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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Change Your Language, Change Your Story



I realized after working with a client the other day how much I like helping clients change their language that they use about themselves and their lives as the language used changes the story that they tell themselves as in some sense the language someone uses to tell their story defines themselves. When a story changes, different actions become possible, new ways of being can arise.

I have said for a long time that language has meaning, but have meant more than that a word has a definition. The definition is the denotation, the strict or literal meaning of a word. But, there is also a connotation—the suggested or implied meaning—to the words, the language that we chose to describe ourselves, our circumstances, our story. We have all met people who we would describe as a victim. Yes, that person has had a terrible thing happen to them, but it is as if because of that terrible incident they have defined him or herself as a victim, as if that terrible thing were happening over and over again every day. The incident has become who the person is rather than being just a part of that person’s life story. That person, in some sense, becomes debilitated or almost debilitated. She or he has trouble functioning and suffers from the incident every day. Others seem to be able to create language that defines such an incident as something that has happened to them, but not as a definition of themselves.

Most of us, fortunately, do not suffer in this way; however, all of us, including me, at times use language about ourselves that can become a block to moving forward; that sets limits or boundaries on what we think we can accomplish; and that stands in the way of our being able to see possibilities. We will say that I cannot do this or that; that I am unlucky, or that I am not ever able to finish something, for example. We can see the potential new ways of being and acting when we dissolve those limitations and see that options for acting and ways of being in fact actually exist in our lives and in the world.

One of the things I asked this client to do was the exercise called I am of Value exercise contained in my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. This exercise is based on image number 51 contained in Part 1 of Opening the Heart. I asked her to do this exercise because her default language around disappointments was that she is unlucky, that she cannot do things correctly, and the like. It was also clear that she is undervaluing herself and not acknowledging to herself how bright and talented she is.

This is meditation image number 51:



The expanded text in Part 2 of Opening the Heart is:

“You are the Beloved.

The One has created you. The One is infinite love, and, therefore, you are the Beloved of the One. This is the main piece of knowledge in your heart. Accept it. Acknowledge it.

In what ways can you fully live with this knowledge? What can you do to wholly, accept, integrate, and acknowledge this fact?”

The exercise I asked my client to do has you meditate on this image to breathe deeply, go deeply into your heart and ask it what of you is of value about you. Then you list the things it tells you. The point of the exercise is to help you see yourself literally with language of the heart; to bring language that describes you differently than that you usually use into your life; and then to help you integrate that new language into your consciousness.

One of the points of this exercise is to move out of our egos and to move into that deepest self that resides in or, at least, communicates with us through our hearts. We, in modern Western culture, have been taught that mind, intelligence resides only in the brain. But this has not always been true across time. It is my understanding (and I could certainly misunderstand this) that the ancients Egyptians thought that intelligence or wisdom resides in the heart. (And, I have had experiences of wisdom for myself coming from places other than my brain/mind.)

I was quite amazed at what some of the things my heart told me when I did this exercise. The part of me that is an introvert that does not want to feel as if I am bragging is a bit shy about sharing the list that my heart gave me. However, as I do ask people to share what they receive, if they feel comfortable, during workshops, I will ask that part of me to understand about sharing with others. This is the list that my heart gave me that it values about me: laughter, intelligence, nurturing, sparkle, wisdom, depth of feeling, clear-sightedness, peace, flame, willingness to work, belief in miraculousness, stick-to-itiveness, and too many things it would take too long to count.

If you choose to do this exercise, I believe that one of the ways that you know that the list comes from your heart is when you receive words and phrases that you would not consciously choose to describe yourself. Then, please work to integrate these things into your conscious being, change your language about yourself and, thus change your story.

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, which is available as a paperback and as an e-book. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Journey Continues



I wrote in a previous post about how working with bringing Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be brought me to Vermont. I feel that both the work with Opening the Heart and the move to Vermont are having a continuing transformational effect on me. I made a decision before I moved that I would be myself, but I would also be different. Frankly, I had, at some point, hunkered down in Massachusetts and stopped going new places, stopped exploring, stopped reaching out to new people. I feel that that period in my life was, in some ways a bardo, as Lama Surya Das called it in his book Buddha Standard Time. I did continue my work as a life coach and as an intuitive. I continued working with Linda on Opening the Heart. I still saw the people I know there and participating in the same activities. Yet, I rested from being, in some ways and certainly ironically, out in the world and being deeply connected to others and the world.

I think that working to bring Opening the Heart into being kept me connected in subtle ways that I am still discovering. It certainly helped bring me to Vermont. It helped me imagine myself here and helped me listen to my heart’s story, which ultimately is one of deep connection and expansiveness, not the contraction that I seemingly underwent. It is possible that I needed to go through that contraction to come out into expansion. This would be a prime example of working with the seeming dualities that underlie Opening the Heart.

I continue to work with Opening the Heart, but I also work with it in a new way. I am writing poems based on the meditation texts, the plants in the book and the exercises in the book. I do try to write the poems in much the same manner as the texts in the book, letting the words flow through to me from the universe. I notice that the poems feel forced to me if I try to write them without this flow. So, for me, this is another way to take myself to a deeper level with the book. It is, for me another tool to find my way using the book, to reach the transformation that I know it can bring me and others, to be fully in my heart.

Linda and I have described Opening the Heart this way:

Opening the Heart provides a way for those seeking to find their heart's stories and bring them to light as well as grounding deeply into the self. As workshop participants have said, the stunning photographs and text of the images provide a path to:

• bring openness into your life and heart
• go on a journey unlike any other
• travel into your heart with ease
• build a new relationship with yourself

Opening the Heart can also help you to:

Be Mindful
Be Heartful
Be Compassionate
Be Kind

It is a method for those seeking to find their hearts’ stories and bring them into the light. Unique in the worlds of meditation and transformative experience, these images open the gateway to perceiving the self and the world from the center point of one’s being.”

Each poem is another step on this journey of using the book as a tool as Linda and I have described. Each poem reveals another layer. Each poem reveals a new way of seeing.

To go back to my promise to myself. I want to remain my fundamental self, doing the work I have been brought to do and to work with the people who can use my skills. I want Opening the Heart to move more and more out into the world and help people. I want to keep integrating the lessons that I learned during my journey to moving to Vermont, but I also want to create an expansiveness to my life that did not exist before. I have joined a group called Osher through Dartmouth and am taking a class called Deepening a Sense of Place. I have asked some friends to help me do a grounding ritual. I am reaching out to people and asking to spend time with them. I now go monthly to Tea and a Movie at my local library. I look for new activities.

A mediation pair in the book speak to the current part of my journey. Meditation image number 49 is:




The expanded text in Part 2 of the book is:

“In the eyes of the Universe, at this moment, you are perfect for who you are.

An entity by the name of O’Brien once said to me: ‘In the eyes of the Universe, at this moment, you are perfect for who you are.’ Knowing this fact is quite liberating, because it says that the Universe does not expect us to be other than who we are at any particular moment. At any particular time, you are called only to be the best you that you be for your path at this moment.

Who are you at this moment? What is the best you that you can be at this moment? Can you allow yourself this gift?”

Its companion meditation is mediation image number 50:



The expanded text in Part 2 of Opening the Heart is:

“Do not stand still. Do not be static. Grow. Heal. Change.

While the Universe, at any particular moment, sees us a perfect for who we are, it wishes that we move, grow, change, and heal so that we can continue to be the best we can be. This is because, as I believe, part of our path here on earth is growth, healing and change.

What can you do to not be static, to grow, to change, and to heal? What do you need to bring into your life to do this?”

I have yet to write the poems to go with these mediation images. I look forward to what new perspective I will receive when I do. And, one way to pose the ultimate question from the book, is how do I do or be both, navigate between the two, or rather navigate the two at the same time?

 

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, which is available as a paperback and as an e-book. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Compassion for Others; Compassion for Ourselves



A constant question, a constant search through the ages for many people, I believe, is how we reach that place in ourselves where we learn to have compassion for others as well as having compassion for ourselves and to act on that in the world and not just hold it within ourselves. I believe that, if we hold compassion within ourselves, we cannot use compassion towards ourselves and others. I am not a Buddhist, but it is my understanding that working towards being compassionate is one of its core principles.

I am rereading a book called Writing in the Sand by Thomas More. It is his reimagining of the meaning of the Gospels in a seemingly more radical mode. One of Jesus’ sayings, in part, is about loving your neighbor as yourself—which is not a romantic or passionate love. I think that it is a
compassionate love is what is called for by this saying. Thomas More says that Jesus calls for Metanoia – or a deep shift in vision. It is through a deep shift of vision within ourselves that can help us find and express compassion for others and ourselves. I would include the earth in the category of others, and that we should strive to treat the earth with compassion.

I am sure that if we look deeply at other religions and philosophies a common core of belief is treating others well and acting from a place of kindness and compassion.

One of the tools for finding compassion within ourselves is Opening the Heart: Mediations on How to Be. Meditation image number 53 of Opening the Heart: says: “Compassion for others.”

Meditation image number 53 is: 

The text contained in part 2 for meditation image number 53 of Opening the Heart states:

“Part of the path of life is to learn to have compassion for others. Compassion helps us to grow, to change and heal. We cannot as easily bring these things to others without first learning compassion.

What does compassion feel like? Does it have a sound, a taste, a color? How do you sense it? What can you do to help it blossom out into the world?”

The other half of the pair in Opening the Heart is “Compassion for yourself.”

Meditation image number 54 is:

The text contained in part 2 for meditation image number 54 is: 

“The wellspring of compassion is deep within ourselves. We create more and more compassion by giving it to ourselves, and then by giving it to others. Nurture compassion for yourself first because you cannot as easily give it to others if you do not give it to yourself. After all, how will you recognize compassion for others if you do not recognize it for yourself?

I what ways can you nurture compassion for yourself? What can you do to know it when you ‘see it?’ 

How can we start this process of finding compassion for ourselves that will enhance our ability to have compassion for others? Possibly by forgiving ourselves first. Possibly by working on the judgmental language we use about ourselves. Then, or possibly almost simultaneously, stopping the use of judgmental language about others and letting go of what we hold against others. I suppose that one way to look at it is giving yourself a break and giving others a break. We do not always know what motivates others or what is affecting them.

I am on this journey myself. I was recently given a mantra that is: “I love myself just as I am. I forgive myself as I have long been forgiven.”

Linda Lewis (my book designer) and I firmly believe that using Opening the Heart can help one to be mindful, heartful, compassionate, and kind as it helps you delve deeply into your heart. You can connect with the story of your heart as well as come in touch with the wisdom of the universe, the divine when you find your way into your heart. Opening the Heart aids you in doing this by brining openness into your heart and your life. It can help you create the deep shift in vision as to how you want to be in relationship with yourself, others, the world/earth, and the divine/universe.

Using both meditation images together, or one at a time (you can place a plain sheet of paper over the one you do not want to work with at a particular time), breathe deeply while meditating on the image and the text. You can keep your eyes open or close them to breathe these images and text into your heart, using the images and your breath as a key to the gateway into your heart. I suggest using which ever works best for you. As Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It, says everyone has their own gateway into meditation. You can meditate in silence or meditate to music. Your heart knows what it wants as a friend of mine says.

Following the path deeply into your heart using Opening the Heart will show you ways that you can act with compassion towards yourself, others, and the world through connection deeply with the divine, the universe and your heart. You will find your own ways of moving deeply into the core of compassion that resides in your heart. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-7332





Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Universe is a Quantum Universe

I was having a conversation recently with someone about being a psychic. (I use the word intuitive as on my business cards and flyers because it is a less fraught word for many people). My acquaintance was curious about how being psychic works. I used the concept of quantum physics as a metaphor for how I feel that the psychic works—the interconnection energetically and on the soul level. Barbara Taylor Brown calls it the Luminous Web. I believe her actual phrase is the Luminous Web that holds everything together—or something to this effect. I like that image of the shining bits of energy strung together in a vast, intricate web. I especially like the idea that we human beings are shining energy points in this web, connected to each other and everything on the quantum level, on the soul level.
This conversation led me to think, of course, about Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be and one of the mediation images. The text on meditation image number 25 is: “The universe is a quantum universe.” The image is:

The expanded text in Part 2 of Opening the Heart is: 

“The universe is one of quarks, vast empty space, super strings, twinned electrons, and many other things that are, to us, invisible. Yet, these invisible things create and hold together the universe and all life in it. The quantum universe is, to many of us, mysterious and holds the possibility of miracles and wondrous events. It is a universe where the observer changes the observed, of chaos theory, and the like.

Can the contemplation of the quantum aspect of the universe spark your imagination? Is the idea of the quantum overwhelming? Does it sparkle with possibilities? Where can this contemplation of infinite possibilities lead you?”

The conversation my acquaintance and I were having revolved around what having psychic reading was like, what information can be obtained through a reading and how it worked. I used the quantum universe explanation to say that it is all energy. In essence, I was trying to say that it all flows through, allowing for the ability to receive guidance for clients. I see the psychic and the gift of being able to provide guidance to others as a part of the wondrous nature of the universe—being connected on the deepest soul level, being in tune to being a part of the luminous web that holds everything together, that connects us all.

This conversation reminded me of another conversation earlier this year. I interviewed two realtors prior to putting my condominium on the market at the end of May. I told both of them that I am a psychic, life coach and author feeling that they should know who their client would be and be comfortable with that. One of the realtors asked me at the end of the interview whether I could read her mind. My response was that no I could not read her mind, and that it did not work that way. I could almost see the fear in her eyes that I would know what she was thinking whether she wanted me to or not. I did not choose her to be my realtor.

The difference in the two conversations is quite interesting. The one with the realtor was brief and clearly she was not very open to, as I call it, the quantum of life through what I do. The more recent conversation was somewhat extended, and my acquaintance was curious, open, but admittedly a bit nervous about the process. But it certainly was not fear based on his part. He was truly trying to understand the process and how it works. He said that he found the quantum universe explanation helpful. 

I believe that the miraculous nature of the quantum universe extends beyond psychic gifts. The fact that the universe, on this level, is mostly empty space according to scientists, yet is such a solid universe in what I call the Newtonian universe is a miracle to me. Yet, the solidity of the Newtonian universe is, on some level, well so ordinary because we are used to it, it is what we see and feel every moment we breathe.

As the text for meditation image number 25 says, I believe that the quantum universe allows for possibilities, for sparkle, for the infinite, for the miraculous. The fact that when one of a pair of twinned electrons is affected by something, the other of the pair is as well (even though it is not right next to the first of the pair) is, frankly, down right amazing to me. It is also proof, to me, of the deep connectedness of things in life.

Can we breathe deeply into ourselves and breathe through the seemingly solidness of life to connect to what exists “underneath” it all, although a better way to think of it might be to say what lies next to our Newtonian world? Can we sense where, as many call might say, where our higher selves reside, in that deepest part of ourselves and the universe? Can we learn to receive and understand the information that comes through being in touch with the quantum level?

As important, does being in touch with the quantum universe allow us to see the miracles that exist in the Newtonian universe? A universe where the sun rises every morning, where we breathe without having to manage our breath intake every moment, where birds sing every day, and the light can shine through seeming ordinariness?

Scientists are looking for a unified theory of everything to explain how the quantum and the Newtonian can exist at the same time. Maybe it is Barbara Taylor Brown’s luminous web. Maybe it is the connectedness, oneness of everything. What does this mean for you?

You can order a copy of Opening the Heart through the link in this post. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-7332






 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Opening the Heart: A Personal Transformational Journey with my Book

I know that I wrote about how the Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be project began in my “Adventures in Publishing” post some time ago (Click here to read)  but I have been reflecting more on what the personal level of the journey to bring it into being has meant for me—from connecting more deeply with my book designer and co-creator, Linda Lewis, having working with Opening the Heart create internal shifts in me, and to moving from Massachusetts to Vermont. I firmly believe that none of this would have happened without Opening the Heart.

Linda and I have described Opening the Heart this way:

Opening the Heart provides a way for those seeking to find their heart's stories and bring them to light as well as grounding deeply into the self. As workshop participants have said, the stunning photographs and text of the images provide a path to:

• Bring openness into your life and heart

Go on a journey unlike any other

• Travel into your heart with ease

• Build a new relationship with yourself

Opening the Heart can also help you to:

Be Mindful

Be Heartful

Be Compassionate

Be Kind

It is a method for those seeking to find their hearts’ stories and bring them into the light. Unique in the worlds of meditation and transformative experience, these images open the gateway to perceiving the self and the world from the center point of one’s being.”

The journey of Opening the Heart took longer than I anticipated, yet it was punctuated with friendship, laughter and perseverance along with the frustration of the delays on the way. Opening the Heart and the journey to bring it into being has taught me much and has changed me in ways that I am not sure that I could have foreseen, or even always adequately describe—although I can do my best to convey what Opening the Heart has done for me. The English language can sometimes be deficient in ways to express the internal shift that happens on a transformational journey.

The journey taught me to continue to believe in the book and to believe in my and Linda’s ability to bring the book into fruition. I had to believe that it would be published one day or I would probably have not continued to pursue the project through the writing and design phases into finding a way to publish the book. A friend asked me one day if I thought that it would be published. My answer was essentially that I had to believe in it being published, or I would give up on it.

I know that I have learned to be more patient and aware from working with Opening the Heart. I am certainly generally calmer than I was when I started this part of my path. I deepened my connection to myself and to the other parts of my work. I opened up more and more along the way, gaining more self-confidence in that work—working as a life coach and psychic.

I have learned to trust more in knowing what is working and not working. I had created a number of exercises and a workshop based on them because I believed a publisher would want to see this. Having worked with the exercises myself or with clients, I still believe strongly in the transformative power of the using the exercises in conjunction with Opening the Heart. I, however, have come to the conclusion after listening to what my heart has to tell me that the form of the workshop is not working. The workshop will be changed and reworked this winter while, of course, listening carefully to my heart and my workshop partners.

That is another transformation that has happened due to Opening the Heart—bringing workshop partners to more fully share what Opening the Heart can bring to others, as well as to trust that my new workshop partners can do the workshops we design as a group or on our own. And, that it is okay for them to do the workshops without my participation. Would I prefer we do the workshops together? Yes, but I am fine with them doing them without me if I am unable to participate. Letting go of having to be in control of the Opening the Heart journey all the time is quite good for me.

Another way that Opening the Heart has changed my life and being is my decision to move from Massachusetts to Vermont. The deep opening of my own heart showed me that, while where I had been living in Massachusetts had been where I needed to be at one time, I was stuck on the energetic level in Massachusetts. I kept coming to Vermont to work on the book with Linda. The contrast between Vermont and Massachusetts for me energetically was amazing. The work that I have done with my angels and guides and others who are psychics, as well as a numerologist and an astrologist, has validated my understanding of where I am to live at this point in my life and what my living here will mean for me personally and professionally. Again, I would not, most likely, have considered moving to Vermont if not for Opening the Heart.

My personal journey with Opening the Heart was also one of continuing on the journey, keeping myself going on my particular path, learning to see the inner sign posts. It was also a reminder of what I know, and it was and is a teacher of what I need to know. During the Vermont portion of the move, I was “running around” emptying boxes, putting things away and putting items in the garbage and recycling dumpsters. I suddenly had the thought to turn to Opening the Heart to see what I needed to know at that moment. I flipped open the book seemingly randomly and was led to the text “Breathe deeply. Breathe slowly. You can breathe through anything.” I laughed, because of course I was breathing fairly shallowly during the unpacking process and moving probably much too quickly. I needed to keep reminding myself to do what meditation image 1 suggests that we all do. Unfortunately, the need to accomplish the transition tasks quickly overrode the advice to breathe deeply and slowly, which would have allowed me to center myself more.

Meditation image #`1
MEDITATION IMAGE #1: Even those of us who talk about and practice mindfulness (or at least attempt to practice mindfulness) have periods in our lives when we do not pay attention to the need to “Breathe deeply. Breathe slowly. You can breathe through anything.” advice. I seemed to move right into the companion meditation: “Action is the counterpart to breath. Be in the world.” I certainly could have been more balanced with this set of meditation images. 



Meditation image #2
MEDITATION IMAGE #2
I know that Opening the Heart will continue to help me grow and change. I firmly believe that it can help you in way possibly too numerous to count if you chose to work with it, including those benefits listed at the beginning of this post. But, I would say that it will benefit you in ways that are as individual as you are. You can order the book through the link in this post.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Red Button version of The War of the Worlds...by H.G. Wells

Just to bring everyone up to date. In my next book, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character—The Source, who was Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) eons ago finds herself in the world of the Antikythera…in the ‘Jules Verne Bookstore’ where Red Button editions are available of the works of Verne, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and others. She asks to see a rare edition of Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’. The Bookkeeper finds the book for her, hands it to her, and asks her what her interests are. She mentions, among other things, Mark Twain’s humor, ancient advertising, 20th and 21st century Earthly Realm TV shows, and old radio shows…like Orson Welles version of the ‘War of the Worlds’ that frightened so many people when it was broadcast on the radio in the late 1930’s. She also mentions that one of her agents, Phoebe often uses profanity. The Bookkeeper tells her that if she presses the red button, then her interests, memories and personal traits, as well as the traits of her friends will be included in the book. If not, then she’ll simply be reading the original. Later, she sits down, presses the red button and starts to read the red button version of ‘The War of the Worlds’, by H.G. Wells.

The War of the Worlds…

A band was playing on the radio, it was Harry James Band, and Harry was playing ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ on the trumpet…his big hit record.

“We interrupt this program for a report from one of our correspondents in Malville Pennsylvania about a strange meteor that seems to have landed in Lonchar’s farm, outside of Malville.”

“Robert Pierce here, I’m talking to the farm owner, Grover Mills about the event. Mr. Mills, can you describe what you saw?

“Well, heck Mr. Pierce, I ain’t ever seed anythin’ like it. It was a-flashin and a-blazin’ as it lit up the sky. I’ve seed shootin’ stars but this one was the size of a house! It looked to me to be like a huge smokin’ Belissima Cigar…you know like the kind that smell so mild and cost only five cents at the Acme Grocery Store. It was flamin’ red in color, and it came crashin’ down right over there, why it must be thirty yards long. The ground is still hot from where it hit. It seems to be pulsin’ different colors—reds. yellers and greens. It’s makin’ a weird sound like a rattlesnake! It’s a mighty awful sight Wait, look over there—what the @#$% is that Mr. Pierce?”

Pierce held the microphone in front of his face. His hands were obviously shaking.

“Something is unscrewing like a hatch at the top of what now seems to me to be not a natural object, but something extra-terrestrial, a glowing red hot thirty foot long cylinder! Wait! Mr. Mills, do you see what I see?”

“Yep, that hatch is unscrewin’ and…my gosh, it jest fell out on the ground. There’s somethin’ emergin’ from the cylinder. Oh my Lord…it seems to be some monstrous @#$% in’…”

Suddenly the line went dead, and one could hear the music of Raul Cassander’s Cuban Band playing the theme from the movie ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, by composer Bernard Hermann from Roseland in New York.

That went on for about thirty seconds, and then there was another interruption.

“This is H.V. Kaltenborn here with Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell, in the Lux Soap Radio Theater, we’re getting news reports from all over the world of these landings of thirty foot long smoking cylindrical objects…what do think Drew?”

“Well, let’s not be hasty, they’re clearly of extra-terrestrial origin but they may be friendly. Let’s not be alarmed…yet. Their intentions may be peaceful. I advise people to just sit down relax and have a bowl of Wheaties, the best way to start something new, after all, this is our first encounter with an extra-terrestrial phenomenon.

What’s your opinion, Walter?”

Winchell pulled the microphone close to himself, and pulled back his hat.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m getting reports from my own correspondents of some sort of a snake-like heat ray like a huge silver art deco Ronson cigarette lighter—you know, the kind that makes a perfect anniversary gift? Anyway, something like that has been emerging from those cylinders and destroying everything in its path, why it sounds as if Los Angeles is on fire. New York is being attacked…we’re getting the same reports from London, Paris…Tokyo…and…” The line went dead and piano music was heard for about thirty seconds.

Suddenly, a voice was heard, she said, “It’s Starting!” in a commanding tone. There was a stunning silence. Then the voice whispered, “It’s Starting…” then once again a stunning silence. A third time, the voice said, “It’s Starting.” in a normal tone of voice. The voice paused for maximum effect and then said, "Mystery always finds me!"

From some realm, time and place it seemed as if Magic was beginning to happen. There was the sound of static and then another voice was heard.

***

“We are witnessing the beginning of one of what will undoubtedly become one of the most significant events of the twentieth century—this is Edward R. Murrow—and we’re live—to Hear it Now! I have an expert here on other-worldly phenomena, Theoclea, the Delphic Oracle, the Pythian Priestess, The Dragon Priestess of the Earth, the sixth century BC Oracle of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece! Theoclea, do you mind if I smoke a Lucky Strike cigarette while we discuss the current crisis? What do you think is going on?”

“Well Mr. Murrow, I’m not surprised in the least at what is happening. I’ve had several visions about this over the course of the last week. I just didn’t know what I was seeing until today when Pythagoras one of my counselors explained to me that he knew what was happening. By the way, Mr. Murrow, are you aware that cigarette smoking is bad for you? It can cause impotence, heart attacks…and all kinds of…” 

Suddenly the line went dead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


PanOrpheus (Pen name of Howard Lipman) is the author of the ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle)’ books, the new series of Phoebe books- ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) takes Nikola Tesla to Peru...and other stories by PanOrpheus’- and the full length Phoebe novel ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) and the Medallion of Gaia’. His newest book ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower will appear at the end of December. He is the administrator of the 2000+ member facebook group ‘Delphic Oracle Mystical Magical Fact and Fiction’. PanOrpheus is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Tesla club and the Tesla Science Foundation...and was a presenter at The Tesla Conference Jan. 5-7 at the New Yorker Hotel in 2013...and will continue his Tesla Outreach program in 2014. Nikola Tesla and the Spirit of Nikola Tesla appear in some of his novels and short stories. He maintains an active Author’s page on Goodreads, and has spoken at other conferences on the many themes of ‘The Mysteries’. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Our Dearly Departed Joan Rivers ... Can We Talk?


For weeks, I've been writing profiles for my forthcoming book on Eris, of famous provocateurs and connections in their natal charts with dwarf planet Eris. Naturally, Joan Rivers was among those receiving a special page. When news hit of our losing Joan on Sept. 4th, I was deeply saddened to have to modify my comments from is to was. For those curious about Joan's chart, and her recent transits, here is how her profile page now reads, in memorium ...



Joan Rivers, June 8, 1933, 2:00 AM, Brooklyn Heights, NH (Group C)
Death: September 4, 201, at 1:17 PM, NYC, NY, shown outside the wheel

If this time of birth is right Joan River’s Eris conjuncts her AC 3 Aries. Bitingly funny, her pithy quips became cultural taglines -- “can we talk?” She was hyper-vigilant with her image and her self-effacing jokes gave her license to skewer celebrities as The Fashion Police. A warrior whose career was being outrageous, her image issues led her to plastic surgery in an ongoing fight with nature. As Eris reached her Ceres, her career climbed with appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Her Eris-sextile-Chiron and square to Mercury/Venus goaded her to make others squirm with provocative comments. She broke through every barrier that anyone tried to put in her way, and dared the rest of us to live as authentically as she did.

In standup, QVC, Celebrity Apprentice, best selling books and her YouTube show, In Bed with Joan, she improved with age and served others via God’s Love We Deliver. We were stunned to lose her at a youthful 81. At her passing, Eris squared her Pluto, (8th house ruler) from 22 Aries, and T. Jupiter at 10 Leo exactly trined her natal Eris. These transits affirm Eris as a factor in life events, though we cannot presume them to be predictive of death. As with other outer planet transits, there are numerous levels on which Eris energy can manifest. We can only know that when Eris touches our lives, we will be forever changed, and as an agent of Eris, due to its conjunction to Joan’s AC, she too changed those whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

For 40+ years, Astrologer Amy Shapiro has nurtured soul growth with skills and services drawn on her training with Astrologer Isabel Hickey, William Swygaard, Jo Onvlee, John Chung Li and Dr. Oskar Adler. Amy was the first Clerk for NCGR and an early President of NCGR- Boston. She co-discovered a technique with Astrologer Ron Davison called The Relationship Chart or as she calls it The Conception Chart of the Relationship due to its esoteric implications.

Her TV and radio show, "Good Heavens!" won her wide acclaim with the public and her Good Heaven’s column appeared monthly in Dell Horoscope Magazine. She continues to be a contributor to Horoscope Magazine. She founded the Cape Ann School of Astrology and has been a consultant, editor and writer for Para Research, Astral Research, Cosmic Communications and Dell Horoscope. After earning her MA in Education and Psychology, she earned an M.Ed. in Counseling, and trained in stress management, T’ai Chi, meditation, visualization; reincarnation, hypnotherapy and nutrition. She has been as a Head Start Advisor, taught at Wheelock and Endicott Colleges, and trained at Harvard’s Mind-Body Institute and New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


She has dedicated 20+ years to The Testament of Astrology, 7-volume course by Austrian Astrologer Dr. Oskar Adler, and has now published a comprehensive Curriculum Guide for the entire 7 volume series. She has also written and published Dr. Adler's biography called Dr. Oskar Adler: A Complete Man. Her other books include One Sex to the Other – Reincarnation and the Dual-Gender SoulThe Dis-Appointment Book –A Human Therapy Guide to Conquering Disappointments She coauthored the book Questioning the Oracle—The IChingThe Gift of the Tortoise-New Insights into the I-ChingNever Mind, and Forces at Work: Astrology and Career, Before This Song Ends - A Timeless Romance.

With her husband, Ed Kaznocha, Amy raised two sons in Gloucester, MA, where they enjoy gardening and landscaping. She can be reached at www.NewAgeSages.com

Other Blog Posts by Amy: Mass Wedding Bells on 11/12/13, Ride the Wave of a Rare Grand Water TrineCourage and Compassion … in a SongLoss, Love and Poetry in Times of ChaosMaster of the WheelEnergy Shifts in 2013 as Pluto dips into the Taurus Decanate of CapricornBirthing Pains & Rewards: Saturn Sextiles Pluto on 12/27/12December 2012 Astrological Forecast Rousseau's Novel Romance ~ Portsmouth: A Love StoryOctober 2012 Astrological ForecastMars in Scorpio - What Legacy Compels You to Act?A Gardener’s Dream: No Soil? No Problem!The Mercury Wave: Retro Direct, Astrological Forecast for August 2012This Pivotal Year ~ Uranus goes Retrograde on July 13th2012 A Pivotal Year2012 - A Pivotal Year - Coping with ChangesWhose Astrologer Are You?