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Amaya
@amaya
11/06/11 08:42:16AM
301 posts

Trust


Psychic and Paranormal

Well, shoot! Mental illness and politics are both in dire need of more folks like you to bring light and truth to thediscussion. I applaud your willingness to take on the topics. I definitely understand about getting caught up in "life stuff" - my daughter is 13 and probably bipolar, and I sooo get the stress and fear that you mention. What you didn't mention is the shame of it, and it sounds like that's something that you'd like to try to address onthe level of our society and how we view mental illness. More power to you!
Amaya
@amaya
11/05/11 03:11:42PM
301 posts



Nice job! This is a great list! And thanks for the plug...
updated by @amaya: 01/03/17 07:20:54PM
Amaya
@amaya
11/05/11 03:09:54PM
301 posts

Trust


Psychic and Paranormal

Ha ha! Aren't guides great? "Trust." Like it's just that easy!

Questioning what you don't understand is really, really important, and, in my opinion,not the same as not trusting. Faith is a tricky deal that way. It's important to not follow blindly, yet it's important to realize that in our limited capacity of humanness, it's not possible for us to know everything. That's why were here, being human - to learn things that we can't learn without being in this limited state. I think the only faith that's truly necessary is trusting that it will all work out okay, that fear is unnecessary (unless it's doing its job of protecting your physical body from harm), and it sounds like you're already there.

In my opinion, asking questions about what you're experiencing is actually the route to figuring out why you're here and what you're supposed to be learning while you're here, so give yourself permission to ask as many questions as you feel like you need to ask. I get the "why me"s too sometimes, and I try to remember that it's NOT me. It's all of us. We'reALL here to learn something. My particular purpose to being here, in a human body on Earth,is to help other people figure out what they're doing here. I sometimes feel like this whole "ascension" thing is overblown, you know? Allpeople have different things that they're working on, and none of the learnings are better or more important than anyone else's.

Anyway, soapbox over. :-)

Amaya
@amaya
11/05/11 02:46:39PM
301 posts

My first actual experience with a Past Life, done while meditating.


New Age

That is fantastic! Congratulations, Phyllis! That sounds exactly like how I usually experience things when I look at past lives.

The part that will take some practice (and it sounds like it won't take you much practice, because you already have the basic idea) is to create that balance that you referred to of thinking (directing the experience) and observing (allowing the experience to unfold). The next step in this experience would be to ask your guide(s) questions, such as: Who are you in this life? What is your relationship with Connor? You asked for a lifetime that would help with healing, so what is it that needs to be done here? If you want, you can create a sort of imaginary remote control that allows you to fast forward to the important bits, like how you died in this lifetime.

You also mentioned feeling weak and dizzy when you woke up. This is usuallya symptom of not being firmly grounded during meditation - too much spiritual energy builds up in the upper chakras. It's difficult forme to staygrounded when I meditate lying down, so I generally always meditate in a sitting position. If you haven't already, you might try looking at the root chakra exercise segment for some ideas on grounding. As a quick fix, if you feel that way after a meditation againin the future, you can simplykneel andput your forehead on the floor for a few minutes. I'm not sure why it works, but it usually does!

Also, the inane thought thing... I have a lot going on in my life at pretty much all times. My mind is usually a tornado of things I need to remember to do, and there are days that it takes aLOT of willpower to get my brain to shut the heck up. I find that if I journal regularly (and keep to-do lists!), it'smuch, mucheasier to clear my mind for meditation. If there's a day that you find it particularly difficult to clear your mind, you might try typing out three pages or so of whatever you happen to be thinking about, then try again.

Keep up the good work, Phyllis!

Amaya
@amaya
11/05/11 12:10:45PM
301 posts



Ha ha! Yup! You might try justlistening toalpha the whole time and see how that goes, too. Or, try meditating with the binaural beats once, then do it without once, and so on until you canreach thatrange that'slow enough, but in which you canstill stay conscious. :-) Personally, I can't do any "work" while I'm listening to binaural beats. What's great about them is also what is difficult about them - they forcethe listenerto stay in a certain brainwave pattern. I think that I have to be able to bounce up and down between alpha and theta to be able to guide the journey and then receive the information. I do like them as a "warm up", though, so I might listen to them for a bit beforehand, and then do the actual journey meditation without.
Amaya
@amaya
10/30/11 09:51:16PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Thanks, Ginger! I actually don't need any more info than what you've provided, so if you don't have time to write more, don't worry about it!

Amaya
@amaya
10/30/11 05:28:51PM
301 posts



Okay! Good to know! I find binaural beats to be pleasant, too.
Amaya
@amaya
10/30/11 12:25:25PM
301 posts



I haven't tried the isochronic tones. It sounds like they workbasically the same way asshamanic drums or rattles, so I imagine they shouldwork pretty well for this particular purpose. If you try them, let me know how they work for you!
Amaya
@amaya
10/30/11 12:16:14PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Ginger,

I would be most honored to work on this issue for you. Since starting the Psychic Development Network site, I have stopped refusing to take compensation for readings. :-) Anything you'd like to contribute would be welcome, because the site has hosting costs that I have been hoping to partially offset through donations for readings. The donate button can be accessed from the home page: http://psychicdevelopmentnetwork.ning.com/. I appreciate you thinking of this!

Snake Medicine has been waiting for a reading for some time, but due to the disabling nature of what you're going through, I'm going to claim triage priviledge and slot you in after her. I have a lot going on this week, but hopefully I'll be able to carve out a couple of hours for readings!

Love,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/30/11 09:25:58AM
301 posts



One of the problems with accessing past lives through meditation is that it requires a deeper level of meditation than most people generally go into. Becoming adept at meditation takes a lot of practice, and becoming adept at staying in the right meditational zone for past lifetime work takes even more practice. One thing I've found that helps is binaural beats. For past lives, you'll be looking at spending an extended period in the theta band of brainwaves.

A couple of resources exist for binaural beats (if you have no idea what binaural beats are,try this great explanation). They are available for free on YouTube. Search for "Pure Theta" and build a 60-ish minuteplaylist for yourself of the videos you like.I prefer the ones by user FingerprintDIVA, although there are others out there as well. To ease you into it, you might try linking together a pure alpha with two theta tracks, like I've done in this playlist. You can also buy them - I purchased a binaural beats track from this website and have been very pleased with it. For past lives, you might try this one, although it's only 30 minutes long, which might be a tad too short.

If you try to do the meditation from the workshop while you're listening to the binaural beats tracks, it might be easier - I call the binaural beats tracks "meditation training wheels". They really do work!

Amaya
@amaya
10/23/11 06:15:58PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Linda,

I'm sorry to hear that you've experienced so many difficult things in your life. I have experienced several of these also. After one particularly heart-breaking experience, I came to understand that those timeswhen I felt like my heart was being ripped from my body were really God making space for his/her love to fill me up. As soon as enough space had been created, I felt God's love for me more than I felt the pain of my missing heart. It sounds as though you may understand what I mean. Good luck to you in your future travels.

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/23/11 03:13:50PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Linda,

When I realized today that I had a bit of time into which I could fit a reading, I got a strong feeling thatI should do yours, even though it's not technically your turn yet. I hope that means something wonderful will happen for you today! Here's your reading:

Okay, that's weird. After I did the invocation, instead of getting blackness and a chance to meet your guides like I normally get, I appeared right in the middle of your past life. I smell hay and dust. I feel heat and humidity. My hair is stuck in the sweat on the back of my neck, and my thin dress is damp under my tightly laced bodice and thin apron. Gah, what a miserable day. I look around for my horse. I've come to pick up supplies from the market, and I'm not going to get very far if I have to carry them on foot. I could have sworn that I'd left him tied up right here... I see him down in the shade at the bank of a creek nearby. I must not have tied the knot well enough. I was always getting scolded about that. It's lucky that the horse hadn't run off entirely, but I suppose that if I were a horse, there would be few places better to be todaythan the creek and its thin sliver of shade where the trees grow right next to the water.

Now I get a spirit helper for you. She is young and lovely, and dressed well, but period-appropriate. She has long hair that seems to be a dark strawberry-blonde or light brown color. Her eyes are blue and piercing. "Iam Adrienne", she says. I greet her, andshe says, "I am the keeper of the woodland here." I look around. It's not much of a woodland anymore. "Yes, it is sad what has become of my home," she says, "but the spirit of the woodland is still here." I tell Adrienne my purpose in being here, and ask her if she can help me to understand what I'm supposed to be doing next and where you are in all of this. "Well, you are she. At least, you were until a few moments ago, when I made myself known to you. You want to follow her home and see what happens. It will not take long, and it will explain much." She fades away, clearly intending for me to continue on with my journey.

I relax back into watching mode. I see you collect your horse. You are neither gentle nor rough with him. You take a drink of your water from your pack - you know that the creek water isn't safe, at this time of year especially. You enjoy the shade for a few minutes, then, knowing you are expected, mount up and head home.

When you arrive home, I get the feeling that something there has you in a fairly constant state of aggrevation and frustration. Adrienne encourages me to continue observing closely. Someone comes out to meet you, and you practically shove the bags at the younger boy, almost knocking him down. You're suddenly in a rage, although there doesn't seem to be any outwardly-noticeable cause. The boy has a look on his facelike he's seen this type of behavior from you before. He wisely keeps his mouth shut and makes a quiet andquickretreat.

You take the horse to the stable and remove the tack. You set up a bucket of lukewarm water for him to drink, and some tasty oats and barley for him to eat. That chore done, you go inside the house. Your mother is there. You greet her warmly, all sweetness and light again. You want to wash up and sit in a shady place for a bit. The back porch is a great place for both, so you head there. A slight evening breeze has picked up, and it's quite enjoyable. But something inside you has turned again, and now you're angry again. You're thinking about how much you hate it there, how you want to go off to the big city and meet a man and get away from this god-forsaken hell hole that your parents seem to love so much.

Little did you know on that day that you had a rotten appendix, and that you would be dead within two weeks' time. Elaine was your name in this lifetime, I believe, pronounced in the French way. You stayed stuck in this lifetime after your death because you were too bitter and angry at everything. You perceived it as completely unfair, what had happened to you, and you were determined to stay and pout there. I get Elaine's attention, and tell her that she can stay and pout if she wants to, but that, being dead, it's not really going to do much good. Better that she just accept that she didn't get her way and start over. I direct her attention to the light. Adrienne now appears as a heavenly angel, come to guide Elaine to heaven. Elaine is suddenly so joyful - she feels vindicated that at least she didn't get much chance to sin in her life, so Heaven will be an acceptable consolation for her short and dull life. You cross over.

Whew! Adrienne is still with me. I ask if there's anything else shewants to share before I close the reading. She wants me to tell you that the name of the male guide you sometimes sense is Orlande, again with the French (or is it Italian?) pronounciation, like or-LAN-deh. As soon as she says his name, I can see him. He is a great helper of yours. He often looks out for you and tries to help you to see the reality of things. He hates your medication; it makes it so much more difficult for him to communicate with you. He loves you so much, and although he knows that you are not able to see him, he wishes you to know of his constant presence in your life. I ask if there are other guides, and I get a sense that there are several others that have touched your life, maybe as many as 20 altogether. It seems that they've had to try a larger-than-average number of approaches to figure out the best way to get your attention. They say that you have a great capacity for kindness, but that you are often distracted from this calling by negativity and pain. They hope to help you work through these distractions over your next few lifetimes. They believe in you!

My attention starts to wander a bit, so I thank Adrienne and Orlande and give each of them a token of my appreciation for their assistance. I walk away, toward normal waking consciousness. Deep breath... Okay, Linda, there you have it. I hope that you findthe informationto be helpful to you.

Best wishes,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/23/11 02:11:12PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Snake! It's officially your turn, but I feel strongly that I should do Linda's retrieval first. I hope you understand and don't mind waiting just a little bit longer. Thanks for your patience!

Amaya
@amaya
10/22/11 10:39:21AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Thanks for the feedback, Temperance! I had heard the name Tau Ceti, of course, but I didn't know anything about it until I looked it up just now. It seems like our scientists are interested in the system, but haven't found anything of note just yet. After reading about scientists' assumptions that Tau Ceti system planets would get bombarded often by comets and asteroids, their citiesbeing tall and dense andmostly above the cloud layer makes sense, because that would maximize their resilience to major planetary impacts.

I, too, have had several past lifetimes in which I committed suicide. They were among the first of the lives that came up to be resolved when I first started doing this work. If you like, you can sign up for another retrieval, at the end of the line, of course. It looks like I've got Snake Medicine, Linda Dailey, Scorpi, and lucid bean on the list so far, so you could jump in after that. If we were to resolve a few more, you mightexperience a subtle yet noticeable change in your overall outlook.

I hear what you're saying about meditating. For me, I find myself in complete blackness. It took some time and practice, but I've gotten used to it and like it a lot now. If you're having trouble meditating, you could give a try to binaural beats. I've developed a YouTube playlist (listen with headphones) that might help: http://www.youtube.com/user/amayapdx#grid/user/128C327AF35753EC. Listen to it on low volume while you're meditating and see if it's easier?

Amaya
@amaya
10/21/11 11:27:34AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hello Tempie! It's finally your turn. Here's your reading/retrieval:

I do the steps to open the reading, and I get two spirit helpers for you, a man and a woman. It seems like the man is the one who will be guiding me through your retrieval. It seems like they're not too interested in chatting right now - I'm not getting a sense of their names or that they have any specific messages for you right this second. It seems like your male helper is most interested in getting right to it.

Oh, this is fun! We're not on Earth. I think he's saying that we're on Tau Ceti, or a planet in the Tau Ceti system. I make a mental note to look up Tau Ceti. :-) The buildings here are all very tall, with rounded lines (not like the square skyscrapers that we have here). There are a number of small vehicles flying about. Since we're not real, we fly our spirit-selves to a landing pad toward the top of one of the buildings. It seems that each building has multiple landing platforms.

Somehow we skip the process of actually entering the building. We are on an elevated, constructed causeway, like a mix of a large pedestrian walkway and a town square and a park. It's beautiful here - sunny and warm, with clouds floating throughout the buildings. The people here are bipeds like us, but they don't look precisely like we do. I'm trying to wrap my mind around what exactly is different about them, and I feel like I'm not quite getting it. It seems like their bodies are much longer and thinner than ours, and their heads are narrower. I'm guessing that this planet's gravity is lower than Earth's. I think that their skin color is different, too - it seems more gray, and maybesome of them haveadded blue-colored makeup.

I find you in the midst of a crowd of folks on this causeway. You're shouting about something. It seems like you might be protesting the actions of government or a corporation or something like that. You're angry about something, though. It seems that there's been a strange sickness going around in the city, and your child has contracted it. You believe that it was accidentally (or maybe purposely) let loose from one of the bio labs in the city, an experiment gone wrong. You're demanding that a cure be found, that the people be told the truth, that those at fault take responsibility, that something be done!

Before long, your mother contracts the illness also. You continue your protests, but you also turn to the black market for information and medication. You finally find some medication, and are told that you should give some to your child, as well as take some yourself. You could only find two doses. You consider giving it to your mother instead of taking it, but you're afraid of catching the sickness yourself. You can't bear the thought of passing away and leaving your child with no mother. You give your child the medicine, and take the other dose for yourself. Within a short period of time, you realize that you've been fooled. Your child is clearly dying as a result of this medication. You know that you'll be next, as soon as your larger body can process it. You wonder if you've been silenced by those responsible for the sickness being in the population in the first place, or merely gotten cheated by black-market drug peddlers.

I'm wondering if you were right about the cause of the illness. I am getting some indication that it was a complicated process that brought the illness to your community, but that there wasn't any real conspiracy involved, at least not on your planet. More that that, though,I'm getting is that it's not important to know more about it because the purpose right now is purely the experienceof your point of view.

I find you curled up with your child in your arms. If I had to compare to human ages, I'd say that the child is about 6 years old, and a boy. You're so angry, and your child is scared and sad. Because I'm sure I look weird, I try to get your attention, and introduce you to your male guide. Immediately upon my introduction, he morphs into a major religious figure from that culture, sort of like we might imagine Jesus or someone like that. You jump up right away, embarrased that this venerated person has seen you in your current state. He does an amazing job of calming you and making you feel so much better. You feel like everything is right with the world again, and you follow him into the light, crossing over to be with the rest of your deceased loved ones.

Your male guide has gone, but I still feel your female helper close by. I ask if there's anything else that they'd like to say, and I get that there's nothing else, that you will know what all of this means. I get that they are looking forward to seeing you again. I hope you know what that means. Have you been meditating lately, or something like that? Maybe you see them in your dreamssometimes? For her, I'm getting a name like Althendra. I'm missing something at the end of her name, maybe an m, Althendram, but that's pretty close. I'm getting his name as, and I know this sounds weird, but it's something like Bowl. Maybe it's not spelled that way, but that's how it sounds to me.

That's it! Please let me know if you have any questions about this. It's my first soul retrieval from a non-Earth life, so that's pretty fun!

Love,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/18/11 01:28:15PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Journey to the Akashic Records


Psychic and Paranormal

That sounds great, Linda! Did you open your "book"? Do you feel like sharing what you read in it?
Amaya
@amaya
10/16/11 08:51:03PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Linda,

I'm not sure why, but it looks like you deleted your request of October the 2nd, and the request that you made after that. My current waiting list is Tempie, then Snake Medicine, then you, then Scorpi and lucidbean. Right now I am working two jobs (60+ hours a week in total), writing two blogs (this workshop being one of them), and being a single parent,in addition to doing free retrievals (which take at least an hour each) here on this thread, so your patience is appreciated. I do enjoy doing the readings when I can fit it in.

If I recall correctly, I believe I read elsewhere that you are a psychic medium. If so, you are probably able to do your own retrievals. You mightgive a try tofollowing the instructions here in this discussion! I'd be interested to hear about your experience especially, given that you are already accomplished in other areas of psychic technique.

Best wishes,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/16/11 04:09:04PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


Psychic and Paranormal

Alright, Lisa! You're up! Here's your reading/retrieval:

I enter meditation and ask for your spirit helpers to please come forward. I see a large group of helpers for you. What fun! The diversity of energy here is tremendous. Perhaps that means you have a lot of things that you're working on in this lifetime? I ask for the helper that wants to come along on this particular journey, and a woman comes forward. She appears to me to be older in age, like maybe around 60 years old if she were human, and I feel an earthy wisdom about her. She seems to me to have a great deal of power, sort of like I might imaginea nature-oriented goddess to have, but she feels older (in spirit, like an "old soul", not in physical age) than any of the Greek or Roman goddesses that I've met. I ask if I may have something to call her, and "Ennobia" is what I get. (I've run across the "En-" prefix before, and it seems to be my brain's interpretation ofa certain title or honorific, sort of like we might use Dr or Esq in English,or maybe like the suffix -san in Japanese.) Anyway, I ask her if she's your primary spirit helper, and she says no, that she's a friend of yours. She's a traveler, and wanderer, going to where she's needed. You and she seem to be related in some way, like soul sisters, members of the same sisterhood.

I feel like it's time to move toward your past life now, so I ask and we move on. Ennobia tells me that you actually don't have a ton of unresolved stuff out there. You've done a lot of work on this in the past, in other lifetimes, and there's not much left to do. She does have one that she says we could go see. It slams into my awareness suddenly: We're in India. It's bright day, the sun in blazing. We're in a busy marketplace, and there are sounds of humanity coming from everywhere. Lots of people are shouting, trying to buy and sell their wares in the midst of a busy city square teeming with people. There are animals running about underfoot, and some children playing, although due to the amount of people, the children are sticking to the fringes of the crowd. Where do we go from here, I wonder. I follow Ennobia down a narrow alley to the downhill side of the square. The shade of the buildings feels nice, but there's a sense of urgency, so I walk quickly.

We come to something. What is it? I think it's a drainage pipe of some sort, like a large storm drain. It's dark inside, but I can hear children playing inside. I hear a cat (did they have housecats in India then?) giving a mournful howl inside the drain. It echoes. Are the kids going to get the cat? Rescue it from something? I'm not sure how, but Ennobia somehow drags one of the kids out by the scruff of the neck. It's you! You're maybe about 11 years old here, and covered in dirt. You're holding a cat that has seen better days - maybe it got into a fight and hid in the drain-but I can tell how much you love this cat. I also know that this isn't your only cat; you have more.

We follow you as you take the cat home to give it a bath. You're sad about your little brother; he's sick. He's never been precisely well - he's always been sick with one thing or another. Today there's a quack doctor there with some placebo cure - you're pretty cynical about the whole thing by now. You really want to see your brother be well and healthy. You've heard that there's a doctor at the (let's call it a palace) that actually knows what he's doing - he was trained in an Italian school of medicine (so this would put our time period at about 400-ish years ago, probably). You've been thinking of ways to get to this doctor. You're sure that if you could just talk to him, you could convince him to take a look at your brother. Doctors are supposed to help people, right?

One day, you work up the courage to sneak into the palace. You're sneaking your way up the back steps - you were told by one of the groundskeepers that the back stairs were the way to go, because they're not very safe and no one uses them anymore since the three new sets of stairs were put in on the other side. You hear something and panic. You slip on one of the stairs and fall backward, hitting your head on the sharp corner of one of the lower stairs. You crack your skull and die without accomplishing your important mission. This part of your soul has been asleep there ever since, dreaming about cats and doctors and sick little brothers.

As soon as I wake you up, you grasp what had happened. You're a little angry with yourself for having failed in such a silly way. You feel likelet yourself down and your little brother, too, even though he never knew anything about why you were on those stairs in the first place. You had told no one what you were after, just in case the doctor were to refuse to see your brother. You start to walk toward the light. I'm hoping that you see someone that makes you joyful before you pass, but you just march determinedly toward the light, like you're going to do better next time. Next time it will be different. Next time you will not fail. You put your head down and cross over.

I ask if there's anything else that I'm supposed to tell you, and I get that you will know that this all means, and that there's nothing else that you need to know right at this moment. I thank Ennobia and the rest of your spirit helpers for being sharing their time with me. Lisa, please let me know if you have any questions about this!

Love,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
10/15/11 08:07:27PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Communicating your Intuitive Impressions


Psychic and Paranormal

Note: This discussion is part of a series. Find the indexof all of the segmentsin this workshophere.

The most recent segment of this series (yea, though it was many moons ago) dealt with the basic steps involved in the intuitive process:

Beyond this, though, one ofthe most helpful things I ever learned about how to do psychic readings is how to relay the information to the person requesting the reading.Below, I've shared several things that I have come to believeare true about the process of communicating psychic information. I apologize in advance for how long it turned out to be!

The Jigsaw Puzzle

In the world of psychic information, there is no such thing as Truth. You're getting only little bits and pieces of the truth of your readee's situation. I like to compare it todumping out an unassembled jigsaw puzzle and pulling out pieces. In a reading, you'redescribing these pieces that you've pulled out to someone who, unlike you, already knows what several of the other pieces look like. You may have some idea of what the pieces mean or how they go together, but not always, and dont expect your readee to give you any sense of whether youve hit on something or not. Fun, right? No worries! It actually is fun. Read on.

Banish The Editor

When youre pulling out these pieces,it's bestto describe what youre getting as precisely as possible. To use a metaphorical example, lets say that your puzzle piecehas a white triangle, a red oval, and a green square on it. Youll want to say that you are seeing a white triangle, a red oval, and a green square. You may want to discuss their relative size, texture, or distance from each other, or what emotions you feel when you look at each one, or what they smell like. What you want to try to avoid is saying that youre seeing a sail, a rose petal, and an emerald brooch. I hope that makes sense. Unless youre really sure that its a rose petal, its a red oval. Remember, the person youre reading for already knows what a whole bunch of the other puzzle pieces look like. The chances are very good that he/she already knows exactly what that reddish oval-like thingy is.

Its All About Me

As a result of this, the most comfortable way to give a reading is to preface everything with qualifiers like Im getting or Im seeing or It seems to me like it might be. If you find yourself starting your sentence with You, He/She, or They, you may want to think a little bit before finishing the sentence. For example, it will feel much better and safer to say something like, What Im getting is that you have a decision to make about what your goals are in your life right now, instead of something like, You need to decide what you want out of life. I hope that the difference there is clear. You are interpreting a tiny piece of the puzzle, and if you stick to describing what youre getting as precisely as you are able, youll avoid some heartache over how your impressions are received.

The Art of Asking Questions

If you are lucky enough to be giving a reading in person, questions become a useful tool in communicating the overall message of the information you receive.

Recently, a friend asked me that troublesome (but often asked) question: "Will I be alone forever?" The closed nature of the questionis unhelpful, so, in my head, I changed his yes/no question into a more useful format: "What does this person need to know right now about having a fulfilling love relationship in the future?" What I got was that his goal of becoming a life coach and inspirational speaker is more important to him right now than his goal of having a meaningful love relationship. As a result of this, I didn't see any love relationship in the near future. But, how was I to just come out and tell my friend this? It was an unpleasant thought. What people want to hear when they ask this question is that theyll meet the partner of their dreams next week and live happily ever after, right?

So, after I received my intuitive impression, instead of telling him what I'd seen, I started with a question for him: Whats your main goal in life right now, would you say? He said that his main goal was to become a life coach and speaker. I asked him, Is it more important to you right now to be a life coach and speaker, or to have a love relationship?" I waited a moment, but he didn't say anything. I clarified, "If being a life coach meant that you had to delay a love relationship for a while, would you still be interested in doing it? He replied that yes, he would absolutely still want to be a life coach. Well, there you have it, I eventually said to him. What I was getting is that youll be focused onyour goal of becoming a life coachfor a while, and that the type of relationship youre looking for will come some time after that. It was helpful (that is, it made me feela lot more comfortable) to be able to lead him down the path of cause and effect instead of just saying, Sorry, it will be a while before you have another relationship, buddy.

Check Your Blind Spot

Way back in the segment on Compassion, I talked a little about the importance of knowing where yourpersonal blind spotsare. I wrote,

I choose to accept that all people have value, even if I don't agree with or support some of their choices. I can recognize that their moral system seems right to them, even if it seems the opposite to me. This recognition provides the opportunity for a dialogue to begin, for a respectful exchange of ideas to take place.

Inthepsychic world, this attitude canbe very important. For example, I am aware that I have a hot-button aroundaffairs, people being unfaithful to their relationship partners. If a person came to me for a reading that dealt with an affair that he/she was engaged in, that might be difficult for me. If I can recognize in myself that I'm in an area in which my objectivitymay beimpaired, I can take steps to deal with it appropriately. I might refer him/her to another person, or work on double- and triple-checking my information before relaying it, or choose a reading method that's less dependent on what goes on in my own head. I hope that makes sense.

I have a few major blind spot areas. In addition to the one I mentioned already, I also have a blind spotregarding people that are grieving lost loved ones. I have never lost anyone close to me, andI can, for the most part,talk to deceased people whenever I want. Between these two things, I don't understand what people go through when they lose someone dear to them.I want to understand and I want to help, but truth of it is that I don't understand, and soI have been insensitive at times, even when I've tried my best to be helpful. Especially when you're working in a personal blind spot, an area in which your objectivity may be impaired, give yourself extra time to double-check that you'rerelayingyour intuitive impressions as accurately as you are able. Measure twice andcut once, as the old saying goes. You can never un-say anything. Which leads me to the next point...

Check Your Tone

If you're doing an internet reading, you have the benefit of being able to re-read your work before letting your readee see it. I encourage you to do a tone-check of your reading before you send it out. Some questions you might ask yourself include:

  • Am I telling this person what to do?
  • If I had some bad news, did I offer suggestionsfor how tomove in a more positive direction?
  • Is there any opportunity here for my words tobe misinterpreted?
  • Is the overall tonehelpful and kind?
  • Is any of this my personal opinion (as opposed to psychically-received information)? If so, did I clearly label it as being merely my own personal opinion or personal advice?
  • And any others that you might personally want to look out for based on your own self-knowledge

Practice Self-Forgiveness

It ishighly likely that you will feel awful after a reading at some point. Maybe youstumbled across a blind spot that you didn't know about before, or maybeyou were SO SURE about what you were saying and yet your readee saidthat you were full of garbage. It happens.Forgive yourself and move on. Provided thatit wasn't your intention to hurt anyone, learn from what happened and let theyucky feelings go. Then, get back at it as soon as possible. Like any endeavor, a few readings will probablynot go so well, most will be good, and a few will be spectacular.Let what you learn from the readingsthat don't go well help you do better readingsin the future.

This Week's Assignment

If you guessed "go to the reading group and do a reading", well, you must be psychic! Discuss how it goes below.


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Yep. Good stuff. Sounds like you're ready for the next topic!
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That's great, Chris! I'm glad that you're finding some helpful information here.
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Yep. Good one! My daughter does give me a lot of joy, when she's not driving me crazy. :-) As far as the doubting thing, that's one of the biggest hurdles, for sure. I recommend trying these exercises for a while, and see if it helps:

2.2 Finding Faith

Exercise 1: Going With Your Gut

Exercise 2: The Walk Sign Game

2.3 Suspending Disbelief

Exercise: Getting From No to Maybe

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10/06/11 09:58:51PM
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Hi Celeste,

It's your turn! Here's your reading:

I'm here with a spirit guide for you, who is calling herself your grandmother. I am somewhat skeptical that she's your real grandmother, like from your lifetime now, but it seems like that's what she's trying to tell me. There's something about her hands. She has wonderful hands. I can see the backs of her hands, with their prominent veins and alabaster skin. Long fingers, and a light touch. What I'm getting is that she knew you when you were a child. I'm having trouble now holding onto her voice. Her presence is still here. Maybe the rest of what I felt like she was going to tell me will come out after the retrieval. I'll press on.

I ask to move on to the lifetime to be retrieved. She takes my arm and guides me onward. My first impression has something to do with snakes. I'm trying to remember if there was a culture that revered snakes at some point - Egypt and India both had snake things at one point in time. It's wet and cold and dark, like in the bottom levels of a gigantic stone structure of some sort. We're walking toward the snake room, I think. There are pictures inscribed in the stone walls. It feels more like Egypt than India, but it feels even more like Turkey or Greece to me. Anyhow, snakes.

We enter into the snake room, which is lit by torches. The stone appears to be a sandy color, which doesn't really narrow it down as to where we might be exactly. The snakes are in a holding tank; the tank takes up one corner of the room. At first, I thought it was a round tank, like an above-ground swimming pool, but made of small stones roughly the size of bricks. But, it's not precisely round, because of the corner of the room. It's just a half-circle, really, or maybe a little more than half, like a 3/4 circle. There is no cover on the tank. The inside walls of the tank are too smooth for the snakes to climb up, and there aren't enough of them in the tank that they could climb each other's backs to get over the wall, which is a little more than waist-high. The tank is maybe the size of a small compact car altogether.

You are a man in this lifetime, one of the snake handlers. It's not exactly an honor to work there, because it's so dangerous, but you are happy for the work because your family gets to stay near whatever this giant building is and gets to eat well. You have two sons that you are very proud of; they are handsome, smart, and athletic. Your wife is a great mother, and teachs your sons and daughter to do craft work making rugs for the suppplicants at the temple. You want to live to see your sons be married. You want them to be happy. You hope that your daughter will find a kind man for a husband, but a rich man too, so that you and your family will be well taken care of.

I'm looking now for the moment of your death in this lifetime. What happened?I see youhaving an argument with someone. I think that maybe you caught someone stealing from the religious donations. You were a very pious sort, and couldn't just stand by and let that kind of thing go on, so you confronted the person about it right away. I'm getting the feeling that this person that you were arguing with was a woman - not a royal woman, but a woman with some influence within the temple complex (I hate calling it a temple, because they're not thinking of it that way, but I don't have a word for what this building is and how it relates to the other buildings in the area, which all seem to be part of a larger tradition thing. Gah! Words are so limiting!) This woman created some situation that led to your death. It seems like she may have talked some muscle-bound man into disposing of you somehow.

I'm feeling like knowing how you died isn't as important right here as knowing WHY you died. You were concerned that your family wouldn't know what had really happened, and would start guessing all kinds of wrong things about you. It seems like you were worried about what rumors this woman would create about you and your family. You were worried that it would affect your children's chances for happy lives. All of this worry was holding youto this side of the veil; you couldn't move on without knowing that they would all be okay.

Of course, that was many years ago, and I told your past life self that. I showed him his family, all standing in the light, waiting to tell him what had happened after he'd gone. Of course, being on the other side already, they already knew what had taken him from them. It was a joyful reunion!

I am thanking your grandmother for her help and asking if there's anything else that I should be paying attention to now. What I'm getting is that it will take you a few days of thinking about this for you to identify all of the ways that your life now has been impacted by what happened back then. There's a wound that needs healing, and it won't heal all at once, but it heal, and fairly quickly once you start thinking about it.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed your reading. Please feel free to ask whatever questions you like. As you can hopefully see, I get a lot more information in these things than I can ever hope to capture in words in a format like this. :-) I aim for clarity, but I don't always achieve it so well!

Love,

Amaya

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Hi Lisa,

It's been a while, so I wanted to check in with you to see if you are still interested in getting a past life retrieval reading. After a busy summer, I'm starting to have a little time to do readings again...

Thanks,

Amaya

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Hi Snake Medicine,

I'm still planning to take the list one by one as I have time; it's just that I've been so busy! So, if you want to stay on the list, please do! I'm hoping to be able to do one or two per week through the end of the year.

Thanks,

Amaya

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Nope, not pregnant! Although, it's funny how our brains interpret these things (assuming that your thought was indeed about me and not someone else, of course), because when you were tuning into me I was away from home at awork meeting, and I didn't see my daughter for a couple of days. I was missing her and looking forward to seeing her, which is very much like the feeling of being pregnant: that sort of expectation type of feeling. So, depending on what you were getting, it might have been pretty close!

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Hi Marianne,

Yes, I enjoy helping others! And the beach is one of my favorite places - preferably the white sandy kind... :-) I do enjoy rivers a lot too. In fact, I'm typing this right now from a hotel room a stone's throw from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. I can see water from every window! Perhaps you picked up on that?

Thanks for taking the time out to participate!

Amaya

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You are quite welcome, Karina! Thanks for participating in my little experiment here! You did a great job. On to the nextsegment for you... :-)
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Uh... Maybe try this and see if it helps? http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/profiles/blogs/31-intro-to-m.... After that, try listening to this (you have to listen to it with stereo headphones - it won't work if you listen without headphones) while you meditate:

I find the tonescan be a little annoying, but you can turn it down and play some relaxing music at the same time.


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Thanks, Heather. I need to update it, but I've been busy with other stuff. It's probably mostly still accurate, though.

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Hi Jeffray,

If you're having trouble sending EC mail, try downgrading from Internet Explorer 9 to the previous version. I'd like to communicate via private email before agreeing to meeting in person.

Thanks,

Amaya

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Wow! That's great, Deej! We all have a lot of spirit guides, so it's probable that since you already know 2 of them, this one wanted to show herself. She reminded me of something like this at first:

Except female, of course. I'm still not sure about the name. It felt vaguely Chinese or Vietnamese maybe. I wish I knew more languages - I'd probably be better at translating the names accurately if I did...

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Haha! I didn't really think that it would take 3 weeks, but there you have it. It's finally your turn! I'll just jump right in to your reading/retrieval.

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Okay, Deej, what I'm getting for your primary guide is a female. I was confused at first because it seemed like your guide was more than one being, but for me it settled into a female with multiple faces, and I found myself wondering if there is an Indian female deity that has multiple faces. I think there is, but I can't recall right now. Keep in mind that what I'm seeing is how my mind is choosing to interpret the meaning of her, rather than any objective truth of it.

Her presence is very powerful, and what I'm sensing is that she has a lot of sides. She's a fierce warrior, but tender and compassionate too. She's primal, yet also cultured, educated, and refined. I hope that makes sense to you. I'm getting a name that I cannot pronounce, but I'll do my best and spell it phonetically - pnam-solend-smelendse - or something like that. I'm sure I butchered it. I'm asking her for a name that I can spell. She laughs at me (with me?) and says that she likes the name Lily too. Now that I've understood her multiple-face thing, she looks like a normal woman to me, with long black hair and kind eyes.

I tell her what I'm doing here, that I would like to do a past-live soul retrieval for you, and she tells me that you don't actually need to have any past lives retrieved. You did all that in yourmost recentlife, she is telling me. You're now on a clean slate. I clarify with her that you really don't need any past life work done, because that's a new one for me, and she says no, that you still have a couple of sore spots - few past lifetimes from which you're still healing from the"bruises" - but nothing's broken, if that makes sense. Wow. That's fantastic!

I'm askingher that sinceI'm already here,what else can I do to help? She tells me that you have found some much-needed encouragement in the workshop, and that it's helped to get you going down the path that you wanted totravel in this life. Uh, I think she wants me to channel her. Yep. Here we go:

Deej, I am here. I am with you today. I will be with you always. I am the life that we have wished. [Sorry - I have no idea what she meant by that.] We are together always. I have enjoyed watching you grow and mature, and I am looking forward to seeing what you choose to do next. The day will come that you will be able to speak with me directly, and I will be so happy for that day. We will be together! I have never been channeled before. This is fun. This channel is light-like. Perhaps she will let me come again another time and speak with you directly, for I have much to speak with you about, Deej. You are starting on a great and exciting journey!

Alrighty, that's all we could maintain of that channel. No, wait, she's still partially here. Ugh. This feels uncomfortable. In or out, dearie! Okay, out. She's so cute!She was so very excited to talk to you, and her giddiness wasmaking me feel a little silly (in a good way).

Okay, so, that was an unusual reading.That's all I'm getting for right now. I guess the main message is that you're peachy keen, fine and dandy just the way you are, kid. Full speed ahead, I suppose. No need to look back, unless you want to just for fun, and you can do that on your own.

Let me know what questions or comments this reading brought up for you!

Love,

Amaya

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Hi MaryEllen,

That sounds like a question for one of our moderators? At the top of the post there should be a drop-down box called "Options". One of the options is to close the discussion. If that doesn't do the job, I'm not sure what to tell you.

Good luck,

Amaya

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Psychic Development Workshop: The Reading Process - Knowing When You're Done


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Note: This discussion thread is part of a series. Find the index for the series here.

One of the trickiest things in a reading is knowing when it's over. Typically, a reading iscomplete when information relating to your foundational questionstops coming. But how do you know whetherthe flow of information has stopped because of something you did, like maybe you became distracted and lost your focus, or because that's all the information that wants to be shared in that session?

The answer is simple, but a little frustrating: practice, practice, practice. However, I can give you a few suggestions for things that you cantry whenthe flow of information stops.

Scenario 1: You feel likea lotinformation has been shared and the question has been mostly answered.

  • Suggestion: In this case, you may want to simply say, "That's all I'm getting about that right now," and call the question answered.

Scenario 2: The question really hasn't been answered, or you're not sure if it's been answered. (Sometimes the question has in fact been answered, but the person you're reading for won't accept it, so be on the lookout for that. I'll talk more about how to communicate your intuitive findings and manage readee feedbackin the next twoinstallments.)

  • Suggestion 1: Try asking different types of questions. Sometimes the flow stops because we're not asking the right questions. Try to come at it from a different angle and see if that opens up the flow again.
  • Suggestion 2: Try changing your readingstructure. Maybe grab a pendulum or pull some tarot cards and see if that helps.
  • Suggestion 3: Take a break. If you're doing an internet-based reading, you have the luxury of coming back to it later. Save what you've done so far in a Word-type document and take a break. When I'm really stuck and confused about things that come up in a reading, I like to come back to it the next day. Something about sleeping helps my brain to integrate knowledge so I'm better able to make sense of things the next day. Physical exercise works much the same way for me.
  • Suggestion 4: Admit that the flow of information stopped and you're not sure why. See if the readee hasa different question that you could focus on instead.

I'm sure that there are more suggestions that could be made as well; this is just a place to start. All of you experienced readers, what can you add to my list?

The assignment that goes with this segment is to go back to thereading groupand do a reading, or do a reading on a question of your own. Do the steps of setting up your intention and structure, identifying your initial impressions, asking different kinds of questions, and now, pay attention to what it feels like when the flow of information begins to taper off. Please share your experiences in a reply below!


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Hi Angela! Well done! I do enjoy being able to help others.

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Yeah... He didn't say expression of what. It sounds to me like he's channeling in a way, allowing his higher self to express itself, if that makes sense. He lets part of himself step aside or be drained away so that another part of himself can be expressed. He's holding space for himself, I guess, in that particular paragraph. That's how I read it.
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Thanks, Tony. I do agree that it's really about the matching intent thing. I think that what most of these "game" teachers are really after is trying to teach guys how to identify if the person with whom they're speaking has the same intent asthey do, and in the shortest possible amount of time. For that, the empathic gift, the way we experience it, is a huge help.

The difference between attunement and communion is an interesting distinction, and I think an important one. You want to be able to maintain your own personal boundaries and allow the other person to maintain theirs. Put another way, attunement is observation, and communion is participation. It's taken me a lot of practice to be able to create a distinction between the two, to be honest, and I still slip sometimes.

As far as your originalquestion of whether this type of explanation is an effective way to teach the empath experience, I'm not totally sure. I think that anyone who has the littlest bit of empathic ability would understand the basics ofwhat he's saying, andmight be encouraged to develop that part of themselves if they haven't really thought about it before. There are those who have absolutely no empathic ability at all - although it'spretty rare - and I would guess that they would just be confused by the description. They might understand it in terms of watching for body language or something like that, though, which is good too. What do you think? Have you run it by any non-empaths yet?

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Hi Tony! Great post. I think it's funny that people would make assumptions about this guy's intent from an excerpt like this. Having been on both sides of experiences like this, it's my opinion that this type of thing only becomes unethical when the guy (or gal) tells untruths in the course of the encounter. Personally, I applaud any effort to encourage guys to think less about themselves and more about the person with whom they're speaking (no offense to any of the guys here, of course). In our highly-technological world, the art of simple human contact is becoming lost. Being "seen" deeply, like this excerpt describes, is a heady experience for most people, especially for attractive women, because so few men can manage to look past what they want to see to see what's underneath - the emotions, desires, goals, dislikes, all the things that make attractive women just the same as everyone else.

Interestingly to me, I can see a lot of myself in this excerpt. It's adead-on description of how I use my empathyat business meetings and networking events. It's the modus operandi of every good salesperson, whether they're selling sex, life insurance, or vacuum cleaners. People's buying decisions are based on emotions much more than logic, and a salesperson that is attuned to the potential buyer enough that the buyer's "hidden" emotional state is perceived is already 70% of the way to a sale. In a sales context (I work in finance), I use thisattunement to best match my proposal to the buyer - to give the buyers whatthey need on an emotional level, rather than whatthey say they want, and they are much happier for my attention to their unspoken needs.


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05/21/11 12:47:38PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: The Reading Process - Asking the Right Questions


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Note: This discussion thread is part of a series. Find the index for the series here.

In readings, as in life, the information that we receive is directly driven by the questions that we ask. The answer to "Why does my life suck so bad?" is necessarily different than the answer to "What am I supposed to be learning from the challenges that I'm experiencing right now?" Asking effective questions is important at the beginning of the reading, when we're establishing what the reading will be about, and during the reading, as we work to define the issue and refine our understanding of it.

The Foundational Question

When I discussed how to set up your reading, I wrote,

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.

So let's talk about this "master question". We can also call it the "foundational question", because it's the foundation upon which you'll build your reading.

Often, when people request psychic readings, theirrequests are phrased in closed-ended questions, questions that require a yes/no or very short answer. A classic example of this is, "Will I meet the man of my dreams soon?" Almost always, the answer to this type of question is "no",and that's not exactly helpful, is it?

For this reason, foundational questions are best if they are open-ended, but not overly general. In this example, we might want to change the question to, "What doesthis personneed to know that will help her to have a happy romantic relationship?" or something like that. A question such as, "Tell me about this person's love life" might be too broad to enable you to effectively hone in on the information that the readee needs.

What you're aiming for with your foundational question is an answer thatwill take about 30 minutes to explain. I've found that 30-45 minutes is the appropriate level of detail for most important life questions. More information than that tends to lead to overwhelm-ment for the readee, and less isusually not enough to paint a complete picture of the issue. Often, this 30 minutes will lead to additional questions that will take more time, and that's fine. You won't necessarily know in advance how much information will be generated by your foundational question, but after you've had some chances to practice, you'll be able to get a sense for the types of questions that work best for the way that your unique psychic ability operates.

During the Reading

After you've received your initial reading impressions, you'll start asking questions that will allow you to place your initial impressions in a context and guide the reading toward answering the foundational question. You'll use a combination of closed-ended, yes/no or short answer questions to clarify information that you're receiving, and open-ended questions to encourage a flow of additional information.

This excerpt froma readingI did recently is an example of how this might work (apologies for the subject matter, but this is what it is to be a psychic sometimes):

We go together through a stone archway the size of a set of double doors. It's dark and cold, like late afternoon on a rainy winter day. I ask Gentian (that's his name, like whatever the flower or plant is that I can't recall right this second) what's going on here, what I'm supposed to be seeing and doing. We walk down a hill and around a little bend in the road/path, and I can see, uh... What is it? My mind is having trouble grabbing a hold of what it is that I'm seeing. I'm asking for clarity and going a little deeper into meditation.... Death. There's a death. More than one death. A group of people have died. I'm trying to figure out what happened. There are women and children here, mostly. Where are the men? The men are all gone away? Oh... The men are out in the fishing boats. So what happened to these people that are dead here now? They look to have been killed violently. It was a woman, a crazy woman.

In this example, you can see acombination ofopen-ended questions, "What am I supposed to be seeing and doing here?" and closed-ended short answer questions, "The men are all gone away?" You can probably also see the questions and answers that I didn't write down, based on what came next.

This Week's Exercise

Doing a reading is a dance of directing and allowing - allowing the information to come to you without filtering, while still controlling and directing the flow of information - that takes a bit of practice. Toward that, your task this week is to practice asking effective questions. Your options are to choose an unansweredreading request from the reading groupand do the reading, or to choose a question of your own and do a reading on your own question.

Either way, please post a reply below, describing your experience with this exercise, so that we can alllearn from each other's experiences. What wasyour foundational question? Was it too broad, too narrow, or just right? During the reading, what types of questions worked best for you? Did you find that you were mostly asking closed-ended (clarifying) questions, or open-ended (expanding) questions? What did you learn about the way in which different kinds of questions interact with your unique set of psychic abilities?


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Practice makes perfect! I'll try to get the next exercise out by this time next week. In the meantime, try working on some of the meditation exercises in Section 3? It's hard to do too many of those.
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Hi Deej,

Nice work! I do like my tarot cards, and I do also get a lot of joy from using my abilities to help people. I don't have any pets - the thought of depriving another sentient creature from being able to exercise its free willis upsetting to me - but I definitely admire "dog-like" qualities in my friends, if that makes sense. Compared with humans, most dogs seem to me to have a very pure view of morality, especially in the areas of love and loyalty, and I appreciate those traits in people too. So, perhaps what you were seeing, especially considering thatthe two images cameso closetogether for you -is that I get joy from friends who are loving and loyal? That would be a BIG true statement for me.

The interpretation part of the reading process is actually the next exercise - the one that I'll write when I can carve out the time (soon!).Figuring out what's literal and what's a metaphor for something else takes a bit (okay, a lot) of practice. You did great at this part!

Amaya
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05/11/11 05:47:06PM
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Yes, that could very well be something of his. You'd just want to follow that new, random thought to see if it leads to something insightful. Our guides tend to not throw random, meaningless things at us, so if it's something from him, you should be able to tell pretty quickly because the thoughts will lead you to some sort of helpful realization about something.
Amaya
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05/07/11 10:19:17AM
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Oh, and I forgot one... Our guides also communicate with us through physical sensations, like tingling, pressure, tapping, tickling, goosebumps, and stuff like that. I get specific sensations that, after a long time of paying attention to them, I've come to associate with certain guides, messages, and states of consciousness. Like, when I have a good mediumship connection, the left side of the top of my head gets sort of warm and tingly, and sometimes I get goosebumpy tingles across my shoulder blades. When a non-physical being wants to talk to me, I sometimes get sort of a tapping sensationnear my left temple. It's a little weird, I admit, and it takes payingattention to it over an extended period of time to separate the "otherworldly" sensations from the usual stuff that we feel that's just ours, but it's a good exercise, especially for empaths, since "our stuff" and "not our stuff" can be so hard to tell apart anyway.
Amaya
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05/07/11 10:00:45AM
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Yes, Gentian was great. He has such a calm, serene strength about him. I did look up a couple of photos of the plant, and wow is it blue!

Thoughtforms... In my experience, our guides communicate with us in a bunch of different ways. One way is that they just simply talk to us. We often confuse this with our own internal monologue, that string of words that plays in our heads all the time. We don't notice the slightly different quality to the words and thoughts behind them. This is probably the primary way that Belaina communicates with you.

Some ofour guidessend us emotions, which serve to encourage us to take particular actions. For example, we might meet someone and feel an unexplainable need to be around them more. Some of them send us thoughtforms, which are structures that serve to support thought. Thoughtforms are to thoughts what a menu is to an entree. A specific thoughtform will lead you to thinking your own unique thoughts, but the thoughts will all have certain flavor. As an example, you might find yourself suddenly thinking about, say,the true meaning of friendship, or the relationship between fear and courage. The thoughts you have about the topic are yours, but the topic was suggested by your guide, if that makes sense. These are probably the ways that Gentian communicates with you.

Amaya
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05/03/11 10:38:05PM
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Hi Sean,

I finally got some time to breathe! Thanks for being the first to volunteer. Here's your reading/retrieval...

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Your primary spirit guide is a woman. Her name is Melaina. Might be Belaina. Belaina, I think is correct. She wants to tell you that the stupid Lionel Ritchie imposter in the 12:05 classroom is not your friend, it's true, but kind actions are appealing to women of substance, so try being friendly to the guy. You might be spoken of by people (women) who matter.

[Uh, okay... That was weird. I hope that all meant something to you. I'm asking if we can move on to the retrieval now. There was a guy waiting off in the back that seemed like he wanted to take me somewhere.]

It seems like this reading is starting to be about judgments, but that's not where I feel like we're going with the past life thing, so I'm just going to follow along and see what's coming next. There is indeed a big, beautiful man waiting for me to take his armso that he canescort me into your past life. Very courteous of your guides, I must say. Very nice. :-) Okay, he's shushing me now. I'm supposed to be paying attention, not going on about his lovely biceps...

We go together through a stone archway the size of a set of double doors. It's dark and cold, like late afternoon on a rainy winter day. I ask Gentian (that's his name, like whatever the flower or plant is that I can't recall right this second) what's going on here, what I'm supposed to be seeing and doing. We walk down a hill and around a little bend in the road/path, and I can see, uh... What is it? My mind is having trouble grabbing a hold of what it is that I'm seeing. I'm asking for clarity and going a little deeper into meditation (yes, I'm meditating and typing at the same time). Death. There's a death. More than one death. A group of people have died. I'm trying to figure out what happened. There are women and children here, mostly. Where are the men? The men are all gone away? Oh... The men are out in the fishing boats. So what happened to these people that are dead here now? They look to have been killed violently. It was a woman, a crazy woman. She came to take revenge on another woman and her family, because she thought that she kept on having miscarriages and still births because this woman was seducing her husband. Oh, wow. Uh... She wasn't seducing this crazy woman's husband, of course, but it didn't matter.

So, let's figure out who you are in all of this madness... I believe that you are the husband of the crazy woman (I believe that they would call that post-partum psychosis now); the woman who was murdered was your cousin's wife. You were actually off on a trading run that day with a few other men from the village, while your cousin was out on the boats. This has to be late middle ages, around the time of the plague. I think we're in (I wish my geography were better) northern France? North of France is Germany, right, then what's north of there? I think that's where we are. (Duh. It's Denmark, I figured out afterward.)

Let's get a resolution here. The problem here is that you always blamed yourself for your wife's actions, even though it didn't really have anything to do with you. But you didn't know that; you always wondered if you could have done something differently, if there could have been a different result. She was to be put to death, but you didn't want her to go through that. You poisoned her with something quick and relatively painless. You never really recovered from all of that. You sometimes felt guilty, that your choice of wife caused so much pain to everyone, and that you hadn't prevented the tragedy. You lost your faiththat you are able to make good decisions about important things, that your judgment is sound. (Ah! Now I finally see the connection!) I convince the whole lot of you that you're dead and that it's time to cross over, so you do.

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I'm thanking your guides for their kindness and courtesy in helping me with this retrieval. I like this Gentian. He's quite the strong and silent type. He communicates with feelings and thoughtforms mostly. Really lovely man.

Okay, it seems like they don't have much else to say. I encourage you to think about this lifetime and allow the energy of it to reintegrate into your current self over the next few days. Please let me know if you have any questions you'd like to ask, or comments about this that you'd like to share.

Warmest regards,

Amaya

Amaya
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04/26/11 08:51:57PM
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Hi Sean,

Absolutely! It might be a little bit before I can get to it, though. It's my business' busy season, and I'm (delightfully) swamped...

Love,

Amaya

Amaya
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04/24/11 08:55:58PM
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LOL.Agreed. I'm guessing, based on the timing,thatthe bump had less to do with myidol statusand more to do witha couple of posts that the moderator closed down aroundthe same timefor being in the wrong place.

Amaya
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04/24/11 08:44:09PM
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Haha. Nope. I'm not a moderator. I'm confused by the bump as much as you are. More, maybe.
 
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