Forecast and Faery Finder & What we should learn from James Ray
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit
Message from the Microwits: This is a warning to all felines. Stay out of the rain room. The skin ones will wash us with SOAP! It was horrible watching it. Stay away. You could be next. Let us have a moment of silence for our poor brother who had a bath today.
Message from the Mamma: Oh good grief! Every once in a while a cat gets into something he shouldn’t and he shouldn’t lick off and he gets a nice warm bath, on my shower chair with a pulsing hand held shower head and my best all organic coconut shampoo. Then there is a nice fluffy towel drying. You would think I was drowning cats in the toilet the way they all behaved. They are treating the bathroom like a torture chamber.
According to Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day Almanac, today’s color is ivory and the incense is neroli.
Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.
Today’s Tarot Card is the Aeon: realization. Like a breath of fresh air, energy arrives today. Things are suddenly very clear and you can plan your actions accordingly.
Astrological Source: Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide.
This is a peaceful, social and pleasant day so enjoy your reprieve from aspects. They will return on Wednesday.
Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Take some quiet time today to reflect on the joy of life.
Today’s Cat Comfort Card is :
Cheshire Cat: “Smile. Share your joy with others.”
Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
The piper is about and his music can inspire us to great heights or just keep us in a day dream. The choice is yours.
Today’s Lo Shu Number is 2 and the Element is Wood. The Dog finds conflict today but the sheep and monkey have ease. Today is NOT an auspicious day for haircuts, medical procedures, writing, gambling, construction or births.
Today’s Message from the Universe is: “There is no criticism within me or against me. Negativity vanishes from my life. I attract open, loving and supportive people into my life. Together, we play and create a world of peace, joy and love for ourselves and for all mankind.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.
COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER
Even without the final facts being in on the James Ray case, there are a few things we should have learned. I have been preaching this for years and getting battered and bruised because of it. You can not just pick and choose what you want from a variety of traditions and expect things to turn out wonderful fluffy pink bunnies. The odds are you are going to get dead, black withered stems. That’s what James Ray did. He took the best of several methods of attaining a higher state of consciousness, combined them and got dead people. You don’t do breathing exercises in a sweat lodge. If 95 degrees is good, 140 degrees isn’t better. You don’t fast and then try three other forms of physical endurance. You don’t then heap guided meditation on top of it all and leave people in a semi hypnotic trance and expect them to have free will. And lastly, you make darned sure you know who your staff is and someone competent can take over if you are incapacitated.
On the other hand, how many times have I seen similar things done and fortunately the people survived. So, here are a few facts. If you have high or low blood pressure, a breathing problem like asthma or bronchitis, etc., a heart condition, varicose veins, severe acne, rosecea, or very fair skin you should never set foot in a sweat lodge. Just cross that activity off your to do list. There are plenty of other spiritual practices out there. It won’t be missed and while you are at it, stay out of saunas, too. If you have any of the above except acne and now including borderline epilepsy stay far away from breathing exercises that either slow your breathing down or increase its rate. Both of these techniques have the same effect. They decrease the amount of oxygen going to your brain which induces hallucinations and can cause brain damage and seizures. Folks, your autonomic nervous system is pretty darned good at picking the right rate of breathing for you unless you start hyperventilating because of emotional stress and even then, it is doing the right thing. It wants you unconscious so it can reset itself and the predator thinks you are dead, diseased and moves on. Yes, slow deep breathing will relax you, but you will seldom find a therapist who knows what they are doing exceeding 10 deep breaths or for the most part 5. Five is all I need to put you in a relaxed state for hypnosis. Why would you spend 10 or 30 minutes doing what 5 breaths can do? More is not better.
In every religion there is a birth, death and rebirth fable, parable or play which is acted out at least once a year. Before you scream you have fair warning; I did an English Lit paper on this. In these plays, someone gets to play god, sometimes you have the good god and the bad god and sometimes you even get a goddess. Someone gets play the sacrificial lamb, er… person. The theory is the old you must die to allow the new you to be born. It is a right of passage. Why is everyone so upset at this role playing in James Ray’s seminars when it is acted out constantly, in a variety of ways all over the globe? Now, I am no fan of role playing and once wrote a paper on how I did not think it was practical in psychotherapy. I’ll not tell you how many people I really upset. The prevailing thought is it is wonderful.
Motivating people is a wonderful thing if there is a practical plan behind it. If you motivate someone with no real skills and drop them in the middle of company, what exactly do you expect them to do? Drop them over at the University. This is why I got my degrees in psychology and worked in psychiatry for ten years. Telling someone the future may be nice but unless you offer them alternatives all you have is a scared person who may become so paralyzed they harm themselves. When doing readings you have to consider the effect of what you are telling someone. Just because I can see your future doesn’t mean you should. The future is mutable. It can be changed. Providing the tools to do that is more important than the information of its possible paths.
Providing the tools to change and improve is more important than a spiritual hallucination in this old Druid’s world view. I am in the minority in a ‘give it to me now’ world. I want to see effect, NOW! I don’t want to see myself planting seeds in a garden in my past life, I want the thrill of a nasty death. I want to be the king, not the peasant. I want the vision, not the information it provides. All of this has one thing in common: I. Until you move beyond the I and me into the Universal we, none of those experiences is going to worth a plug nickel and definitely not $10,000.00 or $1.00. In the end, life and spirituality are do it yourself projects and like most do it yourself projects, they require a lot of work. There will always be plenty of idiots ready to lead you and encourage you to lick the frozen flag pole. You have to make the informed decision whether to follow or just walk out.