Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Eight of swords

Today you may feel you are alone, and you have no options or means of escaping your dilemma. You cannot see a way to free yourself from this dark place. Remember that you have an infinite supply of strength within your soul! Although there may be no visible assistance outside of yourself, you have the inner strength to find a solution! Begin to visualize yourself happy and free and enjoying your life without restraint! You can do it! This is only temporary! I am sending you an extra dose of love and light today to realize the solution to your situation. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Message from the Tarot

Every day I post a card of the day on my facebook page. I tried to do it from blogger, but it seems to be a bit more work.

This morning I thought the message that came through was important enough to post on a larger scale. Here it is.

Traditionally this card has to do with giving to those less fortunate but it also has to do with a feeling of inequality. In reality, we are all equally amazing souls. We are all on our own path to bliss, and we all have chosen different paths to get there. Sometimes we may feel terribly lacking in the presence of someone who we feel is in some way superior to us, and at times we feel superior in some way. We should all realize that each of us has a gift to share with the world, and none of us are better than or worse than anyone else. Today, take off your glasses and look at life through the eyes of someone different than yourself.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What I Have Been Up To!!

You may or may not know that, oh, around May or so, I decided to take a little haitus. I had been burning the candle at both ends, working full time, marrying people, teaching classes, doing events, private sessions, and, oh let's not forget family time with a hubby, daughter, two stepchildren and three grandchildren.

I was beginning to feel a bit out of sorts. I knew I needed a time out, but obligations I had already booked and regular clients prevented me from completely going off the grid. However, I did slow down tremendously. I removed myself from every event that I possibly could and increased my meditation time and sitting out in nature time.

Right about that time my hubby was approached by a local guy  named David Perry who is the owner of a local intenet television studio called WinLife TV about the possibility of doing a semi-regular television show about various paranormal subjects. My hubby jumped at this opportunity and, oh yes, told me that it was a joint venture and we would be interviewing guests and visiting various sites together. So much for my haitus!

I have enjoyed a summer of weekend trips to various locations, and, yes, I did get to chill at the beach and in the mountains. One hiking trip to an abandoned community  put us in a possible vacarious nearness to what could have possibly been a bigfoot encounter. HaHa and I had no interest really in the possiblity that bigfoot existed but, hey, it is a paranormal show, right?

Our new internet television series is called "Alternate Realities" and so far we have already filmed six shows due to air about once every two weeks on Thursday evening at 8pm.

I am in  a personal year of rest and reflection, and deciding what is worth holding on to and what I am letting go of. I do enjoy teaching classes on various spiritual practices, and, if there is interest, will start doing that again. I do see the need for some connection between those of us in the nontraditional spiritual community, so I am considering once again starting up a once a month get together in my home. This will not begin until next year, only because I have been instructed by Spirit not to plan anything too far in the future right now.

I would love some feedback on what kinds of things you are interested in and would like to see in the near future and if you would be interested in attending in my hometown of Winchester Virginia or at my other location in Herndon Virginia.

In the meantime, here are the links to the two already aired "episodes" of our new show, "Alternate Realities". I hope you will watch and give us some love and support on this new venture!

This link will take you to the first episode, where we talked about our vision for the show and bringing awareness of different "paranormal" subjects out into mainstream.. paranormal being not just ghosts and monsters but anything that is out of the ordinary...

Here  is a link to the website of WinLife TV where you will see our show and the other shows on the site. As I went on to the site I notice that we are at the top of the page! Yay! Our first episode, other than the one in which we talked about ourselves, is an interview with the president and co-founder of the Monroe Institute, Nancy McMoneagle. We talk about out of body experiences, remote viewing, astrology, and so much more!

Clck Here to watch the first episode with Nancy McMoneagle.

I hope you enjoy watching our show and stay tuned for what is coming up soon, not only on this show but also in life! I hope to connect with you soon!

Monday, April 18, 2016

When All Else Fails, Call In the Big Guns!!

Okay so I meditated. I connected with Divine Love. I sent out Love and Light to the Thunderstorm in Houston, the pilots, the other people on the flight, my hubby, my family, the people affected by the rain, the people affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. A little family drama hubby took care of over the phone as we sat waiting and waiting here at the airport for our flight that is supposed to eventually take us to Cabo for a well needed and well deserved holiday.

We have now been here at the airport for 15 hours. I admit I had a melt down at around ...oh I think 12 hours or so. A short meltdown.

I had to confess to hubby that I have apparently not yet reached enlightenment while he calmly sat and said... let it go, Joy. A lot of people have it worse.

At some point I remembered.. I think it was after that second glass of wine.. that there were some pretty amazing rocking chairs in the sun right down the way.

And then I remembered my really cool Ganesha finger puppet in my purse. Ahhh.. Ganesha.. the Remover of Obstacles.

The message? No I don't always have all the answers. Sometimes I have meltdowns. THERE IS ALWAYS HELP. SOMETIMES THE ANSWER IS.. PATIENCE.. NOT RIGHT NOW. Other people have bigger problems than you.

I am still sitting at the airport. Right now it looks like our flight is going to leave on time. 

And I am okay either way.

Moving Forward Despite Obstacles

At the moment I am sitting on an airplane that is delayed due to the thunderstorms around Houston where hubby and I are supposed to get a connecting flight taking us on a holiday to Cabo San Lucas Mexico. We have been planning and dreaming for this day to come for months now.

Working full time, doing weddings, events, classes and seeing clients, not to mention family drama, grandkids, and life has exhausted this girl. My plan has been to sit on the beach, meditate, and allow people to wait on me hand and foot for five days.

I have been posting a card of the day for several months now on my Facebook page, and I actually drew them and scheduled one for each day so even that was off my plate. So this morning when I was contemplating my day, and I was holding my cards, I said to Spirit: please not the chariot card, please not the chariot card.. and guess which one I got???

You guessed it!! The chariot.

Chariot obviously indicates movement, so it often has to do with travel, but most often it indicates the need to overcome obstacles to get you where you need to go.

What to do. I am sitting in an airplane on the runway, going nowhere.

I always say, when you can't control what is going on outside of you, you can always control what is going on inside.

What a perfect time to go within, connect with Divine Love and go with the flow.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Three of Cups

Today is a day to celebrate the relationships in your life. Have fun with friends or family. If that is not possible, then at the very least be grateful for all the people in your life which are a source of joy to you. We all need each other. Show appreciation and remember that you are loved!

Monday, January 18, 2016

For Those of You Who Have Been Told Tarot Cards are Evil or From the Devil, This is For YOU!

I was brought up in a very strict fundamentalist Christian home. When I was little apparently my parents or anyone who wanted to be a member of the particular "denomination" or church had to sign an agreement that they would not own a television. (television was thought to be a tool of the devil). Also many did not believe that women could wear pants or cut their hair, and they certainly could not preach, teach, or hold any type of leadership position in the church.

We were not allowed to go to the fair. The carnival was okay as long as it was the fireman's carnival and not any other of those "evil" societies  who put on carnivals. Disney movies were definitely a "NO NO". I went to my first movie when I was sixteen and even then I was hoping the rapture did not happen while I was there or maybe I might get "left behind."

For those of you who have never heard of "the rapture" it was, and still is the belief that at some point Jesus is coming back to earth to take all of those to heaven who have accepted him as savior and leave everyone else here to be eventually taken to hell after seven years of tribulation. We won't go into that in this blog.

The common theme in all of the aforementioned rules is the theme of "fear". We were afraid of the power of the devil. We were afraid of God sending us to hell. Apparently it is still a common theme in some churches. I do not lump all sects of Christianity together just as you should not lump everyone together who believe in any specific religion. There are as many ways to interpret the Bible and other Sacred texts as there are fish in the sea. The point I am making here is that if your Higher Power makes you afraid, maybe you should change your viewpoint. I now believe that LOVE is the supreme attribute of my Higher Power, and I do not have a label for this FORCE which would put me into any particular category.

But back to the fear of tarot cards.

Tarot cards in some sects of various faiths are thought to be a tool of the devil, along with anything that does not appear in the Bible as "okay."

I don't specifically remember any mention of the tarot the many times that I read the Bible, but I guess it was lumped into a category of those things that weren't specifically inspired by God. However, in my experience with the tarot, I cannot say that they are not inspired by "God" when some of the messages I receive when reading them are nothing less than inspirational! I know that the information is coming from a Force higher than me as I could not possibly imagine the stuff that is revealed to me in a reading.

I began receiving messages from the Holy Spirit when I began attending a church that believed in prophecy. I may have heard messages before this, but I was extremely shy and was not someone who would have shared anything I received so I never really acknowledged the gift before then.

Fast forward many years later. Now I hear messages from the same Voice who was talking to me then. Some would argue that since I don't label myself a Christian anymore or call the Voice the Holy Spirit or Jesus that I am really hearing messages from the devil. At this point in my spiritual journey, I tend to dislike labels. I still talk to Jesus. And He is okay with what I do. However, in my spiritual journeys, I also have run into other Higher Powers that are not necessarily connected to Jesus. I have not felt fear in their presence, but only LOVE.

In my estimation the "devil" could be classified as an entity or thought form whose prime goal is to make our lives miserable. He would be the antithesis of anything that connected us with our Higher Power, God, Love or Enlightenment. In the tarot the card of the devil represents anything that holds you captive. That could be anything. Now I believe that anything that keeps us from walking the highest path is not going to send us to damnation eternally. Just like if I had a child who misbehaved I would not sentence him or her to death. Most of the time I believe we create our own experience of the devil. Like attracts like. If I am walking my path with love, I will not run into the opposite that often.

The tarot in itself has no power. The cards of the tarot consist of 78 cards with various pictures on them which as a whole represent the various qualities of human experience. When the cards originally appeared in history, it is thought that they were nothing more than playing cards. Oh, but, I forgot. Playing cards when I was a child were evil too.

When I was a child one of the games we were allowed to play was dominoes. Did you know that originally dominoes were used as a tool of divination? This is a little known fact.

When I connect with the cards of the tarot, I am connecting with my Higher Self, the Higher Self of the seeker, and the Highest Beings of Love and Light (I call them this just to allow for whatever people may call their Higher Power, since I believe that LOVE is the only rule as to Who is a Higher Power and Who is not).

If a card reading brings someone comfort, relief, information that makes their life better, happier, or leads them to a higher path, how can it be that the reading is orchestrated by any entity called the devil?

As I have evolved in my own personal belief system, I am of the belief that LOVE is from GOD, GODDESS, OR SOURCE,  and FEAR is from the opposite of that. If you want to call the opposite of LOVE the devil, that is up to you.

I believe that I am connected to the Source of Love, as you are. We are all connected. We are also connected to the plants, the animals, and everything that comes into our experience. Does that mean we are also connected to the devil? Perhaps.

If I believe that everything comes into my experience for a reason, that I can learn from every experience, then I guess the answer is yes. I can learn from my challenges. I don't blame them on an entity that is out for my distruction. As a matter of fact, since I stopped being afraid of him, I haven't run into him lately. Other than the occasional difficult day, life is pretty pleasant and enjoyable.

I can get a message from a cloud, from a rock, from a series of numbers that appear to me repetitively, from a song on the radio, from a movie, from a stranger talking in another aisle in the grocery store, from a random synchronicity. I don't NEED the cards of the tarot to deliver messages. But people like them. Photos say in an instant what might take me several minutes to express verbally.

I could say, hmm, did you have a difficult year last year? Or I could show them this picture:

Bottom line is, Spirit wants to communicate with us. They want to give us help and advice for our lives. Symbols are the easiest way for them to come through. It is a lot easier for Spirit to send me a picture of something than to say.. Joy, tell them that they are going to learn a difficult truth which is going to upset their world, but in the end the truth will set them free ( the basic meaning of the tower card.)

I guess what I want to say to you is this. If the cards of the tarot invoke fear in you, then stay away from them. Connect to your Higher Power in a way that makes you feel LOVE and JOY.  But don't judge others who may be able to connect to their Higher Power or Higher Wisdom through the cards.

LOVE is the only rule.

HERE is a Bible verse to back me up:

1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecyand can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Just in case the images I have posted here are your only exposure to the tarot, you may feel like the images on the cards have a tendency to invoke fear. Not so. Even my least favorite card, the tower, has a positive application. Truth. Sometimes when we learn the truth it can be difficult or life changing. However, if we apply the truth to improving our lives, then the final outcome can be positive. Like this card:

This is the card of happy endings! To all of you I wish for you a happy ending! And remember, there is really no such thing as an ending. Every ending has within it a new beginning!

Just for today, expand your viewpoint. Know that there is more than one way to look at everything. Look at all of your beliefs from another perspective. Life is more than you think.