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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Perspective

A friend of mine, Sandi, posted the above sentence on her wall on Facebook. I found myself going back to it, intrigued in a big way. This thought-provoker and other interesting sentiments providing additional food for thought comes from "I Speak Female."

I don't know about you, but 2011 has been quite the year on so many fronts. There's a big part of me that wants to shout, "Good riddance!" However, this boxed sentiment settles me down somewhat and makes me look at what happened...good and bad...light and shadow...easy and hard...with grace and gratitude.

The hard stuff I went through HAS strengthened me. The difficult times have made me truly appreciate the easier times, rather than just taking them for granted. I found out who and what had to go from my life, and bid it/them all the very best, knowing that there is rhyme and reason to why situations and people change. I feel blessed for those who continue to share of themselves in my life and I in their lives; grateful for those who came back into my life; excited by those that are new in my life; and nurtured by the mutual love that has been and continues to be shared by friends and family members.

When it comes down to it, how you view the way a year has gone is all a matter of perspective. The choice is up to us. Wishing all a very Happy New Year!

"Won't you come into the garden?  I would like my roses to see you." 
~Richard Brinsley Sheridan
 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pedestals

2011 has been my year of learning some really BIG lessons. Rather than lamenting over that which was sorrowful or feeling guilty about when I didn't handle something well, or crying over relationships lost, I shall be grateful for that which helped me grow stronger, more healthy, and much more positive. "Standing in my truth no matter what" most definitely is the phrase best describing my personal 2011.

A major lesson I have learned this year has to do with pedestals. It's become clear that I've put some folks on gloriously lofty pedestals. I realized this after such people didn't measure up to the high ideals I attributed to them. I realized this when I got angry when these crowned-by-me people acted less than I saw fitting. I realized this when they hurt me. However what I truly now understand is that they are beautiful souls in a human body just like I am, coping as best as they can on a not always fair playing ground, with baggage of their own and burdens that only they know of. The biggest thing I learned is that these folks DID NOT ASK TO BE PUT ON A PEDESTAL by me. This is my issue, not their issue. It is unfair that I expected more from them than what they could give. It is unfair that I judged them. I trust that this lesson is now finally learned by me, but I shall remain ever vigilant in the future not to make the same error.

I'll end with a prayer that was posted on Facebook awhile back by Doreen Virtue. It's deals when one walks away from a friend, but can also be important when one has to walk away from a family member or anyone else for the betterment of all concerned.

"Beloved Creator, I know, deep down, that my friendship (relationship) with _________ is ending (has ended). I ask Your help to accept this transition with grace and peace. I ask that You and the angels help me be honest in a loving way, with myself, and with my friend (family member, etc.). Please help me be true to myself so that my actions stem from love instead of from fear, guilt, or obligation. Please comfort my friend (family member, etc.) so that we can both accept this change in a positive way." 
~ Doreen Virtue
     

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Blessings!

Wishing all readers a joyous, Happy Holidays! Bright blessings for you and your loved ones!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where I Sit Is Holy

 Thank you, Janet Nohavec, for recommending this song in your book, "Where Two Worlds Meet - How To Develop Evidential Mediumship." The song is both beautiful and inspiring.

Friday, December 9, 2011

More On Symbols

The topic of symbols has been recently popping up in various ways for me. I did write about symbolism in a past post: Symbolic or Literal?, however I can't help but pay attention to symbolism resurfacing in a continued sort of way.

For instance, one of my classmates, Joanne, sent out a survey on how symbols are personally important in our work as psychic mediums. This piqued my interest greatly. She asked if we had certain symbols that show up and/or recur in our readings, and wondered what we associated them with. She listed various, possible symbols such as actual things, colors, places, and more and wondered what they meant to us in a symbolic context. It was grand fun filling out the survey. I can't wait to find out what Joanne learned from compiling the results of the completed surveys.

Then there's the advice that author and psychic medium, Janet Nohavec, wrote about in her excellent book, "Where Two Worlds Meet - How To Develop Evidential Mediumship." She suggested we add to our own personal symbolic 'dictionary' by studying the book, "The Encyclopedia of Symbolism," (also called "Dream Images and Symbols" in later editions), by Kevin J. Todeschi. EXCELLENT ADVICE. Once I finished reading the intro pages, I noticed that the rest of the pages were filled with symbols in alphabetical order. Rather than go through the book from A to Z, I've chosen to daily open it up to a random page or two, reading what's listed and trusting that the symbols and their various meanings and ways they're used in metaphors are being absorbed into my being. I've already seen wonderful results of doing this daily practice in the readings I've given to clients. It's a painless way to add to your knowledge of symbols, requiring only minutes a day, and pays off big-time with clear and accurate readings. I, too, now cannot recommend studying symbols enough.

Finally, it occurred to me, as I embark on serious astrology study, how symbols are part of the horoscope and natal charts in the form of glyphs. Glyphs are pictorial symbols that can be used to quickly depict the zodiac signs, planets, aspects, lunar nodes, etc. Such glyphs allow for A LOT of information to be portrayed without having to fit tons of writing on the chart. These glyphs, with a bit of determination and effort by the astrology student, can be committed to memory quite easily. Comparing astrological glyphs to the many, varied symbols that pop up in readings, such symbols help a psychic medium to quickly get to the heart of the reading; be that the information relayed through the symbols is coming from a crossed-over spirit or from an even higher plane of wisdom.  Symbolism is a language that efficiently and speedily informs the psychic medium what needs to be relayed to the client for their highest and best good. That said, symbols are definitely worthwhile paying attention to and studying, in my honest and humble opinion.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Bit Of This 'n That

Am resting at home this week after having attended my beloved school, Fellowships Of The Spirit (FOTS), this past weekend. I've never previously experienced the aftereffects of pneumonia since I had never experienced pneumonia before last October. Now that I'm an (unfortunate) old hand where pneumonia is concerned, I can say that when I overdo anything...be it physical or mental or whatever...I pay for it with a huge energy drop. A word that would describe such a drop is WHOMP. Geesh. Folks have been kindly reminding me that I need to guard against relapse, and I'm taking their advice seriously, which is why I won't be back substitute teaching (day-job) until after December 12th.  And while attending my own school was as wonderful as it always is...plain and simple, I'm exhausted.

Speaking of school, I was sooooo glad to be back amongst my classmates and teachers. I missed them and even mourned that I had to forego November's session. Thankfully, taped DVD's of that class helped me to catch up on what I couldn't witness in person.

This December, however, we learned an amazing technique from Rev. Elaine D. Thomas that advanced our mediumship to new levels. And we learned incredible healing modes from Rev. Tom Cratsley (scroll down link for name) that expanded on what we already have in our personal, healing toolbox. We also enjoyed a holiday party, complete with a gift exchange somewhat along the lines of a Yankee Swap, except for us it was a lesson in non-attachment. The gifts were not unwrapped until all the swapping (more like snatching!) was over. I received a wonderful perpetual calendar called, "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life," by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, based on the Tao Te Ching. And even before class formally began, one of our mentors, Rev. Dave Orloski, brought copper rods that we were instructed to cut based on the extensive studies of Slim Spurling, to reduce the effects of Geopathic Stress around our homes. VERY INTERESTING STUFF!! Last but not least, I was able to hand in my first paper towards the school's graduating requirements. The paper compared and contrasted my experiential research on past life regression therapy and life between lives regression therapy. I gave a short presentation about my paper to the 'small group' that I'm part of. It was an action-packed weekend at school, no less!! No wonder I'm tired. LOL!

Will end this post with a decision made after some soul searching. Basically, I've been pondering "What next?" after school ends with full ordination into the Spiritualist church this coming June. Of course, I'll continue to offer my readings via Skype and phone, and hopefully sooner than later in-person, as well. I'll no doubt continue to study and read about psychic mediumship and anything related that will help me to be the clearest and most accurate facilitator of readings possible for clients. But what I'm adding, and planning to do so in a major way, is self-study (and beyond...meaning taking classes and even eventually enrolling in a program) in astrology, a discipline near and dear to my heart. Yes, I've attempted self-study of astrology before, ending when I found myself skipping down other paths, related tho' they may have been. This time, however, I'm serious about actually becoming an astrologer. Additional studies of numerology will also be included in this plan. So, we'll see where this all goes. Right now, a step at a time towards my ever-evolving dreams.