Although I have worked as a full-time professional psychic counselor for 35 years, I have no trouble turning it on and off like a faucet: at will. It is still true it is like a door I have to voluntarily walk through, to be in the state to do healing and counseling work. But what has changed recently, is a developing intolerance to witness any kind of awful thing going on around me. I am shielding myself and retreating from suffering, and I think the recent headline that helped me tune out even more was, “Elephant Cries after 50 Years of Abuse.” The story probably has a happy ending, but whatever rash events around the world give me, that headline turned into a serious illness. I appear to have whatever invulnerability I had to hearing and seeing and watching cruelty enacted in life or on screen. The only control I have is to not pay attention. If I care about issues I could donate money.
This illustrates another way the theory works, that individual change happens and out of that comes collective change. Personal change happens when a person stops investing their attention in one reality and shifts to another. Collective change could happen not only through, for instance, individual efforts and their banding to form grassroots movements and change conditions, but because masses of individuals withdraw from the collective and in some way build their own alternative reality. Like Silicon Valley…
Santa Fe is nearing the epicenter of its Summer cultural explosion, and the sounds of daily goings-on waft up from the Plaza. July’s big event is the International Folk Art Mart (…be at the opening dress parade and dance at the Railyard Thursday night!) although, now every month seems to have more celebrations. And more new music venues, even free concerts way down on Cerrillos Road!
Another neat new addition to gatherings aound town are food trucks selling some excellent food, especially the one from the Street Food Institute.
Coming in August is the highly anticipated Indian Market, held for the first time in history by two different organizations, one being a break-away of Native Americans who want to run their own show. That new one is called the Indigenous Fine ArtMarket or IFAM, and will be held at the Railyard. It kicks off with an interesting-sounding event called a “Glow Dance Party” on August 20th at the Den.
My July began with something new, a three day Creative Journey workshop. It was fun and exciting and kind of like being in magic camp. I’ll be doing more circles and workshops soon, when I catch up with myself. Dreaming up magical and healing things to do with people is very exhilarating! And challenging in the same way private sessions used to be challenging: following what I receive, and not what I conceive.
I can’t imagine a better place to do this work than Santa Fe, people are refreshed by a lot of different factors unique to the area. I’ll post participants’ comments on my website’s workshop page.
I hope you have a delightful Summer wherever you are, happy trails and may they take you to pleasant surprises.
Here are authors’ descriptions and link to each:
New Tarot Card Meaning Article: “Predicting Your Trip”
A lot happens in July, it’s a long and eventful month. For individuals and countries, fateful decisions and directions begin to shape up, potentially life-changing.
Best goal: Get Healthy
Best action to take: Suspend self-doubt for one month and surrender to your heart’s desire. Don’t stop yourself in July.
Meet new friends! Meet new friends!
Jupiter in Leo: July 16th-August 15th. From inner growth to outer…hearts open, individual people doing great things make a big impact, and people gain new courage to be themselves.
Here’s a poem from the spirit of Jupiter in Cancer, where it’s been for the last year, causing people to grow up emotionally:
Winging it towards new dreams.”
At some point between the June and July newsletters, I posted an article about Summer, (the Here it is from my blog:
Call on your Guides: The potential for spiritual development is high, so if you ever wanted to experiment with just what kind of help is personally available to you, try calling on your spiritual guides this summer! It’s as simple as being curious and receptive and willing to expand your circle of support. Let yourself be empty and in the present, have an open heart, and permit whatever has your best interests in mind to give you a message.
Fire signs: Aries is fired up, saying, “I really want this, I really want this-your determination is awesome. Leo: You’re happy and stronger, but you’ll be happier if you don’t go to extremes, and come to love being able to function with a steady strong pulse, and not a wildly vacillating one. Be smart, calm, strong, wise, and willing to change. Sagittarius: You’re focused and could be in a hurry to reach your goals. Spiritual experiences are enlighting if you’re willing to go off on your own and have a vision and be out of context for awhile. Spiritual growth is a pleasant journey now. Seek new connections-a new goal can be realized in November. (Message from making tones for each sign.)
Water signs are capable of seeing deep truths now. Cancer: I’m happier than usual, yay! Scorpio: High flying! Wheeling and dealing! Excitement abounds…Pisces: What’s new stretches you, but then you have had past lives that are now inner resources; inherent ability is yours and comes through. (Message from making tones for each sign.)
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Air signs: There’s a lot of activity around home for you this month, and it will feel like a safe haven. Knowing your limits is another way to create a safe haven. You’ll need to recharge many times, especially around July 18th. Your creativity takes on a life of its own, and you’ll get signs from the world about concerning where it can take you. (Message from the Speaking Stones)
Earth signs: Taurus: Breakthrough! Positive! Hopeful…and you see a higher place for yourself. (Just wait, it’s coming!) Virgo: You should be plowing into something new, and overturning old connections for what’s valuable. Money and commerce are on your mind. Capricorn: Expect a huge growth spurt in July, it could even be astonishing. (Message from making tones for each sign).
Spiritual Guidance for the Fire, Water, Air and Earth Signs for July 2014
(I actually forgot I’d already written horoscopes for July, the week before my three-day Creative Journey workshop on June 29th. I did the ones below on July 1st):
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Fire signs: Take it easy. Stop worrying about the future, and take care of stuff that obviously needs to be taken care of. Keep taking care of things and don’t worry where it leads to. This is a month not to doubt yourself. You cannot see the future right now and don’t try to-focus on improving your health, if you don’t see anything else that needs doing.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Water signs: An old identity is all used up. It is absolutely clear you can move into the future with a stronger Self. Now you can do things you couldn’t do before. A new chapter has conclusively begun and calls on new courage and character, which you now have. You can count on yourself to go the distance in a new direction.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Air sgns: Some problems are over! You get to graduate; there is a way to a place you belong and it makes you happier. Excellent signs for marriage and in general being fulfilled in new roles.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Earth signs: You establish yourself in new digs, or change your environment to make it reflect what moves you. It’s hard to do anything now but what is heartfelt. You are pushed in new directions by your own evolutionary impulses. Keep on going, everything’s fine.
Before I take off for somewhere, I often do a three card cut to get a “trip omen.” Over the years I’ve noticed that certain tarot cards show up when, for instance, I’m going to miss the plane or the connecting flight. Tarot cards are quick to point out some bummer up ahead.
However, a common phenomenon with the tarot is that it reacts to immediate circumstances that obliterate the more relevant long-term results of what you are asking about. Anything that causes a strong emotional reaction can loom large in a tarot reading.
“How is my vacation going to go? ” can look pretty disappointing if in the first 24 hours, the jolly vacationer missed their connecting flight, then missed some event they were due at, etc. It helps to look at which cards fall on which placement on the divinatory map (the layout), to know what trip difficulties the cards are pointing out. Accurate tarot card reading is a combination of intuition, and understanding the properties of the four elements and natural phenomena each card relates to, in combination with where the card falls on the map.
It’s especially unnerving to look at an unsettling tarot card layout about transportation. Recently, I had a clarifying personal experience about the sometimes trigger-happy reaction of tarot cards to an upcoming event. I saw this in action when I picked my brother up at the airport the other day. Cutting the cards on his flight, it looked like he wasn’t going to get here! The 3 of Swords was in Earth, a final comment that can mean: “…the plan you expect to be carried out, is not.” (More detailed discussion on post about “scary tarot cards” here. )
But my brother arrived just fine, and on time. What was the tarot picking up on?
Here’s what it most likely was: My brother had a circuitous route to Santa Fe, that brought him to St. Louis, Mo. , then Las Vegas, Nevada, and then New Mexico. Perhaps because he can be an absent-minded professor engrossed in his work (www.geneheyman.com), the details that New Mexico was the last stop didn’t register, and he was shocked at first that the plane was headed to Las Vegas. Have you ever thought something was wrong about your flight while you are actually on the plane? It causes a very big adrenalin rush.
I believe those brief but disruptive emotions caused the cluster of distressing Air cards that reflected his flight. (air= the mental plane, your thoughts) You always have to look at what element the trouble is showing up in: if it’s in air, it can be simply anxiety that doesn’t turn out to be based on reality, like a nightmare.
Leaving New Mexico a few days later, I knew my brother would make his departure flight, even though it was a close call because we were late, and I dropped him off outside the airport moments before the plane began to board. I knew he made it through security and to the gate because the tarot characterized his trip with two sixes. Six is ruled by the Sun, and in fire (action) it showed the successful action of getting to the airport, i.e. driving like a bat out of hell. As a conclusion card, Six in water (environment, emotions) showed he’d be successful in both meeting and reuniting with people; in other words, successfully getting where he was going and happily reuniting with his party. (For details on what success looks like on the tarot, click here.)
This is a “go for it” Summer where what you want, and believe you are supposed to be doing, requires breaking through your own limitations and displaying more flexibility. Go For It! There is no better time to follow your own drumbeat and re-direct yourself onto a meaningful path. Here is more specific guidance to ensure your personal success:
- Follow Through: Keep up with what’s in progress, and take care of unfinished business. (The Summer beginning when Mercury is retrograde suggests it’s not a great time to begin something brand new, but to maintain what you’ve already started.)
- Embrace the Unknown: Expect obscurity and murkiness to mark the beginning of your progress through this Summer’ objectives. People walk themselves out of tight situations by their willingness to change and endure uncertainty.
3: Call on your Guides: The potential for spiritual development is high, so if you ever wanted to experiment with just what kind of help is personally available to you, try calling on your spiritual guides this summer! It’s as simple as being curious and receptive and willing to expand your circle of support. Let yourself be empty and in the present, have an open heart, and permit whatever has your best interests in mind to give you a message.
The Circles I’ve been holding in Santa Fe and around the country have evolved into a workshop with time for more unusual and profound experiences…I’m pleased to present The Creative Journey Workshop!
WE ARE HERE TO HEAL, EVOLVE, AND TRANSFORM….And I want it to be fun! Please join me in Santa Fe June 29th -July 1st for a workshop that gives you tools and tips for your personal journey. Detailed curriculum on request.
The Creative Journey Workshop takes place in Santa Fe, in my downtown office by the Plaza, with a couple of field trips and outdoor assignments. It begins with an introductory meeting the evening of the 29th. Monday and Tuesday we’ll meet in a circle for a series of connected sessions, two a day, morning and late afternoon. As well as give you psychic tips, tools, and techniques, the overall goal is to make you more confident about your inner resources and your ability to create the life that inspires you.
We will focus on:
INTUITION AWARENESS: We are a language-based culture but there are many ways to communicate beyond the limits of language. This workshop includes exercises and experiences to explore and strengthen our true communication skills. Expanding our self-awareness and awakening to ways we naturally connect, promotes among other things, sharing more of ourselves, and experiencing more love.
YOUR STORY: Within themselves, people are aware they are healing, changing, and moved to fulfill what’s in their heart to do. We explore your story’s themes in an intuitive art-making process called The Transformative Art Cards. Other tools and processes can bring resolve about specific issues important to you now.
A TOOLKIT FOR YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY: Some of the exercises and practices are from my own psychic counseling and spiritual healing practice, and many are from shamans I’ve studied with, for energy balancing, communing with Nature, self-healing, and receiving spiritual guidance. Some exercises are outside, please bring comfortable clothes and shoes.
Includes PSYCHIC MESSAGE AND SPIRITUAL HEALING CIRCLE. My goal is to give you clarifying and empowering insights, healing, and practice in accessing your own intuition. Specific questions answered. (Private psychic counseling and healing sessions available within workshop timeframe.)
REVIEWS FROM CIRCLE PARTICIPANTS:
“What a wonderful circle we had last night! Despite the power failure it all was just magical and so personally rewarding and reassuring for me!Thank you so much for providing your insight and intuition and helping all of us move along in the direction we wish to go, and the one the Universe wants for us!It was important to do the movement part too I believe, it helps cement the ideas and so useful for release of old ideas and habits! Also, it was a very fun evening! Nice space.With affection and appreciation, Connie”
“What I got was a positively profound clarity with respect to who I am, where I’m heading and the energies I need to be conscious of as I move along. And as well, Elissa gave me practical insight into how to manifest my fuller nature. I am deeply grateful for the whole experience and certainly feel I received everything and MORE than I could have expected.” Patricia
“I loved the circle and the way it all played out, just like it was supposed to. I felt it was a perfect closing to our trip. We both read our letters to each other in the morning. It was very cathartic, we laughed and cried. I’m grateful to share this growth and journey with my best friend. You were a beautiful surprise, thank you!”
Thanks again for facilitating the wonderful healing circle on Saturday. I am very fortunate to have come across your brochure. I thought the format was awesome and I really do love how we attract the right people at the right time. I felt a high level of resonance with everyone in the group and I benefited from their readings as well as my own. I got a lot from these two hours. –Sophia, Oregon
Elissa held a circle workshop for our group of sorority sisters visiting Santa Fe for a reunion. We women have known each other since the mid-seventies, and have quite a bond. Elissa was able to bring us even closer together by sharing her unique healing techniques, insights, and intuitive card readings. We experienced a group reading using OH cards that was amazingly accurate and full of hope. Thank you Elissa
What’s going on in Santa Fe on the weekend:
Friday June 27th, Saturday and Sunday: Santa Fe Open Studio weekend.
Sunday June 29th, Native American dances at San Idelfonso pueblo, others; double-check with me beforehand. 505-982-3294