And when my consciousness took a left turn from the path I was "supposed" to walk, which came of course with its own unique price tag, I followed my wandering minstrel scavenger hunt down every alleyway, looking constantly for an "answer", invoking my Gods or Demons depending on the phase of the moon or the state of my own internal barometer.
A troubled, but brilliant boy . . . outwardly with everything but internally fighting with my own "take" on how consciousness "worked". I knew what others did wasn't right but I had no idea what WAS.
Fast forward 57 years and here I am . . a "noted" prog-nos-ti-ca-tor . . . with a "track record" of looking up destiny's dress and seeing what she was too demure to show to others. I have "opinions" about what it all "means" and today I am going to share them.
First off -- many people, including many professional psychics, say that the future is changeable and that if one makes a prediction it is valid for that point in time but things "change" and therefore the future changes -- so if I say X is going to happen but instead 3x-y squared happens, it wasn't that I missed but instead the universe took over and "shifted" things. That is both true and hog-wash, simultaneously. And, it is also a cop-out by the psychic, too.
It is true that we all make choices and change our minds and so our future looks different after that choice so of course this is self-evident. But I f I say Rick Perry is going to be the Republican nominee and he is not, well it wasn't cosmic forces changing, it was simply me not "tuning" in. It is my "error" and I admit it and call it what "it is".
What is not so self-evident in this whole line of thinking is that even though we may feel as if we are the ones "choosing", far too often it is really events that are "choosing" us. I believe in fate, the divine hand of destiny, the unseen hand stirring the cosmic pot. I have made way too many predictions that were "impossible" yet, "miraculously", they happened.
This leads me to this conclusion. One, I am a total badass :)
but, two, there is something "going on" that "forces" this event in to "actuality". Astrology is a perfect tool for displaying this as the seed of the future is laid out within the natal chart and it unfolds through transits and progressions that we can chart out well in advance of actual "events". SOMETHING is waiting for us and we are "destined" to walk through that door and no matter what me may "feel" about our ability to guide our own ship, it is not 100% within our power to choose what is going to "happen".
There will be plenty who will argue this point and I say this with the full expectation that will happen. It will make for a fun little discussion. Argue away.
This leads me on to Subject # 2, which I expect will ruffle even more feathers and so I welcome the nay-sayers to this, as well. Your thoughts do NOT create reality. Your interconnection with reality influences how it is perceived and it may appear to act in a certain way, according to the pre-defined walls of your already well constructed mind-trap. We all have this "mind-trap", what Blake called "Mind-forged manacles" (me included !!), and it is this pre-set knob on your sub-woofer that determines your reality.
Reality is what it IS and the point to this is that each of us is limited in what we can perceive about the fullness of that "reality".
"Our reality" is basically just a sub-set, by definition it is only a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. None of us can know ALL of reality therefore none of us can CREATE our own reality, as we do not understand all the parts that go in to it.
If we are trying to re-create Grandma's Peach Cobbler and don't realize she uses ground pumpkin seed mixed with pomegranates soaked in vodka, then we may not be able to duplicate the yummy goodness of it when we make it with just peaches and sugar .
The "prosperity consciousness" gurus miss a rather obvious point -- that until you clear out the weeds in your garden, your flowers are not gonna grow to their full potential. I can't plant my tomatoes in sand and expect to win a ribbon at the County Fair.
Same, too, with consciousness. Until you go weed-whacking in the depths of your subconscious, so terribly littered with false pieces of "interpretations of reality" and a thousand thousand thousand subliminal commands about who you are and who you need TO BE, you're not going to do so well at "re-wiring" your thinking. Until I know the basic architecture of the house, I shouldn't start knocking down walls and putting in a new bath room.
It could get messy.
Point # 3, another quick little editorial sure to piss somebody off concerns "Public" Predicitions. After the event, lots and LOTS of people will say, "oh I thought that, too" or, my personal favorite, "everyone knew that" . . . well, actually, no -- they didn't. If they did, they would have said it out loud, in advance, too.
I find it ha ha hilarious how so many people change their tunes on a dime after the "event happens" . . there are sooooooo many amateur psychics right now, too. It simply staggers the mind :)
But the issue with Point # 3 also relates to the earlier discussion about "consciousness" and "perceived reality" . . . this information is there, for all of us. I don't have a personal email address with Jesus where he sends newsletters on future events. It is a piece of "consciousness" and, with the right spot on your inner dial, you too will tune in to it. But this channel has a small antenna and until you clear off all the other channels competing for your attention, you are simply not going to hear it. Think about the old days of AM radio when you tried to pick up a channel from another city but it will slip in and out and you wanted to hear punk rock but instead got country and western . . . it is like that with psychic ability -- especially the "ability" to run along the "time/space" continuum.
Remember, until you clear the weeds and fertilize the soil, the flowers can't grow to their full potential.
Final thought -- dignity and the psychic profession. As a profession, the "psychic world" is too often filled with pettiness and "drama". It doesn't need to be that way. I try in my own way to be supportive of people as they grow, knowing that NO ONE has all the answers and since this is uncharted territory, it is fully reasonable to expect us ALL to get lost once in a while. What bugs me, though, is the attitude of "certainty" so many people seem to have, when it is fairly obvious that they have "issues" just like everyone else -- sometimes a LOT more.
Kindness, compassion, courtesy -- these are the hallmarks of a positive, optimistic person. We, as a profession, would do well to remember that :)