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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Williams! She is the bubbly, energetic, and totally awesome Psychic Medium that some of you may know from the show, Life Among the Dead! I remember watching Lisa in action and being completely moved by her messages, and most importantly, her approach to working with Spirit!
I hope you find this interview as insightful as I have! Let’s give a big thank you to Lisa for giving us a bit of her time!
Shaheen: There seems to be a lot of crazy, intense, and amazing energy in the atmosphere right now. People are “waking up” and asking questions about spirituality, etc. Can you talk about the spiritual awakening/revolution that is happening in the World?
Lisa: I think what has happened over the last 20 years or so, is that we have become more open to the world of spirituality and we are no longer associating it with religion. Religion and spirituality can and often do go hand in hand but not all the time, it certainly depends on the person.
The media in general have opened up to the connection with have with energy, spirits and healing. There have been some incredible results and circumstances that, while we cannot show how it happens there is no denying that it’s happened.
With the support of media in every context, it’s given everyone ‘permission’ to own their spirituality and purpose, and we are no longer afraid to speak about what we believe in which has increased the awareness or awakening in the world.
Shaheen: With this shift it seems like people are in a different headspace. What kind of questions are people asking during their readings now, vs. 5 or 10 years ago?
Lisa: Ironically it’s still the same. When am I getting married, will I meet true love, are my loved ones ok? However I have noticed the increase of questions about their life purpose. I find that more and more people want to know about their spiritual gifts and how to develop them. I love getting these questions because it just shows the ripple effect, that one person can change and then they influence someone else and in continues. It’s quite amazing when you sit back and watch it.
Shaheen: It seems like children are more and more aware than ever. What do you have to say about psychic kids? Any advice?
Lisa: Yes I believe that they are. I do believe that more and more children are being born into the world where they are gifted healers and communicators with the other side. However it also goes back to people being a little more open. I know when I was a child I was told to shut up about it and not to say a thing, and now parents and their friends openly have discussions about this in their home so it’s now a ‘safe space’ to kids to be open about it. Of course we are always going to encounter the skeptics and that’s ok, it keeps everything interesting.
When kids open up to their parents about what they are hearing, seeing and feeling, it’s important for the parents to remain open and not to have a moment of panic. The slightest hesitation in a parent’s voice, or slightest negative body movement, a child will pick up on it, and it was cause the child to either panic or shut down, so if we can remain open that is the most important thing and to give the kids a place to talk about what is happening. The other vital thing is to let the kids know that this is ‘normal’ for them to have these things happen and other people have it too.
Shaheen: Do you have any advice for people who are having extreme psychic experiences, or who just want to develop their intuitive abilities?
Lisa: First… ENJOY. It’s very normal for this to happen especially as we are now more and more open to spirituality. I would suggest the first thing to trust what you get and not to question it. When we start to question the information that we get, we use our head and logic and this isn’t going to help us when it comes to working with our intuition. Believe in yourself and know that you have the ability, and then meditate. Meditation will help you focus the mind and allow the random ‘thoughts’ of intuitive guidance come in. That is the best thing when these moments happen you just have to trust! Even I have a few moments where I question or need validation, so it’s only natural to doubt especially when it’s something that you really want to know about.
Shaheen: Any last thoughts, messages, or ideas you want to share?
Lisa: I think it’s important that we trust our intuition and remain authentic. This is going to allow you to stand in your power and believe in your gift.
Shaheen: Ooh… and before we go… are there any projects you are working on that we should keep an eye out for?
Lisa: I have just released my new Intuitive Soul Oracle Cards, which I am very excited about and I am looking at running new courses. I’m going to be launching a new website, radio show and other fun stuff so keep an eye out in April 2015!
About Lisa William’s Work
I have been working as a psychic Medium for many years, helping people connect from this world to the next, and also giving guidance and insight from the world of Spirit by connecting with your family members and Spirit Guides. I also have the ability to tap into your life contract to help you find your true calling and direction in life.
I love the work that I do.
I still give private readings but I also tour giving messages from Spirit and teaching Spiritual Development Classes throughout the world.
Recently through my teaching I launched my own network of gifted advisors through Soul Connections and my own development school – the Lisa Williams International School of Spiritual Development or LW-ISSD for short.
I’m very proud of the work that I do and I know that it brings a great deal of comfort and healing to those who are grieving.
Check out Lisa at: http://www.lisawilliams.com
Check out this wonderful article in which Theresa Reed aka. The Tarot Lady interviewed me about my views as a reader!!
Here is the link: http://www.thetarotlady.com/talkin-tarot-shaheen-miro/
This has been tucked away for awhile… so glad to finally get it out there! Wonderful conversation with Brigit. She is so insightful and down to earth. What a blessing to spend a bit of time chatting with her and getting to know more about her life and view on Tarot!
Visit her website to learn more about what she does and ALL about Tarot!!!
Under the Roses Lenormand is an amazing deck created by, created by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill. You can check out my review of the deck, here. Kendra was kind enough to let me ask a few questions about the deck, and her work. Check it out!
Shaheen: How did you discover Lenormand?
Kendra: I belong to a Tarot guild in the Metro Detroit area. One day, a day I will never forget, the book club host came in with a Lenormand deck. She laid out a Grand Tableau and it was love at first sight. I started looking for decks right away.
Shaheen: How did Under the Roses Lenormand begin?
Kendra: It actually began in the process of discovering the deck because when I looked for decks to work with I had the thought that I could create images I would want to work with. At the time, there weren’t the abundance there are now of Petit Lenormand decks. Several wonderful self-published decks are out there now but at the time I started with a gifted Piatnik and Melissa Hill’s self-published decks (the decks are still some of my favorites to this day). At that point I had formulated a couple of ideas for tarot decks and was actually writing one up. Ultimately, Lenormand won in the end though as I used it more and my fondness of it grew. Katrina Hill is my daughter and she is a graphic designer. I presented the concept of “Under the Roses” to her and she did a couple of concept images. We liked it so much that we created a schedule and started working on the images.
Shaheen: What challenges did you face in the creation?
Kendra: Seeing as it was our first deck, there were many. Initially, getting my imagination into her hands was the biggest hurdle. Eventually, we shared a common vision for the images and a work pattern that made us both happy. It was a balancing of both tradition and imagination the entire process. Because it is original art we wanted it to have a specific expression.
Shaheen: How would you describe the soul of the deck?
Kendra: The soul of the deck… Secrets.
Shaheen: Why did you decide to add keywords to your cards?
Kendra: The resurgence of Lenormand is bringing in a lot of beginners. I wanted the deck to be easily used by everyone. It was so taboo and, yet, I knew how much the novice would appreciate it. We knew it was likely we would issue an edition without them and we did. In the long run though, I know we did the right thing. Those decks were more in demand than the decks without the keywords. And while a few readers initially complained, we had an abundance of people that thanked us for doing just that. In the end, everyone was happy.
Shaheen: How has your vision of Lenormand changed since you created the deck?
Kendra: My vision has not changed much actually. I still read and share it in the same way. However, I have grown a much larger appreciation for the community of people who study and share it. My views are not always the same as others but the effort involved in bringing Lenormand back is a group effort and the people in the forefront have my respect.
Shaheen: I love the name of the deck can you tell us more about it?
Kendra: It suggests that you can find the secrets within and I felt that appropriate for card divination. To quote my own work… “Under the Roses” is a euphemism for buried secrets. The allusion comes from the Latin phrase “Sub Rosa” and dates back to classical Roman times when the rose became the symbol of confidentiality. The expression became well known in German literature eventually finding its way to English literature. Stories based around “Under the Rose” began showing up in the nineteen century and some of the later works were written about that time period.
Shaheen: You have announced that Under The Roses will be picked up by USG, So how does it feel to have your deck picked up by a major publisher?
Kendra: Amazing! The story of how they found us is neat. They actually discovered an old submission with four original concept images on it. Apparently, it had gotten lost in the crowd. They called asking to see more images, not knowing the deck was complete and self published. Once they saw the website things moved quickly.
And to be picked up by U.S. Games Systems, Inc? I still shake my head. They are my favorite publishing company. The artwork they put out is vibrant, the card stock is excellent, and as it turns out the people working there are wonderful. The deck is due out through them later this year.
Shaheen: You read both Tarot and Lenormand at the same time, why and how does this affect the reading?
Kendra: I don’t read them in the same spread, but side by side. They confirm each other and bring in a wealth of details. With the Lenormand so literal and the tarot so intuitive, I think it gives me two views of the same picture.
Shaheen: Where do you see divination and cartomancy going in the future?
Kendra: Cartomancy can and does truly touch lives. For me, the question is “How can we overcome the fear people have of card divination?” because, if the fear is overcome, the possibilities are endless. General public perceptions are changing (though many still see it as “bad”). It is quite possible that cartomancy could be used in professional atmospheres.
Shaheen: Is there anything about Lenormand that you find frustrating?
Kendra: Yes. I respect the traditional systems of Lenormand as much as others, however I see that new readers can’t jump in and pick a system when they don’t even know how to read the cards yet. It takes time to get to figure it out. And some never elect to use a particular system. I find no fault in that. People are diverse and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as they have selected keywords that work for them, the Lenormand will read accurately.
Shaheen: Does Under the Roses Lenormand address that issue?
Kendra: In a way. The keywords are selected from many of the main traditions used, plus many other words to challenge the way a person might look at the card. A traditionalist will likely find keywords they are accustomed to while a beginner will have a variety to choose from. This was intentional in creating the keywords. It actually took months to assemble so the issue could be addressed. Therefore, “Under the Roses Lenormand” does not follow one tradition but embodies them all.
Take a look at my new project… Kendra’s Vintage Petit Lenormand. http://kendrahurteau.wix.com/vintagepetitlen or find it on facebook. Thanks!
© Shaheen Miro 2013
Check out the review of, The Art of Intuition!
Shaheen: We are receiving conflicting messages. We are being told to be independent, self-reliant, and separated. Yet we want comfort from all the things happening in the world. Some people think they are being brave by disconnecting, but really they are cutting off source. But people are beginning to ask questions. They are wanting more. Spirituality is rising.
Sophy: I want to say one more thing about the fear, Shaheen. I think that fear is a part of the human condition, anxiety is a part of us and the way to conquer it, if I can use that term, is to not resist it, but to go very deeply into it. What does it feel like in my body? Go physically into the fear. And try to feel it more and more deeply. And the more you do that, the more it disappears.
That’s another aspect of how we are not taught to trust the language of our hearts. Here comes fear, it is a gift that is being given to us. What is it about? Can I look at this gift, or do I want to run away? Or do I want to get out my Glock pistol and shoot the fear dead. But if we can just face it, it vanishes. And it will tell us something very important if we allow it to. And that’s a little piece of what intuition does. Intuition tells us things that are really important.
Shaheen: So where do you feel like that comes from? How do you know what is a creative hit, what is imagination, what is intuition? Are they the same thing? Are they different things?
Sophy: Well, first let’s make some definitions. Creativity is the basic nature of the healthy person. And there are many, many forms of creativity. You could be building a garden or playing the piano or drawing a picture or writing a book or doing a flower arrangement or raising your children or cooking a wonderful meal. All of those things are aspects of creativity. And they come out of the central life force. And when we’re healthy, you cannot help but be creative. Now when you’re recovering from surgery, when you’re in chronic pain, number ten pain, you cannot be creative, because you don’t have the resources. And this is why I add this caveat of health. But even there someone like Proust, who was very, very ill most of his life, was intensively creative.
So now going to the other two things, imagination and intuition. I think they’re slightly different, and I’d be interested in what you think. I can go into daydreams and in my imagination I can have the most wonderful life. I can make things happen. I can have lovers adore me who actually in real life don’t. And I can have tons of money and spend it the way I want in my imagination. But it’s not the same as having an intuitive gut feeling, a hunch, the hair rising on my arm with information that is coming to me not through the senses necessarily, but through some mysterious heart. I keep going back to the idea that we know this with our spiritual eye or we know it with our emotional eye. We don’t know it with our logical and analytical mind. And so you see someone enter the door and you think, boy, I don’t want anything to do with him. This is not your imagination. This is information that has come to you.
And creativity uses both intuition and imagination. They’re wonderful gifts and all three of these qualities that you name, all three are enhanced and increased by meditation, by just sitting quietly and breathing. And allow a thought to rise up in your mind and fall away. If we first, before meditating, send out a request, ask for the solution to a problem, we will get it in the meditation. Just as if you ask for the solution, go to sleep on a problem, you say, and in the morning you’ll know the solution, because the subconscious mind knows everything. And it will present it to us. And many, many of the things that I write I find the solutions in…to the creative process, if I’m blocked, I find it more in meditation than by sleeping on it. Give it to the subconscious mind. Turn it over and walk away and let the divine center of my being bring it up out of the deep depths of this ocean of information. And it will present itself to me.
Shaheen: I’m fascinated by the concept of creativity being something that you do as a healthy human. It seems like intuition and imagination are the channels that bring creativity to life.
Sophy: I am so struck by the quotations in my chapter on creativity in The Art of Institution that I’m sure of even what page they’re on, but Mozart being quoted and Tchaikovsky and yes, it’s on page 59 of the hardcover of the book. And Tchaikovsky and then the playwright, Neil Simon, “I dip into a state, I don’t write consciously. It’s as if the muse sits on my shoulder.” And we all have this idea of being guided by something greater than ourselves. How did I ever write that? Or you look back at something that you wrote 20 years ago and you think, my God, I don’t even know that now, this is just amazing.
I loved what Mozart said about how, if he can’t sleep, or if he’s traveling in a carriage, his ideas start to flow abundantly. Where they come from, he has no idea and he can’t force them. “Nor do I hear in my imagination a part successively, but I hear them as it were all at once. What a delight this is I cannot tell.” I have often found that, for me, creativity is enhanced if I am rocking in a train or on an airplane and if I can give myself a pad of paper at that time I can write brilliantly, there’s something about the rocking motion that is very encouraging to the creativity. Anyway it’s something we all want. And when the muse goes away, it’s terrible. And sometimes, the muse goes away and then you’re left on your own.
Shaheen: That leads me to my next question, is there ever a time when you think that people should tap out of their creative channels or their imaginative channel or their intuition? Is there every a time when you almost should disconnect from that? And I know that there are experiences as someone who is very intuitive, who is very psychic, there are psychic experiences that people have, whether it be seeing things or picking up on too much.
Sophy: I don’t know about should. I can really only speak for myself and I find that I go through long periods sometimes of lying fallow in which nothing is engaging me. I do not want to be creative. I may at that time go and do other things. Things that I can’t do when I throw myself into writing a book and when I’m writing a book I don’t see my friends, you know, I’m completely absorbed in this creative project and not a good friend at all. And then there will come a period where I finish it and it’s like I’m woken up and I don’t want to be writing right then. I can’t just continue it that way, like Dumas, who, when he had finished writing The Three Musketeers, he drew a line midway across the page and he wrote The Count of Monte Cristo and continued writing on a new book. I can’t do that. I can’t do that. Now, he did have a whole host of researchers working for him and plotting and laying out the book so he knew what he was going to say next and he was writing on deadline and for money, and needed the money desperately for his addictive elements. So what I have discovered is in these periods when I’m lying fallow, I never know if I am lying fallow or if I will never write again. My kids…my kids tease me that I always say this, “Oh, I’m never going to write again.” “Oh, we’re heard that before, they say.” And in another few months, or in a year, there I am doing something again. But it always feels as if you never will.
You need to unplug. You need to go live. And get out of the state of readings and intuitives, of right-brained hemisphere; it’s too great…it’s too much for you. And then I start doing chess puzzles or writing or doing crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble and doing things that feed the left hemisphere, the logical, analytical part, because I’ve just gone too far along the other side.
And I think that’s helpful, I think that’s good. We’re supposed to use all of our gifts.
Shaheen: I think that’s a great point though, because some people go to one extreme or the other.
Sophy: And it’s all about balance, it’s all about balance. If you’re too intuitive, you’re going to start imagining things. And then…
Shaheen: That’s interesting. That’s a really great way to understand the difference between intuition and imagination.
Sophy: And yet, on the other hand, I’m not knocking intuition at all. Whether it comes with the external voice or whether it comes with the hair rising on your arm or your gut roiling or your heart beating faster, this is information that is being given to you. And it’s very meaningful; you have to pay attention to it. I know some people who are so unintuitive that they have to practice being intuitive. They are so smart; they are such Mensa scholar, scientific, mathematical types that they have almost no intuition. And they’re very hard to be around because they’re not sensing anything. They can come into a room and not have any idea the energy field. They’ll go out of a party and not have any idea that the host and hostess are having a quarrel at that moment and splitting up and you think, how could you not have picked up this information energetically. But they’re so closed, or narcissistic, that they can’t get it.
But it’s all balance. Because the other person who is so intuitive has trouble, the trouble with that is they can’t separate their feelings from the feelings that they’re picking up from other people. And therefore the boundaries become so merged and permeable that they don’t know what is there’s and what belongs to someone else. And they’re constantly being depressed or elated or dismayed or fearful without knowing that they’re just picking it up from people around them.
Shaheen: Yeah, that is really a good point; I think that speaks to the idea of fear.
Sophy: It really comes back to that fear doesn’t it. I was talking about how we pick the fear from the television or the newspapers or whatever. But it’s all around us and if you’re intuitive, you’re picking it up from them. And enhancing it, because if you pick it up and they are picking it up, you’ve just exponentially increased the fear level in that room by not being able to say, oh, this is their fear, well, I can counter balance it with my trust, with my calmer energy. It’s all about energy, isn’t it, Shaheen?
Shaheen: It is, it truly is about energy.
© Shaheen Miro 2013
Last year I happened upon a book that really struck a chord with me. I reached out to the author wanting to know more! Luckily she agreed! So I had the pleasure of speaking to author, Sophy Burnham about her book, The Art of Intuition. What a fascinating interview it was! Sophy is such a delightful and generous person and I believe we can all benefit from her timely information.
This is part one of the interview. I hope you enjoy her wisdom and candor. Check out the review of, The Art of Intuition!
Okay. I’m ready for you.
Perfect. So when I read your book, I thought it was such an amazing piece. I found, The Art of Intuition by accident. I was in the library and I was actually working on another writing project. One of the striking was that you approached it in a way that had a lot of scientific studies that explained and supported intuition but you weren’t trying to convince anyone that that was all that intuition is. And I thought that was so brilliant.
Actually, we don’t have any idea what it is.
Exactly. But some people want to explain it in a scientific sense and let it be purely that. And other people think of it in this very mystical, magical sort of way. I thought you took the middle ground and you gave bits and pieces to both groups. The other thing that resonated with me is the idea of intuition and creativity are connected to each other.
Oh, because they’re intimately linked, yeah.
I want to begin with, why do you feel that people have forgotten how to tap into their intuitive selves?
You mentioned this in your first question to me. Is it more a matter of remembering was the way you put it. And in my experience, it’s not always remembering because a lot of the time I get information I didn’t know about at all. So I couldn’t possibly be remembering something. It’s a totally new moment, as it were.
Now, I did have an experience the other day that was just remembering. But I had it so precisely that I think, there it is, there’s my higher teacher, my guide, giving me information. And it was very simple. I’ve had some surgery and when I came back from the hospital, I was very, very, very ill. And I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if vomiting was just part of what happens at this phase and I couldn’t reach anybody and I didn’t want go rushing back to the hospital. And I remembered that about nine months earlier, I had gotten in the mail a little card which gave me the name of a nurse…practicing nurse on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call this number. I remembered that out of the blue when I had just sent up this little prayer, what do I do. And then, even more remarkable, I went in my office and I put my hands on it immediately. Which is not the way my filing system works. And she was fantastic. I got this woman in Ohio who listened to my symptoms and said get an ambulance and get to an emergency room immediately. And eventually that’s exactly what I did do.
Now, that was a remembering in a way, but it came with such suddenness on the part after having sent up this little heart message, help, what do I do. Maybe the intuition was merely remembering. For me, it has the sense of an angel, or my higher self, or that spark of the divine that we all have, coming to the fore and saying, get that piece of paper, call that person.
I have learned that there are symbolic things sort of looming and floating and presenting themselves to us in everyday life and we have to learn to see that string, that thread, that kind of pulls them all together.
Absolutely. And then you can enhance this ability. Meditation is the most obvious. Turn off the television, turn off the iPad, stop playing with your Smart Phone and go take a walk in the woods and you will know things that you will never get on the internet. And you’ll know how to solve your problems. But we have to be alone to do it. You have to take the dare of being in solitude at least for a little while and be comfortable with yourself.
I’m a big believer in the divine nature of human beings and I have to say, Shaheen, that after this latest Colorado massacre, it shakes me to the core. But I know that we have within us the spark of the divine. And that we have all of the God-given abilities to know everything and to be able to solve the problems if we can just trust ourselves enough to do it. Now it might take a little while to get there, and some people are better at it than others. Not everyone is a medium. Not everyone is able to give someone a reading. But I have certainly trained many people to do it, or trained is the wrong word. Opened them up to discover, one, I can do this, look at that. How did I know all of this about this total stranger? Because it’s part of our innate nature to know this information.
That’s a powerful thing to be aware of. In an interview you said people are more afraid now than they have been in the past twenty years. Do you feel this is because people are not connected to their intuition? Or for instance, this massacre, do you think people are serving a higher purpose?
You know, it’s such an interesting question. It’s a really important question. I don’t know if people are more afraid now than they ever were. I know that we are blasted with information. We are a very dysfunctional society at the moment, in part because everything is slamming us with terrifying information. If you read the newspapers, if you turn on the radio, if you turn on the television, it’s all bad news and it’s all being delivered at high scream velocity. And everything has the same quality as everything else, so they’ll say, there are more car crashes than ever before because more people are driving cars. This is a terrible thing and we have to… The next moment they’re saying, just in the same breathless way, the next horrible thing you have to be afraid of.
Everything has high-pitched terror in it and it is a deliberate function of the media to make the reader or that listener uncomfortable enough so that they want something of comfort. And they will rush to buy something or eat something or make a phone call or pay some money to this particular non-profit. Everything is about grabbing our attention and the way they do it is through fear. And then I think, you know what? People were afraid from the beginning of time. You have only to look at the Bible to realize how frightened people were in 3000 B.C. There would not be the need for the Twenty-third Psalm if people were not frightened.
So maybe we just recognize somehow when we come down into this plane of existence, on this pretty little, and very strange, planet, we’ve lost our connection to the divine and we’re aware of being alone and frightened. Maybe that’s part of the human condition unless you connect with your own inner heart, or with God, or with the divine in whatever way you reach it. This is why I say a walk in the woods is so good for you. There you are in God’s world instead of the human, man-made world. And you unhook for a few moments and you realize, you know what? Everything’s okay. And things work out for the okay. They don’t always work out the way I want, but they often work out better than I had imagined. And when I examine my life and I listen to the stories that other people are telling me, I can see in hindsight, always, how I’m being helped at every stage of the game.
In front of me everything is black. I am walking blindfolded and barefoot down a dirt road and I can only see my way by feeling the stones and dirt under my bare feet. So when I go off onto the gravel on the shoulder of the road, if I’m sensitive I move off the side way and get back into the center. If I’m not sensitive, I wander into the briars on the far shoulder and then I need a spiritual cattle prod to force me back into the road and I probably lunge too far over and throw myself into the briars on the far left-hand side, until I learn that I am being guided by silken reins and I don’t need the cattle prod anymore.
© Shaheen Miro 2013