Q & A
WITH ORACLE SYSTEMS
I have not used Tarot very much but am acquainted with many other oracle systems. I do think that to find correct interpretations, first you must make a faithful connection with the unknown—to realize there is no separation between you, the answer, and the symbolization. And you must realize the truth in the universal principle of the hologram: that what exists in miniature exists in a parallel way at a larger focus. So a card, or a rune, or a coin toss, can represent a particular state of being or action. Then you must be neutral and centered to allow the right ideas for interpretation to rise into your mind, so you will go in the right direction for the meaning. It can't be too much of a head thing. Anything where you work with symbols—either creating them or unlocking them—is great practice for connecting the midbrain and upper neocortex, which accelerates the flow of intuition.
DEPARTED AND DEPARTING RELATIVES
I think you are making yourself aware of the presence of your loved ones, probably because they are making themselves known to you in the more subtle realms. Since they communicate with telepathy, you can expect that when they're thinking about you, you will think about them, and vice versa. That's the way it works here in the physical plane as well, but mainly we're too distracted to notice or give these thoughts much credence. So I would simply relax and accept that your loved ones are actually there, and tapping you on the shoulder. My sense is it was all of them letting you know that you were going to lose your other 2 relatives soon, and not to be shocked, that everything is OK. Even the 2 who died may have been in cahoots with the others at the higher levels, helping to send you the "tendencies" to think about them. Sometimes it takes a big event like death to galvanize them into motion to get the energy up to communicate this way.
THE ROLE OF OBJECTIVE
SCIENCE AND INTUITION
After many years of practicing and observing intuition development, I don't see science involved in it at all really. To me, science and physics are actually subsets of metaphysics; they do not explain metaphysics, they crystallize out of metaphysics, just as the body crystallizes out of the aura. I also don't agree that understanding intuition scientifically is what is required for the masses to use intuition consciously. Intuition defies scientific proof because it is larger than science. And people will accept and use it commonly as they realize they have already been doing so. This occurs when we shift from the perception of the head alone to a perception based on body-mind unity. Until then, intuition is relatively invisible or intangible. Intuition cannot be known by people perceiving totally from the upper part of the brain, especially the left brain.
THE VOICE IN MY HEAD
The voice you hear may be a phenomenon called "direct voice" which is often a mild mediumistic experience. It differs from the voice of conscience in your mind, or the "little voice" of intuition. With Direct Voice it sounds like a literal voice belonging to another person, and sometimes it can produce sound effects like someone knocking at the door, the phone ringing, or various clunks or banging noises. It really doesn't matter what it is, though—what matters is how you use it. I recommend you sit down with a journal and invite the voice to speak to you, especially in response to a specific question, issue, or problem you'd like to solve. Then stretch your awareness up a bit, as if you're reaching for a high note, and let yourself relax at the new level and receive whatever comes. You may hear a word, or imagine you hear a word. It doesn't matter if the voice is literal or imaginary, it's still coming via your own perception. Just write down what you perceive that you're hearing. Then let the words, phrases, or sentences come—any way they want to. You just take dictation. Also, next time you hear the voice uninvited, sit down and work with your journal to explore the deeper meaning of what was said. Extend the message.
THE BODY'S SENSE OF ITSELF IN SPACE
Yes, doing extensive, subtle work to improve the pathways of flow in the body will cause a "rewiring" of subtle circuits in the brain, and will help you become aware of more subtle sensations, both within your own body and in the field around you, which includes other people's bodies and events. Your body is becoming the wonderful brain center it really is! We are amazingly telepathic, and it's not surprising to me that your knees weakened and your friend actually fell in response to the new person. I'd bet that the person was unconsciously running a sort of "alpha male or female" inner posture, and both you and your friend responded with the instinctive urge to humble yourselves, much the way wolves do. It probably wasn't really excitement, but more a subtle response to authority. Your bodies all communicated directly with each other. Watch this with everyone you meet from now on and see how your body responds to other bodies. It may not be as dramatic, but we are constantly positioning ourselves and adapting to each other this way.
GETTING TO THE "BE" STATE
Getting into the BE state isn't really so hard; it's mainly a matter of suspending your thoughts, stopping the internal dialogue, periodically throughout the day. Then dropping your attention into your body, becoming aware of the experience of what's coming through your senses (without words and description). If you can remember what it feels like to just "be with" a comfortable friend, or just "be with" a favorite pet, you can approximate the state where the mind is comfortably still, yet your awareness is wide open and engaged. In the book I talk about it as the "feminine mind," the kind of awareness that doesn't need to act, change, or controlbut is content to observe, include, appreciate, be with, and understand. That feminine mind state is entirely present moment-oriented. So, drop into the body, pay attention to beauty and the senses, bring all your awareness into the EXPERIENCE of the momentand you've got it.
MASCULINE AND FEMININE
ENERGIES IN THE DIVINE FEMININE
This was not that difficult for me to accept
because I knew Kuan Yin first and then discovered that Avalokiteshvara
was her origin and was considered male. So I had already seen this force
as truly sexless but representing itself through different gendered
personages. It's useful to recognize that elegance is not feminine although
it has been identified that way in the present culture. It is also the
epitome of this bodhisattva that a male energy would appear as an elegant,
soft, loving, and yielding being in order to serve its compassionate
purpose: "The Kannon can appear in many different forms to save people
according to their time and place. The Avalokitesvara Sutra mentions
33 specific forms. Says Shaku Soen, lord abbot of Engakuji Temple: 'She
will be a philosopher, merchant, man of letters, person of low birth,
or anything as required by the occasion, while her sole aim is to deliver
all beings without exception from ignorance and suffering.'" Notice
the mixed gender references in the quote. The beauty of Kannon is this
existence between gender definition. This in itself represents the idea
of molding oneself, out of compassion, to fit the purpose of the soul.
Lao Tzu's description of water in your newsletter perfectly fits what
Kannon is: elegant and yielding while also an anchor of strength.
Thanks so much for this fascinating insight about Kannon and Kuan Yin/Avalokiteshvara! It makes sense to me that the closer to enlightenment we get, the more integrated our masculine and feminine energies become. And I do think the soul is a sexless force, which ideally would like to express through each of us as sometimes feminine, sometimes masculine, depending on what life calls for. It seems to me that if we can equalize our yin and yang qualities, we can become equally adept at nurturing, healing, attending to, being with AND pioneering, manifesting, catalyzing, and creatingand that would please our souls, because we'd be capable of so much broader a range of activities within a single lifetime. You might also read the introduction I wrote for my poetry book, which addresses this issue as well. Thanks again for contributing this thought-provoking information!
A.D.D. AND INTUITION
Do any of your books address strategies for adults with attention-deficit disorder? That is, how may adults who lack the usual filters for distraction work with your process? Also, does medication aid or interfere with sensing intuition?
PRECOGNITION OF SEPT 11
I'm enjoying your newsletter and finding your questions thought-provoking and profound. In answer to your question "Did you have any warning about the events of Sept. 11?" I had two very strong warnings. Exactly a week before, I was walking into the college to teach my tai chi class, and I pointed out to one of my students that there was a cloud in the sky exactly the shape of North America and it had explosions coming out of it. I commented that it was "all blown up." Then 3 days before the event, I KNEW that terrorists were going to blow up the Trade Center. My thought was "I don't understand why they are going to hit the Trade Center again—they already hit it a few years ago." The second warning came four years ago when a friend who was in a remote viewing class in Atlanta called me, very upset because she and two others had viewed a "terrible terrorist attack on NYC." I can still recall the anxiety in her voice. So I guess my big question is what are we to do when we receive this kind of information? I felt badly that with the foreknowledge I was unable to do anything to stop it.
MM, TexasThe credibility of psychic registries has not been established to date, nor do very many of us in the general public know about them. Perhaps if it were a more common practice, and easier, to register precognitions, we'd have an information source that could warn of potentially dangerous events the way science monitors and predicts potential earthquakes. Jeffrey Mishlove has set up a discussion group for this purpose, open to anyone, at >email@example.com<. Meanwhile, all you can do is follow your own conscience, case by case. One person might have called the agency responsible for security at the WTC, someone else might have called all the people they knew in NYC and warned them, while another might have simply prayed, contributing to the peacefulness around the souls who were choosing to go through the trauma. You can start by getting in the habit of telling SOMEONE about your visions, and having it be more a topic of conversation, bringing the images out into the open.
It pleases me when we influence each other for the better, just by trusting our own desires. I was so moved by my friend's death, and enjoyed the experience of the way the poem flowed into and out of me so spontaneously, that I shared it with a friend, and she said, "You need a poetry corner on your website!" I have rarely shared my poetry before, because it felt vulnerable to do so, but suddenly it felt OK, even fun, to add poetry to the mix. I guess we never know when something we do will inspire another, and for that reason I believe that we always must offer what's overflowing from us to the world. R, I hope you will offer your prose poem to others as you see fit, in hopes that it will spark off another spontaneous chain of creativity! So, thank YOU!
IS IT THE CONSCIOUS
OR SUPERCONSCIOUS MIND?
I find it helpful with direct writing to imagine an active verbal being inside me, who is an expert in translating the ineffable into clear language. When I ask myself a prompting question, I simply allow the first bit of a sentence or thought to start to flow, and I write down a couple words, and let others trickle in behind those. I don't try to think out the whole answer before I write, or whether the words I get are making sense. It sounds like your perception may be tactile/kinesthetic, then visual, then auditory, in that order. You might try teasing your auditory sense into action a bit, by asking yourself to "hear" a word, any word, then write it down. Imagine someone is talking loudly to you inside your head or blurting out a single word or phrase. Just write down what you hear. As to whether it's your superconscious or conscious mind, you must make an agreement with yourself that what comes to you in these processes is simply going to be useful, valuable, and pertinentotherwise you don't need to waste your time with it. That way, you'll receive increasingly clear information that becomes more and more superconscious.
THAT COMES NONVERBALLY
Yesit's true that intuition rarely comes directly in words, though it's not uncommon to hear a voice speak or yell a word or short phrase to you, often as a wakeup call of some kind. I used to be a graphic designer, and in the early days of my training as an intuitive, I would commonly see answers or have dream images that appeared as words set in regular, italic, boldface, uppercase, or lowercase type, and of varying point sizes, depending on the importance of the message!