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Internal and External Feng Shui: The Energy of Wind and Water

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by Jill Henry

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Feng Shui (pronounced, “fung shway”) literally means “wind and water.” Water represents the physical, manifest world while wind represents the inner world of energy that interacts with the outer. External Feng Shui is about arranging our environment, our homes, and our businesses to open to the energy (Chi) of Prosperity and Success. Internal Feng Shui is about exploring our inner worlds of mind/body/spirit and opening these worlds to the Chi of Health and Happiness. In many Feng Shui resources, the emphasis is on external Feng Shui only. External Feng Shui techniques are effective; however, they are not the whole picture. For example, many businesses use flowing water by the front door in the form of a fountain to influence the energy to enhance career and business success. But if, upon entering the business, the person who greets you is out of balance and projecting negative energy, then the effect is cancelled out. This article explores techniques to develop both internal and external Chi and attract good energy into your life.

EXTERNAL FENG SHUI
FENG SHUI includes the idea of living in harmony and balance with our environment and dates back over seven thousand years. It is the study of energy (Chi) and how its circulation affects people. The circulation of this invisible energy can be blocked or distorted by our environment, thus creating Shar Chi (or negative energy). You’ve probably gone into a home or business that just doesn’t feel right to you. You can’t put your finger on it, but you know you want to get out of there as soon as you can. That’s Shar Chi. You want your home and business to reflect positive Chi. You want to live and work in places that help you feel balanced and energetic.

Basic approaches to developing good Chi in Feng Shui include physically rearranging furniture, colors, and objects in your home or office to promote good energy circulation and using Feng Shui Cures (placement of certain objects like statuary, handing crystals, colors) where physical change is not possible.

Arranging your home, office, business for good circulation of Energy. In arranging a room, nine areas are noted to be of special significance. The center table, also known as a Baqua Map, illustrates the relationship of areas in a room (or home). Imagine dividing your room (home, office) into the following nine areas, then place objects that reinforce the attributes of each area.

Baqua Map
WEALTH

(purple) Southeast

Call in chi with fountains, crystals, mobiles

FAME

(red) South

Fire. Fiery items: candles, incense

RELATIONSHIPS

(pink) Southwest

Pairs of things: bookends, matching statues

HEALTH & FAMILY

(green) East

Wood. Plants, flowers, living things

CENTER

(yellow)

Quiet space for centering, meditation

CHILDREN,CREATIVITY

(white) West

Metal. Whimsical items, crafts

KNOWLEDGE

(blue-green) Northeast

Enhance personal reflection

CAREER

(black) North

Water. Flowing water fountains, crystals

HELPFUL PEOPLE

(gray) Northwest

Spiritual guidance, travel, and helping

MAIN ENTRANCE

(Use entrance or compass directions to interpret map)

WHERE TO BEGIN?
Choose a room in which to begin. An office, bedroom, or family room will do nicely. Decide first whether to view the room from the directions or from the entrance. When using a Baqua Map from directions, superimpose the map over the room with each directional area corresponding to the true compass directions. If, for example, your entrance to the room is in the South, then you would reverse the map accordingly. An alternative used in Feng Shui is to simply place the Career area at the main entrance of the room. You would align the map as illustrated in this article. It really doesn’t matter which map orientation you choose. We are looking at the relationships of elements with each other more than the compass directions. Fire should be opposite of water, and not next to it because fire turns water into steam and water douses fire. They cancel each other out.

Now, stand in the main doorway and survey each of the nine Life Areas as illustrated in the Baqua Map. Look for “flow-less” areas, dead, empty areas or cluttered areas. Take one section at a time and simply observe. The following are questions you may wish to ask yourself during this process. Follow the map clockwise from the entrance and answer the following questions.

North: Career—Water

  1. Is there anything “flowing” in this area?
  2. What is blocking a sense of flow here?
  3. What can be moved or rearranged to create a greater sense of flow?
  4. Can a table fountain or paintings with water in them be added here?
  5. Can I add any touches of the color black to this area?

Northeast: Knowledge

  1. Is there anything here that promotes a sense of knowledge and understanding?
  2. Are there any books here?
  3. Is there a sense of organization and knowing here?
  4. What can I clear out of here that seems to block knowledge or knowing?
  5. Can I add any touches of a blue-green color here?

East: Health and Family–Wood

  1. What is healing within this section of the room?
  2. What is here that doesn’t reflect a sense of healing or family?
  3. Are there any living, growing plants here?
  4. When I look here, do I feel healthy? Or do I feel tension, restraint, conflict?
  5. Can I add the color green to this area?

Southeast: Wealth

  1. What is here that makes me feel wealthy and abundant?
  2. What here makes me feel lacking?
  3. Is there space for wealth to come in here? Or is this area too crowded to receive wealth?
  4. Can I add touches of purple here?

South: Fame–Fire

  1. What calls fame and attention here?
  2. Are there any candles here?
  3. What would “put out the fire” in this area?
  4. Can I add touches of red here?

Southwest: Relationships

  1. What promotes good relationships here?
  2. What creates conflict in this area?
  3. What clutter here represents poor communications in relationships?
  4. Can I add touches of pink here?

West: Children and Creativity–Metal

  1. What is playful and creative in this area?
  2. What blocks creativity in this area?
  3. Is the clutter here creative, or just mess?
  4. Can I add touches of White here?

Northwest: Helping People

  1. What is here that could help another person?
  2. What is here that prevents me from helping others?
  3. Can I add the color grey anywhere here?

Center: Earth

  1. What is grounding and stabilizing here?
  2. What is “up in the air” in this area?
  3. What gives comfort here?
  4. What can I trust in this area?

First, remove blocks to energy (Chi) by cleaning and de-cluttering. “Clean Sweep” all the tired, unused, and negative reminders of the past.

Now, using the Baqua Map and your answers to the questions, bring in objects that match the colors, elements, and attributes associated with each area. You may also use Feng Shui cures–simple additions to enhance energy flow including:

  • Bright Objects: Mirrors, faceted crystal balls, gems, lights, candles
  • Sounds: Wind chimes, bells, music
  • Living Chi: Flowers, plants, birds, fish
  • Moving: Mobiles, chimes, fountains
  • Heavy: Stone, furniture
  • Mechanical: Computers, stereos, TV
  • Bamboo: flutes
  • Color: Relates to each area on Baqua Map

(Specific applications of Feng Shui cures such as hanging a crystal to reflect energy in dark spaces, or placing a mirror on your door to reflect unwanted energy from the road back out to the road are discussed in detail in Energy SourceBook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy).

Be careful not to re-clutter. As you are working in each area, reinforce your beliefs in the positive aspects of each area using internal Feng Shui.

INTERNAL FENG SHUI
Before beginning your Feng Shui work, pause for a brief 5-minute meditation for each Baqua area. During these meditations, you will be getting in touch with your beliefs about the nine Baqua areas. When you work on clearing your beliefs as well as clearing your space, your Feng Shui will become more potent and effective.

The meditation technique is quite easy. Simply sit, close your eyes and feel the air of your breath moving in and out of your nose. Focus on the breath. Relax with the breath. Feel the breath flowing in and out, like you would feel the breeze on your cheek. Now gently ask yourself a question, and allow the answer to come into your mind. All the while, keep your breath in the foreground, and allow the answers to gently float up in the background. Don’t attach yourself to the answers. You are just uncovering your internal clutter. Simply observe them at this point. After completing the five minutes, write down a simple affirmation you can use while you physically re-arrange that portion of your room. Affirming your desires while doing something physical is a very potent process to attract Chi into your life.

I have listed nine separate questions below, each followed by an example affirmation, for each Baqua meditation. Do not try to do these all at the same time. One question for each meditation. One meditation and affirmation for each Baqua area.

Career Meditation: What do I believe about my work?
Career Affirmation: “My career is wonderful and I am successful and happy in what I do.”

Knowledge Meditation: How does knowledge affect my life?
Knowledge Affirmation: “Every day I grow in knowledge and wisdom and use them for the highest good of everyone I meet.”

Health & Family Meditation: What is healthy and loving in my life?
Health and Family Affirmation: “I am healthy, happy, loving and free.”

Wealth Meditation: How do I feel about wealth and money?
Wealth Affirmation: “I am a mighty magnet for wealth and money. Money flows to me naturally and effortlessly.”

Fame Meditation: What do I feel about fame and success?
Fame Affirmation: “I am healthy, wealthy, successful, and free!”

Relationship Meditation: What is important to me in relationships?
Relationship Affirmation: “I enjoy everyone and everyone enjoys me.”

Creativity Meditation: Where am I the most creative in my life?
Creativity Affirmation: “I am willing to let my creative self come out and play.”

Helping People Meditation: How do I help others?
Helping People Affirmation: “I am able to help others without sacrificing myself.”

Center Meditation: For this meditation, simply feel your breath, allowing all thoughts to come and go, returning again and again to your breath.
Center Affirmation: “I am safe and at peace.”

Try this form of internal Feng Shui and experience the results for yourself. Detailed information about mindfulness meditation, belief paradigms, and affirmations is available in Energy SourceBook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy.

Our lives are Feng Shui, wind and water. From the unseen beliefs and thoughts we hold within us, to the visible reflections of these thoughts we see in our environment. The outer reflects the inner and it is important to work on both aspects of ourselves. If you decorate the wealth area of your home by placing coins and money there, but every time you look at the money you feel inside that you don’t deserve to be rich, then you are re-directing the positive external energy into a negative internal energy. But, if you are ill, and decorate the Wood area of your home with beautiful, healthy green plants, and each time you view the plant you see yourself as growing more and more healthy, then your internal and external energies are in alignment, and you will see miracles in your life. Enjoy your path of Feng Shui.

To your Best Energy!


Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004. All rights reserved.

Into the Black: A Miracle of Feng Shui

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by Mina Bergsen

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

My business was failing.

For my sixteenth birthday, my grandparents gave me a trip to wherever I wanted to go. For some reason, I decided on Nepal. Perhaps it was because of some pictures I had seen or maybe I had read about it in school. I don’t remember why I choose Nepal, but that summer, for two weeks, I visited one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Each year for the past twelve years, now, I have traveled to Nepal. There is something wonderful about that mountainous place which just draws me there. After my father died I was left with a small inheritance which allowed me to live modestly and do this traveling. I didn’t want to live there permanently (I like the creature comforts they don’t have), but each visit would be refreshing and make me feel wonderful. My trips usually lasted for two or three months. I would spend up to six weeks just in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

A year ago my banker informed me that the person who had been in charge of making investments for the annuity program in which I had kept my inheritance had taken some foolish chances and made some major errors. As a result, my annuity, if I wanted it to last, would need to be decreased. I didn’t mind that I would have to cut back. I have few possessions and do not want them. But I was heartbroken thinking that I would not be able to return frequently to my beloved Nepal.

It suddenly came to me that if I made a business out of selling items from Nepal, my trips over there would be tax deductible as business expenses. So that’s what I did. Nepal Exotic Imports was born.

Most businesses fail within the first few years, and now I know why. Starting up a new business isn’t easy. With no experience I literally had to learn how to run a business, Including understanding the laws and techniques of importing goods to the US and exporting them from Nepal. I like the way it challenged me and the people I met. It was good. But my money was getting lower and lower.

My shop is a small business in a large city. I had a big sign made up for over the door. I had nice racks for the clothes, displays for the religious and secular goods, and cases for the jewelry. And in almost no time, it was a disaster waiting to happen.

Everyone who came in said the place was beautiful and the products were good. But few people actually came in through the door; fewer still bought anything. Like most of the businesses which fail, I was underfinanced. I had made a trip to Nepal, purchased the items I needed, stocked the store, paid for advertising, and lived on very little. I knew I would either have to turn my business around or shut it down. And if I shut it down, Nepal would be even further away from me. I was feeling desperate.

DISCOVERING FENG SHUI

One of the things I will often do when I am upset is roam a good bookstore. There is something very profound about the experience for me. It’s somewhat like visiting a giant library with huge stacks — it’s almost religious. But is some ways, bookstores are better than libraries. All of the books are new and not beaten from frequent use. To me, opening a new book can be as special as getting into a new car is a special experience for others. Like a library, I can take books home. But I get to keep them for as long as I like. And unlike a new car, books are a lot less expensive and don’t need insurance.

While driving home from my shop I saw that one of the big chain stores was still open. As I wandered through the aisles, I saw some books on feng shui. I had heard of this method of getting the natural energy of the universe, Qi (pronounced “chi”), to flow easily through your home or business, but I didn’t know much about it. Perhaps one of the books could give me some help? There were several titles, though, and I didn’t know which one to choose.

For some reason, the book The Art & Science of Feng Shui attracted me. Perhaps it was because of the Chinese watercolor painting on the cover or maybe it was because the author, Henry B. Lin, was a native of China, the source of feng shui. Sometimes people who are not born to a tradition do not have the full information to share. But whatever the reason, I bought Lin’s book and took it home.

This book shares a great deal of the philosophy and theory behind the science of feng shui. That was something I did want to learn, but I wanted to learn it later. It would probably be nice if I told you that I had immediately started to study the philosophy and science presented in the book. But I really wasn’t interested in theories and sciences. I was interested in help, fast.

As I thumbed through its pages I noticed some odd drawings toward the end of the book. Although they had some unusual line figures, they were mostly filled with what I assume to be Chinese letters. The book explained that the illustrations were talismans. “Talismans are an integral part of the remedy system in feng shui. In a sense, they are the last resort when all other countermeasures are either too complicated or costly to implement. The beauty of talismans is that they are inexpensive and convenient (just hang on a wall), within the reach of everyone. They can be powerful countermeasures against inauspicious impacts from the environment.” (p. 198)

I made some copies of the ones in the book and put them on a couple of the walls of my condo. As I was making them, I started to feel more peaceful and calm. “It’s probably just subjective,” my scientific mind thought. I knew I wanted peace and calm and hoped that these talismans would bring that to me. “I had created the feelings within myself,” I thought. This was no proof that feng shui worked. On the other hand, there was nothing to show that the talismans hadn’t worked. In either case, there was no reason to not accept the warm feelings of bliss. I made some extra talismans to hang in the shop. Perhaps they could help sales, too.

That was the real key. I felt that if sales would improve, things all around would go better for me. That night, before going to sleep, I was delighted to find a section in the book on “Commercial Feng Shui.” Here are the suggestions from the book, what I did, and the results of working with feng shui.

“To help improve the environmental landscape in order to solicit and attract customers, a store or commercial building should plant some bamboo, evergreens, or flowers around the building. These plants generate comfortable feelings and a good impression, and can attract heavenly Qi energy to the business. This results in more and more customers coming into the business.” (p.174)

WORKING WITH FENG SHUI REMEDIES

Unfortunately, my shop is right on the edge of a busy sidewalk, so there is nowhere outside of the shop where I could actually plant anything. There was a garden shop I frequented (I love colorful flowers in my condo) about half-way between my home and my shop. I remember seeing long, rectangular, flower boxes on rollers the last time I had been there. “Why would anyone want those?” I had wondered. Now I knew. I made up my mind to get two, fill them with colorful flowering plants, and wheel them to run in front of the windows of my shop. With the wheels I could take them out in the morning and bring them in at closing.

“Another effective way to beautify the landscape and enhance the feng shui is to create a spring pool in front of the building…some businesses even create a garden inside. All these designs serve the function of not only beautifying the environment, but also accumulating the Qi energy and consequently boosting business.” (p.174-175)

I had been thinking that having one of those indoor desktop waterfalls would make nice sounds. I also figured the motion of the water would add negative ions to the air. Those are what makes being near a waterfall or by a beach feel so good. But I didn’t know they could have such a powerful feng shui effect. I determined I would get one and set it up near the door.

The next morning, bright and early, that’s what I did. I found a beautiful, medium-sized waterfall that made a lot of water sounds. Beside the rocks, it had a decorative waterwheel and what appeared to be an elderly Japanese man fishing. At the top was an elegant bonsai tree. I also got the rolling flower boxes, planter mix, and several flats of small, colorful flowers.

When I arrived at the shop I started out by setting up the waterfall and turning it on. What a delightful sound! Next, I attached the talismans to the walls. Finally, I filled the flower boxes with planter mix, planted all of the flowers, and gave them a drink of water. As I rolled them outside, it was time to open shop.

In the morning, business was about the same as it had always been — slow. But by closing, sales were slightly better than normal. However, my scientific brain told me this was nothing that chance couldn’t explain.

That night, I read further in the book.

“The environment in the immediate front of the main entrance of a store should be pleasing to the eye. Such an environment can easily be created by putting pairs of green plants or potted flowers on both sides of the door. A pair of stone lions is also good…[as they] symbolize wealth and security in traditional Chinese culture.” (p. 175)

“The glass used for the front window of a store should be clear so that people can see through it easily and know what products are sold in the store.” (p. 175)

The next morning I returned to my favorite nursery. They had some stone lions that were about a half a meter tall. But they were heavy, so I purchased some rollers to make it easy to move them. That way the Lions, like the planters, could be easily shuffled in and out of the shop.

When I arrived at the shop, the first thing I did was tear down all of the notices and posters I had placed on the glass door and which had blocked eyesight into the shop. On went the fountain and out went the lions and planters. I wondered if this would help. By closing, I was disappointed. The traffic into the store had been no better than usual. But when I checked the register, I noticed that sales were up again. Perhaps this was working.

During the day I had cast an eye about the shop. The front windows of the store were actually huge display cases with solid, sealed backs. It had seemed like a great idea to me, but people could not see into the store. I made a few phone calls to remedy this feng shui problem. That evening, I removed everything from those windows. With the landlord’s permission, I had a couple of workers remove the backs of those windows while I rearranged the products I had taken out of them, placing them around the store. Now people could see fully into the shop.

Later that night, I went a bit deeper into the science of feng shui. As in the mystical Western system of “elements” (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Spirit), the Chinese have five elements. However, theirs are Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, and Earth. A chart in the book showed me that my shop was related to Wood because I sold furniture and books. However, my shop was also related to Metal (because I sold jewelry), Fire (because I sold clothes), and Earth (because I sold antiques). The colors associated with these elements, respectively, are green, white, red, and yellow. (p.24)

This posed a bit of a problem for me and I spent the night thinking about what to do. When I woke in the morning, I had my answer.

It was Saturday, and business was good. In fact, I did more sales that day than on any other day since the shop had opened. I was starting to become a believer in feng shui. I was elated, but the profits still weren’t enough for me to meet my needs. I turned, once again, to feng shui to improve what was already getting better.

After closing, instead of going home, I rearranged the store. I put the furniture in one area, the clothes in another, and so forth. Sunday the shop is normally closed. I came in and got to work. I painted each section the appropriate color, with highlights in hues of the pure color for each area. The wall behind the furniture and books I painted green. Behind the clothes I painted the wall red. I painted the wall behind the antiques yellow and the area behind the jewelry was white.

What had been a problem for me was what to do where the colors met. I didn’t just want a line where they butted together. What I came up with was a sort of mural. It featured a long, coiling branch with leaves on it between the sections. I also decided to add more lamps to increase the light. I left the exhaust fans on as I locked up the store for the night and went right home. Hopefully, there would be no paint smell in the morning. The work had been very tiring and I slept well that night.

On Monday morning I purchased the lamps, brought them into the shop and set them up. I had to rearrange them a few times to make sure that the store was well lit throughout. Then I put out the rolling flower beds and stone lions, turned on the waterfall, and opened for business.

SIGNS OF SUCCESS

That day was my best day yet. Many people didn’t come inside, they just looked through the windows. Although I would have loved to have them come in and buy something, they were acting like advertising, encouraging people to look in and come in. I was very happy, but this was just the start.

Within two weeks my sales doubled. Finally, I had enough to keep my shop open, pay for my food and home, and make my yearly trip to Nepal. Two months later sales had doubled again. They great thing about this is that because my costs (excluding the items I had for sale) were fixed, I actually made more profit from this doubling of sales than I had from the first doubling. Things were going well.

One of the problems with doing well is that you have to spend more to continue doing well. One woman, Astrid, had been into the shop on several occasions. She had been to Nepal a few times and, like me, loved the place. We spent many hours sharing our experiences. I eventually found out that she had been laid off from her job. It was mid-November, and I was hoping for a huge holiday rush. I was rather exhausted from all of the work I had been putting into the shop and was hoping for some time off, so I offered her a job for the holiday rush. She did well and the shop made a lot of money. But now I was low on stock. I had to return to Nepal.

It was mid-January (not a great time to go to Nepal, but I didn’t have a choice). Although sales were slower than for the holiday rush, they were still much better than they had been before the season. I asked Astrid if she would like to stay on and offered her a raise and a commission on the total sales each month. She stayed on while I went to Nepal.

EVIDENCE OF FENG SHUI’S VALUE?

When I returned, I was surprised to learn that sales were down. In fact, they were down quite a bit. Although I had spent two months in Nepal, I had air freighted several shipments of items to Astrid, so sales should have been good. Right away I saw a problem. “Where are the planters and flowers?” I asked.

“After you left there was a huge rain,” Astrid replied. “All of the plants drowned. I put the rolling planters in the store room because I didn’t know what plants you would like in them.” Before the day was out I had purchased new flowers and replanted the flower boxes. Within two weeks sales were back to where they should have been. Now, Astrid is a believer in feng shui, too.

This has been my only experience with feng shui. All of the things that happened could have been coincidence or chance. But I don’t believe they are. In my opinion, feng shui works.

Editor’s note: Both the name of the author and her shop are pseudonyms at the request of the author. All quotes are used by permission


Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001. All rights reserved.

How Does a Psychic Reading Happen?

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by Karen Page

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

I have been a professional psychic for over forty years, giving readings to clients all over the world. I deeply respect my clients and my work, and I still love giving readings as much as I did when I first started. Over the years I have heard many misconceptions about psychics and psychic readings, and would like to bring some clarity to a couple of the more mystifying issues surrounding a psychic reading. Most specifically, how does a reading happen?

To begin, I must state that though I know hundreds of other readers around the world, when I share with you how a psychic reading happens, I can only speak for myself. How other psychics treat their clients; what they see; and how they approach, interpret, and impart information to a client—these all depend on a reader’s intention toward their clients and their work.

For me, giving a reading has always been like stepping into a person’s life for the duration of their reading. It is as though I am standing next to them, “seeing” the people or circumstances both as they currently are as well as upcoming in their life. I feel what they feel.

Though I have given thousands of readings over the years, I am still amazed every day of my life that the information comes to me with such exceptional clarity, and that my readings are filled with defining, personal details connected to existing or upcoming situations, events, or people for the client.

It is important to me that my clients are comfortable during their reading. Though I talk about some of the most intimate issues in their life, it does not escape me that we are strangers when we first meet; they don’t really know me or how I work. Over the years I have learned that people experience a variety of emotions when they first come for an appointment, and when they are comfortable, they can hear me.

I begin every reading by silently reciting a prayer that I wrote many years ago. I take a moment to quiet my mind, and completely focus my intention on information pertinent to my client’s emotional and physical life. For me, going into a reading is very much like stepping through the front door of a new house—only the “house” I am entering is my client’s life.

Since my very first readings, I have always asked my clients to bring something to record their reading. It is important to me that they have something to go back to for reference, so that they don’t have to rely only on their memory or mine for the details of a specific issue from their reading. I don’t want someone to think I said something that I did not, or miss any of the details. I also tell them to bring pictures of anyone they want to know about, along with documents, contracts or business cards. Though I don’t need anything to do their reading, photographs or specific paperwork allow the client to more quickly identify who or what situation I am specifically describing or talking about during their session. Whether they come with shopping bags full of photos and documents or bring nothing at all, it doesn’t change the information or the amount of detail I see for them in their session. Also, there is no difference for me if a person brings a childhood photo of someone that is now an adult; the information that comes through for that person will be the same, because regardless of a person’s age, behavior, or life’s journey, their character never changes.

There is never a conscious choice for me about the importance of information in a reading. Occasionally a client will come with what they think is the most important issue in their life, yet a different issue may push its way to the front during my prayer meditation, clearly needing to be discussed first. What defines the order of topics is that which shows itself to be the most important, current, or imminent issue.

There really is a natural order of importance to issues in a reading. I tell my clients that, if they wish, they should write down a list of specific questions they would like me to address, but to please keep it in a pocket until I have finished their reading. Though I have usually answered all of the questions on the list by the end of the reading, they are free to ask whatever questions they may have, whether on the list or something they just thought of. If they feel it is important to them, then it is important to me.

Occasionally a client will try to control their reading. It doesn’t happen often, but it is always memorable when it does. Sometimes what I see coming up for a client is very different than what they had planned. Even when what I see is very good news, some people believe they can control everything in their lives, including their reading. But, as my mother always told me, “Man plans and God ‘Un-plans,'” and God always knows what is better for us than we do.

I know there are some readers that will tell people whatever they want to hear, but I cannot. My agreement with God is that I must tell people what I see because, “the truth only has one story,” and there is a reason this information is coming through. I will never argue with a client about what I see in their reading, nor will I ever change what I say just to appease them.

I have a great respect for my clients and my work, and I clearly understand the deeply personal nature of my readings. My business card says “Karen Page, Psychic Counseling.” I carefully chose that description of my work because it best describes what to expect from a session with me. Depending on what information comes through for the client in my prayer meditation, a reading will be a combination of some or all of these elements—counseling to help heal the past, predictions for their future, and guidance to help them get through whatever is causing difficulty in the present.

I cover a lot of ground in a reading, leaving nothing out. If I see it in your reading, you will hear it. I am very open to receiving whatever information you are supposed to have, even regarding closely held secrets, the ones that you have never shared with anyone and that no one but you could ever know about your life. Pretty much nothing is off limits, no detail too small, and nothing is ever censored. I talk about what is going on in your life right now, what is coming up, and specific experiences that have impacted your life and choices, past and present. I talk about your family (both living and those that have passed on, if they show up), your spouse or partner, children, your job or business, your home, health, finances, and sometimes even your sex life, if that is what comes through.

Remember, getting a reading is a very personal experience, not only for you, but for me as well. I truly do feel what you feel.


Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2013. All rights reserved.

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