Where Is the Love?
Your heart center, of course. Some may think it comes from the brain and in a way it might. But first it comes from the heart and then perhaps your brain must decipher what to do with it.
Give yourself more love. First, be who you are – walking in your authentic truth is loving yourself. Having that ice cream or piece of cake without regret is loving yourself. Taking time for you is loving yourself. Think of the ways you can give yourself more love and then do them. Stop putting yourself on the back burner.
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
― Charles Bukowski
When you love yourself first, you can give love to others. The gift of love does not have to be a grand gesture – opening a door, carrying someone’s groceries, complimenting someone’s energy, clothing and hair and sending love, light and healing are all ways to give love.
“The ultimate source of abundance is to give love for the betterment of others.”
― Debasish Mridha
Being mindful will assist in recognizing how we give and receive love.
In this fast-paced life, sometimes days run into days – running yourself to exhaustion is not loving yourself. Crossing personal boundaries is not loving yourself. Over analyzing is not loving yourself. It seems easy to see what is not working when I write this, but in real time it’s more of a fog. Slow down. Breathe. Notice what is not working for you. You know what doesn’t sit well within your being. Pay attention. Make change.
“When we were born, nobody gave us a lesson on how to breathe—we just did. The same thing happens with love. Nobody tells you how to love—we just do.”
― Connor Chalfant
And finally, allow yourself to receive love by opening your heart center Trust your intuition. Allow yourself to receive love. You are worth it!
Blessing of Peace and Love
Circle of Protection
A wasp showed itself out of the blue the other day in my office while my daughter was working. When I arrived, it looked like a bomb had exploded. I saw that my flip-flop was on top of the small table by my reading chair. I knew that poor soul, the wasp, had to be under it.
The first thing I thought of was the animal totem, which is about new beginnings and bringing positive change to one’s life, and then of course, I thought of the less than energies.
For a wasp to get into my place, it first must travel through the screened porch. Yes, I have seen wasps on my porch. I have not ever had one make it into my place, let alone the kitchen area.
As I have always said, there is good and less than good in everything (Law of Duality). I called a Wiccan friend of mine who is also a Spiritualist, and we decided to salt the entire building.
After snipping the corner of a Ziploc, I poured the sea salt in. We walked around the building creating a circle of protection, allowing only good energies to pass through. Next, we did the windowsills and doorways, both inside and out. Once done, we sat and enjoyed the new cleansed energy. It truly made a difference.
Backstory: One other time I salted the same building myself. In one area of the yard, it burned a hole into the ground. I was shocked and still am as I think back on it.
Some people might consider this hocus-pocus. I consider it protection against less than good energies. It took me a minute to get there, I must admit.
Another practice brought to my attention was to ‘freeze’ people out of your life. If you want someone out of your life, write their name on a piece of paper, fold it as tiny as you can and put it in the back corner of your freezer. After I dared to do this, I found less situations with those who are not a vibrational fit. Then I learned other people I know have
done it too. It’s about protecting yourself.
I’m sure most of you have heard about putting the white light up around you for protection. The light comes from within and is the spark of God that each of has access to.
The appearance of the wasp was interesting. I like the animal totem aspect. It doesn’t hurt to protect yourself from energies and intentions that may be less than good toward you.
Later, I said to my daughter that wasp probably came from the garbage can.
Blessings of Peace and Love
Are appropriate. My sun sign is fire and I have four placements in Virgo to include my Ascendant. Anyone else fortunate to be a fire sign?
As a Sag, I am strong and passionate – some might just perceive it as blunt. I have no fear in sharing my thoughts and beliefs. I am always searching, looking to gain more knowledge.
I had a conversation recently with a water sign. It is my perception that water signs are emotional and wishy-washy – some might just perceive it as passive aggressive.
In the conversation, I noted that the differences between water and fire are evident. The water sign person thought that my words and actions were ‘confrontational,’ and I, the fire sign, stated that my perception was that a ‘conversation was taking place.’ Which is it?
Backstory: My daughter is a Cancer Sun and Cancer rising. Imagine that all our lives. LOL. We have had our moments but are in the bliss at this time and always will be forever moving forward. Because we have done and continue to do the inner work to heal our own situations.
The conversation continued with this water sign, which incidentally is not with my daughter, in case you are wondering. We did agree that everything is in constant change. It’s a start.
And as we were finishing up this conversation, what enters my visual arena? An armadillo, which is the symbol for putting up appropriate boundaries. Totally, blew me out the water. When I went to look at my favorite animal totem site, it read: ‘Speak up! Stand your Ground!’ Please, don’t encourage me. LOL.
Again, what really needs saying here is that it really doesn’t matter what your sign is – fire, water, air, earth. If everyone – me, you, he and she – did the inner work to heal situations that have happened, then true conversations could take place.
Yes, everything is in constant change, but not everything changes. It’s up to you!
Blessings of Peace and Love!
In with the New
It’s a big deal to put your shingle outside of your office in Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Becoming a certified medium, healer and teacher is no easy feat. Years of study, mediumship circles and public demonstrations not to mention the self-healing needed to continue to evolve.
My shingle, which is 24 inches by 18 inches (regulation size), was created by the elder who did just about everyone’s shingle as well as other signage in Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. They are beautiful. I was one of her last clients. I went to her home; her artwork was showcased in every room. I was happy when she decided to create my shingle. I gave her my business card for the possible color scheme – blue, indigo, purple.
A week passed when I finally got the call. I was excited. She was able to get the purple in the sign, a little silver and bright pink. Remarkably, I loved the pink. I could feel the energy of love put into it.
Backstory: My shingle was bright and bold. The day I brought it to my office one of the mediums in the near vicinity claimed that it was larger than hers. I showed the president at the time the first chance I had that it was the same size.
My beloved shingle is retiring after nearly six years. In its place anew. It reads: ‘LORI CARTER (in black) Spiritualist Medium (in pink) Healer & Teacher (in purple) with my website FromTheEthers.com (in blue) and my phone number (in black). It also has art: A woman’s healing hand holding planet Earth. From Earth, a dreamier like as if an etheric Earth begins to Ascend and finally in the result a transparentized pyramid with Hebrew written within.
In ways, I’m sad for old to go. I will keep it in my office once I figure out how to hang this new shingle. It’s good to clean things out, or throw them away, and replace with new, a new energy, to whom I have become in the past nearly six years.
Looking forward to the next chapters.
Blessings of Peace and Love!
What the Mail Brings
The other day was just like any other. I went to the post office to get my mail. Interestingly enough there was a package for me. I thought to what I ordered. Nothing.
I sent a text to my daughter to see if she’s been getting way too many packages from Amazon at home. LOL. Nope. My friend got in the car and asked if I was gonna open it.
Backstory: One time a potential client sent a manila envelope wanting help. The envelope had childlike writing and Disney stickers on it. It was super odd. When I called, the person answered, and hung up when I said who I was. Strange, right? On the other hand, I had another client who continuously sent cash – always received.
I decided to finally open the package. The box read: ‘Luxury.’ It’s safe is what I thought. It was a beautiful tea mug, with a spoon, a luxury coaster and a silk swatch of material. I knew who it came from – one of my students. She sent a tea mug that read, ‘TEACHER’ the last time she took class with me.
What a beautiful surprise. I’m almost afraid to use it. I just completed two online courses that lasted eight weeks each. She almost didn’t sign up for the last series of classes. I know she’s happy she did as am I. I love teaching classes, although it does take a lot of energy, which at times is depleted from doing readings and writing.
Some days I was not looking forward to class, but when the time came, I was so happy for it. It’s beautiful to assist and ultimately watch others grow their gifts. We all have them, if only we can awaken to them.
I am starting online Intuition Development classes this fall, more than likely two – a beginner and an intermediate. As I recalled when the country shut down, everything is energy, so I can teach online classes. If you’re interested, send me an email at LoriCarter@aol.com.
See you then, or until next time!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.