive results is because the scientific method requires that psychic abilities, if they exist, must abide by a law of nature, a formula, or a physical force that works by a set of rules…but why? Who decided that psychic ability takes that form? On what basis is this expectation founded? Every experiment surrounding psychic ability starts off by insisting that psychic ability be subjected to lab-based experimentation. This is a materialist view which requires that everything in existence be physically provable. However, there are, evidently, many, many things that exist that are non-physical, to which psychic phenomena is akin. Dreams, thoughts, love, interests, inspiration, and 94% of the Universe is non-physical, yet no one questions that they ‘exist’, so why are psychic abilities lumped into the ‘physical’ category? You can no more devise a lab-based test to prove the existence of psychic abilities than you could devise a repeatable lab-based test that proves I love my mother. There is no test for ‘I love my mother’. There is no formula that proves beyond doubt. There is no law that can be discovered to which ‘I love my mother’ abides, yet love my mother I do. So, if love were to be subjected to the same ‘repeatable-in-a-lab’ standards that psychic phenomena has been dragged through, science would be forced to conclude that I do not love my mother. Is science right to tell me that I don’t love my mother just because my love cannot be measured by the scientific method? ‘I’m sorry Lauren, I know you think you love your mother but we can’t find any formula that proves it and if you take a look at this graph, you’ll find that you do not, in fact, love your mother because there is no law that governs your alleged ‘love’ so give up this foolish idea ok?’ What an empty life that would be.

Psychic abilities are akin to a feeling, a talent, an artform- not a law of nature, so sceptical scientists need to stop trying to make psychic abilities fit into an irrelevant and erroneous mould, followed by self-congratulation for ‘proving’ that psychic ability doesn’t exist because it hasn’t met the conditions set by their unfounded and close-minded expectation of its nature.

Psychic abilities are easily influenced by a number of factors. Take this analogy:

An artist who is passionate about painting is contacted by a group of scientists who say, ‘We are not convinced that there is any such thing as art. We don’t believe that what you do is art, and we don’t like what you do. To prove that you are an ‘artist’ and that art exists, you need to come into this laboratory, get hooked up to a machine and produce your greatest work under a time pressure, and under the conditions that we set for you. As you do that, we are going to watch you, doubt you and attempt to disprove you. We will judge whether you are good enough or not. We are fit to decide if you are an artist. If you decline then we will tell everyone that you are not an artist and that your declination has proven that there is no such thing as art.’

Do you honestly think that this artist will be able to go to that laboratory and produce the greatest work of his life?! Of course not! Yet, these are the conditions, implied and/or explicit, under which psychics are expected to ‘prove’ their abilities.

Now consider this:

An artist receives a letter from a scientist that says, ‘We are really interested in your art. We are enthusiastic to understand how you produce your work, and we would like to do some research into what makes people believe so deeply in your work. We want to observe you in your own environment, over a period of time, to get a sense of how you work, and what inspires you and to find out if there’s anything new that we can learn about art through your process. We will treat you with respect and we will let you work at your usual, natural pace. Would you give us permission to do that?’

Do you think that this scientist is likely to learn something amazing about art, inspiration and how it is produced? Of course! This scientist may just get to experience this artist’s greatest work from inception to completion because he or she is working with the artist in situ, with open-mindedness and respect.

The frequency and accuracy of psychic phenomena increases with trust, support, encouragement and nurturing. It disappears with doubt, scorn, ridicule and a desire to prove that it doesn’t exist. If any scientist, experimenter, (or even client!) approaches psychic work with a heartful of scorn, condemnation and doubt, then they are never going to experience psychic ability at work. The existence of psychic ability is wholly subjective and depends ENTIRELY on the sum of collective bias. If the majority of people involved in the experiment are supportive, open-minded and encouraging, amazing things will be observed. If most people involved in the experiment are doubtful, scornful, desperate to prove the non-existence of the abilities and are inflexible with their methods then they will get exactly the result they are looking for: little to nil phenomena will show up. The psychic person is just like the artist, expected to produce his or her finest work, being watched by a roomful of doubting eyes, and when he or she fails, the skeptics (who secretly wanted to witness failure all along) give themselves a pat on the back and deem the case closed.

For any sceptics, skeptics, scientists, psychologists or parapsychologists reading this, try this:

Divide your existing data up into two categories: the experiment results of ‘majority of believers involved in experiments’ and ‘majority of skeptics involved in experiments’. You will see that the data findings are congruent with the respective ‘belief’ or ‘doubt’ sum of the group, not because anyone has been fiddling with the digits, or because of nit-picking at the method of experimentation, but because the mental expectation of the majority of those involved influences the outcome. Just like in quantum physics, observation itself, and the conditions of observation, affects the results, outcomes and evidence of psychic experiments, especially when that observations are being made by thinking beings who, knowingly or unknowingly, pour their prejudices and expectatons into EVERY STEP of the experimentation process, many of whom then go on to expect a replicable and unbiased result. It’s impossible!

I have one piece of advice for anyone who wants to experiment to discover whether or not psychic abilities really exist:

Experiment on yourself!

There is always room to doubt the findings, testimony and research of other people, especially if you are skeptical. The nature of psychic ability, like love or preference, is so subjective that the only data you can trust as being true (for you) is data you collect about yourself. Make your decision about what to believe based on that, because it is YOUR truth, and it’s the only truth you’re ever going to get. There is no objective number. There is no objective ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Psychic ability exists insofar as you will permit it to exist.

Check out this video of a well-known skeptic discovering his intuitive abilities for the first time:

Until next time: Practice psychic experiments with a friend whom you trust. Take turns at visualizing a colour. The person who is visualizing, ‘beams’ the colour across to the receiving person, who must write down which colour the sender was thinking of. Try it at different times of the day, at different locations, during different moon phases etc. and see if the results vary as to how many times you get it right or wrong. Whatever your findings are, you have permission to accept that they are true for you. I would love to know what you find and if your psychical connectivity increases over time the more you build trust between you both, and the connection to each other increases. Feel free to share your thoughts and findings by clicking on the comment bubble below.

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D is for ‘Divination’. How to Divine Meaning from Symbols.

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to see that you’re still with me 7 weeks into my ‘Angels to Zen’ blog. I hope that you are finding it interesting and relevant to your Spiritual journey so far. I appreciate your attention so much, so thank you for 20130215_200914reading! Today I’d like to discuss how to divine meaning from symbols. If you have an interest in spirituality or psychic work, this term will be familiar to you: Divination.

The standard definition of ‘divination’ is: The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.

If you have received a psychic reading of any kind which discussed the future, then your reader was practicing divination. If you are a psychic and your interpretations often lead to a message about your querent’s future, then you are ‘divining’ information. Divination has played a significant role in the histories of many cultures. Many belief systems have featured an element of looking into the future to know the outcome of a particular decision or situation. In ancient

These are some of my crystals that I use for divination. I focus my mind on each crystal, allowing its energy to guide me.

These are some of my crystals that I use for divination. I focus my mind on each crystal, allowing its energy to guide me.

Greece, seers and divination masters were extemely sought-after (and very well paid!) In more recent history, though, divination has garnered a bad reputation due to its practice being forbidden and frowned upon in many religions. Divination is also not valued in our contemporary materialist science-based understanding of the world.

The process of divination is based around the interpretation of symbols that appear during the divining process. Many specialist divination tools exist and day-to-day objects are often used as tools for divination too, including: a mirror, pendulum, tarot cards, water, bubbles, ice, tea, coffee, wine (what a horrendous waste!), fire, pages of a book, the palm of your hand, smoke, your dreams, crystals and the I-Ching…to name but a few!

I use divination in most of my psychic readings and intuitive coaching sessions. I have been doing it for so long that I find myself absent-mindedly divining information about the future from the tiny grains in my coffee cup in the morning! When I’m sitting in the bath tub, I notice the ripples created by the dripping tap- they lap and cross over each other, forming into the shape of the letter ‘C’. ‘My sister is going to call,’ I think immediately, since her name begins with C. I look into the flame of the candle burning in my bedroom and as I become more and more transfixed by the light, tiny images begin to appear from somewhere between my mind and the flame, giving me some illuminated insight into events that are on their way to me.

Although divination cannot tell you exactly what is going to happen in the future, since you have your own free will (for more on this, see F is for ‘Fate’), it can give you an indication as to whether the future-state of a given situation is positive or negative, likely or unlikely, expected or unexpected etc. It may sound far-fetched to think that we can know stuff about something that hasn’t happened yet, but get this…there are a group of quantum physicists (really smart men and women who look at the tiniest

I use this cup and 'Awesome Assam' tea for divination purposes. More on this in an upcoming post! With thanks to Eteaket, Edinburgh.

I use this cup and ‘Awesome Assam’ tea for divination purposes. More on this in an upcoming post! With thanks to Eteaket, Edinburgh.

building blocks that make up our existence) who are researching the possibility that the past and the future are EQUALLY responsible for what happens in the present! So the present moment is like a see-saw; the influence of both what has been done and what will be done is essential in bringing the present moment into balance, and into being. If that is the case, then it is entirely possible (and I admit that I’m conjecturing here!) that the human mind, with the help of meaningful symbolism, could sense the quantum information in the fabric of the future that is constantly pulling us towards it…suddenly, the reality of the power of divination looks a bit more likely!

Is the future the force that pulls your pendulum back and forth? Are the realities of tomorrow somehow able to symbolize themselves in images in your consciousness in a way that you can meaningfully understand and interpret today?…I’ll leave that for you to discover and decide.

Until next week: Choose an item that you can use to practice divination. Sit somewhere quietly where you will be undisturbed with your item. Take a few deep breaths and let your mind relax, allowing your gaze to remain fluid and in ‘the middle distance’ whilst looking at your item of divination. Ask a question in your mind and spend a few moments just breathing and gazing, relaxing more into a meditative state. Notice if any images, feelings or impressions come to you about the future outcome of your question. Write your impressions down on a piece of paper and keep it safe until the event comes to pass…was the message you divined correct?

Comment in the box below! Share your experiences with divination, future information that you preceived correctly and

Ask a question in your mind and open a book at any page. Did you divine the answer from the words on the page?

Ask a question in your mind and open a book at any page. Did you divine the answer from the words on the page?

which divination tools you use!

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C is for ‘Cards’. Angel Card Reading. (I Love Tarot Reading Also!)

If you are interested in developing your psychic and intuitive abilities, reading cards is an effective way to do that. Angel Card readings are comforting and uplifting, and I love reading tarot if I want to get to the crux of a matter! When you get proficient at reading cards, you can conduct beautiful, life affirming and accurate readings for yourself, your friends, family and clients!

I began reading cards at the age of 14. The first person I read for was my grandmother. I sat her down one day, when I

Me and my Tarot of Dreams.

Me and my Tarot of Dreams.

was off sick from school with tonsilitis. I turned over the beautiful cards and started easily and quickly yapping away and reeling off everything that the angels were saying to her through the cards, as if I were reading the words from the pages of a book.

‘Oh that’s very nice dear.’ She said in response. Little did we both know, that 12 years later, I would be reading cards as part of my career, having conducted over 20,000 readings all over the UK and beyond!

I am very fortunate to have been born with a God-given wild imagination and that is very helpful when reading cards! Because of this, I picked up the knack for card reading quite quickly. I found that once I got the technique right for one deck, I could apply the same method to give loving readings from any deck. If you are interested in learning to read cards, or you are a card reader already, here are some tips from the method that I use to get to know a new deck of cards. Please share your card reading tips in the comment box below, I’d be delighted to read them!

You can read angel/oracle/playing/tarot cards etc. in two ways. First, through the designated meanings of the cards. Many card decks come with their own booklet that tells you the meanings of each card and suggests different layouts that you can use to interpret the cards. In the case of tarot, there are library-loads of books that advise on how best to read the cards. The second way to read the cards is by using your intuition and allowing the cards to speak to you without the aid of pre-determined meanings. Most readers knowingly or unknowingly, use a combination of both standard interpretation and intuition. In my opinion reading with a combination of standard interpretation and intuition is the best way and here’s why: Cards, particularly the tarot, have gathered meaning over many many years and the more that meaning is affirmed and re-affirmed in consciousness, the more the meaning becomes energetically ingrained in the cards. Think of it like a natural patina that becomes a part of an antique object over time. Taking the time to study and understand the standard meanings of the cards is useful and will usually steer your interpretations in the right direction because of their energetic patina. However, there will always be anomalies in interpreting the cards in a standard way because your energy as the reader, and the energy of your client/querent will colour and inform the reading, and this is where your intuition comes in.

Here are some tips for improving your intuitive connection to your cards:

1. Sleep with a different card from your deck under your pillow up to 3 nights a week. Keep a journal of any dreams, feelings, intuitions and impressions that you receive. You will begin to feel very connected to your deck as you get to know it on a subconscious level.
2. Start somewhere! Some cards have a lot going on in their meaning and imagery, it can sometimes be overwhelming! My advice is to pick one element of the card to begin talking about. I usually start with the intuitive meaning of colour. Which colours feature on the cards? What do those colours mean to you? Write some answers and ideas in your journal.
3. Is there an Angel, person or animal featured on the card? Go into a meditation and visualize meeting the person, Angel or character on the card. What do they say to you? What is their personality like? How do you feel in their company? Write down any impressions in your journal.
4. Trust Yourself! You are profoundly clairvoyant and your consciousness cannot be separated from the Universal consciousness where all knowledge and understanding exists…work it!
5. Ask the right questions. If the information coming from the cards seems a bit disjointed or confused, put your hand on your heart and ask in your consciousness: ‘What does this mean?’, ‘I need greater clarity on this matter, please.’ ,Why is this information jumbled and confused?’ And trust the answer.

I hope those tips help you in your card readings, please do let me know how your readings are coming along in the comment box below. Have you notice a difference since implementing these tips?

I am often asked which cards I recommend. There are many, many beautiful and excellent decks of cards out there. The best way to choose a deck is to pick one that speaks to you. Pick a deck that makes you feel inspired when you look at it. Over the years, the cards that you use will change as your vibration changes and your areas of interest change. That’s a good thing: I have retired many decks of cards that have worked themselves to a pulp for me! So here are my recommendations:

Angel Cards

These are the Angel Cards that I use. I love each of them and highly recommend these decks for beginners to advanced readers. FYI, I learned with Angela McGerr’s ‘Harmony Angel Cards.’

I learned to read Angel Cards with these, they are beautiful and powerful.

I learned to read Angel Cards with these, they are beautiful and powerful.

This is one of the cards from Harmony Angel Cards.

This is one of the cards from Harmony Angel Cards.

Archangel Michael Oracle Cards. Each card features a beautiful prayer.

Archangel Michael Oracle Cards. Each card features a beautiful prayer.

Dr. Doreen Virtue gave me these cards when I studied with her in California in 2008.

Dr. Doreen Virtue gave me these cards when I studied with her in California in 2008.

These are the Angel Cards I currently use. I love the bright colours and Universal theme.

These are the Angel Cards I currently use. I love the bright colours and Universal theme.

Oracle Cards

Ciro Marchetti’s ‘Oracle of Visions’ are beautiful, vivid and expressive. Each card is a work of art, they really speak to me.

I love this oracle deck. Ciro's artwork is infused with some wonderful energy!

I love this oracle deck. Ciro’s artwork is infused with wonderful energy!

Playing Cards

Did you know that you can conduct psychic readings from playing cards? Playing cards have their roots in the tarot. I have had two very effective readings from playing cards.

Playing cards are a pared-down version of the tarot. Playing cards are a valid tool for intuitive readings.

Playing cards are a pared-down version of the tarot. Playing cards are a valid tool for intuitive readings.

Tarot Cards

Ciro Marchetti is my hero! If you come to me for a reading, the Tarot of Dreams is the deck I will use for you, they are magickal.

These tarot cards are wonderful. They are so colourful, expressive and they really speak to me when I use them in readings.

These tarot cards are wonderful. They are so colourful, expressive and they really speak to me when I use them in readings.

Until next week: Practice getting to know your cards. Meditate with them and think of them as an extension of your intuition. Which cards do you use? I’d love to read your recommendations in the comment box below.

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B is for ‘Belief’: A Quick Guide to Vanquishing Your Limiting Beliefs.

We have all experienced the debilitating force of limiting beliefs, the most damaging of all being: ‘I can’t…’.

I hold an uncommon view about how the relationship between belief and knowledge comes to shape reality.  According to what I know spiritually, the belief/knowledge interaction is co-creative and co-dependent. Our beliefs are just as important as conceptual knowledge, and each informs the other.  Our reality is constructed from a dense and complicated web of beliefs and knowledge. Beliefs are powerful because they inform our words and actions, this is particularly so of the beliefs we hold about ourselves. We can harness the power of belief to create wonderful opportunities in our lives, but in order to do so, we have to learn to vanquish the beliefs that we hold that limit us. The following points are some things to consider when choosing what to believe…

Belief and knowledge are not separate things:

Without belief, knowledge would not exist. Everything that we know began somewhere, sometime, as a belief, a hunch, an abstract idea floating on the ether. Belief is the acorn from which the Oak of knowledge grows. oak tree

Albert Einstein famously said, ‘There is no logical way to the discovery of elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling of the order lying behind the appearance.’- Thank you Albie, they don’t call you Einstein for nothing! In order for a scientist to discover knowledge, the direction of study must be influenced by something.  The scientist must believe that their study is heading off in the right direction, so his/her intuitive belief is the foundation for whatever knowledge is discovered. See what else I have to say about scientists in this post.

‘I believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun.’  This belief fuelled study, expermentation and, importantly, determination, to find what can be known about the Sun and the Earth.  Without belief, without the sense that something will be proved, there is no direction or momentum towards knowledge. Considering this, it seems to me that the power of belief should get a little more respect than it does.  Einstein knew that beliefs are what propel us towards knowledge.  Without belief, we could prove or demonstrate no knowledge- we wouldn’t know where to start.  Think about it.  Most of the information that we consider to be true knowledge started off as a hunch, a belief, an intuition in the mind of a scientist, philosopher or mathematician.

Belief is as ‘real’ as knowledge:

Allegedly, the thing that makes knowledge better than belief is it’s relationship to truth.  When we have knowledge about something, when it is ‘known’ then it has to be true.  I disagree with this on most, but not all, distinctions between belief and knowledge- and my beef is with truth.

What is truth? Say, you and I are both looking at a colour. I say it’s green, you say it’s blue. Who is telling the truth? The colour cannot be both green and blue, but surely it is either green or blue.  Someone has to be wrong- or the concept of truth is wrong. If I see green from my subjective perspective then that is 100% true to me. If you see blue, that is 100% true to you, based on a lifetime of empirical information gathered from seeing that colour and others.  So with the exception of a priori truths (check me out, getting my philosophy lingo on!) it seems like the concept of truth necessary to engender knowledge actually looks suspiciously like a belief. I am not suggesting that knowledge is not true. I am suggesting that under some circumstances, beliefs deserve as much of a truth-bearing status as knowledge.

What can we really say is 'true' about this image?

What can we really say is ‘true’ about this image?

Belief and knowledge are equally real in that they both shape our reality. What we believe informs our conversations, actions, reactions, passions, emotions etc. What we believe shapes every part of how we act in our lives and that action occurs in reality. Belief and knowledge are synergetic- what we believe becomes what we do becomes what we know becomes what we believe and so on.  Albert Einstein said that, ‘The only source of knowledge is experience.’…and the experiences we have are caused by our beliefs.

We ought to monitor our beliefs and ask ‘why do I believe this?’:

Your beliefs hold the key to your actions, interactions and transactions. Making the effort to understand, edit, reflect upon and choose what to believe will change your life.  This is especially true with regards to your beliefs about yourself. The insignificance currently attributed to beliefs (especially in the realms of science and philosophy) allows them to sneak in the back door of our consciousness without us noticing. Beliefs take hold in our consciousness and begin to colour the way we understand ourselves and our life experience, often without us realizing that it’s going on!

Who gave you the beliefs you hold? Have you questioned them and thought them through? When you really consider it, how much do your beliefs about yourself shape the way you act in the world? Are you happy with that? Could you believe something different about yourself that would influence and cause a better life experience for you? For more on ‘what you believe is what you receive’ see this post.

I am very interested to read your thoughts about beliefs. Have you ever believed something and then radically changed

Your beliefs shape your reality.

Your beliefs shape your reality.

your mind? Do you feel like your beliefs are fluid or fixed? What do you believe about yourself right now? Do you notice any difference between what you believe and what you know, when it comes to the shaping and formation of your life?

Until next time, I want you to stand toe-to-toe with a limiting belief that you hold about yourself. See it in your mind and visualize it vaporizing. For one week (and forever!) replace that belief with a positive, loving and empowering belief about yourself and see what happens to your life. Then try and tell me that belief is less true and less important than knowledge!

Have a great week, and keep knowing what you believe and believing what you know!

I welcome your comments and questions!

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