Spiritual Tarot and Guidance ~ The Search

Spiritual Tarot and Guidance ~ The Search, attachment, sacred heart, Gaia.

Spiritual Tarot and Guidance ~ The Search

Hi everyone ~ this reading is for the 29th August ~ 4th September 2021, but I trust as always that whenever it finds you that the Spiritual & Angelic Realms will have a message for you in this reading that also applies at that time.

Our first card & the overarching energy for our messages from the spiritual & angelic realms for this week is The Search. I feel that this weeks reading and the continual message (and most needed at this time) that is coming through from them is the need for us all to find ourselves/our life path again.

As the caption on the card says… Feeling lost, Confused, Lonely. How many of us can truly say that after we have all been through this past 18 months or so that we don’t feel at least one of these feelings?

However I feel the message coming through for some of us is more about communicating with ourselves, feeling lost within ourselves, and amidst all the changes we have endured, have lost our way. The message from the spiritual & angelic realms is that we are never alone… their guidance is to go within, quieten the mind, and all the answers we seek are are always within us.

Our second card is Attachment. The message hear I feel is we are being asked to let go of what is no longer working in our lives. It may be a situation we find ourselves in e.g. a job that we feel is no longer right for us or a relationship that no longer feels right. It could be our life in general. Habits or routines that we wish to brake, or we may wish to move and change the place in which we live because it no longer “feels right” for us.

For some of us our lives have changed completely and we have all had restrictions placed upon them, and for some they are still in place. It is only natural that a great many of us have begun feel a restlessness and are beginning to ask the question “where do I go from hear?”

The problem is that the situations we want most to let go of or change are always accompanied by the feeling of fear. It could be from a sense of commitment, guilt or duty but the need for us to make the change runs deep into our soul. I feel spirit are letting us know that our world is changing, the way we live and do things also need to change, and we need adjust and make the necessary changes too.

Our next card Sacred Heart also speaks to us of the need to re-evaluate our lives, priorities and core values. It is also a message of heightened emotions that sometimes rise to overbearing and unbearable heights. The spiritual and angelic realms want us to know “we are hear, we are listening”. Calm yourself, relax, go within, listen and we will answer.

Our last card for this week is Gaia. This the most powerful card in the card deck I have used this weeks message. I was immediately and powerfully drawn to the deck as I began to “tune in” for this reading.

Gaia is know as the “Earth Mother” and represents wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I feel that this again is a message from the spiritual and angelic realms reminding us that they are there for us and they along with Gaia are offering their knowledge, wisdom and understanding if only we are willing to listen..

We are being guided also by Gaia to restore our own balance and wellbeing just as she works to restore the balance and wellbeing of the planet on which we live. She asks us.. to not fear the changes that are taking place within us, just as we should not fear the changes that are taking place on earth, all is evolving and unfolding as it should, just as we are, what the earth needs, as we also as it’s inhabitants need… Is more love.

Until next time… Please take care and stay safe.

Steve Robinson

Cards used in this reading

Gaia Oracle Cards: Toni Carmine Salerno

Spiritual Tarot & Guidance Reading (17th ~ 18th July 2021)

Spiritual Tarot & Guidance Reading Cards. Judgement and Victory

Spiritual Tarot & Guidance Reading (17th-18th July 2021)

The two cards that were drawn for this weekends message with the help of the Spiritual & Angelic realms were Judgement & Victory.

I feel the message for this weekend that is coming through from them is a reminder that we should not judge others. We all have our different paths to walk and everyone of our paths is different. We all deal with our individual paths the best way that we can with the knowledge and understanding that we have at the time that challenges arise.

Our challenge is to understand these things and accept that our spiritual development, progression and understanding may be at either a higher level or lower level than that of others, therefore we need to keep our egos under control and not judge others decisions or actions just to make ourselves feel better or more superior than others.

We all have and still are going through a period of stress, anxiety, loss, fear and suffering well above the levels that we are normally expected to deal with. This is why I feel I was guided to draw our second card which is Victory.

The Spiritual and Angelic realms I feel are wanting to let us know that they are aware, as always of what we experience on a daily basis and their love and support are always only a thought away. They want us to acknowledge how well we have coped with our lives thus far and congratulate ourselves for all we have either achieved or overcome.

They remind us again that each of us are at different states of progression a challenge that arises may be easier to overcome for some of us than others, but we should not judge.

We are all spirit experiencing a human existence, we are all here to learn and grow. We should not allow our egos to take over and judge others for a short period of gratification.

We are all a part of one big spiritual family and should practice the gifts that we ALL have and are the very essence of the Spiritual and Angelic realms…. LOVE, COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING.

Cards used in this reading.

Energy Oracle Cards – Sandra Anne Taylor

The Souls Journey Lesson Cards – James Van Praagh

How to be Happy

The simple secrets are People and Purpose

More than a thousand years ago, the ruler Spain,Abd Er-Rahman III, wrote these words

“I have now reigned about 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen.”

Here’s a challenging question for you:

Are you happy?
Perhaps you’ve been asked this question before.  The person who asked may have meant something specific: ‘are you happy in your new job?’, ‘are you happy with your new home?’, or ‘are you happy about your new car?’  You probably answered politely ‘oh, yes, I’m very happy!’  Well, there have been times when I forgot about answering politely for a moment and really thought about the question – the big question!  I imagine that a kind of blank far away look came over my face as I began to ponder the many layers of ‘are you happy?’
happyWhat is happiness?
Is it the same as joy or pleasure or satisfaction or contentment?
Am I feeling it right now?
Do I have to feel happy to be happy?
Is it important to be happy?
Should happiness be the aim of my life?
And since – like Abd Er-Rahman III – I don’t feel joyful at every moment of every day, the question also sets me wondering about what I might be missing.  Could I be happier?  Should I be happier?  How?  What is keeping me from being happier?
One thing we should probably clear up at the very start is what we mean happiness. Talking with a few people, I discussed my plan to start a programme which to be called ‘happiness class.’  The reaction was not positive.  Everyone liked the idea of the programme – teaching and using spiritual practice to cultivate compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and self-acceptance – but they didn’t like the name at all.  To their ears, ‘Happiness Class’ immediately made them think ‘happy clappy.’
Do you know the expression?  It refers to a certain style of exuberant Christian worship that involves a lot of lively singing and clapping and a kind of theology that I will – perhaps unfairly – characterise with the simple phrase: ‘love Jesus and everything will be OK.’
The negative sense of ‘happy clappy’, I think, comes from the belief that this is a shallow and simplistic kind of religious thought.  I don’t disagree.  There is also the sense that happiness can be seen as a superficial thing that is put on like a garment, but that has relatively little to do with our deeper reality.
This is not what I mean by happiness – at least not the kind that is worthwhile goal.
So, if happiness is something other than the fleeting superficial feeling of pleasure we sometimes think of, what is it?
George Santayana said this:
“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”
This is a notion of happiness that refers not to moments of pleasure but to a quality of a whole life.  Happiness is that which makes life good – especially in the knowledge that life is marked not just by joy but by suffering and pain as well.  This is also what Aristotle meant by happiness when he called happiness “…the whole aim and end of human existence.”  Not the momentary thrill of a purchase or a sensation, but the deep sense of living a good life.
When we understand happiness in this deeper way, it begins to look more like a worthwhile goal for our lives than do the shallower more hedonistic versions.  Acting to maximize the happiness of ourselves and others does not seem like a bad idea at all.  Indeed, this was the core idea of the Utilitarian philosophers.  As Jeremy Bentham put it, “The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.”

Of course, some would disagree with placing such an emphasis on happiness.  We are certainly aware of belief systems that place a strong emphasis on self-denial and sacrifice – that suffering altruistically is truly the good life and that happiness is not a worthy goal.  To be fair though, often the motivation for such behaviour is happiness anyway – albeit in a world to come.  So even there, we have a recognition of the centrality of happiness to the human experience.

Now, where does happiness come from?  How do we attain it?
Well, there are an awful lot of notions about this.  Of course, companies are spending billions of pounds each year to convince us that happiness comes from purchasing their goods or services.  And there is a strong message in our culture telling us that happiness goes hand in hand with wealth.  Money, beauty, stuff, love…  It’s all supposed to be a package that we should be reaching for. Does it bring happiness?
Many wise people have weighed in on the question of what causes happiness.  In profound and compelling words we are offered a wide variety of advice.  I find much of this advice to have the ring of truth.  It’s just too bad that so much of it is contradictory!
Some words of wisdom claim that happiness is an option we can take – that we choose whether or not to be happy.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, though, it is claimed that happiness is determined by our upbringing and genetics – that there is almost nothing we can do to change our happiness now.
We are told that happiness arises from doing:  that it comes from satisfying work, from achievement, or fidelity to a worthy purpose.  We are also told that it comes from a way of being – from wisdom, from purity of mind, or for the Buddhists, through extinguishing of craving or attachment.
We are told that happiness comes from our relations with others: from having family, from the exercise of compassion or from helping or giving happiness to others.  And then we are told that happiness arises from independence.
What a muddle!
Fortunately, happiness has over the past several years become a serious subject of psychological research.  We actually know quite a bit now about what actually produces happiness.
One very important finding of the scientific studies: money doesn’t make you happy!  Once our basic needs are met, people with more money are no happier than people with less.  The British people are three times wealthier than they were in the 1950s, but are significantly less happy now than then!
And maybe people are beginning to recognize the lack of a connection between income and satisfaction: in a recent opinion poll, people were asked whether the government’s prime objective should be the greatest happiness or the greatest wealth.  An overwhelming fraction – over 80% – chose happiness over money!
What else doesn’t matter besides money? We might expect that smarter or more informed people are happier.  They’re not.  Education and intelligence have no correlation with happiness.
Certainly in our increasingly youth-oriented culture, the young must be happier than the old, right? Nope!  Older people are actually more satisfied with their lives.  Good weather? Not at all! People who live in sunnier places are no happier than those who live with rain and cold.
What does matter then?
In short, two things rise to the top of the list: People and purpose.
If you have strong ties to family and friends you are more likely to be happy. And you are more likely to be happy if you are engaged in purposeful activity – something that provides meaning to your life and that engages and interests you deeply.
What about the pessimistic notion I mentioned earlier that your level of happiness is determined by your genetics and your upbringing?  If true, this would seem to make it not worth trying to be any happier.  The news is mixed.  There are some very good reasons to believe that genes and our childhoods do give us a certain happiness set point.  For most people, joyous or sorrowful events move us away from that happiness level, but only temporarily.  Eventually – even with extremely positive or negative life events – we tend to return to the set-point.
But the good news is that there is also very strong evidence that the set-point can be altered.  It takes effort.  There are no simple solutions.  No seminar or tape or DVD or workshop is going to make a sad person into a happy one overnight.  The keys are the same two factors I mentioned a moment ago: people and purpose.  Becoming more engaged in meaningful activity and making and strengthening human ties do make us happier.  Helping others makes us happier. Connecting with others makes us happier. And bringing meaning to life through cultivation of gratitude makes us happier.
Let’s stop here for a moment and review…  We want to be happy and we know that money and things don’t help us to reach that goal.  What does help us reach that goal is to find meaningful activity to engage in and people with whom to connect.  Cultivating gratitude and helping others are found to be powerful ways of increasing our happiness.
Does this sound at all familiar?  Purpose, commitment, compassion, community, gratitude…  If religion didn’t already exist, we would have to invent it!
And this supposition is not just the wishful thinking of a dedicated and passionate minister.  It is backed up by numerous studies.  People who participate in a religious community are found to be happier – significantly happier – than people who don’t.  And not only that, this happiness shows up in some very important ways.  Religious people have lower rates of depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide.  They even have lower blood pressure!
There is something wonderful in the understanding that is developing of the way happiness arises.  In his book, Ethics for a New Millenium, HH The Dalai Lama writes:
“our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. […] not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness but they also lessen our experience of suffering. […] In our concern for others, we worry less about ourselves. When we worry less about ourselves an experience of our own suffering is less intense. […] genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on.”
The very actions that we can do to make others happy make us happy as well. We attend both to our own and others’ happiness when we commit to helping, to building meaningful relationships, and when we engage in activity that is deeply meaningful.
How could such a happy situation come about?  Some might call it a divine plan: a loving and purposeful God created us in such a way that our own happiness is tied to that of others.  Others might see the work of evolution here – the most successful individuals were the ones who worked well with others and bonded with them and so finding satisfaction from such behaviour was advantageous.  Still others could say it’s simply luck that brought us to this situation.
No matter how it came to pass, there is great hope to be found in this understanding.  To find that our individual happiness is tied to the happiness of others is to see ever more clearly that we are all, as Martin Luther King put it, ‘tied in a single garment of destiny’.  As a society, we seem to have forgotten this truth – a truth that can be found in various forms within nearly all religious traditions.  But we can recover it and here is as good a place to start as any.
And so, I ask again ‘Are you happy?’
Robert Louis Stevenson tells us ‘There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.’

Andy Pakula – About the Author:

Andrew Pakula is Minister to the Newington Green and Islington Unitarians, a rapidly-growing, radically-inclusive, spiritual community in north London. He directs UKspirituality.org, a not-for-profit association of quality providers of spiritual events, programmes, and workshops. With a Jewish background and influences from many other religious traditions, his is a particularly open and eclectic approach to spirituality. Andrew believes that authentic spirituality provides a way of living deeply, meaningfully, and with connection and that it offers an essential antidote to the busy, individualistic, materialistic culture in which we live. http://www.ukspirituality.org apakula@gmail.com 0780 9144879

The Wisdom To Know

How do we define wisdom?  Is it being knowledgeable? Is it a way of thinking?  The Oxford Dictionary describes wisdom as “experience and knowledge together  with the power of applying them critically or practically” or “common  sense”.
Tree_of_Wisdom_by_Dark_KunorIn our search for wisdom, we still must ask the question, we can  gain experience through life and we can acquire knowledge through learning but  where do we get the power or the common sense?
For the most part,  psychologists all agree that wisdom as distinct from the cognitive abilities  measured by the standard IQ tests. They believe that wisdom is a trait that can  be developed by experience, but can never be taught.
In more general  matters, wisdom is synonymous with prudence. Some people  believe that wisdom is a gift that even a child, uneducated and inexperienced  may possess.

Wisdom is a virtue that is recognized by all circles whether they  are religious, cultural or philosophical. Wisdom is defined as a set of  principles that govern all of a person’s actions and decisions.  It can pertain to a person’s perspective on life and how they deal with any  number of situations.
But what is it that makes a person wise? Can wisdom  be taught? Do we gain wisdom from experience or is it inherited? Can true wisdom  be gained by spirituality?
As far back as the ancient Greeks wisdom was  associated with virtue. Philosophers spoke about the virtue of wisdom with  regards to courage and moderation. The Catholic Church says that wisdom stands  with justice, fortitude and moderation as one of the four virtues. Yet some  religions believe that wisdom was achieved by restoring balance. In Islam, it is  believed that the Prophet Muhammad was chosen by God to represent his wisdom.

Some eastern  philosophies also have their thoughts on wisdom such as Buddha who taught that a  wise person has good bodily conduct, speaks well and controls their mind. It is  a wise person that will do the tasks that are unpleasant but have to be done.  The law of karma.
So there is much conjecture to how wisdom is acquired,  yet every day we become a little wiser from the experience of just living. It is  this experience that when examined, dissected and evaluated by us becomes  wisdom. It is of our own choosing whether or not to use our experiences to gain  wisdom. For example, you are running in a field, not watching where you are  putting your feet, you trip over a log and hurt your knee. It is now up to you  what you do with this experience. Do you rub your knee and forget it or do you  quickly make a mental note to be more vigilant about where you put your feet?
Naturally, a wise person would do the latter. Just as a wise person  would take an umbrella with them if there were heavy clouds in the sky or a jumper if there was a cold wind. So it  could be said that wisdom is really a form of common sense.
Wisdom, like  learned knowledge, comes at all levels from basic common sense to very deep  reflective wisdom gained from reflective thought about all that has gone before  us and by the analysis of our lives, our achievements and our failures and by  looking at why each occurred and how it could have been better handled. How many  times have you thought back over an incident and thought “if only?” If we can  acknowledge these outcomes and reasons, we can learn, then apply it to what may  come next.
Having the wisdom to know what to do, what to say and when to  say it is all a matter of looking at the situation logically, using the  experiences from our past and thinking about the possible outcomes of our next  action or sentence. For some intuitive people this can be a natural process yet  for others it may take a little more time and dedication.
It would appear  that while wisdom cannot be learned from a text  book, it can be taught. You can be taught how to become more aware of  situations, thoughts, actions and deeds and the possible outcomes of these yet,  only you can heed the advice being given and utilize the information in a  logical manner. Wisdom comes from within, from looking at the information at  hand, critically examining it and then using that information in a logical  manner.

Kevin  Sinclair –    About the Author:

Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of my-personal-growth.com, a site that provides information and  articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.

Self-Improvement ~Two Basic Principles.

From a high level perspective, most self-improvement knowledge can be summarized as two principles below:

  1. Love yourself, work on your self-esteem. Take responsibility for how you feel/think/act. Work on reducing your ego. Do not let people/situations hurt your ego, and if hurt, do not act on the thoughts when hurt. Center your mind before you act.
  2. Love others. Boost their self-esteem. Do not intentionally hurt other people’s ego.  Keep developing people skills so you will reduce the probability of even unintentionally hurting others, and increase the chance of making others feeling good about themselves and hence you. 

Let us look into these in further detail:

Principle #1:

Our ego is the single reason why we experience all the negative emotions and all the suffering.  Our ego is just a thought of who we think we are in terms of what we do, what we own, and what others think of us. The entire spiritual path is about reducing our ego. As our ego’s reduces, wisdom naturally increases, and our life gets better. Loving ourselves is very Important. Self-esteem is the critical component that determines the quality of our lives. The core teaching of self-help is that we are responsible for our lives, and that no matter what happens around us, we are responsible for how we feel. The meaning that we associate to events is what creates our feelings. By consciously assigning empowering meaning  to events, we can always control how we feel. Wisdom is in knowing that it is never others that hurt us, but we choosing to hurt ourselves by the thoughts we think.

Principle #2:

The other side of the the core self-help knowledge is to love others and make them feel valued. Although it would be great to have people around with no ego, practically speaking, all people around us have egos, just like we do. Wisdom thus lies in boosting people’s self-esteem – to make them genuinely feel good and appreciated. While it’s clear that intentionally hurting other people’s ego is not a good idea, what may not be that apparent is that we unintentionally hurt people thanks to our lack of skills in dealing with people. Much of classic self-help knowledge such as ”How to win friends and influence people” and most books on “relationship skills”  are about learning skills so that we become a master of dealing with people. There is a psychology for every situation, age group, sex, and profession. Our ignorance of human psychology leads us to untold pain in dealing with people. Becoming more and more skilled in dealing with people the right way so we do not violate principle #2 is a great asset. This part can take a long time to master, as life always leads to new situations/people in which we have not yet learnt the  proper psychology for the situation. For example, many people struggle with marriages simply because of ignorance of psychology of the opposite sex.

Many relationship problems are a result of not following these principles

Most of the relationship problems between two people, whether at home or work, happens due to people violating either principle #1 or principle #2. The patterns of all friction between two people A and B happens in one of the following ways:

1) A violates principle #1 =>  B violates principle #1

Example:

A gets angry at B due to an expectation B did not meet, and his ego is hurt. B in turn is hurt by the negative energy A is sending him, and reflects back the anger in some way. He may become hurt, depressed, sad or send back anger.

2) B violates principle #2 =>  A violates principle #1 => B violates principle #1

Example:

B unknowingly hurts A, due to some ignorance, perhaps lack of people skills. A takes that action personally, gets hurt, and sends some negative energy towards B. B in turn retalitates with negative energy.

Solution to many relationship problems lies in simply following these principles

The solution to avoiding friction between two people happens in one of the following ways:

  1. A follows principle #1 => B has no problem.
  2. B follows principle #2 => A has no problem.
  3. A violates principle #1 =>  B still follows principle #1 => no problem  (i.e B does not retaliate)
  4. B violates principle #2 =>  A still follows principle #1 => no problem  (i.e A does not retaliate)

Apply these principles on yourself, not others

The interesting thing is that even as we break one of these principles, we expect our counterpart to follow them! For example, we knowingly/unknowingly hurt the other (principle #2), but yet expect our counterpart to not act out as they do when hurt (principle #1). Or, we hurt ourselves by giving disempowering meaning to events related to what the other did (principle #1), and expect the other to make it right ( principle #2) Wisdom lies in applying these principles on ourselves, and not on our counterparts. We can only control ourselves, not others. Expecting others to comply only leads to disappointment.

 The reason we are creators of our life is that regardless of whether people around us are following these principles or not, if we follow them, we are able to completely direct the experience of our life. Not following these principles leads to negative, disempowered and painful situations, and following these leads to positive, empowered, and happy experiences.

Posted by Joanne Wellington for Mediums World

The beauty of a woman.

JoanneWomanPaintFor attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.