Charge for the Gifts of Spirit?


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Know Your Worth, and Be Worthy of Your Knowing
Taken from Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics, Chapter 8 The Bottom Line

Some students ask me: Is it right to charge for one’s services as a medium? After all, it’s a gift from God, isn’t it? It seems like you are cashing in on God’s goodness by taking money for it.

I love that question and I grappled with it myself for many years. When we were working within the Spiritualist Church, an associate medium got a small booth at area psychic fairs and charged for short readings. I was aghast! I felt she was disrespecting the spiritual gift by charging for her readings.

Several years later, I went to a psychic fair just to see what it was all about. There were readers and vendors, and several people giving lectures about various spiritual and metaphysical concepts. The attendees were hungry for information. Some were unfamiliar with the concept of spiritualism, but still were interested in finding out about spirit communication.

The short readings that attendees paid for introduced them to spirit communication and psychic abilities. I realized that there are other valid ways to present spiritual information as well as in church. Educating the public about spiritual concepts can be a respectable way to make a living.

Let me ask you this: Have you ever bought a beautiful painting because the artwork and colors were so special? Have you ever had your transmission rebuilt by an expert mechanic who had been recommended to you? Have you eaten at a five-star restaurant and tasted the exploding flavors of the chef’s specialty? Or bought an engaging musical recording by an aspiring singer/songwriter? All these people have God-given talents as well. Would you suggest these artists just give you what they do, without any kind of compensation? If you’ll notice, the artists and chefs and mechanics that are extremely talented and sought after receive the highest pay.

Being a medium, psychic or intuitive is no different. Many readers have been led to do this spiritual work full time. It is their ministry. Ministers from many religions receive a salary, and earn their living that way. Do not judge anyone who is asking for payment as an even exchange of energy.

When you go back to the thought and understanding that everything is energy, then money starts to make more sense. I believe that all service is worth a fair and even exchange of energy. Many times that means paying money for what services you receive. Other times, an exchange of materials or other services is appropriate. Many people embrace bartering as a means for this.

If you intend to make a living as a psychic or medium then you will want to address the idea of accepting money as a way of exchanging energy. Look around at other readers to get a good idea of what the market in your area is doing with charging for services. Be sure to stay within that market range. Many readers provide two different time frames for readings: one long session for full readings (usually an hour, depending on the type of reading you do), the other is a shorter session (to address specific areas or follow-up from another session).
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Be sure to let your client know what the time frames are for each session, and then adhere to it by setting a timer. Starting on time and ending on time is essential. You create the time standard by the way you deal with it. I usually set my timer five to ten minutes before the session is over. I tell the client (before the session starts) that the timer will go off in time for us to wrap up the reading. That way they will know ahead of time when the session is done. If you honor the time set for the session and tell your client when it is over, then they will honor your time also.

Melissa Leath Copyright 2011
This is an excerpt from my book Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics.

Interview with Lee Roberts


Happy to share this interesting interview with you. Sheila Renee Parker talks with Lee Roberts, a Paranormal Investigator. I am always intrigued with investigators like this. And had the opportunity to do the same work many years ago. But after much inward searching (and conversing with my Spirit Team) I decided to leave it completely alone. However, I have much respect for Mr. Roberts.

I do have one sticking point: he believes in NOT protecting himself. I have a very strong disagreement with him on this point. There are very good ways to protect yourself in these situations (that I will outline from 37+ years of spirit communication experience as a medium, in my own post in the coming days — so watch for it) without interfering with contact and recognizing essence. You can still be wide open while investigating.

But I am very excited to share his information, and thank Sheila Renee Parker for her post…M/

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Today I’m welcoming Lee Roberts, executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Thank you, Lee for stopping by!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lee Roberts, I’ve been a Paranormal investigator for over 20 years now. I’ve ran private teams investigating private homes and local properties. Worked on a few TV shows including Mindscape, Ghost Attacks in the USA and worked with the Most Haunted team. I now run Haunted Events UK, write for Haunted Magazine and present #haun7edLIVE via my Facebook page.

I used to be a police officer but left that role under a black cloud leading me to spend time in jail. That was the lowest part of my life but made me who I am today, I never regret anything in life.

You’re the owner of the paranormal events company, Haunted Events UK. Share with everyone what your company’s about.

I…

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Soul Renaissance and Imagination


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Meditative Moments: Soul Renaissance and Imagination

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Dreams can come true again when everything old is new again.”
~Anne Murray’s song Everything Old Is New Again

Lesson

Our souls are forever developing and evolving in a myriad of ways. It never sits idly by with nothing to do. But the soul continually moves. Even in the gestation period, similar to the winter quiet months of Earth, the soul is readjusting and preparing. Moving from a state of solitude to one of expansion, can be a moment of time that requires fortitude, patience and endurance. Moving in Life is a form of change and can be challenging. But it can also be empowering when you realize what is happening.

This is a time of change that can benefit you. Let’s look at the positive things involved while dealing with change. Some may fear change, not wanting to open to something unknown, leaving that safe unobtrusive space. But change can be progressive. It’s a way of altering to another outcome. Did you ever watch a movie on DVD that had alternate endings? Most people want to see the original ending (perhaps the way it was shown at the theatres). And they don’t want to stray from that ending. It shows that they like everything tied up a certain way with a logical ending. Don’t mess with a good thing, right? But have you just wondered about the possibility of an alternate ending? Can you venture out of your safe mode for a moment to imagine it?

The key thought here is “imagination”. Imagination is the thing we use in our dreams, but is also the connection of soul to the human essence. It has everything to do with evolution of the soul.

Barbara Marx Hubbard is founder of the The Santa Barbara-based Foundation for Conscious Evolution, author and self-described ‘spiritual/social philosopher/activist’.

She says of evolution that we are in “… an evolutionary movement, and it’s aligned itself with anything that’s life-enhancing.” She goes on to say that Evolutionary Consciousness has three-fold awareness: backward, inward and forward. It is (1) looking back in time and experiencing the mystery of the whole story of creation from the origin of the universe, as one’s own story; (2) Focusing inward to the source of our being, to pure awareness, Silence, God; and (3) Reaching forward to participating in the co-creation of the next stage of our evolution.

Author of “Unity of All Life,” Eric Butterworth, considered a legend and spiritual icon in the Unity movement states: “The hope of the future lies, as it always has, in the evolving awareness of the Infinite on the part of the finite.”

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of revolution, said that if his theories of the universe were correct, then we can only get to evolutionary realities through daring to change, taking charge of the direction that change moves.

We are not only experiencing this renaissance of soul individually, but globally. All of us, all of earth, everything we know will move through this single moment of soul renaissance. As told in ancient Toltec spirituality we will come to know the Nagual itself, the great nameless Presence that exists before and after all these worlds.

As we move into the renaissance our soul will merge from linear time to what has been called Nowtime by Audri Scott Williams. In her book, “Diary of Nowtime Prophecies” she states, “…when you hold that which you perceive through your senses in present moment awareness—always, time and form cease. You enter the world where everything exists in infinity.” Acute awareness of the moment will take us to the total understanding of spiritual evolution. This opens to pure imagination.

In this state of Nowtime, all will have the time needed to recognize, experience and remember the full consciousness of our awakened spirits and to remember the origin of our individuality in the primordial fields of being.

The best way to prepare for any future moment (our soul’s renaissance) in time is to be fully in your present moment now. Allow yourself to consciously be aware of the phenomenal world and Eternal Presence from which that world was created.

Those of us who are already emerging to our soul renaissance are not controlled by the subconscious fear that pervades this earth experience, and leading the way for many.

Exercise

The most beneficial thing to do is go about your spiritual business. Concentrate on being the strongest connection to All That Is. Be totally aware of your surroundings: are they of the third dimension, or other-dimensional? Do you recognize your resting state, or the opening to transformation? The time will come that it is important for you to know the difference.

As that knowing and understanding comes into your being, the renaissance of the soul becomes a matrix of new beginnings.

Meditative moment

I see myself in the safe, development period of life. I know that all is well in my world. Any resistance to changing patterns is lifted from me. I am growing to perfection and preparing to expand when the time is right.

Written by Melissa Leath, originally posted in the Dreamweaver Magazine
Copyright 2012 Dreamweaver Magazine (EMERGENCE Issue, May/June 2012)
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As the Crowd Reacts


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A nationally known television network crew was filming the whole scene, and saw Joseph trying to persuade the crowd into a living vibration, rather than one of death. One of the main news reporters thought she recognized him. What was so familiar about him? She was drawn to this man for some reason, and knew she must talk to him immediately.

She started to make her way towards Joseph, dodging people who were swinging their fists, and ducking around a fight that was going on between them.

But just as the reporter heard him yell, he was bashed in the head with a club. She lost sight of him. That one strike started others in the crowd reacting to the violence. Everyone joined in and started clubbing, kicking, and rioting.

Joseph’s body slumped to the ground, as frenzy took over. He was crushed…

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7 Symptoms of Energy Ascension


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It’s been a long haul, but finally you feel like you have come at least a little bit closer to the ascended aspects of the New World Energy. And you thought it would be all fun and games now, right?

Guess what? Just arriving does not mean you are in fully! Your body must adjust to the higher frequencies. Your mind and emotions must overcome the traditional societal attitudes. And your family and friends may not even understand what is going on with you! Some have called this a “Soul-Quake,” or sometimes called “Ascension Flu”. And I think that is a perfect way to describe it.

We are moving full steam ahead into the Age of Aquarius. (You know, this is when we let go of that 2,000 year age of Piscean traditions of law and order, logical thinking, and needing someone of more status telling us what to do: religion, government, structured schooling, etc.) Strange energies are invading our bodies and are showing in just-as-strange physical symptoms.

As a die-hard age is dispelled and we open to new and wondrous possibilities, we must, by order of the universe, begin to feel symptoms of energy shifts. And this will happen regularly as our bodies are adjusting and upgrading to the higher frequencies.

Go with the flow, don’t fight it. If you feel tired and exhausted, rest and get plenty of sleep. Drink plenty of water since you could be detoxifying and dehydrating quicker than usual. These changes are not necessarily being experienced by everyone concurrently. But we all will recognize them as we go through this “Universal Change”. ** (see awareness note below)
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Here are a few of the main symptoms you might experience:

1. Sleep issues
Inability to wake up, or periods of deep sleeping – rest period after a lot of energy has come in, preparing for another period of intense inflow of energy, processing another leap in expansion.
Waking up at odd hours – or waking up at the same time on the clock each night.

2. Neck pain/stiffness
Foot pain, lower leg pain, stiffness and aching (old man syndrome) or feeling the need to shuffle along while you walk, barely able to walk or move – all due to grounding onto the new earth and taking in the new energies into the body via the feet and legs. Also, low and mid-back pain and discomfort, sometimes severe, often between the shoulder blades

3. Too much stress.
High degree of stress, anxiety, but no apparent reason for this. New energy is coming in and pushing old patterns, beliefs, and behaviors to the surface for release. Also extreme exhaustion/fatigue due to our bodies transforming into a lighter structure to reside in higher dimensions. You are becoming less dense and this takes an incredible amount of energy.

4. Loss of memory
Short term, such as, what did I just do, say, eat, read, can’t remember appointments, commitments, etc. Or longer term – can’t remember what you did, said, wore last week or last month.

5. Digestion/digestive tract issues
Constipation, loose stool, stomach upset/discomfort/pain, bloating and indigestion, inability to properly digest food. Your new vibration and the vibration of the food you are consuming no longer align. Tastes in food change, for example you may notice you lose a taste for and stop eating meat. Eating certain kinds of food causes you to shake inside and out. Allergies: new ones develop or old ones act.

6. Feeling out of body
You are not grounded, not present, untethered, or spacey. You just feel like you are not ‘here’ anymore. You are walking between two worlds or dimensions, or in a new dimension and not fully present to it. Loss of ability to (remember how to) write certain words, spell, or speak, or comprehend. This is due to jumping back and forth between dimensions, disconnected or not aligned with time. Part of you is here and part of you has jumped to another dimension.

7. Heightened sensitivity to sound, light and smell. The energies around you are tuning up your frequency and vibration. You may have a ‘tinny’, hollow or strange sound in your ears.

Never fear! This is all part of the NEW Norm. As you begin to realize that is what the issue is, then you can relax and allow the process.

** Please Be Aware! If you feel like this is a physical, medical issue, always consult your medical professional. These symptoms may also be due to third dimensional illness or dis-ease. Please take care of yourself! ** Always discern your situation, and pay attention to how it feels to you.

Blessings! Melissa Leath
http://www.melissaleath.com

10 Tips for Surviving (and Thriving) As An Empath


I have written about and lectured on the pros and cons of being empathic, as well as recognizing if you are one. Here is an expansive view that I endorse by MommyMystic along with wonderful side articles to expand your knowledge and awareness of this interesting ability…M/

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ProtectedEmpath ‘Protected Empath’ by Elena Ray, http://elenaray.com

Note: This month I am participating in the Super Natural Healing Summit. Register and you will receive interviews and free gifts from many different healing practitioners once the summit begins on August 15th. This is an excellent FREE way to learn more about healing modalities of all types! My own interview will be featured on August 19th. Register here, and spread the news.

We are living through a very intense time right now, and in the coming months I’ll be focusing here on the energies of this particular phase of history, and how we all can deal with them. Today I want to start with the basics of caring for yourself as an empath. We are all empathic, because to be human means to be connected energetically to everything around you, whether you are aware of this or not. Just as…

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbuster (2016)


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I have been waiting oh, so long for this next make of the classic Ghostbuster movies. After all the hoopla about second rate remakes, I have gone to the theatre and watched it in regular screen, not the 3-D version. I did not want the visual effects to overpower the way I saw it for the first time. Sometimes 3-D can be the spectacular thing and you forget the actual movie.

But before I tell you if I liked it or not, let me share with you some of the back story.

First off, this Ghostbuster 2016 is not a “proper sequel” that the Ghostbuster cult fans have been screaming for, like the two other movies from 1984 and 1989. It is a reboot. It is an entirely new version. And there is a reason for it.

The third film for Ghostbusters had been on the drawing board ever since the release of Ghostbusters II in 1989. There had been several steps of progress, only to be taken back to square one. There was no doubt that the fans wanted another one (me included). The problems came in many guises. Bill Murray, who was an original cast member for one reason or another refused to make a committed promise to the new project. Also, the death of fellow cast member Harold Ramis (1944-2014) who played the part of Egon Spengler obviously set back the development of the next movie. Different plots and themes were discussed (including one where Bill Murray’s character was transformed into a ghost, and another in which the Ghostbusters went to hell), but were always never finalized.

Check out this discussion from Melissa McCarthy about the reboot ideas: Click Here

So, Sony and Columbia Pictures decided to reboot the series. Many of the original cast members were cast in cameo roles (I love looking for cameo spots). And an all-female cast (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) was announced in 2015. This sparked more controversy.

So, come hell or high water, Ghostbusters 2016 was on its way. And I was totally stoked.

Just what is Ghostbusters? Or- Have you been living under a rock?

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Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy. Filmmaker Paul Feig directed it and shared writing it with Katie Dippold. It was released in the United States on July 15, 2016, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It’s about four women (from different live experiences) who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. It seems to follow similar lines in the plot from the original stories of bringing several people of expertise together in unusual manner (of course) to investigate paranormal occurrences, research supernatural science, and catch/contain ghostly apparitions with their untested equipment.

And, understanding as we should, that this story is purely for our comedic entertainment, we watch all manner of unusual events, wonkiness, misguided bureaucratic intervention, and pure unadulterated joy as the women of ethereal escapades ramble through our minds.

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Kate McKinnon plays part of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, eccentric (too say the least) enegineer, who successfully tests the Holtzmann’s Proton Containment Laser. She is totally her own woman. So wacky and fully in control of her super-knowledge. She is my new-superhero.

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Melissa McCarthy plays the part of Abby Yates, co-author of a book which theorizes the existence of paranormal phenomenon such as ghosts. McCarthy must be my favorite contemporary actor of the 21Century. She could have totally souped-up this role, but kept her grounded and loving in nature. She could easily have been the character you wanted to hate, but instead was the catalyst that kept the women together. I believe this speaks to Melissa’s superb acting ability.

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Kristen Wiig playing Erin Gilbert, who also authored the same book on paranormal phenomenon. But she felt no one took her seriously and went the road of respectable teacher at Columbia University. When she witnessed a real ghost with the others, she was on-board with the investigations. The level-headed person of the team, who always got slimed (Yeah, there was a lot of that!)

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Comedian Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, the un-paranormal addition to the team. Known because of her underground expertise in the rail system and historic knowledge of New York City, Leslie plays the role of “I’ll just tell you how it is” kind of person that helps ground the other roles. It would not have been a Ghostbuster Team without her! I consider this a break out role for Leslie Jones and you will see so much more of her. I think this just scratches the surface of her acting talents.

So what did I think?

Well, I went into this wanting it to be another great Ghostbuster film. And I knew that because it was an all-female cast, it could be problematic. But I had high hopes.

It did not disappoint me! I love it! Will go see it in 3-D now. And buy the DVD just as soon as it comes out!

Be well, my friends, Melissa Leath
Copyright 2016 http://www.melissaleath.com