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Divination and Oracles
What Divination Is
What Divination Is Not
Why Divination works (most of the time)
John William Waterhouse"The Crystal Ball", c.1902
|Topics of Divination|| |
~~ Meister Eckhart =
A New Earth 1948- spiritual explainer Eckhart Tolle
"There exists only the present instant...
as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence."
Book of Samuel
1"And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.
3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.
4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.
5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.
6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:
18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.
19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.
21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy way.
23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.
24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night."
| When Jyotisha is too time-consuming |
and the answer is either
| However there is an alternative to Jyotisha which may provide a more satisfying answer to your immediate question. For a grammatically simple, subject-verb-object question which ideally has an answer in the form of a simple whole number, one of the best divination methods = pendulum . |
Although you must train the pendulum to answer you accurately and consistently, questions which have a binary answer - such as yes/no or 2-or3, 3-or-4, 4-or-5 et-cetera -- are very well suited to pendulum work.
Bibliomancy can often also reveal the information when one is seeking an answer in the form of a small whole number.
These divinatory methods work because our over-self * higher consciousness * already knows all the answers to all of the questions in the world.
On-the-spot divinations will not reveal complex patterns and sequences of events in the way that Jyotisha can do.
Yet for answering a yes-no questionor getting a small whole number answer, these quicker methods validate the presence of that storehouse of wisdom called higher consciousness, of which we typically use less than 10%.
Jyotisha is a set of principles which describe cause-and-effect relationships. The fundamental cause-and-effect relationship =
Clearly formulated question
Usually an English question is most clear when phrased as a subject-very-object sentence plus a specifying time or location prepositional phrase.
Examples of grammatically complete unambiguous questions with a clear material plane referent:
Example grammatically complete but quite ambiguous questions with vague definitions and an unclear material plane referent:
Choose a divinatory method . Options include Tarot, I-Ching, or Vedic-era Jyotisha and others. Pendulum and bibliomancy = well suited to answers in the form of small whole numbers.
Cultivate patience to reflect upon the symbols and abstract vocabulary of most divinatory oracles.
Anxiety and self-doubt are toxic to the divinatory process. These debilitating mental conditions completely block the connection to higher consciousness * overself * which is the vendor of the answers. It is mission-critical to have trust in your spiritual entitlement to receive accurate answers.
When the answer is a number, set a range for reasonable answers and allow the eyes to use visceral sight (at the boundaries of the vision field, not a clear focus) to detect the number.
Ask spirit guides to deliver a message in a spefic form of multiple buzzes, bell-rings, knocks etc.
It takes more time to negotiate the ambiguity of symbols, and more focus to follow the semiotics of"visual language" in a symbol sequence than it does to read written text.
However the subconscious works in symbols, so if we want to divine the subconscious we have to go a bit slower.
| THE VISION OF FIRST THOUGHT |
"State of Mind" in True Perception : The Path of Dharma Art
Chögyam Trungpa, p. 125
| "To become an artist, first there has to be a sense of vision taking place in one's mind. |
Such vision comes from a state of mind that has no beginning and no end. It is very present, on the spot.
We could call that vision "first thought best thought .
When that happens, there is no struggle."
Dear Barbara, |
Thanks a lot for taking time out from your busy schedule, Appreciate your guidance and again eternally thankful.
Got delivery of Bepin Behari's book " Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology".
It occurs to me that energy plays a great role in our day to day lives, spiritualism, religion etc. Energy in our body is channelised through Chakras, while we meditate we are guided to sit on a warm blanket thereby ensuring that energy flowing upward from muladhara chakra is pulled back by earths gravitational pull.
Interstellar movie talks about is escaping/ using energy for inter stellar travel. The power/nature of planets is governed by their respective energy levels. Earths gravitational pull being one of the strongest source of energy, is not factored. so the ultimate realisation/purpose of life has something to do with energy. Would you be able to guide on this subject.
Thanks for your nice note. Please accept my encouragement to continue reading and learning for increasing mastery of Jyotisha vidya.
Regarding gravitational "pull" It might be useful to set that idea aside. Gravity is a wave force. Gravity doesn't pull from inside a graha; gravity broadcasts, or pushes outward, from the center (of a system, of a universe, of a galaxy). Indeed each graha-upagraha has a distinctive energy signature and so does every entity from subatomic particle to multiverse.
However our beloved Earth does have a matching-attracting core which attracts human bodies since we are made entirely of Earth particles. The matching-energy meditations which direct one to ground the fleshbody root (mula) into Mother Earth's core (mula) are often very stabilizing and healing just as a child feels calmed and protected when touching its mother. Perhaps the most important energy for purpose of awakening the Jyotisha intuition is the tiny pinecone-shaped Arka (send-receive radio transmitter) which resides in the corpus callosum (cave of brahma) called pineal gland.
Most of your questions can be answered using this radio, but the pineal gland must be activated by attention and practice.
Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, success in all of life's endeavors, and continuing engagement in your study of the samayavidya,
| Q: I've spend several days composing my questions for the reading. They are heartfelt. |
Can you tell me before we begin the reading, whether the questions, as I have carefully composed them, are answerable?
| A: Yes - and no. |
The answer to any question lies within the question itself. Any question that can be asked, can be answered. However, questions are asked using grammatical language.
The grammar and vocabulary of the sentence convey the meaning. The composition of the question via its syntax and vocabulary demonstrates varying degrees of clarity, maturity, and articulateness in the task of defining *meaning*.
Often layers of unconscious expectation are embedded in a murky question. The murkiness of the question muddies the answer. Thus there can be a great deal of frustration and dissatisfaction in the practice of divination if the questions themselves are unclear or loaded with heavy baggage of inarticulate negative expectation
The Three Red Flags of Divinatory Questions: SHOULD * GOOD * KNOW
SHOULD * GOOD * KNOW
"Should" questions are bound-to-fail."Should" questions cannot produce useful Jyotisha answers. If the querent insists on asking Should questions, direct them to the correct authoritative expert on all maters of Should -- that is, their Mother!
Grammatically, should, need to indicates advice, suggestion, or moral obligation ."Should" does not communicate a legal obligation such as must, ought to. Nor does it indicate physical consequences.
Moral and ethical are words that refer to"customs of a settled people". (Tuscan 'more' and Greek 'ethos' are synonyms that found their way into Latin, then into English, via different historical routes.)
"Should" is a red-flag in divination questions!"Should" (and its linguistic equivalent in non-Germanic languages) indicates the presence of guilt. Guilt is the lurking, queasy, uneasy, churning, recycling feeling of onerous moral responsibility to use one's own energy to continue someone else's work.
Who is declaring this moral responsibility ? Who establishes these customary behaviors which must be maintained? Mother? Religious doctrine? She Who Must Be Obeyed?
Jyotisha is a system of principles which define CAUSES and EFFECTS. Causes include people, situations, and intentions.
If Jyotisha were to be able to successfully answer a"should" question, it would have to be clearly known who - what agent - has issued the"should" mandate, and to what extent the querent intends obedience to the mandate.
It would have to be a CLEAR question with clear agency and clear intention. Yet few people who"feel" guilt are aware of this potent psychic phenomenon and its mechanics of agency and intent. For most people, guilt is reactive, uninvestigated, frightening, unconscious - and thus a very, very powerful turbulent mud-spatter mess-maker of divinatory questions!
Jyotisha is by nature a morally neutral enterprise that is cross-cultural, cross-civilization - indeed, cosmic in perspective.
"Should" questions are usually not rational, and thus "should" discourse is not well suited to Jyotisha. In ANY type of divination, murky guilt-driven questions will produce murky guilt-toxic answers. A person who is deeply invested in the guilt experience may be not yet emotionally ready to leave that cinematic drama behind.
of course there are other grammatical uses of 'should' that are quite rational, and those questions are suitable to Jyotisha.
For example, a question 'should I plan to be married during my upcoming Ketu bhukti?'. The Jyotisha-principled answer would be a piece of straightforward Jyotisha advice to appreciate that Ketu periods are designed to produce experiences of cutting, abandonment, and metaphorical beheading. Not joining, mutuality, or conception of new life.
However questions like"should I get a divorce" or"should I take a business loan"are often so loaded with fear-of-failure and guilt that they must be"unpacked" before they can be answered.
Also, guilt-laden value judgments are not suitable. Typically, the morally weighted adjectives are"good" or"bad" or"right" or"wrong".
All of these questions are camouflage for one core question which is "am I a good person?"
The reason that these questions are likely to yield unsatisfying, frustrating and confusing answers is due to the guilt-charged unpacked values laden into"good"and"bad". This is the language of toddlers.
| ~~ Tom |
The Only Planet of Choice
|"Your mind does not give you what you want. You mind gives you what you are."|
|Better Questions produce Better Answers|| |
Perhaps if the querent can be helped to formulate a more adult question, then a more satisfying answer could be produced using the principles of Jyotisha. For example:
"What is the nature of my child's
Also, some of the question-formation challenge is epistemological in nature.
The deep question"how can I know" is a permission question, not a mechanical or methodological question. It means "how am I allowed to know?" To unpack the permission question, we might ask"who grants your permission to know?"
Many people are raised in strict orthodox belief systems which specify exactly what can be known and what is forbidden.
For example many Americans will chirp self-righteously,"you can't know the future!". Most mainstream Euro-Americans have been indoctrinated in this rather preposterous truth-claim for centuries. While supposedly a culture that values critical, independent thinking, western culture idolizes this particular tenet.
Authentic critical thinking requires going deeper, to locate the source of agency and intent. Who said so? What do I personally believe? (not what was I told to believe)
Is it authoritative? Who is the authority?
Bottom line: the more authentic the questions, the freer are those questions from the baggage of guilt and cultural custom, the more satisfying will be the Jyotisha answers.
The more honest and accurate the question, the more true and useful the answer.
| Jyotisha indicators of clairsentient capability |
To easily access the awareness of the subtle and nebulous-looking fine-particle fields which constitute the astral plane, and to"unblock" the second-sight and second-hearing
Ketu the Undefended should occupy a dushthamsha
Historically in northern Europe (my lineage) some in each generation have the capacity to see into the Wyrd. My inheritance is visible in my Ketu-8 in a rashi of the lagnesha as well as uttama-Budha-12 and Surya-Magha.
|~~ Qi Men Dun Jia and Space-Time|| |
"The power of Qi Men Dun Jia comes from its ability to analyze the quality of Space-Time,
in any given two-hour period, which are called" situations " in QMDJ.
Space-Time has specific qualities that few Westerners understand,
as the usual Western concept of Space-Time assumes that all time is the same and time is a constant factor."
|The personality of Time|| |
The first essential concept to master in the arts of Divination, is that Time is possessed of many different qualities.
Time is not just a boring mathematical constant, sitting there anonymously in space, making clocks spin and turning our hair gray. Time has personality! Time has character. Time has moods. Time has preferences. Time has also of course, regular habits and predictable behaviors.
Time must also interact with other cosmic personalities, and Time is constrained by those other forces and their agendas. Time is only one member of the theatrical cast of actors who together create our lives.
I think of the main influences in my life as my parents, my spouse and children, my body, my mind, and Time .
Just as all the other humans, and my own body and mind, have complex, interesting, fluctuating moods - so does Time.
Graha Shri Shani embodies Time.
Q: ( Reply to a person who asked for a) Jyotisha answer to"only one simple question".
Naturally, there is no such thing as "one simple question" in Jyotisha.
Everything in life, seen through the kaleidoscope lens of Jyotisha, is interconnected. Each nativity presents within several broad karmic themes, within which parameters all action and reaction occurs. It is necessary to study the nativity for some hours in order to discover a reasonable prediction.
Thus Jyotisha divination cannot be accomplished in such a quick way as, for example, pendulum-swing, dowsing, water-gazing, dice-throwing, tea-leaf-reading, or Tarot-card insights.
In my practice, individual follow-up questions are available subsequent a full reading. Due to the complexity of Jyotisha readings, individual questions can only be answered after a complete review of the full nativity.
As divination systems go, Jyotisha is relatively complex, and it is not realistic to expect an accurate answer from a quick"one simple question" scan of the nativity. It really does take several hours of reading time to understand a individual Jyotisha nativity.
Things you can do... to get an answer, in lieu of a Jyotisha answer to your question:
Build your own future on the basis of unshakable faith. As Earth Changes 1877-1945 Edgar Cayce often said,"Mind is the builder". To reduce victim-mind anxiety and replace the fear of external forces with True confidence, I recommend working through the steps described in these and similar books:
Many people find that the pressure of intense, immediate anxiety, regarding a decision that seems tobe controlled by others(will XX marry me? will I win the lottery? will my new business succeed? will I get the job-visa-diploma-permission-prize?) can be relieved by more simple forms of on-the-spot divination.
Other forms of quick divination such as "bibliomancy " can beaccurate and calming. Bibliomancy =opening randomly to a single page in a book of religious scripture (e.g., a Veda or Purana, Bible, Qur'an, analects of Confucius, Buddhist sutras, or any book of treasured sacred teachings ). Although it was designed to accompany the throwing of yarrow sticks or coins, the Chinese classic divination manual Yi-Jing can also yield accurate results through bibliomancy.
Faith is the antidote to superstition and the degradation of mind that jealous superstition can cause.
When personal anxiety runs extremely high, no form of divination will work due to the turmoil in the mind.
Interference from the native 's deeper fear of knowing the truth blocks the desired certainty.
One thing that is ALWAYS within your power to do is to set POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS and release all forms of blaming.
Blaming gives your power to outsiders. Blaming is erroneous.
Forgiveness is the way to reverse blaming. Whatever those outsiders did wrong,"give it forward" - give it back to them, it's their action, not yours.
Get out of the blaming loop!
It is not necessary to wait for the"perfect quiet moment" to visualize. Just close your eyes for a moment.
SEE oneself doing the desired action or receiving the desired object. If one can see the desired scene in full detail, this event will manifest SOON.
Family members are the most likely source of resistance to you meeting your goals. Ask yourself the honest question: are there people in your family or very close friends who do NOT want you to take your next step?
For example, a man very much wants a particular work permit which will allow him to develop a career outside his own land.
Responsibility and control
Full responsibility, and full control Over one's future, rests entirely in the partnership between each human and the Divine.
Ultimately, every single thing that happens in one's life is completely within control of the partnership between oneself and the Divine Intelligence. Don't let the other-blaming ego-mind mislead you.
Every single moment of every single day is the product of this core creative relationship. Let it be based on personal accountability, positive expectations, and trust .Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
Q: Good morning Barbara ~ Namaste I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are doing well! Without adding all of the preludes I'm going to cut to the chase: I need to ask you this question that I've asked so many times before! Each time it arises in my mind I feel like this is just the ONE thing I need to know ... that if I can get a clear answer to THIS question then ALL of the other parts of my life will fall into place. You know it is about this relationship. I just have a burning need to know! Thank you so much and I hope, Barbara, that you have a GREAT New Year!!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are doing well! Without adding all of the preludes I'm going to cut to the chase: I need to ask you this question that I've asked so many times before!
Each time it arises in my mind I feel like this is just the ONE thing I need to know ... that if I can get a clear answer to THIS question then ALL of the other parts of my life will fall into place.
You know it is about this relationship. I just have a burning need to know! Thank you so much and I hope, Barbara, that you have a GREAT New Year!!
Here is my recommendation this very common, anxiety-driven situation that we all face during our quest for self-validation.
When you have anxious and neurotically urgent questions like this frequently repeating query * which you have asked many dozens of times * may I recommend that you do your own divinations? I think you have the gift for it, and once you learn the skill you can help others as well.
Tarot cards can be useful for "single question" inquiries. Here is a website that gives absolutely free Tarot Deck card-turning in several card layouts. The screen also displays a brief, digestible reading text that explains the meaning of each card. In addition on this site you can choose to work with a card deck that suits you artistically.
What another person does or does not do is a result of the projection of one's own expectations, plain and simple. However, since most expectations are subconscious, it is often difficult to get a clear view of them. That is where divinatory devices are useful.
For successful divination, it will be necessary to release the anxiety.
Regular use of the Bach flower remedy "Rescue Remedy" can calm the anxious divinatory mind.
Most of us worry about how to obtain lasting and deep emotional security , and in particular we classically worry about the future . Human love change but yet we fear change! And this split mind, one side exhilarated by growth and change whilst the other resents, fears, and resists change, can result in a mental 'thrashing'.
The English word 'anxiety ' is related to the words 'anger', 'angst', 'angina' and it means a 'tightness' or 'constriction'.
Therefore, before settling down to do a reading regarding one's own personal concerns, let us release the constriction just a bit. A drop of Rescue Remedy under the tongue, or a sip a clear water after putting a drop of Rescue Remedy into the water container, will do the trick.
So, that's my recommendation to you for the present question: self-empowerment is best!Have a look at http://www.facade.com/tarot/ and when you can, find a small bottle of homeopathic "Rescue Remedy" to calm the nerves and clarify the question before proceeding.
Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
|Divinatory Technology|| |
Seeking Divine Instruction in Patterns of Psychic Imagery
Vocabulary for Divination,
Recommended divination technologies:
Choose a divination method that is easy and culturally accessible for you. Use the chosen method to answer your most urgent questions immediately!
The ancient Chinese scripture has recently emerged as a high-value divination technology in the West. The Taoist and Confucian values loaded into the I-Ching (Book of Changes) seem to be universally accessible.
Like Jyotisha, the Yi-Jing provides a *mirror* of one's own intuitive thought process. There are numerous excellent resources on the internet that allow push-button divinations - no longer necessary to wait for coins or yarrow stalks to fall!
When asking an anxious question, the diviner must apply the discipline to go *carefully* through the answer provided by the ancient oracle. If one has the discipline to frame the question carefully and inspect the answer in close detail, one will generate a very useful data-set of repeating questions and repeating answers.
Do not confuse the divination with superstitious notions of a spirit being"inhabiting" the book or the teachings. The book itself knows nothing. The wisdom contained in the book is a blessed reflection of one's own mind .
Great praise to the sages who composed these 64 hexagrams! The 64 hexagrams each have 6 changing lines giving a mirror that can capture several thousand possible thoughts and fixed-combination (yoga) thoughts.
The Judeo-Christian Bible is found not only in designated houses of worship, but also in hotel rooms across the world. Anywhere that the Bible can be found, this book can be used as a divinatory tool. The holy scriptures of any religious tradition can function similarly.
One should form a sincere and reflective question, in a state of prayer. Praying"to"any deity or none is OK; but the state of mind should be open and prayerful.
Although the card images derive from Renaissance Italian court culture, the wisdom of the archetypal drawings and the thought patterns that can be reflected in the card spreads are possibly universal.
Kinesthetic patterns in the body can also reflect the thought patterns. Divination by dowsing or pendulum is extremely accurate once the practitioner has established"yes/no"and learned to frame a starkly clear question!
These divinatory methods allow the imagination to project its expectations directly in "movie" form onto the mirror-like surface of still water, glass, or even a flame.
Although vividly accurate, the results may be frightening. Only a skilled practitioner should use these methods.
Unlike still-water gazing, dream results are evaluated after the fact. Most of the emotional charge has gone out of the dream - even a nightmare - by the time one has regained consciousness and begun to write or mentally evaluate it.
The contents of dreams are instructional and validating. However the native must be attentive to"shape-shifting" which is the mind's permission to use the bodily appearance of familiar people and things to *represent* other less familiar people and things. Therefore dream messages must be carefully reflected upon. The person doing an action or bearing a message in the dream may be only a recognizable stand-in for the real agent.
Jyotisha is a divinatory system of considerable accuracy but also great complexity. The skilled Jyotishi must negotiate thousands of factors and eliminate hundreds of logical contradictions en route to the proper prediction.
Many Pranama to the electro-magnetic devices! Yay computers!
Yet even with the computations now performed quite accurately at the push of a button, the amount of intuition and knowledge base required in Jyotisha is truly daunting.
One may wish to acquire knowledge of the Vidya of Jyotisha over time. Jyotisha really specializes in the predictive"long view". The Vimshottari Dasha predicts a pattern involving 120 years with no repeats! That view is highly complex, and that view can only be stabilized with a good deal of patient practice.
The art of"prashna" or immediate-questions-answered might be a good introduction to the on-the-spot powers of Jyotisha. However even this service does require a knowledge of the characteristic behavior of the planets.
Palmistry is an adjunct method which complements Jyotisha or can be used independently. Palmistry is very useful and easy and accurate regarding matters of career, fame, longevity, marriages, children, etc. General predictions for timing of events are straightforward. More precise timing of events with an accurate month or year are quite impossible. Accurate timing predictions are best gained from the dasha systems of Jyotisha.
On the other hand, the difficult longevity predictions of Jyotisha and matters of multiple marriages can be resolved quickly by a glance at life map on the human palm. (Feet have their own map too.)
Each cultural has its own traditional divinatory methods.
It is important for the diviner to use a culturally accessible method.
The Taoist priest in his mountain temple will prefer yarrow stalks, ancient coins, or sacred stones. The Tibetan lama may prefer traditional gamblers dice (sho); while the Pashto landsman may see a pattern in strips of Holy Qu'ran verse shaken in a jar of water, or in the movement of newly-shorn, closely herded goats.
The guiding spirits are always willing to utilize the patterns with which the conscious mind is culturally familiar.
The predictive power of all forms of divination depends *entirely* upon the specificity of the question.
The question must be precise, such as:
Sincere questions will be answered. The answer must be acknowledged and carefully studied in relation to the question.
Observe the patterns in your questions and answers!
The chronic uncertainties, doubts, and fears of the mind will expose themselves in the divinatory process of asking and answering.
|Keeping records|| |
Keep a record of the divinations!
Keep accurate records of all divinations to see repeating patterns. The repeating patterns expose your subconscious expectations.
The seeds of karma are buried in your subconscious expectations.
It may be helpful to provide divinations for others, to get personal practice in precise formulation of the question.
One's own anxiety to get a fast answer to a burning personal question can damage the accuracy of predictions.
|Caveat: Calm Mind Required|| |
If one offers divinations to others, one becomes responsible for maintaining a calm and reflective conversational environment, free of superstition and fear.
The diviner is simply offering a mirror view of the native 's own mind. The mirror should be clean. Divinations must always *confirm* the native 's own intuition.
Divination is a spiritual practice. It only works when the mind is fairly calm.
"Fortune", the predictable path of future events, is not a mystery. One's fortune in the future is quite naturally the result of one's beliefs, thoughts, and actions in present-time.
Why then divination?
Why tea leaves, yarrow stalks for Yi Jing, fire-cracked tortoise shells; patterns of stars, clouds, pig entrails, or the flight path of birds?
Why"mo" dice, color patterns in the electrical field around a human body, almanacs, medieval Italian playing cards?
Why pages of Giddeon's Bible, a crystal pendulum poised from the elbow bone?
Why dreams, omens, astrology, or stock market reports?
Because, despite the future being rather predictably the result of the present - which itself is the natural result of the immediate and distant past - very few people have The least idea Of what One is Actually doing in the present!
The divination is a precious moment during which the Reptile Brain's frenetic survival signals are consciously, temporarily, shut down.
In this brief and precious moment, one gives oneself permission to take a snap-shot of a thought-and-behavior pattern, and observe its consequences.
It is the miracle of what Memories Dreams Reflections 1875-1961 Carl Jung called "synchronicity " that such a mirror-reflection "photo" of one's own thought-behavior pattern can be exquisitely captured in a moment of fully-focused, conscious attention to specific phenomena in the"outside world".
For a privileged few, however, there comes a light through the clouds. The reptile brain can be calmed, and - if only for a moment - contemplative awareness becomes possible.
Specifically, this "photo moment" contains a detailed report on what one is indeed doing , consciously or not (usually not!) in real time, in the real world, which is generating a very specific"fortune".
That's how it works. Divination just freeze-frames the spinning cosmos for a split second and allows anyone who has permission to look - to look!
|Catching the Moment, Freeze-Frame seed of the Future|| |
It is indeed a miracle that humans are even capable of these brief, intentional"seizures " during which the attention can be focused on the specific mechanism which drives the creation of one's "fortune".
Can the result be changed? Yes of course.
But sadly, change is quite unlikely. The reason change is unlikely is that, except for the occasional Ascended Being working incognito on our little Earth, most of us are sleep-walking . The reptile brain is hard to redirect. It's difficult to calm it and quiet its fears.
It is a huge blessing, perhaps the greatest blessing in human life, that even some people have earned the right to claim permission to interrupt the driving survival machine for even a brief moment, to"catch oneself in the act" of creating the future.
Jyotisha is in a sense the easiest divination of all, because the movement of the heavens is extremely regular.
Jyotisha is in another sense the most difficult divination, because there is such a massive amount of information available in each freeze-frame.
Still, we try.
|Divination in worthy battle against the Reptile Brain|| |
Most of us poor specimens live tightly imprisoned in the grips of the animal-survival portion of human nature. Most of us are unable to notice one's own interactive partnership in the process of creating reality. The Life Force fuel-tank seems inevitably to be consumed by"work"and"family".
Most folks' awareness is completely dedicated to managing the fear of death through a neurotic (but compelling!) life practice of"meeting essential needs " .
However, what one is conscious of is not the neurotic response to rationally unnecessary striving, but rather the"need" for social approval and praise. Virtually all requests for divination are driven by the querent's need to know when and how much social approval they can obtain.
Will this strategy"work"? Will that relationship"succeed"? What is meant by"succeed" is, almost always,"will one receive social approval and praise for the outcome?"
What is the daily utility of Money in the money-economy? The rational mind would answer that Money (represented by electronic bytes in a computer, or cash papers, or value of merchant trades, or other mode of exchange) is simply a means to an end. The logical ends are food, clothing, and shelter. Logically, when one has enough money to eat well and be sheltered, one should be free to turn one's attention to other things.
But there is not a moment of rest! Even after a good meal in a warm house, the hungry mind cannot rest! The reptile brain keeps signaling. The minute one has enough money, the reptile brain doubles its efforts, signaling aggressively for more, more, more! It becomes impossible to think about anything else! The hunger for more and for the social praise that comes with having money is unbearably intense!
A woman in her sixties asked me to tell her precisely"when" she might receive the monies she felt were"due" her so that after a lifetime of feeling disliked and uncomfortable she could finally be secure.
This woman, a former nurse, lives in a financially privileged European country. Despite her professional skills training, she does not work. She is supported by the State due to a documented medical condition. She lives in material comfort, has no family relationships, and - except for petitionary prayer to money-statues - has no religious life. She offers no charitable service. Yet she was sure that More Money would correct all of her life imbalances.
The amount she needed and to which she felt Entitled? Approx. 10 million Euro. This amount seemed very reasonable to her, as the proper amount she should receive in just compensation for her efforts in this life.
Why would a person of apparently rather selfish inclinations assert an entitlement (expectation) to a huge, and rationally unlikely, amount of money? Why not"enough to buy a house" or"enough to fund my retirement"? A normal happy citizen of an economically advantaged nation can live very comfortably on a modest income.
She was quite clear on the point, however, that her divinatory question was strictly and solely in regard to whether and when she would receive this fixed count of money. No other information was wanted. She seemed convinced that this amount was a"necessary" and "appropriate" payment for a business scheme that she had devised which was expected to produce rich profits. Her only divinatory query was "tell me the calendar date on which this payment will arrive.
A cursory look at the Jyotisha chart indicated, not surprisingly, a lifetime of Rahu-driven manipulative and fraudulent behaviors. Bandhu bhava (the root-core of life) showed severe trauma in the childhood home , caused by a never-satisfied (Rahu) emotionally volatile and lashing-out mother. The native became a profoundly insecure and manipulative adult, seething with vengeful"I'll show them"anger, and desperately needy for exorbitant levels of social approval.
The nativity displayed traits of deep emotional and financial corruption, which materialized as extravagant spending and seductive, exploitive relationships intended to squeeze the life out of her victims (Azlesa).
And her solution to this situation is... money?
Yes, that's right.
Because the reptile brain says precisely that it is cintamani * mani * money - which by its exchangeable nature can be converted into all things (food, power, sex, security, protection) - that solves all problems.
Not honesty. Not service. Not cleansing of old wounds and forgiveness. Not healing the awful childhood trauma that left her feeling victimized and used, obliged to perpetrate the cycle of being exploited by her never-satisfied mother, carrying on to appropriate The treasury and dignity of others.
Not even a sincere puja, asking for help from any one of a pantheon of loving spiritual guides. Just"money".
And since she had a *lot* of problems - some very deeply rooted and quite obscene - her internal reptile calculations announced that she needed a huge amount of money to"solve" these problems.
Wow! As you might imagine, the Jyotisha chart showed no evidence of lasting wealth via windfall monies (or otherwise). There could of course be some Rahu-style"flash in the pan" wealth caused by trickery, but it would not last because it was not earned.
The nativity suggested that no great wealth or indeed any improvement in her static unhappiness would occur unless she got into intensive trauma-recovery therapy and started doing significant charitable work.
The client was angry, and accused me of - you guessed it - Fraud.
IMO, divinations must take into consideration that humans are fundamentally programmed for greed. It is a terrible truth. Greed, like fear of death and anger, is a mental illness This is certainly no one's fault, and greed shouldn't be punished as a crime. Rather, it is a mental illness and deserves firm compassion.
Unfortunately greed and other fear-driven reptile anxieties can completely ruin the positive, healing values of a divination by preventing the native from hearing anything more subtle than a"yes/no"answer.
These divinatory situations require attentive psychic management, starting with rigorous grounding and protection of the diviner against the predatory fear agents who feed on the terror of the triggered reptile brain.
|A blessed moment of Rest|| |
Divinations are necessary because few people can look accurately into their lives and see the answer plain as day. The answer is always embedded in the question! And it is always "right there" for the diviner, who has permission to see the patterns which express the answer.
Due to the historic structure of the human brain, it is really quite a challenge to get a rest from the survival signals. Despite what the rational portions of the brain may be saying, the reptile brain is a 24/7 engine that drives an obsessive cycle of compulsive acquisition.
The reptile brain is biologically programmed to acquire, and it fiercely resists any type of loss.
Therefore instantly when one acquires a precious resource such as food, cintamani * mani * money , shelter, historical knowledge, a sexual partner, etc. -- the reptile brain goes into overtime, planning and scheming for how to acquire more money. There is as my mother used to say,"No rest for the weary."
Most people, when they sit down to meditate on their lives, simply fall asleep. How hard is it to imagine a pattern in one's own mind and let it tell you a message? It's kindergarten simple. But shutting down the survival brain, into order to create the sacred space for it, is too scary. The base brain says, if you're not looking for food, you should be asleep.
The main work = managing the fear and resistance that interrupts one's concentration.
Talking to Deities: Envisioning Deities: Instructions
from Deity Yoga in Action and Performance Tantra Tantra by His Holiness the Dalai Lama , Tsong-ka-pa, and Jeffrey Hopkins p.39
"At the beginning of the process of deity meditation and mantra repetition one meditates on emptiness, settling the non-inherent existence of oneself and the deity through a reasoning such as that of dependent-arising - -the fact that both oneself and the deity arise in dependence on their respective bases of designation.
One's own final nature and the final nature of the deity are the same, an emptiness of inherent existence.
To perform deity yoga one does not just withdraw ordinary appearances and then appear as a deity but causes the mind realising emptiness itself to appear as a deity.
One then uses that wisdom consciousness realising emptiness as the basis of emanation of a divine body.
This must be done at least in imitation of a consciousness actually doing this, for meditation on a truly existent divine body, instead of helping, will only increase adherence to inherent existence.
Meditated properly, the appearance of a divine figure is the sport of the ultimate mind of enlightenment, first in imitation and later in fact."
Q. One school of thought says that a competent astrologer's special intuition and spiritual readings are what really counts - the mechanics of astrology (that is planetary positions and their interactions) are only tools to guide and awaken the intuitive and spiritual power.
Other tools of divination can also work in the same fashion.
If this is true, then can these special powers be awakened from a distance, without the astrologer meeting the patient face-to-face
A. Yes, .
Face-to-face is not only unnecessary, but physical contact is often an impediment to a clear divination.
Unfortunately, clients bring in loads of nervous anxiety to a reading room. I once worked in a psychic school where clients were not allowed to approach the reading room until they had meditated with both feet touching the ground for 30 minutes. That helped somewhat!
But indeed, an anxious or emotionally unstable client (or the spirits who are controlling them) can throw so much disruptive energy at a still-mind divination that the still-minded practitioner inevitably gets disoriented. All of my readings are remote for that reason. I do not even communicate by telephone.
When I look at a Jyotisha chart, which is a map of the person's "default" inherited karma, consisting of a set of default expectations and beliefs, which then manifest on the material plane on schedule, my conscious mind is looking into their subconscious mind.
The same thing is happening when the Tibetan lama throws Mo dice, or the indigenous shaman reads an oracle in the flight patterns of migrating birds. When a Christian minister prays together with a congregant for a deeper understanding of a Bible passage, they are sharing a subconscious mind . They clear a psychic space in a state of gratitude-prayer, concentrate on the image, and let Providence do the talking.
The two things required in any divination are:
After the question has been asked by the client, the client can be in the same room on in another galaxy - it doesn't matter, because the client is not consciously participating in the reading. In fact, if the client does try to consciously participate in a reading, unless the client has extraordinary awareness (is him/herself a diviner) the interruption/intervention of the client is usually so disruptive the flow of divination will usually stop. Classic cause of interruption is the client's lack of faith/insecurity/anxiety. See above.
The trick to getting a good and useful reading is to not interrupt the intuitive instructions which constitute the divinatory flow . And IMO the best way to not interrupt the flow is to have the client be somewhere else.
In traditional village settings where the clients have full respect not only for the diviner but also for the ritual process of divination, and clients will accept the judgment without arguing, this psychic interruption by the client problem is not so acute. But in the modern age, most"educated" people are so seriously lacking in faith, that having the client present will force the diviner into a conventional modern"counseling" or"negotiating" role -- and that is NOT divination!
If folks want talk therapy I suggest they go to a therapist. If they want a Jyotisha reading, they will need to have some faith in the Jyotishi as a middleman, but more importantly they will need to have faith in the divine source of the knowledge and in their own entitlement to receive divine truth.
| Q. |
I am considering using your services; I do have some basic questions. I'm not an expert to say the least, I know almost nothing about astrology. First off thank you for your knowledge sharing site. It can give a lot of insight for those seeking some answers. You did mention that people who avail your services may provide you some background and some history which I can totally understand why you ask. But, how do you answer questions about another person e.g. a mother, a husband, a sibling etc. By just reading your clients chart. Is there not a need to read the focused other persons chart as well. say if I have a question about my husband, can you tell from my chart alone what I need to know? My questions are of the following nature: will my husband who has chosen to divorce me ever come back? Should I even wait for him? -- can you answer such things by just looking at my chart?
You did mention that people who avail your services may provide you some background and some history which I can totally understand why you ask.
But, how do you answer questions about another person e.g. a mother, a husband, a sibling etc. By just reading your clients chart. Is there not a need to read the focused other persons chart as well. say if I have a question about my husband, can you tell from my chart alone what I need to know?
My questions are of the following nature: will my husband who has chosen to divorce me ever come back? Should I even wait for him? -- can you answer such things by just looking at my chart?
| A. Namaste, |
Thanks for your note. At the present time there is a very long wait for Jyotisha readings. The readings have become quite popular and due to health concerns I can offer only one reading per week.
I would recommend that if you are not familiar with the vidya of Jyotisha that you might not get a high value from a Jyotisha reading.
The samayavidya of Jyotisha features a complex set of predictive rules, and deployment of these rules mainly benefits those with an analytical turn of mind who wish to normalize their expectations for the future.
(Normalize = compare expectations to what others have historically experienced during similar Vimshottari Dasha periods, as recorded by the rishi and evidenced by case-study nativities.)
Finding the characteristics of Other Agents in the nativity
It is possible to see the kinship network and the marriages within the Jyotisha nativity (these are established long before the person takes birth). That is the method by which it is possible to answer questions regarding the karmic relationships of life (boss, spouse, children, parents, siblings, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) without actually seeing the nativity of the Other.
It is always better to be able to confirm any evaluation from the primary chart (the native) with a glance at the nativity for the secondary chart (spouse, child, Other). However if that person or situation is important in the life of the native, the characteristics of the Other agent are usually clear enough to make a judgment about matters such as career, marriage, divorce , childbirth, health, earnings etc.
Formulating CLEAR and PRECISE divinatory questions
You may benefit more from using a different style of divination, such as psychic reading or even bibliomancy. A simple question such as you pose"will my husband who has chosen to divorce me ever come back?" can be answered, but it must be reformulated to be a clear question.
The items "ever"and"come back"are not clear. The spirits do not know what you are asking!
For example, it will yield a much clearer answer if the question is written as
With any type of divination it is absolutely essential to be precisely completely specific and clear.
No Quantity Limit on Clear Divinations
There is no limit on the number of queries which the spirits are willing to answer.
The spirits themselves are only"readers " who are reading from the bank of past-present-future information which is permanently existing in each of our souls. All of the information is readily available and any number of clear and specific queries can be made so long as the mind remains fresh.
When unclear answers or blockage in the flow of information occurs, it is because the question is not formulated with adequate specificity.
Time, Date, and Performance expectations
We humans are calendar thinkers; we shape the future with timelines that control our belief about reality. Therefore it is essential to ask specifically about time.
WWe humans are also relationship oriented beings who depend on others for our identity and well-being. Therefore it is essential to ask about another person by their specific name and social position, and to clearly state the specific performance expectations which one may be holding in regard to the fulfillment of that relationship.
Consider other (more immediate) Divinatory Methods
If you know nothing about Jyotisha and are not intending to learn, and as well the question may be driven by a temporary shortage of psycho-emotional validation, then the complexities of Jyotisha and the long wait time for a reading (from me) suggest that the Jyotisha method of getting your questions answered might not suit you as well as other more immediate divinatory methods.
Good mental health is a prerequisite for good divinations
When a seemingly logical question is burdened with anxiety, fear, or suffering, then it may be helpful - indeed essential - to choose a divinatory method which allows many iterations of the urgent question while the mind continues to clarify the question.
CClarification of one, key, core, seemingly life-defining question can be a long process!
Under psychic pressure to fulfill the unmet needs of others (parents, spouse, society) the discriminating mind needs time to sort out several overlapping sets of expectations: one's own authentic needs and beliefs vs. the parents ego needs for child performance vs. professional protocols or entrenched rhythmic folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms.
Only after this proactive sorting process is underway can Jyotisha provide a clear map-and-mirror for the Path.
Methods more suitable to urgent"single questions "
If you are mainly in the urgently reactive, performance-anxiety, "feeling pressured" stage of understanding the structure of the dilemma then Jyotisha may not be adequately responsive to the quick-changing redefinition and re-articulation of"the problem".
Typically the"one simple question" is really a"tip of the iceberg" problem that - upon inspection - begins to reveal not just one urgent issue but a repeating pattern of resistance.
The resistance will be found to arise from internal conflicts in the specific performance expectations regarding Self and Others. If at the moment of the query one is still laboring under the assumption that there is just one, single, problem caused by another person or caused by an outside environment, then Jyotisha can feel too tedious, too cosmic, too rational and far too self-responsible.
Therefore you might prefer to use divinatory methods which permit many repetitions, refinements, and permutations of a"single" question. Options include psychic readings, Tarot cards, I-Ching, dowsing, pendulum, water-gazing, dice (mo) or bibliomancy to name just a few.
If you want to try the psychic reading method, I warmly recommend my dear old friend and psychic master teacher John Huddleston in Berkeley California (35 years experience). A psychic reading is typically more direct, more emotionally validating, and much much faster than Jyotisha! John H. is gender-neutral, age-neutral, spirit-positive, and he works by telephone.
(510) 548-4254 * firstname.lastname@example.org Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
Q. I have a hasti question. Is it normal for lines to change – I have seen the third branch of my heart line break but another line appeared to overlap both, strengthening it. ... on my marriage line, there was a small line overlapping underneath, which signified my breaking away. When I reconnected with him, this line was crossed to make an X.
Yes, the hasti lines can and do change sometimes very dramatically if the person has given oneself permission to change.
I have seen the life line of a man, who appeared to be on death's doorstep one year, appear two years later with a long and flourishing life line that entered the wrist bracelets. That person was ready to die due to a stifling marriage and living according to grossly outdated cultural rules (he was in a medieval-culture area of Nepal-Tibet). He gave himself permission to fall in love with a new partner, and his will to live rallied quite powerfully.
I have seen a broken, dispersed fame line organize itself into a straight, coherent fame line when a female colleague who was being belittled and intimidated by her narcissistic professor husband finally got into therapy and exorcised some of his damaging energy from her personal space. She went from a mumbling, bumbling incoherent lecturer (where many of her students simply walked out) to a vivid, standing ovation presenter at national professional conferences.
Those were dramatic cases, but they reflect the reality that palm lines. Similarly, the Jyotisha graha and their rays indicate the default conditions of life that are created by the core beliefs carried in to the present embodiment. If the core beliefs are consciously changed, the lines change and the prognosis from the graha also can change. The key is consciousness.
Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life's endeavors,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
| Q:I would like to request a (couple of) month, day, time that will yield proper(good)(not failure) results in my educational field according to Jyotisha.
I need to know good times for school program registration, and please tell me the correct day to buy notebooks and textbook for my class. I feel very anxious about these choices because even though I am not yet 20 years old I feel like I have failed so many times.
MyMy parents don't understand the values here (they are from the old world) They say that they want me to finish uni ... but they are starting to"shop" in the marriage markets for me...
I feel so nervous and upset about school. Can you please suggest the best times according to Jyotisha? I want to make it work this time.~~Manchester
| A:Namaste, |
Although I wish you all best success in your endeavors, I recommend that you follow the rational method of making decisions about routine administrative matters.
If you repeatedly feel a great deal of anxiety about small, detailed items such as the timing of purchase for a school book, then first of all look into getting therapy for OCD or other psychological ailments of fearful fixation upon small things. It might make sense to seek a perfect astrological timing to make a wedding vow or lay the foundation stone for a great public building, but in the busy modern world IMO buying a textbook should not require such specific divinatory attention.
To allay ongoing and constantly erupting anxieties which are provoked by underlying self-doubt, I recommend that you teach yourself how to use Tarot Cards or pendulum so that you can do your own divinations.
Because you are so young and sensitive, and still building your personality, I'm sure that all of these detailed items of daily life and administration seem very important to you.
However these small uncertainties are really just expressions of your divine nature. There is never any 'right' decision or 'wrong' decision in life, because each step always leads to the next step in personal evolution. There is no cause for fear within the self. However, fear of others (such as parents) can sabotage the naturally fearless state of the individual soul. Therefore meditation to clear the aura of foreign energy from parents, teachers, and other well-meaning but inauthentic "helpers" is essential for anyone who wants to make strong and confident decisions.
Choosing an auspicious time for an event cannot counteract the fundamental karma of our human need to understand that it is the self, and not outside forces, which generates reality. We must encounter the reality which we project, and come to the knowledge that indeed we are projecting it! Thus it is extremely important for a sensitive and intelligent person like yourself to avoid superstition.
Superstition means attributing power to outside forces; in fact all reality is generated from seeds within the self. Superstition is a huge waste of energy which is spent doing battle with something that does not exist. Superstitious searching for the"right" timing in order to counteract a deep-seated fear of failure is simply an attempt to avoid"the elephant in the room" (the thing that is huge but which no one is talking about).
That thing is probably the psychic fear and disruption coming from your parents, who give you permission to go to uni, but they really want you to get married, because they think that will make you happier . So, you start uni but you fail - several times. Why is that? It is because of the psychic interference from your loving parents. Finding the"right" Jyotisha time to buy your textbook is not going to work! A small detail like the textbook is like a drop in the ocean compared to your parents pressure on you.
So, forget the"auspicious " timing and look directly at the family culture. What do you want for yourself? It is essential to learn to distinguish between authentic goals and plans - not just"hopes " but realizable plans - versus the psychic projections of others. It is typical of loving but fearful, not fully conscious parents that they may unwittingly project their own unfinished business - their own karma - upon their children. The inauthentic fear that properly belongs to the parent - but not to the child - can sabotage the forward progress of an adult child.
Projection of parental fear about isolation and loneliness is especially prevalent currently in families that have emigrated from deeply traditional community cultures into the newer individualistic technology cultures. However parental fears (Shani) of any kind whether social, financial, mental, emotional can block the self-emergence (Mangala) of their offspring in any culture, in any era.
Probably you perceive yourself to be failing because of self-doubt.
(Of course from a spiritual perspective there is no such thing as failure since each moment is a fully developed learning experience. However even though there is no real possibility of failure, nevertheless the fear of failure is a real feeling.)
Self-doubt is likely being caused by trying to fulfill two mutually incompatible expectations:
Hmm. It is a challenging decision to have to make, yes?
And it is a big choice and it requires constant negotiation of old-vs-new culture change. And because it is so big and so crucial in your spiritual development, finding the auspicious Jyotisha timing for a relatively trivial event like registering for uni classes or buying a diary would be like a"drop in the ocean".
Do you see why it is important to distinguish between the forest and the trees? The habit micro-focusing on small details when there are large, pressing macro-scale decisions to make - and sustain - can become a mental illness. I want to discourage you from dysfunctional focusing on small details as a replacement for setting goals and honestly admitting that there are (important, karmic, manageable) conflicts on your path to reaching those goals.
If you feel nervous or uncertain about making the best choices, try to close off any outside influences that may be interrupting the clarity of your thought. In particular, eliminate the well-meaning but often manipulative emotions of parents (especially their projected fears about the supposed failure of their children) and peer pressure from siblings and cohort. Forget what other people want on your behalf. What do you want? And what is the most rational choice to move you toward what you want?
Divinations by tarot cards, I-Ching, pendulum, bibliomancy and other methods can be very helpful to reduce anxietybecause these methods are brief, direct, and can be repeated many times while the anxiety is releasing. It is OK to be compulsive with self-divinations, so long as you are truly looking for a pattern in the range of divinatory answers. If you find yourself unable to make sense of the answers provided by cards, stones, tea-leaves, or the flight of birds.... then that is the signal of overwhelming emotional conflict caused by psychic interference from Others.
It is also essential to meditate every single day to reinforce your faith and it is essential to know yourself as the child of a loving God.
If the correct attitude of trust and faith that your choice is always the right choice (so long as you are choosing what you want and NOT what others want) is in place, then the fear of making a single bad decision will wash away.
I wish you the self-confidence to make rational choices and believe in yourself. Do not fall prey to superstition about good-and-bad dates or times.
Go deeper in your understanding, deeper than these little surface details. Ask for guidance in your meditation. The divine will always show you the best path, and the divine guides us from within .
Divinations are methods of reflecting our inner truth upon our outward consciousness. Learn to perform your own divinations by asking clear questions and respecting the answers which are provided by the cards, or the stones, or the feelings of touch, light and peaceful clarity which occur in meditation.
Most importantly, keep other people and their concerns OUT of your divinatory prayer space. Others must follow their own paths. Your path is only for you.
With all best wishes,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
|Yada|| Yada: It is always that way. Like the story of the lion and the hunter. Very interesting story. |
The hunter is out in the woods and he sees a lion. So he gets a gun and presses the trigger but the gun does not fire and he starts sweating a little bit. So he tries again and now the lion rushes at him with full force. Then the hunter misfires again. Now this man had another quality besides being a hunter. He was also a Christian. It demanded of him that he falls to his knees and start praying, because the lion was gaining much on him. So he falls on his knees and starts praying. Pretty soon he hears the lion beside him, hot breath in his face and he is completely terrorized. But he is a good Christian, so he goes on praying. Then he peeks out of one eye and sees the lion also in a position of prayer. So he is very pleased and says to the lion: "Oh, I am so glad you are also a Christian.” And the lion looked around and said: "I do not know what you are doing, but I am saying grace.” (laughter).
And so it is. We never know what life is doing because it is us. We are life and not being aware of it, I think that life is about to do something to me.
|Glimpses of Mahayana also in The Pocket Chögyam Trungpa, #85.|| "Buddha nature is not regarded as a peaceful state of mind or, for that matter, as a disturbed one either. |
It is a state of intelligence that questions our life and the meaning of life. It is the foundation of a search.
A lot of things haven't been answered in our life, and we are still searching for the questions. The questioning is buddha nature. It is a state of potential.
The more dissatisfaction, the more questions and more doubts there are, the healthier it is, for we are no longer sucked into ego-oriented situations, but we are constantly woken up."
H.H. Dalai Lama . (2006). The Universe in a Single Atom
The Universe in a Single Atom: Convergence of Science and Spirituality.
"I remember most vividly my first lesson on epistemology as a child, when I had to memorize the dictum
"The definition of the mental is that which is luminous and knowing."
Drawing on earlier Indian sources, Tibetan thinkers defined consciousness. It was years later that I realized just how complicated is the philosophical problem hidden behind this simple formulation.
Today when I see nine-year-old monks confidently citing this definition of consciousness on the debating floor, which is such a central part of Tibetan monastic education, I smile."
Luminosity and Clarity
"These two features--luminosity, or clarity, and knowing, or cognizance
have come to characterize"the mental" in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist thought.
These features are difficult to conceptualize,
but then we are dealing with phenomena that are subjective and internal
rather than material objects that may be measured in spatiotemporal terms.
Perhaps it is because of these difficulties -- the limits of language in dealing with the subjective --
that many of the early Buddhist texts explain the nature of consciousness in terms of metaphors such as light, or a flowing river."
"As the primary feature of light is to illuminate, so consciousness is said to illuminate its objects.
Just as in light there is no categorical distinction between the illumination and that which illuminates, so in consciousness there is no real difference between the process of knowing or cognition and that which knows or cognizes.
In consciousness, as in light, there is a quality of illumination ."
Psycho-Mental Strength via Deity Yoga
Tsong-ka-pa and 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (1987).
Deity Yoga in Action and Performance Tantra .
Jeffrey Hopkins (Ed.).
"The initial period of deity yoga is called prior approximation
because one is accustoming to a deity through becoming closer and closer to its state,
whereupon the deity grants the feat,
either directly or in the sense of bestowing a capacity to the mind.
Actually effecting the achievement of feats is done
by way of carrying out prescribed burnt offerings or repetition of mantra, etc.,
after the approximation has been completed.
These feats are then used for the welfare of others in the third stage, which involves activities of
(1) pacification such as overcoming plague or relieving others of demons,
(2) increase of lifespan, intelligence, wealth, and so forth,
(3) control of resources, persons harmful to others' welfare, etc., and
(4) ferocity, such as expelling or confusing harmful beings."
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