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Finding others, finding explanations

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At some point most of us experience something that our friends (parents or teachers) say couldn’t possibly happen. We see a ghost or a vision, or have a dream come true, or interact with someone others can’t see. Far too many end up wondering if there’s something wrong with them. “Am I going crazy?” The lucky ones have families or a culture who recognize what’s happening and are able to tell them how to use their abilities, but even they are often told to keep the abilities “private” so that they don’t suffer from the prejudice of our modern parent culture.

What a joy it is when we find a friend or a group that is ready to listen, who understands that you are doing something normal, and wonderful! But depending upon where fate leads you, you may find yourself blessed with the company of mediums (like the Spiritualist Church over in Lily Vale). You may find modern Wiccans or Witches. You may find the American Society of Dowsers, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, or the Parapsychological Association, or Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.. There are so many because everyone has these abilities. But different people interpret the same phenomenon in different ways. What one person may understand as a guide, another may see as a fairy, or a shamanic totem. The being who steps in to protect and aid you may be seen as an angel, or a god.

Sadly, in order to fit in with the parent culture, many of us fall into a pattern of joining them when they mock other believers than the ones we’ve joined. “Sure, I’m a witch, but I’m not a crystal sucking dolphin channeler! Those New Age types are crazy!” or “We heathens have our feet solidly on the ground and our practice is based in the Lore, unlike those silly pagans! We’re the religion with homework!” or “Those ghost hunters are so lame! They’re only in it for the publicity! Orbs are nothing but dust on their film!” etc. etc. etc.  If we are going to change the environment of the parent culture, we’re going to have to stop joining it when it makes fun of things we don’t understand. We all have filters through which we interpret our experiences, but surely there is enough reason to accept that what others experience is real. If we can get together and listen with respect, we can get past our words and our filters and bring a nonthreatening and more accurate view of a physical world integrated with the energy world.

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Speaker Spotlight: Catherine Kane

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catherine du feyThis delightful lady is Catherine Kane, “small medium at large”, who has probably done more classes at CTCW  than anyone else. (To see the full list, go to Catherine Kane’s page.)

She is an amazing palmist, an empath, a psychic, and has become a popular author with her accessible and useful books such as Adventures in Palmistry and The Practical Empath.

This year at Changing Times-Changing Worlds Catherine will be presenting bringing back a Touch of Acupressure, a workshop she’s been giving Sunday mornings for years- showing you how acupressure can take care of those aches from sleeping in a strange bed, or being on your feet or sitting in hard chairs, migraines, flaggin energy, sinus issues from breathing hotel air, and a host of other unwanted baggage that seems to come bundled with the good stuff that we come to the con to get. She’ll also be teaching Kaizen: Baby Steps to Work Wonders, a way to tackle intimidatingly large issues by taking tiny steps toward success. We’ve also asked her to bring back her popular Practical Empath because empaths appreciate learning the techniques she’s discovered to make what can feel like a curse into the blessing it can be.catherine du fay

Cathy is also an incredibly talented palmist, and reader of I Ching (and other techniques). If you can’t wait to meet her (or see her again) you can find her and Starwolf on weekends at the Connecticut Rennaissance Faire through the end of October, or soak up her wisdom and wit at her blog Foresight Your Psychic.

 

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