Current Update as of June 6, 2002
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
An intuitive healer and psychic counselor, who identifies herself only as sHEALy, has self-published Living Your Intuitive Dreams, a guided workbook for those who want to develop their own intuitive/psychic abilities.
But commitment, patience, and a willingness to practice daily must follow intent. Specific suggestions for rituals, affirmations, amulets, and magical tools are all recommended, as are the subtle influences of various herbs, colors, and sounds--anything, basically, that will aid in stimulating imagination, dreams, and subconscious impressions to release intuitive information for the reader/student to work with.
The book is organized into three parts, with additional chapters for Introduction and Conclusion and a bonus section, "just for fun," filling out the last 55 pages. Printed on every other "just-for-fun" page is a brief aphorism adapted from the main text--"Love is the best answer," for instance, or "Yes, you can do it!" These are meant, not too seriously, as divinatory tools. The reader poses a question, opens the book to a random "just-for-fun" page, and considers whether the aphorism displayed is helpful.
Part Three is a section of three chapters left blank for journaling, which sHEALy considers essential for the developing intuitive. The first blank chapter is for psychic experiences, the second for recording dreams, the third for thoughts related to the student's practice.
That leaves Part One and Two for sHEALy's text, in which s/he explains the principles informing her intuitive work and training program, provides exercises for developing intuition, and outlines ways in which intuition can be used to achieve personal goals--finding a soul mate, creating prosperity, and contacting and channeling spirits.
In Part One--a single, relatively long chapter, "Psychic Living"-- sHEALy introduces the intuitive realms in which the reader will be encouraged to begin navigating. These are: The Realm of Thought, The Realm of Spirit, The Realm of Angels, The Realm of God, and The Realm of Magic. These are not abstractions. They are real dimensions in which we all have a natural mental of psychic connection. But unless we are consciously practicing our intuitive abilities that connection for most is a hit-or-miss affair.
The Realm of Thought is the unabridged repository of all human memory, similar to the Akashic Records as revealed to Edgar Cayce or Dr. Karl Jung's description of the collective unconscious. As such, it is not a static library but an energy carrying information infinitely. But, like a library, individuals seeking specific information can receive it there. This information is delivered intuitively--in a hunch or strong inner knowing, in dreams, in meditation, in feelings of attraction or repulsion, in words or sentences that appear spontaneously in the mind or seem to be spoken by a voice. Each individual's greatest happiness, the author contends, is in following the information that comes intuitively through these sources, and readers are encouraged to cultivate them, study them, and take the risk of following their advice, even when it contradicts conventional wisdom or authority.
Numerous exercises are then included for beginning to develop intuitive skills to navigate in the Realm of Thought. At the top of the list is to record dreams in the journal pages provided in Part Three. Suggestions for creating and remembering dreams, including rituals and affirmations, are also given. Various approaches to meditation are included.
The Realm of Spirit is the habitat of the departed, many of whom seek to be helpful to human beings. We can therefore take advantage of their largess to work with them in manifesting a better world for ourselves and others. Spirits communicate to us at all times, whether we recognize it or not. Examples include subtle urgings in our daily routines to route our activities one way or another or to avoid or connect with certain persons or situations. Actual visitations may also occur in dreams or meditations. Connections with the spirit world are especially active after the death of a close relative or friend.
Numerous exercises follow to develop awareness of this realm. On the top of this list is meditation, and a detailed, guided meditation is given, which readers are encouraged to record on tape and play back to themselves. Other exercises include rituals, surrounding oneself with objects of spiritual significance, spending time with the dying, losing oneself in dance, and adopting a companion animal, whose heightened sensitivity to spiritual presences can alert us to them as well.
The Angelic Realm is similar to the Realm of Spirit in that angels are disincarnates, but it is dissimilar because angels have never been human. Theirs is a realm of pure joy and light, connected to the divine, and their service is most useful in leading humans toward the supernal light of ultimate bliss. However, they are quite capable of practical guidance and need only be asked for their help to respond. From their realm comes the inspiration sought by artists, visionaries, philosophers, and great teachers.
Exercises for developing relationships with angels are then given. Among these are deliberate observation of the miraculous and the beautiful, experimenting with aromas, noting inner musical notes or voices, performing cleansing rituals, and noting unusual shapes which may appear as if superimposed on or around people, objects, or in nature. These, she says, are probably angels calling for our attention.
The Godly Realm is the source of what we might call fate--the unalterable will that creates, shapes, and propels all of life as well as each individual's part in life. It is especially a realm in which to seek guidance on major issues, personal or public. It requires a willingness to surrender personal will, however, and may just as easily require abandonment of a plan as facilitate its success.
Exercises for developing connections to this realm then follow. Among them are volunteering to aid the less fortunate, prioritizing time to spend with loved ones, prayer and introspection, various rituals and invocations, forgiveness, and expression of emotions, which often contain energy from the Godly Realm.
The Magical Realm is a mystical sea where the energies of all the other realms meet, blend, and, in their interaction, create a potential power which, when brought to bear on events, can change otherwise probable outcomes. Few can claim mastery in this realm, but any attempt to try is at the least entertaining and, at most, miraculous. Magic practiced in groups can be most effective.
Exercises included to develop proficiency in practicing magic deal with observation of nature and her cycles, cultivating unwavering belief and commitment to desired goals, crafting of magical tools, various rituals, and the use of herbs for certain effects. Part One concludes with a primer on the properties of ten common herbs, with blank spaces for recording notes on experiences with each.
In the first two chapters of Part II sHEALy addresses the needs and desires of most people--the longing for that special love, a “Soul Mate,” and its sister dream, “Creating Prosperity.” By applying much of the information already given, including the exercises and variations on them, sHEALy assures readers they can realize these desires, in large part because their fruits are for everyone, not just a chosen few.
For example, sHEALy recommends visualizing your ideal mate, asking your dreams for a preview or even a dream meeting, following hunches of attraction about a person you've just met by taking risks to open up to the possibility of a relationship, writing intimate letters to your soul mate as if you were already in relationship. Rituals and incantations are also given. Erotic fantasies are encouraged.
The chapter also includes a collection of 18 poems by one of sHEALy's clients. They trace her journey from the anguished recognition of a bad relationship through despair at breaking up into the dawn of new and better love.
Similar methods, relying heavily on a positive mental attitude, may be used to create prosperity--visualizing the material things you want but don't now have, meditating on the opportunities you'd like to have as well as others you may not have thought of, asking dreams to provide similar information, working on a project you can imagine marketing successfully, seeking to meet and befriend new people, including the more affluent. Continuing to work with angel and magical energies, through the intuition exercises already given as well as rituals and prayers, are also considered important.
Cultivating a deep connection with Nature and her rhythms and cycles is the focus of the next chapter, “Earth Spirituality.” Daily practice of experiencing and communing with the natural world are urged, with suggested exercises and rituals. A categorized list of helpful herbs is also given. Reverence for life is the governing principle throughout.
At which point, says sHEALy in her next chapter, readers are ready to practice doing a psychic reading for themselves and, eventually, for others. Brief instructions for how to proceed include clearing the mind of distractions and opening it to whatever intuitive information it receives. It is important to accept all intuitive information as valid and potentially relevant and to record it, either by writing it down or speaking into a recorder. A list of 30 typical questions is presented for practice, such as "Who are my mentors? What lessons am I to learn? What should I be doing today?" The chapter ends with a reminder to any who would read for others: always present information in the most positive light, since all change is ultimately for our own greater good.
In Part II's final chapter sHEALy introduces Lavender, her spirit guide, an entity in Native American form whom s/he has met in dreams and meditations. S/he also channels messages from Lavender on diverse topics--herbal preparations, descriptions of the spirit world, rituals for observing the eight solar calendar festivals, and answers to a few questions frequently asked of psychics, such as "Why must children die?" or "how can I find my life's purpose?"
In the “Conclusion,” sHEALy warns readers to avoid the most common fault in students of the intuitive path--falling out of practice. Intuition will open to all who want it, but it will just as easily close down from disuse. S/he admits that accepting this path and following it will stretch the belief systems of some, but s/he also promises that those who persist will not be disappointed in the world they will see with intuitive eyes.
One is left with the impression that sHEALy knows whereof s/he Speaks.To contact sHEALy, or to find out about how to obtain a copy of her book, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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