Welcome to Mindful Monday. Each week I look at new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming more mindful about my life journey. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I try to live in the present.
Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
By now, many of my readers know the story of the swamp fairy, who revealed herself to me on a morning walk I took a few years ago. I feature the fairy in my debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy.
What this experience did for me was to ignite my imagination, yet even more, it allowed me to embrace the vibrations of the fairy nymphs. I feel their messages come through to me in dreams. The messages I have received center on a theme of ecology and conservation. An empathic writer, I then take those words of wisdom and weave them into a story with the intent of sharing the concerns of the fairy nymphs with my readers.
I’m sure to some, my writing methods are odd. Although, everyone has a journey and a purpose they must find and attain. In my mindful journey where I am learning to be kind to myself, I have opened myself up to the possibilities of healing myself in many new and different ways.
Last week, I shared with you an introduction to the chakras and healing gems. These ancient healing methods are a way that we empaths can deal with the flow of negative and positive energy that overwhelms us. Learning to protect your empathic self is an important aspect of healing.
I asked my friend, and Scottish author, Adele Park, to write about her self-healing practice using Tarot cards. I have been especially interested in the use of “Fairy Tarot cards,” and did a little research so I would know more about the subject.
I visited TheCircle.com to see what a fairy card reading should accomplish:
“THE HEALING ENERGY OF THE FAIRIES
Having a Fairy Card Reading connects you directly to the fairies. Their energy is limitless, and they thrive on helping people.
The cards in the deck have simple but highly guided answers, making sure that you understand your reading, the choices that you have and that you have insight to your future. They want you to be clear about your reading and about the messages they are sending you.
This energy flow between you is opened up during the reading, invoking the fairies to assist you and therefore giving a kind of permission for their healing to be sent from the elemental world.
Fairies are like humans and reside on the earth, unlike angels, they do not automatically love everyone and have compassion. They particularly favour people who love and care for the environment and animals.
As myths would suggest, they can be mischievous but only apparently by playing small tricks on people, like hiding things. This only really happens if they are disapproving of your actions towards the environment or animals.”
Many thanks to Adele for sharing the procedures she uses after opening herself up to the vibrations of the fairies. ❤
The Tarot Cards
By Adele Marie Park
Hello, everyone. Colleen has kindly asked me to write a post about the Tarot Cards and how I interact with them.
I have been reading the cards since I was sixteen and before that, I did the runes.
My Mum bought me my first pack of cards from a gift shop in Dublin. They were the most popular card deck of that time. The Ryder Waite deck.
I worked with these for around three years by which time I felt comfortable with them. I did not refer to the booklet for meanings as this can stilt the reading. Instead, I practised doing readings for friends and family, concentrating on the images.
I also used an old method with a pack of playing cards. The cards remain in a pack and they are face down, so you don’t see the card. I started with guessing which colour the next card would be and the next. This really helps with training your natural psychic abilities.
I worked for a short time in a new age shop doing tarot card readings but sadly the business folded.
I also had clients come to the house for readings, but I wasn’t too keen on that as their energy wasn’t too good sometimes and I didn’t want that in my home.
The two packs of cards I use at the moment are both faery cards. One is Brian Froud.
The other one is Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Barbara Moore and Julie Jeffrey
I have always felt that the energy of faery surrounds me, but it might be different for other people. Whatever you choose you must be drawn to it. Spend a few minutes looking at the image, you will know when the tarot deck is the correct one for you.
Now comes the practical advice bit.
With any psychic work, you are opening yourself up in order to receive messages or to be a vessel for healing. After the work is done, you MUST close down. I will share with you how I close down, but again it is a personal choice as long as it is practised and done every time you open up.
I use my chakras to “close down” as I believe that when we open up so do they.
In my mind, I see them closing, starting from the crown chakra, almost like a pair of curtains closing so no light can be seen coming through them. I do this all the way down until the base or root chakra. When I draw the curtains, I always leave a chink of red showing as you are not advised to close this chakra down completely.
Then I put on a thick black coat which covers me completely, still in my mind. The last part is a very important part:
I see roots going down into the earth from the soles of my feet, going as deep as they can. Then, I move my feet so I can feel that I am grounded deep in the earth.
Please believe me when I say that “closing down” and protecting yourself after any psychic work is imperative. The spirit world is one of many such worlds that exist, and there are nasty things that will cling to you if you don’t shut yourself down.
I thank Colleen for having me over today to talk about the tarot cards. I do hope you enjoyed this little post and if you have any questions, any at all, please feel free to ask in comments.
Author, Adele Marie Park
Here are further resources to help you learn how to protect yourself as an empath:
How to Protect Yourself as an Empath This site teaches you how to shield yourself, so your emotions don’t overtake you.
So, I’m an Empath – What Now? “The best and greatest form of protection for any Empath (both newly awakened and finely tuned) is to create a strong, healthy body and a still, peaceful mind (trying to remove that monkey chatter, that is a constant in an empaths mind when first awakened).”
Empathy: Know It and Control It “Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether the feelings you are picking are yours or someone else’s energy. Empathy is one of the most difficult abilities to control. If you don’t know how to control this ability you become depleted of energy and your immune system will become weakened, and eventually, you’ll become ill. You need to get acquainted with your abilities, honor and acknowledge them.”
Here’s who joined us last week when we discussed Change and Renewal:
Annette, From her blog, Annette Rochelle Aben
Suzanne, from her blog, Intuitive Reasoning
If you would like to join me with your mindful goals, please do. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can get in touch with your own mindfulness needs and how it pertains to your life. Write about it. We all learn from each other’s experiences.
If you’d like, you can link to my post with a ping-back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of Mindful Monday supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday post. I’m happy to have you along for the ride!
Namaste. I wish you much peace and joy this week.
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