Don’t lead a spiritual life-- lead a spirited one!--Sonia Choquette
Speakers Series, “PsychicSpeak: Bringing spirit into everyday life"
Regularly, I am asked how I became a professional psychic, and what I experience in my practice of spiritual counseling. I do not have a short answer to these inquiries. Instead, I have decided to share my insights and experiences through several upcoming talks. My hope is to raise many more questions than I address. If you are curious to see the world through the eyes of a psychic, I invite you to join me at PsychicSpeak!
Alan McAllister, Ph.D. and I have teamed up to offer a series of public presentations that describe our perspectives and experiences as psychics in the hopes of encouraging on-going spiritual development in each of us. Alan McAllister has a doctorate in physics; he has been exploring the workings of energy in our everyday lives for decades. Additionally, he has been a practicing energy worker in the Boulder area since the mid-1990s. My doctorate is in philosophy, and my focus is on discovering meaning and fulfillment in human experience. I have been providing clairvoyant readings for people since 1999. We are thrilled to be able to share our observations with you!
PsychicSpeak will be held on the 4th Friday of each month from 7-9pm at the Radisson Conference Center located at 1850 Industrial Circle in Longmont (directly behind the Radisson Hotel on Ken Pratt Boulevard). The first presentation will be on April 24th by Alan McAllister. His talk, “Standing between Heaven and Earth,” will explore how we walk this planet as spiritual beings. Tickets cost $15 apiece, and each ticket admits two people—bring a friend! Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30pm. Additionally, we will be hosting many fun vendors! Candles, crystals, books, jewelry and more! Come early to get a great seat, and browse the merchandise!
Who knew that the answer to how I became a psychic practitioner would unfold into its own ongoing adventure?!
A friend teases me by randomly noting, “I have a body and you have a body.” Call us young at heart, but we find that this obvious observation never fails to amuse us.
What is so entertaining about bodies? At one level having a body is mundane. Most of our friends have bodies, too! At another level, realizing the absurdity of our physicality is an aspect of accepting our humanity. To me, though, what is funny about noticing that we have bodies is that, once we know that we have a body, we must decide what we want to do with it. And, maintaining a body in good repair requires a healthy dose of care and feeding!
Spirit, our essential being, and body, our physical presence, represent two ends of a dichotomy. We (our spiritual selves) must decide how to relate to our bodies. Some popular options include dictating how we want the body to be (this option is filled with ‘shoulds’ underlain by punishment), pretending not to have a body (demonstrated by those who claim to have no needs, but have many), playing victim to the body (“My body made me do it!”), and cultivating a relationship with the body (satisfying when we are brave enough to choose it!).
The dichotomy is clear: Spirit is essentially creative, while body is reactive. Sometimes spiritual seekers claim that because the nature of the body is to sense its surroundings and to monitor, record and react to the input it is sensing, that not only does the body not provide a primary motivation for action, but also that the body-level input—because it is not originative—is insignificant. This point of view begs us to answer why having a body, and relating to it, is important to spiritual development.
The gift of the body is boundless: It offers us the time and space to explore various experiences that deepen our understanding of spirit (ourselves), which, then, allows us to cultivate greater awareness regarding the values we choose to validate. The gift of the body is the gift of one distinct and powerful pathway for spiritual growth.
Some qualities of spirit are grace, gentleness, kindness, and love—all of which can be considered to be relational qualities. When we apply the expression of these qualities to our relationship to our body, we allow our body to register how it feels to be supported by spirit. Sensing spiritual support at a physical level in turn enables us to open more fully to accepting the greater spiritual support that is available to us at all levels.
Should we choose to accept it, our charge as beings is to receive the gift of the body, and to invoke our creative talents to honor and appreciate what has been given to us, in both body and spirit. At the end of the day, the more we cultivate a loving, supportive relationship with our body, the less dichotomous our spiritual self and our physical expression become.
Heidi Szycher, PhD
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