Overcome

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re overcome with emotion?

I went on my usual walk this morning, a path that’s a little over 2 miles at our local county park. It’s a meandering paved trail that goes up and down hills and around curves, and it circles a large lake. I like to go early in the morning when it’s quiet and fairly deserted. I usually pass a handful of joggers or dog-walkers on the trail, and I enjoy the solitude. Today’s weather was a bit more brisk than usual; frost dusted the greenery choking the sides of the path, and I could see my breath as I huffed and puffed up and down the hills. My hands and ears were cold, and I was walking faster than normal because of the low temperatures. But then, as I rounded a short bluff, I saw a sight that looked a lot like this:

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The beauty of the lake, and the sight of the mist rising in the sunshine, stopped me in my tracks. My eyes filled up with tears. I can’t explain the feeling I had, but it was so overwhelming I had to stop walking for a minute to catch my breath. A profound sense of awe and gratitude filled me, a wave of emotion that I’ve felt before in fleeting moments. So I stayed in that moment, breathing, watching, allowing the feeling to wash over and through me, so grateful to just be alive to experience that incredible sense of joy. The song playing on my iPod was Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising, and it seemed the perfect soundtrack for this moment suspended in time.

I left the park with a light heart. I hope to carry it with me through everything I do today.

These are the moments we live for, even though they may be few, short, and far between. They are the moments of sheer ecstasy in the simplest thing: freezing air searing our lungs, the scent of water, mist hanging like lace in the air, birds streaking across the blue sky. These are glimpses of such powerful beauty that we stand still, unable to move, able only to soak them in, admire them, appreciate them. They remind us of what we are: travelers together on this planet, all of us searching for happiness and peace. God is in these moments, I believe, and we can reach out and connect with that Divine Presence at an intimate, awesome level.

I hope you will have one of these moments today, too, and experience the blessing that comes with it.

Monday Message from Merlin 4-19-10

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Greetings to you all, beloved travelers and seekers of the Light! I am Merlin, the Master Teacher of Rose, who writes this for me and who allows me to work with her in her own spiritual journey on the earth plane. It is a pleasure to speak to you today–we have been apart for several weeks as Rose fulfilled the many obligations she has taken on in this lifetime. But all of these she endures with joy and peace in her heart–mostly!–for she loves her life and the people, events, and activities that make it up. I hope that you all love your lives as well, and, if you are unhappy with some aspect of it at this time, I say to you: change it! It is always within your power to make a choice and to do something differently. It may be something small, like changing your bed sheets to a different color to make you smile, or it may be something large, like changing your attitude toward your boss at work or your neighbor with the loud, barking dog. Whatever it is, you have the power! You are in control! And our Creator supports you and loves you as you make decisions to reach your own fullest potential and your own greatest happiness. Do not let anything keep you down.

My beloved Rose recently went to see a new spiritual leader when he visited her hometown. Some of the things this leader had to say did not make sense to her, and now she struggles with what to make of his messages that evening. I say to her, and to all of you: there are many spiritual leaders spreading messages at this time. The reason there are many is because there are even more who need to hear these messages, and not everyone who needs to hear will listen to all of the messengers. Some messengers will speak more clearly to one population of people; some will speak and make no sense whatsoever. This is where you must use the discernment and the open mind that Creator gave to you to decide what makes sense to you and what does not. Not every spiritual teacher or leader will resonate with you! This is why Creator has commissioned many to take messages to the masses. This is why there are many spiritual paths on the earth plane, and why no one path is the “right” one for all. Each individual soul is at a different point it its evolution, and so it needs different things at different times to continue to grow and evolve. Not everything that every human teacher says is a golden nugget for you! First of all, each of these teachers is he himself human and in the body, thus rendering it impossible for him to be “right” all the time. Beloved beings, stop trying to figure out who is “right” and concentrate on what feels best to you in your heart and what makes the most sense with your truth. Do not give your power and your energy away to spiritual leaders and teachers. The best spiritual teachers want you to think for yourself, not to blindly follow them! Listen to the messages with an open heart and mind, sit with the messages and meditate upon them, and you will understand which are the messages that are important for your own growth at this time. Do not feel angry or upset if a message doesn’t seem “right” for you. You are unique, a beautiful individual, a lovely creation of God! You are exactly where you need to be at every moment, so do not wish you were “further along” or “better” than you are. You can never be better than where you are right now in your current understanding, for this is where you need to be! Spiritual gurus, leaders, teachers, and the like will come and go, according to their own plans and their own growth. Be concerned with where you are. This is not selfish; it is an important component of each individual’s acceptance of his or her divine plan.

Be at peace, my brothers and sisters, so that you can radiate peace in your lives. It is fine to ask questions, but come to peace in your heart if you cannot find all the answers right away. If you are diligent, the answers you seek will come to you when you are ready. But do not expect all of the answers to come from someone else, not even your guides and teachers in Spirit! We tell you the things we know you need, but we do not give all the answers carte blanche. This is because there would be no growth for you if we did. We make suggestions; we put books in your hands or people in your paths for you to experience, but ultimately, it is up to you whether or not these messages fit your understanding. And if they don’t, move on! There is so much to learn, experience, and enjoy in your physical lifetime! Be happy and know that Creator is working with you much more than you can possibly understand!

I leave you all now. May your hearts be joyful and serene.  I send you many blessings from the world of Spirit.

Merlin

After the Fair

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I’ve been recuperating for the last couple of days. This past weekend, I spent many hours at the Victory of Light Expo, greeting well-wishers, selling and signing books, and mostly, doing readings. I was there all day on Saturday and Sunday, so Monday and Tuesday were my days this week to rest and rejuvenate.

I used to do a lot of metaphysical festivals like this one when I first started reading Tarot professionally. I was about 22  years old when I worked at my first festival (hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years ago!), and I was eager to meet more folks who were interested in esoteric and occult things. The vendors sold crystals, jewelry, books, and magickal trinkets, so many temptations that there were several fairs where I blew almost all the money I made on stuff for myself. I made appointments to receive wonderful healing treatments like massages, reflexology sessions, and energy work, floating away on a cloud of happiness after my sessions were over. And yes, I even saw other psychics for insights into my own life in many reading sessions. I always enjoy receiving a reading from a fellow worker, fascinated as I am to discover new reading techniques and methods that might enhance my own professional work. Needless to say, for many years, I looked forward to these inspiring weekends, even though I worked, too. Providing readings thrilled me; I enjoyed helping people solve their problems through Tarot and intuitive counseling. Most seemed to appreciate my input and were happy to have the insights I could provide.

I still enjoy going to the fairs, even though I don’t do quite as many of these events as I once did. I prefer doing readings in quieter settings, and I like not having to rush through a reading to get it done in 15 minutes. Over the years of doing festivals, I’ve also had to take better care of myself. I tend to get very run-down after a long day at an event; I think it has to do with keeping my energy higher in order to stand between the worlds to speak to Spirit. The Natural Law of Vibration, which rules mediumship, tells us that our vibrations have to be higher in order to work with spirit energies. The spirit folks have to slow their high vibrations down, and we meet somewhere in the middle in order to communicate. When I work, I tend to crank my vibration pretty high in order to make a strong connection to Spirit. I’ve been told by some of my own teachers (those here in the physical world) that I need to stop doing this, that Spirit can come to me, that I’m going to burn myself out big time if I can’t stop doing this–so I try not to work my energy up into such a high place like I once did. But I still tend to do between 13 and 20 15-minute readings a day at a festival, and that’s a lot of different energies to get in and out of quickly and efficiently. By the end of the day, I’m usually wiped out. I do try to take more breaks now, and I eat more frequently to ground myself and to keep my physical energy in a good place. Still, the fairs take a lot out of me, and this most recent expo was no exception.

And yet, I had a good time. I feel very grateful for and blessed by all of the people who came to see me over the weekend. I lectured at the fair about my new book, Ask a Medium, and that lecture was extremely well-attended. I received good feedback about it. I love lecturing; teaching is my true passion, and being able to connect with folks in this sort of a setting is always fun. It’s wonderful to talk to a large group of like-minded people, too, those who are truly interested in investigating the spirit world and who believe in the validity of after-death communication. It uplifts me to see so many seekers, those who are truly trying to walk the Path of Light in this world.

I also love re-connecting with other metaphysical friends I don’t get to see very often at the festivals. Granted, there might not be as much time to do this when I’m working so hard, but usually, I can sneak in some great hugs and chatter in between readings, before we begin for the day, or when I’m on a break. We have a lovely community of people here in the Greater Cincinnati area who are bringing light to so many others, and I love having a few minutes to catch up with friends and fellow workers. These moments make me so proud of what I do, and they help me to feel as if I’m a part of a larger web of energy, one that illuminates a very special and important agenda in the Universe.

And I do love helping those who seek me out. Spirit reminds me a of a lovely groups of sisters who brought their dad to the festival. I am sometimes intimidated when asked to read for men (I know–it’s my issue, one I’ve been working on for years now, but it still rears its ugly head at times), and I was a little nervous when this gentleman sat down in my chair. But I put my faith in my spirit people, my lovely guides who help me make my connections in the spirit realms, and Mara, my joy guide, immediately connected me to this man’s wife, who had passed within the last year. It was a tremendous blessing to be able to bring her through to him, and I know that this man was relieved to hear from her. I had many readings over the weekend, and I couldn’t begin to remember them all (I very rarely remember anything about my readings–I don’t think I’m supposed to remember them), but I know I will always recall the feeling of happiness and peace that this connection brought to that man.

What a powerful, inspiring thing to be able to do! Can you see why I feel so humbled and so honored to do this work? It is moments like those that I live for, moments like those that I try to focus on when the work is hard, or when I am tired, frustrated, or unsure. These are the moments that Spirit brings us to remind us of our larger connections in the Universe.

So, this week, I rest. I still work, but I don’t (thankfully) have as many clients this week. I think Spirit arranges that, too, so I can relax a bit and try to dwell in a more peaceful, calming energy.

I hope your week unfolds in the same kind of loving, gentle energy. Blessings to all! xo

Spring Break 2010

Well, it’s arrived! A week of days off for my twin boys, who are now nearly at the end of their 8th grade year at their Episcopal day school. They’ve been at this school since kindergarten, and I can’t believe they’ll be graduating in June and then moving on to high school. I’m sure I’ll have more commentary on all of that as it draws nearer, but for now, I know they’re happy to have a week off school to…paint their bedrooms.

Yes, that’s right–I’m a sadistic mom, making them do chores around the house during their time off. But believe me, their bedrooms really need the attention. My older son still had the Peanuts characters up around his room that we chose for their nursery before they were born. Both of the boys have picked out new colors for their walls, and we have invested in paint trays, drop cloths, and other tools to help us with the task. I’m looking forward to the finished product.

So, there may not be any updates here on the blog this week as we tackle this big task at Casa Vanden Eynden. When we’re finished, I may or may not have the strength (or the patience) to report on the job. This also means that correspondence sent to me this week, either via email or the blog, may languish for a bit, so please be patient. I’ll most likely be in the bathroom, trying to scrub paint out of my hair.

Wish us luck!

Spring Stuff

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, but I’ve been trying to plan new events and get everything together as my kids go on spring break. There is painting to be done in our household, which will take up some of our vacation days, and my husband’s birthday is actually on Easter this year, which means we’ll be entertaining his family. So much to do, so little time–even with the Wheel of the Year turning, some things remain constant!

I did want to take a moment, though, to re-connect with you folks in cyberspace, and to let you know about some upcoming events that I’ll be doing. Here’s the low-down:

I’ll be appearing (and disappearing, ha ha) at the Victory of Light Expo on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, Ohio. On Saturday at noon, I’ll present Ask A Medium, a talk based on my new book of the same name. The presentation will also include Spirit messages for the audience members. I will also be doing a limited number of personal readings for clients at my booth on the lower level of the convention hall, and I will sell copies of all of my books as well as sign for those who would like an autograph. Be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sign up for a reading–the spots usually go fast! For more information about the festival, times, admission fees, and the like, please visit the expo’s website.

Along with my office partner Joanne Franchina of Inner Compass, I am thrilled to welcome one of my favorite teachers, Sharon Anne Klingler, to the Cincinnati area. Sharon will present a weekend of events and workshops sure to please everyone interested in mediumship and their own personal path to spiritual fulfillment. Read on for a full description of Sharon’s events:

A WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS with Sharon Anne Klingler

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SHARON ANNE KLINGLER is an internationally known author and medium. Her books include Intuition & Beyond, The Secrets of Success with Sandra Taylor, Travel Into Your Past Lives, Drawing on Your Intuition, Divine Connections, Life with Spirit, and her acclaimed program, Speaking to Spirit, a home-study seminar for intuitive development and spirit communication. She has been featured in many newspapers and magazines and on major television and radio outlets in Australia, Canada, England, and the U.S. Sharon maintains a private practice in mediumship and other metaphysical disciplines with high profile clients around the world. She lectures throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. www.sharonklingler.com.
Register for all three workshops by April 16 for only $160, a savings of $20!

MESSAGES FROM BEYOND with Sharon Anne Klingler

Make the spirit connection! Let your guides and loved ones in spirit bring you their insights through Sharon’s dynamic clairvoyance and guided imagery exercises. You will feel the presence of spirit as Sharon shares their messages for many audience members. She will also lead you through exciting processes that help you to connect with your spirit loved ones and guides yourself.

Friday, April 23, 7 – 9 pm.
$25; Early registrations (by April 16) $20.
Sharon Anne Klingler, guest instructor.

INITIATION & THE ASCENDED MASTERS: REVELATIONS IN POWER with Sharon Anne Klingler

This workshop is more than a peek into the mystical powers and histories that lay hidden from the average person; it is a precise training in their application and use. The Seven Rays are the fuel that drives each activity. Learn how to apply these powerful forces to your own initiation. This workshop covers:

The Seven Rays & the Ascended Masters

Synchronicity of ray power in occupational, spiritual & personal directives.
Balancing polarized ray forces & utilizing energy phases.
Learning from the mystic Masters: ancient exercises in energy, prophecy & healing
Your Initiation & Discipleship

Forces of initiation: a spiritual tsunami.
Energy discernment: influence & confluence of power.
Levels of initiation: revelation into body, mind & mystery.
Advancement to power: Your work on the higher & lower ground
Saturday, April 24, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (includes a break for lunch).
$95; Early registrations (by April 16) $90.
Sharon Anne Klingler, guest instructor.

YOUR PATH OF SERVICE: YOUR PAST & FUTURE WITH THE MASTERS with Sharon Anne Klingler

Learn about the past and future in your evolution. Find out about the rites of initiation; discover your past lives in the ancient mystery schools; and map out where you’re headed next in your work with the Masters. (For special processes, please bring any gemstones or pieces of jewelry that may have significance for you). This workshop includes:

Investigating Your Ancient Histories & Present Powers

Past-life regression to the secret societies.
Freemason & mystical initiation practices.
Living a mystic’s life in a modern world.
Your Future in the Plan

Rites of initiation (and their physical & spiritual influences).
Triplicities of power in mystical & practical use.
Daily techniques for increasing your magnitude of power.
Global initiation: your future work with the Masters.
Sunday, April 25, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
$60; Early registrations (by April 16) $55.
Sharon Anne Klingler, guest instructor.

To register for any of Sharon’s events (and you DON’T want to miss any of them, believe me!), you can visit my website to download forms.

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I am very excited about my upcoming TAROT INTENSIVE WEEKEND Workshop, scheduled for Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2010. To register for this event, please visit my website, but read on to see all of the cool stuff we’ll be doing:

Ancient and mysterious, Tarot cards have fascinated humanity for centuries. The Tarot can be used as a divination tool, a meditation focal point, a sounding board for ideas, and a source of great inspiration. Whether you are a beginning reader or a seasoned Tarot professional, this intense weekend devoted to Tarot study and work will bring you deeper meanings for yourself and your interaction with this wise and venerable tradition.

Friday evening will include the following:

➢ Tarot overview and a brief history, including the Major and Minor Arcanas, the suits and their meanings, numerology and symbolism in Tarot, and how to care for your deck. A special Tarot connection experience will be conducted.

Saturday will include the following:

➢ Handling and shuffling the Tarot
➢ Spreads versus throws: what’s the difference and when to use what
➢ Exploring interactions between the cards
➢ Telling a story with Tarot
➢ Timing in Tarot
➢ Finding key ideas in spreads and throws
➢ Divination with Tarot
➢ Meditation exercises with key Tarot cards to enhance the student’s spiritual connection to the Divine and the oracle

Sunday will include the following:

➢ Tapping your intuition using Tarot
➢ Court cards in Tarot: who are these people?
➢ Reversed cards
➢ Card combinations
➢ Sample spreads to use for specific types of questions
➢ How to design your own Tarot spreads
➢ Using different decks to deepen and enhance readings

And much, much more!

This weekend experience will include many interactive experiences with the Tarot, and students will be expected to conduct readings using the cards for themselves and for others. All students will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the weekend.

Required: A standard 78-card Tarot deck. The Rider-Waite deck is preferred, but any is acceptable. Bring as many decks as you like, but you must have at least one to work with in class.

DATE: Friday, May 14 — Sunday, May 16, 2010
TIME: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (one hour lunch break)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (one hour lunch break)
PRICE: $165 if registered by April 25, 2010
$195 after April 25, 2010 or at the door

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And, to enhance the Tarot workshop, I’ll facilitate a new TAROT WISDOM CIRCLE beginning Wednesday, June 9, 2010. In this fun, informal setting, we’ll explore lots of different ways to use and read Tarot. The circle will be open to anyone at any skill level, and you can participate in as many meetings of the Circle that you like. Sessions will cost $12 per night, or you can buy 5 sessions for only $50. We’ll meet for 10 Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer at my office in Blue Ash. I think this will be an exciting, experiential way for us all to deepen our connection to Tarot, that inspiring and fascinating tool!

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As you can see, I’ve got lots of interesting things planned as we move forward into spring. I hope you’ll be able to join me for some of these events.

And I’ll see you again soon here on the blog!

May your Easter/Ostara basket overflow with blessings!

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