Sunday, July 31, 2011

Money is not a Bad Thing

I wasn't going to post today, but I just can't help myself. I recently saw a post on Facebook that said, "Does anyone need anything today?" When someone wrote "a few $million," the person who asked the question responded, "Oh, I never ask for money. It always comes at a price."

How sad! I know that many people are raised in homes where they are told that money is evil (the quote is that it is the ROOT of all evil, by the way), and similar stories about how it is somehow better and more noble to be poor than to be rich. Give me a break!

I've been poor and homeless, and I've been really well off (with my husband and I making a good 6 figures a year). Let me tell you something flat out: there is nothing Noble about being broke. It's that simple.

It is much easier to advance spiritually when I have extra money around than when I am working 3 jobs 85-100 hours a week. Do you really think I had time to meditate or reflect on my inner state of being when I was too busy trying to scrape up something to eat because it had been two or three days since my last meal?

So please, for the love of whichever God (or Goddess) you may feel like worshipping, stop focusing on lack. Stop telling people that there is something wrong with making money or having more than enough. If I don't have enough, there is no way I can help anyone else. The Universe is a vast and rich place, and there is enough for everyone. In fact, there is more than enough. There is no terrible cost to having money. To think so, in my opinion, is a tragedy.

When we can all realize that and concentrate on how much we have, we will see that money is not a bad thing. In fact it is very, very good.And you can take that to the bank! ;)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Be Someone's Hero

Yesterday I got put on a blog list by The Tarot Lady. This is what I would consider a BIG DEAL. Theresa has been in the Tarot community for quite a while, and many, many people look up to her.

So the fact that she mentioned my Tarot blog is pretty awesome. The fact that she mentioned it so soon is amazing. I only decided to quit my job and become a full-time Professional Tarot Reader at the beginning of this month. In fact, I was still working until around the 14th or so. My first fair isn't even until next week (although I have been doing readings pretty much every day since I started).

But here I am, out for everyone to see. Her blog gets a lot of Tarot traffic. I am SO excited about this. I also put in an article for the Tarosophist International Magazine, and I'm pretty sure it's going to get published. LOTS of publicity off that as well. How did I get so lucky?

There are a lot of people out there willing to help us newbies along, if you are willing to put yourself out there and do the work, that is. But no matter how hard you work, you can't do it alone.  It's not all "luck," it's about help. And lots of it.

So today's post is really about being a Super Hero. What have you done to help someone else today? Who can you reach out to and lend a helping hand? If you are new, too, you still may have some contacts that someone can use. Help pull someone along a little, because I'm sure someone helped you as well.

You don't have to be an actual Super Hero to help someone out.
But they will think you are one.
If you don't believe me, check out this quick story here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Taking the Day Off

Please enjoy this musical interlude while I take some time off today to rest and relax. I have a lot to do to get ready for the fair in a few days, not the least of which is to make sure I'm energetically ready to sit in the hot sun for hours a day and do Tarot readings. ;-)

Also, check out some of my favorite blogs:
Tarot Dame
How to Have Amazing Relationships
Punk Rock Psychic

There are some amazing blogs out there, but these are the ones I check into every single day, no matter how crazy things are.

I should have mentioned this site as well:
The Tarot Lady
I actually follow her on Twitter more, but hey, today's blog post is pretty awesome. :-)

When I'm banging my head against the desk, I go here:
I Need Help With WordPress.
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trust Your Intution

Yesterday I got a fun reminder to listen to myself and my Inner Guidance. I had to go for a drive, and for some reason I thought, "I should throw that Casting Crowns" CD in the player. Now, many of you have probably figured out that I'm not Christian. But I do listen to some Christian music every once in a while, especially when it's about God in general, and not too Jesus-y or fundamentalist. I especially LOVE JJ Heller.

To me, she is the embodiment of what people "should" be - not overly preachy, but very strong in her convictions. And above all, respectful of others. She also lives what she believes, and that is very beautiful. If you are looking for some good positive music, no matter what your religious or spiritual bent, I cannot recommend her enough.

But back to the story: I spied my old Casting Crowns CD, and thought, "What the hey." They do tend to get overly-preachy, and I wasn't particularly in the mood for that, but the main thought that ran through my head was, "Trust Your Intuition." So I did.

I popped in the CD and went happily on my way. About 4 songs in I was kind of humming along and thought, "Wow, this is really good." So I turned the volume up. Then the next song came on, and I realized, "Wait a minute! This isn't Casting Crowns!" It was a CD I thought I had lost months ago! I must have put it in the wrong CD cover by mistake.

So I turned up the volume some more and went even more merrily on my way!
Always trust your intuition. You never know what fun and unexpected surprises you may get along the way!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Follow Your Own Path

A couple of people have told me lately that I am "lucky" because I am going along on my spiritual path at such a young age. Many people say that they did not start looking for meaning until they were in their 40's, 50's, or beyond. Because I started on my quest at a very young age, some people seem to think I'll go further because I have more time left (possibly) or that my life must somehow be magical and blessed. Or something like that.

It seems that I was practically born to live a life of spiritual pursuit. From the time I was three years old, I remember sensing that there was something more to life, and that the way the people around me lived wasn't all there was to it. I started reading my first Holy Text (the Christian Bible) at age 6, and have since read it through several times and done an intensive line-by-line comparison using three different texts.

I have spent thousands of hours reading spiritual literature and religious texts from all over the world, including the Qur'an, the Dhammapada, the Mahabharata, and others. I have studied ancient polytheistic pantheons to modern nature-worshipping paths, and many in-between. Because of this, I am where I am today, and I have come to the conclusions that I currently live.

That doesn't mean that my way was better. In order to study and learn and grow, I chose the life of a Hermit. Even though I worked and went to school and talked to others, all of my free time was spent in study. I sacrificed friendships and relationships. I will never have a Prom or a Homecoming or any number of memories that most people collectively share. High School and College generally annoyed me as I was always looking towards the future. While people in their 20's generally spent much time drinking, partying, and cavorting, I was spent bent over a book, praying, and meditating.

So don't envy my path. If you are just starting your spiritual quest, and you are in your 40's, 50's, or 60's, be happy that you have lived your life, and that you have many wonderful memories and friendships. Chances are you have a lot of support and connections in your life. This is the area where I continue to struggle.

Instead of living a balanced life, I let some areas (mainly relationships) suffer in order to pursue a different area. Now I am at the point in my life where I have to go back and learn how to make all of those connections and do all of the things I missed. But that's okay. We are all where we are, and I think we should be happy, and grateful for that. It is now time to revel in the present instead of lamenting the past or seeking the future.

Here's hoping we all find balance in life.

And if anyone wants to take me to Prom, let me know. :-)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On Top of the World!

I am just feeling on Top of The World!! I just did an amazing Tarot reading for a paying client in a different format, and it worked beautifully. But that wasn't the best part! The best part was that when this person contacted me, I was very nice and firm about saying that I no longer did free readings. Then I directed them to my payment link. This person actually had every intention of paying, but that's not the point. I have never been able to do this with such integrity and confidence.

I also made almost as much today as I used to make in my old job. Yes, I CAN REALLY do this! I have my spot reserved for the Benton County Fair to read Tarot and sell jewelry next week. And I already have one person who is going to come get a reading! EDIT: Make that 3 people who have reserved readings! :-)

It's like I'm looking in a mirror and going, "Wow - where did this person come from???" Blessings to everyone. And go for your dreams!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fake Deadlines

Apparently I've got some fake deadlines running around in my head. Any of you who know about my other blog now I have moved it to its new site. Or rather, I had someone else move it for me. :)

I have SO many things I want to do, and I want them all done NOW. Or preferably, yesterday. So what do we do when we're pulling our hair out and insisting that we have to get everything done right away? Is it really going to be the end of the world if I can't figure out how to change my theme today? (That answer actually could be yes, because I really don't like the way the website looks, and that makes me unhappy.) But really, what can I wait to do until tomorrow?

I have spent tons of hours the past few days working on things and getting my life in order. Yes, I did take an afternoon to go to the beach, but I also came home and worked on things. I haven't really taken a day off completely. I spend hours and hours on the computer writing content, and when I'm not doing that I'm reading the book I promised I'd review on my blog. Or doing Tarot readings for others.

The problem with striking out on your own is that it's easy to over-do it. Especially if you have a good plan in place and a lot of definite tangible steps that you want to do. It's easy to get burnt-out, and I definitely want to avoid that at all costs.

So, what do you do? Do you limit the number of hours a day you work? Do you limit the number of activities you do in a day? Do you schedule days off? Or do you work, work, work, trying to meet imaginary deadlines because all of the deadlines are RIGHT NOW?

I think I need to schedule some things out over the next few weeks and months. Instead of trying to get everything done today (or yesterday), or even by the end of the week, I need to look at realistic goals and long-term strategies for growth.

And maybe I'll even schedule a day off once in a while.