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What is YOUR Life’s Purpose?

Last year forced many changes on just about everyone due to the global pandemic: social restrictions, unexpected unemployment, toilet paper shortages, and financial crises. For many, these prolonged periods indoors and away from coworkers, friends, and family offered time for introspection and re-evaluation of where we are and where we would like to be. These reflections and the opportunities for a change in employment (whether forced or elected) and lifestyle provide a path to focus on your own life’s purpose.

Finding what you were truly meant to do or become does not necessarily have to revolve around your occupation, nor does it have to involve a grand gesture or sacrifice. Your life’s purpose or your soul-goal is what connects you to the world around you. These are the core actions that bring you a sense of accomplishment, completeness and where you find happiness and self-satisfaction. But, finding that purpose is not always easy. Indeed, most people spend their lives trying different things and seeking that sense of “oneness” with their community, their family, or their environment.

A friend of mine once suggested that to find your life’s purpose you should listen to your rants. What are your pet peeves? What actions or inactions of others really set you off? Do you get upset when you see natural waterways polluted with trash? Are you constantly researching articles on government corruption or reforms? Do your heartache and your blood boil when you see news stories about the homeless population crisis?

Mahatma Gandhi’s explanation of “the divine mystery supreme” suggested that we are a reflection of the world we see around us and the world is a reflection of ourselves. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him,” he said. In other words, ask yourself what you would change about the world and then be a part of that change. This is how to start on the path toward your life’s purpose.

As you start down this path, reflect on what brings you joy. You may be very passionate about being part of a change, but the risks of misalignment with what your soul actually seeks for you to do could cause more frustration than joy. This is often called “burnout.” It may mean you are on the right path but took a wrong turn. Reflect on the manner in which you are seeking to fulfill your life’s purpose. If it seems like you are constantly walking uphill to reach a goal, you need to re-evaluate your methods.

Don’t be afraid to sacrifice. While your life’s purpose should ultimately lead you to a feeling of serene satisfaction, you should keep in mind that it is a journey and not a quick trip. Sometimes what means a lot to us now is actually weighing us down. All that “baggage” you are carrying (both physical and immaterial) around might come in handy along the way, but ask yourself is it really necessary. Do you need a bigger house, a higher salary, the adulation of others, a large circle of uninterested “friends”? Would the resources and energy you are using to maintain these things be better served to help others or driving you toward another goal?

One thing is for certain: your life’s purpose is not just going to fall into your lap. You are not going to wake up one day and be “there” – at the spot with a signpost declaring you have arrived at Self-Awareness Central. Some people may not even have a desire to seek it out. They are satisfied with the status quo or unmotivated to grow. But, you are here reading this blog, scanning this website, and seeking information if not answers. You know there is more out there for you. You’ve taken the first step. If you need guidance outside of your own reflections, a psychic guide can help you.

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The Psychic and the Id

Sigmund Freud is considered the father of modern psychology. While many of his theories have been tossed out by modern-day practitioners, his idea of the psyche being constructed of the Id, Ego, and Superego endures and continues to be used today. The concept of the Id, the base of personality and instinct, may relate directly to why some people can tap into their psychic ability while others struggle.

The Id is the first part of the personality to form at birth. It defines our most base impulses and responses, such as “I am hungry. I need food so I will put this in my mouth to see if it is food”. The Id is unfettered by social cues or morality as these have not formed yet. The Id is also unfiltered and adeptly in tune to desire and pleasure, but not influenced by a sense of reality. The Id, while primitive, is also highly instinctual and is where our hidden memories are stored. This makes the Id keenly perceptive because it is observing without a filter.

The SuperEgo is the Id’s psychic opposite. It is the moral center of a personality, the angel on your shoulder where the Id is often the devil. The SuperEgo usually develops between the ages of 3-5, taking its cues from parental or guardian teachings and examples. The superego seeks to control the impulses of the Id and pushing the Ego to pursue moralistic, rather than realistic goals.

The Ego lies in between and waivers between the conscious and subconscious. The Ego stabilizes the polarization of the Id and SuperEgo and strives to satisfy the desires of the ID in a realistic, socially appropriate manner. In a psychologically healthy individual, the Ego is the predominant characteristic of the personality.

So, what does the Id contribute to psychic connections? If the Id is not concerned with the reality around us and is more in tune with basic instincts, the Id provides the conduit to be able to “see” what the Ego and SuperEgo try to justify as not realistic. Think of the newborn who appears to be laughing at nothing in the corner of the room or the toddler with the imaginary friend they can describe in stunning detail, down to their clothing, hairstyle, and accent. Is this the product of a child’s wild imagination or do they have a psychic connection that is not filtered by their developing Ego and Superego?

Theoretically then, we as psychics, are more in tune with our Id or have developed the ability to separate the Ego and Superego influence over the most basic part of our psyche in order to remain in tune with the whole energy picture around us when society has told us that only what is visible to everyone else is real. We can interpret our perceptions based on instinct and translate those with clarity, unencumbered by the influences of the Ego or Superego into how they relate to those we are seeking to help. When we are able to keenly focus our connection to the Id without the other limitations imposed by the construct of the psyche, our observations often lead us to be able to “predict” events because we understand and interpret energy changes and psychic movement that the Ego and Superego filter out.

This is not to say that the Ego and SuperEgo are not important. If someone were to ignore their influences and over-compensate toward the Id, they would be selfish, aggressive, impulsive, and annihilistic. The SuperEgo is important to a psychic because it moves us to help others with our gift. The Ego balances us so we also take time for ourselves. It dampens the impulse to live in the Id all the time and use it for self-gratification or selfish purposes. The SuperEgo becomes just as important as the Id for the psychic and reminds us that this is a gift to be shared. The Ego helps us to relay the information we interpret to someone who is grounded in reality so the messages we give provide a benefit for them.

“You Complete Me”: Finding Your Soul Mate

Your best friend set you up on a blind date. You consider canceling, but your gut tells you to see it through. When you arrive at the restaurant, despite never seeing your date before, you pick him out of the crowd instantly and he waves you over. The hours melt away as the two of you find you have a lot in common. You begin to feel like you have known each other for much longer than just this evening. There is an instant connection that you can’t quite describe. It may be that you have just met your soul mate.

The term “soulmate” implies a mutual affinity or powerful bond that exists between two people. The origin of the term “soul mate” can be traced back to a parable first told by Plato in Symposium:

In the dawn of time, there were originally three different types of round beings. One type was male connected to male. The second type was female connected to female. The third was androgynous with a male connected to a female. This round creature had to roll around like a ball in order to move around and across the Earth. One day, these round creatures decided to attack Zeus up on Mount Olympus. They lost. Zeus cursed them by splitting them in half and scattering the halves across the world. Their split halves, now feeling less than whole, were doomed to wander until they found their original missing half in order to become whole again.

“[When] a person meets the half that is his very own,” he exclaims, “something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don’t want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment. These are people who finish out their lives together and still cannot say what it is they want from one another.” (Aristophanes from Symposium)

Every point in history, from the ancient Greeks to the dawn of Christianity and even modern Hollywood movies emphasizes the importance of finding one’s true love. It surpasses the desire for wealth, worldly goods, and fame. Finding someone who just “gets” you – knows when to give you space and when you need extra attention and respects all the boundaries in between can seem unattainable until that one day it just “clicks.”

While being introduced to your soul mate will not guarantee happiness; in fact, it may not even guarantee true love, it is a journey worth taking. That person may become your spouse, or they may be the best friend you ever had. They may be neither, but become someone who teaches you a powerful lesson about yourself. Your soul mate is someone you may encounter through multiple lives. It is almost certain you will meet, but it’s up to you to recognize each other.

Are you not sure if you’ve met your soul mate yet? As a psychic advisor, I can help you. Call or email me today to schedule your private, personal reading.

Sending Healing Energy – How To Guide

Have you ever wanted to help make someone feel better or heal their soul, but you were too far away. Even now, when we are not able to be together because of social distancing and quarantine guidelines, it may seem almost impossible to provide comfort to a loved one without being able to visit them in person.
In times like these, it is important to remember that energy is all around us and energy can be transferred from one source to another – even across miles. With some meditation, concentration, and practice, you can send healing energy to anyone, anywhere.
Follow these tips from Tanaaz Chubb, author of Becoming Forever Conscious and Messages for the Soul on how to send healing energy:
1. Set Up Your Space
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Try to make sure the space has been cleansed and is free from clutter and other distractions.
2. Quiet Your Mind
Still your mind by taking a few deep breaths and then set your intention for your healing. You may even want to state clearly who you are sending the healing energy to.
3. Build Up Your Energy
To send a positive ray of healing energy, start rubbing your hands together in a circular motion until you can feel the energy building between them. You should be able to feel the energy pulsing from your hands as you slowly separate them.
4. Make an Energy Ball
Once you can feel the energy pulsing through your hands imagine the energy taking on the shape of a ball. You can also give the energy ball its own color based on the type of healing you are wishing to send:
• Blue: emotional healing
• Orange: physical healing
• White: spiritual healing/ general healing
• Green: heart healing
• Purple: psychic protection
Keep focusing your attention on this energy ball, making it bigger and stronger and more powerful with every breath.
5. Send the Energy
When you feel your ball of energy is buzzing and strong, visualize sending it to your chosen person (or animal). You may even want to picture the person you are sending it to receiving the energy and feeling the beautiful healing effects of what you have sent.
6. Recharge Your Batteries
Once the healing energy has been sent, it is important to recharge your batteries by grounding your energy. This could include taking a walk in nature, meditating, having a relaxing bath or simply nourishing your body with some healthy food.

Learning how to send distant energy healing is a valuable and special tool that we can all learn to do. So if someone you know could use a dose of healing energy, why not give it a try. I can also help with this if you need a guide or are having difficulty doing it yourself.
Source: https://themindsjournal.com/spiritual-transformation/

Psychic Signs: Messages From The Other Side.

There is a common story I’ve heard about a woman who visited her grandmother’s grave only
to find a bright, sparkling penny sitting on top of the tombstone. When she looked at it closer,
the date on the penny matched the date of her grandmother’s death. She called every relative
and friend she could think of, but no one she spoke to had left the penny there. Feeling
compelled to keep it, she kept the penny with her. Soon after, she would find more pennies,
each with the same date, in random places and often at times when she really needed some
comfort or encouragement.
My sister-in-law had a similar experience. She lost her best friend, Tracy in a tragic incident a
few years ago and was picking up Tracy’s dog after the funeral to take back home with her. As
she stood in the driveway with her dog talking to her friend’s mom, two Monarch butterflies
flew around the dog’s head and then around Tracy’s mom’s head and then flew off together.
(My sister-in-law has dark, almost black hair and Tracy had red hair. A mutual friend often
referred to them as “the red and the black” when they were in high school, so the correlation of
the monarch’s red & black colors resonated with her). On her drive back home with her friend’s
dog, my sister-in-law said another monarch butterfly flew in through her window as they were
stopped in traffic. From that point on, she saw butterflies everywhere. Whether or not they were
“sent” by Tracy, they comforted her. She still sees them and is convinced they are a sign that
Tracy is still watching over her.
Chances are, you know someone who has a similar story. A quick internet search will reveal
hundreds of stories attributing phantom smells, eerie coincidences, and divine interventions to
proof of spiritual guidance. As a psychic communicator, I can confirm that these are possible.
All life is made of energy and energy does not die. Native American cultures, ancient Chinese
medicine, Wiccan religion, Egyptian mythologies, and countless other historical legends and
histories agree on the interconnectedness of nature, life, and afterlife. If energy does not
pass on, then it is possible for our loved ones to use that energy to place mementos in our path
and to find ways to let us know they are still there.
So, how do you know if what you are experiencing is a coincidence, an everyday occurrence, or
a loved one sending you a sign? Rebecca Rosen, author of “What the Dead Have Taught Me
About Living Well” suggests that being open to the intention of the signs is the first step and
then recognizing a repetition or frequency of the same event can confirm that what you are
seeing is a message from the other side. Some common ways that our loved ones attempt to
communicate with us are:
Flickering Lights: spirits often find it easiest to manipulate electrical devices. You may find a
lightbulb gets blown every time you replace it, lights that flash at the same time of day in one
particular room, or television that turns itself on or off.
Phantom smells: Smell is the strongest sense connected to memory. For this reason, many
people report smelling cigars, a familiar perfume or favorite flower of a loved one or something
a loved one liked to cook.
Pets and Children: Have you ever found your dog or cat focused on a point on the wall or
barking at the door when no one is there? Animals have senses that are much more in tune with
their surroundings and can sense changes in energy much better than we can. Similarly, young
children are more open to accepting what they may see out of the corner of their eye than we
are and can be much more intuitive. Asking more questions about your child’s “imaginary
friend” may reveal that they have actually been playing with a loved one who has passed away.
Songs and Signs: If you have ever been searching through the radio station and suddenly
stopped on one that is playing a song that reminds you of your dearly departed or taken a new
way home from work or got lost only to find yourself staring at a street sign with your deceased
friend’s name on it, then you may have been inadvertently guided to a sign from beyond.
Embrace and enjoy it.
The bottom line is, signs are all around us. If you’re open and aware of them, you will see them.
Our loved ones are here and continue to comfort and guide us. If you’re not sure what you are
experiencing is real or need help being open to these interpretations, I can help. Contact Your
Life’s Direction for an appointment in person or over the phone. Your loved ones are waiting to
hear from you, too.
Resources:
http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/signs-your-loved-ones-might-be-trying-to-contact-you

How to use smudge sticks for spiritual cleansing.

While the practice of burning tightly woven bundles of sage and other herbs to cleanse
negative energy in a room may seem like a “new-age” type of practice, it’s origins actually go
back thousands of years and are drawn from ideologies borrowed from Asian, European and
even Native American Cultures.
Traditional incenses are fragrant resins, like frankincense and myrrh, that can be traced back to
ancient Egypt where they were thought to be burned to fumigate tombs and ward off evil spirits
and the presence of demons during worship and other rituals.
India, the world’s main producer of incense today, has promoted the use of incense for worship
in Hindu rituals since about 3000 BC. From India and South Asia, it was believed to migrate to
use in China. Trading routes brought the popularity of incense to Europe, Arabia, the
Mediterranean and Japan by the 5th and 6th centuries. 14th-century Samurai warriors were
reported to burn incense around their helmets before battle to protect and sanctify their heads
in the event of decapitation during war.
Native Americans both past and present have similar practices burning herbs such as white
sage as well as tobacco, cedar, and sweetgrass in bowls for purification and other religious
ceremonies. These practices were likely adapted by early settlers as there are references in
early 19th and 20th century texts referencing sage smudge sticks as an effective form of
mosquito control. European smudging traditions combined with early American influenced the
Wiccan practice of using smudge sticks in rituals and to cleanse environments of negative
energies.
The principle behind the use of smudge sticks is that releasing the plant-based positive energy
through burning will drive away any negative energy or residual spirit energy that may be
trapped in a room or attached to a person. When doing this, it becomes more effective when
the right herbs are used.
White sage is the most traditionally-used plant for smudging. It is most often used for
purification, cleansing, and meditation. However, since it is the plant considered a sacred herb
in many Native American societies, it is sometimes seen as cultural appropriation if used by
other cultures. Other sages can be substituted appropriately.
Lavender has a more pleasant aroma and is often used for psychic protection as well as
cleansing. It is thought to increase one’s own psychic energy and connection to the spirit world
and has uses for psychic healing, relaxation, and elevating one’s mood.
Juniper can be used to increase energy and invigorate and is also used for purification and
prayer rituals.
Mugwort has been used for centuries to relieve pain and cure depression as well as to aid in
intestinal and digestive illnesses. Ingesting too much mugwort can be toxic, but burning it in a
smudge stick has been thought to induce vivid dreams so many will burn it just before
bedtime.
The ritual for smudging is also important. Assemble your smudge stick or bowl and match,
lighter, or candle. If the weather allows, go around and open all the doors and windows of the
house or space. Make sure you have eliminated any distractions (like nonsupportive on-lookers).
The following are instructions borrowed from desertusa.com:
Begin at the back of the house and work your way to the front. It’s important that you end in an
area that has a door. You will want to finish by “sweeping” the smoke out that final door.
Calm yourself and get ready to begin. Start off with a prayer, or with meditation to focus
your intent. Ask for the release of negativity in your space and in your life. Plan to carry
matches or a lighter with you, to relight the smudge stick if it goes out. Begin by
smudging yourself. Waft the smoke around you as if you are washing yourself in it.
Smudge anyone else who is participating with you in the same way.
Next, waft the smoke into the corners of the room and into the open closets. You can
keep your mind clear, or think or say whatever feels appropriate to you, like “I cleanse
this space” or “Higher Power, help me cleanse this space.” Your intent is the important
thing here. Imagine stuck energies dissipating and exiting through open windows or
doors.
Finish one room, then proceed to the next in the same fashion, not forgetting hallways
that you may move through. Cleanse them too. Be sure to smudge any mirrors,
cleansing the way you see yourself, or others see themselves. Smudge the fireplace,
the hearth of the home, and the oven in the kitchen.
If the smudge stick goes out, simply pause and relight it. As you approach your final
room, with the door you are going to end at, imagine any remaining negative or stuck
energy dissolving all around you. Use your hand to gently blow the smoke out the
doorway. Envision any lingering negativity exiting through the door. Say, or think
whatever comes to you along these lines: “I release all negativity now,” “Higher Power,
thank you for helping me cleanse my space and myself,” or anything that feels
appropriate to you.
Carefully, crush the smoking smudge stick into the fireproof bowl or the earth outside.
When you are sure all the ashes are cold, give them to the earth. Close all your
windows and doors. Relax and enjoy your cleansed space.
If you are unsure of how to begin or would like to discuss other methods to cleanse
negative energies, contact Your Life’s Direction for an appointment.
Resources:

Smudge Bad Energy Away

Incense 101: History and Products


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https://www.desertusa.com/ind1/smudging-history.html

Cure Your Winter Blues With Laughter Yoga

The practice of yoga goes back thousands of years with documented proof of meditative, spiritual, and physical benefits. In 1995, a cardiac internist and allopathic physician from India devised the concept of Laughter Yoga to not only combat depression but also strengthen internal physiology for his patients and the community of practitioners. Dr. Madan Katari is now known as the “Laughter Guru” and his inspirational technique has fostered thousands of Laughter Clubs worldwide.

Laughter Yoga can be practiced alone or in groups. The concept is based on scientific studies that have proven that manufactured laughter has the same emotional and physical benefits as genuine laughter. Laughter Yoga combines breathing techniques with “forced” laughter and playfulness to encourage genuine laughter.

The science of laughter and the benefits it provides for our physical health have been studied for decades before Dr. Katari developed his Laughter Yoga techniques. Numerous studies have found that laughter increases the rush of endorphins to the brain and produces the same benefits as an exercise in reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) levels.

Lee Berk of Loma Linda University in conjunction with Bill Frey from Stanford University also found that joyful laughter causes the same brain wave frequencies as those who have achieved a true meditative state. These gamma wave frequencies that are achieved improve focus and thought processes because they engage the entire brain. Essentially, they found that producing laughter can make you smarter!

Additionally, there are several physical health benefits to laughter. One study found that regular laughter can lower blood pressure by up to six percent. Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise, one that strengthens the cardio system, brings oxygen to the brain and bloodstream, and creates more energy and relaxation. If done right, it also gives your abdominal muscles a good workout – think about the last time you had a good, long belly laugh!

So, how do you get started when it feels like you have no reason to laugh? All Laughter Yoga sessions start with breathing exercises. Begin by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. After a few breaths, add in rhythmic clapping by holding your hands parallel to each other and clapping threes (1-2-3, 1-2-3). Next, say out loud, “Ho Ho Ho or Ha Ha Ha” as you clap your hands, breathing from your diaphragm with deep breaths in and out.

Move around the room as you increase the speed of your claps and your laugh-chant. If you feel silly doing this – GREAT! Laugh at yourself and let it go. Make sure you smile as you chant, too. Studies have shown that the mere act of smiling begins to release the endorphins in your brain that elevate your spirit. If you have to force it, it’s okay. The whole point of laughter yoga is to “fake it until you make it” because the benefits of fake laughter and genuine laughter are virtually the same.

If you are still feeling a spiritual or emotional blockage that is not allowing you to feel joy or even begin this simple exercise, I can help. Our energies often get blocked by past experiences, outside influences, or internal struggles that we have difficulty identifying. My transformational energy services can help you pinpoint those roadblocks along your true path so you can begin the process of healing yourself and reaching your true destiny.

For more Laughter, Yoga exercises, and examples of group Laughter Yoga activities, check out these sites: https://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/laughter-yoga-exercises/ or https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Laughter-Yoga. There are also several YouTube videos on Laughter Yoga and don’t forget to check out Dr. Katari’s website at www.laughteryoga.org.

Sources:
https://www.prevention.com/life/a20462458/the-science-of-laughter-as-medicine/
Kataria, Madan (2002), Laugh For No Reason (2 ed.), Mumbai, India: Madhuri International, ISBN 978-81-87529-01-9
https://laughteryoga.org/
https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Laughter-Yoga

The Power Of Daily Affirmations

Turning Dreams into Intention: The Power of Daily Affirmations

“I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And, dog-gone-it, people like me!”

Back in the early 1990s, Stuart Smalley was a popular character on Saturday Night Live featuring his version of daily affirmations as he tried hard to boost his own self-confidence. Despite to comical failures of poor Stuart who could never seem to catch a break, there is actually science behind the power of daily affirmations.

An affirmation is a practice of telling yourself something you would like to realize about yourself, your goals, or your environment. Remez Sasson, author of Affirmations: Words with Power to Get What You Want explains that “the words composing the affirmation automatically and involuntarily bring up related mental images into the mind, which inspire, energize and motivate.” This happens because affirmations automatically trigger the Reticular Activating System in our brain to start working on finding a solution, creating an answer, or realizing a visualized end.

The Reticular Activating System or RAS is basically a bundle of neurons at the base of your brain just above your spinal cord. They are responsible for all of your senses (except smell), and basically serves as a filter between your subconscious and your conscious mind. The RAS makes sure that your conscious mind is not overloaded with too much information and decides which information you already have needs to be used for whatever you are doing or thinking.

This is why affirmations are so powerful. Think about these two statements:
“I wish I was more outgoing.”
“I have an outgoing personality.”

The first statement seems positive. You are wishing you could improve some part of yourself. But, the hopeful tone of the sentiment still leaves room for doubt and your brain will fill that in by validating the ways in which you are not outgoing. However, by using the positive affirmation statement “I have an outgoing personality,” your brain will start to look for information in which this statement can be supported with historical data, even if it’s as small as that time in third grade when you went out of your way to talk to the new kid in school.

Even phrasing the question, “What if I was more outgoing?” can help to start you on the path to making a positive change. By using “What If” or “How to” statements, your RAS triggers your mind to start working on a solution. Questions starting with who, what, when, and where (NOT why) give your brain a command and impact our perceptions prompting your brain to find an answer to your question.

If you’re still stuck on what to say or how to move forward with creating a system of positive daily affirmations, give me a call. Sometimes, we can get in our own way through an energy misalignment of blockage. I can help you identify where this is coming from to clear that path so your daily affirmations will have a more profound impact on the goals you have set for yourself.

Sources:
https://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/affirmations/affirmations-how-to-define-them/
https://extension.umn.edu/two-you-video-series/ras

Numerology

Throughout history, scientists, philosophers, and clerics from all corners of the world have used the interconnectedness of numbers to help explain and illustrate more intangible concepts like fate, personality, and religion.

While the Western concept of “Numerology” does not appear in any writings before 1907, the accepted founder of the modern theories can be traced back to concepts outlined by the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.).1

Pythagoras is best known for the Pythagorean theorem regarding the calculation of angles in a right triangle. However, he also founded a secret philosophical society with members known as “mathematikoi.” This society followed strict rules including the belief that “Reality is mathematical in nature” and “Some symbols have a mystical significance.” The main goal of the mathematikoi was to define the universe and everything in it through numbers and mathematics.2

In 325 AD, the Roman Empire declared such practices and beliefs in line with astrology, divination, and magic and outlawed these practices in Christian societies. Despite this, many theologians and philosophers of the time defended the concept of the correlation of numbers to historical Christian beliefs.3 Several significant events in the Bible are assigned or defined by numbers and repeated throughout: 666 is the sign of the devil or number of the beast; 888 is often referred to as “The Jesus Number.” The number 7 is repeated several times: it took 7 days for God to create the Earth, there are 7 Holy feasts in the Jewish holidays, 7 churches in Revelations, 70 years of captivity for the Israelites in Babylon; there are 7 seals in Revelations.

This interconnectedness between numbers and spirituality is what built the modern foundation of Numerology, often called the Pythagorean method. This method draws from a numerical calculation of a person’s birth name and birth date to define your Life’s Path and Destiny. The numbers assigned to the English alphabet are as follows:

• 1 = a, j, s,
• 2 = b, k, t,
• 3 = c, l, u,
• 4 = d, m, v,
• 5 = e, n, w,
• 6 = f, o, x,
• 7 = g, p, y,
• 8 = h, q, z,
• 9 = i, r,

So, the name “Jane Marie Smith” would total:
JANE = 1 + 1 + 5 + 5 = 12
MARIE = 4 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 5 = 28
SMITH = 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24

Next, the numbers from each total are added together until they result in a single number, 11, 22, or 33, which are thought to be “master numbers.”

12 + 28 + 24 = 64
6 + 4 = 10
1 + 0 = 1

There are several online sites that have brief descriptions of the Destiny and Life Path designations. Some good ones I found are:

Pythagorean Numerology: The Full Guide to Modern Numerology


https://cafeastrology.com/numerology.html

I also recommend reading as much as you can on the subject or consulting a scholar of numerology before relying too heavily on what you find online. A great start is Joy Woodward’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Numerology: Decode Relationships, Maximize O(opportunities, and Discover Your Destiny.” Or “The Complete Book of Numerology” by David A. Phillips, Ph.D.

Finally, keep in mind that several scientific studies have attempted, without proven success, to quantify the results of Numerology conclusions despite the hundreds of years of history devoted to these practices. The insights gained from Numerology should be used in conjunction with insights from other spiritual practices to create a full picture of your soul’s journey.

References:
1. Drayer, Ruth A (2002). Numerology, The Power in Numbers. Square One Publishers.
2. Dudley, U. (1997). Numerology: Or, What Pythagoras Wrought. Mathematical Association of America. – a skeptical survey of the field through history
3. Holcombe, A.D. (1 January 1997). “Biblical Numerology Confirms the Spiritual Validity of Its Contents”. Journal of Religion & Psychical Research.

Other Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerology

Hobbies For Stress Relief

If you’re like many people right now, you’ve been essentially home-bound since March of this year. The fear and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected even the most emotionally stable among us. With no immediate relief still in sight, it is becoming increasingly important for everyone to focus on self-care. This not only means eating well, exercising, and finding small ways to connect with friends and family but participating in activities that are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually engaging. With the need to restrict activities to your home base, the social distancing restrictions have created a prime opportunity to pick up a new hobby. Here are some home-based hobbies that will help you re-establish that balance that may be missing from your life right now:

1) GARDENING: Gardening not only gives you an opportunity to focus on something outside of yourself, it also offers the chance to connect spiritually back to the earth, literally “grounding” you. Whether you have a large yard or a small patio area, planting something and watching it grow gives you the opportunity to feed your body and soul with fresh air and sunlight. Aside from the natural relief of spending time outdoors, natural sunlight and the Vitamin D it provides fights off the very real effects of Seasonal Affect Disorder, a type of depression that is related to the change of seasons particularly in the winter months when outside activities are significantly reduced.
2) PLAY AN INSTRUMENT: Maybe you played the trumpet in high school, but haven’t picked one up since then or you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the violin. If you have time to watch an hour or two of television every night, you have time to learn how to play an instrument. There are some great online music lessons available like www.playgroundsessions.com where you can learn how to play the piano from instructors like Harry Connick, Jr. and Quincy Jones or www.imusic-school.com that offers music lessons for a variety of instruments plus vocal lessons and conducting classes. Aside from the joy of learning something new, listening to and creating music has been a proven stress reliever and in at least one study from McGill University in 2013, it was shown to also improve the immune system function. Furthermore, researchers are also finding that the act of making music, whether professional or casual, can actually shut off the trigger switch in our brain that causes a stress response. In an article on webmd.com, Susan Kuchinskas explains, “When our senses detect a possible threat in the environment, the body undergoes a chain reaction in which genes within each cell switch on, directing the cells to produce chemicals associated with the stress response. Playing music sets off an opposite chain reaction that switches these genes off again.”
3) ART THERAPY: a 2016 study published in the Journal of American Art Therapy Association found that just 45 minutes of creative activity can reduce your stress, regardless of your artistic talent or abilities.1. Creating art, whether it’s painting, doodling, sculpture, or scrapbooking, taps into what psychologists describe as a “state of flow,” or a mildly meditative state which can increase your focus and provide relaxation benefits. Art therapy has the added benefit of providing an activity that can help you externalize the elements of stress in your life. In other words, explore the possibility of painting, sketching, drawing, or creating a concrete representation of your fear and anxiety. If you can study and appreciate this representation visually, it becomes less of an obstacle to overcome spiritually.
4) GET A PET: While animal shelters at the beginning of the pandemic saw a surge in adoptions and people willing to temporarily foster, as more people go back to work, or are facing unemployment and housing transitions, the shelters are starting to fill back up again. Numerous studies have shown that having a pet can significantly reduce your blood pressure, relieve stress, and improve your mood. Pets provide unconditional love and the need to care for another living creature can often bring us out of our own depression. Dogs especially give you a reason to get out and exercise as they require daily walks and/or playtime and training. The frequency at which a cat purrs has been shown to have wound healing properties. And don’t discount the pocket pets like guinea pigs and rabbits. These intelligent rodents can be litter box trained and can even easily be trained to do tricks and run agility courses!

There are so many more choices for hobbies that can be done at home: woodworking, journaling, knitting, sewing, and baking are just a few. The most important thing is to find something you enjoy that requires your focus. Use this opportunity to learn something entirely new or refine your skills on a hobby you’ve neglected for a while. If you are having trouble finding motivation or feel spiritually blocked, I’m here to help you find those triggers and guide you through it.

Sources:
Https://www.verywellmind.com/gardening-for-stress-reief-3144600
http://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/18455
https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2015/04/5-scientific-studies-the-prove-music-decreases-stress-and-promotes-healing/
https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/how-making-music-reduces-stress#

References:
1. Kaimal G, Ray K, Muniz J. Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making. Art Ther (Alex). 2016;33(2):74-80. doi:10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832