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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Standing In Your Truth

During my life, most especially during the school years, to say I struggled with math would be an understatement. No one in my family could help me with my math homework, least of all my Dad. My Ma would give the excuse that Dad simply didn't understand the 'new' math, as it was then presented in the 1960's, and she suggested not to even discuss it with him because it made him upset. What I realized much later was that he just felt bad that he couldn't help me, and was embarrassed by the fact. It wasn't until a kind, 6th grade teacher, Sister Carol, took me aside and gave me individual mini-lessons in math, teaching me differently than anyone prior to her, that I could finally somewhat pass my math tests and quizzes. And it was not again until 9th grade algebra, did I have an equally patient teacher, Sister Justitia, who was able to teach me in a way that made math not seem quite so daunting, enabling me to finish with an 'A' in the class. Alas, that was the last instructor I encountered who was able to help me with math. Tenth grade geometry was a huge bust. And let's not even talk about any math classes after that.

I couldn't understand why I could not do math equations at all in my head. No instructor whatsoever seemed to question this issue. I was never tested for anything. I hid that I used my fingers to count as best as I could. Let's face it...as I grew into an adult, I hid that I still had to use my fingers to count and to this day I cannot add, subtract, multiply, nor divide in my head pretty much at all...and I cannot compute equations on paper too well, either!

Both of our sons had difficulty with math, but it wasn't until my youngest son was extensively tested did we find out he had a MATH LEARNING DISABILITY. Everything that my son had difficulty with regarding math, I did so, as well. And like my Dad, I felt useless and ashamed at not being able to help our sons in math. (BTW, Chris isn't all that great at math, either!) But after our youngest son was diagnosed, it finally dawned on me that I, too, had a MATH LEARNING DISABILITY. What was so liberating was learning that my struggle had a name. Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to have to hide anymore. I didn't have to be embarrassed that math was difficult for me ever again. I was out of the closet in no time, telling people if need be about my math disability, and I've never looked back. And once I learned this, I was able to empower others to stand in their truth, including our sons. As they say, the buck stops here...well, let's also say the shame stops here.

Recently, as a substitute teacher, I encountered a child with whom I was required to work one-on-one with in math. My employers know I have a math disability, so they do not put me in regular math classes to work with students. But, in this case, the situation was where a student came to the special education room, where I was working that day, and it just happened to be math he was to work on for a bit. Imagine...ME being asked to help someone in math! As with everything, I believe it was no mistake that it was me who was to work with this child, albeit for only a half hour of his life. This child was in middle school, and yet was struggling with elementary math. Boy, could I relate. Instead of trying to hide my own math disability from him, I took a moment to share that I understood what he was going through. I explained how I had coped all the 30+ years I was a fiber artist, tackling math as a spinning, dyeing, and knitting practitioner and instructor...after all, math is in everything, one way or the other... I explained to this child how I often approached mathematical tasks in 'other' ways than what is generally taught in school. I explained how, to this day, I am not ashamed to ask math-whiz friends for help with equations, if need be, after I have explained to them what I was aiming to accomplish. I told him I actually wrote a book on the fiber arts, and there was plenty of math tucked inside the pages! I told him that if I could do it, anyone could!!! I encouraged this child so that he, too, would not only be able to cope in this math-minded world, but that he would figure out ways to succeed at whatever it was he set his mind to. I saw how he had his 'counting' fingers below the table as he was working on division problems. I let him know that I, too, still use my fingers to count and wasn't ashamed to tell him so. We smiled knowingly to each other. We stood in our truth, knowing we were much more than beings who were math-challenged. MUCH MORE.

I believe my math disability has helped me over the years to be a better teacher. After having two math instructors who took the time and were able to get through to me, I realized that there's more than one way to tackle problems than just what's considered the norm. As a teacher, I feel it's up to me to try to explain whatever it is that I'm teaching in a way that folks will understand. Yes, this is a challenge for a teacher, but so worth it in the end when you see the smile on the face of someone who successfully understands and accomplishes what they're aiming for.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Forget

Forget

Forget the suffering
You caused others.
Forget the suffering
Others caused you.
The waters run and run,
Springs sparkle and are done,
You walk the earth you are forgetting.

Sometimes you hear a distant refrain.
What does it mean, you ask, who is singing?
A childlike sun grows warm.
A grandson and a great-grandson are born.
You are led by the hand once again.

The names of the rivers remain with you.
How endless those rivers seem!
Your fields lie fallow,
The city towers are not as they were.
You stand at the threshold mute.

Czesław Miłosz















As seen in today's Parabola newsletter. Parabola, btw, is a magazine worth getting a subscription to, in my humble opinion. Recently got a gift subscription for Chris!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Begin With One Small Step

"On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life." ~Robin Sharma



A website worth visiting: Lead Out Loud

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Whole Health Expo In Northampton, MA

This past Saturday I spent the whole of my day at another excellent Whole Health Expo, which utilizes the facilities of the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, Massachusetts for a glorious weekend. I always look forward to this event, because for very little cash outlay, I get to go to workshops of my choosing all day long.

This time, as in last year, I chose to spend a little extra $ and signed up for a "Practical Mediumship" workshop given by Gary McKinstry. I first saw Gary at last spring's Expo in the same location, where he was doing platform/gallery-style psychic mediumship readings for people in the audience (see past post: The Spring '10 Whole Health Expo; Gary McKinstry -...). This time 'round, he gave a group of us good tips on giving readings ourselves. I really appreciate Gary's always-ethical approach and his honesty on how occasionally he asks his wife and himself just WHY is he in this profession...LOL! After all, choosing to give readings is hardly the easiest way to make a living. Fulfilling: yes; a bed of roses: no. I will admit that I was a tad disappointed that his presentation was cut 15 minutes short and that no "demonstration" was given as promised, as was listed in Gary's full-page ad in the Spring issue of Many Hands Magazine. Still, I'm glad I took the workshop, as I came away with much to ponder and several good suggestions to help my own giving of readings, all shared with Gary's ever-present sense of humor and generous offering of mediumship techniques.

Here's the classes I took on Saturday, April 16, 2011 (each workshop was 45 minutes long, except for Gary McKinstry's, which lasted an hour and a half):
I could say really good things about all of the workshops I took, but I'd like to talk specifically about two of them, because they both proved to be very powerful for me on a personal level.

I loved Mary Grace's workshop on love. In fact, the only thing I purchased beyond my tickets at the Expo was her book, "The Wounded Chalice." Mary is a practicing Catholic who is very open-minded and sincere in all that she IS. She channels readings from Mother Mary, and believe me, I can relate because the Madonna has come during quite a few of my energy work/healing sessions. I found Mary Grace to be warm, loving, and a very interesting speaker, conveying the oh-so-important message about, "...honoring the Divinity of the Womb, the instrument fashioned by God to procreate human beings on this planet." When I was purchasing her book at her booth, Mary Grace and I had a nice chat and I immediately felt very comfortable with her and enjoyed our wonderful, shared moment together. On the back of Mary Grace's book, she writes, "Follow Mary Grace along her path as she finds her voice and courage after feeling dominated by the patriarchy of our society. It is time for all women to honor their femininity and role on this planet Earth. Women are born healers who must begin by healing themselves. Depression is rampant among the nurturers of life becasue women are not aware of their special gifts."

The other class that hit home personally was that of Dr. Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac.. For the first time in my life I was in the presence of a holistic eye doctor who looked above and beyond giving yet another new prescription for vision that was getting ever worse from visit to visit. I knew I was in the right place when I heard that his research has been on depth perception issues, something I've been dealing with ALL of my life. In the 45 minutes of the workshop, which was packed with participants btw, I knew he couldn't focus on just depth perception because folks had come with concerns about macular degeneration, glaucoma, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and much more. BUT, among many other things, we did an eye exercise where one was supposed to see something...a hotdog shape, to be exact...that I wasn't seeing. Yep, that would be because of my depth perception problem...a problem which keeps me from being able to drive, being able to go down an escalator because I can't see where to step (especially if it's going fast), being able to get down stairs easily (at the very least, I must go slow and feel more comfortable when I'm able to hold on to a railing), and much more. Well, after the eye care workshop, rather than going to another of the workshops I'd been thinking of attending, I went to Dr. Grossman's booth. I found out about a series of books, many now oop but available on Amazon, that he had written that may be of help to me. When I got home, I immediately ordered a copy of one of the books in this series, "Beyond 3D: Improve Your Vision with Magic Eye." Also, over the course of the next few days after the Expo I did more digging on Google. I found this: Irlen Syndrome. When I showed Chris a list of the symptoms regarding spatial awareness and depth perception, he was as astounded as I was. I have EVERY SINGLE SYMPTOM on that list. Sooo, Chris told me to order the books available dealing with this syndrome. For the first time in my life I'm happy to know that what I have dealt with over the years has a name and can be researched. That, in and of itself, is a relief.

To say my visit to the Whole Health Expo was a resounding success would be an understatement. Well worth the $10 admission, eh?!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flying Dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you, yourself, flew? I've been thinking of some of these 'flying dreams' that I've had in my lifetime.

There's one such dream that occurred more than once when I was a child of 4 or 5, that I still VIVIDLY remember to this day. My family was living in Maryland at the time. I dreamed that I was flying on my back, low to the ground, with my head pointing towards where I was going, and using my flapping arms and legs to guide me where I wanted to go. The dream was SO REAL. The dream was 'lucid,' where I've had obviously excellent recall, being still vivid after all these years.

I poked around on Google to find out more about flying dreams and here's an interesting site I came upon: Dreams of Flying
Check out what "Mystical Blaze" ( Mystical Blaze is an interesting mother-daughter team) said about the type of flying dream I had that I had described above:

"Flying or Floating at Low Altitudes: Floating just above the ground by flapping your hands or arms or peddling your feet is an indication that you have lots of determination and that no matter how hard it gets, you feel you will succeed if you stay on course. This dream is an indication that relief from any setbacks is imminent."

In meditation I have also experienced flying dreams of various types, mostly of the 'free flying' variety (a la Peter Pan), where I travel to or above the clouds, to other planets, and sometimes to other galaxies. Mystical Blaze called these 'free flying' dreams:

"Flying Free: Freely flying as high or as low as you wish using your arms or feet for direction, often with the ability to do acrobatics in the air is an indication that you feel really good about something in your life. You are likely very proud of an achievement at work or at home, and life is good."

Now I'm not sure how Mystical Blaze has learned that these flying dreams are about the situations they've described. After all, just because one finds something on the internet, does not mean it's true. That said, contemplating the meaning of such flying dreams is fascinating. For me, what's tended to work is to go with what I, myself, felt/intuited the dream was about. By keeping a dream journal, which I've done for some time now, I've been able to see patterns in my dreams, helping me to figure out my own language to interpret my personal dreams. 'course there are also those who have been trained in dream work. Once such person who comes to mind is my friend, Patti Frankel. Among many other qualifications, Patti is a graduate of The Haden Institute Dream Leader program..."an intensive 2-year, multi-faceted professional certificate program for dream work and spiritual direction."

Here's a YouTube video of the tune, "Flying Dreams," by Jerry Goldsmith. It comes from the animated movie, "The Secret of Nimh." Yes, this is a children's film...perhaps even a favorite of some...but no matter what, the words in the tune are worth listening to whatever your age.




Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MY Fine Line Between Criticism and Critique

I've recently spent another fabulous weekend being immersed in the goodness that is FOTS. Being among my fellow classmates, mentors, and amazing instructors inspires me like nothing else. I am so very grateful to be attending that particular school, which I consider to be the BEST of the BEST for anyone interested in spiritual healing and spiritual mediumship.

We were blessed to be instructed for part of the weekend again by Rev. Barbara Sanson. This is the second time our first-year class was able to soak up all the incredible information that she has to share. Rev. Barbara has been, among other many other things, THE chairperson of Lily Dale's Healing Temple for the last 19 years. She has also been the President of the Mediums League (please see NSAC - Lily Dale) for the last 11 years, as well as an ongoing registered Medium in Lily Dale. Add to this her DELIGHTFUL personality, full of love, wit, and wisdom. I just love her to pieces and admire/respect her greatly.

This time 'round Rev. Barbara taught us more of the 'fine points' regarding doing spiritual readings for clients. What strikes me is how there's no one way to do readings and that all the mediums we have been taught by have their own techniques and personal beliefs that inform them on how to proceed with readings. And the cool thing is that we've been taught by nothing but excellent mediums, even tho' they may differ on the 'fine points.' What we're reminded to do at school is to "take the best and leave the rest"...good advice, indeed...for what works for one person may not be correct for another. That said, I file away in the microfiche that is my brain (now THAT dates me, eh?!) ALL of the excellent advice and consider all the many techniques I'm learning as tools in my toolbox, to be pulled out and used as needed.

One particular incident got me pondering deeply about something that I've been struggling with for much of my life, namely the difference between criticism and critique. Let me explain... For the first time, two of us in class were asked to come up in front of the entire class, with one of the two giving a reading to the other. We've, of course, given MANY readings to each other, but never in front of the whole group. Yikes! Now I'm not afraid of speaking in front of groups and I'm quite comfortable with all of my classmates...BUT...this was a daunting proposition, in part because Rev. Barbara...who I've already admitted that I admire and respect greatly...was literally right next to me as I gave the reading to my classmate. Double Yikes! No, make that Triple Yikes!

Well, I'm not sure what I was nudged by Spirit to give to my classmate (let's call her 'the client'). I rarely remember what comes out of my mouth when I read, even right afterward. However, I always trust that Spirit will have me say what is for the client's best and highest good, and I know Spirit won't leave me hanging. But apparently, as told to me by another classmate, I was literally shaking as I spoke, tho' I didn't even realize this. That is not typical of me to "shake" at all, but totally understandable given the daunting circumstance I found myself in. Well anyways, to make a long story short, apparently I gave the same message in three different ways. I wasn't surprised by this, because I do remember that I didn't 'read' that the client got it the first time 'round. As a teacher in the fiber arts over the years, I've often had to explain something in more than one way. Rev. Barbara gently and kindly explained that she felt my client DID get the message, which was an excellent critique. Also, Rev. Barbara could 'read' me enough to know that critique can easily be misconstrued for criticism, where I'm concerned. Wise Rev. Barbara.

You see, I'm an extremely sensitive soul. As a kid, when I'd get criticized by ANYONE, most particularly by my Ma, I felt it waaayyyyyyy deep and it cut like a knife. So all through the years, it was hard for me to handle criticism in any way, shape, or form. And let's face it, even when someone is attempting nothing more than a critique, they're not always doing so in the gentlest of ways. It's not like the vast majority of humans have been instructed in the finer points of dishing out constructive critique. I KNOW that I have a personal fine line separating criticism from critique. I also know that it's my job to discern the difference between the two, so that the hairs on my back don't stand up in alarm and defense when someone is only attempting to instruct me or relay their own opinion via critique. Not easy...at least not for me.

So that said, I knew that Rev. Barbara was there to help and make me a better spiritual medium. I thought over long and hard what she had said and, let's face it, it's good advice not to waste my time "flogging the proverbial dead horse" if I know I've gotten across the point the first time around. I looked up this expression of "flogging/beating a dead horse" on Wikipedia and found: an idiom that means a particular request or line of conversation is already foreclosed or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile; or that to continue in any endeavor (physical, mental, etc.) is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided. Good advice, indeed! Not easy to follow, but worthwhile to work on.

There was much more that we learned at school this past weekend. All excellent. School at FOTS is and continues to be a life changing experience for me. What a blessing!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Five FREE Skype Or Phone Readings - April

It's April! Time again for my offer of 5 free Skype or phone readings. The first 5 people to respond to this offer will get a free 30-minute reading during the month of April. PLUS, I can...for no extra charge...send a MP3 recording of your reading to you via e-mail. Send your request with the type of reading you prefer to my e-mail address: spinningjenny57@hotmail. If you have a webcam and are signed up with Skype, this is as close to an in-person reading as we can presently get. Skype-to-Skype does not cost anything for either of us. If you do not have a webcam, a phone reading is instead offered. In either case, we simply agree on a day/time that is convenient for each of us. With regards to phone readings, if you are one of the 5, you will be required to call me on the day and at the time we agree upon.

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 Skype/phone readings for my homework reading requirement. I will send a brief questionnaire t0 each person who requests a 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 a Skype/phone reading. This is optional on your part but hopefully something that you will desire. Once your 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. Megan - completed
#2. Maya - completed
#3. Kat - completed
#4. Kathy - completed
#5. Elizabeth - completed

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

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