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Psychic Healing

The black door opened  a small wiry women looked nervously at me and she stood aside and asked me in,  I stood on the threshold of this small empty house and the smell of neglect sept through the walls straight into my nostrils

We moved into a small hallway littered with cigarette ends and discarded hair and as she led me to the sitting room the smell was distracting.  She offer me a seat and we sat for a second, I looked deeply into her eyes,  the pain was there naked and raw. I told her a little of what I do and what to expect and asked her name ” Oh I’m Sheila” her hands were trembling and she seemed cold and exhausted

“The love you have shared is eternal regardless of the situation”,

I said in reassurance and a tear ran freely down her cheek. I held her hand for a second, a watery smile surfaced into view has the sun struggled through the dirt stained window into the room.

I wanted to tell her about what I had for her in the future but somehow it didn’t seem right to take her feelings  and dismiss them by moving too quickly over them. I was curious  to know her story, and happy to feel the elders come around me and hear their voices guiding me to help in which ever way I could.

A girl of about 10 appeared at the side of her, She had her mothers eyes and I could  hear he sayings “Tell her I love her and that I am happy and at peace ” she smiled and then said her name “Jessie without me having to ask.

I look directly at Sheila and repeated what her daughter had said  and a stream of information came through, all evidence that that this mother needed  and I began giving her the messages her deceased child was telling me.  Her shocked face changed and lit up as the words could only have come from the child and she knew then she was with her. The child said she  had no recollection of her death just that at first she missed her Mum so much. She told her that she was not happy  that the house looked so neglected and she wanted her to know that she cared that her Mum was not happy.

Soon the little girl had given her message and left and now it was time to shuffle the Tarot cards

Slowly has we proceeded she began to relax and seemed in a better place than when I had first arrived and so the hour passed quickly. With the tarot cards spread out in front of her she looked unsure, I spoke gently to her and I had asked her to shuffle the cards and pull out  three cards. We lay the cards on the table and looked at them

She laid her hands on the first card and said “What does that mean” It was the 9 of Swords it meant the pain she had suffered at the loss of her only daughter and the other losses she had suffer soon surfaced. Her story began to unfold and slowly and quietly she spoke of  her husband who left shortly after the child’s death and how ill her own Mother was then, also how a friend had let her down and how difficult it had been for her to face life in isolation. Tears now ran freely down her face.

The Moon was the second card in the trilogy and this card  for her in this place in the reading  shows the result of all the pain and loss she felt and had turned into a deepening depression she had endured and not been able to escape or even understand.

The third card was the 10 of Wands and this signified  the burdens she had carried and how she had made herself  responsible for all the ills that had besieged her and how she then made it very difficult to heal.

As we passed through the cards her appearance changed, she became more animated and moved closer to the tabel. She told her tale well and at the end the very last three cards were place on the tabel and she suddenly smiled as if she knew what I was going to say.. The Ace of Wands is bright with expectation, growth and new beginnings and it  appearance made it impossible for me to think in a negative way about this women’s life.  With a lighter heart  I had  decided to try to move her forward,  after all it was part of the deal: just not too quickly.

I asked her where she thought she might start in piecing her life back together, because it was very obvious that she had a great future in front of her and I needed her to mark it herself. She took a deep breath in and said ” I have no idea,I feel stuck I full of grief  for so long, I had not believed that I could have a future at all”

The Justice card lay at the side of the first card and I asked her if she felt like she was doing herself justice, ” Of course not “she shook her head and said she couldn’t  eat properly, or anything else at that moment. A large sigh escaped and she twisted the handkerchief in her hand, and she looked at me as if a penny had just dropped and she stared off into a space which gave ups it secrets and gave her a vision of what she would need to do to get her life back.

The third card  felt warm in my hand and I became excited, I sometime sense what is coming before I turn a card over and this was the opening  I needed to explain what she could expect in the near future. As I spoke I could see disbelief in her eyes I carried on knowing I needed  to bring her back to herself some how.

The Ace of Cups represents the birth of self love and the new seed of loving feelings being born. It is a card of  expanding  emotions  and because it appeared in the third slot  as her future card it was ideal to open up the conversation about how she would experience this in her new future. It was there to let  her know that she needed to bring in the love that was sadly missing, the love for herself began with forgiveness I reminded her. How could she been totally reponsible for other peoples actions and that being so isolated had created her mind set. I wanted her to know that she was loved no matter what she thought and even though I knew and said she was loved for just for being alive . She looked at me with a disbelief and getting her to acknowledge she need help with this turn around was perhaps one of the largest mountains I have had to climb for sometime..

Today I met Sheila for coffee, she always brings me flowers. She looked so different from the first time I met her. At peace and now in love.



Festival Tarot reader

Table 1 tarot reader at festival

If you have ever been to a psychic fair, you’ve probably seen tarot card readers hard at work, giving readings from tidy little tables and rows of booths. You might even have thought about offering tarot readings yourself at a new-age festival or a fundraiser for your favourite non-profit group.

It’s a lot of fun to read tarot cards in public. The atmosphere is charged with excitement. Clients are enthusiastic. What’s more, your talents as a tarot reader will be tested, stretched, and ultimately strengthened. You will probably develop techniques in public that you would never discover in the comfort of your living room.

At the same time, public readings can also be very demanding. You will be expected to be clear, concise, accurate — and fast. You may be giving readings to people who have never had a tarot reading before, and who don’t know what to expect. You will probably have to work in a noisy, frenetic space, often in full view of onlookers.

If you would like to try your hand at reading tarot in public, here are some tips.

1. Be prepared. Gather everything you will need the day before you plan to do public readings.

2. Be yourself. You don’t need to wear a costume (unless you want to), or talk in an accent, or pretend to be someone you’re not. Just read the cards for strangers as you would read them for a friend.

3. Feel free to ask other tarot readers what they charge, and price your readings accordingly. One rate to start with might be $1 a minute.

4. Decide beforehand how you would like to manage your time. You may want to set a ten-minute minimum, for example, or a twenty-minute maximum to prevent long-winded clients from monopolizing your time.

5.Dress comfortably. You might be doing some heavy setup work, and then find yourself sitting for hours on end once your readings start.

6. If you can, recruit an assistant to help you with crowd control. Otherwise, post a sign-up sheet.

7. Bring business cards and brochures, and hand them out between readings. Also, be sure to hand a business card to everyone who gets a reading from you.

8. Offer free one-card readings if business slows down. You’ll get more customers — and you’ll have more fun — if you keep busy.

9. Don’t pressure anyone, but don’t be afraid to ask people passing by if they’d like a tarot reading. Some people just need to be invited to the table.

10. Use a tarot deck you really like, and make sure you’re comfortable with all of the symbols and images on the cards. If you are starting from scratch, get a copy of ‘Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners’. If you need to review basic meanings, try ‘Tarot Plain & Simple’. Another good choice is ‘The Complete Book of Tarot : A Step-by-Step Guide to Reading the Cards’.

11. Try to use a deck that depicts people from a range of ethnic backgrounds, so that every client can identify with the images. And remember that you’re in public, where sweet-faced children and little old ladies can see your cards. Make sure your deck is “G” or “PG”-rated. ‘Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck’ is a good choice for clients of all ages and sensibilities.

12. Bring along an alternate deck or two, so you can switch if the spirit moves you. ‘LS Univrsl Tarots (Waite)’ is an elegant version of the familiar Rider-Waite-Smith deck. ‘Renaissance Tarot Deck’ is a beautiful, classic-looking deck. People who might be a little intimidated by traditional tarot cards are often drawn to ‘Voyager Tarot Kit: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century’.

13. Learn some spreads that you can do quickly. I recommend ‘The Heart of the Tarot : The Two-card Layout: Easy, Fast, and Insightful’.

14. Post a sign that advertises your services and prices. Be specific, so people passing by can see at a glance what you offer, how much it costs, and what they will get out of the deal. One weekend, at a Spring Wholeness Festival in St. Paul, I used printed up a sign that read, “Tarot Readings: $20. Your career/Your love life/Your friends and family.”

15. You might want to keep contact information for people who get readings from you. If so,include a space for names, addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers on your sign-up list.

16. Drink water or tea while you read, because your throat will probably get dry.

17. Bring breath mints. If your throat is dry or you are a little nervous, you might need them.

18. Take a break every two hours.

19. Eat well before you leave home and stop for lunch or a snack if you are reading for extended periods.

20. If you find that you are especially sensitive to other people’s moods, do some shielding and grounding meditations before you begin your readings.

21. Personally, I like to keep public readings light and uplifting, and I keep that intention in mind the whole time. Offer to follow up with a private session if you meet someone who needs a more intense reading.

22. Set a time to go home. Don’t feel compelled to stay until you have worked for everyone who wants a reading. Bring along your appointment book to schedule additional readings for your waiting list.

The Traveling Tarot Reader’s Checklist
You’ve got your favorite deck of cards, a table, and a table cloth. Are you ready to head off to a festival? Maybe … but then again, you might want to pack up the gypsy wagon ýwith all of your tarot tools. Here is a checklist of the “tarotphernalia” that many readers take along to public readings.

– Tarot cards
– Reading table. (At most psychic fairs, a table is included with your space rental.)
– Likewise, if you need to bring your own chairs, try a couple of lightweight camping chairs or plastic stacking chairs.
– Banner, signs, and easel
– A nametag for yourself
– Clock, watch, or timer
– Sign-in sheet
– Sign-in table
– Appointment book
– Moneybag or cash box
– Receipt book
– Calculator
– Change
– Business cards
– Brochures
– Mailing list
– A raffle bowl and raffle slips, if you want to grow your mailing list by raffling a free reading or gift
– Tablecloths, spread cloths, scarves, and fabric to drape over tables, chairs, and dividers
– Candles and matches, if open flame is allowed, or a small table lamp.
– Crystals
– Flowers
– Decorative figurines
– A portable stereo, with new-age CDs or tapes
– Chair cushions
– Flowers and plants
– Kleenex
– A tape recorder with a clip-on microphone.
– Blank cassette tapes.

Don’t forget the tools you might need to set up and maintain your space:
– Extension cords
– Scissors
– Scotch tape
– Masking tape
– Duct tape
– Tacks
– Safety pins
– Staples
– Wire
– Hammer
– Pliers
– Removable stick-on hooks
– Blank paper or poster board
– Permanent marker
– Spray cleaner
– Paper towels
– Trash bags


Are You Celtic

Printed from http://www.care2.com

Celtic Traits – Are You Linked?
Adapted from The Phoenix Cards, by Susan Sheppard (Destiny Books, 1990).

Simple Solution
A great deal of romance and intrigue surrounds the early Celts and their beliefs.

It is believed that the Celts may have originated around the Caspian Sea near Iran or in Kazakh, a province of Russia. Some have noted that there are striking similarities between the religious beliefs, laws, and languages of the Celts and those of the more ancient Hindus of India. After their arrival in Ireland, the Celts divided themselves into three classes: the Farmers, The Warriors, and The Druids.

There are mysterious connections between the Celts and many other indigenous peoples. Do you have Celtic heritage? Or do you feel a spiritual affinity with the Celts? Check out these personality traits:

These characteristics are generally true of those with Celtic leanings or heritage:
* You have tremendous insight into the psychology of others.
* Your understanding of human nature makes you especially perceptive, and potentially a gifted psychic.
* Your abilities tend to be more of an intuitive understanding of the motivation of others.
* You find your highest inspiration in the rhythms of nature.
* You are attracted to beautiful or unusual stones.
* You love a good story, whether it be in the listening or the telling.
* You are sensitive to both of the polarities that live inside of you. You naturally understand the concept of androgyny or unixsexualism, and recognize that you have both masculine and feminine traits.
* Although you may be mentally oriented, you are attracted to sensuality.
* You are a powerful, transformative individual. You realize that in order to bring positive change in our outer world, an idea must first be born within.

Change Your Talk, Change Yourself

Adapted from Improve Your Vision, by Martin Brofman (Findhorn Press, 2004).

Simple Solution
If you can imagine it, you can do it.
–Martin Brofman

The power of positive self-talk is huge. Every time we change a negative statement (“I can’t do that”) to a positive (“I choose not to do that right now”), we send a message of strength and self-care to our inner selves.

Positive thoughts are success-oriented. You can eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary and learn how to change other all-too-common negative statements to positives, here:

I can’t stand that–becomes–I feel resistant to that

I can’t do it–becomes–I haven’t yet learned how, or I choose not to do that right now

I can’t see that–becomes–I don’t yet see that clearly.

I can’t handle that–becomes–That’s been difficult for me until now.

I can’t remember–becomes–I don’t recall right now, but it will come in a moment.

It isn’t working–becomes–I haven’t yet seen results

I don’t know how–becomes–I haven’t yet learned how

It’s terrible–becomes–It has got to get better

It’s a failure–becomes–I learned something from this

what Tarot card are you

You don’t represent evil, but you do represent the animalistic side of humans.
You demonstrate what happens when we listen to our first instincts.
At times you tend to be materialistic and hedonistic, giving in to temptation.
Admit it, you’re guilty of acting first – and forgetting to think later!

Your fortune:

Right now, you may be having a difficult time as a result of choices you have made.
You need to think about what’s important in your life, and discover what chains you down.
It is the time to acknowledge your faults and take steps to overcome them.
It’s also the time to let go of any fears or inhibitions that are holding you back.
"http://www.blogthings.com/whattarotcardareyouquiz/">What Tarot Card Are You?

My cv

As a qualified and experienced Facilitator, Community Development

Worker and Volunteer Manager, with a background in community centre management, workshop design, and people skills I have developed and supported groups, volunteers and individuals.

Having worked in a variety of settings and roles for a wide sector of community organisations, and with an extensive understanding of working structures  have developed both organisational and administrative systems which have promoted a high level of learning from both practice and experience. 

Through experiencing volunteering and paid work as an activist and reflective practitioner, I have developed both skill and knowledge and know that I can confidentially undertake any role in a paid capacity in any community  to a high level.

The various roles undertaken in my last post has equipped me with the ability to build relationships within these  communities   so that I can be effective as a group member and a lone worker promoting social inclusion and being aware of the results of social exclusion.

My practice as a Community Development Worker starts from the base line of empowerment, building self-esteem, confidence and skills in those individuals who have a need to be active in their communities.

In my role as Volunteer Manager I have been capable of developing services, activities and events that have reflected the groups, volunteers and individuals need to come together around a common aim and be proactive in dealing with problems, learning to network,  learning to use   their voice and train to a good standard.

As a Centre Manager I able to access funding from a variety of funding streams and develop groups that created sustainability for the centre, by bring in revenue through bookings and use of resources.

Eight groups were developed which met all the floor targets for the Government’s Renewal Process, and it was the reason that the centre was developed  which helped  to meet the need within the community for access to Information Advice and Guidance, Services and Activities that “help build better communities.”


 The groups developed in Turning Point included

Point Training: A training group that developed the policies and procedures for the centre and the volunteers many of whom had disabilities and were vulnerable adults.  Theses policies needed to reflect their needs and protect them whilst working in the public domain. A volunteer hand book was developed for the weekly training sessions which included Life skills, Equal Opportunities, Dealing with Conflict Problem Solving, Health and Safety, Disability Awareness and Undertaking Risk Assessments.

 £56,000.00 was accessed to train these volunteers.

Get Active for Recycled Teenagers: This is a group which  a volunteer who had felt excluded, developed in order to bring older people together to go walking and visiting different venues and bringing  people together in friendship. This lady was 78 when she began this group having never volunteered before; she formed a group and on a monthly basis over the two years took over 300 people out. She accessed £25,000.00 from the Community Chest and other funding streams.

Women Unite (making a difference): Began in April 2004 and worked with their right and responsibilities in the community and developed a 12 week workshop to build self esteem, assertiveness skills and equal opportunities training. This was very successfully as there was no other group of this type in Mansfield.  Women’s Groups from both Nottingham and Derby came to support the opening day. This group accessed and fund raised over £14,000.00 to develop these workshops and had over 30 full time members.

Zone One Youth Group:  Working with the Youth Service the centre opened a cyber café in the evenings for young people.  The outcome was that a range of service providers came together to work on how to engage young people in the area and how to provide services for these young people. This proved to be at success with a new building being developed to provide these services.  £28,000.00 was accessed to develop the Youth Centre.

Neighbourhood Management Team: Developing Action Plans and writing minutes, and reports, gaining charitable status, developing sustainability, business planning and training in Committee skills, were the areas I worked mostly with this group. The sub group from this team had line management responsibility for the centre and they met quarterly.

Turning Point: A Focus Point or One Stop Shop used extensively with over 16,000 visitors in the first two years of opening. We developed the Quality mark for Information Advice and Guidance, and training sessions for volunteers and members of the public on a Friday.  It was a friendly open atmosphere and a great deal of friendships and alliances were created because of this initiative. £69,000.00 of funding was accessed in order to equip the centre with the resources needed to develop skills.

The Newsletter group: This was a changing and dynamic group of people who produced three newsletters and the publicity for the centre.  £9,000.00 was accessed from various sources to develop communication skills.   A website was supplies by MASP (Mansfield Area Strategic Partnership).

Over sixty volunteers who had little or no experience of volunteering worked together to create partnerships and networks with  a wide variety of people these included PCT, Police, Colleges, Welfare Rights Groups CVS

Enable Help the Aged and many more. Match funding of some £50.000.00 would have been needed to create what the volunteers created by giving their time free.

I also represented the Management Team at the Mansfield Community Empowerment Network, the West Area Essembly and the Community Development Workers Forum.

In April we had an open day for The Year of the Volunteer with the theme of what volunteering had done for them and all those involved did power point presentations. It was a celebration of the work they had all done, over 60 people attended.

 In May of this year I finished the  first year of a  Foundation Degree in Regeneration and Community at Derby University and through West Notts College,  Nottingham Learning and Skills Council and MASP, I  was nominated as Learner of the Year overall for Mansfield 2005.

I feel that I have the right attitude, motivation and skills to develop this post and would welcome the opportunity to do so.




















Positive Thinking


Justice is such a small word for such a large concept.


Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.

Hold this picture never allow it to fade your mind will seek to develop this picture

Never think of yourself as failing never doubt the reality of the mental picture image. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.

Do not build obstacles in your imagination, depreciate every so called obstacle.

Minimize them difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated but they must be seen for only what they are they must not be inflated by fear thoughts.

Do not be awe stuck by other people and try to copy them; nobody can be you as efficiently as you can

Remember also that most people despite their confident appearance and demeanor, they are often as sacred as you are and as doubtful of themselves.

Get a counsellor, self-knowledge leads to a cure.

I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.

Make a true estimate of your abilities then raise them 10% do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect.

Believe in your God-Released Power. God is now guiding me in all I do

Put yourself in God’s Hands, to do that simply state “I am in Gods Hands

Then believe that you are. Now receiving all the powers you need ‘FEEL’ it flowing into you AFFIRM that the KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU.

And now giving me success in creating creative and well-paid work for me to do

He is now filling me with His Creative Spiritual Power that gives me a constant supply. I now accept God’s gift of energy, so that I can serve him truly.