Monthly Archives: August 2010

Shirlena Johnson – Be You and Change the World

As I clicked on my Yahoo email account the news came up first as it always does until I log into my account. The top story showing at the time was about the UK Talent Show ‘The X Factor’ which aired Saturday 28th and caused quite a stir as it often does. The stir in question was regarding Shirlena Johnson’s rendition of  Duffy’s ‘Mercy’.

Shirlena stunned the audience and judges as you can see in the video of her performance.

Shirlena made it through to the next round but has since been dropped due to questions surrounding her mental state of mind. News reports say that she has been taking medication for stress since her fathers death.

Now I do not know Shirlena and only have the same newspaper reports accessed from the internet and this video footage to go on, but before you judge Shirlena too harshly, or the TV producers, please pay attention to the audience and judges and their response to Shirlena’s performance. She seems to have a message and watch how the audience’s reaction to her changes throughout her performance. She speaks to the audience and asks them a question to which they reply.

Shirlena’s medical records apparently were not available until after the show and there is some controversary here but my reason for writing this post is that  sometimes what appear to be ‘mistakes’ can reveal so much and lead us all down new paths.  It will be interesting to see where this story goes and what capacity Shirlena has for engaging the public. What else is possibe here for her and us?

An excerpt of the article from the Daily Mail.co.uk/t.vshowbiz article

“X Factor contestant Shirlena Johnson has begged show bosses to reinstate her, insisting she is mentally prepared to handle the pressure.

The 30-year-old single mother was axed by ITV bosses after making it  to the programme’s boot camp, after fears were raised over her mental well-being.

But she declared last night she ‘wasn’t crazy’ and begged to be given the chance to provide a better life for her three-year-old daughter Mariah.

This decision could spoil my life and desires – I’m now labelled as a crazy person,’ she told The Sun.

‘They’re worried I can’t cope, but this has been the craziest week of my life and I’m still standing. I’m still trying to turn my life around – I’m begging them to give me another chance.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1306261/X-FACTOR-2010-Shirlena-Johnson-begs-X-Factor-bosses-back.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0yCwNlDcH

Taboo: Talking About Death

From Paul Hughes-Barlow’s Supertarot Blog

Paul Hughes-Barlow is a highly respected member of the UK Tarot Community.

Now there is a lot of controversy surrounding Tarot, Astrology, etc and it’s purpose and usefullness in our lives. Like all things in life there are so many nuances to things. There are ‘good and bad’ Tarot Readers, just as there are ‘good and bad’ people working in the holistic health field or doctors or dentists or car mechanics for example…and a lot depends on what it is you are looking for in a reading.

Easing a person’s beliefs around death

In Paul’s most recent blog post he realizes he needs to talk about death to his 70+ year old client who is concerned with the health of her 40 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

I do not profess to know much about the cards but read and used by a gifted reader it is uncanilly amazing the information that can be gleaned from them.

Before the reading began Paul, who is clairvoyant, became aware that he needed to talk to his client about death. He then proceeded to read the cards but could find nothing imminent suggesting death in the immediate future. What he did get, however, was an expectation on behalf of his client of  ‘expecting the worst’ for her daughter.

Do Our Thoughts Create Our reality?

This is very insightful and of great interest to me as my own experience and work has led me into this arena. When someone is  given a ‘diagnosis’ it invariably has the effect of instilling fear and the worst of what may happen into the recipient and loved ones of the receiver of such news. This can have two possible effects. One, the absolute belief that the ‘symptoms’ are real and true and the projected outcome the only reality possible to the person ‘diagnosed’ . And two, the recipient of such news looks at the different probabilities and possibilities that are available to making the projected outcome not part of their reality i.e to look at how to change the projected future.

So whether you are a Tarot Reader, Health Practitioner or so importantly the friend, loved one, or close relative or companion of the recipient of suspected ‘bad news’, please be mindful of how your own projections, belief systems and thought patterns may be affecting those around you. In my work I tend to look at ‘imbalances’, for want of a better word, as ‘patterns’ rather than ‘symptoms’. And patterns can be changed. There is a tremendous amount of research available regarding gene expression and our belief systems which is showing that it is not our genes that determine our proclivity to certain diseases, but our thought patterns instead. (Bruce Lipton PHD)

Jackie O’Neal BTAA

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Valedictorian Seeking Change in the School System

Change Comes From Within…

From within ourselves to within a system…the beauty of this speech is that Erica is not hostile, she is not going into the ‘wrongness’ of everything, she is asking for change and that the change required needs to come from within. That each and every person has something to offer. That each person is no less or no more than the other. What do you have to offer to the world? What are your capacities? What do you know that no one else knows that will contribute to and create change on this planet?

The following speech was given by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010