kokopelle: Frank n Furter (frank_n_furter)
Artists are known for creativity that goes above and beyond the abilities of mortal people. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but an artist's creativity is pretty spectacular at times. They can imagine things that others cannot. Their visions are accessible after creation. The audience is pulled into the artist's creation. Where does this ability come from? I believe that this kind of artist is gifted with intuitive creativity.

What is this intuitive thing? The adjective intuitive is defined as “using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive”. Conscious reasoning states that A leads to B leads to C. The instinctive jumps straight to C. The really important aspect of the definition is the stub “feels to be true”. An artist just knows that they are creating in a promising direction. The artist’s intuitive creation is a truth, one that is grasped instinctively.

This may sound terribly fanciful. Could it be the wishful thinking of flighty art type people? No... it is real. I have some examples!

The first example steps outside of the world of art, but still focuses on creation. There are numerous stories of scientists finding the answers to bewildering questions by using an intuitive line of thought. I recently read a book about black holes. A common theme was that the early thinkers could not rationally prove their theories. Instead, the theories “just felt right”. Theoretical work later proved their hunches. Einstein was long a believer in intuitive thinking, and he is credited with the quote “the intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift”. I've done some of my technical brainstorming when I've been at a fast food joint. I would sit there and let my thoughts ramble. Ideas came in and I'd have imagined a whole new direction. The arts share the method and output of the intuitive process.

The second example has an historical bent. For centuries authors have invoked the Muses when writing poetry, hymns, or epic history. The mythic beings, dating back to the 2nd century AD, were called as the true speaker, for whom the artist is merely a conduit. The artist benefited from the guidance of the Muses. The artist tapped an outside resource, something beyond their conscious, and art was created. I feel that the Muses are an historical representation of the artist's intuitive guidance. The Muses represent the guidance and output of intuitive creativity.

A wonderfully artistic friend shared a thought that triggered my last example. It is very difficult to know anybody. We barely know ourselves. Is a wonder that art somehow connects people? There is a reason! The vision of the artist is shared with their audience. This sharing occurs through one or more of the senses. The audience experiences a relationship with the artist's creation. My friend said that she wrote lyrics that felt right. While there was a rational foundation, my friend found herself using an instinctive process that imbued her lyrics with the feelings of many, and not just herself. My friend's goal was to write so people could include themselves in the song. I admire that! I write with a similar passion. I seek to find the words that connect to the reader. Yes, I want you to rationally understand my words, but I reach intuitively to develop a deeper connection with you. The artist's intuitive creativity brings the audience into the artist's creation.

Do you want to be artistic, but you find yourself stuck? Practice a bit of intuitive imagining. Have a vision of what the outcome of your work will be. See yourself connection with your audience. See you and them participating jointly in your art. My friend nailed it when she said that her goal was “writing so people can write THEMSELVES into the song”. The outcome of intuitive creation may not be what you rationally expect. It will instead be what we need. Use intuitive creativity because it will bless you as an artist while it also blesses your audience.
kokopelle: (Tarot Pokemon)
I had a blog entry about quality of life being enhanced by the use of intuition. A wonderfully insight friend responded to this saying "Oh, I don't know. I know a lot of other people who live their lives by intuition and get into just as much trouble and totally screw up their lives. ;P"

Good point! I love it when I get to speak on a subject more. So, why do terribly intuitive people have trouble in their lives? This is a cousin to the question "why do bad things happen to good people?". For your consideration... the reasons why intuitive people have screwed lives:

  • Sh*t happens and life goes sideways in really big ways. Sometimes intuitive people are at the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens because there is a big game plan going on. Does this mean intuitive people are just along for the ride? I don't think so. Consider the attack of the World Trade Center. Many people were killed because of the big picture, but some number of intuitive people managed to not show up at work because they were not part of the picture that day. Intuition still has it power, but the big picture can sneak up on you.
  • Karma is a b*tch. Archetypical "Tower" type events happen in our lives when karma and life catches up with us. Intuition can keep us jumping, out of the way of big stuff, but eventually life will catch up with you if you are running a karmic tab. Intuition is not a get out of jail free card if a person has it coming.
  • People are lazy and don't pay attention to their intuition enough of the time.
  • People are fearful and don't pay attention to intuition in some areas of their lives. I can attest to this one. There are areas of my life that I really really really should turn on the intuition full blast and get busy. Do I? Nope, and the karmic side of life will eventually run me over.
  • People can be naturally intuitive but have lack skills on how to use it on a day to day basis. Why? I don't know, but I've known professional readers that had screwy lives. This reason feels "right" for them.   They could kick butt in a tarot reading, but a simple "yes / no" intuitive query into their own lives was not a skill they used aggressively.

Did I miss anything? Can you think of a reason why intuitive people have screwy lives?
kokopelle: (Goren Last Question)

Intuition is an incredibly powerful tool, but sometimes it plays by its own rules. My intuition is largely based on asking questions. I ask the a question and receive an answer. Rinse and repeat as much as necessary. The upside to this arrangement is that I am not constantly bombarded by intuitive “noise”. Some people are! The downside is that questions are finite and can play by rules that can be funny or frustrating.

Two examples from my years of experience...

#1: Asking a question with no answer can give a misleading answer, especially if you take the question at face value. A classic example would involve food. I shouldn't drink sodas, but sometimes I want to. I ask the question “should I go and get a soda from the machine in the canteen?” The answer is “yes”. Fast forward to visiting the machine, and it is broken or out of the soda I asked about. The answer “should I do X” could be yes only because “X” is not possible. Weird logic? Yep... but that's how intuitive questions seem to work for me.

#2: You may not understand the answer you are seeking. I can't get into the nitty-gritty on this one in order to protect the innocent, but I can share most of an example. I went to an event and asked “will X happen?”. The X was an improbable thing that would have been nice if it had happened. Odds were slim to none, but I received a very solid “Yes” to the question. I attended the event, had a wonderful time, but “X” did not seem to happen. Or did it? I asked afterwards if “X” happened and I was told “yes”. OK. Apparently my understanding of what “X” meant needs to be recalibrated. Possible explanations are that the time scale for “X” is bigger than that one night and the intuitive feedback is ignoring, for my benefit, that I meant just that night.

What are the challenges? Either the outcome is not possible or the big universe and yourself have different definitions. The difference between the two seems to be that the “different definition” situation affirms that the answer was correct even after the incongruence is recognized. The not possible outcome is recognized and acknowledged after the fact.

kokopelle: (rural house)
I found a blog entry that I entered way back in October of 2006.  It speaks to the paradox of trust and human behavior and how intuition helps mediate the insanity... until my emotions intrude!  An update... I still struggle with the past!

From October of 2006:

Can we trust others? Consider the following "truths":

1) People are inherently selfish. Some of them very much so.
2) Spidey senses are valid when the intuition is properly plugged into the world
3) The things we find most distressing about others (i.e. being untrustworthy) are often manifestations of how we see ourselves.
4) Emotional memories can last longer than intellectual memories.

What does that say about us human type people? We are confused paradoxes.

How does this fit together? I've found that acknowledging my human weakness (#3) mellows me to the asses that other people can be (#1). The Spidey senses (#2) help me get through situations that are black-n-white (like what is???). It's #4 that still kicks me in the butt, and this is what I struggle with. I do OK with current relationships. I take the lumps with those who have "wronged" me in the past. Forgive? Maybe. Forget? I'll think about it. That's what my emotional side says.
kokopelle: (Monty Python - Lumberjack)
There is a phenomenon called matching pictures in the intuitive world. Matching pictures are both instructive to the reader and also very challenging. These pictures are also instructive of how people can react to blogs. I'll speak about that in another article. For now I will outline the power and challenges of the intuitive angle.

Read more... )
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Surprised)
I received an e-mail that read:

“I have the ability to see inside of people. What I mean is I can see the blood moving, organs, bones. I can see problems in the body, from cancer to old healed injuries and blocks in energy. I can see these things as clear as you see peoples clothes on their bodies. This causes problems, what am I to say to someone who needs to see a doctor.......”

“I am hoping that you have some info on this ability. I feel that if I can get a better understanding of this it would be easier to accept. Thank you for your time.”

There is a challenge here. It is clear that the correspondent had an understanding of what their medical intuition shows them. They knew the difference between an energy block and a physical injury. The question that begged an answer was, “what am I to say to someone needs to see a doctor?” This question is timeless, as all intuitive gifts demand some action when the gift is taken seriously.

Read more... )

If an ill person cannot change their life, if the scale has tipped too far in favor of the illness, and they do not have the faith to cure themselves, than the illness will win. Have comfort in the morbid humor that life is a terminal condition. In the meantime we, as intuitives and healers, cannot hide ourselves from the world. We cannot give ourselves away to the world either. Abilities call us to use them responsibility through harmonious choices. What should the e-mail corresponder do when someone needs to see a doctor? If they really need to see a doctor, than by all means suggest this to them! If the issue is an energy block, and “modern medicine” can’t do a thing about it, suggest that they go to a person who does chakra balancing/cleansing. If you see that they are (once again) having a bad relationship, remind them that they are making a bad choice (again) and step aside. Remember that in the end you are at best a facilitator, a person who creates a healing environment, and that we heal ourselves in the end as we make peace with the our suffering.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (WillieNelson)
Past Life Spreads I: Focusing

Here is a spread that I use for focusing a more in-depth past life reading and also to answer fairly simple questions such as "Did I know this person in a past life" or "I went to such-and-such a place and it seemed very familiar - have I been there before in a past life?" Before beginning a past life reading, there is often a need to determine how long ago the issue or relationship originated and identify critical lifetimes that affect the development of
the issue before doing an in-depth reading on the question.

The focusing reading is done by first removing the Fool (or any other card you would like to use as a significator for the question) from the deck and setting it aside. Then nine cards are drawn from the deck, and the Fool is mixed into them. The Fool represents the point at which the question originated. The cards are laid out into three rows of three. The top row represents the current lifetime. The right-hand card represents the beginning of the relationship or the first encounter with the question in this lifetime, the middle card the middle years or more mature part of the relationship, the left-hand card the end or later years of this lifetime or the relationship in this lifetime. The middle row represents several recent past lifetimes, and the bottom row represents several older lifetimes. The cards move into the more distant past as you move to the right and downward.

When the Fool appears, the next card is placed on top of it. If the fool appears in the top row, that would suggested that the relationship or origin of the question originated in this lifetime, rather than a past life. If the Fool appears in one of the bottom two rows, then the question originated in a past life. Cards above and to the left of the fool represent lifetimes associated with the question, cards to the right and below the Fool can be discarded, as they do not pertain to the question.

Start by determining the position of the Fool, then read the cards above and to the left of the Fool in sequential order, from oldest to youngest, starting with the card that is paired with the Fool. In the upper row, there may be one or two cards that represent things which haven't happened yet (i.e., the future of the issue or relationship in this lifetime, if the person is young or the relationship is a new one). Reading the cards in this order will provide a brief synopsis of the person's experiences with the question in past lifetimes and in this lifetime. Occasionally, this reading will be all that is needed. Usually though, this reading will point out areas that can be further explored - either in this lifetime or in past lifetimes, that will help shed light on the situation.

One minor interpretation note - the lifetime in which the Fool appears is sometimes the first lifetime in which they first encountered the person or issue, and sometimes is the lifetime before that, where the soul completed a previous cycle and set themselves up for this experience to happen next. You can usually tell this by the card that appears above the Fool. For example, if it is Judgment or Death, or the 10 of Pentacles, or something like that, there's a good chance that that lifetime was spent finishing up whatever else they were doing, and it was between lifetimes that the decision was made to try to initiate this relationship.
kokopelle: (Meatwad Cute)

Tarot, karma and reincarnation have no special link. Tarot is merely a tool, a good tool, that can be used to explore the realm of karma and reincarnation. The advantage of tarot over astrology and numerology is the ability to tap deep into the intuition to discover answers. This presents both a difficult challenge and a wonderful opportunity. As spreads are the voice of the tarot, two will be presented next for further exploration. The proper use of spreads on the potentially tricky and paradoxical questions of karma/fate and reincarnation requires planning, practice, and a will to listen to answers that aren’t expected.

Next part... some spreads to work with.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (ATHF Explode)
Tarot Spreads

Questions are often structured in the tarot through a spread, or layout. This is a symbolic pattern of positions, each with a given meaning. A card-symbol is selected for each of these positions and interpreted in relation to the assigned meaning of the position. Individual spreads lend themselves to different questions.

A spread is like a map. It is a preplanned structure that the seemingly random, but synchronous events, can fall. The maps can be very defined or very rough. An analogy is if one considers the position of Greenville SC to Atlanta GA. The “mapping” between the two can be at these possible levels:

. They exist (this is a very valid starting point!)
. They exist in this dimension
. They exist on planet Earth
. They exist in the United States
. They exist in the Southeastern part of the United States
. Greenville is north of Atlanta
. They are both located on HWY 85
. … and so on

The more defined the spread, the more specific the answer will be. The drawback of a very specific spread is that the universe does not like to be pigeonholed. The right question and the right spread is important. Spirit, however, may or may not cooperate fully with the intended “map”, and if other information is supplied, the answer will make no sense if plugged into a question with the supplied “map”.

Why will Spirit seem to not cooperate? There are a variety of ways to get a “wrong” or non-understandable answer.

  • The question is not important compared to something else going on in the querent’s life. The analogy is that the querent is asking what color shoes they are wearing while a truck bears down on them.

  • The answer seems wrong, but only because the person is just not open to hearing the reply. The querent wants to hear another answer.

  • The parameters of the question were too largely defined, and the results have many people/places/feelings/events. It becomes difficult to know what specifically the cards are saying.

  • The parameters of the question were too small, and the answer is bigger than the box provided.

  • Multiple questions were asked, and multiple answers are given. Confusion results.

  • The question has been asked many times, and Spirit is just tired of answering. Another tact is being tried by the spiritual guides/soul, and we haven’t figured it out yet.

And there are more. This is only a sampling. Practice and being open to the voice of the divine are the paths through these difficulties.
kokopelle: (Cat Jazz Hands)
The tarot cards can communicate in a combination of two ways: symbolically and intuitively. A symbolic reading is also known as a “book” reading. An accepted, predetermined meaning is applied to the card. The quality of a symbolic reading is determined by the reader’s understanding of card meanings/symbology, both alone and along with other cards. The symbolic reading is kin to the procedural methods of astrology or numerology, but the element of spirit “picking” the cards in the moment adds an energy factor that the others do not have. The soul/spirit picks the cards at the moment of the question, when intuition can be focused, instead of at the moment of birth or the time of naming.

The second method of reading is via intuition. When the cards are read intuitively, they “speak” to the reader, and there is no knowledge of underlying symbology required. The intuition of a reader picks up on the pictures in the cards or some other unclassifiable method. Some intuitive readers don’t require the cards, and use them only as a backdrop to a answering a querent’s question. Other intuitive readers use the cards as a “jumping off point”, and the reading moves forward from the first impression received from the cards. An analogy of this is being shown on a map that one is somewhere in the Southern United States, and then probable climate based on the time of the year.

Most readers use a combination of symbolic and intuitive reading.
kokopelle: (I Want to Believe)

The goal of tarot is to momentarily disengage the individual from the control of the mind so their soul can get a message through. Throwing a cluster of objects to produce a specific result is normally beyond the mental capabilities of most people and so this lets the soul take charge. The cards bypass the mind by having the person pick cards as directed by spirit. The tarot enables the individual to tap into their own intuitive abilities by serving as a focal point for spiritual intervention.

The symbols in the tarot are like symbolic clues we receive throughout life. Events in the world that occur seemingly at random, such as a gust of wind or a falling leaf, are symbolic guideposts of impending events. The tarot reading is simply the intentional allowing of synchronism to furnish a sign. The tarot is a navigation tool for our lives. Symbols in the framework of a tarot deck provide direction.

A “reading” of tarot symbols gives you information about the present. Since the present is a seed for the future, the reading offers a vision of a “probable” future. Once the future has been glimpsed, it can be altered to either insure or deter what is seen. The tarot gives feedback about one’s location along life’s journey. The reading shows the possibilities, giving us choice and greater control over the destiny.

The application of tarot’s “in the moment” reading ability to the karmic/reincarnation based past and future is possible if one believes that the past, present and future are all happening at the same time. The paradox of fate and karma appears. As with any metaphysical paradox, there is an answer to it, but we cannot immediately grasp it if we think in terms of our physical, time based reality.

In consultation of the tarot, one can ask anything in any way. You can ask why, what, how , when, and where about any issue, decision, or aspect of your inner or external life – past, present, and/or future. Your questions may be specific or general. The tarot can respond to whether you should, can, will, or are. Karma and reincarnation questions are as valid as any.
kokopelle: (Frylock Side)

Webster's defines intuition as "quick and ready insight;" and "the act or process of coming to direct knowledge without reasoning or inferring." It is derived from the Latin word "intueri" which means "to see within." It is a way of knowing, of sensing the truth without explanations.

Intuition is something that we are born with and use everyday. Intuition is present in everyone because it is a survival skill, not a spiritual intention. In this form it is an unconscious tool, an extra sense outside the analytical, logical and rational side of the brain. In an untrained form intuition is very powerful. Intuition warns us who is “dangerous”, when to be fearful, and when to jump into a situation. It can become a more reliable and valuable tool when the language of intuition is understood and developed. Untrained intuition can be confused with emotional desires and fantasies. Accurate intuition enables you to gain vital and valuable insight into yourself, family, friends, business associates and the world around you. More importantly, intuition provides you with guidance so thoughts and actions are nurtured to produce hopes and dreams.

The three psychological ways to gain an awareness of past lives, and the karma associated with them, share a traits of:
You temporarily lose touch with your worldly life.
You don't have the inhibitions that normally keep you from having such memories during regular consciousness.
You lose your worldly concerns and inhibitions and are more receptive to the complete truth.
The rote and standard of astrology and numerology do not easily fit these traits. Intuition works best when the three traits are practiced. Intuition then flows, revealing the sensing of truth without explanations. From this sensing the revealing of past reincarnations and the path of karma begins.
kokopelle: (I Want to Believe)

Each day of the year has a unique energy created by the combination of the energy of the numbers that make it up. The same is true for the name that is given at birth. Each letter has an energy, and their sum represents a natal “energetic” blueprint. The day of birth and the name given on that day are not accidents. They are determined by karma and reincarnation pre-birth choice. Unlocking the secrets of the numbers reveals why a person is here, what their lessons will be, and where their karmic challenges will lie. Some dates and names carry heavy atonement for karma.

The most heavily karmic names for women are Ruth, Victoria and Huette while the most heavily karmic names for men are Rudy, Victor and Hugh.

The Connection of Astrology and Numerology

Both astrology and numerology share a similarity that they can both be natally calculated and recorded. A person’s natal “blueprint” for karma can be locked into an astrological chart or a diagram of numbers and letters. The process follows a pre-defined, “scientific” approach. The natal chart and numerological numbers are not obtained intuitively. The procedure can be documented in a book or programmed into a computer.

The procedural method of astrology and numerology is both a strength and a weakness. The strength flows from the fact that anybody can do it with the proper training and/or tools. Analysis after the factual creation of the karmic maps can be very standard too, not requiring intuitive intervention. The relative absence of intuition is also the weakness of these methods.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Moonnite Ship)

Astrology provides the clear evidence of karma. The natal chart outlines the traps or temptations, special talents, self defeating techniques, and love partners that are partly or wholly influenced by karma. The path of karma running through your life is most clearly revealed in the natal (birth) horoscope. A natal chart, cast for a person’s birthplace and time, provides a microcosmic application of the macrocosm overhead. In the modern Western world, this chart takes the form of a circle made up of twelve portions. The planets are placed in the circle, their position relative to each other forever fixed in time. As the birth of a person happens only once, the natal chart is frozen, a blueprint of karma – the strengths and weaknesses inherent in a person’s being.

Astrological event charts look at the nature of time – its possibilities and potentials – at any given moment. The goal of the event chart is to understand the way that the momentary energies interact with the innate karma of the natal chart. Transits are a way of seeing how life unfolds. Transits give insights into the tides of karma. The tides cannot exist without the sea, and the affects of the moving planets require the sea of our natal karma to come into being. Transits can mark times of crisis and triumph, chances to advance, and times of transition, danger and hope. It could be argued that moments of "fate" take place when there are strongly planetary/energetic interactions with our natal karma.
kokopelle: (Meatwad Cute)
The soul can be described as the eternal energy that sustains your body and makes your body seem real. The soul contains all of the intelligence that allows your body to function. It is the only constant in your many incarnations. Your body is like a mask, hiding your true self, the soul. You really don't die. Upon leaving the physical plane, you first go through a resting period where you are in a very deep sleep. People have described this as much, much deeper than your deepest sleep while on Earth. After you have refreshed and recharged yourself, you then enter a new world where things are different than the physical plane. This world is called the astral plane. At this level, the rules are different in some big ways. There is no real concept of time on this level. In addition, you are given the power of thought projection, the power to create things from your thoughts. Also, the body needs no sleep or food. The basic theme of the astral plane is that since you've shed your physical body due to bodily death, you can learn more about your astral body. This astral body lies under your physical body when you're in the physical plane. After remaining a certain amount of time in the astral plane, most of us reincarnate back into the physical plane. We have to choose the appropriate situation and birth mother for our next incarnation. Then the cycle is complete.

Outside of the psychological ways of investigating karma, evidence of the operation of karma can be viewed in the ancient "arts of divination". The arts include but are not limited to: astrology, numerology, palmistry, and rune systems.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Frylock Forward)
There are three “psychological” ways to gain an awareness of past lives.

1. Dreams - It is possible in dreams to get glimpses of previous lives. If you're in a dream, but with a different body, it could be one of your previous incarnations. Dreams are an interesting way to relive past life events. While dreaming, you temporarily lose touch with your worldly life. This is the time where your buried past life memories have a chance of surfacing because you're more free to experience them.

2. Hypnosis or Past Life Regression - With this method, you are put into a hypnotic state in an attempt to free past life memories and identities. Under hypnosis we are more relaxed and able to look back at our past lives; we don't have the inhibitions that normally keep us from having such memories during regular consciousness.

3. Meditation - If we are able to meditate deep and to a certain level, we can access past life memories. Again, by meditating, we lose our worldly concerns and inhibitions and are more receptive to the complete truth.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (FSM)
This is going to be a twelve part article examining the connection between karma, reincarnation, and intuitive methods.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Karma comes from the root kri, "to do". The principal is based on the idea that actions determine your destiny. One becomes good by good action and bad by bad action. Each karma, or action, generates a vibration that continues to vibrate in the mind. These vibrations are subconscious impressions. Like attracts like. Love attracts loving acts, malice attracts malice. The attraction and reaction is non-judgmental, and does not involve the operation of morality or a single divine judgment.

Fate and Karma are very different. Fate means that one's life has been predestined. Karma is exactly the opposite. With Karma, your destiny is completely under your control, be it for good or for bad. The basis by which the two work is something of a paradox, and is suggested as a further area of study.

Karma works hand in hand with reincarnation. Reincarnation means rebirth of the soul into a new body based on the soul's spiritual level, for the purpose of learning certain life lessons. It is a journey of the soul, simply put. The soul makes a choice about the lesson it will learn during a physical incarnation, and the lesson(s) are largely based on the karma built up during past incarnations.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Evil)
Can we trust others? Consider the following "truths":

1) People are inherently selfish. Some of them very much so.
2) Spidey senses are valid when the intuition is properly plugged into the world
3) The things we find most distressing about others (i.e. being untrustworthy) are often manifestations of how we see ourselves.
4) Emotional memories can last longer than intellectual memories.

What does that say about us human type people? We are confused paradoxes.

How does this fit together? I've found that acknowledging my human weakness (#3) mellows me to the asses that other people can be (#1). The Spidey senses (#2) help me get through situations that are black-n-white (like what is???). It's #4 that still kicks me in the butt, and this is what I struggle with. I do OK with current relationships. I take the lumps with my parents, and with those who have "wronged" me in the past. Forgive? Maybe. Forget? I'll think about it. That's what my emotional side says.

Some thoughts on this trustful day...


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