Monday, February 28, 2011
The Gift of Prophecy
Crazy pre-spring skies lately.
Part of what happened while I was receiving the download of information a couple of weeks ago is that I was asked to kick it up a notch in my practice as a shaman. I was made aware of the fact that I now possess the gift of prophecy. Holy cow, what does THAT mean? I've been exploring this idea in a number of ways, including reading "Practical Intuition" by Laura Day.
It's a pretty good book, though, in reading it and doing the exercises I have come to the realization that I don't believe in the future. What I mean is, I don't think the future is out there, fixed, shaped, therefore ready to be clearly discerned. The truth is, I don't believe in the past, either, as a fixed reality. We write our histories, re-write them as needed in the moment, yes? During my ten years of psychotherapy, I definitely re-wrote my own history, oh yeah.
As for the future, I believe that in this present moment - yeah, right NOW - we are, all of us, busily co-creating, which is why books like "The Secret" get me so riled up. Books like that make it sound like it's easy to create a specific future if only we focus on what we want/need. Books like that ignore the fact that there are several billion OTHER HUMANS out there also fixated on a particular future, not to mention all the thoughts, wishes and hopes of animals, plants, etc. If only it were so easy - to focus on intention and create your own beautiful, perfect future without the interference of the billions of other coherent life-forms sharing this planet. Ridiculous.
I believe all our thoughts, wishes, dreams, hopes and fears weave themselves together. Our wishes and dreams, our fears, too, are the foundation upon which we cut through time/space, on which we walk through our days and nights. That tightly woven tapestry, our collective intentions, I mean, is the ground upon which we base our behaviors, take action, move and live. It's impossible to predict what kind of future will come of these complex interactions. That kind of big picture clarity is the domain of God, if you ask me.
So - what good is the gift of prophecy, I ask you? Well, so far, I've been able to see around small corners of time for individuals. For instance, I correctly guessed that after five weeks, a client's cat was about to come home. I told her what I saw, but begged her to take that vision with a mountain of salt. After she left her session, she texted 20 minutes later - the cat was home! I was flabbergasted actually.
As with all the other gifts and skills of shamanship, the gift of prophecy is something I will have to practice, something that will no doubt come to me in bits and pieces, slowly, little by little. I might have to adjust my belief system about the future, too. Frankly, even though it is beginning to happen, I remain skeptical.