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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011! Exactly Where I Need To Be!

Happy New Year 2011

Bright Blessings for a joyful, prosperous, and peaceful New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sugar Baby

Over the last years I've been amazed that the lyrics of Bob Dylan have a way of explaining all the important things that have happened in my life. Talk about an artist who has tapped into the world's consciousness!

Also, I often listen to Bob on my iPod Shuffle, helping me to complete tasks at hand. Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Chris Bakriges are the only artists currently represented on my Shuffle. Friends were not surprised in the least when I listed Dylan on the "thank you" page of Spinning Around. He helped keep me sane during the long journey to publication.

Rather than put up partial lyrics to "Sugar Baby" by Dylan, I've included this link, which also gives a snippet of the actual tune. Cut and paste the url and then click on the "Listen" button by the "Love and Theft" CD cover:
http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/sugar-baby

This is one tune that recently has been speaking to me. Maybe it'll have meaning for you, too. No matter what, I've been nudged to devote a post to the tune.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just What I Needed To See/Hear/Know

This has been such a lovely Christmas. Chris and I spent it quietly at home. The only time we ventured out was in the afternoon, just before sunset. We walked up a nearby hill to view Lake Sadawga and the mountains around us; serene and so very beautiful. Blessed. We walked back through a forest path; quiet and comforting. Content.

There have been amazingly positive things that have happened to me this year: the BOOK was published; I'm back in school studying a curriculum that feeds my soul and makes my heart sing; I get to spend treasured time in-person and online with a multitude of friends ~ old, new, and renewed friendships; I continue to feel pride as we witness our children...David, Alexander, and Emi...loving, learning and growing; Chris and I celebrated our 30th year of marriage; and so much more.

But sprinkled in amongst all this Light during the year were doses of shadow. Sadness. Sorrow. Anxiety. Illness. Fear. Pain. And more. The holidays weren't without shadow, as can often be the case. Betrayal isn't something I can remember dealing with at any other time in this lifetime, but it showed up recently. Shocking? Yes. Wow, I wouldn't wish this on anybody and I sure didn't expect it to happen to me. But rather than hate it or any shadow that darkens my life, I try to look at it as a learning lesson. Often prior to meditating I pick up one of the books nearby my altar and open randomly to a page. I trust that whatever I see is what I need for what I'm presently dealing with. The trick is to be aware of the guidance that is coming in just for you.

Below is a passage from "Tao Te Ching," English translation by Stephen Mitchell. Here's what was gifted to me today:

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Today on Facebook, I saw this quote:
“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
~ Scottish classical Guitarist, b.1942

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw this quote:
"When you think that everyone around you is wrong and only you have the right answer, your arrogance blocks the flow of intuition and energy. You will miss so much of life this way."
~ James Van Praagh

Also yesterday on Facebook was a link to these words of wisdom:
"To find forgiveness while endeavoring to heal anger, you must evaluate whom you're dealing with, the good and the bad. Often, people are just doing the best they can, which may not amount to a hill of beans where you're concerned, but it does represent the sad truth of the situation. Accepting that truth of someone's limitations will help you to forgive."

"Compassion opens a hidden door to a secret world that exists beyond anger. Notwithstanding, the feelings of anger or forgiveness aren't mutually exclusive. You can simultaneously experience varying degrees of both. Perhaps, at first, you're a little forgiving and very angry. But when you progress, the scales increasingly tip toward forgiveness as your attachment to anger recedes."
~ Dr. Judith Orloff, M.D.

From my friend, Ravenstar, author of The Healing Room, came this in an e-mail recently:
"We have to let go; the desire to justify what we're going through is futile. They won't listen because they can't comprehend. That's the challenge to you...the test to embrace and not let go of yourself in compromise...to trust that it is the right process for you no matter what others may think."

"When we're vulnerable our Inner Spirit comes forth, and we have to make room for it to rise up.....it's not easy, especially trusting the process.....we have to let go of all our earlier teachings....But...when we do we see that it teaches us to find that courage, that leads to the inner strength (the fortitude of the spirit) and allows us to keep going.....until we 'arrive'.....with a stronger and greater conviction than ever. No one else can fully understand where we're at while the process unfolds unless they understand initiation through their own experiences.....There's no way to fully explain it to someone who hasn't been there. You have to walk it, experience it.....this is why you are doing all those readings and healings."
~ Ravenstar

Have you experienced just what YOU needed to see/hear/know today? Be open to finding it in unusual places. There are times I can't get a song out of my head and I wonder how it got there in the first place. If I stop and take time to evaluate the lyrics, often I'm amazed to find it's just what I needed to hear. Listen. See. Know.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lessons In Non-Attachment

Wikipedia states: Detachment, also expressed as non-attachment, is a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment to desire for things, people or concepts of the world and thus attains a heightened perspective.

I've been thinking of non-attachment of late, especially given the "lesson" in it that my classmates and I experienced during the December holiday party at school. We enjoyed a version of an old fashioned "Yankee Swap" gift exchange. This is where all the wrapped presents are in the middle of the room and the participants are circled around them. The first person gets to pick a present. The variation occurred in that the present is NOT unwrapped until the very end. The second person can pick either from the middle or take the present that the first person took. If the first person's gift is taken by the second person, they get to pick another present from the middle, but cannot take back what the second person took from them...at least not at that point. The third person can either pick from the middle, or choose a present that the other two are holding. If say, the third person wants one of the gifts that the other two are holding, the person whose gift is taken can then either pick from the pile, or take a gift from the person whose gift wasn't chosen by the third person. This leaves a potential window for someone to get back the present they originally wanted. And so on and so on... With 18 classmates, several mentors, and the two heads of the school, this could go on and on for quite awhile if any of them keep wanting to get back what they originally chose. It finally ends when ALL the folks are happy with what they DO have.

I know plenty of folks who HATE Yankee Swaps. They want only what they originally chose. Our instructors at school wanted us to see this form of gift exchange as a lesson in non-attachment. Just how much DO folks want to control their outcome...in this case, what they take home as gifts. Now I'm not here to judge anyone in any way shape or form. After all, I have my own things/situations that I dislike, too. But Yankee Swaps aren't one of them. I just like having fun with them. Really. And quite honestly, I have to admit I don't really care what I go home with because even if it's not something I'm particularly interested in, I know I can re-gift it to someone who'll really like it.

As I was thinking about this I remembered a lesson in non-attachment that has recurred over and over in my life. It began as a teenager when I purchased a porcelain penguin that I really loved. I was collecting penguin paraphernalia at the time and I had saved for this really lovely penguin statue. I even had a glass dome on a wood base that "protected" it. The penguin stood on my bedroom dresser top. One day, as I opened a drawer of the dresser, the dome and penguin toppled off onto the floor, breaking into bits. At first I stood there dumbfounded. Then I sobbed. My Ma came into my room to see what was going on. I was inconsolable.

Over the years, I can't tell you how many things that were glass or breakable that I liked...or even loved...that have broken. For whatever reason, this lesson keeps coming up again and again in my life. I'm happy to say that the last few years have me not sobbing, but simply throwing up my hands in the air. If Chris is present, we even start laughing. It's become a joke not to let anything fragile touch my hands for too long. LOL!

Maybe the whole penguin episode and beyond has made me not get upset by Yankee Swaps. I don't know for sure, but it seems a good bet. That said, I don't do anywhere near as well with non-attachment of people I love. There are friends I have lost years ago that I still mourn to this day.

Now as for places...I'm pretty good at detaching from them. After all, Chris and I are gypsies and quite nomadic by nature, so it would be fruitless to get toooo attached to a place.

What's your thoughts on non-attachment? Please share your experiences. Thank you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Spinning Around ~ Spinning, Dyeing & Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Classics

YAY! YIPPEEE! HURRAY! HOLY MACKEREL! OH MY GOODNESS! The BOOK is in print, in the warehouse of SHP, and available from Schoolhouse Press for shipping. Thank you to all who made the BOOK possible. You know who you are!

For YOUR copy go to: http://www.schoolhousepress.com/newbooks.htm

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Raising Vibrations

I've been thinking a lot about vibrations lately. Since everything is energy, everything emits its own vibrations, and it's important to note that vibrations are not necessarily static, especially where humans and animals are concerned. Vibrations can change.

I've read, have been told, and somewhere within me I KNOW, that when I communicate with The Other Side, communication occurs easiest when my vibrations are higher/raised. When my vibrations are raised, I can easily see auras, Spirits, and am more acutely clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient. When my vibrations are raised, the Kundalini energy that now regularly goes up my spine is stronger, more active, and cannot be missed. I have also read that those on The Other Side lower their vibrations in order to meet us...this makes sense to me, but I'm not quite sure how they go about doing that. Any thoughts or leads on where to learn more about this? I simply trust that those on the Other Side know to do this and I haven't been disappointed.

In pasts post I've talked about ways I raise my vibrations: Prayer and A Tarot Reader Prepares For A Tarot Reading. Being raised Catholic, the rosary is still something I often say prior to doing readings or energy work. I love the feeling of the beads in my hands as I recite prayers that are ingrained in my heart and soul. I love the heightened feeling I have after I say the rosary. For those who aren't Catholic-raised, perhaps looking into other prayer bead options would be of interest. I've recently bought a few books with the intent of researching such prayer beads in the future: "A String and A Prayer ~ How to Make and Use Prayer Beads," by Eleanor Wiley and Maggie Oman Shannon; "Pagan Prayer Beads ~ Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries," by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn; and "Bead One, Pray Too ~ Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads," by Kimberly Winston.

Another way to raise one's vibrations is to be in a room with Spiritually-like-minded people. For me, this is literally done when I'm in the company of 17 of my classmates at Fellowships Of The Spirit School Of Spiritual Healing And Prophecy. It can also occur when I'm in a Sacred Space, such as a church, cathedral, temple, or structure-free Sacred Space. Please see this past post: Another Clairvoyant and Clairsentient Experience.

When I recently spent a week with my classmates and teachers, I can truly say my Kundalini energy went wild. Boy, there's no missing I'm alive and well when that happens! I often think of Kundalini as "positive truth energy," for when it shoots up my back, I know I'm to pay close attention and/or I know what's being said, shown, etc. is the truth, regardless of who is speaking...be it me or someone else.

That same week at school ended with a Light Show. Roberta, my roomie, and I were chatting, each on our own single bed, the night before we were to leave. I was giving her a reading and relayed that as I did so, her aura was HUGE and golden. Just as I said that to her, Spirits started showing up around her, all of the same color as her aura. She, too, saw my aura and had her own Light Show. It was a profound experience.

Since I've been back from school, the person I most often see things around is my Chris. 'course he's the one I live with and am in the company of the most.

Soon, I head back to school for a weekend of instruction. Let the Light Show begin! Raising vibrations is much preferred to raising Cain, don't you think? Ha.

Would love to read your thoughts on raising vibrations. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Five FREE Empath Readings - December

It's December! Time again for my offer of 5 free Empath readings. The FIRST FIVE PEOPLE who not only contact me via e-mail but send a pic that follows my pic requirements as described in this past post, Empath Readings + Testimonials, will be chosen. See the same past post for info on what an empath reading is. Send your request AND pic to my e-mail address: spinningjenny57@hotmail.

I will list the first names of the first five people who respond to this offer on this post. Once the five people are listed, that's it for the FREE readings for that particular month. I'll re-post this offer at the beginning of each month and the process will begin again. One free reading per year, per individual, please. However, do tell your friends and family about the offer.

Please note that now that I am in seminary (see My First Week Of School), I can count my Empath Readings for my homework reading requirement. I will send a brief questionnaire t0 each person who requests an Empath Reading to kindly fill out and send back to me after they receive their reading. These questionnaires are then handed in to my teachers as proof that a reading has been completed.

An additional service of free distance healing energy work (distance Reiki) will be offered to all who request an Empath Reading. This is optional on your part but hopefully something that you will desire. Once your Empath Reading is done and the questionnaire is filled out, I will set up a 1/2 hour time slot with you to facilitate the distance healing energy work. Again, I can use this energy work for my healing homework assignment and so will ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire relating to it.

#1. Caroline - completed
#2. Carole - completed
#3. Harper - completed
#4. Cynthia - completed
#5. Susan - completed

Thank you! I look forward to doing a reading and healing energy work for YOU!