Your Daily I Ching Hexagram for Sept. 1 is 33:Retiring

Your Daily I Ching Hexagram

September 1, 2015








Take personal time alone to assess your progress and goals. Evaluate your friends and cut off any deadwood that may exist.

Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Abandon unsatisfying relationships.

Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Move down your path without looking back.

Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not let other’s need for counsel exhaust you.

Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Pull back from failing relationships. Act decisively. Doubt is your enemy.

Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not associate with persons with whom you dislike. This will bring you peace.

Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Leave bad relationships. Your courage to move on will be rewarded.

The Scrying Reading

 The Scrying Reading

Pick a place and a time in which you will not be disturbed for a while. Remove anything that is distracting or disturbing. You may want to cover the table with a cloth that is pleasing but not distracting. Use common sense about music, lighting and incense. Set the tool on the table. Cast a circle of protection around you and the table. If the scrying is for another person, they may or may not be there when the circle is cast. The circle can be conjured as a circle of protection and with the stipulation that certain people will be allowed in without breaking it, or the conjuration may be done mentally. If this is the case, the circle can be done while centering and grounding.

When all is ready, unwrap or uncover the scrying instrument and place your hands over it and say: “May the Gods be present here to aid me in this reading. So mote it be.” This may be said aloud or silently within.

Look at the tool as you did in the candle exercise. Allow yourself to drift into it. Allow the darkness to surround you, to blot out the “material world”. Allow yourself to see only inside the tool, deeper and deeper inside. Keep in mind the person wanting the reading whether it is yourself or someone else. When you have gone deep inside, allow a point to move toward you and to grow. Or maybe you see a cloudy area that begins to thin out. Allow it to turn into a picture, a scene, a feeling, a smell, or whatever presents itself. Allow it to flow. You may describe aloud what you are seeing or feeling, but you must be careful to realize that you are seeing impressions and symbols that may have many meanings. This is where the control within the surrender takes place. You must differentiate between imagination, personal remembrances, unknown visions of the past, visions of the known present, visions of the unknown present, and visions of the future events.

Watch the scene unfold and describe what you see. If there is another person present, have them take notes or use a tape recorder.

When the scene has exhausted itself or when you become too tired to continue, sit back and take a deep breath. Allow the present to return. When you are comfortable, open your eyes. Place your hands again on the scrying tool and either silently or aloud, thank the Gods for their help, and speed them well on their way. Cover or wrap the tool.

Take up the circle, either physically or mentally. Mare sure to have some refreshment available.

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Dream Journey To Manifest Your Desires

 Dream Journey To Manifest Your Desires

Use this journey to help you manifest an important personal goal.

Just before you go to sleep, lay back skyclad and get as comfortable as you can. Shift your body slightly to get even more comfortable. Take a few deep breaths to center your awareness. Now, imagine you are a star of white light in the night sky. Merge into the starlight and become the head and limbs of a five-pointed star. Transform into a luminous star body and a disk of brillant light. Direct your starlight toward one person goal. Use your intention and breath to focus your awareness completely on that goal. Allow your feeling and energy to move your goal to its desired outcome. Move into the future for a moment and actually imagine successfully manifesting the results you desire. Merge with that desired outcome as deeply as you can for at least fifteen minutes. When you are done, drift to sleep.

The Daily OM for Nov. 21st – Permission to Simply Be

Permission to Simply Be
Working through Transitions

by Madisyn Taylor

During the pause between achievements, many people begin to question what their life is about.

The elation we feel when we have learned an important lesson, achieved a goal, or had a big breakthrough can sometimes be met with a period of downtime afterward. During this period of transition, we may feel unsure and not know where to turn next. Many people, during the pause

between achievements, begin to wonder what their life is about. These feelings are common and strike everyone from time to time. Human beings are active creatures—we feel best when we are working on a project or vigorously pursuing a goal. But there is nothing inherently wrong with spending a day, a week, or even a month simply existing and not having a plan. Just be. It won’t be long before you embark upon your next voyage of growth and discovery.

The quiet lull into we which we fall between ideas, projects, and goals can make life seem empty. After accomplishing one objective, you may want to move immediately on to the next. However, when your next step is unclear, you may feel frustrated, disconnected, or even a mild depression. You may even perceive your lack of forward momentum as an indicator of imminent stagnation. To calm these distressing thoughts, try to accept that if your intent is personal growth, you will continue to grow as an individual whether striving for a specific objective or not. Spending time immersed in life’s rigors and pleasures can be a cathartic experience that gives you the time you need to think about what you have recently gone through and leisurely contemplate what you wish to do next. You may also find that in simply being and going through the motions of everyday life, you reconnect with your priorities in a very organic, unforced way.

The mindful transitional pause can take many forms. For some, it can be a period of reflection that helps them understand how their life has unfolded. For others, it can be a period of adjustment, where new values based on recent changes are integrated into daily life. Just because you’re not headed swiftly to a final destination doesn’t mean you should assume that you have lost your drive. The stage between journeys can become a wonderful period of relaxation that prepares you for the path that will soon be revealed to you.

The Daily OM

Daily Motivator for Nov. 8th – Highest vision

Highest vision

Look up from what you’re doing and look around for a minute. See what a  beautiful world you’re in.

Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on the positive  possibilities. Consider how very much you are able to do.

Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and anxieties. Remind  yourself of all your many blessings.

The direction of your focus is the direction your life will move. Let  yourself move toward what is good, valuable, strong and true.

The things that fill your awareness are the things that will fill your life  and your world. So expand your awareness beyond your own concerns and toward the  best of what can be.

Look up and look confidently toward the highest vision you can imagine. The  moment you do, you’re on your way there.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Daily Motivator for November 1st – Get life going your way

Get life going your way

Don’t wait for life to go your way. Get your own thoughts and actions going  your way and the other things in life will reliably follow along.

Step forward and take a positive, active role in creating your own future.  Instead of worrying about what might or might not happen, work to make what does  happen the best you can imagine.

With every moment and every choice, you have an influence on the way your  life unfolds. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, find ways to utilize  each circumstance for meaningful, positive purposes.

Though you cannot control every influence in your life, you absolutely can  control what you make of those various influences. Make the choice, again and  again, to make the best of them.

Take what comes, whatever it may be, with gratitude and positive  expectations. Do what you must to make something good out of it.

There is always a way forward, so take it. There is always something useful,  valuable and positive you can do, so do it, and get life going your way.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

6 Ways to Make Resolutions that Stick

6 Ways to Make Resolutions that Stick


January is a complicated month. At first blush, it’s like new love. There’s  that wonderful, wind-beneath-your-wings feeling, that promise of a fresh start,  a whole new you, an open door to the possibility that everything will be  different (perfect) this time. But faster than you can say, “I’m going to renew  my gym membership and go every single day!” along comes the other side of  January: the bully.

This is the part that shows you the failure, the anticipated crash, the thud,  the utter disappointment with yourself as all those good intentions that got  your engines started in the first place run out of steam in unglorious and  predictable ways. It’s the part that says, make a resolution; I dare you.

Fortunately, January is not the problem. It’s us. Well, our perfectionism, to  be specific. Our all-or-none thinking frames our life so that if we’re not  succeeding every second, we’re failing. Nobody wants that. But nobody can be  that “perfect” person either. Many of us decide that because we break most of  our resolutions, we will take the hall pass this year and skip any resolution  making at all.

But let’s be clear about what we are missing when we don’t set goals. We  aren’t preventing ourselves from failing. We’re keeping ourselves from  growing.

Setting goals raises us up from our ground level vantage point and gives us  access to a privileged view of ourselves. Rather than being a passive  participant reacting to life on autopilot, by setting goals we can imagine  different paths, question if where we are headed is where we want to go, and in  general take charge of our lives. This may be big questions about the direction  we’re taking or, on a smaller scale, fine-tuning the details, or looking for  more balance, fulfillment and health in daily life.

So, set some goals, take the opportunity to run your life instead of having  your life run you. But to stay in the game and on your feet, don’t let  perfectionism be your referee. You call the shots. Aim for sustainable change,  not perfection. Lasting change takes time, and you are worth the investment.  Your goals and aspirations are worth your persistence. Perfectionism doesn’t  understand this, but you can.

Here are six ideas to give your resolutions more staying power.

1. No job is too small.

Lofty are we when making New Years’ resolutions — the bigger, the better. We  want the big-splash resolutions, but those life-altering plans are often  impossibly impractical, at least in one go. Think smaller. Do you want to have  one more meal each week with your family? Do you want to have a  gratitude-sharing with your family each week? Do you want to apologize faster,  be more kind to strangers — or people you know? We don’t need the goals that  would make our lives discontinuous or unrecognizable to our current selves — we  want the actions that will make our lives better.

2. Work with your natural laziness: Set up your supplies in  advance.

Failure and procrastination happen most often when the supplies we need to  get the job done require us to actually stand up and do something (think about  how we’ll suffer through a bad movie because the remote is across the room).  Improve your chances of success by making things easier on yourself: Get your  supplies ready in advance (e.g., grab the remote before you sit down). Prevent  that last-minute avoidance/apathy phenomenon from getting in your way. Want to  start going to the gym in the next couple of weeks? Get your bag together and  put it in your car. Want to start bringing lunch to work? Make it the night  before. Want to save money each month? Set up auto-withdrawal.

3. Think short-term.

Why don’t you plan your menus for the next 12 months? Or your outfits? So why  are we planning our other goals for such a big chunk of time and then get upset  when we can’t sustain it? Try to make a goal for each month, rather than for the  year. This way you can make modifications in response to how you’re actually  performing on the goal.

4. Give it time.

It takes a good three weeks to establish a new habit or  pattern. That’s what researchers tell us. So, especially in the early weeks of a  goal, expect that your adherence will experience some ups and downs. Hang in.  Habit strength awaits you on the other side of that first launching phase. Build  in room for slips, hiccups, and setbacks. If you expect that this is part of the  process, you won’t misinterpret your slip ups and invent reasons to give up.  You’ll think instead: Right, Momma said there’d be days like this; and try again  tomorrow.

5. Think community.

Me, me, me, me. We all get sick of the focus on ourselves —  our appearance, our eating habits, our weight. All good things, but expanding  the focus beyond ourselves is likely to garner a much more appreciative audience  than we can be for ourselves. Community may mean volunteering your time, but it  also may be something that requires no planning — being patient and kind in your  interactions at work, challenging yourself to see the best in others, doing  something each week “just because.” Imagine if we all resolved to do this at the  same time.

6. Raise the barn, together.

We are isolated in our desire to change ourselves. And when we fail,  resolutions tend to be a source of private humiliation. Hey if we’re all in the  same boat, let’s support each other in staying afloat. You can find a gym buddy  or a job-hunting buddy if someone is going through similar challenges, but you  don’t have to be working toward the same goal. Find a buddy who you’ll write to  each week to update on your progress, and they’ll do the same. This will also be  the person who will give you the pep talk when you slip up and say no big deal,  keep going. (We all need that person).

One last thought. This year, as you approach the question of resolutions,  rather than feeling like you’re starting from scratch and that you’re nothing  without those changes, see that the better you that you’re looking for is  already there. Make the bold move to see resolutions not so much as ways to  overhaul your life, but rather as opportunities to free yourself up to locate  the best version of who you already are. Cheers to overcoming the obstacles that  get in the way of seeing and being that best self. Happy New Year, all!

©Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. 2012 A version of this was previously published on  Huffington Post