On Curses and Their Cures

bloodyogreI was recently asked, “Is psychic ability like a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened over time? And can a good psychic lift a curse placed upon his or her client by a third party?”

I am a spiritualist, not a materialist, so in my experience spontaneous psychic insights occur in direct proportion to how alert I am to subtle signals or hunches, and to how willing I am for Spirit/HigherPower/God/Invisible Sky Friend/Goddess/Great Mystery/Divine Love to use me to help people I encounter during my day. Last year I was standing in line at a grocery store when I noticed a young man serving as bagger next to the checkout station. Immediately I saw and felt an image of a plane around him, a plane that he was piloting. There was nothing about his clothing or demeanor that would have suggested piloting experience. So I casually asked him, “Do you have any interest in flying airplanes?” He gave me a look of surprise and said, “It’s been my dream for a long while to be an airplane pilot.”

David J. Hand, a professional statistician, says in his book, The Improbability Principle,that the underlying nature of physical reality mandates frequent appearance of seemingly miraculous coincidences. He does not believe in psychic ability or a spiritual reality; he would say my experience with the young would-be flier was an intrinsically meaningless coincidence. I disagree. I believe that the young man and I showed up at the precise moment in time and space for a purpose; that I was meant to plant a seed of encouragement in that young man’s imagination in order to nudge him a bit closer to his heart’s desires.

When I read Tarot cards or do trance for a client in my psychic business, they come to me with a question or questions, and I use the tool of the Tarot to seek patterns in their probable futures that might be useful for them to know about. So I guess this is a kind of “exercising my psychic ability as a muscle.” But even with Tarot readings, alertness, relaxation, and openness to the experience is necessary for any insights to occur; and I can screw up a reading big time if I try to control how the reading turns out.

Can psychic “muscle” defeat and lift a curse? To answer this question it’s vital to understand that there is no evil power in curses. Their only power is psychological. Curses are only effective if the person cursed believes in them, because when I believe something very bad is going to happen to me, my fear often gets so great it muddles my thinking, and I can bring about the very thing I’m afraid will happen.

Having said this, if you can’t get the notion of the curse out of your head, there is a ritual some of my clients have said works for them. (Rituals are useful psychological tools that work even if you don’t believe in them.) When you are about to go to bed at night, put a bowl or cup of water in each corner of your bedroom. Put one drop of an essential oil you like into the cup, such as sage oil (rescue), lavender oil (cleansing), rosemary oil (Divine Mother), or oil of jasmine or ylang-ylang (consoles and melts away fear). You can buy oils like these, or any other that appeals to you, at most health food stores. Then go to bed. Lying in bed, pray a prayer like this one: “Lion father, protect me; wolf mother, watch over me; Mother of Love, melt away my fear and keep all shadow from my door.” The next morning, pour the water out of the bowls onto the ground outside or down the toilet.

Repeat this ritual every night for a month, and by the end of the month (and sometimes long before) my clients tell me their fear has left them.

But remember: there is no curse that has any power over you except the one you give it. •

Spirit Gardening 101: A Message From the Family

Here begins our discourse concerning the spirits of plants, their natures, conditions, various properties, uses, and humours. Let all those who would dwell in woe read no further, for the Alliance of the Green is a family of harmonious interdependence: intersupporting, yet maintaining each member thereof its complete integrity, whereby men and women might learn from this economy.

And let all those who would seek an end to mystery read no further, for that which we present is but a shadow of what there is to be known of our green blooded cousins.

Knowing, therefore, that experience is the best teacher, we urge our readers to test the informations we give in these utterances; to [retain] what seems [useful] and to discard what seems not. And we ask Isis and Osiris, Pomona and Vertumnis, Maria and Yeshua, Flora and Ceres, Rhea, Demeter and Ops, all the consciousnesses of forest, fields, vacant lot, roadside, streamside, and dung heap—all these we ask to guide us we write, that our words may accurately represent the world as They view it.

  • If there is a plant whose virtues you wish to discover, it is first necessary to identify it as accurately as possible. For this, the botanies are invaluable.
  • Take note of the date and time you discovered the plant; the location and placement of it; its leaf and flower color, if any; how the leaves are arranged on the stem; how tall it is, and how broad; whether it springs up from the roots or from fleshy underground storage organs; whether it looks healthy and happy or ill and sad; whether it is insect-riddled or has suffered little damage from predators.
  • Observe also whether there are others of its kind dwelling nearby, or if it is a solitary specimen.
  • Do not pick it. If you are no artist, or cannot capture the plant’s image on film, one or two leaves it is permitted to take; but in your world of vanishing plant-forms it should be considered as criminal to kill or harm a green sibling for mere curiosity’s sake as it would be to kill or maim an animal for the same reason.
  • Go home to your botanies, and seek the plant therein. Ask the plant in meditation to help you to identify it. Talk to locals. The information will present itself in due course.

A Water For Improving the Understanding of the Hidden

  • 1 pint pure Rainwater or Distilled Water
  • 1/2 pound fresh Rosemary tops, taken equally from young and old [parts of the plant]; or 1/4 pound dried Rosemary leaves

If the Rosemary is in flower when you gather it, that is best. When you gather it, say, “Rosemary, dew of the sea, guide me into memory of the mystery I seek. Rosemary, my elder sibling, guide me; and as you give up your flesh to my knife, I honor you. And I will return your flesh to the Earth when I have put it to the use I intend.”

Next, distil the Rosemary with the water in a Bain-Marie. [Permit to cool, then] apply as a mist or splash to the Throat Chakra.

Additions:

  • To understand religious or spiritual mysteries, add to the Rosemary the shredded root of the Vetiver plant or Khus-Khus.
  • To understand the needs and motivations of human persons or beasts, add to the Rosemary [chopped leaf of] Juniper.
  • For understanding the causes and solutions of practical problems, add [the crushed dried buds of] Clove.
  • For understanding the next step in the progress of an artwork, [literary endeavour], or creative project, add [both flowers and leaves of] Lavender.
  • For understanding the proper time to do something, add [flowers of] Chamomile.
  • For understanding the speech of [beasts], birds, and plants, add [the flowers or leaves of] Thyme.
  • For understanding your self, add nothing, [but employ the Rosemary only].

The [true, pure, unadulterated essential] oils [of the above plants] may be used [instead of their parts], no more than 8 drops to [each] pint Rosemary Water.

When applying [the Water to your Throat Chakra], say, “Awaken, awaken, awaken.”

 

 

 

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)