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Justifying Life

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, lecturer, and poet

Life, Justified

Please Note: This article is a repost from our old blog – originally dated February 2007.

Well, we had a question from one of our new forum readers (Welcome to you all!) and decided to tackle the answer. First the question, which we suspect was asked partially in jest, at our expense: How does God justify life?

How indeed? Remember folks ask a foolish question, get a foolish answer. *wink, wink*

Okay not foolish, but instead intended for anything but fools. You need to have some level of spiritual integrity and a raised awareness to fully grasp the meaning of such high-minded and philosophical things. So here goes….

The answer to your question is a question in itself: How would YOU justify your own life? Why do I ask instead of answer? The question is the answer. You are God. Knowing this, how would you justify your own life?

Now I will attempt to explain the true, universal nature of God. God is not masculine, nor is God feminine. God does not physically exist, nor is God nonexistent. God is not positive or negative, good or evil. God is not black or white.

God is ALL. For everything that Is and even the non-Is that we call “nothing” are part of the ONE God, the ALL. So if you suspend disbelief and confusion for one moment and imagine that there is only one true being, one true, living creature and that this creature is the ALL, you come closer to approximating what God is, in a way that is understandable by human consciousness.

The ALL is made up of different parts, each with its own purpose, the way that you have arms and toes, a stomach and hair. The ALL has a portion that is called strength, a portion that is called weakness. It has both chaos and order. It is the twilight and the dawn. It contains both youth and age. These parts do not stop having their individual purpose just because they may be detached from the ALL or not in use by it for a time. Just as your arm, an upper body limb designed to move and lift for various reasons and purposes, still holds its purpose even when you are asleep and not using it, and retains its purpose even if you suffer an horrific accident and lose the arm. It is still an arm.

The ALL is … Continue reading →

Active Meditation

“There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th-century German Writer & Philosopher

Walking the Dog

Someone says “Meditation.”

Do you think “Om?”

No fault there, most of us think of sitting quietly in the sun next to a placid lake when we hear about meditation. This is normal considering the big bucks that go into the “Feel good and escape the rat race” industry nowadays.

They want you to believe that meditation requires a perfectly peaceful, luxury-filled lifestyle, a highly organized and beautiful environment. They are setting you up for failure.

But why would they do that you ask?

Because it is simple monetary psychology.

People are willing to pay for that which they believe they do not or cannot have. Why spend money to achieve a feeling or a reality that you believe you already have?

Make Yoga or Pilates or Meditation seem appealing to the masses and then convince those masses that they NEED certain THINGS in order to have that appealing reality in their lives…instant rags to riches story.

But what if the truth was that you can be active and be busy and get things done and still achieve the benefits of meditation?

That would make it so much more convenient wouldn’t it? If you needed only your mind and nothing else to meditate…I bet you would do it more often.

You would?

Well good! Because that is … Continue reading →

Recalling an Unexpected Hiatus

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
~William Ellery Channing, 19th-century American preacher

Twilight Beacon

Please Note: This article is a repost from our old blog – originally dated April 2007. It is not current but is added here for the information contained within.

Well, if you’ve visited either of my sites in the past few weeks you’ve probably been asking yourself, where is Vera Nadine? Why hasn’t she been posting, offering up any true hope or sharing any information that might help me connect with my divine self?

The answer to all of these questions is a forced hiatus that I’ve been under, induced by a terrible cold that morphed into something much worse.

Around the third or fourth day in March, I developed a little tickle in my throat…just a nagging little cough that wouldn’t stop. It progressed from there into the worst cold/flu that I can ever remember having. I called it the A-Z Cold because it sequentially progressed through every symptom that one could imagine…hives, fever, nausea, sore throat, congestion, inability to sleep, runny nose…just the works.

Around about the sixth day of this horrible annoyance I went to my main guide, Gretchen, and asked her what was going on. She said that it was something I needed to go through to clear my energy which completely confirmed what my Acupuncturist had said that, it was resulting from some clearing treatments that her and I had been doing recently.

While I was on her plane of existence, Gretchen had me lay down on the floor of her cabin and attempted to get me to eat some leek soup, saying that it would help clear up the cold within a day or two.

Oh, if only I had listened. If only I hadn’t thought: firstly, I don’t like leek soup and secondly, eating leek soup on an astral plane is going to do absolutely zero for my cold on the physical plane. Um, spot the out-of-touch Mystic. Well, all I can say is that I was very ill and not completely with it.

So she told me to … Continue reading →

10 Best Things About Being A Psychic Medium

“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”
~ Albert Einstein, 20th-century Theoretical Physicist

10 Stones of Zen

This article is a repost from our old blog –
originally dated February 2007.


10. Already having your umbrella handy for that unforecast summer shower.

What? You got a problem with that? Where I live this ability has come in quite handy. No…spirits don’t come from the grave just to warn me about the weather. I just know. Sometimes it comes to me when I wake up in the morning and sometimes when I watch the “real” weather man on the news…he says his bit and my intuition says its bit. My intuition is usually spot on.

9. Asking Julia Child for new recipes when you’re in a pinch.

Okay well I don’t know if its really her or a spirit who knows a lot of recipes and talks kinda funny. All I know is that is some fantastic Chicken Alfredo that she whipped up. And I am asking her now for some good artisan bread recipes the next time that she pops in. Or the elusive recipe for that Death By White Chocolate cake that I had the last time that I visited Orkney.

8. Alway having someone to talk to, even if half of the time the voices are only in your head.

One of my guides has this habit of popping in when I am in a situation that is so particularly modern and in some way completely ludicrous. She is always blurting out sarcastic remarks in my head and I have to fight especially hard sometimes to keep from laughing out loud or repeating her comments for all to hear. I think she’s a riot but one of these days she is going to get me in trouble. (Next time I go and chat with her I’ll make sure to comment on her situation in such a way that she has to fight from being inappropriate on my behalf. ;))

7. Being able to throw out the Ouija board (now that you are one.)

I had an ancient pagan priest come to me and tell me … Continue reading →

Psychometry: Feeling the Story

“A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels.”
~ Andy Goldsworthy, British Environmental Sculptor

Psychometry is a form of psychic reading in which a physical object is “read” in order to learn more about the object itself or about its owner.

Though some people find this a very simple form of psychic exercise, others find it down right impossible.

There are several milestones on any psychic journey and psychometry can be a good entry point for some beginners. If however you have yet to master the practice of meditating, you may find the techniques of beginning psychometry a bit frustrating.

The easiest objects to read are those comprised of geological elements. The energetic density of these objects makes them highly likely to record strong impressions of the world around them.

Psychometry Stone

Reading an Object

Begin with a stone or a piece of jewelry. Do not use a stone that has multiple points.

Seat yourself in a comfortable position.

Take the object in your receiving hand. This is usually the opposite hand from which you write.

Close your eyes and ask the object to tell you its story.

Envision the energy of the stone flowing up your arm and filling your whole body with itself.

Allow the information contained within this energy to enter your mind. Know that it will be easily understood by you.

Do not hold any expectations of how explicit or vivid this information will be.

Simply allow it to share with you whatever pictures or feelings it choses.

If you are having a problem with getting any sensations, just switch the object to your other hand and try again.

You may see flashes of light, you may feel as if you have been through a great earthquake or volcanic explosion.

You may feel sadness or elation of the person to whom the object belongs.

You may see the creation of the jewelry or the mining of the stone.

Once you have ridden this wave, however long or short, of information, thank the object and let go of it.

Be sure to record your experience, anything t hat you may have seen or felt, how long the exercise lasted and how vivid it was for you.

You can practice this again and again with a different object each time, referring back to your vision journal to gauge your progress.

Healing This Wounded World

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller, American author, Political Activist, and Lecturer

We Are All OneA Call from Maggie and the other Guides…

It is time to forego the weapons of the mind, the hand. It is time to relinquish the media culture and the political fog over your eyes.

Let the world wage a healing war. Let thy weapons be thousands of candles lit in prayer.

All of you, my enlightened ones, must send, now, your healing light, your songs and your loving energies to the Syria, to New Orleans, to Palestine & Libya, to sweatshops in Asia, to the angry minds and hearts in Spain & Greece, to London, New York City, Cuba & Haiti, earthquake ravaged Japan, to the still-scarred lands of former Nazi occupation, to Iraqi families, to Afghanistan, to the mountains of Tibet, to India and Pakistan (so set in their ways,) to Africa and those suffering with Aids and with starvation…..

Wherever there is human suffering unresolved there festers an open sore in the plane of this existence. This open sore permits an entrance point for infection of the whole entity that is the Mother Earth. When Mother Earth ails none, no people, no land, can be safe from her illness.

If these wounds are healed, however, by the unconditional love of the human community, they may instead become the seeds of a revival….a blossoming of love and peace in the garden of life, from which the sustenance of all creatures is derived.

Hug one another without fear, forget about personal space, for space is merely a perception not a reality, enter each others lives in openness and love. Meditate on the distribution of free love, love without expectations, to all….light candles of white and yellow and pink and let them illuminate the dark and wounded places of this world and fill them with light and balance and joy.

I emanate undying light from the All to every corner of the All, where what is possible is everything that you know is not im-possible and that, is ALL.

Spiritual Hermit Syndrome

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ”
~ Aristotle, Greek Philosopher and Intellectual

Mystical HermitWhat is Spiritual Hermit Syndrome, a.k.a. Buddha on the Mountaintop? It is a psychological disorder similar to agoraphobia which some spiritual seekers, mystics, prophets and gurus can develop. It sneaks up on you and you don’t realize that you’ve developed such a bad case of it until it becomes a serious problem.

It is not a catastrophic development but rather is a social dysfunction that builds over time leading to a psychological type of disorder.

At some point on a spiritual path all seekers will choose to distance themselves from society and the mundane for a brief period of time in order to connect to their true self and to take stock of their spiritual progress. Some may even come to this point more than once on their path if they remain dedicated to self-improvement and mindful connection. But for most this is a six-month to one-year process after which they reemerge, reaffirmed and ready to rejoin their family, friends and society.

For some, a rare few, the process can become a lifestyle. These folks may be working toward ascension, toward spiritual mastery, at a pace and at a depth which many seekers have yet to attain. They may have more reincarnations under their belt and be closer to the next step on the journey of spiritual evolution. Whatever the reason, these seekers do not return to “the norm” after withdrawing to find their inner solace.

You may view this as a stagnation or you may view it as an awakening. But this is not a pattern of behavior brought on by depression or by conceit but rather by reaching a sort of spiritual height, by raising one’s energy vibration. It stems from a desire to maintain a spiritual balance that we have reached, to not mingle our energies with the energies and behaviors of those who we fear may drag our vibrations and our awareness downwards.

At any rate if you think about it, many of … Continue reading →

Personal Spirit Guides

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”
~ Shakti Gawain, Author and Public Speaker

Guide Whispering in EarA few times throughout these pages I have explained that I have two guides whom I frequently use for my own spiritual growth and from which I get much of the information contained here.

With the readings that I do now being provided to the client in MP3 format, allowing them to hear the different changes in cadence and intonation that each specific spirit speaks with, I have had many curious clients email and ask me about these different spirits and how their connection to me works.

During a conversation with my lovely husband I realized that I had been meaning to write a post explaining the different types of guides as I have come to understand them.

Without a doubt the most important (and comparatively easiest to access) type of guide is the personal guide.

A personal guide is one whose “purpose” is to guide You and You specifically. Yes they can offer guidance to others THROUGH you, but their intent is to offer guidance to you and to help you grow and develop in your actions and perceptions.

The guide that I speak most often about is Maggie, she is my personal guide.

A person’s connection to their personal guide can be based on so many different levels and interpersonal factors.

The personal guide is always a reflection, in some form, of the higher self.

The higher self is the raw soul form, the true … Continue reading →

Cultivating Beauty

“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.”
~ Michelangelo, 16th-century Italian Artist & Poet


What is it?

How do you recognize it?

How do you know if you have it?

What does it feel like?

These are all seemingly simple questions. But when you try to answer them it becomes clear that they are nearly as deep and penetrating as “What is the meaning of life?” So take a minute to think about what makes a person beautiful.

Think of somebody that you find to be a beautiful person.

Are you thinking of a physical attribute? Maybe you are. Is it their eyes, their breasts or their smile? Do you admire them for their slim waistline?

I bet you don’t. I bet the “beautiful person” isn’t beautiful to you because they wear Versaci or drive an expensive car. I bet that after your initial thought of their physically appealing attributes you quickly moved on to what truly makes you think this person beautiful.

In fact I’m willing to bet that the person you find beautiful is someone that you find beautiful because they are lovely to be around. Maybe you can always share your thoughts with that person, maybe they make you laugh a lot, maybe they inspire you with their confidence. But their beauty isn’t about their perfect pearly whites. It’s about their spirit, their energy, their kindness.

Isn’t it?

So, now that we’ve established that beauty isn’t a superficial attribute but involves our spirit and its outward manifestation, the personality, let’s look at how you can cultivate this kind of lasting beauty.

Accept Pleasure

Most folks think of modern humans as pretty darn self-centered and greedy. But this is only a generalization put forth by those in a bitter state-of-mind. Individually, humans tend to fluctuate between being too self-serving and too giving. This giving nature can also be reflected as too much giving-in.

I want you to accept pleasure, personal pleasure and … Continue reading →

The Knowing: Trusting Your Intuition

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century Essayist & Poet

Intuition FloweringSo many people have asked me about building their own psychic connections that I thought I would begin an occasional series on techniques that can be used to develop the sixth sense. (No, not that Bruce Willis movie.) This is the human mind-spirit connection.

I call this gift “the Knowing” and it constitutes not only talking to spirits, or knowing the future but also a certainty, an acceptance of what you feel and hear inside of your heart and mind.

These techniques will not be requirements, you do not have to follow these posts in any order. These are simply possible ways to awaken your mind to the possibility of experiencing guidance, knowledge and visions that come from beyond the material world in which we live.

Trusting you own Intuition is a big door-opener for more intense psychic awareness.

Let’s look at “Intuition” in its strict dictionary definition. Oxford English Dictionary defines Intuition as: “immediate insight or understanding without conscious reasoning” it also uses the synonyms “instinct” and “inspiration.”

This is a very good definition indeed and it illustrates what I am going to be saying here.

Intuition is a natural capacity that we all have wired into us. Why? Because a saber-toothed cat can run faster than us. Our only hope of surviving in the environment in which our species lived for so long was to be aware of the presence of a thing before our eyes could see a thing.

Today this sense is dulled and often made into a joke. We have so much external to distract us, shopping and mass-media. What do we need our Intuition for now, knowing which outlet mall will have the designer purse that we want and getting there before the next lady?

In this exercise we are going to train the mind to suspend doubt and … Continue reading →