Entropy Never Sleeps…

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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” – from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

Our Universe has a tendency toward disorder.

Yes, sure, it also has some pretty sweeping laws built into it that seem to apply themselves consistently across the board. In that sense there’s some Order to be found throughout. For example, gravity has stuff exerting an attractive pull on other stuff, while inertia works to keep bodies that are at rest, resting…that sort of thing. We do have some structure.

But within that structure, our reality seems to favor disorder. It’s far easier to tear something down than it is to build that thing up in the first place.

Think about the scenes of devastation that always follow in the wake of some force of nature or other. Photographs taken after the passing of, say, a tornado or an earthquake show scenes of horrific destruction, of once proud constructs cast into ruin. They show rubble.

They do not show us stretches of former trailer parks that are now suddenly dotted with pyramids and temples that were skillfully crafted into being by the gale-force winds and the careening landscape. Hurricanes and tsunamis don’t generate highways and shopping malls for us – they topple and crush them. This is in line with the default settings of our Universe. Again: there’s a tendency toward disorder.

Try this experiment… Get yourself a deck of cards. Carefully stand them up against each other until you’ve created a towering edifice of them, one that’s comprised of several levels and multiple wings. Next…dash the house of cards apart with your hand…

And you’ll be left with a seemingly random scattering of cards across your floor. The house of cards won’t reassemble itself into another house of cards, and it also won’t arrange itself into any other complicated construct. It will collapse into the card equivalent of rubble.

It takes time and energy to produce a serious house of cards…but that very same house of cards can be demolished in an instant with a sweep of your arm. This is because the Universe is set up to enable dismantling and demolition. It takes a lot of work to build things, but far, far less to destroy them.

And interestingly, this notion applies on the intangible plane, as well.

It’s a difficult proposition to build up an excellent reputation, for instance, or a relationship. This process can take years. Consider, though, how quickly someone’s reputation or any of their relationships can be ruined. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of a single moment: an ill-considered outburst, a telling knee-jerk reaction. The work of a lifetime can be turned into rubbish in an instant.

So the point here is to think about how easy it is to tear things down, versus how challenging it can be to build them up. It’s easier and “cooler” to cop a snarky attitude and to ridicule people and things than it is to sing their praises. It’s more romantic somehow to be dark and brooding than it is to be bright and peppy and positive. It’s apparently appealing to many people to approach the world from a place of exclusion and repression than it is to come at it from a stance of community and empowerment. Fear trumps faith so very often in our society, and hate eclipses love.

But that doesn’t mean that the bright, flower-power road isn’t worth traveling. In fact, maybe it’s more critical than ever that some of us commit to taking it. Being negative can be pretty easy…but the easy path is often the least rewarding one.

Praise something. Hug something. Love something. The Universe won’t make these things especially easy for you…but it will appreciate your efforts in those directions, and maybe you and those in your vicinity will, too…

Reiki Share in Providence

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Last night, I hosted a Reiki share here in the Providence area at this great space called The Empowerment Factory. I’ve hosted shares before, but not in this town, and not at that venue (and it was also the first-ever share held at TEF).

Even with all that being true, it was still an excellent experience! We have a couple of minor wrinkles to iron out, but everyone seemed upbeat and actively positive about the share, and we now have it shaping up to be a monthly deal. Drop me a line if you’ll be in the Providence area and looking for a Reiki-centric event, or keep watching this space for updates!

Intro to Runes Class: Providence, RI on Jan. 13

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RUNES!

If you’ll be in the Providence area, I’ll be teaching an Intro to Runes class on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13th (😮) at cool local metaphysical shop Ascension NXT.

I’ll cover the basics of what Runes are, where and when they came from, and what you can do with this ancient set of symbols (clue: divination, meditation, rituals, self-discovery). I’ll post again between now and then, but I figured you might all appreciate the advance notice so you make your travel plans… Please feel free to CONTACT me for more details!

Reiki Share Event – Dec. 14, Providence, RI

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Most of you who see this will probably not be in the Providence, RI area next week…but just in case there’s a chance you might defy that statement by actually being around these parts at that time, then please consider attending the Reiki share that I’ll be hosting!

Reiki is a form of energy-based healing, with a very positive and meditative overall vibe. A Reiki share is an outstanding opportunity for both giving and receiving Reiki in a safe and supportive environment.

The event takes place next Wednesday (Dec. 14) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. It will be held at a cool place called The Empowerment Factory, which is housed in a local artists’ colony, and which is all about personal growth and community-building.  The address is:

999 Main Street #707
Pawtucket, RI 02860 United States

The EVENT LISTING on Facebook can be found HERE.

Please feel free to CONTACT me with any questions about the event. I hope to see some of you there!

Reiki Redux!

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After my recent relocation to Providence, RI, I had to take some time to get the new digs set up to my satisfaction…

And I’m happy to report that I now have a space that feels very conducive to the excellent administration of healing Reiki energy! I’m therefore pleased to once again officially offer Reiki sessions aimed at enhanced well-being. I also offer attunements, so if you’re interested in becoming a Reiki practitioner yourself, I can help you along that pathway.

If you’d like to book a session or set up an attunement, then please take a look at my updated REIKI page!

Midnight Meditation

I’m a big believer in the healing powers of meditation. Last night, I got into it a bit right around midnight, as it happened. I tend to use candles and incense set up alongside a few crystals of whatever varieties feel applicable at the time when I aim for a meditative state, and last night was no exception.

I heartily recommend the combination, as incense can at times produce a pretty substantial amount of smoke, while candlelight gives it an otherworldly flavor. Staring at the unfurling plumes of vapor can have a decidedly trance-inducing effect, and can be especially helpful if you have trouble quieting your mind when you attempt to meditate.

So for your viewing pleasure, here’s a minute-long excerpt from my midnight meditation…

Do you see shapes in the smoke…? Relax… Gaze into it… Smoke carries messages that you can hear with your eyes…

 

Life Lesson: On Mishegoss…

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.” – Alfred Adler

Mishegoss.

This is a Yiddish word, and it’s derived from the Hebrew “meshugga” (= “senseless,” “crazy”). Mishegoss basically refers to a given human’s personal set of psychic luggage that they trundle about with them everywhere they go, said luggage containing all of their various and idiosyncratic foibles, viewpoints, programming, habits, and general weirdness. I have my mishegoss, you have yours, and you can safely and successfully wager staggering sums of money that so does anyone else currently strolling about across the skin of this planet.

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Point: “People be crazy!”

And while this seems like a simple and obvious statement, it actually provides a seed for healthier living that can be cultivated into a veritable garden of compassion, centeredness, and positivity.

What do I mean by that…?

Imagine you’re driving from one side of your hometown to the other. Further imagine that you have a set appointment on that other side of town, and that you left your front door close enough in time to that appointment’s scheduled starting moment that you’re in some danger of arriving late, especially if anything should arise during your trek over that might slow you down.

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This does not bode well as far as you arriving to your appointment on time…or maybe even today…

With that being the case – looming appointment deadline, mounting pressure to get there on time – how will you feel toward your fellow motorists?

It’s not their fault that you left late – if any “fault” can be pinned to anybody in this scenario like a tail being affixed to a donkey, then that hypothetical “anybody” is almost certainly you, and not them – but in the heat of your rush to reach Point B, do you cut them due slack? Or are you more inclined to cuss them out vigorously, zig and zag through traffic, tailgate, and maybe even play it a bit fast and loose with stop signs and changing signal lights?

And when you do verbally tear into your fellow humans on the road in situations like these, why are you okay with doing this? Would you respond to them in this fashion if you were having face-to-face encounters outside of your vehicles?

Now, to be fully transparent here, I’m as guilty of this sort of low-grade road rage as anyone. I often find it difficult to remember that the other cars on the road are not annoying, dull-witted, slow-moving beings in and of themselves, but are rather inanimate conveyances populated by living, breathing, feeling people much like me. And each and every one of these people has her or his own mishegoss to contend with every moment of every day.

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She looks like a nice lady…but what would you think of her if she happened to be driving in front of you at a much slower pace than you’d like while you were already running late for something…?

It could be that the woman dragging her wheels so laboriously through the neighborhood on the “Do Not Pass” residential streets that stand between me and my destination isn’t driving so agonizingly slowly just to annoy the hell out of me and make me late for my appointment (for which I probably should have gotten out of the house 10 or 15 minutes sooner…). What if she’s driving so slowly because she just got some horrible news from her doctor about that odd growth she’d had removed and biopsied a few days before, and her mind is more on her mortality than on her motoring…?

Or maybe she just got some great news back, stemming from the application she’d sent off to that Ivy League school that she thought she didn’t have a prayer of getting into at this late stage of her life, but which blew her mind by accepting her anyway, and so she’s just giddy with appreciation and a renewed sense of joy in life…and therefore, to her in this moment, racing through the quiet streets in school bus territory feels like a far away and unimportant concern?

Or maybe her particular brand of more permanent mishegoss is simply the reality that she’s one of those infuriating people who somehow always manages to leave her house with plenty of time to spare, and so she’s just taking some quiet pleasure in the simple act of driving, enjoying the journey as much as, or even more than, the eventual destination…?

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Be aware of the mishegoss of others, but also remember to gaze into the mirror to identify and better understand your own while you’re at it…

The point is that any human you might meet has some kind of agenda. Some of this is due to the irresistible dictates imposed upon us all as biological organisms. Some will flow from our emotional responses to the events that life throws at us, some of which responses will be pretty intense. And some can be attributed to our longstanding, deeply entrenched personal holdings of mishegoss. This is true of anyone out there in the world…so if you can keep this truth more at the forefront of your mind, it will help you to be more forgiving, and to take most things much less personally than you might have done in the absence of this mindset. It may even allow you to go easier on yourself for having your own mishegoss.

A large percentage of the posts that I lodge here are aimed at helping people to become better Tarot readers, better astrologers, better overall metaphysicians of whatever stripe. And this post is very much in line with those aims. That is, it will help your metaphysical game immeasurably to do your work while trying to better understand just what is the nature of a specific person’s mishegoss, what might be driving them, what they might get out of the deal, and how you can help.  And this includes you, as well as your querents and clients.

Because remember, when it comes to mishegoss, we all have some. The only normal people – the ones who don’t seem straitjacketed by endless bolts of some variety of mishegoss – are the ones you don’t know very well.