In my line of work, I never know who I am going to meet.
People of both genders, all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, occupations and socioeconomic backgrounds end up sitting in my chair. Each of them walks in with the same mix of excitement, curiosity, nerves and often a hint of skepticism. They also walk in with hope and desire to connect.
Upon first glance, all my students and clients look the same. Perhaps one is more dolled up than another. One may be a little more gruff or outspoken. But in the end, they all have the same sparkle in their eyes. They could be the richest or smartest person in the world. I don’t know.
That is until I connect with their guides and loved ones. These lovely Spirits give me a glimpse into who the client or student is as an individual. When I get that glimpse and see how special and unique the person is, I find myself asking “Why do they need me? S/he is pretty freakin’ cool!”
I had that experience one winter day while at a house party in a lovely, historic home in the Buffalo area. As I read the hostess, all I kept getting were sports references and philanthropy. I then came to realize her husband was a famous Buffalo athlete!
There was also a time while at psychic fair in Rochester a young gentleman sat down at my table. During the reading, I was seeing images of beakers and white substances being produced. It was also clear to me that this product was making him A LOT of money. At this point I thought for certain he was cooking up something he shouldn’t, but turns out nope, he was not only the owner but also the chemist behind an up-and-coming sugar replacements.
I’ve also had the opportunity to engage with a lovely woman, always fashionably dressed, who frequents my classes. During the classes she always incredibly insightful questions. As it turns out, not only is she a gifted medium, she is a renowned set and art director!
Then there is my world traveler. I have a client who I never know where she is calling from as since I’ve known her, she has lived in London, Paris, Chicago and Florida! And despite the fact she has had readings with others, she continues to come back to check in.
I could go on and on. But, I think you get the point. People are pretty amazing!
Seeing these people’s lives and the success they have had, would lead one to assume (even me) that they have all the answers and their lives are honky dory. And they probably are to a point.
But then I remember that despite the fact that they have done inspiring, exciting things, they are not done yet. How can I be certain of that? They are alive. As long as we are still living and breathing, our journey is not yet over. Hence they are still searching for something.
I feel honored and humbled that amazing people choose me to offer them guidance and help their journey. And it’s not just the famous or overly successful people I’m grateful for. Everyone who walks through my door, for a reading or class, touches me with their uniqueness and success. The love each of you brings to those you touch is pretty awesome. And the insight you seek, thank you for letting me touch in with your Spirits and be part of your journey! I am humbled.
New Orleans… far and away, is one of my favorite places.
Maybe it is the weather. Because admittedly, it is nice this time of year. And unlike Buffalo, it rarely drops below freezing. But come summer time (I’ve been there in August, I KNOW) it gets HOT! And as one of the residents told me, yup there comes a time when there is only so much you can take off. Personally, I’d rather put on layers than get to that point!
Maybe it is the parties and nightlife. For New Orleans only requires its bars to close one hour a year (from midnight to one am after Fat Tuesday for clean-up). It even puts Buffalo with its 3am last call, to shame. And this would have been alluring in my earlier days, but at this point I’m ready to crawl into bed by ten. Then with the baby and the dogs, I’m up in the morning.
The music and art. I do enjoy both tremendously as anyone who visits my home and has viewed our collections from two NOLA artists, Craig Tracy and Sarah Megan Jenkins, knows! But with the art adorning our walls, it surrounds us. And as for the music, isn’t that what Pandora is for?
The food. YUM! There is nothing like a good etouffee or red beans and rice. The mix of spices and the seafood dance in my mouth. But honestly, after a few days, the richness gets to me and I definitely am missing my hometown eats. Plus, I’m learning to incorporate those flavors into my cooking palate!
The history! Perhaps it is that – there is such a rich and diverse history. And, it is a spiritual one at that with the mixing of Santeria, voodoo and Catholicism. Unfortunately, due to the fame that has been brought to New Orleans be it by Ann Rice or the Originals, the esoteric side of New Orleans is gitchy. You’ve got to hit the right places.
It’s not one or any of these, rather the reason I love love love New Orleans is probably a little bit of all the above… but then there is that little bit more, or as the residents say, “the lagniappe.” There is an energy in New Orleans that is impossible to define. It is eclectic. It is magnetic. It is alive.
And perhaps part of that lagniappe is astrology. After having my Astrocartography chart (an astrological chart that outlines places in the world with significance both in this life and past lives for you) completed, I was surprised (and not) that few of my lines cut through the United States. Most of them are located in Europe, specifically England, Ireland and Spain – not surprisingly the places I am drawn to. In this chart there is one dominant line in the United States. This line cuts through both Buffalo and New Orleans. Perhaps one of the reasons why New Orleans calls.
Why am I going on and on about New Orleans? Well, the few days before Thanksgiving, my husband and I introduced our daughter to its glory. We strolled the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. Shopped the French Market. Played in Jackson Square. Ate lots of red beans and rice, gumbo, and etouffee. Went to City Park. And of course, being who I am, it wouldn’t have been a complete visit without checking out the witchy and voodoo shops. And while I considered getting a reading, I did not. No one called to me the day I considered it and I didn’t feel drawn again. Perhaps next time, because I know I’ll be back.
This is my special place… do you have a special place that beckons you?
As the days inch closer and closer to the winter solstice, the hours of daylight are diminishing and our nights are longer.
You would think with the extended night, I’d be catching up on my sleep. My daughter is. My husband is. Even the dogs are…. But I am not.
Over the past few nights I’ve gone to bed at my normal time. Laid down. Pulled up the covers. Close my eyes and wait for sleep to set in. But 11pm turns becomes midnight, then one and two… and I’m still awake. Listening to my husband and dogs snore. Watching the moonlight shine in through the blinds. And hoping sleep will set in.
Not accustomed to insomnia, I know there must be something going on. And, being the type to like to “fix” things, I’ve been struggling to figure out what might be the reason so I can address it. In those late hours, I’ve pondered is it be my diet? Am I having caffeine too late in the day? Or perhaps something is out of whack and I’m sick? None of these resonate… I’ve been eating better, don’t do too much caffeine and as for being sick, other than lack of sleep, I feel fine.
So then I start wondering… do I need to get a new mattress? Or maybe it is too warm in the bedroom? Maybe I should turn down the heat. Or it could be the dogs… they do seem to be taking up a lot more space in the bed than usual. But then again, these factors are the same as they were a month ago.
If that’s not it, maybe I am just stressed out about the holidays? It is a stressful time of year – lots to do. While this, and everything mentioned above, are probably all playing into my lack of sleep… I still feel as if there is something more.
Finally, in the light of day, while I am sitting here pondering what my blog will be about it hit me. The winter solstice and the New Year is a time of reflection and preparation. We have the chance to reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve done and where we want to go. Something I have been avoiding… Being stubborn, I’ve wanted to relish and celebrate where I am not where I am going. As a living soul, however, until we die we are always moving forward… Because I am not consciously listening to the messages, the messages are coming when I am in a relaxed state and ultimately affecting my sleep – it has in the past, so it should be no surprise the same thing is happening now.
How do I rectify this? Appears I have to be my own student and practice what I preach – MEDITATION. I encourage others to carve a time and a place out to make a date with Spirit. It is then that Spirit can communicate big messages to you.
Although I want to put this off as I do have a lot left on my holiday to – do list: still have a few last presents to buy, cookies to bake, presents to wrap and dinner preparations… I’ve got to make that date or else I’m likely to have a lot more sleepless nights. And then nothing will get done this holiday season or perhaps even in the New Year!
Here is hoping the message comes and my sleep is restored!
Dawn Lynn is an EveryDay medium. She lives and breathes via her intuition, which as a fourth generation intuitive from a family of Spiritualists came easily. Her abilities became apparent in early childhood and were cultured by a supportive family. Through her Blogs and Vlogs, she wants to help you become the EveryDay medium too.