People often ask me for examples of how I use divining, and one has just occurred.
On May 7, I recorded a podcast with Tami Simon, founder of Sounds True – or tried to, more accurately. I am much more a writer than a speaker, so had been practicing responses with friends for days and felt prepared. But when the phone rang, my hands turned to ice. As we recorded our talk, my voice shook, I could barely breathe, and my thinking was labored. Halfway through, she consulted with her engineer and said that although the content was good, I sounded nervous and that she was happy to redo it another time. I gratefully agreed.
It was mortifying. But only totally.
Now what? First, talking it over with a wise friend, I realized that my reaction had gone beyond stage fright – there had been a mortal fear there, as though I was going under water and not coming up. I had felt as if I were struggling for my very life.
Next step — divining, of course, which I turn to when sorting out options. In this case, I used muscle-testing to bypass the limits of my conscious mind. First of all, what was the best date to re-schedule the podcast? The answer I received in a second was June 9, about five weeks away.
Then, what would be the best approach to calmness? I muscle-tested my way through a variety of therapeutic options, and only hypnotherapy got a Yes.
What about Bach Flower Remedies, which are good for addressing underlying emotional patterns? No. What about Australian Bush Flower Essences? Yes. I’m not familiar with them, so I muscle-tested my way through the alphabet and landed on the letter T. I went to the Web: of the five Bush Essences that started with T, #4 got the nod. It was called Transition: “This combination helps one to cope and move through any major life change… It also eases the fear of death as well as helping one come to terms with it.” Spot on.
Things fell into place easily and naturally, as they tend to do with divining. I ordered the Bush Essence over the Web and took it morning and night. A friend put me in touch with a top-notch hypnotherapist named Arthur Hastings, and after a one-hour phone session, he recorded a CD and mailed it to me. The CD gently put me into a relaxed state, then gave post-hypnotic suggestions that I would be calm, clear and focused during an interview, breathing naturally, my hands warm, my heart beating regularly, enjoying the process of sharing information. I listened to it once every day or two.
Today, Tami and I re-recorded the podcast. I had a cup of tea ready to warm my hands should they turn to icicles. Before I picked up the phone, out of nowhere came a wave of deep peace. We started the recording. First there was an initial clutch of the heart, and then I was calm, clear and focused, my breathing natural, my hands warm, my heart beating regularly. It was great fun answering Tami’s probing and tough questions — she lets no one off the hook. I found I was opening my mouth not knowing what would come out — and the words that emerged were spot-on. It feels incredible, actually, that it was so easy and energizing. A long-time friend later told me she had never heard me sound so good!
So that’s an example of how these tools can simplify decision-making.
Here is a link to the podcast: