Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve, thoughts and my wish to you.

As I look back on 2013 I feel a lot of gratitude for some tremendous support, both personally and professionally and also some great appreciation for some learning amid challenging conditions.

A very big part of my transitions over the last two years has had to do with my mother needing a different level of care. In 2011 we moved her into senior's housing in the West End. This was a big part of what led me to presently be reading predominantly through Elemental Book and Curiosity Shop (since 2012). My mother can pretty much look out her window and see where I am. I also chose to move my residence nearby. It was a nifty coincidence that a client of mine was caretaking the block that I now live in and had said if I was ever looking for a place to let her know.

As I look back too I see that difficult as it was to leave a very familiar and settled association at Blackletter Books in the North End, it was time. Jan the bookstore owner had been talking about closing for a while (he's doing well, we are still in touch). Simultaneously my friend Dominique (the owner of Elemental) had transitioned to this location a year or so before and I would sometimes stop in amidst visits to my mom. It all just sort of decided itself it seems.

I am extremely fortunate to have so much support from family, friends, colleagues and patrons. My work allows me to learn from the experiences of those I read for and to bring my personal experiences into understanding what I receive intuitively and back to the work. A few years ago when I went back into my education and then worked (as a little side job) as a teaching assistant. It gave me a much better understanding of the challenges of adult learners. Working with friends who were dying has helped me to understand those dealing with loss as well as the professionals and care-givers who carry out that work. Now in this stage of working with my mom I find I am all the more attuned to people working with elder needs. There's also been the authors and online resources and supports that I have benefitted from. I continue to devour just about anything written by Pema Chodron and I have made some new friends who work with more structured meditation / mindfulness. It feels invigorating to be learning on so many new levels.

This last year I actually took a little time off, my brother kidnapped me and took me to his cottage twice and I plan on having a healthy balance for 2014. I don't make resolutions but I am seeing directions. I'm at a point where I don't take my health for granted so much and I'm starting back to the gym. It's also nice to be in the West End / Wolesely area. There's so much resource around. I benefitted from acupuncture at Straight To The Point on Sherbrook, found some great new hangouts and have made some wonderful friends and re-connected with others. I find there is a great diversity of spiritual and mindful groups and resources nearby. Working within Elemental there's a treasure trove of information, knowledge and inspiring tools (see the "Pictorial Tour" page link at the top of this page) and in the area it's sweet to be within walking distance to Prairie Sky and The Neighborhood Bookstore and Coffee Shop as well as some great eateries.

Another area of gratitude is in the field of my work itself. I see some wonderful new resources that fellow psychic / intuitive practitioners are offering in the city. The field of intuitive work has come into a greater place of being a resource that, more than ever, is offered professionally and respected, we all have our own niches. I'm proud to be a  part of a diverse community, It's all so good to see. In my own case, I am truly blessed and given all I need.

It's not all easy but one thing my work has taught me is that however challenging our experiences, if we are willing they can be tools for understanding. If we are compassionate we can see where that experience can be useful to others and often (although we might have trouble seeing it momentarily) the universe does meet us halfway.

To you dear reader, I want to say thank you. Your interest and support has been a motivation, allowing me to articulate and share. I wish all of you out there the very very best for a happy, healthy and constructive New Year.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Mindfulness

In keeping with the spirit of the season I have decided to donate $5.00 from every reading from today (the 18th) through to and including Saturday the 21st of December to Winnipeg Harvest, a local food bank.

I do have some appointment availability in the next few days but it's been my experience that at this time of year that can change abruptly pending other commitments. Call ahead at (204)504-9575 to ensure a time that is right for you and remember you can call this number to book your reading even when the location I read through is closed. We usually either answer or return your call if you leave a message within reasonable hours.
Here's the Holiday Schedule:


  • Thursday the 19th to Saturday the 21st Trevor reading with part proceeds to Harvest
  • Sunday the 22nd Trevor off but Elemental open for last minute holiday shopping.  
  • Monday the 23 through the 26th Elemental Closed
  • Friday the 27th  to Sunday the 29th Trevor will be reading
  • Monday the 30th through January 1st closed 
  • January 2nd usual schedule resumes.

Wishing everyone joy, warmth, well-being and abundance for a very happy new year!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"When bad things happen watch for the helpers..."

Mr. Rogers said that. I have enormous respect for Mr. Rogers. He was referring to something his mother taught him when he was a child. "When bad things happen watch for the helpers..". The people that step up anyhow and do what they can or just stay close. I am reminded of that right now.
We had a bad thing happen at work. The location I presently predominantly Read through "Elemental Book And Curiosity Shop" had some senseless vandalism on the weekend, overnight before a big event, the first annual "Yule Fair". This is the second time in two years that this has happened but unfortunately I experienced it a few times before at previous locations. This is why we had the odd metal caging at  my previous location Blackletter Books. These things can be random, but for any practitioner outside the mainstream we know what it is to sometimes have to encounter ignorance, fear, prejudice and sometimes just plain bad behavior that's looking for something to target. It's challenging but we learn to meet this with courage and compassion. You don't let fear or bullies win.

I think Dominique's words summarize some things best so I will share her picture and what she wrote. that goes with it. But I also want to share that the event went on anyway that day, it was a great success and was very well attended. It's the kind of heart and soul that's going to go on anyway as long and strong as we can and there's helpers, watch for the helpers. To everyone that attended yesterday thank you, to the vendors and especially to Dominique and Jessica. You all inspire and embody the good spirit of community that it really IS all about.

Here's what Dominique shared: "


Yesterday was a fairly traumatic, hectic and sad day. The shop vandalised hours before a large event. Having to deal with police and boarding up windows while still maintaining a bright smile and a chipper attitude. Draining. So draining in... fact that I slept until 2pm this afternoon.

A day later I'm still sad. I'm sad for this person who turned my life upside down, who cost me time, money, security, and sleep. I'm sad for this person who is so afraid of the world, the power of knowledge, and self awareness that they lash out in violent ways in order to squelch that inner voice of hatred and self loathing. I'm sad that this person may never know how wonderful and beautiful they are if they just set aside all that fear and hate and just loved themselves a little more. Behaviour like this always stems from fear. Fear of not being enough, of being worthless, of not being loved, and a fear of being forgotten.

This nameless, faceless person will now have a place forever in infamy through an act of senseless anger. I feel sad for them. I feel sad that the only way they know how to make a change in the world is to destroy a piece of it.

I feel sad because no matter how many times someone tries to knock me down, I always get back up and fight for me. I know who I am, I know what I'm worth, and I know that I am loved. I make a choice everyday to be the person who I am. It's never easy but, it is always a choice. I choose to make change through creation. Creation of self, of relationships, and of love. For this, I will not be forgotten.

Dearest vandel, my heart bursts for you. I wish for you a life of self awareness and love. I wish for you a life of knowing your worth and living a life of valuable creation. You hurt me. You hurt my business and my family. I forgive you. I forgive you because I know that the hurt you have caused can in no way compare to the hurt you must feel everyday to express yourself in such a destructive way. You cry out through violence and I hear you. It makes me sad, but I hear you. Be well my friend. Be happy.

As always, I am a fighter. I'm back on me feet, shaking off the glass and ready to face whatever the universe throws at me. I come back stronger with every setback and challenge. I know who I am and what I'm worth. I know I am loved and I know that I am living a meaningful life. I am, as always, happy."
Dominique

Elemental Book and Curiosity Shop



She really is quite a wonderfully magical friend to know..







 

Monday, December 2, 2013

News from a good friend to Winnipeg's Spiritual/New Age & Holistic Communities!


I'm delighted to share that Anna Olson stopped by recently to catch up and share the news of her new book!
 
I have long enjoyed Anna's writing; both her poetry as well as her extensive work in community around (among other things) The Aquarian Newspaper - as a co-founder, former editor and continuing contributor. 
 
Her latest effort is full of hope inspiration, heart and spirit. Here is the information I am happy to pass along:

Exploring the Mysteries of Life and Death by Anna Olson

Past Life Memories * Visions * Near Death Experience * Ghosts * Communication with Deceased Loved Ones * Near Death Awareness (and more)

Here are some of the controversial questions this book approaches:
  • You or a loved one has had a near death experience. How do you cope with it?
  • A loved one saw a vision shortly before death. Do you understand why?
  • Do you believe in reincarnation?
  • Has the spirit of a loved one communicated with you after his or her death?
  •  How are ghosts created, and how can they be helped?
Join Anna Olson as she touches on these and many more subjects in Exploring the Mysteries of Life and Death. She presents possible answers and explanations that may intrigue, amuse or annoy you – or make you question your previous beliefs.

Anna has been interested in metaphysics, the world of the unseen, for close to 30 years. She has learned through personal mystical experience, reading books, and listening to others’ stories.
She also loves to write, having written and edited professionally for over 20 years. Anna’s first book was a chapbook called Writing My Way to Recovery: A Tribute to Jennifer Lindy Olson. Jenny died at 2½ years of age, leaving Anna to recover as best she could – and writing definitely helped. Two of those stories are in Exploring the Mysteries of Life and Death.

(The book is available at Prairie Sky Books, 871 Westminster Ave. or through Anna,  (204)779-4198 or annols@mts.net.)