#CAITLYN VS. #JOHNSHOPKINS

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I realize I’m not on the popular liberal press side of this story, but to some extent I lived it. I’m not transexual, but I became friends with the trannie community. And it was not a pleasant experience. All were men to women transgender. Not one had a healthy relationship — some with members of the same sex and others with the opposite. Didn’t matter. This “cure” for feeling like one was born as the wrong sex didn’t automatically fix itself when the transformation took place. By the way, you are still trans, operation or not. Some did. Some didn’t. Still no happy members of this group. All with horrific stories to tell. So for that reason and the unbalanced way this is being presented in the press, I’m blogging an article that I believe has merit. I make no judgments, because this is not my issue. But it needs to be viewed from both perspectives.

By Michael W. Chapman | June 2, 2015 | 1:34 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) — Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier. (Photo: AP)
“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”

Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”

“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

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HOW SUPERFICIAL IS HOLLYWOOD?

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We’re pretty superficial, but maybe we’re superficial like a fox….

  • We eat less than other parts of the country, and we don’t go to the grocery store and see a bunch of overweight people
  • We eat organic food despite its higher price. Give up the Cheetos and pay more — especially for meat which has hormones and antibiotics — even if you’re eating it in an expensive restaurant
  • We have community gardens. This is a little parcel of land that you are allowed to plant stuff on. Any community can make this happen — someone has land they are not using
  • We take every health product available and definitely all the new ones. No stats on this, but it couldn’t hurt. So we have vitamin urine? We don’t care. Vitamins are cheap. Get the gels or capsules. The pills are hard on your liver.
  • We have great weather so we walk more and exercise or are looked down upon by our friends
  • We drink bottled water. Really? Everyone doesn’t? If someone in Los Angeles comes to your home to see you, they walk in with a bottle of water — like you don’t have any? I used to offer my clients a range of beverages. Now, I just sit a bottle of water in front of them. They drink the one they came in with and the one I put in front of them. It’s water, water, water in L.A. You know that selenium, the bad one in ERIN BROCKOVITCH, can be found in everyone’s drinking water to some degree. Best water, the ones that have been distilled. I like electrolyte water like Smart Water. But don’t drink too much, it removes sodium from your body —  which could lower your blood pressure, but I’m not a doctor
  • We get a Lifeline checkup once a year. Lifeline checks for the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. If someone you know has died of this, very remote possiblility they’ve been to Lifeline. And it’s cheap and your insurance company won’t be doing it. And the chances of you dying over the next year of a heart attack or stroke are minimal. I’ve heard stories of people being taken from the screening directly to the hospital. And if you don’t have insurance, this, and a complete blood panel every year will keep you in pretty good shape. To go to their site click here and use the back arrow to come back to this site
  • We get dental checkups to make sure our procelins or veneers aren’t falling off. So, natch, we don’t have gum disease. If your gums bleed when you brush them, you may have gum disease. Gum disease is now being linked to heart disease
  • We have plastic surgery. Can’t defend that one. Some of us look like we’re riding in a convertible with the top down

Vanity is my favorite sin.

A “CURE” FOR THE COMMON COLD

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If you are like me and suffer twice a year or more from a cold, the “flu” which is really an allergy or bronchitis, I have found the “cure.”

I had bronchitis for fifteen years, twice a year. Then I found the Z-Pack (Zithromax) and it was nirvana. This is an antibiotic meant for respiratory illness. Only six pills. And you feel well the next day. It’s a powerful antibiotic. And just by that definition, you have to know, it’s not good to continually take it.

Then in 2005, I needed to take the Z-Pack the third time. And I knew this was getting out of control. Too many antibiotics and you become immune to them. So my girlfriend, Marion, suggested I send someone to her house to get Flu-Ban. I would get so sick with bronchitis that I could not imagine any herbal treatment working. But I was desperate. So I got the Flu-Ban. I took it at work and by the time I got home, I knew it was effective. I was already feeling better instead of the usual flatlining where I was so achey and miserable that I would wish I could be put out of my misery.

Marion made me promise I would stay home the next day. So I did. I sat on my bed and paid bills. I felt fine. In fact I felt exactly like I did when I took a Z-Pack. Exactly.

The main ingredient in Flu-Ban is olive leaf extract which is nature’s antibiotic. But there is something even more special about this homeopathic blend. It costs $15. There is a senior discount. The only way I know to buy it is to call 1-800 345-8367. It is made by East Park Research, Inc. I don’t make any money from it, however, I would love to sell it on my site someday. Caution: Don’t take it too often. It quits working.

I have not taken antibiotics since 2005 for bronchitis. I also have a way to avoid taking Flu-Ban, because you can take it too much. I get post-nasal drip when I’m beginning to be sick. So I take one echinachea pill and a half an anti-histimine. That usually stops the process. But if it doesn’t, I take Flu-Ban.

THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING

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I just read a book that I would recommend to anyone, WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO. The concept of rejecting the idea of positive thinking is at the end of the book, but it’s one of my favorite premises of Gabor Mate, M.D.

He makes a compelling argument that positive thinking clouds over the issues and that if you don’t deal with them, you’re living in delusion — a similar sentiment to what I wrote in my blog about Wayne Dyer, PhD. It isn’t actually that Dr. Mate wants people to think negative, but instead that an honest assessment of the problem, which by its very definition would be considered negative, is essential to the remedy for it.

Dr. Mate even suggests that happy children may be children that are trying to appease unhappy parents. Smiling kids, according to him, may grow up to be unhappy adults. You are empowered by your ability to see through self-delusion of your own making. It’s easier to remember our childhoods for the good times and ignore the bad. But no one had a perfect childhood. It’s just not possible, because different children need different nurturing and parents are not psychic. So parents, even the good ones, made mistakes that you will spend a lifetime fixing — or not.

Compulsive optimisim is unrealistic. Life is difficult. Think negative. What is wrong and how can you fix it? And ultimately the topic of this book is that unresolved issues make you sick. And sometimes kill you. When all the time, you have the power to change by facing the ugly truth of when you acted like someone else wanted you to and not the way you felt. Since every time you are unauthentic, you undermine yourself just a little. And it builds. And now you’ve undermined yourself a lot.

Many of his cancer patients say the same thing: But I am a good person. I took care of myself. I ate the right foods. And, your point is? Do you really think that’s all you have to do in life? Just be a good person. Life is complicated. And it’s meant to be. You’re here to learn things, not just eat and that other thing.

Every time your body is saying no by an uncomfortable physical display, it is telling you something. And it is worth taking the time, even if it is just a headache, to figure out what it is saying to you. But even if you have allowed the unresolved issues to become a genuine illness, it isn’t too late. You still can, and should, take the time to ask yourself what might have been going on behind the scenes. And it will have nothing to do with how good you are. It will have everything to do with things that you don’t address, because some ingrained behavior from your “perfect” childhood has led you to believe that ignoring an uncomfortable issue is okay.

Pretty much, if anything makes you squirm, you need to stand up to it. It’s your silence that is your killer. And you will be comforted by the fact that you don’t have to fix anyone else — just yourself. Could it be any easier? Oh yeah, you could just think positive and wish it away, except when was the last time that worked?

THE BEST EYELINER EVER

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Take it from someone who doesn’t leave home without it. This is a great eyeliner – Browlash EX Water Strong Eye Liner from B&C Labortories. This intense carbon black, 24 hours liquid waterproof eye liner helps you to create an attractive look in a flash! The tip of this eye liner is ultra soft so it is easy to use, won’t smudge and stays in place nicely. With this special design tip, this eye liner is the best user-friendly product as it won’t smear on the face or eye lids from shaky hands. It creates a neat, precise eye liner with intense color. Waterproof and sebum resistant. Easy to apply. I get mine from beautykat.com. About $14.

A SPARKLE HOLIDAY WARDROBE

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We’re talking hot, hot, hot. This is not for the faint-of-heart. But these basics will get you anywhere you want to go this holiday season. And you will sparkle. And you can do it all for under $1,000 or you can just add one or two things. Or maybe you have one of these in your wardrobe already and all you need is a little DIY headband.

The rules:

  • We’re going for the “classics” — polka dots, rhinestones, feathers, pearls, fur or faux fur and leather — the usual. You must wear a heel.

One of the following is a must:

  • Leather pants, leggings, or sparkle jeans

And then:

  • A mini (I like the polka dot one from Victoria’s Secret)

Next:

  • A swing top, evening T-shirt or glittery sweater

And then:

  • Over-the-knee boots, boots or bootie (Saks online has an amazing selection of the former)

The icing:

  • A must have headband, a long sparkle scarf, a sparkle pin, some feathers and I do love crazy sunglasses (at night on your head). As I mentioned earlier, a headband can be made from a cheap plastic headband and a pin or flower and for Christmas, don’t forget holiday bows and Christmas tree ornaments– anything you have on hand. You’ll know it if you see it, it’s ooh-la-la! (Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart will have something you can’t pass up.)

The finale:

  • Fur, faux fur or heavy shawl.  A special treat is The Sequin Zip Jacket from The Gap for $128. Check around. They’re not at every store, but Team Gap will go the distance to help you.

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EMPOWERMENT FOR HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE

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PART I

Are you a person who has a keen imagination, a deep inner life, and vivid colorful dreams? Do you need time alone on a regular basis? Do people who know you say you are “too sensitive”? Do your feelings overwhelm you? Are you deeply moved by music or art? If you answered yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP.

In her series of books, the author, Elaine Aron, details the experiences and challenges of the approximately 15-20% of the population who are highly sensitive persons or HSP’s. HSP’s process information from their 5 senses more carefully. Your nervous system is just more sensitive to subtleties. Your brain processes this sensory information more quickly and reflects upon it at a deeper level. This leads many HSP’s to be intuitive, creative, compassionate, and very conscientious workers. Unfortunately HSP’s are more easily overwhelmed, and sensitive to noise. As an HSP, you may be overstimulated more easily than other people. You may feel stressed out, and have problems with crowded public areas and social events. You may also be prone to anxiety and depression.

In my clairvoyant counseling practice, I have many clients who are HSP’s. With each of them I have worked to empower their gifts, and to help them to open and radiate their true nature. The more we are in touch with ourselves, the more we feel our inner desire to know and be who we truly are. We want freedom to live as we are supposed to live, to fulfill our soul’s potential. When we don’t, we suffer. However that suffering is a hunger for our true selves to live and to be free; it is a message that we want to return to our true nature.

One of the many tools to empower HSP’s are flower essences. Flower essences are the vibrational imprint, or etheric pattern of particular flowers or plants prepared in liquid form. You can imagine, as science tells us, that everything – plants, animals, the Earth, stars – is made up at its very basic level of vibrations of energy. Then you can also imagine that every flower species has a particular vibration different in some way than any other. The energy of a dark red rose is different than that of a bright white lily in color, form, scent, texture, and so on. These tangible factors are associated with the flower’s individual vibrational pattern or ‘etheric essence.’

The vibrational pattern of each flower can be ‘imprinted’ in pure water through certain preparation methods – one used most often is the infusing (like making tea) of fresh flowers just picked in glass bowls of spring water sitting in bright sunlight. The water then takes on the etheric vibration of the flower, resulting in what has been termed a ‘flower essence.’

The 2 most recommended essences for HSP support are Walnut and Yarrow. Flower essences may be found at most health food stores,or ordered online from many different vendors. Walnut Flower Essence is the remedy to help protect against outside influences in general, and against the effects of change in particular. Walnut types are people who are fulfilling their purpose in life but, feel influenced by the opinions, theories or beliefs of others or of external circumstances in general. This may lead them to doubt their path. Yarrow Flower Essence – As the soul becomes more spiritually open, it necessarily becomes more refined, sensitive, and absorbent. In the past many of those on spiritual paths were removed and protected from the daily conditions of living, so that the soul could safely harmonize and expand its boundaries. Modern conditions require that the path of spiritualization be connected to the physical world and to practical responsibilities.

The subtle healing properties of flower essences restore equilibrium on all levels of being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. They can enhance personal development and are a powerful aid to transformation. They offer us the opportunity to address outworn behavior patterns and negative states of mind which may contribute to or cause disease, emotional imbalance and spiritual disharmony. By stimulating the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, flower essences restore order from a higher level and help to strengthen desirable or positive qualities such as courage, inner peace, love and acceptance.

HSP’s have a unique way of being in the world. Learning to empower those gifts, and work with them, liberates you. And in the words of Marianne Williamson:  “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Contritutor:  ©  2010  Christopher Stewart. If you would like to visit Christopher’s site click here…

MEDICAL INTUITIVE LOOKS AT CANCER

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Cancer, the very word creates fear in many of us. We all know someone who has had cancer, or died from cancer. Some of us may even worry each day, “Do I have cancer? What’s that lump? That pain?”

In my work as a medical intuitive, I have worked with many persons who had cancer. The medical intuition information that arises in their sessions is important, poignant, and always healing. Healing has to do with a sense of meaning. Healing occurs when suffering no longer causes a person to feel like a victim, or to contract, and it brings you to a new sense of meaning about your life—why I’m alive, what it means to be alive, what it means to be a man or a woman, what I want to share with the world around me, how I want to give myself to life, etc.  When a sense of meaning has come about, where before there was just suffering, healing has happened. That is a definition of healing at the level of how we feel or live. At the level of the physical body, healing is restoration of some function. As an organism, we are constantly repairing damage.

A lot of healing goes on outside our awareness. This is good. Would you want to be responsible for getting all your blood vessel walls to growing into new tissue? When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it is like a black cloud has been pulled over them. When I scan a client’s energy field during a medical intuitive session, I often see emotional wounds sustained in childhood. Often it is a child who feels frightened rejected, alone, and powerless.

The initial wound in a child is often accompanied by a constriction in the throat chakra (energy center). This is due to the need to communicate, to scream, or cry. As an adult this person is usually aware of some feeling of constriction in their throat area; however they have no idea as to why it is happening.

To begin to understand the original cause of this wounding, does not in and of itself, bring about healing. New meaning emerges automatically from meeting the suffering—as long as you are not crushed by it—that’s the healing process. We go along in a particular state, feeling more or less well and suddenly our world is broken. It can be illness, a change in circumstances, many things.  As we meet the suffering, really enter the dynamic confusion that our lives have become, gradually we are transformed in that ordeal. Some form of emotional release and positive replacement is needed to catalyze a full healing.

Fear is a break in the relationship to the self, a loss of connection, as if somehow they have been cut off from their core. Fear is, part of time, the loss of the future imagined, and from people to share it with. Fear is a contraction away from relationship in the present. To heal fear, paradoxically, is not to fight against it, but to enter a relationship with it. For example, we are often most vulnerable to our fears in the middle of the night. Instead of retreating from the fear, lie on your back, with your arms out straight from your shoulders and your feet about eighteen inches apart. Then just breathe into the fear, and let your mind relax away from thoughts about it and how to respond. It takes will power to face into fear in this way. By staying present in the fear this way, the energy gradually changes. When you have had this experience enough times, will power gives way to faith, and the energy releases almost immediately.

Cancer is known as the disease of unfinished business and is usually accompanied by many unresolved forgiveness issues. Blame, self judgment, perceptions of jealousy, lack of power and self pity are some additional triggers that activate negative energy patterns. The psychic component of the healing process, which in many situations is the most important component, is not well-addressed by modern medicine. When you walk into a physician’s or health practitioner’s office, you walk into a relationship with a human being, who by a touch, smile or nod of the head can uplift you quite profoundly. Whether or not that happens depends upon what that physician has lived in himself or herself.

Stay tuned for a Part II of this article.

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Contributor: © 2010  Christopher Stewart. If you would like to visit his site click here…

AN INTRODUCTION TO TAROT

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Between 1912 and 1922, the great German Romantic poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, wrote a series of ten poems dedicated to the one he loved. The Duino Elegies are romantic,evocative, heartfelt, and deeply inspiring. They are emotionally powerful and beautifully written. And for six months, in the late 1990s, this book of poems was my oracle.

While I have been a tarot master for 26 years, I long ago decided I wanted to know as much as possible about the whole world of the arcane, the unknown. Thus began my quest to become familiar with, if not understand, the major oracles in use today. And so I have studied astrology for 40 years, I have been working with runes for 30 years, I have more than a passing acquaintance with numerology at this point, and I’ve so far devoted 25 years of study to the I Ching.

I began this life as a professional psychic from a strange place, I think. I viewed the world of oracles as a skeptic. Like the Biblical Thomas, if I couldn’t appreciate something with one of my senses, it just didn’t exist for me. All around me, in the 60s, people were dabbling in tarot and astrology. I thought they were ridiculous and misguided. Science was what I knew. And then one fateful day in 1968 in North Hatfield, Massachusetts, I was walking on the root structure of a 100-year-old maple when it was struck by lightning and my life changed forever. For the first time, I was able to open my mind to the possibilities of things I cannot see, feel, hear, taste, or touch. For the first time I was able to know things I hadn’t experienced or been taught. For the first time, I began to see that an oracle, in the right hands and with the right attitude and knowledge, is a miraculous thing we can use to know what we do not know.

It has been a while since that lightning strike, and over the years I have discovered that almost anything can be used as an oracle. When in the late 1980s I opened the Rilke Elegies, asked straightforward questions, and put my finger on a page “randomly,” every single time, for months, the answers were accurate. What I read there reflected the reality of what was or what was to be. Did Rilke intend for his poems to be used like this? No. But the fact is, I did use them like this. And it worked.

Likewise, the Bible. I was going through a rough time at one point, and I asked my questions and opened the Bible and put my finger down “randomly” and, sure enough, what I read there conformed exactly to the situations. In this, though, the words and tone were far more inspirational than what one can get from a book of poems. Was the Bible intended to be an oracle? The jury is still out on that. But from my experiences, I would have to say that in the right hands and coming from a place of acceptance, it can be exactly that.

This Is Not Fun And Games
This idea of acceptance leads me to talk here about the danger of oracles. First, working with oracles of any kind is not a game. If you ask the same question over and over, desperate for a different answer, you are in danger of obsession. And that’s a bad place to be psychologically. I know. I was there. For a short time in the 1960s, I was attempting to use the I Ching (a magnificent piece of philosophy and probably the most accurate oracle in the world) to tell me what I wanted and needed to hear about a guy I cared about. I almost made myself nuts because, of course, the oracle was giving me the truth. And, as in the Tom Cruise movie, I just couldn’t handle it. Thank God I realized, suddenly, after days of this, that I was making myself crazy. I closed the I Ching and didn’t open it again for 20 years.

Let me give you an example of what this oracle can do. The I Ching is a book, a compilation of songs and philosophy, written thousands of years ago in China. I was using it at one point to try and solve the mystery of the Kennedy assassination. One of my questions was, “Why was Kennedy killed in Texas?” The reply? “Kindred spirits in the Southwest.” Astonishing.

My Career
Early on, though, among all the oracles, I found tarot. Or should I say, tarot found me. All of a sudden, card readers were everywhere on Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV; one woman I know came into the bar where I was hanging out and showed me a tarot pack she had just bought; then another. I was intrigued. And scared. But not scared enough to run the other way.

I approached tarot the way a college student approaches calculus, or history, or psychology. I started to study. I read every book I could get my hands on about tarot. (There are a few good ones out there.) I started reading for people, without charging, and I did this for four years. For the first year I usually had the book open in front of me. (You cannot learn tarot in a day, no matter what they tell you. It took me maybe a year to master all the basic card meanings, upright and reversed.) Finally, I felt I knew enough and was being accurate enough to start charging people for my service. But it would be 15 more years before I would consider myself a master. Today I read using a system I designed, for card meanings, card combination, and card placement. So I guess you’d say I’m fearless now, now that I understand the power of tarot. And in what I do I’m proud to say I’m a pioneer.

Symbols = Ideas
Tarot is a world of symbols. Color, line, form, philosophy, archetypes, all merge to strike subliminal chords in us. Maybe some of you recall the old advertising trick: splicing 1/24 second of a popcorn image into a movie. Suddenly, everybody in the theater wants popcorn and nobody knows why. Such is the power of the subliminal suggestion. (This practice was outlawed back when.) Well, tarot does the same thing in a profound way. Using cards I can diagnose illness, warn people about stock market crashes, encourage people to take the wonderful career and life leaps they want to make but are afraid of taking. I can caution people about poor relationship choices, inspire sound money management … The images I’m looking at combine at the subliminal (subconscious) level in me to become thoughts. In this case, “I want popcorn” becomes: “You have a predisposition to diabetes.”

What Do You Want To Know?
Strangely, I have to say here that the single most important thing about getting the right oracular answer is asking the exact right question. A young woman comes to me and wants to know about a guy she’s dating, and I am looking at her job falling apart, the fact that she has no money, the fact that she may be homeless tomorrow. Well, I am seeing these things because at that moment they are far more important than her relationship.

Likewise, there is no way to pull an end run around a good reader. No matter what you ask and how you try to avoid asking the question, a good reader will still see the answer. And so I have discovered that the absolutely best question you can ask, at least at first, about any situation is: “What is the best thing I can know about WYZ?” And accept what you are told if it makes sense to you, knowing what else you know about the issue.

So What Makes A Good Reader?
The sad fact is that there are many people out there who don’t have a clue what they’re doing, who have no real knowledge of tarot, but who are nevertheless using it to take money from people. Most of these folks are well-meaning. Some are simply criminals. (Do not do not do not ever go to a storefront “Reader/Advisor” of any kind. These people know exactly how to determine your worth and then separate you from it. They are dangerous. They are a subculture in the United States. They are everywhere looking for vulnerable people to take advantage of. And they are NOT psychic in any way, shape, or form.)

What do you do, then, if you’re looking for a psychic?
Here is what I tell people:  If you have good reason to trust someone, consult that person. Maybe the reader has written a really persuasive book. Maybe you have seen or heard the reader work on TV or radio and listened to positive feedback. Maybe one of your friends, someone whose judgment you trust, recommends a reader. In these three instances, by all means take a chance on that reader. But always listen with a tiny bit of skepticism. And never ever ask questions until the reader has been talking a while. Because in every question you ask, there is information about you and your life. The reader should be giving you information, not vice versa!

I also counsel my clients to use the information I give them in conjunction with everything else they know, so they can make solid decisions. I do not give advice. Who am I to advise anybody about anything? I tell people what I see. Period. And what exactly is it that I’m seeing? I’m seeing information that is coming from them. We all know everything, you see. It’s just that we can’t access it. It’s like: the Internet is out there with all the information in the world, but without a keyboard we cannot connect to it. Tarot is my keyboard. The universal unconscious is my Internet.

Physics
This brings me to something fascinating. I started working with oracles, and tarot in specific, having been scientific in my approach to life. And I thought tarot was about as non-scientific as you can get. Colorful pictures on pieces of cardboard? Be serious! Until I realized that string theory, and quarks, and the whole world of modern physics actually almost proves that I can know what I know just by pulling it out of the air, by looking at those pictures.

And so now I have come full-circle. There are many out there who have also reached this starting point. (Here I can recommend the book, The Dancing Wu Li Masters.) Physics is leading to God, as Einstein promised it would long ago. The universe is, after all, all too perfect to have happened by accident.

Adapting To The Times
I have always had an interest in using tarot and the I Ching to solve crimes. I’ve worked with an NYPD homicide detective on two occasions, both times getting “good” information on cases involving murdered kids. And sometimes I’ll read a news story about a stolen or murdered child whose case is now cold, and I’ll do what I can. Again, in a couple of these situations I’ve been able to give good information to the police departments involved.

Then came 9/11 and the whole world changed. It took me less than 24 hours to know there was a “money man” behind the WTC attacks and another 24 hours to know he was somewhere in the Tora Bora Mountain region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. I didn’t know bin Laden’s name, but I had him cold. After that I did a lot of work on terrorism, came up with a lot of solid information, and passed it on to the right people.

I feel now that this work is my calling. As long as nations are vulnerable and groups like al Qaeda are out there, people like me can do things to stop them, deter them, subvert them, nail them. Now, governments, including our own, have tried using psychics to do this kind of thing, but I have to say, again, that not everybody who calls himself/herself psychic is in fact the real deal. Truly, the real deal are few and far between. But we are out here. (The wonderful Dorothy Allison, New Jersey housewife, comes to mind: she “sees” murders and finds victims and identifies killers and for a long time has been in demand by police departments all over the United States.) Dorothy Allison is rare. I cannot do what she does. She has no tools. She is simply “connected.” But with my tools, I can come close.

Developing Your Gifts
I teach tarot, and I have discovered that if you have psychic ability, it can be developed. It can be developed by working with something like tarot for hours every day. It seems that if you live long enough in a world of symbols, something in the brain changes. You start to get information but you don’t know exactly where it’s coming from. Every once in a rare while, for example, a dead person will show up in one of my readings. So far it has always been to give really solid advice to the person sitting across from me, or consolation, or simply reassurance that my client person is not alone. I don’t see this individual. I see the individual in the cards. I have also “seen” a 747 in the King of Swords (where it isn’t) and learned that the client’s brother is a commercial pilot. I have seen a jigsaw puzzle piece in the throat of the Page of Pentacles (where it is not) and learned that the client has a son who swallowed that piece when he was five. I have seen a little white dog with black eyes in the Queen of Pentacles (where it is not) and learned that this was in fact the client’s dog.

When I started out, all of this was impossible and remote. I could never even imagine this stuff. But tarot takes us at our own pace, and at this point I have come to realize there are simply no limits. It’s a beautiful thing.
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Contributor:  Jeannie Reed, a professional psychic with an international clientele. You can find her at http://www.abcdesp.com

THE LAW OF ACCEPTANCE

Chaos At The Heart of Orion
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The Law of Acceptance will change your life. It allows you to reverse errors — just like hitting the “undo” button on your computer. It’s a simple principle.

When you recognize or hear information you wish were not true, you simply imagine how you will handle this problem. Let’s start with something easy that just happened to me. My computer wouldn’t eject a disc and because of that I couldn’t boot up. So I said to myself, “If I can’t get my computer working. I won’t make business cards to take to the party. I will get up tomorrow morning and take my computer to a store front in my neighborhood. I’m not upset. I will handle it.” In other words, I found a solutiution to my “problem.” I accepted it. And when I tried the computer, again, it started.

The interesting thing about this is that it works every time. IF A LAW WORKS ONE TIME, IT WILL WORK EVERYTIME. I’ll give you another example: I lost my wallet and I realized I had done about five errands without using it. So I had five places to go back and look for it. So I said, “it’s just money, and I’ll go home and cancel my credit cards. I will be okay.” I found my wallet at the bank with the teller — the best place I could have left it.

So you’re thinking, but it was at the bank all along. Nothing could have changed that. I disagree. The universe knows ahead of time what you are going to do. That’s Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. That time in the universe is relative.

So here’s how you prove it. Try it. It works. I’ve done it so many times now, I can’t count. Want yet another example? My car has automatic mirror adjustment. One night after someone else drove my car, I couldn’t get the mirror repositioned. I tried  it over and over. The mirror wouldn’t move. So I just left it. And said, “If it is broken, I will take the car to Acura tomorrow. No big deal.” And I knew what I was doing. I knew that if anything could make this problem go away, it was the acceptance of the problem. Next day, got in my car, the mirror worked perfectly. You don’t question why this works. You just say thank-you.

I fully believe this could work with a much larger problem  – even a medical problem.  I suspect that if a doctor told you, you have cancer you could imagine a scenario something like this: “I’ll leave my children with my mother. I’ll take time off from my work. On and on until you have a solution.” I believe you may find, you don’t have cancer. Or imagine you do have cancer. The doctor has an X-ray. You say, “I’ll do whatever the doctor says for me to do and if it is a very serious cancer, I will handle it.” I believe you will not have a serious cancer or it will respond to treatment. In some way, the outcome will be better if you apply this principle.

It is absolutely imperative you don’t allow yourself to be upset. That will de-activate the law.

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