Does A Metaphysical Workshop Certification Really Prepare You?



Many people these days are very interested in being of assistance and working in healing fields. This could include Psychic or Medium Readers, Astrologists, Tarot Readers, Energy Healers, Coaches, Consultants, Spiritual Counselors, Ministers…the list goes on and on. It seems that with the shifting energies of the Universe, many are becoming aware, enlightened and knowing they are to be of service.

But let’s stop and think about this for a minute. Of course, being of service is a noble and important aspiration. But in doing so, you have to be aware of your limitation as far as assistance goes. You must be prepared. You must have experience.

You must be in the field, training under supervision for a certain period of time before you have the confidence to carry on by yourself.

I remember when I was ordained in the ministry of a spiritual church. I felt very inadequate…and I had been in training for well over 10 years, with on going classes in spirituality, meditation practices, metaphysics, work within the church, internship, countless hours of reading countless numbers of books. And all of a sudden, I had license to be a minister. To minister to people with problems, situations, challenges.

“Oh my God,” I said, literally. “Oh my God, am I really ready for this?” In one moment, while being ordained, I was finally aware of the responsibility involved with this opportunity! “What if someone comes to me for help with a really BIG PROBLEM?”

I had been working with people for years, assisting in spiritual counseling and mediumship. But I was awestruck. What if I told someone the wrong information? What if….what if…..what if…. I felt like I had been pushed out without any training.

But after I continued my work, serving my clients and following my ministry (my heart led passion), I realized I had been given plenty of training and experience over the years. If I ran into a problem I couldn’t work with properly, I had a battery of associates and colleagues to rely on. I realized I didn’t have to do it all. I didn’t have to do it by myself.

This sort of vocational trauma came after I had been sufficiently prepared. What happens when you have only attended one workshop, given a certification and turned out to do the work?

I’ll tell you what happens: You may feel so unprepared that you fall away from your chosen vocation and wander around not really knowing what to do, never really fulfilling your heart’s desire, your chosen path.

You may end up making severe mistakes. You may present yourself as capable of performing a service to your clients. But they don’t know you are without proper experience. Sooner or later, the faith and trust your clientele give you is lost.

Be sure to continue in your chosen field after your first certification. But go slowly. Take your time. Work with a mentor or someone you respect in the same field. You know they say, ‘Wine is not done before it’s time!” Wine actually has to ‘work’ for a period of time before it is ready to drink. Otherwise, you get a very bitter taste!
Be the glass of fine wine. Be the best you can be in whatever you choose to do!

Copyright 2017, Melissa Leath
This article was previously published in SelfGrowth.com

The Circle: A Mystical Tool


The circle has long been revered by all cultures and religions as a very sacred symbol. Some say that it is because the moon or the sun is the first thing that primordial man saw as a repetitive and sustaining thing. The circle was something that was constant in their lives. And that is why they used it in indigenous drawings and spiritual rites.

Different cultures and beliefs have incorporated the circle.

In alchemical (or transformational) symbolism the circle is a center point of focus. Circles are a creative feature in esoteric alchemical art. Circles can be used for emphasis or highlighting a specified work within its border. Alchemists are able to focus on the function of the element circled. For instance, if fire is a feature in the work, a circle around it illuminates the focus of fire. You may see yourself doing this exact thing, by circling an important item in a list you have created.

Circles are protective emblems in the Celtic world. Circles are often drawn as protective boundaries, not to be crossed by enemy or evil. This would allow the space to be clear or pristine for specific endeavors.

Circles were also Celtic symbols of the cosmos – symbolizing the intangible procession of time.

In Chinese macrocosmic (as in the larger picture) symbology, the circle represents the nature of heaven (with earth signified by a square).

When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art, it represents the union between heaven and earth.

In the yin-yang symbol, circular in form, is a significant understanding which includes the whole of duality with intent for unified balance.

The circle has a much deeper orientation in our understanding. It has a way of taking us back to where we started. It’s perfect just the way it is. It has no beginning and no ending.

The circle, when walked, can open our inner selves and we can truly see who we are. It creates an inner spiral. This is our journey home. It takes us back to basic understanding and values. It allows us to focus on the moment, not being distracted by past or future.

As we have been living our lives, society has taught us to un-focus from our true selves. And be distracted with mundane occurrences. As we are distracted, we can only access the holographic third dimension. This hologram is a result of being told what to think, what is important, what to wear, being wrapped up in television, news reports, and the unreal world. After so many people have been pulled into that way of viewing the world, it actually creates of false vision of what we think is real.

When you can take a moment and really focus on the whole world (not just the third dimension), life and life-understanding suddenly become much more simplistic.

The circle can be used in visual ways, through meditations or slowly walking in a large circle. It forces us to pay attention to the moment you are in: to be aware of what you are doing. You are able to focus your attention, create a safe space and see things in balance.

If you are interested in learning more about symbols, especially personal symbols, join Melissa in her workshop, “Your Own Secret Codes: Develop Your Language with Spirit” at LilyDale Assembly, New York on July 23, 2017.

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Where is Another Dimension?


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Multi Dimensions

It’s not layers of dimensions all piled up on each other. That implies separateness. It’s all One, existing all at once in the same space.

We can only see one dimension through the eyes of a Third Dimensional Body Experience (human body). The higher (finer, or quicker) we can bring our frequency, then we can witness other areas at the same time.

~just a thought, Melissa Leath
Copyright 2017.

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.

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)
http://www.melissaleath.com

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

Excessive Empathy Can Over-Ground You: Is This a Real Thing?


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Recently someone commented on an interesting sensation he was having. He felt he was overly grounded. It sounds like a good thing, right? But he was concerned that it prevented him from being as ethereally or spiritually connected as he usually was. He could not connect as easily with his Spiritual Self/ Higher Spirit Entities, and attributed it to being (maybe too) empathic, and “feeling” all the global events so intensely. He feels he has regressed in his development of connecting with mystical knowing and ethereal experiences. Almost like it has been turned off.

The state of global events is obviously very overpowering now. Even folks who do not know what being empathic/ hyper-sensitive to energy and vibrations means are becoming upset and breaking down emotionally. It is impacting everyone on the planet. All vibration creates a corresponding action that influences people, places, things, and other events on the other side of the world.

This is how I might explain it:
Have you ever been in a very deep sleep and then suddenly wake up from a startling noise? Your spirit jumps back into the body before it is really ready. And you feel completely unconnected – detached – from your physical body. It sometimes takes you the rest of the day to get back to feeling “normal”.

In a way, this is what has been happening to us, only while we are awake. The events of the recent days and months have been so intense, they have actually jerked us to a more “concentrated awake-ness”. We had to become aware of the world we live in. It has been smacked up in our face. Instead of being tethered to the Earth – flying gleefully in the spirit-realm, we must integrate balance within our triune beings. After all, we are here on Earth – the third dimension — to experience Life.

Experiences like that bring you back to reality (physical reality, that is). Recently my husband Charles and I were driving back home from a leisurely ride in the country. As we were entering the city limits, a car veered right in front of us to make a turn. It seemed they did not even see us coming from the opposite direct. Thanks to Charles’ quick reflexes and expert driving skills, he stomped on the brakes, keeping control of our vehicle while it swerved. We skidded, and missed the car by only several feet. We both were visibly shaken. But as a result of that near-miss, what was most remarkable was that we were totally in our bodies. We were totally aware of our surroundings: sights, smells, sounds. We began to breathe deeply.

The state of the global community is keeping us grounded — through empathic experiences. And I also have the sense that it is imperative right now for as many of us to remain calm, aware (grounded), and heart centered; fully integrated in body/ mind/ spirit. Being aware of our surroundings right now is much more important than being ethereally connected.

Some quick tips to help you in these trying times

1. Remember to breathe. This keeps your brain working at top power. Then reasoning and logic- thinking is easier when you need it.
2. Connect with people you know deeply and love.
3. Be aware of news events, but do not live there. Small doses are all you need. When you become too engrossed in it, then you lose touch with reality. You miss the important parts of your life.
4. Continue to meditate and connect with your inner self. This is where peace is found.
5. Smile and know that All is Right in Your World.

Many Blessings
Melissa Leath
www.melissaleath.com