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Amaya
@amaya
04/23/11 06:17:37PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: The Reading Process - Initial Impressions


Psychic and Paranormal

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

At this point, we've discussed the three pillars of psychic ability - body, spirit, and mind - and some waysto develop them. Now, we're going to be applying the things that we've learned to doing readings for other people.

In my last couple of blog entries, I discussed the psychic's toolboxand different ways of structuring a reading. Today, we'reworking with thefirst steps of the process of the psychic reading.

After you establish an intentionand decide on a reading structure, doing a reading is basically four steps:

  1. Receiving and interpreting initial impressions
  2. Asking questions that will guide theflow of informationtoward useful answers
  3. Knowing when the reading is over
  4. Communicating the reading results to the readee

Today's Exercise

Today, we're going to work just with the initial impressions stage of the reading process. What I want you to do is to get into your meditative state, do any clearingand groundingthat you need to do, establish your intention, decide on a structure, and then read the question that I have posted below (don't read it until you're actually ready!). Use the reply box to write out your first thoughts about the question. Don't read any of the other responses to the question before you respond. Write only your initial impressions. If you feel yourself starting to search for additional information, trying to figure outthe "why" or "how" of what you're getting, or if you feel your thoughts wandering to other topics, that's your cue to stop and post your response the way it is. I'll provide feedback so that you can understand more about what your intuitionmight have beentrying to tell you. Okay, are you ready? The question is a few lines below.

In my life, what are some of the things that give me the most joy?


updated by @amaya: 07/02/17 12:11:53PM
Amaya
@amaya
04/08/11 09:24:42AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Past Life Soul Retrieval


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

Past life soul retrieval is something that I don't see much about in the literature that's out there about psychic development, but it's something that I've been trained to do, and I think it's a useful thing to have in one's psychic toolbox.

First, a little about reincarnation. I was raised Catholic, raised to believe that this life is all that we get, and after death there's... you know... heaven, hell, purgatory, or whatever. As I've studied other belief systems and through the work I've done with my own psychic development, I've come to look at this issue as one of levels of perception.

Examples of Levels of Perception

A.) Life is what we can perceive with our five senses. We are born, live, and die. What exists before life and after death is either 1) unknowable or 2) heaven/hell/purgatory/some other infinite holding tank for our eternal souls.

B.) Our eternal souls are separate and distinct from other souls. Our eternal souls, in our wish to grow, learn, change, and help others grow, learn, and change, choose to come into a physical life from time to time. Some of these lives are in human bodies.We are spiritual beings having a human experience, not human beings having a spiritual experience.

C.) Our souls are nothing but waves in the ocean of the all that is, the creative force (God, if you like) that underlies and sustains all existence. All lives that have ever been lived anywhere- past, present, and future - are all expressions of ourselves. We are one with everything and everything is one with us. Everything that you see is another version of you.

All of these levels of perception are correct, from a certain point of view. For the purpose of this exercise, we are going to use Level of Perception B.

Okay, now that we're all on the same perception page, let's talk about why past lives are important to know about. The short of it is that when we experience trauma, whether in this life or in past lives, a "chunk" of our soul gets stuck in that experience and continues to try to deal with it, even in death. Often, because our soul is eternal and transcends this lifetime, echoes of these traumas show up in our current lifetime and we play out emotional and behavioral patterns that stem from these situations in these past lives. When we heal the past life trauma, weprevent the echo of that traumafrom impactingour current lifetime.

The goalof past life soul retrieval (and current life soul retrieval, too, for that matter) is to get to a point where the only trauma thatour soul isdealing with is the one we're experiencing in the present moment. For some people, this means doing hundreds of past life soul retrievals. I started to see subtle differences in my life with the first retrieval, and major differences after about 20 retrievals over a period of a few years. Most often, the changes created by a past life soul retrieval are subtle, sort of like a small course correction aboard a sailing vessel. It's only with time that the different trajectory becomes noticeable.

This week's assignment is to do at least onepast life soul retrieval on yourself. The steps are outlined in this blog entrythat I posted last year and updated with links today.

As I was contemplating this week's topic, I thought that it might be beneficial for you all to see an example of how a past life soul retrieval works in practice. Toward that, Iwill do a past life soul retrieval for the first person to volunteer in a reply to this thread. The reading will be public and posted as a reply here, so be prepared for that because past life retrieval readings will sometimes provoke strong emotions for the person requesting the reading. It may take me several days to respond - I have a lot on my plateat the moment - so if you're not the person that requested the reading, check back later or click "follow" at the bottom of the page if you'd like to be notified when I post the reading. If I have extra time, I will do one retrieval for each additional person that volunteers, on a first-come-first-served basis. [Update 9/1/2013: Reading requests are now closed on this thread. However,a private reading request can be made through the Made by Empaths store. Thank you!]

As you do your self-retrievals, I'd love to hear from you! Post a reply with what you thought about the exercise. Did the life that you saw pertain to some issue(s) that you're dealing with right now? How did you feel, emotionally, during the process of figuring out what was going on in the past life? Was it difficult to convince your past life self to cross over? Do you think that you will do another retrieval on yourself at some point?

One last thing... This is the last exercise in the "self" section of this workshop. I have a couple of additional optional lessonsthat I'm going to postwhen I have time (about soul agreements and energetic cords), but next week we're going to move on to learning how to do psychic readings. Next week's lesson will be practice on receiving and interpreting initial impressions. If you're not interested in using your psychic ability to do readings for others, you can still follow along, or not, as you like. Many thanks to all of you that have been taking time out of your busy lives to participate in the workshop. I hope that it's been fun, challenging, and educational for you.


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Amaya
@amaya
04/03/11 10:34:21AM
301 posts

Contacting your Spirit Guides


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Hi all!

We finally arrived at the spirit guides segment of the psychic development online workshop that I've been hosting here at EC. If you'd like to play along this week, you can find the post about guides here.

Thanks,

Amaya


updated by @amaya: 08/07/17 11:53:54PM
Amaya
@amaya
04/03/11 10:20:40AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Meeting Your Spiritual Guides


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

Spirit Guides. It's a big topic, and one that's been done better by others before me, so I'll point out here a few resources for learning about what guides are, what they're here for, and how to get in conscious contact with them.

I'm a big fan of Anna, who writes the Psychic But Sane blog. She writes a great entry called "What are spirit guides & how to work with them" that covers just about everything I would think to say on the topic. She goes deeper with "5 tips & insights to help you work with your spirit guides". I found myself giggling and thinking "YES!!" so many times while reading it that I have to pass along the information to all of you as well.

Okay, so now we know all about spirit guides (or if we don't, we'll ask the question below). Now, we need to know how to contact them. If you guessed meditation, you're correct! There are a few different options for this, which fall into the basic categories of YouTube guided meditations and self-guided meditations. You'll find several examples of each type in the index for this workshop (see section 3.7), and at the home page for the Spirit Guides & Guardian Angelsgroup, under "Link to Discussion for Meeting Your Spirit Guide".

Your task for this week is to find a meditation that works for you. Once you do, please let us know by commenting below which one it was. I'd love to figure out which one works best for the majority of people, if there is such a one. Feel free to also talk a little about your experiences with the different meditations, if you like.


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Amaya
@amaya
04/03/11 09:55:10AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Journey to the Akashic Records


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

There's a certain lexicon, a certain vocabulary, that psychic people eventually come to know. The Akashic Records is one of the things that you really should know about and understand. A good primer on the records can be found on Wikipedia. Essentially, the idea is that all the information that's ever been and ever will be is "out there" somewhere for us to access. We call this field of information the Akashic Records. The Records is a good tool to have in your psychic toolbox, so today's task is to go there and explore for a bit.

The following meditation is takenfrom Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System, by Anodea Judith, Ph.D. You can use it if you like, or create your own. My first trip there was before I saw this meditation, but the process I used was essentially the same. I would recommend that you do the clearing meditationfirst with a grounding cord, and then do this meditation directly afterward.

A good question that comes up with this journey is, "What should I do while I'm there?" If this is your first trip to the records, aim to find your own record and learn how to navigate it. Maybe you have a question about something in your life that you'd like to get an answer to, and you can focus on that too.

Each person's mind will interpret the records differently, so your experience will be different from everyone else's. My version of the Records has a helpful curator and is decidedly more high-tech than the example in the guided meditation. If you find yourself wondering if your experience is "just your imagination", rest assured that it's not important; for this exercise, there's no difference between imagination and "real". Have fun with it.

The Journey Guided Meditation

Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Let your body sink into the chair as you come into a state of deep relaxation.

Imagine your body getting lighter. The solid mass of your flesh gradually lightens and you experience a swirling feeling, like rising into a mist, shapeless and formless as it is. Eventually the mist begins to take more form and you percieve a spiral staircase leading upward. You follow the staircase higher and higher as it becomes more solid. Each step lets you feel a sense of your own destiny, each step brings you closer to that which you wish to know.

Soon your steps widen and you arrive at a large building, stretching as high and far as you can see. It has one large door and you enter it, effortlessly. You see more stairways, long hallways, and many rooms with doors opening to them. You stand in the foyer and ask your question, hearing it echo throughout the whole building. The question comes back to you.

You begin to walk, listening to the echo of your question, following where the sound is the loudest and the clearest. Follow your footsteps whereever they may take you, repeating your question as you walk. Eventually, you will find yourself in a room. Notice the doorway, the furnishings. Is there anything written on the doorway? What colors are the furnishings, what time period are they from?

As you look around, you notice a large bookshelf with volumes and volumes of books. Examine the library and see if any book stands out, beckoning to you. Find one with your name on it. It may not be the name you use in this life, but it should fall into your hands effortlessly. Phrase your question once more and open the book, letting it fall open where it will. Read the passage you have opened to. Pause for a moment to reflect on its meaning, and then turn the next few pages, browsing. Open your awareness to the information around you - the rooms full of books, the ancient wisdom buried throughout the building, and pull it into your heart. Don't try to analyze it, just let it be.

When you are ready, return your book to its shelf, knowing that you can find it again whenever you want. Slowly turn and leave the room, walking back down the hallway full of doors. Enter the foyer and out the large columned door and step outside, reflecting, as you go, on the incredible view you can see from this height. Patterns upon swirling patters ebb and flow at this place with every color and shape and rhythm you can imagine. Your body gets slowly heavier as you enter the atmosphere. Slowly you come down and down, sliding into the Earth plane where your body sits comfortably in your chair.

Guided Meditation Alternative

If you would prefer a less structured experience (which is generally my preference these days), an alternative to the above journey would be to simply create an "akashic records" door in your personal sanctuary, then go through it and see what happens.

In either case, be sure that you write about your experience in your journal. If you are willing, please write a note below about your experience with this exercise.


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Amaya
@amaya
03/27/11 08:46:33PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Your Personal Sanctuary


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I'mpleased to hear that! I agree; that's why I like this one too. I think that he gets it just about right with the timing.
Amaya
@amaya
03/23/11 04:29:31PM
301 posts

Still haven't found what you're looking for? (EC Group Directory)


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Nope! There's nothing like that, that I'm aware of anyway. Go for it!

Amaya
@amaya
03/19/11 02:22:19PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Your Personal Sanctuary


Psychic and Paranormal

I forgot to mention a few things:

  1. The meditation is approximately 30 minutes long. It is self-contained, in that there is no need to so any meditation or cleansing work beforehand, but you are certainly welcome to do so. The basic cleansing meditation would be a good warm-up.
  2. The meditation mentions a burning candle; you can light a candle before starting the meditation, just imagine a burning candle at that point, or skip it altogether. It's not important.
  3. When he says "magick" and "magickal ability", think "psychic" and "psychic ability".
  4. When he says "spirit guides", feel free to substitute "guardian angels", "totem animals", or whatever is most title is most relevant for you. The same thing goes for when he says "goddess and god" or "gods";please substitute "God","Jesus", "Creator", "Jehovah", "Allah", "Shiva", "Source", "Steve Jobs" (just kidding!), or whatever is most relevant to you.

I intend that themeditation provide you witha few ideas for how your personal sanctuary might be structured. The next time you go to your sanctuary, do so on your own, without the guided meditation. Explore the space at your own pace, and see what new things you find there. Try to visit your sanctuary at least a few times this week.

Amaya
@amaya
03/19/11 01:47:50PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Your Personal Sanctuary


Psychic and Paranormal

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

In developing psychic ability, it can bevery helpful to have a psychic "home base", which I callthepersonal sanctuary.Your personal sanctuary is a safe place whereyou can rest, recharge, and work on personal issues. It's also a place thatyou can use as a jumping-off point for psychic journeys and readings.

The attached audio file is a guided meditationfrom a bookand CD setby Christopher Penczak.His teachings are Wicca-oriented, and some of that influence is apparent in the guided meditation. I encourage you to think about the intent of the instructions in the meditation and to adapt them to fit your own beliefs and preferences. For example, the location of the sanctuary in the meditation is under a giant tree. This location works well for me. Your sanctuary, though,might be a meadow, a cloud, a cave, or a skyscraper. This is your personal sanctuary, so make it as much your own as you can.

Also, remember that you can change yoursanctuary at any time. You can add or subtract elements as your needs and interests change. You can change its location, or create a second sanctuary. I have both a burrow, as suggested in the guided meditation, and a small temple on a sunny, warm beach.

If you feel like sharing, please tell us what it felt like to do this exercise!


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Amaya
@amaya
03/15/11 04:04:16PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Bwahahahaha! Nice one, Sandy. :-)
Amaya
@amaya
03/15/11 01:28:56PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Finding Faith, Week Two


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Wow! That's awesome! :-) I love hearing those kinds of stories.
Amaya
@amaya
03/12/11 03:53:53PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Psychic Protection - The Bubble Method


Psychic and Paranormal

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

One of the most basic and well-founded concerns that emerging psychics have is how to keep out unwanted information and energy. Somewhere along the line, like many empaths, I learned the versatile "Bubble" method. It's now so much a habit for me that I don't realize I'm doing it most of the time.

The Bubble Method is simple, but takes some practice to use effectively. To begin, enter a no-thought state meditation. Once there, focus your attention on your body's energy. Feel how your body's energy extends beyond the limits of your physical body, forming an egg (or bubble) around your body. I find that my personal bubble's size is very similar to the circle in the image below.

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Once you've located the edges of your bubble, focus your attention on changing the form of your bubble. You can imagine that your bubble is made of bright blue light, like Rose Rosetree suggests in her book Empowered by Empathy (if I'm remembering that correctly), or that it's made of any other substance you can think of. I've imagined bubbles made of metal,glass,light, darkness, fire, water, ice, or some combination of these things.

bubbleboy.jpg

Try changing the size of yourbubble.Imagine that it's the sizeof your house or apartment building.Shrink yourbubbleso that it only contains your heart.See if you canget your bubble to conform exactly to the contours of your physical body.

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Think about the purpose ofyour bubble. Bubbles are useful both for keeping things out that you don't want in, and for keeping things in that you don't want out. I have often used a bubble like a shower enclosure, in that I can do cleansing and clearing work inside, and the debris will wash down the floor drain instead of getting everywhere. Thishas beena good way for me to work through shame-based stuckness.

Get creative with your bubble work. Keep in mind that bubbles are a mental/spiritual/energetic construction that assist usin our efforts toestablish and maintain boundaries that fit with our personal goals and comfort level.

As an example of how a creative bubble can be helpful in maintaining sanity, I havehad out-of-controltelepathy (I call it telempathy, because I get feelings more than thoughtforms) sometimes in the past. To gain control of it, I tried buildingdifferent kinds ofbubbles. The one that I found works best for me is a four-layer bubble just around my skull, made of stainless steel, chain mail, one-way mirror, and electricity. It probably sounds like a little overkill (or a tinfoil hat), but that's what my mind needed. (Don't underestimate the power of humor to solidify concepts in the mind!) It took some practice, but now I can get it to stay there without my thinking about it all the time.

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This week's exercise is to get bubbling! Play with this concept for the next few weeks. You'll need it when we (eventually) get to past-life retrievals.

This IS a discussion thread, so please - discuss amongst yourselves your own personal best-practice bubble techniques!


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Amaya
@amaya
03/09/11 11:00:24PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Finding Faith, Week One


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Ha! Good question! Mythought on itis that second-guessing serves an important biological/evolutionary purpose. Our ability to rationally consider a wide variety of possible options serves us well, most of the time. Logic is important. But, it can interfere with our intuitive ability sometimes. I think that the goal is ultimately to figure out how to integratelogic with intuitionsuch that a balance is achieved. In the process of achieving that, though, sometimes it can be helpful to swing way to the other side for a while,taking a vacation from logic for as much time as is reasonable. Have a great weekend! Let us know how it goes?
Amaya
@amaya
03/06/11 11:47:31AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Finding Faith, Week One


Psychic and Paranormal

Let us know how it works out! I'd love to see the result. You might try meditating a bit first with the clearing meditationand see if that helps, or listening to the chakra balancingvideos (see the comments section of the same link)while you paint.
Amaya
@amaya
03/04/11 09:17:03PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 1


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Kat,

If you feel intensecompassion for others naturally - as it sounds like you do - you probably already understand the point of this exercise and can skip it. This exercise ishere because being an empath doesn't make someone automaticallycompassionate, and compassion is an essential foundation for the successful development of psychic clarity. Understanding the limits of our compassion (and everyone has a limit) is one of the most important things to know before starting to do psychic readings for others, because eventually, someone will come to you with a problem that tests your limit. This exercise is designed to help youexplore what that limit is for you. Perhaps all that the exercise will show you is that your limit lies elsewhere, which is also good and beneficial to know.

Why are some unable to show compassion? Whoo! That'ssort of THEquestion of all time, isn't it? Obviously, I don't know the answer. My feeling on it is that some perceive compassion to be weakness, to be the same as condoning or justifying bad behavior. For others, compassion may be difficult simply because no one's ever shown them any, so they don't really know what it is,much lesswhy it's important. I've read thatvengeance is a natural human reflex that arises out of our flight or fight instincts and our evolution as a group-oriented social species.It can bedifficult to override powerful instincts like that, especially when the wrong done is severe.

In the end, judgment (or its cousin,vengeance)is all about feeling like we have control of something that upsets us, while compassion is a form of relinquishing of that control. Giving up control andallowing other people to behave as they will -especiallywhen their behavior is hurtful -without interference from us in the form of our thoughts or actions, is frightening to almost everyone. Between "turn the other cheek" and "an eye for an eye" is a vast grey area, and each person carves out a comfort zone for themselves.

That's my two cents on it, anyway. I'm not really so concerned with where the comfort zone is for everyone at this point, but just thatwe allknow wherewe stand on the continuum. Psychic work generally results in a natural movement toward compassion, but doing it in a self-aware way makesthe processmore rewarding, in my opinion.

Thanks for your great question!

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
03/04/11 08:50:03AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 1


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Linda,

That's a really interesting take on it! I hadn't thought of it that way, but it rings true for me. NIce job!

Amaya
@amaya
03/03/11 08:56:54PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cleansing, Clearing, Grounding


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

Folks, you've made it. The foundational work is done, and now the real work begins. Okay, so the foundational work is ALMOST done, but from here on out, it will all be meditational work.

For the next couple of weeks, we're going to be working on the health and maintenance of our energy bodies. This week, we're going to work on cleansing, clearing, and grounding. Next week, we'll work on protection bubbles.

Here's your assignment for this week:

  1. Read the blog entry for the basic chakra clearing and energizing meditation and do the meditation as often as possible, aiming for at least once per day.
  2. Take the chakra health quizand note your results in your journal.
  3. Read the blog entry for root chakra clearing and grounding, and try as many different root-clearing exercises as you have time for. Find one that you like that you can stick with, and add it to your basic clearing and energizing meditation routine.

If you discover, through the chakra quiz, that one or more of your chakras could use some attention, you can find exercises related to each chakrathrough the workshop index.

I'll also be postinga couple of more advanced clearing meditations at some point in the next couple of weeks - one that my spirit guide taught me, which he called "soul clearing", and another with a couple of options for "cord cutting". If they speak to you, I encourage you to try them. If you don't have the time or desire to do them this week, just remember that they're there and you can always come back to them another time. Consider them to be completely optional.

If you have any specific cleansing/clearing meditations that you like, post them below! The object here is to find at least one meditation that is easy to do, easy to remember,and thatworks for you. My favorites are in this course, but there are plenty of other ways to go about it, so experiment all you want.


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Amaya
@amaya
02/28/11 07:40:27AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 2


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I just try to stay away from that kind of judgment call.

Perfect! That's what I was going for with this one. I, too, am glad that it's not my job to assign penance for hurtful behavior. :-)

Amaya
@amaya
02/26/11 09:55:07AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 1


Psychic and Paranormal

That does sound challenging. I volunteered at a domestic violence shelter for a while, working with kids especially, and while it was rewarding, a couple of hours a week was all I could manage.

We're headed into the clearing and grounding section next, and I'll be adding some additional meditations for clearing past connections and unfulfilled soul-level agreements. Hopefully that will help with getting rid of some of the residual energies that you might be carrying around. A couple of weeks after that, we'll be working on protection - ways of not letting new energies in that we don't want. Between the two, you'll be able to identify and prevent that type of thing from happening in the future. It takes practice, but it creates such a feeling of liberation! At least, it did for me.

Amaya
@amaya
02/25/11 09:47:17PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 1


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Jinjer,

Thanks for your response. I had never heard of this couple.

My opinion isthat the fact that you took the time to do the exercise means that you're ready for the course. The real key to this exercise is to "know thyself", and it sounds like you are on target with that. It takes time and practice to get to that place of not condemning others, and empaths are just like everyone else in that way. Just because we feel everyone else's emotions doesn't mean that we give people a pass for their bad behavior! I'd even go so far as to say that it might sometimes be harder for us to forgive precisely because we do understand the force and depthof the pain that people can cause to others.

I should probably have included an exercise on how to get rid of the feelings that this exercise dredges up. Please accept my apologies for that oversight. You've said that you're not much of a meditator, but you could try the guided meditationin the clearing and grounding section.

The work of psychic development isn't easy, but it is rewarding. I've been working on this stuff for about 5 years now, and my life has changed dramatically in that time. I've changed as a person. Even if you eventually decide that doing readings for other people isn't something that feels good to you, the skills that you'll pick up in getting to that point will help you in your daily life. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Love,

Amaya

Amaya
@amaya
02/25/11 12:26:50PM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Symbolism - Putting It All Together


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Great! I'm curious to see what others think of this. I love the Taco Bell reference. :-)
Amaya
@amaya
02/25/11 11:30:09AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Symbolism - Putting It All Together


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Misu! Excellent! I love this. Fabulous interpretation! I picked this dream specifically because I know what it meant, and like most things that psychics are asked about, I left out some crucial bits of context. :-) I'll share a bit more about the context - what I was doing right before going tosleep -after some others have a chance to respond, since I'm not looking for the "right"interpretation at all, but just an exploration of symbolism in general. Thanks so much for your work here! This isexactly what I was looking for.

Amaya
@amaya
02/25/11 10:30:15AM
301 posts

Psychic Development Workshop: Keeping Confidences


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

Last week we talked about developing a code of ethics for our psychic work, to combat the natural fears that tend to come up when we first consider that maybe we really are psychic. I suggested that the first item on your list should be: Onlyhelp people that have asked for help.

The second item on your list, in my opinion, should be: Keep all information private that is shared in a psychic exchange. What this means to me is that if someone asks you to do a reading for them, you shouldn't talk with anyone else about it unless the person receiving the reading says it's okay for you to share it, and then only share with the person that they give you permission to share with.

When you're first figuring out that you're psychic, it can be an exhilarating experience, and most likely, you're going to want to talk about your experiences with anyone who will listen (and believe). It's fine to talk about your experiences, but you will want to keep the identity of the person that you're reading for a secret. This means that you shouldn't talk about readings in such a way that the person you read for can be identified by the person you're talking about it to. As an example, let's say that you did a reading for someone here on EC that was delivered via private message. The content of the reading is therefore not public information. Telling someone that isn't a member of EC that you did a reading for "this one guy" and talking about the contents of the reading is probably okay. Telling another EC member might not be okay. You'll have to use your personal discretion in deciding whom to talkwith and how much to share.

Keeping Confidences

This week's exercise is another radical experiment that I hope will get you thinking about this topic, and help you to further develop your personal discretion about discussing other people without their knowledge. If you're a banker, doctor, attorney, psychotherapist, or work in any other profession where you are required to maintain client confidentiality, you can probably skip this week's lesson. If you're not regularly keeping client confidences, what I'd like you to work on this week is simple, but difficult: Don't talk about anyone when they're not there and haven't given you explicit permission to talk about them.

There will be some situations in which this is not practical, so as always, be reasonable about it. In general, though,you'll berefraining fromtalking about the actions, thoughts, behaviors,health conditions, stupid decisions, outstanding successes, and any other non-public information about your spouse, kids, parents, friends, coworkers, and customers in a way that the listener (or any evesdropper) could identify whom you're talking about. For example, let's say that you're on a bus, you're chatting with a friend about "this one guy" that came into your store/office a few days ago, etc and so forth. Keep in mind that the one guy, or someone he knows, could be sitting behind you!

If you feel like sharing, we'd love to hear about how you did with this exercise!


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Amaya
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02/25/11 10:03:49AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Holding Back the Helper


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I'm totally a fixer, too. It has been and continues to be an ongoing process for me of being self-aware about it. As I've practiced this idea of not giving help that hasn't been requested, I've started to notice more and more howmanygood things come from NOT helping. I still offer my assistance when I feel like I have something to contribute, but if my assistance is declined, I don't push it. I've also been working on accepting the help that others offer to me, which is anotherthing that's been difficult for me.

I understand about being in a helping job, so you'd just want to focus on the times that you're not at work. I was a college student once, so I know that those college students need all the help you can give them! :-)

Amaya
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02/25/11 09:50:52AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Symbolism - Putting It All Together


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Alright, folks. This week is the last of the "foundation" work. After this, we'll be working on meditations for a few weeks, then we'll start doing readings in the readings group.

For our symbolism segment this week, we'll work on using our knowledge of archetypes, culturally-relevant symbols, and personal symbols to interpret the symbolism in a dream I had recently.

In my dream, I was driving my car down a dark, two-lane road. It was raining really hard. The radio in the car was on - I don't recall what it was playing - and the volume was up way too high. I was driving too fast. It seemed like there was some connection between the car's speed and the radio's volume. I was shouting at my daughter, who was in the passenger seat, to turn the radio down, but she couldn't get it to be any quieter. Ikeptshouting at her, and she was shouting back that she was trying to turn it down. I took my eyes off the road to see what she was doing, and missed a turn. The car left the road, careened down a long dock, and flew into the cold, dark water. We rolled the windows down before we were completely submerged and were able to get out of the car. I woke up while we were treading water.

So, what do you think? What archetypes (if any) can you pick out in this dream? What culturally-relevant symbols? What personal symbols? How does this all fit together? What was my dream about?

If you'd like to give us some extra practice, post a dream that you had recently and let us have a try at decifering the symbolism!


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Amaya
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02/21/11 02:49:09PM
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There are lots of ways to give readings. If your choice is to use some external method, like tarot cards, youcan follow the instructions that came with the deck. If you are talking about giving a true psychic reading, though, it's a bit more complicated. I would say that yes, you just relate what you feel/see, but really, there's a lot more to it than that. In my opinion, the purpose of a reading is to be helpful to the person requesting guidance, and that usually takes either training or lots of practice, or most often, a combination of both. There are some people that get it instinctively, but it's rare. Asking "how does one give a reading" is sort of like asking "how does one make dinner?", if that makes sense. You can answer, "well, you cook some stuff, put it on plates, and put it on the table", but that's not really all it is, right? It's not difficult to do, but it takes some time and effort to learn, and practice, practice, practice.

I'll be covering this in my workshop, if you're interested. We won't get to the how togive readings part for a while; right now we're doing the foundational work. I wrote a blog entryabout this topic last year that's extremely basic. I'll be going much more in depth in the workshop.


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Amaya
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02/18/11 05:31:37PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Personal Symbols


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We've been talking about symbolism for a couple of weeks now. We've discussed the importance oflearning about symbolism, and ways of learning about it. We've discussed archetypes and culturally-relevant symbols. This week, we're having an open discussion about personal symbols.

What is a symbol that has some personal relevance for you? Put up a picture of it, or just describe it. Tell us what it means to you, and why.

Here's one of mine:

If you don't know, this is a painting by Picasso called Guernica. Guernica is a small town in the Basque country ofnorthern Spain. On April 30, 1937, Hitler's German Condor Legion used the townfor aerial bombingtarget practice, on the order of Spain's General Francisco Franco. This event served as the inspiration for this painting. My father's family lived in the Guernica area at that time, and my fatherwas born in a small village outside of Guernica in 1944. The family, along with others in the region,suffered from the general persecution oftheir ethnic group at the hands of Dictator Franco's police force for many years. My father left Spain in the early 1970s, during the time that Franco's regime was coming to a close.When I was born,here in the United States, I was named a traditional Basque name because when my father was born in Spain, it was illegal to name children Basque names.

A copy of this paintingwas placed in the United Nations building in New York City, at the entrance to the Security Council room, in 1985. On the day before and the day after my birthday in 2003, the painting was covered so that it would not appear in the press conferences given by U.S. officials regarding the start of thewar in Iraq.

To me, this painting symbolizes a lot of things. It reminds me of my father, and hints at a culture, his culture, that I've never really known and am still trying to understand. It speaks to me about both how fragile and how importantthe freedoms are that we take for granted here in the U.S. as being inviolable. It forces me to think about the costs of war, something I thought about a lot when my daughter's dad spent more than 2 years of his life in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, and have thought about many times since then as I've watched him deal (unsuccessfully) with the aftermath of having been there.

Your turn!


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Amaya
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02/18/11 04:39:55PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Holding Back the Helper


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We're almost done with our segment, The Second Pillar of Psychic Ability, which I call "The Spirit". This segment was all about how to create a conscious foundation of particular skills that will serve tosupport your intuitive ability. Today, I posted a blog entry on the ethics of psychic work, in which I discuss the creation of a personal code of ethics.

The ethical principle that I suggest you consider placing as #1 on your code is the idea that you do not psychically help others unless they ask. In the blog entry, I wrote:

Where exactly to draw the line on this question can be tricky sometimes, and can vary on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, what I recommend is that it's okay to say that you're psychic and that you'd be happy to do a reading on the issue if they'd like, but it's not okay to say that you know what the answer is and you'd be happy to tell them what you know, if they want you to. I hope that the difference there is clear. In the first case, you haven't invaded their privacy by looking at their issue psychically.You don't actually know anything yet, because they haven't given their permission for you to look into their business. In the second case, you've already received some type of information that you're withholding from them for whatever reason, a reason that you're requiring them to guess at, which winds up the fear response and makes them ask you even if they don't really want to.

This week, I would like you to practice this principle in what may seem a radical way: do not help anyone unless they ask for your help. And I do mean anyone (except for children that can't talk yet). If you can't stand being unhelpful, you may offer your assistance, but do not actually act unless asked. Tie no one's shoes but your own. Hold no one's door open for them. Offer no advice, unless you are asked for your opinion. If someone's left the counter in the office break room a mess, do not clean it up (unless that's your job, of course). Be reasonable about it, but do your best to hold back that part of your empathic human nature that urges you to help other people, then let us know how it went!


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Amaya
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02/18/11 04:21:26PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Getting from no to maybe


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Thanks for your great comments, Lisas! :-) I still find myself saying no more than I'd like; it's an ongoing effort to catch myself doing it and redirect to something more helpful. In a reading I did recently, I caught myself saying no, and decided to give up for the day and come back to it later rather than try to fight through to "maybe" right then. And as it so happened (like usual), the thing I was saying no to turned out to be correct after all. It's a pesky little bugger, that "no" response!
Amaya
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02/10/11 03:38:02PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Cultivating Compassion, Exercise 1


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Congrats to you that you finally did it! And thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. I was actually thinking about this woman when I was putting up this discussion thread, along with Michael Vick and Tiger Woods.
Amaya
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02/10/11 01:14:02PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Culturally-Specific Themes and Symbols


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Last week, we talked about archetypes, those themes and symbols that arise out of the collective unconscious of all people, things that all humans understand in roughly the same way.

This week, we're going to discuss how certain symbols only make sense to certain people,and how the same symbol will mean different things to different people. Take, for example, this symbol:

Do you know what it means? What about this one:

Or this one:

What are some symbols that are important to you that other people might understand differently than you do, or might not understand at all?

For my personal example, I offer the symbol of water. As an archetype, water represents emotions in general, the currents that run underneath of our conscious awareness. As a culturally-specific symbol, I live in what amounts to a temperate rain forest. Water means something different to the people living here than it does to people living in, say, Arizona. For us, water means nine months of near-constant rain, briefly interrupted by excellent water sports, biking by the rivers,scraping moss off the roof, andthe never-ending balancing actbetweensalmon runs and cheap electricity.

This week, I would like you to choose one symbol that is culturally relevant to you in some way. Explain how that symbol works as an archetype (or not), and then how that symbol would be interpreted in a cultural context.


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Amaya
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02/10/11 12:39:32PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Getting from no to maybe


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"NO!" It's one of the first words we learn to say. This little word can shut down the flow of intuitive information so completely that it can take a lot of effortto get it flowing again. When we receive intuitive information and then discount it, using words and thoughts like, "No, that can't be right," or "No, that's not possible," or "No, that's just too weird," we tell our intuition that we don't believe what it's telling us. If you were trying to tell someone about your day and they kept insisting that what you were saying couldn't possibly be right, you'd soon stop talking to that person and find someone more willing to believe you, wouldn't you? What would that person have to do to convince you that they really did believe you and wanted you to come back and talk with them again?

In rebuilding our relationship with our intuition, an important step isto stop saying "no". But what do you say instead? Believing everything you see and hear is just as big a recipe for disaster. What I encourage you to do is to say "maybe" and ask more questions. Find out more information. Maybe your intuition was giving you literal information. Maybe it was a symbol or metaphor for something else. Maybe you were missing a big part of what was trying to come through to you. Maybe, maybe, maybe. It may be, and it may be not. Stop saying "no" and start saying "maybe".

Getting from no to maybe

If you want to keep your brain from automatically tossing out "no" when what you want to say is "maybe", practice is required. So far, we've been training our conscious brains to develop skills (such as compassion and faith) that we can later use in our intuitive travels. We're going to use the same approach this week. All week, I want you to notice all of the times that you say or think something resembling "no". When you catch yourself doing it, consciously redirect yourself to "maybe".

This exercise works really well with children. For example, say you see little Johnny hit Jenny on the play structure. Jenny hits him back. Johnny comes running over to you to tell you that Jenny hit him. You ask him why Jenny hit him and he says, "I don't know! I didn't do anything! She's mean to me!" Instead of saying or thinking, "No, it's because you hit her first," think, "maybe." Maybe she hit him earlier when you weren't looking. Maybe she was calling him names. Maybe she pushed him off of his favorite toy. Ask questions. "Why do you think she's mean to you?" you might say, or, "I saw you hit her before she hit you. Why did you hit her?" After you've had a chance to entertain the "maybe" version of events, then decide what to think about it. But give yourself the gift of "maybe" first.

Repeat this exercise as often as possible this week. Do it while you're watching the news, or driving down the road. There's a big difference between, "no you did NOT just cut me off!" and "maybe they're rushing to the hospital". Do it while you're working on your visualization meditations. Instead of "no, that can't be right," try, "well, maybe that could be right". You may be the next Picasso, after all. Maybe. Be sure to pay particular attention to those times when the person you're about to say no to is yourself!

Finally, make a post about a time this week that you caught yourself saying no and were able to make the switch to maybe.


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Amaya
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02/10/11 11:57:57AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Ha ha! Yes, she's made lots of money from comedy based onacting likeboth of those! I doubt that she is actually either one, though...
Amaya
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02/10/11 11:56:17AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Yes, I put her into the "Aphrodite" archetype camp - those great beauties who weren't really known for anything other than being beautiful. In this case, she was of course more than that, but I think that's how most people think of her.
Amaya
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02/10/11 11:53:44AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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:-) I love this character. My thought on this one is that this is your classic "man on a mission".

Amaya
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02/10/11 11:52:26AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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I know! Interesting how it's so hard to decide which side of the fence he's on...
Amaya
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02/10/11 11:51:16AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Old?!? How about awesome? :-) And, ironically for our stereotyping efforts here, she never had children.
Amaya
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02/10/11 11:46:51AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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One of the things that makes me such a big fan of her is that she has so many sides to her personality. Other than her "siren" side, which is what I was going for here, she's also a humanitarian, a mother, an award-winning actress, and tattooed action hero. Stereotypingshould behard, in my opinion, because no one really fits into neat categories.
Amaya
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02/10/11 11:36:42AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Great! Thanks everyone for playing! In case you don't know, these people are:

Angelina Jolie, in her "Siren" mode

Betty White, the brilliantly funny comedienne

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

George Clooney, in what I call his "James Bond" mode

Russell Crowe, in his role in the movie Gladiator

Mandy Patinkin, in his role as Inigo Montoya in the movie the Princess Bride

Marilyn Monroe, in her classic pose

Rita Rudner, another brilliantly funny comedienne

Johnny Depp, in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean

Taylor Swift, country music superstar

Will Farrell, in his headline role in the movie Elf

Amaya
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02/09/11 10:40:05AM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Archetypes


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Oh, I totally agree!That's what doing readings is like, too. When I meet someone's guides, for example, there's all this information that comes along with them, information that's really beyond words and certainly beyond easy characterization, but I have to somehow explain what I'm seeing in some kind of concise way. That's where this type of exercise can come in handy. If I describe someone's guide as a "trickster type" or a "warrior type", then I know that there's this whole part of the guide's personality that I've been able to convey with just a couple of words.
Amaya
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02/06/11 04:28:21PM
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Creating a welcoming community


Empath

Ha ha! Yes, she can! No worries. I just wanted to share some information that I found thought-provoking. Maybe some others willread it and decideto be a bit gentler with their criticism next time. I think that's about the best magic we can hope for...
Amaya
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02/06/11 04:14:12PM
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Creating a welcoming community


Empath

I guess that's actually my point: there's no way to magically make it happen. You've done everything possible to make this a welcoming place. Personal conflicts are indeed inevitable,and I think that the way that we all (i.e. not you, but the rest of us) choose to handle thosedifferences of opinionmakes a big difference in how welcoming the EC actually is in practice. I hope that I speak for everyone when I say that we appreciate all of the time and effort you put into the creation and ongoing maintenance of this space. You can't do it all. We have to do our part too.
Amaya
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02/06/11 10:53:09AM
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Still haven't found what you're looking for? (EC Group Directory)


Empath

Thank you, Marla. You have made your opinion on the matter abundantly clear. You would like me to change my thread to one that includes all groups. I have refused to make the change. We are at an impasse. Since this is my thread, I respectfully request that you discontinue commentingregarding this particular issue. If you continue pressing your request that I change this thread to include all groups, I will consider it to be harrassment.
Amaya
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02/06/11 10:12:13AM
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Creating a welcoming community


Empath

I was reading angroup of articlesin the NY Times recently about why there are so many more men than women contributing to Wikipedia, which bills itself as a "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit". One of the discussion contributors studies the gender dynamics of internet communication, and I found myself thinking a lot about this forum as I was reading her article.

Here are some of the things she said about why people do not participate in these types of discussions:

Both men and women said their main reason for not participating was because they were intimidated by the tone of the discussions, though women gave this reason more often than men did. Women were also more negative about the tone of the list. Whereas men tended to say that they found the slings and arrows that list members posted entertaining (as long as they werent directed at them), women reported that the antagonistic exchanges made them want to unsubscribe from the list....On talk pages...ones contributions are often challenged, and some contributors, anonymous and otherwise, use rude and haranguing language. Such environments are if not outright intimidating unappealing to many women.

I can say that personally, this is exactly why I do not contribute to discussions. I feel that my point of view will be challenged in a disrespectful way, and so unless I feel like what I have to say is so important that I am willing to suffer for saying it, I say nothing. I suspect that others feel similarly. Actually, I know that this is the case, because I have heard it from other EC members over and over.

So, my question is, how do we here at EC, which is billed as being a "supportive" empath community, create an environmentin which personal opinions, points of view, and decisions are supported instead of challenged? Yes, there are members of the community with whom we will disagree from time to time. We may even think that their ideas are bordering on crazy-town. But each member of the EC is deserving of respect and courtesy in all cases. So, what do we do? How do we propose an alternate point of view to someonewithout negating their equally valid point of view, so that everyone feels like their contribution is welcomed?


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Amaya
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02/05/11 09:11:34PM
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Still haven't found what you're looking for? (EC Group Directory)


Empath

Marla, I'm glad you like the standard group search engine, because it is still there, for everyone to use! If you do not appreciate my work here in this thread, you are not required to look at it a moment longer. Perhaps you will take the initiative tocreate a new, better, more inclusive directory of EC groups?
Amaya
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02/05/11 05:03:10PM
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Still haven't found what you're looking for? (EC Group Directory)


Empath

You are free to start your own directory, of course. I created this from my own initiative, because I wanted to know for myself what was out there in group-land. If you do not like it, you may of course provide an alternative. :-)
Amaya
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02/04/11 06:00:50PM
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Psychic Development Workshop: Learning the Language (Symbolism, Week One)


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The most complete site of different decks I've ever seen is http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/. Happy hunting!

 
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