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Setting Your Intention and Structuring a Reading

By: Amaya
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Note: This blog entry is part of a series on psychic development. Find the index for the series here.

I tend to think of psychic readings in terms of intention, structure, and process. The psychic sets an intention for the reading, utilizes a particular reading structure for thetype of information being sought, and employs psychic tools in a specificprocess. In this blog entry, I'll discuss the intention and structure parts of the psychic reading.


Setting Intention

I first learned about setting intention from my mentor. I sort of understood why she did it, but it felt to me like it was hokey and probably unnecessary. However, I ignored my inner nay-sayer and always did the intention-setting, or "invocation" as I like to think of it, before every reading anyway. It's only been in the last year or two that I have come to reallyunderstand the purpose of this step in the reading process.

As I see it, the purpose of this step is two-fold. First, the intention-setting action announces to your brain that you're about to do a reading. Doing it the same way every time develops a behavioral triggerbetween something that is easy to control - making a decision and saying some words - and something that is harder to control, the sometimes-elusive "psychic receptive state".

The second reason for the intention-setting action is that it tells the universe what you want. Remember, the answers you get are only as good as the questions you ask. If you're not sure what the reading is supposed to be about, you'll be less able to effectively interpret the information that you receive. We'll discuss how to askeffective questions in a later exercise, but let's call this step the "master question", the question that will guide and drive the reading.

Youwill create your own invocation, but if you'd like some ideas, mine typically contains a few standard items. I usually ask for the presence of only my highest and best guidance, and only the highest and best guidance of the person for whom I'm doing the reading. I generally ask to be a clear channel for the information that the readee would like to receive. Ioften ask for the ability to convey the information in a way that is consistent with the highest and best good of all involved. I then explain what the readee would like to know about, and start the reading. I say all of these things aloud. If, for whatever reason, it's not possible to say these items aloud, I use very focused thought to achieve the same thing.

At the end of the reading, I close the reading by thanking everyone - readee and guidance - for being with us then and always, and give thanks for the information that was received.


Deciding on Structure

There are several different ways to structure a reading, and the choice of which structure to use will depend upon the purpose of the reading- the question being asked - and the particular skills of the reader.Sometimes during the course of the reading, it will become apparent that a different structureor combination of structures would produce better results, and a switch is required. Below, I'll describe the most common structures that are used in readings. There are plenty more, of course, and I'm not including any of what I consider to be the "healing" structures, such as shamanic readings and such, although they also are part of the menu of structures available to one who knows how to use them. As you learn more about and developyour particular skills, youmight create your own unique structures that work better for you, which is great.

  1. Tool-Based Reading - This reading structure uses one or more divination tools, such as tarot cards, I Ching,astrology, answer the readee's question. This structure can be used by itself or in combination with others.
  2. Classic Clairvoyance - This type of reading generally relies on a mental receiving device, such as a screen that lives inside the mind, on which the answers to the readee's questions appear in a visual format and are interpreted by the reader. See this entryto refresh your memory onhow this works. This is theusualstructure for remote viewing, butreaders that are proficient with clairvoyance use it for other things as well.
  3. Akashic Records - As described in a different section, the reader can visit the Akashic Records to answer questions for the readee. This structure is particularly good for questions dealing with life path, fate, destiny, relationships, and past lives.
  4. Past Lives - As described in a different section, the reader can travel into the past life of the readee in order to retrieve lost soul aspects. You might try this for situations in which the readee seems to be "stuck in a loop", is repeating unhelpful patterns of behavior, has become overly emotionally attached or repelled by a particular person or situation, orseems to beconstantlyseeking something that they're not finding.
  5. Mediumship -In thisstructure, the reader communicates with non-physical beings in order to answer the readee's question. My personal preference for most readings is to use this structure, and to work with the readee's spirit guidesdirectly. The particular elements of my invocation that address "guidance" set up this type of structure. This category also includes communication with deceased loved ones, "ghosts" and other lower astral entities, elemental beings, lower- and higher-astral aliens, gods and goddesses, angels, ascended masters, and all other similar beings described with different names. This method seems to be especially well-received when the readee seems confused, lonely, down on themselves, or not sure about what direction they should be goingin (in other words, practically everyone!).

I stopped at five main types of reading structures, but I'd love to hear from the group if there'sanother obvious one that I've missed or if you've discovered a structure that works especially well for you that I didn't mention.